Archive for December, 2005

Bludorn Files To Run As Republican

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

We’ve mentioned this race once or twice in the past, but here’s a quick update on Scott Bludorn’s GOP campaign for state house, from the Chicago Tribune:

The last time state Rep. Sidney Mathias and Scott Bludorn were pitted against each other in an election, Bludorn was a Libertarian and accused his opponent of being a [...]

Oregon Greens Face Contested Primary

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Looks like the Oregon Greens have a contest on their hands. I think this is actually a great thing for minor parties as it helps candidates sharpen their skills and build their campaigns earlier, and it brings free media attention as well!

[CORRECTION: As noted by Richard Winger of Ballot Access News, we incorrectly [...]

Liberty Publisher Dead at 58

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Sadly, the publisher of Liberty magazine has passed away. Taken from today’s issue of the Seattle Times:

Shortly before his death, William (R.W.) Bradford sent an e-mail to friends, suggesting a headline for his obituary: Bradford dies! Liberty survives!

Liberty is the magazine Mr. Bradford founded in 1987 to explore libertarianism, the political philosophy that favors [...]

Third Parties Thriving… in Canada

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

This is a great article from the Toronto Star that lays out the “how and why” of increased third party activity in Canada. It basically boils down to a court ruling that made it much easier to create and sustain a federal party… and the Canadian system of public funding. Well worth reading [...]

A Few Items of Interest…

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

>> Ballot Access News reports that the Libertarian Party’s ballot access fund is now virtually out of debt.

>> Over on Liberty for Sale, Tim West discusses changing the way Libertarian conventions are held and nominees are selected.

>> The Hammer of Truth has some interesting tidbits on Badnarik’s Congressional campaign and the 2008 Presidential race.

R.I.P. Eugene McCarthy

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

It is being reported that Former Senator Eugene McCarthy has died at the age of 89. McCarthy served 2 terms in the United States Senate as a Democrat and campaigned for the Democratic Presidential nomination on three occassions (1968, 1972, 1992).

In addition, McCarthy was an independent candidate for President in 1976 and again in [...]

Libertarian Loses Two-Year Seatbelt Fight

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

From UPI:

An Illinois man who spent more than two years fighting a ticket for not buckling up ended up where he was at the beginning, with a $25 fine.

The long legal battle also cost Kenneth Prazak about $2,000 in legal fees. It could become even more expensive if he is ordered to reimburse the village [...]

Green Gears Up for CA Senate Race

Friday, December 9th, 2005

This could be an interesting race for the Greens next year…

From The Alameda Times-Star:

A co-author of San Francisco’s successful ballot measure opposing military recruiters on public high schools and college campuses has announced he might run as a Green Party candidate against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

Activist Todd Chretien, 36, of San Francisco has formed [...]

Gilchrist Loses to Absentee Voters

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

It looks like the well organized Republican machine delivered for John Campbell, as he actually won Tuesday’s special election entirely on the strength of his absentee support.

Absentee Voter Results
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John Campbell (Rep) 30,895 (53.18%)
Steve Young (Dem) 14,697 (25.30%)
Jim Gilchrist (AI) 10,944 [...]

New Party Forms in Idaho

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Interesting news from Idaho… the founder of a weekly newspaper in Boise has decided to launch something called the United Party.

Republicans and Democrats are as polarized as Shiites and Sunnis. Politicians of both parties sound like rival mobs of chimpanzees run amuck in their habitat, throwing poo on each other and romping gleefully away going [...]