Archive for the 'Political Parties' Category

Let’s have some magic and laughs for Bob Barr

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Magician/funnyman Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller) makes no secret of his libertarian leanings, and he recently called The Hotline to make sure they knew who he’s supporting.

To no great surprise, he “supports Barr more than Oprah supports Obama.” But, he cautioned: “If you said to me right now, ‘Penn, you have superpowers under a [...]

Look what happened 100 years ago…

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

On the website of the Libertarian Party of Allen County, Pennsylvania, Robert Enders notes what happened 100 years ago:

What else happened in 1908? A mysterious object exploded over Siberia. The Cubs won the World’s Series. And a guy with a mustache was elected President. None of these things have happen since. But sometimes, things have [...]

Barr decries expansion of federal power

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a recent visitor to the city:

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr said Wednesday that the growth of executive power is one of the main threats facing the United States.

During a campaign visit to Philadelphia, the former Republican congressman from Georgia described the post-Sept. 11 expansion of presidential prerogatives as “dramatic [...]

Independent Greens seek broad third-party coalition behind Bloomberg-Paul

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

The following is a media release from the Independent Greens of Virginia:

For Immediate Release Contact: Joe Oddo 703-338-0200
ndependent Greens of Virginia
Thursday August 21, [...]

Boston Tea Party completes Tennessee ballot drive

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

The following is a media release from the Boston Tea Party:

POC Thomas L. Knapp
[email protected]


Nashville, TN - America’s new libertarian alternative wrapped up its first-ever ballot access petition drive today as Boston Tea Party representatives turned in petition signatures and other paperwork to
state election officials.

Once the signatures are [...]

Will the odd couple be on the ballot in Virginia?

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

We told you on Tuesday, August 19 that the Independent Green Party of Virginia had succeeded in getting New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the ballot in Virginia.

Then we also told you yesterday that the Independent Greens also got Ron Paul on the ballot as Bloomberg’s vice presidential running mate, but that Ballot Access [...]

Chuck Baldwin officially on the Ballot in West Virginia

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

From CP Field Director, Gary Odom:

“It’s official: 15,732 valid WV signatures for Baldwin/Castle’08 put the Constitution Party over the topand on the ballot in the Mountaineer State for the first time ever!—Hearty Congratulations to Jeff Becker, Denzil Sloan and all the great West Virginians whose hard work and perseverance has paid off!”

CPWV Chairman [...]

The latest on Bloomberg-Paul

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Oh well, it was a swell idea.

But Ballot Access News says the Michael Bloomberg-Ron Paul ticket won’t appear on the Virginia ballot in November. (Act surprised.)

Although the Independent Green Party of Virginia did circulate a petition for president with those candidates’ names on it, Virginia law explicitly gives the petitioning group the right to [...]

Constitution Party reports on ballot progress

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

The Constitution Party offers this chart listing, state by state, its progress in getting on the ballot. Entitled “Presidential Ballot Access Progress Report,” it lists 26 states where the party is already “On Ballot!”

NOTE: A Third Party Watch reader asks: “What does the Constitution Party know that I don’t? They’re saying Chuck Baldwin [...]

Interview with Chuck Baldwin

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Global Pundit offers a three-part audio interview with Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin:

In our three-part interview we discuss the essential differences b/w The GOP, The Libertarian Party, and Constitution Party. We touch on Immigration Issues, Abortion Law, The Defense of Marriage Act, and the Constitution and Bill of Rights - we also touch on [...]

Bob Barr fails to make ballot in Maine

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Ballot Access News

On Friday, August 15, the Bob Barr campaign attempted to have the Secretary of State authorize local clerks accept late filings of signatures. Don Cookson of the Secretary of State’s office indicated that there is no provision to authorize such a late filing.

The signatures filed by the August 8 deadline amounted to 3,200, [...]

GOP leader seeks to push Barr off Pennsylvania ballot

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Times Leader reports that Victor Stabile, Cumberland County GOP chairman and a lawyer in Harrisburg, is trying to knock Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr off the state ballot.

Stabile says Barr’s petitions are invalid because a Clarion County woman was listed as the presidential candidate for weeks after the national party picked [...]

Bob Barr: Master of a curious universe

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, gets the Washington Post’s “Style” section treatment, circulated here by CBS News. Not bad publicity for a third party candidate.

Libby Copeland asks:

Is there any human being on the planet more committed to his seriousness than Bob Barr? The 59-year-old Barr is so into the Founding Fathers that [...]

The difference between a “conservative” and a “constitutionalist”

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Jaynee Germond is running for Congress in Oregon’s 4th District, and has this interesting distinction on her campaign website:

I belong to the Constitution Party of Oregon. Although, some may consider me Conservative, I am actually a Constitutionalist. This means that even though I have personal beliefs about some issues, the Constitution is specific about how [...]

Major third parties fear Whig movement?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

The Whigs in Virginia blog thinks so. It claims it “came upon an interesting email trail that made the rounds this past weekend between the chairmen of the Constitution Party, America First Party and the Libertarian Party. ”

The main topic of discussion was “the idea of merging their organizations into a common cause”:

But out [...]

Mayor Bloomberg on Virginia ballot

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

The New York Daily News reports that the Independent Greens Party of Virginia has received confirmation from the Virginia Board of Elections that its petition drive to get NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the presidential ballot has been successful.

The Independent Greens are affiliated with the Independence Party of America, a national organization set up by [...]

Chuck Baldwin endorses Jerry Corsi

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Having received the endorsement of Dr. Jerome Corsi in his presidential campaign, Chuck Baldwin returns the favor and endorses Corsi as “probably the most controversial man in America these days. His blockbuster new book, The Obama Nation, is currently the New York Times Number One Bestseller, and media talking heads are having a hissy fit. [...]

Zogby: 55% of likely voters want Bob Barr in the debates

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Zogby International reports that more than half of likely voters nationwide - 55% - want Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr to participate in the presidential debates this fall, while nearly half - 46% - also said they think Ralph Nader should be allowed into the debates.

Zogby’s interactive polling showed 69% of Independents, 52% of Democrats, [...]

Bob Barr featured at newsmaker breakfast

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The American Spectator and Americans for Tax Reform hosted Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr recently at their monthly Newsmaker Breakfast. The on-the-record event gave the assembled media an opportunity to ask Barr about his policy positions and reactions to major current events.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, asked Barr about the [...]

Libertarians file suit over WV ballot law

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The Charleston Gazette reports that the Libertarian Party has filed suit in West Virginia, contending that the state’s requirement that the Libertarians submit more than 15,000 signatures by Aug. 1 to gain ballot access is unfair.

Noting that the Democratic and Republican candidates for president won’t be formally chosen until their parties’ national conventions, which take [...]

Jewish Exponent: Libertarian VP candidate is “one of the fold”

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The Jewish Exponent takes a detailed look at Wayne Allyn Root, the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate, which it describes as “a Jewish businessman from Nevada.” The publication particularly sought Root’s views on Israel, the Middle East, and the Iraq War:

When it comes to Jewish issues, Root said that he was “as pro-Israel as [...]

Libertarian congressional candidate in Indiana to hold town hall meeting

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Schansberg for Congress campaign:

August 15, 2008

Schansberg to hold Town Hall Meeting in Seymour on Thursday

Dr. Eric Schansberg will hold a Town Hall meeting in Room 301 of the Seymour City Hall on Thursday, August 21st, from 6:00-7:00 PM. (City Hall is located at 309 N. [...]

Constitution Party candidate gets ballot access in New Jersey

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Constitution Party of New Jersey:

Constitution Party Candidate Gains Ballot Access in New Jersey
By Jason A. Edwards - August 14, 2008 - 6:09pm
Release Date: Aug 14 2008

TRENTON - New Jersey voters unhappy with Obama and McCain will have a better choice this November, as Chuck Baldwin - the [...]

Green and Constitution candidates included in Colorado debate

Monday, August 18th, 2008

A posting on southern Colorado’s reports on a debate between four candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Wayne Allard. The four consisted of Bob Kinsey of the Green Party, Doug Campbell of the American Constitution Party, Republican Bob Schaffer, and Democrat Mark Udall.

Green Party candidate Kinsey said Russia has [...]

Bob Barr barred in Massachusetts

Monday, August 18th, 2008

In an op-ed article in the Boston Globe, W. James Antle III writes that “the secretary of state’s office insists that Barr should be, well, barred” from the presidential ballot in Massachusetts. This is despite the fact that:

Bob Barr, a former Republican congressman from Georgia, has performed better in national polls than any [...]