May 22 2012

Ballot Access ALERT: Libertarian Votes On the Line

Source: Libertarian Party (LP.org) (from e-mail sent May 18)

Dear Fellow Libertarian,

Ballot access is never easy, even when it’s going well. It can be hell when everything goes wrong.

In our efforts to get our Libertarian candidates on the ballot this election year, we’re somewhere in between “never easy” and “hell.” Read more »

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May 22 2012

Zapper: Lessons from Americans Elect Collapse, Opportunities and Ad Strategy for Libertarians

Source: Independent Political Report

Posted by Zapper in IPR comments:

What are we seeing here?

The American people seem to be fed up, and yet for the most part, they don’t respond.

We’ve seen a second Great Depression, continuing economic malaise with unemployment, massive deficits, the housing crash, foreclosures, bankruptcy, people Read more »

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May 22 2012

Darryl W. Perry: ‘Obama, Romney and Marriage’

Source: Independent Political Report

Emailed to IPR by Darryl Perry and posted at Free Patriot Press:

President Obama and presumed GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney have both made public statements about marriage recently. Obama claims that his views have evolved over the years and told ABC News, “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded, that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples Read more »

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May 22 2012

Independent Party of Oregon Will Use Candidate Filing Fees to Help Pay for Private Mail Primary Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

The Independent Party of Oregon is ballot-qualified, but it doesn’t have registration equal to 5% of the state total. Therefore, it doesn’t qualify for a government primary. But because it is a very large party (with approximately 75,000 registered members) it desires to use a primary instead of a convention to nominate its candidates.

On April 30, the Oregon Secretary of State approved the party’s plan to charge Read more »

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May 22 2012

U.S. District Court Judge Sets New Hearing Date in Oklahoma Ballot Access Case

Source: Ballot Access News

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy DeGiusti has set a June 7 hearing date in Libertarian Party of Oklahoma v Ziriax. This is the ballot access case filed by the Libertarian and Green Parties of Oklahoma. Briefs, or at least statements, will be filed in advance of that hearing date. The two political parties will probably argue that the case is ready for summary judgement on the constitutionality of the March 1 petition deadline. Read more »

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May 22 2012

Ralph Nader: The Rise of Re-Use

Source: Nader.org

By Ralph Nader

Last week I read that the glitzy world of virtual reality created instant multi-millionaires and several billionaires when Facebook went public selling shares.

Last week I also noted the important real world problem of some 250 million tons of solid waste a year in our country alone.

Guess which “world” gets the most investment, status, fame, klieg lights, and attention of Read more »

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May 22 2012

Petaluma, California Newspaper Survey Indicates Proposition 14 “Top-Two” Election System Does Not Enjoy Majority Support

Source: Ballot Access News

The Argus-Courier is a weekly newspaper in Petaluma, California, which has existed for almost 150 years. It recently conducted an on-line survey to determine attitudes toward the California Proposition 14 “top-two” (called an “open primary” by its supporters) system. On-line polls are not scientific, and furthermore the sample size was small. Nevertheless, the poll showed that more people are opposed to the system than in favor Read more »

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May 22 2012

California Bill to Make it Illegal to Pay Registration Workers on a Per-Registration Basis

Source: Ballot Access News

Last year California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill to make it illegal for anyone to pay registration workers on a per-registration card basis. However, the same bill has been re-introduced. Assemblymember Richard Pan, and Senator Lou Correa, have amended a non-election law bill that already passed the Assembly so that it imposes the ban. It is AB 2058, and will probably have a hearing in the Senate Elections Committee in Read more »

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May 22 2012

Sixth Circuit Sets July 25 Hearing Date in Tennessee Ballot Access Case

Source: Ballot Access News

The Sixth Circuit will hear arguments in Green Party of Tennessee v Hargett on July 25, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. The hearing will be in Cincinnati. The state hopes to persuade the court to remove the Constitution and Green Parties from the ballot. There will probably also be argument on the part of the U.S. District Court decision that said states must give all parties an equal chance to be listed first on the ballot. Read more »

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May 22 2012

Alabama Bill in Special Legislative Session to Create Registration by Party

Source: Ballot Access News

Alabama’s legislature is now in special session. Senator Scott Beason (R-Gardendale) has introduced a bill to provide for registration by party in Alabama. By coincidence, in the special session, the new bill is SB 15, which happens to be the number of this year’s ballot access bill in the regular session (the regular session is now over, so the original SB 15 is dead). Read more »

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