Archive for July, 2006

Montana Constitution Party Bolts

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Word is that the Constitution Party of Montana has disaffiliated with the national CP. They seem to be following the lead of other affiliates in New York, Ohio, and I believe Oregon that have all done the same thing.

This must be particularly stinging as the Montana party is in good shape to capture a [...]

Badnarik’s Photos from Portland

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Michael Badnarik has a few photos from the Portland convention on his official campaign blog.

Click here to check it out.

Wednesday’s Candidate: Joe Dumas

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

TODAY’S CANDIDATE OF THE DAY IS

Joe Dumas, the “taxpayer’s best friend” and Libertarian candidate for Hamilton County Commission, District 2, in Tennessee.

Though technically, Dumas is on the ballot as an independent… but he’s endorsed by both the Libertarian Party of Tennessee and the Hamilton County Libertarian Party.

Dumas is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga engineering [...]

Tuesday’s Candidate: Brian Kelly

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

TODAY’S CANDIDATE OF THE DAY IS

Brian Kelly, Libertarian for Michigan State Senate in District 12.

Kelly has a pretty nice looking campaign site, but it’s somewhat short on biographical details and issue positons at the moment. However he does lay out a solid defense against the “wasted vote” nonsense that’s often thrown at third [...]

Nude Libertarian Fundraiser Foiled

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Well, that’s an interesting spot for a fundraiser…

From Kansas.com…

Kansas Libertarians were stopped from holding a fundraiser at a nudist camp in southwest Shawnee County when sheriff’s deputies blocked people from entering.

Shawnee County deputies said they were merely enforcing a court order when they stopped people from accessing Lake Edun on Friday. Last year, Shawnee County [...]

Monday’s Candidate: John Murphy

Monday, July 10th, 2006

TODAY’S CANDIDATE OF THE DAY IS

John Murphy, an independent/fusion candidate for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 16th District.

Murphy’s campaign slogan is that he’s “the corporate-free candidate.”

Although running as an independent, Murphy claims the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Libertarian Party, the Pennsylvania Reform Party, The New American Independent Party (I’m not exactly sure what that is), and [...]

Why Do Third Parties Exist?

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Why do third parties exist? To win elections or to advocate for unpopular policies?

The New York Libertarian Party’s current nominee for Lt. Governor and past U.S. Senate candidate, Donald Silberger:

“In my opinion our purpose is not to elect people to office.”

“In my opinion, our purpose is to bring… during the course, principally of campaigns… [...]

South Carolina State Senator to Run as Indy?

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Looks like we might be able to add South Carolina to the to the growing list of gubernatorial contests featuring very credible independent candidates this year.

From TheState.com…

State Sen. Jake Knotts picked up a batch of petition forms from the State Election Commission on Thursday, the latest sign the Lexington County Republican might run for governor [...]

The LP’s New GOTV Tool…

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

The Libertarian Party is in the process of rolling out a new web-based “get out the vote” tool for this year’s elections.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check www.ballotbase.org for more info.

Thursday’s Candidate: Richard Ranzau

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

TODAY’S CANDIDATE OF THE DAY IS

Richard Ranzau, the Reform Party’s candidate for governor of Kansas.

Ranzau is a physician assistant from Wichita and a veteran of both the current war in Iraq and the original Persian Gulf War.

His primary issues of concern seem to be cracking down on illegal immigration, cutting the state’s dependence on foreign [...]

New “Boston Tea Party” Splits from LP

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Thomas Knapp of the popular Kn@ppster blog is apparently fed up with the Libertarian Party in the wake of last weekend’s convention. In response, he’s begun laying the groundwork for a new political entity that he calls the Boston Tea Party.

The new party’s website: http://www.bostontea.us

The press release…

“Cyberia” (PRWEB) July 5, 2006 – Citing the [...]

AFL-CIO Endorses John Eder

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Good news for Green Party state representative John Eder in his re-election fight, from The West End News…

In a historic move, the Maine AFL-CIO has endorsed Green Independent State Representative John Eder in his re-election bid for the District 118 State House seat representing the West End and Oakdale neighborhoods.

Eder has a 100% voting record [...]

VT Progressives Focus on State House

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

The Vermont Progressive Party has decided to skip running a full slate of candidates in this year’s statewide races.

Instead, the party will field a single candidate for Auditor of Accounts as a way to maintain major party status. In Vermont, a party must win 5% of the vote in a statewide race and the [...]

Wednesday’s Candidate: David Chastain

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

TODAY’S CANDIDATE OF THE DAY IS

David Chastain, the Libertarian candidate for Georgia State School Superintendent.

This is part of a recent story in The Florida Times-Union that details why Chastain’s campaign might just resonate with voters this year:

Chastain makes a slightly different argument. He says things are backward at the state Department of Education. Unlike local [...]

GP Challenged, CP Removed in Illinois

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Randy Stufflebeam and the Illinois Constitution Party have been removed from the ballot for filing only about 20% of the required signatures, according to Ballot Access News.

Additionaly, the Democrats are filing a nonsense challenge to the Green petitions in what seems like an attempt to tie up GP resources and try to cast some public [...]

Joe Magyer’s Convention Journal

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Since Joe Magyer did such a fantastic job reporting back what he was seeing at this year’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, I wanted to create a centralized page of links to his reports. In case you haven’t been reading along and you feel a bit lost by all of the material that’s been [...]

Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 4, Part 2)

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

The Following Report was submitted by Joe Magyer from this weekend’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Joe is covering the event for Third Party Watch and we’ll be posting his dispatches as they’re received.

DAY 4 / Part Two ————————————————————

Good Libertarian that I am, Sully invited me to attend the Torch [...]

Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 4, Part 1)

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

The Following Report was submitted by Joe Magyer from this weekend’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Joe is covering the event for Third Party Watch and we’ll be posting his dispatches as they’re received.

DAY 4 / Part One ————————————————————

After the convention was winding down, I was riding a complete emotional [...]

Portland: The Aftermath

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Ok, so the LP now has new leadership and a new slimmed down platform. But there is still a pledge… and now dues. Kind of.

This is just an open topic for debating the results of this weekend’s convention. If you happened to miss any of the action, check out Joe Magyer’s Convention [...]

Lieberman Gathering Sigs for Indy Bid

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

It looks like Senator Joe Lieberman will begin collecting petition signatures to put himself on the ballot as an independent in case he loses his party’s primary next month. Either way, Lieberman says that he will remain a Democrat if elected.

From Reuters…

Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 who ran [...]

Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 3, Part 5)

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

The Following Report was submitted by Joe Magyer from this weekend’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Joe is covering the event for Third Party Watch and we’ll be posting his dispatches as they’re received.

DAY 3 / Part Five ————————————————————

We’re still furiously calculating the results from the At-Large and Vice-Chair races. [...]

Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 3, Part 4)

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

The Following Report was submitted by Joe Magyer from this weekend’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Joe is covering the event for Third Party Watch and we’ll be posting his dispatches as they’re received.

DAY 3 / Part Four ————————————————————

The nominations for the LNC seats have just begun, while at the [...]

Joe Reports from Portland (Day 3, Part 3)

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

The Following Report was submitted by Joe Magyer from this weekend’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Joe is covering the event for Third Party Watch and we’ll be posting his dispatches as they’re received.

DAY 3 / Part Three ————————————————————

There were 2 primary speakers during lunch. The first was a [...]

Joe Reports from Portland (Day 3, Part 2)

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

The Following Report was submitted by Joe Magyer from this weekend’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Joe is covering the event for Third Party Watch and we’ll be posting his dispatches as they’re received.

DAY 3 / Part Two ————————————————————

There is now discussion by the delegation over removing the “cult of [...]

Joe Reports from Portland (Day 3, Part 1)

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

The Following Report was submitted by Joe Magyer from this weekend’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Joe is covering the event for Third Party Watch and we’ll be posting his dispatches as they’re received.

DAY 3 / Part One ————————————————————

The morning opened up again with a harsh ring from the automated [...]