Category Archives: Independents

Ralph Nader: ‘Dick Gregory deserves serious biographers and a civic institution to further his work and inspire posterity’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

The loss of justice-fighter, satirist Dick Gregory, at age 84 was received with cries from his friends that “he was one of a kind.” No one showed up, here and abroad where people in severe crises needed empathy and support, more than Dick Gregory. He fasted to dangerous personal levels to attract attention to those deprived and oppressed who were striving for justice.

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Brian Irving: ‘A Radical Solution to the Redistricting Farce’

Brian Irving at Liberty Point. Irving is the past chair of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina.

The first speaker at yesterday’s redistricting hearings accused the Republicans of “acting like Nazis” and later speakers called them white supremacists. Fortunately, most of the other speakers, while passionate in the opposition, were more rational.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: ‘Barack Obama: What’s He Waiting For?’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

The most popular Democratic leader by far is still former President Barack Obama. Despite this popularity, many of the signature accomplishments of his modest legacy are being brutishly unraveled – being repealed , suspended or slated for extinction – by the Trumpsters. Donald Trump seems to revel in the destruction of consumer, investor, environmental, work and public land protections and standards.… Read more ...

Sacramento Bee Covers Proposed Initiative to Repeal California Top-Two

Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee (H/T Ballot Access News):

Frustrated that Democrats dominate elective office in California, a Republican eyeing a 2018 run against Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to repeal the state’s top-two primary system that he says shuts out Republicans and disproportionately propels left-wing Democrats into office.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Will Attempt Tennessee Party Petition for the First Time

Ballot Access News:

On August 20, the Libertarian Party national committee voted to help the Tennessee Libertarian Party get on the ballot for the 2018 election. This will be the first time the Libertarian Party has made a serious attempt to qualify as a party in Tennessee. The procedure, a petition signed by a number of voters equal to 2.5% of the last gubernatorial vote, is so difficult, no group has successfully used that procedure since 1968.

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Proposed California Constitutional Initiative to Stop Top Two Filed

Ballot Access News:

On August 11, Thomas E. Palzer and his organization Foundation to Stop Top Two filed a proposed constitutional initiative with the California Attorney General. Here is the text. It would return California to the system used between 2001 and 2010. Parties would again have their own nominees and their own primary ballots.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: ‘The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery. Below are some newspaper headlines from 2010 to the present to show that a militarized foreign policy without Congress exercising its Constitutional duties and steadfast public engagement will drift on, costing our soldiers’ lives and limbs, nearly three-quarters of a trillion taxpayer dollars, hundreds of thousands of Afghani lives and millions of refugees, with no end in sight.… Read more ...

Stand Up Republic Statement Regarding the Violent White Supremacist Protests in Charlottesville, Virginia

Stand Up Republic was established by Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn, Independent conservative candidates for President & Vice-President in 2016. They have issued the following statement on the violent protests in Charlottesville:

After two days of violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville escalated to the point of terrorism and fatality, now is the time for principled American leaders to stand up and speak against the neo-Nazi, alt-right, and white nationalist movements.… Read more ...

Independent Voters in New York City Will be Permitted to Choose a Reform Party Primary Ballot for Mayor

BAN:

The Reform Party is ballot-qualified in New York, and has decided to let independent voters participate in its Mayoral primary being held on September 12, 2017. This will be the first time any party in New York has let independent voters vote in an actual primary for an election of this size.… Read more ...

Evan McMullin Says It is Likely He Will Run for Some Office in 2018

Ballot Access News:

National Public Radio has this interview with Evan McMullin, who ran for president as an independent last year. At the end, he says he will probably run for some office in 2018. He implies that would be as an independent candidate.… Read more ...

Nationwide Libertarian voter registration now above 500,000

Ballot Access News:

The new national registration totals for the United States, in the 32 jurisdictions in which the voter registration form asks the applicant to choose a party, are:

Democratic 44,706,349 (40.30%)
Republican 32,807,417 (29.57%)
independent & misc. 30,818,334 (27.78%)
Libertarian 511,277 (.46%)
Green 258,683 (.23%)
Constitution 97,893 (.09%)
Working Families 52,748 (.05%)
Reform 5,204 (.00+%)
other parties 1,684,317 (1.52%)

The number of registered voters in the 32 jurisdictions with partisan registration is 110,942,222.

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Jill Pyeatt: ‘My Weekend at Politicon’

My Weekend at Politicon


By Jill Pyeatt

August 6, 2017

A convention for political junkies in my Pasadena neighborhood on July 29 and 30, 2017 was just too hard to resist. So, a few weeks before the event, I wrote for a Press Pass and was pleased to get one. This was a good thing because the event was fairly expensive, especially to attend both days.… Read more ...