Archive for the 'Campaign 2006' Category

Well, I’m Off And Running…

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Not a third party campaign… but just a quick little update for anyone who might be interested. Last week I officially qualified for a place on the ballot as a candidate for Duval County Soil and Water Conservation Board.

I’ll be facing off against a former board member (he was defeated in 2004) come November, [...]

Santorum to Debate Romanelli?

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

From the Centre Daily Times…

Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Carl Romanelli said Wednesday that Republican Sen. Rick Santorum has agreed to participate in a series of debates with him across the state in the two weeks leading up to the Nov. 7 election.

A Santorum campaign spokeswoman would not confirm whether Santorum specifically agreed to that [...]

More Trouble for Paper Candidates

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Yet another example of why running paper candidates is a stupid waste of time in almost all cases. From the Dallas Morning News…

When it comes to uninspiring court contests, the statewide Court of Criminal Appeals pretty much takes the cake.

Three Republican incumbents, none of whom deserves to be a shoo-in for re-election. One Democrat [...]

Some Minnesota Results…

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

With about 90% reporting in Minnesota, everything went about as expected.

Peter Hutchinson defeated Pam Ellison in the Independence Party primary for governor by a margin of 66-34%.

In the GOP primary, Governor Tim Pawlenty has 89% of the vote to Libertarian-turned-Republican Sue Jeffers’ 11%.

The Independence Party also saw contested primaries for Attorney General and U.S. Senate. [...]

Election Results Thread

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Bernie Sanders won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Vermont today, but he’s not interested in keeping it. His victory tonight will simply prevent him from facing a Democrat on the Fall ballot.

Congressman Sanders is running as an independent and will caucus with the Democrats once elected.

Anyone see results from any other interesting [...]

Georgia Libertarians Going Strong!

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Aside from Texas, I think the Georgia LP is going to be the best chance for some headline-making results on election night.

Zogby has a poll out showing Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Garrett Hayes doing quite well with 8.1% of the vote. His share of the vote might actually force a run-off in the state.

Plus a [...]

Today is Election Day…

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Primaries are being held in about a half-dozen states today. Here are a few contests you might find worth watching…

>>> NEW YORK: No GOP primary for governor and a heavily lopsided Democratic contest. Hillary Clinton will win renomination to her Senate seat over peace candidate Jonathan Tasini, who has been endorsed by [...]

LP Launches Candidate Tracker

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

This looks to be a nifty new way to consider the viability of current Libertarians running for office…

http://www.lp.org/candidates/article_8.shtml

Congressional Candidate Bob Smither currently leads the pack by a wide margin, largely due to the massive amount of media coverage his race has received.

Libertarians Invited to Colorado Debates

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

From the Rocky Mountain News…

Welcome to the big dance, Libertarians.

Club 20, an influential Western Slope lobbying group, this year for the first time invited third-party candidates to participate in congressional and gubernatorial debates.

The Libertarian Party was so thrilled that members came from across the state to cheer on their candidates on Saturday.

“We’re just happy to [...]

Why Should I Vote for Those Losers?

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

That’s exactly the question being asked by New York gubernatorial candidate John Clifton in this flier…

http://electclifton.org/losers.pdf

Honestly I don’t know how effective this type of campaigning is. A lot of the wording is above the heads of 99% of voters, such as: “If only one percent of NY State’s electorate votes off the treadmill [...]

Max Linn Struggles for Spotlight

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

A bit of a rough article in today’s St. Petersburg Times about Max Linn’s gubernatorial campaign, highlighting the long-odds he’s facing and the difficulty he has been having getting equal media attention…

His campaign got a table way in the back of the civic center, next to the sushi. He was the only candidate to show [...]

Colorado Green Drops Out of Race

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

ColoradoPols.com has the news that the Green Party’s candidate for Colorado Secretary of State has dropped out of the race…

Green Party candidate Rick VanWie today announced that he was withdrawing from the race for Secretary of State. VanWie had no chance of winning in November, but he might have been able to siphon votes from [...]

Feeling Screwed by the Other Guys?

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Great video from the Max Linn for governor campaign here in Florida…

http://maxlinn.com/max_tv.html

Linn is the Reform Party nominee and has already pledged $1 million of his own money for the race.

Dallas Morning News Endorsements

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Thanks to Joey Dauben for pointing this item out. It’s sad and unfortunate, really… but I also think for Libertarians (and all third party activists) it is worth reading and really trying to understand. The Dallas Morning News made a round of endorsements in state legislative races, mentioning the many Libertarians challengers but [...]

Stockman Jumps into Special Election

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Talk about a soap opera! After running an abortive independent campaign for the general election against DeLay, former one-term Republican Congressman Steve Stockman has jumped into the newly called special election to serve out the final few weeks of DeLay’s term.

Why? I’m not really sure.

From Congressional Quarterly…

No congressional race has had more twists [...]

NY LP Ballot Position Seems Safe

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Some good news for the New York Libertarian Party from Richard Winger of Ballot Access News…

Last week, a challenge to the New York Libertarian statewide petition was filed by a Republican. However, the challenger’s specific complaint is that the Libertarian logo is too similar to the Conservative Party logo. Even if this challenge succeeds, the [...]

Lieberman Calls for Debate

Friday, September 1st, 2006

From the Norwalk Advocate…

Sen. Joe Lieberman called on the four other candidates in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race Thursday to meet next week and agree to a debate schedule.

Lieberman, who lost the Democratic primary to businessman Ned Lamont and is now running as an independent, sent letters to Lamont, Republican Alan Schlesinger, Green Party [...]

Trio Draws Support of 9% in Washington

Friday, September 1st, 2006

In this year’s Washington State U.S. Senate race, the three non-major party candidates on the ballot in November’s general election will be Green Party nominee Aaron Dixon, Libertarian Bruce Guthrie, and independent candidate Robin Adair.

A new SurveyUSA poll released yesterday indicates that each of the candidates is currently registering at about 3%... so combined they [...]

Greens Approaching Half-Way Point

Friday, September 1st, 2006

The Green Party’s Summer Pledge Drive is approaching the $5,000 mark… on the way to an ultimate goal of $10,000 by September 22nd.

http://www.gp.org/greensummer.shtml

League of Women Voters Pulls Sponsorship

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Good for the League of Women Voters for standing up to the major party candidates in Oregon and refusing to sponsor a debate that didn’t include all candidates polling at or above 5% support.

From the Mail-Tribune…

The League of Women Voters of the Rogue Valley has withdrawn its sponsorship of a planned gubernatorial debate because the [...]

Missouri Green Affiliate Qualifies for Ballot

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

From KMBC-TV…

Missourians will have a fourth choice this November when voting for senator, auditor and some other top offices.

The Progressive Party said that it has been approved by the secretary of state to field candidates in six races this fall. The party had to submit more than 10,000 petition signatures to make the ballot.

Party organizers [...]

Peirce and Fitrakis Shut Out of Debates

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

On the good side, Ohio will have an above average number of gubernatorial debates this year…

Four debates are scheduled between Ohio’s major-party candidates for governor, including a final one in Columbus, the two campaigns announced yesterday.

It will be the most gubernatorial debates in the state in at least 24 years.

Specific locations were not revealed, but [...]

Lampson, Smither, and Sekula-Gibbs Meet

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Personally, I don’t know why in the hell Smither would frame his point about cutting spending in the way that he does. The article says he drew his “fair share of jeers” when he posed the question of why citizens in Arizona should be forced to pay for several local projects in Texas.

It seems [...]

Wallace Ends Write-in Bid

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

From the Fort-Bend Herald…

Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace on Monday announced he will no longer seek the office of Congressional District 22 as a write-in candidate.

Wallace said in the Sugar Land City Hall that the Republican Party could not win the four-county seat with two write-in candidates, so he will withdraw from consideration and support [...]

Max Linn Launches TV Ads

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Max Linn, the Florida Reform Party candidate for governor, has launched a television ad to introduce himself to voters. The spot is called “You Know Max” and is available to watch online by clicking here.

Linn has already put $1 million of his own money into the campaign. This first TV spot will run [...]