Archive for March, 2008

Constitution Party pronounces the GOP dead

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

From the Constitution Party:

Primary turnout and recent surveys show conservative “values” voters have abandoned the Republican Party.

Illustrating a dramatic about face from past elections, a recent study shows that if the election were held today, 40% of all evangelical Christian voters would choose the Democratic candidate and just 29% would choose the Republican candidate. [...]

Root accuses Obama of throwing Grandma “under the bus”

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Libertarian presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root sent the following article to me. I was going to quote from it, as opposed posting the entire article, but it’s not up on his website yet. As this sort of controversial article requires some contextual analysis and understanding, I’m posting the entire piece here (with [...]

Gravel the libertarian. Gravel the Libertarian?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Reason’s Dave Weigel ran into Mike Gravel and managed a quick interview. For background, I had heard from two sources (names shall remain undisclosed), that Gravel was possibly interested in a Libertarian Party presidential bid. I didn’t run them without confirmation and had received no response from Gravel’s staff to my question on [...]

WA: Duopoly protection plan survives SCOTUS review

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

From The Seattle Times:

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tuesday shoved Washington politics into a strange realm where two candidates from the same party could run against each other in the November election. The decision also means minor political parties could largely vanish from the general-election ballot. And it may help more moderate candidates win office.

The [...]

Will application of Washington state law keep third party candidates off the ballot?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

According to the Seattle Times, it probably will. Background:

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tuesday shoved Washington politics into a strange realm where two candidates from the same party could run against each other in the November election.

The decision also means minor political parties could largely vanish from the general-election ballot. And it may help [...]

Bob Barr for President Facebook Group

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Steve Hoodjer has started a Facebook group for people who would support Bob Barr to run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket—as well as to try to convince Barr to run. Here are his selling points to potential supporters:

Why should we support Bob Barr?

Conservatives - We all know that John McCain will not [...]

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

2008Central paid some attention to the LP today.

On Daniel Imperato:

Politically irrelevant (and justifiably so) candidate, Daniel Imperato draws the ire of a librarian. Apparently, Imperato has been placing press releases framed as news stories in foreign news release services that are subsequently getting pick up by Google News and Yahoo News and making their [...]

Libertarian Party Executive Director on the District of Columbia v. Heller Case

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Libertarian Party Executive Director Shane Cory:

“Today, the Supreme Court heard the case that will determine the future of gun rights in America for decades to come. We hope that the justices will remember that the individual right to keep and bear arms is essential for the protection of life, liberty and property. Without the ability [...]

Former Vermont Governor endorses Pollina

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

In my research to find out exactly how electable Progressive Gubanatorial candidate Anthony Pollina was, I stumbled across a news-article only eleven hours old.

Former Vermont Gov. Philip Hoff endorsed Progressive Anthony Pollina for governor Monday, giving the campaign a key boost as it continues reaching out to Democrats for support.

Hoff did not return a call [...]

Progressive’s Pollina may pull upset

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

The Vermont Progressive Party is widely regarded as one of the strongest state third-parties in the nation. In addition to six elected state legislators and the Mayoralty of Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, the Progressive Party has also recieved double-digit results in recent races for Lt. Governor and Governor.

Now Anthony Pollina, the Progressive candidate [...]

Nader: Ballot access is a civil rights issue

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

From The Arizona Republic:

Ralph Nader is lamenting the complicated and costly roadblocks that he says discourage independent and third-party candidates from getting on the ballot. ... Nader called ballot access a civil-rights issue and compared onerous state statutes to racist Jim Crow laws.

At specific issue for Nader is Arizona’s ban on out-of-state petitioners—in order to [...]

The biggest joke in Alabama: Alabama legislators

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

One of the bills on this year’s Libertarian Party of Alabama legislative agenda is to free the hops. I’m not talking about the movie Footloose or a sock hop, but ending a state law that is somewhat neo-prohibitionist and somewhat racist (and somewhat Anheuser-Busch protectionistic) in nature.

The LPA is a proud sponsor (financial, [...]

Mary Ruwart to run for president

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I’ve been sitting on the information that Mary Ruwart was going to run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, but kept my mouth shut so as not to ruin their announcement plans. However, the information is on the Internet and people are talking about it, so here’s one clip from a Yahoo Group [...]

Utah Libertarians pick up colorful gubernatorial candidate

Monday, March 17th, 2008

From the candidate’s personal blog:

About Me
Dell Schanze
The one that stands out. Anywhere.

Here’s the Salt Lake City Tribune’s synopsis of the story:

Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon can breathe easy: “Super Dell” Schanze has set his sights on a higher political office.

The former owner of Totally Awesome Computers has yanked his name from Salt [...]

Root schedules “interactive webcast”

Monday, March 17th, 2008

From the CNN Money wire:

DigitalFX International, Inc. , a digital communications company, announced today that Libertarian Presidential candidate frontrunner Wayne Allyn Root will host a live interactive webcast exclusive on the company’s social network showcase www.helloworld.com, Tuesday, March 18, 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Root will discuss his third party presidential bid and platform for [...]

Burlison on a budget

Monday, March 17th, 2008

One of the most frequently asked questions—and usually one asked in a “yeah, like that will ever happen” tone—is “how would Libertarians govern if elected?” Springfield, Missouri city councilman (and long-time Libertarian Party activist) Doug Burlison provides one answer to that question with his budget proposal (courtesy of The Libertarian Guy, a/k/a Greene County, Missouri [...]

Presidential candidates debate at Pennsylvania and New Jersey Libertarian Party Convention

Monday, March 17th, 2008

The Libertarian Parties of Pennsylvania and New Jersey held a presidential debate last weekend. Nine of the potential Libertarian Party candidates showed for the event, including: Wayne Allyn Root of Nevada, Christine Smith of Colorado, Alden Link of New York, George Phillies of Massachusetts, Bob Jackson of Michigan, Jim Burns of Nevada, Daniel Imperato [...]

Kubby on economic stimulus

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Full transcript at the Kubby campaign web site.

Analysis of LACP Straw Poll

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

With the Louisiana Constitution Party straw poll’s results out, this is basically the first indicator of how party-folk feel about each candidate. To my knowledge, no other party has yet run a straw poll.
So let’s review the vote totals.
Judge Roy Moore: 11/24 votes - 46%
Sec. Alan Keyes: 8/24 votes - 33%
Rep. Steve Stockman: 4/24 votes [...]

Constitution Party of Louisiana State Convention

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

The Constitution Party of Louisiana State Convention convened today, and was attended by 30 delegates. The Convention was called in order to clarify the situation with where the state party stands as well as what it intends to do in the coming months and years.
The CP of LA heard from distinguished guest Tom Cryer of [...]

LP photoshop of the day

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Props.

UPDATE: I didn’t think it quite fair that whomever did this graphic just picked on a certain four candidates, so I added two of my own.

Jingozian, Bennett win Iowa LP Straw Poll

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

From Jake Porter:

1. Mike Jingozian 5/17 29.4%
2. George Phillies 4/17 23.5%
3. Christine Smith 3/17 17.6%
4. Wayne Root 2/17 11.7%
None of the Above 3/17 17.6%

It should be noted that NOTA was probably not the choice [...]

Phillies on LP presidential donations

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

From the Phillies 2008 campaign:

FEC reports reveal how much each Presidential candidate has spent on his own campaign, and how much money supporters have donated to their favorite candidate.

From the latest FEC financial reports, George Phillies leads in donations from other supporters, with $15360. Steve Kubby is second at $13836. In campaign contributions from the [...]

Will Keyes bolt the GOP?

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

According to John Lofton of The American View, he will:

After 20 or so years of working within the GOP to try and reform it into a more Christian/conservative Party, Dr. Alan Keyes is leaving the Republican Party. He will soon make this announcement and explain why he can no longer, in good conscience, remain [...]

GOP-Infiltrators!

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

The Pink Flamingo, a popular Republican (Notice that I didn’t say conservative) blog is apparently suggesting that the Constitution Party has some allies high-up in the GOP-infrastruture. Honestly, I think the guy is just as much of a conspiracy theorist as the Ron Paulers he hates.

Nonetheless, he also manages to insult the libertarians within the [...]