Tag Archives: Independents

Why Does South Carolina Have So Many Independent Candidates in 2012?

Richard Winger explains the entire story over at Ballot Access News of the thirty six state legislative candidates in South Carolina who are running as Independents. South Carolina has not had more than three such candidates in a single election in the last twenty years.

South Carolina has 36 independent candidates for the legislature on the ballot this year, far more than it has ever had before.

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Independent Mayor of Union City, CA, Runs for Assembly and Applies for Appointment

Mark Green is the Mayor of Union City, California, and is running as an Independent for the 20th District of the California Assembly. There are three Democrats and a Republican also running in the race. Green has also applied to, and become a finalist for, the appointment to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.… Read more ...

icPurple SuperPAC Looks to Spend Major Money Backing Viable Independent Candidates

Ted Waitt is the founder of Gateway and a notable Independent who has created the icPurple SuperPAC in an effort to help fund Independent political campaigns which are winnable. He has seeded the organization with $300,000 to start running ads in some key races for Independent candidates.

A new SuperPAC has been formed to support independent candidates around the country, including Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s for San Diego mayor and Chad Condit’s bid for Congress. 

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SF Indep. Mayoral Candidate Tony Hall Responds to Opponent’s call for New Taxes

Media release from the Tony Hall for Mayor (San Francisco CA) campaign:

NEWS RELEASE
May 19, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: James Fisfis
press@tonyhallformayor.org

My response to Dennis Herrera’s call for a “21st Century Revolt” for new taxes
by Tony Hall – 3 Comments
Posted on May 19th, 2011 6:00 pm

I was recently referred to my colleague Dennis Herrera’s blog post arguing that San Francisco City Hall should be able to push for its own additional local personal income tax.… Read more ...

Gallup: Americans Give Equally Low Ratings to Both Parties in Congress

Gallup.com-poll

Gallup tells us 58% of Democrats approve of Dems in Congress.  Republicans give them 8%.  Average that, and you get 32%.

Independents give an approval rating to the Dems of 24%  The same story for the Republicans.

Third Party, Independent and unaffiliated voters taken as a whole, disapprove of Congress more than voters who affilate with either of the two Stale Old Parties.… Read more ...

Independents Outnumber Republicans, Gain on Democrats in Broward County, Florida

From The Shark Tank via Third Party and Independent Daily:

In what amounts to an embarrassing piece of news for the Republican Party in Florida, the number of people in Broward County registered as Republicans now trails both Registered Democrats AND Registered Independents. Broward Republicans now trail that highly organized political party, affectionately known as “Other” by close to 1000 votes.… Read more ...

Students increasingly identify with alternative parties

Rob Nielsen in the Volante (University of South Dakota student voice) [excerpt]:

Two years ago, the College Libertarians formed. Last year the now disbanded Students Against the State organized.

And just this semester, the College Socialist have thrown their hat into the ring as well.

Richardson said the trend is part of a broader change in the political landscape of America linked to a disaffection with the two mainstream parties and the voting public’s tendency to lean Independent.… Read more ...

Constitution, Green and Libertarian Party National Offices Release More Names of Party Members Elected to Office Last Week

Ballot Access News:

The Green Party national office has released a list of party members who were elected or re-elected last week. As noted at this site earlier, Ben Chipman was elected to the Maine legislature [p: as an independent], and the party won three important elections in California: in Richmond; Mendocino County; and Hollister.… Read more ...

More states elected independents to state legislatures this year than in any previous year in at least sixty years

Ballot Access News reports:

Thanks very much to Morgan Daybell for helping me find instances at which independent legislators were elected or re-elected last week. It appears that independents were elected to state legislators in 2010 in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Vermont. We are still waiting to see if one was elected in Colorado.

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Letter writer: The Case for a Moderate Third Party

From a letter to the editor of Oregon Live via TPID:

I became convinced several years ago that the only hope for our current system to accomplish anything is to form a viable third party out of the middle and let the current parties have the radicals from the fringes.… Read more ...

FL: Author, Financial Analyst Richardson joins Khavari Ticket

Press release:

Darcy G. RichardsonMIAMI, SEPTEMBER 1 — Gubernatorial hopeful Farid A. Khavari named his running mate today, announcing that author and financial analyst Darcy G. Richardson of Jacksonville qualified for the ballot for Lieutenant Governor on Wednesday.

“Darcy’s wealth of political experience and economic expertise are of inestimable value to this campaign,” says Khavari, 67 of Miami.… Read more ...

Candidates Resort to Increasingly Drastic Measures in Fight for Open Debates

Damon Eris at Poli-Tea:

There are a variety of means by which the Democratic and Republican parties ensure the reproduction of their joint misrule despite the fact that dwindling numbers of Americans are willing to support them in their efforts. Double standards governing access to the ballot for Democrats and Republicans, on the one hand, and everyone else on the other, are aimed at limiting voter choice in local, state and federal elections.… Read more ...