Indiana Libertarian Party Retains Ballot Access for Sixth Time in a Row

Karl Tagenhorst

From the Libertarian Party website:

The Indiana Libertarian Party retained ballot access for the sixth time in a row, going back to 1994, as secretary of state candidate Karl Tagenhorst received 3.4 percent in this month’s general election.

The secretary of state candidate needs to get at least 2 percent for a party to retain ballot access in Indiana.… Read more ...

Pam Goode, Constitution Party Nominee for Alaska Legislature, Polled Almost Twice as Many Votes as the Democratic Nominee

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Most Alaska votes have now been counted. In this month’s election, Pam Goode, Constitution Party nominee for State House, district 9, polled 26.74% of the vote. She lost to Republican nominee Jim Colver, who got 58.16%. But she easily did better than the Democratic nominee, Mabel Wimmer, who only got 14.40%.… Read more ...

Mark Wachtler: ‘Sen. Rand Paul – no friend of the Opposition’

By Mark Wachtler at Opposition New:

Which pearl of wisdom is more correct – Keep your friends close and your enemies closer? Or, an enemy inside your house is more dangerous than an enemy outside your house? Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul is currently waging a one-man war against independents and opposition candidates across the country.

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Bernie Sanders Says 64% of Voters Reject the Two-Party System

From Alex Gauthier at the Independent Voter Network:

Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gave his take on the results of the 2014 elections in an interview with Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report on Monday.

Always the straight-shooter, Colbert prompted Sanders with the results saying, “A couple of weeks ago you liberal types got your asses handed to you by the Republicans.… Read more ...

Report from Workers World Party National Conference

FIST youth lead the conference in singing the Internationale.

From Monica Moorehead at the Workers World Party website:

The stage banner in a school auditorium in Queens, N.Y., said it all: “Workers World Party stands in solidarity with Gaza, Ferguson and Ayotzi! Down with capitalism! Fight for socialism!”

This theme resonated on Nov.… Read more ...

State Green Parties unite against the pipelines

Green Party press release via Green Party Watch:

From Green Party US:

p no kxl green partyWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for the defeat of proposed tar-sands pipelines when the U.S. Senate votes on the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday and opposes alternative plans, including “Energy East,” that would route Canadian oil into the U.S.… Read more ...

Daily Newspaper in Springfield, Massachusetts Story on United Independent Party’s Registration Drive

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The Republican, daily newspaper for Springfield, Massachusetts, has this story about the United Independent Party’s voter registration drive. The party needs to increase its registration during the next period so as to maintain ballot status after the November 2016 election. It is ballot-qualified now, but it will lose that status in November 2016 unless it either has registration of 1% of the state total, or unless it runs a presidential nominee who gets 3% of the vote.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party retains ballot access in 30 states following midterm election; best ever midterm result for LP, best of any alt party in 100 years

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As noted in a previous story, the Libertarian Party is now on the ballot for president in 2016 in thirty states, that is, states where we do not have to petition to get ballot access, as a result of our showing in this month’s election as well as ballot access already retained from prior elections which was not lost.… Read more ...

Two CT Libertarian Candidates Retain Ballot Access for their Seats

Richard Lion

Dan Reale

From the Libertarian Party website:

Two Connecticut LP candidates, Dan Reale and Richard Lion, retained ballot access for a US House seat and for a state house seat due to votes they received in their respective races.

In Connecticut, a political party is recognized if it has at least 20% of the registered political party voters, or if the party’s gubernatorial candidate gets 20%.… Read more ...

Libertarian, Green, and Constitution Parties Each Gain in Ballot Status Relative to Four Years Ago

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From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Libertarian Party is now on the ballot for president in 2016 in thirty states. By contrast, in mid-November 2010, it was on in twenty-seven states.

The Green Party is now on the ballot for president in 2016 in nineteen states. By contrast, four years ago it was on in fourteen states.… Read more ...

Examiner Interviews Tom Knapp, Author of ‘Kn@ppster’s Big Freakin’ Book of Stuff’

Thomas L. “Tom” Knapp, in addition to his work mentioned in this interview, is a contributor here at IPR. Excerpt from Interview: A big freakin’ libertarian’s Big Freakin’ Book by Garry Reed:

What were your criteria for including/excluding articles in your book?

Really, there were only four: I had to be able to find the stuff; it had to strike me as interesting; it mostly had to be political; and I started to get worried when the book’s length approached 100,000 words and at that point I started getting more selective.… Read more ...