Archive for June, 2005

Contra Costa LP Endorses Arnold’s Initiatives

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

You’ll notice I’ve categorized this as both News and Opinion.

First, the news:

The Libertarian Party of Contra Costa, California has decided to back three ballot initiatives that will appear on this Fall’s ballot. One measure would limit state spending, another puts limits on teacher tenure, and the final takes redistricting out of the hands of [...]

Constitution Party Unhappy With High Court

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

The Constitution Party has formally denounced the recent Supreme Court rulings that allow the placement of a Ten Comandments monument on state property, but at the same time rejected the right to display them within a courthouse.

“While the Supreme Court correctly upheld the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments on government land,” Shearer says, “it [...]

June’s Issue of Ballot Access News

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

The June issue of Ballot Access News is now available on-line. For those interested in third parties, this is one of the finest resources out there… if you’re not already a reader, I highly suggest you check it out.

Libertarians Launch “Exit Strategy” Website

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

The Libertarian Party has launched an outreach effort claiming to have an answer for the situation in Iraq. Their plan is, basically, withdraw all American troops over the next year and be done with it. In addition to their “plan” the party has posted a petition to try and gather support.

As of this [...]

Dickinson Launches St. Paul Mayoral Campaign

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Well-known environmental activist Elizabeth Dickinson today launched her Green Party bid to become the next mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota.

From The Star-Tribune:

Dickinson quit her job as a lobbyist for the Minnesota AIDS Project on Friday so she could devote all of her time to campaigning. She also will step down as co-chair of the Green [...]

Two Quick Items…

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Constitution Party chairman Jim Clymer has published this article lashing Republicans on the CP’s website.

With slightly more than one month left, the Libertarian Party appears to have reached the 10% mark on their current membership drive. The graphic on the party’s site shows that roughly 500 people have joined or renewed their membership so [...]

Indiana Cuts Funding For Major Parties

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Last year, the Indiana Democrats and Republicans each received more then $660,000 in state funding through an unusual program that gave the two major parties a share of revenue from vanity license plates. Well, no more.

From KPC News:

Indiana’s system of funding political parties with license plate money is unique in the nation. And like [...]

Green Party Activist Found “Not Guilty”

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Green Party peace activist June Brashares was found not guilty on all charges relating to her activity at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

From the Green Party press release: Brashares, who works with Code Pink and other peace groups, was arrested during a well-televised protest in which she stood on a chair and held up a [...]

Debate: The 20th Century’s Most Successful Third Party?

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

Between 1900 and 2000 a great many third parties came and went. The Bull Moose Party, several versions of the Progressive Party… Wallace’s American Independent Party… The Libertarians… The Reform Party… and MANY others!

So… the big question is, which of these parties made the biggest mark on the political landscape during the last century?


Let’s Trade Links!

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

Third Party Watch is less than a month old and we’re growing rapidly! Many thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to mention this site in their blog or on a message board they frequent. Word of mouth is the best kind of advertising.

Also, you’ll note we have a “Useful Links” section on [...]

A Quick Russ Potts Update

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

Russ Potts, a Republican State Senator and independent candidate for Virginia governor this year, has been making some slow and steady progress in a very uphill race.

The Virginian-Pilot has joined the list of newspapers calling for his inclusion in the coming televised debates.

The Daily Press of Hampton Roads also recently joined the call for his [...]

Two New Serious Independent Candidates?

Saturday, June 25th, 2005 has reported that Wisconsin State Representative Spencer Black, a Democrat, is considering an independent bid for governor next year. His bid, if it actually materializes, would be a challenege from the left to a somewhat centrist incumbent Democrat.

Additionally, former Democratic State Representative Nathan Mathis of Alabama is apparently floating the idea of running [...]

Green-Leaning Legislative Bodies

Friday, June 24th, 2005

The former Green Party Mayor of Santa Monica has an interesting page on his website where he details the statistics of legislative bodies on which more than one Green Party member serves.

Most interesting to note are the first ever Green-controlled school board district (Nevada County, CA) and the first three Green-controlled city councils… Arcata, CA, [...]

Two Interesting Opinion Pieces

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Republicans Should Be Criticized, A Libertarian View - written for the Hawaii Reporter by Tracy Ryan, chair of the Libertarian Party of Hawaii.

Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up (For Something)? - written for the Magic City Morning Star by Doug Wrenn, a newly elected representative of the state central committee of the Concerned [...]

Utah Libertarians Hold National “Casting Call”

Friday, June 24th, 2005

The Libertarian Party of Utah has put out a nationwide call to try and recruit a candidate for next year’s US Senate race against Orrin Hatch.

Party Chairman Rob Latham:

“Competition helps the consumer find better prices and higher quality,” says Latham. “This nationwide casting call will help attract the best Libertarian candidate for voters to [...]

News Briefs…

Friday, June 24th, 2005

The News & Advance of Lynchburg, Virginia has joined a number of other papers in calling for Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore to allow independent Russ Potts into the debates.

The Green Party has launched a nicely redesigned version of their website.

The Libertarian Party has denounced the recent Supreme Court ruling that expands eminent domain.

The Green [...]

Florida Defines “National Party”

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

During the 2004 election, Democrats attempted to derail Ralph Nader’s bid by challenging the Reform Party’s ballot status in Florida. They argued that, although the Reform Party endorsed Nader as their candidate, they had also ceased to function as a true national party. Since there was no legal definition of what a [...]

Rider Running Strong in San Diego

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Richard Rider, the Libertarian candidate for San Diego Mayor, is attracting some positive attention for the party and his campaign. With the special election fast approaching, Rider is still an extreme long-shot, but with the city in trouble he might post a surprisingly strong showing.

In the KCBS panel discussion on the election, moderator Marcotte [...]

Important Endorsement for Russ Potts

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Russ Potts, a Republican State Senator and independent candidate for Virginia Governor, has received an important boost to his campaign. The state’s Public Service Workers union endorsed him and at the same time told Virginia Democrats that unions should not be taken for granted.

From the News-Leader…

The union members shouted “Go, Russ, Go!” and exploded [...]

Debate: America’s Third Largest Party?

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

For years the Libertarians have claimed to be America’s third largest party. Are they right? Over the last decade it would be easy to see how the Libertarians, Greens, and Reform Party could all have laid claim on that status. It all depends on what criteria is used.

How do you define if [...]

Golisano for Governor… again?

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

If Governor George Pataki decides not to seek a fourth term next year, as most suspect he will not, the NY Republican Party has a back-up plan. The media is reporting that billionaire and three-time gubernatorial candidate for the Independence Party Tom Golisano is being courted to make a bid on the GOP [...]

Libertarians Lose Ballot Status in New Mexico

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Ballot Access News is reporting that the Libertarian Party has lost it’s ballot status in New Mexico due to Michael Badnarik’s poor showing in 2004. However, because of the various method available for qualification, the Constitution and Green Parties retain their access. The LP must now collect nearly 4,000 signatures to get back on [...]

The Rise and Fall of the NJ Reform Party

Monday, June 20th, 2005

By Stephen Spinosa,
Current Vice-Chair of the New Jersey Conservative Party

Next year will mark 10 years since Ross Perot’s 2nd (and last) run for the Presidency, which may have been the peak of the last big third-party surge in the United States.

My brother Jim and I are among the survivors of this movement. Our involvement started [...]

Washington Libertarians Oppose Gas Tax

Monday, June 20th, 2005

The Libertarian Party of Washington has joined a group called “No New Gas Tax” to oppose a state-wide 9.5 cent tax increase on gasoline. The coalition wants to put a question on this Fall’s ballot to repeal the move.

From The Olympian:

“I just feel that this state is already taxed so high—to the hilt—and our [...]

Admondson Named Prohibition Chair

Monday, June 20th, 2005 is reporting that one of the Prohibition Party’s 2004 Presidential candidates has been named as the new national party chairman. Gene Amondson appeared on the ballot in two states last year, receiving 378 votes in Colorado and 1,566 in Louisiana for a combined national total of 1,944 votes. A rival Prohibition ticket [...]