Unofficial Vote4Nader Blog: Vote Nader/Camejo 2004

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Ten Ways to Beat George W. Bush

A Gift from Nader/Camejo to Kerry/Edwards on a Silver Platter

The Independent Presidential Campaign of Ralph Nader and Peter Miguel Camejo has a gift for Senator John Kerry—Ten Ways to Beat Bush, Served Up On Silver Platters. The Kerry/Edwards campaign is failing to distinguish itself enough from Bush/Cheney. They are not putting forward explicit solutions that meet the daily needs of the American people, not putting forward an effective foreign policy alternative to the pre-emptive Bush war doctrine, and not crisply challenging Bush on his failed record.

Read the official Nader/Camejo 2004 campaign press release in full, here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Hello Out There

Well....figured that is was about time I created my maiden entry for this blog. For those of you wondering whom the heck I am, you can check out another of my blogs here.
As many of you may know, Mr. Nader recently ended one heckuva roller coaster ride out here in Oregon. After months of collecting signatures, getting harassed, and fighting court cases, Ralphy Boy (as I like to call him) recently got booted from Oregon's presidential ballot. For me this was a great disappointment. Not because I am huge supporter of Nader's (although I did vote for him in the last election), but because I am a HUGE CRITIC of our current "two party" system. It is my personal opinion that our political system has been hijacked by the two major parties. It seems to me that the Republicans and Democrats are more concerned with protecting their own little political fiefdoms than they are with actually governing this country. This is why strong "third party" candidates, such as Mr. Nader, find it so difficult to gain ballot access and why the major parties (the Demos this time, but with Perot it was the Repubs) fight so hard to keep them off of the ballot. The biggest threat to the currently entrenched powers is for the voters to actually have a choice when voting...well more of a choice than corrupt major party candidate vs. corrupt other major party candidate.
Well, hopefully this first little entry gives you an idea of who I am, and what my thoughts are on the current state of affairs of our political system. I encourage you to check out the link above and read some of my comments on the other blog that I write. I hope to be a frequent and prolific addition to the Vote4Nader (unofficial of course ;-) blog.
Blog On.

The Fat Lady Has Just Sang:
Well...shortly after writing this entry I was checking the internet for my 3:30 (west coast time) sweep of the news when I saw this article....unfortunately it looks like Ralph's long and bitter battle to get on the Oregon ballot is official over.
Here is the text of the blog entry that I wrote for my blog.

Well....guess I was wrong. I had previously stated that I didn't think that the United States Supreme Court would hear the petition brought by supporters of Ralph Nader prior to the election. However, according to this article, the Supreme Court refused to block the printing of Oregon's election ballots (they are being printed without Mr. Nader's name making an appearance). This was the last stop for Nader's Oregon campaign. The only silver lining in this dark cloud for Nader supporters is that Justice Stephen Breyer supported the stay. Unfortunately the other justices did not. So, unless that crooning rotund figure is Justice Scalia belting out his own version of the John Lennon classic "Imagine" the fat lady has sung on the Nader campaign here in Oregon.
Imagine all the people....with no one to vote for.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

This just in, from New Mexico

Albuquerque Journal
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Judge in Nader Case Leaving Bench To Mediate for Firm

By Scott Sandlin
Journal Staff Writer

District Judge Wendy York on Monday withdrew from the courtroom fray over whether independent Ralph Nader could appear on the New Mexico election ballot.

As of Dec. 31, she's out of courtrooms altogether.

Privately, she told her closest colleagues two months ago that she was leaving to become a mediator at the Albuquerque law firm Sheehan, Sheehan & Stelzner. And last week, before being assigned the contentious Nader lawsuit, she told other judges and administrative staff that she planned to leave at the end of the year.

York said she would be "of counsel" to the firm, meaning she will perform mediation rather than being a litigator.

Read the entire article, here.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Nader/Camejo Campaign Hails Court Victories in Maryland, New Mexico, & Pennsylvania

Washington, DC: The Independent presidential campaign of Ralph Nader and Peter Miguel Camejo today hailed decisions by courts in Maryland and Pennsylvania today.

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, found the ballot access law in Maryland unconstitutional for not counting registered voters who had moved to a different county from where they had registered. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overruled a decision that had kept Nader off the ballot because he was running on multiple party lines. In New Mexico, a judge who had thrown Nader off the ballot on Friday was found to have contributed $1,000 to the Kerry campaign. She withdrew her opinion and recused herself from the case.

"The anti-Democratic Party should stop trying to limit voter choices through harrassment and legal technicalities and start debating the issues," said Ralph Nader.

The Nader/Camejo campaign is currently on the ballot in 37 states and in litigation in seven of those. It is also in litigation trying to get on the ballot in seven other states. It is waiting for the state of Hawaii to finish its review of the signatures submitted by Nader/Camejo 2004.

[via an official Nader/Camejo 2004 campaign press release, here]

Friday, September 17, 2004

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