Artur Davis, a member of the U.S. House from Alabama who did not run for re-election this year, has this op-ed in the Montgomery Advertiser, saying Alabama needs a new “independent party” to take control of state government. Davis is a Democrat. Thanks to ThirdPartyWatch for the link.
Alabama laws are so hostile to minor party and independent candidates, Alabama is one of only five states that had a Democratic-Republican monopoly on the November 2010 ballot. The others were Washington, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New Mexico.
No group or candidate has completed the 3% (of the last gubernatorial vote) for statewide Alabama office since 2000. The 3% law has been in effect continuously since 1998. Presidential independent candidates need not comply with the 3% petition, but get on the ballot with 5,000 signatures.