Category Archives: Third parties, general

IPR Seeks Contributors from Minor Parties

The content here at Independent Political Report is posted and provided by volunteers. We hear at times frustration that the Libertarian Party is over-represented but that reflects the make-up of our volunteers. Are you a supporter of or interested in other minor/third parties? Please comment or reach out to one of our contributors and indicate your interest as we would love to have more diverse content.… Read more ...

Sanders: Two-party system holds back competition; defends third-party ballot access

twopartsandAs reported by The HIll:

“I chose to run proudly in the Democratic primary and caucus and look forward to winning that process. But clearly, as a nation, I think we flourish when there are different ideas out there,” Sanders said during MSNBC’s Democratic presidential candidate forum in Nevada on Thursday.

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Politico Magazine on how socialist and left-wing minor parties, including Greens, are divided over Sanders

Excerpt from Politico Magazine:

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Sanders campaign literature from one of his Liberty Union third-party bids in Vermont in the 1970s.

Some welcome it. Philip Locker, Seattle-based spokesman for the national Socialist Alternative organization, is thrilled by Sanders phenomenon, enthusing that “the political system is starting to be shaken” as Sanders “is popularizing socialism to an audience of tens of millions.”

To others, that’s dangerous naiveté.

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Libertarian Party files suit against McCain-Feingold restriction on accepting deceased donor’s bequest

judgeRichard Winger reports at Ballot Access News:

In 2007, Raymond Burrington died and left the Libertarian Party $217,000. The Federal Election Commission would not let the party have the money all at once. Instead, because the McCain-Feingold law limits the amount of money an individual can give to a party (whether the donor is alive or dead), the money had to be parceled out in chunks of about $30,000.

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The Atlantic: “Cheat Sheet” profiles presidential candidates vying for third spot in 2016 race

The Atlantic has included potential and declared third-party and independent candidates in its “cheat sheet” of 2016 presidential candidates. As they explain, “this cheat sheet on the state of the presidential field will be periodically updated throughout the campaign season. Here’s how things look right now.” Excerpt below.

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MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

Who is he?

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Reformers for ballot access rally to demand change from Wisconsin state legislators who ran unopposed 

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A press release concerning a project I’m working on with a group of libertarian activists in Wisconsin, via Wisconsin for Our America Initiative. -ac 

For Immediate Release
Friday, January 29, 2016

Reformers for ballot access rally at capitol to demand change from state legislators who ran unopposed 

Outraged by a process that keeps too many legitimate candidates off the ballot in Wisconsin elections, a coalition of reformers will be meeting at the Wisconsin State Capitol on February 17, 2016 for their second annual Lobby Day, to demand state legislators who ran unopposed in 2014 act now to ease Wisconsin’s restrictive election laws.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Wins Right to Hire Out-of-State Signature Gatherers in Connecticut

judgeThe Libertarian Party won a legal victory Wednesday that allows them to hire out-of-state contractors to collect signatures for candidates petitioning their way onto the ballot.

Currently, only Connecticut residents are permitted to collect signatures. Professional circulators from out-of-state firms, which are often hired by candidates, must be accompanied by a Connecticut resident.

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Rand Paul’s IA chief: “more ripe for a third-party candidacy than at any point in history”, but most Republicans laugh at Bloomberg trial balloon

See this article from Politico, about Republicans “laughing” at the idea of Bloomberg independent bid they think would pull votes almost exclusively from the Democratic nominee.

But even if Bloomberg’s “dream scenario” of Cruz as the Republican nominee and Sanders as the Democrat came to pass, Oman remarked, there are many weeks to go before the two major parties decide.

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George Will: Goldwater Republicans Will Rally To Third-Party Candidate Against Donald Trump

Transcript from the Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, via the Daily Caller:

HH:  If [Donald Trump] is the nominee, how many Democrats cross over to vote for him and how many Republicans cross over to vote for her if she is indicted?

GW: There would large numbers going both ways. TI would be a very interesting migration.Read more ...

Libertarian Party lawsuit news: Ohio, Connecticut, Maine, and Presidential Debates

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-Ben Swann’s Truth in Media has this article, about the Libertarian Party of Maine’s lawsuit over voter registration.

-Richard Winger’s Ballot Access News reports that the Supreme Court has refused to intervene in Ohio, pending further lower court proceedings.

-The New Haven Register covers the party’s lawsuit against Connecticut’s residency requirement for petition circulators.… Read more ...

Obama, Romney ask for dismissal of Johnson et al v. Commission on Presidential Debates

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From this article in the National Law Journal:

The Libertarian Party and the Green Party are suing Romney—along with the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National Committee, President Barack Obama and the Commission on Presidential Debates—over the exclusion of third-party candidates from general-election debates.

In a lawsuit filed in September in federal district court in Washington, the plaintiffs claimed that the politicians, the DNC, the RNC and the debate commission violated antitrust laws.

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