Stewart Greenleaf, a longtime Republican Pennsylvania state Senator (1979–2019), died today, of unknown causes. He was 81.
I never would have known of Mr. Greenleaf if not for his decision to run for President of the United States in first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary in 2012. It was a puzzling decision and few actually reported on it. I tried to contact Senator Greenleaf about it, at the time, but I did not receive any response. He did eventually put out a lengthy statement highlighting his reasons for entering the race: Continue Reading
As IPR reports, last Saturday, the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania unanimously nominated entrepreneur Ken Krawchuk for governor in 2014. The 60 year old Krawchuk who resides in Abington Township in Montgomery County, was the party’s 1998 and 2002 nominee for governor, receiving 33,591 (1.11 percent) and 40,923 (1.14 percent) votes respectively in each general election.
The focus of Krawchuk’s campaign includes reducing both the state income tax and government spending. Upon nomination, he attacked the Democrats and Republicans of Harrisburg alike for “continu[ing] to expand a government that’s already too large, too expensive, and too intrusive.” He added, “Libertarians are the only ones you can trust to defend the interests of the taxpayer.”
Last month, the centrist Modern Whig Party won its first political race when Robert “Heshy” Bucholz was elected Judge of Elections for the Fifth Division of the 56th Ward in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In a partisan election in a Democratic Party stronghold, Bucholz defeated the Democratic Party nominee by a margin of 36 to 24 votes.
After reading about his victory, I contacted Bucholz and asked a few questions to obtain more information about his personal background, the duties of his office, his political future, and what third party candidates can learn from his election. Continue Reading
Ken Krawchuk at the podium
Last month I contacted the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania’s two time gubernatorial nominee Ken Krawchuk about footage of a January 2012 debate he moderated in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. The debate, sponsored by Democracy Unplugged, interested me because it featured Libertarian presidential candidate Robert Milnes of New Jersey. At the time, no publicly accessible videos of Milnes were known to exist. Following my request, Krawchuk posted video of the two hour-long debate to YouTube, enabling me and other viewers to see footage of Milnes for the first time. Continue Reading