Category Archives: Non-left/right parties

Matthew Benedict: American Sniper and Legislation We Need To Support

From the Modern Whig Party website:

Modern Whig Party Deputy Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs Matthew Benedict shares his views on the effect of the Movie American Sniper and on pending legislation to support veterans. His post follows this introduction:

There has been a lot of debate about the movie American Sniper between commentators and the public which has brought attention to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.… Read more ...

US Pirate Party results from the 2014 election

Posted at uspirates.org. I can’t find any record of us posting it previously.


The Pirate Party made a strong showing with its three candidates in yesterdays elections, showing the party has a growing base in the US that welcomes the forward-looking message of the party.

The Massachusetts Pirate Party had two strong candidates with Noelani Kamelamela and  Joseph Guertin who polled better than most people expected.… Read more ...

Reform Party Raising Money for New Website

Nicholas Hensley

From the Reform Party website:

The Reform Party of the United States of America is raising money to fund a new website and the Communications Committee. The Communications Committee is tasked with the maintaining the Reform Party website, internal communications and external public relations. Reform Party Secretary Nicholas Hensley has agreed to match the first 100 dollars in donations, and has sent out numerous communications through varies means asking for members and supporters to donate.… Read more ...

Reform Party Selects New Officers

reformFrom newly-elected Reform Party Secretary Nicholas Hensley at the Reform Party website:

The Reform Party National Committee met on December 6th, 2014 to elect a Vice-Chair and Secretary for the Party.

Former Vice-Chair Rodney Martin chose not to seek reelection, and Reform Party Treasurer Bill C. Merrell was elected as his successor.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: Newspaper Article Illustrates Some Quirks of Massachusetts Election Law

united-independentFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This article about the ballot-qualified United Independent Party contains some interesting details about Massachusetts election law. It says that individuals can only give $1,500 to an unqualified party, but that an individual can give $15,000 to a qualified political party.

It also says that if the United Independent Party can increase its registration to 1% of the state total by the end of 2015, then the party’s qualified status will continue into 2018.… Read more ...

Phil Fuehrer: Cult of Personality? Not Exactly

From Phil Fuehrer at the Independence Party of Minnesota website:

The Independence Party has often been criticized as being a party perpetually in search of the next big name to run for office. Moving from Jesse Ventura, to Tim Penny, to Peter Hutchinson, Dean Barkley, Tom Horner etc., etc. A secondary criticism has been that the IP’s ideology simply shifts with the candidate du election-saison.… Read more ...

Stop Common Core Party Will Change its Name to “Reform Party”

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Stop Common Core Party, which is a ballot-qualified party in New York state, is in the process of changing its name to “Reform Party.” See this story. This is the first time a ballot-qualified party named “Reform Party” has ever existed in New York.… Read more ...

New York Daily News Editorializes for a Voter Registration Form Change to Prevent Confusion Between Independent Voters and Independence Party

independence-new-york

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This New York Daily News editorial says the New York voter registration form should be redesigned to lessen the chances of confusion between independent voters and members of the Independence Party. The editorial wants the form to first ask voters if they do or do not wish to enroll in a party, with “Yes” or “No” boxes.… Read more ...

State Legislators in North Dakota and Maine Submit Bill Proposals to Improve Ballot Access

Ben Chipman

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

State legislators in North Dakota and Maine have started the process of introducing ballot access improvement bills. In North Dakota, Rep. Corey Mock (D-Grand Forks) has asked the bill-drafting staff to prepare a bill that would eliminate the unique North Dakota requirement that a party must attract a certain number of voters into its primary, in order to nominate.… Read more ...

New Online Petition Launched for More Inclusive General Election Presidential Debates

Ballot Access News:

On December 31, 2014, a new on-line petition directed toward the Commission on Presidential Debates was launched. The petition asks the Commission to invite all presidential candidates who are theoretically capable of winning the election. In all U.S. history, no presidential election has ever had more than seven such candidates.

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Information on Three Minor Party Presidential Hopefuls

Jim Hayden – Constitution Party

Jim Hayden has declared his candidacy for the Constitution Party’s 2016 Presidential nomination. From the front page of his campaign website:

I am the only Presidential Candidate with the combat training and actual combat experience to secure our borders and evict those living in this country illegally while engaging our Muslim Enemies and defeating them.

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