Category Archives: Third parties, general

Nevada Bill Easing Petition Deadlines for New Parties and Non-Presidential Independent Candidates Passes Legislature

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 22, the Nevada Assembly passed SB 499, the bill that eases petition deadlines for newly-qualifying parties and non-presidential independent candidates. The bill now goes to the Governor.

The bill moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from April to June, and the independent candidate petition deadline (for office other than President) from February to June.… Read more ...

Washington Times Story on Libertarian Party Presidential Debate Lawsuit

govjohnsondeniedJennifer Harper at The Washington Times has written this article about the Libertarian Party’s involvement in the Our America Initiative lawsuit over the CPD’s rules for presidential debate inclusion. The article also mentions the Green Party’s involvement, as well as the 2012 Free & Equal debate featuring Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein.… Read more ...

Wisconsin Libertarians name and shame unopposed legislators to reform ballot access

Competitive Elections Wisconsin has compiled the following list of forty-seven state representatives who were elected without an opponent on Nov. 4, 2014, out of the ninety-nine members of the Assembly elected every two years. The group’s motto says it all about their motive: only one name on the ballot isn’t an election at all.… Read more ...

Sixth Circuit Upholds Discriminatory Michigan Ballot Access Law


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 20, the Sixth Circuit upheld the aspect of Michigan ballot access laws for new parties that requires newly-qualifying parties to submit approximately twice as many signatures as the number of votes needed for an established party to remain on the ballot.… Read more ...

Former Bush Jr. Official Supports Open Presidential Debates

James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman is the the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute and served as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from June 10, 2008 to January 15, 2009. The following is an email blast from Ambassador Glassman forwarded to Independent Political Report:

At a time when overwhelming numbers of Americans think the political system is broken and their government is dysfunctional, I wanted to be sure you saw this ad that appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal.… Read more ...

Commission on Presidential Debates Puts Up Public Comments Invitation


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 18, the Commission on Presidential Debates placed this request for public comments on the CPD web page. The CPD web page is The page specifically asks for public comments about who should be invited into general election presidential debates. Every reader of this web page should take the time to make a comment.Read more ...

IPR turns 7 Years Old

seven year itch

After a 36-hour period of nonstop work by Jason “GE” Seagraves, IPR went live six years ago today with our first post, on May 20, 2008. Our predecessor site, Third Party Watch, operated between May 2005 and May 2008 before being purchased by Richard Viguerie right before the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2008, which led to the creation of IPR and Green Party Watch.… Read more ...

Mark Wachtler: Beware of Republicrats Posing as the Opposition

From Mark Wachtler at Opposition News:

Here is a strategic question for opposition party leaders. We all agree our primary target is the American people and our goal is to open their eyes to the corruption and destruction that Republicans and Democrats are inflicting on our country. We want them to switch sides and join us in the opposition.… Read more ...

BBC: UKIP joins cross-party push for electoral reform


The BBC reports that the UK Independence Party has joined with the Liberal Democrats, the UK Green Party, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru (Welsh Nationalist) in support of a call for reforming the electoral system in the United Kingdom. The small parties – all represented in the House of Commons are calling for use of Proportional Representation to elect a more representative Parliament.… Read more ...

Nevada Ballot Access Bill Advances

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 14, the Nevada Assembly Legislative Operations & Elections Committee passed SB 499. It had already passed the Senate. It moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from April to June, and moves the petition deadline for non-presidential independent candidates from February to June.… Read more ...

Thomas L. Knapp: In 2016, Let’s Have Real Presidential Debates

Thomas L. Knapp

Thomas L. Knapp

From Thomas L. Knapp at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism:

Every four years, the Commission on Presidential Debates puts on a series of campaign commercials disguised as presidential and vice-presidential debates.

The CPD is, in theory, a non-profit organization “established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.”

But the CPD is really just a scam the Republican and Democratic Parties use to funnel illegally large “in kind” campaign donations, in the form of tens of millions of dollars’ worth of free media exposure, exclusively to their own candidates.… Read more ...