The Constitution Party of Tennessee and the Green Party of Tennessee have filed suit in federal court to ask that an earlier ruling which gave them a rather tenuous hold on ballot access be upheld; and that other provisions be cast as unconstitutional.
According to Courthouse News Service, the Constitution and Green parties cite the following as needing to be fixed: a requirement for an affidavit forswearing violent overthrows of government (which, by the way, the major parties don’t have to have); the unequal time requirements to meet all the obligations to maintain party recognition status; and the whole thing about having to start all over with the signatures.
The Times News has more.
Meanwhile, the Libertarian Party of Tennessee has a separate court challenge going. The party is suing so that its candidate in the Nov. 21 special election in House District 91, Jim Tomasik, will be recognized as a Libertarian instead of being listed as an Independent on that ballot.
What do you know? They’re acting like they’re having an actual congressional race in the 9th District Memphis. (HT: @Kontji)
The Green Party often attracts self-described progressive Democrats. And about as often, it seems, they return whence they came. (HT: NPP)
Blogging is dead. Long live blogging! There is a new conservative voice on the scene, subtitled “Political Commentary from Fly-Over Country.” Oscar Brock is a Republican State Executive Committee member and served as former party chair Robin Smith’s congressional campaign treasurer in 2010. He is also a regional coordinator for the Romney/Ryan campaign.
Will the joke that keeps on giving, start taking away? Opinions vary on how offensive the joke actually is, but most agree that it was a stupid move on Paul Smith’s part to include it on an official meeting agenda. The Chattanooga Times editorial page is as incredulous as I am about any connection between printing the joke and comments made previously by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin about rape. What??
The list of candidates for Chattanooga City Council keeps growing. It’s still very quiet over here in my part of town, though.
The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office has published the list of minor party candidates for the November election. They’re all together on a separate file from the Republican, Democratic, and independent candidates.
All but one of the candidates are nominees of the Green Party of Tennessee.
The lone Constitution Party candidate, who is running in the U.S. Senate race, must feel some affinity for his Green counterparts, though. After all, he hails from Greeneville. And their two parties joined together in the legal challenge to Tennessee’s ballot access laws.
And his name is Kermit.
More from Tom Humphrey.
For the first* time in recent memory (1968, if I read my history right**), voters in some Tennessee legislative districts will see a party label next to candidates’ names other than (DEM) or (REP). Over objections from attorneys for the State of Tennessee (why?), a federal judge ruled former ballot access restrictions unconstitutional, and granted the Constitution Party of Tennessee and Green Party of Tennessee ballot access.
(For reasons unknown to me, even though the Libertarian Party of Tennessee was a plaintiff in the original lawsuit that challenged ballot access laws, it did not join the other two parties in the latest round of appeals, the ruling on which granted automatic ballot access to the two plaintiffs based on their prior organizing efforts.)
The state Green Party held its convention in Nashville in May of this year and nominated several candidates for state and federal office.
Since the party chose its candidates via convention, these names won’t be on the upcoming August primary ballot, but will appear in the general election along with other parties’ nominees and independent candidates in November.
I’ll be adding the names and related info to the respective voter guide pages (or awesome new capability that replaces them) soon.
*In the 2000 election, some minor president/vice president candidate tickets were given a party label, but this was not considered full statewide ballot access for those parties.
**According to Wikipedia, the last “third” party with fully recognized ballot access in Tennessee was the American Independent Party, later named the American Party, which ran George Wallace for president in 1968. Third party access therefore literally has not been seen in my lifetime, until now. (I was born just after the November 1968 election.)
UPDATE: The stay is denied. (Original post follows) Continue reading