Thursday, January 21, 2021

Reason.com: 'Here's How Donald Trump's 'Patriot Party' Could Become a Political Force'

by Matt Welch, Reason.com

"Goodbye. We love you. We will be back in some form," Donald Trump said at the end of his final speech as president of the United States. "Have a good life. We will see you soon."

But how soon? And in what form?

These questions prompted much speculative chatter Tuesday, after The Wall Street Journal published a short, anonymously sourced article stating that "Trump has talked in recent days with associates about forming a new political party," to be named the Patriot Party.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Working Families Party Is Now a Qualified Party in New Mexico

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Last year, the New Mexico Working Families Party completed the petition to be a qualified party. However, it did not have any nominees in New Mexico in 2020. When a new party completes the party petition in New Mexico, it is then qualified for at least two elections. Thanks to Rick Lass for this news.

Arizona Supreme Court Still Hasn’t Explained Why it Kept Kanye West Off November 2020 Ballot

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On September 8, 2020, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a short order in West v Clayton, CV-20-0249, saying Kanye West could not be on the Arizona November ballot as an independent candidate for president because his candidates for presidential elector had not filed statements of Economic Interest. The Court said it would explain its reasoning later.

Four months have passed, and the court still hasn’t issued its explanation. It will probably be very difficult for the Arizona Supreme Court to explain its action. No one ever before had interpreted the Arizona law to mean that candidates for presidential elector must file campaign finance documents. No other state has ever required candidates for presidential elector to file campaign finance statements. The Arizona Secretary of State’s website has very clear instructions for independent presidential candidates and the Secretary of State’s website had never said that presidential elector candidates must file such documents.

Green Party National Committee Decertifies Alaska Green Party

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On January 11, the Green Party National Committee decertified the Alaska Green Party from membership in the national organization. This is because the Alaska Green Party nominated Jesse Ventura for President instead of Howie Hawkins. See this story.

New Registration Data for North Carolina

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North Carolina State Board of Elections posts new registration tallies each week. Here is the January 16, 2021 tally. The percentages are: Democratic 35.31%; Republican 30.70%; Libertarian .63%; Constitution .07%; Green .05%; independent and miscellaneous 33.23%.

On October 10, 2020, the percentages were: Democratic 35.70%; Republican 30.18%; Libertarian .62%; Constitution .06%; Green .05%; independent and miscellaneous 33.39%.

New Colorado Registration Data

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The Colorado Secretary of State has released registration data for January 1, 2021. Here is it. Percentages are: Democratic 29.89%; Republican 27.19%; Libertarian 1.12%; Constitution .31%; Green .23%; Approval Voting .09%; Unity .08%; independent and miscellaneous 41.09%.

On October 1, 2020, the percentages were: Democratic 30.09%; Republican 27.36%; Libertarian 1.07%; Constitution .30%; Green .23%; Unity .07%; Approval Voting .07%; independent and miscellaneous 40.83%.

New Oklahoma Registration Data

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The Oklahoma State Board of Elections has posted registration data for January 15, 2021. See it here.

The percentages are: Republican 50.12%; Democratic 32.93%; Libertarian .69%; independent and other 16.25%.

On September 30, 2020, the percentages were: Republican 49.86%; Democratic 33.52%; Libertarian .61%; independent and other 16.01%. Thanks to Chris Powell for the link.

American Solidarity Party Places Nominee on Ballot for Special Wisconsin State Senate Election

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Wisconsin holds a special state senate election on April 6, to fill the vacant State Senate seat, 13th district. The vacancy exists because the previous State Senator, Scott Fitzgerald, resigned to take a seat in Congress.

The American Solidarity Party has petitioned to place its nominee on the ballot. He is Ben Schmitz. He will face the Republican and Democratic nominees (who will be determined in February primaries), and an independent candidate, Spencer Zimmerman, whose ballot label will be “Trump Conservative”. Thanks to Independent Political Report for this news.

Schmitz needed 400 signatures to get on the ballot. He is the second American Solidarity Party nominee for a state legislative office to appear on a ballot with the party label. The first was Monica Sohler, who ran in 2017 for New Jersey’s legislature, Assembly District 6.