Category Archives: Third parties, general

Gallup Poll: Informed Americans Rate Both Parties in Congress Worse


via the blog:

Gallup Poll: Informed Americans Rate Both Parties in Congress Worse

A Gallup poll shows that the more Americans know about government, the more they disapprove of the Democrats and Republicans in charge.

“The fundamental finding is that Americans who know the most about how Congress operates are not only the most negative about Congress in general, but also about the Republicans and Democrats in Congress specifically.

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Report on the Second Annual United We Stand Fest


I attended Free and Equal ‘s second United We stand Fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on September 19, 2015. Following is my overdue report.

One of the reasons I waited to review the event is that I was unable to say exactly who was on the stage. Even if I heard the name announced, it was often hard to catch, and some of the names weren’t easy to spell without seeing the name written down.… Read more ...

Several Ballot Access Constitutional Cases Filed in 2011 or 2012 Are Still Pending

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Several constitutional ballot access cases filed for the 2012 election are still pending.

In Georgia, the ballot access case filed by the Green and Constitution Parties is undergoing discovery, in preparation for a trial. This case challenges the law on how minor party and independent presidential candidates get on the ballot.… Read more ...

Gov. Gary Johnson: A remarkable thing happened today

Our America Initiative email blast:


Something remarkable happened today. Business-as-usual in Washington got a wake-up call — and that call came from a small group in Congress who refused to go along with the way the establishment politicians have been doing things for decades.

Here’s what happened: The majority party in the House of Representatives, the Republicans, met to select their candidate for Speaker of the House.Read more ...

Ventura: Come in as a Libertarian in May, then “steal the election and win the whole thing” in November

Former Independent governor of Minnesota and former visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Jesse Ventura, appeared on Coast to Coast AM, a nationally syndicated overnight radio talk show, the evening of October 6/7 2015. During his interview with show host George Noory, Governor Ventura shared his conclusions about a wide variety of conspiracies and offered his insights into the 2016 presidential election and his potential role in it.… Read more ...

Free and Equal Announces Date and Location for General Election Presidential Debate

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Free & Equal will host a general election presidential debate on August 30, 2016, at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. In 2012 Free & Equal also hosted a general election debate, which was moderated by Larry King. At the 2012 debate, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Virgil Goode, and Rocky Anderson participated.… Read more ...

Eric Ostermeier: How Big a Footprint Will Drew Curtis Leave on Kentucky’s Gubernatorial Race?

Drew Curtis

From Dr. Eric Ostermeier at Smart Politics:

Curtis, founder and CEO of the news aggregator website Fark, has polled in the mid- to high single digits in the scant three-way surveys that have been conducted of the race to date. The independent candidate hopes to build on those numbers after being allowed to participate in a debate (to favorable reviews) with the major party nominees held in Louisville earlier this month.… Read more ...

Fair Debates lawsuit filed against Commission on Presidential Debates


Supporters are being urged to change their profile images on social media.

Press Release from Our America Initiative: 
Gov. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Join to Demand Fair Debates

September 29, 2015, Washington, DC – 2012 presidential candidates Gov. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, along with the Libertarian and Green parties and their vice-presidential candidates, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC, today charging that the exclusion of qualified candidates from the general election presidential debates by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) violates federal anti-trust laws.… Read more ...

Pennsylvania Governor Says He Supports SB 495, the Ballot Access Bill

Tom Wolf

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

According to this news story, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he supports SB 495, the bill pending in the legislature to ease ballot access for minor parties and independent candidates. Thanks to Larry Otter for the link.

From the article cited, written by Chris Potter:

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Gallup: 6 in 10 Americans say Dems and GOP “do such a poor job that a third major party is needed.”

The 2015 numbers are in for a long-running annual Gallup question about the need for a third major party.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of Americans, 60%, say a third major political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties “do such a poor job” of representing the American people.

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Jill Stein Appears on PBS’s Tavis Smiley

From Peter Orvetti at Green Party Watch:

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein appeared on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Thursday evening for an interview that ran about 25 minutes. The complete video is available here.

Stein discussed her call to open the presidential debates to alternative party presidential candidates, saying the current debates are “basically a sham…that’s been orchestrated and controlled by the big political parties.… Read more ...

Oklahoma Petitioners Videotape Orders to Leave Public Spaces; Call For Prosecution of Illegal Removals

OK petitioner harassmentAn email from veteran professional petition circulator Andy Jacobs which was sent to members of the LNC, IPR and others earlier today contains a first-hand report and videos of harassment of petitioners in Oklahoma.

The first video is of Andy “getting illegally kicked out of a public arts festival at a community college in Oklahoma City for asking people to sign a petition to place the Libertarian Party on the ballot.”



The following is a video of Andy “getting illegally kicked out of a public food festival at a public park in Oklahoma City for asking people to sign a state mandated ballot access petition to place the Libertarian Party on the ballot.”


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