Archive for December, 2006

2008 LP Convention Location Announced

Friday, December 29th, 2006

In the “I Seriously Can’t Believe I’ve Had My Head In The Sand And Missed This Announcement Until I Just Opened My Copy Of Liberty Pledge” department, the LP announced last week that the 2008 Libertarian National Convention will be held in Denver, CO. I had heard from TSouth that this might be [...]

State Board May Need a Minor Party Member

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

A legal quirk is opening the door to a possible third party or independent appointment to Missouri’s Clean Water Commission.

Thanks to Eric Dondero for this tip. Full story from the Belleville News-Democrat…

The commission that oversees Missouri’s water quality regulations has more Republican members than allowed by state law.

As a result, the state Sierra Club [...]

Marvin Pro-Life Richardson running for US Senate in Idaho as an independent

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

“He ran for governor as a Constitution Party member. But he said he has left that party because it has taken compromising positions on issues like abortion and public education. ”

Full article here.

Gerald Ford (1913-2006)

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Former President Gerald Ford died today at the age of 93, reports his wife Betty. News is still sketchy about the exact cause and circumstances.

Ford is the only President to never have been elected as either President or Vice-President. He took over as Vice-President after the resignation of Spiro Agnew, and then became [...]

Libertarian Gets Eagle off Endangered List

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

It looks like the Bald Eagle will soon be off the government’s official endangered species list, probably by February of next year. The story from MSNBC

Seven years after the U.S. government moved to take the bald eagle off the endangered species list, the Bush administration intends to complete the step by February, prodded [...]

An Infuriating Letter to the Editor

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

This is a particularly nasty letter to the editor from a newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois. The author is clearly anti-third party and uses the wasted vote argument to make voting for an alternative candidate sound like treason.

Here’s a link to the letter. Note that commenting is enabled, and readers can leave their thoughts [...]

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

It’s Christmas Eve and I’m about to head off to visit some family until late tomorrow night.

Here’s wishing all of you a safe and happy holiday, whatever your plans may be!

Libertarian Fights for Open Government

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Here’s an interesting item about New Jersey Libertarian John Paff and his crusade to enforce the laws that require government meetings and discussion to be kept public and in the public record.

A little unusual to think of a Libertarian as a stickler for the enforcement of laws, but this makes sense and (as long as [...]

Bob Barr and the War on Drugs

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Bob Barr, the newly appointed LNC Regional Representative from Region 4, is better known to most Libertarians for his hard line stances as a drug warrior… many may even remember a Libertarian campaign in Georgia years ago that was created with the sole purpose of attacking Bob Barr.

While Barr has obviously made many strides [...]

Just a bit of humor…

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

The Onion has a hilarious piece up about third-party cola manufacturers.

Claiming the American consumer is in crisis, third-party soft drink Royal Crown Cola called for an end to two-brand dominance, demanding an equal playing field for all and urging sweeping restrictions on the amount Coke and Pepsi are allowed to spend on advertisements.

“Over the past [...]

The Lone Patriot: Is it Time to Combine?

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

John Newby has returned to blogging with yet another call for the Libertarian, Constitution, America First, and Reform parties to merge. He says he is going to going to “contact the leadership of several of the independent Parties and propose a meeting of representatives from each party . . . [to] [...]

Hit piece on the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

And I thought I didn’t mince words…

Looks to be that there’s a backlash against the recent electoral successes of the Greens in Massachusetts, with an op/ed in attacking them.

The Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts didn’t do badly in the state’s November elections. Although its candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, Grace Ross and Wendy Van [...]

Constitution Party cleans up in Utah

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Looks like a good year for third parties.

While the Greens managed to beat back duopoly power in Illinois and the Libertarians set records in Texas and Georgia, the Constitution Party is cementing its base in the intermontane West.

Of course, there’s Jore. But just as worthwhile are the close finishes, the double-digit races, the serious [...]

Constitution Party Gains a Mayor

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

It appears that the mayor of the tiny town of Paynesville, Minnesota has given the Constitution Party reason to celebrate.

Jeff Thompson has been the mayor of the town, with a population of about 2,300 people, since first being elected in 1996.

Although the post is non-partisan, Thompson does have a history of activism within the [...]

Bob Barr Joins the LP

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Big news for the LP. The National LP has officially announced that former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr has joined the Libertarian Party. Barr has also accepted the position of Region 4 representative to the Libertarian National Committee. LNC Chair Bill Redpath expressed the following:

Bob Barr’s willingness to serve as a leader of [...]

Jore corrects article on his visit to Hellgate High

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Stuart earlier shared a link to an article in the Missouli Independent. Jore has responded, correcting the reporter’s characterization of him as being “uneasy” with the prolife lecture delivered to the students in the class by his fellow members of the Constitution Party of Montana:

I have no idea why the reporter described me as [...]

Jore speaks to a class in Missoula

Friday, December 15th, 2006

...and things get interesting.

From the Independent Online:

Students in Jennifer Copley’s seventh-period AP government class never got a chance to ask Rick Jore, C-Ronan, about his appointment as chair of the House Education Committee. Jore, along with fellow Constitution Party members Marilyn Hatch and Kandi Matthew-Jenkins, spent the better part of their Friday afternoon in Missoula [...]

Phillies ‘08 bumper stickers

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

I got ‘em in the mail last night, and as promised, I’m offering a review. It’s my opinion that, to a certain extent, a campaign is generally well-reflected in its bumper stickers.

So yes. It’s nothing too flashy, but it gets the job done. No Statue of Liberty graphics, just the word “George Phillies: Libertarian for [...]

The Return of HoT? The Launch of LibertyMix?

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

What’s that you say?

So maybe finally, after a long awaited period of time… could it be? Maybe Hammer of Truth is back and LibertyMix is finally launched?

I get a little clock counting down to 7:00 AM Eastern Time…

Now I’ve never jumped in this fight because I didn’t invest any money and to be [...]

The remnants of socialism in America

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Socialist support has declined precipitously in America in recent years, but there are still holdouts. A piece in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune examines what’s left of the reds.

When she graduates from Ringling School of Art and Design next year, aspiring photojournalist Cassandra Avalon will bail on her apartment, located in low-income Newtown.

Navigating through opposite ends [...]

NDP and Greens battle it out to be Canada’s third (fourth?) party

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

I found an interesting article on Canada’s two minor parties. I gotta confess that watching Canadian politics has been a hobby of mine ever since I dated a girl in British Columbia. Even though it’ll likely never affect me, it’s an interesting mirror to what American politics might have looked like under a [...]

Some interesting tidbits on Allen Hacker

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

I’m not trying to start another war (even though one’s probably gonna come anyway) but I figured this’d probably be relevant information about the Badnarik campaign’s “secret plan” or whatever. I’m typically not one to pick on a guy’s religious beliefs but this is just… well, you be the judge of whether you’d have [...]

Westlund Becomes a Democrat

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Oregon State Senator Ben Westlund was first a Republican. Then he switched to an Independent and launched a campaign for governor. Then he dropped out of the race, endorsed the Democrat, and finally now is becoming a Democrat himself.

The letter from Westlund to his supporters on his decision to, yet again, change party [...]

Stufflebeam Earns 19,020 Write-in Votes

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Looks like an impressive and record-setting write-in vote total for Illinois Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Randy Stufflebeam. This is real, reported votes rather than the undervotes that were being tabulated earlier.

Had he been on the ballot, it seems like Stufflebeam might have made as big of a splash as Green candidate Rich Whitney. [...]

The Ultimate Stand for Principle: Leaving a “Principled” Party

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Michael Harrison, the former chairman of the Constitution Party of North Carolina, has published an editorial entitled “Why I Left the Constitution Party.”

After learning of the votes of Chairman Jim Clymer and past presidential candidate Howard Phillips, I was greatly disappointed. Much respect that I had for these men was now lost, my view [...]