John Stossel to interview minor party presidential candidates

With all the media attention on the Republican and Democratic national conventions, it may be easy to forget that there are other tickets vying for voters’ attention. A few of those will get a bit of sought-after TV time next month, thanks to everyone’s favorite mustachioed curmudgeon, John Stossel, who has a weekly show on FOX Business.

From Ballot Access News:

The John Stossel TV show on September 13 will have four presidential candidates: Stewart Alexander of the Socialist Party, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, and Jill Stein of the Green Party. The show will be re-broadcast on September 15.

Goode, Johnson, and Stein will be on the ballot in Tennessee. Johnson will be listed as Independent, since the Libertarian Party has not been granted ballot access under its own name.

Merlin Miller, of the new-to-me American Third Position Party, also will be listed as Independent.

There are quite a few more political parties running candidates for President, along with a veritable plethora of Independent candidates. You can check out all of them at

Just remember that only a subset will appear on your Tennessee ballot. Those will be clearly listed and linked on this site in the coming days.

House District 26 candidate leaves race

Larry Miller, who was unopposed in the August Democratic Primary in House District 26, has said he is leaving the race because he’s leaving the state to pursue an employment opportunity.

Miller had said he was running with his given name (Lawrence) to avoid potential confusion with Rep. Larry J. Miller of Memphis. And, presumably, this guy.

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick is the Republican nominee, and Rodger Cooksey is an Independent candidate for the November 6 election.

Boreds and commiserations

Joking aside, here are all 109 appointees to 48 assorted state boards and commissions by Gov. Bill Haslam:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 109 Tennesseans to 48 state boards and commissions.

Earlier this year, the legislature passed Haslam’s recommended reforms to many of the state’s boards and commissions, and most of those changes take effect October 1, 2012.

The governor continues his review of the state’s complete range of boards and commissions to determine other potential reforms that might be made to improve efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.

“I appreciate the willingness to serve the state and the commitment of these men and women,” Haslam said. “Tennessee will be well-represented on these boards and commissions, and I look forward to continuing our review to make sure Tennesseans have a government responsive to them.”

Appointment terms are varied due to differing statutory requirements or term limits determined by specific qualifications. The appointments are: Continue reading

Column: On closed primaries

Over at, I declare the conditions under which closed primaries would be acceptable.

Let me be clear up front: I have no problem with closed primaries….

Select from those who have been granted entrance only the purest of the pure, the mirror for bona fides, the über-partisan. Rest in the knowledge that there has been no meddling by interlopers, miscreants or rhinoceroses.

There are just two little matters that stand in the way of this dream, this heavenly state where only zealots nominate only Zeleniks.

Read on.