PROVIDENCE,RHODE ISLAND – Tony Jones, state director for the Libertarian Party's Johnson | Weld 2016 campaign, calls upon the Brown University’s Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy to include third party presidential candidates in their future polls.
In Brown's most recent survey, released on April 24 in advance of the Rhode Island primaries, one in six voters were undecided. Among voters with a declared party affiliation, 16 percent of Democrats and 17 percent of Republicans were unsure which candidate they would choose. Among unaffiliated voters who planned to vote in the Democratic primary, 24 percent were undecided; among unaffiliated voters planning to vote in the Republican primary, 18 percent were undecided.
In addition, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll in May reports 47 percent of registered voters said they would consider a third party candidate.
“The high number of undecided voters, combined with voters' willingness to consider third parties, presents an excellent opportunity for Brown pollsters to expand their research and paint a more accurate, complete picture of what Rhode Island voters think,” Jones said. “If you really want to measure voter temperament, include all ballot-eligible candidates in the questions.”
National polls have Gary Johnson at 11 percent against presumptive nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, was chosen as the 2016 Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States at the party's national convention at the end of May. Johnson's Vice Presidential running mate is former Massachusetts Governor William Weld.
According to the rules promulgated by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a candidate qualifies for the debate stage if he or she polls at 15 percent. However, in order to meet the requirement, the candidate must be included in polls, which creates what could be termed a “Catch 22” situation.
“Voters have choices beyond the Democratic and Republican candidates, but because those two parties control the rules for participation in debates, the two parties dominate the elections,” Jones observed.
“An essential part of informing the electorate about candidates and their positions is holding fair debates, and the first step to fair debates is fair polling,” Jones said. “I urge Brown University to include Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, presumptive Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and any other ballot-eligible candidates in all future presidential polls.”
For more information about the Fair Debates project of the Our America Initiative, visit www.fairdebates.com. For more information about the local Gary Johnson for President campaign or to volunteer, contact TonyJones@OurAmericaInitiative.com
Block Island, R.I. – Independent State Representative Blake A. Filippi has announced that he will seek re-election to the District 36 seat serving Block Island, Charlestown, South Kingstown and Westerly. Filippi, an attorney, farmer and business-owner, currently serves on the Committee on Judiciary, the Committee on Municipal Government, the Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources, and as Vice-Chair of the House Commission to Study Methods for Growing Tourism.
Filippi declared that he “wants to continue to advocate for South County values: an honest and strong business climate that rewards hard work and not insider dealings, lean and clean government, environmental preservation, local control of planning, and the protection of individual liberty.”
Said Filippi of this term’s highlights: “I advocated for the successful passage and placement on the ballot of the proposed Constitutional Amendment to reassert full Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly. We also helped to protect our Westerly and Charlestown neighbors by advancing landmark legislation to empower DEM to control fugitive dust from Copar Quarry. Tax reductions for our seniors were realized in the last two budgets. I was a lead opposition voice to the RhodeWorks tolling proposal and developed an alternative funding stream to fix our bridges with tax dollars already in the budget. I stood for reduced costs to small business and the elimination of the hated car tax. I fought the abuse-ridden legislative grant program and helped expose CommerceRI’s failed “Cooler and Warmer” campaign. We passed a critical bill to protect our privacy by requiring law enforcement obtain a warrant before accessing our cell phone location data -- with emergency exceptions. I also protected municipal sovereignty and opposed the onslaught of bills to undermine local self-governance in zoning and planning matters.”
“I have always been just a cell phone call away – and hope to continue working on behalf of our House District 36 for another two years,” said Filippi in closing.
More information can be found by visiting www.Blake36.com.
Rhode Island State House – Senator Elaine J. Morgan, (R-Dist. 34, Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich), today said that the recently announced changes to the community service grant program do not go far enough in reforming the way all grants are awarded from the General Assembly.
"The community service grants should definitely be stopped," Morgan said. "However, they did not make any changes to the legislative grant program, which I think should be eliminated totally."
Morgan said if the legislative grant program is not ended, at the very least it should be changed to give each legislator an equal amount of money to distribute in their district as they see fit.
"If every legislator is given the same amount across the board to give to nonprofits in their district, that will bring fairness and transparency to the process," Morgan said.
Senator Morgan said she does not want to hurt any organizations in her community by not accepting legislative grants, but will seriously consider declining them if the process is not changed.
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (May 30, 2016) – On the heels of the Libertarian Party's selection of former governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson and former governor of Massachusetts William Weld to the presidential ticket at its convention this weekend, North Kingstown resident Tony Jones steps up as the state director for Johnson | Weld 2016 for Rhode Island.
Jones is the at-large member of the executive committee of the Libertarian Party of Rhode Island (LPRI) and a state delegate to the national convention – which saw the largest attendance in the party's history. Under the Libertarian banner, Jones also ran for Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island in 2014, on the platform to eliminate the office.
The LPRI will become a state recognized party if the ticket receives at least five percent of votes. A recent national poll has Johnson receiving 10 percent of support from registered voters, drawing his strongest support from respondents under 35. Another national poll showed 44 percent of registered voters would want a third party to run against Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump and the likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The Libertarian Party is the only third party with ballot access in 50 states. This means Johnson will be the only alternative to Trump and Clinton available to all voters in this election.
Libertarians represent a growing plurality of Americans who are neither “left” nor “right” but who lean libertarian on issues of preserving individual rights and Constitutional liberties, smaller government, limited foreign intervention, and balancing the federal budget.
To volunteer for the Johnson | Weld 2016 campaign, or for more information about the Libertarian Party of RI, Rhode Islanders should call 401-206-9194 or email Tony Jones at email@example.com.
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