Daily Archives: January 16, 2011

Murdered Judge Defended Sheriff Mack

(This is a follow up to an earlier post on Richard Mack http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2011/01/former-arizona-sheriff-richard-mack-greatest-threat-is-not-terrorists-it-is-the-federal-government/comment-page-1/#comment-308275)

The New American reports that

Judge John M. Roll, murdered in Saturday’s shooting rampage in Tucson, was the leading judicial voice supporting former Graham County, Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack in his 1997 lawsuit against the federal government. Mack is a speaker, states’ rights advocate and author of The County Sheriff: America’s Last Hope.Read more ...

Maryland Greens and Libertarians hand in signatures; petitioners harassed, one arrested at public library

[Posted by Paulie]

The Maryland Green Party submitted 14,842 signatures and the Maryland Libertarian Party submitted 13,787 signatures towards a requirement of 10,000 valid signatures. The deadline for submitting additional signatures has been extended to March 7:

The Maryland petition deadline for a party that wishes to obtain, or regain, its qualified status is not until August 2012.

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Readers’ News Open Thread for 1/16/11

Since I’ve pretty much filled up the front page with new articles today, I’m putting up a new open thread for readers to post news tips (you can also send them to contact.ipr@gmail.com and CC iprtwo at googlegroups.com).

I’ll just copy and past the text from the previous thread explaining what this is about:

The moderators here at IPR have noticed an influx of links within the comments which, while relating to the political world, do not necessarily contribute to topical discussion within their respective threads.Read more ...

IPR blogtalk roundtable tonight (Sunday)

IPR roundtable show on blogtalk will be on 1/16/2011 (Sunday) at 8:00 PM Eastern. Call-in Number: (646) 200-0264 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (646) 200-0264      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (646) 200-0264      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (646) 200-0264      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (646) 200-0264

It’s a practice show for IPR editors to become familiar with the blogtalk interface and an open format for discussing the issue of the day in the alternative party and independent candidate world with our writers and/or readers.… Read more ...

Libertarians write letters in support of John Jay Myers for LNC vacancy

Chuck Moulton in IPR comments:

I had heard several people mention the idea of leaving David Nolan’s at-large seat vacant. It seemed like a good idea to me, but when I read the bylaws I found that the LNC is required to fill the vacancy.

LP Bylaws, article 8, section 7:

The National Committee shall appoint new officers and members-at-large if vacancies occur, such officers and members-at-large to complete the term of the office vacated.

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Green Party: ‘First Ever Wedding Between A Corporation And A Person’

Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
First Ever Wedding Between A Corporation And A Person
527 N. Dixie
Lake Worth, FL
Contact: gparty@pbcgreenparty.org

On January 21st, 2010 the Supreme Court of the United States re-affirmed that Corporations have the same Constitutional rights as people (Citizens United v FEC).… Read more ...

Lee Wrights: Blame Arizona shooting on the shooter


BURNET, Texas (Jan. 13) – It will be all too easy and popular to claim that the shooting in Arizona that killed six people was caused by the vitriol prevalent in American political discourse, but as usual the easy and popular explanation of this tragedy will avoid the truth, R.… Read more ...

Alaska Bill for a Top-Two Primary; Inventor of “Top-Two” Election System is Released from Federal Prison

Ballot Access News:

On January 14, Alaska Representative Max Gruenberg (D-Anchorage) introduced HB 77, to provide for a top-two election system for state office and congress. The bill says that anyone who doesn’t qualify for the general election ballot may file as a declared write-in candidate for the November election, even if that person ran in the primary and didn’t place first or second.… Read more ...

Green Party Strategy in 2011

From Michael Kwiatkowski at FireDogLake via TPID:

I’m going to be attending a meeting of the Northeast Ohio Green Party on the 18th of January. We’ll be discussing strategies for future elections in Ohio, particularly Northeast Ohio. This is especially important in light of the GOP’s efforts to remove two of Ohio’s Democrats from Congress by way of redistricting, likely Dennis Kucinich, Marcia Fudge, Betty Sutton, or Marcy Kaptur.

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Former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack: Greatest Threat is not Terrorists, It is the Federal Government


Former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, Richard Mack, will be a featured speaker at the Spring 2011 Constitution Party national meeting in Pennsylvania.  In a statement by Mack reproduced at the Constitution Party discussion forum, Mack argues that “the greatest threat we face today is not terrorists; it is our own federal government.”  From the CP forum:

I’m Richard Mack, former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, and long-time crusader for freedom and individual rights.

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Wes Benedict: “I wish more Democrats and Republicans took our Constitution and Bill of Rights seriously”


Wes Benedict, Executive Director of the Libertarian National Committee, recently gave a speech at a conference entitled “The Stripping of Freedom: A Careful Scan of TSA Security Procedures.” The Libertarian Party blog has republished Benedict’s comments in full.

Given at “The Stripping of Freedom: A Careful Scan of TSA Security Procedures”
January 6, 2011
Carnegie Institute for Sciences, 1530 P Street NW, Washington, DC

I’d like to thank the Electronic Privacy Information Center for putting together this conference and for pulling together a diverse group of panelists.… Read more ...

Libertarians condemn FBI raids

Liberty Point:

The NC Libertarian Party has issued a statement condemning the Sept. 24, 2010 raids by FBI agents on the homes of 14 anti-war activists in Minneapolis and other cities. They also called the issuance of grand jury subpoenas in the investigations a “fishing expedition” designed to justify prosecution of anti-war activism.… Read more ...