Archive for August, 2008

Baldwin on the ballot in Massachusetts

Friday, August 29th, 2008

CPOMA member, Rich Selfridge announced that Chuck Baldwin has made it on the ballot in Massachusetts.

The last time a CP Presidential candidate was on the ballot there was back in 1992.

In other news, the Constitution Party got on the ballot in Louisiana recently, and is expected to get on in other southern states.

Barr campaign in Texas: no double standard for Democrats, Republicans

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Shane Cory, Bob Barr’s Deputy Campaign Manager, says the Barr campaign is definitely going to “make a stand in Texas.” He’s referring to the situation where both major parties failed to register for the presidential campaign before the Texas deadline, leaving Bob Barr as the only presidential candidate on the Texas ballot.

Says Cory:

This situation [...]

Nader submits Louisiana petitions

Friday, August 29th, 2008

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

August 28, 2008
Contact: (Washington) Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, [email protected];
(LA) Ramy Mousa, 225-892-2170, [email protected]


Supporters of Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader will submit ballot qualifying materials to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office on Friday Aug. 29, [...]

Bob Barr: No Social Security benefits for illegal immigrants

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Bob Barr says illegal aliens should not receive Social Security benefits:

“Much of Washington’s most important work is conducted behind closed doors,” says Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr. “As was the so-called Social Security ‘totalization agreement’ reached between the U.S. and Mexico, which would make hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens eligible for Social Security.”

Barr [...]

Nader submits New Hampshire petitions

Friday, August 29th, 2008

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

August 28, 2008
Contact: (Washington) Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, [email protected];
(NH) Gary Hoffman, 978-973-2094, [email protected]


The Nader/Gonzalez 2008 presidential campaign on Friday, Aug. 29, will submit more than 4,000 validated signatures—2,000 from each Congressional district—to the [...]

Barr is the only presidential candidate on the Texas ballot

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Barr presidential campaign:
Interview Contact: Andrew Davis
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 731-0002

Barr Only Presidential Candidate on Texas Ballot
Republicans, Democrats miss deadline to file presidential candidates in Texas

Atlanta, GA - Bob Barr is slated to be the only presidential candidate on the ballot in Texas after Republicans and Democrats missed the [...]

Nader polling 6-8% in 4 key battleground states

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

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

August 27, 2008
News Advisory
Contact: Marc Abizeid, 831-818-7736, [email protected]; Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, [email protected]


A new Time/CNN poll shows Ralph Nader polling 8 percent in New Mexico, 7 percent in Colorado, 7 percent in Pennsylvania, and 6 percent [...]

Nader, Barr, and/or McKinney could play spoiler role in Nevada

Thursday, August 28th, 2008 notes that the new Time/CNN poll shows Obama 49, McCain 44 in Nevada when registered voters are given only those two names. But when third party candidates’ names are added to the choices, this is how it turns out:

Obama 41
McCain 41
Nader 6
Barr 5
McKinney 3 says “Ralph Nader could draw enough votes from U.S. [...]

Montana governor says Barr could help hand state to Obama

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

The Raw Story reports that “Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a moderate Democrat elected in 2004 for pushing a bipartisan agenda, said some of his constituents would not vote for Republican nominee John McCain because of disagreements with the Arizona senator on issues like gun rights.”

The story continues:

While gun owners might not necessarily come into the [...]

Cindy Sheehan endorses McKinney

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Green Party Watch reports that antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan has formally endorsed Cynthia McKinney for President on the Green Party ticket. The posting consists of two videos presenting Sheehan’s speech at the Mercury Cafe in Denver

How to vote for Baldwin in California

Thursday, August 28th, 2008 tells how supporters can vote for Baldwin in California, now that Alan Keyes will be listed as the candidate of the American Independent Party—by write-in:

Both Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle will be official write in candidates in California. This process is officially certified with the California Secretary of State, and includes a full slate [...]

Edward C. Noonan writes about court ruling

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Regarding that huge blowout in California involving the American Independent Party and the Constitution Party, here is the text of the court’s ruling followed by Edward C. Noonan’s comments:

My term as State Party Chairman is up on September 3, 2008…this will be one of my final acts in office. I must thank my Vice Chairman, [...]

A third-party approach to disgruntled but loyal Republicans

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Life of the Party blog carries a letter from a “reader who wishes to remain anonymous due to current position in the GOP.” The essence of this letter is that in the bluest states, a vote for a third party candidate cannot be blamed for McCain’s defeat—there was no chance for McCain to win [...]

Constitution Party fights to get on Pennsylvania ballot

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Ballot Access News reports that the Constitution Party of Pennsylvania has submitted another 8,000 signatures “to supplement the 22,000 they submitted on the legal deadline, August 1. Not surprisingly, the Pennsylvania Elections Department rejected the additional signatures. The requirement is 24,666 signatures.”

The report continues:

The Constitution Party will sue to overturn the August 1 deadline, on [...]

‘Leftist’ endorses Barr

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the terms “liberal” and “conservative” need to be retired, since they no longer mean anything (if they ever did). More and more people do not divide along those lines when it comes to issues such as the war in Iraq and our civil liberties under the Constitution. [...]

Rosa Clemente on hip hop journalism

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Rosa Clemente is the vice presidential running mate of Cynthia Mckinney, Green Party candidate for President. In this video Clemente talks about being a hip hop hournalist, the National Hip Hop Convention, and how only in the Green Party so many diverse communities come together.

McKinney to visit Detroit for Labor Day

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Green Party of Michigan:

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
John Anthony LaPietra, Media Coordinator, Fred Vitale, State Coordinator, McKinney/Clemente Campaign, 313-580-4905, [email protected], [email protected]

Cynthia McKinney, U.S. presidential candidate of the Green Party, visits Michigan

Detroit, Michigan - Cynthia McKinney, Green Party presidential candidate, and a member of [...]

Court Rules: Keyes On, Baldwin Off California Ballot

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

From Ballot Access News:

On August 26, Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny ruled in favor of the Alan Keyes faction of the American Independent Party. The case is called King v Bowen, 34-2008-80000016. Judge Kenny said that the Chuck Baldwin faction of the party should have filed the lawsuit sooner. Also he said the Baldwin faction [...]

Why third parties don’t succeed

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

As someone who votes most of the time for third-party candidates (see my disclosure statement at the end of this posting), I am sympathetic to the cause of greater ballot access for third parties. I abhor the Republican-Democratic duopoly. It’s a sham to fool the American public (and foreigners) into thinking that we [...]

Bob Barr media-is a Colbert Bump in the works?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Shane Cory reports:

Tomorrow [Tuesday] night, Bob Barr will appear for his second time on the Colbert Report.

- On both Wednesday and Friday mornings, Bob will be appearing on CNN. - And on Thursday, Glenn Beck will be taping another full hour with our candidate!

In addition to the unexpected media, we had another boost this [...]

Guess who else is in Denver?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

The Denver Daily News reports:

Barack Obama is not the only presidential candidate in Denver this week. Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney has also been in Denver since Sunday, and she spoke yesterday at the Mercury Café.

McKinney spoke passionately to a capacity-plus crowd of supporters, and she wanted to make sure all of the Democrats [...]

Who and what are the Modern Whigs?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Who and what is a Modern Whig? Aren’t Whigs those guys from the history books with wigs?

If you’ve been wondering along those lines, here is an extensive interview of Mike Lebowitz, National Chairman of the Modern Whig Party. Asking the questions is Billy Dennis on Peoria Pundit. By way of introduction, he [...]

Ralph Nader: The politics of avoidance

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

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

The “politics of avoidance” is receiving a great deal of media attention during this period of national political conventions. Unfortunately, the newspapers and television programs do not use the phrase: “the politics of avoidance.” Together with John McCain and Barack Obama, members of the press [...]

A plea from Bob Barr Forums

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

A letter from a Bob Barr supporter:

I would like to ask ThirdPartyWatch to help spread word about We Barr supporters need to organize, and try to get Barr into the debates. Bobbarrforums is a great website to help do that. It is a not for profit supporter created web forum. Thats

Paul, Barr, Baldwin-three amigos in liberty

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Liberty Maven (Marc Gallagher) takes a look at the congressmen on the receiving end of money from Ron Paul’s PAC—and he is shocked! Supporting Rep. Don Young now looks like only the worst of Ron Paul’s “friends” because Young has such a good, truly conservative primary opponent.

Says Liberty Maven:

This list should give some food [...]