Category Archives: Third parties, general

Tennessee Legislature punts ballot access reform to 2018

Ballot Access News:

On April 4, the Tennessee House Local Government Committee passed HB 662. It had previously passed a subcommittee on March 28. It lowers the number of signatures for a newly-qualifying party from 2.5% of the last gubernatorial vote (33,816 signatures) to exactly 5,000. The vote was 9-3.… Read more ...

Illinois Libertarian candidates win federal lawsuit against law making it illegal for medical marijuana groups to contribute to candidates

From Ballot Access News via LP.org blog:

On March 24, U.S. District Court Judge John Z. Lee, an Obama appointee, struck down a 2013 Illinois campaign finance law that makes it illegal for any medical cannabis cultivation center or dispensary organization to make a campaign contribution to a candidate for state or local office.… Read more ...

William Saturn: ‘The Politics of Fun’

William Saturn at Saturn’s Repository:

Phil Davison

Phil Davison

Back in 2010 I witnessed the future of politics. A little known councilman went before his local party and delivered the most passionate speech of this century thus far.  Though the speech concerned, of all things, the Stark County Treasurer’s office, it harkened back to the exciting and entertaining aspect of politics.  … Read more ...

William Saturn: ‘The New PC Culture’

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:

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Donald Trump’s election as President was, in part, a reaction to PC culture; a culture which regards the utterance of certain speech as worse than the offense of violent crimes.… Read more ...

Thanks to IPR readers for 300,000 comments

Thank you to IPR readers for 300,000 approved comments on over 17,000 posts since May 20, 2008. Comment #300k is here. Although the pace has slowed down somewhat recently, we are hoping to make IPR great again. If you are lurking please don’t hesitate to jump in, and if you are interested in joining our all-volunteer writing/posting team please let us know.… Read more ...

The Freenauts Release a Song and Video Called “Third Party Girl”

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Twenty-four Presidential Candidates Received At Least 1,000 Votes in November 2016

Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Twenty-four individuals who were actually running for president in November 2016 received at least 1,000 recorded votes. This does not include individuals who were not running for president in November, such as Bernie Sanders, but who nevertheless received hundreds of thousands of write-in votes, most of which were not counted or reported.… Read more ...

US Spy Chief Presents Third-Party Debates as Proof RT Is Anti-US

Antiwar.com blog by way of LP.org:

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s latest report on the alleged ‘election hacking’ by Russia includes a substantial section focused around the idea that Russian government-funded channel RT is overtly anti-American. This is a common enough accusation, but when set out in a multi-page report format, a lot of the charges fall remarkable short.… Read more ...

Travis Irvine: Biggest Political Winners and Losers of 2016

Travis Irvine at Huffpo:

As the wildest political year in recent memory comes to an end, it’s time for politicos across the spectrum to take stock of what worked and what didn’t in our modern political era. What victories should be hailed and what mistakes should be avoided in the future?

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Third Party Article at Reason

This article on the obstacles to success for third parties was posted recently at Reason.com. The article is by Matt Welch.

The unprecedentedly bizarre presidential election we have just survived taught us many unpleasant lessons. Among the most startling was the extent to which, even in a year dominated by voter revulsion at the two leading candidates, the two-party mindset nonetheless continued to maintain a powerful magnetic pull on the actions and reactions of so many people.

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Post Election Survey of Third Party Movement Leaders; Part Three – Where to Now

by Peter B. Gemma

 

In the December 8th edition of The Hill, under the headline “After 2016 drubbing, what’s next for third parties,” author and journalist Dan Arel writes: “Endless analysis has been written about how Trump beat his primary rival Hillary Clinton, and for a short time everyone wanted to blame Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.… Read more ...

Post Election Survey of Third Party Movement Leaders; Part Two – What Went Wrong

by Peter B. Gemma

 sss-1-500x250“We simply got off to a late start and didn’t have enough time or manpower to get it done for 2016.  We now know the nuances in each state, however, so we are prepared moving forward.”

That’s the post election assessment of the American Solidarity Party presidential nominee Mike Maturen.… Read more ...