Category Archives: Third parties, general

Ramsey Clark Will Be Keynote Speaker of United We Stand Fest on September 19; Richard Winger Will Speak


September 8, 2015
by Free and Equal

United States Attorney General William Ramsey Clark will be gracing Free & Equal Election Foundation’s United We Stand Festival stage as the keynote speaker on September 19th 2015 at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California. He will be standing in place of the Civil Rights leader Amelia Boynton Robinson, who passed away on August 26, 2015.… Read more ...

Stein Campaign Creates Online Open The Debates Petition

From Peter Orvetti at Green Party Watch:

Jill Stein’s Green Party presidential campaign has launched an online petition calling on the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to open the 2016 debates to alternative party candidates.

The campaign notes that “50% of Americans do not identify as either Democrat or Republican,” and the CPD “is actually a private organization run by the Democratic and Republican parties.” The campaign is calling for the debates to include candidates from all parties on the ballot in enough states to theoretically achieve an electoral vote majority.… Read more ...

Richard Winger: CNN Republican Presidential Debate Shows Multi-Candidate Debates Can Work

Richard Winger

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The CNN Republican presidential debate of September 16 was supposed to be two hours long. But once it got started, it was so useful in portraying the views of the eleven candidates that CNN decided to extend it to three hours.… Read more ...

Green and Constitution Parties Submit Evidence in Georgia Ballot Access Case

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Green Party and the Constitution Party are preparing for a trial in their Georgia ballot access case, which charges that presidential ballot access is too difficult in Georgia for minor parties and independent candidates. On September 11 evidence was filed showing that there have been 401 instances in U.S.… Read more ...

Change The Rule supporter Glassman makes case in op-ed

ctrGeorge W. Bush Administration Undersecretary of State Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs James K. Glassman, an adviser to Level The Playing Field and one of the backers of the Change The Rule campaign, writes at The Daily Beast in support of inviting a third candidate to the presidential debates next fall.… Read more ...

Richard Winger: South Dakota Initiative For Non-Partisan Elections for All Office Except President

SDakotaMap2From Ballot Access News:

A South Dakota state constitutional amendment is being circulated to make all offices in South Dakota non-partisan, except for President. All candidates would run in June, and then the top two vote-getters would run in November. No party labels would be on the ballot, except for President.… Read more ...

New York Times “Room for Debate” features perspectives on third-parties and the two-party system

The New York Times “Room for Debate” blog is currently featuring a series of differing perspectives on third-parties and the two-party system entitled “The Power of Third-Party Campaigns”. Some of the participants praise third-party efforts and call for a multi-party system, others defend the duopoly as desirable and deride third-parties as spoilers.… Read more ...

Minnesota Independence Party Gets Attention for Having Deez Nuts Appear at Party’s Booth at Minnesota State Fair

deeznutsipFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On Saturday, September 5, Deez Nuts (alias Brady Olson) appeared at the Minnesota Independence Party’s booth at the Minnesota state fair. That was good for some publicity for the party. Even the Washington Post took note, as this column attests.

From the article cited, written by Aaron Blake:

Third parties have been known to ally with celebrities or even quasi-celebrities like young Mr.… Read more ...

Grover Norquist On Third Parties at Burning Man

For the second year in a row, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, appeared at Burning Man.  In addition to doing a six minute stand-up comedy routine at the Steampunk Saloon, (“Bourbon, neat, no ice. Certainly no water. I never drink water; Dick Cheney tortures people with it and it gives it an awkward aftertaste.) Grover took questions for two hours on Friday, September 4th at Palenque Norte (a theme camp focused on the use of psychedelics for consciousness expansion located at 9:15 and Donniker).… Read more ...

McAfee to seek presidency under Cyber Party banner

mcafeeJohn McAfee, founder of computer antivirus software company McAfee Associates and computer security device firm Future Tense Central, has announced he will seek the presidency in 2016 as the candidate of the Cyber Party. His website went live Tuesday evening.

According to CNN, McAfee said he “decided to run after being encouraged by ‘almost everyone’ he knows and meets.” He said, “I have a huge underground following on the web.… Read more ...

Coalition for Fair Debates Announced

From an Our America Initiative email blast:

Our America Initiative today announced the formation of the “Coalition for Fair Debates”, comprised of political parties, media outlets and advocacy groups who oppose the exclusion of qualified candidates from nationally-televised presidential debates.

Fair Debates (, is a project of the Our America Initiative (, a national advocacy organization, which has long supported opening the general election presidential debates to all candidates who are constitutionally eligible to serve and who appear on enough states’ ballots to potentially achieve a majority in the Electoral College.… Read more ...

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 ...