Archive for April, 2007

My Introduction

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Greetings. I’m Anthony Distler, the newest contributor to ThirdPartyWatch.com. I’m new to some of the codings they use here at TPW, but I’ll eventually get the hang of it. I’m a member of the Pennsylvania Reform Party. I fall to the left on some issues and to the right on others. I’m going to be [...]

New Maryland Constitution Party springs up

Monday, April 30th, 2007

There is a new contact in Maryland. John Wagner has agreed to reorganize and promote the CP in his state. The previous Maryland Constitution Party disaffiliated from the national.
Except for Oregon and Montana, just about all of the former state parties of the national Constitution Party that left the CP have been reorganized and becoming [...]

Ron Paul & 9/11

Monday, April 30th, 2007

From the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas Yahoo! group comes this item:

There is a lot of concern expressed by the more politically realistic supporters of Ron Paul on MySpace that the 9/11 Truth Conspirators are political cannon fodder for the enemies of Ron Paul. Being branded a wacko is the kiss of death politically. [...]

No Solution to Rick Jore Recount $$ Problem

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Ballot Access News

The Montana legislature adjourned for the year without passing any bill to reform who pays, when a recount is held. In 2004, the official election returns showed that Constitution Party nominee Rick Jore had tied with the Democratic nominee for a seat in the State House of Representatives. Under Montana law, a tie [...]

New Paltz Election on Tuesday

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Green Party mayor Jason West is up for re-election tomorrow in the village of New Paltz, NY. Mayor West is facing some tough competition from Village Trustee Terry Dungan.

The following are a series of videos put up by both candidates that offer a look into this interesting election. First up is Mayor West’s [...]

A Few Announcements…

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Hey everyone, I’ve got a couple of exciting announcements to make regarding Third Party Watch.

First off, I’ve decided that this site is now probably large and active enough to go ahead and drop the banner and pop-up ads. Instead I want to seek out a handful of direct sponsors who will pay between $25 [...]

Chuck Geshlider

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Nothing invokes discussions about clean elections quite like Chuck Geshlider. Many Libertarians and more recently, Constitution Party activists from Nevada to Texas, know this New York-accented firecracker.

However, his blunt and abrasive style cost him quite a few allies in the Free Town Project in Grafton, New Hampshire several years ago.

He most recently served as my [...]

Montana Green Party To Field Candidates

Friday, April 27th, 2007

The Montana Green Party plans to field candidates for the 2008 elections, after not having a place on a Montana ballot since 2004.

Returning candidates to the ballot in Montana was the main decision that emerged from the party’s state meeting Saturday in Bozeman. The meeting was the Montana group’s first since receiving accreditation from the [...]

Rick Jore Asks Montana Governor to Veto SB 270

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Ballot Access News

On April 27, the last day of the Montana legislative session, Rep. Rick Jore saw Governor Brian Schweitzer for a few minutes to ask him to veto SB 270, the bill that moves the petition deadline for independent candidates (for office other than president) from June to March. Governor Schweitzer said he would [...]

American Pro-Life Parties Alliance

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Various Christian political activists have been seeking new direction for their efforts, after having seceded from the Constitution Party National, because of their recent change of policy wherein they allow for abortion in cases of rape, incest, concerns for the life or health of the mother, and fetal deformity. In the Northwest, the Constitution Party [...]

LP draft movement for Dallas County Sheriff in 2008

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Libertarian Rose Mercer finished with an impressive 28% of the vote in a two-way race last fall in a Justice of the Peace election against a longtime GOP incumbent. There’s a movement to draft her into the 2008 race for Dallas County Sheriff, which will feature the incumbent, Lupe Valdez, a Democrat, and Lowell Cannaday, [...]

Badnarik’s New Venture

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

2004 Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik – who most recently ran for U.S. Congress in Texas’ 10th District, receiving 4% of the vote after spending $400,000 – is now hosting a radio show, according to the latest from ConstitutionPreservation.org and We The People Radio Network.

Still no word where Badnarik’s campaign manager, Allen Hacker, ran off [...]

Constitution Party of Texas Conference

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

View online at http://cptexas.org/list/view_newsletter.asp?ID=87

Dear Member:

Do You Stand For?

* Restoring the United States to “One Nation Under God” * Returning to Constitutional, Limited Government * Protecting the Inalienable Right to Life of All, including the Unborn and Infirm * Protecting the Individual Right [...]

Yet Another “Candidate” Reality Show

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Apparently MySpace and Mark Burnett want to launch some sort of American Idol type show to pick an “independent Presidential candidate.” This sounds kind of stupid to me. Like some sort of a pop culture, nonsense version of Unity ‘08 I guess.

I also share Richard Winger’s suspicion that Wayne Allen Root is [...]

Newest TPW Contributor

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Reporting from Texas on the news of the third parties there will be Joey Dauben, himself a former newspaper reporter and current city council candidate south of Dallas. His main duties will be to report on the Libertarians, Constitution Partyers, the Greens and independents in the Lone Star State. “I read ThirdPartyWatch.com religiously, have always [...]

Boise Part 2: Both ‘Big Box’ Parties Condemned

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Besides some good speeches given by Chuck Baldwin, Stephen Pratt, Don Grundmann, William Grigg, and Howard Phillips- including a very good speech by Minuteman Corps founder Chris Simcox, who had to stop at least 22 times from the loud applause. The Constitution Party passed 3 resolutions dealing with the Virginia Tech massacure, the Real ID [...]

Jury Will Help Adjudicate Internal Reform Party Fight

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Ballot Access News

On April 23, a U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, Florida, decided that a jury trial will be held starting June 18, 2007, to help determine who are the legitimate national officers of the Reform Party. The case is Reform Party USA v O’Hara, 4:05cv426. The lawsuit was filed in 2005 by Charles Foster, [...]

Alternative Parties in New York Support Ballot Access Reform Legislation

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

ALBANY, NY—Today, America First Party of New York Chairman Bradley Maurer, Constitution Party of New York Chairman Burr Deitz, Green Party of New York Chairman Peter LaVenia, and Libertarian Party of New York Chairman Richard Cooper issued a statement in support of ballot access reform legislation currently bottled up in committee. Senate Bill 29 [...]

California Convention Features Candidates

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

The California Libertarian Party’s state convention was held over the weekend. Five potential Presidential nominees addressed the crowd.

Richard Winger of Ballot Access News writes the following on his blog…

The California Libertarian Party held its annual state convention in San Ramon, California, April 20-22. On Saturday evening, five candidates seeking the party’s presidential nomination addressed [...]

A Big Libertarian Win in Georgia…

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Recently a Libertarian named Karen Richardson was elected to the nonpartisan city council of Johns Creek, Georgia. With more than 60,000 residents, it’s the state’s 10th largest city and a major suburb of Atlanta.

Joe Magyer writes about this important win, and why it’s such an important lesson, in the following article published at [...]

Nader to Stump for Mayor West

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Consumer advocate and three-time Presidential candidate Ralph Nader is heading to New Paltz today to campaign for Green Party mayor Jason West in his bid for re-election.

The press release follows…

Public Advocate Ralph Nader is coming to the Hudson Valley to publicly support Mayor Jason West on Monday, April 23rd.

“Since his election four years ago, Jason [...]

CP National Committee Meeting In Boise Report: Part 1

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

While I was not able to attend the Constitution Party’s National Committee meeting in Boise, Idaho- Louisiana CP State Chairman and Third Party Watch blogger, Trent Hill is currently there and reported that the unofficial CP affiliate in Indiana, and the reorganized Constitution Parties in Arkansas, New York, and Ohio have all been officially [...]

Wisconsin CP Overwhelmingly Rejects Disaffiliation

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

The Constitution Party of Wisconsin had their annual State Convention on the 14th, last Saturday. The vote on disaffiliation from the national Constitution Party supposedly was taken prior to the election of new state officers. The vote was 46 against with only 3 in favor of disaffiliation, which then CPOW Chairman Randy Hamby, afterwards ruled [...]

Rep. Paul Overshadows LP Fundraising

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

The recent financial disclosures released by Presidential candidates got quite a bit of media attention. Romey, Clinton, Obama, and Giuliani all out in front raising tens of millions of dollars.

However, if you dig a little deeper there were some unreported on reports that came out as well. We got a look at how [...]

Abolition of Electoral College under way

Monday, April 16th, 2007

World Net Daily

A movement is sweeping the nation that could eliminate the Electoral College in national elections, and with it much of this country’s republican form of government, instead giving unstoppable control over the White House to any coalition the major population centers would choose to create.

Maryland’s state legislature already has given approval to a [...]