Monthly Archives: February 2016

Recording of the Constitution Party presidential debate in Boise, Idaho

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On February 27th, 2016, a presidential debate was held for the candidates seeking the Constitution Party’s nomination, which will be decided in April in Salt Lake City, Utah. The debate was hosted by the Consitution Party of Idaho in the state’s capitol city of  Boise. Patrick Anthony Ockander, J.R. Myers and Scott Copeland participated. The three candidates will appear on the Idaho Constitution Party primary ballot on March 8th, the first time in the state’s history that the Constitution Party will have a contested presidential primary. A recording of the debate is available on Blog Talk Radio, and lasts about three hours.

Click here to listen to the recording.

Augustus Invictus’ latest “fireside chat” on the American Front

On February 27th, Augustus Invictus, a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate in Florida, spoke to a white nationalist group called the American Front in Washington state. A transcript of that speech is available in a previous ATPR article.

Yesterday, Invictus uploaded his latest “fireside chat” regarding the American Front. The video runs for eleven minutes.

Rosa Clemente, former Green Party vice-preisidential candidate, speaks at BGSU conference

The following was posted on the Green Party’s website on February 28th, 2016:

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Rosa Clemente

BOWLING GREEN — Many students were among about 300 people who attended Bowling Green State University’s 17th annual Black Issues Conference on Saturday, a daylong event dedicated to examining topics ranging from criminal justice to politics.

Rosa Clemente, the 2008 Green Party vice presidential candidate, delivered the keynote address at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

A black and Puerto Rican community organizer, writer, and lecturer from the Bronx in New York City, Ms. Clemente also founded and is president of Know Thy Self Productions, which consults on a broad range of topics such as third-party politics and engaging young voters of color.

In her nearly hourlong speech, Ms. Clemente drew attention to mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, police brutality, and access to affordable housing and clean water.

Her bipartisan attack took aim at Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, as well as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both vying for the Democratic nod.

“A xenophobic, racist, misogynist is about to potentially win the Republican nomination, and on the Democratic side either way, man, that Democratic party all they’ve done is use our people for their votes,” she said.

Ms. Clemente urged the students to think critically about what’s going on not far from campus. She pointed out that the November, 2014, shooting death of Tamir Rice, a black 12-year-old who was playing with what turned out to be a pellet gun by a white police officer happened in Cleveland.

In Flint, Mich., about two hours north of Bowling Green, a switch in the water supply led to lead contamination causing an ongoing crisis in the city of about 100,000 with a sizable black population.

“If you’re not part of a movement, I invite you to join one. If you identify as black, I invite you to join the Black Lives Matter movement,” she said. “But if you don’t want to do that, do something. We don’t have time anymore for games.”

Organizers said the conference, held toward the end of Black History Month, is one way the university works to address challenging topics.

Angela Nelson, interim chair for BGSU’s department of ethnic studies, said the event gives an opportunity to bring black issues to the attention of the campus and noted the timeliness of the topics in a presidential election year.

Ms. Clemente “speaks her mind” and “doesn’t hold back,” said Susana Peña, director of BGSU’s school of cultural and critical studies.

“We strive to tackle diversity issues. We strive to have difficult conversations and have productive, difficult conversations. But, we all have a long way to go, so we’re working on it,” she said.

Gp.org: March News from the Illinois Green Party

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The following was posted on the Green Party’s website on February 27th, 2016:

The Illinois Green Party will hold its state convention/membership meeting in Chicago on Saturday, March 5, at Conference Chicago/University Center, 525 South State Street, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. See the details here. The convention will include party business, like electing our officers and delegates to the national Green Party, selecting candidates for Senate and Comptroller, and planning the upcoming petitioning campaign. Attendees will also hear from Green Party candidates, as well as speakers on social justice and ecological wisdom issues. The meeting will be followed by a fundraising dinner at the same venue. Join us to help bring Green Party values to the political system, to network with fellow Greens, and to have some fun.

Come Hear Presidential Candidate Jill Stein at Our 2016 State Convention Dinner!

Following what is certain to be an exciting meeting day, we really would like to see you at our membership dinner. And if you’ll be attending the dinner – then we really, really need for you to tell us in advance, so that we can give the caterers an accurate meal count.

After a busy day of work, we’ll set aside some time to network and relax. Between 5 and 6:30, join us at Buddy Guy’s Legends (located nearby at 700 South Wabash) for a pre-dinner social hour. (Cash bar.)

At 6:30, return to University Center for fun and fellowship at our membership fundraising dinner, including a keynote address by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, the winner of our presidential preference primary!

Former Green Party candidate for Governor Rich Whitney will be on hand as MC and the evening will include our first ever Houghton/Hughes Award, to honor a local activist for advancing Green values. To help raise funds for campaign 2016, we will also be having a silent auction, so please consider bringing along an item of value to donate.

For dinner, it will be a vegetarian and vegan-friendly “Taste of the Mediterranean” buffet.

Cost: $40 per person ($20 low income), payable during meeting hours (between 9 and 5) or at the door if you RSVP. Cash or check, please — no credit or debit cards.

Here’s the menu:

Grilled lemon-oregano chicken
Lemon penne pasta & vegetables (vegan)
Greek salad with lemon dill vinaigrette (vegan – feta on side)
Bruschetta with basil and tomato (vegan)
Yellow gazpacho (vegan)
Pita triangles (vegan)
House-made baklava
Please email your dinner reservation (right now, if you’d be so kind) to Scott Summers, at. Thanks.

It’s certain to be a wonderful day – and a rousing evening. We hope to see you there!

Meet Up With Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein in Springfield, Champaign-Urbana and /or Chicago This Week!

Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2012 Presidential Candidate and winner of this year’s ILGP Presidential Preference Voting with 87% of the vote, will be appearing at several events around Illinois leading up to the state convention in Chicago.

Wednesday, March 2, Champaign-Urbana

Dr. Stein will be appearing on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana beginning at 8 pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1155186254499276/

Thursday, March 3, Springfield

Dr. Stein will be presenting at the University of Illinois at Springfield, for the ECCE Speaker Series, on the subject of Working For Our Political Environment & Personal Health.
http://www.uis.edu/speakerseries/events/

After her presentation, Dr. Stein will be attending a meet-and-greet in Springfield.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1993987450825432/

Friday, March 4, Chicago

Dr. Stein will attend a meet-and-greet in the party room at The Rail, 4709 N. Damen Avenue in Chicago, beginning at 6:30 pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1003191969717178/

Saturday, March 5, Chicago

Dr. Stein caps her whirlwind tour of Illinois at the ILGP’s convention, speaking on the Candidates’ panel during the afternoon and also as the keynote speaker at the ILGP’s fundraising dinner following the state convention, beginning at 6:30 pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1098315526865968/

Illinois Primary, March 15th: Please pick up a Green Party ballot in the 5th and 12th Congressional Districts!

Greens who presently reside in the 5th Congressional District (in Cook and DuPage counties, currently represented by Mike Quigley) or the 12th Congressional District (St. Clair, Jackson, Williamson, Jefferson and several other counties in Southern Illinois, currently represented by Mike Bost) are urged to pick up a Green Party ballot in the primary election on March 15th. Both are contested primaries, and you can help determine who our candidate shall be.

In the 5th Congressional District, the choice is between Warren “Grizz” Grimsley and Rob Sherman. Both are members of the Illinois Green Party.

In the 12th Congressional District, the choice is between our 2014 candidate Paula Bradshaw and newcomer Sadona Folkner. Paula initially filed as a “placeholder” candidate while local party chapters were scouting and speaking to other possible candidates. Sadona, not realizing that this plan had been adopted, also filed in order to maintain the ballot line. Since then, Paula has decided to run again, and Sadona recently notified local party chapters that she will no longer seek the party’s nomination. Paula’s website is in the process of being refurbished, but her Facebook page ishere.

We recognize that, with so much media attention being focused on the presidential contest of the two corporate parties, there is much pressure on, and temptation of, voters to vote in the Democratic or Republican presidential primary. However, in the 5th and 12th Congressional District, it is important for the Green Party to put our best feet forward. Please vote Green in the primary in these two districts!

We also take this opportunity to remind you that if you are thinking about running as a Green, for any office, anywhere in Illinois, in 2016, you must not cast a Democratic or Republican primary ballot, as this will disqualify you as a candidate. You should also let us know about it pretty soon!

Interested in running for office in 2016? Time is running out to decide!

If you have been thinking about running as a Green for county office or the Illinois General Assembly, time is running out to make your decision! Except in the 5th and 12th Congressional District races and the Chicago-area Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, we have to petition to get on the ballot. The petitioning period runs from March 29, 2016 through the filing deadline of June 27, 2016. The Illinois Green Party can help you, but you need to let us know of your plans! You should be discussing your plans with your local Green Party chapter or the ILGP Executive Committee right away. Interested persons who are not sure of who to contact should contact ILGP Secretary Rita Maniotis, at .

For more information on the offices up for election in 2016 and other details about filing and petitioning requirements, consult the 2016 candidates’ guide, here.
Illinois Green Party
http://www.ilgp.org/

 

 

 

Presidential ballot access map for the Constitution Party

Thanks to J.R. Myers for a link to the following, from the Constitution Party’s website:

Open and equal access to the ballot is the political rights issue of 21st Century America.  Without all political ideologies having a place in the free marketplace of ideas, on an equal footing with the top two in power, life is like an ice cream shop that only serves two flavors – customers grow weary and no longer buy.  America flourishes when its citizens have real choices with which they identify philosophically.  America’s representative system of constitutional governance is doomed to fail if voters continue to be offered only vanilla and chocolate when they what they really want is mint chocolate chip or a hot fudge sundae.


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WHAT IS BALLOT ACCESS?

Ballot access is the process by which candidates are allowed to place their name on the ballot, according to the rules of their state.

WHO IS IN CHARGE OF BALLOT ACCESS?

Ballot access is defined by each state legislature.  The rules and regulations are put into place by each state’s Secretary of State, then filtered down to the county, parish, or borough auditors, who run and monitor each election in their respective jurisdictions.

IS BALLOT ACCESS EQUAL FOR ALL POLITICAL PARTIES?

No. Ballot access is generally free and open to all candidates running as Republicans and Democrats.   Alternative parties and independents have other steps they must follow which vary from state to state.  These steps are often expensive, time-consuming, and convoluted.

HOW CAN I HELP THE CONSTITUTION PARTY GAIN BALLOT ACCESS IN MY STATE?

Contact your Secretary of State’s Office and ask the Elections Department how ballot access works in your state.  Most states have a signature petition requirement with very specific rules to follow.   You can also:

  • contact your state party leadership to find out how you can help the Constitution Party gain ballot access in your state.
  • sign a petition when asked and/or serve as a volunteer petition gatherer.
  • donate to your state or national party.  It costs money to pay signature gatherers and occasionally there are court costs associated with litigation regarding ballot access.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BALLOT ACCESS IN AMERICA

Richard Winger of Ballot Access News is the most highly respected expert on what is happening with ballot access in America today. Visit his website to find out more.

Open and Equal Elections:  Home Front with Cynthia Davis podcast featuring an engaging discussion on the topic with former national Constitution Party chairman Jim Clymer and Gary Odom, former national field director.  They discuss Ron Paul, George Washington, lawsuits, and why they continue to fight the battle against all odds.

February 2016 edition of Ballot Access News now online

Ballot Access News

Today, Richard Winger, the founder and editor of Ballot Access News and a member of the Libertarian Party, released the February 2016 edition of his print newsletter online. The contents of the newsletter:

Table of Contents

  1. U.S. DISTRICT COURT ENJOINS CONNECTICUT BAN ON OUT-OF-STATE CIRCULATORS
  2. MICHIGAN ENDS STRAIGHT-TICKET
  3. PROCEDURAL WIN IN SOUTH DAKOTA BALLOT ACCESS CASE
  4. BALLOT ACCESS BILLS
  5. 72% OF ARIZONA LEGISLATORS BACK POPULAR VOTE PLAN
  6. MAINE LIBERTARIAN PARTY SUES
  7. ARIZONA TOP-TWO INITIATIVE STARTS TO CIRCULATE, BUT HAS LEGAL FLAWS
  8. ALASKA DEMOCRATS WANT TO LET INDEPENDENTS BE THEIR NOMINEES
  9. AMERICA VOTES 2014 IS NOW IN PRINT
  10. ELECTION LAW BILLS OF INTEREST
  11. BOOK REVIEW: PRIMARY POLITICS
  12. U.S. SUPREME COURT DENIES THREE BALLOT ACCESS CASES
  13. U.S. DISTRICT COURT DENIES RELIEF IN PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY BALLOT ACCESS CASE
  14. 1914 VOTE FOR U.S. HOUSE
  15. PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY CANDIDATES WHO GOT ON BALLOTS IN JANUARY
  16. MIKE BLOOMBERG PONDERS INDEPENDENT CANDIDACY
  17. GARY JOHNSON DECLARES FOR THE LIBERTARIAN NOMINATION
  18. LIBERTARIAN PARTY GAINS A NEVADA STATE LEGISLATOR
  19. REFORM PARTY CONVENTION
  20. CHART ON 2016 PETITIONING
  21. JILL STEIN LIKELY TO RECEIVE PRIMARY MATCHING FUNDS IN FEBRUARY
  22. SUBSCRIBING TO BAN WITH PAYPAL

Read the full edition here.