Archive for March, 2008

Christine Smith interviewed

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Libertarian Party presidential wannabe Christine Smith was interviewed by Paul Molloy on WTAN-AM1340. For those who have listened to Libertarian presidential candidates being interviewed as often as I have, there wasn’t much significantly new. Her speaking style seems to have improved over the last few months.

I’ll highlight the portions which might be controversial, [...]

Michael Munger’s hair

Friday, March 14th, 2008

I’ve noticed several comments about Michael Munger’s hair on this site. Munger is the current Libertarian Party candidate for Governor in North Carolina.

There’s a noble explanation for his hair, as the News & Observer explains:

The Libertarian candidate for governor may not have gotten a $400 haircut, but he did get a doozy of a [...]

Ventura for Prez?

Friday, March 14th, 2008

From the Examiner:

In the opening to his fourth book, due out April 1, the former wrestler and governor of Minnesota writes: “As I begin to write this book, I’m facing probably the most monumental decision of my 56 years on this planet. Will I run for president of the United States, as an independent, in [...]

Alaskan Independence Party State Convention

Friday, March 14th, 2008

The Newsminer has a small article about the Alaskan Independence Party’s State Convention, which just started today and won’t finish until Sunday.

The Alaskan Independence Party’s Convention begins today and lasts through the weekend.

Based at the Regency Fairbanks Hotel, highlights include a candidate forum on Sunday afternoon in which the AIP is inviting any candidates who [...]

Forty Years of Peace and Freedom …

Friday, March 14th, 2008

... or 40 years of the Peace and Freedom Party, anyway. The San Francisco branch of the California organization plans to celebrate on Saturday.

The Peace and Freedom Party was apparently actually founded in 1967, but it was in early 1968 that it achieved ballot status by registering more than 100,000 voters under its banner. They’ve [...]

A crudely photoshopped late night concept

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Additional signs of a GOP split?

Friday, March 14th, 2008

“Republicans’ loss of the House seat held for two decades by former Speaker Dennis Hastert is ‘proof that conservatives are prepared to sit out the 2008 elections,’” Richard A. Viguerie wrote in an e-mail I received today. “Instead of contributing and volunteering, conservatives are closing their checkbooks and staying home.”

If anyone understands conservative fundraising, it’s [...]

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Friday, March 14th, 2008

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James Antle on third parties

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

In a somewhat amusing article spewing conservative venom at John McCain, James Antle provided these descriptions of America’s third parties:

Constitution Party—Formerly the U.S. Taxpayer’s Party, Ballot Access News ranks it the largest third party in terms of registered voters. Yet most of its members belong to the California state affiliate, the American Independent Party, apparently [...]

American Party presidential nominees

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

According to John Killian:

The American Party met March 7 and 8 in Avon Park, Florida and nominated the following ticket:

President Diane Beall Templin (was nominated in ‘96 and ‘04) of California
Vice President Linda Patterson of Indiana

For those who don’t know who John Killian is, he’s the guy who gave this fire and brimstone speech on [...]

Campaign Spotlight: John Murphy

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I’ll let his website tell the story. It begins in 2006:

In the 2006 congressional election eight thousand people in the 16th District had the courage to say “NO” to the two factions of the Corporate Party. I just can’t thank those folks enough for the courage they displayed and the confidence they placed [...]

Phillies on California homeschooling ruling

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

From the Phillies 2008 campaign:

Physics professor and Libertarian Presidential candidate George Phillies condemned the recent California Court of Appeals ruling that parents have no legal right to homeschool their children. “California should fix its laws,” said Phillies.

“The Court says it is bound by California statute, which requires children to go to school or be tutored [...]

Greens hope to field 1,000 candidates this year

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

From a recent release from the Green Party:

The Green Party plans to run 1,000 candidates, from the municipal to federal level this year - more Green Candidates than ever before. Our Ballot Access Committee is working with state Green Parties to make sure the voters can vote Green on their ballot in all 51 states [...]

Former Congressman Steve Stockman

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Former Congressman Steve Stockman is reportedly showing some interest in the Constitution Party. Whether that means a Presidential candidacy, Vice-presidential consideration, or just general participation—no one knows yet.

A former conservative congressman from Texas’ 9th District, Stockman compiled a very impressive voting record during his one term in office. To gain his seat in Congress,he unseated [...]

Stephen Colbert becoming Sirius about politics

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I’ll just feed you their press release straight up:

SIRIUS Satellite Radio announced that Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert sat down for a rare radio interview with SIRIUS host Pete Dominick. The interview will air on Pete’s Big Mouth on March 13 at 4:00 pm ET, exclusively on SIRIUS’ new Indie Talk channel 110.

Indie Talk serves [...]

Root ahead on Libertarian Lists survey

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

A sampling of 98 Libertarian National Convention delegates suggests that Wayne Allyn Root is currently the frontrunner with respect to the Libertarian Party presidential nomination. Of the 14 candidates tested, Root earned 22.45% of delegate votes. He was followed by Steve Kubby with 14.29% and George Phillies with 10.20%.

Several factors need to be [...]

Libertarian Lists Survey Results

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

LibertarianLists has conducted an online survey of libertarians. There were a total of 945 respondents for the week-long survey which concluded March 11, 2007. The margin of error for issues dealing with Libertarian Party members is approximately +/- 3.7% at a 95% level of confidence. Other results from the survey have a higher or lower [...]

Redpath, Moulton on top with their respective races

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

The most recent Libertarian Lists survey indicates that current Libertarian National Committee Chair Bill Redpath enjoys a significant lead over challenger Ernie Hancock. Of the 98 delegates participating in the online poll, here is how their preferences for the Chair’s race break down:

Which candidate would you prefer to serve as Chair of the Libertarian [...]

Imperato catching up to Root on Liberty Decides

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I could have sworn that Daniel Imperato was credited with $6,124 on Liberty Decides yesterday. He’s now up to $10,224 and closing in on Wayne Allyn Root. Of course, if this bothers anyone, they can donate in the name of their favorite candidate to bump up his or her totals. And of [...]

Gov. Evan Mecham died

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

So apparently I missed the notifications, but Gov. Evan Mecham died on February 21, 2008. Governor Mecham, for those who don’t know, served as Governor of Arizona from 1987-1988,before being impeached. Mecham was impeached for not reporting a $350,000 loan to Mecham’s warchest, as campaign finance laws demanded. Gov. Mecham would go on to become [...]

The Constitution Party’s “Super Saturday”

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

The Constitution Party of New Mexico will hold its annual state party convention on March 15 at:
Quality Inn and Suites
25 Hotel Circle NE in Albuquerque
(for special room rates, call (505) 271-1000
Registration Fee—$15.00—lunch provided

Featured Speakers
Frank Fluckiger, CP Western States Co-Chairman
Jim Noorlander, Utah businessman and past CP Congressional nominee
Dave Batcheller, CPNM State Party Chairman

The Constitution Party of [...]

The SF Weekly on Nader’s VP choice

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

The San Francisco Chronicle ran a particularly snarky article today about Nader’s choice for VP.

1. He wants to get out of politics.

2. His experience being vastly outspent and losing will prove invaluable.

3. He needs a bigger Wikipedia entry.

4. Lesson learned: When you see Nader on a street corner, don’t make eye contact.

5. Apparently, the position [...]

Sticking a fork in the Libertarian Party???

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Doug Mataconis has weighed into the debate started by Brad Spangler which we’ve also entertained at this site. The topic: Should the LP stay or should it go now?

Mataconis:

A look at how the world has really worked since the Libertarian Party was formed in the early 1970s would seem to add credence to Spanlger’s [...]

Libertarian Letson leads local tax victory

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

A Libertarian Party activist in my hometown was instrumental in killing a local tax hike last night. Jonny Letson has been in both dominant local papers several times as a leader in the fighting the tax increase—which was defeated yesterday by voters 1,690 to 1,459. Here’s a bit from one of the Letson-related [...]

Rep. Death, M.D. (I-MI)???

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Jack Kervorkian is considering a independent congressional bid in Michigan. He is currently on parole, after having been convicted in a highly publicized physician-assisted suicide case. From the AP:

He tells The Oakland Press newspaper that he plans to run without party affiliation for the congressional sea now held by Republican Joe Knollenberg.

Kevorkian needs [...]