Author Archives: Austin Cassidy

Watch: Half-Hour Documentary From The New Yorker Follows Andrew Yang’s Failed Mayoral Campaign

The New Yorker has released a half-hour documentary film on YouTube that follows the 2021 mayoral campaign of Andrew Yang. Running in the highly competitive Democratic primary, Yang surged to an early lead that would gradually erode.

The documentary notes that voters generally became less concerned about a coronavirus economic reopening and instead focused on a spike in the crime rate.… Read more ...

News & Notes: Baker Backs Out, Communists Throw Birthday Party, NC Libertarian Fueled by Crypto

TYNER TURNS 80: The New York District of the Communist Party USA is inviting supporters to celebrate the 80th birthday of Jarvis Tyner, “our outstanding comrade and leader.”

In addition to serving in numerous leadership roles within the party, Tyner was also the CPUSA candidate for vice president, running with Gus Hall, twice in the 1970s.… Read more ...

News & Notes: Pennsylvania Libertarian Acquitted, Fallout From Iowa Theft Continues

TOWNE NOT GUILTY: Northampton County Judge Craig Dally has found Libertarian Jake Towne not guilty, ending a multi-year saga. It had been alleged that Towne signed nominating petitions to confirm he had collected petition signatures when in fact the signatures were either forged or collected by someone else.

In a note from Towne published by Ballot Access News, he says: “I was found not guilty yesterday in my criminal case.… Read more ...

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Green Party Praises Venezuelan Election as ‘Advanced’ and ‘Fair and Democratic’ Process

Reporting from Venezuela as an on-site elections observer in Caracas, U.S. Green Party co-chair Ahmed Eltouny described witnessing a fair and efficient election.

The Maduro Government invited an assortment of international observers to witness how Venezuelan elections are conducted. Eltouny, in addition to observers from the European Union (EU), was present during regional elections for state governors, mayors and city councils, which were conducted nationwide.… Read more ...

Facing Trump-Backed Primary Challenger, Poll Suggests Going Independent is Baker’s Best Path to Re-Election

With former president Donald Trump backing a GOP primary challenge to the incumbent, new polling today shows Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker’s most viable path to a third term appears to be running as an independent.

According to the survey from Northwind Strategies, Baker is viewed favorably by only 23 percent of Republican general election voters and unfavorably by 68 percent.… Read more ...

Former LNC Chair William Redpath Enters Race for U.S. Senate in Illinois

Former Libertarian National Committee chairman Bill Redpath is running for U.S. Senate in Illinois. He will be challenging the re-election bid of Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, who is seeking to win a second term.

Redpath has long been a fixture in party leadership, serving in a variety of positions with both the LNC and the Libertarian Party of Virginia.… Read more ...

Green Party Charges That Glasgow Conference Agreements Will Lead to ‘Climate Collapse’

The Green Party of the United States issued a statement today charging that the COP26 world climate summit in Glasgow “failed to produce the radical action scientists say is needed to avoid climate collapse, and that the only way for humanity to prevent catastrophe for life on Earth is a global Green New Deal.”… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: New Book Highlights Ways to Rebound Our Historic Postal Service

by Ralph Nader at Nader.org:

The preventable plight of the U.S. Postal Service, with its over 30,000 post offices, is an important issue for all Americans.  When President Donald J. Trump’s donor and henchman Louis DeJoy became postmaster general in 2020, he started to dismantle the agency.  Thousands of citizens responded by participating in demonstrations that revealed a deep civic commitment to preserving the people’s post office.… Read more ...

Ammon Bundy Touts Ron Paul Endorsement in Idaho Gubernatorial Primary

Ammond Bundy is best known for his part in a 2014 standoff with the Federal government over cattle grazing rights. Bundy’s father, Cliven, successfully stared down the Bureau of Land Management which had attempted to confiscate his cattle for grazing on public land for years without a permit.

Several members of the Bundy family were charged with an assortment of crimes following the standoff, but a federal judge declared Ammond Bundy’s case a mistrial with prejudice, effectively dismissing the charges.… Read more ...

Staten Island First Party Finished Last

Staten Island is the only reliably Republican borough of New York City. So it’s understandable that Democrats seeking office there would want to get a little creative.

New York allows fusion, a system in which a candidate’s name can appear on multiple lines of the ballot and with multiple party designations. … Read more ...

Roger Stone Offers to Freeze Sperm for Laura Loomer, Teases Libertarian Challenge to Ron DeSantis

Roger Stone, a notorious Nixon-era trickster and Donald Trump confidante, is once again teasing a campaign for governor of Florida as a Libertarian. And it would seem he’s also looking to expand his family in a rather unconventional way.

In what seems like either a joke or a publicity stunt, or probably both, Stone is offering to freeze his sperm for right-wing activist (and fringe conspiracy theorist) Laura Loomer.… Read more ...

Socialist Samantha Pree-Stinson Elected to the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation

Socialist Party member Samantha Pree-Stinson was elected to the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation on November 2, 2021. She received 29,495 votes, finishing in second place for a position in which the top 2 candidates are elected.

Pree-Stinson, then affiliated with the Green Party, received more than 10% of the vote in a 2017 bid for a seat on the Minneapolis city council.… Read more ...