Former Meridian mayoral candidate found shot to death

Therese Apel , The Clarion-Ledger A former mayoral candidate was found shot to death in the woods Monday, the Lauderdale County Coroner said. Mariner Durant, 23, who identifies himself on his Twitter page as the Chairman of the Lauderdale County Libertarian Party, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound Monday afternoon in the woods outside …

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Libertarian Party Bylaws Committee Hearing set for June 22, 2017

Independent Political Report Meeting Name: Bylaws Committee Hearing When: 6/22/2017 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern Purpose: To receive public feedback regarding the Bylaws and desired changes Requested by: Katz (chair) READ HEARING NOTICE HERE As electronic meetings are in the nature of special meetings, no commitments may be made on items other than …

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Iowa Special Legislative Election

Ballot Access News Iowa holds a special election on June 27 to fill the empty State House seat, 22nd district. According to this story, the Republican and Libertarian Parties placed a nominee on the ballot, but the Democratic nominee missed a filing deadline and will be a write-in candidate. There is also an independent candidate …

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U.S. District Court Strikes Down Kentucky Campaign Finance Law that Let Individuals Give More to Democratic and Republican Committees than Committees of Other Parties

Ballot Access News On June 6, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge William O. Bertelsman, a Carter appointee, struck down a Kentucky campaign finance contribution limit that discriminated in favor of the Republican and Democratic Parties, and against all other parties. Shickel v Dilger, e.d., 2:15cv-155. The law, sec. 121.015(3)(b), said that individuals could give $5,000 …

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New Jersey Constitution Party Gubernatorial Nominee on Ballot

Ballot Access News The New Jersey Constitution Party has successfully placed Matt Riccardi on the New Jersey ballot for Governor, for the November 2017 election. This is the first time in the party’s history that it has had a nominee on the ballot for that office. Here is the party’s web page. However, because the …

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Castro Regime Arrests Cuban Libertarian Party Members: “Only the Communist Party Is Legal”

by Elena Toledo, Pan Am Post Members of the Cuban Libertarian Party were arrested this week without warrant or cause, a party spokesperson reported. On Wednesday, May 31, three members of the Cuban State Security Forces arrived at the Benjamin Franklin Libertarian Library in Havana to accuse members of the Cuban Libertarian Party of disorderly conduct. “We …

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Albuquerque Journal Mentions that Libertarian Party Will Have its Own Primary in 2018

Ballot Access News The Albuquerque Journal has this article (scroll down) mentioning that the Libertarian Party will have a primary in 2018. This will be the first time that the New Mexico Libertarian Party has ever before qualified for its own primary. If the party retains that status in the November 2018 election, it will …

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Libertarian Candidate Files for US Senate in Florida

Joe Wendt, who in 2012 received 43% of the vote for a local office after vowing to abolish his office if elected, has announce his candidacy for US Senate in Florida on the May 27 podcast episode of Rocky and the Gonz.  The campaign motto, according to his website, appears to be "Make America Free Again." According …

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Prohibition Party’s Bill Bayes to Run for President

Independent Political Report According to Rick Knox, national chairman of the Prohibition Party, Bill Bayes, the Prohibition Party’s 2016 vice presidential nominee, will seek the 2020 presidential nominations of both the Prohibition and Constitution parties. Bayes, 66, lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he owns a manufacturing business.  He is a former teacher and band director.  His …

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U.S. District Court in Texas Uphold’s “Sore Loser” Law as Applied to Presidential Independent Candidates

Ballot Access News On May 18, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman, an Obama appointee, upheld Texas’ sore loser law as applied to presidential candidates. Kennedy v Pablos, w.d., 1:16cv-1047. The case had been filed in 2016 by Rocky De La Fuente, who had appeared on the Texas Democratic presidential primary ballot in March 2016, …

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