Daily Archives: September 1, 2008

Stop me if you heard this one before

Posted by Andrew Davis at LP Blog

Speaking at Stu Bykofsky’s annual “Candidates’ Comedy Night,” Barr brought down the house with a comedy routine riddled with local jabs, self-deprecation and even a few swipes at his opponents McCain and Obama.

“There are actually folks out there that think I don’t like John McCain,” jokes Barr. “That’s also untrue. I really appreciate him being in this race. Next to him, they think I’m the young guy.”

Barr’s routine lasted just under six minutes at the club, and according to host Stu Bykofsky, “he killed.”

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MSM, Daily KOS smear Palin for links to Alaska Independence Party

Republican VP hopeful Sarah Palin’s ties to third parties have been covered here and here. But the mainstream media — as well as the left-wing blogosphere — do not view Ms. Palin’s connections to the Alaska Independence Party quite as favorably.

Thanks to Eric Dondero of the Libertarian Republican blog for the [read more]

Nader penetrates Idaho ballot access barriers for first time

Ballot Access News reports:

Ralph Nader’s success in getting on the Idaho ballot is noteworthy, because this had been one state in which he had never before been on the ballot. There are now only 4 states in which Nader has never been on the ballot: Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana, and Oklahoma.

In the past, and also this year, he will receive write-ins in Georgia, Indiana and North Carolina. Also he got write-ins in Idaho in the past. But Oklahoma prohibits write-in votes, so Oklahoma continues to be the only state in which Nader has never received any votes at all.

The lawsuit filed against Oklahoma this year by Bob Barr, to overturn the ballot access requirements, was filed on July 17. There is still no hearing date. Barr’s attorney, Jim Linger, will make a supreme effort in the next few days to get a hearing date established.

According to BAN’s chart, the Nader campaign is currently on the ballot in 33 states, finished in an additional 9 states plus DC, and still collecting signatures in Kentucky, Vermont and Minnesota.

Barr is on the ballot in 41 [read more]

Barr campaign/supporters working to knock other parties off the ballot?

In a telephone conversation, Boston Tea Party Presidential candidate Charles Jay told me that individual(s) associated with the Barr campaign and/or known Barr supporters are working to remove the Objectivist and Boston Tea parties from state ballots by challenging [read more]

Gloria LaRiva (PSL) is in New Orleans as Hurricane Gustav bears down

From the PSL website, by way of Ballot Access News. Malik Rahim, who is mentioned in the article, is a Green Party candidate for Congress.

Socialist Party candidate Brian Moore also told me that the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office will not allow late filings on account of the [read more]

Greens compare McKinney/Clemente and Obama/Biden on US war policies, impeachment, environment, and energy

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
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For Immediate Release:
Monday, September 1, 2008

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, +/1+/

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, +/2+/

Greens promote ‘Peace Slate’ and call Obama/Biden the ‘faux antiwar’ ticket, citing Obama’s record and warhawk positions on military funding, US troops in Afghanistan, threats against Iran; McKinney speaks out on Dems’ complicity in Bush-Cheney hijacking of the US

Video: Cindy Sheehan endorses Cynthia McKinney for President
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Video: Cynthia McKinney discusses major issues
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Ms. McKinney on the Democratic Party:
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WASHINGTON, DC — Calling the Obama/Biden ticket the “faux antiwar” candidates, Green Party leaders urged national support and votes for the Green Party nominees, Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente, and for the party’s ‘Peace Slate’ of candidates for Congress and other offices.

Greens challenged the belief among many pro-Obama voters that his candidacy opposed the warhawk actions of the Bush-Cheney White House, and noted that the Democrat-led Congress elected in 2006 — including Sen. Obama — endorsed most of the Bush Administration’s legislative agenda.

Green leaders also noted that the Democratic leadership, including Sen. Obama, failed to hold the President and Vice President accountable for a host of crimes and abuses of power and rejected motions for impeachment. In 2006, Cynthia McKinney, as Georgia Representative to the US House, introduced the first impeachment motion. (See below for a comparison of McKinney/Clemente and Obama/Biden on military and foreign policy, energy and the environment, and impeachment.)

In a sharply worded speech delivered in Denver on August 24, Ms. McKinney discussed the complicity of the Democratic Party in the Bush Administration’s ‘hijacking’ of America:

“When it came to the Constitution, the Democratic leadership showed us that aiding and abetting illegal spying on us was more important to them than protecting our civil liberties…. The Democratic Party’s national leadership gave us the Iran Naval Blockade bill, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, and telecom immunity. They continue to fund war and occupation to the tune of $720 million a day while our children graduate from college tens — or even hundreds — of thousands of dollars in debt. Entire cities are going into receivership while the Democratic leadership in Congress gives the Pentagon one half trillion dollars annually with no accountability, no strings attached. That’s over and above spending for war.”

Ms. McKinney noted that “[t]he Democratic Party’s national leadership didn’t even mention Hurricanes Katrina and Rita survivors in their Congressional agenda for the first 100 days.”
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Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente
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Video: Cynthia McKinney speaks on economics and war spending +/10+/
Rep. McKinney grills Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld on the FY 2006 defense budget (May 2005) +/11+/

Barack Obama and Joseph Biden

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Foreign and Military Policy

Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente
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Barack Obama and Joseph Biden
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Global Warming, Energy, and the Environment

Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente
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Video: Ms. McKinney on health, the environment, and economics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVNTOa8owQQ
Press release: http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=86

Barack Obama and Joseph Biden

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Impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney

Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente

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Barack Obama and Joseph Biden

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MORE INFORMATION

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202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193

Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information: +/13+/

Green Party News Center +/14+/

Green Party Speakers Bureau +/15+/

Green Party ballot access page +/16+/

Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente ‘Power to the People’ Campaign for the White House
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“How the Democrats Helped Bush Hijack the Country”

By Cynthia McKinney, CounterPunch, August 27, 2008
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Cynthia McKinney on video
http://www.youtube.com/user/RunCynthiaRun
http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=RunCynthiaRun
Speech in Denver, August 24: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPxgcjOjUEc
Music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx1NPlQjkqo

2008 Green National Convention, July 10-13 in Chicago, Illinois
http://www.greenparty2008.org

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Dennis Kucinich calls for impeachment, and calls for 1,000,000 to sign petition

While Dennis Kucinich is a Democrat, many third party candidates have joined him in his attempt to impeach president George W. Bush. He has already entered 35 articles of impeachment into the House record, gotten John Conyers to convene a hearing on impeachment, and now on September [read more]