Category Archives: Non-left/right parties

Tentative Minutes of 2015 COFOE Board Meeting Available Online

Ballot Access News:

The Coalition for Free & Open Elections (COFOE) is a very loose coalition of most of the nation’s active nationally-organized minor parties, along with other organizations that care about their election law problems. It was founded in 1985 in New York city. The Board meets in person once per year.

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Reform Party Seeking Professional Fundraisers

reformFrom the Reform Party of the United States website:

The Reform Party of the United States is building its fundraising network, and focusing on raising money. As the party grows, it will need more capital to fund outreach, candidates and ballot access. To help build this network, the Reform Party is doing research on professional fundraisers.… Read more ...

Carl Person sues to overturn Bloomberg’s NYC bike lanes

Carl Person

article from NY Daily News: 

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legacy of installing pedestrian malls, bike lanes and bicycle rental stations on city streets is under attack in a lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Carl Person, the former Libertarian Party candidate for state attorney general, says the measures are illegal because the mayor never did an environmental impact statement as required by law.

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As Democrats Lose Support by Embracing Free Trade, Reform Party Reaffirms Opposition

reformFrom the Reform Party website:

According to news reports, the labor unions and other pro-trade protectionist groups have frozen donations to Democrats over the Democrats’ support of Free Trade Deals. In return, the Reform Party has issued to following statement to reaffirm its belief that these “free trade” agreements have caused harm to the United States:

For over twenty years, the United States government has sold out American Manufacturing using “free trade” agreements.… Read more ...

Reform Party of Illinois Statement on Aaron Schock

Congressman Aaron Schock is resigning from office. His resignation comes after he sold a vehicle with 90,000 fewer miles than he reported for mileage reimbursement. This is after an ethics investigation into reports that he had used taxpayer money to fund lavish trips and events.

Aaron Schock is not the first person to resign after being accused of using his Congressional Office for self-enrichment.… Read more ...

Reform Party Statement on Republican Letter to Iran

Tom Cotton

From the Reform Party website:

Recently forty-seven GOP senators, led by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, sent an open letter to Iran. This letter highlights both the dysfunction of the United States government, and the dysfunction of the Republican Party.

This letter was aimed at President Obama as he entered nuclear talks with Iran, and geared towards disrupting diplomatic discussions between Iran and the United States.… Read more ...

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 ...

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


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)

Jesse for President

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


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 ...

The Oklahoman Endorses Ballot Access Bill that Passed State House


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Oklahoman, largest newspaper in Oklahoma, has this rousing editorial in support of the ballot access bill that has already passed the State House. Thanks to Richard Prawdzienski for the link.

From the endorsement:

The House of Representatives this week approved a bill by Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, that would greatly reduce the amount of signatures needed for a third party to get on the ballot.… Read more ...

North Dakota Ballot Access Bill Loses on House Floor by Vote of 37-55

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On February 19, the North Dakota House defeated HB 1260 by a vote of 37-55. It would have eliminated the minimum vote test for a candidate to be considered nominated in a party primary. North Dakota is the only state that says it isn’t enough for a candidate in a partisan primary to poll the most votes; the candidate, even if unopposed, must also poll a certain minimum number of votes.… Read more ...