Archive for November, 2007

Illinois Green Party “Spreads Wings”

Monday, November 19th, 2007

This is a nice write-up on the success of the Illinois Green Party by Adam Jadhay of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch…

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the Illinois Green Party: four candidates for president of the United States, nine for the U.S. House of Representatives, six for the state House, 12 for county posts [...]

Ohio LP asks Ohio legislators to support ballot access reform

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Ballot Access News

The Ohio Libertarian Party media director is about to mail a letter to all 132 state legislators, asking each one to help reform Ohio’s ballot access laws. The letter points out that the Ohio procedure to get a new party on the ballot was declared unconstitutional in September 2006, and that no one [...]

Second independent elected to Louisiana Legislature

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Ballot Access News

On Saturday, November 17, Louisiana held run-off elections for all state offices in which no one had polled 50% in the first round in October. In State House district 55, independent Jerome “Dee” Richard defeated his Democratic opponent, Michael Matherne, by 58.6% to 41.4%. The 55th district is in Lafourche Parish.

Louisiana now has [...]

Lou Dobbs denies plans on running for President

Monday, November 19th, 2007

From politics1.com-

TV show host Lou Dobbs of CNN quickly shot down rumors he was looking at making an independent run for President next year.
“I have no interest in running, and I’ve said that throughout,” he told the New York Times.

Pollina Enters Vermont Gubernatorial Race

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Vermont Progressive Party activist Anthony Pollina has decided that he will mount another bid for Governor in 2008.

Back in 2000, Pollina was the party’s nominee and captured just under 10% of the vote. In 2002 he ran for Lt. Governor and won about 25% of the vote.

Read the full story about his announcement…

Anthony Pollina [...]

Lou Dobbs Pondering Presidential Run

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

In his latest commentary for CNN, Lou Dobbs writes:

One year from now, we will have elected a new president. As eager as I am for that reality, I can’t imagine any one of the current candidates for their party’s nomination being chosen by the American people to lead this nation for the next four years. [...]

Constitution Party member Elected in Utah!

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

I have recently learned that the Utah Constitution Party has elected their first candidate ever in that state. Matthew Wayne Curry was elected to the Lewiston Town Council race in Cache County. While he came in second place, there were several seats open in the race, so the candidates that got the top amount of [...]

Liberty Decides ‘08

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The Libertarian Party just launched their new program to promote their presidential candidates, entitled Liberty Decides ‘08. Full details of the program are on this .pdf, and a briefer site description provides:

Liberty Decides ‘08 is a new program that will test the skills of our pre-nomination presidential hopefuls and report them regularly to our [...]

Rumor: Bob Barr Pondering Presidential Run

Friday, November 16th, 2007

I received a message last night from what I consider to be an extremely reliable source.

Though I don’t have any concrete details as of yet, the rumor is that former Congressman Bob Barr is now openly considering a Presidential bid on the Libertarian ticket. That’s all the information that I have, but as [...]

Unity08 will start heavy petitioning in January

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Ballot Access News

Unity08’s new web page has a clear, detailed outline of its ballot access goals in each state. The organization is currently petitioning, or doing other qualification work, in Maryland, Delaware, Mississippi and South Carolina. In December 2007 petitioning will start in Colorado and Utah. In January 2008, petitioning will start in Arizona, Arkansas, [...]

Federal Judge in Florida denies new trial in intra-Reform Party dispute

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Ballot Access News

On November 12, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle (of Tallahassee, Florida) denied a request for a new trial, in Reform Party v O’Hara. Back in August 2007, a jury had found that the most recent Reform Party national convention was invalid. That had the effect of reinstating Rodney Martin of Arizona as [...]

Former LNC Member Convicted of Murder

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Former Libertarian National Committeeman convicted of murdering his wife

Steve Fielder has been convicted of murder in West Virginia. Fielder was found guilty of brutally murdering his wife Debra Ann Fielder. He cut her up in pieces and stuffed her into 3 large bags of luggage that he bought at Wal-Mart. Afterwards he [...]

TX: Libertarian Councilman in Dallas Area

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Not sure if this was the same Libertarian the Texas party was hinting about, but a campaign strategist that helped Duncanville City Councilman Paul Ford get elected in May told me that Ford is a Libertarian.

Duncanville is south of Dallas and one of the most populous suburbs. Ford represents District 3. He knocked off the [...]

Debbie Hopper at the Philly rally

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

On November 1oth, Debbie Hopper spoke at the Ron Paul Liberty Rally in Philadelphia. Apparently she is Ron’s assistant campaign manager. I know at one time she was the national secretary of the Constitution Party, but I am not sure if she still holds that position.

Jore Proposes Initiative to Outlaw Abortion

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

The Constitution Party’s lone State Representative Rick Jore is proposing a ballot initiative in Montana to define an unborn baby as a person. As a result of that, should it pass, abortions would have to be outlawed as murder in the state. However you feel about this particular issue, it is a great [...]

Iowans Can Register with Third Parties

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Just in time for the 2008 elections, the State of Iowa will be allowing minor party voter registration. Previously, all Iowans had to register as a Republican or Democrat… or a member of no party.

From the Des Moines Register…

Iowans will have the opportunity, beginning in January, to officially register as members of the Green [...]

Weren’t We Promised a Final Report?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

I hate to rehash old news, but I was just thinking that we haven’t received disgraced campaign manager Allen Hacker’s final report in last year’s Badnarik for Congress race (CD-10 in Texas).

TX: Reflections on Bob Smither’s CD-22 Race

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

I work for the state’s largest yard sign printer, Michael Franks. He’s a Ron Paul Republican (he’s actually printing more 4×8s, 2×4s, etc. than any other print shop) and he personally put up the “Republicans For Smither” 4×8 yard signs last year in the chaotic CD-22* race south of Houston. Democrat Nick Lampson later won [...]

Libertarians Tipped Several Fort Wayne Races

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Libertarian candidates for city council in Fort Wayne, Indiana, are being credited/blamed for helping to defeat at least two incumbents. The Republicans feel that the Libertarians spoiled these races by drawing off traditionally GOP voters.

From Frost Illustrated…

Perhaps the number of candidate choices and the ideological differences candidates offered voters might be this year’s [...]

Greens Elected 16 Last Tuesday

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

The Green Party has released its final tally of Green victories from Election Day, November 6, 2007.

It appears that 16 Green candidates, out of 94 who ran on November 6, won their races for local office (pending confirmation of David Lussier’s county legislature victory in New York). A total of 142 Greens ran for public [...]

Ron Paul Rally Draws 5,000 on Saturday

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

This weekend’s Ron Paul rally with 5,000 supporters was quite an impressive accomplishment. They should aim to turn out that many people in Iowa or South Carolina next time, as that would really make the media stand-up and take notice.

Ron Paul is on a roll. After a record-breaking online fundraising week, the libertarian Republican [...]

Majority continues to believe 3rd Major Party is desirable

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Ballot Access News

On November 7, Angus Reid Global Monitor released another poll (taken by Princeton Research) asking U.S. citizens if they desire a third major political party. As before, a majority said “yes.” The latest poll showed 54% responding affirmatively. The same question had been asked in June 2007 (57% had said Yes) and in [...]

Phil Smart Found

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Phil Smart, the quixotic Libertarian from Ellis County, Texas who has been arrested twice in his two campaigns, had not been heard from since mid-October. He was found at his home, where, upon being asked his whereabouts, replied that more court dates and legal troubles have kept him “busy.”

Smart is waging another campaign, this time [...]

Libertarian Lawyers File Taser Lawsuit

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

[Ellis County, Texas]

Ellis County’s two Libertarian lawyers have filed a lawsuit against the City of Waxahachie and Waxahachie Police Department, as well as two individual officers, for the Taser incident of an elderly man in August.

Rodney Pat Ramsey, a former county chair for the Libertarian Party in Ellis County running for county attorney in the [...]

Cynthia McKinney Seeks Matching Funds

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

On what seems to be her campaign website, RunCynthiaRun.org, an announcement has been posted that the McKinney campaign will be going after primary matching funds…

Money is the Mother’s Milk of Politics. Money is necessary to buy the yard signs and handbills, pay the airfare necessary for Cynthia’s travels, meets the payroll necessary to staff her [...]