Voter choice is under attack

President Obama recently gave a speech in which he claimed that voting rights were under attack, saying “The stark, simple truth is this: The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” adding “Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote.” Continue reading

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Montgomery Newspaper Again Criticizes Legislature for Failing to Pass Ballot Access Reform

By Richard Winger The April 17 Montgomery Advertiser has this editorial, criticizing the legislature for again failing to pass any ballot access reform. Alabama will probably be one of only three states with no statewide minor party or independent candidates on the ballot in November. The others are likely to be California (due to the top-two system) and(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/04/montgomery-newspaper-again-criticizes-legislature-for-failing-to-pass-ballot-access-reform/

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Ohio Libertarian Party Ballot Access Case to be Argued in Sixth Circuit on Tuesday, April 22

By Richard Winger The Sixth Circuit will hear Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted, 14-3230, on Tuesday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m., in Cincinnati. This is the case over whether the Libertarian candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor should be on the party’s primary ballot. The court has reserved 30 minutes for this case.

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/04/ohio-libertarian-party-ballot-access-case-to-be-argued-in-sixth-circuit-on-tuesday-april-22/

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Lawsuit Filed Against Arkansas Law on Government Photo-ID for Voters at the Polls

By Richard Winger On April 16, some voters who do not have any government photo-ID filed a lawsuit against an Arkansas law which requires such ID in order for them to vote at the polls. See this story. The lawsuit is based on the Arkansas State Constitution. The lawsuit is Kohls v Martin, in Circuit Court in Pulaski(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/04/lawsuit-filed-against-arkansas-law-requiring-government-photo-id-for-voters-to-vote-at-the-polls/

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South Carolina Libertarian Party Asks State Supreme Court to Clarify that it can Continue to Nominate by Convention

By Richard Winger Before 2013, the South Carolina election law said that a party cannot switch from nominating by primary, to nominating by convention, unless three-fourths of the delegates to its state convention approve the idea. In 2013, the legislature made it even more difficult for a party that nominates by primary to switch to conventions. It amended(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/04/south-carolina-libertarian-party-asks-state-supreme-court-to-clarify-that-it-can-continue-to-nominate-by-convention/

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Flossing the Statist Soul


Sloppy thinking leads to bad morals.

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Iowa Supreme Court Issues Splintered Decision on Which Crimes Result in Disenfranchisement

By Richard Winger The Iowa Constitution says that persons convicted of “infamous crimes” may not register to vote. On April 15, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an opinion in Chiodo v The Section 43.24 Panel, 14-0553. The issue was whether an individual who had been convicted of an aggrevated misdemeanor should lose the right to register. Specifically, the(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/04/iowa-supreme-court-issues-splintered-decision-on-which-crimes-result-in-disenfranchisement/

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Pennsylvania Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Survives Attempt to Remove him from Primary Ballot

By Richard Winger Bob Guzzardi, the only person who petitioned for a place on the Pennsylvania Republican primary ballot against the incumbent Republican Governor (Tom Corbett) has so far survived a challenge to his petition. See this story. However, the individuals who tried to get him removed from the ballot will appeal to the State Supreme Court. The(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/04/pennsylvania-republican-gubernatorial-candidate-survives-attempt-to-remove-him-from-primary-ballot/

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On The Lam (Part 31)

It was September 11 and the sight of the buildings falling was a shock like I had never felt. The sadness for the people having to deal with this tragedy was overwhelming but a part of me felt like it was bound to happen with all the meddling in other people’s affairs that the U.S. government does. One thing was for sure, life would never be the same again. I knew that maniac Bush and his psychotic side-kick Cheney would use it to unleash all kinds of horrible things into the world, I only wish I had been wrong. I started to notice a change locally almost immediately. All the laws that were on the books but not enforced, were starting to be fully enforced. I saw the cops take away a runner one day outside Central station and found out later that he was deported. I felt lucky it had not been me and changed my way of working immediately. I no longer would go near the station choosing to hang out at the more popular hostels and wait for them to be full and pick off the folks they turned away. It worked well at first but I knew winter was coming and it would become near impossible then. To top it all off the owner told us all that she was selling the business and that we should all prepare to find new jobs. Continue reading

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First Debate for California’s 33rd U.S. House District Invites only Democratic Candidates

By Richard Winger One of the most interesting U.S. House races in California in 2014 is the 33rd, where incumbent Henry Waxman is not running for re-election. On April 13, the first debate in that race was held by the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club. Not surprisingly, the Club, being an arm of the Democratic Party, only invited Democrats(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/04/first-debate-for-californias-33rd-u-s-house-district-invites-only-democratic-candidates/

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New York Times Publishes Essay on the Usefulness of New and Minor Political Parties

By Richard Winger The Sunday New York Times, for April 6, has this essay by history professor Molly Worthen. It is about how the Progressive Party of Vermont was instrumental in causing Vermont to pass a single-payer health system, and it makes the general point that new and minor parties not only introduce new ideas, but they sometimes(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/04/new-york-times-publishes-essay-on-the-usefulness-of-new-and-minor-political-parties/

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Taxes: Bargain, Rip-off, or Evil?

Will you suffer in silence?

 

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Four Parties Win Seats in Quebec Legislature

By Richard Winger Quebec held a provincial legislative election on April 7. Four parties elected state legislators, even though Quebec, like all Canadian provinces, uses the same “first past the post” election system that the United States uses. See this analysis of where each of the four parties won seats. Thanks to Thomas Jones for the link.

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/04/four-parties-win-seats-in-quebec-legislature/

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Ohio Libertarian Party Files Reply Brief in Ballot Access Case

By Richard Winger Here is the final brief in the Sixth Circuit in Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted, 14-3230. It makes good use of the April 2 U.S. Supreme Court decision McCutcheon v FEC, and good use of a March 31 decision of a U.S. District Court in Delaware in another disclosure case, Delaware Strong Families v(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/04/ohio-libertarian-party-files-reply-brief-in-ballot-access-case-2/

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