Category Archives: Independents

IPR turns 9 years old

IPR was launched exactly 9 years ago, on May 20th, 2008. By sheer coincidence – I was not here when the site started, but I was here not very long after that – I had a birthday today as well; a number also associated with a popular caliber of pistol, the sum of the two digits of which adds up to 9.… Read more ...

New York Assembly Passes Bill Moving Independent, Alt Party Petition Deadline from August to May

Ballot Access News:

On May 15, the New York Assembly passed AB 3052 by 127-16. Among other things, it moves the deadline for independent candidate petition deadlines from August to May. Here is the text; see section 13, subdivision 9, of the bill, at the bottom of page seven.

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Ralph Nader: ‘Schooling for Myths and Powerlessness’

Ralph Nader at the Nader Page (blog.nader.org):

All over America, school children are completing another academic year before their summer vacation. This invites the questions, what did they learn and what did they do with what they learned?

I’m not talking about their test scores, nor the latest fads in rebranding education, like the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum that de-emphasizes the first two thirds of the old mantra – reading, writing and arithmetic.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: ‘The Losing Warfare State’

Ralph Nader at the Nader Page:

The USA is still bogged down in Afghanistan (the 16 year-old occupation is the longest in American history) and in Iraq (since the unconstitutional, illegal invasion of the country 14 years ago).

With about 30,000 poorly equipped fighters, the Taliban has held down a US equipped and trained Afghan army eight times larger in soldiers, plus the US forces – fluctuating from 100,000 at its peak to 8,500 now, plus contractors – with advanced air, sea and land weaponry that is second to none.… Read more ...

Jason Sorens: County map of relative strength of the LP 2016 presidential ticket

Found on FB, from Jason Sorens by way of Rachel Durden Varley. Blue represents the strongest performing counties and red the weakest.

Andy Craig comments: There were some slight variations — Utah, New Mexico, both for fairly obvious reasons – but the same basic pattern shows up in Perot’s results, past LP campaigns, Ron Paul’s primary results, and even Nader’s 2000 results.Read more ...

Nine Constitutional Ballot Access Cases Pending in U.S. Courts of Appeals

Ballot Access News:

At least nine constitutional ballot access cases are pending in various U.S. Courts of Appeals around the nation. Here is a brief status summary:

1. The Eleventh Circuit has all the briefs in Hall v Merrill, 16-16766. The issue is whether Alabama can require a petition of 3% of the last gubernatorial vote in special elections for U.S.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader Asks Why the Entire House Congressional Delegation from Connecticut Refuses to Sign HR 676 or Full Medicare for All Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dear Representatives Joe Courtney, Elizabeth Esty, Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and John Larson:

There are 109 colleagues of yours who are co-sponsors of HR 676, Congressman John Conyers’ single payer bill in the House that provides full Medicare for all with free choice of doctor and hospital.

Yet not one of you — members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation — has co-sponsored HR 676.… Read more ...

Iowa Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Straight-Ticket Device

Ballot Access News:

On May 5, Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad signed HF 516, which eliminates the straight-ticket device and makes other election law changes. A blog post earlier this week said he had signed it, but that was based on misinformation, so that post had been taken down.

The only states that still have the device are Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah; also it is still in effect in Michigan, even though it has been repealed, because a federal judge ordered it left in place, at least for 2016.

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Centrist Project Web Page Features Short Description of Some of the Independent State Legislators in U.S.

Ballot Access News:

The Centrist Project, which hopes to elect more independents to Congress in 2018, here has short articles and pictures for some of the current independents in Congress and state legislatures.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: ‘It’s About Bringing Your Congress Back Home, Citizens!’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

The large marches, in Washington, DC and around the country, calling attention to importance of science and focusing on the calamitous impacts of climate change had impressive turnouts. But the protests would have been more productive if they concentrated more – in their slogans and signs – on 535 politicians to whom we have given immense power to influence policies relating to those issues, for ill or for good.… Read more ...

Centrist Project Spokesperson Nick Troiano Interviewed on Michael Smerconish Show


Ballot Access News:

Here is a link to the Nick Troiano interview conducted on April 26 by radio host Michael Smerconish. Troiano is a spokesperson for The Centrist Project, which hopes to elect independent centrists to congress in 2018. The link is via IVN.… Read more ...

D. Frank Robinson: ‘Censorship: The State Monopoly of Ballot Printing’

Submitted by D. Frank Robinson to IPR for publication:

Does giving the state governments a monopoly of printing ballots violate the individual’s First Amendment right by abridging freedom of the press?

Until the late 1800’s, all ballots, votes recorded on paper, in the United States were cast as write-in ballots. Voters prepared, that is published, their own ballots or used pre-printed ballots published by political parties.… Read more ...