Category Archives: Third parties, general

Dan Savage’s Misguided Hate for Third Parties

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Dan Savage delivered a misguided attack on Jill Stein and third parties on his podcast back in May. A few days ago a San Francisco attorney named Ray Everett posted a partial transcript of the podcast showing Sage’s rant and word has spread.

As owner of IPR I feel a need to respond to Savage’s idiotic comments.… Read more ...

LNC Chair Sarwark FreedomFest Presentations

CAM01066 Libertarian Party National Committee Chair, Nicholas Sarwark, appeared in two sessions at FreedomFest earlier today.  First as a guest speaker for Reason Magazine’s “Election 2016: The Collapse of the Republicans and Democrats, the Rise of the Libertarian Party and the Glorious Future of American Politics,” and then as the sole presenter for “Political Economy in Diversifying your Political Investment.”  Audio of the entire Reason session may be purchased HERE and of Nick’s full Political Economy presentation, HERE. … Read more ...

An Independent Challenger is Still Likely

After the tepid reaction to the David French trial balloon and the failure of the NeverTrump forces to attract a “big name” candidate, their focus seemed to shift to stopping presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump at the Convention with a delegate coup, so to speak. According to this article at The Federalist, however, there are still active plans to field an independent challenger spearheaded by an organization called Better for America.… Read more ...

Andy Craig: How Accurate Are Polls that Include Third-Party Candidates?

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Polling companies and media organizations sometimes argue that including third-party candidates in a poll produces an inaccurately high result for that candidate.

In the era of modern polling, there have been seven third-party presidential candidates included through the final polls in early November. Only one time did the difference between the final poll and the actual election result exceed 2%, and that was when Perot over-performed the final poll by five points in 1992.… Read more ...

Results of California’s Green, American Independent and Peace and Freedom Party presidential primaries

Yesterday, in addition to the Libertarian Party’s presidential primary in California, the state’s Green Party, American Independent Party and Peace and Freedom Party held presidential primaries. The semi-official results, with 100% of precincts reporting in each contest, from the California SOS Elections website:

Green Party:

Candidate Votes Percent
Darryl Cherney
(Party Preference: GRN)
1,034
10.4%
William Kreml
(Party Preference: GRN)
443
4.5%
Kent Mesplay
(Party Preference: GRN)
417
4.2%
Sedinam Moyowasifsa-Curry
(Party Preference: GRN)
587
5.9%
Jill Stein
(Party Preference: GRN)
7,444
75.0%

American Independent Party:

Candidate Votes Percent
Wiley Drake
(Party Preference: AI)
3,814
12.8%
Arthur Harris
(Party Preference: AI)
5,186
17.4%
James Hedges
(Party Preference: AI)
3,223
10.8%
Thomas Hoefling
(Party Preference: AI)
2,927
9.8%
J.R.
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Daily Kos Issues Call For Unity Among Democrats By Banning Talk Of Third Party Candidates

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Blogger with a Kos. The Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. (AP Photo/J. Kamp)

By MintPress News Desk
May 27, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — In yet another sign of the divisive nature of the 2016 race to the White House, in which both parties are struggling to unite behind their presumptive nominees, a popular liberal website wants to cut down on attacks on Hillary Clinton by Bernie Sanders supporters.… Read more ...

Yes, We Have Lost a Few Articles

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It’s not your imagination: some current articles have disappeared. Our owner migrated to a new server, and several articles were lost. I do not know yet if they have been lost for good.

William Saturn has reposted his poll results to his site: Saturn’s Repository. I will repost the interviews with 6 of the vice-presidential candidates this evening.… Read more ...

IPR turns 8 years old

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IPR’s old logo

IPR was launched exactly 8 years ago, on May 20th, 2008. From the 7th year anniversary article:

After a 36-hour period of nonstop work by Jason “GE” Seagraves, IPR went live six years ago today with our first post, on May 20, 2008. Our predecessor site, Third Party Watch, operated between May 2005 and May 2008 before being purchased by Richard Viguerie right before the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2008, which led to the creation of IPR and Green Party Watch.

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U.S. District Court Sets May 19 Oral Argument in Kentucky Ballot Access Case

judgeFrom 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 ...

Oklahoma Ballot Access Bill Signed into Law

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 5, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed SB 896. This bill lowers the number of votes for a party to remain on the ballot, from 10% for the office at the top of the ballot (President or Governor) to 2.5%. Although this is still more stringent than the median state, it is the lowest percentage of the vote that Oklahoma has required since 1913.… Read more ...

Free and Equal Elections: Ed Asner Issues Political Call to Arms

From Christina Tobin at Free and Equal Elections

Dear Supporter,

Ed Asner, the legendary Emmy Award Winning actor and former President of the Screen Actors Guild met with Free and Equal Elections President Christina Tobin last week searching for solutions to the concerns he has about America’s future. They sat down for an on camera interview where Mr.… Read more ...

Andy Craig: How a Libertarian Can Win in Milwaukee

Andy Craig DecemberRunning in Milwaukee’s fourth congressional district, a one-time Socialist Party stronghold and geographically, as well as historically, one of the country’s most favorable regions in terms of electing minor-party candidates to public office, IPR’s Andy Craig believes there’s a path to victory for his long-shot Libertarian candidacy in November.

“I’m running as a Libertarian candidate, because I think this country is desperately in need of more choices and more voices in Congress than just Republicans and Democrats, and I think we can make this the most viable campaign to place a Libertarian in Congress in 2016,” said Craig in a statement issued Sunday evening.… Read more ...