Category Archives: Independents

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 ...

Peter Gemma: The Impact of Non-Voters

Peter Gemma at The American Thinker:

Dr. Billy Graham has observed that, “bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote.”

In Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District special election last week, 57 percent of registered voters stayed home. The race repeatedly made national news because it was possible that a Democrat could be elected to that seat for the first time since 1979.… Read more ...

Remarks by Ralph Nader on the United Airlines Settlement with Dr. David Dao

For Immediate Release

United Airlines speedy and secret settlement, announced today, with Dr. David Dao could not have happened without the superlawyer, Tom Demetrio, handling Dr. Dao’s case. United lawyers did not want to go to depositions and to trial with Atty. Demetrio. But they got something in return that was not that beneficial to the larger cause of airline passenger safety and respect.… Read more ...

Evan McMullin may run for Congress as an independent; poll shows he could win

Ballot Access News:

On Friday, April 21, Evan McMullin appeared on MSNBC for about one and one-half minutes. He said he hasn’t decided whether he will run for public office in 2018. There has been speculation that he might run for U.S. Senate or U.S. House in Utah as an independent.

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