Archive for February, 2006

Fisher Out of GA House Race

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Ballot Access News has the story:

Jay Fisher, who had hoped to be the first US House candidate on the ballot in Georgia from a party other than Democratic or Republican since 1942, has dropped out. He had hoped to appear as the Libertarian nominee in the 6th district. The first blow to his campaign was [...]

Today’s Candidate: Sue Jeffers

Friday, February 17th, 2006


Today’s candidate of the day is Sue Jeffers for Governor of Minnesota.

This is the 10th “candidate of the day” item I’ve done and I decided to return to the same race as the first profile. Peter Hutchinson, the Independence Party candidate, has earned quite a lot of attention in [...]

Ed Thompson for Congress?!?

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Wow… a very big story over on Hammer of Truth right now. It appears that Ed Thompson is considering a run for Congress in Wisconsin’s third Congressional District.

HoT has the story:

For those of you who don’t recall, Thompson ran for governor of Wisconsin in 2002 and won nearly 11% of the vote as a [...]

Easier Than Running for Governor…

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Click here to watch Kinky Friedman’s hilarious “10 Things That Are Easier Than Running for Governor of Texas as an Independent” video.

This one is also quite funny.

His TV commercials featuring a talking action figure are cute, but I think the cartoons actually sell his message a lot better. I’d love to see the response [...]

Today’s Candidate: Jesse Mortenson

Thursday, February 16th, 2006


Today’s candidate of the day is Jesse Mortenson for Minnesota State House.

A recent graduate of Macalester College, Mortenson has been an active community volunteer for some time. By running to the far left in this overwhelmingly Democratic district, the local press has started to take note of his potential effect: [...]

Progressive Zuckerman Won’t Run

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

In an announcement today on his exploratory campaign’s website, Progressive State Representative David Zuckerman announced that he would not run for Congress in 2006.

The people of Vermont have spoken and they say that they want me to put my abilities to work for them in the US Congress now. HOWEVER, many of their convictions were [...]

You Have One Million Dollars

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Here’s a scenario that I think would be interesting to see everyone chime in on.

The Rules: You are given the ability to allocate donations totaling one million dollars to the candidate or candidates of your choice. The money must be gone by December 31st. It can’t go toward Presidential campaigns or into [...]

State Senator Bolts GOP, Launches Bid

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Well, the race for governor of Oregon just got a whole lot more interesting.

In addition, the 30-member Oregon State Senate now has 18 Democrats, 11 Republicans, and one Independent.


State Sen. Ben Westlund said Tuesday he’s bolting the Republican Party and entering the 2006 race for governor as an independent because the two-party system prevents [...]

Texas Polling Numbers…

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

It looks like this year’s race for governor of Texas will be every bit as interesting as we’ve expected. Politics1 reports on a new round of polling that shows a Republican and an Independent battling it out for first place while another Independent battles it out for third place with a Democrat.

Rasmussen Reports has [...]

Today’s Candidate: Andrew Halcro

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006


Today’s candidate of the day is Andrew Halcro for Governor of Alaska.

Halcro is a successful businessman and a former 2-term State Representative. He’s running for governor as an independent. With his qualifications and Alaska’s history of being open to voting for non-major party candidates, this race could become one [...]

Washington Libertarian Appointed to Office

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

While this is a pretty low level office, it’s at least a start.

I’m a firm believer that third parties need to start working on getting as many people as possible appointed and elected to these types of lower level offices so that they can credibly run for positions on local city councils and school boards [...]

Badnarik Reviews Russo Film

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Former Presidential candidate and current Congressional candidate Michael Badnarik has given Aaron Russo’s “America: From Freedom to Fascism” a positive review.

Today’s Candidate: Bill Peirce

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006


Today’s candidate of the day is Bill Peirce for Governor of Ohio.

One of the better organized state-wide Libertarian candidates this year, Pierce is an accomplished economist and published author. Considering the recent internal difficulties that the Republican Party of Ohio has faced… the state just might be ripe for [...]

Today’s Candidate: Carole Keeton Strayhorn

Monday, February 13th, 2006


Today’s candidate of the day is Carole Keeton Strayhorn for Governor of Texas.

Strayhorn is a former moderate Republican that has decided to run for governor as an independent rather than face a tough conservative-leaning GOP primary. She’s currently the state’s Comptroller and certainly seems like the most likely to be elected [...]

Utah to Split Electoral Vote?

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

From Ballot Access News:

Chad Curtis of Orem, Utah, is proposing to circulate an initiative to split Utah’s electoral votes, proportionately to the popular vote. Thus, if Utah has 6 electoral votes (which it will certainly have after 2011), a presidential candidate who polled one-sixth of the popular vote would get one electoral vote. A similar [...]

Put Up or Shut Up?

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Today’s Candidate: Pat LaMarche

Sunday, February 12th, 2006


Today’s candidate of the day is Pat LaMarche for Governor of Maine.

LaMarche was the Green Party’s 2004 Vice-Presidential candidate. In 1998 she captured 7% of the vote in an unusual 4-way race for governor that saw independent Angus King re-elected by a landslide. LaMarche’s showing stacks up pretty well when [...]

Alaskan Greens Win Court Victory

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

The Alaska Green Party won an important and interesting victory in their fight to maintain ballot access.

From the Anchorage Daily News:

The Green Party has 3,899 registered voters in Alaska, according to Division of Elections data. Democrats number 68,136 and Republicans 114,051, while the majority of Alaska voters are listed as nonpartisan or undeclared.

Alaska Division of [...]

Today’s Candidate: Julian Hatch

Saturday, February 11th, 2006


Today’s candidate of the day is Julian Hatch for U.S. Senate.

Hatch is the Green Party candidate challenging Senator Orrin Hatch in Utah. They’re also distantly related, making it an even safer bet that a Hatch will win this race…

The website:

A Few Random Items

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche was featured in this article from the Bard College Obsever.

Over on his campaign blog, Michael Badnarik addressed some rumors surrounding his demand for a recount of the votes in Ohio following the 2004 Presidential election.

This Maryland newspaper published a very broad and very introductory “What are third parties?” type [...]

Today’s Candidate: Michael Badnarik

Friday, February 10th, 2006


Today’s candidate of the day is Michael Badnarik for U.S. Congress.

The Libertarian Party’s unlikely Presidential candidate in 2004 has now focused his efforts on winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Surely one of the more interesting races of 2006, Badnarik has already raised over $100,000 for his [...]

Today’s Candidate: Jeremy Ryan

Thursday, February 9th, 2006


Today’s candidate of the day is Jeremy Ryan for Burlington city council.

I decided to feature Jeremy Ryan almost entirely due to the quality of his website. Many third party candidates for statewide office don’t even come close to this level of professionalism.

The website:

Libertarian Scores 11.6% in State House Race

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

A really nice showing for Libertarian Richard Ford in Missouri’s special election to fill State House District 105!

105th District:
Frame - Democrat: 1,919 votes (45.8%)
Groom - Republican: 1,783 votes (42.6%)
Ford - Libertarian: 488 votes (11.6%)

Results from the St. [...]

Today’s Candidate: Peter Hutchinson

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006


Today’s candidate of the day is Peter Hutchinson for governor of Minnesota.

Hutchinson is the Independence Party candidate and has a heck of a resume. He worked as a corporate executive with Dayton Hudson for 14 years, served as both Deputy Mayor and School Superintendent in Minneapolis, and is [...]

New Feature: Candidate of the Day

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

From now until election day in November I have decided to feature a new third party or independent candidate each day. There really aren’t any rules or qulifications, except that I found something about the campaign to be at least mildly interesting. I’ll post the candidate’s name, the office being contested, their website, [...]