Archive for September, 2008

Barr loses first round in Texas

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that “Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr has lost the first clash in his strange Texas fight to keep John McCain and Barack Obama off the ballot in that state,” adding:

The news media has been tentative with this story, uncertain whether the Barr lawsuit is a legal move with profound implications — [...]

Nader, Barr, and Paul: ‘Told you so’

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Politico finds that while the major party candidates “have stepped gingerly around the financial crisis and the question of government intervention, third party candidates Bob Barr and Ralph Nader have shown no such compunction. ”

The article says Barr and Nader saw this coming:

Barr boasts that he was a few weeks ahead of the curve, pointing [...]

Nader to speak in Pittsburgh

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The following is a media release from the Nader presidential campaign:

September 21, 2008
Contact: Mike Welch, 202-471-5833, (National HQ);
Joe Alfone (504)319-9312, (Local)


On Wednesday, September 24, at 7 p.m., Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader will host a news conference in 1500 Psovar Hall, 230 Bouquet St, University of [...]

Modern Whigs open three new state chapters

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The Modern Whig Party announces that it has opened state chapters in Minnesota, North Carolina, and New Jersey in this media release:

Contact: Mike Lebowitz—National Chairman


The Modern Whig Party is pleased to announce the addition of three new state chapters. This innovative grassroots political movement now [...]

Chuck Baldwin to speak in New Jersey

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

New Jersey’s Suburban News reports on a speech scheduled for Friday by Chuck Baldwin:

The entire public is cordially invited on Sept. 26 from 7 – 10 p.m to meet Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party candidate for president (, as he travels to New Jersey to meet with voters face-to-face. This event is free to the public [...]

Sarah Palin a (small “l”) libertarian?

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Reporter-Pub blog spotlights a response from a reader who says Sarah Palin is “one of the highest ranking libertarian Republican elected officials in the US,” citing as evidence:

Libertarians have been supporting her since the 1990s. Some facts:

Sarah Palin has spoken to two Libertarian supper club meetings in Anchorage 2005/06

Sarah Palin asked for and received the [...]

Libertarian vs. Republican debate in North Carolina?

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The Raleigh Telegram reports that a debate between gubernatorial candidates will be held on UNC-TV Wednesday night, but so far only two have indicated they will participate—Libertarian candidate Mike Munger and GOP candidate Pat McCrory. The Democratic candidate, Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue, has not responded and the debate is not listed on her calendar [...]

California: AI Increases Registration, LP Has Biggest Slate

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Under California law a party is qualified to participate in primary (and thus also general) elections if 1) it achieves as many registrants as 1% of the voter turnout in the last regular gubernatorial election, or 2) had a statewide candidate win a 2% share in that election. Here are the registration numbers and selected [...]

Bob Barr on the offensive in Texas

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

The following is a message from Shane Cory, deputy campaign manager of the Barr presidential campaign:

Bob Barr rides again in Texas
September 18th, 2008 by Shane Cory

Earlier today, Bob Barr and our campaign manager, Russ Verney, stood on the steps of the Supreme Court of Texas to rally a crowd of supporters and answer questions from [...]

‘Katie, Barr the door’

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

In the Dallas Morning News Trail Blazer blog, Christy Hoppe ponders what would happen if Bob Barr is successful in keeping the two major parties off the ballot in Texas because they missed their filing deadlines:

While Barr faces a high bar at the legal bar, just think if—in particular—McCain couldn’t get on the ballot. He’s [...]

Is the FDIC in trouble? Nader vs. Congress

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Is the Federal DepositInsurance Corporation (FDIC—you know, the people who “insure” your bank account up to $100,000) in trouble? Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader was ridiculed in Congress when he brought up the subject two months ago. Now an Associated Press story shows he was justified at being concerned.

The story is told here [...]

Ralph Nader officially on Florida ballot

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Ralph Nader presidential campaign:

Contact: (National HQ) Loralynne Krobetzky, 202-471-5833,; (Florida) Mark Kamleiter, 727-822-1543,


Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader and V.P. running mate, Matt Gonzalez, were nominated by the Ecology Party of Florida and will appear on [...]

Is compromising libertarian principles necessary to spread libertarian ideas?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Is compromising libertarian principles necessary to spread libertarian ideas? Dr. Mary Ruwart, a leader of the Libertarian Party, answers that “instead of compromising libertarian principles, [libertarians] can work to craft a persuasive way to present their arguments. The Advocates for Self-Government web site is full of resources to help anyone do just that.”

Dr. Ruwart [...]

‘Ralph was right’

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

On The Nation magazine’s blog, Christopher Hayes puts in “the credit-where-credit-is-due file” all the warnings from Ralph Nader over the past decade about Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the rest of the financial mess in Washington.

Interestingly, Hayes goes on to say:

Relatedly, I’ve gotten a lot of emails from conservatives in the last few weeks berating [...]

Chuck Baldwin finds Sarah Palin’s answers ‘very troubling’

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

After the Sarah Palin interviews by ABC’s Charles Gibson were broadcast, Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin wrote that he found her answers “very troubling.”

While he is not happy with her record on immigration and her subservience to John McCain on stem cell research, what bothers him most is that “on foreign policy, especially, Palin [...]

Bob Barr: A profile

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Scott Henry provides an informative and detailed profile of Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr on the Atlanta blog Creative Loafing, where Barr was a columnist from 2003 to 2005. He begins with his bemused recollection of a recent Libertarian dinner in Georgia at which Barr spoke, ticking off some cultural differences between a [...]

Barr campaign sues to get Dems and GOP off Texas ballot

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Cox News Service reports that “Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr’s campaign filed suit Tuesday seeking to remove Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama from the ballot in Texas, alleging that the two major candidates missed the deadline for officially filing to be on the ballot.”

The report continues:

Pat Dixon, chairman of the Texas Libertarian Party, [...]

Naderites in Austin push for open debates

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Supporters of Ralph Nader in Austin, Texas, have organized to push for open presidential debates that would be open to third party candidates.

In a press release, Austin for Nader says:

In response to Ron Paul’s recent call for his followers to buck the major parties and vote for a third party candidate, Austin For Nader has [...]

Nader Seeking Payday From Constitution Day

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

At Ron Paul’s Sep. 10 press conference for “principled” third-party candidates, Ralph Nader said: As long as we’re dealing with symbols, I prefer to put next to my lapel the Constitution of the United States. The flag can take care of itself, but we have to take care of the Constitution. And on Sep. 17, [...]

IAP candidate stands up against ethics law violation

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Two men say Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong used the sheriff’s building illegally to promote a ballot question, a charge the sheriff disputes.

A complaint was filed with the Nevada Secretary of State on Friday, say John Wagner and Ron Alexander, who wrote the opposing argument for the Nov. 4 ballot question designed by Furlong and [...]

A Salute To Our U.S. Constitution

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

by Chuck Baldwin

Septermber 17

On this date in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was adopted. 39 delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies (Rhode Island did not send a representative) affixed their signatures to the greatest civil document ever conceived by men. Famous patriots such as George Washington, Roger Sherman, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, Gouverneur [...]

How are the third parties doing?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

According to Ballot Access News:

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is on the ballot, so far, in 46 states.

The Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr: 44 states.

The Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin: 37 states.

And the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney: 32.

Libertarian National Committee in a deadlock over how to address Bob Barr controversies

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Men’s News Daily reports on its NewsWax blog:

The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) was reported to be in a deadlock Sunday night over how to address the growing controversies surrounding their party’s U.S. presidential nominee, former congressman Bob Barr.

Many libertarians have spoken out against Barr since his last minute refusal to attend former Republican presidential hopeful [...]

Battleground Pennsylvania: Barr in, Baldwin out

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

It appears Bob Barr will appear on the Pennsylvania ballot, while Chuck Baldwin will not.

The Barr campaign notes that the McCain organization in Pennsylvania tried to use tactics against the Libertarian Party that John McCain called “Stalinist politics” when George W. Bush used the same tactics against McCain in New York during the 2000 campaign.

“I [...]

Nader on bank woes: ‘I predicted this’

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

In a meeting with Politico reporters and editors, Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader spoke about the Wall Street crisis in the headlines:

“I predicted this. All this I’ve written about five, 10 years ago.”

Nader blames the crisis on “pure greed, coupled with concentrated power on Wall Street and elsewhere.” And according to Nader, [...]