Daily Archives: September 13, 2008

Constitution Party of Pennsylvania denied injunctive relief

The Constitution Party has been suing to get on the Pennsylvania ballot. An update from Ballot Access News:

On September 12, at 6:30 p.m., U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane denied injunctive relief to the Constitution Party of Pennsylvania. She said that it is possible the legislature had delegated authority to the State Elections Department to write a regulation setting a filing deadline.
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What percentage of voters can vote for what percentage of candidates?

Two interesting posts at Ballot Access News revealed how many voters will be able to cast their vote for Cynthia McKinney or Ralph Nader.

According to Richard Winger,

Ralph Nader’s name will be on the ballot this year in states containing 85.2% of the national popular vote cast in 2004.
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Should there be multiple ‘freedom’ parties?

Some would say that the socialist movement is hopelessly fragmented. In addition to the Socialist Party USA, there are the Socialist Workers Party, the Socialist Equality Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the World Workers Party, and, to a lesser extent, the Green Party — in addition to countless smaller-yet socialist and Communist splinter groups.… Read more ...

Nader campaign organizes money bomb for Constitution Day

At www.constitutionpledge.com, Ralph Nader supporters have been busy organizing a mass donation day and pledging to donate money that will go toward a candidate who they trust will uphold the Constitution.  Their goal is to raise $80,000 for Nader on September 17th. The money bomb is being managed by Jon Kraus, a former Mike Gravel campaign staffer.… Read more ...

Socialist Equality Party: write-in Jerry White/Bill Van Auken

The Socialist Equality Party has made a statement today announcing its selection of former Presidential nominees Jerry White and Bill Van Auken as it’s 2008 ticket for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency, respectively. According the party’s official internet organ, the World Socialist Web Site:

White and Van Auken will explain that there is no solution to the crisis of American society within the framework of capitalism.

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Peter Camejo dead at 69

Peter Miguel Camejo has dies. Camejo, former Green Party of California candidate for Governor, former Vice Presidential running mate to Ralph Nader in 2004, and former Presidential nominee of the Socialist Worker’s Party, dies today at his home in Folsom, CA. He suffered from lymphoma and had been undergoing treatments at UC-Davis Medical Center.… Read more ...

Gloria La Riva arrested outside of White House

Party for Socialism and Liberation Presidential nominee and National Committee to Free the Cuban Five Coordinator Gloria La Riva was arrested outside the White House Friday along with four colleagues from the Committee, the ANSWER Coalition, and the Venezuela Solidarity Network. The five arrested were attempting to deliver 102,000 petition signatures from 78 countries to demand the release of Five Cuban citizens whose convictions on espionage related charges were recently denied appeal in the 11 Circuit Court of Appeals.… Read more ...

Socialist Worker condemns Nader, McKinney for appearance with Paul

Writing for the Socialist Worker, columnist Alan Maass says appearing alongside “reactionary” Ron Paul and “crackpot” Chuck Baldwin was a “step backwards” for Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney. Maass says Nader and McKinney should have followed Bob Barr’s lead and “snubbed” the press conference:

Barr snubbed the gathering, arguing at his own press conference a few hours later that he wasn’t “interested in third parties getting the most possible votes,” but in building his own candidacy.

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The state of the Libertarian Party in Wisconsin

In case you were wondering, the Libertarian Party is getting along very well in Wisconsin. Eric Ostermeier of the University of Minnesota comments:

Whether it is because the Libertarian Party has a well-known nominee in the Presidential race in Bob Barr (though not necessarily well-regarded in Libertarian leadership circles), whether it is because the Libertarian base has been fired up due to the successful candidacy of Ron Paul, or whether it is simply due to an increased dissatisfaction among the electorate with government itself, the Libertarian Party has mounted a healthy comeback in the state of Wisconsin in 2008.

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North Carolina Libertarian Senate candidate polling as high as 13%

A recent poll of 671 likely voters showed Libertarian Senate candidate Chris Cole polling at 7% overall, with 13% of support from 18-34 year olds and people whose top concern is immigration. The margin of error is +/- 3.9%.

Interestingly, this poll shows Cole with more support from “liberals” and “moderates” than “conservatives.” Also, as age increases, Cole’s support decreases. Cole is also polling at 12% among independents.… Read more ...

Modern Whig Party adds two new state chapters

The recently founded and fast-growing Modern Whig Party has announced new state chapters in both Wisconsin and Colorado.

The chairman of the Colorado chapter, Jack W. Wood, has served as the Arkoma, Oklahoma Chief of Police and a forensic investigator. At his current home in northern Colorado, he is “in the process of implementing numerous ideas to build the Colorado Chapter of the Modern Whig Party.”

Joseph Mendez, a machinist, is chairman of the Wisconsin chapter.… Read more ...

David Krikorian, independent for Congress, receives ‘surprise endorsement’ from Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police

David Krikorian, a promising independent running to represent Ohio’s 2nd district in Congress, won the endorsement of his local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. A spokesperson for the group said, “[Krikorian] impressed the committee members in his interview.”

The district’s Republican incumbent won the union’s endorsement in 2006, but controversy and ambiguity over the death penalty kept her from receiving it this year. Apparently, Republican Schmidt was for the death penalty before she was against it.… Read more ...