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Not much news at the moment - and of course, we wonder if it will actually get reported - but a very intriguing Facebook status from LP Vice-Presidential candidate Judge Jim Gray was posted about half an hour ago...
    Originally posted by Judge Jim Gray's wall (facebook.com)
    Breaking news! The Gov. Gary Johnson/Judge Jim Gray Campaign has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Democrats, Republicans, & the Commission on Presidential Debates for antitrust and anticompetitive acts. The voters deserve competition!
I doubt this will get anywhere, but God bless 'em for at least trying. I would LOVE for people to understand there are more than two choices in this race and allowing Gov. Johnson to debate President Obama and Governor Romney would sure make things much more interesting.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    [A]llowing Gov. Johnson to debate President Obama and Governor Romney would sure make things much more interesting.
I loooove debates involving people that actually don't have a chance to get elected by the people watching; they don't give a shit, and are free to speak freely. Canadian federal debates are always good for this, as the Bloc de Quebecois leader is always loose and fun.



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It's only fair that the Libs try this given how the D&R always file lawsuits at the local level to try to get the 3rd party candidates that they think could hurt them removed. I agree that nothing will come of this (except maybe attention to the Johnson/Gray ticket, which might have been the goal anyway), but it does make me wonder: if they were forced to open up the debates, who should be included? I'm inclined to say anyone who is on the ballot in enough states to theoretically win the electoral college. According to thegreenpapers.com, that would be Obama, Romney, Johnson, Jill Stein of the Green Party, and Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party. As it happens, that ends up being a nice blend of ideologies as well. That seems a fair diving line between them and crazy candidates like Roseanne Barr and Jeff Boss of the "NSA Did 911" Party and Santa Claus.
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A Scribd of the Complaint is now attached to this story over at Buzzfeed. Judge Gray himself is going to argue on behalf of his campaign. Given that they filed in Newport Beach and Gray is a former California Superior Court judge, I will take that to mean he'll probably know what he's doing in that courtroom. Scanning through it, they're arguing on behalf of all candidates with enough ballot access to hit 270.

Other than this Buzzfeed story, I'm still not seeing it on Google News...must be the Friday afternoon timing. ;-)



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If you're on the ballot, you should be in the debates. It's a travesty that the debates are restricted to the two major parties, despite third parties being on the ballots in a good portion of the states.

    Originally posted by hansen9j
      Originally posted by CRZ
      [A]llowing Gov. Johnson to debate President Obama and Governor Romney would sure make things much more interesting.
    I loooove debates involving people that actually don't have a chance to get elected by the people watching; they don't give a shit, and are free to speak freely. Canadian federal debates are always good for this, as the Bloc de Quebecois leader is always loose and fun.


To quote Jon Stewart:
"I enjoyed his [Al Sharpton] way of speaking. I think, often times, the person that knows they can't win is allowed to speak the most freely, because, otherwise, shows with titles, such as CROSSFIRE [...] Will jump on it. In many ways, it's funny. And I made a special effort to come on the show today, because I have privately, amongst my friends and also in occasional newspapers and television shows, mentioned this show as being bad."

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I don't know. On one hand, it does stink of elitism, and it's going to definitely lend itself to more politicians to joining the reserves to look tough to the voters, all the while knowing they'll never actually have to go to war.
- MoeGates, On politicians and wars (2003)
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