Stop Common Core Party Will Change its Name to “Reform Party”

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Stop Common Core Party, which is a ballot-qualified party in New York state, is in the process of changing its name to “Reform Party.” See this story. This is the first time a ballot-qualified party named “Reform Party” has ever existed in New York. In September 1995, Ross Perot launched the Reform Party nationally. But because there was already a ballot-qualified party in New York called the Independence Party (which had been formed in 1994), the Independence Party became the New York state affiliate of the Reform Party, and the “Reform Party” name did not appear on New York ballots.

The new Reform Party of New York will have state officers who are loyal to the Republican Party. The new state chair of the Reform Party is Michael Lawler, who was the campaign manager for Rob Astorino last year. Astorino was the Republican Party nominee for Governor. His campaign organized the “Stop Common Core Party” to give Astorino yet another line on the ballot; he also was the Conservative Party nominee. Thanks to Michael Drucker for this news.

32 thoughts on “Stop Common Core Party Will Change its Name to “Reform Party”

  1. Richard Winger

    The Republican Party of New York has enough willing activists who will enroll in the Reform Party and make sure that it remains a puppet of the Republican Party.

  2. Mark Axinn

    Agreed.

    It really should be called the Whore Party or the Additional Line for Astorino Party.

  3. Martin Passoli

    Calling it the Whore Party would be an egregious and completely unnecessary slander against honest women and men who preform sexual services for pay.

  4. Mark Axinn

    No, then we would all join it and take over.

    They will stop at nothing to prevent us from getting a ballot line with the name Libertarian on it. Why would they hand us a gift?

  5. Jed Ziggler Post author

    I would direct you to Richard’s comment. Yes, I am well aware that the Libertarian Party has far more members & supporters than the current Reform Party, but if the LP tried a takeover of the SCCP at a convention, the GOP would just ship in more delegates.

    What I would like to see is as many minor party activists as possible to invade this “party”‘s convention & hand it over to the real Reform Party, but I doubt that would happen, for a number of reasons.

  6. paulie

    Speaking of the real Reform Party, what’s going on with them? From what I can tell of their website, at least the one we have linked on IPR, they have downgraded it to a state party in NC, or possibly a county party in one county in NC, in all but name. I know they have been pretty moribund for quite a while, but now it looks like they are not even trying to look like a national party.

  7. Joshua Katz

    That’s confusing enough. When I lived in NY, prior to becoming a Libertarian, I was accidentally enrolled in the Independence Party. Even though it was a Reform Party affiliate, I seem to remember that, with very few exceptions, it also just endorsed Republicans.

  8. Jed Ziggler Post author

    “Speaking of the real Reform Party, what’s going on with them? From what I can tell of their website, at least the one we have linked on IPR, they have downgraded it to a state party in NC, or possibly a county party in one county in NC, in all but name. I know they have been pretty moribund for quite a while, but now it looks like they are not even trying to look like a national party.”

    The website does look really sad. I fear the party is going defunct, Nick Hensley seems to be holding what little remains of it afloat. Shame, I hate to see minor parties die out.

  9. Bill C. Merrell

    It is my understanding that there is currently a Legal Reform Party in New York State and a National Reform Party that has the legal control over who uses the name REFORM PARTY. I would agree that over time it may be possible for Republicans to saturate a new party but the name must be approved. I can say that the Reform Party in New York State and the Reform Party Nationally has not approved the use of the name Reform Party by the Stop Common Core line.

    Bill Merrell, Reform Party Chair- New York State
    http://reformpartyny.org/county-parties/

  10. paulie

    I hope you & the national Reform Party fight this vigorously.

    I wish the national Reform Party good luck on that as well.

  11. johno

    Why doesn’t this party just merge with the Independence Party of New York? Or, does the party chairman not care and gives a big what sup to the R’s. MoolahMoolahMOOlah!!!

  12. Mark Axinn

    Independence Party in New York is not just a Republican front (like Stop Common Core was).

    Independence often sells out to the higher bidder.

    This year, they endorsed Cuomo.

  13. bill merrell

    The common core party in new York state has reached an agreement with the reform party. The new party will be the reform party of new yirk and the chair of this valloted party is Bill Merrell, who is the Nys reform party chair for the past 4 years

  14. Mark Axinn

    Bill–

    Congratulations on your new position.

    Are you planning to run independent candidates or just to endorse the D’s and R’s as did WFP, Independence and the two newbies, SCC and WEP in 2014?

  15. Nicholas Sarwark

    If the GOP can take over the AZ LP (done!), they can take over the NY LP. The blob doesn’t like competition.

    If you can find a Libertarian more antithetical to the GOP and everything they stand for than the current Chair, Michael Kielsky, I’d be surprised.

  16. Andy Craig

    Reminds me of how Perot only went with the name “Reform Party” to avoid the pre-existing parties and the state law bans on his preferred name: Independent Party.

  17. Jed Ziggler Post author

    Good to know the actual Reform Party is now on the ballot in NY then. Like Mr. Axinn I’m curious if there were any strings attached to this agreement, such as the party co-nominating the Republican presidential nominee instead of placing the Reform Party nominee on the ballot.

  18. Bill Merrell

    As the National Reform Party Chair (BIll C. Merrell, Ph.D.) I am both the National Reform Party Chairman and the NYS Party Chair. There was minor court battle in which Curtis Sliwa tried to take over the party and then did such a miserable job in getting individuals to become Reform Party members, no to mention he lost the line for the Reform Party. Now that the Reform Party is no longer ballot accessed, the judges ruling is now a mute point and no longer in effect. Curtis did not do a quality job and the Reform Party fell short of the 50,000 votes needed to retain our ballot access.

    We are rebuilding, without Curtis and Frank and have over 1,000 active participants throughout the state. This next time when we achieve ballot access we will make sure the interim Reform Party Guidelines will address the fact that a renegade group of 8-12 people cannot attempt to steal the party. We own both the coipyright and trademark and logo and they have nothing, not egg on their face for doing such a miserable job at running the party.

    I am grateful that our loyal Reform Party members have not left our organization.

    Enjoy!

    Bill C. Merrell, Ph.D.- State and National Chair 2017 to 2020

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