Author Archives: Austin Cassidy

MAPPED: Libertarians vs. Greens (1996-2020)

IPR’s favorite map maker Nick (@Mill226) has created an interesting match-up that combines the vote total for Libertarian presidential campaigns and the combined Green/Nader vote from 1996-2020 U.S. presidential elections. During this time period the Libertarians polled approximately 9.4 million votes to around 7.4 million for the Greens/Nader, a 56-44 margin.… Read more ...

California’s Lone Independent Assemblyman to Retire, Considering 2022 Congressional Bid

Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the only independent in the California legislature, has decided not to seek re-election after 8 years in office and is publicly pondering a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Initially elected as a Republican in 2014, Mayes has been highly critical of former president Donald Trump and ultimately decided to leave the GOP prior to seeking re-election in 2020.… Read more ...

White Bird City Councilman Paul Sand Launches Libertarian Bid for Governor of Idaho

Paul Sand is running for governor of Idaho on what he describes as a “common-sense progressive Libertarian platform.”

Sand is a semi-retired computer software engineer who has served 4 terms on the White Bird city council. Interestingly, he also claims to have built the world’s first personal computer.

“My campaign is based on three pillars: Freedom, Family and Future.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: Corporations Out of Control, Have Become ‘Electronic Child Molesters with Few Pursuing Sheriffs’

In a blistering new editorial, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader paints a bleak picture of the current state of the commonwealth.

Nader charges that corporations have become, in many cases, more powerful than the government and that they are routinely flaunting and manipulating laws for their own gain.… Read more ...

Alaskan U.S. House Candidate Gregg Brelsford Switches from Republican to Independent

Alaska U.S. House candidate Gregg Brelsford is switching his affiliation from the GOP to Independent. He announced his party switch in an editorial published by the Anchorage Daily News.

Brelsford is a former Manager of the Bristol Bay Borough and also previously served as an Interim City Manager of Dillingham, Alaska.… Read more ...

Andrew Yang: Significant Third Party Presidential Candidate Will Enter 2024 Race This Year

Andrew Yang predicts a major third party candidate will enter the 2024 presidential race within the next 12 months, and possibly much sooner than that.

On the latest episode of “Forward with Andrew Yang” he tells co-host Zach Graumann that he expects a serious third party challenger to emerge this year.… Read more ...

Nader Calls on Merrick Garland to Prosecute Trump for ‘Fermenting’ Insurrection

Legendary consumer advocate, author and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader is calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to prosecute former president Donald Trump for his role in the January 6 riot.

“Today is the one year anniversary of the insurrection against Congress fermented by then-president Donald J. Trump,” Nader tweeted. “That was a major crime under federal law.… Read more ...

News & Notes: Philadelphia Greens Denounce Local Corruption, John Stossel Interviews Andrew Yang

PHILLY GREENS BLAST LOCAL CORRUPTION: Jarrett Anderson, a member of the City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia, penned an editorial for Philadelphia Weekly.

“Democrats and Republicans have a business-as-usual culture that manifests in their policies, party structure, and how their elected officials conduct themselves in the workplace. Hence, corrupt Henon funnels money to his donors and considers it good economic policy,” writes Anderson. … Read more ...

Press Release: Libertarian Party Statement on First Anniversary of U.S. Capitol Riot

The following is a statement released by the Libertarian Party recognizing the anniversary of the January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot…

It was on this day last year that months of lies and provocation created a powder keg that culminated in the violent and embarrassing insurgence at the U.S. Capitol, sadly resulting in loss of life.… Read more ...

WATCH: Evan McMullin Seeks to ‘Mobilize This Cross-Partisan Coalition’ to Unseat Mike Lee in Utah

Progressive political talk show host Brian Tyler Cohen, who has more than 1.25 million subscribers on YouTube, interviewed independent U.S. Senate candidate Evan McMullin this week.

“Mike Lee is unpopular, a majority of Utahans want to replace him. The Democrats don’t have the votes on their own, the Republicans don’t have the votes on their own, and the independents don’t have the votes on their own.… Read more ...

News & Notes: York County Tries to Prevent Libertarian From Taking Office, Liz Cheney’s Independent Option

WOE-MACK: York County District Attorney Dave Sunday has filed an injunction seeking to bar Libertarian Dave Womack from serving on the Dallastown Borough Council because of his nearly 19-year-old criminal record.

Womack committed several crimes at the age of 21, serving four years in prison for his offenses. Apparently the Supreme Court recognizes felonies as “infamous crimes,” which according to Pennsylvania’s constitution makes Womack ineligible to hold the office he was elected to last November.… Read more ...

Support for Third Party and Independent Presidential Candidates in 2016 Mapped by County

Twitter mapmaker @Mill226 recently created a set of county-by-county maps to chart the best showings of third party and independent presidential candidates over the past half-century. He’s 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.… Read more ...