Jim Rogers, best remembered as a mysterious political candidate who had unlikely successes, died on Tuesday at the age of 79 in Durant, Oklahoma.
According to his obituary on the Brown’s Funeral Service website, Rogers was a professor who taught at universities, community colleges, and high schools throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming. He specialized in Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. The obituary makes no mention of Rogers’s numerous political campaigns. Continue Reading
With longtime Democratic Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota not seeking re-election, the race for his open U.S. Senate seat is wide open. Republican nominee and former governor Mike Rounds currently leads the polls over his three opponents: Democrat Rick Weiland, Independent Gordon Howie, and Independent Larry Pressler.
Pressler, 72, represented South Dakota in the Senate as a Republican from 1979 to 1997. He is hoping to revive his political career after a long absence from public office. In a recent SurveyUSA poll, Pressler jumped to second place in the race, just three points behind Rounds. With Weiland not included in the poll, Pressler leads Rounds 54 percent to 39 percent.
Despite Pressler’s momentum and apparent independent/outsider perspective, he evades citizen journalists like myself, acting more like an establishment duopoly candidate than a genuine independent.
Former Minerva Village Councilman and Deputy Mayor Phil Davison (“America’s Councilman“) appeared on the July 25 broadcast of the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. A segment documenting political candidates who “lose their cool” while campaigning featured Davison among others, including Illinois State Representative Mike Bost, former Congressman Anthony Weiner (“Carlos Danger“), and former Vermont governor Howard Dean. Video of the segment can be viewed in full here. Continue Reading
As IPR reports, last Saturday, the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania unanimously nominated entrepreneur Ken Krawchuk for governor in 2014. The 60 year old Krawchuk who resides in Abington Township in Montgomery County, was the party’s 1998 and 2002 nominee for governor, receiving 33,591 (1.11 percent) and 40,923 (1.14 percent) votes respectively in each general election.
The focus of Krawchuk’s campaign includes reducing both the state income tax and government spending. Upon nomination, he attacked the Democrats and Republicans of Harrisburg alike for “continu[ing] to expand a government that’s already too large, too expensive, and too intrusive.” He added, “Libertarians are the only ones you can trust to defend the interests of the taxpayer.”
On August 3, Oklahomans For Ballot Access Reform reported attorney RJ Harris, a contender for the Libertarian Party’s 2012 presidential nomination, announced his 2014 candidacy for Governor of Oklahoma as a member of the Democratic Party.
In a Facebook posting, Harris announced his plan, appealing to the “Constitutional Conservatives” of Oklahoma, in that “it is time to put our principles for freedom ahead of party politics, it’s time to fight for LIBERTY.” He then added a link to an August 1 Washington Post editorial titled, “Libertarian Democrats: A movement in search of a leader.”
Peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who recently announced her intention to run as the Peace and Freedom Party‘s nominee for governor of California in 2014, took some time to answer five questions from William Saturn of Saturn’s Repository, which were published on Wikinews.
In addition, Sheehan answered five questions, which Independent Political Report (IPR) readers submitted on the July and August Open Threads. Continue Reading