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Jul 16, 2024

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North Carolina Elections Board Votes to Put RFK Jr. on Ballot

The News & Observer reports: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will appear on North Carolina’s 2024 ballot as a presidential candidate, the State Board of Elections decided on Tuesday. However, the board voted to deny ballot access to left-wing candidate Cornel West. In a 4-1 vote, the board voted to recognized Kennedy’s “We The People” party. As for West’s “Justice For All” party, the board voted 3-2 to deny certification, with the board’s Democratic majority carrying the vote. Read the full article here.

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Jul 15, 2024

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RFK Jr. Files With State for Indiana Ballot

Indiana Capital Chronicle reports: Third-party presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has submitted enough signatures for the Indiana Election Division to certify his candidacy, meaning Kennedy will likely appear on the November ballot as an option for Hoosiers. The Indiana Election Division confirmed that Kennedy met the Monday deadline at noon for submission but said it hasn’t yet counted Kennedy’s signatures. Kennedy reported submitting over 105,000 petition signatures for an independent bid to county election officials on July 1, more than the minimum 36,943 needed to qualify. He said officials certified nearly 39,000 signatures, allowing him to appear on the ballot alongside Democrat and Republican nominees. “While canvassing for signatures, 99% of the people I encountered wanted to sign the petition to get Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the ballot,” said Indiana campaign volunteer Dolores Lane in Kennedy’s release. “Indianans are ready to end government corruption and embrace healthy people, healthy food, healthy soils — and the return of our Constitutional freedoms.” Read the full article here.

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Jul 15, 2024

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RFK Jr. Gets New Secret Service Protection

Newsweek reports: Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been granted Secret Service protection by President Joe Biden days after former President Donald Trump was shot on stage at a campaign rally in Bulter, Pennsylvania. "In light of this weekend's events, the president has directed me to work with the Secret Service to provide protection to Robert Kennedy Jr.," Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of Homeland Security, announced during Monday's White House press briefing. The announcement comes amid growing calls for the Secret Service to extend protection to Kennedy as well. Two days after being grazed by a bullet, Trump agreed that it was "imperative" for Kennedy to also get Secret Service detail, saying, "Given the history of the Kennedy Family, this is obviously the right thing to do!" Previously, Kennedy had repeatedly been denied Secret Service protection. Last week, Newsweek reviewed portions from a nearly 800-page Freedom of Information Act document that detailed 34 instances of threats and bizarre rants directed toward Kennedy. Read the full article here.

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Jul 15, 2024

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RFK Jr.: Iowa Farmers Must Be Protected from Pipelines, Corporate Interests

Des Moines Register reports: Under my administration, no one will ever be forced to sell their land to a big corporation just so it can make more taxpayer-subsidized profits. At last year’s Iowa State Fair, I spoke out against the dangerous and unnecessary “carbon capture” pipelines that are threatening the property rights and the safety of Iowa farmers. On June 25, the Iowa Utilities Board approved a request by one of the companies involved, Summit Carbon Solutions, to build its controversial pipeline across the state, bringing this corporate boondoggle one step closer to reality. Worse, the Utilities Board declared that Summit can use eminent domain to acquire land by force of law from landowners unwilling to sell. Under our Constitution, eminent domain is supposed to be used for “public necessity,” not private profit. Here, the Utilities Board has given a private company permission to seize farmers’ land to advance a profit-making scheme that serves no public purpose. Carbon pipelines are a corporate scam that will not reduce carbon emissions, and may even cause net emissions to rise. The purported “public need,” therefore, is a fraudulent pretense. As president, I intend to reform the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal agencies to eliminate corruption and shift power and resources from global corporations back to independent farmers. I will shift subsidies and regulations to help independent farmers get off Big Ag’s chemical-farming treadmill. Farmers should be able to choose their own methods of production, including regenerative methods that are better for the soil, water, animals, human health, and the bottom line.  Read the full article here.

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Jul 14, 2024

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Politicians Back RFK Jr.'s Ask to Get Secret Service Protection

Politico reports: The Robert F. Kennedy Jr. campaign’s pleas for Secret Service protection for the independent presidential candidate are getting a boost in the wake of the shooting at former President Donald Trump’s rally. “We have a pending formal request already lodged with DHS last week,” Kennedy security consultant Gavin de Becker told POLITICO in a text message. Kennedy and his team have been hypersensitive to his safety as a candidate because of the assassinations of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and his father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who was killed on the campaign trail in 1968. Now, after Trump was shot in broad daylight at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, those concerns are being amplified by Democrats and Republicans alike. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, wrote on X that the federal government should "immediately provide secret service protection" to Kennedy. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) wrote on X: "We must enhance Secret Service protection for all major presidential candidates, including Robert Kennedy, Jr." Read the full article here.

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Jul 11, 2024

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Trump Is an American Julius Caesar. Voting for Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Will Save Us From Him

The Columbus Dispatch reports: Ohio Democrats and “Chamber of Commerce Republicans" must vote for Robert F. Kennedy Jr. There is a different way to play this game. Bobby Kennedy does not become the president simply by winning Ohio. Instead, you have removed Electoral College votes from the inevitable victor: Trump. This can be done by championing a true environmentalist in Kennedy, who knows how to work the system to ensure that an East Palestine disaster never happens again. Read the full article here.

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Jul 11, 2024

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Kennedy Talks Farms and Food in Freeport, With Campaign Staff Ready to Launch Maine Campaign

Spectrum News reports: Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. warned of the dangers of large food corporations and bemoaned the loss of family farms Tuesday in a room full of supporters and farmers in Freeport. Although he has yet to officially get a spot on the Maine ballot in November — he has until Aug. 1 to turn in 4,000 signatures — campaign staff said they’ve been gathering signatures and organizing volunteers to start knocking on doors this Saturday. The Tuesday event drew more than 200 people, some of whom said they felt a connection to Kennedy unlike other national politicians. “I feel like you are talking to me tonight,” said Holly Arbuckle, a Newcastle farmer. “I just want to thank you from a really emotional place to feel so connected to somebody. I don’t know a single person that’s voting for Biden because they really are excited about him.” Read the full article here.

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Jul 11, 2024

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Submits Signatures to Get on Georgia Ballot

WXIA TV reports: The campaign for Robert F. Kennedy Jr. submitted petitions Tuesday to appear on the ballot in Georgia, a top state election official said. Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer in the Georgia Secretary of State's Office, posted a picture of the petitions being dropped off on X. Kennedy Jr. is also running an independent campaign. In New York Times polling in May, RFK Jr. had roughly 9% support in Georgia.  Read the full article here.

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Jul 11, 2024

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RFK Jr. Secures Ballot Access in Indiana

Newsmax reports: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has enough signatures to secure a place on Indiana's presidential ballot this November, county election officials said Tuesday. Kennedy, who is running as an independent, needed 36,943 signatures to qualify. He managed to gather 37,000 by Monday morning. "While canvassing for signatures, 99% of the people I encountered wanted to sign the petition to get Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the ballot," said Indiana campaign volunteer Dolores Lane. "Indianans are ready to end government corruption and embrace healthy people, healthy food, healthy soils — and the return of our constitutional freedoms." Read the full article here.

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Jul 11, 2024

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Makes Presidential Ballot in New York

WYRK reports: The 2024 Presidential Election season is in full swing, and there is tons of activity happening all over the nation. Of course, New York is in the fray as we inch closer to November. With both the Republican and Democratic primaries out of the way, it's time for those candidates to look forward to their party conventions. But it's not smooth sailing for them, at least in New York, because there is now a third candidate who New Yorkers will be able to choose from when November 5, 2024, rolls around. According to rules set forth by New York State election law and the New York State Board of Elections, anyone who meets the qualifications required in the United States Constitution can run for president. They do not need to be part of a political party as long as they obtain a certain number of signatures on nominating petitions. That is precisely what Robert F. Kennedy Jr. did this week, obtaining signatures from more than 100,000 New Yorkers. Back in May 2024, Kennedy turned in more than 70 volumes of signed petitions to qualify for the presidential ballot in November. In total, he had 108,680 valid signatures. State law only requires you to obtain 45,000.Read the full article here.

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Jul 11, 2024

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This Is the Moment RFK Jr. Has Been Waiting For

Wired reports: Since the presidential debate, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign has heavily leaned into X and TikTok as part of its strategy to get the third-party candidate into the national conversation. It’s working. An AARP poll released earlier this week in the swing state of Wisconsin showed Biden lagging behind Trump by six percentage points, with 9 percent of respondents preferring Kennedy.  A poll from the Cook Political Report found that Trump now leads Biden 47 percent to 44 percent percent in the “the most drastic shift in the race all year.” Pundits and some Democrats have called for Biden to leave the race. But for independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign, this could be a breakout moment. While the presidential debate aired on CNN, Kennedy streamed a parallel debate where he answered the same questions. The campaign has since leaned into X, increased its efforts on TikTok, and continued to take any opportunity to get the candidate into the national conversation. And at least some of its efforts appear to be working. While around 47 million people watched the CNN debate, according to Nielsen, a company that measures media audiences, 9 million tuned into Kennedy’s parallel debate, hosted online and on X, according to his campaign. “We're very lucky that X exists in this country and for the world,” says Amaryllis Kennedy, the campaign director and the candidate’s daughter-in-law. Read the full article here.

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Jul 08, 2024

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RFK Jr. Campaign Says He Made New Mexico Ballot

Santa Fe New Mexican reports: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will be on the ballot in New Mexico, his presidential campaign announced Saturday. His campaign turned in 11,202 signatures about a week ago, more than triple the 3,561, or one-half of 1% of the number of people who voted in the last gubernatorial election, required under state law. On Saturday, his campaign shared a letter from Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver saying he had qualified for the ballot. “We appreciate Secretary Oliver’s efficiency in certifying the Kennedy-Shanahan ticket in New Mexico,” Kennedy campaign senior counsel Paul Rossi said in a statement. “It’s refreshing for a Secretary of State to avoid the partisan interference on display by election officials in Nevada and North Carolina.” Earlier this week, Toulouse Oliver’s office went through the petitions of the various independent candidates seeking to make the November ballot. Joining Kennedy on the presidential ballot alongside the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian Party nominees will be Chase Oliver, who is the nominee of the national Libertarian Party. The New Mexico party split with the national one in 2022. Read the full article here.

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