Jan 14 2013

Jill Stein: Access our new video archive

Source: JillStein.org

You can now watch our five national television ads, the presidential debates, important interviews, video from the campaign trail, and speeches from the Green National Convention, all on our newly reorganized video page.

You may have missed Jill Stein’s acceptance speech, or her initial announcement speech, or her interviews with Thom Hartmann, or footage from protests across the country, or Cheri Honkala’s Read more »

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Jan 14 2013

Victory: Kansas LP succeeds in changing local open carry laws in Kansas, sues holdouts

Source: Libertarian Party (LP.org)

Thanks to the efforts of the Libertarian Party of Kansas, gun owners who were prohibited by their local governments from openly carrying firearms are now free to open carry in their cities.

Two years ago, the Kansas LP began its efforts to bring restrictive city laws into compliance with state law allowing the open carry of firearms, and their work has paid off in three cities so far: Overland Park, Gardner, and Wichita. All three have since brought their city ordinances into line with state Read more »

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Jan 14 2013

Conservative Party is Still Biggest Vote-Getting Party in New York State, Other than the Two Major Parties

Source: Ballot Access News

On November 2012, the Working Families Party New York nominee for U.S. Senate (who was also the Democratic nominee) received more votes on the Working Families line than the Conservative Party nominee for the same office (the Conservative nominee was also the Republican nominee). The U.S. Senate totals represented the first time that the WFP had outpolled the Conservative Party in a New York statewide race. The two US Senate totals were: Working Families 250,580; Conservative Read more »

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Jan 14 2013

Rockford Register Star Says Illinois Ballot Access Laws Should be Eased

Source: Ballot Access News

The Rockford Register Star has this editorial, asking the Illinois legislature to ease ballot access.

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Jan 14 2013

New Hampshire Bill to Restore Straight-Ticket Device

Source: Ballot Access News

Four New Hampshire State House members have introduced HB 143, to restore the straight-ticket device that was repealed in 2007. The sponsors are Jeanine Nutter (R-Merrimack), Lenette Peterson (R-Merrimack), Don LeBrun (R-Nashua), and Frederick Rice (R-Concord). The bill would not give a straight-ticket device to any party unless that party had polled 4% for Governor or U.S. Senator in the last election. Read more »

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Jan 14 2013

Ron Fournier, in National Journal, Considers Rise of a New Major Party Possible

Source: Ballot Access News

Ron Fournier has this essay in National Journal. Near the bottom, he suggests reasons why a new major political party in the U.S. is not entirely implausible. Fournier is the former Associated Press Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief, and now writes for National Journal.

The article’s title is misleading. Even if one major party died off and were replaced by another, that would not alter the existence of the two-party system. “Two-party system”, a term invented in 1911 to Read more »

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Jan 14 2013

Who Were the Best Vote-Getting Legislative Nominees of the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties in 2012?

Source: Ballot Access News

The November 2012 election returns for state legislative candidates reveal that the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties each had a handful of state legislative nominees who polled at least 30% of the vote.

For the Constitution Party, the only legislative nominee who polled as much as 30% was Gregory Hughes, who polled 31.29% in Nevada’s First Senate District against a Democrat. The district is in Las Read more »

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