Archive for December, 2007

LP Sees 25 Percent Membership Increase

Monday, December 31st, 2007

The Libertarian Party is boasting a 25 percent membership increase in 2007. From their release:

While Republicans and Democrats struggled with members abandoning the party in pursuit of political alternatives, the Libertarian Party saw an increase in membership of 25 percent for the year. “The numbers show what everybody has been saying—people are not [...]

The Jewish Week surveys possibilities for strong presidential candidates outside major parties

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Ballot Access News

The Jewish Week of New York published this article on December 26, surveying the field of potential strong minor party and independent presidential candidates in 2008. The article quotes political scientist Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia.

Paul partisans see Montana opportunity

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Supporters of long-shot presidential hopeful Ron Paul say the Montana Republican Party’s quirky caucus rules could create an opening for their candidate that other states don’t offer.

Under the “closed caucus” system recently adopted by the Montana GOP, voting in the Feb. 5 caucus will be limited to about 3,000 Republicans who hold party posts, such [...]

Christine Smith Supporting Ron Paul

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

It looks like another Libertarian Party presidential hopeful, Christine Smith, has jumped on board the Ron Paul bandwagon. From Smith’s Christmas message:

But the most important thing I can do for liberty right now is to support Ron Paul.

He has done more for the cause of liberty than any other politician in our lifetime. I [...]

Cynthia McKinney and the MSM

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution just ran an interesting article about Green Party presidential hopeful Cynthia McKinney, calling her campaign a “one-in-a-trillion quest for the White House” and asking why she’s running for president.

They indicated that the McKinney campaign isn’t spending a lot of time dealing with the mainstream media:

McKinney isn’t saying why, at least not to [...]

George Phillies, God and the Constitution

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Libertarian Party presidential hopeful George Phillies hit some non-traditional libertarian media with his recent release about swearing a presidential oath of office on a copy of the Constitution, as opposed to swearing in on the Bible.

Volunteer Voters called it “a bold declaration.” The Austin-American Statesman covered the release, as did the Wall Street Journal. [...]

The WAR on Gambling

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

From a Las Vegas Sun article on the most “memorable high jinks, happenings and scandals of the past year:”

On the WAR path

TV sports prognosticator Wayne Allyn Root of Henderson entered the political arena by announcing a run for president as a Libertarian and quickly became the party’s front-running candidate. A former Republican, Root became disillusioned [...]

Ron Paul and Third Parties Again

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

According to The Swamp, Ron Paul may be putting additional thought into a third party bid if he doesn’t do as well as he hopes in early voting states. After the fact, campaign spokesperson Jesse Benton applied the same follow-up spin we’ve been hearing for some time.

If he doesn’t do well in the early [...]

I Was Wrong on Geshlider

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Chuck Geshlider, for all his dealings in Constitution Party/Libertarian circles, has a lot of good ideas, and I have to admit: I was wrong.

I was wrong to publish half the stuff I did, mainly on this website. But it was at first justified – at least in my eyes at the time – due to [...]

Christine Smith interview about Ron Paul

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

I invite you to come listen to a recent radio interview I was invited to do about libertarianism and the Ron Paul Revolution – his platform and his great supporters (and how his campaign affects the LP/third parties, and liberty in America).

The show, broadcasts on several New Hampshire radio stations (as well as on [...]

Interview with Constitution Party of New York chairman

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Congressional candidate John Wallace recently interviewed Constitution Party of New York chairman Burr Deitz on his radio show. You can listen to the interview here.

Defeating the Lesser of Two Evils: Getting a Third Party Elected in a Two Party System

Saturday, December 29th, 2007
The outsourcing of jobs to cheaper labor sources overseas is something that a vast majority of people that vote Republican or Democrat are deeply concerned about, neither party provides a solution to this dillema because any true solution would be anti-corporate, third parties have offered intriguing solutions, yet we still have Democrats and Republicans in power. We have an unpopular mistake of a war being fought in Iraq, even if Democrats pay lip service to returning to peace they still will do nothing to alleviate the problem. Hillary Clinton even cosponsored a bill that would give President Bush the authority to start another such mistake of a war with Iran. Yet, we still have Democrats and Republicans in power.

George Phillies Calls for Resignation of Entire Libertarian National Committee

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Following two votes of the Libertarian National Committee dealing with Ron Paul’s presidential race, Libertarian Party presidential candidate George Phillies has called for Libertarian National Committee heads to roll (emphasis added):

It is utterly unforgivable that the Libertarian National Libertarian party used party funds to help a Republican Presidential candidate. National Committee members who voted [...]

Probable Top GOP Fundraiser Excluded from Republican Presidential Debate?

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Chris Brunner, a personal friend who posts at LewRockwell.com, contacted me to get some Ron Paul campaign contact information a few minutes ago. It looks like he’s been on the ball since then:
From the official campaign website:
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – According to the New Hampshire State Republican Party and an Associated Press report, Republican presidential [...]

Elaine Brown Renounces Green Party Membership

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Politics1 has Elaine Brown listed as a potential Green Party presidential candidate, but I suspect Ron Gunzburger will be removing that listing as soon as he returns from vacation. From her press release (no unique URL I can find at this moment):

As of today, I am no longer a candidate for the Green Party [...]

Fringier Fringe Candidates Than Even We Cover On This Somewhat Fringe Site

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Before you guys beat up on me too much here, I’m offering this opinion piece as some self-deprecating third party humor—for the most part…

Thanks to Brian Doherty, my attention has been diverted to folks even wackier than many covered at TPW. I’ll leave it to you to come up with some exceptions to this [...]

A Presidential Science Debate in 2008?

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Science Debate 2008 is an organization calling for “a public debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their views on the issues of The Environment, Health and Medicine, and Science and Technology Policy.” From their site:

As you watched the scores of U.S. Presidential debates, did you ever wonder why there has been no [...]

Ron Paul on Evolution

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Here’s a Ron Paul answer to the Evolution/Intelligent Design/Flying Spaghetti Monster debate which could prove interesting to some visitors of this site:

Props.

The Two Faces of Hillary: Rock the Debates Update

Friday, December 28th, 2007

“I believe in free and open debate, so I will certainly consider it… ,” said Hillary Clinton on June 12, 2007 when asked if she would be willing to face independent and third party candidates in televised debates.

Now take a look at this clip where John Edwards and Hillary Clinton think the microphone has [...]

Paul touts bio in new ad in NH, Iowa

Friday, December 28th, 2007

TITLE: “Defender of Freedom.”

LENGTH: 30 seconds.

AIRING: New Hampshire and Iowa.

SCRIPT: Narrator: “He defends our freedom and his record shows it. Ron Paul. Answering our country’s call, Ron Paul became a flight surgeon in the Air Force. As a doctor, Ron Paul delivered over 4,000 babies and is a leading defender [...]

Utah Personal Choice Party is petitioning to regain ballot status

Friday, December 28th, 2007

The Utah Personal Choice Party has hired a paid petition circulator to get itself back on the Utah ballot. The party has a platform somewhat similar to the Libertarian platform, but is not associated with the state or national Libertarian Party in any way. Although its presidential candidate only polled 946 votes in 2004, the [...]

Alabama Constitution Party endorses Ron Paul for President

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

PRESS RELEASE
Date: December 27, 2007
Contact: MaryAnn Crum
[snip]

Cullman, Alabama
alconstitutionparty.net

The State Central Committee of the Alabama Constitution Party (ACP) has endorsed Republican Dr. Ron Paul for President. Dr. Paul’s campaign slogan is HOPE FOR AMERICA. We feel that Dr. Paul may be AMERICA’S LAST HOPE to return this country to it’s Constitution.

Dr. Paul is [...]

Indiana Libertarian Honored

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Former Libertarian National Committee Representative and Indiana Libertarian Party Chairman Mark Rutherford was just elected president of the Indiana Public Defender Commission. Rutherford is an attorney at Thrasher Buschmann Griffith & Voelkel, P.C. in Indianapolis and is a graduate of Wabash College and the Valparaiso University School of Law.

According to the press release posted [...]

Additional Libertarian Party Platform Modification Movements

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

In addition to the newly formed Restore ‘04 Caucus, which hopes to restore the 2004 version of the Libertarian Party platform, there are other organized groups which hope to implement significant platform changes at the upcoming Libertarian National Convention.

We’ll start with Thomas Knapp’s World’s Smallest Political Platform first, as it is the easiest to cut-and-paste: [...]

Texas Independence Party tells Secretary of State it will try to qualify

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Ballot Access News

Texas law, since 1993, has required parties that plan to petition to give advance notice no later than January 2 of the election year. The Texas Independence Party recently notified the Secretary of State that it will attempt to qualify next year.