Daily Archives: July 13, 2008

McKinney’s acceptance speech

The Power to the People Campaign sent supporters a copy of her acceptance speech to the Green Party of the United States nominating convention, delivered yesterday. For the text, hit the headline…

Cynthia McKinney
Acceptance Remarks
Green Party Convention
Chicago, Illinois
July 12, 2008

Let me introduce to you my family and your Power to the People Committee!… Read more ...

McKinney still in the hunt for matching funds

In a message to supporters today, Cynthia McKinney explained that while she has secured the Green Party nomination, she is still in the running for the Peace and Freedom Party nomination in California. As the nominee of the Green Party she is assured of that ballot line in November, but her seeking the P&FP nomination means she has two more weeks to bring in a minimum of $5000 each in 20 states in donations of $250 or less to qualify for primary matching funds.… Read more ...

Green Party obituary

Drew Pritt writes that The time of death for the Green Party was just before 2:00 p.m. on July 12, 2008.

He bases this obit on the nomination of Cynthia McKinney as the party’s nominee. He places an photo of McKinney in an animated moment, next to the flag of the “Green Nazi Party” and explains why she is, in his estimation, an anti-Semite, has wasted taxpayer dollars by asking that the FBI files on Tupac Shakur’s murder be open to the public, and has “thrown staff under a bus”, including a link to a story at MSNBC which says that McKinney called a member of her staff a fool.… Read more ...

Historical pockets of support for third party and independent candidates

It’s interesting to look back through past election results and see how some third party candidates for President have done really well in small pockets of the country. Either because their message resonated or because they had personal ties to a particular state or county. Whatever the case, it seems that under the right circumstances a large percentage of people in a small area can be convinced to embrace a minor party or independent candidate.… Read more ...

Barr fundraiser at Root’s ‘ostentatious’ mansion draws crowd of 25

The “25 or so” people who showed up for Bob Barr‘s Las Vegas fundraising event — hosted by Wayne Root at Root’s “ostentatious” mansion — were described by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as “mostly Libertarian Party stalwarts, including many who are running for office locally, and friends of Root, including his physician, Dr.… Read more ...

Jesse Ventura speaks out on two-party system, Libertarians, Ron Paul, on Al Jazeera interview

Potential Minnesota Independence Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Jesse Ventura, was interviewed by Al Jazeera on April 9.

In the interview, he says of the two major parties: “They’ve turned the whole business of elections into panhandling and bribery,” and “These two parties now have America $9 trillion in debt.” Ventura says people who work their entire lives to leave something for their children are actually just leaving an inheritance that will be seized by government to service the national debt.… Read more ...

BTP defector, Alden Link on Colo. ballot as nominees of Objectivist Party

Dr. Tom Stevens, the former vice-chair of the Boston Tea Party who abused his position of power to unilaterally delete a motion put forward by Tom Knapp, is on the ballot in Colorado as the presidential nominee of the Objectivist Party. Alden Link — who as a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination received as many votes as the equally libertarian Robert Milnes (zero) — is the party’s candidate for vice president.… Read more ...

New Hampshire could have two Libertarian presidential choices

New Hampshire’s Nashua Telegraph has a story this morning about how there may be two Libertarian options — Bob Barr and George Phillies — on the state’s presidential ballot. The newspaper notes Barr’s 10% poll showing in the state, and says that “with Phillies already earning the state party’s support, some libertarians fret that Barr might not gain enough signatures needed to even make the ballot, and if he does, the double Libertarian offering might lead voters to ignore them both.”

New Hampshire LP Chair Brendan Kelly “said Barr has supporters pounding the pavement and should acquire the necessary signatures by the Aug.… Read more ...

Boston Tea Party’s Charles Jay slams Bob Barr over Jesse Helms press release

“Recently, ultra-right wing moral conservative presidential candidate Bob Barr wrote a statement in effusive praise of ultra-right wing moral conservative racist former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms,” says Boston Tea Party presidential candidate Charles Jay at his campaign Web site. Jay then goes on to compare statements made by Barr and Helms in what he called “Dueling Dixiecrats.”

This isn’t the first time Jay has attacked Barr.… Read more ...