Friday, August 31, 2018

Andy Jacobs interviewed at Anarchapulco 2018

Reason: Eric Brakey, Republican Senate Candidate in Maine, Endorses Gary Johnson

The following was originally published in Reason.

The Constitution stipulates that you have to be 30 years old to run for the United States Senate, so it's a good thing that Eric Brakey had a birthday this month. Brakey, a GOP state senator in Maine, is that rare Liberty Movement conservative who made it to the November ballot for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. He was a Ron Paul delegate and state director in 2012, he received an early endorsement in this year's Senate race from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and in an interview published Wednesday he enthused about the Libertarian Party's Senate candidate in New Mexico, Gary Johnson.

"I think that Gary Johnson would be one of the best U.S. senators in the U.S. Senate were he to win," Brakey told The Libertarian Republic. "I think he would be there on a lot of issues that are near and dear to my heart as a libertarian....I hope that he wins. I would love to serve alongside him."

Brakey took an unusual path to the GOP nomination. Trumpian Gov. Paul LePage played will-he, won't-he for a long time, and competitor Max Linn was disqualified from the primary due to petition-signature issues. Even running unopposed, Brakey received only 59 percent of the vote. His race against incumbent independent Angus King and Democratic patsy Zak Ringelstein is universally rated as a "safe" win for King, and the meager polling so far has been brutal—52 percent to 25 percent (with 9 percent for the Democrat, and 15 percent undecided) in a Suffolk University poll earlier this month.

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Nevada Appeal: Independent American Party Activist John Wagner Dies at 83

The following was originally published in the Nevada Appeal.

Veteran Independent American Party activist John Wagner recently died of a heart attack.

Wagner, of Carson City, was one of the driving forces behind the IAP for more than a decade. He chaired the party for nearly eight years and was a candidate for office himself in several election cycles including this year.

His daughter Kim Cantacessi said he went into the hospital for surgery but developed an infection that required a second surgery. She said that resulted in two heart attacks that eventually took his life.

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Washington Times: Ron Paul Endorses Ryan Bundy for Nevada Governor

The following was originally published in the Washington Times. 

Former Rep. Ron Paul has thrown his support behind Ryan Bundy’s independent campaign for Nevada governor.

The libertarian icon, who has long backed the Bundy ranching family in its battle with the federal government, cited Ryan Bundy’s battle with federal prosecutors on charges stemming from the 2014 Bunkerville armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management.

“Ryan Bundy knows first-hand how the federal government feels about our civil liberties,” said Mr. Paul in a Monday statement. “He was imprisoned for two years waiting for his trial on charges related to the Bundy Ranch standoff with federal authorities.”

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WYFF: SC Political Party Figures to Play Role in Creation of New, National Alternative

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No American Party candidate has won a seat in South Carolina. That’s not stopping the party’s chairman from dreaming bigger dreams.

Jim Rex spent part of his introduction of U.S. House candidate Guy Furay talking about a trip to Colorado that could ultimately change the landscape of American politics.

South Carolina could be the starting point.

“If you look at history,” Rex told WYFF News 4 Investigates, “you’ll see this state has often been in a leadership role when it comes to rebellion, revolution, and a sense of independence.”

The American Party could be the format.

“It could become that,” Rex said. “We are meeting with nine other states that have similar parties that support independent candidates. We’re going to continue to talk about it for 2020, whether it’s some type of alliance, a national alliance, that might potentially field a presidential candidate.”

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FOX 13 Salt Lake City: United Utah Party Candidate Drops Out of Congressional Race

The following was originally published in FOX 13 Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — Homebuilder Jan Garbett has quietly dropped out of the race for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District.

Garbett filed paperwork with the Utah Lt. Governor’s Office last month, formally withdrawing from the race as the United Utah Party candidate. In a statement posted on her campaign website, she explained why.

“I feel my obligation to the company I helped start and the hundreds of employees and their families dependent on Garbett Homes must come first,” Garbett wrote.

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Socialist Party of Los Angeles Endorses Green Party Candidate, Kenneth Mejia, for US Congress

The following was originally published on the Socialist Party of California Website. 
The Socialist Party Los Angeles Local proudly endorses Kenneth Mejia for Congress (34th District). Kenneth is a community organizer who organizes with the L.A. Tenants Union and serves as a Board Member of the Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council. We strongly recommend that members of the 34th District take a look at Kenneth’s platform and consider volunteering with his campaign. Kenneth is fighting for universal health care, full legal status for ALL immigrants, housing as a human right, and a living wage. In addition, Kenneth is an ecosocialist who understands that our future MUST be an ecosocialist future.

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Oneida Daily Dispatch: New York Gubernatorial Candidate Larry Sharpe Visits Madison County

The following was originally published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch. 

Wampsville, N.Y. >> While everyone looks at the red and blue candidates for governor, one candidate is asking the people to go gold.

Larry Sharpe is running for New York state governor as a libertarian and wants to make an impact on the political landscape. Sharpe owns his own trucking business, is a native New Yorker and a Marine Corps veteran.

Sharpe’s campaign approached the Madison Bistro in Wampsville a couple weeks ago and asked owner Victor Ramirez if Sharpe could host a meet and greet.

“Sharpe’s people put together the event on social media and I’m interested in learning what he has to say,” Ramirez said.

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PPP: Kansas Governor's Race A Dead Heat

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The race for the governor’s office could hardly get much closer.
According to a new poll, Sec. of State Kris Kobach holds a razor-thin, single-point edge over state Sen. Laura Kelly. The Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey shows the Republican nominee up 39% to 38% over the Topeka Democrat, if the election were held today. Independent candidate Greg Orman comes in third with 9% support.
Pollsters then read a positive statement about each of the top three candidates, gauging support for each position. The statement about Kelly referenced her military upbringing and education funding. The one referring to Kobach’s positions mentioned spending and taxes, abortion, and the 2nd amendment. And, the Orman question talked about his business experience and independence.
After asking about those three statements, PPP once again asked whom the respondents would support. Both Kelly and Orman ticked up one percentage point, while Kobach remained flat at 39%. That extra point brought Kelly into a tie for first.

Approximately 1 in 10 voters in both passes have not made up their minds. Libertarian Jeff Caldwell and independent Rick Kloos, each registered nominal support.

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WJCT: From His HQ In Jacksonville, Reform Party Candidate Darcy Richardson Aims For The Governor’s Mansion

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Gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis will likely dominate the airways up until the November election, but there are other options, including Jacksonville’s own Darcy Richardson.

Richardson, 62, was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pa. He was one of 10 children and his father was a career Air Force officer. The family lived in Germany for six years and various states throughout the U.S. before his parents settled back in Pennsylvania in 1968, during the Vietnam War.

Richardson graduated from Norristown High School in the suburbs of Philadelphia after his family moved there in 1971.

He went to Temple University in Philadelphia, where he majored in business and economics.

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The Daily Report: Iowa Libertarian Candidates Share Vision For State

The following was originally published in The Daily Reporter.

Libertarian candidate for Iowa secretary of agriculture, Rick Stewart, and Iowa Libertarian candidate for the 4th District of the U.S. House of Representatives, Charles Aldrich, said it is time for political elites and the mainstream media to start taking Libertarian candidates more seriously.

"The TV media still sees us as a third party, instead of the third major party," Aldrich said. "The distinction is the major party are typically invited for debates where third parties are not and since we are a third major party, we are not a minor party, I feel we should have a seat at the table."

"There are more registered independents in Iowa than there are either Republicans or Democrats," Stewart said. "Almost everyone of those independents is looking for us, they just don't know our name. The Libertarians represent the best of the left and the best of the right and we don't represent the fringe of either. ... Our major problem is to let the middle third of Iowa voters know that they are represented by a major Iowa political party and that is us."

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The Post Star: Green Party Candidates Say State Should Fund Mandates; Get Off Fossil Fuels

The following was originally published in the Post Star.

GLENS FALLS — Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins said Thursday that he did not hear a lot about the needs of upstate residents during Wednesday’s Democratic debate between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and primary challenger Cynthia Nixon.

Hawkins said the two candidates seemed to spend a lot of time sniping at each other and avoiding the economic issues that people are talking to him about. They face rising property taxes and rising costs for their health care and food, he said.

“I can’t pay my bills. Wages have been stagnant,” he said, talking to reporters during a campaign stop outside Crandall Public Library.

Hawkins, who also ran for governor in 2010 and 2014, is pitching a “Green New Deal,” to switch the state to 100 percent energy from renewable sources by 2030. He said that is a more aggressive timetable than Cuomo and other candidates have put forward.

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Must Read Alaska: Libertarian Billy Toien has running mate? Carolyn Clift

The following was originally published in Must Read Alaska.

Libertarian Carolyn Clift, who ran for governor on the Libertarian ticket in 2014 and became the spoiler who handed Bill Walker the governorship, says she is the person who will fill the vacant lieutenant governor’s spot on her party’s ticket in 2018.
Billy Toien is running as the Libertarian candidate for governor; he was unopposed in the primary and there was no one running for lieutenant governor on that ticket. Without a running mate in place by Sept. 4, his name would have to be dropped from the ballot.
Clift made the announcement on Twitter today.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Florida Politics: Nancy Argenziano joins Reform Party ticket in governor’s race

The following was originally published in Florida Politics.

Former Republican state Sen. Nancy Argenziano is now the Reform Party candidate for lieutenant governor, the campaign for Reform Party gubernatorial candidate Darcy Richardson announced Thursday.

Richardson’s campaign is filing paperwork Thursday to put Argenziano on the ballot as his running mate this fall.

Argenziano is a former Republican state senator and state representative who also served as chair of the Florida Public Service Commission under then-Gov. Charlie Crist. In 2011, she declared her disenchantment with the direction of the Republican Party and quit, initially trying to become a Democrat. But Argenziano failed to qualify for a Congressional run as a Democrat in 2012 and settled in as an independent.

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Tom Woods: For SJW Libertarians, Everyone's a Nazi

David Pakman: Green Party Candidate Was on Republican Payroll

Mance Rayder: Restarting the Revolution With Michael Heise of the LP Mises Caucus

Andy Jacobs interviews Adam Kokesh and Cynthia McKinney at Anarchapulco, 2/14/18 Part 2

Andy Jacobs interviews Adam Kokesh and Cynthia McKinney at Anarchapulco, 2/14/18 Part 1

Park Record: Eric Eliason, United Utah congressional candidate, plans stop in Park City

The following was originally published in the Park Record

A third-party candidate in the contest for the congressional seat that includes Park City and surrounding Summit County plans to make a campaign stop in Old Town on Tuesday, a bid to broaden support in a community that is seen as one of the state's few reliably Democratic outposts but one that he hopes to sway with a strong environmental plank.

Eric Eliason is seeking the 1st Congressional District seat now held by the Republican Rep. Rob Bishop. Eliason and Democrat Lee Castillo are attempting to topple an incumbent who has dismissed challengers by wide margins over the years. Democrats have long counted on Park City and Summit County in congressional elections even as the Republican candidate amasses large blocs of votes elsewhere on the way to large Election Day victories.

Eliason's presence on the ballot, though, could put Park City and Summit County in play. That may split votes between himself and Castillo, making it more difficult for either one of them to approach Bishop on Election Day if the incumbent enjoys his traditional numbers in the heavily GOP parts of the district...

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WSHU: Oz Griebel, 3rd Party Candidate In Conn., Wants In On Debates

Oz Griebel

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An independent candidate for Connecticut governor who has petitioned his way on to the November ballot wants to be included in the state’s gubernatorial debates. Oz Griebel, a former Republican, made the case to reporters at a news conference in Hartford on Wednesday.

“We need to be included, and this is the pitch we are making to everybody. Because ‘A,’ we’ve got substantive issues and ‘B,’ Monte and I have developed relationships, established reputations, rather in this state for substance and for making substantive contributions.”

Griebel, the former CEO of the Hartford Metro Alliance business group, and his running mate, Monte Frank, who is Democrat, won access to the November ballot on Tuesday when the secretary of the state's office verified that they had received more than the 7,500 of petition signatures required. Griebel says that should be enough to secure him a place on the gubernatorial debate stage...

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71 Republic: New Mexico LP to Sue State Over Straight Party Voting

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Libertarians and Republicans alike are contesting a measure to allow citizens of New Mexico to vote for one single party with one box.

Hot off the heels of Gary Johnson polling second in an Emerson Poll and receiving the endorsement of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, New Mexico state officials are doing everything in their power to help Democrat incumbent Martin Heinrich win in November. Reinstating the outdated practice of straight party voting, the electoral measure allows voters to select a single box that fills in their entire ballot for one political party. Opponents of the ruling believe it creates an overwhelming partisan advantage in a state that is decidedly Democrat.

The Libertarian Party of New Mexico has authorized funding to file a lawsuit against Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver after she announced on Wednesday that New Mexico voters will have the option to vote straight party in the November General Election. In a press release from Toulouse Oliver’s office, the Democrat put a positive spin on the new choice for New Mexico voters: “The more options people have, the easier it is for more eligible voters to participate–and participation is the key to our democratic process.”..

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal: Green Party Candidate Launches His Mayoral Campaign

The following was originally published in the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

The former chairman of the Niagara County Green Party announced over the weekend that he is running to be the next mayor of Lockport.

Wade VanValkenburgh will run as the candidate of the Green Party, a generally left-wing third party, against expected Democratic nominee Michelle Roman and the eventual Republican nominee. Several prominent local Republicans have expressed interest in the nomination, including interim Mayor David Wohleben, Niagara County Legislature Chairman Keith McNall and Alderman-At-Large Larry Eggert.

The winner of the November election will serve out the remaining year of former Mayor Anne McCaffrey's term of office, and will face reelection in November 2019.

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Reason: Ron Paul–Backed Libertarian Senate Candidate Murray Sabrin Not Getting Polled Despite Running Against Robert Menendez

The following was originally published in Reason.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is not the only member of the Paul family to endorse a Libertarian Party candidate for the U.S. Senate this year. His father, Ron Paul—a longtime Republican congressman and three-time presidential candidate (twice with the GOP, once with the L.P.)—last month endorsed his 2008 New Jersey campaign spokesman Murray Sabrin in a race against scandal-plagued incumbent Democrat Robert Menendez and moderate Republican pharmaceuticals executive Bob Hugin.

"I am pleased to endorse my good friend of 35 years Murray Sabrin for United States Senate," the elder Paul said in his endorsement. "Murray's dedication to, and knowledge of, the principles of liberty will make him an effective advocate for freeing the people of New Jersey—and the Nation—from excessive taxes, debt, and inflation, as well as ending the ongoing violations of our right to free speech, property, and privacy. Murray will also be an outspoken Senator for peaceful relations with other nations, and work to ensure that our immigration policies adhere to common sense solutions like his proposal to have immigrants obtain sponsors so they can assimilate and become financially independent."

Ron Paul has not made a habit out of endorsing Libertarians—declining, for example, to endorse presidential nominee Gary Johnson in 2016 or 2012, and backing the Constitution Party's Chuck Baldwin in 2008. Making the endorsement even more significant that Sabrin is an usually strong candidate, running against an unusually weak incumbent.

(Continue Reading) Who is funding Howie Hawkins' Green Party race for NY governor?

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Howie Hawkins, of Syracuse, has raised $226,000 so far this year for his Green Party challenge to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. pulled the name of each donor into the searchable database below. Just hit 'search' to see all donors or use a filter to narrow down a specific donor or city.

The NYS Board of Elections limits Green Party candidates for governor to accepting individual donations up to $44,000 for the general election and $7,000 for the primary over a four-year cycle.

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Des Moines Register: Libertarian Candidate Uses Sexist Vulgarity To Describe Lawmakers

The following was originally published in the Des Moines Register.

A Libertarian candidate for Iowa House District 35 in Des Moines has said on social media that state lawmakers "are all a bunch of c---s," using a vulgarity for female genitalia.

And John Callahan said that if elected, he will be one, too.

Callahan, 24, is opposing incumbent Democrat Ako Abdul-Samad in the House district that surrounds Prospect Park north of Interstate 235.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New Mexico Secretary of State Puts Straight-Ticket Device Back on Ballot

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On August 29, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, said she will put a straight-ticket device back on New Mexico general election ballots. Her office put out a press release announcing the change. She did not hold any public hearing on the idea.
States have repealed straight ticket devices in the past fifty years are Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas (effective 2019), and Wisconsin. Michigan repealed its device in 2016, but a U.S. District Court recently struck down the Michigan repeal.
Besides Michigan and New Mexico, the only states that still have straight-ticket devices are Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah.

West Virginia Supreme Court Rules Against Constitution Party and Don Blankenship

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On August 29, a few hours after the oral argument, the West Virginia Supreme Court issued a two-page order, denying the Constitution Party’s lawsuit to be on the ballot for U.S. Senate. Its nominee is Don Blankenship, who had earlier this year lost the Republican primary for the same office. The Court says it will explain its reasoning later. Thanks to Phil Hudok for this news.

Out In SA: Gay Libertarian Candidate for Texas Lt. Governor Wants to Legalize Pot and Prostitution

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A gay Libertarian candidate for Lt. Governor of Texas says he supports the legalization of cannabis, prostitution and gambling as part of a campaign platform “to make sure liberty is protected in the state of Texas.”
Kerry Douglas McKennon is a sixth generation Texan who was born, and still lives, in Petersburg, a West Texas town in Hale County with a population of 1200 residents. McKennon graduated from Texas Tech University and is a veteran of the Naval Reserves. He and his husband, Walter have been married for 10 years.

McKennon faces incumbent Republican Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Democrat Mike Collier in the November general election.

This is not McKennon’s first run for office under the Libertarian banner. In 2013, he ran for Texas House District 88 and in 2014, sought the Texas Senate District 28. During the 2016 national election, he made an unsuccessful bid for his party’s vice presidential nomination...

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Constitution Party of Idaho: '“A Cheap Date”–euphemistically speaking'

“A Cheap Date”–euphemistically speaking

Published on the Constitution Party of Idaho's website on 08/29/18

National CP has a cheap date reputation. It is well deserved.
Voters who cannot grasp what the national Constitution Party actually stands for should be excused their confusions. National has heavily advertised its “Three Pillars” shtick and the gimmickry that implies. Once the roll is actually called, and the mug shots booked, it’s more bunko than not.
The national party pretends a three-legged stool. Conceptually, that is solid. But this assumes three legs exist—Integrity, Liberty and Prosperity. Closer inspection reveals otherwise. A classic Ponzi scheme.
Prosperity—is not found in the national party, not after 26 years of operation. Any precursory review of its national accounts (such as may be determined from what they do report to the FEC) indicates a pauper’s purse.
Liberty—that too is missing. Particularly true when one compares the national party’s totalitarian (or theocratic…take your pick) refusal to base its nomination upon direct, verifiable, citizen-attached nomination ballots polled through respective: (1) state primaries, or (2) official state caucuses, or even (3) state nomination conventions that follow strict and secure democratic procedures.
Integrity—and then there’s that. The “I-word”.
The 2018 candidates foisted by state affiliates in the national Constitution Party across the country reads like a “Who’s Who” of Republican has-beens. That’s hardly a competent method to distinguish a party’s  identity.
Out in South Dakota a mass extermination of its state affiliate has occurred. It was brought about by the irresponsible intrusion by the national chairman, Frank Fluckiger, who impudently tried to inject his own desires into the South Dakota affiliate. His intrusions wholly violate the national party’s charter regarding “overreach” into state affairs [Constitution of the Constitution Party, Article III – State Affiliation, paragraph 3].
The national executive willfully breeches its own charter, and to what profit? Well, the removal of the affiliate from the ballot. So, it’s back to square one.
According to CP-South Dakota gubernatorial candidate Terry LaFleur, the national Constitution Party chairman sought to oust “the rightful chairman of the [South Dakota] party, Lori Stacey.” LaFleur says the national party plan was to create “their own Constitution Party in South Dakota.”  And here, rubber stamps are so difficult to come by these days…not.
A state party coup by two “former” South Dakota Republican has-beens was attempted. “Specifically Lora Hubbel and Gordon Howie”…one of whom (Hubbel) is described as “an on-again, off-again member of the Constitution Party.” Consistency in state party identity and development? No, not that either.
As to the current national party’s “distinguished” identity elsewhere, the 2018 Republican has-been list is rather long. The only dependable thing that can be said about the national party is that it has become an escort service for washed up Republicans.
Let’s see. There’s sore loser Republican Don Blakenship, candidate (Version 3.0) for West Virginia Governor. He actually did participate in the 2018 Republican primary—and came in third. Which is to say, he lost. Never mind that the gentlemanly thing to do would be to accede to the will expressed by  the partisan primary. But “disgruntled” Republican has-been Blankenship decided to use CP-West Virginia’s cheap date favors as a receptacle for his own frustrations. That ain’t “luv,” but hey.
West Virginia’s “Sore Loser” law was enacted by Legislature in 1919; so it’s no spring chicken. For our part, we find it to be an abomination to independent voters who champion liberty.  And not for the reason one might assume.
In 2009, it was amended to read: “Groups of citizens having no party organization may nominate candidates who are not already candidates in the primary election for public office otherwise than by conventions or primary elections.”
Nominate—other than by conventions or primary elections? Say wuh?
That ought to freeze the giblets off anyone who seeks to empower common rank and file independent and third party voters. The law as written abides small party juntas…it’s a Soviet Pravda-style seamy nominative process that places candidates on the West Virginia ballot. Red lights and all.
As for seamy identities “representing” the national Constitution Party this year, we note that the Republican sore loser Mr. Blakenship (now CP-West Virginia heir apparent) was convicted in December 2015, sentenced to a year in prison and fined $250,000 for conspiring to violate coal mine safety and health standards. Yeah, yeah…those dastardly “feds” and their intrusive regulations.
Blankenship’s company, Massey Energy—called “a towering presence in the Appalachian coal field operated its mines in a profoundly reckless manner”. Fully 515 federal safety violations apparently went unheeded in 2009, one year before the point was proved. The Upper Big Branch Mine that Massey Energy operated exploded killing 28 of 31 miners 1,000 feet below ground in a blast heard and felt seven miles away. 29 dead coal miners could have been spared, if only…Mr. Blankenship had an iota of “integrity”.
Meanwhile, perennial gubernatorial Republican loser Mr. Rex Rammell (now over in Wyoming) did not participate in Wyoming’s primary. Rammell, who was basically run out of Idaho, set up his shingle in Wyoming and continues to do what he always does—run for office. We are thankful that he has taken his rabblerousing and his incitement across the state line. Whether Wyoming will also tire of the gentleman, remains to be seen.
As for seeing, Rammell apparently considers himself quite the seer. Reading the tea leaves in May 2018, he deduced (in a Homer Simpson epiphany—Duh!) that he would not win the Wyoming Republican primary for Governor.  So, half way in, he pulled up stakes. Hence, he is now disingenuously campaigning as a newly declared quasi-Constitution Party guy–the “only true conservative” in the race, which is a self declared claim left over from the heyday of his Idaho runs.
Left over too is his perennial stoking of alleged conspiracies. Rammell has charged (without evidence) that the Republican Party is conspiring to elect him (now running as a CP-Wyoming standard bearer) because the “true” primary winner—Mark Gordon—“highjacked the party” as Mr. Rammell styled it. First, Mr. Rammell protests too much.
The Wyoming GOP was not “highjacked” by Mr. Gordon. Gordon won the primary…unless Mr. Rammell is now alleging the ballot counts are bad. More to the point, here you have Rammell running as a CP-Wyoming candidate who by implication is running “for” the Wyoming Republican party. He alleges a “Plan B” was consummated by unnamed “high ranking party officials” in the GOP. “High” is just about right, to the point of delusion.
Sadly, Rammell is not the only Republican loser candidate shaping the national CP’s reputation in 2018.
In Utah, there’s Tim Aalders running for US Senate.  Aalders, a Republican/IAP/Constitution Party/Republican/Whatever) does not even try to disguise that he considers himself a Republican candidate. According to, Mr. Aalders “is running commercials on radio stations throughout the state declaring he is the ‘only conservative Republican on the ballot.’”
So, he’s another Republican “using” (unfortunately, there’s other words for that) the cheap date Constitution Party.
Over in North Carolina, they too are fielding a couple disgruntled county Republicans (nee New CP). The problem in the Tarheel State is that the court has just struck down the State’s redistricting. Nobody knows who’s in or out.
And so it goes.
The national CP staggers from pimping significant national party money to the tainted Republican Roy Moore in Alabama last year to trying to thug and wheedle to keep CP-Idaho under domination, and inveigle to oust Idaho’s state party leadership which stood up to the national party out on the corner. The national party is drunk on its own lusts. Hoods all.
Little wonder the public is perplexed about the “true” identity of the national Constitution Party, as it careens all over the road, from the ditch of “easy” on the starboard side to the gutter of “sleazy” on the port. The level of its abject lewd demagoguery, to say nothing of recklessness, is hardly something the public wants to meet head on. Besides, bling has lost its allure.
Our view in Idaho is that the national party needs to be busted for its soliciting, and sent to rehab to dry out, with a check stop at the local clinic…just to make certain that its bill of health is clean.

The Weirton Daily Times: 'Sore Loser' Issue to be Debated Today

The following was originally published in the Weirton Daily Times

CHARLESTON — Attorneys for Constitution Party U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship and West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner today will debate whether Blankenship is a sore loser or a victim of party bias.
The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will hear arguments at 10 a.m. regarding Blankenship’s attempt to get on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Chief Justice Margaret Workman appointed 24th District Circuit Judge Darrell Pratt and 19th Judicial Circuit Judge Alan Moats to hear the case, along with Workman, Justice Beth Walker and Acting Justice Paul Farrell. Pratt serves in Wayne County and Moats’ circuit includes Barbour and Taylor counties.

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KPCW: Green Party Candidate For Congress Needs 10% Vote To Enter Debate

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The Utah Debate Commission is finishing a poll this week that will determine which state candidates will be eligible to participate in their debates this fall. The US Congressional Seat for District 1 has four candidates running. Green party candidate, Adam Davis joined KPCW to talk about his campaign and why he wants to go to the US Congress. Carolyn Murray has this:

The Green Party candidate, Adam Davis, says he is in the race to offer Utahns a different perspective than what is found in candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties. He grew up in Ogden and feels like the structure of the economy is backwards.

“I feel like there is a lot of going back and for the between Republican and Democratic voices. I don’t think it’s gotten us to where we need to be in terms of economics, in terms of where we are socially and politically.  I am trying to bring something different to the table. Hopefully something that can break the strangle hold of just having a political pendulum”

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The Oregonian: Oregon Democrats Back Third-Party Candidate in Key House Race In Bend

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BEND — With Bend City Councilor Nathan Boddie refusing to give up his run for the Oregon House in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, liberals hope to salvage the pivotal seat with a third-party candidate.
The Working Families Party, a minor party that often backs pro-labor Democrats, announced Monday that it had nominated Bend nonprofit founder Amanda La Bell as its nominee in the 54th House District. La Bell, a registered Democrat, will appear on the November ballot alongside Democrat Boddie and Republican Cheri Helt.
In a statement, La Bell said she decided to run with the Working Families Party to provide a "real choice" for voters. She previously volunteered to replace Boddie as the Democratic nominee if he chose to drop out of the race.

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Greenville News: 'Underdog' Guy Furay launches campaign for South Carolina's 4th Congressional District

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Hoping to defy long odds, American Party candidate Guy Furay launched his campaign Wednesday for South Carolina's 4th Congressional District.

Best known for his "Guy the Insurance Guy" radio ads, Furay is running against Republican state Sen. William Timmons and Democrat Brandon Brown. The winner will replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, who decided not to seek a fifth term in a district that includes most of Greenville and Spartanburg counties.

“I am an underdog, but America loves underdogs," Furay said in an interview after he spoke to about 30 supporters at the Cannon Centre in Greer. “I believe that we the people need to take back our republic, to take back our country from the two parties, because I don’t think the two parties are solving our problems.”

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KSL: Third-Party Senate Candidate Slams Mitt Romney in New Ad

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SALT LAKE CITY — Tim Aalders, a third-party candidate for the U.S. Senate, is running commercials on radio stations throughout the state declaring he is the "only conservative Republican on the ballot" and urging voters to reject Mitt Romney.
"No one can trust Mitt Romney. Is he the anti-gun, pro-choice, pro-amnesty liberal from Massachusetts or is he the so-called conservative who wants to impeach President (Donald) Trump," the 60-second spot begins.
Aalders, who ran as a Republican in 2012 against Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and as an Independent American Party candidate in 2014 for the 4th Congressional District seat won by Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, describes himself as a "real Republican."

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Greenwich Time: Legislative candidates seek endorsement by Independent Party

The following was originally published in the Greewich Time

GREENWICH — Forget Republican and Democrat, the affiliation that some local candidates are now seeking is independent — as in the Connecticut Independent Party.
The party will hold a caucus Wednesday night at the Cos Cob Library where the Republican incumbents and the Democratic challenger in two state legislative races in town will be seeking endorsements. Town residents who are registered with the Independent Party, which is a political party and not simply unaffiliated voters, can attend and nominate candidates to appear on the party’s line on the November ballot.
The caucus will begin at 7 p.m., and the nominations are expected to be decided that night.

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US News: Stefanowski Cross-Endorsed By Connecticut Independent Party

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Independent Party of Connecticut on Sunday cross-endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski and the slate of GOP statewide candidates, giving them a second spot on the November ballot.
Stefanowski secured the win by defeating petitioning independent candidate Oz Griebel; fellow Republican Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti; Libertarian Rob Hanscomb; and Democrat Mark Stewart. Griebel had argued he was the only true independent in the group and expressed disappointment with Sunday's results, but resolved to push ahead.
His campaign tweeted: ".002 percent of people from the Independent Party of Connecticut came out to vote tonight. While we didn't get the line, our ballot access is on the brink through signature collection by dedicated volunteers."

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Hartford Courant: Green Party Says Its Candidates Are Getting The Short Shrift

The following was originally published in the Hartford Courant

It’s not easy being the Green Party of Connecticut.
The minor party, which had just 1,804 members statewide as of Aug. 8, says its slate of candidates for several federal offices has been snubbed by state election officials.
Despite making endorsements back in May and June, Green Party leaders say their nominees are not listed on the secretary of the state’s website.
In contrast, the agency posted online the list of Democrats and Republicans competing in the Aug. 14 primaries, as well as sample ballots.

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FOX 25 News: Chris Powell Secures Libertarian Nomination in Oklahoma Gubernatorial Race

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Chris Powell secured the Libertarian Party nomination for governor in Oklahoma on Tuesday.
Powell held a commanding lead over Rex Lawhorn to win the nomination.
This cycle marks the first time in Oklahoma state history the Libertarian Party was recognized and represented in the gubernatorial primary.
Powell will face Republican nominee Kevin Stitt and Democratic nominee Drew Edmondson in the November general election...

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Michigan Radio: Judge orders state to put independent Attorney General candidate's name on November ballot

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The Michigan Secretary of State must place an independent candidate for Attorney General’s name on the November ballot if he submits the right paperwork, a federal judge ruled Monday.
Independent candidate Christopher Graveline submitted nominating petitions with over 14,000 signatures by the state deadline in July. But those were rejected because Graveline did not meet the 30,000-signature threshold required by state law.
That law is unique to independent candidates. Statewide office candidates for both the two major and other minor parties are decided at nominating conventions.
After being denied by the Secretary of State, Graveline sued over what he calls Michigan’s unconstitutionally burdensome rules on ballot access for independents...

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US News: Sen. Rand Paul Backs Libertarian Senate Candidate

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is endorsing the Gary Johnson's Libertarian campaign for U.S. Senate in the state of New Mexico.
In a news release Tuesday, Paul shunned the Republican nominee and announced his support for Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico who ran for president as a Libertarian in 2012 and 2016.
Johnson and Paul share an enthusiasm for extremely limited government. Rand calls Johnson a true fiscal conservative and praises his leadership in opposing government overreach...

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KGAB: Rammell Vows to Take Over Wyoming Public Lands If Elected

The following was originally published on the KGAB website

Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell said Friday the first thing he will do if he is elected Governor of Wyoming will be to take over public lands in the state from the federal government.
He said he would issue an executive order directing the federal government to immediately give Wyoming control of all public lands in the state. Rammell, in an interview with Glenn Woods on KGAB radio in Cheyenne on Friday morning, said state officials would then ''deny them jurisdiction and professionally escort them off public lands."

Rammell didn't say what action he would take if the federal government simply chose to ignore his executive order.

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World Socialist Website: Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth speaks at election meeting in Brownstown, Michigan

Niles Niemuth

The following was originally published in the World Socialist Website

Niles Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 12th District, spoke to a well-attended meeting Wednesday in Brownstown, a suburb of Detroit in the Downriver area. The meeting was attended by supporters from throughout southeastern Michigan, who were eager to help with Niles’s campaign.
While building for the meeting the previous week, SEP campaigners encountered a warm reception and a growing interest in socialism in the predominantly working-class region, which has been devastated by plant closures and layoffs over the past four decades.

“We are running a different type of election campaign,” Niles said in his opening remarks. “I am running for Congress in Michigan’s 12th district as a member of the Socialist Equality Party to help spearhead the fight for an independent revolutionary movement of workers and young people that takes direct aim at the capitalist system under conditions of unprecedented inequality, the danger of world war and the racist assault on immigrants and refugees.”

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Green candidate to appear in congressional debates for third consecutive election

The following was originally published on the Green Party website

Three debates between the candidates running for the 21st Congressional District of New York were announced today. The announcement, sent in a press release from incumbent U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, said that the debates will include Democratic candidate Tedra L. Cobb and Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn.

The debates will be televised and hosted by three local TV channels — Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh on Oct. 23, WWNY in Watertown on Oct. 30, and Spectrum News in Albany on a date to be announced.

“I look forward to sharing (my) record and to exchanging views with both of my opponents,” Ms. Stefanik was quoted as saying in the press release. “I’m confident these televised debates will better inform voters of their choices on Election Day.”

Ms. Kahn said she was pleased that the debates were including her as a third-party candidate.

“With three strong women, these debates promise history-making conversations and will reach voters throughout our district and beyond,” Ms. Kahn wrote in a statement to the Times.

Ms. Kahn also said that there will be a candidate forum on Oct. 18, organized by the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County. The tentative location is Lake George High School.

Ms. Cobb will also attend the candidate forum, according to her spokesman Brian Phillips Jr. Ms. Stefanik’s campaign spokesman, Lenny Alcivar, said in an email that the campaign’s debate schedule was what was outlined in the original release.

More details on the debates will be made available later in the fall.

WOSU: Travis Irvine Picked As Libertarian Candidate For Ohio Governor

The following was originally published in WOSU Public Media

Restored to minor party status in Ohio, the Libertarian Party has picked its statewide ballot for November’s elections.

In the governor race, Bexley native Travis Irvine will run as the “pro-freedom alternative to career politicians” Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray, the Republican and Democratic candidates, respectively. Business owner Todd Grayson will run for lieutenant governor.
Irvine is a filmmaker and comedian who ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Bexley in 2007.
“Voters who want real, positive change here in Ohio know they’re not going to get it from Republicans or Democrats,” Irvine said in a statement...

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