Category Archives: Third parties, general

Supreme Court clears way for National Popular Vote initiatives on state ballots


States where the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact has been adopted (green) or is currently pending (yellow)

via Richard Winger’s Ballot Access News:

As already noted, today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state initiative process can be used to change laws affecting congressional elections. Rick Hasen notes today that Article II, which describes the presidency and presidential elections, also says, “the legislature” shall pass election laws concerning presidential elections.

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Sixth Circuit: Tennessee ballot access standards unconstitutional

Sixth_CircuitThe Tennesseean reports the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Tennessee’s ballot access standards violate the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.

Chief Judge R. Guy Cole Jr. wrote, “Tennessee’s ballot-retention statute clearly imposes a heavier burden on minor parties than major parties by giving minor parties less time to obtain the same level of electoral success as established parties.” The Tennessee Constitution and Green parties had filed the suit.… Read more ...

More than 400 have filed papers to run for president


The Scripps Howard Foundation Wire reports that “as of Thursday, 419 Americans seeking the presidency had filed a Form 2 statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission,” with 18 joining the race last week. The piece notes that this surpasses the total number of candidates to file four years ago, when 416 filed the necessary paperwork.… Read more ...

Glenn Beck: “Too Libertarian” for FOX

GlennBeckFormer FOX and CNN commentator and show host Glenn Beck appeared on the Howard Stern show last week. What follows is a partial transcript of those segments where he discussed “Third Party” voting as well as those portions where he explicated (his version of) libertarianism.

Stern: It’s Glenn Beck who used to be on FOX news.… Read more ...

OAI DBA “FairDebates.Com”


In a press release received by IPR earlier today, The Our America Initiative has announced it has created a new DBA (Doing Business As) subsidiary website,

“FairDebates is a DBA of Our America Initiative which is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee that may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors.… Read more ...

Libertarians, Greens, & Level the Playing Field (formerly Americans Elect) file lawsuit against Comm. on Pres. Debates

Press Release via the Libertarian Party:

The Libertarian Party joined Level the Playing Field, the successor group to Americans Elect, and the Green Party to file a lawsuit aimed at the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a Democratic- and Republican-run agency that sets rules designed to exclude third parties and independents from presidential debates.… Read more ...

Scott McLarty: What’ll Happen to Bernie’s Political Revolution After Hillary Wins the Nomination?

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

From Scott McLarty in CounterPunch, forwarded to me by the DC Statehood Green Party:

The question needs to be asked. What will Bernie Sanders’ supporters do when “We need a political revolution” inevitably turns into “We must vote for the lesser evil”?

It seems like bad manners to bring up the likelihood that Mr.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party and Constitution Party File Lawsuit Against New South Dakota March 1 Petition Deadline


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Earlier this year South Dakota changed the petition deadline for a newly-qualifying party to submit a petition of 2.5% of the last gubernatorial vote for party status. The old deadline was March 29. The new deadline is March 1. On June 15, the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party filed a lawsuit against that deadline, Libertarian Party of South Dakota v Krebs, 4:15-cv-4111.… Read more ...

Robert David Steele Seeking Libertarian Presidential Nomination, Wants to Create Coalition to End “Two Party Tyranny”

Robert David Steele

From Libertarian Party presidential hopeful Robert David Steele in a letter to fellow IPR contributor Paulie Frankel:

I am running as a candidate for the LP nomination at the same time that Cynthia McKinney may be running for the Green nomination, with the intent of showing all small parties and the Independents how they can come together now, in 2015, to demand passage of the Electoral Reform Act of 2015 in time to elect a coalition cabinet that opens the floodgates for small party and independent candidates at all levels and especially into Congress.… Read more ...

“Level the Playing Field” Says Some Debate Commissioners Have a Conflict of Interest

aeadLevel the Playing Field press release as reposted to Gnomes National News Service, via Ballot Access News:

At a time when overwhelming numbers of Americans think the political system is broken and their government is dysfunctional, just two men and their friends have the power to break the two-party stranglehold by allowing an independent on the presidential debate stage.… Read more ...

New York Times Carries Letter from Former Congressman Christopher Shays Advocating Debate Reform

Christopher Shays

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The New York Times has this letter from former Connecticut Republican Congressman Christopher Shays, in support of expanding who can be included in the general election presidential debates. Shays was in Congress for 22 years.

From Congressman Shays’ letter:

To the Editor:

Americans are frustrated with their polarized political system and believe that their government just isn’t working, and they are right.… Read more ...

Mark Wachtler Survives Possible Assassination Attempt

Mark Wachtler

From Mark Wachtler at Opposition News:

If you thought Russia and China were the only places that political opposition leaders get assassinated, think again. In the early morning hours of June 6th, gun shots crashed through the windows at the home of one of America’s longest standing political opposition activists.… Read more ...