On July 26, the Ohio Libertarian Party sent this two-page letter to the Ohio Secretary of State, asking him to rule that the Constitution, Green, Libertarian and Socialist Parties should not be removed from the ballot before the 2012 election. The parties were put on the ballot by court order in 2008, and they have remained on ever since because the old ballot access law had been declared unconstitutional in 2006 and had not been replaced. But, on July 1, the Read more »
On July 20, a Vermont Superior Court in Washington County upheld Vermont’s June petition deadline for independent candidates. Here is the 8-page decision. The decision rests on two U.S. Supreme Court decisions that did not deal with early petition deadlines, and ignores the two U.S. Supreme Court decisions that deal directly with early deadllines. The decision says that the U.S. Supreme Court said in Storer v Brown that candidates have no right to enter an Read more »
The California State Court of Appeals will hold oral arguments in Field v Bowen in San Francisco on September 12 at 9 a.m. This is one of the two cases that challenges two particular details of the Proposition 14 “top-two” system: (1) that some candidates may show a party label on the ballot and others may not; (2) that write-in space is printed on general election ballots but write-ins for Congress and state office may never be counted. Read more »
On July 26, North Carolina HB 32 passed the Senate Rules Committee. This is the bill that cuts the number of signatures for minor parties, and statewide independent candidates, from 85,379 signatures to approximately 17,000. The bill now goes to the Senate floor, but probably there isn’t time to get a Senate vote until early next year. Read more »
Legislating while under the influence of ideological inebriation is not yet a statutory offense. It is only a multi-directional menace to much of what anxious Americans hold dear for themselves and their children.
The dominant Republicans in Congress – both the new and many of the longer-term incumbents – are in heat. Read more »
Here is a Daily Bell interview with money expert Dr. Edwin Vieira. He covers many subjects including a possible third party run by Ron Paul. He suggests a Constitution Party/Libertarian Party fusion ticket. Read more »
For only the second time, the New Hampshire Libertarian Party will attempt to complete the difficult party petition process in New Hampshire. It requires 13,698 signatures, but if completed, then the party is free to nominate by convention for any partisan office in the state without further petitioning. Also that method will enable the party to have its own party column on the November 2012 ballot. Read more »