Daily Archives: December 13, 2011

Bob Barr Endorsed Newt Gingrich

Bob Barr was the Presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in 2008, having recently switched from the GOP. It was recently rumored that he was considering a Republican run for Congress in Georgia, but this still came as quite a shock. Bob Barr is one member of a large slate of public officials and former officeholders who endorsed Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign today.… Read more ...

California: Green and AIP Team Up For Legalization of Marijuana

It is not very often that you see a member of the Green Party partner with a member of a far-right party like the American Independent Party in government. However, that is just what happened at a meeting of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. A couple of days ago former Congressman and Green Party Supervisor Dan Hamburg joined with American Independent Party member and Supervisor John Pinches in opposition to a vote concerning involving federal intelligence agencies and monitoring of growth of marijuana illegally on public lands.… Read more ...

John DeTar, IAP Leader in Nevada, Passes Away

John DeTar helped to co-found the Independent American Party in 1968 as a vehicle for the candidacy of then-Governor George Wallace. He was the founder of the Reno chapter of the John Birch Society and a fixture in right-wing politics in Nevada for decades. He passed away last month at the age of 86.… Read more ...

Justice Party Announces Formation, Launches Website, and Forms Steering Committee

The Justice Party is the new party formed by former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson. Today Rocky Anderson and other prominent members held a press conference to announce the formation of the party. It was, as the linked article states, sparsely attended by around 30 people and little to no media.… Read more ...

Americans Elect to Run Candidates for Down Ballot Offices in 2014

Richard Winger has a report about Americans Elect and an interview their CEO Peter Ackerman gave to radio talk show host Frank Morano. Winger correctly points out the most interesting part of the interview concerns Americans Elect’s future plans for elections.

Perhaps Ackerman’s most interesting comment is his statement that in 2014, Americans Elect will be on ballots for all partisan office, not just President as is the case for 2012.

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Gary Johnson Says Libertarian Party is Most in Tune with American Electorate

Former New Mexico Governor and current GOP Presidential candidate Gary Johnson was interviewed recently by AllVoices.com. During the course of the internet, Governor Johnson hinted at where his candidacy might be headed in the coming weeks.

Johnson, who has been excluded from 14 of the 16 Republican debates by what can only be described as “Catch-22” logic, has been the subject of recent speculation that he might end his GOP bid and seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination.

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Christina Tobin Joins O’Connor Congressional Campaign

According to a recent press release, Christina Tobin will be managing the campaign of Dan O’Connor in New York’s 12 congressional district. O’Connor is challenging incumbent Nydia Velazquez in the Democratic Party primary.

Tobin has a long history of work on ballot access and election reform issues and founded the Free and Equal Elections Foundation in 2009.… Read more ...