Daily Archives: May 30, 2010

Libertarian Party Secretary and Treasurer Election Results

The Secretary race at the Libertarian Party National Convention was between Rob Power of California and Alicia Mattson of Tennessee. Outgoing Secretary Bob Sullentrup endorsed Mattson. The final results were:

Rob Power: 194 (42.27%)
Alicia [read more]

Mark Rutherford Defeats Carolyn Marbry to Become Vice Chair of Libertarian Party

The election for Vice Chairman of the Libertarian Party took place immediately after the election of Mark Hinkle as Chairman. The contest pitted Mark Rutherford, of Indiana, against Carolyn Marbry, of California. The final results, after one round [read more]

Nominations and Seconds for Chair Candidates

The nomination process for chair candidates is their last chance to speak to delegates and to have proxies speak about them to delegates. The speeches occurred in random order.

Wayne Root was nominated first, by Indianapolis City Councilman Ed Coleman [read more]

Darryl Perry Nominates Himself For Chair, Advises Delegates to Join Boston Tea Party

At the end of nomination for chair candidates, Bill Redpath asked if there were any other nomination for chairman of the Libertarian Party. Darryl Perry of Alabama walked to the mic and nominated himself as a candidate. Current chairman  Bill Redpath accepted [read more]

Nine candidates running in Colombian presidential election today, including Green front runner

From Al Jazeera:

Polls have shown Juan Manuel Santos, a candidate for the Unity Party and a former defence minister under Uribe, in a tight trace with Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus, a former mayor of the capital, Bogota.

Although there are nine candidates running, Santos and Mockus have grabbed the most attention in the campaign…

From [read more]

MA: Cahill Accuses Governor of “Playing Politics with Terrorism”

From the Boston Herald:

Independent Timothy Cahill yesterday accused Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of “playing politics with terrorism” and “pandering” to Muslims. In a statement, the state treasurer and 2010 gubernatorial candidate noted Patrick met with more than 1,000 Muslim leaders last weekend and indicated support for a variety of their initiatives, such as having police meet with them to expand cultural awareness and urging employers to let Muslims leave work early for Friday prayers.

Follow the link for the full text of Cahill’s statement.  Muslim community activists have condemned Cahill’s remarks [read more]

Article Says Libertarian Party Wants To Appeal to Teapartiers

According to this article, one of the raging topics at the Libertarian Party National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, is how best to reach out to, and benefit from, tea party membership.

Whether and how to woo Tea Party followers to their party is one of the big issues at the Libertarian Party national convention this weekend in downtown St. Louis.

Should Libertarians bend their principles for the votes of Tea Party followers, who may agree with them on some financial issues but sharply disagree on social policy; or do they focus on long-held principles that may not hold as much appeal among mainstream voters?

Libertarians, the nation’s largest third party, loathe a big government and accumulating national debt, but support abortion rights and gay marriage while opposing military foreign intervention and the war on drugs. In the Aug. 3 Missouri primary, 26 Libertarians are seeking nomination for state offices.

The debate is probably one reason that the convention drew 500 people, about 200 more than those who came to the last nonpresidential election year four years ago, Wes Benedict, the national party’s executive director, said on Saturday.

The rest of the article quotes former Presidential candidate and Congressmen Bob [read more]

Carl Paladino Skips Conservative Party of NY Convention, Plans for New Ballot Line

New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is fed up with the Conservative Party and doesn’t seem to think they have treated him fairly. Rather than show up a convention which he thought was unfair, he met with local tea party leaders to discuss [read more]

New York Conservative Party Primary Battle Looms

The Conservative Party of New York is one of the most powerful state-level third parties in the nation. This year three candidates are simultaneously running for both the GOP nomination and the Conservative Party nomination for Governor of New York. Those [read more]

Article Suggests Crist Victory Could Change National Politics

Mary Ann Lindley wrote an article for Tallahassee.com which begs the question, how will a Charlie Crist victory affect politics both in Florida and nationally, and will it lead to an influx of independent or third party voters?

It’s been 10 years since the excitement of the presidential election “recount,” which brought the world to our feet. Global media camped out on Duval Street up through the holiday season as the mechanics of electing a new American president played out between the Florida Capitol and Supreme Court — with side trips to Terry Lewis’ bench in the Leon County Courthouse.

I will never forget the surreal scene of sophisticated, international journalists standing watch outside of Andrew’s restaurant on Adams Street one Saturday night, amazed and totally charmed as our downtown holiday festival and parade carried on, a presidential election in limbo.

This election year could be just a bizarre as 2000, but in a different way, with Gov. Charlie Crist leading us into what may be a new way of electing leaders outside of the traditional and over-stuffed two-party system.

The governor was brave enough to abandon the Republican Party, or acknowledge, I think fairly, that the party had already abandoned him. Its hard-right turn has also put off many moderate Republicans who crave a more centrist alternative, though not necessarily Crist.

While the article is dominantly [read more]