Baltimore Green Party Urges Continued Protest and Electoral Strategy in Response to Police Violence

From the Green Party website:

The Baltimore Green Party stands in solidarity with those protesting the police killing of Freddie Gray. The party hopes that protests will remain peaceful and achieve their goal of shining a national spotlight on the need for police conduct reforms and justice for the family of Mr.… Read more ...

Socialist Party Activist Elected to Milwaukee School Board

Wendell J. Harris

Wendell J. Harris

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On April 7, Milwaukee held non-partisan elections for School Board and other office. Wendell J. Harris, an activist in the Socialist Party for many years, was elected to the Board, defeating an incumbent. Harris was also the Socialist Party candidate for Mayor of Milwaukee in 2000.… Read more ...

May Day Money Bomb for Louisiana State Rep Candidate Jay Price

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Email blast from the Committee to Elect Jay Price:

Hello, my name is Jay Price. I’m running as the Libertarian candidate for Louisiana State House District 70. Over the course of my life, I’ve watched politicians from the two major political parties work together to advance the goals of a very small group of their special interests.… Read more ...

Former Congressman Vin Weber: Add Third-Party Candidate to Presidential Debates

VinWeber Former Congressman Vin Weber.

In a interview with Michael A. Smerconish (a weekly Saturday program on CNN) which was broadcast earlier today, former Republican Congressman, and current Jeb Bush adviser, Vin Weber called for the addition of a Third Party candidate to the Presidential debates.

A transcript of the relevant portions of the broadcast follows:

SMERCONISH: There is a new frontrunner emerging from the pack of 2016 GOP Presidential candidates, Marco Rubio (is) gaining traction.… Read more ...

Vermont Progressive Legislator Proposes Statewide Alcohol Ban

From Erin Mansfield at the Bennington Banner:

Frustrated by stalled efforts to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol, two Vermont lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would instead ban alcohol and treat it like marijuana.

The bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, called it a symbolic step to “recognize recent scientific studies that demonstrate that alcohol use is significantly more dangerous than marijuana.”

Under the proposed law, possession of large quantities of alcohol, plus cultivation, distribution or sale of alcohol, would carry criminal penalties with up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.… Read more ...

Philly Green Party Members Say, “Fund Schools Without Property Tax Increase”

From the Green Party of the United States website:

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) objects to Mayor Michael Nutter’s budget for Fiscal 2016 because it heaps the cost of school services upon poor and working people. Meeting on April 22 at Cavanaugh’s Restaurant in University City, Green Party members rejected Nutter’s proposed tax increases and urged Philadelphia’s City Council to tax the wealthy to pay for the public education of future citizens.… Read more ...

United Independent Party Massachusetts Registration Drive is 5% Complete

united-independentFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The United Independent Party is ballot-qualified in Massachusetts. However, since it doesn’t expect to run a presidential candidate in 2016, and because President is the only statewide office on the ballot in 2016 in Massachusetts, the party will lose its qualified status in November 2016 unless it has registration membership of 1% of the number of registered voters.… Read more ...

Former Senator Larry Pressler Joins Mormon Faith, with Help from Harry Reid

Clayton Christensen (left), with Senator Pressler

Former Senator Larry Pressler, who last year ran for his old Senate seat as an independent in South Dakota (47,741 votes, 17.09%), recently made headlines when he joined the LDS church in a Chevy Chase, MD ceremony featuring retiring Senate minority leader Harry Reid. Aaron Shill reports in Deseret News:

On Sunday, April 19, Pressler was confirmed as a church member by Nevada Sen.

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American Freedom Party Activist Tyler Cole Passes Away

Tyler Cole

Tyler Cole

From the American Freedom Party website:

Late Sunday we were informed that AFP member Tyler Cole of Oregon passed away suddenly on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Tyler was one of the early founders of California’s political group Freedom 14, Freedom 14 became American3P, then American 3rd Position. Chairman Bill Johnson transformed it into a national party, American Freedom Party.… Read more ...

Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill Lowering Petition for Newly-Qualifying Parties from 5% to 3%

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On the afternoon of April 22, the Oklahoma Senate passed HB 2181. As amended earlier in the Senate Rules Committee, it lowers the petition for a newly-qualifying party from 5% of the last vote cast, to 3% of the last gubernatorial vote.

The bill already passed the House at 1%.… Read more ...

World Socialist Web Site Report on Socialist Equality Party Rallies in California and New York

SEP activists Ming Say and Tim Duong

SEP activists Ming Say and Tim Duong

From the World Socialist Web Site:

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) campaigned in New York and California this week to promote the May 3 International Online May Day Rally. Workers and students they spoke to expressed interest in participating in the rally in order to oppose war, inequality, and the attack on democratic rights.… Read more ...