May 25 2012

U.S. District Court Grants Injunctive Relief Against California’s Deadline for Newly-Qualifying Parties

Source: Ballot Access News

On May 22, U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson granted injunctive relief to the Constitution Party and the Justice Party, against California’s January deadline for newly-qualifying parties to get on the ballot. The case is California Justice Committee, et al v Bowen, 2:12cv03956. Here is the order.

Injunctive relief can only be granted when there is a substantial likelihood that the Read more »

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May 25 2012

Baltimore Sun Story on How Libertarians, Greens Will Cope with Yesterday’s Hostile Ruling on Signature Validity

Source: Ballot Access News

This Baltimore Sun story interviews Maryland Green Party and Libertarian Party leaders about yesterday’s State Court of Appeals ruling that invalidated their petitions.

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May 25 2012

American Independent Party of California Postpones Presidential Convention from June 8 to August 11

Source: Ballot Access News

According to Mark Seidenberg, the American Independent Party, a ballot-qualified party in California, will hold its presidential nominating convention in Sacramento on August 11, 2012, instead of the previously announced date of June 8.

Between 1992 and 2007, the American Independent Party functioned as the California unit of the Constitution Party. However, in 2008, the American Independent Party did not Read more »

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May 25 2012

Maine Secretary of State Agrees Not to Print Americans Elect Primary Ballots

Source: Ballot Access News

Even though Americans Elect became a fully-qualified party in Maine in January 2012, and state law says all qualified parties nominate by primary, the Maine Secretary of State has complied with Americans Elect’s request that no primary ballots be printed for Americans Elect. The Americans Elect request was made back on February 1, 2012, and had nothing to do with last week’s decision by Americans Elect not to nominate anyone Read more »

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May 25 2012

U.S. District Court Judge Cancels Oral Argument in Constitution Party/Justice Party Lawsuit over January Deadline for Parties to Qualify

Source: Ballot Access News

U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson has canceled the oral argument in California Justice Committee and Constitution Party of California. It had been set for 1:30 p.m. in Los Angeles on May 21. The judge indicated he will rule on the written briefs.

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May 25 2012

CNN Article on Americans Elect

Source: Independent Political Report

This article addresses in detail Americans Elect’s troubles specifically, and addresses challenges to third parties generally. Hat tip to Kevin Thompson.

The fledgling group’s inability to coalesce around a candidate points to the difficulty of breaking into a system heavily weighted to favor Republican and Democratic politicians — and the struggles of attracting mainstream candidates willing to forgo parties for an Read more »

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May 25 2012

Geoff Neale on the “Situation” with Michael Cloud

Source: Independent Political Report

The email below is being shared with others at the request of Geoff Neale, Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC).

Here is the relevant background:

As a condition for being a scheduled speaker at a national convention, all speakers are required to agree to not seek or accept any position being selected by delegates at Read more »

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May 25 2012

WorldNetDaily Radio Interviews Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Virgil Goode

Source: Independent Political Report

Virgil Goode was today interviewed by WorldNetDaily radio concerning his presidential candidacy and his thoughts on President Obama. WorldNetDaily is one of the largest conservative news and opinion sites on the Internet.

Goode says Obama’s spending is completely out of control but Republican proposals are also not good enough because he says the budget needs to be balanced now and Read more »

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May 25 2012

Gary Johnson: Peace Is Cheaper Video

Source: GaryJohnson2012.com (thanks Independent Political Report for article)


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May 25 2012

Maryland’s Highest State Court Construes Law on Petition-Checking in an Unfavorable Manner

Source: Ballot Access News

On May 21, the highest state court in Maryland, the State Court of Appeals, interpreted Maryland election law to mean that signatures on petitions are invalid if there is no exact match in the name on the voter registration record, and the name on the petition. As a result, the Libertarian Party and the Green Party do not have enough valid signatures on their petitions for 2012, and must now get more before the August 6 deadline. Here is the Read more »

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