Thursday, January 10, 2019

“Don’t vote John McAfee for President” says the John McAfee for President website

by Simon Brew, Crypto News

John McAfee’s 2020 US Presidential bid now has an official website…
Controversial cryptocurrency advocate John McAfee has, as promised, ramped up his run for the White House in 2020, with the confirmation that he’s standing for US President against Donald Trump. Furthermore, that he’s standing for US President and absolutely doesn’t want the job.
His official campaign website has now launched, with the tagline for the campaign being simply ‘Don’t Vote McAfee’.
This is McAfee’s consistent line, too. He’s openly said he has no interest in being President, and absolutely doesn’t want the job. Rather, that he wants the stage. He wants the attention and exposure that a Presidential run can bring, and he intends to use that to bring the matter of cryptocurrency to the fore.
“My campaign platform contains one item: how do we free ourselves from a government that no longer serves us, but instead has become our master – controlling our every action, down to the detail of what we may or may not put into our bodies and minds”, he writes, as part of the new site. “Do not ask me about immigration, foreign relations, education etc. I have no idea. Those claiming that they do are lying to themselves, or if not, they are purposely lying to you. We must first be free. Freedom for The People is my only goal”, he added...
To read article in full, click here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Procedural Win in Montana Green Party Ballot Access Case

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On January 8, U.S. District Court Magistrate John Johnston denied the motion of the Montana Secretary of State to dismiss the lawsuit Montana Green Party v Stapleton, 6:18cv-87. The lawsuit was filed last year and challenges the unequal distribution requirement for the petition to create a new ballot-qualified party. The lawsuit also challenges the March 15 petition deadline for that petition. The state tried to get the case dismissed for various legal technical issues, rather than on the substance of the issues, but the case remains alive and a trial will be held.

Independence Party of New York 2018 Election Showing Was the Weakest Since 1990’s

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The New York Independence Party has been ballot-qualified starting in November 1994. Its share of the vote for its nominees (in the districts in which it had nominees) was the lowest in 2018 since the 1990’s.
For U.S. House, its nominees polled 1.47% of the vote (in the districts that it contested), the lowest in history.
For State Senate, its nominees polled 3.39%, the lowest since 1998. The 1998 percentage was 2.93%.
For Assembly, the 2018 percentage was 2.98%, the lowest since it has been a qualified party.
For the office at the top of the ballot (President in presidential years, and Governor in gubernatorial years), its 2018 percentage was 1.13%, the lowest in its history, except 2000, when it nominated John Hagelin for President and he only polled .36%. Hagelin was also the Natural Law Party nominee that year.
In general, all of the New York minor parties that mostly nominate Democratic and Republican nominees as their own nominees, did poorly in 2018. Perhaps New York voters are getting weary of the “fusion” parties.

Women’s Equality Party of New York Stands Out as a Party that Never Had Any Achievements of its Own

In 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s organization created the Women’s Equality Party, and petitioned to get it on the ballot for Governor and Lieutenant Governor (but no other offices). The party, of course, nominated Cuomo for Governor as its own nominee.
Although New York has had many parties that were created by one of the two major parties, the Women’s Equality Party, which went off the ballot in November 2018, stands out as one that was unusually passive and never had any significant election activity for any federal or state office. In 2016 and 2018, years in which it had its own primary and was able to nominate for any partisan office, only once did it nominate anyone who hadn’t sought a Democratic or Republican nomination for the same office earlier that year. In 2018 it did nominate Brian Phillips for Assembly, 140th district. He had not sought the nomination of a major party for that office that year. He is therefore unique in the party’s history. The party did not appreciate his candidacy, and on its 2018 web page, where it listed all its other nominees, it did not mention him. The party never polled as much as 6% for any of its nominees for federal or state office. It did have seven nominees for federal or state office in 2018 who were not Democratic nominees, but all seven of them were Democrats who had lost that year’s Democratic primary. One of them was Congressman Joseph Crowley, who refused to drop his Women’s Equality nomination for the general election even though he had lost the Democratic primary to newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
In 2018, the party received this share of the vote in districts in which it had nominees: U.S. House .96%; State Senate .96%; Assembly .96% (it’s just a coincidence that the percentage is the same for all three types of office). For statewide office, it polled .45% for Governor, .59% for Comptroller, and .69% for U.S. Senate.
In 2016, it had polled 1.27% in the districts it contested for U.S. House; 1.11% for State Senate; and 1.19% for Assembly. While it was on the ballot, it never contested any State Supreme Court races. It was the only “fusion” party in the state to skip those races. Also in 2016, it had polled .47% for Hillary Clinton for President. In 2014, the year it had gained party status, it had polled 1.41% for Andrew Cuomo for Governor.

Maine Legislator Switches from Republican to Independent

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On January 3, Maine Representative Don Marean changed his registration from Republican to independent. He had been re-elected last year as a Republican. Maine’s House now has seven independents. See this story.

Greg Orman Explains Why he Ran for Governor or Kansas as an Independent, Even Though He Felt the Democrat was Better than the Republican

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This op-ed by Greg Orman, independent candidate for Governor of Kansas last year, is thoughtful and worth a read.