Category Archives: Non-left/right parties

Pirate Party: Lessig and the State of US Democracy

Larry Lessig

From Andrew Norton at the Pirate Party website:

What follows is a statement from the US Pirate Party’s leadership on the decision by Professor Lawrence Lessig to withdraw his candidacy.

The US Pirate Party expresses our disappointment with the decision by the Democratic National Committee to change the rules of their debate admittance to avoid having to face tough questions about the decrepit state of the ‘Democracy’ in the United States.… Read more ...

Prohibition Party Rejoins Board of Coalition for Free & Open Elections

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Coalition for Free & Open Elections (COFOE) has existed starting in 1985. It is a loose coalition of nationally-organized minor parties and other groups that support fair play for independent candidates and minor parties. Recently the Prohibition Party re-joined the COFOE board.… Read more ...

Reform Party of North Carolina Opens Headquarters

From the Reform Party website:

The Reform Party of Franklin County has announced that they have opened a headquarters approximately ten miles outside of Raleigh, NC. This headquarters will also serve as the interim headquarters of the Reform Party of North Carolina.

“Franklin County is an important county,” said Reform Party Chairman Nicholas Hensley.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Minnesota: Independence Party Candidate Criticizes Libertarian Solutions on Regulation (Response)

Combined-LP-and-IP-logos-article-graphicThis was previously reported on here. Since that time, the Libertarian Party of Minnesota has provided this fuller response.

An Independence Party candidate has criticized Libertarian proposals that market-based organizations can perform the regulatory function more reliably than government, highlighting how Libertarian stances differ from those of all other parties.… Read more ...

Jesse Ventura continues to promote possible bid for Libertarian nomination


Jesse Ventura has, in a series of recent interviews and media appearances, talked about the possibility of seeking the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2016, providing additional details about his intentions.

In an interview with WCCO, a local CBS affiliate in Minnesota:

In a uniquely Ventura approach, he says he won’t actually join the Libertarian Party.

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Minnesota LP Vice Chair Interview Draws Criticism from Minnesota IP Candidate

S.L. Malleck

Libertarian Party of Minnesota vice chair S.L. Malleck was recently interviewed by Cyndy Brucato of MinnPost, following their incorrectly identifying libertarian Republican activist Bill Jungbauer as a Libertarian. The Malleck interview mainly explains the LP’s ideology and differentiates the LP from the Republicans. An excerpt:

MP: Why do some Republicans describe themselves as libertarian?

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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 ...