Category Archives: Independents

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 ...

Matthew McConaughey Fails to Launch

Actor and Austin-native Matthew McConaughey, who hinted about running as an Independent candidate for governor of Texas in 2022, has officially announced he will not run.  He posted the following video Sunday on his official Twitter account:

A November 9-16 poll from UT Tyler showed McConaughey, as an Independent, in second place with 27 percent in a three way race against incumbent governor Greg Abbott, who was in first place with 37 percent, and probable Democratic nominee Beto O’Rourke, who was third with 26 percent.… 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Former Congressman and Salt Lake Mayor Backs McMullin

Former Democratic congressman Ben McAdams and former United Utah Party candidate Jonia Broderick are supporting independent candidate Evan McMullin, who is vying to unseat Senator Mike Lee.

In a joint editorial for the Deseret News, they laid out their case:

Utah deserves someone who won’t forget why we sent him there, someone who is free to look for good ideas and to work with anyone who helps solve problems facing our country.

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Andrew Yang: ‘Breaking Up With The Democratic Party’

The following is an open letter from former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who has been rumored to be on the verge of launching a new political party:

I changed my voting registration from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Independent’ today. It was a strangely emotional experience.

I registered as a Democrat back in 1995 when I was 20 years old to vote for Bill Clinton’s re-election.Read more ...

Evan McMullin to Launch Independent Run for U.S. Senate

Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer who received 21.5 percent of the vote in Utah as an Independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election (0.53 percent nationwide), plans to announce an Independent challenge to incumbent Republican Mike Lee of Utah for his US Senate seat in 2022, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.… Read more ...

POLITICO: Andrew Yang Plans to Launch New Third Party

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is plotting the launch of a new third party next month, POLITICO reports today.

Yang, who lost a bid for New York mayor earlier this year, is said to no longer personally identify as a Democrat.  It’s unclear if Yang’s new party will be a national effort or confined to New York state, where fusion could allow the party to cross-nominate candidates friendly to Yang’s Universal Basic Income proposal.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: Inside Bezos – A Five-Year Old Boy – Outside, A Cunning Extraterrestrial Profiteer

Author and consumer advocate Ralph Nader, the 1996 and 2000 Green Party presidential nominee, 2004 Reform Party presidential nominee, and 2008 Peace and Freedom Party presidential nominee, sent the following fictional account last week to his e-mail subscribers.

Jeff Bezos touched down after his 10 minutes, 10 second vertical 66 mile zoom above Earth.… Read more ...

Report: Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Claims He Voted for Kanye West (If He Did, It Didn’t Count)

Watch 5 minutes of Tucker Carlson’s program on Fox News and you would assume his devotion to former President Donald Trump extended to actually casting a vote for Trump’s re-election. However, several outlets including POLITICO are reporting that Carlson told multiple people that he did not vote for Trump in 2020 and instead cast his ballot for friend and entertainer Kanye West.… Read more ...