Category Archives: Non-left/right parties

Richard Winger: Maine Libertarian Party Registration Drive Seems Likely to Succeed

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Maine requires a group that wishes to become a qualified party to obtain 5,000 registered members. This requirement was created in 2013, and replaced the old, very difficult 5% petition that had been in the law starting in 1976. The Maine Libertarian Party has been carrying on a voter registration drive for the last six months, and now has over 5,000 registrations, although they have not all yet been submitted to election officials.… Read more ...

Eric Ostermeier: How Big a Footprint Will Drew Curtis Leave on Kentucky’s Gubernatorial Race?

Drew Curtis

From Dr. Eric Ostermeier at Smart Politics:

Curtis, founder and CEO of the news aggregator website Fark, has polled in the mid- to high single digits in the scant three-way surveys that have been conducted of the race to date. The independent candidate hopes to build on those numbers after being allowed to participate in a debate (to favorable reviews) with the major party nominees held in Louisville earlier this month.… Read more ...

Ted Cruz names Bob Barr head of outreach effort to Ron Paul supporters and libertarians

via The Iowa Statesman.

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz today named former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr the National Chair of the “Liberty Leaders for Cruz” coalition. The campaign also released a video of eight leaders in the Liberty movement who are actively working for the Cruz campaign, featuring their personal stories of why they supported Ron Paul, and why in 2016, they support Ted Cruz for President.

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Gennady Stolyarov II: Why Transhumanists Should Not Endorse the Two-Party Political System

Portrait of Gennady Stolyarov II

From Nevada Transhumanist Party Chief Executive Gennady Stolyarov II at The Rational Argumentator:

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

Extensive discussions have recently occurred in transhumanist circles on the desirable strategies, tactics, and directions for transhumanist political activity in the United States.… Read more ...

Alternet Article on Frivolous Political Parties

Red Kelly (OWL Party) 1976 Washington State Voting Pamphlet entry

Kali Holloway has this article at Alternet about four frivolous political parties. The title indicates that there are five, but the fifth entry is actually about write-in votes for Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The parties profiled are the Guns and Dope Party, the OWL Party, the Straight Talking American Government Party (or STAG Party), and the Rent is Too Damn High Party.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party: CPD Offers Token Response Under Pressure to Open Presidential Debates

From the Libertarian Party website:

In response to public pressure, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) may soon lower the polling threshold from 15% to 10% for inclusion in next year’s final presidential debates according to Presidential Debate News published by Level the Playing Field.

“Don’t be fooled” it warns, noting that the new rule would ensure that independents will remain excluded.… Read more ...

Libertarian and Green Lawsuit Against CPD to Be Filed Tuesday, Washington Post Provides Details

According to a release from Our America Initiative, the much promoted lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates will be filed Tuesday.


What: On Tuesday, September 29, a lawsuit will be filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia charging that the exclusion of qualified candidates from the general election presidential debates by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) violates federal anti-trust laws.

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Modern Whig Party Says it Will Try to Qualify in Michigan

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On September 21, the Modern Whig Party informed Michigan’s Secretary of State that it is about to start collecting signatures on a petition to be on the 2016 ballot. Michigan lets petitioning groups set their own petitioning period, but the job must be done in six months.… Read more ...

Former Oregon State Rep. Jim Thompson Eyes Comeback as Independent Party Candidate

From Jeff Mapes at Oregon Live:

Former state Rep. Jim Thompson, who lost his seat in the Republican primary last year, said Friday he wants to run again for the legislature under the banner of the Independent Party of Oregon.

Thompson, a Dallas resident who served three terms before he was defeated by Mike Nearman, switched to the Independent Party before a key deadline on Thursday.… Read more ...

Reform Party of New York Has Over 2,000 People on Ballot

From the Reform Party website:

The Reform Party wishes to clear up recent errors by media outlets. The ballot qualifying Reform Party of New York is associated with the Reform Party National Committee. This affiliation was due to the merger of the Stop Common Core Party and the Reform Party of New York.… Read more ...

Chris Keniston: My Response to the “Wasted Vote” Argument

From Chris Keniston at his campaign website:

I received another great question from a supporter that I want to answer here publicly.

“I have several friends who love your party and your stance on the issues, but have said that they can’t waste their vote voting for someone who has no chance of being elected.… Read more ...

New York Times “Room for Debate” features perspectives on third-parties and the two-party system

The New York Times “Room for Debate” blog is currently featuring a series of differing perspectives on third-parties and the two-party system entitled “The Power of Third-Party Campaigns”. Some of the participants praise third-party efforts and call for a multi-party system, others defend the duopoly as desirable and deride third-parties as spoilers.… Read more ...