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Natural Law Party of Michigan Retains Ballot Status

The days of the Natural Law Party pushing meditation, preventive medicine and organic farming as political policies may be gone, but -- at least in Michigan, under the leadership of Doug Dern -- the party remains active, and will appear on the Nov. 6 presidential ballot. That's important not necessarily to face off against Democratic President Barack Obama or his GOP opponent, but to continue the crusade for an alternative to the two parties, said Dern, a Hartland Township attorney and Michigan chairman of the Natural Law Party. "There's a desire out there for a strong third party that just shakes up the whole system," Dern, a Highland Township resident, said. "There's no Orange Crush. There's no 7UP. It's just Coke or Pepsi," Dern added. He became chairman of the state office in 2002, just two years before the party closed its national headquarters. The Natural Law Party, founded in 1992, was once active in all 50 states but is now active only in a select few, Dern said.

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