Category Archives: Independents

Thomas Knapp: Two Things the Kavanaugh Fiasco Did Damage to “From the Right”

Both are ongoing, but the Kavanaugh confirmation process both highlighted the damage and added to it.

Thing One: “Presumption of Innocence”

Here’s a non-Kavanaugh-related example of the problem, from a piece on civil judgments pursuant to rape allegations. I agree with the author that people acquitted of crimes shouldn’t face a lower standard of proof in subsequent civil actions based on the claim that they’re guilty, but then he goes on to write:

For us to live in an open, liberal society, the presumption of innocence has to exist as a social idea as well as a legal one.

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Ralph Nader: Gross Hospital Negligence Does Not Exempt Celebrities

Ralph Nader at Nader.org:

Solid studies by physicians at leading medical schools have been warning of the huge casualty toll that flows from preventable problems in hospitals. A 2016 peer-reviewed study by physicians at the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine estimated that at least 5,000 people a week in the U.S.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: Where is the Democrats’ Contract with America 2018?

Ralph Nader at Nader.org:

What does the Democratic Party stand for? The big question persists! Typical of the Democrats, they delegated this question to political consultants who came up with the vapid slogan, “A Better Deal.” The specifics under that moniker are too general and, as a result, too easily dismissed by the public.… Read more ...

New Mexico Supreme Court eliminates straight party voting

The Green Party of New Mexico agrees with and appreciates the decision of the New Mexico Supreme Court to strike straight-party or straight-ticket voting from New Mexico ballots. Straight-party voting is a device that serves the dominant party.  Minor party, unaffiliated, and write-in candidates are further disadvantaged by a mechanism that encourages voter disinterest.

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Jibral Khan on “Third Parties and the Senate”

Jibral Khan writes @ National Review blog The Corner :

Gary Johnson’s run this year for the Senate seat in New Mexico could signal a productive direction for America’s third parties. Johnson was the state’s Republican governor from 1998-2003, and remains popular in the state. The first three-way poll for the Senate race shows the incumbent Democrat, Martin Heinrich, in the lead at 39 percent, followed by Gary Johnson at 21 percent, and the Republican candidate Mick Rich coming in last with 11 percent.… Read more ...

David Earl Williams III to run for Alderman, Chicago’s 48th ward

On August 2nd, 2018 – former 2014 Republican candidate for Illinois 9th Congressional district and former Libertarian party of Illinois Lt. Governor candidate, 8x decorated U.S. Navy Veteran, Novelist and medical logistics specialist, David Earl Williams III announced his candidacy for Alderman in Chicago’s 48th ward.

During his first campaign run for Congress in 2014, he faced allegations of ‘stalking’ an ex-girl friend in Washington D.C., which turned out to be false.… Read more ...

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
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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 ...