A Few News Items…

Blogger Ken Sain highlights the “hotbed of Green activity” that is Minneapolis/St. Paul.

California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson has ruled that Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist cannot have his leadership of that group under his name on the 48th Congressional District special-election primary ballot. Gilchrist is the candidate of the American Independent Party, the California affiliate of the Constitution Party.

The Green Party has issued a press release that denounces California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as being anti-worker. This comes after the arrest of six for trespassing and refusing to obey a police officer after they entered a “restricted” area of CalTrans while trying to distribute union materials.

And one last item from California…. the California Assembly has legalized write-in votes in which the voter forgets to “X” the box next to the name written in.

3 Responses to “A Few News Items…”

  1. Joe Says:

    Minuteman Project founder” constituting “a commercial identification” while Suppe’s veteran label is considered a “status,” is a ridiculous decision that can only be intended to hurt alternative parties.

  2. Ron Hardy Says:

    Another news item to consider: Wisconsin Libertarian Party and Wisconsin Green Party joint press resease regarding Troop Withdrawal:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29th, 2005

    Contacts:
    Arif Khan, Chair, Libertarian Party of Wisconsin, 920-251-0844
    Jeff Peterson, Campaign Coordinator, Referendum on Troop Withdrawal from
    Iraq 715.472.2728
    Jill Bussiere, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Green Party 920.388.0529, cell - 920.255.2175, [email protected]

    Libertarians and Greens: “Bring the Troops Home NOW

    The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Green Party have joined
    in calling for support for U.S. troops in Iraq by bringing them home as soon
    as possible.

    The Green and Libertarian Parties both oppose the current U.S. occupation.
    Both believe war should be waged only to defend the United States, and that
    the war on Iraq did not meet that condition. Both parties’ 2004
    presidential candidates proposed withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.
    Both are concerned that the longer the U.S. occupation remains in Iraq, the
    more long-term will be the damage. They agree the best thing for the United
    States and Iraq is to bring U.S. troops home as quickly as possible.

    “The United States was not threatened by Iraq,” said Jill Bussiere,
    Co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party. “Many of us knew there were no
    weapons of mass destruction well before the invasion, and the administration
    knew it too, having fixed the ’intelligence around the policy‘ as the
    Downing Street memo notes. Now, we find that the invasion and occupation of
    Iraq have decreased our national security ­ just the opposite of what the
    administration claims.”

    The two parties take different strategies in their attempt to end the
    occupation, yet they support each other’s efforts.

    The Wisconsin Green Party is promoting a “Bring the Troops Home NOW!”
    referendum on the April ballot in as many cities and villages as possible.
    The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin is calling upon Governor Doyle to bring
    home the National Guard troops.

    “We are building a coalition of patriotic citizens to get a referendum on
    the ballot so that Wisconsin voters have a chance to voice their opinion,”
    said Jeff Peterson, who is coordinating the Bring the Troops Home
    referendum. “Giving voters a voice about the war is an exercise in
    democracy.”

    ”We call upon Governor Doyle to bring the troops home,” said Arif Khan,
    Chair of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin. “Units of the 32nd Brigade
    have been called to active duty, not as a last line of defense to protect
    Wisconsin and the nation from foreign invaders, but to be deployed overseas
    to occupy a country which the Governor and President now know was not a
    threat to the U.S. Wisconsin National Guard units belong in Wisconsin, to
    protect our ‘Homeland’”

    This month Governor Doyle told departing Wisconsin National Guard troops at
    Volk Field, “You are the ones going off and making this sacrifice so that
    Wisconsin can continue being the wonderful state in which we all live.”

    “If you believe that Wisconsin Guard troops are needed in Iraq to protect
    Wisconsin, I have a bridge over the Black River for sale,” offered Ed
    Thompson, former Libertarian candidate for governor. “President Bush misused
    his powers to justify the federalization of the National Guard and the
    dispatch of Wisconsin National Guard units to fight in Iraq,” said
    Thompson. ”Since there was no threat to the United States, the Bush
    administration had no constitutional jurisdiction to send troops to Iraq.”

    ”The National Guards were developed to provide security in the case of
    domestic unrest and help states with dealing with natural disasters,” said
    Khan. “In the interests of Wisconsin’s ‘homeland security’, rather than
    waving goodbye, Governor Doyle should be demanding that all Guard members be
    immediately returned to the state. Support our Guard troops—bring them
    home now.”

    Libertarian Party of Wisconsin
    http://www.lpwi.org/

    Wisconsin Green Party
    www.wisconsingreenparty.org

    Bring Home the Troops Now! Referendum
    http://www.wisconsingreenparty.org/iraqreferendum/

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