Jesse Ventura is an intriguing individual. In 1998 he was nominated by the Reform Party of Minnesota as their candidate for governor. Among his several prior careers were: Navy special-forces diver; professional wrestler; screen actor; radio and TV personality; and mayor of Brooklyn Park, a suburb of Minneapolis. He has a disdain for “politics as usual,” especially when wrangling between Democrats and Republicans results in poor use of taxpayer funds. … Read more ...
June 9th, 2016, BeforeitsNews.com:
Franklin County, North Carolina (for Immediate Release) – The chairman of the Reform Party of Franklin County, Rick Kasa, has announced he is exploring an independent bid for North Carolina’s Second Congressional District. This comes at the heels of a primary that saw incumbent George Holding, who does not live in the Second District, beat fellow incumbent Renee Ellmers.… Read more ...
From Cody Quirk at American Third Party Report:
John Richard (J.R.) Myers lives in Alaska and works as a behavioral health professional. He’s on the ballot as a candidate for the American Independent Party in the California June 7th primary and as a write-in for the Independent Party of Oregon for President of the United States.… Read more ...
From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:
U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove will hear oral argument in Libertarian Party of Kentucky v Grimes, 3:15cv-86, on Thursday, May 19, at 11 a.m. in the federal courthouse in Frankfort, Kentucky. Case number 3:15cv-86. The Constitution Party is a co-plaintiff.
The issue is Kentucky’s failure to have a procedure by which a previously unqualified party can become a qualified party, in advance of an election.… Read more ...
Leaders of the Independent Party of Oregon and the Independence Party of Minnesota have reached a “broad strokes” agreement on joining together to form a national coalition of moderate and centrist third parties. The parties will convene a national teleconference this summer to discuss joint nomination of a candidate for President. … Read more ...
From the Reform Party website:
As the primaries of the established parties near an end, the outcome is unsurprising.
On the Democratic side, the Democratic elite rigged the Democratic primary, and forced a result that benefited the one percent. Hillary Clinton is set to win the Democratic Primary, because her ally, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, acted as kingmaker and controlled the inner workings of the party.… Read more ...
Ballot Access News (excerpt):
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On March 31, the Oklahoma House passed SB 896 by a vote of 69-15. It makes it easier for a party to remain on the ballot. Current law removes parties from the ballot when they fail to poll 10% for the office at the top of the ballot (president in presidential years, and Governor in midterm years).
From Zoe Camp at pitchfork.com:
Andrew W.K. has launched what appears to be a new political party, called (of course) “The Party Party.” Today, the musician rolled out a new website and social media accounts for the organization, which he’s framing as “an all-inclusive alternative to the traditional two party model.” He’s also shared a short promotional video detailing his goals of unity and liberation from a two-party political system.… Read more ...
The third-party pasts of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been brought up intermittently as they seek this year’s major-party nominations. In Sander’s case, it was the radicalism of his 1970s Liberty Union platform that included abolition of the CIA and total rejection of all gun control laws, and his independent campaigns in the 1980s against Democratic nominees.… Read more ...
Derrick M. Reid
Jack Robinson Jr.
Peace and Freedom Party:
Lynn Sandra Kahn
Gloria Estela La Riva
American Independent Party:
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The Iowa GOP caucus has been won by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Cruz was endorsed by 2008 LP nominee Bob Barr, as part of his outreach effort to lowercase-l libertarians that merited a mention in Cruz’s victory speech. Second place went to Donald Trump, who in 2000 briefly sought the nomination of the Reform Party and has in the past identified as an independent.… Read more ...