Friday, July 26, 2019

A Failed Far-Right Senate Candidate Is Planning A California “Straight Pride” Parade To Promote “Whiteness”

Don Grundmann, Chairman of the Constitution Party of California
by Stephanie K. Baer, Buzz Feed News

A failed US Senate candidate who believes that the LGBTQ community is waging a “cultural attack” on society is planning a “straight pride” rally in Northern California to promote “whiteness” and “Western civilization,” and is asking members of a far-right extremist group to show up in force.
Don Grundmann, founder and director of the National Straight Pride Coalition, recently submitted a special event permit application to hold the Stanislaus County Straight Pride Parade/Event — a thinly veiled white supremacist rally — at a park in Modesto next month.
Grundmann, a 67-year-old chiropractor based in San Jose, told BuzzFeed News that the event aims to celebrate masculinity, femininity, “the natural family of man, woman, and children,” babies, “Western civilization,” Christianity, and “whiteness.”
“A celebration of life is just a celebration of natural functions of heterosexuality which are under attack actually, culturally in our society,” Grundmann said. “All those things we are defending and celebrating and that makes up the core of our beliefs.”
The LGBTQ movement, he said, “is a massive multibillion-dollar social engineering movement to destroy the foundations of our culture,” resulting in a “24/7 psychological war against the appearance of conscience.”
On its website, the National Straight Pride Coalition claims the “inherent superiority” of whiteness, Christianity, Western civilization, and heterosexuality...
To read article in full, click here.

IPR: 'Constitution Party Seeing Decline In Revenue'

by Reed Ebarb, Independent Political Report

The Constitution Party, which has had some recent troubles stemming from several state party dis-affiliations, appears to also be in the midst of a long term financial decline.
A review of more than a decade of Federal Election Commission filings from the Constitution Party shows a party that has been suffering from a long decline in revenue...
To read more, click here.

Lincoln Chafee: 'The party of peace: Why I joined the Libertarian Party'

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Lincoln Chafee
by Lincoln Chafee, via The Boston Globe
As an American, I have been saddened and embarrassed by recent failures of American presidents to exercise their global duties responsibly. We have entered into never-ending, illegitimate conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa; bypassed our Constitution and the Fourth Amendment by eavesdropping without warrants on people at home and around the world; shredded free-trade and other international agreements; sanctioned extrajudicial assassinations by drone strikes, which also kill innocent civilians; shredded the Geneva Convention protocols on treatment of prisoners; and worst of all, never apologized to the world for all the lies about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
In my time in public office, nothing was as searing as going to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda to visit the brave young Americans who’d come home bearing the scars of war...
To read article in full, click here.

Working Families Party Will Try to Elect Two of its Own Members to Philadelphia City Council in November 2019

Ballot Access News

Philadelphia elects seven city council-at-large members in November 2019. The law does not permit any party to run more than five candidates for that office, and voters can only vote for five candidates. Therefore, every election, two non-Democrats are able to win two seats. The last time this office was up, in November 2015, the two non-Democratic winners were two Republican nominees.
The Working Families Part has two candidates for city council-at-large in the November 2019 election, and will try to outpoll all the Republicans, and win the two seats reserved for non-Democrats. The two candidates are Kendra Brooks and Nicolas O’Rourke.
A few cities in Connecticut use the same election system, and in a few instances, Working Families Party nominees (who were not also Democratic nominees) were able to win seats in these Connecticut cities.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Maine Greens Will Attempt to Qualify a U.S. Senate Candidate in 2020

Ballot Access News

The Maine Green Party is ballot-qualified, and must nominate all its candidates in its own primary. It is so difficult for small qualified parties in Maine to get candidates on their own party’s primary ballot, the Green Party has never been able to get anyone on the ballot for either house of congress, in years when it was qualified. However, in 2020, David Gibson will try to run for U.S. Senate. See this story.
The Maine 2020 U.S. Senate election will use ranked choice voting. It will be the first ranked choice voting in a U.S. Senate race, anywhere in the nation. Although Maine had ranked choice voting for congressional elections in 2018, there was no U.S. Senate race up in 2018 in Maine.

New Kansas Registration Data

Ballot Access News

Kansas has released new registration data, for active voters. The numbers are: Republican 762,416; Democratic 419,307; Libertarian 15,694; independent and other 487,003.
The percentages are: Republican 45.26%; Democratic 24.89%; Libertarian .93%; independent and other 28.91%.
The percentages just prior to the November 2018 election were: Republican 45.93%; Democratic 25.15%; Libertarian .90%; independent and other 28.02%.
The new figures are not on the Kansas Secretary of state’s webpage. Kansas seldom posts voter registration data, and when it does, it only posts the number of active combined with inactive voters, with no ability to separate the two from each other. Thanks to Rod Hodgkinson for obtaining the new data.

Rick Knox, National Chairman of Prohibition Party, Dies

Ballot Access News

On July 7, 2019, Rick Knox died at the age of 70. He had been national chairman of the Prohibition Party since 2015, and lived in Blairsville, Georgia. Under his chairmanship, the party gained qualified status in Mississippi in time to appear on the 2016 ballot, the first the party had received votes in Mississippi since 1896. Also under his chairmanship, the party established social media for itself. Knox had a background as a political consultant, and many years earlier had been active in the American Independent Party when it was a nationally-organized party. Thanks to Paul Frankel for this news.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Adam Kokesh: Throw Off Such Government

Ross Perot, billionaire business magnate and former presidential candidate, dies at 89

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Ross Perot
by Elisha Fieldstadt

Ross Perot, a billionaire business magnate who twice ran as a third-party candidate for president, has died after a battle with leukemia.
He was 89.
The self-made billionaire died at his home in Dallas on Tuesday "surrounded by his devoted family," a statement from the family said.
"In business and in life, Ross was a man of integrity and action," the statement said. "A true American patriot and a man of rare vision, principle and deep compassion, he touched the lives of countless people through his unwavering support of the military and veterans and through his charitable endeavors."
"Ross Perot will be deeply missed by all who loved him. He lived a long and honorable life," it said.
Perot was a problem-solver, an obituary posted on his website said. His philosophy was: “If not me, who? And if not now, when?”
That philosophy led him to two presidential campaigns, in 1992 and 1996, as a third-party candidate.
In the 1992 run against George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, he won 19.7 million votes, almost 20 percent of the popular vote. It was among the best showings by an independent presidential candidate in the 20th century...
To read more, click here.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Working Families Party Will Work Against Joe Biden in the Democratic Primaries

Ballot Access News

The Working Families will endorse one Democrat for president later this year, but in the meantime it has announced that the endorsement will go to one of these six candidates: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, or Kamala Harris. See this press release, which only relates to West Virginia.
See this story, which says that the story is true for the entire Working Families Party, not just the West Virginia WFP.

Green Party Wins Tucson Ballot Access Case

Ballot Access News

On July 5, a state trial court in Arizona ruled that the Green Party is ballot-qualified within the city of Tucson for the 2019 election. Arizona law says that a party that wins qualified status keeps that status for two elections. Yet Tucson election officials had said they did not think the Green Party was ballot-qualified for 2019, even though the party had earned status in the 2017 city election.
The judge wrote, “The City of Tucson and its clerk abused their discretion and acted arbitrarily and capriciously by not including the Green Party as a political party qualified for the August 27, 2019 primary election ballot.”

Alaska Libertarian Party Appears to Still be Ballot-Qualified for President in 2020

Ballot Access News

The Alaska Libertarian Party lost its qualified status in November 2016 because it polled less than 3% for Governor (it got 1.91%). However, Alaska law says that a party that polled 3% for president at the last presidential election is a “Limited Political Party.” On December 9, 1987, the Alaska Attorney General ruled that the Libertarian Party is a “Limited Political Party” for the 1988 election because it had received 3.08% for President in November 1984. The fact that the LP had lost its qualified status in November 1986 because it had polled under 3% for Governor was no impediment to its presidential status.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

SD Lawsuit Against CP & Others Dismissed

On June 28, 2019, United States District Judge Roberto A.Lange dismissed the 100 million dollar case brought by Terry Lee LaFleur. 

The ruling can be viewed below.

Justin Amash Declares Independence From Republican Party


by Matt Welch,

One month after Donald Trump took his oath of office, Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) pinned at the top of his very active Twitter feed George Washington's famous farewell address warning against "the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally."
This morning, not seven weeks after breaking ranks with this party in calling for impeachment proceedings against the president, Amash announced in a Washington Post op-ed that he's leaving the GOP and declaring himself an independent.
"Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party," the five-term congressman wrote. "No matter your circumstance, I'm asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us….The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions."
Amash, 39, had become increasingly isolated within the congressional GOP long beforespelling out in a Twitter thread his conclusion that Trump "has engaged in impeachable conduct." He crossed swords with the administration on the travel banObamacare repeal/replace, the firing of then–FBI director James Comey, various spending increasestariffs, the president's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, birthright citizenshipSaudi Arabiaeminent domain, and the emergency declaration along the border, for starters...
To read article in full, click here.

Virginia Posts Candidate List for November 2019 Legislative Elections

Ballot Access News

On July 2, the Virginia State Board of Elections posted the candidate list for the 2019 legislative elections.
Here is the list of State Senate candidates. There are six independents and one Libertarian.
Here is the list of House candidates. There are eight independents and five Libertarians.