Category Archives: Independents

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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Ralph Nader: ‘Trump’s Hundred Days of Rage and Rapacity’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

The Lawless-loving corporatists have worked overtime to besmirch the word “regulation” (or law and order for corporations) and edify the word “deregulation,” to help bring about their dream state of dismantled or weakened regulation.

Here is one little-mentioned ongoing disaster of non-regulation costing our country. The patsy FAA, for decades after the hijacking of planes to Castro’s Cuba, refused to require the airlines to install toughened cockpit doors and stronger locks to prevent entry by terrorists bent on making the aircraft a destructive weapon.… Read more ...

Jesse Walker: Election Do-Over Poll Shows Gains for Gary Johnson, Jill Stein; No sign of third-party regrets

Jesse Walker at reason.com:

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If the people who participated in last year’s election could do it all again, Donald Trump would win the popular vote this time—but he wouldn’t actually get more support than before. Instead, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, many Hillary Clinton voters would now stay home or back a third-party candidate.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: What are the Super-Rich Democrats Waiting For?

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

Democratic Party loyalists are always complaining about the big-money fat cats behind the Republican Party’s candidates and platform. Over the last few election cycles, the Democratic Party has lost most state legislatures, governorships, the US Senate, the US House of Representatives and the White House. Republican control of the Senate is also leading to control of the US Supreme Court.… Read more ...

NC: Ballot Access, Top Two Only bills introduced


Ballot Access News
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On April 11, North Carolina Representatives Ken Goodman (D-Rockingham) and Pricey Harrison (D-Greensboro) introduced HB 737. It converts North Carolina elections for Congress and state office to a top-two system. The bill does not provide for “preference” or “prefers” to appear on the ballot. Nor does it say that the ballot should carry an explanation that party labels on the ballot do not mean that the party approves of any candidate with that party’s label.

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Ralph Nader: ‘The Savings and Stability of Public Banking’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

As a society obsessed by money, we pay a gigantic price for not educating high school and college students about money and banking. The ways of the giant global banks – both commercial and investment operations – are as mysterious as they are damaging to the people.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: ‘Self-Censored Questions by Career Questioners’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

I’ve always been intrigued by the major questions not asked by reporters at press conferences, not asked by legislators at public hearings or even the questions citizens at town meetings don’t ask public officials. It’s not that they do not know about or could not easily become informed enough about a given issue and ask substantive questions.… Read more ...

Illinois Libertarian candidates win federal lawsuit against law making it illegal for medical marijuana groups to contribute to candidates

From Ballot Access News via LP.org blog:

On March 24, U.S. District Court Judge John Z. Lee, an Obama appointee, struck down a 2013 Illinois campaign finance law that makes it illegal for any medical cannabis cultivation center or dispensary organization to make a campaign contribution to a candidate for state or local office.… Read more ...

William Saturn: ‘The Politics of Fun’

William Saturn at Saturn’s Repository:

Phil Davison

Phil Davison

Back in 2010 I witnessed the future of politics. A little known councilman went before his local party and delivered the most passionate speech of this century thus far.  Though the speech concerned, of all things, the Stark County Treasurer’s office, it harkened back to the exciting and entertaining aspect of politics.  … Read more ...

Rocky De La Fuente Keeps His Georgia Ballot Access Case Alive

Ballot Access News:

On March 31, Rocky De La Fuente filed an amended complaint in his Georgia ballot access lawsuit, to cure certain problems with his original complaint. De La Fuente v Kemp, n.d., 1:16cv-2937. The case challenges the July 1 deadline for independent presidential candidates to submit their presidential elector candidates, and also Georgia’s failure to have any uniform standards for checking the validity of signatures from one county to the next.… Read more ...