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Jesse Ventura Again Talks 2016 Presidential Bid (October 21, 2014, 12:30 AM)

Jesse Ventura says his only path to the White House is as an independent. Image courtesy of

Jesse Ventura Wants to Run for President

By Mark Wachtler

October 19, 2014. Dellwood, MN. (ONN) Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura says he wants to run for US President in 2016. But the former professional wrestler and current cable TV host has some requests and conditions.

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MA Secretary of State Candidate Danny Factor Arrested at Silver Maple Forest Demonstration (October 20, 2014, 07:09 PM)

Danny Factor (in orange jacket) is arrested along with other protesters at the Silver Maple Forest in Belmont

From the Green-Rainbow Party website:

The cutting of trees was part of a pre-emptive strike by O’Neill properties, a Pennsylvania-based real estate developer who wants to build 300 condominiums on the site of the forest.… Read more ...

Newsday: Want Big Ideas? Listen to Howie Hawkins and Michael McDermott (October 20, 2014, 06:29 PM)

Howie Hawkins

From Lane Filler at Newsday:

If you spend much time talking to mainstream politicians, you can get bored. As they bicker over who wants to cut property taxes more without coming up with ways to limit the expenditures the taxes pay for, the eyelids droop. As they joust about the (largely nonexistent) difference between giving people here illegally a path to citizenship, a path to legal residency and a garden path to sweep at substandard wages while awaiting deportation, the mind wanders.… Read more ...

Eileen Umbehr Pens Letter to Kansas City Star, Critical of their Election Coverage (October 19, 2014, 10:44 PM)

Keen and Eileen Umbehr

From the Libertarian Party website:

Eileen Umbehr wrote the following letter to Kansas City Star reporter Eric Adler after he wrote an Oct. 5 headline story that neglected to mention her husband, Libertarian for governor Keen Umbehr, who has polled as high as 9% and has consistently beaten the spread between his Democratic and Republican rivals.… Read more ...

Ohio Democratic and Green Gubernatorial Nominees to Debate (October 19, 2014, 10:19 PM)

Anita Rios

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Ohio is one of only three states this year with a gubernatorial election, and in which the Democratic and Republican nominees won?t be debating each other. The other such states are Nevada and Tennessee.

However, the Ohio Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Ed FitzGerald, will debate the only other gubernatorial nominee on the ballot, Anita Rios of the Green Party, on October 22.… Read more ...

Illinois Herald Endorses Two Greens for Congress (October 19, 2014, 09:54 PM)

From Mark Wachtler at the Illinois Herald:

News outlets don?t typically endorse third party candidates. But then the Illinois Herald is no typical news outlet. We publish independent news for independent thinkers and independent voters. And in the races for US House of Representative in Illinois? 5th and 12th Congressional Districts, the Illinois Herald proudly and energetically endorses two Green Party candidates – Nancy Wade in CD-5 and Paula Bradshaw in CD-12.… Read more ...

Prohibition Party Now to Receive Full Pennock Trust Income (October 19, 2014, 04:22 PM)

Earl Dodge.  Image:

According to the National Prohibitionist, the entirety of the George L. Pennock Trust has been restored to the Prohibition Party after half was withheld due to a 2007 settlement with longtime chairman and five-time presidential nominee Earl Dodge.  Dodge died in late 2007, but the PNC Bank of Pittsburgh continued to give half of the trust to his defunct organization — until now.… Read more ...

CT Libertarian Joshua Katz Considers 2016 Prez Bid (October 19, 2014, 02:30 PM)

Joshua Katz

Westbrook, Connecticut Planning Board member Joshua Katz sent the following letter to IPR about a potential bid for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.  Last year, Katz defeated both a Republican and Democrat in his election to the Planning Board.  He also serves as chairman of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut.Read more ...

Kelly Gneiting: Holy and Unholy Matrimony (October 18, 2014, 12:40 PM)

From Kelly Gneiting at the Independent American Party website:

First and foremost, I want to express my realization that there is a divergence of opinion on this topic within liberty-loving men and women of today. I mean to offend no one. Simply, I am interested in NOT what?s popular, but what?s right.… Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party Supports a $20/Hour Minimum Wage, Posts $13/Hour Job Listing (October 18, 2014, 11:37 AM)

From Ben Swann:

The website of Seattle?s Freedom Socialist Party lists its most recent presidential candidate Stephen Durham?s political positions, which include the party?s effort to ?raise the minimum wage to $20 an hour.? The group also avidly supported a successful push for a $15-per-hour minimum wage in Seattle, which passed this year.… Read more ...

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