Category Archives: Independents

Frank Fahrenkopf Says Commission on Presidential Debates Will Decide by October Whether to Expand Entry into Debates

Frank Fahrenkopf Jr.

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On Saturday, July 25, Frank Fahrenkopf appeared on the Smerconish show on CNN. Fahrenkopf has been the most influential leader of the CPD since it was established in 1987. He said the Commission hasn’t decided yet whether to ease the 15% poll rule for entry into the general election presidential debates.… Read more ...

2014 Independent SD Candidate Appears to Avoid Prison in Plea Bargain

Clayton Walker

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Clayton Walker was an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in South Dakota last year. He had not qualified for the ballot, and he had been prosecuted because some signatures on his unsuccessful petition appeared to have been forgeries. According to this story, there was a possibility that he could have been sentenced to 24 years in prison.… Read more ...

Drew Curtis’ Responses to KY Farm Bureau Forum

From Drew Curtis at his campaign website (dated 7/23/15):

Earlier today, gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Jack Conway debated agriculture issues at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Measure the Candidates forum. As an Independent candidate, Drew Curtis was refused an invitation. However, in the interests of informing voters about all candidates, we would like to take this opportunity to briefly share some of Curtis’s views on the questions that were asked.… Read more ...

Maine Republican Legislator Becomes an Independent

Ballot Access News:

On July 22, Maine Representative Larry Dunphy announced that he has left the Republican Party and is now an independent. Maine has registration by party. Dunphy has an op-ed in the Bangor Daily News condemning the way the Republican and Democratic Parties expect their Maine state legislators to follow the wishes of party leaders.… Read more ...

Trump expects to win GOP nomination, but again threatens independent run

trumpIn what it is billing as an “exclusive”, The Hill reports that in a Wednesday interview, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said “the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will ‘absolutely’ increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season.”

Trump told The Hill, “The RNC has not been supportive.… Read more ...

CPD wall starting to crack?


Ballot Access News reports:

On July 16, the Federal Election Commission voted 4-2 to reject the request for a new rule concerning general election presidential debates. The two commissioners who voted in favor of considering a better rule are Ann Ravel and Ellen Weintraub, both Democrats. It is believed this is the first time any FEC Commissioner has voted to do something about the problem that the Commission on Presidential Debates excludes candidates who are not Republican or Democratic nominees.

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Tickets for Free and Equal’s 2015 United We Stand Fest on Sale Now


The Free and Equal Elections Foundation is excited to announce that tickets for the 2015 United We Stand Festival are now available for purchase. The event will take place Saturday, September 19th from 5 to 10 PM PST at the Belasco Theater, LA. The tickets for this historic event cost only $20 for general admission and $15 for students.… Read more ...

Mark Wachtler: ‘Independents Sanders and Trump rocking the Establishment’

Mark Wachtler at Opposition news:

July 11, 2015. Brooklyn, NY. (ONN) As the voice of America’s political opposition, we at Opposition News are giddy as we watch two of our own – Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump – wreak havoc from inside the two establishment Parties. How the Parties let Bernie in, or haven’t kicked the Donald out, is beyond me.

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