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Four Parties Enter Candidates in Mississippi?s 2015 Statewide Races (March 5, 2015, 06:16 PM)

Shawn O’Hara

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Mississippi holds all its regularly-scheduled elections for state office in November of the odd year before presidential election years.

According to this story, the Reform Party and the Libertarian Party have a few candidates, along with many Democratic and Republican candidates, of course.… Read more ...


Jeffrey Carson: Want to Fix Politics? Run for America (March 5, 2015, 05:47 PM)

From Jeffrey Carson via email. Carson was the Libertarian Party nominee for U.S. House in Virginia’s 8th district in 2014:

I?m writing to pass along a new op-ed in USA Today that I co-authored alongside five other congressional candidates from 2014. In it, we call upon the next wave of pragmatic, next generation leaders to run for Congress in 2016 and pick up where we left off in challenging the partisan gridlock and special interest corruption in Washington.… Read more ...


2012 Green VP candidate Cheri Honkala challenges standardized testing in Phila. schools (March 5, 2015, 03:33 PM)

2012 Green VP candidate and PPEHRC National Coordinator Cheri Honkala shared this photo on her Facebook page recently.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Green Party’s 2012 Vice Presidential candidate is taking a leading role in public school parents’ challenges to high stakes standardized testing.  Cheri Honkala, the parent of a child in the Philadelphia public school system, is also the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.… Read more ...


Portland, ME Green Party announces ballot initiative campaign for $15/hour minimum wage (March 5, 2015, 02:59 PM)

Greens campaign for $15/hour minimum wage in Portland, ME.

From the Portland Press Herald:

Portland Greens, meanwhile, are ?dismayed? that Brennan?s proposed minimum wage would still make it difficult for people to afford to live in Portland, according to a press release.

The Greens are seeking to establish a so-called living wage of $15 an hour through a citywide referendum.

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Dan Holloran sentenced to ten years in federal prison for bribery (March 5, 2015, 12:55 AM)

Halloran during his 2012 campaign for Congress

Dan Holloran, former New York City Councilman who was elected as the fusion nominee of the Republican, Independence, Conservative, and Libertarian parties in 2009, has been sentenced to ten years in prison on federal corruption charges.

Mr. Halloran was found guilty last year in connection with his role in arranging the bribery of city Republican leaders to allow former State Senator Malcolm Smith, a Queens Democrat, to run as a Republican candidate for mayor in 2013.… Read more ...


IPR Writers Acquire American Third Party Report (ATPR) (March 5, 2015, 12:08 AM)

On March 4, Krzysztof Lesiak, founder of American Third Party Report, decided to “officially discontinue” the site.

ATPR will no longer publish new articles/ stories. Thanks to all who have visited our site. We encourage everyone to go on the Independent Political Report (IPR) or Ballot Access News to follow developments in the world of third parties.

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Independent Films and Independent Politics (March 4, 2015, 05:42 PM)

Hollywood held its Oscars a couple of weeks ago. Of interest to many, especially those calling for a pardon (or Nobel Peace Prize) for Edward Snowden, was the documentary CITIZEN FOUR which won the Oscar for Best Documentary. The director of the film, Laura Poitras, as she accepted the award said, “The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself,”  Snowden released a statement following the Oscars saying, in part, “My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world.Read more ...


Netanyahu Speech, From Three Perspectives (March 4, 2015, 02:52 PM)

Netanyahu Speech, from Three Perspectives

Published on March 4th, 2015 | by David Housholder

Benjamin Netanyahu carved a tattoo on the minds of every member of congress yesterday. A flourish of oratory rare in contemporary America. See the full speech in the video above.

But how you react to it depends on which of three tribes hold your membership card.

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Adrian Wyllie?s ongoing fight against REAL ID in Florida (March 4, 2015, 01:06 PM)

Wyllie speaks

Adrian Wyllie (L-FL)

Adrian Wyllie, 2014 Libertarian candidate for Governor of Florida, continues to attract media coverage for his protest of the REAL ID Act.

Wyllie has refused to renew his Florida driver’s license, and when charged for driving without a license has repeatedly tried to raise arguments in court alleging the unconstitutionality of Florida’s implementation of the REAL ID Act.… Read more ...


James Ryan: Why Proportional Representation Would Strengthen Third Parties in America (March 4, 2015, 10:20 AM)

From James Ryan at the Independent Voter Network:

Under the American system, both major parties ? as well as the campaign professionals who support their candidates ? each have the ability to map out a clear path to victory and maintain their hold on state and national policy conversations. Despite the clear failings of winner-take-all politics, there is no incentive among the ruling parties to give up the electoral comfort they enjoy.… Read more ...


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