Category Archives: Independents

Andrew Gripp: Why We Need Political Parties, and More of Them

From Andrew Gripp at the Independent Voter Network:

One critique of political parties that appeals to many independents is that, in our system, many feel that in order to participate in the political process, they must “join a party” (in the recent words of a New Jersey judge who dismissed a lawsuit against the state’s closed primary system).… Read more ...

Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks is (are?) running for President

via the Daily Caller:

A candidate claiming to be named “Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks” has filed with the FEC to run for president as an independent.

A website dedicated to the effort, simply titled “Sydney’s Butt,” describes the campaign’s motto: “Please vote for Sydney’s Butt to be the president. After all, every politician is an asshole so what’s the difference?”

The statement of candidacy was filed March 3, 2015.

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Plaintiffs Against Commission on Pres Debates to Speak at UWSF ‘15

From Free & Equal:

Judge Jim Gray (2012 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate) and Dr. Jill Stein (2012 Green Party Presidential Candidate) are confirmed to speak at the United We Stand Festival 2015 (UWSF ‘15), this Fall in Colorado. These individuals have dedicated their lives to the service of a brighter, more just and compassionate United States of America.… Read more ...

“Change the Rule” would rig debate rules against ballot-qualified third parties

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden, former Sens. Bob Kerrey and Joe Lieberman, former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal are all among the 50 high-profile signatories of Change The Rule’s open letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates. They are advocating the inclusion of a qualified third candidate in the debates.… Read more ...

Alabama Ballot Access Hearing Set for Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 11 AM

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Ballot Access News:

The Alabama Senate Constitution, Ethics & Elections Committee will hear SB 221 on Wednesday, March 18, at 11 a.m. This is the bill to ease the number of signatures for newly-qualifying parties and independent candidates, and also to set a later petition deadline for new parties.

Members of the Constitution Party, and possibly members of the Libertarian Party and/or other parties, plan to be in attendance.… Read more ...

Dan Phillips: Run Jesse Run! (For President as a Libertarian)

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Run Jesse Run!

By Dan Phillips, MD.
March 16, 2015

Jesse Ventura has long been discussed as a possible candidate for the Libertarian Party (LP) presidential nomination. Now Ventura is addressing the issue himself . Ventura seems to want to use the Libertarian Party as a vehicle for ballot access without actually joining the party.… Read more ...

Gallup Poll, for First Time, Shows Neither Major Party Viewed Favorably by As Much as 40% of the Electorate

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Ballot Access News:

On March 16, Gallup released this poll, asking voters whether they have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of the Democratic Party, and the same question for the Republican Party. Gallup has been taking this poll starting in 1992. For the first time in the history of this poll, neither major party registers a favorability rating of even 40%.… Read more ...

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Ralph Nader: Billionaire Hanauer Hammers Stock Buybacks

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

Self-made billionaire (meaning he didn’t inherit it), Nick Hanauer is not one to mince words, especially when they are backed by facts and principles of fairness. The Seattle entrepreneur, author and venture capitalist (he was the first non-family investor in Amazon), is known for vocally championing Seattle’s staggered increase of its minimum wage to $15 an hour as good for workers and the economy.… Read more ...

Opposition News: Crush The Duopoly Launched to Aid the Opposition

From Mark Wachtler at Opposition News:

There is a new addition to America’s political opposition. Crush The Duopoly is the name of the group, website and idea just launched by South Dakota Constitution Party State Chair Lori Stacey. If you like Opposition News, Ballot Access News, Independent Political Report and Free and Equal, you’re going to love Crush The Duopoly.… Read more ...

Alabama Constitution Party on How to Help Pass Ballot Access Bill SB221

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Email blast from the Alabama Constitution Party:


Legislation Alert

Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) has filed a ballot access bill for 2015. The bill number is SB221. The bill has also picked up three co-sponsors, thus far; Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville), Rusty Glover (R-Semmes), and Tom Whatley (R-Auburn).

This is the first time that the ballot access bill has picked up co-sponsors in the senate.… Read more ...

Patrick Martin: US Presidential Election Season Begins

clintonvbushFrom Patrick Martin at the World Socialist Web Site, website of the international arm of the Socialist Equality Party:

More than a year and a half before the 2016 US presidential elections, the political establishment and media are already beginning to shift their focus to the vast exercise in influence-peddling and insider dealing that is the American electoral process.… Read more ...