Archive for the 'Libertarian Party' Category

Barr breaks $1 million barrier

Monday, September 29th, 2008

He wasn’t in the presidential debate, but Bob Barr had good news on another front last Friday: That’s the day he broke the $1 million barrier in fundraising. Deputy Campaign Manager Shane Cory reports:

Bright and early this morning, we broke the $1 million barrier!...

Everyone from the campaign staff along with Bob Barr and [...]

5,000-word profile of Bob Barr

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Atlanta Magazine has a 5,000-word profile of Bob Barr in its October issue. It’s much too long to reprint here, but check it out.

Taxpayers group: Barr would cut federal spending

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation reports:

Sen. McCain (R-AZ) would increase yearly federal spending by $92.4 billion, compared to Sen. Obama’s (D-IL) $293.0 billion. NTUF also released a first-time analysis of Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr, who would instead cut annual federal spending by $200.9 billion. The studies include proposals through September 19.

“If eight months [...]

Fifth Circuit removes Barr from Louisiana Ballot

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Ballot Access News

On September 26, the 5th Circuit removed Bob Barr from the Louisiana ballot. The three judges were Carolyn King (a Carter appointee from Texas), James Dennis (a Clinton appointee from Louisiana), and Priscilla Owen (a Bush Jr. appointee from Texas). The action was taken without any hearing. The case is Libertarian Party et [...]

Plenty of volunteers to take John McCain’s place at the debate tonight

Friday, September 26th, 2008

“If John McCain wants to bow out, I’m willing to step in and take his podium on Friday,” says Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party candidate for President:

The financial meltdown won’t come any closer to a resolution because a presidential debate is postponed. Now is the best time for Americans to see how prepared their leaders [...]

Third-party unity against bailouts

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Bob Barr (Libertarian Party) calls Treasury Secretary Paulson’s $700 billion gift to his Wall Street friends the “bailout from hell”:

The Bush administration played this game before, using 9/11 to ram the Patriot Act through Congress, and then misused its authority while resisting court oversight. Never again should Congress allow itself to be duped in this [...]

Barr wanted in, got shut out

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Real Clear Politics reports that “Libertarian candidate Bob Barr sent a letter to President Bush…asking to be involved in the bailout negotiations - a request that apparently fell on deaf ears since he wasn’t at the meeting when it began…”

Barr had another request:

“I also urge you to require that any company or entity that ever [...]

Texas Supreme Court rules against Barr

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

The Dallas Business Journal reports that “presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain will have their names on the ballot when election season rolls around in Texas,” and adds:

The Texas Supreme Court denied a petition filed by Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party of Texas to remove the Democratic and Republican presidential [...]

More on Ron Paul’s endorsement of Chuck Baldwin

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Ballot Access News

Ron Paul today endorsed Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin.

Paul made it clear that he was responding to Bob Barr’s criticism for “remaining neutral” by supporting the four significant alternative candidatesm, specifically mentioning Barr’s failure to appear at Paul’s unity event “by canceling his appearance “forty minutes before the pess conference started…To say [...]

Ron Paul Endorses Chuck Baldwin

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

In early June, Ron Paul had this to say about Bob Barr:

[Barr’s voting record] doesn’t mean he can’t represent these [libertarian] values, and he’s saying the things that he should be saying, he’s joined the Libertarian Party, he presents these views, and he talks our language, so I do really believe that he can [...]

Barr loses first round in Texas

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that “Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr has lost the first clash in his strange Texas fight to keep John McCain and Barack Obama off the ballot in that state,” adding:

The news media has been tentative with this story, uncertain whether the Barr lawsuit is a legal move with profound implications — [...]

Nader, Barr, and Paul: ‘Told you so’

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Politico finds that while the major party candidates “have stepped gingerly around the financial crisis and the question of government intervention, third party candidates Bob Barr and Ralph Nader have shown no such compunction. ”

The article says Barr and Nader saw this coming:

Barr boasts that he was a few weeks ahead of the curve, pointing [...]

Sarah Palin a (small “l”) libertarian?

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Reporter-Pub blog spotlights a response from a reader who says Sarah Palin is “one of the highest ranking libertarian Republican elected officials in the US,” citing as evidence:

Libertarians have been supporting her since the 1990s. Some facts:

Sarah Palin has spoken to two Libertarian supper club meetings in Anchorage 2005/06

Sarah Palin asked for and received the [...]

Libertarian vs. Republican debate in North Carolina?

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The Raleigh Telegram reports that a debate between gubernatorial candidates will be held on UNC-TV Wednesday night, but so far only two have indicated they will participate—Libertarian candidate Mike Munger and GOP candidate Pat McCrory. The Democratic candidate, Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue, has not responded and the debate is not listed on her calendar [...]

California: AI Increases Registration, LP Has Biggest Slate

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Under California law a party is qualified to participate in primary (and thus also general) elections if 1) it achieves as many registrants as 1% of the voter turnout in the last regular gubernatorial election, or 2) had a statewide candidate win a 2% share in that election. Here are the registration numbers and selected [...]

Bob Barr on the offensive in Texas

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

The following is a message from Shane Cory, deputy campaign manager of the Barr presidential campaign:

Bob Barr rides again in Texas
September 18th, 2008 by Shane Cory

Earlier today, Bob Barr and our campaign manager, Russ Verney, stood on the steps of the Supreme Court of Texas to rally a crowd of supporters and answer questions from [...]

‘Katie, Barr the door’

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

In the Dallas Morning News Trail Blazer blog, Christy Hoppe ponders what would happen if Bob Barr is successful in keeping the two major parties off the ballot in Texas because they missed their filing deadlines:

While Barr faces a high bar at the legal bar, just think if—in particular—McCain couldn’t get on the ballot. He’s [...]

Bob Barr: A profile

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Scott Henry provides an informative and detailed profile of Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr on the Atlanta blog Creative Loafing, where Barr was a columnist from 2003 to 2005. He begins with his bemused recollection of a recent Libertarian dinner in Georgia at which Barr spoke, ticking off some cultural differences between a [...]

Barr campaign sues to get Dems and GOP off Texas ballot

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Cox News Service reports that “Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr’s campaign filed suit Tuesday seeking to remove Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama from the ballot in Texas, alleging that the two major candidates missed the deadline for officially filing to be on the ballot.”

The report continues:

Pat Dixon, chairman of the Texas Libertarian Party, [...]

How are the third parties doing?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

According to Ballot Access News:

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is on the ballot, so far, in 46 states.

The Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr: 44 states.

The Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin: 37 states.

And the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney: 32.

Libertarian National Committee in a deadlock over how to address Bob Barr controversies

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Men’s News Daily reports on its NewsWax blog:

The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) was reported to be in a deadlock Sunday night over how to address the growing controversies surrounding their party’s U.S. presidential nominee, former congressman Bob Barr.

Many libertarians have spoken out against Barr since his last minute refusal to attend former Republican presidential hopeful [...]

Battleground Pennsylvania: Barr in, Baldwin out

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

It appears Bob Barr will appear on the Pennsylvania ballot, while Chuck Baldwin will not.

The Barr campaign notes that the McCain organization in Pennsylvania tried to use tactics against the Libertarian Party that John McCain called “Stalinist politics” when George W. Bush used the same tactics against McCain in New York during the 2000 campaign.

“I [...]

Constitution Party Platform - Excerpts For Liberty-Lovers

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
In the wake of Bob Barr not attending last week’s multi-third-party press conference sponsored by Ron Paul, some fans of Paul’s Campaign For Liberty are reportedly considering voting for the Constitution Party nominee instead of the Libertarian nominee.  The LP Platform is a lean and clean statement of Libertarian principles (which Barr has publicly [...]

LNC Considers Motion To Apologize To Ron Paul

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Rachel Hawkridge is the representative to the Libertarian National Committee from “Region 7”, which includes Florida, Hawaii, and the three states of the northwest corner of the lower 48. (Florida replaced California in that region this year because the old region no longer had enough membership to keep two LNC seats.)  On her blog this [...]

Barr says financial crunch teaches folly of government bailouts

Monday, September 15th, 2008

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

www.BobBarr2008.com
Interview Contact: Steve Sinton
Phone: 404-536-8038

Barr Says Financial Crunch Teaches Folly of Government Bailouts

Atlanta, GA - “Financial reality has hit Wall Street despite past federal bailouts,” notes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president.

Barr says that massive subsidies for the housing industry and Bear [...]