Archive for the 'History' Category

Bob Barr: Then and Now

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

A negative ad that hits Congressman Bob Barr for his stance against the use of medical-marijuana…

And four years later, Bob Barr joins the party and addresses the national convention….

The Legacy of Republican Voter Fraud

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Christopher Hansen, Nevada IAP State Chairman

I was reading about Republican President Benjamin Harrison on The White House web site and had to laugh at how similar he is to George W. Bush. How can we blame Georgie W. when he is only being a good Republican and following in a long line of Republicans that [...]

A History of Greens as Mayors

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

The latest issue of Green Pages includes a list of the 34 Green mayors from around the United States since 1991. This includes 10 elected mayors and 24 appointed ones, usually city councilmembers who have been elevated to the position of mayor for one or two year terms. While most of them have [...]

Happy Birthday, LP!

Monday, December 11th, 2006

The Libertarian Party turns 35 years old today and the LPHQ folks appear to have put together this nice little video:

It’s a nifty little video recap of the last 35 years, including lots of cool video clips from just about all the Presidential campaigns. Although Hospers didn’t exactly “EARN” that electoral vote… but anyway. [...]

Blast from the Past: “The Lonely Footsoldier”

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Here’s an old story from LP News in December of 1998…

Any thoughts?

Remembering Harry Browne…

Monday, March 6th, 2006

With the recent death of Harry Browne, the Libertarian Party has lost a very prominent leader and spokesman. I decided to take a little bit of a look back at Browne’s two Presidential campaigns…

He was the only man to ever serve as the LP’s candidate for President more than once. In 1996, his [...]

History of the Peace & Freedom Party

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Since their ballot status is currently in jeopardy, I figured I’d post a very brief history of the Peace and Freedom Party since it’s not an entity that gets much coverage (on this site or in any media, really).

The PFP was founded in 1967 and by 1968 had begun splitting apart. In that year’s [...]

Stern for Governor Flashback

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Radio industry publication FMQB has reposted an article from the 1994 Libertarian gubernatorial campaign of shock jock Howard Stern. The piece contains several photos from that year’s state LP convention.

At the convention itself, one observer called the affair a “hostile takeover” that appalled most of the party, referring to Stern’s followers as groupies. [...]

Who Spent What?

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

I was just curious to see how much money some recent third party presidential candidates were working with. Using a quick search of the FEC’s database and taking the most recent total expenditure numbers from each report… this is a pretty good idea of how much each major candidate from 2000 and 2004 was [...]

Libertarians: Success is Good!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

As a part of our series this week on the Libertarian Party and current efforts to reform it, we present this little bit of history.

Below is a paragraph taken from the Vermont Libertarian Party’s newsletter from back in 1998. At the time, one of their state-wide candidates had come very close to capturing 5% [...]

Some Prohibition Party History…

Monday, July 11th, 2005

In digging around the Prohibition Party’s website I noticed some very interesting items on there that I thought were worth sharing.

First, the site contains an analysis of the party’s recent performance in Presidential elections with specific focus on the competition between Earl Dodge and Gene Amondson in 2004.

This article lays out exactly what was spent [...]

Aiming Lower… and Winning! (Sorta.)

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

This is just something I happened to take note of while recently browsing the America First Party’s website. In 2002, the party ran nine candidates for office in seven different states. Two were Congressional races, three were state legislative races, and four were local races. All candidates were defeated.

However, in 2004 the [...]

Debate: The 20th Century’s Most Successful Third Party?

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

Between 1900 and 2000 a great many third parties came and went. The Bull Moose Party, several versions of the Progressive Party… Wallace’s American Independent Party… The Libertarians… The Reform Party… and MANY others!

So… the big question is, which of these parties made the biggest mark on the political landscape during the last century?


Results: Libertarian Presidential Campaigns

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

This is the second is a series of comparison charts I’m working on to briefly outline how well a party’s Presidential tickets peformed over the last few decades. This time it’s the Libertarian Party.

The figures include total number of votes nationally, percent of the national vote, the number of states where the candidate finished [...]

Results: Green Party Presidential Campaigns

Friday, June 17th, 2005

I wanted to take a look at the successes and failures of various third party presidential campaigns over the past 30 years. So, I’ve complied the results for the Green Party below. Raw data was pieced together through Ballot Access News, The U.S. Election Atlas, and other sites.

The figures include total number [...]

Peroutka for President: The Movie

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

It appears that the Peroutka 2004 Presidential campaign has produced a documentary called For God, Family, & The Republic: Inside the Peroutka 2004 Presidential Campaign.

I downloaded the 15 Megabyte trailer, and it looks somewhat interesting. I saw some scenes from various campaign events and what looked like the Constitution Party convention. However, it’s [...]

Recent Gubernatorial Success

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

As we head toward a large pack of gubernatorial races next year, I thought it would be interesting to take a quick look back at the past few years.

Since 1998, a number of independent and third party candidates have made significant impacts on gubernatorial contests across the country.

Presented below is an incomplete list of some [...]