Archive for July, 2008

Was this just a joke from the Florida GOP chair?

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Regarding the five mysterious Green Party candidates in Florida, some people have suspected that this is a plot by the Republican Party to divide the Democratic vote. I doubt it, because there are so many better ways to help achieve that goal with the nearly $10,000 in filing fees, but who knows?

On June 26, [...]

Rosa Clemente’s college days

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Rosa Clemente, the vice presidential running mate of Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, gets the “where is she now?” celebrity treatment from her college alma mater. We learn this about her days at Albany State University:

Clemente, who later worked briefly in the Legislature, was arrested twice at protests here….

Prominent rappers like Chuck D [...]

McKinney starts New York tour

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Workers World, whose slogan is “workers & oppressed peoples of the world unite!” carries this news about Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney:

Cynthia McKinney, a U.S. presidential candidate, spoke of her goal of establishing a Department of Peace to oppose war at a July 18 news conference at the offices of Manhattan Neighborhood Network, a [...]

Nader to campaign in Montgomery, Alabama

Friday, July 25th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Nader presidential campaign:

July 24, 2008
Contact: Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, [email protected]


Who: Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader
What: News Conference
When: Sat., July 26, 12:00 p.m. News Conference
Where: Rosa Parks Museum, 252 Montgomery St, Montgomery, Ala., 36104 (Outside, in front of the [...]

Cynthia McKinney scores 20 on Paul-O-Meter

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party candidate for President, scores 20 out of a possible 99 on Liberty Maven’s Ron Paul Paul-O-Meter. See Wednesday’s posting on this topic for a full explanation.

The “Paul-O-Meter” figures show just how much each candidate is in agreement with Ron Paul on the issues. Of the presidential candidates measured [...]

Libertarians win ballot access in Nebraska

Friday, July 25th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Libertarian Party of Nebraska:

The Libertarian Party Receives Ballot Access in Nebraska
Jun 26th, 2008 by ABissen

Jerry Kosch, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Nebraska, received official notification from the Secretary of State’s office today that the Party’s candidates will be on the ballot come November. By gathering nearly [...]

Libertarian joins Dem, GOP candidates in Louisville

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Louisville businessman Edward Martin apparently has enough ballot petition signatures to run for Congress from Kentucky’s third district. He will be running against Democratic incumbent Rep. John Yarmuth and Republican challenger Anne Northrup, the former congressman from that district. says:

The [Libertarian] Party’s chair, Ken Moellman, said earlier this week that he expects efforts to [...]

Barr: War with Iran would be a disaster

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate, says in a recent media release:

“After emphasizing confrontation and thinly-veiled threats of war for many months, the Bush administration apparently may now be considering initiating some form of diplomatic relationship with Iran. Such a step is long overdue….

“It is imperative to find a peaceful answer, since war [...]

Why Bob Barr in Ohio could matter

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Tom Jackson says on his blog in the Sandusky Register:

A federal judge has ordered Ohio to put the Libertarian Party’s candidates on the ballot this fall, and to list them as Libertarians. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner decided to accept the ruling rather than appeal it. It will be the first time in Ohio since [...]

Barr passes $500,000 fundraising mark

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Bob Barr has passed the $500,000 fundraising mark, notes Austin Cassidy of Conservative Pulse. Also:

This is really the first time we’ve ever seen a serious candidate at the top of the Libertarian ticket, and it’s interesting to watch Barr on the campaign trail. He’s able to get the news media to cover him. [...]

Barr campaigns in New Hampshire

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports on Bob Barr’s recent campaign visit to the Granite State:

His New Hampshire visit comes the same day that John McCain visited the Granite State, which McCain has twice won in hard-fought Republican Party primaries.

McCain said he’s not discounting Barr’s potential impact on the November election.

Reporter Mark Hayward adds:

State Republican [...]

‘The religious Right is AWOL from the real war’

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

The battlefield where the devil has amassed his greatest forces and is thrusting his deadliest armies is the surrender of our national sovereignty and independence, and the creation of global government. And it is our own political and corporate leaders that are facilitating this chicanery. Furthermore, by refusing to oppose this surrender, our Christian leaders [...]

Why is James Dobson supporting McCain, not Baldwin?

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Jack Hunter is a radio talk jockey and Charleston City Paper columnist who is not suffering from Alzheimer’s, so he remembers when James Dobson said “I would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances.”

Well, the spectre of President Barack Hussein Obama seems to have Dobson changing course, as with the Big Guys on talk [...]

Why Ron Paul really, really, really wants to fly Air Force One now

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

The following report is taken from the Trail Blazers blog of the Dallas Morning News:

9:48 PM Tue, Jul 22, 2008
Dave Levinthal

In part, because it probably wouldn’t depressurize while skirting the stratosphere.

Paul, a Texas congressman and former 2008 Republican presidential candidate, was among seven Texas congressmen on Continental Airlines Flight 458 which made an emergency landing [...]

Nader: Why can’t I testify on Bush/Cheney impeachment?

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Nader presidential campaign:

July 23, 2008

Contact: Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, [email protected]


WASHINGTON, July 23, 2008——Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader today sent the following letter to U.S. House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers on the hearings about presidential misconduct scheduled for Friday, July [...]

Nader campaign ‘not counting Texas out’

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

His name won’t be on the ballot in Texas, but that’s not stopping Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader from raising money there and campaigning for write-in votes. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that only Obama, McCain, and Barr will be on the ballot, but Nader’s vice presidential running mate, Matt Gonzalez, is a Texan [...]

Homeland Security claims far-reaching power over your guns

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania:

Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania
915 Union Deposit Road #223
Harrisburg, PA 17109

For Immediate Release: July 21, 2008
Contact: Doug Leard (Media Relations) or
Michael Robertson (Chair) at 1-800-R-RIGHTS / [email protected]

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania gun owners breathed a sigh of relief at the Heller vs. DC Supreme Court [...]

A mock funeral for Barr and the LP

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Some of the losers in the Libertarian Party—those who didn’t want Bob Barr to get the nomination—just aren’t moving on. Here, a bunch of them in New Hampshire hold a mock funeral for Barr and the LP. If you have as much beer and perhaps other stuff as they apparently had, it might [...]

He’s Bob Barr, and he’s running for president

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

The Los Angeles Times gives star treatment to Bob Barr in a long, rambling story full of campaign anecdotes and the candidate’s personal life on the trail. We don’t learn a lot more about Barr’s positions, and his responses to the “spoiler” questions remain the same as before:

“The GOP has no agenda, no platform [...]

GOP leader disses Barr

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Reason magazine’s David Wiegel was having lunch with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and around 50 conservative bloggers, reporters, and think-tankers. Then he got his question in: Might the Barr candidacy force the GOP to reform itself?

Boehner’s response:

“A vote for Bob Barr—you might as well vote for Barack Obama. If you [...]

Barr, Nader fighting for place on NH ballot

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

An AP story in USA Today reports on the struggles by the Nader and Barr campaigns to get on the ballot in New Hampshire. A presidential candidate needs 3,000 certified signatures—1,500 from each congressional district. The deadline is September 3.

“We absolutely are going to be on the ballot,” says Barr national media spokeswoman [...]

LP Senate Candidate: ‘Bomb Those Camel-Dung Shovelers’

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Pro-war, racist, or just blackmail? You decide. Libertarian Party of Kentucky candidate for US Senate Sonny Landham wants to release oil from the strategic oil reserve, drill in areas of the U.S. currently off-limits to the oil companies and then try to persuade OPEC to cut the price of oil. What [...]

Nader: Socialism for speculators

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

The following is an article from Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader:

Socialism for Speculators
by Ralph Nader

Wednesday, July 16. 2008

Here they go again! Financial capitalism is crashing. So the lights are on late in Washington’s Federal Reserve, SEC and Treasury Department trying to figure out how socialism (your tax dollars and credits) can once again bail [...]

Nader blasts Obama on Israel

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

“Why is it important to have Ralph Nader on the ballot in November?” asked the Nader campaign as Barack Obama prepared to visit Israel. Because “without him, the plight of the Palestinian people will not be an issue in this year’s election.”

The Nader campaign asserts that “Obama/McCain stand with the militaristic right wing AIPAC [...]

Gays know who they’re voting for

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 reports that a new Harris interactive poll shows LGBT adults favoring Obama over McCain by 60% to 14%. Bob Barr gets 3% of the LGBT vote, Ralph Nader only 1%.