Former Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash is Staffing Up, Launching New Podcast in February

Former congressman Justin Amash (L-MI) is launching a new podcast in February, according to a series of teaser posts on his social media accounts.

First elected to Congress in 2010 as a Republican, Amash eventually became an independent in July of 2019 and ultimately joined the Libertarian Party in April 2020.… Read more ...

Thomas Knapp: ‘For The Children’ is the Last Refuge of Anti-Encryption Scoundrels

The UK’s Home Office, Rolling Stone reports, is ramping up for a new offensive against end-to-end encryption, starting with a $750,000 payment to advertising agency M&C Saatchi for a publicity campaign aimed at scaring the bejabbers out of parents.

“Patriotism,” Samuel Johnson said in 1775, “is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”… Read more ...

Green Party Holding Candidate Recruitment and Training Webinar Hosted by Elected Greens

The Green Party is hosting a live webinar on Tuesday, January 25 at 9:00 pm Eastern to help recruit and inspire potential Green candidates for future elections.

A panel discussion will include three current Green officeholders who will talk about their campaigns and what they’re accomplishing as elected officials.

Set to appear as part of this event are city councilwoman Anna Trevorrow from Portland, ME, mayor Peter Schwartzman of Galesburg, IL, and Samantha Pree-Stinson, who was recently elected to the Board of Estimate and Taxation in Minneapolis.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Socialist Workers Party Nominates Trotskyist Fred Halstead Candidate for President

Fred W. Halstead was born to radical parents in Los Angeles in 1927. His mother, a Jewish immigrant, had been a Gene Debs Socialist and his father, Frank, a machinist of Irish descent, had been active in the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World).

Enlisting in the Navy, the younger Halstead served in the Asia-Pacific theatre during World War II and later studied at UCLA. … Read more ...

News & Notes: McMullin Tops $1 Million in Fundraising, Kennedy Talks Thorium with Libertarian

McMULLIN BANKS BIG BUCKS: Evan McMullin’s independent campaign for U.S. Senate in Utah has banked over $1 million. The campaign claims this total is a first in the history of Utah, more than any Senate challenger in the state has ever raised in one quarter AND more than incumbent Mike Lee has raised in any previous quarter.… Read more ...

Ted Rall: Democrats Talk a Good Game About Election Integrity, But Use Tricks to Punish Green Party

Political columnist and cartoonist Ted Rall, a voice of the left, took Democrats to task for their treatment of Green Party candidates in a new Wall Street Journal editorial.

Rall lays out the case that Democrats used lawsuits over minor technicalities to force Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins off the ballot in several states in 2020.… Read more ...

Thomas Knapp: Photo ID to Vote? Well, OK, But…

One perennial proposal in the ongoing “fight” (actually more a set of dueling theatrical productions a la professional wrestling) over “election integrity” is a requirement that voters produce official, government-issued identification documents, complete with photo, at polling places.

Anyone who’s ever worked door security at a nightclub (yes, I have) knows that possession of a card with a photo vaguely resembling the person possessing it is no guarantee of identity. … Read more ...

Time Capsule: Civil Rights Leader Praises Lester Maddox in 1990 Comeback Bid

Civil rights leader Hosea L. Williams all but endorsed Lester G. Maddox’s ill-fated bid to return to the Georgia governor’s mansion in 1990.

The blunt-spoken Williams, a fearless and confrontational activist who worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the civil rights struggles of the 1960’s and later served a decade in the Georgia legislature, told a group of students at the University of Georgia that Maddox was no longer the fiery segregationist they had read about in history books and had a much better record when it came to appointing African-Americans than any of his predecessors.… Read more ...

MAPPED: Which Green Reigns Supreme?

Our favorite Twitter mapmaker Nick (@Mill226) has been graciously allowing us to republish some of his maps here on IPR. If you find these kinds of visualizations interesting, you should definitely follow him on Twitter.

As a special commission for IPR, we’ve asked Nick to do a set of maps comparing the Green Party’s showings in presidential elections from 1996 to 2020.… Read more ...

WATCH: Marianne Williamson Joins Andrew Yang to Talk 2024 Election, the DNC, and Third Parties

Former 2020 presidential candidates Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang sat down for an hourlong podcast to discuss their political futures.

During the conversation Yang repeatedly pitches his Forward Party, at several times floating the possibility of holding Forward Party presidential primaries in 2024 that shadow the major party nominating process. Both predict a dire situation for 2024, with inevitable political violence and a smoldering political civil war on the near-term horizon.… Read more ...

Thomas Knapp: Of Pockets, Legs, and Polarization

“For the people who actually study the origins of civil wars, not just in the US, but as a class of events,” says Dr. Timothy Snyder, who does just that as the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University, “America doesn’t look good right now, with its high degree of polarization, with its alternative reality, with the celebration of violence.”… Read more ...