Archive for April, 2008

Phillips: Right at the Wrong Time

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

I’ll have more reports in the coming days about the Constitution Party convention, and hopefully I’ll be able to relate to you some of the more interesting stories and happenings of the Convention. But here is a simple overview of how I felt about Howard Phillip’s speech.

It was foolish.

Was it factually correct? I’ll not speak [...]

Libertarian Party of Indiana Straw Poll Results

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

These results were provided by George Phillies:

48 voters casting up to 3 votes each:

Phillies 22
Barr 22
Gravel 20
Ruwart 19
Jingozian 16
Root 16
Imperato 4
Hess 3
Smith 2
Kubby 1
NOTA-5

Link, Finan, Burns, Hollist, Milnes -0

Phillies, Gravel, Ruwart, Jingozian, Imperato were present for one or both of the two one-hour debates. Root was represented by Mark Schreiber. Others were not [...]

Very Interesting Interview with Dr. Alan Keyes

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

An interview of Alan Keyes by Mike Ferguson on Missouri Viewpoints:

Just hours after falling short in his bid for the Constitution Party’s Presidential nomination, former US Ambassador Alan Keyes sat down with Mike Ferguson to discuss his thoughts on the events of the party’s convention, the state of America and his political future.

Dr. Keyes made [...]

Ruwart on The Steve Kubby Show, 04/28

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Mary Ruwart, candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2008 presidential nomination, will appear on Steve Kubby’s Blog Talk Radio program. Monday, April 28th, at 6pm Pacific.

Likely topic of discussion: Exactly what you’d expect.

Media coverage of the Constitution Party convention

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

I appreciate Trent Hill, Mike Ferguson and Stephen Gordon’s eyewitness coverage of the Constitution Party convention. I thought folks might be interested in other media’s reporting. The Muskegon Chronicle ran a story today on Mad Max Riekse who is seeking the vice-presidential nomination. The St. Joseph News-Press ran a story [...]

Preliminary NY Libertarian Convention Straw Poll Results

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

28 Wayne Allyn Root
20 Bob Barr
15 Mary Ruwart
10 Mike Gravel
8 Christine Smith
7? Steve Kubby
7 Mike Jingozian
1 Ron Paul
0 Daniel Imperato

Here’s Root’s press release on the topic:

Libertarian Presidential frontrunner Wayne Allyn Root won yet another Presidential Preference Poll after another Libertarian Party State Convention- this time in New York [...]

Chuck Baldwin becomes the Constitution Party Presidential Nominee

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

I was watching the Constitution Party Convention live online and managed to obtain these state-by-state vote totals:

Alabama: No delegates
Alaska: Keyes 3
Arizona: Baldwin 2
Arkansas: Baldwin 7
California: Baldwin 12.8 Keyes 51.2
Colorado: Baldwin 9 Keyes 3
Connecticut: Baldwin 6 Keyes 2
Delaware: Baldwin 3
Florida: Keyes 1 Imperato 1 Baldwin 35
Georgia: Baldwin 5
Idaho: Baldwin 7.66 Keyes 3.33
Illinois: Baldwin 4 Keyes 4
Iowa: [...]

Constitution Party Convention Live

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Reminder: The Constitution Party Convention is being carried live and can be viewed online here.

At the moment, debate is ongoing to determine if Ron Paul can or should be considered a potential nominee of the Constitution Party.

They are now announcing the vote totals for each candidate by state. Here are the votes [...]

Public Meeting on Civil Rights Implications of Eminent Domain Policies and Practices in Alabama

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Here’s where I’ll be on Tuesday:

The Alabama Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is convening a public meeting to receive information on “Civil Rights Implications of Eminent Domain Policies and Practices in Alabama.” It will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, 16th Street [...]

Gravel YouTube (produced by a fan)

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Report from the Constitution Party National Convention

Friday, April 25th, 2008

by Mike Ferguson

I’m here covering the event for the Kansas City Metro Voice, for Third Party Watch and for my online TV show, “Missouri Viewpoints”.

There are about 250 delegates here in Kansas City. I’m guessing there are probably around 100 other attendees as well - there’s a great deal of people moving around during and [...]

Libertarians call for increased communication to combat child pornography

Friday, April 25th, 2008

From the Libertarian Party:

The Libertarian Party is calling for increased coordination and communication between federal and state law enforcement agencies in order to help to apprehend and convict child predators and those who engage in child pornography.

“FBI Chief Robert Mueller was correct when he said we are losing the war on child pornography,” says Libertarian [...]

LP presidential media wrap-up

Friday, April 25th, 2008

John McCaslin reports that Bob Barr will be a guest at the 2008 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. In a different article, McCaslin reports the following:

Former Republican congressman and rumored 2008 Libertarian Party candidate for president Bob Barr was seen huddling with pundits and leaders of various state-based center-right and libertarian think tanks and [...]

Alan Keyes at the Constitution Party convention

Friday, April 25th, 2008

My best guess is that Keyes will not win the Constitution Party presidential nomination because of his foreign policy position, but his speech at the Constitution Party Convention was delivered so well, I’m sure he’ll pick up some extra support because of it. Audio link here.

CP Founder Howard Phillips Attacks Keyes as Neocon, Endorses Baldwin

Friday, April 25th, 2008

They are talking about it over at the Alan Keyes blog.

Phillips is heroic.

Wasted vote syndrome in the United Kingdom

Friday, April 25th, 2008

It looks like the wasted vote argument American third parties have to combat just arrived on the other side of the big pond. About the newly formed UK Libertarian Party:

“Regardless, I think that a vote for the Libertarian Party is a wasted vote. Those who agree with broadly libertarian principles of lower taxation and [...]

Root to Appear on FOX Business News (again)

Friday, April 25th, 2008

From the Root for America campaign:

Wayne Allyn Root, Libertarian Presidential candidate will appear for the second time in one day on the Fox Business Network on “Happy Hour” live from the Bull & Bear Pub at the world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. Root will appear with hosts Rebecca Gomez and Cody Willard to discuss [...]

Constitution Party Convention Live

Friday, April 25th, 2008

From an e-mail I just received:

On Alan Keyes Web Site now CP Convention live: www.alankeyes.com

Howard Phillips calling Alan Keyes Names. See under General Discussion on Alan Keyes web page.

In other words, if one clicks the link, he or she can watch live streaming video of the convention.

It looks like Daniel Imperato will be speaking soon. [...]

Laughing at ourselves

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Here’s one most any libertarian should appreciate.

Props.

Hillary Clinton as an independent presidential candidate?

Friday, April 25th, 2008

From Joe Rothstein:

Consider this scenario:
—After the last primary election votes are counted in South Dakota and Montana June 3 just enough superdelegates declare for Obama to insure his nomination by the thinnest of margins.
—Hillary Clinton claims that the decision to exclude the Florida and Michigan delegations has distorted the nominating process and that the only [...]

Root to appear on Fox Business Network Friday morning

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

From the Root for America campaign:

Wayne Allyn Root, Libertarian Presidential candidate will appear on the Fox Business Network live at their New York television studios at 8:10 AM EST Friday April 25, 2008. Root will appear with Fox hosts Alexis Glick and Peter Barnes on Fox Business Network’s popular morning show “Money for Breakfast” to [...]

Blogging the CP National Convention

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

I’v been at the convention for 5 hours now, and already too much has happened to possibly include in this post, at least not without boring the masses. I arrived at 2p.m. central and explored the convention’s offerings. The many tables outside the doors show just how conservative this group is. Everything from the National [...]

In Alaska, does one senator still outrank two congressmen?

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Dave Weigel just interviewed Mike Gravel. Having spent some time with Gravel a couple of weekends ago and knowing Weigel pretty well, I can certainly imagine the facial expressions and other nuances during this exchange:

GRAVEL: Who would I be a good vice presidential pick for? I don’t know if the Libertarian Party has had, [...]

Root asks Ruwart to step down

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

From the Root for America campaign (presumably about this topic):

Our campaign is disappointed and saddened to have learned about statements attributed to Mary Ruwart. As a result of these statements we feel that is appropriate for Mary Ruwart to immediately withdraw from consideration for president and/or vice-president.

Constitution Party statement on Alan Keyes

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

From the Constitution Party:

Responding to news that former Reagan administration official Alan Keyes has officially left the Republican Party, Constitution Party National Committee Chairman Jim Clymer applauded the move and extended Keyes an invitation to become part of the fastest-growing third party- the Constitution Party.

“You can almost hear a nationwide standing ovation. Ambassador Keyes joins [...]