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Social conservatives and libertarians don’t get along. Here’s a FOX News opinion piece about the recent CPAC Conference illustrating that point. (To my friends on the right: yes, I occasionally read FOX News, holding my nose the whole time.) Social conservatives can’t stand libertarians wanting a voice within the Republican Party, though they courted libertarians eagerly enough in the 2010 election cycle, mostly through the TEA Party concept.
Greens call rise of gas prices and demand for expanded drilling a manipulation by oil companies seeking control over US energy policy
WASHINGTON, DC — Green candidates and leaders called Barack Obama’s and John McCain’s positions on energy policy, gas prices, and global warming a capitulation to corporate lobbies, and urged adoption of the Green Party’s plan to reduce fossil fuel consumption, generate new jobs in conservation and new energy sources, and curb the advance of climate change.
On Wednesday, August 27, right during the heart of the Democratic National Convention, we will be holding a Super Rally for 5,000-7,000 people at the University of Denver Magness Arena. (Check out our new Nader/Gonzalez video promoting our rallies here.)
And we’ll be hosting a second super rally in Minneapolis on September 4th at the Orchestra Hall during the week of the Republican National Convention.
Many independent and smaller party candidates have complained for a long time about lack of coverage from the corporate media. Here is one snarky, cynical response from the establishment:
A group of about 15 protestors and candidates from a Certain Political Party That Will Go Unnamed gathered outside the Washington Post building today to protest their belief that the company “routinely ignores or marginalizes the party’s candidates.”
“We’re here to challenge the Post to cover D.C.’s second party in terms of national clout,” said David Schwartzman, an At-Large candidate for D.C.
Apparently someone did get around to asking Bob Barr some substantive questions when he made an appearance at Netroots Nation. Ed Brayton (Dispatches from the Culture Wars) asked Barr if he would now, as Libertarian candidate, repudiate his 1999 attempt to prohibit the practice of Wicca, a neo-Pagan religion, on military bases.
â€œWhere does John McCain stand on taxes?,â€ asks Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president. â€œHe was for higher taxes before he was against them. But now he seems to be in favor of them again,â€ notes Barr.
â€œPerhaps Sen. McCain has been in Washington too long to realize, but Americans pay far too much for government.
Cheryl Miller, the woman around whom the LP’s award-winning medical marijuana television ad was situated, has since passed away. Ron Crickenberger, then the LP’s Political Director, has also died of cancer. Neither of them lived to see medical marijuana legalized across the country, but hopefully some of us will live to see the day when patients suffering from life threatening diseases will be able to treat their symptoms with a simple plant.… Read more ...
Reported in the Manchester, NH Union Leader newspaper:
Although he’s yet to secure a spot on the New Hampshire presidential ballot, Republican-turned-Libertarian Bob Barr visited Manchester yesterday, drawing attention and, possibly votes, away from Republican John McCain.
Barr visited Murphy’s Tap Room in downtown Manchester, where about 90 people listened to his calls for small government and personal freedom, and nodded agreement to his notion that the country’s two major political parties are headed in the same direction.
The incumbent Republican Congressman in New Yorkâ€™s 13th district, Vito Fossella, is not running for re-election. Last month, the Republican Party leadership choice for the seat, Francis H. Powers, died unexpectedly. Republican leaders are still not settled on a new nominee. However, some Republican leaders in the Brooklyn part of the district favor Paul Atanasio, who is a registered Conservative Party member.