Category Archives: Independents

Independent Jeffrey Mason running for township supervisor in Lower Providence Township, PA

Via timeline comments at

I am set to make change join and support me in this years run I invite everyone to visit my pages click the like button and learn about bringing the party to the hard working people of the great commonwealth and

From that website:

Hello and welcome my name is Jeff Mason.

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Trial Date Set in Ohio Lawsuit Over One-Year Petitioning Limit for Independent Candidates

Richard Duncan

From Ricard Winger at Ballot Access News:

A U.S. District Court in Ohio will hold a trial in Duncan v Husted, s.d., 2:!3cv-1157, on June 22. This is the case in which an independent candidate challenges a new Ohio law that says independent candidates must complete their petition within one year.… Read more ...

Washington State Court Rules that Pro Bono Legal Aid is Not a Campaign Contribution

Ballot Access News:

On February 20, a Washington state superior court in Pierce County ruled that pro bono legal assistance to a committee that is trying to recall a public official is not a campaign contribution to the recall.

In 2012, Robin Farris decided to launch a recall of the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer, Dale Washam.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader

Statement by Ralph Nader on the Walmart Announcement Raising its Minimum Wage


After meetings with Walmart representatives, public letters to the company’s CEO, and picketing Walmart stores over the past several years (see and, we see that Walmart now decides to be one step ahead of several pursuing state laws that are raising the minimum wage.

Still, Walmart’s increase to $9 an hour in April and to $10 an hour next February is less than what Walmart had to pay its workers in 1968, inflation adjusted.… Read more ...

Paul Frankel: My path from Democrat to Libertarian….. and: what was your path from D or R to Other?

The following is a biographical summary of IPR Contributing Editor Paulie Frankel’s path from major party supporter (in this case Democratic)  to 3rd party advocate (in this case Libertarian).

It is posted here with an invitation to each IPR reader who chooses to do so to provide a similar biographical summary, in the comments below, of their journeys from major parties into the realm of Independent/Third Party Political interest and activism with the intention that this sharing of our experiences might prove of interest or useful to IPR readers generally.
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Thomas L. Knapp: Time to End the Election Duopoly

From Thomas L. Knapp at Free Press Publications:

California’s elections system is making news again (“Top-two primary system survives challenge,” by Thomas Elias, Salinas Californian, February 17). “Top two,” in California and elsewhere, is the latest effort to strengthen the Republican and Democratic parties’ monopoly — “duopoly” — over American politics.… Read more ...

Actor, Community Leader Andrew Keegan Interviewed by the F&E Network

From a Free & Equal Elections Foundation email blast:

Founder of Free and Equal Elections Christina Tobin interviewed American actor and producer Andrew Keegan — prominent for his acting roles in TV and film such as 7th Heaven and 10 Things I Hate About You — at Full Circle Venice, which Keegan co-founded nine months ago as a community-based “non-denominational, non-profit” center that cultivates unity and spirituality through art, music, and meditation.… Read more ...

IPR Exclusive: .Vote/.Voto Domain Adds Credibility to Political Websites

DotVoteThe Internet is very much like the wild wild west, where anything goes, despite its growing importance in the field of politics and political information. Domain names are at the forefront of this Wild West mentality of the Internet, with people 田yber-squatting・on domain names, either for profit or to cause harm to certain political groups, candidates, or campaigns.… Read more ...

Marianne Williamson: Welcome to Sister Giant 2015!

Marianne Williamson ran for Congress in California in 2014 as an Independent.  Please note that Bernie Sanders will be the keynote speaker at this weekend event, and that there will be live streaming available.

sister giant
Dear Friends,

I’m delighted to announce our next SISTER GIANT Conference, to be held March 28-29, 2015, Live in Los Angeles as well as Livestreamed.

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Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader: What’s Happening to Canada? Open letter to Prime Minister

Ralph Nader at

Dear Prime Minister:

Many Americans love Canada and the specific benefits that have come to our country from our northern neighbor’s many achievements (see Canada Firsts by Nader, Conacher and Milleron). Unfortunately, your latest proposed legislation—the new anti-terrorism act—is being described by leading Canadian civil liberties scholars as hazardous to Canadian democracy.… Read more ...

Pennsylvania Ballot Access Bill Introduced

Mike Folmer

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On February 18, Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer re-introduced his ballot access bill, SB 495. It cuts the number of signatures for independent candidates from 2% of the winning candidate’s vote in the last election to the smaller numbers that are required for major party candidates to get on a primary ballot.… Read more ...