Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Ohio SOS threatens to not put Trump on the ballot if he runs independent

Ballot Access News:

Ohio has had a sore loser law since before 1958. It says, “3513.04: No person who seeks party nomination for an office or position at a primary election by declaration of candidacy shall be permitted to become a candidate at the following general election for any office by nominating petition, including a nomination petition filed under 3517.012.”

On August 7, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted told the press that this means Donald Trump cannot possibly get on the November 2016 ballot as a presidential candidate (unless he is the Republican nominee) because at the August 6 debate he “declared his candidacy” for the Republican nomination.

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American Freedom Party: Election Riles Anti-White One People’s Project

From the American Freedom Party website:

Haven’t you heard? There’s a “white supremacist” evilnaziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews running for office in New Carlisle, Ohio. On second check, no — there’s not. The candidate, Tony Hovater, is running for a city council seat in New Carlisle, Ohio under the newly formed Traditional Workers Party.… 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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Socialist Workers Party: We Need Labor Party Based on Unions

John Staggs, right, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Philadelphia City Council, at July 20 protest of ironworkers against frame-up and jailing of former union president Joe Dougherty

From John Studer in The Militant:

PHILADELPHIA — John Staggs, Socialist Workers Party candidate for City Council at-large, joined hundreds of celebrants and protesters at City Hall here July 25 to mark the 25th anniversary of President George H.W.… Read more ...

Patrick Ayers: Seattle Politics at a Crossroads – The 2015 City Council Elections

From Patrick Ayers at the Socialist Alternative website:

With a new district voting system and 47 candidates running for nine seats, the next Seattle City Council will be full of new faces. But the question is: will we have a council in 2016 with the same old big business policies, or a genuine change in course with a bold working-class agenda?Read more ...

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 ...

Freedom Socialist Party: Why We Confront the KKK

From Nancy Reiko Kato and Toni Mendicino in Freedom Socialist:

South Carolina was once a thriving center of the Southern slavocracy. No wonder that today it is a lightning rod for the unfinished battle against racism in the USA. In the last period, a white Charleston cop was indicted for murdering Walter Scott — unarmed and Black.… Read more ...

Sanders rules out third-party presidential run

During an appearance before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders ruled out a third-party or independent presidential run if he fails to win the Democratic nomination. He said, “I made the promise that I would not and I will keep that promise. And the reason for that is I do not want to be responsible for electing some right-wing Republican to be president of the United States.”

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Fleckenstein: “A Vermont socialist’s guide to Bernie Sanders”

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Published June 11, 2015 @, maintained by the International Socialist Organization:

AS I stood among the 5,000 people in Burlington, Vermont’s waterfront park while Bernie Sanders launched his Democratic presidential primary bid late last month, it was odd to hear the repeated claim that Sanders was responsible for rescuing this very parkland from rapacious developers while he was mayor of Burlington in the 1980s.Read more ...

John Studer: SWP Candidates Campaign for $15/Hour, Unionization

Osborne Hart, right, SWP candidate for mayor of Philadelphia, talks to retired leather worker James Roletter July 18. Roletter said removal of Confederate battle flag was long overdue.

From John Studer at The Militant:

PHILADELPHIA — “The Socialist Workers Party candidates, John Staggs for City Council at-large and myself for mayor, are both workers at Walmart,” Osborne Hart told Robert Taylor, a truck driver and Teamsters union member, as Taylor signed a nominating petition on his doorstep in the Port Richmond neighborhood here July 18.… Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party Recommendations for the August 4, 2015 Washington State Primary Election

Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant

From the Freedom Socialist Party website:

This year Seattle City Council candidates will be voted on by district with two at-large members. While there are an unprecedented number of candidates, only one Seattle City Council candidate, Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative, has a platform and track record that is worthy of working-class voters.… Read more ...

J. Richard Marra: ‘Charleston: A Political Meditation’


J. Richard Marra at the Socialst. “Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author, and not necessarily of the SP-USA or the Faith and Socialist Commission.”

The Socialist Party USA recently chartered its Faith and Socialism Commission. Its purpose is to reach out to communities of conscience and spirituality “as socialists.” As a socialist and secular Buddhist, I joined soon after its chartering invited my membership.… Read more ...