Archive for June, 2008

Three minor parties have nominees for Florida legislature

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Ballot Access News reports that filing closed on June 20 for candidates for the Florida legislature. The Green Party has five candidates, the Constitution Party has one, and the British Reformed Sectarian Party has one. In 2006, by contrast, there were two Libertarians, two Constitution Party members, and one Green running for the [...]

Bob Barr website gets a facelift

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The site looked good before, but there is now more front page content presented in an organized manner. While I generally prefer more whites pace, this layout works for me. It’s easy to find everything from press releases to Flickr photos on the front page. I like it.

According to Martin Avila, there’s [...]

Bob Barr to Congress on Surveillance

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The following is a media release from the Barr ‘08 Committee:

Press Releases
Bob Barr Urges Congress: No Surveillance of Americans Without Fourth Amendment Protections
June 19, 2008 6:33 pm EST

Atlanta, GA —“In asserting his power to conduct warrantless searches of Americans, President George W. Bush has expressed his clear contempt for the Fourth Amendment. So has [...]

Newsweek takes Barr threat in Georgia seriously

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Andrew Romano, on, gives the most detailed accounting we’ve seen so far as to why Bob Barr poses a serious threat to John McCain in Georgia:

Could Obama actually, you know, win Georgia? Believe it or not, it’s possible—if not yet likely. Ultimately, his performance depends on the two B’s: Bob Barr and black voters. [...]

McCain - Barr = Obama

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

In his blog, Washington Times correspondent Stephen Dinan looks at the trend in the Insider Advantage’s Georgia poll, and says the results are not encouraging for McCain:

Barack Obama has eaten into McCain’s lead and Georgian Bob Barr’s presence in the race as the Libertarian candidate essentially leaves McCain and Obama tied, 44 percent to 43 [...]

South Carolina Greens move ahead

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The following is a media release from the South Carolina Green Party:

Southern Greens Move Ahead

Eugene Platt has served the voters of James Island since he was first elected to the Public Service District in 1993. For as long he has served the democratic Party. Today he is running for the South Carolina House of Representatives [...]

Nader submits signatures in Illinois

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The following is a media release from the Nader/Gonzales campaign:

June 20, 2008

Contact: Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, [email protected]
IL Contact: Christina Tobin: 312-320-4101


Joint News Conference with Libertarian And Green Party Representatives Will Focus On Impediments to Democracy

The Nader/Gonzalez [...]

Independent blasts GOP and Dems for destroying the Republic

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The following is a media release from the John Murphy for Congress campaign:

For Immediate Release June 20, 2008

For Further Information: John Murphy (610) 384-4460



CHESTER COUNTY, PA - According to John Murphy, “Republicans [...]

These farmers get no sympathy from Nader

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

“I have no sympathy for farmers using GM patented crops,” says Ralph Nader on the “Sadly, No!” blog. “If nobody ever saw the inevitable outcome of being dependent on patented seed, then they must have voted for W.”

Why isn’t Nader running as a Green candidate?

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Chuck Giese, in his Dissident Voice blog, attacks the Green Party for not having “anything close to a one-person, one-vote process.” He posts a table of Green voters and delegates in the first 21 states for which that data is available. Only California, Illinois, and Massachusetts have had more than 500 Green voters, [...]

Two Libertarian presidential candidates in NH?

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

David Weigel reports in Reason’s political blog that two Libertarian Party candidates may appear on the New Hampshire ballot this November—Bob Barr and George Phillies, whose name had been circulated on petitions before the party selected Barr as its candidate.

Usually a substitution can be made under these circumstances, but Phillies says “unfortunately, the people of [...]

‘Famous rock star’ to endorse Wisconsin libertarian tonight

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The following is a media release from the Barrett for Congress campaign:

Famous Rock Star to Endorse Barrett for Congress Monday at Live Music Event

For Immediate Release - June 20, 2007


Dr. Kevin Barrett; 608-583-2132, [email protected]

Rolf Lindgren; 608-279-5889, [email protected],

Remember how Russ Feingold was elected to the Senate thanks to an endorsement from Elvis Presley?

Kevin Barrett, the [...]

Libertarian Party encourages U.S. to follow the EU’s lead on Cuban policy

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The following is a media release from the Libertarian Party:

EU schools US on practical foreign policy with Cuba

Libertarian Party encourages US to follow the EU’s lead on Cuban policy

Washington, D.C. - As the European Union prepares to lift its limited sanctions on Cuba, the Libertarian Party is encouraging the Bush administration to follow suit. “The [...]

Oregon’s Pacific Green Party nominates congressional candidates, awarding 27 of 28 delegates to McKinney

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Pacific Green Party of Oregon

Contact: James J. Nicita
Pacific Green Party Co-Chair
[email protected]


Portland - (June 7, 2008) - At its first summer nominating convention in Portland on June 7, 2008, the Pacific Green Party voted to apportion 23 of its 24 alloted delegates to this year’s national Green Party presidential nominating convention to former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. McKinney left the Democratic Party because if its numerous failures on peace and justice issues, most prominently its failure to end the war in Iraq. She is the odds-on favorite to win the nomination at the convention to be held July 10-13 in Chicago.

The PGP also nominated Congressional candidates for its Peace Slate:

In the 2nd district, the PGP nominated Dr. Tristin Mock to challenge incumbent Greg Walden, a staunch supporter of the Bush war policy. Mock is a naturopathic physician who grew up in The Dalles. She has already been active campaigning through the vast 2nd Congressional District, which covers all of Oregon east of the Cascades, as well as southern counties such as Jackson.

In the 3rd District, the PGP nominated Michael Meo to challenge incumbent Democrat Earl Blumenauer, who has angered progressives in his east-side Portland district by supporting funding for the Irag war, as well as free-trade deals such as CAFTA. In fact, Joe Walsh, Blumenauer’s challenger in the Democratic primary, has endorsed Meo in the general election. Meo has tremendous credibility as an anti-war candidate, having served to years in prison as a Vietnam War draft resister. He is the chair of the mathematics department at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland.

In the 4th District, the PGP nominated Mike Beilstein to challenge incumbent Peter DeFazio, whose inconsistent record on Iraq includes votes to fund the war. Beilstein is a sitting member of the Corvallis City Council, and is the architect of the PGP’s Peace Slate strategy. He devotes a month of every summer to travel to Cuba with Pastors for Peace to defy the US trade and travel embargo. He is an active member of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and Citizens for Global Solutions.

In the 5th District, the PGP nominated Alex Polikoff for the seat being vacated by Democratic Congresswoman Darlene Hooley. Like McKinney, Polikoff recently left the Democratic Party after it took over Congress in 2006 and yet failed totally to end the war in Iraq. Polikoff is an electrical engineer in Corvallis. He decries the fact that both major parties seem more concerned with getting elected and appeasing their corporate donors than dealing with the threat of our ballooning public debt, job and health insecurity, world instability, the energy crisis and global warming.

In addition to the Peace Slate candidates, the PGP also nominated Seth Woolley for Oregon Secretary of State. A software engineer, Woolley will focus on the concerns generated by electronic voting machines, and is an advocate for electoral reforms such as preference voting also known as instant runoff voting. Although preference voting is authorized by Oregon Constitution Article 2, Section 16, Democratic Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and his Elections Division head John Linback have aggressively worked to undermine attempts in Eugene, Ashland, and the Oregon Legislature to implement this constitutional provision.

The PGP nominated Chris Extine for the 42nd district in the Oregon House of Representive, which covers inner southeast Portland. Chris is a math teacher in the Portland Public Schools.

The PGP will hold a follow-up nominating convention on August 16 in Oregon City. In addition to filling out the Peace Slate with 1st Congressional District and U.S. Senate candidates, the PGP anticipates nominating candidates to other statewide offices, seats in the Oregon Legislature, and other local partisan offices.

Oregon’s Pacific Green Party nominates congressional candidates, awarding 27 of 28 delegates to McKinney

Paul supporters likely to splinter between Barr and Baldwin

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Politico speculates that with Ron Paul refusing to endorse John McCain, his supporters are likely to split between the Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr and the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin.

“I would be very surprised to see many people going for (Democrat) Barack Obama,” says Jesse Benton, Paul’s campaign spokesman. “Barr will pick up some, but the [...]

“Change” is just another word for thirty pieces of silver

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

“I’m asking you to believe,” states Barack Obama at the top of his website. “Not just in my ability to bring real change to Washington … I’m asking you to believe in yours.”

Change can be defined as “a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money.”

Atrios is calling Barack Obama the “Wanker of the [...]

Why Bob Barr favors Clinton (Bill) over Bush (Dubya)

Friday, June 20th, 2008

You read that right. The leader of the Bill Clinton Impeachment Team in the House says Bush is SO much worse than Clinton ever was. Check it out in this fascinating video.

Barr also talks about the history of his mustache, civil liberties, privacy and other important topics.

Poll shows Barr could throw Georgia to Obama

Friday, June 20th, 2008

A New InsiderAdvantage survey conducted June 18 of registered likely voters in the November presidential contest shows Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Barack Obama by a single point in Georgia, making the race in Georgia a statistical tie. Libertarian Bob Barr received 6% of the vote.

McCain: 44%
Obama: 43%
Barr: 6%
Undecided: 7%

Georgia is a must-win state for [...]

Libertarian candidate Bob Barr blasts McCain

Friday, June 20th, 2008

The Washington Post reports on Bob Barr’s “scathing attack” on John McCain and gives Barr’s battle plan for the campaign:

Barr said “we really do” see an opportunity to match or exceed Paul’s performance in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Indiana and West Virginia, where Paul picked up between eight percent and 15 percent of the Republican primary [...]

Constitution Party held balance of power in Montana House. Will that continue?

Friday, June 20th, 2008

The Missoulian covers the Montana Republicans as they gather in that city for their convention, and notes that control of the Montana House is up for grabs:

As for the Legislature, if the election were held today, [GOP Chairman Erik] Iverson predicted Republicans would control the Senate 27-23, while the control of the House is a [...]

Socialists gain ballot access in Colorado

Friday, June 20th, 2008

A media release from the Socialist Party USA:





Effective: Immediately
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
For more information, please contact:
Brian Moore (352) 686-9936—cell (352) 585-2907


New Hampshire Denies Socialist Ballot Due to “Trap” Law to Ambush 3rd Parties

Spring Hill, Florida, Wednesday, [...]

Bob Barr on Fox News

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Here is the text and a video of Bob Barr’s June 18 appearance on “Your World w/ Neil Cavuto.”

“Well,” says Cavuto, “you have made tremendous progress. It’s not too shabby. Getting on the ballot is half the battle.”

New Bob Barr site

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Austin Wilkes writes:

“A friend of mine named Joey Bacon is about to launch a major site for grassroots coordination to help support the Barr campaign. The site is located at (go ahead and check it out, but keep in mind that we are still have a few bells and whistles to add to [...]

Nader: Most journalists don’t like me because they’re Democrats

Friday, June 20th, 2008

CQ Politics takes a serious and lengthy look at Ralph Nader’s candidacy, in which the independent gives this explanation of why he’s getting virtually no media attention:

Nader believes he is receiving little mainstream press coverage because many journalists are Democrats, who blame him (and the Green Party) for George W. Bush ’s victory and, by [...]

Who’s the liberty candidate now that Ron Paul is out-Barr or Baldwin?

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Liberty Maven compares Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party and Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party in terms of publicity received, money raised, and MeetUps organized. Then the two candidates are judged by these three criteria:

1. What is worse for you? Barr’s denounced record or Baldwin’s “in your face” religion? [...]