Archive for May, 2008

Phillies Reiterates Commitment to Keeping Government out of Abortion Question

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

From the Phillies 2008 campaign:

In a statement issued earlier today, Libertarian Presidential candidate George Phillies reiterated his commitment to keeping government at all levels out of the abortion question. “Government, no matter whether state, Federal, or local, has no legitimate right to interfere in your private life or your medical decisions,” he said. “You will [...]

Dr. Mary Ruwart: Tough Enough

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

More Root endorsements

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

From the Root for America campaign:

“Over the course of the last year I have had the privilege of meeting all of our Presidential candidates. Whether it has been at picnics, debates, forums, or over dinner it has been an honor to have gotten to know them. For the most part, the Libertarian Party and [...]

A proposed motion on Libertarian values

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

The following is a motion to be presented at the Libertarian National Convention:

NOTICE OF MOTION
from the Libertarian Party of Colorado

WHEREAS, the current Libertarian Party Statement of Principles fails to describe or explain libertarian philosophy as being consistent with the vision of those patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence,

WHEREAS, the current Libertarian Party Statement of [...]

ROOT Family, Home Life and Campaign Featured in Las Vegas Sun

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

From the Root for America campaign:

The Las Vegas Sun newspaper will be featuring extensive coverage of Wayne Allyn Root’s Presidential campaign, family and home life in the days preceding the Libertarian Convention. A team of Las Vegas Sun staff- including photo journalist, political reporter, and videographer, have spent extensive time at candidate Root’s home over [...]

Greens urge defeat of current Farm Bill, urge legislation to assist small local farms instead of big agribusiness

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

From the Green Party:

Green Party leaders called for national defeat of the $300 billion Farm Bill, calling it a capitulation to major agribusiness interests and a blow to small farmers.

“While the bill contains a funding for nutrition and some environmental reforms, the bill would provide huge subsidies for powerful agricultural corporations, giving them greater power [...]

Phillies responds to revelation about Barr contributions

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

UPDATE: As the headline states, this is a release from George Phillies. I just received an email from Steve Gordon that some people thought this was from me. I am not a Presidential candidate, and I am not the chair of the LP of Massachusetts, so I’m not sure how these good folks got confused. [...]

Bill Redpath on Steve Kubby Blog Talk Radio program last night

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Guests: Bill Redpath, Mary Ruwart

Hosts: Steve Kubby, Richard Cowan

Callers: I don’t have audio to check, but off the top of my head I remember Todd Andrew Barnett, Rob Latham, Rob Power, Less Antman, David Nolan and me. If you remember other callers, or listen to the show, let me know in the comments and [...]

Barr Announces at the National Press Club

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

As Tom Knapp stated yesterday, this is the first time it’s been “humanly possible” for me to provide my view of Bob Barr’s presidential announcement yesterday. As the photograph above illustrates (from right to left), Doug Bandow, Derek Barr, Bob and his wife, and Russ Verney stood together as the presidential announcement was made.

One [...]

Bob Bird to announce for U.S. Senate

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Bob Bird, who earned 34,000 votes in the 1990 Republican primary against Ted Stevens, will announce his campaign for the U.S. Senate this week.

In Kenai, at the Paradisos Restaurant downtown, 6:00 PM, Friday May 16

In Anchorage, at the Inlet Towers Compass Room, 2:00 PM, Saturday May 17

Bird is running with the Alaskan Independence Party, virtually [...]

North Virginia Patriots Interview & Endorse Christine Smith

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

From Christine Smith for President:

The NVP show with Smith is one of the most powerful interviews you can hear. Many issues were discussed, with all three hosts (Bryan Siemon, Ray Powell & Neil Kiernan ) and listeners expressing support of her candidacy on-air. If you listen to just one interview – hear this [...]

Happy Birthday to Mike Gravel

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Today is Mike Gravel’s birthday and he’s celebrating with this YouTube. He also (according to an e-mail I received from his campaign) just won a presidential straw poll in West Virginia. Here are the numbers they have provided TPW:

Below are the straw poll results from the West Virginia LP Convention, held yesterday.

Senator Mike [...]

It’s official: Barr to run for LP prez nomination

Monday, May 12th, 2008

USA Today story here.

I’m sure TPW publisher Stephen Gordon will offer more details as soon as humanly possible, either in an edit to this story or a full separate piece—this is just the “news flash!” version. Feel free to take it away in comments, though.

Baldwin Aims at Youth

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Chuck Baldwin’s campaign is, more and more, resembling Ron Paul’s. With the obvious change in rhetoric, the emphasis of non-social issues, and the championing of the non-interventionist foreign policy, Baldwin is quickly becoming a known name amongst Ron Paul supporters. Here in Louisiana, I’m getting calls daily—mostly from my fellow Ron Paul activists—wanting to know [...]

A Denver Accord for the Libertarian Party?

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Over at LRC, Less Antman has declared the Dallas Accord dead. Here’s how he describes the informal agreement among Libertarians:

At the LP Convention in Dallas, Texas in 1974, disagreement on whether police, courts, and large-scale defense ought to remain government functions or be provided on the free market threatened to derail hopes for libertarian [...]

Ruth Bennett to run for LNC chair

Monday, May 12th, 2008

From a release distributed by Ruth Bennett:

Several of you have talked to me about running for Governor of Washington State this year. A couple of you actually volunteered to help! I have been thinking about it since I ran in 2004 when I got about 63,000 votes and the difference between the winner D [...]

More Barr media

Monday, May 12th, 2008

From the LA Times:

Paul’s presidential candidacy has been correctly dismissed all along in terms of winning the nomination. He was even excluded as irrelevant by Fox News from a nationally-televised GOP debate in New Hampshire.

But what’s been largely overlooked is Paul’s candidacy as a reflection of a powerful lingering dissatisfaction with the Arizona senator among [...]

Pat Dixon back in office

Monday, May 12th, 2008

It looks like Libertarian National Committee member Pat Dixon is holding public office once again. Here’s an e-mail from his campaign:

Marcia Gully 239 votes, 42%
Pat Dixon 336 votes, 58%

Thank you to everyone who supported me. I appreciate the donations you have made to my campaign to get phone surveys, direct mail, newspaper ads, [...]

A proposal to Alabama legislators: The Truth in Labeling Act

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

I’ll be traveling for the next few days and won’t be able to write much here, so I thought I’d provide a quick parting thought. The current version of the Alabama Constitution still contains these words: “That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment [...]

Phillies calls ITAR an American subsidy against American competition

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

From Phillies 2008:

Libertarian Presidential candidate George Phillies today condemned ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) export restrictions as “a highly effective American subsidy for foreign manufacturers,” and said they should be repealed.

“ITAR makes sense if you believe that America has a monopoly on high-tech engineering and research,” Phillies said, “and if you believe that foreigners [...]

Bob Barr media wrapup

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

The AJC’s Political Insider, John Martin at Politico, CNN’s Mark Preston, Reason’s David Weigel and others report that Bob Barr will be holding a press conference on Monday. According to Martin and Preston, inside sources have confirmed that Barr will announcing a presidential race. It’s no big secret that I’m a campaign insider, but [...]

Really, Really Behind the scenes footage of Mike Gravel and Obama Girl

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Graphic by anonymous. All in fun, not a real dig at the Senator.

Behind the scenes footage of Mike Gravel and Obama Girl

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Past as prologue? Hostile takeovers and third parties

Friday, May 9th, 2008

One of the recurring themes of third party politics in America seems to be the phenomenon of the “hostile takeover.” A disgruntled major party politician, an eccentric multi-millionaire, or perhaps a group of major party factional schemers decides that rather than working within the party of their putative loyalty, or perhaps forming a new party, [...]

Phillies: Bush War Waste Endangers America

Friday, May 9th, 2008

From Phillies 2008:

Libertarian Presidential candidate George Phillies today condemned the War on Iraq as an overwhelming financial catastrophe. “We will spend three trillion dollars,” he said, “on a war without a reason. Beyond the irreparable loss, the Iraqi and American war dead, an astronomical financial loss is now being visited on the American taxpayer.

“Thanks to [...]