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Lost-in-FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 04:43 PM
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Independent Party in California?
Is this a joke? It seems like another Republican party to me.
Link <www.aipca.org >
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 04:47 PM
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1. Nope..just a racist party

I agree with all their positions on the ballot initiatives except Prop 75.

Look at their figureheads:

George Wallace
Jim Gilchrist
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 04:52 PM
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2. Fragmentation of the Right?
If we keep it together - electorally and symbolically - we're going to take it all away from them. Let them have Utah. :7
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 05:05 PM
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3. Formed as a front for the '68 Wallace presidential campaign, racist party.
In 1967, Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama was on the move to run for President on a new party ticket. Second only to Alabama, California was the most important state in the Union in the eyes of the Wallace campaign. Wallace supporters greeted with enthusiasm the formation of the American Independent Party. Not only was California the most populous state, but it was also the jurisdiction with the earliest legal deadline by which ballot qualification had to be achieved for the 1968 presidential election. The procedures for qualification in California were extremely difficult. To qualify a new party for the ballot required either 66,059 voter registrations showing affiliation with the new party, or a petition with over 660,000 valid voter signatures. Deadline for securing the registrations was January 2, 1968.Securing registrations was much more difficult than securing signatures on a petition. In 1967, California had no registration by mail system. And, every registration form had to be executed in the presence of a person designated by county election officials as a deputy registrar of voters. By mid 1967, in spite of the best endeavors of American Independent Party coordinators, the pace of registration acquisition did not appear to be adequate to achieve ballot qualification by the January, 1968 deadline. In October, to bolster the effort, Governor Wallace came to California for a week of rallies and speaking engagements. Simultaneously with the Governor's appearances in California, the Wallace Campaign unleashed an all-out effort to qualify the American Independent Party for the California ballot. Registration headquarters--ultimately 46 in number--were opened in every major population center in the state. An advertising campaign was launched in support of the registration drive, including radio, television, and newspaper advertisements.

http://www.aipca.org/history.html
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Coastie for Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 05:11 PM
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4. Other parties ---
Some of these are "Libertarian Left" (a California- Oregon- Washington- British Columbia "thing")

Republic of Cascadia - which is into geoducks (pronounced gooeyduck - a Cascadian clam species) and sasquatch.

State of Jefferson Party- Northern Counties of California and Southern Counties or Oregon.

History of California Secessionist Movements

California Republic - movement for an independent California.

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melody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 05:32 PM
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5. Old, old John Birch society type party
Used to be headed by John Schmidt, whose daughter went onto become the teacher who "fell in love with" her eleven year old student. :puke:
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melody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 07:10 PM
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9. Make that John Schmitz
My accountant John Schmidt wouldn't like the association. lol
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 05:38 PM
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6. AKA, The Constitution Party.
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Puregonzo1188 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 05:47 PM
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7. From http://www.politics1.com
"American Independent Party - Governor George C. Wallace (D-AL) founded the AIP and ran as the its first Presidential nominee in 1968. Running on a right-wing, anti-Washington, anti-racial integration, anti-communist platform, Wallace carried nearly 10 million votes (14%) and won 5 Southern states. Although Wallace returned to the Democratic Party by 1970, the AIP continued to live on -- although moving even further to the right. The 1972 AIP nominee, John Birch Society leader and Congressman John G. Schmitz (R-CA), carried nearly 1.1 million votes (1.4%). The 1976 AIP Presidential nominee was former Governor Lester Maddox (D-GA), a vocal segregationist -- but he fell far below Schmitz's vote total. The AIP last fielded its own national Presidential candidate in 1980, when they nominated white supremacist ex-Congressman John Rarick (D-LA) -- who carried only 41,000 votes nationwide. The AIP still fields local candidates in a few states -- mainly California -- but is now merely a state affiliate party of the national Constitution Party. For the past three presidential elections, the AIP simply co-nominated the Constitution Party's Presidential nominee."

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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 05:53 PM
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8. That's right. The AIP is a state affiliate of The Constitution Party.
Edited on Sun Oct-30-05 05:53 PM by Crazy Guggenheim
BTW, Welcome to DU.
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Puregonzo1188 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-05 07:15 PM
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10. Actually
I'm not new here, I've been posting periodically for awhile. I get a bit busy sometimes and don't get to post on DU, which explains the low post count.
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