The following was originally published as part of the August 2016 edition of Wikinews’ On the campaign trail series
Kotlikoff in 2011.
Image: Hung-Ho Vergil Yu
In August, economist Laurence Kotlikoff, a Boston University professor and former senior economist of President Ronald Reagan‘s Council of Economic Advisers, secured ballot access for his unconventional presidential campaign in Louisiana and Colorado. In addition, he plans to obtain write-in status in 41 more states. Wikinews reached out to Kotlikoff to discuss his campaign.
Kotlikoff announced his candidacy last May. He named Edward E. Leamer, a professor of economics at UCLA, as his running mate. This is not Kotlikoff’s first run for the presidency. In 2012, he sought the presidential nomination of Americans Elect, which ultimately did not field a candidate. He also briefly sought the Reform Party presidential nomination that year. Continue Reading
Macomb, New York Councilman Steve Burke took some time to speak with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
Burke, an insurance adjuster and farmer, was elected councilman in Brookhaven, New York in 1979. He left the town after being accused and found not guilty of bribery in the 1980s. Since 1987 he has served as Macomb councilman off-and-on and currently holds the post. From 1993 to 1996 and 1999 to 2002 he worked as chairman of the Democratic Party of St. Lawrence County, New York. Continue Reading
In this early part of 2014, a frontrunner has already emerged for the Nobel Peace Prize. Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has put together an all-star team of American NBA talent from the 1990s to compete against the national team of North Korea. The game, set to take place in Pyongyang on January 8, the 31st birthday of Dear Leader Kim Jong-un, will mark a significant diplomatic achievement between the two nations, at odds since the conclusion of the Korean War.