Category Archives: Independents

Darcy Richardson, FL Reform Party gubernatorial nominee, endorsed by Libertarian

by Peter B. Gemma

Richardson, who recently switched from a bid for State Representative as an Independent, is now running for Florida Governor as the nominee of the Reform Party. In 2016, he was a candidate for the party’s presidential nomination.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 28, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT
Austin Cassidy, Campaign Manager
Email: austin@richardson2018.com
Phone: (904) 868-5963

DARCY RICHARDSON SCORES AN EARLY ENDORSEMENT

[JACKSONVILLE, FL] – Darcy Richardson, the Reform Party of Florida’s nominee for governor, received an early endorsement from a prominent former Libertarian on Thursday.… Read more ...

GOP Maine governor says he ‘probably’ won’t certify results of ranked-choice primary election

From The Hill:

The Republican governor of Maine is saying he may not certify the results of the state’s primary elections on Tuesday.

Gov. Paul LePage (R) said he may decide against certifying the results because of an objection to the state’s new ranked-choice system, where voters submit a ballot that ranks votes for candidates in order of preference, according to WCSH-TV.… Read more ...

Maine’s top court clears way for ranked-choice voting in June

In this Thursday, April 12, 2018, photo, Justice Andrew M. Mead, third from right, asks a question during a hearing in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on whether ranked-choice voting can be used in Maine's June 12th primary, in Portland, Maine.  The system lets voters to rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Bangor Daily News:

AUGUSTA, Maine — Ranked-choice voting will be used in Maine’s June primary elections, the state’s high court ruled on Tuesday in a massive win for supporters of the first-in-the-nation system that has faced constitutional scrutiny and run a political gauntlet in the Legislature.

The decision from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court allows Secretary of State Matt Dunlap to continue implementing the system for gubernatorial and congressional primaries just before his office needs to finalize state ballots for printing to go to overseas voters later this month.… Read more ...

Author and Political Activist Darcy Richardson Files for Florida State House Seat

by Peter B. Gemma

Darcy Richardson, well known to IPR readers as a political and campaign historian via his many books, has a lifetime record as a candidate — running on third party lines.  He was the Consumer Party nominee for US Senate in Pennsylvania in 1988 while serving as the national campaign manager of former Senator Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign.… Read more ...

U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Johnson v Commission on Presidential Debates; Level the Playing Field v Federal Elections Commission Still Pending in U.S. District Court


Ballot Access News:

On February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Johnson v Commission on Presidential Debates, 17-916. The other presidential debates case, Level the Playing Field v Federal Elections Commission, is still pending in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. A decision on that case could come at any time.… Read more ...

Former Independent Prez Candidate Seeking Green Party Nod for Congress

by Peter B. Gemma

Lynn S. Kahn, who was an independent candidate for President in 2016 (she was on the ballot in Arkansas and Iowa and received some 5,700 votes nationwide), is seeking the Green Party nomination for New York’s 21st Congressional District. She will announce her candidacy at the Warren County Green Party meeting on Monday, February 12 and will have until April 8 to file 250 signatures on Green Party nomination petitions.… Read more ...

Alabama Senate candidate forum on Dec. 5 includes Libertarian Ron Bishop

Via Eric Dixon at LP.org. I will try to provide live coverage of the event tomorrow with Laura Whitfield of the LP of Alabama. -paulie

Write in Ron Bishop - U.S. Senate

Alabama voters have more candidates to choose from than controversial GOP nominee Roy Moore and Democratic candidate Doug Jones. Seven other candidates have declared as write-in candidates, including Libertarian Party candidate Ron Bishop.… Read more ...

John Anderson Dies

Ballot Access News:

On December 3, 2017, John B. Anderson died. He was a member of Congress from 1960 to 1980. In 1980 he sought the Republican presidential nomination, but on April 24, 1980, realizing that Ronald Reagan was certain to become the Republican nominee, Anderson quit the race for the Republican nomination and announced as an independent candidate.… Read more ...

IPR: 18,000 Posts Served; New Writers? Banner Ads/Donors?

IPR now has over 18,000 published posts (articles), posted over the course of about 9.5 years. The pace has slowed down in recent months. If some of our readers would like to be signed up to help post articles please let us know. It is not a paid gig. You can’t post your own editorials, but can post editorials by others, including fellow IPR writers.… Read more ...

Another Write-in Candidate Enters Alabama Senate Race, Gathers Mainstream Coverage

Ballot Access News:

Lee Busby, a former Marine Colonel, and a former aide to current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, says he is a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate in the Alabama December 12 election.

Breitbart has dubbed Busby McMuffin 2.0.

IPR has previously reported on the write-in campaign of Libertarian Ron Bishop in the same race, and there are a number of other active write-in campaigns.… Read more ...

Libertarians challenge GA ballot access law in federal court

LP.org:

Libertarian Party of Georgia

Georgia has long had insurmountable ballot access laws, but the Libertarian Party of Georgia and two potential LP congressional candidates have brought suit to challenge them in the U.S. Federal District Court in Atlanta. The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 21, challenges a state requirement that any political party receiving less than 5 percent of the votes in the previous general election must obtain notarized signatures from 5 percent of eligible voters in the district in order to place a congressional candidate on the ballot.… Read more ...

2017 November Election results

Here are the election results I have been able to find so far for this past Tuesday’s November 2017 election. Please post additional results in the comments.

UT-3 (H/T BAN):

Candidate   % Popular Vote Popular Vote
JOHN CURTIS REPUBLICAN 57.57% 62498
KATHIE ALLEN DEMOCRATIC 27.13% 29449
JIM BENNETT UNITED UTAH 08.88% 9641
SEAN WHALEN UNAFFILIATED 02.73% 2968
JOE BUCHMAN LIBERTARIAN 02.18% 2372
JASON CHRISTENSEN INDEPENDENT AMERICAN 01.50% 1633

Charlottesville, Virginia, Elects an Independent to City Council

Charlottesville, Virginia held a partisan election for city office on November 7.

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