Archive for June, 2006

Talk of Bloomberg ‘08 Continues

Monday, June 19th, 2006

More speculation on a possible Bloomberg independent campaign for President in 2008…

When billionaire Michael Bloomberg became New York mayor shortly after the September 11 attacks, some mocked his dullness and lack of political savvy.

Now the Republican mayor of America’s most populous city doesn’t understand why he can’t quell talk he wants to be president.

“I won’t [...]

Monday’s Candidate: Mary Starrett

Monday, June 19th, 2006


Mary Starrett, the Oregon Constitution Party’s candidate for governor.

Probably the biggest challenge facing her campaign will be getting voters attention in a race that already has a strong independent candidate running, State Senator Ben Westlund.

To her credit, Starrett boasts an impressive career in both broadcast journalism…

Starrett worked in television at [...]

Blast from the Past: “The Lonely Footsoldier”

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Here’s an old story from LP News in December of 1998…

Any thoughts?

Friday’s Candidate: Russ Diamond

Friday, June 16th, 2006


Russ Diamond, independent candidate running for Governor of Pennsylvania.

Diamond is the founder of PACleanSweep, an organization created in response to the infamous pay raise enacted by the state legislature.

In January, I was both humbled and honored to be named one of three “Citizens of the Year” by the Philadelphia Inquirer [...]

Texas LP in Hot Water with Ethics Commission

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

From the Austin Chronicle…

Over the last few city election cycles, Libertarian activists Wes Benedict and Arthur DiBianca have made minor careers as political gadflies by churning out campaign-finance complaints against opposing candidates and organizations of all stripes. So last week, when Benedict and his Libertarian Party of Texas got a taste of what they dish [...]

Thursday’s Candidate: Mark Yannone

Thursday, June 15th, 2006


Mark Yannone, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress from Arizona’s third district.

Yannone has been a resident of Arizona for 25 years and is a graduate of ASU.

He is taking on Republican Congressman John Shadegg who was one of the three candidates that sought to replace Tom DeLay as majority leader [...]

Lieberman Continues to Mull Indy Bid

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman continues to flirt with the idea of running for re-election as an Independent. His challenger in the August Democratic primary is slowly gaining on him, but polls show he would easily win if he were to run without party backing.

Could New England be the home to two Independent Senators come [...]

Democratic Primary Loser Endorses Paparian

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

One of the most promising Green Party candidates this year is former Pasadena Mayor Bill Paparian who is challenging Congressman Adam Schiff in California’s Congressional District 29.

Paparian has earned the support of several notable Democratic fundraisers and activists as well as actor Ed Begley, Jr.

Now, Paparian has picked up yet another significant endorsement.

The press release…

Bob [...]

Our Interview with Scott McLarty

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Scott McLarty is an activist and media coordinator for the Green Party. We had the opportunity to briefly ask him a few questions about his own experience as a Green and how he sees this Fall’s election shaping up.

TPW: What first inspired you to become a member of the Green Party?

McLarty: I [...]

Independents Want Nicknames On Ballot

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Both independent candidates for governor of Texas this year have unusual nicknames. For Carole Keeton Strayhorn, that nickname is Grandma… coming from a campaign slogan (“One Tough Grandma”) she began using in 1998. And of course the other candidate is musician and author Richard “Kinky” Friedman.

Both candidates want their nicknames listed on the [...]

Wednesday’s Candidate: Bill Boone

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006


Bill Boone, Libertarian for Missouri State Representative in the 140th district.

Boone has been a resident of Springfield, Missouri for almost four decades and is campaigning on a platform that includes controlling illegal immigration, ensuring personal property rights, lowering taxes, and protecting our right to bear arms. He also advocates [...]

Oregon Gubernatorial Race Takes Shape

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

This article provides a pretty good summary of the exciting six-person guberatorial contest going on in Oregon this year, though it’s main focus seems to be the impact of Constitution Party candidate Mary Starrett. However, it seems likely that independent State Senator Ben Westlund will be the candidate to watch in this race.


Oregon’s [...]

Tuesday’s Candidate: Robert Healey

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006


Robert Healey for Lt. Governor of Rhode Island. He is the founder and chief organizer of the Cool Moose Party, a surprisingly strong force in Rhode Island politics during the 90’s.

Healy is an attorney who has made numerous runs for office including two bids for Governor. In 1994, [...]

Two Elected Progressives Aim Higher

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Vergennes Mayor and Progressive Party member April Jin has declared that she will seek a seat in the Vermont State legislature this year. The press release.

Also running for a seat in the Vermont State House this year will be Progressive School Commissioner Chris Haessly of Burlington. The press release.

The Vermont Progressive Party currently [...]

Alberto On His Way

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Well, it’s probably not going to be that big of a deal, but I actually live right in the exact spot where the green dot labeled “Tuesday” is on this map…

If Alberto sticks to this path and gains some substantial strength then there’s a chance that Third Party Watch will take a break from new [...]

Monday’s Candidate: Mark “MAJIC” Jones

Monday, June 12th, 2006


Mark “MAJIC” Jones, Libertarian for Greene County Presiding Commissioner in Missouri.

Jones is the owner of MAJIC Painting & Wallcovering and is campaigning to restore fiscal responsibility to the Greene County government.

He’s also challenged elected officials to take a voluntary 2% pay-cut and has pledged that…

If elected I plan to donate [...]

Aimee Allison Advances to Run-Off

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

Excellent news for the Oakland Greens as city council candidate Aimee Allison scored a 37% showing in Wednesday’s election and has now forced a run-off with incumbent Pat Kernighan. We profiled Ms. Allison back on April 5th and noted that her previous showing in an Oakland City Council race was 14% in an 8-way [...]

Friday’s Candidate: It’s Me…

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
—Theodore Roosevelt




This November I will be dipping [...]

Notable Democratic Activist Endorses Paparian

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Danny Bakewell, a notable Democratic activist, Southern California developer, and newspaper publisher has endorsed the Green Party Congressional campaign of Bill Paparian. Paparian has also received support from actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr.

From Pasadena Weekly…

In what appears to be a dramatic break from his once-strong ties to the Democratic Party, Pasadena developer and [...]

Berg Unhappy About al-Zarqawi’s Death

Friday, June 9th, 2006


The father of Nicholas Berg, a U.S. contractor believed to have been beheaded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq, said Thursday that al-Zarqawi’s killing will only perpetuate the cycle of violence in the Middle East.

“I think al-Zarqawi’s death is a double tragedy,” Michael Berg told The Associated Press after learning that a U.S. airstrike [...]

Our Interview with Allen Hacker

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Allen Hacker was the California coordinator of the Michael Badnarik for President campaign in 2004. Currently he’s managing Mr. Badnarik’s run for the U.S. House of Representatives in Texas’ 10th District.

Mr. Hacker was kind enough to talk with Third Party Watch about the current status of the Badnarik campaign, the Libertarian Party as a [...]

Thursday’s Candidate: Dodie Lovett

Thursday, June 8th, 2006


Dodie Lovett, the Green Party’s candidate for Pennsylvania State Assembly in District 108.

Lovett is a grandmother, environmental activist, and a mime teacher. She holds local leadership positions with both the ACLU and Sierra Club. She’s also the author of a work on Mary Todd Lincoln.

Her campaign site [...]

My Take on the Weld Campaign

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

This will probably piss off a few people, but that’s fine. I’m just exausted from reading page after page of blog commenters calling Bill Weld a liar and a scumbag.

The NYLP cross-endorsed Republican Bill Weld’s campaign for governor. Weld is, kind of like me, a somewhat libertarian-leaning Republican… but he’s got a solid [...]

Yesterday’s Special Election Results

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Republicans scored a key hold in California’s 50th Congressional District yesterday as former Congressman Brian Bilbray defeated Democratic challenger Francine Busby. An independent and a Libertarian were also on the ballot.

The results…

Brian P. Bilbray (Rep) - 60,319 votes - 49.33%
Francine Busby (Dem) - [...]

Our Interview with Christopher Hansen

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Christopher Hansen is the current chairman of the Independent American Party of Nevada, that state’s Constitution Party affiliate. He is also the party’s 2006 candidate for Governor.

For the last few months, Hansen has been at the center of an internal party battle between those who want to outlaw abortion with no exceptions and [...]