Daily Archives: October 27, 2008

Senator Stevens found guilty; what does it mean for the election?

Today, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was convicted of seven charges of corruption. He said, “I’m not stepping down,” but what does it mean for the November 4th election, and especially the minor party candidates in that election? It certainly does not bode well for Stevens, who is up for reelection.

The leading minor party candidate, Alaskan Independence Party candidate Bob Bird, was optimistic:

What I no longer need to guess about is that this campaign for the Senate is
going to start gaining attention.
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Minor party candidates in Oregon

If you notice any errors, please list them in the comments. If you have anything to add, please do so in the comments. If you want to compile a list for your own state, please post it in the comments. Thanks to commenter Fanta for both this list and and the Alaska list.… Read more ...

23 Presidential candidates are on the ballot in at least one state

Ballot Access News reports

This year, 23 presidential candidates are on the ballot in at least one state. That is the highest in U.S. history except for 1992, when there were also 23. Generally there are more such candidates in periods of great public unhappiness.

Here is a list, with the predominant party label for each, and the percentage of the voters that will see their names on the ballot:

Barack Obama, Democratic, 100.0%
John McCain, Republican, 100.0%
Bob Barr, Libertarian, 94.5%
Ralph Nader, independent, 85.2%
Cynthia McKinney, Green, 70.5%
Chuck Baldwin, Constitution, 59.8%
Gloria La Riva, Socialism and Liberation, 26.8%
Roger Calero or his stand-in James Harris, Socialist Workers, 25.0%
Brian Moore, Socialist, 21.5%
Alan Keyes, America’s Independent Party, 18.1%
Charles Jay, Boston Tea, 10.0%
Gene Amondson, Prohibition, 9.6%
Thomas Robert Stevens, Objectivist, 8.0%
Richard Duncan, independent, 4.6%
John Joseph Polachek, New, 4.3%
Jeffrey Boss, Vote Here, 3.0%
Jeffrey Wamboldt, We the People, 2.5%
Ron Paul, Taxpayers/Constitution, 2.0%
Jonathan E.

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Prominent Republicans and Democrats support David Krikorian, Independent Congression candidate (OH-2)

From the campaign’s press release sent to contact.ipr@gmail.com

The following Republican and Democratic former congressional candidates and current Republican candidate for Hamilton County Commissioner have crossed the aisle to support current Independent candidate David Krikorian.

* Nathan Bailey (R), 2008 Republican Primary
* Tom Brinkman (R), State Representative and 2008 Republican Primary
* Peter Fosset (R), 2005 Special Election Republican Candidate
* Thor Jacobs (D), 2006 Democratic Primary
* Nathan Noy (R), 2005 Special Election Republican Candidate
* Jim Parker (D), 2006 Democratic Primary
* Ed Rothenberg (R), Currently running for Hamilton County Commissioner

The campaign’s email goes on to say that

Republicans and Democrats throughout OH2 are supporting David Krikorian because he is the candidate most qualified to lead the district through our current economic crisis.

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Green Party nominee Richard Carroll, beats back legal challenge, remains the only name on the ballot for Arkansas legislative seat

From Ballot Access News

October 27th, 2008

On October 27, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Dwayne Dobbins should not be on the November ballot as the Democratic nominee for state rep. Dobbins v Arkansas Democratic Party, 08-1225. The Court did not reach the merits, but said he had waited too long to complaint, and that he should have objected within 20 days after the party ruled against him.

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Libertarian, Constitution Parties are the only nationally organized parties with more legislative nominees in 2008 than in 2006

According to Ballot Access News

The Democratic, Republican, Green, Reform, and Socialist Parties have fewer state legislative nominees on the ballot this year than they did in 2006. However, the Libertarian and Constitution Parties have more legislative nominees on the ballot this year, compared to 2006. Also, the Socialist Workers Party has the same number (one) on the ballot for state legislature this year as in 2006.

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Constitution Party Presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin reportedly has ‘no opinion’ on 9/11 inside job theory

SteveKC writes at Chuck Baldwin Forum

Chuck “No Opinion” Baldwin and 9/11

Chuck has a strong opinion on every subject — the Federal Reserve, the IRS, the income tax, the bailout, the border agents, etc. However, at a campaign event in Kansas City, I asked Chuck if he believed the official government story of the 9/11 attacks or if he believed the mounting evidence that has led millions of Americans to conclude that people in the highest levels of our government carried out the attacks of 9/11.

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Miller Politics interviews Gail Parker on VA run for US Senate, Independent Green endorsement of Chuck Baldwin

From Miller Politics, by way of contact.ipr@gmail.com

Gail “for rail” Parker is running as the Independent Green Party candidate for US Senate in Virginia.  In the 2006 US Senate election Parker was the only third party candidate and received 1% of the vote against Jim Webb and George Allen.  An October 24 poll found her at 2% this year.

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Green Party to Alan Dershowitz on terrorism: Pot. Kettle. Black.

Writing in the New York Daily News. Alan Dershowitz attacked Cynthia McKinney as Judaeophic and pro-Islamic terror:

The one issue about which candidates McCain, Obama, Palin and Biden seem to agree is Israel. During the debates each candidate has gone out of his and her way to emphasize strong support for Israel as an American ally and a bastion of democracy in a dangerous neighborhood.

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Libertarian VP candidate Wayne Root on ‘the battered voter syndrome’

Posted at Root for America

“He lies to me all the time. He takes my money and tells me that I can’t spend it as well as he can. I’ve watched him spend us into financial ruin, giving money to his friends. Wasting money on irresponsible schemes. We’re so far in debt, we’ll never get out.”

“I work extra long hours to support him.

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Bob Barr interviewed on campus television show

Posted at The Justin A. Martell Hit Parade

On Tuesday, October 21st, 2008, Former Congressman and Libertarian Presidential Candidate Bob Barr appeared on my on campus television show that I host with Eric Jackman. I have uploaded the interview to YouTube in three parts:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three


‘Ralph Nader’ on SNL