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 ...

Daugherty: “What the Libertarian Party Wants on Foreign Policy”


Lauren Daugherty at the National Interest:

This year, record numbers of Americans voted for Libertarian candidates. The Libertarian presidential nominee, Gov. Gary Johnson, received over four million votes, three times the previous record. For perspective, four million votes is about the voter turnout in a state the size of Virginia.Read more ...

Ron Paul Wins an Electoral Vote

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The Libertarian Party’s 1988 presidential nominee Ron Paul received an electoral vote today from a faithless Texas elector as the Electoral College met to officially elect Donald Trump the next president.

Paul, a former Republican Congressman who twice ran for president as a Republican, left the party in 2015 and changed his registration back to the Libertarian Party.  … Read more ...

Rob Sherman Dies in Plane Crash

As reported by Ballot Access News and the Associated Press, Rob Sherman, former chairman of the Green Party of Cook County (Illinois) and frequent Green Party candidate for public office, died in a plane crash over the weekend.

The McHenry County Coroner confirmed Sherman died after crashing his small plane into a cornfield on either Friday or Saturday.  … Read more ...

LIVE BLOGGING: Libertarian National Committee Quarterly Meeting December 10-11, 2016

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From LP.org

Libertarian National Committee (LNC) quarterly business meeting

When:
Saturday, Dec. 10, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (LNC Business Meeting)
Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:00 pm. to 10:00 p.m. (Party at LP Headquarters – tickets)
Sunday, Dec. 11, 9:00 a.m.… Read more ...

Official Recount Petition Filed In Nevada By Rocky De La Fuente; Vows Florida Recount Up Next

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zerohedge.com

By Tyler Durden
November 30, 2016

Just when you thought the post-election recount circus couldn’t get any more ridiculous, it has. Per NBC, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, an independent 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, has officially filed a recount petition with the Secretary of State of Nevada requesting recounts in 93 precincts.… Read more ...

Unity Party Seeks Just 24 More Voters as Hammons Mulls Bid

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November 30, 2016

Unity Party Seeks Just 24 More Voters as Hammons Mulls Bid

Contact:

Joe Gibbs
Communications Director
801-560-9929
communications@unityparty.us

Boulder, Colorado – Per an email from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Elections Division posted on the www.billisrunning.com campaign site of former (2016) Unity Party US Senate candidate and future (2018) Unity Party Gubernatorial candidate Bill Hammons, the Unity Party of Colorado is 24 affiliated voters away from full-fledged party status in the state, and thus is 24 “Unity” voters away from being able to place any Unity Party candidate directly onto any General Election ballot with a simple show of hands at a party assembly, no voter signature gathering by candidates required.… Read more ...

December 2016 Open Thread

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So, it’s December and the drama and speculation about where the duopoly we all here love so much is taking us has been somewhat clarified. On the positive side, Clinton lost. On the negative side, Trump won.

In a possible IPR first, having correctly predicted the results a month ago, I’ll just recycle last month’s videos:

Is everyone all aboard and strapped in?… Read more ...

Luke Rudkowski and Christina Tobin: ‘Jill Stein Exposed For Corruption With DNC’

From the video description on youtube:

In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews Christina Tobin Founder and Chair at The Free and Equal Elections Foundation and former close friend of Jill Stein. In this video we go over just some of the latest breaking news that our investigative journalists found out of direct collusion with the DNC and this years election recount.

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Libertarian National Committee: Chair’s Proposed Agenda

global_452657254The LNC will have its quarterly meeting December 10-11, 2016 in Alexandria, VA along with a party (details here). Chair Nicholas Sarwark has released the proposed Agenda.

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Constitution Party Presidential Vote Totals: 2012 vs. 2016

Here is a link comparing the vote totals for Darrell Castle this cycle vs. Virgil Goode in 2012. Some write-ins votes are yet to be reported, but so far Castle has 194,685 compared to 122,207 for Goode in 2012. The link is from a letter from Constitution Party Chairman Frank Fluckiger which I will post separately.… Read more ...