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U.S. District Court Will Hear Challenge to Arkansas Deadline in July 2015

Published on September 21, 2014,

A U.S. District Court in Arkansas has set a hearing in the week of July 27, 2015, for the independent candidate petition deadline lawsuit, Moore v Martin, 4:14cv-65. The 2013 legislature moved the deadline from May to March, even though a similar Arkansas deadline had been held unconstitutional three times in the past.

Other pending constitutional lawsuits against early deadlines are in Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, and Nevada.

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Kansas Supreme Court Permits Democrats to Withdraw Nominee for U.S. Senate

Published on September 18, 2014,

On September 18, the Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Kansas Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate may withdraw from the ballot.

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Illinois State Court Keeps Libertarian Statewide Slate on Ballot

Published on September 18, 2014,

On September 18, a trial court in Springfield, Illinois, rejected the Republican attempt to remove the Libertarian Party slate of statewide candidates from the ballot. The Republican challengers had claimed that some of the petitioners must have signed off as circulators of certain petition sheets, even though someone else for those sheets was the true circulator.

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Illinois State Court Holds Oral Argument on Whether to Remove Libertarian Statewide Slate from Ballot

Published on September 18, 2014,

On September 17, a trial state court in Springfield, Illinois, held a hearing in the case filed by Republican Party challengers to the statewide Libertarian Party slate. See this story. Thanks to Robert Kraus for the link.

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Buzzfeed Article Says Jon Huntsman Thinking About Independent Presidential Bid in 2016

Published on September 17, 2014,

Buzzsmart says there is some reason to believe that former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is mulling over running for president in 2016 as an independent. Huntsman, for a few weeks in late 2011, had made up his mind to seek the Americans Elect nomination for president in 2012, but then he changed his mind. See this story (scroll down).

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Associated Press Comprehensive Story on Minor Party Ballot Access in Tennessee

Published on September 16, 2014,

This Associated Press article by AP reporter Travis Loller gives an unusually comprehensive account of Tennessee’s history of hostility toward minor parties. It also reveals that there is still no decision on whether the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Governor this year will be on with the ballot label “independent” or “Libertarian.”