Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Horning going South...

Horning going South... to Texas. The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that the Libertarian Party of Indiana “stalwart” Andy Horning is leaving the state. He’s moving to Texas for a job – there’s no word on what job.

The report says Horning ran for Indianapolis mayor in 1999 and Indiana governor in 2000 and 2008. The report added, “In addition to mayor and governor, Horning also unsuccessfully ran for state representative in District 96 in 1996, Marion Countyrecorder in 1998, and for U.S. Congress in the 7th District in 2002, all under the Libertarian banner.”

Horning received 57,376 votes, more than 2 percent, in last year’s gubernatorial election.


10 Independent/Third Party candidates qualify for NJ Governor’s race…

10 Independent/Third Party candidates qualify for NJ Governor’s race… that’s the report from

The report says one of those independents expects to get public matching funds for the election. Christopher J. Daggett, a former Department of Environmental Protection commissioner according to a line from the report claims to be, “close to raising enough money to qualify for public matching funds, which would give him cash and a spot in official televised debates.”

Daggett is running under the "Independent for NJ” party.

Also running for the office are:
David R. Meiswinkle of the "Middle Class Empowerment" party.
Kostas Petris of the "For The People” party.
Joshua Leinsdorf running on the "Fair Election Party" ticket.
Gary T. Steele holds the "Leadership, Independence, Vision" ticket nod.
Jason Cullen will have "People Not Politics" next to his name.
Kenneth R. Kaplan is the "Libertarian Party" candidate.
Gregory Pason is the "Socialist Party USA" candidate.
Gary Stein is labeled is "Independent."
Alvin Lindsay Jr. has a pretty clear party, "Lindsay for Governor."

Gov. Jon Corzine is the Democrat candidate and the Republican is Chris Christie.


Nationalized health care from states...

Nationalized health care from states... that’s the first step that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants in the path towards nationalized health care.

In his May 29th newsletter Senator Sanders mentions his legislation for states to create universal health care pilot programs. The Senator said, “The quickest route toward a national health care program will be when individual states go forward and demonstrate that universal and non-profit health care works."

The newsletter says the Senator’s legislation allows five states to be picked for the five-year-long pilot program. The states would receive grants to pay for the program.


Green Party, Libertarians, and Constitution Party team-up...

Green Party, Libertarians, and Constitution Party team-up... The Green Party sent out a news release saying the three major third parties are teaming-up to file a federal lawsuit to challenge discriminatory provisions and enforcement of ballot access laws.

The news release says, "The Green Party of Pennsylvania is party to a lawsuit that was filed recently by the Center for Competitive Democracy."

The lawsuit challenges rules that force candidates to pay litigation costs and fees to private parties who challenge their nomination petitions. The release says, "these fees have amounted to more $80,000 for the crime of doing no more than trying to run for public office."

The news release pointed to 2006 Green Party Senatorial candidate Carl Romanelli. The release says Romanelli submitted more than 100,000 signatures to get on the ballot, “The Democratic Party challenged the signatures, and after a 7-week battle, chipped away at the Green Party signatures with technicality after technicality.” Romanelli was off the ballot and fined $80,000 in court costs. "You shouldn't have to risk house and home to run for office in Pennsylvania," said Hillary Kane, Chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania. The release continued, “similar scenario left Independent candidate Ralph Nader… with more than $80,000 in fees from their 2004 Presidential run.”


Republicans and Democrats are to blame...

Republicans and Democrats are to blame... for ban on Gay Marriage in California according to the California Green Party. In a news release the California Green Party called it a "sad day (when) a state moves backward instead of forward towards justice and equality.”

That was the reaction after Proposition Eight in California was upheld. The Green Party, which has supported same-sex marriages since its inception.

The news release quoted Green Party member Alex Walker saying Republicans got the measure on the ballot but, “Democrats let Prop. 8 win because, as is often the case, they lacked the guts to fight for unpopular minorities."

Starlene Rankin, the Lavender Green Caucus co-chair said, "The decision goes against our country's core values of liberty and justice and it will be overturned.” Rankin said Greens are planning for a new vote on the gay marriage issue.


GM will fail...

GM will fail... that's the take from Wayne Allyn Root. The 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate says there is no reason to expect General Motors will be successful.

Root writes, "Government loses money at virtually everything it does and touches." Root pointed to Social Security, Medicare, and Education.

He then highlights the train systems. “Government took over Amtrak in the same way it took over GM, promising a quick return to profitability,” Root wrote. He continued, “Amtrak bleeds losses every year for the U.S. taxpayer. In 1970 when Amtrak was founded, $300 million was approved by Congress to run it. The government predicted profitability within 5 years. That was 39 years and over $30 billion dollars in losses ago! “

What Root calls his “clincher” argument is prostitution. Root points to the well known and profitable Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada. Root wirtes, “(the Ranch’s owner) was indicted for tax evasion, escaped to Brazil, and is still today a fugitive from justice. The U.S. government took over the Mustang Ranch. The most successful and profitable brothel in America went bankrupt in one year under government management. That ladies and gentleman, no matter how you feel about brothels, tells you all you need to know about the ability of government to run a business.”


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