Daily Archives: May 31, 2010

Last Day of LP National Convention, Meeting of New LNC

The last day of the National Convention consisted of the last officer elections and, after the convention was adjourned, a meeting of the new Libertarian National Committee.

The election for the five open at-large seats on the LNC were held early this morning. Nominated candidates were: Dr. Tom Stevens, Wayne Root, Kevin Knedler, John Jay Myers, Lee Wrights, Rebecca Sink-Burris, Judge Jim Gray, Sam Sloan, Bill Redpath, Dr.… Read more ...

James Carville’s hypocrisy on BP and dubious ties to Antanas Mockus’ establishment opponent in Colombia

On Counterpunch, author Nikolas Kozloff examines American political strategist James Carville’s numerous forays into South American politics, including ties to BP and the establishment opponent of Colombian Green presidential candidate Antanas Mockus, who came in second with a bit over 20 percent of the vote yesterday.  Carville has recently been on American network news blasting BP for their oilspill near his native Louisiana, yet Kozloff talks about what Carville has done to prop up BP in South America (and they are now considering offshore drilling in Colombia, just to add to the hypocrisy). … Read more ...

Press release: Green Party condemns Freedom Flotilla massacre, urges immediate aid cutoff and end to impunity for Israel

Via Green Party Watch:

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States condemns the attack by the Israeli navy on Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ships in international wates near Cyprus, which have left at least 19 human rights activists dead and at least 50 wounded.

“The attacks on the aid boats is a criminal act of piracy and a deliberate provocation,” said Dr.… Read more ...

2008 Green Party Prez Candidate Cynthia McKinney Comments On Gaza Flotilla

Posted by Ian Wilder at onthewilderside.com, a Green-friendly blog

Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney Mourns the Dead
of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

People of the U.S. and the world
must end Israeli impunity now!

I am outraged at Israel’s latest criminal act. I mourn with my fellow Free Gaza travelers, the lives that have been lost by Israel’s needless, senseless act against unarmed humanitarian activists.… Read more ...

Green Party results: Presidential Election in Colombia

Antanas Mockus is the Green Party of Colombia candidate for President. Election Day was yesterday, May 30, 2010. Mockus recieved 21.5 percent of the vote, and was in second place, qualifying him for the run-off election. Here are some articles about the election:

As reported at the Christian Science Monitor:

Polls had suggested that upstart Antanas Mockus was in a dead heat with Juan Manuel Santos in the Colombia presidential election.

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Progressive and Democratic Parties in Vermont County Try to Cooperate

In Windham County there was a meeting yesterday between the leaders and activists of the local Progressive Party and Democratic Party. The mission was to encourage a greater degree of cooperation. This article was printed one day before the meeting:

Hoping to find common ground on a number of hotly debated issues around Vermont, Progressives and Democrats will meet in Marlboro this weekend in an attempt to bring the parties closer together politically in the upcoming election.

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Burlington Free Press Editorializes on the Progressive Party’s Statewide Slate

An editorial in the Burlington Free Press was published a week ago analyzing how the Progressive Party’s entry into the statewide races in 2010 changes the dynamic.

Progressive Martha Abbott’s decision to run for governor alters the terrain for the major party candidates already in the race just as they gear up for a summer of serious campaigning.

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Independence Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Hahn Announces Running Mate

Rob Hahn, one of the three candidates for Governor seeking the nomination of the Independence Party of Minnesota, has announced who his running mate will be.

Independence Party candidate for governor Rob Hahn has selected his running mate. He’s Thomas Harens, a former state representative.Hahn says Sunday that he picked Harens because of his experience with statewide and legislative campaigns.

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Paper Profiles Connecticut Green Party’s Candidates

The Hartford Courant, a newspaper based in Connecticut, published a lengthy profile of the four Connecticut Green Party candidates who are running in 2010.

The Connecticut Green Party is running four candidates for statewide seats and seats in the General Assembly. They include a youth counselor, a retired guidance counselor and a dual contender for state comptroller and the state Senate’s 33rd District

“I think the overarching theme is they’re average citizens,” said Tim McKee, party spokesman and member of its national committee.

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Libertarian Party National Convention Fundraising Banquet Does Well

The Libertarian Party National Convention Fundraising Banquet is held at every party convention–so it is held every two years. The average amount of money raised at these events on non-presidential years is around $30,000. This year’s fundraising, run by Libertarian National Committee at-large member Mary Ruwart, netted $54,905. If anyone has records of past year’s totals, please share them in the comments–it’d be interesting to know if this is a record.… Read more ...