Jul 31 2011

Kentucky Gubernatorial Poll

Source: Ballot Access News

A recent poll for the Kentucky gubernatorial race of November 2, 2011, shows these results: Democrat Steve Beshear, 52%; Republican David Williams, 28%; independent Gatewood Galbraith 9%; undecided 11%. Thanks to Political Wire for the link. Read more »

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Jul 31 2011

How Liberty Saves the Environment

Source: Libertarian Party (LP.org)

If you’d like to hear some free market solutions to green problems, check out Dr. Mary J. Ruwart chat with Bob Zadek on Fox News radio at:

http://bobzadek.com/environmentalism-the-libertarian-way/

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Jul 31 2011

Americans Elect Official Suggests Candidate Certification Committee Will Bar Candidates from Nomination Process Based on Their Political Views

Source: Ballot Access News

According to this story in the July 31 Christian Science Monitor, Elliot Ackerman, chief operating officer for Americans Elect, recently told the press that the group’s Candidate Certification Committee will “make sure we have candidates who bridge the center of American public opinion.” This is the first indication that Americans Elect will filter candidates for its presidential nomination based on their ideas. Until this comment, Americans Elect had Read more »

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Jul 30 2011

Knoxville Newspaper Story on New Ballot Access Lawsuit in Tennessee

Source: Ballot Access News

The Knoxville News Sentinel has this story on the new ballot access lawsuit filed two weeks ago by the Constitution and Green Parties. The lawsuit has gained a great deal of publicity. By contrast, when the original ballot access lawsuit was filed in 2007 by three minor parties, it got no publicity at all when it was filed, and even after it won in September 2010, it got very little publicity. Read more »

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Jul 30 2011

Center for Voting and Democracy (“Fairvote”) Explains Why it Doesn’t Support Approval Voting

Source: Ballot Access News

The Center for Voting and Democracy, also known as Fairvote, is a national organization that works for Instant Runoff Voting and proportional representation. It really posted this statement of why it doesn’t also support approval voting. Read more »

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Jul 30 2011

Libertarian Party Reaches Half of Its 2011 Fundraising Goal

Source: Ryan Brennan, ThirdPartyPolitics.us

On July 29, 2011, the Libertarian Party, according to the donation ticker on its homepage, reached half of its 2011 fundraising goal of $400,000. At the time of the writing of this article (July 29, 3:42pm EST), their donation total stands at $204,221.81. Yesterday also saw the Libertarian Party put out a request for donations to help fund ballot access petition drives in New Hampshire and South Dakota. Click here to donate.

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Jul 30 2011

Philadelphia Green seeks help to get on City Council ballot

Source: Green Party Watch (posted July 28, 2011)

Kaitlyn Foti reports at Chestnut Hill Patch:

Chestnut Hill resident Brian Rudnick is hitting the street, trying in a short amount of time to get the signatures he needs to get on the ballot this November. Read more »

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Jul 30 2011

Independent Voting’s President Jacqueline Salit’s Past Views on Political Parties

Source: Ballot Access News

Between January 1984 and December 1994, the New Alliance Party published a weekly newspaper, “The National Alliance.” During the entire period of the newspaper’s existence, the masthead listed Jacqueline Salit at the top of the roster as “Executive Editor.” Today, Salit is President of Independent Voting, which holds itself out as the leader of independent voters in the United States, and which teaches that political parties are harmful to society. Read more »

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Jul 30 2011

North Carolina Senator Suggests Legislature Will Work on Ballot Access This Year

Source: Ballot Access News

This news story, from a blog that covers North Carolina politics, quotes Senator Tom Apodaca, chair of the Senate Rules Committee, as predicting that the legislature will consider ballot access this year. HB 32, which improves ballot access, has already passed the House and the Senate Rules Committee, but it has been unclear when it will go to the Senate. The regular legislative session for this year is already over, but there is a special session; also North Read more »

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Jul 30 2011

Briefing Schedule Set in District of Columbia Write-in Counting Lawsuit

Source: Ballot Access News

The U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. circuit, has set a briefing schedule in Libertarian Party v D.C. Board of Elections, the case over whether election officials must count the votes cast for a declared write-in candidate for President. The three briefs should all be filed by October 25.

The case arose in 2008, when Bob Barr qualified for write-in status, in accordance with the Read more »

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