Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Anchorage Local News Station Profiles Party for Socialism and Liberation

The following was originally published on the KTUU website

"Those who have attended any of the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests in the city of Anchorage might be familiar with a group that’s been seen in large numbers at the events called PSL, or the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
There is a local group in Anchorage that is part of a national organization.
Local organizers with PSL said that while the group is not directly affiliated with the larger Black Lives Matter Movement, they said that they are in strong support.
Members of PSL Anchorage have been at the front of the large crowds of protesters in Delaney Strip Park and Downtown Anchorage in front of the police station. They have been the main organizers of at least one of the recent rallies."


U.S. District Court Won’t Grant Additional Ballot Access Relief in Connecticut for Minor Party and Independent Candidates

Ballot Access News

"On Saturday, June 27, U.S. District Court Judge Janet C. Hall, a Clinton appointee, declined to order any additional ballot access relief to Connecticut minor party and independent candidates. Libertarian Party of Connecticut v Merrill, 3:20cv-467. She depended on the fact that the Governor had already cut the number of signatures to 70% of normal, so that the presidential petition is 5,250 signatures, instead of the usual 7,500. President is the only statewide office up in Connecticut this year.
The Libertarian and Green Parties are already on the ballot for president in Connecticut, so this ruling does not affect their presidential ballot status. It does adversely affect the Independent Party, which is on for most state and federal partisan races, but not for president.
The parties say they will appeal. The order is not yet available on Pacer, but when it is, it will be posted here."

The Independent: Green Party's 2020 underdog Howie Hawkins on why he's not a 'spoiler' and US deserves a third choice

The following was originally published in The Independent:

"Howie Hawkins, presumptive nominee of the Green Party and pick of the Socialist Party USA, says we need a third option for President. And writing in The Independent, he makes the case that he’s the man for the job.
It’s a message that some Democrats have been quick to dismiss albeit with notes of caution.
Jeff Weaver, longtime advisor to Bernie Sanders, likened the Greens to “a political mirage” but told Politico that third parties can matter at the margins in critical states.
Mr Hawkins, 67, a longtime grassroots organiser, has run for office two dozen times. He was the Green Party’s candidate for New York governor in 2010 and 2014, where he received 5 per cent of the vote, one of the highest for an independent progressive party candidate in the state’s history..."


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Mimi Soltysik, 2016 Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate, Passes Away After Fight With Cancer

The Socialist Party USA announced on their Facebook page this morning that their 2016 presidential nominee and former national party co-chair, Mimi Soltysik has passed away.

Howie Hawkins, the 2020 Socialist Party USA nominee and Green Party nominee posted the following: 

Stewart Alexander, the Socialist Party USA 2012 Presidential nominee, posted the following:

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Life & Liberty Party Presidential Ticket Emerges

The Life & Liberty Party successfully concluded its first national Presidential Nominating Convention via Zoom today, 6/27/2020.

Items of business included adoption of bylaws and affirmation of officers, adoption of an official platform and the selection of a Presidential ticket.  Emerging from this convention is the Myers/Lusk ticket. Delegates were excited to be part of this historic convention, and all are excited to build the Life & Liberty Party and carry its message of Freedom forward.  Seven states were represented. There were three candidates vying for the VP slot. Tiara Lusk emerged on the first ballot with 71%.

Our U.S. Senate candidate in Idaho, Ray Writz spoke. A special guest, Jordan Page from Washington State, gave a musical video tribute to the Life & Liberty Party convention and a performance. A platform plank Opposing the convening of an Article V Constitutional Convention was passed. The L&LP currently has 5 candidates, the national ticket of Myers(MT)/Lusk(ID), two Idaho congressional races, as well as a county commission candidate in Colorado. 

Seven states were represented: Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Montana and North Carolina.

Tiara Lusk

Monday, June 22, 2020

Life & Liberty Party Gains First U.S. House Candidate In Idaho

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Pro-Life (Marvin_Thomas_Richardson)

Life & Liberty Party Gains First U.S. Senate Candidate In Idaho

Ray Writz for U.S. Senate

Constitution Party of Indiana Disaffiliates

Craig Marolf, Chairman of the Constitution Party of Indiana, recently issued this Press Release:

The officers of the Constitution Party of Indiana voted recently to disaffiliate and disassociate the state party from the national party. Twenty-eight years have created a track record and the fruit on the tree can be plainly seen. This vote demonstrated a vote of "no confidence" in the current and incoming leadership of the national executive committee. We envision the executive committee leading the party in a direction that will produce the same results that we have seen for the past several years. In addition, the national committee spoke plainly on May 2nd that they approve of the current trajectory of the party.

The Officers of the Constitution Party of Indiana

You can confirm this Press Release by contacting Craig Marolf: constitutionalcraig@yahoo.com

Indiana actually disaffiliated on Thursday, June 15th, but asked me to send the Press Release to you today because of the Texas and Illinois disaffiliations that occurred on Saturday. However, they did send in the notice and received the acknowledgement by the Constitution Party on Friday. I will also add that the decision was unanimous by all the attending members at the special State Convention that was held.

There are indicators that other states (beside Georgia that you already mentioned) will also soon be disaffiliating from the party. There could be as many as 5 other states that will be  joining Texas, Illinois, and Indiana in their disaffiliation from the party within the next two months.

Thank you,

Gary Welch
(385) 535-6298

“Integrity, Liberty, and Prosperity”

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Is The Georgia Constitution Party Next To Disaffiliate?

Speculation is building as to the course of action of the so-called third "Muskateer", Ricardo Davis of the Constitution Party of Georgia.  Ricardo is a longtime stalwart of the CP.  The recent failure of his request to convene an emergency national committee meeting apparently precipitated the departures of both the Illinois and Texas CPs.  Is the Georgia CP next?   

Texas Constitution Party Disaffiliates

Word comes that the Texas Constitution Party, under Chairman & "Muskateer" Scott Copeland, voted to disaffiliate from the National Constitution Party in a video meeting this past Saturday 6/20/2020.  This comes on the heels of fellow "Muskateer" Randy Stufflebeam of Illinois, resignation from the CP, and the disaffiliation and dissolution of the CP Illinois.  More to follow.

Constitution Party of Illinois Disaffiliates, Disassociates & Dissolves

*** We interrupt the radio silence for a very important message ***
June 20, 2020

Dear (National Committee Member),

For the past 2 years, my heart has been broken and aching for the party that I once called home.

It started when the national chairman either unwittingly or knowingly facilitated a Republican coup of the Constitution Party of South Dakota, evidenced by the fact that the faction known as the Hubbel faction showed up to the National Committee to be the official affiliate of the national party despite being registered Republicans.

Since you are receiving this message, it is likely that you also received the petition from Ricardo Davis requesting an emergency National Committee Meeting to deal with the Constitution Party’s nomination of a candidate who does not seem to hold the values and principles of the Constitution Party as enumerated in the party’s platform.  At first, I had the inclination to call your attention to the facts.  However, Ricardo has the facts laid out well in the petition and as I discovered in dealing with the issues in South Dakota, the facts do not matter.

A resolution was passed in 1998 (that has never been rescinded) that provides one exceptionally important mandate – The National Committee “shall not endorse or distribute, allocate, contribute to or solicit funds for, or support in any way whatsoever, any candidate…”   YET, the national leadership says, “The Convention has spoken and there’s nothing we can do about it, now.”

The National Party itself is demonstrably compromised, with the national leadership and the national committee members unwilling to uphold the party’s Constitution, Bylaws, and the values and principles enumerated in the Platform.  Consequently, continued association with such a party is untenable.

Therefore, the Constitution Party of Illinois has disaffiliated and disassociated from the National Party and has dissolved its state organization, effective immediately.

Contrary to the postulation of those who have disparaged my character, there are those of you whom I love and appreciate.  It is because of you that this separation is poignantly sad and painful.  But know this – God is still calling, and there is still a battle to the fight.  Know this as well:

I leave you with this thought from Joshua 24:15

But if it is unpleasing in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!

Randall C. Stufflebeam
*** We now return you back to radio silence ***
Copyright © 2020 Randy Stufflebeam, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are listed as a Constitution Party delegate or national committee person.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Don Blankenship: 'George Floyd Killing Was Murder, Not Racism'

June 1, 2020
CONTACT: Mr. Don Blankenship
George Floyd Killing Was Murder, Not Racism
Don Blankenship released the following statement on the George Floyd Killing

Our country has a long history of racial issues, but there is no video evidence that George Floyd was murdered because he was black and the officers were not black. Said differently, George may well have been murdered because he was black, but the video of the murder does not provide such evidence. The video is evidence of police brutality, of a failed police action, of cruelty, and of a murder, but the video is not by itself evidence of racism.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Montana Green Primary for U.S. Senate

Ballot Access News

Montana held primaries on June 2 for the Democratic, Republican, and Green Parties. The Libertarian Party is also on the ballot, but it had no contests so the state didn’t print Libertarian primary ballots.
The Green Party primary for U.S. Senate had two candidates, Wendie Fredrickson and Dennis Daneke. The Montana Green Party considers both of them non-members and didn’t want to have any nominee for Senate. Fredrickson won the primary by two-to-one. It is thought that Fredrickson is a sympathizer of the Republican Party, and it is known that Daneke is a supporter of the Democratic Party. Daneke had said if he won the primary, he would withdraw, because he supports the Democratic nominee. Here is a link to the Secretary of State’s website, showing the election returns.

Jo Jorgensen Wins New Mexico Libertarian Presidential Primary

Ballot Access News

On June 2, New Mexico held primaries for the Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian Parties, including a presidential primary for each. Jo Jorgensen won the Libertarian presidential primary. See all the results at this link to the Secretary of State’s web page.

Socialist Workers Party Raises Almost $100,000 by Supporters Donating Stimulus Checks

Ballot Access News

Over the last few weeks, the Socialist Workers Party has been asking party supporters to donate their federal government stimulus checks to the party. The party has announced that it has raised $95,000 in this fund appeal. Stimulus checks, in whole or part, were donated to the party by 84 individuals.

Working Families Party Files Lawsuit Against New York’s Tougher Definition of “Political Party”

Ballot Access News

On May 29, the Working Families Party filed a federal lawsuit against the definition of a qualified party that passed on April 1, 2020. Hurley v Kosinski, s.d., 1:20cv-4148. The new definition requires a party to pass the vote test every two years instead of every four years. Furthermore, the new vote test is much harder than the old vote test. The old vote test was 50,000 for Governor; the new test if 130,000 or 2% (whichever is more) for the office at the top of the ticket every two years. Here is the Complaint.

The case has not yet been assigned to a judge. 
Thanks to Joe Burns for this news.

Three Libertarians Elected/Re-Elected to Non-Partisan Offices In Wisconsin

Ballot Access News (scroll down)

On April 7, three members of the Libertarian Party were elected or re-elected to Wisconsin non-partisan local office. They are Brian Defferding to the Winnebago County Board; Jose Prohaska to the Appleton city council; and Robert Reynolds to the Edgerton city council.

“Libertarians for National Popular Vote” Organizes

Ballot Access News

On May 28, a new group to help work for the National Popular Vote Plan was announced. It is “Libertarians for the National Popular Vote”. It will do what it can to extend support for the plan. The advisory board consists of Gary Johnson, Lincoln Chafee, Ed Lopez, Kevin R. L. Martin, and Michael Melendez. Here is the group’s website.

Libertarian Vice-Presidential Nominee Will be Listed on Ballots as Jeremy “Spike” Cohen

Ballot Access News

The 2020 Libertarian vice-presidential nominee desires to be listed on November ballots as Jeremy “Spike” Cohen. Much of the publicity about him, since he was nominated, only referred to him by his nickname.

FLASHBACK: Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian Party candidate for Vice President at the 1996 Libertarian National Convention

The Tom Woods Show with Dr. Jo Jorgensen, LP Presidential Nominee