Author Archives: Darcy G. Richardson

Time Capsule: Wisconsin’s Progressive Party Cheated by the Grim Reaper

Just 36 days after winning the governorship, this week in 1942 death cruelly intervened and denied the Wisconsin Progressive Party one of its greatest electoral achievements in the party’s twelve-year history.

While Minnesota’s neighboring Farmer-Labor Party went out with barely a whimper and most of the country’s other minor parties fared poorly at the ballot box that autumn, the most spectacular — and ultimately tragic — achievement by a third-party candidate in the 1942 mid-term elections occurred in Wisconsin’s three-way gubernatorial campaign where 49-year-old former attorney general Orland S.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: William Allen White Waged War on the Klan in 1924 Gubernatorial Campaign

Legendary newspaper editor William Allen White, a man who advised Presidents and rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s greatest statesmen in a career that spanned five decades, waged one of the most fascinating and extraordinary political campaigns in the country, nearly toppling his major-party rivals in a bid to become governor of Kansas in 1924.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Facing Only Minor-Party Opposition, Mayor Ed Koch Waged Vigorous Re-Election Bid

Despite winning both major party nominations in 1981 — the first New York City mayor to do so — Mayor Ed Koch announced that he would wage a full-scale campaign for re-election against minor-party opposition.

Koch, who swept past Brooklyn assemblyman Frank J. Barbaro and 36-year-old Melvin Kerensky — an associate of Lyndon H.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Aging Norman Thomas Placed a Socialist on New York City’s Ballot

The following is excerpted from Darcy G. Richardson’s new “The Lowest Ebb: Norman Thomas and America’s Minor Parties in 1944,” available at Amazon and other booksellers.

Still battling the two-headed Goliath, an aging Norman M. Thomas — a six-time candidate for the presidency on the Socialist Party ticket — filed nominating petitions to place the name of Richard F.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Protest Votes Loomed Large in 1992’s Ohio Senate Slugfest

As Americans head to the polls later today, it’ll be interesting to see if a genuine dark-horse candidate — somebody running outside the duopoly, someone nobody expected nor even heard of, for that matter — could startle the pundits with an unexpectedly strong showing.

Given the extreme partisanship and polarization of American politics, it would probably be a healthy development.… Read more ...

Denying Clinton & Trump 270: Roque De La Fuente’s Rocky Mountain Strategy

By Darcy G. Richardson

rocky-jpegHowever improbable, there might yet be a way to prevent Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump from obtaining the necessary 270 electoral votes to win the presidency as the 2016 presidential campaign enters the homestretch, says Reform Party nominee Rocky De La Fuente, the longest of long-shot candidates in this year’s presidential sweepstakes.… Read more ...

Andy Craig: How a Libertarian Can Win in Milwaukee

Andy Craig DecemberRunning in Milwaukee’s fourth congressional district, a one-time Socialist Party stronghold and geographically, as well as historically, one of the country’s most favorable regions in terms of electing minor-party candidates to public office, IPR’s Andy Craig believes there’s a path to victory for his long-shot Libertarian candidacy in November.

“I’m running as a Libertarian candidate, because I think this country is desperately in need of more choices and more voices in Congress than just Republicans and Democrats, and I think we can make this the most viable campaign to place a Libertarian in Congress in 2016,” said Craig in a statement issued Sunday evening.… Read more ...

NYC Mayoral Candidate Randy Credico Seeks Separate Ballot Line in November

While calls mount for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to withdraw from New York City’s crowded Sept. 10 mayoral primary, one of the disgraced ex-congressman’s Democratic primary opponents is fighting to guarantee that his own candidacy will survive through the Nov. 5 general election, regardless of what happens in the September primary.… Read more ...

Richard Winger to Debate California Lt. Gov. Maldonado on Proposition 14

Richard Winger, the nation’s leading ballot access expert, will participate in an hour-long debate with Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, author of California’s Proposition 14, the “top-two” ballot measure, on Monday, May 10, at 9AM Pacific Time.

The first five minutes of the program will include remarks from Professor Eric McGhee, author of last February’s report on the top-two open primary for the Public Policy Institute of California.… Read more ...

Scott Williamson Declares Candidacy for Libertarian National Committee

Promising “new energy on the Libertarian National Committee,” party activist Scott Williamson has announced his candidacy for LNC Regional Representative from Region 4, which currently includes the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Williamson, who holds a degree in Political Science, is currently serving as secretary of the Libertarian Party of Nashville and Davidson County.… Read more ...

Ranks of Independent Congressional Aspirants Continue to Swell

With the recent announcements that Brighton businessman Donn Janes of Tennessee, a successful software developer, and conservative activist Bradley Rees of Virginia have dropped out of their respective Republican primaries and will run as independent “Tea Party” candidates for seats targeted for takeover this autumn by the national GOP, the list of independent congressional candidates in this year’s mid-term elections continues to grow.… Read more ...

Independent Libertarian Massachusetts US Senate candidate Joe Kennedy to Appear on FOX Business News Tonight

Coming off a particularly strong performance in last night’s final debate between the three candidates in next Tuesday’s special election — an appearance described by the Boston Globe as both “crisp” and “straightforward,” and in sharp contrast to his major-party rivals — Joe Kennedy will be a guest on Neil Cavuto’s show on the FOX Business Network this evening between 6 and 7PM Eastern time.… Read more ...