Category Archives: Independents

Wikinews Interviews Independent Presidential Candidate Laurence Kotlikoff

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For the August edition of my monthly Wikinews series covering the 2016 presidential election, I interviewed Independent presidential candidate Laurence Kotlikoff.

Kotlikoff, the former senior economist on President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers and current economics professor at Boston University is on the ballot in Colorado and Louisiana with running mate Edward E.Read more ...

Interview with American Solidarity Party Presidential Nominee Michael Maturen

By Peter B. Gemma

c376468d2016-01-01On July 8, Michael Maturen of Michigan was nominated as the American Solidarity Party (ASP) candidate for President.  The ASP defines itself as a “Christian Democratic Party” which promotes, “the common good and the material and spiritual welfare of all people.”

Although Maturen graduated from the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology and was ordained as an Anglican priest, he is now an active layman with the Roman Catholic Church.Read more ...

Science Debate.org: Johnson Late Responses Posted

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A Press Release by Science Debate.org reports:

“All four major candidates for United States president have now responded . . . Governor Gary Johnson provided late responses which the group has posted with those of Clinton, Trump, and Stein HERE. . . . Clinton, Trump and Stein responses were published Sept 13.… Read more ...

McMullin Supporters Protest in Florida Governor’s Office Over Ballot Exclusion (with Muffins)

636101413948820561-muffins3From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On September 22, supporters of Evan McMullin protested his exclusion from the Florida ballotby dropping off 300 muffins at Governor Rick Scott’s office. Unexplained is why the McMullin campaign has not sued Florida over its unconstitutional ballot access laws for president. Florida won’t print the presidential nominee of a qualified party on the ballot unless it is recognized by the Federal Election Commission as a national committee, or unless it submits 119,316 signatures by July 15.… Read more ...

Interview with Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party Nominee for President

by Peter B. Gemma

hqdefaultMichigan resident Jerry White is the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) candidate for President. He was the SEP’s first presidential candidate in 1996, and headed their national ticket in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The SEP holds that, “The Democratic Party, committed to militarism and austerity, is no less the political instrument of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus than the Republicans.”

An active socialist since he was 19, White, now 56, serves as editor of the World Socialist Web Site Autoworkers Newsletter and is the author of Death on the Picket Line: The Story of John McCoy, about a fourth generation West Virginia coal miner murdered during a strike.Read more ...

Interview with “Rocky” De La Fuente, Independent and Third Party Candidate for President

   by Peter B. Gemma


unknown-1Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente began his successful business career in California’s automobile industry and has branched out into the national markets of banking and real estate.  In 1982, at the age of 28, he was elected Chairman of the National (automotive) Dealer Council.  His involvement in politics includes being elected by the California Democratic Party as a Delegate-at-Large (Super Delegate) to the 1992 Democrat National Convention.  
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ABC News/Washington Post: Johnson @ 9; Stein @ 2 percent

The latest of the CPD selected polling firm reports offers little hope for a debate invitation to any candidate other than the two old party ones, at least based on the 15 percent (apparently national) stated polling requirement.  abc-news-poll

In the past the CPD has suggested that candidates at the far low end of the margin of error for 15 percent might be invited.  … Read more ...

Evan McMullin campaign: “We intend to win Utah”

American Third Party Report: In a new video released earlier today by the Evan McMullin presidential campaign, McMullin’s chief strategist Joel Searby said:

We’re building our Utah victory operation, where we are actually going to go in Utah. And that is, I think – will largely be driven by the some of the folks in this room, saying “here’s what think we need to do to go get that done.

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David Earl Williams III becomes first Illinois congressional candidate to endorse Gary Johnson

American Third Party Report: David Earl Williams III, an independent, officially qualified write-in candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 9th district and a former GOP candidate in the same district in 2014 (he received 14,158 votes, or 47.6% of the total, in the GOP primary running as a Ron Paul Republican), has become the first congressional candidate in Illinois to officially and publicly endorse Gary Johnson for president, via Dewforcongress.com one hour ago (Williams will be attending a meeting of the Libertarian Party of Chicago on September 8th, 2016 and is planning on joining the Libertarian Party soon):

Dear Fellow American, 

My opponent, Jan Schakowsky endorses Hillary Clinton for President, while the Republican candidate, Joan McCarthy Lasonde seems ashamed to come out with who she’ll be supporting.The question is, who will I finally endorse and support on November 8, 2016?

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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 ...