Welcome to our weekly post, Independent Action, where we let you know the important moves Independent candidates and organizations made over the past week.
Governor Bill Walker of Alaska passed HB339, a bill “that gives parents and teachers certainty that Alaska schools will be funded every year.” You can find his full statement on the passing of the bill below.
Craig O’Dear, an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, received some publicity from the Kansas City Star. The author writes in her opinion piece, “O’Dear is right about where we are, and correct, too, that this model mandates that all political adversaries be cast as not simply mistaken but evil. One of his obstacles, though, beyond Hawley and McCaskill, who are in what’s expected to be one of the closest races in the country, is that their contest may well decide control of the Senate.”
To read the full article, click here.
Noah Dyer, an Independent gubernatorial candidate in Arizona, released a video called Conservative Cannabis.
According to the candidate’s studies, “legal cannabis will grow the Arizona economy by $3 billion, create 50,000 good jobs, bring in hundreds of millions in tax revenues, and reduce judicial and correctional costs.”
Noah said, “Though I have never used cannabis, advocating for legal cannabis is important to me because it’s the right thing to do. I’ve talked to thousands of Arizonans, and one issue about which we’re united is that we’re ready for legal cannabis. People who use cannabis are tired of living in fear, and people who don’t are tired of wasting resources on arresting, prosecuting, and jailing cannabis users. We’re also tired of missing out on the economic opportunities that cannabis provides.”
You can see the video below:
Ones to Watch For:
Joe Zwier, an Independent candidate for Wisconsin State Senate (WI-05).
Paul Hamlin, an Independent candidate for the House of Representatives in New Jersey (District 1).
Tim Canova, an Independent candidate (recently left the Democratic Party) for Florida’s 23rd congressional district.
Nick Thomas, an Independent candidate running in Colorado’s 2nd congressional district.
Photo Source: O'Dear for Missouri Facebook Page