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Dr. Benjamin Spock, the famous pediatrician and antiwar activist, was formally nominated for the presidency by the People’s Party forty years ago this weekend. Organized around opposition to the Vietnam War and originally co-chaired by novelist Gore Vidal and Spock himself, the People’s Party was a loose coalition of state and local parties, including California’s [...]
Barry Commoner, a pioneer in the ecology movement and Citizens Party candidate for president, earned a spot on the Oregon ballot on this day in 1980 with a speech before an enthusiastic crowd of 1,100 cheering supporters in Portland’s Memorial Coliseum. The crowd, which included a visible contingent of Gray Panthers, the senior citizens advocacy [...]
Wisconsin State Senator Tim Cullen has announced that he is breaking ties with the Democratic caucus, effectively making him an independent Democrat for the moment. Cullen believes he was treated with disrespect by Majority Leader Mark Miller, who failed to award Cullen a significant committee chairmanship and refused to negotiate the issue with him. The [...]
Minnesota’s Norma Lundeen, widow of the Farmer-Labor Party’s Ernest Lundeen, an isolationist who was later accused of being a Nazi sympathizer, unexpectedly entered the race for her late husband’s U.S. Senate seat on this day in 1942. Lundeen’s husband, who had been tragically killed in a plane crash near the foothills of the Blue Ridge [...]
Yesterday, Illinois election officials determined that the names of four presidential candidates will be removed from that state’s ballot due to a failure of the parties to collect sufficient petition signatures. The state requires minor party and independent candidates to file 25,000 valid petitions. Under normal circumstances, Illinois automatically accepts, and does not check or [...]
Former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson, the Justice Party’s founder and presidential nominee, was a guest on Up with Chris Hayes on Saturday. Up, for anyone not familiar, is MSNBC’s weekend morning program. The motivation for Anderson’s invite seemed, primarily, to get someone on the air to take shots at Republican Mitt Romney’s record [...]
Failing to secure enough delegates to capture the Green Party’s presidential nomination last weekend at the Green national convention in Baltimore, actress and activist Roseanne Barr decided not to make an appearance at the event. Instead, following the state-by-state balloting that lead to the nomination of Jill Stein for President, Roseanne’s delegation coordinator Farheen Hakeem [...]
Gathering in Cleveland for its third annual convention, the League for Independent Political Action (LIPA) adopted a comprehensive platform and endorsed the Socialist Party’s Norman M. Thomas for the presidency on this week in 1932. Led by the brilliant but rumpled left-wing philosopher John Dewey of Columbia University, an early signatory of the Humanist Manifesto, [...]
Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson will make a campaign swing through North Carolina over the weekend, scheduling a day of events in conjunction with the LP’s gubernatorial candidate Barbara Howe. The pair will participate in a “Liberty 5K Fun Run” in the morning, then Johnson will attend a small fundraiser at lunch. In the [...]
Last week, on the eve of their nominations, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala appeared on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman.