Archive for November, 2006

Rapping for T. Lee Horne

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Picked this up off the LP’s national website, it’s a rap music video for 2007 Libertarian for Governor of Louisana, T. Lee Horne.

My first thoughts were negative when I hit play, assuming that it would degenerate into some cheesey mess. As I watched the whole video, it’s actually kind of interesting. I’m sure [...]

Green Party Success in 2006

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

This is a piece from the Berkeley Daily Planet that highlights all of the various success stories that the Green Party has to show for the 2006 election.

I think the author goes a bit overboard in calling this year an “unqualified success” considering the Greens lost their only state legislator and lost several winnable state [...]

Osborn Wins Warren County?

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Libertarian Senatorial candidate Steve Osborn received just under 13% of the vote statewide in a one-on-one contest against Senator Dick Lugar. However, results on the CNN website and on Dave Leip’s site both point to a 60-40% win for Osborn in Warren county. This is not Osborn’s home county and it’s not [...]

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday. We’ll be back with new updates sometime later in the weekend.

Most Successful Candidates?

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

So, who do you all think were the most successful minor party candidates this year? That can be a tricky question because there are all sorts of factors to consider.

On one hand, if a person scores an 8% showing in a 2-way race, that really can’t be considered better than someone who gets 4% [...]

Write-in Votes Continue to Trickle In

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

First off I want to apologize about the update I posted earlier on Randy Stufflebeam’s write-in totals. The original post missed the fact that the Stufflebeam campaign was including “undervotes” in the totals until such time as hard numbers became available. This probably created an extreme over-estimation of the

In my correction to [...]

Kubby’s Open Letter on Iraq

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

With the 2006 elections starting to fade from memory, it’s time to look ahead toward 2008. With that in mind, leading Libertarian Presidential candidate Steve Kubby has issued the following “open letter” that outlines his position on the situation in Iraq.

Dear fellow Libertarians,

Since I declared my candidacy for our party’s 2008 presidential nomination [...]

Stufflebeam Does Well… Maybe… Or Not?

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

The Constitution Party’s candidate for governor of Illinois posted an impressively strong showing last week… as a write-in candidate.

While the numbers are still pretty sketchy, Randy Stufflebeam appears to have captured at least 1% of the vote statewide… and potentially more than that.

See here for the campaign’s latest and best attempts at pulling together a [...]

Gubernatorial Recap…

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Here’s another handful of notable results from this year’s midterm elections, focusing on the gubernatorial races…

> Minnesota Independence Party nominee Peter Hutchinson received 6.5% of the vote in a race in which the Republican defeated the Democrat by a margin of less than 1%.

> In Texas, Kinky Friedman finished fourth statewide with about 12% of [...]

R.I.P. Doug Friedline

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Sad news today as we learn that political strategist Doug Friedline has passed away at the age of 49.

From the St. Petersburg Times…

Campaign workers at Max Linn’s office knew something was wrong Friday when Doug Friedline didn’t show up for work.

The workers found Friedline, campaign manager for Linn’s failed gubernatorial bid and a political strategist [...]

Hacker Comments on Poor Showing…

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

A quick statement from campaign manager Allen Hacker has been posted over at Michael Badnarik’s blog:

Well, there you have it… or do you?

Maybe it is what it is, and maybe it only looks that way. We’re going to take some time to carefully examine what happened, and then we’ll make a policy statement about [...]

Libertarian Commissioner Defeated

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

More bad news for third party candidates. It looks like Libertarian County Commissioner Paul Trujillo was defeated in his New Mexico re-election bid last night…

DAVID R. MEDINA (DEM) . . . . . 1,781 (47.10%)
PAUL E. TRUJILLO (LIB) . . . [...]

A few more tidbits…

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Libertarian state house candidate Hardy Machia is in a respectable fourth place with 18% of the vote in his race, with at least one precinct left to report in.

The LP’s website reports a few local wins including a seat on the Hardeeville City Council in South Carolina and a few Soil and Water Supervisors.

Oh yeah, [...]

I’m going to bed now…

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Some last minute gubernatorial numbers and then I’m off to sleep.

In Texas, Strayhorn took 18% for third place and Friedman was back in fourth at 12%.

In Alaska, Andrew Halcro is picking up 10%.

In Minnesota, Peter Hutchinson has 6% of the vote.

In Illinois, Green candidate Rich Whitney has pulled in an impressive 11% of the vote.

In [...]

Greens Lose State House Seat…

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

John Eder appears to have been narrowly defeated for re-election in Maine. As the party’s only state representative nationally, this is a huge blow.

Matthew Reading, another Green seeking a Maine state house seat has fallen short by 4 votes and this race will probably be heading to a recount.

Benjamin Meiklejohn, another promising state house [...]

Rex Bell falls far short…

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Libertarian state house candidate Rex Bell is running a distant third in his Indiana race.

No word yet on the potentially viable candidates for state house in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Rick Jore leading…

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Looks like Rick Jore is solidly in the lead to capture a state house seat up in Montana… a bright spot in this otherwise not-so-great night for minor parties.

The CP’s other hope for a state house pick-up, Ed McGarr in Utah, appears to be trailing very badly at this moment.

Some Early Results…

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

I’ve been sweating out a really tough race of my own tonight, but as it stands now things are looking pretty good. I’m leading my opponent by about 6% or 11,000 votes. He’s got a strong base and a lot of institutional support, but with more than 90% of the votes counted… I’m [...]

Badnarik, Smither Fail to Top 10%

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Bob Smither and Michael Badnarik have both failed to top 10% in their respective races.

In Maine, Merrill hits 20% and LaMarche is topping 10%. Whitney holding a solid 10% in Illinois.

No solid word yet on state house races…

Last Minute Predictions…

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Eric Eidness polls greater than 10% for Congress in Colorado. Max Linn scores a 3% showing for third place in the Florida gubernatorial contest.

Michael Badnarik and Bob Smith both finish their races with somewhere between 12% and 20% of the vote. To predict more specifically than that would just be plain guessing.

The LP [...]

Today is the BIG DAY!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Well, this is it. Today is the day we find out if Bob Smither or Michael Badnarik will be elected to Congress… and how well the Greens fare in Maine and Illinois.

Will any parties gain new state house seats?

Rick Jore, Rex Bell, Max Linn, Andrew Halcro, Pat LaMarche… (I’ll spare you the “we didn’t [...]

Loren Collins & the Fightin’ 4th

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

I had a few beers tonight with Loren Collins, write-in candidate from the Bull Moose party for Georgia’s 4th Congressional district. More correctly, I should say that I drank several ales while Loren drank water and Coke. Something about being a responsible driver. Anyway, I came away really impressed with Loren and [...]

Halloween Sign Waving…

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

I guess the Badnarik campaign did a little Halloween sign waving…

A Second Legislator for Maine Greens?

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Ballot Access News reports that Ben Meiklejohn is making great progress in his race for Maine state house…

Ben Meiklejohn, Green nominee for the Maine State House in the 120th district, is considered somewhat likely to win his race. A few weeks ago, the Republican in the race dropped out and endorsed Meiklejohn. Meiklejohn is an [...]

Scandals Open Doors for NY Candidates

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

This is a nice little item from the NY Daily News that talks about the often overlooked cabinet races in New York state… and some of the third party candidates running for those offices.

From the New York Daily News…

With scandals swirling around two major statewide races this fall, third-party candidates are gaining the attention of [...]