Proposed California Constitutional Initiative to Stop Top Two Filed

Ballot Access News:

On August 11, Thomas E. Palzer and his organization Foundation to Stop Top Two filed a proposed constitutional initiative with the California Attorney General. Here is the text. It would return California to the system used between 2001 and 2010. Parties would again have their own nominees and their own primary ballots.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: ‘The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery. Below are some newspaper headlines from 2010 to the present to show that a militarized foreign policy without Congress exercising its Constitutional duties and steadfast public engagement will drift on, costing our soldiers’ lives and limbs, nearly three-quarters of a trillion taxpayer dollars, hundreds of thousands of Afghani lives and millions of refugees, with no end in sight.… Read more ...

Workers World Party: ‘Cops and Klan, Hand in Hand’: Lessons of Charlottesville

Sara Flounders at workers.org (Workers World Party):

Workers World contingent arrives at Emancipation Park, Charlottesville, N.C.

Flounders was a participant in the Aug. 12 Charlottesville, Va., anti-racist mobilization.

The racist “Unite the Right” mobilization in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 exposed once again the collusion of the capitalist state, its repressive police agencies and the current mobilizing of fascist organizations in the U.S.… Read more ...

Orlando Sentinel: ‘Goat-blood drinking Orlando man had key billing for Charlottesville rally’

Excerpt from Steven Lemongello in the Orlando Sentinel by way of Cody Quirk at ATPR:

Invictus, 34, was listed as a featured marcher for the Saturday event, which was roundly condemned after marchers carried Nazi flags, performed Hitler salutes and chanted white supremacist and anti-Semitic sayings while carrying torches. He could not be reached for comment Monday.

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Green Party: International law prohibits preemptive U.S. military action against North Korea and other countries

WASHINGTON, D.C.Green Party leaders said today that threats of preemptive strikes and military intervention are placing the U.S. in the role of aggressor nation and undermining any chance of maintaining peace and international security.

North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela have been the targets of recent belligerent threats from the Trump administration.… Read more ...

Third Party Info: ‘Interview with H. Lillian Vogl, Chairwoman of the American Solidarity Party’

Third Party Info:

1. Can tell us what the American Solidarity Party is?

We are a party that seeks the common good, on common ground, through common sense. We believe in the sanctity of human life, the necessity of social justice, our responsibility to care for the environment, and promotion of a more peaceful world.… Read more ...

Thomas L. Knapp: @Yesyoureracist crowdsources social preferencing

Thomas L. Knapp at the Garrison Center:

IPR note: The author has run for office several times as a Libertarian Party candidate and served multiple terms on LP exec comms at various levels.

The Twitter account @YesYoureRacist went up in 2012, but jumped from about 65,000 followers to more than 350,000 in the days following Virginia’s “Battle of Charlottesville.” After an army of white nationalists rioted to “Unite the Right,” murdering one and injuring dozens, @YesYoureRacist admin Logan Smith swung into action to identify, then “name and shame,” the attendees.… Read more ...

Philadelphia Magazine Story on Upcoming Trial on Green-Republican Lawsuit

Ballot Access News:

Philadelphia Magazine and WURD radio have this story about the upcoming trial in Little v Vasquez, the lawsuit over the March 2017 special election for state representative in Philadelphia’s 197th state house district. The case is in federal court and has a trial on September 13 at 2 p.m.… Read more ...

Larry Sharpe: How Can Libertarians Win in New York State?

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Open Thread for August, 2017

Here we go again–a new month is beginning. Here is a place to post anything that doesn’t fit into another thread. If you think IPR readers might be interested in something you have to share, post it here. Please make sure you don’t plagiarize anything or libel anyone, and you’ll probably be just fine.… Read more ...

Stand Up Republic Statement Regarding the Violent White Supremacist Protests in Charlottesville, Virginia

Stand Up Republic was established by Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn, Independent conservative candidates for President & Vice-President in 2016. They have issued the following statement on the violent protests in Charlottesville:

After two days of violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville escalated to the point of terrorism and fatality, now is the time for principled American leaders to stand up and speak against the neo-Nazi, alt-right, and white nationalist movements.… Read more ...

LP Release: “Libertarians condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant”

Libertarian National Committee Executive Director Wes Benedict issued the following statement:

The Libertarian Party condemns bigotry as irrational and repugnant, and offers its condolences to the family of the woman killed in Charlottesville, Va.

There is no room for racists and bigots in the Libertarian Party. If there are white nationalists who — inappropriately — are members of the Libertarian Party, I ask them to submit their resignations today.

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