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NATIONAL
September 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Virginia election officials Tuesday denied a spot on November's presidential ballot to independent candidate Ralph Nader. Jean R. Jensen, secretary of the State Board of Elections, said registrars had verified 7,342 signatures for Nader, well short of the required 10,000. Candidates for the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party collected the required number of signatures and would appear on the ballot, Jensen said.
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OPINION
September 3, 2004
Re "Israel's Albatross: U.S. Neocons," Commentary, Aug. 30: Robert Scheer is correct in finding the Jewish neocons in the Bush administration dangerous not only for peace but for the state of Israel. The workings of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on behalf of the Likud Party in Israel constitute something like "dual loyalty." They will claim their critics are anti-Semites, but the neocons are adept at lies and deceptions. It is the neocons we should thank for the disaster in Iraq, them and Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, who are using Israel for their own nefarious purposes.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
Presidential candidate Ralph Nader won a spot Wednesday on the November ballot in Washington state but suffered setbacks in his effort to be listed on Michigan, Oregon and Texas ballots. The secretary of state's office in Washington said Nader would be listed as an independent after he submitted 1,983 signatures. The minimum required is 1,000. Also Wednesday, a federal judge rejected Nader's claims that Texas' tough ballot-access requirements for independent candidates are unconstitutional.
NATIONAL
August 28, 2004 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
If Sen. John F. Kerry thinks he's having a tough time fending off attacks on his military record, he ought to consider the plight of independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader. The well-known consumer advocate, who Democrats fear will again siphon critical votes from their nominee, faces court challenges in more than a dozen states. He's struggling to get on other state ballots, and the college students and Hollywood celebrities who once lavished praise want nothing to do with him.
NATIONAL
August 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader suffered setbacks this week as election officials in Virginia, Maryland, Illinois and Missouri denied him access to state ballots this fall. In each case, officials said Nader campaign workers either did not submit enough valid signatures on ballot petitions or failed to follow proper procedures.
NATIONAL
August 12, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Green Party of California has rejected a request from Ralph Nader to hold a special nominating convention that would have given him another shot at appearing on the state's ballot as a presidential candidate. Nader fell far short last week of submitting the 153,035 signatures required for him to make the California ballot as an independent presidential contender.
OPINION
August 10, 2004
Last week, Ralph Nader did not accumulate the necessary signatures to get on the ballot in California. I would like to believe that this is because Californians realized that Nader's presence in this close and critical race would be as a spoiler out for self-edification rather than a noble advocate. Now the Nader camp is contemplating legal action. This illustrates Nader's refusal to accept the reality of the clear message the voting public sent him when he could not get the signatures necessary.
OPINION
August 9, 2004
Re "Democratic Party Should Live Up to Its Name," Commentary, Aug 6: Ralph Nader accuses the Democratic Party of skulduggery in its attempts to keep him off the ballot. What he refuses to acknowledge is that the only consequence of his candidacy will be to improve President Bush's chances. When asked what the country would be like if Bush were to win, he avoids an answer by reciting his perceived shortcomings of the Democratic Party. He claims to favor the president's defeat, but he does not honestly own up to the fact that Bush's victory would be worse than Kerry's.
NATIONAL
August 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Ralph Nader failed to gather enough signatures to make the ballot in California as an independent presidential candidate, but his campaign said Saturday that it would keep trying to get his name before the state's voters in November. State election officials said Nader fell far short of the 153,035 signatures needed by Friday's deadline. The consumer activist submitted 82,923 with 56 of the state's 58 counties reporting, said Lauren Hersh, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2004 | From Associated Press
In an about-face, Ralph Nader decided Monday to accept thousands of petition signatures collected by Michigan Republicans if that was the only way he could qualify for the state's presidential ballot. On Thursday, Michigan Republican Party officials submitted 43,000 signatures -- far more than the 30,000 needed -- to ensure Nader could appear on the ballot as an independent.
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