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Friday, 15 October 2010

Unsolicited Good Press in the Alibi

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:15 AM (10:15)


Even when we’re dead in the water, we can still get good press – It Ain’t Easy Being Green – Or Libertarian, or Independent . . .

Here’s the important part of the article for right now[1]:

Libertarians

Though New Mexico has no third-party candidates in statewide or national races this year, the Libertarians do have two for state Legislature seats, which represent small districts. The Libertarians filed the necessary signatures to get their party on the ballot and then collected more for their candidates.

Mike Blessing is running as a write-in in District 16 against Democratic Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas. Mark Curtis is running in District 19 on the ballot against Republican Anthony Romo and Democratic incumbent Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton[2]. The Libertarian Party is a minor party in New Mexico with 2,249 members as of March 2010.

The state’s Libertarian chairperson, Jay Vandersloot, says the point is not to disrupt election results. “Some people say the Libertarian Party draws votes from Republicans, and some say it pulls from Democrats. Libertarians are fiscally conservative and ideologically liberal. Our purpose is not to draw votes from another party.” Instead, he says, they’re in the race to win. They also want to promote an ideology that upholds the Constitution, and values liberty and freedom. “Candidates have been swayed by other candidates.”

But it’s hard for the party to find contenders. “The Libertarian view is such that we just want to be able to live our lives without interference from others or government,” Vandersloot says. “So a lot of us are not interested in running in politics. Those that do run feel strongly enough that they need to get in there – not to be a career politician – but to get in there and make a change for the better.”


NOTES

  1. Links to the campaigns of Mark Curtis and myself added on my end.
  2. For those wanting to help out, Mark can be contacted at 505-256-1993 or macurtis@webtv.net
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – Xanga
    2. KCUF Media — Xanga / New Mexico’s Consumer Advocate / The Weekly Sedition
    3. New Mexico Liberty / Mike Blessing for State Representative

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Random Shots for 14 October 2010

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 1:25 AM (01:25)

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Elisheva Levin’s Facebook Wall

    You might have some problems installing Adobe Flash Player in order to watch YouTube clips and such. I’ve read that there is a Linux-compatible Flash player called Gnash out there. I’ve also heard that HTML 5 will incorporate a <video> element, such that browsers will be able to play clips without needing a plugin[1].

  2. Re: Unsolicited Good Press in the Alibi

    I’d be happier with non-partisan voter registration and ballot listings for candidates. Doing things like that,

    • you wouldn’t “need” primaries, open or closed, as “we need them today.”
    • all candidates would face the same ballot-access requirements.
    • political parties would simply be private clubs of individuals freely associating together.

    Other things I’d like to see –

    • Initiative and referendum, as you’ve pointed out before. Add recall to the mix for grins and giggles.
    • None of the Above (NOTA) – I think that there are quite a few races here in New Mexico where NOTA would carry the day.
    • All elections, including ballot questions, bond issues, etc., should have some sort of quorum requirement (at least 50 percent of the registered electorate) – if the quorum requirement isn’t met, then it doesn’t matter if 100 percent of those who show up vote “YES” or for one candidate, no dice, it doesn’t pass, the candidate doesn’t win.
  3. Posted to Adam Kokesh’s Facebook Wall

    This assumes that the Secret Service people actually allow you to enter the elevator while Obama is inside.

  4. Re: Unsolicited Good Press in the Alibi

    Very true and very quotable.

    Thanks, Allen!

  5. Re: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: WHERE for goodness sakes?

    This sounds like a case right up the alley of the Institute for Justice – they could hit it from the private property rights angle (see here), as well as the economic liberty side (see here).

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. Galactic MI by Kevin Randle
  2. Star Trek: The Next Generation“A Matter of Time”
  3. Gangland – “Skinhead Assault”
  4. South Park“Starvin’ Marvin in Space”
  5. That Metal Show
  6. Unanimous Consent and the Utopian Vision by L. Neil Smith
  7. A beginners guide to lossless audio
  8. 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards

NOTES

  1. Differences from HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.x

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