Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Two Democratic Party-Associated Groups Threaten Howard Schultz if He Runs as an Independent

Ballot Access News

American Bridge and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee recently declared publicly that they will do everything they can to injure Howard Schultz if he runs for president in 2020 as an independent. See this story.
Also, on January 28, Andrew Tanenbaum, who founded the web page electoral-vote.com, wrote-
 “Democrats are not powerless to stop Schultz if they really want to. They have a trifecta in 14 states, including Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. That means they can pass any laws they want to. For example, they could pass a law requiring independent candidates or new parties to get the signatures of 20% of the registered voters in every one of the state’s counties in order to qualify for ballot access. In practice, no one could ever do that, but states have broad authority to determine the rules for elections, so that might well stand up in court. Faced with such a barrier, Schultz, who is not well known, might decide to forget the whole thing...”

Howard Schultz Hires Steve Schmidt for Potential Presidential Run

Ballot Access News

Howard Schultz has hired Steve Schmidt in connection with a presidential run. Schmidt was John McCain’s campaign manager in 2008. See this interview with Schultz on National Public Radio.

Howard Schultz Says if He Runs for President, it will be as a “Centrist Independent”

Ballot Access News

On Sixty Minutes, Howard Schultz said if he runs for president in 2020, it will be as a “centrist independent.” He criticized the Democratic Party for not caring enough about the 21 Trillion national debt, and said the Democratic Party plans for health care are too expensive.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Green Party Black Caucus supports probe into MLK assassination

Independent Political Report

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a group of over 60 prominent American citizens called for a full investigation into Reverend King’s assassination.

“The Green Party of the United States Working Group on Reparations stands in solidarity with members of the King Family and advisors’ call for action to reopen the probe into the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Trahern Crews, a member of the Working Group.
In the words of Coretta Scott King, “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.”..
To read more, click here.

Prohibition Party of New York Responds to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

Independent Political Report

On January 15th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State and budget address. On January 17th, the Prohibition Party of New York responded with a 7-page document critically evaluating the governor’s address and providing their own vision and proposals for state policy.
The full document is available on their website.

The Prohibition Party of New York gave a mixed assessment of Governor Cuomo’s proposals. They approved of some of his proposals, such a passing the Child Victims Act, abolishing the statute of limitations for rape, increasing restrictions on tobacco, and requiring companies to label products that contain carcinogenic (cancer causing) substances. They stated their opposition to some of his proposals, such as legalizing recreational marijuana and legalizing sports betting...

To read article in full, click here.

Connecticut Independent Party Nominates Libertarian for Special State Senate Election

Ballot Access News

Connecticut is holding a special State Senate election on February 26 in the Fifth District, which is centered on West Hartford. The Libertarian Party nominee is Jeff Przech, and he has petitioned to be on the ballot as a Libertarian, although his petition hasn’t been verified yet.
The Independent Party, which is ballot-qualified in that district, has also nominated Przech, so Przech will probably be on the ballot twice, and voters can choose to vote for him either as a Libertarian or as an Independent Party nominee. See this story. In 2018 practically all of the Independent Party nominees for federal and state office were also Republican nominees.

Maryland Won’t Remove Libertarians from Registration Form Until Lawsuit Over Definition of “Political Party” Gets a Ruling

Ballot Access News

On January 23, a hearing was held in U.S. District Court in Maryland, in Johnston v Lamone, the lawsuit over the Maryland definition of “political party”. At the hearing, the state agreed to leave the Libertarian Party as a choice on the voter registration forms until the lawsuit gets a ruling, which will be quite soon. There will be oral argument on Thursday, January 31, at 2:30 p.m. The issue is whether it the state’s definition of a qualified party is constitutional, as applied to a party like the Libertarian Party, which has over 10,000 registered voters yet which is not a qualified party.
The party argues that it is not rational to force it to obtain 10,000 signatures on a petition to restore its party status, when it has 22,464 registered members. It seems that if the party has that many registered voters, there are more than 10,000 voters in the state who want it on the ballot, so the petition would be meaningless. The case is before U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake, a Clinton appointee. There really are no cases on point.
The Green Party has 9,285 registered members. It is not on the ballot either, but if the Libertarians prevail in court, and the Green Party increases its registration to at least 10,000, that would help the Green Party also.

Bread & Roses Party Has Enough Valid Signatures in Maryland

Ballot Access News

On January 18, the Maryland Board of Elections determined that the Bread and Roses Party has enough valid signatures. It will be a qualified party in 2020 and 2022. Most of its signatures were collected in 2018. The party’s founder, Jerome Segal, wanted to run for U.S. Senate in 2018, but the petition wasn’t completed in time for the 2018 election, and also Segal was ineligible to be his party’s nominee because he had run in the Democratic primary for the same office in 2018. Thanks to Steve Rossignol for this news.

A Brief Summary of How the Centrist Minor Parties Fared in the 2018 Election

Ballot Access News

Although the term “centrist” is somewhat vague, it appears there were eleven states in 2018 that had nominees of centrist parties on the ballot:
Colorado Unity; Florida Reform; Louisiana Independent Party; Minnesota Independence; Mississippi Reform; New York Independence and also Reform; Oregon Independent Party; Rhode Island Moderate; South Carolina Independence and also American; Utah United Utah; and Vermont Green Mountain.
The best showings for these parties, for either Governor or U.S. Senator (for candidates who were not also the nominees of a major party), were for the Oregon Independent Party and the Rhode Island Moderate Party. The Oregon Independent Party gubernatorial nominee, Patrick Starnes, got 2.86% of the vote even though he announced shortly before the election that voters should not vote for him, but for the Democratic nominee. The Moderate Party gubernatorial nominee, William H. Gilbert, received 2.71%.
For U.S. House, the best showing was United Utah Party’s nominee in the First District. Eric Eliason received 11.62% in a race with both a Democrat and a Republican.
For state legislature, the best showing was also a United Utah nominee. Michelle Weeks, nominee for State Representative, 51st district, received 39.05% of the vote in a two-person race.

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

Ballot Access News

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

Ballot Access News

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

Ballot Access News

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

Ballot Access News

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

Adam Kokesh: Dear New Orleans, Please Read FREEDOM! - plus Townhall

Friday, January 4, 2019

Trouble In The Constitution Party? Lawsuit & Petition Filed Against CP National Chair Frank Fluckiger, Other CP Officers And Members

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Frank Fluckiger
Terry LaFleur
by Cody Quirk

Recently, American Third Party Report has received information from a confidential source with additional details of an ongoing lawsuit that was filed on September 26th of last year in South Dakota by once potential Constitution Party candidate, Terry LaFleur -against National Constitution Party Chairman Frank Fluckiger, as well as the South Dakota Republican Party, along with several South Dakota GOP officers and would-be candidates thereof -which was reported here a few months ago. 

Owning to the recent infighting among rival factions of the Constitution Party of South Dakota, in which Mr. LaFleur accused Frank Fluckiger, as well as rival 'SDCP' faction leaders Gordon Howie (Chairman), Joe Bergan (Vice Chairman/Chairman), and Marliee Roose -a member of the State Central Committee of the Utah Constitution Party -of 'attempting a coup de' e'tat against the state officers of the CPSD in order to prevent the CPSD from certifying legally nominated and elected statewide candidates for the November 6th 2018 ballot', as well as colluding with the named South Dakota Republican Party officials in the lawsuit, including SDGOP State Chair Dan Lederman, and Matt Johnson.

This lawsuit can be viewed in its entirety here

However, in addition to the full details of this lawsuit becoming known; the same source informed ATPR about a related, online petition (for the CP's National Committee members to sign) which was started by Constitution Party of Virginia State Chair, John Bloom, that would remove CP National Chairman Frank Fluckiger, National Vice Chairman Doug Aden, and CP National Committee member Cindy Redburn -from their positions in the CP for these quoted, unedited reasons as stated in the petition:
"1. Violated the Constitution Party Constitution Party by intervening in the internal affairs of the South Dakota Constitution Party by participating in an UNAUTHORIZED Conference Call with member of the Constitution Party of Virginia State Central Committee, that not only supported the Lora Hubble/Matt Johnson CPSD Faction, but they presented their side ONLY: I was MUTED attempting to correct some of the lies and Lori Stacey was severely SLANDERED by Lora and Matt. 
"2. This Conference Call was not only UNAUTHORIZED by the CP National Executive Committee, but was set up by a FORMER Vice-Chairman of the Constitution Party of Virginia, who RESIGNED a week early and without any input or consultation with the Constitution Party of Virginia Chairman John Bloom, held an UNAUTHORIZED Conference Call meeting of the CPV SCC. 
"3. This Conference Call was designed to undermine the Chairman of the CPV or destabilize the CPV, which it did as the CPV Chairman cancelled a Conference Call with members of the CPV SCC, to address UPCOMING events in Virginia and this issue was not even on the Agenda to be discussed as it caused dissension within the CPV, such that one member of the CPV SCC asked for a pause and another questioned the leadership of the CPV Chairman, and all were led to believe this was the position of the National CP, which it was not, 
"4. In addition Frank Fluckiger, CONSPIRED with REPUBLICANS to SABOTAGE the Constitution Party of South Dakota resulting in all the Constitution Party candidates getting thrown off the ballot. 
"5. Due to Mr. Fluckiger's involvement in the internal affairs of the South Dakota Constitution Party the Constitution Party of South Dakota lost Ballot Access.  
"6. Mr. Fluckiger continues to intervene in the internal affairs of other State Parties..  
"6. Due to the words and actions of Frank Fluckiger were found to be either misleading or outright LIES that ran counter to documented information. 
"7. Due to the actions of Frank Fluckiger, Doug Aden and Cindy Reburn, the Constitution Party INTEGRITY PILLAR cannot COEXIST with them as Officers in the National Constitution Party..."

These appear to be quite serious accusations and charges, and ATPR has even been informed by our source and a few other anonymous CP members -that these accusations/charges in both Mr. LaFleur's lawsuit and in Mr. Bloom's online petition do have substantial merit.

Therefore, ATPR will include any new updates, statements, blog posts, rebuttals, and so on in this developing situation with the Constitution Party, in the days ahead. 

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Libertarian Appointed to City Council of Dougherty, Oklahoma

Ballot Access News

David Greer, a registered Libertarian, has been appointed to the city council of Dougherty, Oklahoma. The post is non-partisan. The term is up in 2020. As far as is known, he is the first member of the Oklahoma Libertarian Party to hold elective public office. Thanks to Chris Powell for this news. The appointment was made in August 2018 but it only now came to my attention.

Connecticut Working Families Party Polls Lowest Share of Vote for State Office in History

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The Connecticut Working Families Party polled the lowest percentage of the vote in its history for state office in 2018. It has been running a substantial number of candidates for the legislature each year starting in 2002.
For State Senate, the percentage of the vote its nominees polled in the districts in which the party had nominees has been: 2002 3.02%; 2004 2.94%; 2006 4.24%; 2008 5.88%; 2010 3.83%; 2012 3.29%; 2014 5.67%; 2016 3.69%; 2018 2.58%.
For State House: 2002 3.81%; 2004 3.46%; 2006 4.97%; 2008 6.29%; 2010 3.58%; 2012 4.31%; 2014 4.58%; 2016 5.00%; 2018 3.05%.
For Governor, the party has run only three times: 2010 2.30%; 2014 2.27%; 2018 1.27%.
In 2018, the party only had two nominees for legislature who were not Democratic nominees. Those two nominees did far better than any other WF nominees, on the WF line. They were Kennard Ray in the 4th House district, who got 9.31%; and Colin Hosten in the 140th House district, who got 10.54%. These were both good showings, given that both races had a Republican and a Democrat also running.

New York Conservative Party Strength Dipped in 2018

Ballot Access News

The New York Conservative Party remains a powerhouse among third parties in the U.S. It has been ballot-qualified starting in 1962, longer than any other party in any state other than the Democratic and Republican Parties. It always has nominees for a majority of all the congressional and legislative seats that are up, although most of them are also Republican nominees.
In 2018, its vote was lower than it had been for some time. In the U.S. House races it contested, and in the State Senate candidate races it contested, and in the Assembly races it contested, it polled a smaller share of the vote than at any time since 2008. Its gubernatorial percentage was the lowest since 2006.
The U.S. House race showings in the districts it contested were: 2018 4.77%; 2016 5.49%; 2014 8.46%; 2012 4.84%; 2010 5.96%; 2008 3.36%.
Its State Senate showings in the districts it contested were: 2018 5.51%; 2016 6.25%; 2014 9.43%; 2012 6.56%; 2010 6.68%; 2008 4.21%.
Its Assembly showings in the districts it contested were: 2018 6.15%; 2016 7.23%; 2014 10.05%; 2012 6.73%; 2010 7.64%; 2008 4.21%.

Maryland Libertarian Party Files Federal Lawsuit Against Irrational Law on How Parties Remain on Ballot

Ballot Access News

On December 27, the Maryland Libertarian Party filed a lawsuit against the Maryland law on how parties remain on the ballot. Johnston v Lamone, 1:18cv-3988.
Six states use both a party petition, and also registration data, as alternative means to determine if a party should either get on the ballot or remain on the ballot. But Maryland is the only one of those six in which the number of signatures on the party petition is lower than the number of registrations needed. There is a consensus that a voter’s signature on a party petition only reflects the slightest commitment to that party, but registration membership shows a real commitment by that voter. Therefore, it is utterly irrational for Maryland to require 10,000 signatures on a petition, as applied to a party that has more than 10,000 registered members.
The Maryland Libertarian Party has 22,338 registered members, but it was removed from the ballot last month because it failed to get as much as 1% for Governor, and because its registration is less than 1% of the state total (which would be 40,185 registered members). The Complaint argues that it is absurd for a party with 22,000 registered members to be required to collect 10,000 signatures to get back on the ballot for 2020. It is obvious that at least 10,000 Maryland voters want the party on the ballot.
The complaint also challenges the law that required signatures on a petition to exactly match the form of that voter’s name as shown on voter registration records. If a voter is registered as “Thomas J. Smith” but he signs “Tom Smith”, his signature is invalid, even if the address matches. The Libertarian Party in November 2018 polled 1.00% for U.S. Senate, and 1.88% for US House in the state as a whole. It had nominees in all 8 U.S. House districts and all of them exceeded 1% of the vote. But the votes for U.S. Senate and U.S. House don’t count.

Matt Welch Uses Exit Poll Data to Debunk Claim that Jill Stein Cost Hillary Clinton Victory in 2016

Ballot Access News

Matt Welch of Reason has this excellent article debunking the idea that Jill Stein’s 2016 campaign caused Hillary Clinton to lose. Welch relies on exit poll data.

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