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Ohio Libertarians Ask Federal Court to Put Gubernatorial Ticket on Ballot

Published on September 16, 2014,

On September 15, the Ohio Libertarian Party asked a U.S. District Court to place its gubernatorial ticket on the November ballot. This time, the request is based on new evidence showing that the process by which the ticket was removed from the party’s primary ballot was corrupt.

Meanwhile, a Columbus Dispatch poll published September 14 shows these results for the gubernatorial race: Republican incumbent John Kasich 59%; Democrat Ed Fitzgerald 29%; Green Anita Rios 3%; undecided 10%. If the Green Party nominee does receive 2%, the Green Party’s party status will be extended for four more years.

The Democratic nominee is performing very poorly because of recent revelations about his personal life.

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Rhode Island Moderate Party Replaces Gubernatorial Nominee

Published on September 14, 2014,

The Rhode Island Moderate Party nominee for Governor has withdrawn, and has been replaced by Robert Healey. Healey is well-known in Rhode Island because of his past political activism in the Cool Moose Party and his several runs for Lieutenant Governor. In one of those runs, in a two-person race, according to my memory, he received about 37% of the total vote.

I can’t check my records because I am on vacation and won’t be home until September 23. If Healey polls at least 5% the party will retain its qualified status for five years.

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Only Alaskan Independence Party Nominee Withdraws from U.S. Senate Race

Published on September 14, 2014,

Vic Kohring, the Alaskan Independence Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate, has withdrawn from the race. The party now has no nominees on the ballot this year. However, it will retain its qualified status because its registration is greater than 3% of the number of votes likely to be cast this year. Thanks to Alabama Independent for this news.

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Kansas Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Whether Democrat May Withdraw

Published on September 12, 2014,

On September 16, the Kansas Supreme Court will hear the case over whether the Democratic Party’s nominee may remove his name from the November ballot. He had withdrawn because the Democratic Party had decided to support the independent candidate, Greg Orman. The Secretary of State then ruled that the Democrats may not withdraw their nominee.

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Founder of Moderate Party Loses Republican Primary for Rhode Island Governor

Published on September 12, 2014,

Rhode Island held primaries on September 9 for the state’s three ballot-qualified parties, the Democratic, Republican, and Moderate Parties. Ken Block, who had founded the Moderate Party four years ago, had changed his registration to the Republican Party and had sought the party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination. However, he lost the primary to Allan Fung, Republican Mayor of Cranston.

The Moderate Party has its own gubernatorial candidate, but he is not likely to poll as much as 5% in November, and will probably lose its qualified status.

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Independent Congressional Candidate Fights for “Independent” Ballot Label for Himself

Published on September 11, 2014,

David Swartout is an independent candidate for U.S. House from Michigan’s 7th district. Michigan law does not permit independent candidates to use any ballot label other than “No party affiliation.” Swartout is campaigning as an independent candidate and he filed a federal lawsuit on July 11 to obtain that label. He has a hearing in U.S. District Court in Detroit on September 24. The case is Swartout v Johnson, 2:14cv-12768. U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman has the case.