Monthly Archives: February 2012

Robert David Steele ends campaign for the Reform Party presidential nomination

Earth Intelligence Network CEO and Open Source Intelligence advocate Robert David Steele (Vivas) ended his campaign for the Reform Party presidential nomination. He said the following via e-mail:

I got zero traction within the party — I scared them with my wild ideas of creating a team — and I got zero traction with Rocky Anderson, Jill Stein, and Gary Johnson (personal direct contact) as well as zero traction with Ron Paul (two letters) and Dennis Kucinich (one letter, two staff emails).  Bottom line is that no one is interested in actually getting right.  Rocky was a particular disappointment.  He called me.  I suggested he run for the Reform Party nomination and leverage that to be included in all the debates.

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Lee Wrights: Join the Million Vote March and Vote Libertarian to Stop All War

BURNET, Texas (Feb. 23) – The Lee Wrights for President campaign has launched another project to help win votes for the Libertarian Party and Libertarian candidates in 2012. The Million Vote March  is an effort to achieve a historic one million votes for the Libertarian candidate for President, and to encourage people to vote for all Libertarian candidates on the ballot.… Read more ...

Thomas Friedman Suggests David Walker As An Independent Presidential Candidate

In his New York Times column, Thomas Friedman expresses an interest in seeing a “smart independent” candidate participate in the presidential debates in order to “make Obama and his Republican opponent better.” The person he suggests could play this role is former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker. In the article, Walker praises the presidential campaigns of Ross Perot:

“He woke up the American people to the truth about our fiscal situation in clear, concise and compelling terms.Read more ...

Richard Mack’s Work With Third Parties Draws Criticism

Former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack is running for U.S. Congress in Texas’ 21st district as a Republican. He is scheduled to speak at a Lincoln Day dinner in Idaho next month. Mack’s history of participation with other political parties has become an issue for 14 members of the Kootenai County Republican Party, who wrote a letter to their Central Committee Chairwoman regarding the selection of Richard Mack as a speaker.… Read more ...

Buddy Roemer To Seek Reform Party, Americans Elect Nominations

From the campaign press release:

“Tomorrow, I will formally end my bid for the GOP nomination for President of the United States. As the GOP and the networks host debate number twenty-something this evening, they have once again turned their backs on the democratic process by choosing to exclude a former Governor and Congressman.

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In fundraising pitch, Jill Stein campaign updates supporters on progress toward receiving public funding

Today Jill Stein’s campaign, aimed at securing the Green Party’s nomination for president, sent out a fundraising email with the pitch of “Double Your Green.”  That is, if Stein raises $5,000 in donations of $250 or less from 20 or more states, the federal government will then match donations of that amount dollar-for-dollar.  Interestingly, the email contained a map of their progress toward that goal:

See below for a map showing how far along your state is toward qualifying for matching funds:

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The sooner we qualify, the better.

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Jill Stein wins Illinois Green presidential primary, Roseanne Barr and Kent Mesplay also pick up delegates

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has won the Illinois primary, which was held online and open to all residents of Illinois 13 and older.  From the Green Party of Illinois:

Results are in from the Illinois Green Party’s first ever online primary. With a total of 153 ballots cast, Harvard-educated physician Jill Stein of Massachusetts has won the primary with 71% of the vote.… Read more ...

National Committee Removes all Presidential Candidates from LP.org

From the Libertarian Party blog:

The candidates running for the Libertarian nomination for president have been removed per the vote of the Libertarian National Committee.

See the only one-sentence blog entry on the LP website in recent memory here.

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Interestingly, this decision is exactly the opposite of what the general membership apparently desires.  According to the most recent poll, the membership thinks all candidates should be listed, without qualification.… Read more ...

Green Minneapolis City Councilor Cam Gordon to face off against fellow incumbent in next election due to redistricting

From the Minnesota Daily:

A redistricting map recently submitted to the Minneapolis Charter Commission is drawing concern from members of the Minnesota Green Party.

The Citizens Committee for Fair Redistricting, a group which represents immigrants from Somalia and East Africa, drew the map which would move Minneapolis city Councilman Cam Gordon — the only Green Party member on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor-dominated 13-member City Council — into ward 9 forcing him to face-off against fellow Councilman Gary Schiff in the 2013 elections…

Dave Bicking, a spokesman for the Green Party said he doesn’t question the committee’s motive for drawing the map but is concerned that the DFL is supporting the map in an attempt to remove Gordon, who represents the University of Minnesota area, from the Council…

Besides the Charter Commission, the map was also sent to several DFL members including DFL chairman Ken Martin.

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Huffington Post report claims Wayne Allyn Root is running for President

The Huffington Post published an article today about the “the more than 300 lesser known Americans who have registered with the Federal Election Commission to run for the highest office in the land.”  Those mentioned include Green Party candidate Mike Ballantine, and Independent candidates “Naked Cowboy” Robert Burck and “Average Joe” Schriner.… Read more ...