Daily Archives: May 23, 2008

Bob Barr skips debate

At this very moment, an “unofficial” debate is taking place at the Denver convention. Every candidate — except Bob Barr — is participating. The venue is packed with the staffs and supporters of all the other candidates, but Barr and his staff are conspicuously absent. Sources tell me that Barr admitted to one of his well-known staffers that he chose to enter the race after the state conventions for the purpose of avoiding debates.… Read more ...

More photos from the LP Convention

G.E. had the chance to snap a few photos today and he passed them along to me to share with the readers of IPR. It’s nice to get a look at one of the other candidates, besides Bob Barr.

We start with Paulie Cannoli with Presidential candidate Mary Ruwart

Looks like Paulie got his press pass after all…

The professional wrestler Kane, a Lifetime member of the Libertarian Party…

Here is Mary Ruwart with Anthony Gregory of LewRockwell.com

And no convention would be complete without Starchild.… Read more ...

Lee Wrights to run for LNC at-large

Lee Wrights, campaign manager for Mary Ruwart, has announced his candidacy for LNC at-large representative. Earlier today, Mr. Wrights fell short by two votes in his LNC regional representative bid, losing to Bob Barr and Stewart Flood.

Lee Wrights served as vice chairman to the national Libertarian Party from 2004-2006.… Read more ...

Róger Calero meets with workers in SF Bay area

Róger Calero, the presidential candidate of the Socialist Workers Party, met earlier this month with construction workers suing the Apartment Investment Management Company over allegations of racist workplace policies. In the current issue of the SWP newsletter The Militant:

“Your fight is setting an example, inspiring other workers who are hearing about it,” Calero told a group of carpenters gathered for a meeting May 12.

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Nader’s call for Bush resignation to be broadcast on C-SPAN tonight

Independent/Independent Party candidate Ralph Nader appeared outside the White House earlier today to call for the resignation of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. According to ABC news’s Political Radar blog:

Nader said the President has, “dishonored the White House and brought a pattern of waste.”

“A wasteful defense is a weak defense and a weak defense, inspires waste,” Nader said.

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Barr defeats Lee Wrights for LNC

I just heard from someone that Bob Barr defeated Lee Wrights, of the Mary Ruwart campaign, for a seat on the Libertarian National Committee. The margin of victory was pretty close, apparently Barr won by only two votes.

There’s also talk of some friction within the core members of the Barr-Viguerie group, although it’s totally unconfirmed at this point.… Read more ...

Debate preview to air tonight on C-SPAN

At 8pm tonight it looks like C-SPAN is planning to air something of a preview of the Libertarian Party’s Saturday debate. This is the programming blurb from their website…

David Weigel, Associate Editor for Reason Magazine, discusses the upcoming debate between the Libertarian Party’s presidential contenders. Weigel worked on USA Today and Campaign & Elections before writing about politics for Reason.

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Rumor: The LP may rehire Shane Cory

I just heard an interesting rumor from a friend who is attending the LP convention in Denver. Apparently he reports that there is talk of the LP rehiring Shane Cory. I’ve already heard from a number of people, include Shane himself, that Stephen Gordon will remain on as the Editor of Third Party Watch.… Read more ...

Marcus Epstein on Barr and Baldwin

Marcus Epstein is the founder of the Robert Taft Club, the Executive Director of Pat Buchanan’s The American Cause and the Team America PAC. His most recent article at VDARE, an immigration reform website, speculates on the immigration records of Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin, and finally concludes:

I would be lying if I said that picking back up the standard of patriotic immigration reform would help Barr win the Libertarian Party nomination—anymore than it would it help him become president of La Raza.

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