Monthly Archives: August 2008

At Least One Presidential Candidate is in New Orleans

Gloria La Riva, presidential nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, reports on the situation in New Orleans, in this post dated August 31. She and her campaign manager came to Louisiana to file her ballot access paperwork, and they are now involved in helping with preparations for the storm.

California Legislature Passes Public Funding Pilot Project Bill

The California Assembly, late on Saturday, August 30, concurred in the Senate amendments to AB 583, so the bill is now through the legislature. It sets up public funding for the Secretary of State’s race in 2014. The voters must vote on the idea, though, in 2010. As noted earlier, the bill requires twice as […]

Nader on in Idaho for the First Time in Any of His Runs

Ralph Nader’s success in getting on the Idaho ballot is noteworthy, because this had been one state in which he had never before been on the ballot. There are now only 4 states in which Nader has never been on the ballot: Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana, and Oklahoma. In the past, and also this year, […]

Escape Hatch for Texas Democrats, Republicans

Although that it seems undisputed that both the Republican and Democratic Parties missed the August 26 Texas deadline for filing a certificate naming their presidential and vice-presidential nominees, there are two Texas Supreme Court decisions that say that candidates should not suffer the loss of ballot access due to the mistakes of state party officials. […]

Pennsylvania Hearing to Remove Barr Changed to September 5

The Republican Party challenge to Bob Barr’s Pennsylvania ballot position has been moved from September 4 to September 5 (Friday). It will be at 10 a.m. in Courtroom One, Widener Bldg., 1339 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Experienced election law attorney Sam Stretton will be defending Barr. The objector does not dispute the validity of the statewide […]

Sarah Palin's Husband, Son are Registered Independents

Sarah Palin is a registered Republican. Her husband and her oldest son are also registered voters in Alaska, yet not registered members of any political party. Thanks to Bill Van Allen for this news.

2008, the Year the Major Parties Started to Catch Up with Minor Parties on Candidate Diversity

The first major party to nominate a woman for vice-president was the Democratic Party, in 1984. Now, in 2008, the Republican Party is also about to name a woman vice-presidential nominee. The first major party to nominate a black for president or vice-president is the Democratic Party in 2008. On the matter of diversity for […]