Archive for the 'Libertarian Party' Category

Has Bob Barr become an ally of the gay community?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

In The Huffington Post, Emma Ruby-Sachs advises the gay community to set its sights high with the Obama Administration and seek repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. And she cites Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr as to why this is desirable:

In law school I met a number of libertarians, many of whom have [...]

Nader cuts Obama’s lead over McCain with Arab-Americans by only 1%

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

This report comes from the Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs:

ON OCT. 28, the Arab American Institute released the results of a new Zogby International poll of Arab-American voters showing that Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s substantial lead among Arab American voters had almost doubled since September. The poll also found that Obama’s lead over McCain [...]

Texas Libertarians favor end to straight-ticket voting

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Republican State Sen. Jeff Wentworth is seeking to eliminate the straight-ticket voting option on the Texas ballot, and has the support of Texas Libertarians.

“It’s not a monumental issue,” says Patrick Dixon, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Texas. “But the sense is when a lot of people vote, they check the party and don’t [...]

Bob Barr condemns newest bailout

Monday, December 15th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Libertarian Party:

Dec 11, 2008

Barr Condemns Newest Bailout
Auto Bailout Will Only “Compound the Problem”

Former Congressman Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party’s 2008 presidential nominee, issued a statement condemning the proposed $15-billion bailout of the auto industry apparently nearing approval in the Congress. Barr said “the Faustian bargain” the [...]

Third-party candidates made the difference in 3 states

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The Houston Chronicle’s Texas on the Potomac blog gives the vote totals for Indiana, North Carolina, and Missouri. It is obvious that Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr and Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader got enough votes to make the difference in those three states between the two major-party candidates. (Constitution Party presidential [...]

NY Libertarians support anti-corporate welfare lawsuit

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The following is a news release from the Libertarian Party of New York:

For more information contact: Eric Sundwall, Chairman (518) 857-1731

Libertarian Party Supports Anti-Corporate Welfare Lawsuit
State Committee decries unconstitutional spending

ALBANY, NY (12/08/2008; 1324)(readMedia)—On December 7, 2009 the LPNY State Committee passed a resolution supporting a lawsuit seeking to end corporate welfare via the New York [...]

5,915 libertarians live in D.C.? Amazing!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

This is like finding saints in hell, or devil creatures in heaven, depending on your point of view. Apparently there are 5,915 people living in the District of Columbia—the very core of the government conspiracy—who are libertarian enough in their views to vote for the Libertarian Party’s candidate for “shadow” U.S. Senator. Ballot [...]

LNC Tightens Belt, Keaton Resigns

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Update: Angela Keaton is reportedly resigning from the LNC, at the insistence of her employers at

At its meeting in San Diego on Saturday Dec. 6 and Sunday Dec. 7, the Libertarian National Committee tightened its budgetary belt, targeted the LPWA top-two primary lawsuit, mulled the Barr-Root campaign, deferred action on the mission statement and [...]

Bob Barr endorses Chambliss

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

According to the Political Insider blog in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, former Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr has endorsed Republican Saxby Chambliss in today’s Senate runoff. Political Insider reprints the text of a Barr letter “presumably distributed to Libertarians in Georgia.”

Ironically, Barr claims Chambliss is for “ending the government bailouts,” when much of [...]

How will Georgia libertarians vote today?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

How will Georgia libertarians vote today? That will probably decide who wins the Senate runoff—Republican incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss or Democrat Jim Martin. And the Georgia race may decide whether the Democrats get their filibuster-proof supermajority of 60 in the Senate.

Chambliss fell just short of the majority he needed November 4 to avoid [...]

Profile of Ed Crane

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Ed Crane was national chairman of the Libertarian Party from 1974 to 1977, and ran its presidential campaign in 1976. A founder of the Cato Institute in 1977 , he has served as its president ever since. Quin Hillyer, Associate Editorial Page Editor of the Baltimore Examiner, has this in-depth profile of Crane. [...]

What’s the frequency, Ilya?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

It happens every election cycle. Some libertarian writes about how the Libertarian Party should be abolished (or at least no longer run candidates). The latest comes from Ilya Somin, who writes:

Libertarians often emphasize that failed enterprises should be liquidated rather than kept going on artificial life support. That enables their resources to be [...]

Was Barr a ’spoiler’ in North Carolina?

Monday, November 24th, 2008

The Raleigh News & Observer writes a wrapup on the presidential campaign in North Carolina and concludes:

Barr was a spoiler in North Carolina after all.

Though the Libertarian presidential candidate made only token appearances in the state and received a minuscule number of votes in November, he still got more votes than the margin of [...]

Two Mistakes About the LP At Volokh Conspiracy

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Ilya Somin writes at Volokh Conspiracy (ranked 7th in my 2006 list of the top 30 liberty-oriented blogs):
third party politics simply is not an effective way of promoting libertarianism in the “first past the post” American political system. That system makes it almost impossible for a third party to win any important elected offices. And [...]

Is Georgia Libertarian leaning toward Democrat in runoff?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

The Senate Guru blog in The Huffington Post gets some very interesting responses from Georgia Libertarian Allen Buckley.

Buckley got 128,000 votes (3.4% of the total) on Nov. 4 as the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate. Because he kept the two major-party candidates, Democrat Jim Martin and Republican Saxby Chambliss, from getting more than [...]

How will Libertarians affect Georgia Senate runoff?

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Says Jim Tharpe in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Libertarians have never won statewide office in Georgia, but suddenly their votes have become valuable currency in the extended U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin.

No sooner had the sun peeked over the horizon on Nov. 5 than Martin and Chambliss — [...]

Libertarian Party: Businessmen are bad for capitalism

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

The following is a statement from Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis:

November 14, 2008

Contact: Andrew Davis
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 202-731-0002

Businessmen are Bad for Capitalism, Says Libertarian Party
CEOs and Government Assistance Stand in the Way of Economic Turnaround

WASHINGTON, D.C. - “CEOs and government ‘altruism’ are standing in the way of effective economic turnaround,” says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew [...]

Invite third-party candidates to inauguration?

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

The Washington Post’s Reliable Source blog has some fun with Ralph Nader for suggesting that third-party candidates should be invited to President Obama’s inauguration:

The sometimes cantankerous outsider has sent an open letter to Barack Obama asking that third-party candidates—the Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr, the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin and the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney—be included [...]

Best Counties in Nation for Some Minor Party, Independent Presidential Candidates Identified

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Ballot Access News

From preliminary election returns, it appears that these are the best counties for five particular presidential candidates:

Nader: Morgan County, Tennessee 5.2%
Barr: Esmeralda County, Nevada, 2.7%
Baldwin: Millard County, Utah, 5.6%
McKinney: either St. Bernard or LaFourche Parish, both in Louisiana, each 1.1%
Brian Moore: Essex County, Vermont, 2.1%

Thanks to Jack Ross for doing the laborious job [...]

The disappointing third-party vote in 2008

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

David Weigel of Reason takes a look at the votes for Bob Barr, Ralph Nader, Chuck Baldwin, and Cynthia McKinney, all of which were disappointing to their backers and in historical context. He then concludes:

So if you add together Paul with the four candidates he gathered at the National Press Club to endorse (and [...]

Libertarian John Monds gets over 1,000,000 votes in Georgia

Monday, November 10th, 2008

George Dance reports on Nolan Chart that John Monds, Libertarian Party candidate for Georgia’s Public Service Commission District 1, received 33.3% or 1,056,227 votes to incumbent Republican H. Doug Everett’s 2,114,459 or 66.7%.

Dance adds:

Monds’s 33% finish easily guarantees permanent ballot access for the Libertarian Party of Georgia (LPGA) in the 2010 elections. (By Georgia law, [...]

Did third-party candidates tip Missouri, Indiana, and North Carolina?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

In three states—Missouri, Indiana, and North Carolina—the victor in the presidential race did not get 50% of the vote. And the vote for third-party candidates conceivably may have altered the outcome.

The problem is trying to determine the mindset of the voters who took the third-party route, an impossible task. Would they have voted [...]

North Carolina Libertarians retain ballot access

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

North Carolina’s Libertarian Party has succeeded in its effort to automatically remain on the ballot for the next four years. To do that, either its presidential candidate or gubernatorial candidate had to poll more than 2% of the vote. While Bob Barr’s percentage in North Carolina was only 0.6%, the LP candidate for [...]

Barr, Nader On Very Slow Pace

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

With about half of today’s projected 140M votes counted, independent Ralph Nader has about 350K votes and Libertarian Bob Barr has 300K. If this pace holds, Barr would finish with a disappointing 600K (barely over 0.4%), and Nader would get a surprisingly low 700K. Both were polling at 1% on election eve.

Election night cheat sheet

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Thanks to Bradley Jansen for providing this cheat-sheet service on Nolan Chart. He lists 14 “likely battleground states with information of the main third party candidates on the ballot and their history of support in the state (and how they may affect the electoral outcomes).”

Now if we could get only one of the mainstream [...]