Category Archives: Third parties, general

Interview with American Solidarity Party Presidential Nominee Michael Maturen

By Peter B. Gemma

c376468d2016-01-01On July 8, Michael Maturen of Michigan was nominated as the American Solidarity Party (ASP) candidate for President.  The ASP defines itself as a “Christian Democratic Party” which promotes, “the common good and the material and spiritual welfare of all people.”

Although Maturen graduated from the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology and was ordained as an Anglican priest, he is now an active layman with the Roman Catholic Church.Read more ...

Interview with Darrell Castle, Constitution Party Presidential Nominee

by Peter B. Gemma

darrell_castle_t720Darrel Castle, a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran, earned a Juris Doctorate from Memphis State University in 1979. Castle opened his own law firm in Memphis in 1984, and has concentrated his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and personal injury.

 A former Chairman of the Tennessee Constitution Party, he served as a Vice Chairman of the national party and was the running mate of Chuck Baldwin, the 2008 Constitution Party presidential candidate.Read more ...

Interview with Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party Nominee for President

by Peter B. Gemma

hqdefaultMichigan resident Jerry White is the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) candidate for President. He was the SEP’s first presidential candidate in 1996, and headed their national ticket in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The SEP holds that, “The Democratic Party, committed to militarism and austerity, is no less the political instrument of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus than the Republicans.”

An active socialist since he was 19, White, now 56, serves as editor of the World Socialist Web Site Autoworkers Newsletter and is the author of Death on the Picket Line: The Story of John McCoy, about a fourth generation West Virginia coal miner murdered during a strike.Read more ...

CBS 60 Minutes – Johnson Promises: “No Hypocrisy; Full Transparency”

60-minutes60 Minutes corespondent Steve Kroft interviewed Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for broadcast on CBS earlier tonight. It’s the first time 60 Minutes has interviewed any third-party presidential candidate AND the vice-presidential running mate.  Johnson: “I believe this is going to be the demise of the Republican Party. . .… Read more ...

New Petition: Invite Candidates On the Ballot of 20 or More States To Participate in Open Debate

Joshua Fauver, a Green Party member and the co-founder of American Third Party Report, created the following Change.org petition today:

The mantra, indeed the motto, of the Free and Equal Election Foundation is “More Voices, More Choices.” In the interest in living up to that high creed we (the list signatories of this petition) would like to request that the Free and Equal Election Foundation set the criteria for receiving invitation to their Open Presidential Debate at the United We Stand Fest on October the 25th in Boulder, Colorado.

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Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Social Media, Technology and Voter Education Initiatives

cpd-logoThe Commission on Presidential Debates issued a News Release earlier today regarding the various Social Media and other initiatives they have created for the (Bi-Partisan or perhaps Tri-Partisan, doubtfully Quad-Partisan and almost certainly not Quint-Partisan) Presidential Debates, the first of which is now 11 days away (Monday evening 26 September 2016).… Read more ...

Interview with “Rocky” De La Fuente, Independent and Third Party Candidate for President

   by Peter B. Gemma


unknown-1Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente began his successful business career in California’s automobile industry and has branched out into the national markets of banking and real estate.  In 1982, at the age of 28, he was elected Chairman of the National (automotive) Dealer Council.  His involvement in politics includes being elected by the California Democratic Party as a Delegate-at-Large (Super Delegate) to the 1992 Democrat National Convention.  
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Stein (Clinton and Trump) Answer ScienceDebate.org Questions; Johnson Passes

A news release issued earlier today by Sciencedebate.org, reports:

“On August 10, a blue-ribbon coalition of fifty-six leading U.S. nonpartisan organizations, representing more than 10 million scientists and engineers, called on U.S. Presidential candidates to address the questions, and encouraged journalists and voters to press the candidates on them during the 2016 U.S.… Read more ...

ABC News/Washington Post: Johnson @ 9; Stein @ 2 percent

The latest of the CPD selected polling firm reports offers little hope for a debate invitation to any candidate other than the two old party ones, at least based on the 15 percent (apparently national) stated polling requirement.  abc-news-poll

In the past the CPD has suggested that candidates at the far low end of the margin of error for 15 percent might be invited.  … Read more ...

3rd Party Debate LIVE Tonight 7 PM EST

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From Adam Seaman, American Third Party Report, 2 hours ago:

http://.percolate.blogtalkradio.com/offsiteplayer?hostId=996435&episodeId=9249971

Tom Hoefling will represent America’s Party and Chris Keniston will represent the Veterans’ Party and Mike Maturen from the American Solidarity Party will be debating one another tonight on Open Rebellion Radio on BlogTalkRadio.  You can listen in the box above, simply click the play button.… Read more ...

Voters Need the Input and Impact of a Third Party

By Peter B. Gemma

66921681James Madison wisely observed, “When the variety and number of political parties increases, the chance for oppression, factionalism, and non-skeptical acceptance of ideas decreases.”

Marginalized policy initiatives can often bubble up into the mainstream because of independent candidates and third parties. In his book Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System, political strategist Douglas Schoen noted, “While third party movements and candidates have periodically emerged to challenge the status quo … none have ever come close to winning, though they did end up having a significant impact on policy formation as a result of their campaigns.”

Although the success of the Prohibition Party was fleeting, it is a good model of how an issue can come from a single constituency, evolve into a formidable political force, and flex muscle on Capitol Hill.… Read more ...