Tag Archives: United Independent Party

Libertarian Party of Kentucky, and Constitution Party of Kentucky, File Lawsuit on Definition of “Party”

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On December 4, the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky definition of a qualified party. The case is Libertarian Party of Kentucky v Grimes, e.d. 3:15cv-86.

Kentucky is the only state in which it is impossible for a party to ever be ballot-qualified until it polls a particular share of the vote for President.… Read more ...

Boston Herald Article Suggests Evan Falchuk May Run for MA Governor Again in 2018

This article by Chris Villani in the Boston Herald credits United Independent Party founder and chairman Evan Falchuk with helping to end Boston’s 2024 bid to host the Olympics, and hints that he may run for governor again in 2018. An excerpt:

United Independent Party Chairman Evan Falchuk, who became a visible and vocal opponent of the Boston 2024 Olympic bid, said he would not rule out a possible run for governor in 2018.… Read more ...

United Independent Party Massachusetts Registration Drive is 5% Complete

united-independentFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The United Independent Party is ballot-qualified in Massachusetts. However, since it doesn’t expect to run a presidential candidate in 2016, and because President is the only statewide office on the ballot in 2016 in Massachusetts, the party will lose its qualified status in November 2016 unless it has registration membership of 1% of the number of registered voters.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: Newspaper Article Illustrates Some Quirks of Massachusetts Election Law

united-independentFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This article about the ballot-qualified United Independent Party contains some interesting details about Massachusetts election law. It says that individuals can only give $1,500 to an unqualified party, but that an individual can give $15,000 to a qualified political party.

It also says that if the United Independent Party can increase its registration to 1% of the state total by the end of 2015, then the party’s qualified status will continue into 2018.… Read more ...

Evan Falchuk Op-Ed in Springfield Daily Newspaper Publicizes Lack of Choice on Massachusetts Ballots

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Evan Falchuk, founder of the United Independent Party, has this op-ed in the Springfield Republican daily newspaper. Falchuk mentions that most Massachusetts general elections for state legislature had only one person on the ballot, although, unfortunately, he doesn’t explain why. Massachusetts has the nation’s most restrictive laws for candidates getting on a primary ballot, especially for Congress and statewide office.… Read more ...

United Independent Party Launches Voter Registration Drive

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The United Independent Party of Massachusetts became ballot-qualified on November 4, when it polled over 3% for a statewide office (for Governor, for Evan Falchuk). However, it will go off the ballot in November 2016 unless it polls 3% in that election as well, and the only statewide offices up in 2016 in Massachusetts is President.… Read more ...

Several Single-State Parties Score High Vote Totals, Minnesota IP Loses Party Status

This report outlines some strong (and not-so-strong) performances turned in by political parties that are currently active in only one state:

In Hawaii, Hawaii Independent Party candidate Mufi Hannemann won more than 11% of the vote in his race for Governor.

In Massachusetts, United Independent Party candidate Evan Falchuk appears to have come in third in his race for Governor with more than 3% of the vote.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: Minor Parties Have a Lot Riding on Their Percentage of the Vote on November 4

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

One of the reasons the November 4 election is suspenseful is because there are so many states in which it is difficult to predict whether various minor parties will poll enough votes to obtain, or keep, recognized party status.

Alabama: although no minor party candidate has any candidates on the ballot for statewide office, parties can also obtain recognized party status, for county office only, if they poll 20% of the vote for a countywide county office.… Read more ...

Evan Falchuk Compares Baker/Coakley Debate to SpongeBob SquarePants

From Falchuk’s campaign website:

If you want serious, substantive conversation on the future of Massachusetts from televised debates, you have to watch the Western Massachusetts Media Consortium debate held in Springfield (http://bit.ly/10yRuNg), the WBZ-TV debate in Boston (http://cbsloc.al/ZsmGwH), and MassLive’s excellent online commentary on the unfortunate Worcester debate (http://bit.ly/1swxbFX).… Read more ...

Evan Falchuk’s Lawsuit for Debate Inclusion Fails

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On October 27, a state court in Massachusetts refused to require the sponsors of that evening’s gubernatorial debate to include Evan Falchuk, nominee of the United Independent Party. See this story. UPDATE: this story has much more detail about why the judge ruled as she did.… Read more ...

Blogger Joshua Evans Reports on Libertarian Party of Massachusetts Convention

As was reported at Ballot Access News, blogger Joshua W. Evans attended the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts State Convention and acted as the ballot counter. From his blog:

Packing into the dining hall of Tweed’s Restaurant and Pub in Worcester, Libertarian stalwarts from across the Commonwealth assembled over this past weekend to continue their push to change the Massachusetts state government.… Read more ...

Evan Falchuk Endorsed by 8 South End Pastors

From mysouthend.com:

Eight leaders from Massachusetts’ black community today announced their formal endorsement of Evan Falchuk, United Independent Party candidate for governor of Massachusetts.

From the Boston area, Pastor Kevin Coakley, in ministry for over 20 years and pastor of one of the most historic churches in Boston’s South End, has endorsed Falchuk, as has Minister Mary Franklin, a Boston community activist dedicated to empowering women who have lost family members to murder.… Read more ...