Montana Libertarian Mark Wicks, Who Got 6 Percent Against the GOP’s Gianforte, Believes the L.P. Must Focus More on State and Local Races

Brian Doherty, Reason.com It wasn't ultimately surprising that a Republican candidate facing assault charges for allegedly bodyslamming a reporter the day before the election won his House race in Montana anyway. But Greg Gianforte's 6 percent win over Democrat Rob Quist was far lower than most assessments of Montana's relative preference for Republicans would indicate. …

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Maryland Ballot Access Improvement Becomes Law

Ballot Access News On May 26, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said that he is letting HB 529 become law without his signature. There is no legal difference between a bill that gets signed by a Governor, and a bill that becomes law without the Governor’s signature. Generally a Governor declines to sign certain bills because …

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Utah’s newest political party submits signatures to be on the ballot

by Ben Winslow SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s newest political party has submitted signatures to get on ballots in future elections. Leaders of the United Utah Party, which bills itself as a centrist alternative to Republicans and Democrats, filed more than 2,000 signatures on Thursday with the Lt. Governor’s Office. Subject to verification, the signatures …

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Another Cuban Libertarian Disappeared; His Associates Fear He’s Been Secretly Arrested (UPDATE: Activist Found, Claims to Have Been Beaten)

Brian Doherty, Reason.com Another libertarian activist in Cuba may have been taken into illegitimate custody by the Castro regime, his associates in the Partido Libertario Cubano - Jose Marti are reporting. Nelson Rodriguez Chartrand, who wrote an article in the PanAm Post which I reported on here last week, about a rebel poster campaign that …

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Election Results in Two New York State Special Legislative Elections

Ballot Access News On May 23, New York held special elections to fill vacancies in the 30th State Senate district in Manhattan, and the 9th Assembly district on Long Island. The results are here. To see the Assembly election, toggle out of “Senate”. For the State Senate race in Manhattan, the results by party are: …

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Centrist Party Formed in Utah; Will Try to get on Ballot By End of May

Ballot Access News The United Utah Party has organized and is hoping to get on the ballot by the end of May 2017. See this story. If it does so, presumably it can participate in the upcoming special U.S. House election. There is probably a substantially overlap between the people who formed this party, and …

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Level the Playing Field Debates Case Returns to Court

Ballot Access News Two lawsuits are currently pending to force the Commission on Presidential Debates to ease its rules on who can participate in general election presidential debates. One of those cases, Level the Playing Field v Federal Election Commission, charges that the FEC has a duty to enforce federal campaign finance law, and that …

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Utah Sets Out Rules for Getting on Ballot for Special U.S. House Election

Ballot Access News On May 19, the Utah state elections office released guidelines for candidates who want to run for U.S. House, 3rd district. The special election will be held November 7, 2017. It is needed because of the resignation of Congressman Jason Chaffetz. Qualified parties can easily place a nominee into this special election. …

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