CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2000
The election of Jesse Ventura as governor of Minnesota in 1998 appeared to boost the Reform Party as an enduring force in American electoral politics. But Ventura, fed up with intraparty turmoil, has now left the organization. Nor is developer Donald Trump interested in running as the Reform candidate for president. Unless party founder Ross Perot reemerges, the Reformers are left with the prospect of former Republican Patrick J.
January 5, 2000 |
John Anderson, the independent who captured 7% of the presidential vote in 1980, will appear this year as a Reform Party candidate on California's March 7 primary ballot. Although California Reform Party leaders asked the secretary of state to place his name on the ballot, he has not filed a statement of candidacy or set up a federal campaign committee. The secretary of state's office confirmed Anderson's spot on the ballot Tuesday.
May 6, 2000 |
Reform Party Chairman Pat Choate resigned Friday and turned control over to his vice chairman, citing a family illness. Gerald Moan of Tucson will head the party until a new chairman is selected at its summer convention in Long Beach, Choate said. Choate, the 1996 Reform Party vice presidential nominee, said in a telephone interview with Associated Press that the party is united after months of wrangling, thus his departure will not be unsettling.
January 4, 2000 |
The new chairman of the Reform Party plans a third vote on the site of the party's 2000 presidential convention to settle a dispute between factions supporting Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and party founder Ross Perot. "We're starting from scratch," Jack Gargan said Monday, declaring that he would set aside earlier votes--one that would put the convention in Long Beach, Calif., the other in St. Paul.
January 27, 1997 |
A Nashville organizational meeting for the Reform Party erupted in dissension amid disputes between backers of Ross Perot and others who say he should relinquish his grip on the party. The meeting ended on a contentious note, with the breakaway faction saying it would go its separate way. One faction of about 40 people stormed from the meeting after former Perot campaign coordinator Russ Verney was elected chairman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1997
Region 12 of the Reform Party will have its convention next Saturday in advance of the state convention June 20-22 in San Jose. Those attending will elect a director, members for four state committees and state convention delegates. Platform and party issues may also be discussed. The regional session will start at 10 a.m. in Irvine City Council chambers, 1 Civic Center Plaza. Region 12 includes all of Orange County. Information: (714) 731-6369.
June 18, 1996 |
With a final decision expected by midweek, aides to Ross Perot said Monday that the new Reform Party will hold its nominating convention on one of two weekends in mid-August, probably in Southern California. Although a precise site has not yet been selected, the meeting likely will be in the Los Angeles area or Orange County, Perot spokeswoman Sharon Holman said.
June 12, 2000 |
The Reform Party plans to take the plunge into Internet voting this summer, party Chairman Gerry Moan said. Over the next several weeks, party members will receive a personal identification number in the mail that will enable them to cast their ballot for the party's presidential nominee online during a brief period in late July or early August.
February 11, 2000 |
Gov. Jesse Ventura, who rose to political prominence under the Minnesota banner of the Reform Party, wants to split from the national organization, officials close to him said Thursday. Ventura is expected to urge the Minnesota Reform Party to leave the national group, a possible step toward setting up a new organization--perhaps called the Independence Party. "The governor is disappointed with where the national Reform Party is right now," said Minnesota party Chairman Rick McCluhan.
November 22, 1996 |
In his first public move to keep control of his Reform Party away from a rival faction, Ross Perot picked a national steering committee of himself, two supporters--and one rival. Perot gathered one representative from each of the 50 states and the committee was chosen during a secretive conference call, which required a password for entry.