Apr 16 2012

Fragmentary California Polling Suggests Orly Taitz Might Place Second in U.S. Senate Race on June 5

Source: Ballot Access News

On June 5, California will hold its primary. In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Dianne Feinstein is running for re-election. Because California is using a top-two primary on June 5, all candidates from all parties run on a single primary ballot. That ballot contains six Democrats, 14 Republicans, no independents, one Libertarian, one American Independent, and two Peace & Freedom Party members, for a total of 24 names. Read more »

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Apr 16 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear North Dakota Libertarian Party Ballot Access Appeal

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 16, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Libertarian Party of North Dakota v Jaeger, 11-1050. This is a ballot access case, which challenged the North Dakota law on how a minor party candidate for the state legislature gets on the ballot. No party can list a nominee on the November ballot for legislature unless between 10% and 15% of all the voters in the primary choose a minor party primary ballot. Because the overwhelming Read more »

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Apr 16 2012

Idaho Newspaper Story on the Travails of a Paid Petition Circulator

Source: Ballot Access News

The Boise Weekly has this story about a particular paid petitioner for Americans Elect in Idaho. Even though she brings her dog and her toddler with her, according to the story, it’s not easy work.

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Apr 16 2012

Politico Carries Story About Roseanne Barr’s Presidential Campaign Funding

Source: Ballot Access News

Politico has this story about Roseanne Barr, with an emphasis on her somewhat slow start on raising campaign contributions. She is seeking the Green Party presidential nomination.

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Apr 16 2012

New Mexico U.S. Senate Race Will Probably Include a Third Choice in November, for the First Time in 16 Years

Source: Ballot Access News

Jon Barrie is likely to qualify for the November 2012 ballot for U.S. Senate candidate in New Mexico. If he does so, he will be the first non-Democrat, non-Republican candidate for U.S. Senate to appear on a New Mexico ballot since 1996, when a Green and a Libertarian each qualified.

Independent candidates in New Mexico face a severe petition burden, 3% of the last Read more »

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Apr 16 2012

Lee Wrights: America needs secure open borders

Source: Wrights2012.com

By R. Lee Wrights

BURNET, Texas – America has always had an “illegal immigration” problem. Just ask any Native American. During a conversation with a Cherokee chief several years ago I asked him, “What did the native tribes call America before the white settlers came here?” He looked me straight in the eyes and solemnly replied, “Ours.”

This immigration debate is a classic example of why libertarians must become better Read more »

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Apr 16 2012

Illinois Legislature Revives and Passes Dormant Bill to Restrict Who Can Run as Independent Candidates

Source: Ballot Access News

In 2011, the Illinois House passed HB 2009, which says that no one who voted in a primary, or who filed a declaration of candidacy to run in a primary (but who then chose not to run in that primary), can then be an independent candidate in November. The law applies to all partisan office. The bill then languished in a Senate committee for almost a full year. Read more »

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Apr 16 2012

Northern California’s Largest Gay Publication Features Lengthy Story on Freedom Socialist Party Presidential Nominee

Source: Ballot Access News

The Bay Area Reporter, northern California’s largest gay publication, has this story on Stephen Durham, presidential candidate of the Freedom Socialist Party. The Bay Area Reporter always gives extensive coverage to major party stories, but seldom runs articles of this length about minor party candidates. Durham is gay and is apparently the only self-identified gay person running for President in the general election this year. Read more »

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Apr 16 2012

New York 24th CD: Ursula Rozum Enters Race

Source: Green Party Watch

YNN reports on Ursula Rozum’s candidacy for House of Representatives in New York’s 24th Congressional District in Syracuse: (Video included at this link)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — She is not your typical candidate for Congress. Arriving for her announcement on a bicycle, preparing to board a train to Albany to file her nominating petitions. Ursula Rozum says it all ties in to a key plank in her campaign platform. Read more »

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Apr 16 2012

Ballot Access Attorney Alan Woodruff Will be Democratic Nominee for U.S. House in Tennessee

Source: Ballot Access News

Alan Woodruff, an attorney in northeastern Tennessee, will be the Democratic nominee for U.S. House this year in Tennessee’s First District. He is the only person who filed for the Democratic nomination. The First District is considered a stronghold for the Republican Party. In 2010 the Democratic nominee in this district polled 17.1% and the Republican nominee, Phil Roe, polled 80.8%. Read more »

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