Daily Archives: April 30, 2009

Justice Souter plans to leave the Supreme Court and Reaction of a ballot access expert

(excerpt from) NY Times
Souter Plans to Leave Supreme Court

By PETER BAKER and JEFF ZELENY / Published: April 30, 2009

WASHINGTON — Justice David H. Souter has indicated that he plans to retire at the end of the term in June, giving President Obama his first appointment to the Supreme Court, three people informed about the decision said Thursday night…

A spokeswoman for the court said Thursday night that Justice Souter, 69, “has no comment on these reports that he is planning to resign.”


At Ballot Access News, ballot access expert Richard Winger has extensive comments on Justice Souter’s career related to ballot access and third party and independent candidates.… Read more ...

LP’s Seebeck: Anatomy of a Coup

Michael Seebeck writes at his blog, Muddy Thoughts:

But I have news for you—Lee just happens to be a convenient pawn in a much larger game, and Lee’s outspokenness has been a thorn in the side of certain persons on the LNC who seem to be obsessed not with being the biggest fish in the LP pond, but with being the only fish.Read more ...

Three independents running for mayor and city council in Hoboken, NJ

Hoboken is a city of about 40,000 that borders Manhattan and has three independent candidates for mayor, who, in the words of the Hoboken Report, will have “their ideas heard,” even if they lose the election.  An article in that newspaper profiles all three independents, and three independents running for city council. … Read more ...

Statement from the LP Judicial Committee Regarding Wrights

Date: May 1, 2009 5:01 AM
Subject: Statement from the Libertarian Party Judicial Committee

The consensus of the Judicial Committee is that there is no automatic
removal or suspension of Libertarian National Committee members under
Bylaws Article 8, section 4. The ability to remove or suspend an
At-large member must either be done for cause under Article 8, section
5, paragraph 1, with a 2/3 vote of the entire Committee or
automatically under Article 8, section 5, paragraph 3.… Read more ...

Draft Libertarian Party Bylaws Committee Report

Early Draft of the Report of the Bylaws and Rules Committee to the delegates of the Libertarian National Convention of 2010, St. Louis, Missouri

Adopted 27 February 2009

LP Bylaws Committee Report

Additionally, if members want to comment on any of the proposals, there is a survey available here:


This is the draft of the report that will be considered at the national
convention to be held in St.… Read more ...

Poll shows 4% or 5% of Americans choose “other” for partisan affiliation

from Ballot Access News
Major Polls Show 4% or 5% of Americans Choose “Other” When Asked About Partisan Affiliation

April 29th, 2009

For decades, pollsters have been asking U.S. residents if they consider themselves to be Democrats, Republicans, or independents. Recently, however, two of the biggest polls have added “other” to those choices.

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Green Party to Obama: Don’t obstruct justice on Bush Administration torture

from Ian Wilder at Onthewilderside.com
based on a GP-US press release
Green Party: Justice Department must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute Bush officials who OKed torture

  • Any attempt by the White House to limit investigation will be an obstruction of justice, says Green Party
  • Witness Against Torture protests planned for April 30

Green Party leaders called on Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to investigate evidence of torture and punish any and all Bush White House officials who broke the law. 

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