Reform Party: Alan Reynolds Makes California Primary Ballot

The Alan Reynolds Campaign for Lt. Governor of California has announced that it will be on the ballot for the May 8th, primary. This primary will take place on June 3rd. Due to California ballot laws, he will have to place within in the top two vote getters in order to move on to the general election.

“I look forward to the primary,” Alan Reynolds said “but it is a shame that the ballot access laws here are strict. All ballot qualifying political parties should be on the ballot during the general election”.

Alan Reynolds is a self employed engineer and serves on a local municipal board. He is running with the endorsement of the Modern Whig and Reform Parties. He is running on a Whig inspired platform based off the party’s national principles. This will be his third run for public office.

It is possible to learn more about Alan Reynolds and his campaign for Lt. Governor by visiting his website at

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10 thoughts on “Reform Party: Alan Reynolds Makes California Primary Ballot

  1. Richard Winger

    The title of this post is misleading. It implies Alan Reynolds’ ballot label is “Reform”. Actually he is on the ballot as “Americans Elect.” I realize it is the Reform Party that sent this message out.

  2. paulie

    Source: News/Claim/Opinion

    That’s been IPR headline shortspeak for the source of an article for a long time. Sorry if it is confusing.

  3. Jed Ziggler Post author

    If it’s purely fact-based I don’t bother with the Source:, but since this is a Reform Party statement with its own spin, it stays as is.

  4. paulie

    Exactly. Including “source:” shows that we are not necessarily endorsing the opinions/spin/claims presented, but are just passing them along for discussion.

  5. Jed Ziggler Post author

    And to notify the voting public about opposition party news & views. Thus why I don’t write many original pieces. I’d rather let the parties & candidates speak for themselves.

  6. paulie

    Same here. I think the best way to present everything as fairly as possible is to present raw data/material and let readers make up their own minds.

  7. Darcy G Richardson

    Jed and Paulie are right. I’m glad that Jed is sticking to his guns. It’s a completely accurate headline. It doesn’t say that Reynolds is the Reform Party candidate. It clearly states that it’s a statement from the once California ballot-qualified Reform Party, which, along with the Modern Whigs, has endorsed Alan’s candidacy in the June primary.

    Richard Winger, whom I once respected more than anybody here can possibly know when it comes to the idea of open politics and the role of minor parties in American politics — even the most seemingly insignificant and tiniest of parties, several of whom I have actively supported over the years — is needlessly nitpicking when it comes to Nicholas Hensley’s press release on behalf of the Reform Party USA. As Paulie said, Jed handled it perfectly.

    Richard just can’t resist taking a dig at some of the country’s smallest parties.

    For those who have been paying close attention, this is a trend that’s been developing for quite some time. Winger doesn’t give a hoot about the country’s most penurious, penniless parties. That’s the truth, folks. Fearing that his candidacy might cut into the Libertarian vote, he once tried to talk me out of helping Charles Jay and Tom Knapp’s renegade Boston Tea Party qualify for the ballot here in Florida — that’s a fact that I’ll carry to my grave. I remember the phone call as if it was yesterday, regardless of what Richard’s recollection might be some six years later.

    In the same way that he always defends the nation’s better organized third parties — the Libertarian, Green and Constitution parties — while disparagingly negating the efforts of our country’s other minor political parties (e.g., the country’s smaller parties, including the briefly-robust Reform Party), or “independent parties” in various states, including New York’s Independence Party, Richard Winger has rarely had a good word for America’s smallest minor parties over the past decade or so. He’s always quick to point out where they might be wrong, but never has a negative word for his own Libertarian Party, the GOP’s blabbering baby brother. Read his comments on this site and elsewhere closely. In his view — and one really has to read between the lines — the nation’s smallest and least-funded parties are entirely insignificant in the world of third-party politics.

    Some might call it arrogance, a quality never in short supply. Some people, unfortunately, just like to belittle others, as Richard obviously was trying to do with Jed’s coverage of Nicholas’s press release regarding the Reynolds candidacy.

    It’s the “World According to Winger.” If they can’t afford lawsuits — something he’s always more than trigger-happy to recommend — or the kind of resources necessary to successfully complete burdensome petition drives, they’re simply irrelevant. A host of current minor parties, on both the left and the right, as well as the center — as in the case of the Reform Party — fall into that category.

    Somebody recently told me that they think Richard is a Republican in drag — in a seemingly contrary and strange way, of course, a kind of defender of the political status quo.

    I’m not sure I agree with that assessment (in fact, I don’t), but it’s true that in recent years it’s somewhat curious that he’s always one of the first to harp on any claim the smallest parties make, as if he — and he alone — has the final word on the subject.

    Moreover, based on his own writings at his website and elsewhere over the past couple of years, Richard has seemed somewhat enamored by Americans Elect — a Wall Street creation if there ever was one, financed entirely by an ex-Merrill Lynch executive and other affluent individuals closely tied to the financial oligarchy. This was pretty much obvious to everybody across the political spectrum. Yet Richard never uttered a critical word about them — in fact, once Americans Elect decided not to field a presidential ticket in 2012, the nation’s premier ballot access expert encouraged the Libertarians to try to access the AE ballot line in Oklahoma through what turned out to be a relatively expensive lawsuit, which the LP more than happily pursued — unsuccessfully, of course — and then subsequently sent the indigent California-based Peace & Freedom Party on a wild-goose chase for the AE’s ballot lines in several other states, wasting precious time and resources the tiny left-wing party simply couldn’t afford. As expected, the party’s ballot-access paperwork was rejected in state after state. Richard then wanted Roseanne Barr, the P&FP’s presidential candidate, to file a series of lawsuits in those states, which she wisely decided against.

    Incidentally, if an organization like the original Americans Elect ever took hold in the United States, we’d have a triumvirate in control of American politics, instead of a mere duopoly. The more the merrier, right?

    Money apparently speaks loudly in some worlds, even more so in Richard’s world of minor-party politics. I realize that he’s a “free market” Libertarian, but Richard, sadly, doesn’t even begin to comprehend the forces that really run the country — and that’s really tragic for those hoping to provide a political alternative, regardless of how seemingly insignificant they may seem in his eyes.

    Then again, given Richard’s outspoken support of the wrong-headed Citizens United and recent McCutcheon Supreme Court decisions — both of which will allow the extraordinarily wealthy and privileged to control American politics into the foreseeable future, if not forever — this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone here at IPR. According to CNN, corporations alone spent at least $300 million in the 2012 election cycle and the Koch brothers threw in an additional $323 million — both of which are well-documented and substantiated facts that Mr. Winger fervently denies. Moreover, those amounts are only a fraction of what they actually spent — most political spending by corporations is never reported, which was the whole idea behind Citizens United — but the figures cited above are a matter of public record.

    Like most Libertarians, Richard sees only what he wants to see.

    Choose your champions carefully.

  8. Jed Ziggler Post author

    I have the utmost respect for both Darcy Richardson & Richard Winger, I’m not taking sides.

    I’ll just say that I personally try to be as fair as possible to all parties & candidates. I believe strongly in the importance of minor parties, political independents, and giving voters more choices. I dream of a day when we have five or more strong parties and a slew of nonpartisan independents in Congress & in state legislatures, working hard to do what’s right for all Americans, not just their cronies & financiers.

  9. Jill Pyeatt

    I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anyone disparage Richard Winger before.

    Since I’m Libertarian, I haven’t had cause to monitor the smaller parties much. I don’t even post many articles from other parties, mainly because I can’t even keep up with the Libertarian articles I want to post. Most journalists let a bias peep through over the course of time,if only by what they choose to write about or talk about. I have never noticed that from Richard, though.

    We really should have 5 or six really active parties to choose from. If that were the case, the Democratic and Republican parties would no doubt stay truer to their stated ideals. I still wouldn’t vote for either one, though!

  10. William Saturn

    I think the best way to present everything as fairly as possible is to present raw data/material and let readers make up their own minds.

    Except for the fact that press releases are inherently biased, not fact checked, and not usually well-written. This is a main reason IPR will not return to Google News or be used as a source on wikipedia, which is a shame since that would enable it to reach a wider audience.

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