Category Archives: Third parties, general

Larry King and Nick Gillespie discussing libertarianism and third parties

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Larry King moderated the Free and Equal debate between Gary Johnson , Jill Stein, Virgil Goode, and Rocky Anderson in 2012. In this interview, he notes that he insisted on having the Libertarian nominee on his show at least once in every presidential election during his time hosting Larry King Live on CNN (1985-2010).… Read more ...

Andy Craig: Multi-Party Politics – An American Inevitability

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From Libertarian U.S. House candidate Andy Craig at his campaign website:

The 2015 elections in Israel have produced a national legislature, the Knesset, with members from ten political parties. The upcoming 2015 elections in the United Kingdom will feature televised debates with the participation of seven parties. The Canadian Parliament currently includes six parties.… Read more ...

Alabama Ballot Access Bill Passes Rules Committee, Likely to Get Floor Vote on Tuesday, April 7

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Alabama bill that improves ballot access for newly-qualifying parties and non-presidential independent candidates has cleared the Senate Rules Committee and is on the calendar for the Senate floor for Tuesday, April 7. Thanks to Joshua Cassity for this news.… Read more ...

Republican National Committee Seeks to Intervene in New Hampshire Libertarian Party Ballot Access Case

Upside down elephantFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On March 20, the Republican National Committee asked a U.S. District Court to intervene in Libertarian Party of New Hampshire v Gardner, 1:!4cv-322. The issue in the lawsuit is the 2013 change to the New Hampshire election law that it made it illegal for a newly-qualifying party to circulate a party petition during an odd year.… Read more ...

North Carolina Ballot Access Bill Introduced

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From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On April 1, several North Carolina Representatives introduced HB 509, which improves ballot access for newly-qualifying parties and independent candidates. Current law for new parties and statewide independents requires a petition of 2% of the last gubernatorial vote, which is now 89,366 signatures.… Read more ...

IPR Regular Vernon Buys Independent Political Report

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IPR’s prankster Vernon, fondly known as the Nazi troll, has made an offer to the site owner, Warren Redlich, that the latter cannot refuse. Effective April 1 of 2016, this site will belong to him. So, we have a year to report on the politics of Independents and alternate parties in the United States.… Read more ...

PLAN-SS From Outer Space candidate Robert Milnes leads revolutionary resistance against Jews, Zionists

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PLANSS founder Milnes gives a speech.

William Saturn reports at the Saturnalian:

2016 Libertarian Party presidential candidate and Progressive Libertarian Alliance Strategy (PLAS) founder Robert Milnes has formed a new electoral coalition. This time it includes Nazis.

Milnes announced the plan Wednesday on The PLAS Place blog. He calls it PLANSS, or the Progressive Libertarian Alliance with National Socialists Strategy.

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West Virginia Governor Signs Bill that Abolishes Straight-Ticket Device

Ballot Access News:

On March 25, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed SB 249, which eliminates the straight-ticket device. West Virginia is the eleventh state to have repealed the device in the last fifty years. The others have been Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, South Dakota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.… Read more ...

Tentative Minutes of 2015 COFOE Board Meeting Available Online

Ballot Access News:

The Coalition for Free & Open Elections (COFOE) is a very loose coalition of most of the nation’s active nationally-organized minor parties, along with other organizations that care about their election law problems. It was founded in 1985 in New York city. The Board meets in person once per year.

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Business Insider: “There are 196 people running for president”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is widely being reported as the “first” candidate to announce his 2016 presidential candidacy, but regular IPR readers will know that’s not true.

Leslie Larson at Business Insider has a new article about the 196 individuals who have already filed with the FEC to run for President in 2016, including a breakdown of their party affiliations.… Read more ...

Arizona Senate Tentatively Passes Bill to Make Primary Ballot Access More Difficult for Libertarians

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Ballot Access News:

On March 24, the Arizona Senate tentatively passed HB 2608, which makes it more difficult for Libertarian candidates to get on the Libertarian Party primary ballot. Current law says a member of a small qualified party that is not a new party needs signatures from one-half of 1% of the party’s members.… Read more ...

Updates on Election Law Cases in Illinois and Pennsylvania

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On the afternoon of March 23, U.S. District Court Judge Andrea Wood said her decision in Libertarian Party of Illinois v Illinois State Board of Elections will be issued “within the week.” The issue is the unique Illinois law that says newly-qualifying parties must run a full slate of candidates, whereas already qualified parties have no such obligation.… Read more ...