May 03 2012

Oregon GOP Endorsing Former Libertarian Party Candidate for Treasurer

Source: Independent Political Report

Tom Cox was, in 2002, the nominee of the Libertarian Party of Oregon in the Governor’s race. He scored 5% of the vote in that race and is now running for the office of State Treasurer as a Republican. He has been endorsed by the state’s GOP organization as a write-in candidate, due to a quirk in the law.

But Cox says if the Democrat, in this case incumbent Ted Wheeler, were able to Read more »

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May 03 2012

Libertarian Convention Backs Credentials Committee on Oregon and Supports Registration Fee

Source: Independent Political Report

This morning the Libertarian National Convention delegates voted, by about 60% to 40%, to accept the Credentials Committee recommendation to seat the Oregon delegation submitted by Tim Reeves, over that submitted by Wes Wagner. Credentials Committee Chair Emily Salvette had reported that the Reeves group had offered that any Wagner delegate could take a vacant slot in the LPOR delegation, and that two had already Read more »

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May 03 2012

LP Presidential Candidates respond to Questionnaire

Source: Independent Political Report

Recently, a questionnaire of ten personal and ten policy questions was sent via e-mail to each Libertarian Party presidential candidate listed at Politics1. R. Lee Wrights was the only exception, since he answered the same questions last summer. Former presidential candidate RJ Harris also answered the questions last summer.

This time, only Robert Milnes and Joy Waymire decided to fill out the questionnaire. Dave Read more »

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May 03 2012

Can the Libertarian Party Make Marijuana Legalization A Mainstream Issue

Source: Independent Political Report

Third parties were the first electoral parties to push a number of then-fringe issues into the mainstream over the years in the United States. From the abolition of slavery and universal suffrage to social security and prohibition, third parties have pioneered many issues that became law or nearly so. Read more »

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May 03 2012

Country Party Petition is Approved by Wyoming Secretary of State

Source: Ballot Access News

On May 2, the Wyoming Secretary of State announced that the Country Party petition has enough valid signatures. The Secretary of State put out this press release, which says that having six parties on the ballot this year is a Wyoming record.

The press release is wrong. In 1936 Wyoming also had six parties on the ballot: Democratic, Republican, Union, Socialist, Communist, and Prohibition. However, the Read more »

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May 03 2012

Indiana: Libertarian Candidate Dumped By State Party

Source: Independent Political Report

For lying during the application process about a previous criminal history, a Libertarian Party candidate for office has been dumped by the state party in Indiana.

During the application process, potential candidates are asked if they have any prior criminal history. Bowman indicated he did not.

Upon further investigation by the party, it was discovered Bowman did have a criminal Read more »

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May 03 2012

Arizona Independent Candidate Petition Requirements are Much Higher This Year Than in the Past

Source: Ballot Access News

The number of signatures needed for an independent candidate in Arizona will be 31,111 valid signatures this year, for statewide office. The formula is 3% of the number of active registered voters who are not members of a qualified party. However, any registered voter may sign an independent candidate’s petition.

The Arizona law is irrational, because independents for statewide office now need Read more »

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May 03 2012

Pundit: Palin, Napolitano, and Perry Should Form Their Own Party

Source: Independent Political Report

Bernie Quigley comments on what he thinks would be a formidable and workable third party over at The Pundit’s Blog at The Hill.

Ron Paul has brought a sea change in American politics. Without Paul there is no Tea Party of substance. It is merely a populist howl without vision or direction and we have heard it all before. But Paul brought substance: states’ rights, constitutional government Read more »

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May 03 2012

California Green Congressional Candidate Excluded from Campus Debate Because He is Judged Unlikely to Place in the Top Two

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 30, the California State University at Northridge (in Los Angeles) Student Association sponsored a debate for candidates running for U.S. House in the 30th district. This is one of the best-known U.S. House races in California this year, because it pits two Democratic incumbent Congressmen against each other, Howard Berman and Brad Sherman. Redistricting forced them to run against each other. Read more »

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May 03 2012

Alabama Secretary of State and Others Oppose Some Provisions in Ballot Access Bill

Source: Ballot Access News

On May 2, the Alabama House Constitution, Campaigns & Elections Committee held a hearing on SB 15, the bill that eases the number of signatures for independent candidates (for office other than President) and newly-qualifying parties. The bill also moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from March to May.

The Alabama Secetary of State’s office sent a representative to oppose the part of the bill Read more »

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