Feb 29 2012

Olympia Snowe Retirement from U.S. Senate Puts Maine Ballot Access in the News

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 28, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine said she will not run for re-election this year. The announcement was a surprise. Candidates in Maine face burdensome petitions to get themselves on primary ballots. Candidates for U.S. Senate need 2,000 signatures of party members, due March 15. This story explains that even Republicans and Democrats will have trouble with that, given the short time in which to get the signatures. Read more »

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Feb 29 2012

Matt Miller, Washington Post Columnist, Shows Value of Candidates Who Run Outside of Major Parties

Source: Ballot Access News

Matt Miller has this column in the February 29 Washington Post. When candidates seek a major party nomination, they tend to not say what they really believe about solutions to problems. But, when they run outside the major parties, they are more likely to say what they really think, according to Miller.

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Feb 29 2012

South Dakota Says Libertarian Party Petition Has Enough Valid Signatures

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 28, the South Dakota Secretary of State determined that the Libertarian Party petition for party status has enough valid signatures. This is the first 2012 Libertarian Party petition for party status that has been approved by any state, since the party’s Arkansas petition was approved in June 2011.

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Feb 29 2012

California Secretary of State Adds Stephen Durham to Peace & Freedom Party Presidential Primary

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 28, the presidential campaign for Stephen Durham received a letter from the California Secretary of State, saying that Durham has been placed on the Peace & Freedom Party presidential primary ballot. Thanks to Bob Richard for this news.

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Feb 29 2012

David Boren Participates in Americans Elect Oklahoma Press Conference

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 28, David Boren, a former Governor and U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, participated in the Americans Elect press conference in Oklahoma. The press conference was called to announce the turn-in of 90,000 signatures on the Americans Elect petition for party status. Here is Boren’s statement.

Boren was elected Governor in 1974. In 1978 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he Read more »

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Feb 29 2012

February 2012 Ballot Access News Print Edition

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February 1, 2012 – Volume 27, Number 9

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Feb 29 2012

News Story About Americans Elect Petition in South Dakota

Source: Ballot Access News

This South Dakota news story covers the petition drive to qualify Americans Elect in that state. The story says only the Democratic and Republican Parties are now ballot-qualified in that state. That is correct, but the story would have been improved if it had mentioned that last month the Libertarian Party submitted 12,000 signatures, which the state is checking. Also, the Constitution Party is circulating a petition for party status in South Read more »

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Feb 29 2012

Kent Mesplay Meets National Green Party Standards to be Considered for President

Source: Ballot Access News

The national Green Party has somewhat strict rules about who can be considered an official Green Party candidate for the party’s presidential nomination. One of the rules is that the candidate must have raised at least $5,000, from contributors other than himself or herself. Kent Mesplay recently became the third individual to meet the qualifications. The previous two are Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr. Here is a description of Mesplay. Read more »

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Feb 29 2012

As Virginia students enter 11th day of hunger strike, Jill Stein urges national support

Source: Jill Stein for President

Learning today that University of Virginia hunger-striking students, whom she rallied with last week, were still being virtually ignored by the University administration, presidential candidate Jill Stein issued the following statement:

“Students at the University of Virginia are taking the struggle for a fair economy to new heights with their extraordinary hunger strike, now in its 11th day. They are raising the bar Read more »

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Feb 29 2012

Obama pipeline betrayal requires response at polls, says Stein

Source: Jill Stein for President

“President Obama just struck a cruel blow against our hopes for saving our planet from catastrophic climate change” said the Green Party’s Jill Stein.

Yesterday, the White House issued the following statement, “The President welcomes today’s news that TransCanada plans to build a pipeline to bring crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to the Gulf of Mexico. . . . We look forward to working with TransCanada to Read more »

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