Missouri CP officially on the ballot

Posted by Cody Quirk --- July 3rd, 2008

Ballot Access News

On July 2, the Missouri Secretary of State’s office announced that the Constitution Party petition has the required 10,000 signatures needed for ballot access. The Constitution Party is the only party likely to submit a successful petition in Missouri this year. It is likely that independent Ralph Nader will also meet the requirement. The Libertarian Party had already been on the Missouri ballot automatically.

Statement from the new AIP Chairman, Jim King

Posted by Cody Quirk --- July 3rd, 2008

Chairman Jim King

“I am proud to introduce myself to you as the new legally elected Chairman of this great party called the American Independent Party. The over forty years of efforts to retain our Constitutional rights has historically been our primary motive for existence. These rights are currently under siege by principalities who do not represent the Judeo Christian values passed on to us by the founders of this great nation. I promise that I will continue to do everything I can to protect this on going effort. It will be a great honour to serve.

I am here to serve you the party and not to be served. Our endeavors if they are successful will require the help of as many members of our party as possible. My responsibility will be to see we are successfully focused to win elections and fly higher than we ever have at faster speeds that have never been achieved. In that regard we have a Presidential Candidate Mr. Chuck Baldwin, a righteous man of extreme talent and capabilities that has the integrity, brains, strength and fortitude to indeed be elected the next President of the United States. Our party will focus to do everything we can to succeed to help Chuck Baldwin in this endeavor.

We will continue to be affiliated with the Constitution Party nationally. Since 1992 we have had this affiliation with the Constitution Party. The Constitution Party reflects the values and the platform of our party. Our party platform will be adhered to completely and be closely endeared by this Chairman. I invite all those who wish to protect our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to participate in this party.

My election as your chairman at our meeting in Los Angeles, California on June 29, 2008 has been done legally under the election codes and bylaws of our party. Any other small group or unlegal attempts currently under way to pirate away our party have no legal validity and I ask the members of our party and the public to not participate in their folly. Let no one attempt to rob this great outlet for freedom away from the citizens of the great State of California

God Bless and protect our party as we endeavor to protect our freedoms.”

- Jim King,

AIP Chairman

Will Ron Paul supporters jump to Bob Barr?

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 3rd, 2008

Ron Paul set out to influence the political debate in the presidential election, and he’s definitely succeeded in one sense - all the candidates want his supporters to get behind them. Bob Barr is making a pitch to Paul’s voters, claiming that his views are more in line with Paul’s than any other candidate. Barr’s efforts are paying off with some of Paul’s folks, as this piece from the Kansas City Star indicates. Notable tidbits include:

“Just because the major parties have chosen real stinkers as candidates, that doesn’t mean I should vote for the lesser of two evils,” said Noble, 23, a Columbus software developer who also serves as the Franklin County chairman for the Libertarian Party of Ohio.

And,

Barr is on the ballot in 31 states so far but not Ohio. The Libertarian Party has sued the state, arguing that its requirements for a party to qualify for the ballot are unconstitutionally strict. In case they are unsuccessful, Barr supporters are gathering the roughly 5,000 signatures that are necessary to place him on the ballot as an independent.

Baldwin spends the week in Utah, drumming up support

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 3rd, 2008

Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin has spent the week in Utah, one of the Republican Party’s biggest strongholds—and according to Party officials, the visit is going very well. Baldwin’s experience as a Baptist minister and radio talk show host
provides the communications skills necessary to spread the word - now he just needs more forums to speak.

Here are some highlights from the Salt Lake Tribune coverage:

If voters elected Baldwin, the status quo could expect a seismic shakedown. In addition to outlawing abortion, Baldwin also intends to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service, federal income tax and the Department of Education. After shrinking government, Baldwin says he would fund it through a 10 percent general tariff on all goods entering the country.

“I think we’ll do amazingly well this year. We’ve struggled for so long and all of a sudden, it’s mushrooming,” Utah Constitution Party Chairman Frank Fluckiger says. “For every two Republicans that come over our way, we’re getting one Democrat and one independent.”

The Constitution Party expects to be on the ballot in at least 40 states.

Here’s additional coverage of Baldwin’s Utah swing, from the St. George Spectrum.

Donate $17.76 to fight for liberty

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 3rd, 2008

From Liberty Maven:

Donate $17.76 to fight for liberty

Libertarian National Committee Chair Bill Redpath is asking for patriotic donations to the Libertarian Cause in furtherance of the cause of liberty. Redpath is asking for ‘symbolic’ donations of $17.76 towards:

It will help fund ballot access in the remaining states where voters have yet to have the Libertarian choice. It will help fund volunteer and outreach activities to bring more patriots into the Libertarian Party. Most of all, it will help the Libertarian Party be more effective in fighting assaults to freedom from the current Administration and those which have infringed upon it before!

Click here to see Redpath’s message, or here to donate directly.

North Carolina Libertarian Party Gubernatorial candidate asks for support

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 3rd, 2008

This is a message from North Carolina Libertarian Party candidate Michael Munger, who is running for Governor:

Hello! I hope you and yours are doing well.

As you know, I have been working to run for Governor of North Carolina, as a Libertarian, for the past two years. Well, we got
the 105,000 signatures, and we got on the ballot.

But then things got…weird. I was invited to the final debate, in October, at Queens College in Charlotte. But then that debate
got cancelled, and ANOTHER debate, only without the Libertarians in it, got scheduled instead.

The state of NC is really dragging its feet in getting out new forms, so Libertarians can register. The state Board of Elections will barely meet with us, and the county Boards of Elections won’t accept checks for filing fees for our candidates. I put up more than $1,000 worth of yard signs, and the state took them all down, because (get this) there is “no election going on at this time”!

Ouch.

The only thing that can change this is participation at the grassroots.

And the only kind of participation that matters is….small contributions, from lots of folks!

That’s why we are running a small money bomb tomorrow. It’s so small, it’s really just a money grenade.
Won’t you join the Munger “Grenade Brigade”? Here’s what you do, ANYTIME ON JULY 3 or JULY 4. Yes, ANYTIME:

1. Go to http://www.munger08.com
2. Click on “contribute”
3. Give $25, or less (the amount doesn’t matter as much as the fact you show your support for democracy and free choice in politics!)

That’s it. That’s all I need.

Please help! Even if you have already given, PLEASE just give something. It isn’t the money, as much as it is the message that lots of folks care.

Mike Munger

http://www.munger08.com

[email protected]

AIP member condemns website hijacking by Noonan camp

Posted by Cody Quirk --- July 2nd, 2008

From AIP member and Busnessman, Bill Lussenheide:

“The website situation is soon to be under control, in spite of the unlawful and unethical attempts to hijack the site. Ed Noonan, nor any of the very small group of people who seek disaffiliaton are the legal owners, nor legal registrants of the website. Their actions are unconscionable and without merit. The duly authorized American Independent Party, which remains fully affiliated with the Constitution Party, demands the immediate cease and desist of this website tampering activity and are fully prepared to seek full redress and remedy to do so.”

  • Bill Lussenheide is the authorized media contact for the American Independent Party as appointed by Chairman King.

On the matter of the AIP website…

Posted by Cody Quirk --- July 2nd, 2008

Some of you TPW bloggers, Constitutionalists, and others who are paying attention to the situation in California are wondering what’s going on with the AIP website.

In a email from AIP member, Mike Triggs, this pretty much sums it up:

“It appears that the Noonan gang has registered a new domain, www.aip-ca.com
When you enter the “old” URL- www.aipca.org -you are immediately redirected to the Noonan web site.
Noonan’s new domain appears to be constructed by the Keyes people…big news there.”

Yes, supposedly the AIP website was retrieved by the legally elected AIP officers, (at the Los Angeles Convention), but apparently the Noonan people knew how bypass the security settings and hacked into the website.

Unfortunately, the AIP website currently is the mouthpiece for the Ed Noonan people, temporary, therefore it is unrealible as the Party’s official website, for now.

Chuck Baldwin officially an option for Illinois voters

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 2nd, 2008

The following is a press release from the Constitution Party:

Third Party Ballot Access Assured In Illinois

Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Chuck Baldwin Officially An Option For Voters

Grand Rapids, MI (July 1, 2008) The Constitution Party, the largest and fastest- growing party in the country based on voter registration (Ballot Access News) announced its latest victory in securing ballot access for its popular presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin.(www.Baldwin08.com)

“Illinois has just been added to a growing roster of states in which voters will get to make a real choice this November,” noted Constitution Party National Chairman Jim Clymer.

“We’re seeing voters demanding more options. Being told they can only vote for the Republican or Democrat in this race is like telling consumers they can only order Pepsi, not Coke. The two dominant parties have morphed into one and this is beginning to chafe the electorate”, Clymer added, noting: “Chuck Baldwin is on course to shake up the political status quo in November. While voters are seeing that Obama and McCain are virtually indistinguishable on the issues, they’re catching onto Baldwin in a big way”.

Presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin, a Pensacola, Florida minister, talk show host , author and political columnist, along with running mate Tennessee attorney Darrell Castle are expected to be on the ballot in many states garnering enough electoral votes to upset the election resulting in a win.

Upcoming schedule for Socialist presidential nominee Brian Moore

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 2nd, 2008

Below is the upcoming schedule for Socialist presidential nominee Brian Moore:

On Monday, July 7, 2008, Brian will be interviewed on Radio station 700 WLW of Cincinnati, Ohio, by Mike McConnell on his show, “Midday.” The interview will begin at 10 AM EST and should last about 15-20 minutes. They will discuss “Why Brian should be elected President of the United States of America.” At the conclusion of the interview, an audio will be posted on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/moorealexander2008.

On Wednesday, July 9, 2008, Brian will address the University of Central Florida (Central Florida University) student body as well as the general public. The UCF student organizations SDS (Students for Democratic Society) and CodePink, who both champion what our ticket is pushing for, have agreed to co-sponsor Brian at their campus. This event will be held at the university campus Student Union in Room 224, which is also referred to as the “Egmont Key Room.” Below is the address for directions purposes:
University of Central Florida
UCF Student Union, Room 224
450 E South St, Orlando, FL 32801 (Between S Osceola Ave and Lake Ave)

Among the topics of discussion will be the “History of the Socialist Party USA;” “The Difference Between the Socialist Party USA and the Soviet and Chinese Models;” “The Anti-War Movement,” and “The Moore/Alexander ‘08 campaign for President.” All of this will be followed by a “Q & A with Brian.”

If you have questions on either of the events listed above, please contact Scheduling Director Garrett Anderson at [email protected]

From Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, the Socialist Party USA will hold its National Organizing Conferences in Ann Arbor, Michigan. All interested members can attend the conference. Below is the location of the conferences:

ICC Education Center
1522 Hill Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Brian will be in attendance for the weekend conferences as well as chair a panel discussion on “Ballot Access Difficulties.”

If you have questions regarding the upcoming conferences, please contact Socialist Party USA National Secretary Greg Pason at [email protected]

Given up on Dems, GOP? Now grill the 3rd Party folks

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 2nd, 2008

WorldNetDaily.com has already provided a forum for readers to ask questions of John McCain and Barack Obama, and now it’s offering an opportunity to grill 3rd Party candidates as well. It’s not exactly equal opportunity for all candidates (McCain and Obama have their own forums, while there’s only one forum for all 3rd Party candidates), but at least there’s an alternative for those preferring to opt out of the two party system.

Link to World Net Daily’s 3rd Party forum.

America’s birthday and alleviating political boredom

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 2nd, 2008

If you’re bored with the back-and-forth between McCain and Obama, you’re not the only one. Former Independent presidential candidate John Kusumi says the only way this year’s presidential election will become interesting is to make sure third party candidates are included in the campaign:

The only way that the presidential race becomes interesting in my eyes is if Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader, and Bob Barr are brought into the picture. Then I would sit up, pay attention, and stop yawning.

As for selecting a U.S. President, I will look more deeply into the platforms of Barr, Nader, and McKinney before I make up my mind as to whom I will vote for in November. I believe in voting on the merits, not simply voting to be on the winning side.

Another GOP Senator pleads with Barr to quit

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 1st, 2008

CNN Political Editor Mark Preston recalls that “as a young political reporter in Marietta, Georgia, I often heard Barr serve up generous helpings of Republican doctrine over buffet lunches and chicken dinners.” Thus his interest in Barr’s evolution from Republican to libertarian and now the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President.

Of special interest in this front-page article on CNNPolitics.com:

Barr said a GOP senator recently approached him to ask that he drop his White House bid, a request that has come from more than one Republican since he received the Libertarian Party nomination in May. The senator’s plea­ fell on deaf ears. (­Barr would not reveal the lawmaker’s identity).

“What they say is, ‘It’s not that we disagree with what you’re doing, Barr. It’s not that we don’t understand. We do understand, and we actually agree with what you’re saying, but we don’t want to vote against a Republican because that might help the Democrat,’ ” Barr said of the talks he has had with those who want him to quit.

Barr interviewed by GQ.com

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 1st, 2008

ABC News publishes a Web-exclusive interview of Bob Barr by GQ.com’s Wil Hylton.

In the preface to the interview, Hylton claims Barr alienated virtually every Democrat by heading the Clinton impeachment team, then “spent the next five years alienating his fellow Republicans” with his attacks on the Bush Administration.

If Barr were still in the Congress, it is safe to say he would be one of the few members willing to launch a second impeachment.

Yet, says Hylton, Barr is more than a wannabe Nader:

He’s a man of opinions and ideas—even if they do seem to change quite often. It seems only fair to hear him out, especially since, as a third-party candidate, he doesn’t give a rat’s ass whom he offends.

It’s a hard-hitting interview, and Barr is up to handling the questions—on Iraq, drug legalization, the Defense of Marriage Act, and much more. Readers will find extensive discussion of Barr’s evolving from a Republican into a libertarian, and how and why he has changed his positions on a number of issues. This is not your usual pablum interview.

Libertarians file lawsuits in Ohio, Tennessee to be on ballot

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 1st, 2008

The Associated Press reports that the Libertarian Party has filed lawsuits in Tennessee and Ohio, claiming that their ballot-access laws are unconstitutionally restrictive. Barr is on the ballot in 31 states so far, either as a Libertarian or an independent.

“In the Ohio lawsuit,” according to AP, “the party hopes to overturn a state rule that requires a minor party to turn in more than 20,000 signatures 100 days before the primary. If unsuccessful in the lawsuit, party members hope to gather 5,000 signatures to get Barr on the ballot as an independent.”

Ralph Nader, humorist

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 1st, 2008

UPI.com reports on Ralph Nader’s appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” During that session, Nader had strong criticisms for Barack Obama and John McCain alike.

Then, asked what is the one thing most people don’t know about him that he would like to reveal, Nader said, “I have a great sense of humor, because in humor there is truth.”

A black perspective on Nader’s comments

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 1st, 2008

Ralph Nader gets it both ways from Deborah Mathis, on BlackAmericaWeb.com, for his comments about Barack Obama trying to “talk white.” He’s right about one thing, she says, but wrong about the big picture. Mathis is a nationally syndicated columnist, a former White House correspondent for the Gannett News Service, and the author of two books.

Where she says he’s right:

Setting aside his foolish terminology, Nader has a point. Communities of color are typically where you find payday loans at 600-percent interest, mortgage lending at confiscatory rates, asbestos and lead contamination in public housing and schools or dangerous removal methods being tested on old structures with little regard for the effect on the people in area. Indeed, these are the kinds of practices that beget or perpetuate poverty and poor health. These are the small pixels that, together, make the big picture—the economy and health care, for example.

Those issues need attention from Barack Obama, Nader’s right about that.

And where she says he’s wrong:

But his criticism presumes that Obama does not know that the big problems represent the sum of their parts. The senator’s supporters, of course, presume he is aware of the parts, cares about them and intends to take them on.

And that, in the end, may be Nader’s fatal flaw, the ruination of his legacy. Not an outsized ego, not obsolescence, not poor choices of words, but a lack of trust or faith that anyone else is capable of doing the right thing.

Another Chuck Baldwin interview

Posted by ThirdPartyWatchTV --- July 1st, 2008

Click here for another Chuck Baldwin interview, this one by Revolution Broadcasting.

Chuck Baldwin videos

Posted by ThirdPartyWatchTV --- July 1st, 2008

Click here for an interview of Chuck Baldwin, presidential candidate of the Constitution Party, by the “Ron Paul twins.” The interview comes in two parts.

Nader will be on Illinois ballot

Posted by Media Release --- July 1st, 2008

The following is a media release from the Nader/Gonzalez campaign:

June 30, 2008
www.votenader.org
www.officialnaderstore.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, [email protected]
IL Contact: Christina Tobin: 312-320-4101

THE NADER/GONZALEZ CAMPAIGN DECLARES BALLOT VICTORY IN ILLINOIS

The Nader/Gonzalez independent presidential campaign will be on the Illinois ballot in the November election. The campaign submitted more than 50,000 signatures to the Illinois Board of Elections on Monday June 23, far surpassing the required 25,000. Under Illinois law, upon submitting signatures for ballot access, other parties have 1 week to challenge those signatures. That 1-week period has now passed and no party has challenged the Nader/Gonzalez signatures.

This is good news for voters who want more choice and the opportunity to vote for an anti-war candidate in November.

Illinois marks the third state where Nader/Gonzalez will be on the ballot in 2008, but did not qualify in 2004. Arizona and Hawaii are the other two. Presently, the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign has seven teams in seven states collecting signatures for ballot access. Sunday, on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Mr. Nader announced his campaign will be on the ballot in 45 states.

In 2004 the Democratic Party and their allies initiated frivolous lawsuits aimed at keeping the Nader/Camejo ticket off the ballots in 18 states, denying voters the choice of an Independent candidacy for President and Vice President. In 2008 the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign is cautioning the Democratic Party not to misuse the court system with baseless political challenges and to honor the will of the people for more choices on the ballot.

Darrell Castle to speak July 4

Posted by TPW News Items --- July 1st, 2008

Darrell Castle, vice-presidential candidate (www.baldwin2008.com) of the Constitution Party, will speak July 4 from 5 pm to 6 pm at Camp Vigilance in Boulevard, California. Camp Vigilance is located 65 miles east of San Diego in Oak Grove, 2.5 miles from the border fence.

Events run July 3 to July 6 with camping (donation required), full hook-up, games, BBQ, and speakers on immigration. Many groups will be there—Save-Our-State California Coalition for Immigration Reform, many Minuteman groups from the state of California. See www.Secure-America-Now.com for more details or call 1-888-826-0948.

AIP holds its State Convention, endorses Chuck Baldwin and reaffirms CP affiliation

Posted by Cody Quirk --- June 30th, 2008

The AIP Flag

The American Independent Party of California, at its State Convention in Los Angeles on June 28th and 29th at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, announces its continued affiliation with the national Constitution Party and its endorsement of Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle as its Presidential and Vice-Presidential ticket in the coming November elections.

Newly elected State Chairman Jim King, and his fellow elected officers, celebrated the Baldwin/Castle ticket: “Chuck Baldwin is a fantastic candidate who stands for the greatest future for our nation and the solution of our greatest problems. Chuck Baldwin will solve the problems which Obama and McCain fear to address. He gives real straight talk and will bring real change and hope.”

More details will be upcoming…

Note: This was the official Convention of the AIP, in accordance with its bylaws.

Getting the facts straight on Ed Noonan

Posted by Cody Quirk --- June 30th, 2008

From a former AIP member…

AS USUAL, ED NOONAN HAS GOT IT ALL WRONG!

1. Ed Noonan is no longer the state Chairman of the American Independent Party. The new chairman of the California state central committee is Jim King of Los Angeles. He was elected at the State Central Committee yesterday in Los Angeles which followed the state convention, which was held Saturday at the same location.

2. Of course, we acknowledged Noonan as the State chairman (the biggest mistake our party made in its 40 year history)—he is so insecure. His name and contact info was posted on the CP contact during the period of his term. Unfortunately, the fact that he was elected chairman in September became a two year nightmare for the AIP.

3. In the fall of 2006 while Noonan was running for Governor, Jim Gilchrist, at the time an AIP member (who has always had and independent streak and has shown himself to be a bit of a loose cannon) endorsed a candidate from another party for Governor. [Not something that was Read the rest of this entry »

Libertarian Party seeks new Executive Director

Posted by TPW Announcements --- June 30th, 2008

This announcement was posted on the website of the Libertarian Party of Indiana:

LP Seeks New Executive Director

Submitted by lpin on Sat, 06/28/2008 - 22:47 | LPN

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Seasoned professional with background in non-profit management & fundraising experience, who has an understanding of Libertarian Principles wanted for Executive Director.

Job Description:

Chief Operating Officer of the Libertarian Party. Reports to the Chair, Libertarian National Committee (LNC)

Directs, coordinates and administers the activities of staff at LNC headquarters in Washington DC. Recruits, trains and develops staff of 10-12 with full and part time employees plus interns

In coordination with the Treasurer, develops and executes the annual budget (in excess of $1.7M)

Solicits major donor participation in funding Party operations

Directs the execution of effective fundraising through direct mail, web and donor development

Outreach:

Represents the Party in the DC community; acts as a spokesperson

Nurtures effective working relationships with news media, think
tanks and state Party affiliates

Compensation: as negotiated with LNC Chair; great benefits package

Please submit resume to LNC Search Committee at: [email protected]

GOP increasingly worried about Barr

Posted by TPW News Items --- June 30th, 2008

Julie Bosman in the New York Times gives extended coverage to the Barr campaign and strategy:

On the ballots in 30 states so far, Mr. Barr has the chance to be a spoiler for Mr. McCain, the presumed Republican nominee, in several states, among them Alaska, Colorado and Georgia. Mr. Barr’s campaign advisers also assert he has similar potential in other mountain states, New Hampshire, Ohio and other swing states.

She also reports:

Mr. Barr’s skeleton staff has set up temporary camp in the offices of Liberty Strategies, Mr. Barr’s public relations firm. He has a half-dozen full-time employees, but Mr. Verney said there were plans to move into a 4,600-square-foot space and expand to 28 people later this summer.