From Thomas L. Knapp at IPR, March 1st:
In a Sunday essay published at his Libertarian Enterprise, Libertarian novelist and essayist L. Neil Smithendorses John McAfee for the presidency of the United States:
After months and months of having to listen to RINOs, LINOs, and self-righteous conservative Republican religious cooties, who can’t keep their Invisible Playmate in their pants, John McAfee is a breath of political fresh air. He does not take a single stance I know of on issues that I disagree with, or find unlibertarian.
In addition to his long career as a novelist and polemicist (The Libertarian Enterprise is in its 20th year of weekly publication), Smith was the subject of two “draft” campaigns for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination (disclosure: The author of this post was self-designated HMFIC of those campaigns) and served as the Libertarian Party ‘s presidential candidate in Arizona in the 2000 election.
After the Libertarian National Committee disaffiliated that state’s party, the LPAZ ran its own nomination contest, nominating Smith for president and libertarian writer Vin Suprynowicz for vice-president instead of adopting the Libertarian National Convention’s slate (Harry Browne and Art Olivier). Smith and Suprynowicz polled nearly 5,775 votes for 0.4% of the presidential vote in Arizona.
Green Party Watch, March 1st:
The Green Party of Minnesota announced that Jill Stein won Tuesday’s presidential caucuses with 84.3% of the vote. Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry took 5.9%, Bill Kreml 4.8%, Darryl Cherney 2.4%, and Kent Mesplay 1.2%.
KARE-TV in Minneapolis spoke with Minnesota Green spokesman Brandon Long about the caucuses before the voting.
Massachussetts also held its Green Party presidential primary today. Green Party Watch:
The Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts will hold its presidential primary today. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. The Green Party of Minnesota will hold its presidential caucuses at at least nine locationsthis evening, mainly from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT.
In both states, all five of the nationally recognized Green Party presidential candidates — Darryl Cherney, Sedinam Moyowasifsa-Curry, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein — will be options for voters.
The results will be posted on Green Party Watch when available.
Green Party Watch, March 1st:
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein made several high-profile television and radio appearances over the past week. On Saturday, Stein appeared on C-SPAN’s flagship program Washington Journal, discussing her campaign and taking viewer questions for more than 45 minutes.
Stein also appeared on RT America’s Sputnik, where host George Galloway, a former member of the British Parliament, said, “Of all the candidates running for president, the best one isn’t Bernie Sanders, it’s not even Donald Trump. It’s the candidate of the U.S. Green Party. She’s a better woman than [Hillary] Clinton; she’s a better democrat than Sanders!”
LP.org, March 1st:
Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark spoke about the party’s agenda, the national convention in Orlando, foreign policy and more with host David Elliot on ABC affiliate WLOX TV News.
Watch the 8+ minute interview here:
About Nicholas Sarwark, from Wikipedia:
Nicholas Sarwark (born c. 1979) is the chairman of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), the executive body of the Libertarian Party (LP) of the United States. Prior to his election to that position in 2014, he served on several of the LP’s national committees, as well as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland, and as vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado.
Sarwark was elected as LNC chair by the delegates of the 2014 Libertarian National Convention in Columbus, Ohio on June 29, 2014.
He was a deputy public defender in the state of Colorado. He is also a businessman with experience in computer consulting and sales.
Sarwark formerly resided in Denver, Colorado with his wife and three children. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2014 with his family.
J.R. Myers posted the following in an ATPR comment:
2/29/2016 P:atrick Ockander Drops out of CP POTUS race and endorses J.R. Myers:
“After much consideration, I have decided to step out of the CP race, and to rather put my support and my hat for VP in the ring with Ted Cruz, and I do this because his birthright is a moot point, that his dualistic nature is minimal, especially when compared with the Trump and rubio. I would hate to draw votes from Ted when the race is so close.
With that said, I’m offering my support within the CP to JR, who appears to hold my views most closely.
IF Ted Cruz doesn’t secure the RP nomination, I would consider the VP slot for JR.
GOD Bless America.
Ockander’s announcement leaves Scott Copeland and J.R. Myers as the two candidates actively campaigning for the Constitution Party’s presidential nomination, which will be decided April 13th-16th in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(The following was originally published in New England Public Radio.)
Tuesday is the Massachusetts presidential primary. Today, we hear from Jill Stein, who’s running for the Green Party nomination. A Massachusetts resident, she was the party’s nominee in 2012. Stein calls Bernie Sanders’ campaign “wonderful,” but she says there’s room for a third party.
To listen to the full interview click here