Saturday, August 31, 2019

150th Anniversary of the Prohibition Party

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Prohibition Party 150th Anniversary Press Release

This year, we celebrate an important milestone in the history of the Prohibition Party. September 1st, 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Prohibition Party. The Prohibition Party is the oldest living minor party and third oldest living political party in the United States. The Prohibition Party has a long, rich, and continuing history.

The Prohibition Party held its first national conference on September 1st, 1869. Since then, the Prohibition Party has acted as a champion of temperance and prohibitionism. The Prohibition Party’s activism help lead to the temporary establishment of nationwide prohibition in the U.S., from 1920-1933. To this day, the Prohibition Party continued to advocate for strong actions to combat alcohol as a public health problem and for restricting and prohibiting the sale of alcohol.

In addition to anti-alcohol activism, the Prohibition Party has championed social reform, ethical public service, and various policies aimed at protecting and advancing the lives and wellbeing of the people. The party has advocated for reforms including women’s suffrage, civil service laws, the direct election of senators, child labor laws, civil rights laws, and many other important causes.

The Prohibition Party helped lead the way in promoting women’s participation in politics. The Prohibition Party was the first national party to formally support women’s suffrage, with its first national platform in 1872. The party elected Susanna Salter, the first women mayor in the U.S., nominated Anna Woodbey, the first African American woman candidate for office, and nominated Marie Brehm, the first legally recognized woman candidate for Vice-President, in 1924.

The Prohibition Party has run a candidate for president in every election since 1872. The party has also run numerous candidates for federal, state, and local offices. The party has elected hundreds of candidates to local offices, has elected candidates to state legislatures in multiple states, elected Charles Randall to congress in 1914, and elected Sidney Catts governor of Florida in 1916. In more recent times, James Hedges was elected Tax Assessor for Thomson Township, Pennsylvania, in 2001 and 2005. In 2016, the party had its largest presidential results since 1988. And earlier this year, Phil Collins came in second place for mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Prohibition Party has challenged the power of the major parties, contributed to our national discourse, and helped drive the progress of this country. The Prohibition Party’s activism continues to this day, and it will advance into the future, as we create the next chapters of its history.

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The Prohibition Party has elected Phil Collins (Nevada) and Billy Joe Parker (Georgia) as their 2020 ticket.  You can find out more online or on social media simply by searching for the Prohibition Party.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Texas Greens Call for Candidates


by David Doonan, Independent Political Report
The Green Party of Texas (GPTX) is now recruiting Green candidates who support our ten key values for the 2020 general election ballot. For detailed information on running as a Green, please review our Candidate FAQ. 
GPTX is committed to maintaining a ballot line to advocate for the people’s issues as articulated in our platform. For this reason, GPTX has joined with other parties, candidates, and voters in filing a lawsuit to challenge Texas’ unconstitutionally burdensome ballot access requirements. 

Illinois Green Party: 'We’re looking for the right person'



by David Doonan, Independent Political Report
  • Help Wanted: Candidate to Run for U.S. Senate! 

  • The Illinois Green Party is looking for a well-qualified candidate to run for U.S. Senate in 2020.

Instead of waiting for someone to come to us and then seeing if that person is a good fit, we have decided to set out our qualifications first, and then see if you, or anyone you know, would like to apply for the role. 

Louisiana Politics Blog “The Hayride” Article on Prohibition Party Presidential Nominee and Also Texas Ballot Access

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The Hayride, a politics blog from Louisiana, here carries an article about Phil Collins, the newly-chosen 2020 Prohibition Party presidential nominee. The article also talks about Texas ballot access law.

Prohibition Party Nominates New Ticket, Selects New Chairman



by Jonathan Makeley, Independent Political Report

The Prohibition National Committee held a conference call on August 24th. The party selected its new presidential ticket for 2020. Phil Collins was nominated for president, and Billy Joe Parker was nominated for vice-president. The party selected Randy McNutt as its new national chairman, and James Hedges as its new vice-chairman.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Lincoln Chafee: ‘I’d Be Open’ to a Libertarian White House Bid

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Lincoln Chafee
by The Associated Press
Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee is considering another run for president as a Libertarian.
The onetime governor of Rhode Island confirmed in a text message he is open to another presidential run, this time with the Libertarians.
The Daily Beast was first to report the news Thursday.
Chafee moved to Wyoming this year and joined the Libertarian Party. He told The Daily Beast he is motivated by the deficit and because of his anti-war views...
To read more click here.


Libertarian Party Appeals Bequest Case to U.S. Supreme Court

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On August 21, the Libertarian Party asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal against the federal campaign finance law that won’t let a deceased person’s estate distribute its bequest to the party, except by doling out the money in small pieces each year. Libertarian National Committee v Federal Election Commission, 19-234Here is the cert petition. The U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C., Circuit, had upheld the federal rule.

Minnesota Newspaper Story About Libertarian Ballot Access Lawsuit

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MinnPost has this article about the new Libertarian Party ballot access lawsuit in Minnesota, challenging wording on the petitions that says the signer does not intend to vote in an upcoming primary. MinnPost is an on-line newspaper covering Minnesota government and politics.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

J.R.MYERS: YES, I AM A 2020 POTUS CANDIDATE


J.R.Myers, Chairman of the newly formed Life & Liberty Party, has announced his intentions to run for President of the United States in 2020.  J.R. had sought the Constitution Party POTUS nomination in 2016.  He appeared on the California American Independent Party primary ballot, winning three counties.  He also came in second place in the Constitution Party of Idaho primary that year, ending up on the General Election ballot as the Vice Presidential running mate of CPID POTUS nominee, Scott Copeland.

Initially, J.R.Myers will be seeking the American Independent Party ballot line in California, the Constitution Party of Idaho ballot line and the Life and Liberty Party ballot line in Arkansas.  He is also seeking ballot access and write-in status in several other states.  He hopes to be on the ballot in enough states to meet the theoretical threshold of victory at 270 Electoral Votes.

More at J.R.'s website blog: J.R.'s Video Blog


Monday, August 19, 2019

J.R.Myers: 'Bullock Blows Hot Air On Campaign Trail, While Glacier Melts Down'


I pen these words from Cut Bank, seat of Glacier County, Montana, pondering the 2020 POTUS race as I write. Glacier County has become a very blue island in a very red sea in the past few decades. Located in North Central Montana with the Canadian border on the North, the Rocky Mountain Front and Glacier National Park to the West. The city of Great Falls, my home town, straddles the Missouri and Sun Rivers to the South East. The Sweet Grass Hills dominate the Eastern sky opening up to the vast Great Plains beyond. This is the the Northern route of Lewis and Clark on their Voyage of Discovery. It is the great and majestic land of the Pikuni, the Blackfeet Nation, who once fiercely guarded these formidable mountain passes.

Having served in Alaska for 14 years, I've returned to serve the people here in my capacity as a Behavioral Health Clinician. I am familiar with the area, as many of my ancestors were born, lived and died here over many generations. One of my Metis grandmothers is buried among her people in a tranquil birch grove at the base of a great mountain just outside of East Glacier.  My family has witnessed and participated in many changes here over time.  They have struggled, overcome and contributed to the history and progress made. Now, I am here to see an accelerating spiral of decline. Am I to sit back silently, and watch it all unravel? I think not.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Husband of former Constitution Party candidate facing Charges of Sexual Misconduct

'Teacher accused of sexual misconduct at Pa. Capitol touched students’ buttocks, made lewd comments: police'


A Catholic high school teacher from Cambria County who is facing charges of sexual misconduct in the state Capitol is accused of touching two female students on the buttocks and making lewd comments.
That’s according to charging documents filed by Pennsylvania Capitol Police against James E. Luksik, 68, of Johnstown who faces a dozen charges in Dauphin County, including six felonies.
Luksik — who teaches history, geography and sociology at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg, Cambria County — is the husband of prominent Pennsylvania conservative activist Peg Luksik, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2018.
James Luksik was placed on leave from the school after the accusations against him were made in March, a Bishop Carroll official confirmed...
To read article in full, click here.

Darcy Richardson Seeks the 2020 Reform Party Presidential Nomination

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Author Darcy Richardson, who was the Reform Party nominee for Governor of Florida in 2018, has filed an FEC form indicating he will seek the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2020. The Reform Party is still on the ballot in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Socialist Alternative City Councilmember in Seattle Faces Run-Off

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On August 6, Kshama Sawant polled 36.6% of the vote in the Seattle non-partisan city council election, in district three. She is running for a third term. She is a leader of Socialist Alternative.
Six candidates were on the ballot in District three. The second-place finisher, Egan Orion, received 21.5% and will be in the run-off in November.
The results are not final yet. Sawant spent $270,000 already and the run-off will probably see another large expenditure of campaign funds.

Florida Prison Officials Ban Almost All Issues of Socialist Workers Party Weekly Newspaper

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For several months, Florida prison officials have banned The Militant from being delivered to prisoners who subscribe. Recently the Florida Press Association asked the prison officials to relent. See this story in The Militant.
The Socialist Workers Party is the only party in the United States that still publishes a print weekly newspaper.

Louisiana Secretary of State Posts Candidate List for 2019 State Election

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Louisiana elects all its state legislators, and all its statewide state officers, in October 2019. On August 8, the Secretary of State posted a list of candidates for that election. See here, and choose “View Qualified Candidates.”
The Independent Party and the Libertarian Party are the only minor parties with any candidates. The Independent Party is running Gary Landrieu for Governor. It also has one candidate for the State Senate, and seven for State House.
The Libertarian Party has two State Senate candidates and four State House candidates.
In Louisiana, actual independent candidates (for office other than President) appear on the ballot with this label: “No party.” One actual independent legislator, Joseph A. Marino III of Gretna, is running for re-election in the 85th district and he has no opponents, so he will be re-elected. Louisiana does not permit write-in votes.

Constitution Party of California Chairman: 'We're a totally peaceful racist group'


Article: 'A 'straight pride' leader called his organization a 'totally peaceful racist group.' The crowd erupted in laughter'


by Harmeet Kaur & Ryan Prior, CNN

When Don Grundmann took the podium to boos and jeers at a Modesto City Council meeting Wednesday, he appeared angry that some people had called his efforts to organize a "straight pride" event in the California city racist.
He singled out Council member Kristi Ah You, accusing her of "pulling the race card" and allegedly inflaming tensions by "attacking us as racists."
Then he appeared to make a slip of the tongue.
"We haven't done anything," he said. "We're a totally peaceful, racist group."
The crowd erupted in laughter.
As Grundmann tried to regain control of the room, he said his group was "here to defend all races" and claimed that Planned Parenthood was the "greatest mass murderer of blacks in this nation's history."
Shortly after, he was told his time was up and the crowd booed as he left the podium.
Grundmann, who previously ran two failed campaigns for the US Senate, leads a group called the National Straight Pride Coalition. It claims on its website that heterosexuality, the nuclear family and Western civilization, among other institutions, are under attack...
To read article in full, click here.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The John Mcafee Saga Continues: A Twitter Timeline

'Bahamas Raid, Cia Attack in Cuba, Jail in the Dominican Republic, Long Night in London, Safe Room in Lithuania'

by Zachary Mashiach, Cryto.IQ

Crypto influencer John McAfee is running for President of the United States while running from the United States, and his saga has continued to evolve as he crosses numerous international borders.
A previous Crypto.IQ article detailed the beginnings of this journey when McAfee fled the United States out of fear that the IRS would arrest him for not paying taxes in eight years. McAfee claimed to be off the coast of Newfoundland and then off the coast of Venezuela to obfuscate his trail, but ultimately McAfee ended up in the Bahamas in late January.
McAfee’s time in the Bahamas involved plenty of drinking and partying as well as diligent scientific research to bring new mixed drinks to the world.

My first Mixology 101 from Exuma Isle -- the "Bahama Grandmama"..
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Aside from the drinking, McAfee was also tackling some of the most important mysteries in the crypto space. In late April, McAfee claimed on Twitter to know the true identity of Bitcoin’s (BTC) creator Satoshi Nakamoto but was advised by his lawyer not to release the information, or McAfee would risk being extradited back to the United States...
To read more, click here.

N.H. legislator seeks Libertarian Party presidential nomination

by Aidan Ryan, Boston Globe

While this year has seen a large crop of presidential candidates flooding into New Hampshire, one presidential hopeful doesn’t have to go too far to meet local voters: Max Abramson, a two-term state representative from Seabrook, has announced he would seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination for the White House in 2020.

In 2016, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, running with former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, received just over 4 percent of the vote in New Hampshire on the Libertarian Party’s ticket. Seem like a small share? Recall that Hillary Clinton edged out Donald Trump in the state by less than 3,000 votes in that election...

To read article in full, click here.


New York Magazine Article on 2020 Presidential Campaigns for Libertarian and Green Parties

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New York Magazine has this article describing the race for the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party and of the Green Party. The article is by Ed Kilgore.

News Story on Iowa Libertarian Party Ballot Access Lawsuit

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Here is a news story about the Libertarian Party ballot access lawsuit filed against Iowa last week. The issue is the 2019 law that moved the petition deadline for non-presidential independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, from August to March.
Here is another news story.

Nine Political Parties that are Not Ballot-Qualified in California Have Asked to Have Registrations Tallied

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In California and a few other states, groups that are not qualified can become qualified if they persuade enough voters to join their party on voter registration forms. Here is the list of nine groups that have asked California election officials to tally their registrants.
No group has successfully gained qualified status in California by a registration drive since 2003, when the Peace & Freedom Party (which had gone off the ballot in November 1998) gained enough registrations to re-qualify. The last time an entirely new party did a successful registration drive in California was 1995, when both the Natural Law Party and the Reform Party qualified.
For 2020, the number of registrations needed cannot be known exactly, because the law requires .33% of the total state registration. “Total state registration” for this purpose is the number of registered voters in California, not counting the small number whose party affiliation is “unknown.”

Prohibition Party Presidential Nominee Resigns from Ticket for Health Reasons

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C. L. “Connie” Gannon, Prohibition Party presidential nominee for 2020, has recently discovered a serious health problem that has led him to withdraw his candidacy. The party will choose a new nominee sometime soon.

Alaska Says Libertarian Party is not Ballot-Qualified for President

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On August 1, the Alaska Division of Elections ruled that the Libertarian Party is not ballot-qualified for president, even though that conclusion directly contradicts a 1987 Attorney General ruling, and the law has not changed since 1987.
Alaska has two categories of qualified party, those that are qualified for all office, and those that are only qualified for President. The latter is called a “Limited Political Party” The Libertarian Party polled 6.05% for President in November 2016. A “limited political party” retains its status as long as it polls at least 3% for President. But the Elections Division says that because the party lost its status as a “limited political party” in 1992 (by polling less than 3% for president that year) it doesn’t make any difference that the party polled over 3% in 2016.
Here is the ruling. In footnote 3 it says the facts in the 1987 were different, but the only difference is that at that time, the party had always polled 3% for President, whereas now, the opinion depends on the fact that the party didn’t poll 3% for president in 1992. It seems unreasonable to pay more attention to what happened in 1992 than to what happened in 2016.
Here is the 1987 Attorney General’s Opinion, which put the Libertarian Party on the ballot for the 1988 presidential election because it had polled over 3% for president in 1984. When the 1987 opinion was issued, the party was not qualified for office other than president, which matches the 2019 situation.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Former Constitution Party Activists Form New Political Party

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Two former Constitution Party leaders who have left the Constitution Party have formed a new national party called the Life & Liberty Party. The national chair is J. R. Myers of Alaska, and the vice-chair is Lori Stacey of South Dakota. The Life & Liberty Party recently completed its Arkansas petition for presidential status, and the Arkansas Secretary of State has said it has enough valid signatures. That petition requires 1,000 signatures. Thanks to Independent Political Report for this news.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Life and Liberty Party Earns 2020 POTUS Ballot in Arkansas

The newly organizing Life and Liberty Party has achieved ballot access for its Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates in Arkansas.  This is the first state that the Life and Liberty Party has obtained ballot access under its own name.   

The Life and Liberty Party is a coalition of parties across the nation.  They are centered on the Constitution of the United States of America, and upholding the rule of law.  Currently, the Alaska Constitution Party is also an affiliate of the L&L Party.  Association discussions are underway with several other state parties and potential candidates.  For more information see the L & L website at Life and Liberty Party