Category Archives: Independents

No Independent Candidate Polls Enough Votes in Hawaii Primary to Advance to General Election

From Ballot Access News:

Hawaii held its partisan primaries on Saturday, August 9. None of the nine independent candidates polled enough votes in the open primary to advance to the general election.

Hawaii is the only state that does not have a top-two primary, but which forces all candidates, even independents, to run in the primary.… Read more ...

Scott Lively ‘Not Unhappy’ Uganda’s Antigay Law Struck Down

Scott Lively

Scott Lively is an independent candidate for governor of Massachusetts. The following is an excerpt from an Advocate article by Trudy Ring:

Antigay American minister Scott Lively claims he’s not upset that Uganda’s Constitutional Court has struck down that nation’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, saying the decision shows that Ugandans were not his “puppets in a nefarious scheme to persecute homosexuals there.”

Lively, who is facing a lawsuit over his role in spreading homophobia in Uganda, says in a column published this week that he is “waiting for calls of apology” from media outlets that have connected him to the antigay law.… Read more ...

Jed Ziggler: Steve Peace Misleads Voters on Top Two and Alternative Parties


Jed Ziggler, who is one of our top writers and commenters here on IPR, has written this rebuttal to an article which appeared August 7, 2014 in IVN , which makes the assertion that the states of Washington and California have third parties which are “thriving” due to the Top-Two laws which have been passsed in those states.Read more ...

Pennsylvania’s Only Independent U.S. House Candidate Releases Health Care Policy Paper

From the candidate’s website:

Today, Nick Troiano’s campaign released its first policy paper, titled “Prescriptions for the U.S. Health Care System.” The paper outlines the current problem and Nick’s plan to help reform it.

America’s health care system is badly broken. Although the United States is one of the wealthiest developed countries in the world, we are also one of the least healthy.… Read more ...

Senator Pat Roberts Calls Independent Greg Orman a “Liberal Democrat”

Pat Roberts

From Ballot Access News:

On August 6, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) criticized Greg Orman, the well-funded independent candidate who is running against Roberts. See this story. Most of the time, major party nominees for Governor or U.S. Senator won’t even mention their independent and minor party opponents.… Read more ...

Farid Khavari: We Can Restore the Everglades and Protect Our Waters at No Cost to Taxpayers

Farid Khavari

Protecting our environment the right way isn’t just good for our health. It’s good for our economy, too.

Despite what politicians tell us, restoring the Everglades and protecting our rivers, estuaries and other waters does not need to be a huge cost to taxpayers. The solutions have been known for years, and this mess could be a memory by now.… Read more ...

Maine State Senator Endorses Eliot Cutler

From the candidate’s website:

Republican State Senator Pat Flood announced today that he is throwing his support to Independent Eliot Cutler in this year’s race for governor. Flood is a ten-year veteran of the legislature and the longest-serving Republican on the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, having served eight years on the committee.… Read more ...

Results of Washington’s Top-Two Primary

From Ballot Access News:

On August 5, Washington state held its fourth top-two primary. No candidate for Congress or any partisan state office, who was not a Democrat or Republican, managed to place first or second, in races that had at least two major party members running. The non-major party candidates who ran in State House races with at least two major party candidates included eight independents, four Libertarians, and one Green.… Read more ...

Independent Chris Stockwell Submits Signatures to Qualify for Ballot

From an IVN article by Glenn Davis:

Getting on the ballot is a key milestone for any candidate, especially for a congressional seat in a hotly contested race. Chris Stockwell, the independent candidate in Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District, may soon clear this hurdle.

Stockwell recently announced that he has submitted more than 3,500 signatures to town and city clerks across the district to qualify for the November ballot.… Read more ...

SD Gubernatorial Candidate Files Lawsuit on Substituting a New Running Mate

From Ballot Access News:

On August 4, independent gubernatorial candidate Michael Myers of South Dakota filed a federal lawsuit against the Secretary of State. The purpose of the lawsuit is to let Myers replace his original Lieutenant Governor running mate with a new candidate. The South Dakota law lets qualified parties make such substitutions, but does not have the same flexibility for independent candidates.… Read more ...