Independent Candidate Enters Maine’s 2nd District Race

Mike Turcotte

From Jay Field at MPBN News (local NPR affiliate):

Mike Turcotte, an adjunct ethics professor at Eastern Maine Community College, says he’s launching an independent bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

Turcotte, who ran for state Legislature in 2006, says he will make lowering student loan debt a big focus of his campaign.… Read more ...

Connecticut U.S. House Candidate Takes Part in Rally to End Hunger and Homelessness

From Peter Orvetti at Green Party Watch:

Connecticut’s Torrington Register-Citizen reports that Green Party Fifth District U.S. House candidate Stephanie Piddock was among the participants in the Rally to End Hunger and Homelessness in Torrington on Saturday.

Piddock and other participants toured The Gathering Place, a homeless hospitality center. During the tour, Piddock said, “Eradicating poverty is the most important issue facing society today.… Read more ...

Three Parties Have Already Told Texas they Intend to Petition in 2016

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Texas has a unique law saying a party that is not now on the ballot, but which intends to try to get on the ballot, must notify the Secretary of State at the beginning of any election year. So far, three parties have notified the Texas Secretary of State that they intend to try: (1) the Christian Party; (2) the Modern Whig Party; (3) the Veterans Party.… Read more ...

Reform Party of Virginia Launches Draft Jim Webb 2016 Campaign

Jim Webb

Jim Webb

From the Reform Party of Virginia website:

In the early 1990’s the country was faced with a U.S. congress that was not acting, and a president that seemed detached from the economic hardships many Americans were experiencing.

Gridlock in government prevailed, our national debt and budget deficits seemed to be on an unsustainable path, and the idea of making government work for the people and not the special interests was foreign to all politicians.… Read more ...

Steve Kerbel: Why are GOP Presidential Candidates ignoring history and the first amendment?

12030738_10205090622325223_1310687679_nMessage from Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Steve Kerbel:

Identification badges or special registrations and databases for Muslims? Closing Mosques? Calling refugees “rabid dogs”? Denying refugees because they are not Christian? Enough is enough!!!

Those of us who remain mindful of the value of the knowledge of history recognize that knowledge of history is crucial to avoid repeating errors of the past.… Read more ...

Libertarian candidates file suit against ban on medical marijuana campaign contributions

SPRINGFIELD — Two Libertarians seeking state office are suing the state over its prohibition on campaign contributions from the medical marijuana industry.

Claire Ball of Addison is seeking the office of state comptroller as a Libertarian Party of Illinois candidate, and Scott Schluter of Marion is running for the Legislature in the 117th Representative District under the same banner.Read more ...

Gary Johnson: Response to ISIS is so predictable

Gary Johnson

From Our America Initiative:


Databases of Muslims. Locking the door to refugees. Rolling back modest NSA surveillance reforms.

In the wake of the Paris attacks by ISIS, we’re hearing it all from the politicians.

Absolutely, ISIS and its murderous ways are a threat and must be stopped. Beyond the senseless violence of their methods, the Sharia political ideology and their determination to impose it on all of us are antithetical to liberty and the freedoms, including freedom of religion, upon which America is founded.

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Green Party Councilmember Joins Minneapolis Protests Over Jamar Clark Shooting

Cam Gordon

From Peter Orvetti at Green Party Watch:

MinnPost reports that Cam Gordon, a Green Party member of the Minneapolis city council, is among three councilmembers who have been taking part in protests over the police shooting of Jamar Clark. Gordon has faced some criticism for joining the demonstrations, but said it does not bother him.… Read more ...

Portland Press Herald Carries Lengthy Story on Green Party

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Portland Press Herald has this comprehensive story about the Green Party in Portland, Maine. Oddly, however, it doesn’t mention that in November 2016, Maine voters will be voting on an initiative to use instant runoff voting for all state and federal office (except President).… Read more ...

Jeff Wood: Speaking Truth to Power

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 11.32.19 AMOriginal article can be found here. Jeff Wood is a Libertarian Candidate for US Congress in Michigan’s 8th District, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Livingston County, and Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of Michigan.

Everybody asks me the same question. Whether they’re my critics, my supporters, my friends, my enemies, or total strangers, the question remains the same.… Read more ...

Socialist Workers Party Demands Washington Get Troops, Warplanes Out of the Middle East

French fighter planes during November airstrike on Islamic State bases in Raqqa, Syria. U.S., French and Russian governments are using Islamic State terror attacks to escalate war moves.

From The Militant, newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party:

The following statement is by Osborne Hart, Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor of Philadelphia in 2015.Read more ...