Archive for August, 2005

Rasmussen Polling is Useless

Monday, August 8th, 2005

The Republican is at 45%, the Democrat has 39%, and some other candidate is getting 5% of the vote in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. I wonder who the other candidate could be? Maybe there’s a bunch of other candidates on the ballot and together they’re polling 5%?

Nope. There are only three candidates on [...]

A Few News Items…

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

While the Democrat and Republican have each raised about $11 million, Independent candidate Russ Potts reports raising $463,000 so far in his bid to be the next governor of Virginia. Those numbers cover through June 30.

Green blogger Ken Sain takes a look at the role of third party candidates as spoilers.

From his statement here, [...]

Libertarian Reformers Win Big

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

The Libertarian Reform movement seems to have picked up some major steam following a series of key victories at this weekend’s Libertarian National Committee meeting.

Among them include passage of the Squyres Zero Dues Proposal and an elimination of the Unified Membership Plan.

Liberty For Sale has the full story.

My Take on the Badnarik Announcement

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

I think Michael Badnarik is making a mistake, but I could be wrong.

First, he has not shown himself to be a hugely successful local candidate. In 2000 he ran in a two-way race for state house and captured 17% of the vote. A very average result. In 2002, he ran for state [...]

Badnarik Launches Congressional Bid!

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

Michael Badnarik, the Libertarian Party’s 2004 Presidential nominee, has decided he will seek a Congressional seat next year. Specifically, he will make a run in the 10th Congressional District, currently held by Republican Michael McCaul.

The seat was recently occupied by Congressman Lloyd Doggett who was redistricted and now represents the 25th. Doggett was [...]

LNC Meeting Begins Tomorrow

Friday, August 5th, 2005

The Libertarian National Committee will meet starting tomorrow in Kansas City, Missouri.

Some of the hottest issues that will likely be talked about include the resignation of Executive Director Joe Seehusen and the fact that the party is (somewhat) broke.

Green Party Makes Gains

Friday, August 5th, 2005

Ballot Access News reports that the Green Party will soon become a qualified party in Louisiana for the first time ever. Additionally, the “rogue” faction of the Utah Green Party is also on the verge of qualifying.

Should The LP Leave DC?

Friday, August 5th, 2005

Liberty For Sale has an interesting editoral that suggests the Libertarian Party could save large sums of money by relocating to more afforable office space outside the D.C. area.

Correction: Libertarians Not Arrested

Friday, August 5th, 2005

Just a little update on a story we linked to a while ago. It was an article that appeared in The Boca Raton News and claimed Libertarians Karl Dickey and Neil Evangelista had been arrested while protesting a gun buy-back program.

In an article dated August 5th:

An article on this page on July 14, 2005, [...]

Candidate Fined in Wisconsin

Friday, August 5th, 2005

This is an interesting little story on a Republican candidate for governor that was fined for some inappropriate use of automated phone calls. Most notable, from my viewpoint, is that the Libertarian Party’s appointee on the State Elections Board is mentioned to have voted against the fine.

If you’ll remember, the LP received the right [...]

Sharing a little about me…

Thursday, August 4th, 2005

I’ve gotten several emails since I started this site, some asking what party I’m a member of… if I’ve ever run for office before… that sort of thing.

So, I figured since this site is not about six weeks old, I should probably introduce myself.

My name is Austin Cassidy and I own/run Third Party Watch.

I am [...]

Dornan Abandons Constitution Party

Thursday, August 4th, 2005

Not that much of a surprise from a fairly unusual character, but it appears that Bob Dornan has ended his flirtation with the Constitution Party’s California chapter. Instead, Dornan has decided that if he runs for Congress in a special election this year, he will do so as a Republican.

A Few Blog Items of Note…

Thursday, August 4th, 2005

An excellent editoral on Liberty For Sale: The High Price of Libertarian Vanity

Ken Sain reports that Green Party National Steering Committee Co-chair Steve Kramer is facing down a recall effort.

BachTalk.net takes on the need for Libertarian interest groups to support the party’s objectives.

The Stuff That Drives Me Nuts…

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

I’ve been poking around the Libertarian Party of Florida’s message boards lately to see what’s up with my state’s LP affiliate.

Here are just 2 examples of things that drive me nuts about Libertarians sometimes, and if you think I’m being overly sensitive then that’s fine. I probably am.

1. A guy comes onto the board [...]

Potts Has Best Tax Plan?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

Local governments in Virginia are worried about property taxes. The current candidates for governor are offering their plans up to the people, but each has a different approach… and neither the Democrat nor the Republican plans are playing very well with the towns that would be impacted.

However, it seems that Russ Potts (independent candidate [...]

Got a News Tip? Share it!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

If you see a third party related story or know of something that’s going on (but not public knowledge yet), feel free to share it with Third Party Watch!

My email address is: [email protected]

I will honor the wishes of those who wish to be kept anonymous. Not all stories will be published.

Write-ins Win in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

A court has ruled that write-in votes for two local candidates should be counted in Pennsylvania, even though some voters did not follow the proper procedure for recording their votes.

As such, both candidates in question won their races.

Is the Libertarian Party Broke?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

Liberty For Sale has published some disturbing news about the current financial state of the Libertarian Party. According to documents that they have obtained, the party’s bank accounts are nearly dry and they are facing serious budget problems moving into the future unless something changes.

http://libertyforsale.com/?p=231

As a side note: Although I intend to remain a [...]

Green Candidate Enters Stamford Race

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

Darek Shapiro, an architect and outspoken proponent of clean energy, has entered the Stamford, Connecticut mayoral race. He will face incumbent mayor and Democrat Dannel Malloy, as well as a Republican and an independent candidate. Mayor Malloy is currently making a run for governor as well. Because of that, this race [...]

The Prohibitionist Officeholder…

Monday, August 1st, 2005

This month’s issue of Ballot Access News is online and there are a few particularly interesting stories worth taking note of. So, check it out.

One story in particular that I will highlight here relates to the Prohibition Party. As we’ve written about on this site in the past, James Hedges is a Prohibition [...]

Scranton and the Natural Law Party

Monday, August 1st, 2005

Politics1.com has posted an exclusive story on Bill Scranton III, Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania. It’s a very interesting read that details Scranton’s past ties to the now defunct Natural Law Party.

Click here to read the story.