‘What happens when you have ballot access but the state won’t put you on the ballot’

Geoffrey Cubbage, Secretary of the Illinois Green Party, reflects on the difficulty of running for office in Illinois.

Today I got to go down to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners and the Cook County Clerk’s office to file candidate paperwork with them—again—because the Green Party did not get enough votes in the March primary, a primary which the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners refused to conduct for the Green Party altogether, and which the Cook County Clerk nominally conducted for the Green Party, but at which dozens of our would-be voters reported being told at the polls that they could not vote Green, only Republican or Democrat.… Read more ...

Liveblog: Oklahoma (and Wyoming?) LP convention 2018

Hi, this is Paulie reporting live from the 2018 Oklahoma Libertarian Party Convention in Seminole, Oklahoma. The meeting just started. Current chair Tina Kelly introduced LNC region 6 rep David Demarest, who introduced Joshua Smith, candidate for LNC chair, who is chairing the meeting. There are 27 delegates at this time and a number of observers including LNC Region 1 Rep Caryn Ann Harlos and region 7 rep Whitney Bilyeu, and covering the convention along with myself is David Van Risseghem of SoonerPolitics.Org, Ed Maddox of Texas who gave me a ride up here and possibly some others.… Read more ...

Green Party gains ballot status in North Carolina

Gary Robertson of Associated Press has reported that the North Carolina “state elections board voted unanimously to certify the North Carolina Green Party (NCGP), whose candidates can now automatically be on state ballots through at least 2020. It joins North Carolina’s other official parties — Democratic, Republican and Libertarian — for federal, state and local offices.”

The NCGP posted on their web site “we’ll be able to run Greens as Greens for all levels of office, and North Carolina voters can now register to vote as Greens.”

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The Prohibition Party in Alabama

Alabama Prohibition Party

Written by Jonathan Makeley

The Prohibition Party has been experiencing significant growing membership and activism in recent years. Recently I interviewed my party colleague Dr. R.T. Cooper, the state chairman of the Alabama Prohibition Party, about how things have been going with the Prohibition Party in Alabama.
The Prohibition Party and the broader prohibitionist movement has a well rooted history in the state of Alabama.… Read more ...

Former Green VP candidate calls out Jared Kushner’s hypocrisy

Pat LaMarche, the Green Party vp candidate in the 2004 U.S. presidential election published an essay over the weekend condemning the hypocrisy of Jared Kushner and Ben Carson regarding public housing.

LaMarche writes “In fact, it might surprise you that more than half of all public housing is occupied by extremely low income elderly individuals or the severely disabled.… Read more ...

Green candidate challenges incumbent to support NY’s Food Recovery and Recycling Act

(Rochester, NY) – Earlier today, Green Party State Senate candidate, Brian White called for incumbent Senator Rich Funke to support The Food Recovery and Recycling Act (FRRA). The Act is included in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal and is supported by the New York State Assembly. The initiative will send surplus food to those who need it, create compost, and help in the fight against climate change.… Read more ...

Citizens in Charge Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court in Support of Independent Party

Ballot Access News:

Citizens in Charge has filed this amicus curiae brief in Independent Party v Padilla, 17-1200. The issue in the case is whether the California Secretary of State violated the rights of the voters who formed the Independent Party, when he refused to instruct county election officials to tally up how many registered voters the Independent Party has.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party US Senate candidate proposes arming homeless people with shotguns

The Guardian

A Michigan candidate for US Senate has proposed arming homeless people with pump-action shotguns in an effort to reduce crime.

Brian Ellison, who is running against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, says homeless people are “constantly victims of violent crime” and providing them with firearms would provide a deterrent.

Ellison, a Libertarian who is expected to be the party’s candidate in the November midterm election, said he had settled on pump-action shotguns for practicality purposes.… Read more ...

Green Party: Saudi Arabia deserves U.S. sanctions over war on Yemen, not a welcome for the Saudi crown prince

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman deserves protest and the threat of sanctions over his country’s mass murder of Yemeni civilians instead of a friendly welcome to the U.S.

The Saudi Arabian leader visited President Trump on Tuesday for friendly talks about military assistance, purchases of U.S.… Read more ... Michigan Libertarian the first alternative-party candidate in 48 years to qualify for gubernatorial primary ballot

Bill Gelineau in tan suit standing in office, posing with his box of petitions, 2018 candidate for governor of Michigan (color photo)

Libertarian Bill Gelineau, 2018 candidate for governor of Michigan

Michigan Libertarian Bill Gelineau has become the first candidate for governor from a non-establishment party to qualify under “major party” status to appear on a primary ballot there in nearly a half-century, and only the second since 1932.

On Thursday, March 8, Gelineau submitted 21,187 signatures to get on the ballot.… Read more ...

LNC closing in on best first quarter revenues in over 10 years

Dear Libertarian,

As you can tell from recent emails and events, our party is in a period of growth. Our voter registrations are soaring, our candidate recruitment is booming, and we have great prospects for 2018 and beyond.

Our fundraising has also been doing very well, as many generous Libertarians have been excited about this growth and have pitched in to help fuel it.… Read more ... Libertarian Mark Ash will challenge Michelle Slaughter for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Libertarian Mark Ash for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Mark Ash, a Houston attorney running for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, was surprised to read his (political) obituary in the Galveston County Daily News. After 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter won the Republican primary on March 6, the newspaper declared that “Since no Democratic Party candidate filed to run, Slaughter will become one of the nine justices on the court.” Not so fast!… Read more ...