Daily Archives: September 11, 2008

Reason interviews Louisiana Taxpayers Party founder

Trent Hill, founder of the Louisiana Taxpayers Party and IPR correspondent, was recently interviewed by Reason Magazine’s David Weigel concerning the origins of the Ron Paul draft effort, a discussion of the controversial Louisiana Republican caucuses, and the disposition of their vice presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater, Jr.:

At the onset of this effort, we were fairly confident that Ron Paul would not sue to have his name removed from the ballot–we were far more concerned about the VP choice, and wether he or she might remove their name.

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Ron Paul asks to be taken off Montana ballot

As previously reported, the Constitution Party of Montana nominated Ron Paul for president and Michael Peroutka for vice president. The Montana CP was emboldened to do so after Paul said that he did not object to being nominated vice president by the Virginia Independent Green Party. (The VA Indy Greens eventually nominated Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle instead).… Read more ...

Snubgate goes mainstream: WaPo says Barr went ‘hog wild’

Acting without just authority, interim Executive Director of the Libertarian Party Robert Kraus — who replaced the disgraced and resigned Shane Cory (who now works for the Barr campaign) — issued a statement saying that libertarians should not trust blogs for their news. He was unhappy with the way IPR, Last Free Voice, and LewRockwell.com were covering Snubgate.… Read more ...

Independent faced off with major party opponents in Ohio Congressional debate

In Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, three candidates for Congress discussed the issues before an editorial board. Independent Don Eckhart, an evangelical endorsed by Ohio Right to Life, made the most impact with his comments on taxes and abortion.

“I’m the only one here who’s never raised taxes,” he said, ignoring the fact that he is also the only one to have never held elected office. He has, however, worked for the government in the past. Eckhert also brought up his position on abortion, because he is the only anti-abortion candidate in the race.… Read more ...

Snubgate, Day 2: A recap of IPR’s coverage of the LP’s attempt to disassociate itself from the Freedom Movement

IPR is getting plenty of first-time visitors as a result of our coverage of Bob Barr’s no-show at yesterday’s Campaign for Liberty announcement and the subsequent fall-out — even as it extends into Day Two. To make things easier for these new readers, we are cataloging all of our posts related to Snubgate here, which will be updated periodically as saga continues to unfold.… Read more ...

David Nolan: ‘The Barr campaign is over;’ support Munger, Straus instead

Libertarian Party co-founder David Nolan, who has been a reluctant but consistent Barr supporter since he won the nomination in May, says the LP’s presidential campaign is over, as of yesterday. He encourages libertarians to support the candidacies of local candidates such as North Carolina’s Michael Munger and New Hampshire’s Morey Straus.… Read more ...

The Libertarian Party speaks out against third-party unity

LP spokesman Andrew Davis has this to say in opposition to Campaign for Liberty’s four-point libertarian agenda:

Perhaps it is the acrimonious environment of a two-party system, or simply a “strength in numbers” struggle that makes strange bedfellows among third-party candidates in today’s politics. Whatever the cause, third-party candidates often reach out to others for support and assistance in the mutual struggle against the tyranny of the duopoly. Be it in pooling resources, or simply an extra hand in meeting ballot access requirements: Third-parties are a band of political outcasts struggling for a right to compete for the votes of American people, the same as Republicans and Democrats.… Read more ...

Barr campaign issues press release addressing anniversary of 9/11

Here it is:

Atlanta, GA – “Seven years have passed since the horrid terrorist attacks of 9/11,” says Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party nominee for President. “The U.S. government can best mark the anniversary by continuing to target groups which threaten Americans, but also by respecting the liberties upon which our nation is based.”

“The Bush administration deserves credit for having done much to disable al Qaeda as an effective terrorist organization,” Barr says. “However, early on, the administration took its eye off of the ball when it shifted troops from searching for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan to use in the unnecessary war in Iraq. Now, the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating badly,” adds Barr.

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Adam Kokesh relays his experience at the National Press Club

Iraq War Veterans Against the War member and independent blogger Adam Kokesh has provided his own account of the events leading up to the public retraction of his endorsement of Libertarian Presidential candidate Bob Barr:

Bob Barr just had to ruin it for everyone for his own selfish reasons. He had agreed to the platform, and agreed to be at the event, only to withdraw thirty minutes before it happened.

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Lew Rockwell praises Nader, McKinney, Baldwin

Lew Rockwell says unity among the Green and Constitution parties — in a libertarian direction under Ron Paul — makes sense. The LP, of course, has chosen to sit out the left-right libertarian alliance.

“Let’s not forget that Nader and McKinney are right on far more issues than McCain and Obama, even if all four are very wrong on economics.… Read more ...

Gregory: Bob Barr campaign digs deeper hole; Woods: Verney’s statement ‘sheer stupidity’

“This is really amazing,” says LRC columnist and blogger Anthony Gregory, in reference to the Barr campaign’s recent pro-Bush/anti-Paul statement. “The same campaign that was willing to praise Jesse Helms, Al Gore and now George Bush, a campaign that has flip-flopped on global warming, gay marriage, the drug war and other issues, is now attacking the most popular libertarian activist movement in modern history, and attacking Ron Paul the person for caring more about himself than spreading the message of freedom – perhaps the most bizarre accusation one could make.”

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W.A.R. claims to be friends with Karl Rove

Reported on LRC via Brad Funkhouser, the following appeared in a May 21 Newsweek article on Libertarians:

Root, a millionaire, Spike TV host and former Las Vegas odds maker, is betting that the Libertarians can make it into the mainstream by attracting gamers. Root says that online poker players soured on the GOP in 2006, after the Republican Congress passed a bill restricting online poker.

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