Archive for January, 2006

Maine’s Four “Other” Representatives

Monday, January 16th, 2006

This is an interesting read from MaineToday.com about the state’s one Green and three independent state representatives, the challenges they face, etc.

Rep. Richard Woodbury of Yarmouth has run—and won—twice as an independent.

Now he’s been joined by two others who have dropped their party affiliations, giving independents three votes in a House where Democrats hold a [...]

Burlington Councilman Mulls Independent Bid

Monday, January 16th, 2006

After back-to-back tight losses in the Democratic primaries, this Burlington councilman appears ready to run for mayor as an independent. Current independent Congressman Bernie Sanders got his political start as mayor of Burlington in 1981.

City Councilman Andy Montroll, who lost the Democratic nomination for Burlington mayor to Hinda Miller last week, 550-511, said Thursday [...]

New “Moderate Libertarian” Blog

Friday, January 13th, 2006

A new centrist Libertarian blog, called The Girondin, has been launched. One of the first items is an interesting overview of 25 top candidates for the LP’s 2008 Presidential nomination.

American Patriot Party Finally Dead?

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

A quick check of the American Patriot Party’s website shows that it seems to be completely broken and no information is really available at this time. Does anyone know if the party has completely folded or not?

Considering the way they treat potential new members this wouldn’t shock me one bit.

Talk About Getting an Early Start!

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

This Libertarian candidate for governor of Louisana (the election is in 2007) has been campaigning since 2003!

A Louisiana man who helped many evacuees from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Louisiana coast on Aug. 29, 2005, is running for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for governor.

T. Lee Horne is a resident [...]

Texas Poll: Strayhorn 21%, Kinky 12%

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

A new Rasmussen poll gives us a picture of the current state of the 4-way governor’s race in Texas. Not a bad start for Strayhorn who has only been in this race for about a week.

A couple of weeks ago, it seemed like Texas Governor Rick Perry might have weathered the intra-party storm. Perry [...]

Costa Rican Libertarians Running Strong

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Óscar Arias seems poised to become Costa Rica’s next President. As the candidate of the PLN party, he’s repeatedly polled around 45% during the past months. If Arias gets more than 40% of the vote in the first round, he will be declared the victor without a run-off.

Behind Arias in a solid second [...]

A bit of news from Canada…

Monday, January 9th, 2006

The big development in this month’s Canadian elections seems to be the swing toward the Conservative Party. Based on these new poll numbers it appears very likely that the Conservatives will topple the current Liberal government.

With the Conservatives polling at 37% nationally… the “left-leaning” vote is split among three major national parties… the ruling [...]

Syndicate This Site

Monday, January 9th, 2006

I’ve had a few people ask me about doing a feed for this site that could be used with some of the syndication programs out there and MyGoogle, MyYahoo!, etc.

So… I’ve added Third Party Watch to Feedburner and if you look on the right column towards the bottom you’ll find links for all of that [...]

Strange Race Down in Texas…

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Texas is really shaping up to be one of the states to watch this year for third party and independent politics.

The state features Michael Badnarik running for Congress in CD-10 and not one, but two extremely credible independents running for governor.

Now you can add Tom DeLay’s district to that list of interesting races.

DeLay will almost [...]

It’s Time to Double Up on Advertising

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

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It’s a great deal for [...]

NZ Green Leader Breaks Fire Ban

Friday, January 6th, 2006

TV One reports that New Zealand’s Green Party leader is in a little bit of trouble over a New Year’s fire.

At least the Green Party down there is important enough so that this story actually gets picked up. David Cobb could probably torch a pre-school in the US without it making the evening news.

The [...]

Supporters Sticking With “Tough Grandma”

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

The Houston Chronicle reports that most of Carole Keeton Strayhorn’s major supporters are sticking with her even after she’s decided to run as an independent instead of a Republican…

As Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn traveled the state Tuesday seeking to establish her credentials as an independent gubernatorial candidate, several of her key supporters said they will [...]

Peroutka Opposes Alito Nomination

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Former Constitution Party Presidential candidate Michael Peroutka has issued the following statement that outlines his opposition for President Bush’s appointment of Samuel Alito to the US Supreme Court.

“Regardless of what you have read, seen or heard, the record of President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito shows that he is not pro-life. He has [...]

Another Libertarian Party Chat

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

On Thursday (3:00 p.m. EST) the Libertarian Party is holding another weekly chat. This week’s topic is the party’s branding strategy and Jeremy Keil, LNC Region 5 Representative is the special guest.

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Texas LP Runs Record Number of Candidates

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

It’s easy to miss in all the talk of Strayhorn and Friedman… but the Libertarians also have a very active year planned in Texas. In fact, the party has fielded a record number of candidates.

From the Austin American-Statesman:

A record 187 candidates have filed with the Libertarian Party of Texas to run this year [...]

McClellan Supports Mom in Indpendent Bid

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

White House spokesman Scott McClellan will break with his boss on at least one issue this year… who should be the next governor of Texas.

From The Houston Chronicle:

The Texas governor’s race is just getting started and already White House loyalties are divided, with President Bush backing Gov. Rick Perry and White House spokesman Scott McClellan [...]

NY Constitution Party Opposes Alito

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

The NY State Constitution Party has issued the following press release that outlines their opposition to President Bush’s appointment of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

The Constitution Party of New York announced its opposition to the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court.

The party’s executive committee, reviewing the facts surrounding Judge [...]

Kinky and Strayhorn Wait for the Primaries

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

From ABC-7 News:

After the spring primaries, independent gubernatorial candidates Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman get to work collecting voters’ signatures.

Well, their political operatives have to, anyway.

To make it onto the Texas ballot for governor in the November general election as an independent, a candidate must gather the signatures of 45-thousand-540 registered Texas voters. None [...]

Libertarian Leadership School Now Open

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

The Libertarian Party’s new online training tool, the Libertarian Leadership School, is now open for business. For more info on this, see our interview with Shane Cory.

If you’re a potential candidate you would do well to spend at least $50 and take one of the classes. It helps the party and it [...]

Strayhorn Goes Independent!

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Wow, Texas is the big state next year. Two very strong independent candidates for governor, and the Badnarik for Congress campaign. Interesting stuff…

From the Houston Chronicle:

Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn ended speculation today by announcing she will run for governor against Gov. Rick Perry as an independent.

“It’s time to shake Austin up,” Strayhorn, who [...]

Today’s The Day in Texas!

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Looks like we could see a major announcement that might, just might, set us up for a competitive four-way race for governor of Texas. Very interesting stuff.

From The Houston Chronicle:

Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn’s campaign Friday declined to dismiss rumors that she will file Monday as an independent candidate for governor.

Strayhorn spokesman Mark Sanders [...]