Yesterday evening, Andy Jacobs and I (Paulie) discussed harassment of ballot access petitioners, including Andy's arrest outside a public library while petitioning to get the Green and Libertarian Parties back on the Maryland ballot. For the first hour of the show we were joined by Maryland Green Party Co-Chair Brian Bittner. Listen to the show and comment:
To listen to the show if you read this after another IPR blogtalk episode is recorded, go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Ind-Pol-Report/2011/01/25/rescheduled-brian-bittner-andy-jacobs-on-maryland-ballot-access-petitioning-and-arrest.
We discussed ballot access barriers to alternative parties getting on the ballot in Maryland and illegal harassment of petitioners getting signatures to meet these onerous requirements on public property. Andy Jacobs is a petitioner who was arrested outside a library in Maryland after being told to leave and then saying he wanted record the police officers issuing this illegal order. Many other related subjects were also touched on in the two hour long show.
For previous articles and comments on this incident, see:
Pre-show announcement thread
Maryland Greens and Libertarians hand in signatures; petitioners harassed, one arrested at public library
Ballot Access News:
Green Party Watch:
Maryland GP petitioner arrested (this was based on the Baltimore Sun report and other early reports that did not mention that Andy was petitioning for the Libertarian Party as well).
On The Wilder Side:
Third Party Petitioner Harassed, Pepper Sprayed and Arrested Outside Maryland Public Library
Same article at PoliTea
TPID reprise of Baltimore Sun Article