Posts Tagged ‘ Election 2012 ’

What does Ron Paul want?

May 20, 2012
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"This is the question puzzling Paul’s friends, as well as his enemies." (05/18/12)

http://bit.ly/LjmgKg  

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The rEVOLution after Paul

May 20, 2012
posted by

The Liberty Papers
by Stephen Littau  

"With Congressman Ron Paul’s third presidential run and career coming to an end, what will become of his rEVOLution he inspired? Prior to the 2012 campaign, some suggested that former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson would be the 'next' Ron Paul but with Johnson running as the Libertarian Party nominee after being mistreated by the GOP establishment in the primaries, it appears to me that that bridge has been burned and will likely never be rebuilt. Johnson’s activities in furthering the liberty movement will be done outside the Republican Party. The new heir apparent to lead the rEVOLution appears to be the congressman’s son Sen. Rand Paul." (05/19/12)

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Ron Paul and the future

May 20, 2012
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Bruce Ramsey  

"What was the point of the Paul campaign? To put Ron Paul in the White House? That was never possible. In public, Paul had to pretend that it was, because those are the American rules, and his supporters have been pretending it even harder. But it was a fairy tale. Ron Paul’s purpose has been to advance the cause of liberty, sound money, and a non-imperial foreign policy." (05/17/12)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/808  

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Mitt Romney: The foreign policy of Know-Nothingism

May 16, 2012
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has become the inevitable Republican Party presidential nominee. Despite the weak economy, he faces an uphill race. It’s never easy to defeat an incumbent president. Moreover, Romney can’t rely on the GOP’s traditional foreign-policy advantage." (05/15/12)

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Romney’s gay marriage challenge

May 16, 2012
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"What does he mean by 'domestic partnership?'" (05/16/12)

http://reason.com/archives/2012/05/16/romneys-gay-marriage-challenge  

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Some historical perspective for Ron Paul activists

May 16, 2012
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Ryan McMaken  

"I've been somewhat surprised by the absolutely hysterical reaction among some RP activists to Ron Paul's announcement that he's shifting resources toward winning more delegates instead of blowing it on straw polls in new primaries. In some of the forums, alleged 'supporters' are hurling insults at both Ron and his staffers." (05/16/12)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/mcmaken/mcmaken140.html  

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Ron Paul is not ending his Campaign for Liberty

May 15, 2012
posted by

Brian Doherty Reason
by Brian Doherty  

"A year ago, Paul was the presumed least-likely-to-succeed candidate in the GOP field. His radical libertarian bent and his fervent opposition to the GOP’s standard foreign policy positions made him seem anathema to the party’s primary base. ... Now, Paul is still the last man standing in opposition to Romney -- and far from fading, his fortunes both within the party and within the culture are rising." (05/15/12)

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Paul stops spending money but doesn’t stop campaigning

May 14, 2012
posted by

Washington Post    

"On Monday, Rep. Ron Paul made clear that the last act of his presidential bid would be as un­or­tho­dox as all the rest of it. Paul, the Texas congressman and perennial GOP long shot, said he would stop spending money in the 11 states with upcoming party primaries. ... Paul said he would continue seeking delegates to the GOP convention -- just not at the ballot box." (05/14/12)

http://wapo.st/J5z5wg  

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VA: Libertarian Party sues versus election petition law

May 14, 2012
posted by

Washington Post    

"The Libertarian Party is challenging a state law that allows only Virginia residents to circulate petitions to get independent or minor party candidates on the presidential general election ballot, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. The complaint against the State Board of Elections alleges that the residency requirement in one of the nation’s toughest ballot access laws unconstitutionally infringes on the plaintiffs’ free-speech and freedom-of-association rights." (05/14/12)

http://wapo.st/J5yQ4o  

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Brief recap of the Libertarian National Convention

May 14, 2012
posted by

The Liberty Papers
by Jason Pye  

"The weekend opened without much fanfare. Candidates running for the party’s nomination were seeking 'tokens' from delegates in order to appear in the debate and be considered on the floor to represent the LP. Most of the first two days were consumed with the typical wrangling over the party by-laws and platform." (05/11/12)

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A new dawn for the Libertarian Party

May 9, 2012
posted by

Reason Reason
by Mike Riggs and Garrett Quinn  

"The Libertarian Party has struggled with its identity since its founding in 1971. Technically America’s third largest political party, the LP’s political efforts have often made it seem like America’s Third Largest Debate Club. The LP has elected only a handful of its members to state legislatures, and elected no candidates to federal office. In 2008, the party broke with tradition by nominating a carpetbagging repentant drug warrior, former Republican congressman Bob Barr, whose nomination over LP mainstay and perennial candidate for office Mary Ruwart nearly tore the party in half. It appears the party has found a balance with the nomination of former two-term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson for president and Judge Jim Gray of California for vice president." (05/09/12)

http://bit.ly/IZoX9z  

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They ARE worried about Gary Johnson, and here’s the evidence

May 9, 2012
posted by

Delaware Libertarian
by Steve Newton  

"Given that Fox News is GOP Central, we can begin to see the major Romney response emerging: a vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for Barack Obama, and he's a druggie nutcase." (05/08/12)

http://bit.ly/KM43pg  

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Gary Johnson: Spoiler alert?

May 9, 2012
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Gene Healy  

"Johnson is a far more appealing advocate for radical cuts in government than the LP has had in quite some time. And he got off some good lines in his convention speech Saturday. My favorite: 'The libertarian candidate for president is the only candidate that's going to be talking about slashing welfare spending and warfare spending in the same sentence.' But to be a libertarian is to be eternally fractious and dissatisfied, refusing to take yes for an answer. So, of course, I have a bone or two to pick with the governor." (05/08/12)

http://bit.ly/JrSxST  

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Gary Johnson must earn my vote, part 2

May 9, 2012
posted by

Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson  

"It's true that Ron Paul is no Mary Ruwart (or whomever may be the purist libertarian still active in the Libertarian Party), but it's also true that he didn't run for the LP nomination. My point is that a vote for him in the GOP primary would send a message -- NOT that I agree with the conservative views he shares with other Republicans, but that I support him on the issues he a) emphasizes, and b) DEVIATES from the GOP line. The Johnson case is different. He DID run for the LP nomination, but all I really know about him is about issues where he sounds like a Democrat or Republican, instead of a libertarian." (05/08/12)

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WV: Federal prisoner embarrasses Obama in presidential primary

May 9, 2012
posted by

ABC News    

"The outcry to vote against President Barack Obama was heard loud and clear in West Virginia. In the Democratic primary there, 4 out of 10 cast votes for Keith Judd, a prisoner in Texas serving time a for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. Obama earned 59 percent of the vote. Judd received 41 percent." (05/09/12)

http://abcn.ws/JrPw5b  

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Romney takes three more states in GOP presidential race

May 8, 2012
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CBS News    

"Mitt Romney swept the three Republican primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia Tuesday, collecting delegates and moving closer -- but not all the way -- to securing his party's nomination, which he is widely expected win. The former Massachusetts governor now has 934 of the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination, according to CBS News estimates." (05/08/12)

http://cbsn.ws/Je05XL  

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IN: Lugar loses GOP primary

May 8, 2012
posted by

Fox News    

"Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., lost a primary battle Tuesday to tea party challenger and Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock for the seat he has held since 1977. Lugar's defeat makes him the first and likely only senator to lose renomination this year." (05/08/12)

http://fxn.ws/JdZTHY  

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Is Obama sending the troops out to neutralize … Gary Johnson?

May 8, 2012
posted by

Delaware Libertarian
by Steve Newton  

"They certainly don't need same-sex marriage to distinguish themselves from Mitt Romney, who just let go the only openly gay guy in the country willing to front for him, do they? On the other hand, they might really need to neutralize the marriage equality stance taken by Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson. That's right, I went there, I said it." (05/07/12)

http://bit.ly/KJY7gk  

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Soros giving $2 million to Dem groups

May 8, 2012
posted by

CBS News    

"Billionaire financier George Soros is pledging $2 million to political groups supporting progressive causes and President Barack Obama's re-election, part of an effort by liberal donors to counterbalance large sums of money flowing to Republican candidates. Soros' contributions include $1 million to the advocacy group America Votes and another $1 million pledge to American Bridge 21st Century, an outside 'super' political committee supportive of Obama's campaign." (05/08/12)

http://cbsn.ws/JUc26w  

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Gary Johnson must earn my vote

May 7, 2012
posted by

Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson  

"Right now, non-voting may imply complacency, which translates into consent of the status quo. After all, the Ruling Class says, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain.' Voting, then, can be a tool of complaint, and that's about all it's good for. This means, the candidate one votes for must articulate one's complaints." (05/06/12)

http://bit.ly/JX5KRk  

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US Libertarian Party nominates former governor for presidency

May 6, 2012
posted by

Reuters    

"The U.S. Libertarian Party on Saturday chose former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who was once a Republican White House hopeful, as its presidential candidate in the November 6 election. Johnson, who announced in December he would run for president as a Libertarian after mounting a long-shot candidacy for the Republican nomination, won 70 percent of the votes cast by 632 delegates at the party's convention in Las Vegas, Libertarian Party spokesman Stephen Gordon said." (05/05/12)

http://reut.rs/KF0eSK  

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Paul posts GOP delegate wins in Maine, Nevada

May 6, 2012
posted by

Christian Science Monitor    

"Ron Paul’s presidential strategy is working – at least it did in Maine and Nevada Sunday, where he won the most number of delegates at state party conventions. ... Over the weekend, his supporters took control of the Maine Republican Convention, electing a majority slate of delegates. In Nevada Paul forces did likewise, winning their man 22 delegates, compared to three for Romney." (05/06/12)

http://bit.ly/J4B2H0  

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Squabbles and sorcerors

May 6, 2012
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Andrew Ferguson  

"As the official business of the 2012 Libertarian Party National Presidential Nominating Convention got underway, there was but one question on everyone’s mind: which group of people will be credentialed and seated as the official delegation from Oregon? Actually, no, very few people cared about that, especially if you count out those with either a direct stake in the matter, or a fetish for obscurities of parliamentiary procedure. But the LP cannot do without drama, so lacking any at the top of the ballot it was left to the individual delegations to come up with some. Oregon came through in spades." (05/03/12)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/796  

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SC: Up to 100 candidates ordered off June ballots

May 3, 2012
posted by

Chicago Tribune    

"The state Supreme Court Wednesday ordered S.C. political parties to remove up to 100 candidates from their June 12 primary ballots, sending candidates and voters into a tailspin in an election year already fraught with confusion. Any candidate who did not file a statement of economic interest -- listing income, property and other financial information -- at the same time they officially filed for office must be removed from the ballot, the court ruled in a unanimous decision." (05/03/12)

http://trib.in/JQRqd3  

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The Ron Paul convention takeover plot

May 3, 2012
posted by

Salon
by Steve Kornacki  

'Don't look now, but he’s racking up delegates at under-the-radar contests -- and Republicans are officially spooked." (05/03/12)

http://www.salon.com/2012/05/03/the_ron_paul_convention_takeover_plot/  

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