Archive for June, 2005

Entering our third week…

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Howdy everyone! I’m excited to say that Third Party Watch is now two weeks old, and we’ve been getting great traffic numbers and lots of attention from other blogs and websites. It’s nice to know there are people out there interested in alternatives to the two major parties.

Having said that, this last weekend [...]

Results: Libertarian Presidential Campaigns

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

This is the second is a series of comparison charts I’m working on to briefly outline how well a party’s Presidential tickets peformed over the last few decades. This time it’s the Libertarian Party.

The figures include total number of votes nationally, percent of the national vote, the number of states where the candidate finished [...]

Kevin Zeese Seeks to Build Coalition for Senate Run

Friday, June 17th, 2005

The former Press Secretary of Ralph Nader’s presidential campaign, Kevin Zeese, is seeking to unite all the third parties of Maryland for his 2006 Senate bid.

Zeese is a Green Party member and co-founder of the Maryland Populist Party. As he prepares to launch his campaign, he has held largely positive meetings with Libertarian leaders.

Zeese [...]

Results: Green Party Presidential Campaigns

Friday, June 17th, 2005

I wanted to take a look at the successes and failures of various third party presidential campaigns over the past 30 years. So, I’ve complied the results for the Green Party below. Raw data was pieced together through Ballot Access News, The U.S. Election Atlas, and other sites.

The figures include total number [...]

News Briefs

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

The Libertarian Party has launched a membership drive complete with updating thermometer. No word on if they’ve cleaned up their membership processing situation yet, but it was known that as of a few months ago some renewals submitted by state parties were not even being processed by the national party.

Greens are gearing up to [...]

Badnarik Promoting Liberty Currency

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

It seems that 2004 Libertarian Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik is promoting an alternative currency, backed by silver, on his blog. The currency is called “The Liberty Dollar” and appears to proliferate through a complicated system of referrals and “Regional Currency Offices” (people).

I would love to see the Libertarian Party start to avoid associating itself [...]

Newspaper Interviews David Cobb

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder today published an interesting interview with 2004 Green Party Presidential candidate David Cobb. In the interview, Cobb argues for increased minority involvement in the Green Party, for reparations for slavery, and against the two-party system… in fact, against any party system.

He believes that a nonpartisan form of government might be a [...]

Libertarians Denounce 100+ Year Old Tax

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

This is an interesting article from the Libertarian Party’s website that details the history of a 100+ year old communication tax. I always wondered what that crap on my phone bill was.

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A hundred and seven years ago, in 1898, the federal government began levying [...]

Paper Essentially Endorses Potts

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

The Hampton Roads Daily Press of Virgina published this favorable opinion piece on Independent gubernatorial candidate Russ Potts.

In their piece, the paper seems to essentially endorse Potts while ripping apart his two general election opponants.

So, why Sen. Potts? Because it’s joyously refreshing to hear a candidate speak from the heart, without carefully rehearsed nuances, [...]

A Few Quick Items…

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

In the disputed Montana state house race initially tied by Constitution Party candidate Rick Jore and successfully challeneged by the Democratic candidate, the court has ordered Jore to pay all legal fees. However, Judge Kim Christopher has also challenged the state to instead cover all associated fees due to the strange circumstances of the [...]

Could you do better a job?

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

I wanted to take a quick moment to highlight a game that I find really enjoyable called President Forever. I’ve been playing for a few years now.

It’s from a small software company named 80Soft, and it’s definitely worth checking out for political junkies who enjoy simulating the role of a campaign manager. The [...]

Trivia: Modern Moose?

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

We’re all familiar with the Bull Moose Party from Teddy Roosevelt’s 1912 Presidential campaign… but can you name the most recent American political party to adopt the moose into it’s name?

Peroutka for President: The Movie

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

It appears that the Peroutka 2004 Presidential campaign has produced a documentary called For God, Family, & The Republic: Inside the Peroutka 2004 Presidential Campaign.

I downloaded the 15 Megabyte trailer, and it looks somewhat interesting. I saw some scenes from various campaign events and what looked like the Constitution Party convention. However, it’s [...]

Tough Love for the Libertarian Party

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Before I start here, I’d just like to say that I don’t dislike the Libertarian Party. In fact, I openly admit that I voted for Harry Browne in 2000… and I live in Florida!

I don’t agree with the party on everything, but I think a lot of their platform does make sense. However, [...]

University Fires Nazi

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Fairleigh Dickinson University has fired adjunct professor Jacques Pluss for supposedly missing too many classes. However, Pluss claims he was fired for his political views. Turns out, Pluss is an active member of the American Nazi Party.

From Inside Higher Ed:

One student, however, was quoted as saying that in hindsight she could see things [...]

Constitution Party’s Baldwin Blasts (Laura) Bush

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Laura Bush’s recent comical performance at the White House Correspondents’ dinner got generally positive reviews in the major media. Liberals and conservatives alike seemed to have been charmed by the First Lady, but not included in the group cheering her on is Chuck Baldwin.

Baldwin was the Constitution Party’s 2004 Vice-Presidential nominee. In a [...]

Potts Promises “Greatest Political Upset” in Virginia History

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Russ Potts, Republican State Senator and Independent candidate for Governor of Virginia, has delievered enough signatures to qualify for a spot on the November ballot. In an address to a small crowd of supporters, Potts said that his campaign was running to win and promised to deliver the “greatest political upset in the history [...]

Assorted News Items

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

New Hampshire Libertarian Russell Kanning made national headlines when he symbolicly defied airport security at the Manchester Airport and was arrested.

Minnesota has lowered the bar for establishing “major party” status. The Green Party, which lost that standing in 2004 due to David Cobb’s poor showing in the Presidential election, now appears poised to take [...]

Greens Want Vote on Troop Withdrawal

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

The Green Party is attempting to make a statement about the war in Iraq by placing county-level ballot questions on as many Wisconsin ballots as possible in next year’s April 4th elections.

Taken from The Northwestern of Oshkosh, Wisconsin:

The Wisconsin Green Party wants Wisconsin voters to cast their ballot for or against withdrawal of American troops [...]

Recent Gubernatorial Success

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

As we head toward a large pack of gubernatorial races next year, I thought it would be interesting to take a quick look back at the past few years.

Since 1998, a number of independent and third party candidates have made significant impacts on gubernatorial contests across the country.

Presented below is an incomplete list of some [...]

Capitalist Communists?

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

No one really pays much attention to the Communist Party of the United States any more. It’s been decades since they’ve run a Presidential ticket, and they seem to be largely keeping to themselves electorally speaking.

However, I did notice something a little funny when I recently checked up on their website to see if [...]

Libertarian Pawlowski Faces Uphill Battle in NJ

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Libertarian Jeffrey Pawlowski is facing an uphill battle in this year’s NJ governor race. This recent article in The Suburban lays out how the campaign hopes to have an impact on one of the year’s highest profile races:

Pawlowski said his party is looking to gather 1,600 signatures — double what is needed in order [...]

A Trivia Question!

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Ok, so I’ve decided to start having the occassional trivia question on here as a way to encourage people to start posting comments and to make this site a little more interactve.

This first one is going to be fairly easy. So… if you know the answer, post it and I’ll let you know if [...]

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Friday, June 10th, 2005

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Our Interview with Brian Phillips (Part II)

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Presented below is part 2 of our interview with Brian Phillips, the embattled chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party.

To read part 1 of this interview, click here.

Third Party Watch: An emergency meeting was recently held to, supposedly, remove you from office. Are you still currently the chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party?

Brian [...]