Category Archives: Third parties, general

Donald Trump Signs the Pledge; Does This Rule Out a Third-Party Run?

From Talking Points Memo
September 3. 3015

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump announced Thursday in a news conference that he signed a pledge stating he would not run for commander-in-chief as a third-party candidate.

The announcement followed the billionaire’s private meeting with Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus.

“The best way for the Republicans to win is if I win the nomination and go directly against whoever [the Democrats] happen to put up,” Trump told a packed audience of reporters and onlookers in the lobby of New York City’s Trump Tower.… Read more ...

U.S. District Court rules against Libertarian Party of New Hampshire lawsuit against ban on off-year party petitioning


From the Concord Monitor:

Efforts by the Libertarian Party to win back its official listing on New Hampshire ballots received a setback Thursday when a federal judge upheld a 2014 state law that puts a time limit on the period during which the party can gather the thousands of necessary supporting signatures.

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Green Party to Jon Stewart and His Fans: Join Us in Protesting “Rigged” Presidential Debates

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart

Green Party press release:

Green Party members have responded to a petition requesting an invitation for Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” to moderate the presidential debates in 2016 with a challenge to Mr. Stewart and his fans to protest the “rigged” debates.

According to the petition’s Facebook page, “Jon Stewart: More Than 100,000 People Sign Petition for Comedian to Host a 2016 Presidential Debate.… Read more ...

No One Challenges Pennsylvania Petition for Statewide Independent Supreme Court Candidate

Ballot Access News:

Earlier this year, independent candidate Paul Panepinto submitted a petition to be on the November 3, 2015 ballot for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, a statewide partisan office. August 11 was the deadline for anyone to challenge his petition, but no one did so, so he is on the ballot.

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South Dakota Legislature in 2012 Appears to Have Accidentally Deleted the Independent Presidential Candidate Petition Deadline

Ballot Access News:

This is old news, but it has just come to my attention. In 2000 Ralph Nader won a federal lawsuit against South Dakota’s June petition deadline for independent presidential candidates. Nader v Hazeltine, 110 F Supp 2d 1201. The court said June is too early for presidential independents.
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Richard Winger on MSNBC on Donald Trump and Sore Loser Laws

Ballot Access News

On the evening of August 11, Ari Melber, standing in for hostess Rachel Maddow, aired a segment on Donald Trump and sore loser laws. I was a guest for about four minutes, and my segment can be seen here. Before I came on the show, Melber had quoted from an Ohio law that says independent candidates associated with a political party may not get on the general election ballot.

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Clayton Hunt vs. Paul Frankel: Should Libertarians Secretly Root for Donald Trump?

Houston TX LP activist and voluntaryist Clayton Hunt at Libertarian Gaming:

I think Donald Trump is amazing.

I know what you’re thinking, “But he’s racist and hateful, ignorant and damn proud of it, can pretend to run a business, but doesn’t know anything about economics.”
You’d be right, but I think he’s amazing because of that, and one other thing…

He’s topping the polls of prospective GOP voters, with every incidence of him saying something stupid driving his numbers higher.

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Latest updates: Oklahoma LP ballot access fundraising


As of this morning, is at $6,659.52 towards a goal of $10,000 to be raised online. Along with money raised on the phone and matching donations that will make it $60,000, with less than $4,000 remaining to be raised to get the LP Oklahoma ballot access drive started.

LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark comments on the previous update:

The letter is in the mail.

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Dick Meyer: We need a true three-party system

Dick Meyer, Scripps Washington Bureau (TNS):

Unfortunately, we assume the two-party system permanent and unalterable.

But the very phrase — “two-party system” — is a misnomer. Nothing in the Constitution sanctions a two-party system. The two-party duopoly is an accident of history, not the work of the framers.

My list of complaints is long: They have created a primary system so prolonged that elected officials are usually in campaign mode; they ceded the power to select and finance candidates and so have little power over their caucuses in Congress; they don’t recruit and promote the best and brightest; they have lost the trust and loyalty of voters.

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Ninth Circuit Won’t Rehear Libertarian-Green Challenge to AZ Voter Registration Form

Ballot Access News

On August 6, the Ninth Circuit refused to rehear Arizona Libertarian Party v Bennett, 13-16254. This is the case in which the Green and Libertarian Parties challenge the voter registration form, which names the Republican Party and the Democratic Party and gives each of them a checkbox.… Read more ...

Update: Oklahoma LP ballot access fundraising

As of this morning, is at $6,199.52 towards a goal of $10,000 to be raised online. Along with money raised on the phone and matching donations that will make it $60,000, with less than $4,000 remaining to be raised to get the LP Oklahoma ballot access drive started. I’m not sure whether that means Bill Redpath’s snail mail letter will still go out or not, but either way you can read it here.… Read more ...