Category Archives: Constitution Party

Voters Need the Input and Impact of a Third Party

By Peter B. Gemma

66921681James Madison wisely observed, “When the variety and number of political parties increases, the chance for oppression, factionalism, and non-skeptical acceptance of ideas decreases.”

Marginalized policy initiatives can often bubble up into the mainstream because of independent candidates and third parties. In his book Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System, political strategist Douglas Schoen noted, “While third party movements and candidates have periodically emerged to challenge the status quo … none have ever come close to winning, though they did end up having a significant impact on policy formation as a result of their campaigns.”

Although the success of the Prohibition Party was fleeting, it is a good model of how an issue can come from a single constituency, evolve into a formidable political force, and flex muscle on Capitol Hill.… Read more ...

The New Poll Tax: Ballot Access Laws Foil Independent Candidates

By Peter B. Gemma

GiantMeteor2016There is no free market of ideas, candidates, or political parties on Election Day.

It’s not for a lack of demand. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post survey, 57 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; 44 percent say they would prefer a third-party candidate to run.… Read more ...

Darrell Castle: “I read Murray Rothbard’s stuff and I generally like it”

American Third Party Report: On August 29th, 2016, at 8 PM CST, Constitution Party presidential candidate Darrell Castle held his first live stream Q&A session with his supporters over Facebook. The livestream allowed supporters of Castle to ask questions directly in the comments underneath the live video.  The first question Castle answered was from this ATPR editor with regards to his ballot access situation in Tennessee.… Read more ...

Clint Bishop: Rebuttal to Josh Guckert’s ‘Top 10 Reasons Not to Vote for Constitution Party Candidate Darrell Castle’


Clint Bishop used the above image in his rebuttal

Was this article seriously meant to deter libertarians from voting for Darrell Castle?

by Clint Bishop, American Third Party Report, August 28th, 2016:

If there is anything that has annoyed me this election cycle, it has been the unfounded attacks against Darrell Castle, the Constitution Party Candidate for President by purportedly objective journalists.… Read more ...

Josh Guckert: Top 10 Reasons Not to Vote for Constitution Party Candidate Darrell Castle


by Josh Guckert, The Libertarian Republic, August 24th, 2016 (via Cody Quirk at ATPR):

Darrell Castle is Not a Serious or Legitimate Choice for President

Some libertarians, upset with the nomination of Gary Johnson, as well as the choices of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have begun pondering the possibility of voting for Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle.

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Chad Koppie praises Darrell Castle in speech to the Illinois Center Right Coalition

Originally published at American Third Party Report on August 23rd, 2016:

Video of Chad Koppie’s full speech and an edited, condensed version of the audience Q&A that followed (Recorded by ATPR).

On August 20th, 2016, Chad Koppie, the Constitution Party’s U.S. Senate candidate in Illinois, delivered a speech to a meeting of the Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) held in Niles Public Library.… Read more ...

Constitution Party chairman reports on ballot access progress

News release from the Constitution Party, August 22nd, 2016:


Dear Fellow Patriot:

We have some great news to share with you! We received word this past two weeks that Washington State, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Louisiana are now ballot qualified.  Ohio, Iowa and Tennessee have turned in their petitions with well over the number required so they are all looking good. … Read more ...

Dan Phillips: If It’s Really About Conservative Purity Then Endorse Darrell Castle or Shut Up

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Darrell Castle, the Constitution Party’s presidential candidate

Dan Phillips, also known as Red Phillips, is an IPR contributor. He originally published the following article at on August 15th, 2016:

Anti-Trump “conservatives” act as if they are the only group of people who have ever faced having a nominee of their party that they don’t like and don’t believe represents their party well, but I’ve got news for them.… Read more ...

Darrell Castle may not appear on the Idaho ballot; Constitution Party of Idaho writes: ‘In Progress…until when?’


Darrell Castle spoke at the Constitution Party’s national meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in October 2011.

Richard Winger of Ballot Access News reported the following on August 10th, 2016:

On August 3, the Idaho Secretary of State wrote a letter to Darrell Castle, saying the office believes he is circulating an independent presidential petition, and warning him that if he submits the required 1,000 signatures by the August 24 deadline, the office will reject it because sec.

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CA AIP to Nominate Donald Trump for President

According to J.R. Myers, founder and chairman of the Alaska Constitution Party, a source from within the California American Independent Party (CA AIP) reports that the Party has decided to nominate Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for president.

As Ballot Access News reported last month, Trump likely won the CA AIP’s June primary through write-in votes, though such votes were not officially counted.… Read more ...

Constitution Party publishes current ballot access map for Darrell Castle

The following is an August 5th, 2016 news release from the Constitution Party (the Constitution Party’s presidential nominee is Darrell Castle, who is, according to the Constitution Party, currently on the ballot in 20 states for a total access to 182 electoral votes):

Dear Fellow Patriots:

We have some great news to share with you!  … Read more ...