Category Archives: Independents

Interview with James Hedges, Prohibition Party nominee for President

by Peter B. Gemma

636062593429901186-CPO-NHG-080616-JIM-HEDGE-01The Prohibition Party was founded in 1869 and is the third oldest party behind the Republicans and Democrats. They have fielded presidential candidates in every election every cycle since 1872. The Prohibition Party had its heyday during the years 1882-1916, when candidates were elected to Congress, state legislatures, and changed the outcome of the 1916 presidential election.Read more ...

David Earl Williams III, potential 2018 LP Illinois statwide candidate, interviewed by IPR

On August 20th, 2016, David Earl Williams III, a write-in candidates for Congress in Illinois’ 9th district, delivered a speech to a meeting of the Illinois Center Right Coalition at the Niles Public Library. Williams, whose 2014 GOP primary campaign in the same congressional district garnered 14,158 votes (47.6%) and received coverage from such media outlets as We Are Change and The Young Turks, is affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Illinois, and although he was an ardent supporter of Austin Petersen in the LP nomination process, Williams is committed to casting his vote for Gary Johnson in November, just as he did four years ago coming off the heels of his grassroots activism in support of Ron Paul.… Read more ...

David Earl Williams III endorses Libertarian candidates; will deliver speech on Saturday

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David Earl Williams III

David Earl Williams III is an independent write-in candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 9th district who is affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Illinois. He published the following press release earlier today:

Dear Fellow American, 

It’s been awhile since the last press release, so I wanted to check back in with all my supporters and constituents of Illinois 9th.… Read more ...

Interview with Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, Socialist Party USA presidential nominee

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Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, a graduate of Troy University, was co-chair of the Socialist Party USA from 2013-2015 and served as chair of the Socialist Party of California. In 2014, he ran for California’s 62nd State Assembly district and earned 2.5 percent of the vote. On October 17, 2015, he received the presidential nomination of the Socialist Party USA.Read more ...

Evan McMullin is Minnesota Independence Party Nominee, Gains Ballot Access in Colorado

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By Adam Seaman, published at American Third Party Report earlier today:

The Minnesota Independence Party Executive Committee chose Independent Evan McMullin as it’s candidate yesterday.  Evan McMullin has received a great deal of national media coverage lately as the conservative alternative to Republican nominee Donald Trump.  Now the party has to gather 2,000 signatures to get on the ballot in Minnesota.… Read more ...

Dan Phillips: Evan McMullin? NeverTrump Still Doesn’t Get It

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Evan McMullin

Dan Phillips, also known as Red Phillips, is an IPR contributor. He originally published the following article regarding the entry of independent candidate Evan McMullin into the presidential race on August 10th, 2016 at EconomicPopulist.org:

We have long been promised that if the convention coup plot failed, as everyone who knows anything about the process knew it would, and Donald Trump emerged as the Republican nominee, that the NeverTrump bitter-enders planned to put forth an independent challenger to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to represent self-proclaimed “real conservatism” and/or “real Republicanism.” After some teasing by author Brad Thor that never materialized, NeverTrump has found its candidate.… Read more ...

Ex-CIA’s McMullin Launches “Third Party” 2016 POTUS Campaign

McMullinforPOTUSAlthough the Better for America website (not updated since 26 July) has yet to make the announcement, various news sources (see links below) are reporting this morning that former CIA Officer and Utah native Evan McMullin is launching a last-minute, “Third Party” campaign for President of the United States.

ABC News “Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin to Launch Independent Presidential Bid”

Ballot Access News “Better for America Finds a Presidential Nominee”

BBC News  “Evan McMullin: Independent candidate launches presidential bid”

CNN “Anti-Trump conservatives recruit candidate for WH bid” wherein CNN reporter states in the associated video: “The big selling point is his ten years as a spook.”

HotAir.com  “Meet the new #NeverTrump independent candidate”

MSNBC “Who is Evan McMullin and is he ready to challenge Trump?”

Politico “Anti-Trump Republican Evan McMullin to launch independent bid for presidency.”

Wikipedia “David Evan McMullin (born April 2, 1976) is the Chief Policy Director for the House Republican Conference in the U.S.Read more ...

Steven Wilson: “A Modern Thomas: the haunting of the United States of Joseph Goebbels”

Steven Wilson, a write-in candidate for president, sent the following article for publication at ATPR; he originally published it on his website on July 28th, 2016:

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If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.  For the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state.
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Robert Stark interviews Zoltan Istvan

Zoltan-Istvan-Transhumanist-party-shirtRobert Stark and co-host Rabbit talk to Zoltan Istvan. Zoltan is a trans-humanist and futurist writer, philosopher, and journalist. He has written for Vice, Newsweek the Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and was a reporter for the National Geographic Channel, and is the author of The Transhumanist Wager.

Visit his official campaign site Zoltan Istvan for US President 2016

Topics include:

Why Zoltan is running primarily to raise awareness about Trans-humanism

The importance of investing in science and technology

Addressing the ethical reservations about Trans-humanism and whether it could lead to dangerous outcomes

The Trans-humanist goal of life extension

The Trans-humanist goal to eliminate human flaws and whether that could lead to a boring existence

Trans-humanist breackthroughs in healthcare

How to make Trans-humanism affordable and accessible to the public

Psychologist Timothy Leary as a precursor to Trans-humanism and his work to expand human consciousness

Zoltan’s support for a basic income, how it will become necessary due to automation, and how to implement it

The ideological divides within the Trans-humanist movement and how Zoltan considers himself fairly Centrist

The Transhumanist Bill of Rights

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An Independent Challenger is Still Likely

After the tepid reaction to the David French trial balloon and the failure of the NeverTrump forces to attract a “big name” candidate, their focus seemed to shift to stopping presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump at the Convention with a delegate coup, so to speak. According to this article at The Federalist, however, there are still active plans to field an independent challenger spearheaded by an organization called Better for America.… Read more ...

Mayor of Charleston, WV leaves GOP, will vote for Gary Johnson

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Danny Jones, the four-term Mayor of the West Virginia’s capital and largest city, has renounced his 45-year membership in the Republican Party and switched his voter registration to “unaffiliated.”

Jones also announced that he had previously decided to vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee.… Read more ...

Politico:”David French says he’s not running for president”

Anti-Trump conservatives didn’t get their candidate.

David French tweeted Sunday night “after much thought and prayer” he will not be running for president.

French, a writer for the National Review, was courted by members of the Never Trump crowd to mount an independent bid for president, giving Republicans an alternative to Donald Trump.Read more ...