Longtime readers of this blog may recall that I received the link to Richard Winger’s Ballot Access News [the latest issue, dated 1 March, arrived today] from a retiring woman, not before making a pledge of eternal silence as to her identity in the parking lot behind a church. I have a friend in the anti-war movement, nice guy but an admirer of Hitler; why he even gave me a 1943 edition of Mein Kampf, in German [you know that’s illegal within the jurisdiction of the Federal Republic]; his friendship is personal, however, and I have been charged to keep this blog at least vaguely political.
Now, where was I?
Ah, the news from California, in the words of Editor Richard Winger:
On 8 February 2016 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced which presidential candidates would appear on the six presidential primary ballots. He refused to list Jill Stein on the Peace & Freedom Party presidential primary ballot even though the Peace & Freedom Party had asked him to do that.
He did not explain why he left Stein off, and his office refused to release any internal memo on the subject.
California has no law preventing a presidential candidate from running in the primary of two parties. In 2008 both Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader were on both the California Green Party primary and the Peace & Freedom primary. Nader won both primaries and became the nominee of the Peace & Freedom Party.