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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Two Candidates File for Utah Independent American Nomination for U.S. House, Special Election

Ballot Access News Candidates are in the process of filing to seek a party nomination in the November 2017 special U.S. House election in Utah. Here is a list of such candidates. Two candidates filed, saying they want the Independent American nomination: Aaron Heineman and Jason Christensen. If they both have substantial support at the …

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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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British Columbia Likely to See a Referendum on Proportional Representation in Autumn 2018

Ballot Access News According to this story, at the very end, the British Columbia New Democratic Party and Green Party have agreed that the voters of British Columbia will vote in autumn 2018 on whether to use proportional representation. Because those two parties, together, have a slight majority in the new legislature, their plan for …

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Level the Playing Field and Other Debate Plaintiffs Ask U.S. District Court to Order FEC to Act Against Commission on Presidential Debates

Ballot Access News On May 26, Level the Playing Field, Peter Ackerman, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein filed this amended complaint, asking that the court order the Federal Election Commission to require the Commission on Presidential Debates to revise its debate invitation criteria. The case is Level the Playing Field v FEC, U.S. District Court, …

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British Columbia Greens Will Work with New Democratic Party to Organize Provincial Legislature

Ballot Access News On May 29, the British Columbia Green Party announced that it will work with New Democratic Party legislators to organize the provincial legislature. See this story. No party has a majority, so it was up to the Greens to decide whether to choose the NDP or the Liberal Party. On Wednesday, May …

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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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