Category Archives: Leftist Parties


Workers World Party Presidential Ticket Supports Teachers Strike in Chicago

Peace & Freedom Party Candidate forum, April 17 in Oakland

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Presidential and Senate candidates forum hosted by the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement. The speakers are:

The candidates for the Peace and Freedom Party nomination for President:
Lynn Kahn (independent)
Gloria La Riva (Party for Socialism and Liberation)
Monica Moorehead (Workers World Party)
Jill Stein (Green Party) or her representative
The Peace and Freedom Party candidate for U.S. Senate:
John Parker (Workers World Party)

NOTE: As of this writing the California Secretary of State has refused to place Jill Stein on the Peace and Freedom Party primary ballot.
When: Sunday, April 17 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: East Side Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland (MAP)
What: candidate forum

Ballot Access News: Women’s Equality Party Refuses To Cross-Nominate Democratic Nominee In Upcoming New York Special Legislative Race

(The following was originally published in Ballot Access News.)

The Women’s Equality Party of New York is refusing to nominate the Democratic nominee in the April 19 special election for Assembly, 65th district. See this story. As far as is known, this is the first time the Women’s Equality Party has abstained from cooperating with the Democratic Party since the party was born in 2014. The Democratic nominee, Alice Cancel, is a woman.

Ballot Access News: Independent Party Already is Circulating a Petition for Michael Bloomberg for President

(The following was originally published by Richard Winger in Ballot Access News)

The Independent Green Party, which exists only in Virginia and which is not associated with the Green Party, has already begun circulating a petition in Virginia for President. It lists Michael Bloomberg for President and Larry Ellison for Vice-President. In case those individuals choose not to run, Virginia law lets the Independent Green Party, or any petitioning group, substitute different names later. Thanks to Carey Campbell for this news.

New Oregon registration data prompts news story about Independent Party

Ballot Access News

The Oregon Secretary of State recently released the September 2015 voter registration data by party. See it here.

The new percentages are: Democratic 37.83%; Republican 29.65%; Independent Party 5.07%; Libertarian .81%; Working Families .54%; Pacific Green .45%; Constitution .17%; Progressive .09; Americans Elect .02%; other parties .93%; independent voters 24.44%. Americans Elect is no longer ballot-qualified, but Oregon law says recently disqualified parties continue to receive a registration tally for one more election, to see if they can get enough to re-qualify.

A year ago, the percentages were: Democratic 38.12; Republican 30.17%; Independent Party 4.82%; Libertarian .79%; Pacific Green .47%; Working Families .43%; Constitution .16%; Progressive .09%; Americans Elect .02%; other parties .98%; independent voters 23.94%.

Here is a news story about the Independent Party, which focuses on the new registration data.

Tennessee Sixth Circuit Ballot Access Victory on How Parties Remain on Ballot Might Impact Kentucky

Ballot Access News

Both Kentucky and Tennessee are in the Sixth Circuit. As already noted, on July 2, 2015, the Sixth Circuit struck down Tennessee’s law on how a party remains on the ballot. The Tennessee law let an old party that met the 5% vote test remain on for four years. For example, if it met the vote test in 2010, then it would remain on automatically for both 2012 and 2014. No matter how poorly it did in 2012, it would be on in 2014.

That decision was Green Party of Tennessee v Hargett, 14-5435.

The decision could plausibly be applied to Kentucky. In Kentucky, when a party polls 2% for President, it is then safely on the ballot for four years. For example, John Anderson polled over 2% for President in 1980, under the label “Anderson Coalition.” The Anderson Coalition Party was then safely on the ballot in Kentucky for all elections in 1981 through 1984. The party was on the ballot for President again in November 1984, and since no petition was needed, Anderson appeared on the ballot in Kentucky in 1984 even though he wasn’t running in any other state. It didn’t matter that the Anderson Coalition Party (which had been allowed to re-name itself the National Unity Party) hadn’t even run anyone for any office during 1981, 1982, or 1983.

By contrast, the Libertarian Party got on the ballot for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, and polled 3.08%. The party spent a considerable amount of money on its 2014 petition for U.S. Senate. Once the 2014 election was over, the party was dumped off the ballot and not allowed to participate in 2015 (when Governor is up) or 2016, unless it did an entirely new statewide petition. The petition requirement is 5,000 signatures. It seems plausible that the Kentucky Libertarian Party can rely on the Sixth Circuit Tennessee decision to argue that it should be on the ballot automatically in 2015 and 2016, if not 2018 as well.

The other two states in the Sixth Circuit are Michigan and Ohio. Michigan requires all parties, new and old, to meet the vote test every two years, so there is no discrimination. Similarly, Ohio now allows all parties that qualify (whether by petition or by meeting the 3% vote test) to then be on for four more years. Because the Green Party met the Ohio vote test in 2014, it is on for both 2016 and 2018 (for 2014 only, the Ohio vote test was 2%, but in future elections it is 3%).