Category Archives: Non-left/right parties

Level the Playing Field on more inclusive Presidential Debates; duopolist warns of “dangerous” candidates being included


Ballot Access News:

Level the Playing Field, which supports opening up the general election presidential debates to more candidates, has issued this press release. It points out that if the 15% polling rule were applied to the August 6, 2015 Republican presidential debate, only one candidate, Donald Trump, would qualify.

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Massachusetts Pirate Party: Game Over, Boston 2024

From the Massachusetts Pirate Party website, posted July 28:

Today’s Boston Globe was covered with the headline “GAME OVER”. It’s official, Boston 2024 is dead in the water. Financial backing was the straw that broke the Camel’s back; the USOC wanted the city to cover cost overruns and revenue shortfalls, and Mayor Walsh did the right thing by walking away.… Read more ...

Large Number of Minor Party and Independent Candidates File to Run for Philadelphia City Office

Independent mayoral candidate James Foster hands in his nominating petitions at the county Board of Elections office on Monday morning. Brian Hickey/WHYY, Next Mayor partner

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

According to this Philadelphia Inquirer story, quite a few candidates are running in the November 3, 2015 election for Philadelphia city office.

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Mayor of Kingston, New York, May Depend on Green Party to Get on November 3, 2015 Ballot

Shayne Gallo

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Mayor Shayne Gallo of Kingston, New York, is running for re-election in a partisan election on November 3, 2015. He is a Democrat, but he has a powerful opponent in the Democratic primary in September. In case he loses the Democratic primary, he hoped to be nominated by either or both the Independence Party and the Conservative Party.… Read more ...

Richard Winger: 2 Ways California Could Expand Voter Choice in Elections

From Richard Winger at Independent Voter Network, reprinted here with permission from the author:

California’s existing election system for Congress and state office could be improved with the following ideas.

The problem with the status quo is that ever since it went into effect in 2011, there has been very limited choice on the November ballot.… Read more ...

Boston Herald Article Suggests Evan Falchuk May Run for MA Governor Again in 2018

Evan Falchuk

This article by Chris Villani in the Boston Herald credits United Independent Party founder and chairman Evan Falchuk with helping to end Boston’s 2024 bid to host the Olympics, and hints that he may run for governor again in 2018. An excerpt:

United Independent Party Chairman Evan Falchuk, who became a visible and vocal opponent of the Boston 2024 Olympic bid, said he would not rule out a possible run for governor in 2018.… Read more ...

Kentucky Likely to Have Three Candidates on November 2015 Ballot for Governor

Drew Curtis

Drew Curtis

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This news story says Drew Curtis, an independent running for Governor of Kentucky in the November 3, 2015 election, already has 6,000 signatures. The deadline is August 11. He needs 5,000 and says he expects to have at least 8,500 by the deadline.… Read more ...

Zoltan Istvan ‘This US presidential candidate doesn’t want to be president—he wants to live forever’ (Quartz):

Zoltan Istvan was among the earliest candidates to declare his bid for the 2016 US presidential elections. But most Americans still won’t know about this writer and Transhumanist philosopher by the time they head to the polls. Istvan knows that.

Yet, his platform is refreshing: put science first.… Read more ...

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 ...

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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Massachusetts Pirate Party: Help Improve Our Public Records Laws Today

From the Massachusetts Pirate Party website:

Massachusetts took a step closer to improving its public records law when the Judiciary Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight reported favorably on H.3665 (An Act to improve public records). The bill next goes to the committee on House Ways and Means and we need your help in making sure it passes.… Read more ...

Reform Party Candidate Ronald Kimmons running for 7th District US House of Representatives Seat in Texas

Nicholas Hensley at

Reform Party Candidate Ronald Kimmons is running for the 7th District US House of Representatives Seat in Texas.

Ronald Kimmons was born in Houston, Texas, in 1983. He grew up in Texas, graduating from Madisonville High School. He is the fifth of nine children.

As an undergraduate, he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

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