Sep 15 2012

Some Supporters of Top-Two Open Primary Take Punitive Action to Crush Opponents with Crippling Legal Fees

Source: Ballot Access News

On August 1, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow ruled that the six plaintiffs in Field v Bowen must pay attorneys fees to the groups that intervened in the lawsuit in support of the top-two system. The amount is $243,279. The six plaintiffs include Rodney Martin, chair of the Reform Party of California; Jeff Mackler, leader of the San Francisco Bay Area branch of Socialist Action; Steve Chessin, president of Californians for Electoral Reform; and Richard Winger. Read more »

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Sep 15 2012

Politics1 Has Very Helpful Chart of Which Presidential Candidates are on Which Ballots; Chart Includes Write-in Filing Also

Source: Ballot Access News

Politics1 has this very useful chart, showing which presidential candidates are on the ballot in each state. The chart also includes write-in filing. Of course, the deadline for filing for write-in status in most states is still in the future, so that part of the chart isn’t complete.

It is very difficult to be perfectly accurate. BAN believes the Politics1 chart, as last updated on September 14, has these errors: for Stewart Alexander, Ohio should be shown as on, and Iowa should Read more »

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Sep 15 2012

President Jill Stein?

Source: Huffington Post (via Independent Political Report)

“Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.”
- José Maria de Eça de Queiroz

“There is no such thing as not voting; you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”
-David Foster Wallace
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Sep 15 2012

Gary Johnson: Libya, Afghanistan and the Middle East — Why Obama and Romney are Both Wrong

Source: Huffington Post (via Independent Political Report)

Foreign policy is supposed to make us safer, not get Americans killed and bankrupt us. Yet, even as we mourn the loss of four Americans in Libya and watch the Middle East ignite with anti-American fervor, our leaders don’t get it.

In one corner, we have the U.S. apologists warning that — after the murders in Libya and the attack on our embassy in Cairo — we must be careful not to say or do anything that might hurt someone’s feelings. Read more »

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Sep 15 2012

Jesse Ventura May Run For President in 2016, and Other Stories

Source: Independent Political Report

Jesse Ventura has been in the news over the past couple of days. I found this on Examiner.com:

Jesse Ventura for president?

It seems former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura will likely make a bid for the White House if there’s a strong grassroots support out there that can guarantee him both ballot access in all 50 states and appearances in the televised debates. Read more »

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Sep 15 2012

Michigan Secretary of State Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Reject Libertarian Ballot Access Lawsuit; Also Party Files Rebuttal

Source: Ballot Access News

On September 14, the Michigan Secretary of State asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to act on the Libertarian Party’s ballot access case involving the interpretation of Michigan’s “sore loser” law. Here is the state’s brief, which has a picture of the ballot that Michigan intends to print, omitting any presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party. Here is the party’s rebuttal brief, which was submitted the same day.

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Sep 15 2012

At Least Seven States Can’t Print Ballots Yet, Due to Unresolved Issues

Source: Ballot Access News

At least seven states cannot print ballots yet because of unresolved questions about the ballot. Here is an article explaining that Connecticut must wait until the State Supreme Court decides which party should be listed first on the ballot.

New York can’t print any ballots until the Independence Party chooses a presidential candidate, which it will probably do on September 20, the New York state deadline for that. Read more »

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