Monthly Archives: July 2008

New Jersey Presidential filing closes, Constitution Party status in question

Posted at Ballot Access News

Petitioning candidates for president who filed by the July 28 New Jersey deadline are Bob Barr, Roger Calero, Gloria La Riva, Cynthia McKinney, Brian Moore, and Ralph Nader. Also someone named Jeffrey Boss of Guttenberg, New Jersey, [read more]

Kentucky Secretary of State Reverses Stance on Whether Landham Can be on as Independent

Posted at
Ballot Access News

Unfortunately, on July 29, the Kentucky Secretary of State retracted his ruling that the Libertarian Party of Kentucky could choose to have Sonny Landham on the November ballot as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate instead of as [read more]

Republicans worried about impact of Texas Libertarians on elections

Posted at Delaware Libertarian

There are 173 Lone Star Libertarians running for office this election season.

One way you can tell that the LPT is doing well is by +/1+/

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Equally important, however, is the urgent requests of Texas Republicans that Libertarians get out of their races, as reported in the +/2+/:

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LPT Chair Dixon also emphasized a critical point, not just in Texas:

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[By the way, if you think this is just hype, pay attention to the note of peevish desperation at +/3+/, a noted conservative blog:

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Note for the Texas GOP: you don't own votes or offices in a republic, you have to earn them every time.]Here are the most competitive Libertarian candidates in Texas, according to Austin paper:Lillian Simmons, House District 52. [read more]

Libertarian and other Parties: West Virginia update

Posted by Andrew Davis on the LP National blog

It’s been more than 36 hours since my plane landed in West Virginia and I began volunteering with the Barr campaign’s ballot access drive. Though coming to the end of my second day, it’s already been an interesting experience in a state traditionally dominated by Democrats and with a history that makes its residents wary of the capitalism of mine bosses and exploitive coal companies.

The famous picture of the Korean peninsula at night is much like West Virginia and its borders with surrounding states. Be it a river or an imaginary line, businesses in other states build right up to the border, but on the West Virginia side—nothing.

Before leaving, I was talking with two former professors and told them about my upcoming trip. They noted how poorly West Virginia had developed in recent decades, citing the residents’ collective resistance to capitalism, a plethora of business regulations, and a death grip by trial lawyers looking to make West Virginia a venue for class action lawsuits.

Despite this ingrained character, the coal miner ethic has created a citizenry used to hard work and self-reliance. Their ears perk when you talk to them about a candidate who wants to cut taxes and get the government out of their lives, but petitioning here hasn’t been easy. The sparse population spread over the entire, large state means extra planning and plotting. While the main focus has been the capital city of Charleston, efforts are now being launched to begin canvassing areas around the state like Beckley, Morgantown and Huntington. Huntington and Morgantown are homes to Marshall University and West Virginia University, two of the top universities in the state.

Most of the efforts of volunteers in Charleston have been in this week’s Rib Fest, which is expected to see more than 30,000 people attend in the four days the event is hosted. With a booth stocked with signs, Bob Barr and Libertarian stickers, Libertarian Party literature and petitions, we’ve brought in signature after signature.

Though maybe not the favored candidate, the idea of more choice has had broad appeal to most who have stopped by the booth. Their friendly demeanor and extreme pessimism for the upcoming election makes them very open to putting an independent candidate on the ballot. Most who express an opinion about the upcoming election have yet to mention John McCain—either good or bad. Others refer to Obama with an air of resignation or outright contempt.

It seems few are excited about their prospects.

West Virginia is certainly ripe for the picking this year for Libertarians. If Bob gets on the ballot in West Virginia, the lack of enthusiasm for McCain in a state predicted to lean for him, combined with a general distrust of Obama, should give him solid numbers.

Thus far, the West Virginia government has been incredibly helpful in the ballot access drive, and the people very friendly. One can only hope this good fortune continues through the drive.

West Virginia MetroNews reports

As of Monday morning, supporters of Ralph Nader who is running with the Independent Party had submitted 24,377 signatures. Of those, more than 11,000 had been determined valid as of Monday.

Supporters of Chuck Baldwin who is running with the Constitution Party had submitted more than 10,000 signatures and some 6,700 had been ruled valid as of Monday.

For the Libertarian Party, Bob Barr’s supporters had, as of the start of the week, submitted more than 1,000 signatures and the validity had not yet been determined. [Sarah Bailey of the Secretary of State’s office] says she was expecting a lot more from that campaign before the end of the week.

The Green Party is already on the ballot in WV through its affiliate, the Mountain Party. [read more]

Peace and Freedom Convention this Weekend – Four Candidates, including McKinney and Nader stand-off

Via Polidoc Productions

The State Convention for Peace and Freedom Party will convene on Saturday, August 2 and 3 at the Hawthorn Suites, 321 Bercut Drive, Sacramento California. At the convention Brian Moore, Gloria La Riva, Ralph Nader, and Cynthia McKinney will be seeking the Peace and Freedom Party’s presidential nomination. A debate among the four presidential candidates will be at the same location on Friday, August 1 at 7 p.m.

All of the candidates mentioned above are already on the ballot in other states, but Cynthia McKinney is the only one already on the ballot in California, the only state where Peace and Freedom is a ballot qualified party. [read more]

Green Party to antiwar Americans: don’t waste your vote on Obama

Green Party press release.

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said today that antiwar voters will not get an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by voting for presumed Democratic nominee Barack Obama on Election Day.

Green leaders urged Americans who oppose the wars started by the Bush Administration with bipartisan support in Congress to vote instead for Green nominee Cynthia McKinney, running mate Rosa Clemente, and Green congressional candidates.

“Millions of voters plan to vote for Barack Obama in the hope that he’ll bring peace to Iraq and other nations in the region,” said Omar N. Lopez, Green candidate for the US House in Illinois (4th District) (http://www.omarlopez2008.org). “But his positions are really ‘McCain-Lite’ — he’ll continue many of the same belligerent foreign policies as the Bush-Cheney Administration that John McCain would. Mr. Obama supports a larger military in terms of both spending and personnel. We want to stop the US from being the world’s bully, and instead fund a peace dividend to deal with the economic, energy, and global warming crises.”

“We appeal to voters to take a look at the Green Party’s ‘Peace Slate’ of candidates, with Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente on the Green presidential ticket. A vote for a candidate who doesn’t represent your own ideals is a vote wasted,” said Mr. Lopez.

Green Party leaders compared the Green antiwar agenda to Barack Obama’s positions:

IRAQ

Despite the popular impression that Sen. Obama intends to end the Iraq War, he plans only to reduce troops over a 16-month period. He would maintain an ‘under the radar’ occupation to protect US interests, which is code for the US and British corporate demand for control over Iraqi oil. (No-bid contracts have already been anounced for ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, BP, and Total.) Sen. Obama promises to shift troops around the region, placing US forces in countries surrounding Iraq.

The Green Party and Green candidates support an immediate and full withdrawal of US troops and military contractors from Iraq, and control over Iraqi oil resources returned to the Iraqi people.
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AFGHANISTAN

Sen. Obama intends to expand the disastrous US war on Afghanistan, which has already left the country in ruins and continues to destabilize the region.

Greens support full US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and an internationally cooperative investigation and prosecution of those behind the 9/11 attacks.
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE

Sen. Obama has repeatedly promised unqualified and uncritical support for Israel, despite the Israeli government’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and massive abuses of human rights, including Israel’s recent violation of a pledge to the US not to construct new homes in a West Bank settlement (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/24/israelandthepalestinians.middleeast).

Greens have called for the withholding of all US assistance, especially billions of dollars in military aid, until Israel reverses its current policies and adheres to international law, human rights protections, and UN directives, including withdrawal from occupied lands and recognition of the Palestinian right of return.
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IRAN

Despite promises of diplomacy, Sen. Obama has signed on to the Bush Administration’s threat of a US or US-backed Israeli assault on Iran, even though intelligence confirms that the Iranian government is not using its nuclear power to build weapons.

Greens have warned that an attack on Iran would bring untold consequences, including a greater regional or global conflict, and that the threat itself is an incentive for Iran and other nations to seek a nuclear arsenal. Greens call for an end to such threats, for diplomacy and friendship with Iran, and for an aggressive effort towards regional and global nuclear disarmament, noting the menace posed by Israel’s and Pakistan’s possession of nuclear weapons.
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The Green Party has also urged impeachment and criminal investigation of the Bush-Cheney Administration’s numerous abuses of power in launching the Iraq invasion as well as other actions. Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership have rejected all attempts to hold the latter accountable for its crimes.

As US Representative from Georgia in 2006, Cynthia McKinney was the first member of Congress to introduce motions for impeachment.

“Many Obama supporters don’t realize that the differences between Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain on foreign policy are actually quite narrow and based on the same assumptions. Both believe that the US has a right to occupy other countries, place political demands on their leaders, and take control of their resources. But other voices are getting frozen out of the debate, including the Green nominees for the White House and Congress, whose campaigns are building America’s permanent peace party alternative,” said Carol Brouillet, Green candidate for Congress in California’s District 14 and founder of the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance (http://www.communitycurrency.org).

MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org

202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN [read more]

Alabama shuts out all non-presidential independents and smaller parties; lawsuit in the works

Posted at Ballot Access News

Alabama is almost certain to be the only state with no independent or minor party candidates on the ballot this year, for any federal or state office other than president. On July 18, an independent candidate for Governor of North [read more]