Thursday, October 29, 2020

The American Conservative: 'Republicans And Democrats Will Never Deliver Peace'

The Libertarian Party presidential candidate makes her case for why a third party is needed to bring the troops home.

Editorial post by Jo Jorgensen on The American Conservative 

The 2016 Republican presidential primary debates revealed a sea change. From 2008 to 2012, then-congressman Ron Paul was routinely booed for his criticism of America’s foreign policy. It was even common to hear Republican office holders, commentators, and activists say they “agreed with Ron Paul on everything but foreign policy.” Yet in 2016, candidate Donald Trump was cheered for calling the Iraq war the biggest blunder in American history.

Oliver Hall Presents Objective Evidence that Ralph Nader did Not Cause Florida to Vote for George W. Bush in 2000

Ballot Access News

Oliver Hall, founder and general counsel to the Center for Competitive Democracy, here makes the case that Ralph Nader’s presence on the ballot in Florida in 2000 did not necessarily cause Al Gore to lose Florida. 

*Immediately after clicking on the link, it is necessary to then click again, anywhere on the article itself, to prevent it from fading away.

Presidential candidate Dr. Jo Jorgensen makes campaign stop in Savannah

 


Libertarian presidential hopeful Jo Jorgensen calls Fox News 'fair and balanced'

The network covers her campaign, the rest ignore the third party candidate

by Jennifer Harper, Washington Times

Libertarian presidential hopeful Jo Jorgensen has a compliment for Fox News, which has offered the third party candidate a considerable amount of coverage in recent weeks.

Jo Jorgensen's Big Idea: A truly market-based system of health care, like Lasik surgery

The Libertarian Party 2020 presidential nominee shares her plan to drive health care costs down

by Marisa Schultz, Fox News 

Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian Party's 2020 presidential nominee, is campaigning on a market-based health care vision where patients would shop for the best prices for services and providers would be forced to drive down costs to remain competitive.

In NKY, Libertarian presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen draws former Trump supporters. 'To say I'm unimpressed is a slight understatement'

by Scott Wartman, Cincinnati Enquirer 

COVINGTON, Ky. —  It's been 167 years since someone who wasn't a Republican or Democrat occupied the White House as president. 

Jo Jorgensen isn't likely to be the next Millard Fillmore, a member of the Whig Party who served as president from 1850-1853. But Jorgensen does appear on the ballots of all 50 states as the Libertarian candidate for president. 

Her long odds didn't deter the 100 or so people who gathered Sunday afternoon beneath the clocktower of Goebel Park in this Northern Kentucky city across the Ohio River from Cincinnati to cheer on their choice for the next president. 

Many in the crowd told The Enquirer they voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 but won't this year.

That included three Northern Kentucky residents who carried their rifles to the rally...

To read article in full, click here

Libertarian candidate Jorgensen snaps at Nickelodeon for leaving her off 2020 elections graphic

'What a shame for America’s future,' the party's first female presidential nominee tweeted

by Michael Ruiz, Fox News

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen snapped at Nickelodeon over the weekend after she was left off of a 2020 election graphic for the network’s “Kid's Vote” segment.

In a tweet Sunday she accused the channel of being “complicit in indoctrinating our children that there are only 2 parties, even though there are 3 candidates on all 50 ballots and 4 who can get to 270.”

Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins says Dems, Republicans not addressing needs of American people

Published by WTOL News Staff

TOLEDO, Ohio — Third parties have a long history in the United States. The Republican Party itself was a third party behind the Democrats and the Whigs in the 1800s. And with so many people taking issue with both of the modern major parties, third parties like the Libertarians and Green party have seen a surge of interest in the last decade.

On Saturday, Libertarian candidate for president, Jo Jorgensen, was in Toledo speaking to and taking questions from a crowd of about one hundred people.

US Green Party: 'There's more at stake than getting rid of Trump'

With left-leaning voters fearing a second Trump term, the US Green Party is facing calls from Democrats to drop out of the race. The party's presidential nominee, Howie Hawkins, tells DW he won't do it.

Published by DW.com

Howie Hawkins knows he will not be the next president of the United States. But he is running anyway as the nominee of the US Green Party for a simple reason: He believes neither major political party has real solutions to what ails the country and the planet.

"When we go to fight on climate issues or affordable housing issues or for universal health care," Hawkins told DW, "we're fighting the Democrats as much as the Republicans."

Green Party's Howie Hawkins on Why He’s Running…Again

by Susan Arbetter, Spectrum News

There’s a great piece in today’s Syracuse Post-Standard about New York’s own Green Party candidate for president, Howie Hawkins. 

This is Howie’s 25th political campaign, and according to the piece, he’s lost every single time, except once, when he won a seat on the Syracuse City Council.

Meet Dr. Jo Jorgensen, presidential candidate and granddaughter of Scandinavian immigrants

by Lara Rasin, Norway Today

Dr. Jo Jorgensen is the third most popular candidate in the 2020 U.S. election, following Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

As part of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden regularly frequent mass media headlines across the world.

Less portrayed, however – for now – is Dr. Jo Jorgensen, the third most-popular presidential candidate, who also happens to be ancestrally Scandinavian.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Make America neutral again: Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen wants to turn USA into a large, nuclear-armed Switzerland

By Chris Sweeney, an author and columnist who has written for    newspapers such as The Times,    Daily Express, The Sun and Daily  Record, along with several              international-selling magazines.      Follow him on Twitter- 
@Writes_Sweeney
She may have no chance of getting her hands on the keys to the White House next month, but a growing number of Americans are coming around to her limited government, anti-interventionist, decentralized vision for the US.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Two New York City Democratic Party Officials Ask Voters to Vote for Joe Biden on Working Families Line

Ballot Access News

The Queens Daily Eagle has this op-ed by two New York city Democratic Party officials. It urges voters to vote for Joe Biden on the Working Families line, not the Democratic line. This is because they believe the Working Families Party deserves to remain ballot-qualified. The new ballot access law passed six months ago requires all qualified parties to poll at least 2% for president in order to remain on the ballot.

Wyoming Newspaper Story About Alternative Presidential Debate of October 24

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The Jackson Hole New & Guide has this fairly lengthy story about the presidential debate held in Cheyenne, Wyoming on October 24.

Amy McGrath, Brad Barron criticize Mitch McConnell at debate he skipped

by Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal

Democrat Amy McGrath and Libertarian Brad Barron each made their case for why Kentuckians should jettison Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Nov. 3 and elect them instead during a televised debate Monday night — an event Kentucky's longtime senator skipped.

The debate, which was arranged and broadcast by KET, represented a significant opportunity for Barron to present himself and his views to voters who haven't cast their ballots yet in an intense election dominated by the major-party candidates, McGrath and McConnell.

Jorgensen brings Libertarian message of less government to North Side

by Mark Kovac, The Columbus Dispatch 

Joshua Williams arrived in the courtyard near the North Side headquarters of the Ohio Libertarian Party a little early Saturday evening to talk to attendees and grab a few signatures.

The 33-year-old plans to run for Columbus City Council next year, as a Libertarian. He’s already cast his general election ballot, including a vote for Jo Jorgensen, the party’s presidential candidate.

Libertarian could spell trouble for Trump in Pennsylvania


A senior lecturer in psychology at Clemson University is selling herself as the reasonable alternative for voters who reject Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and as a way to send a message of dissatisfaction to the major political parties.

Jo Jorgensen, 63, of Greenville, South Carolina, won’t win the Nov. 3 presidential contest in Pennsylvania or nationwide, experts say. But like a long line of third-party challengers before her, she is hoping her candidacy will make a difference.

Jo Jorgensen on Her Libertarian Candidacy for President

 

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Texas Poll for President, U.S. Senate, and Railroad Commission Includes Four Parties

Ballot Access News

The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston has released the results of a poll for the Texas presidential, U.S. Senate, and Railroad Commission races. The poll includes the nominees of the Libertarian and Green Parties. Here is a link. Scroll down to page 16. Thanks to Mark P. Jones for the link.


Fox News Story Briefly Mentions Free & Equal Presidential Debate of October 24

Ballot Access News

This Fox News story briefly mentions the Free & Equal presidential debate of October 24, but does not describe it. The debate was held in Cheyenne, Wyoming, but the story refers to “Cheyenne, Wisconsin.” The debate was part of the Independent National Convention.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Poll for Georgia Presidential and Senate Races Includes Libertarians

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An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll for Georgia was released on October 26. It includes the Libertarians for both President and the full U.S. Senate term election. See this story.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Wyoming Newspaper Story Says Libertarians Might Elect a State Legislator or Two

Ballot Access News

This story says it is somewhat likely that the Libertarian Party might elect a state legislator in Wyoming next month.

New York Times Says Russia Keeps Candidates Off the Ballot with Technicalities

Ballot Access News

This New York Times story is about a Russian local election, in which the incumbent Mayor of a small town wanted an easy re-election, but he also wanted the election to look genuine, so he recruited a janitor to run against him. To everyone’s shock, the janitor won.

The story says Russia is a “managed democracy”, where “elections take place on schedule, but the incumbent virtually never loses. To achieve this, the police squelch real political opposition, and election commissions bump promising candidates off the ballot with technicalities.”

Nationwide Voter Registration Data by Party

Ballot Access News

In the 32 jurisdictions that have registration by party, here are the number of registered voters in each party and the number of independents:

Democratic: 47,106,084
Republican: 35,041,482
ind & misc: 33,696,700
Libertarian: 652,261
Green: 240,222
Constitution: 129,556
Wk Families: 49,758
Reform: 9,004
oth parties 1,814,973

California Secretary of State Posts List of Declared Presidential Write-in Candidates

Ballot Access News

On October 23, the California Secretary of State posted the list of presidential write-in candidates:

1. Brian Carroll of the American Solidarity Party
2. Mark Charles, independent
3. Joseph Kishore, Socialist Equality Party
4. Brock Pierce, independent
5. Jesse Ventura, independent

Presidential candidates do not need to give permission for write-in filing. The write-in filing is done by groups of candidates for presidential elector. Thanks to Mark Seidenberg for the list.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Fox News: 'Libertarian presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen: Two-party system attempts 'one-size-fits-all' model'



Jorgensen claims to Neil Cavuto 'it was impossible from the start' for her to make debate stage

by Charles Creitz, Fox News

The current political system is designed to squelch truly independent voices, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen argued on "Your World" Thursday ahead of the second debate between President Trump and Joe Biden.

"We keep hearing it's two old rich White guys, but that's the least of it," Jorgensen, a psychology professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, told host Neil Cavuto. "The biggest problem is they both want to spend our money. They both want to make our decisions. Neither one has an answer to our crushing health care problem and neither one is going to bring the troops home. I can see why they don't want me on stage."

When asked by Cavuto about the possibility that the government will require Americans to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, Jorgensen said that issue speaks well to the stark difference between the pair of mainstream parties and her own.

"The other two parties give us ... one-size-fits-all. So, you know, let's say I want vaccines and my neighbor doesn't," she said.  "We each have to pick our own candidate, donate money, get out and vote."..

To read more, click here.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Libertarian Donald Rainwater Announces Pick For Indiana's Education Secretary

by Jeanie Lindsay, WFYI PBS 

Libertarian candidate for governor Donald Rainwater announced his choice for education secretary Thursday.

Rainwater says that if he wins the election, he'll appoint Dawn Wooten to the post. 

Wooten is a university English professor in Fort Wayne. She ran against current office-holder Jennifer McCormick for the Republican nomination for state superintendent of public instruction in 2016.

New Mexico U.S. Senate Poll

Ballot Access News

On October 20, GBAO Strategies released a poll of the New Mexico U.S. Senate race. The results: Democratic 52%; Republican 41%; Libertarian 5%; undecided or no response 2%. See here. Thanks to Rick Lass for the link.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

STOP THE PRESSES! 'Eyewitness News poll shows Rainwater receiving majority vote, winning debate'

by Michelle Kaufman, Tristatehomepage.com 

Ind. (WEHT/AP) – On Tuesday, Indiana’s three candidates for governor debated for the first time.

Following the debate, Eyewitness News asked viewers who they think won.

Libertarian candidate Donald Rainwater won the majority vote as of 10:30 a.m. Out of 203 votes, Rainwater received 187.

Republican and incumbent Eric Holcomb received 12 votes and Democrat Woody Myers received 4 votes.

Eyewitness News also asked which candidate viewers were voting for.

Rainwater received 152 out of 178 votes. Holcomb received 19 votes, and Myers received 7 votes.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb took on the conservative criticism over his coronavirus pandemic orders as he faced his two reelection challengers in a televised debate Tuesday night...

To read more, click here.

USA Today: 'I'm voting third party in the presidential election. Don't tell me I'm wasting my vote.'

by Hannah Tomboulides, Opinion contributor 

I keep hearing I’m wasting my vote for the presidential election because I’m voting for Libertarian Party candidate Dr. Jo Jorgensen.

Here’s the wild part: One person will follow up to tell me it’s really a vote for the Democrat, and another will tell me it’s a vote for the Republican! There’s a running joke now about third-party voters getting to vote three times in one go. And when I ask for an explanation, I never really get one. “That’s just the way it is,” they say.

But is it?

The Green Papers Has Information on Which Presidential Candidates Have Filed for Write-in Status

Ballot Access News

The website The Green Papers has lots of data about U.S. elections, including a list of which presidential candidates have filed for write-in status in each state. This information is constantly changing, because in some states the deadline for filing for declared write-in status is still in the future.

To see the list of declared write-in candidates in any particular state, so far, go to thegreenpapers.com/G20/XX#P. In place of “XX”, put the two-letter abbreviation for that state.

Rare Event: an Ohio Inclusive Debate

Ballot Access News

The Columbus, Ohio Metropolitan Club is sponsoring a U.S. House debate, 12th district, on October 30, and has invited the nominees of all three parties who are on the ballot (Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian). This is a very unusual development for Ohio. Ohio is one of the few states in which debates between both major party nominees, and any other candidates, almost never take place. There hasn’t been an Ohio debate for Governor or U.S. Senator in this century in which both major party nominees debated any of their independent or minor party opponents. Thanks to Oliver Hall and Mark Brown for this news.

Newspaper Story on Revitalized Alaskan Independence Party

Ballot Access News

The Anchorage Daily News has this lengthy story about the Alaskan Independence Party, which is much more active in elections this year than it has been in the recent past. Thanks to Scott Kohlhaas for the link.

New Idaho Registration Data

Ballot Access News

As of September 3, 2020, the Idaho registration in each party is: Republican 515,310; Democratic 137,730; Libertarian 9,714; Constitution 3,480; independent and other 308,307.

The percentages are: Republican 52.88%; Democratic 14.13%; Libertarian 1.00%; Constitution .36%; independent and other 31.64%.

In June 2020, the percentages were: Republican 53.75; Democratic 14.05%; Libertarian .90%; Constitution .36; independent and other 30.94%.

This information is not yet on the Secretary of State’s website, because the office is revising the format of the website, but it will be posted in November, along with the October data.

Another Minor Party Presidential Debate Set for October 24

Ballot Access News

Free & Equal will host another presidential debate on October 24 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The same five candidates will debate: Howie Hawkins, Don Blankenship, Gloria La Riva, Brock Pierce, and Brian Carroll.

The candidates will be in the same room together. The time is 6 pm-8 pm Mountain time.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

U.S. Senate debate one-sided in Libertarian Harrington's favor

by Talk & Business Politics, ABC7

The Arkansas PBS U.S. Senate debate on Wednesday (Oct. 14) was very one-sided because only one candidate participated. Libertarian Senate candidate Ricky Dale Harrington was interviewed for the full hour when incumbent GOP Sen. Tom Cotton declined to join the forum.

“I’m a little disappointed. I was looking forward to looking him in the face and talking about the issues and having an intellectual debate on policy,” Harrington said of Sen. Cotton’s no-show. “He’s on Fox News, I don’t know how many times a week – two or three times a week? – but he can’t come here to address the people of Arkansas. Why would you want to support somebody that does that?”

Congressman endorses Ricky Harrington for U.S. Senate

by Max Brantley, Arkansas Times

'He’s got just as good of a chance as anybody': Donald Rainwater runs for Indiana governor as the Libertarian candidate

by Luzane Draughon, Indiana Daily Student 

Donald Rainwater is running as the Libertarian candidate for governor against Republican incumbent Gov. Eric Holcomb and Democratic candidate Dr. Woody Myers.

Rainwater was born and raised in Indiana and spent eight years in the U.S. Navy from 1982 to 1990. He has experience with managing small businesses and software engineering, he said.

Libertarian Rainwater Accuses Holcomb Of Govt. Overreach With Virus Mandates

by Jackie Gorski, Times Union Online

As the last speaker at Friday’s patriot rally, Libertarian candidate for Indiana governor Donald Rainwater reminded the hundreds of people in attendance what the speakers before him said: Government only has the power the people give it.

The rally at the county courthouse downtown Warsaw was the second and final patriot before the Nov. 3 general election. The first one was July 17, and both were organized by Kevin Kyle and John DeGroff.

Libertarian governor candidate visits Evansville

by Ryan Witry, Tristatehomepage.com

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- With just a few weeks to go before Election Day, Libertarian Party candidate, Donald Rainwater, visited Wesselman Woods on Evansville’s east side Saturday to speak to supporters.

Rainwater says Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a mask mandate, has angered some voters. Rainwater adds that while he will vote for fellow Libertarian, Jo Jorgensen, for President, he would work with whomever wins the race for the White House...

To read more and watch video, click here.

How Anti-Mask Politics Are Scrambling Indiana’s Governor’s Race

Fueled by anti-lockdown furor, a Libertarian candidate is mounting a historically strong campaign

by Adam Wren, Politico.com

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Gunfire echoed and the acrid smell of burnt gunpowder filled the autumn air on a recent weeknight as a group of about 100 unmasked voters took turns firing on targets at Bare Arms Shooting, an outdoor gun range in this northern suburb of Indianapolis.

One-on-one interview with the Green Party’s 2020 presidential candidate

by Gabrielle Franklin, Fox 31 Denver

DENVER (KDVR)– If you have looked at your ballot this week, you probably noticed there are two dozen candidates running for president. One of those candidates, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, talked to FOX31 during his recent trip to Denver.

Hawkins has been with the Green Party for a long time.

“I helped start the Green Party back in 1984. I was one of the original people. In fact, from that very first meeting, I’m the only one who is still around,” Hawkins said.

With much of the public’s attention placed on President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, Hawkins is calling for his party to get more recognition.

“I’m disappointed that we can’t get into the sponsored debates on corporate media because I think I have something to contribute and I wouldn’t get into this negative stuff that these guys are getting into,” Hawkins said...

To read interview and watch video in full, click here.

Dr. Jo Jorgensen aims to be first woman, Libertarian in White House

by Christopher Strum, ABCNTV

In less than two weeks voters will begin heading to the polls for the general election, but there’s another choice besides Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.

They might be seen as the underdogs of this election as President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are in the spotlight, but that hasn't stopped Jo Jorgensen and and her Vice President, Spike Cohen from doing everything they can to grab the attention of voters.

Third party presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen visits FSU campus on campaign trail

by Casey Chapter, Tallahassee Democrat 

Libertarian presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen visited Florida State University's campus Saturday and addressed a crowd of roughly 50 people made up of college students, Tallahassee locals and some who had traveled from outside the county.

Jorgensen supporters and campaign volunteers gathered on Landis Green, a field on FSU campus overlooked by Strozier Library, to hear her speak about topics ranging from healthcare to criminal justice reform.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock: 'I Endorse Jo Jorgensen for President'


by Mike "Mish" Shedlock, TheStreet.com 

Jo Jorgensen for President

I get emails every day of two types.

  1. How can you be for Biden?
  2. How can you be for Trump?

I get more of the former than the latter but the frequency depends on whether I defend one or the other on anything.

Jo Jorgensen: 'Requiring People To Vaccinate Their Children Is One of the Most Egregious Things That the Government Can Do'

The Libertarian ticket is campaigning against lockdowns, vaccine mandates, and the World Health Organization, in addition to the usual taxation, prohibition, and war.

by Matt Welch, Reason.com

As the Libertarian Party has established itself as the most electorally successful third party in the United States, voters have grown accustomed to the group's radical messaging against taxation, prohibition and war. One of the party's top 10 presidential primary finishers in 2020, after all, had his name legally changed to "Taxation Is Theft."

Less broadly known, though on full display in a streamed interview I conducted last night with presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen, is the party's antipathy toward international institutions, pandemic restrictions, and vaccine mandates.

Jorgensen last night volunteered the latter as an example of the type of "personal decision" best left to individuals, rather than determined via the political process. So I asked her whether, philosophically, she considered it wise for public schools to require children be vaccinated as a condition for enrollment.

"I think it is immoral," she responded. Then, after noting that she personally has chosen to vaccinate her family, Jorgensen contrasted vaccination policy with the types of prohibitions Libertarians have long opposed—on drugs, gambling, vaping, consensual sex transactions, and so on...

To read interview in full, click here.


Philadelphia Weekly: 'DO YOU KNOW JO?'

Libertarian presidential candidate talks War on Drugs, poverty, more

by Eugene Zenyatta, Philadelphia Weekly 

You know Trump, Biden and even Kanye are running for president. But have you met Dr. Jo Jorgensen?

She’s the presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party – the third-largest political party, according to voter registration. Its 2016 candidate, Gary Johnson, pulled in just over 3 percent of the popular vote. According to its website, lp.org, “Libertarians strongly oppose any government interference into their personal, family, and business decisions. Essentially, we believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.”

Libertarian presidential candidate courts Black Lives Matter supporters

But is laissez-faire capitalism the solution to racial injustice and inequalities?

by Dylan Brogan, Isthmus.com

During a campaign rally outside the Wisconsin state Capitol, Jo Jorgensen sounded like she was speaking at a local Black Lives Matter protest. That is, until Adam Smith’s invisible hand made an appearance. 

The Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee devoted the first eight minutes of her stump speech to the criminal justice system — pledging systematic change not supported by Democratic nominee Joe Biden or the GOP’s Donald Trump.

New York Times/Siena College Poll Shows Jo Jorgensen at 8% in Alaska

Ballot Access News

On October 16, a New York Times/Siena College Poll was released for the presidential election in Alaska. See this story. Jo Jorgensen is at 8%. She is the only presidential candidate who has campaigned in person this year (in the general election) in Alaska.

Catholic News Agency Story on American Solidarity Party

Ballot Access News

The Catholic News Agency is an on-line news source founded in 2004. It has this story about the American Solidarity Party, which is running Brian Carroll for president. The story mentions the Free & Equal/Open the Debates lawsuit of October 8, which included Carroll.

New Mexico Public Broadcasting Includes All Three Parties in U.S. Senate Debate

Ballot Access News

New Mexico PBS is sponsoring a U.S. Senate debate, and has invited all three candidates on the ballot, the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian nominees. Thanks to Rick Lass for the link.

Arkansas News Story About Libertarian Ricky Harrington, the Only Opponent to U.S. Senator Tom Cotton

Ballot Access News

This story says that support for Ricky Harrington is growing, as a result of the hour interview on the Public Broadcasting stations in Arkansas. PBS wanted debates, and did sponsor inclusive debates for the U.S. House races in Arkansas. But in the U.S. Senate race, Cotton refused to participate, so PBS gave the entire hour to Harrington. Harrington is the Libertarian nominee. There is no Democrat in the race. Thanks to Liam Callahan for the link.

Some New York Democratic Legislators Ask Voters to Vote for Joe Biden on Working Families Line

Ballot Access News

According to this story, several Democratic Party legislators in New York, along with some Democratic Party elected officials in New York city, are asking voters to vote for Joe Biden on the Working Families line, instead of the Democratic line. These Democrats are friends of the Working Families Party, which will go off the ballot under the new vote test unless the party polls 2% of the total presidential vote in New York.

New Florida Registration Data

Ballot Access News

All political parties except the Democratic Party increased their share of the registration, relative to the previous tally, which was as of July 20, 2020. The percentage of independent voters declined.

The new percentages: Democratic 36.72%; Republican 35.79%; Independent Party 1.13%; Libertarian .27%; Green .051%; Constitution .017%; Reform .0102%; Party for Socialism & Liberation .008%; Ecology .0063%; independent and miscellaneous 25.99%.

The percentages in July 2020 were: Democratic 37.20%; Republican 35.47%; Independent Party .91%; Libertarian .25%; Green .047%; Constitution .015%; Reform .0099%; Party for Socialism & Liberation .006%; Ecology .0056%; independent and miscellaneous 26.08%.

The Florida registration form lists a checkbox for the Democratic and Republican Parties, and for “no party affiliation”. Below that is a blank line if anyone wishes to register into any other party, qualified or not. The registration form does not list the qualified parties. It says if the applicant wishes to see a list of the qualified parties, to see the Secretary of State’s website, but anyone who does so will not find the list of qualified parties unless they know to choose the link “candidates and committees.”

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Indiana Libertarian candidate for governor targets voters upset by COVID-19 mandates

by Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star 

Navy veteran Donald Rainwater began to turn away from the Republican Party four years ago when state lawmakers considered raising taxes on cigarettes. 

Rainwater thought the GOP supermajorities should stand for limited government. The idea to charge $1 per pack ultimately failed, but Rainwater had had enough of a GOP he thought was increasingly expanding government. He turned to the Libertarian Party and began the first of four runs for office. 

"I decided it was time for me to stop being aggravated and to get up and do something," Rainwater said. "I felt like the Libertarian Party most closely mirrored the majority of my principles." 

He rose to prominence within the party during his last race, gaining nearly 40% of the vote for Westfield mayor by criticizing city spending on several projects. Now, his gubernatorial run is capturing the imagination of right-wing voters who are upset with Gov. Holcomb's decision to mandate masks and shut down businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic...

To read article in full, click here.

Libertarian Candidates Meet with Voters and Show them a Third Choice for This Upcoming Election

by Paul Beam, WICZ Fox40

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Former Gubernatorial Candidate, Larry Sharpe, is traveling the state introducing the public to Libertarian candidates, and today was Broome's turn.

Three libertarian candidates and one Republican candidate spoke at the event at the DoubleTree in Binghamton.

They spoke about how the lesser of two evils is still evil, and that voting Libertarian and third party isn't throwing your vote away...

To read more, click here.

Spike Cohen: 'The Libertarian way works'

by Jeremy 'Spike' Cohen, published in the Reno Gazette Journal

This opinion column was submitted by Jeremy "Spike" Cohen, the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president. The campaign's website is jo20.com

I was in Nevada a couple times in August and September as part of Jo Jorgensen's and my bus tour across America, and I was struck by many things. Besides the obvious beauty of the state and the welcoming nature of Nevadans, it also impressed me at how many of you were absolutely determined to live free, how intuitively you understood that big government overreach into your lives were making them more difficult, and how taking control back would make them so much better. It's probably no coincidence that over 80% of the land in Nevada is owned by the federal government...

To read editorial in full, click here.

Hopes run high for Libertarian against Cotton

Party says Harrington set for good showing

by Frank E, Lockwood, Arkansas Democrat Gazette 

Arkansas Libertarian Party activists say their U.S. Senate nominee, Ricky Dale Harrington, 

is poised to outperform any other statewide candidate for their party in Arkansas history.

They point to a poll, released Saturday, which shows the Pine Bluff resident trailing first-term 

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton by just 11 points, 49% to 38%, with 13% undecided.

The American Research Group survey of 600 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or 

minus 4 percentage points and was conducted Oct. 7-9. It was paid for by the Harrington 

campaign.

The incumbent, a Little Rock Republican, has no Democratic opponent. His independent 

opponent, Dan Whitfield, failed to collect enough signatures to appear on the Nov. 3 general 

election ballot...

To read more, click here.

In 2020, Libertarian candidates are grassroots activists, not former governors

VP candidate Cohen says that’s why Lincoln Chafee’s candidacy was short-lived

by Edward Fitzpatrick, Boston Globe

PROVIDENCE — Jeremy “Spike” Cohen, the Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate, is no Lincoln Chafee.

And he is not another William Weld or Gary Johnson.