Category Archives: Third parties, general

Free and Equal: ‘The Common Thread: ISIS, the War on Drugs and Puppet Politicians’

by James Gurak at (excerpt):

In 1988, the Republican and Democrat parties devised a plan to strong-arm the debates from the unbiased League of Women Voters, establishing the BIPARTISAN Commission on Presidential Debates. This commission was founded by the leaders of both the Republican and Democrat parties with overt intentions to limit the ability of third party or independent candidates to partake.

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Foster Gamble: “A thorough ‘libertarian’ would be a ‘voluntaryist’ or ‘anarchist.'”


Foster Gamble, one of the heirs to the Proctor & Gamble fortune, writer, host and producer of the 2011 documentary THRIVE, and self-described “radical voluntaryist” has published a detailed essay titled, “Defining Politics: Knowing what we are talking about could save our lives” on his Thrive Movement BLOG.  … Read more ...

Citizen-Times Article on Bad Ballot Access Laws in North Carolina

From Dale Neal at the Citizen-Times:

[Jill] Stein made a fundraising and party-building stop in Asheville Sunday. She took part in a joint press conference on the steps of City Hall, calling for broadening democracy with more parties on the ballots. While the numbers of registered Democrats and Republicans are falling, unaffiliated voters are on the increase.… Read more ...

Iowa Local News Story on Presidential Candidates “with No Chance of Winning”

Justin Witter

Bruce Aune of KCRG-TV9 (ABC affiliate out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa) has penned this piece which mentions long shot presidential bids. Some of those mentioned are little-known Democratic and Republican candidates, as well as frivolous candidates such as Buddy the Cat and Deez Nuts, but also features quotes from a Constitution Party presidential candidate and a member of the Iowa Green Party.… Read more ...

Milwaukee Libertarians: GOP debate proves Broadcasters Assn. ban on third-party candidates is unjustified


Press Release via the Libertarian Party of Milwaukee County:

Milwaukee Libertarians: GOP debate proves Broadcasters Assn. ban on third-party candidates is unjustified

For the past two decades, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association has exercised a monopoly on organizing general election debates between candidates for Governor and Senator. In that time, they have not once allowed any candidate other than the Republican and Democratic nominees to participate.… Read more ...

Our America Initiative: CPD’s refusal to change shows they are controlled by Republicans and Democrats “for their exclusive benefit”

via press release sent to IPR:

CPD Keeps Polling Threshold for Participation Despite Legal Challenges

October 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT — A senior advisor to the Our America Initiative is calling the announcement by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) that a 15% polling threshold will once again be used to determine participation in the 2016 presidential debates “disappointing but certainly not shocking.”

The Our America Initiative, a nonprofit political advocacy organization, is supporting a lawsuit filed September 29th in Federal Court charging that the CPD’s control of the general election presidential debates constitutes an illegal monopoly and unfairly excludes qualified candidates other than the Republican and Democrat nominees.… Read more ...

Prohibition Party Rejoins Board of Coalition for Free & Open Elections

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Coalition for Free & Open Elections (COFOE) has existed starting in 1985. It is a loose coalition of nationally-organized minor parties and other groups that support fair play for independent candidates and minor parties. Recently the Prohibition Party re-joined the COFOE board.… Read more ...

Tom Knapp: Spoiled Rotten – Who Owns Your Vote?

From Tom Knapp at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism:

There’s a word that sets my teeth on edge, bubbling up among the commentariat every other year as election campaigns heat up. In this cycle I’m starting to hear it earlier than usual, mainly because prominent candidates — first Donald Trump, now Jim Webb — are rumored to be considering independent bids for the presidency.… Read more ...

Jim Webb publicly considers ditching Dems for independent presidential campaign

via The Hill:

Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb will consider an independent bid for president amid protests by the candidate that the Democratic Party rigged last week’s debate for Hillary Clinton.

Webb’s campaign emailed out details to a press conference for Tuesday at the National Press Club with the subject line: “Jim Webb to consider independent run.”

During last week’s debate, he only had the chance to speak for 15 minutes compared to about 30 minutes for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, according to NPR.

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Video: Gary Johnson on why he’s suing the Commission on Presidential Debates

Marc Kilmer: Why Does Arkansas Continue Handicapping Third Parties?

From Marc Kilmer at The Arkansas Project:

The Libertarian Party of Arkansas is suing the state over new requirements for selecting candidates in 2016. The party contends that the state’s requirement to name their nominees over a year before the election harms their electoral efforts.

I don’t know about the specific merits of this case.… Read more ...

Richard Winger: Supreme Court continues record of hostility to minor parties and independent candidates


Richard Winger writes of the Supreme Court’s abysmal record on appeals filed by political parties and candidates outside the Republicans and Democrats.

[…] This state of affairs is partly because the U.S. Supreme Court, for the last 23 years, has fostered the status quo and upheld laws that protect the two major parties from competition.

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