Category Archives: Independents

Alaska News Story Suggests Libertarian U.S. Senate Primary Outcome Caused by Voter Confusion

Ballot Access News:

As previously reported, the Alaska Libertarian primary on August 19 included a 3-way race for the U.S. Senate nomination. Thom Walker won, even though he didn’t campaign and is not known to Libertarian Party activists. This story suggests that Walker won the primary because some voters confused him with Bill Walker, an independent candidate for Governor whose name was not on any party’s primary ballot, but who is well-known.

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Reform Party of North Carolina Announces 2014 Endorsements

Press Release from the Reform Party website:

The Reform Party of North Carolina announced that it will endorse four write in candidates for the upcoming 2014 elections. Since the party was refounded only a few months ago, it did not have the time to recruit candidates before the deadlines closed to file for the November elections.… Read more ...

Independent Senate Candidate Greg Orman Qualifies for Kansas Ballot

Greg Orman

From David Yee at Independent Voter Network:

The Kansas secretary of state announced on Friday that independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman is officially certified for the November ballot.

Kansas law requires independents to gather at least 5,000 petition signatures to qualify for the ballot. Running for office in Kansas is very difficult because of this requirement, and county-specific forms (there are 105 counties) must be used to gather signatures.… Read more ...

Iowa Candidate Filing Closes

From Ballot Access News:

Here is a list of Iowa candidates for federal and state office. The Libertarian Party and the New Independent Party of Iowa have candidates on the ballot for most of the statewide offices, and the Libertarian Party also has six legislative candidates. The Green Party has one legislative candidate.… Read more ...

Farid Khavari: ‘Can Anyone Believe Political Polls?’

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Florida independent gubernatorial candidate Farid Khavari on IPR facebook group:

CAN ANYONE BELIEVE POLITICAL POLLS?

If there is any doubt that polls in the Florida governor’s race are bogus—take a look at this!
Quinnipiac poll of July 21, 2014 Crist 45%, Scott 40%
Quinnipiac poll of July 23, 2014 Crist 39%, Scott 37%, Adrian Wylie (Libertarian) 9% and “others” 15%.

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Thomas Ravenel Calls Lindsey Graham “Aider and Abettor of Terrorism”

Lindsey Graham

From Ravenel’s campaign blog:

Terrorism is a global threat, existing in nearly every corner of the world. In their efforts to further a fundamentalist movement by gaining power and influence, those who practice terrorism work to instill fear, disrupt economies and bring entire nations to ruin. With such threats facing the United States, counterterrorism operations are absolutely necessary, and the U.S.… Read more ...

Thomas Ravenel: Lindsey Graham Needs to Give Us a Price Tag, Body Count, for His Vision in Iraq

Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel today issued the following statement challenging Lindsey Graham to stop “warmongering and fearmongering” and provide taxpayers with the specific costs associated with his vision for Iraq.

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham said U.S. president Barack Obama needed to “go on the offensive” against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).… Read more ...

St. Petersburg Green Party Endorses Farid Khavari for Governor

Release from floridawestcoastgreens.org:

The St. Petersburg local of the Green Party of Florida (GPFL) is proud to announce its endorsement of Farid A. Khavari, independent candidate for governor of Florida.

While Republican Governor Rick Scott and former Republican Governor Charlie Crist duke it out over how Florida is to manage its austerity budget, Khavari offers serious progressive solutions.… Read more ...

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 ...