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Sekula-Gibbs Continues Fraudulent Polling Tactics

Providing insight into her behaviour if she were elected, the Republican write-in candidate for Texas Congressional Distrct 22 continues to deceive the public with the use of misleading polling tactics. Obviously threatened by Bob Smither, who is actually on the ballot, hyphen lady is conducting a push poll which exludes Smither’s name as an option. The transcript they are using goes something like this:

GIBBS POLLSTER: Yes, this is [name] calling from Southern Research to ask you one question about the November election for U.S. Congress. If the election were held tomorrow would you vote for
– Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, the Republican, or
– Nick Lampson, the Democrat. obtained an audio recording of one of the calls where the voter exposed the poll for the fraud that it is:

Listen to the audio here.

It appears hyphen lady is seeking to maintain the Republican Party’s status as the most corrupt in congress.

Full transcript of the call after the break.

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It’s Time for Pancakes

Bill Wood, while debating his opponents in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, summed up what I am guessing a lot of people are thinking these days:

Wood got the most lively response of the evening when, in his closing remarks, he compared Democrats to “scrambled eggs” and Republicans to “poached eggs.”

He then told the crowd, “It’s time for pancakes.”


Kevin Cherry for Georgia Public Service Commission

Libertarian candidate for Public Service Commission in Georgia, Kevin Cherry, is running an impressive campaign focusig on consumer advocacy, free markets and alternative energy. Cherry’s platform was recently covered in the Rome News-Tribune with more detail:

Consumer Advocacy “” “The people of Georgia deserve a commissioner that will be fair and objective. You deserve a commissioner that won’t take campaign contributions from the executives and lobbyists of the utilities being regulated. I have no ties to these industries, and will always look after the best interests of the consumer.”

Competitive Free Markets “” “The best quality of service at the lowest rates is always the product of a free market. As your commissioner, I will continuously seek ways to improve and increase competition in your utilities. Regulated monopolies tend to get bloated and charge rates that pay for excessive top heavy administrative costs. One example of free market competition is cell phones. Over the years, cell phone service has increased, competition increases, and rates have continued to fall. Free market competition is the solution that works.”

Alternative Energy “” “Georgia’s rate payers and tax payers are being asked to build more nuclear power plants in Georgia. I am not against nuclear power, but I am against the tax payers footing the bill while the power company runs away with the profits. The decision to build these plants and the risks should fall on the stock holders of the power company. In contrast, I think Georgians should be given tax incentives to create renewable sources of energy. Through conservation, bio-mass, and other renewable energy supplies, we can ensure a clean future with low energy rates.”

Cherry’s campaign will be using TV ads to help get the message out. He is the first PSC candidate to run TV ads in this election, and will be among the first Libertarian candidates to run TV ads in the state of Georgia:

James Bell, Kevin Cherry’s campaign director and producer of the ad said it sends a powerful message about the lies, and corruption of the two party system.

“We wanted to compare the electronic voting machines to a slot machine to show how the voters of Georgia feel it’s a gamble to even vote in this state,” said Bell. “We don’t trust the politicians and we don’t trust the voting machines. The Libertarian Party is offering a real choice this year. I hope the 40-50% of voters who do not vote will realize the power they have if they will only go to the polls.”

The ad ends with three cherries rolling up on the slot machine wheels to show a winner. It’s Kevin Cherry! The closing line says, “Pick Cherry for PSC”.

The video can be viewed here.


Garrett Hayes Covered on Front Page News; Launches TV Ad

The superb performance delivered by Garrett Hayes in the Georgia gubernatorial debate has caused his poll numbers to climb while both of his opponent’s numbers are falling faster than a Republican’s pants in the presence of underage boys. Since the debate, some other developments have come to fruition that are sure to boost his poll numbers even higher:

First, Hayes was featured on the front page of the Thomasville Times-Enterprise. Here’s an excerpt:

Actually, his motive in running for governor is pretty simple.

“I’m tired of watching government grow. I’m tired of government taking more and more of our money and our freedom and doing things it shouldn’t be doing,” Hayes said.

Armed with novel approaches to dealing with taxes, eminent domain, education and immigration, Hayes said his goal is not to play spoiler to either top candidate in this election. He wants to become Georgia’s next governor.

Second, the Hayes campaign has purchased air time for their TV ad. According to Doug Craig:

We plan on running starting next week. I believe we have enough money to run it 700-800 times on cable but we could always [use] more donations. Please call me If you can donate. $18.00 will buy a spot on fox news in downtown Atlanta, $2.00 will buy a spot in Jonesboro on the weather channel. Please call Doug Craig 770-861-5855

Watch the video after the break.

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Peirce Campaign Advertising in Full Swing

The campaign to elect Bill Peirce governor of Ohio has announced media buys in multiple outlets. A recent press release indicates that the campaign has purchased ten billboards (see below) as well as strategically placed print advertising in newspapers and magazines:

Peirce advertised in a bar and restaurant magazine because of the upcoming ballot issues proposing smoking bans, saying, “I think the owner of the establishment ought to be able to call the shots in his or her business, leaving people to decide what type of establishment to patronize.” Peirce also has committed to ads in the Gay People’s Chronicle, which he believes reaches another group seeking reduced government interference in their personal lives.

Additionally, Peirce’s campaign plans to purchase radio ads during the final days before the election. All of this is in addition to the Taxi ads spotted months ago.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: There are actually 21 billboards currently running until election day, not to mention several 4 x 8 signs that people have put up on their property in high traffic areas (next to freeways and people living on busy streets). Charles has told me that if you want to contribute to put more of just these up, you can make a note with your donation and that money will be tagged for just that purpose.


Habeas Corpus, R.I.P.

More video commentary here, here and here.

Interesting written commentary here and here.


Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Garrett Hayes Gaining in the Polls

Poll numbers for Garrett Michael Hayes, Libertarian candidate for governor in Geogia, are picking up steam according to a recent InsiderAdvantage poll putting Hayes at 9%. 11Alive reports:

In fact, while both Sonny Perdue and Mark Taylor are losing points, Libertarian Garrett Hayes is gaining — big.

They go on to quote pollster Matt Towery as saying:

“This is the first race I’ve ever seen where the Libertarian keeps rising and the other two candidates keep dropping,” Towery said. “I’ve never seen that before in all my years at looking at political campaigns.”

Hayes was polling around 8% prior to a stellar performance at a recent debate, which had at least one local blogger declaring him the winner:

..Honestly, Sonny Perdue calling Mark Taylor “Pinnochio”; Mark Taylor calling Sonny Perdue a dwarf named “Greedy”; and Garrett Michael Hayes talking about liberating Georgia from the Democrats and the Republicans.

You know, if I had to pick a winner, I’d say that Libertarian Garrett Michael Hayes won because he was able to stay above the name calling and personal attacks that went back and forth between the Big Guy and the big dwarf.

Other video media coverage of Garrett Michael Hayes can be found here: WSB-TV, 11 Alive, Fox 5


Connecticut Congressional Candidate Phil Maymin

Libertarian candidate for Connecticut’s fourth Congressional district, Phil Maymin, was not only included in the debates, but his performance has been quite impressive. Here is a clip of some highlights from one of the six debates he has attended so far:

Maymin is currently ranked #2 on the Libertarian Party’s Candidate Tracker and is running in a four-way race against a Green and two mega-party candidates.

UPDATE: Phil Maymin’s closing statement after the jump.

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Sad That CD-22 GOP Won’t Endorse Smither

Libertarian/Republican candidate for the Vermont house in the Orleans-Caledonia 1 district, Ben Todd, had an excellent letter to the editor published on FortBendNow:

Dear Editor,

I am a Libertarian/Republican candidate for state house in Vermont. In Vermont Libertarians and Republicans have allied themselves to work on very important fiscal issues like repealing the statewide property tax etc. The Vermont Republican party has nominated and endorsed 5 Libertarian party candidates.

I find it sad that the Republican party in your area has chosen to let a Liberal Democrat get elected by not endorsing Libertarian Bob Smither for congress in cd-22. Bob Smither would well represent many Republicans in Texas, just as we are here in Vermont. I encourage all Republicans in CD-22 to ignore the destructive actions of the GOP and place their vote for Bob Smither. If not we may see a Democratic speaker of the house.

Check him out at:

Thank You,

Benjamin Todd
Barton Vermont

Feel free to write your own letter, in support of Bob Smither, to FortBendNow via their form located on the right-hand side of the page.


Stan Jones of Montana for US Senate


Jack Cashin for Georgia Agriculture Commissioner


‘Conservative’ Republicans Add 2.5 Million People To Federal Payroll

Professor Paul C. Light’s latest study on the “true size” of the federal government puts the number of employees at a staggering 14.6 million people. Without excluding those under the age of 18, roughly 1 in every 20 people in the United States now work for the federal government. According to the Washington Post:

That compares with 12.1 million employees in 2002, said Light, who has tracked the growth of government for years and has data for as far back as 1990. The latest increase is almost entirely due to contractors, whose ranks swelled by 2.5 million since 2002, Light wrote in his 10-page research brief.

Aren’t Republicans supposed to be for smaller government? I find it hard to fathom how the addition of 2.5 million people is in any way compatible with conservative values. I also find it hard to believe that a very large number of conservative voters aren’t waking up to the fact that they have been screwed.

“This time, almost all of the growth can be attributed from the war on terrorism, which boosted Defense spending for both goods and services systems and covered the continued cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he wrote.

It would be interesting to know how many of these defense contractors made campaign contributions, both before and after the war on “terror” started, and for how much.


Congress Wants To Know If They’ve Molested You

Being the responsible public servant that he is, House Speaker Dennis Hastert has conveniently setup a Tip line for those of us that have been molested by Congress:

We’ve asked the Ethics Committee to look into this matter and we asked for criminal investigations to be opened by the Justice Department, the FBI and the State of Florida. We have a toll-free number where people can confidently call and we’ve reached out to experts around the country to put a system in place to make sure this never happens again.

The Tip number is: 1-866-384-0481.

Congress is finally going to take action against itself for the thousands upon thousands of laws it has created to molest us with? This is too good to be true!

The kicker: the number routes to a modem. I am not kidding, I just dialed it. If I wasn’t so accustomed to members of Congress lying to people, this would be a complete shock to me. However it appears to be business as usual.

I guess I will have to “confidently” fax them my grievances.

UPDATE: Michael Hampton pointed out that the correct number is 1-866-348-0481. Let the dialing begin.


Bob Smither Participates in Candidate Forum with Lampson and Write-In Republican

Bob Smither faced-off with his oppenents at a candidate forum sponsored by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. According to FortBendNow:

Libertarian Smither, Republican write-in candidate Sekula-Gibbs and Democratic challenger Lampson spoke in that order. Each was given eight minutes, no rebuttal or audience questions were allowed.

Smither, a Libertarian, and the only candidate beside Lampson whose name will appear on the ballot, compared himself to Republican conservatives of an earlier era, saying he worked as a GOP volunteer for Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign.

He criticized Lampson and Sekula-Gibbs, saying both have promised to fund special projects in the district that shouldn’t be paid for with tax money from people in the rest of the country, adding “in your heart, you know it’s wrong.”

Smither said he advocates passage of the so-called Fair Tax Proposal, which would abolish the IRS and replace the income tax with a single-rate federal retail sales tax collected at the point of purchase of new goods and services for personal consumption.

“A write-in candidate has never been elected to the House in Texas. Nick Lampson appeals to those who look to government for solutions,” Smither said, adding that he represents the only true conservative alternative.

Houston’s KPRC Local 2 has video footage here.

Crazy For Liberty reports that a recent staw poll of 100 randomly selected district residents shows Smither currently at 25% in a three-way race:

The telephone poll of 100 randomly selected district
residents showed:

Nick Lampson, Democrat: 41%
Bob Smither, Libertarian: 25%
Undecided: 23%
Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Rep. 11%

Folks, Smither can win this thing. But time is running out and he needs your help now.

Older video coverage after the break.

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Bruce Guthrie Lends Campaign Nearly $1.2 Million