Category Archives: Non-left/right parties

“Paper PACs” Scamming Conservative Donors

by Peter B. Gemma

What do former Congressman Alan West, commentator Laura Ingraham, and Sheriff David Clarke have in common? All are well-known conservatives and a ton of money is being raised for their respective US Senate campaigns.

And here’s a twist: none of them are actually running for office.

Mail boxes of conservatives are filling up with fake solicitations, offering great promises and dire warnings designed to scare up some money.… 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 ...

(R) Kasich and (D) Hickenlooper: 2020 “Unity Ticket”?

In an ABC television interview on the program THIS WEEK Governors John Kasich and John Hickenlooper, Republican of Ohio and Democrat of Colorado respectively, declared the apparent imminent end of the dominance of the two-old, two party system in the US.

Kasich told ABC TV’s White House Chief Correspondent Jonathan Karl,

“I don’t think either party is answering people’s deepest concerns and needs .… 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 ...

Prohibition Party Condemns Government Shutdown

U.S. Capital Building

The Prohibition Party had issued statements criticizing the recent federal government shut down. The Prohibition Party Facebook page stated that the “Government shutdown is unethical and bad for Americans”. It was further stated, “People’s lives are hanging in the balance. This display does much to show where American citizens figure on their list of priorities”.… 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

Charlottesville, Virginia, Elects an Independent to City Council

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

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Ben Walsh elected Mayor of Syracuse


Ben Walsh hugs a supporter in the grand ballroom. Ben Walsh’s election night headquarters at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown’ s Grand Ballroom, November 7, 2017.(Michael Greenlar |

The minor party candidate Ben Walsh has been elected the new mayor of the Syracuse, New York. Ben Walsh was the candidate of the Independence, Reform, and Upstate Jobs parties.… Read more ...

Ben Walsh Leading in Race for Mayor of Syracuse

Syracuse mayoral candidates Laura Lavine , Juanita Perez Williams,  Ben Walsh, and Howie Hawkins Nett |

Ben Walsh is currently leading in the latest poll for Mayor or Syracuse, New York. Ben Walsh is a Syracuse businessman running for mayor with the support of the Independence, Reform, and Upstate Jobs parties.… Read more ...

William Saturn: ‘On Charlottesville’


A statue honoring Confederate soldiers in Charlottesville, Virginia

William Saturn is a citizen journalist who frequently covers alternative parties and independent candidates and an IPR author/editor. Original article at Saturn’s Repository:

After the events in Charlottesville this past month, I had to clear my thoughts. Discourse had, once again, reached a level of absurdity.… Read more ...

American Solidarity Party Statement on the Terror in Charlottesville

H. Lillian Vogl at

Statement on the Terror in Charlottesville
August 14, 2017

As a nation we are shocked and saddened by the acts of terror that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia last Friday and Saturday. They strike me personally very close to home. I am an alumna of the University of Virginia School of Law (class of 2004), and the three years I spent living in Charlottesville were delightful and formative.… Read more ...

Zoltan Istvan: “I Became a Pot Felon at 18. I’m Owed More Than an Apology.”

Zoltan Istvan at

Zoltan Istvan is founder of The Transhumanist Party. He is currently running for Governor of California as a Libertarian. This commentary is from

When asked why I advocate for legalization of recreational drugs, I give a simple answer: Because the government doesn’t know what’s best for me or others.… Read more ...

Moderate Party Receives Rhode Island Money Even Though It Is Defunct

Ballot Access News:

Rhode Island allows state income taxpayers to choose which qualified party to help with a small contribution. The Moderate Party is listed as a choice because it is qualified. It is qualified because it got over 5% for Governor in 2014. However, it is defunct. Nevertheless, 440 taxpayers this year sent the party $1 on their tax forms.… Read more ...