Daily Archives: April 14, 2009

2010 Libertarian Party Platform Committee Nearly Complete

In December the LNC appointed its ten at-large representatives to the 2010 LPUS Platform Committee.  Since then most of the top-ten states have made their appointments.  In order of the latest ranking:

  1. CA – Bruce Dovner
  2. FL – Karl Dickey, alternate Steve LaBianca
  3. TX – Guy McLendon, alternate John Shuey
  4. OH – Paul Campbell
  5. NY – M Carling
  6. VA -
  7. GA – Jason Pye
  8. PA -
  9. IL – Damon Dillon, alternate Crystal Jurczynski
  10. MI – Bill Hall, alternate Dan Grow

The rankings are not final for purposes of determining the composition [read more]

With 2010 Census, states expected to gain/lose seats in Electoral College and US House

After the 2010 census has been held, the number of seats held by each state in the U.S. House of Representatives will change. The National Conference of State Legislatures recently estimated what the 2010 reapportionment will mean for each state. [read more]

Socialist Party USA presidential candidate on FOX News

The 2008 presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA, Brian Moore, was on FOX News last Saturday, April 11th.  He was on a panel discussing the economy.  The following is an excerpt from the show:

Public Support of Capitalism Dives; Signal for White House to Tax and Spend More

Jonathan Hoenig: Yeah, I mean Terry, the president already pushes this notion that capitalism has failed, right? That profit and self interest are bad, and that what we really need is this selfless government to allocate assets the right way. So hell yeah, you’re going to see higher taxes, higher spending and most frightening is bigger government ownership and control of almost every element of American life. I think it’s a major, major problem for this country.

Brian Moore: Well, no, this is not a green light for Washington. But it is a confirmation and a recognition that the free market system just doesn’t work. And a recognition that the wealthy benefit. And the tax cut by Bush back in 2001 provided about four trillion dollars to the wealthy elite at the expense of the average taxpayer.

Terry Keenan: The average taxpayer had a lot more jobs back then, a lot more jobs created during that period than we’re seeing now, that’s for sure.

Brian Moore: Well, you combine that with the bailout, and the six trillion dollars that the Federal Reserve has given to the financial industry, and we’re looking at system of capitalism that only benefits the wealthy at the expense of the little guy.

He also appeared on FOX in [read more]

Homeland Security ‘fusion centers’ targeted Cynthia McKinney as a potential threat, as well as supporters of Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin

Posted in The Jawa Report:

ACLU complaint about the DHS, through the use of “fusion centers”, monitoring the activities of the Left (and Right):

* A May 7, 2008 report entitled “Universal Adversary Dynamic Threat Assessment” authored by a private contractor that labeled environmental organizations like the Sierra Club, the Humane Society and the Audubon Society as “mainstream organizations with known or possible links to eco-terrorism”;

* A potential abuse of authority by DHS officials who improperly monitored and disseminated the communications of peace activists affiliated with the DC Anti-War Network (DAWN);

* A report produced on February 19, 2009 by the North Central Texas Fusion System entitled “Prevention Awareness Bulletin” which described a purported conspiracy between Muslim civil rights organizations, lobbying groups, the anti-war movement, the U.S. Treasury Department, hip hop bands and former Congresswoman and presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney to “provide an environment for terrorist organizations to flourish”;

* A “Strategic Report” produced February 20, 2009 by the Missouri Information Analysis Center that described a purported security threat posed by the “modern militia movement” but inappropriately included references to social, religious and political ideologies, including support of third party presidential candidates such as Congressman Ron Paul and former Congressman Bob Barr; and

* A “Protective Intelligence Bulletin” issued by the DHS Intelligence Branch of the Threat Management Division of the Federal Protective Service which improperly collected and disseminated information regarding political demonstrations and inappropriately labeled peaceful advocacy groups and other activists as “extremists.”

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Howard Zinn comments on the future of the progressive movement, a potential third party

The Real News Network recently interviewed the famous historian Howard Zinn, whose most famous book is A People’s History of the United States.  He addressed topics including his new movie, the significance of labor unions, the success of Obama’s administration, Ron [read more]

Republican officials get the boot, form a local Modern Whig chapter

In Linn County, Iowa the local Republican party recently held elections for positions within the party.  A new co-chair, secretary, and treasurer of the party were elected, running as a slate.  The people who used to hold these positions, however, have formed a [read more]

Green Party Watch: Green Party news roundup

Posted by Gregg Jocoy at Green Party Watch. Reposted to IPR by Paulie.

The Green Party of Suffolk County issued a Social Media Release via pitchengine.com announcing the election of Suffolk County Green Matthew Lavery to the Green Party House Campaign Committee. In the release they point to his experience in the [read more]