Category Archives: Non-left/right parties

Minnesota Public Radio: Independence Party Candidates Roll Marijuana Into Their Future

By Tim Pugmire

The Independence Party of Minnesota will try to remain a major party this year, largely with young candidates who are politically inexperienced and favor legalizing marijuana.

Marijuana played a role in the party’s recruitment of Brandan Borgos, the Independence Party’s endorsed candidate for attorney general. He said party officials asked him to run for office and a factor in their consideration was his work as a board member for Minnesota NORML, the organization that lobbies for legalized marijuana.… Read more ...

Reform Party of North Carolina Begins Ballot Access Drive

The Reform Party of North Carolina has filed paper work to begin their ballot access drive. It stands as the Reform Party’s first major ballot access drive in recent memory. The ballot access drive, led by Reform Party of North Carolina’s Vice Chairman and Executive Director Joe Vodenichar, will have to overcome major obstacles to succeed as the Reform Party will be forced to collect over 100,000 signatures.… Read more ...

Massachusetts Pirate Party: Join Us This Thursday, and Reset the Net

On June 5th 2013, Guardian published the first of the Edward Snowden-leaked documents, a National Security letter that compelled Verizon to produce copies of all of their customer’s call records, and deliver them to the NSA on an “ongoing, daily basis”. By itself, that was a huge deal — very few people had ever seen a national security letter, save for those unfortunate enough to receive one.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: Hawaii Filing Closes; Most Minor Party Candidates Since Statehood

Keiko Bonk

Hawaii primary filing closed on July 3. This year, there are 21 candidates running in minor party primaries, the greatest number since statehood in 1959. All minor parties in Hawaii nominate all of their candidates in the August 9 primary. There are also eleven independent candidates.

The minor party candidates include sixteen Libertarians, three from the Independent Party (a new party formed this year), and two Greens.… Read more ...

Gubernatorial Candidate Evan Falchuk Says Independent Party Has Strong Appeal

Evan Falhuk

(The following was originally published in The Berkshire Eagle.)

PITTSFIELD — Gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk believes his independent campaign has more than an excess of enthusiasm: It has what most independents have lacked — a sustainable political party.

That difference, plus the swelling discontent he sees among voters yearning for alternatives, could make him a contender, he said.… Read more ...

Evan Falchuk Submits Required 10,000 Voter Signatures to Election Officials

Evan Falhuk

(The following was a press release issued by the Falchuk campaign. The original copy can be viewed here.)

May 23, 2014
Contact: Jen Beltz, Falchuk for Governor
Ph: (617) 874-3826 

Evan Falchuk, United Independent Party Candidate for Governor, Submits Required 10,000 Voter Signatures to Election Officials

BOSTON – Evan Falchuk, United Independent Party candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, today announced he and his campaign team have collected over 13,000 voter signatures from 237 Massachusetts cities and towns for certification by local election officials, after just four weeks of signature-gathering efforts.… Read more ...

Pat Buchanan Reviews Ralph Nader’s New Book

On his website last Friday, paleoconservative writer Patrick J. Buchanan gave a positive review of consumer advocate Ralph Nader’s latest book: Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.  The book identifies several areas where leftists can work with rightists to combat “Corporate Statism.”

The author Nader, best known for his 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed, successfully lobbied Congress to pass safety and performance regulations aimed at protecting consumers in the 60′s and 70′s.… Read more ...

Minnesota Public Radio: Full Independence Party Slate Set for November Elections

By Peter Cox

For the first time since the 2006 election, the Independence Party of Minnesota will have a slate of candidates for all major statewide offices on the ballot in November.

With no candidate for governor at the outset, U.S. Senate hopeful Hannah Nicollet, made a last minute decision to change course.… Read more ...

Jonathan Oosting: Why a Convicted Felon Wants to Form ‘Independent Non Affiliation’ Political Party in Michigan

A Detroit woman whose felony conviction inspired her to run for public office is attempting to form a new political party in hopes of making the November ballot as a statewide candidate.

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday approved the form of a petition submitted by Danetta Simpson of Detroit, who is seeking to establish “The Independent Non Affiliation Party of Michigan.”

She’ll have to collect 32,261 signatures — including 100 from at least half of the state’s 14 congressional districts — by July 17.… Read more ...

Evan Falchuk: The Path to Victory for An Independent Candidate

As we look ahead over the remaining six months leading up to the election on November 4, 2014, we are focused on three big “wins.”

The first win is to get on the ballot. It’s not a simple process, but the most important part is getting enough signatures from registered voters to qualify.… Read more ...

Florida Candidate Filing Closes for Congressional Candidates

From Ballot Access News:

May 2 was the deadline for Florida candidates to file a declaration of candidacy and the filing fee, for Congress. Here is a link to the candidate list. There are six U.S. House districts without a Democratic-Republican contest: Democrats failed to file anyone in four districts, and Republicans in two districts.… Read more ...