Third parties that have a national infrastructure such as the Green Party and Libertarian Party have waged legal battles from California to North Carolina to improve their ability to get on the ballot. In California, a more lax state regarding ballot access laws, Terry Baum went through several legal hurdles in her race against U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi as the Green Party candidate.
The common method is to attain a certain percentage from the previous gubernatorial election for a third party to stay on the ballot or a specific number of signatures to qualify. The higher the threshold, the more difficult it will be to officially receive votes on Election Day. Louisiana is one of three states, along with Florida and Oklahoma, which has either a filing fee or petition for third parties. Tennessee is the 3rd most restrictive state. Read The Full Story
Sixth Circuit Sends Tennessee Ballot Access and Ballot Order Case Back to U.S. District Court for More Fact-Finding
On August 22, the Sixth Circuit issued a 24-page opinion in Green Party of Tennessee v Hargett, 13-5975. It says that the U.S. District Court should re-adjudicate the case, and should take testimony on how burdensome it is for a group to submit a petition of 2.5% of the last gubernatorial vote (currently 40,042 signatures) with a deadline in early August.
Footnote four on page sixteen says the new evidence can be from other states. It should be fairly easy for the plaintiffs, the Green Party and the Constitution Party, to use experience from other states to demonstrate that getting as many as 40,042 valid signatures is burdensome. Neither party has ever been able to petition successfully for party status in any medium-size or small state that requires that many signatures. The only states in which either party has ever been able to overcome a signature hurdle as high as 40,000 signatures are California and Texas, which happen to be the most populous and second-most populous states in the nation.
The decision does hint that the state’s rationale for requiring as many as 40,000 signatures seems unconvincing. Page 16 says, “It is a puzzling proposition that voters should be less confused by a ballot listing numerous candidates without (“without” is in italics) a party designation than by a similar ballot including party designations; the latter, at least, contains information helpful to distinguishing among lesser-known candidates.” Read The Full Story
“I stand for choice, not a dictatorship,” the self-proclaimed conservative said.
“I’ve always lived on a budget,” he said. “I can’t just go out and print more money when I run short.”
As for not being backed by any big party ticket, James said that just wasn’t him.
“I listen, I don’t just immediately hate,” he said. “I listen to the far left, I listen to the far right, do a little independent research, then I do this thing that’s usually missing in this world, which is critical thinking.”
“I just bounce heads with them (Republicans and Democrats) so much,” James said. “I’m not part of that good old boy network, that’s just not me.”
Although James acknowledges he’s got a big job ahead of him, he says it is his children to whom he feels responsible in his run for senate.
“I’ve got a little boy and a little girl and I’ve got to show them that you’ve at least got to try,” he said. “Sometimes the answer is no, but you’ve got to try.”
“We encourage people to come out and walk with us and talk with us,” said Doug Irvin, James’ campaign manager.
One of the major issues James said he’s heard on his journey so far is that of jobs.
“People are hungry for work,” he said. He added people didn’t want to have to work three or four part-time jobs to be able to get by, but to be able to work a single job that allowed time for their families.
Some of the issues James hopes to address if he wins the senate seat include the national debt, taxes and protecting the sovereignty of the states.
“We need to start worrying about fiscal responsibility,” he said. “We need to get out of this hole of debt.”
James’ main adversary in his race for the Senate seat is Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander, who has held the seat since 2002.
In 1978 Alexander conducted a similar walking campaign by walking from Mountain City to Memphis during a run for governor. Read The Full Story
Even America's smallest towns can be instantly turned into occupied territories as local police agencies quickly transform themselves from peacekeepers into occupying military forces. The small town of Ferguson, Missouri, is living proof of that.
The London Guardian covers the story: "Michael Brown was shot dead by an officer from a police force of 53, serving a population of just 21,000. But the police response to a series of protests over his death has been something more akin to the deployment of an army in a miniature warzone. "Ferguson police have deployed stun grenades, rubber bullets and what appear to be 40mm wooden baton rounds to quell the protests in a show of force that is a stark illustration of the militarization of police forces in the US. Read The Full Story
The London Guardian covers the story:
"Michael Brown was shot dead by an officer from a police force of 53, serving a population of just 21,000. But the police response to a series of protests over his death has been something more akin to the deployment of an army in a miniature warzone.
"Ferguson police have deployed stun grenades, rubber bullets and what appear to be 40mm wooden baton rounds to quell the protests in a show of force that is a stark illustration of the militarization of police forces in the US. Read The Full Story
The board of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) has secretly made a plan to hand the organization off to the Second Amendment Foundation.