Daily Archives: June 15, 2010

Libertarian Party of Texas Holds Convention, Nominates Glass for Governor

The Libertarian Party of Texas held its state convention last weekend to nominate candidates, revise the platform, and hear speakers.

Joining state Republicans and Democrats in the spotlight this weekend, Texas Libertarians gathered Saturday in Austin to announce their own bold aspirations.

Libertarian delegates selected Kathie Glass , a 56-year-old attorney from Houston, to run against Republican Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic nominee Bill White for the governor’s seat in November.

“In a three-way race, more than 33 percent takes it. We can do this,” Glass told attendees. “A chance like this does not come around very often and may not come around again in our lifetimes.”

Glass beat her opponent, 58-year-old businessman Jeff Daiell , also of Houston, with 73 percent of the vote. Five candidates had applied for the nomination; two of them withdrew and one failed to show at the convention.

Glass promised the “most high-profile, most vigorous” campaign that a Libertarian has ever run in Texas.

About 200 people attended the convention, held at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown , said Robert Butler, executive director of the Libertarian Party of Texas.

Candidates handed out pocket-size copies of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as vendors sold bumper stickers proclaiming, “OK, joke’s over. Bring back the Constitution” and “The Federal Reserve: Looting the U.S. Since 1913.”

The Libertarian Party of Texas, which brands itself as fiscally conservative and socially tolerant, has met with limited success by advocating smaller government, greater fiscal responsibility and more personal liberties.

Nine Texas Libertarians hold elected office — all on the local level. But because a Libertarian candidate secured more than 5 percent of the vote in a statewide election in November 2008, the 160 Libertarian candidates running for office this year will automatically be included on the November ballot.

Humorist and country musician Kinky Friedman delivered a keynote address Saturday, arriving at the convention chewing on a cigar and sporting his signature studded cowboy hat. In the past, Friedman has run for public office as both a Democrat and a Republican, and campaigned as the independent candidate for governor in 2006. This year, he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for agriculture commissioner shortly after he dropped his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Nevertheless, Friedman’s loyalties were with neither the Democrats nor the Republicans on Saturday, as he told convention-goers that he had “great Libertarian sympathies.”

“I really think the Democrats and the Republicans have become the same guy, admiring themselves in the mirror,” Friedman said. “Rick Perry and Bill White — it’s like the lesser of two boll weevils. This is the classic choice between paper or plastic. I think the day has come for the Libertarians.”

The Libertarian Party of Texas is one of the most active state affiliates in the national Libertarian Party. As of January of [read more]

Constitution Party of South Dakota Holds State Convention

The Constitution Party of South Dakota recently finished it’s petitioning to get on the ballot and is now prepared to hold its state convention next Saturday.

The Constitution Party of South Dakota will hold their annual state convention on June 19 at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences, 301 S. Main Ave., Sioux Falls. The convention will run from 1-5 p.m.

Candidates will be nominated for Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Commissioner of School and Public Lands, and Public Utilities Commission. Potential candidates may contact Joy Howe, chairperson, for further information at 582-2551.

Keynote speaker will be Mary Webster, author of The Federalist Papers: In modern English. Her address is entitled, “The Ideas that set us Free.”

The Constitution Party of South Dakota website can be found [read more]

Robert Owens Speaks To 9/12 Project In Cincinnati

Robert Owens is the candidate of the Constitution Party in Ohio for the office of Attorney General. He is speaking to a group called the “9/12 Project” in Cincinnati tomorrow evening.

At the invitation of the Cincinnati 912 Project, Robert Owens, candidate for Ohio Attorney General on the Constitutional Party ticket, will speak on the role of the Attorney General as it relates to state sovereignty, on illegal immigration, and on other matters Tuesday evening, June 15 at the Evendale Recreation Center. Mr. Owens, a practicing attorney in Delaware, Ohio, supports the rights of states enumerated in and guaranteed under the United States Constitution. This speaking engagement is part of a series sponsored by the Cincinnati 912 Project to educate voters about candidates for Attorney General. Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray will also be invited to speak in the coming weeks.

Owens ran for the same office in 2008 as an Independent, though he recieved the [read more]

Alan Keyes Says Charlie Crist Isn’t Conservative

Alan Keyes today offered his opinion of sitting Florida Governor and Senatorial candidate, Charlie Crist. It is rare to see the press quoting one third party or independent candidate commenting on another.

Best known for his presidential campaigns and his contest with Barack Obama for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, Dr. Alan Keyes commented today on Gov. Charlie Crist and conservatism.

Asked if Gov. Crist ever fought for conservative ideals, Keyes said, “In my opinion, no he hasn’t.”

Saying Crist was a RINO — Republican In Name Only — even before he left the GOP to continue his bid for the U.S. Senate as an independent, Keyes said there was a large constituency for true conservatism, fighting for smaller government and the rights laid out in the Declaration of Independence, in Florida.

“Crist paid lip service to that conservatism,” said Keyes. “He didn’t follow through on it.”

Keyes was the Presidential candidate of the [read more]