The Socialist Labor Party, the original party of socialism in the United States, stopped running candidates for partisan public office after 1981, but has continued to publish its newspaper, The People, on a bimonthly schedule. However, due to a shortage of funds, the paper hasn’t been published since the March-April 2008 issue. The SLP closed
On December 31, 2008, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court again refused to reconsider the matter of costs that Ralph Nader was ordered to pay to the people who challenged his petition in 2004. The original request for reconsideration had been based on new revelations that the challengers had been indicted for using state resources. The new
On December 31, the D.C. Court of Appeals (which is not the same as the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C.) ruled that Michael A. Brown, not Patrick Mara, is the winner of the District’s “at-large” seat that is always reserved for someone other than a Democrat. UPDATE: here is the 5-page decision. D.C. provides
Libertarian Party national chair Bill Redpath is interviewed here. The newspaper that carried this interview is the Loudoun section of the Washington Post.
This British blog (Michael Tomasky’s, from The Guardian) gives an interesting account of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s press conference of December 30, in which the Governor appointed Roland Burris to the vacant U.S. Senate seat. Thanks to Daily Kos for the link.
The Constitution Party has run a presidential candidate in each of the last five presidential elections. In 2008, its presidential nominee, Chuck Baldwin, polled a higher percentage of the vote than any previous Constitution Party presidential candidate had ever polled in 27 states. Those 27 states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho,