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Libertarian Candidate in Florida Addresses Opponent?s Reversal on Marriage Equality Ban (July 22, 2014, 10:14 PM)



Overby Addresses Jolly Reversal on Marriage Equality Ban


Pinellas County, FL: July 22, 2014 – In his ongoing commitment to promote dialogue about the issues that have been identified as a concern to the community, Lucas Overby addressed the recent reversal of his opponent’s support during the Special Election of the 2008 Florida Amendment that defined marriage as a union only between one man and one woman and that thus banned the creation of similar unions, such as civil unions or same-sex marriage.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation: STEM isn?t the Solution (July 22, 2014, 02:50 PM)

By Walter Smolarek

How can young people avoid joining the growing ranks of the permanently unemployed or underemployed? Apologists for the system, especially in the educational field, talk all the time about the virtues of STEM ? Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. If young people tailor their studies to prepare themselves for a career in these fields, the story goes, they will almost always be able to find well-paying work.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Files Lawsuit Against New Hampshire Law Barring Petitioning in Odd Years (July 22, 2014, 02:36 PM)

From Ballot Access News:

Earlier this year, the New Hampshire legislature passed HB 1542, which makes it illegal for a group to circulate the petition for party status during an odd year. On July 22, the Libertarian Party filed a federal lawsuit against the new restriction. Libertarian Party of N.H.… Read more ...

Nelson Hultberg Announces Formation of a New Party: National Independent Party (July 22, 2014, 02:22 PM)

Nelson Hultberg

From an email announcing the launch of the new National Independent Party:

To all American Patriots:

The battle has begun. The National Independent Party is now officially launched to challenge the egregious monopoly that Democrats and Republicans have in America!

AFR’s video speech, Why We Must Form a Second Political Party in America, by Nelson Hultberg, is our opening salvo to Washington and its relentless destruction of our country.… Read more ...

Social Policy: Union Member Recruitment by Vermont Progressives (July 22, 2014, 01:02 PM)

By Steve Early

As labor-backed independent electoral efforts proliferate, more activists in other state are looking to the example of the Vermont Progressive Party (VPP). More than any other third-party formation in the country, the VPP has campaigned successfully for state legislative seats and municipal office, ?while building support for reform and nudging the Democrats left.?

Over the last three decades, Vermont Progressives have also been able to woo local labor organizations away from their previous knee-jerk support for local Democrats or moderate Republicans.… Read more ...

Ed Rabel, Independent U.S. House Candidate in West Virginia, Certified for the November Ballot (July 22, 2014, 12:29 PM)

From Ballot Access News:

Ed Rabel, a prominent journalist for several decades, has been certified for a place on the November 2014 West Virginia ballot. He is running for U.S. House in an open seat. See this story.

From the article cited, written by Paul J. Nyden:

Longtime national television reporter Ed Rabel announced Monday that he had received enough signatures to get on the ballot.… Read more ...

Socialist Alternative: Stop Israeli State Terror (July 22, 2014, 10:34 AM)

Over 260 Palestinians have been killed in the current war ? the overwhelming majority civilians. Two Israelis have also lost their lives. The destruction raining down on the Gaza strip, carried out by the huge US-backed military machine of the Israeli government, is completely disproportionate to the threat faced by homemade rockets fired from Gaza.… Read more ...

Workers World Party: Stand with Gaza (July 21, 2014, 04:30 PM)

When oppression makes life a living hell for those who suffer under it, there can be no end to their resistance, whatever the cost.

This is what the Israeli settler state and its imperialist backers, particularly the U.S. ruling class, fail to take into account as they try to bludgeon and squeeze the people of Gaza until they can take no more.… Read more ...

Former Top Aide to Governor Arnold Schwarznegger Admits Top-Two Injures Independent Candidates (July 21, 2014, 03:50 PM)

Via Ballot Access News:

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was the leading proponent of California?s top-two ballot measures, both in 2004 (when the proposal lost) and in June 2010 (when it won). The July 20 Sacramento Bee has this discussion with Rob Stutzman, who was the Governor?s chief of staff for communications and who still supports top-two systems.… Read more ...

Washington Times: SD Libertarian Party Hopes to Prove Relevance (July 21, 2014, 03:26 PM)

The Libertarian Party in South Dakota is planning a convention next month, with hopes of showing it can be a major political player in the state.

Democrats did not nominate candidates for three statewide offices – attorney general, auditor and public lands commissioner. Libertarians have the opportunity to be the only opposition to Republican candidates for those offices.… Read more ...

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