Jan 19 2012

Belarus Green Party achieves party status

Source: Green Party Watch

From the European Green Party:

On 5 January the good news arrived that the Greens of Belarus, Bielaruskaja Partyja “Zialonye”, have been accepted as a legally recognised party by the state Ministry of Justice, after the Ministry accepted the outcomes of the congress of the party in November 2011. Now that the party is recognised, it can participate in Read more »

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Jan 19 2012

Los Angeles Progressive Congressional Candidate Marcy Winograd Switches to Green Party

Source: Green Party Watch

Hat tip to Independent Political Report for this news:

Ballot Access News reports that Marcy Winograd has changed her registration to the Green Party. Winograd challenged Democratic Congressmember Jane Harman in Democratic primaries, receiving 37.5% in 2006 and 41% in 2010 (she also ran in a 2011 special election). (Read more at Independent Political Report) Read more »

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Jan 19 2012

Texas Press Finally Notices that Democratic Party Lawsuit Against Green Party is Over

Source: Ballot Access News

Newspapers in Texas seem to have just noticed that the Democratic Party’s lawsuit against the Green Party was settled, back on December 17, 2011. This news was blogged on this web page more than a month ago, and was also in the January 1, 2012 print edition of Ballot Access News. See this recent story in the Texas Tribune. Read more »

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Jan 19 2012

Arkansas Green Party Has Enough Valid Signatures

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 19, the Arkansas Secretary of State said that the Green Party has enough valid signatures on its petition. 10,000 were needed, and the party had submitted 14,000. Arkansas will now have four ballot-qualified parties on its 2012 ballot. Already on were the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian Parties. This is the first time Arkansas will have had as many as four ballot-qualified parties for Read more »

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Jan 19 2012

Ninth Circuit Upholds Washington State Top-Two System

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 19, the 9th circuit upheld the Washington state “top-two” system. Here is the decision.

The part of the decision about ballot access is very short. It quotes the dicta from the U.S. Supreme Court decision Munro v Socialist Workers Party that says the burden on minor parties is slight as long as their candidates can run in the Read more »

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Jan 19 2012

Economics Professor, Former Member of Council of Economic Advisors, to Seek Americans Elect Nomination

Source: Ballot Access News

Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff will seek the Americans Elect presidential nomination, according to this story. He has been a professor of economics for 38 years, and was on President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors.

His economic views can be ascertained from this August 2011 interview he gave Read more »

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Jan 19 2012

LP CT: LP Presidential Straw Poll

Source: Independent Political Report

The Connecticut Libertarian Party has set up a Presidential Straw Poll:

“1. Who should the Libertarian Party nominate at its May 2012 convention for the office of President of the United States?”

The original article is available on the LP CT website.

NOTE: The poll page does not specify whether those outside of CT are invited to Read more »

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Jan 19 2012

LP OR: Reeves Group Sues Wagner Group

Source: Independent Political Report

Tim Reeves, David Terry, M Carling, Greg Burnett and Richard Burke have filed a lawsuit against Wes Wagner and Libertarian Party of Oregon over the legal officers of the Libertarian Party of Oregon.

Below is the actual filing in the Oregon law suit. This document is public record.

Continue reading at Independent Political Report.

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Jan 19 2012

Party for Socialism and Liberation Mourns Death of Kim Jong Il

Source: Independent Political Report

While most American, western and world observers called North Korean leader Kim Jong Il a dictator and said that mourning for his death was coerced in NK, and most US Socialist parties did not comment on it at all as far as I can tell, the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s Liberation News had a different take:

Washington, with the help of the capitalist media, has consistently portrayed Read more »

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Jan 19 2012

Steven Higgs comments on Al Jazeera third party panel, on CounterPunch.org

Source: Independent Political Report

Steven Higgs, the editor of the Bloomington Alternative, takes a critical look at the media’s lack of coverage of third party candidates, in light of a panel on Al Jazeera. Here is the video on Al Jazeera and here is the full article. One of the more interesting aspects of the panel, which Higgs focuses on, is who it consists of and how they interact: Justice Party presidential candidate Rocky Anderson, Read more »

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