Archive for April, 2006

NYLP Nominates Weld

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

The New York Libertarian Party has nominated Bill Weld for governor…

The Libertarian Party nominated Republican Bill Weld for New York state governor today at a meeting in Albany.

The former Massachusetts governor won the vote over opponent Donald Sillberger, a math professor and researcher at SUNY New Paltz. Sillberger lost in three rounds of balloting. Weld [...]

Your Stories: Jon Airheart (Libertarian)

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

This is the first of what I hope will be a long series of “Your Stories” features. If you missed my explanation, it’s basically a chance for readers to write in and explain how they came to be a member of their party and what kind of active role they’ve taken since joining.

Today’s submission [...]

Columnist Blasts “Libertarian Whining”

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

A fairly harsh piece on “Libertarian whining” by columnist Matthew Tulley of the Indianapolis Star…

You can always tell when election season has arrived in Indiana.

Campaign yard signs sprout. Candidate commercials play. Political mailings arrive.

But for me, nothing says election season like a complaining Libertarian. If Election Day is approaching, Libertarians are griping and moaning and [...]

Constitution Party in Serious Trouble?

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Earlier we mentioned Howard Phillips weighing in against the attempts to disaffiliate the Nevada affiliate of the Constitution Party… and the possibility that Michael Peroutka and others had decided to walk out of the party because of the national committee’s refusal to do so.

Well, now I’m hearing more disturbing rumors that at least one, and [...]

A Few Quick Items…

Friday, April 28th, 2006

=> The Green Party of Connecticut has nominated their first slate of statewide candidates ever.

=> Ballot Access News has an update on the Labor Party’s drive to qualify for a spot on the ballot in South Carolina. It seems that the party is facing a decision of when they actually want to run candidates. [...]

Howard Phillips on the Nevada Issue

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Howard Phillips has weighed in on the whole “Nevada disaffiliation issue” over on the Constitution Party’s website…

There was a national CP meeting last week and I was hearing a rumor that Michael Peroutka and some of his supporters walked out after the national committee voted not to expel the Nevada affiliate. No confirmation yet, [...]

New Poll Numbers from Texas

Friday, April 28th, 2006

A new SurveyUSA poll shows the independents in the Texas gubernatorial race running very strong.

The poll asked 579 likely voters who they were planning to support…

Gov. Rick Perry (Rep) - 39%
Comptroller Carole Strayhorn (Ind) - 25%
Singer Kinky Friedman (Ind) - 16%
Fmr Congressman Chris Bell (Dem) - 15%

The pie chart.

Watch a Badnarik Billboard Being Deployed!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

This is kind of nifty…

Americans Want a Third Party

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Interesting new poll…

“Some people say we should have a third major political party in this country in addition to the Democrats and Republicans. Do you agree or disagree?”

Agree - 53%
Disagree - 40%
Not sure - 7%

Finals Week

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Hi everyone, I just wanted to post quickly to explain why I haven’t been keeping the site updated as frequently as I’ve wanted to in the past couple of days.

Basically, it’s final exam week and I’m a little swamped right now… but rest assured that TPW will continue on strong in the weeks and months [...]

Independents Face Petitioning Hurdles

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

This AP story provides a pretty good general overview of the major Independent candidates for governor this year and the various petitioning requirements that each face…

As gubernatorial races across the country heat up, a handful of independent candidates have emerged nationally who could influence tight races, be it as spoilers or as long-shot victors.

But in [...]

Liberty For Sale Goes Off-Line

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

This post over at Hammer of Truth confirms what I was afraid of when I attempted to visit earlier today.

Apparently due to Tim’s health condition and a bad database crash… he’s decided to take the site off-line for good. When I first started blogging about third parties, I had three essential sites that [...]

Phillies 2008: The Good and the Bad

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Thomas Knapp (Knappster) has been doing a series of profiles on LP Presidential candidates for the 2008 race. His latest is on George Phillies, who recently threw his hat into the ring.

It’s pretty interesting and worth a read…

Our Interview with Janice Jordan

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Janice Jordan was the 2004 Vice-Presidential candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party. Jordan, together with Leonard Peltier, appeared on the ballot only in the state of California and received a total of 27,607 votes. She’s currently the PFP candidate for Governor of California.

We had the opportunity to talk with her [...]

Building the Purple Party?

Friday, April 21st, 2006

John from North Carolina tipped me off about this really interesting series of articles in New York Magazine…

Part 1: Introducing the Purple Party

Part 2: Building the Frankencandidate

Part 3: But Is a Third Party Possible?

A Few News Items…

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

-> Hammer of Truth reports that Minnesota Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Sue Jeffers is considering making a run for the Republican nomination as well.

-> Ballot Access News reports that the Tennessee Green Party has qualified candidates to appear on the ballot for both Governor and Senator this year.

-> An interesting discussion going on over at [...]

We Want Your Stories!

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

I’m considering doing a new feature on the site that will give readers a chance to share some of their own experiences. Basically it would be an occassional item (maybe weekly?) that told the story of how a person came to belong to a third party and in what ways they’ve been active and [...]

McCourt Declares for NY Governor

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

It’s official…

One of New York’s most colorful political gadflies says he intends to run for governor.

Writer and actor Malachy McCourt says he’ll seek the Green Party nomination to end nuclear energy programs and revoke the death penalty. In a news release announcing his intentions, McCourt says his campaign planks are in keeping with the Biblical [...]

Green Candidate to Perform Gay Wedding

Monday, April 17th, 2006

The press release…

Rev. Dan Rodriguez-Schlorff, the Green Party candidate for the Illinois State Treasurer, will officiate a wedding ceremony uniting two women in a private ceremony on May 27, 2006. The two women first approached Schlorff after hearing him speak at the Matthew Shepard rally last October. Since then, Schlorff has been meeting with the [...]

Phillies Enters Presidential Race

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Just received this email this morning. It appears that George Phillies, a current candidate for LNC Chairman, has decided to jump into the race for the LP Presidential nomination in 2008.

The announcement…

America is in real trouble, and most Americans know it. The great majority of Americans agree: We are on the wrong track. [...]

Washington LP Nominates Guthrie for Senate

Friday, April 14th, 2006

The official press release courtesy of Mark Sansouci…

On Saturday, April 9, 2006 the Libertarian Party of Washington State (LPWA) voted to endorse Bruce Guthrie in his bid for US Senate at their annual convention in Bremerton, Washington.

Ruth Bennett, LPWA Chair and 2004 gubernatorial candidate, expressed her strong support, “I am pleased and excited to have [...]

Diamond Enters PA Gubernatorial Race

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Yet another interesting independent candidate for governor this year, this time in Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh LIVE has the story…

Russ Diamond, the 42-year-old founder of a group targeting incumbent officeholders, today announced he will run as an independent candidate for Pennsylvania governor.

Diamond, of Lebanon, needs to gather about 67,000 signatures on a petition by Aug 1, in order [...]

Badnarik Billboard - Now We’re Talking!

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

The Badnarik campaign has put up their first billboard…

Constitution Party ‘Spoiling’ Montana House?

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

From the Helena Independent-Record…

The conservative Constitution Party, which calls the Republican Party too liberal, has fielded a record 20 state legislative candidates for this fall’s election, a turnout that some Republicans worried could hurt their own party.

Although still little more than a political curiosity, the Montana Constitution Party is already influencing, at least to a [...]

Candidate of the Day Feature

Monday, April 10th, 2006

The Candidate of the Day feature has been really popular on this site. People have been emailing me suggestions since Day 1 and I’ve tried whenever possible to incorporate them into the daily postings.

However, it’s still only April and many campaigns have barely gotten off the ground at this point. I don’t want [...]