Richard Winger: 2 Ways California Could Expand Voter Choice in Elections

From Richard Winger at Independent Voter Network, reprinted here with permission from the author:

California’s existing election system for Congress and state office could be improved with the following ideas.

The problem with the status quo is that ever since it went into effect in 2011, there has been very limited choice on the November ballot.… Read more ...

Boston Herald Article Suggests Evan Falchuk May Run for MA Governor Again in 2018

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This article by Chris Villani in the Boston Herald credits United Independent Party founder and chairman Evan Falchuk with helping to end Boston’s 2024 bid to host the Olympics, and hints that he may run for governor again in 2018. An excerpt:

United Independent Party Chairman Evan Falchuk, who became a visible and vocal opponent of the Boston 2024 Olympic bid, said he would not rule out a possible run for governor in 2018.… Read more ...

Opposition News Article on Cooperative Ballot Access Efforts in Oklahoma and South Dakota

Ballot access laws by state. The darker the color, the more difficult for opposition parties to run for office. Image courtesy of Mother Jones.

Mark Wachtler has this article at Opposition News detailing two instances of the Libertarian Party teaming up with one of its fellow minor parties for the purposes of ballot access:

Libertarians, Greens, Constitutionals join forces in SD, OK

By Mark Wachtler

July 31, 2015.… Read more ...

Kentucky Likely to Have Three Candidates on November 2015 Ballot for Governor

Drew Curtis

Drew Curtis

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This news story says Drew Curtis, an independent running for Governor of Kentucky in the November 3, 2015 election, already has 6,000 signatures. The deadline is August 11. He needs 5,000 and says he expects to have at least 8,500 by the deadline.… Read more ...

Frank Fluckiger: Do You Believe This?

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From a Constitution Party email blast:

Do you believe this?

• Political scientist Ronald Rapaport wrote the book on third parties. Literally. It’s called “Three’s a Crowd,” and indeed it is. The key thing he found about third parties is that “they need some sort of unique agenda. There has to be a reason why you’re going to support a third party.”

You and I know that the Constitution Party offers voters a reason why our candidates represent Middle America.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party to host rally to bring Uber and Lyft to Birmingham

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Birmingham Business Journal:

The Libertarian Party of Alabama has announced it will host a rally to bring ride-hailing services to Birmingham.

The event – that will seek to raise awareness and support for companies such as Uber and Lyft to come to Birmingham – will be held Friday, July 31 at Birmingham City Hall, according to the party’s Facebook page.Read more ...

Philadelphia Inquirer backs judge’s ruling on Pennsylvania ballot law

ballotaccessIn an editorial this morning The Philadelphia Inquirer writes that “fortunately, the federal courts have finally taken aim at one egregious aspect of the two-party stranglehold in Pennsylvania: the absurd procedural and monetary barriers preventing third-party candidates from even appearing on the ballot. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel ruled last week that by requiring minor-party candidates to collect far more signatures than Democrats and Republicans, and to defend them in court at often prohibitive costs, Pennsylvania’s election laws violate the First Amendment right to free association.”

The Inquirer says Pennsylvania “is the only state where the signatures must be verified by judges,” which “has allowed the major parties to mount costly legal challenges to any candidate who dares challenge their duopoly.” In 2014, Pennsylvania “was one of only four states with no third-party candidates on the statewide ballot.” The newspaper says that rather than challenging the ruling, the administration of Democratic Gov.… Read more ...

Independent Curtis polling eight percent in Kentucky gubernatorial bid

curtisA SurveyUSA poll on the Kentucky gubernatorial race shows that independent candidate Drew Curtis, founder of news aggregator Fark.com and author of “It’s Not News, It’s FARK: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News,” is drawing eight percent against Democrat Jack Conway (43%) and Republican Matt Bevin (38%).… Read more ...

Independents in Congress listed in Congressional Bioguide

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

The official Senate website of Senator Bernie Sanders (Ind.-VT) links to a comprehensive list of people who have been elected or re-elected to the Senate or House of Representatives as Independents :http://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/independent-members-of-congress?inline=file

The list includes members who were always Independent, along with Senators or Congressmen who were elected on a party ticket and later were re-elected as Independents.… Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party: Why We Confront the KKK

From Nancy Reiko Kato and Toni Mendicino in Freedom Socialist:

South Carolina was once a thriving center of the Southern slavocracy. No wonder that today it is a lightning rod for the unfinished battle against racism in the USA. In the last period, a white Charleston cop was indicted for murdering Walter Scott — unarmed and Black.… Read more ...