Monday, November 16, 2009

State level third party bolts from national party….

The Florida Whig Party has “discontinued” its association party Modern Whig (Party) Club. On the Florida Whig’s reads the part is leaving it’s national club, “pending a response to a formal request to the past Chair for an independent financal audit, identification of the Club treasurer, a certification as to the true membership of the Club, a copy of the minutes, resolutions, and votes for all meetings since inception by the Board of Directors, and a complete roster of all independent and appointed state and local Whig leaders, clubs, and organizations.”

The Florida Whigs also have issues with the national organization because of, “As of Sunday, November 15, 2009 an unknown person(s) to Chairperson Stephens and the FWP, who is believed associated with the prior administration, has once again removed all links to the Florida Whig Party and its candidates on the website of the Modern Whig Club, formerly headquartered in Washington, D.C.”

The blogger whigblog gave some background on the fray writing, “The ‘Florida Whig Party’ pre-dated the Modern Whig Party by over a year. After the formation of the Modern Whigs, they decided to ally themselves with the Modern Whigs on a national level.”


Bob Barr backs Gitmo move…

2008 Libertarian Presidential candidate Bob Barr is backing the move of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to a prison in Illinois. Jordan Fabian writes on that Barr signed on to a letter with American Conservative Union founder David Keene and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist saying the move makes sense.

The letter includes, “The scaremongering about (an increased terror threat) should stop… It makes sense for the community, which will benefit from the related employment and has absolutely no reason to fear that prisoners will escape or be released into their communities… But most of all it makes sense for America because it is a critical link in the process of closing Guantanamo and getting this country back to using its tried and true, constitutionally sound institutions.


Libertarians endorse independent for Senate…

Libertarians endorse independent Joe Kennedy for Senate to take over the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat. Kennedy, who has no relation to the family of Senator Kennedy, is now officially backed by the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts.

Kennedy is actually on the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts State Committee. He made the decision to run as an independent because it is more costly to run as a third party candidate, such as a libertarian, than run as an independent.


Working Families Party expands to Vermont…

The Working Families Party is expanding to Vermont. Nancy Remsen writes on a small group of Vermonters is forming the party. The first state committee meeting of the new party will take place on December 14th.

Dan Brush, one of the party leaders quoted in the article, said he does not expect the party to run candidates in the next election (but left the door open to a few candidates). He says the party would endorse candidates from other parties.

Working Families Party has come under a lot more notice nationally in recent months due to it connections to the scandal-riddled community organizing group Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, better known as ACORN.

Brush said the Vermont branch of the Working Families Party will not have any ties to ACORN. The head of ACORN, Bertha Lewis, is a co-chair of the New York branch of the party. Bob Master, a different co-chair of the New York Working Families Party, will be heading to Vermont. Remsen writes, “[Bob Msters] will visit Vermont next week to help build some enthusiasm for the new party.” But that is all the New Yorkers will have to do with the Vermont branch.


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