Category Archives: Third parties, general

2018 Mid-Term Elections Prediction Thread

Per the suggestion in the November 2018 Open Thread, this thread is for predictions concerning the Mid-Term elections to be held Tuesday, November 6.

Possible predictions:

  • How will the elections affect the party composition of each House of Congress and governorship nationwide?
  • What alternative and/or independent candidates are you closely following and how do you think they will fare?
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David Earl Williams III Speech, “Solution to Chicago’s Gang Violence”

On October 20th, 2018, David Earl Williams III, candidate for Alderman in Chicago’s 48th ward – spoke in front of a crowd of 31 attendees for 46 minutes at the College of Complexes on his “Solution to Chicago’s Gang Violence.”

He spoke fiercely against stop-and-frisk and the use of the National Guard to quell Chicago’s on-going violence.… Read more ...

A Clamor in the Commonwealth; Massachusetts Libertarians Look to the Future in Springfield

Assembling in the Aria Ballroom of the new MGM Springfield earlier this month, the Massachusetts chapter of the “Party of Principle” coalesced around the call for liberty in the era of the Trump Administration. Over four dozen activists, joined by such prominent figures as Paul Jacobs, Carla Gericke, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, and Reason editor-at-large Matt Welch, convened to discuss the direction of the party in one of the most partisan and deeply divided political environments in recent history.… Read more ...

U.S. District Court Awards ACLU Ballot Access Attorneys $612,045 in Attorney Fees for South Dakota Case

Ballot Access News:

Earlier this year, the South Dakota petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties, which was in late March, was held unconstitutionally early in U.S. District Court. The case was Libertarian Party of South Dakota v Krebs, civ 4:15cv-4111. According to a federal law passed in 1976, when plaintiffs sue a state over voting rights (including ballot access), and win, the state must pay the attorney fees for the plaintiffs.… 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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Harry Browne, Ralph Nader, John Hagelin, and Howard Phillips debate on Larry King Live, 10/6/96

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 ...

The role of third parties in elections

Excellent discussion right now on http://www.wxxinews.org/programs/connections.

From the Facebook page for the show:

We discuss the role of third parties in elections. In the Ohio special election for Congress this week was nearly too close to call, and the final margin of votes is almost the same as the vote total for the Green Party candidate.Read more ...

Toledo Blade:”No more lesser of two evil”

This editorial was published in the Toledo, Ohio Blade:

Gary-Johnson-Political-Future-1 Partly thanks to increased support for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson during the 2016 election, the Libertarian Party has earned a spot on more ballots around the U.S.

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Voters frustrated by having to choose between Democrats and Republicans at the ballot box could soon see some more options when they head to the polls.

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Michael Hewitt Wilson: 12 suggestions for growing local party organizations

Posted by Michael Hewitt Wilson on facebook:

This is a list of 12 items to do and it may help new people get involved and grow their local organization. Don’t try to do all at once. Pick an item that you can do one month and then add another the month after that.… 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
Austin Cassidy, Campaign Manager
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 ...