Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Party for Socialism and Liberation: Behind the Election Results

From Walter Smolarek in Liberation News, the official newspaper of the PSL:

The Republicans have taken control of the Senate with a resounding victory over the Democrats in most key races of the 2014 midterm election. In addition, there will likely be a historic Republican majority in the House of Representatives.… Read more ...

Several Single-State Parties Score High Vote Totals, Minnesota IP Loses Party Status

This report outlines some strong (and not-so-strong) performances turned in by political parties that are currently active in only one state:

In Hawaii, Hawaii Independent Party candidate Mufi Hannemann won more than 11% of the vote in his race for Governor.

In Massachusetts, United Independent Party candidate Evan Falchuk appears to have come in third in his race for Governor with more than 3% of the vote.… Read more ...

Uncovered Politics: Will 2014 Be Remembered as a Breakout Year?

Greg Orman

By Austin Cassidy at Uncovered Politics:

October 29, 2014 5:54 pm

As recently as a few weeks ago it looked like we were heading for a record year for third party and independent candidates in the modern era. Independents in South Dakota, Kansas, Maine and Alaska all seemed like they had victory within their grasp.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: Minor Parties Have a Lot Riding on Their Percentage of the Vote on November 4

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

One of the reasons the November 4 election is suspenseful is because there are so many states in which it is difficult to predict whether various minor parties will poll enough votes to obtain, or keep, recognized party status.

Alabama: although no minor party candidate has any candidates on the ballot for statewide office, parties can also obtain recognized party status, for county office only, if they poll 20% of the vote for a countywide county office.… Read more ...

Opposition News: Lone CA Peace & Freedom Candidate takes on Rep. Hahn

Adam Shbeita

By Mark Wachtler

The voting system known as Top Two is being pushed to replace America’s current voting system. But one need only look at California, which uses Top Two, to see the devastating ramifications. Top Two excludes independents and opposition parties from the General Election. Of hundreds of races in the state Tuesday, only three include a candidate other than a Republican or Democrat.… Read more ...

Uncovered Politics: Feisty Nebraskan Launches Write-In Candidacy for Senate

Editor’s note: Dan Buhrdorf (above) is the Tax Wall Street Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.

By Darcy G. Richardson

While many seasoned political observers believe that Democratic nominee Dave Domina, a wealthy trial lawyer, has already thrown in the towel in his uphill battle against Republican Ben Sasse in Nebraska’s lopsided U.S.… Read more ...

Howie Hawkins Makes Appeal for Teachout Voters, Criticizes Working Families Party

Howie Hawkins

Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York. Press Release from the Hawkins campaign:

In a Monday morning media conference call Green Party Governor candidate Howie Hawkins made a direct appeal to Zephyr Teachout’s supporters. He then blasted the Working Families Party (WFP) for its cynical, sad and impotent strategy to convince its members and supporters that somehow voting Cuomo on the WFP line makes him a progressive.… Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party Supports a $20/Hour Minimum Wage, Posts $13/Hour Job Listing

From Ben Swann:

The website of Seattle’s Freedom Socialist Party lists its most recent presidential candidate Stephen Durham’s political positions, which include the party’s effort to “raise the minimum wage to $20 an hour.” The group also avidly supported a successful push for a $15-per-hour minimum wage in Seattle, which passed this year.… Read more ...

Socialist Equality Party: The Invisible Election

From Barry Grey at the World Socialist Web Site, the official website of the International Committee of the Fourth International (the international affiliation of Socialist Equality Parties):

In less than three weeks, the United States will hold national elections to choose a third of US senators, all 435 members of the US House of Representatives, the governors of 36 out of 50 states, and thousands of state legislators.… Read more ...

Luis Rodriguez Named Poet Laureate of Los Angeles

Luis Rodriguez was the Justice Party’s vice presidential candidate in 2012 and in the 2014 primary ran for governor of California as a Green. From Jennifer Swann at LA Weekly:

Ex-gang member, author, publisher, organizer, activist, lifelong Angeleno and Green Party California gubernatorial candidate Luis J. Rodriguez can officially add yet another hefty title to his resume: Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, as appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti today at a ceremony at the Central Public Library.… Read more ...

Opposition News: Stats Reveal Major Flaw in 3rd Party Election Strategies

By Mark Wachtler

Your author has been volunteering, helping and reporting on independent and opposition parties and their candidates for over 25 years. We know a thing or two about what we’re talking about here at Opposition News. So take it from the opposition’s equivalent of Karl Rove and David Axelrod – stop running for national offices with no experience.… Read more ...

New Ballot Access Law in California Keeps 4 Alternative Parties on the Ballot

From Ballot Access News:

On September 30, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2351, which makes it easier for a group to qualify as a party in California, and also makes it easier for an already-existing party to remain ballot-qualified. The old law required an already-existing party to either poll 2% for any statewide in a general election, or to have 103,004 registrants (1% of the November 2010 turnout).… Read more ...