BBC: UKIP joins cross-party push for electoral reform

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The BBC reports that the UK Independence Party has joined with the Liberal Democrats, the UK Green Party, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru (Welsh Nationalist) in support of a call for reforming the electoral system in the United Kingdom. The small parties – all represented in the House of Commons are calling for use of Proportional Representation to elect a more representative Parliament.… Read more ...

Janine Kloss: When in Doubt, Cheat

Janine Kloss
Photo by Judd Weiss

Posted to Libertarian Party of Sacramento website

May 16, 2015
By Janine Kloss

When in Doubt, Cheat

That is the motto being used by some State Senators in California regarding a controversial bill that would mandate vaccinations for all (SB277). Under this bill, all people, regardless of religion, personal belief, (previously) homeschool status, private school status, most medical exemptions, etc., are required to vaccinate their children based on the current CDC Immunization Schedule in order to receive the mandated education.… Read more ...

Irvine Patriot Interview with Drew Curtis

Drew Curtis

Drew Curtis

Blogger “The Irvine Patriot” submitted interview questions to four Republican Kentucky gubernatorial candidates, but the only candidate who responded was independent candidate & Fark creator Drew Curtis. An excerpt:

1. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution is very clear that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.… Read more ...

Seattle Democrats Split on Whether to Invite Kshama Sawant to Democratic-Sponsored Debates

Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

In 2013, Kshama Sawant was elected in a non-partisan Seattle city election for City Council. She is running for re-election this year. This story says some Seattle Democrats favor inviting her to party-sponsored debates, but other Democrats object. Washington state voter registration forms do not ask about party affiliation, so whether someone is a member of one particular party is often ambiguous.… Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party: The People of Baltimore are Not Thugs

From a Freedom Socialist Party email blast:

The people of Baltimore — and the entire country — are justifiably angry at the racist cruelty of those in power and their armed occupying force — the Baltimore police. It is outrageous that Freddie Gray died in police custody, arrested for the “crime” of running away from the cops.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Arkansas 2015 convention liveblog

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I’m reporting live from the Libertarian Party of Arkansas 2015 convention. First up is a speech from Dr. Marc Feldman, a candidate for the 2016 Libertarian presidential nomination. Convention business is coming up next. The convention schedule:

Saturday
12:30pm – 1:30pm Registration
1:30pm – 3:00pm Business, District Caucuses, Executive Committee Elections
3:15pm – 3:45pm Newly-elected Executive Committee Open Forum
4:00pm – 5:00pm Americans for Prosperity – "Meeting People Where They Are: Bringing Your Message to Tough Audiences"
5:00pm – 6:30pm Pre-dinner social time
6:30pm – 8:00pm Dinner with keynote speaker Nicholas Sarwark, LP Chairiman
8pm-Midnight Cocktail Caucus Social at the hotel's Sports Bar

Further updates will be in the comments.… Read more ...

Nevada Ballot Access Bill Advances

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 14, the Nevada Assembly Legislative Operations & Elections Committee passed SB 499. It had already passed the Senate. It moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from April to June, and moves the petition deadline for non-presidential independent candidates from February to June.… Read more ...

Thomas L. Knapp: In 2016, Let’s Have Real Presidential Debates

Thomas L. Knapp

Thomas L. Knapp

From Thomas L. Knapp at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism:

Every four years, the Commission on Presidential Debates puts on a series of campaign commercials disguised as presidential and vice-presidential debates.

The CPD is, in theory, a non-profit organization “established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.”

But the CPD is really just a scam the Republican and Democratic Parties use to funnel illegally large “in kind” campaign donations, in the form of tens of millions of dollars’ worth of free media exposure, exclusively to their own candidates.… Read more ...

Green Party to Democratic U.S. Senators: Don’t Reverse Defeat of Fast Track for Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

From the Green Party of the United States website:

The Green Party called on Democrats in the U.S. Senate not to reverse their defeat of fast-track trade authority for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

On Tuesday, May 12, Senate Democrats blocked passage of legislation to grant President Obama fast-track authority to promote the TPP, which Greens called a temporary victory for democracy and transparency.… Read more ...

Illinois Judge Again Postpones Decision in Illinois Libertarian Ballot Access Case

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

U.S. District Court Judge Andrea Robin Wood has again postponed a decision in Libertarian Party of Illinois v Illinois State Board of Elections, n.d., 1:12cv2511. The issue is the state’s unique law that says newly-qualifying parties must run a full slate of candidates.… Read more ...

Free and Equal to Sponsor LPEX 2015

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From a Free and Equal Elections Foundation email blast:

Everyone needs an excuse to come to Vegas, so blame it on LPEX and the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.

The Free and Equal Elections Foundation is encouraging our members to attend LPEX 2015. LPEX, the Libertarian Political Expo, is a major non-partisan conference created to connect people, organizations, technology, and ideas.… Read more ...