by Herb Scribner, Deseret News
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Fox News: 'Libertarian nominee Jo Jorgensen on voting third party and why America should be more like Switzerland'
Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News
Green Party presidential nominee Howie Hawkins calls Cleveland debate a ‘fraud,’ opposes abolishing the police
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
WESTFIELD — Donald Rainwater, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of Indiana, told party members gathered Sunday at Grand Park what they wanted to hear.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has altered everyday life in Indiana, including election campaigning. Most candidates have opted for small fundraising events, rather than massive rallies.
Sunday night, though, there was a small sense of normalcy as a lesser-known presidential candidate, Libertarian Jo Jorgensen, stopped at Grand Park in Westfield to rally support for her candidacy.
Neither President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden have visited the state during the general election campaign so far.
Four years ago, Trump campaigned in the same spot. Back then, thousands of people crowded close together inside the massive Grand Park Events Center.
Sunday evening's rally looked much different. A few hundred people were in lawn chairs scattered outside the event center, directly in front of Jorgensen's bus. Maybe a quarter of those attending wore masks. Cheers from nearby sporting events occasionally interrupted the speakers...
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Saturday, September 26, 2020
There are few members of Congress as critical about Washington politics as Rep. Justin Amash, the Libertarian from Michigan.
In fact, he thinks both sides of Congress place more emphasis on theatrical “performance” than the quality of their legislation.
In the last year, he left the Republican Party, considered a run for president as the Libertarian candidate and on July 16 announced he would not seek reelection.
Friday, September 25, 2020
On September 24, Marquette Law School released its presidential poll. See here. Biden 50%, Trump 40%, Jorgensen 3%, Hawkins 2%, someone else 3%, no preference 2%.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
This Atlanta Journal Constitution poll, conducted by the Survey Center at the University of Georgia, shows the breakdown for President Trump, Joe Biden, and Jo Jorgensen, by age, race, education, income, sex, ideology, and party affiliation. Scroll down to the second page.
There are Fewer Independent Candidates for U.S. House on Ballot This Year Than at Any Year Since 2004
There are fewer independent candidates on the November 2020 ballot for U.S. House than at any time since 2004. This is probably mostly due to the health crisis.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
by Jamie Lovegrove, The Post and Courier
by Mori Kessler, St. George News
ST. GEORGE - The Utah Debate Commission recently released its schedule for state and federal-level candidate debates, and this time one of them won’t be sporting a D or an R after their name, but an L instead.
The upcoming debates – set between Sept. 24 and Oct. 21 – will feature the traditional pairing of Republican and Democratic candidates vying to either retain seats or replace incumbents in the gubernatorial, congressional and state attorney general races.
All except the debate to be held for candidates seeking to represent the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Southwest Utah.
KTVB Staff, KTVB7
MERIDIAN, Idaho — The Libertarian Party's nominee for U.S. president spoke to voters in the Treasure Valley on Wednesday.
Dr. Jo Jorgensen is one of seven candidates who will appear on Idaho ballots Nov. 3.
Jorgensen, who teaches psychology at Clemson University in South Carolina, says she is looking to shake up the race by winning voters who don't want to vote for Joe Biden or Donald Trump...
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The Daily Beast has this very lengthy interview with Brock Pierce. The most interesting part may be his assertion that he intends to help build a new political party next year. He does not say what the name of the party would be.
Alaska Supreme Court Won’t Order Ballots Reprinted, Despite Their Omission of Party Labels for Certain Candidates
On September 18, the Alaska Supreme Court verbally announced a decision after the hearing in Galvin v State. The Alaska ballots have already been printed without the partisan labels for the nominees of unqualified parties, and without the partisan affiliation of major party nominees who are not members of the party that nominated them. The 2020 ballot does not follow state law, and injures certain candidates. But those ballots will be used anyway. See this story.
The Green Party’s 2020 nominee tells The Ticket he’s not running as a spoiler candidate. But he insists that Kanye West’s candidacy is a “Republican dirty trick.”
GP 2020 presidential candidate Howie Hawkins
by Edward-Isaac Dovere, The Atlantic
Howie Hawkins may be the Green Party’s presidential nominee, but he isn’t Jill Stein—or at least, he can’t be, because he’s not on the ballot in as many swing states as Stein was in 2016. Courts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania decided this week to keep his party’s ticket off of the 2020 ballots. But Hawkins told me he’s not Kanye West either, even though Republican operatives have been helping both the Green Party and West’s “Birthday Party.” People who believe that West’s effort and his are the same, Hawkins said, “are gullible.”
Friday, September 18, 2020
Oregon Republican U.S. Senate Nominee Tries to Persuade State Court to Remove Almost All Libertarians from Ballot, but Fails to Gain Injunctive Relief
The Williamsport, Pennsylvania Sun-Gazette has this story, mentioning that Jo Jorgensen is on the ballot in all 51 jurisdictions. This is in response to a Libertarian Party press release sent five days ago. This is the first instance at which a daily newspaper has reported this news.
On September 17, the Virginia Supreme Court issued a two-page order in West v Wilson, 201104. It declines to hear the Kanye West ballot access appeal. West had been removed from the ballot because some of his candidates for presidential elector had charged that they had been tricked into signing up as electors.
Guam has no electoral votes, but it still holds a public election for president. There will be six parties on the Guam presidential ballot: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green, American Solidarity, and Prohibition. There is also one independent, Dario Hunter, who has the ballot label “Progressive.”
National Media Ignores Jo Jorgensen Press Release, That Shows She is on Ballot in All 51 Jurisdictions
On September 14, the Libertarian Party sent out a press release stating that Jo Jorgensen is on the ballot in all 51 jurisdictions that have electoral votes, but no large newspaper has yet carried the news.
The Hill TV has a regular show called “The Hill’s Rising with Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti.” This ten-minute segment discusses Democratic Party efforts to remove Green Party candidates in Texas, Montana, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Generally Ball represents progressive views and Enjeti presents conservative views, but they agree with each other in this piece.
The Rhode Island to place Howie Hawkins on the ballot failed to gather the needed 1,000 signatures. For a while the campaign hoped to be able to re-validate enough signatures, but in the end it seems only 897 signatures were valid.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
The MYERS/LUSK 2020 Life & Liberty Party Presidential Ticket will appear on the November ballot in Arkansas.
Monday, September 14, 2020
This ten-minute You Tube video interview with Brock Pierce, independent presidential candidates, contains a portion in which Pierce says he intends to start a new party next year. He has not yet chosen the name. The issues the party would stand for are revealed in the interview.
On September 14, the Wisconsin Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Wisconsin Elections Commission that Howie Hawkins should not be on the ballot. The decision does not decide whether he was removed properly or not, but merely says he waited too long to sue, and it would cause too much disruption to put him on the ballot now. Hawkins v Wisconsin Elections Commission, 2020AP-1488-OA. Here is the 50-page decision. The vote was 4-3.