Category Archives: Independents

Travis Irvine: Biggest Political Winners and Losers of 2016

Travis Irvine at Huffpo:

As the wildest political year in recent memory comes to an end, it’s time for politicos across the spectrum to take stock of what worked and what didn’t in our modern political era. What victories should be hailed and what mistakes should be avoided in the future?

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Ralph Nader: Tripwires for the Trumpsters

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

The Trumpsters are coming to town—led by a failed gambling czar, corporate welfare king and major tax escapee—and they are hell bent on unmaking Washington, D.C.

With all three branches of government dominated by Republican members of Congress and Republican appointees—due to a mixture of abysmal deficiencies in the Democratic Party and the interloping luck of the atavistic Electoral College—the wrecking crew of Trump’s nominees to high cabinet and other positions brings with it a host of politically perilous baggage.… Read more ...

National aggregate US House, Gubernatorial vote totals by party, 2016

Gubernatorial Totals by Party, 2016:

Here are national totals for gubernatorial races, by party, for the November 2016 election:

Republican 9,688,152
Democratic 9,288,358
Libertarian 392,890
Green 69,107
Independent Party of Oregon 47,481
Constitution 23,441
Independent American 15,912
Liberty Union 8,912

Independent candidates got 30,019. UPDATE: totals have been corrected to fix a Delaware error.

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Ralph Nader’s Open Letter to President Obama: Decision Time for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

By Ralph Nader at Nader.org:

Dear President Obama:

On November 28, 2016, Jimmy Carter, the President who negotiated the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1978, wrote an op ed for the New York Times titled, “America Must Recognize Palestine.” His urgent plea was directed to you to take “the vital step…to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership,” before you leave office on January 20, 2017.… Read more ...

National aggregate US Senate vote by party, 2016



Ballot Access News
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The total vote cast for U.S. Senate on November 8, 2016, by party, was:

Democratic 51,297,372
Republican 40,784,703
Libertarian 1,788,027
Green 695,604
Working Families 428,854
Conservative 267,186
Independence 150,457
Constitution 124,587
Independent Party of Oregon 59,516
Women’s Equality 45,297
Independent American 27,340
New Independent Party 17,649
Reform 17,781
American 11,923
Unity 9,336
Socialist 6,888
Liberty Union 3,241
American Shopping 1,393

Independent candidates received 461,960 votes.… Read more ...

Post Election Survey of Third Party Movement Leaders; Part Three – Where to Now

by Peter B. Gemma

 

In the December 8th edition of The Hill, under the headline “After 2016 drubbing, what’s next for third parties,” author and journalist Dan Arel writes: “Endless analysis has been written about how Trump beat his primary rival Hillary Clinton, and for a short time everyone wanted to blame Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.… Read more ...

Ron Paul Wins an Electoral Vote

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The Libertarian Party’s 1988 presidential nominee Ron Paul received an electoral vote today from a faithless Texas elector as the Electoral College met to officially elect Donald Trump the next president.

Paul, a former Republican Congressman who twice ran for president as a Republican, left the party in 2015 and changed his registration back to the Libertarian Party.  … Read more ...

Official Recount Petition Filed In Nevada By Rocky De La Fuente; Vows Florida Recount Up Next

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zerohedge.com

By Tyler Durden
November 30, 2016

Just when you thought the post-election recount circus couldn’t get any more ridiculous, it has. Per NBC, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, an independent 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, has officially filed a recount petition with the Secretary of State of Nevada requesting recounts in 93 precincts.… Read more ...

IPR owner Warren Redlich quoted in Washington Post

From an article by Katie Zezima at WaPo:

Among the biggest deficits such candidates suffer is a lack of funding. Johnson raised about $11 million, Stein about $3.5 million and McMullin about $1 million, compared with the hundreds of millions put forward for Trump and Clinton.

“In Florida, I’m not seeing the Gary Johnson ads,” said Warren Redlich, a lawyer who ran for governor of New York as a libertarian.… Read more ...

William Saturn: Review of the 2016 Free & Equal Debate

William Saturn at Saturn’s Repository:

On October 25, the Free & Equal Elections Foundation held a debate on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, moderated by actor Ed Asner and Free & Equal founder Christina Tobin. This was the organization’s third election cycle hosting a presidential debate.… Read more ...

William Saturn: ‘Backing the True Outsider’

William Saturn at Saturn’s Repository:

For the first time in my life, I am voting for a major party presidential candidate. My reasoning, however, has not changed. Tomorrow I will vote for Donald Trump for the same reasons I voted for Ralph Nader in 2004, Chuck Baldwin in 2008, and Gary Johnson in 2012.… Read more ...

New Mexico Libertarian Party Gains Enough Registration to Meet One of the Two Tests to Have its Own Primary

Ballot Access News:

The New Mexico Libertarian Party has never had a government-provided primary. The only minor party that has ever had its own primary in New Mexico is the Green Party, which had one in 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2004. The state requires a party to meet two tests to have a primary: (1) a vote of 5% for a statewide office; (2) registration of three-tenths of 1%.… Read more ...