Constitution Party of Wisconsin
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|Chairperson||Riley J. Hood|
|Headquarters||PO Box 070344
Milwaukee, WI 53207
|Ideology||Social conservatism, National Conservatism, Paleoconservatism, American Nationalism, Economic Nationalism|
|Colors||Red, white, and blue|
The Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW) is an affiliate party of the national Constitution Party, founded in 1991 as part of the U.S. Taxpayers Party. The Constitution Party is a right-wing and theocratic political party in the United States. The party asserts that the US is a Christian nation founded on the Bible and that American jurisprudence should be restored to what the party claims is its "Biblical foundations". The party supports strict adherence to the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Wisconsin Constitution. The party takes very conservative stances on social and fiscal issues.
The connection of this organization to the Constitution Party of Wisconsin, an American Independent Party affiliate which ran James Wickstrom and other candidates for state and local offices from 1980-1984, is unclear.
- 1992 - Howard Phillips and Albion Knight, Jr.
- 1996 - Howard Phillips and Herb Titus
- 2000 - Howard Phillips and Curtis Frazier
- 2004 - Michael Peroutka and Chuck Baldwin
- 2008 - Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle
- 2012 - Virgil Goode and Jim Clymer
Endorsed state candidates
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- Gregory Smith - Marquette County - Town of Douglas Supervisor
- Patricia Kohlman - Manitowac County Supervisor - 18th District
- Louis Linsmeyer - Dodge County - Hustisford Village Board of Trustees
Under Wisconsin law, a “recognized political party” is a political party that qualifies for a separate ballot or column on the ballot, based on receiving at least 1% of the votes for a statewide office at the previous November election or through acquiring the required number of petition signatures (10,000 electors, including at least 1,000 electors residing in each of at least three separate congressional districts). At the beginning of 2013, Wisconsin had three recognized political parties: Constitution, Democratic, and Republican.
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- State Parties of the national Constitution Party
- "Southern Poverty Law Center." Constitution Party Hopes to Take Politics to the Extreme in 2004. Spl Center, Feb.-Mar. 2003. Web. 20 Sept. 2013. <http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2003/fall/our-terrible-swift-sword>
- Blumenthal, Max (2010). Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party. Nation Books. p. 86. ISBN 978-1568584171.
- Max Blumenthal and David Neiwert (Oct 10, 2008). "Meet Sarah Palin’s radical right-wing pals". Salon Magazine.
- Berlet, Chip (September 2, 2008). "Sarah Palin and Christian Dominionist Theocracy". Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- Carrie Budoff; Thomas Fitzgerald (August 8, 2004). "Candidate counts on anger at Specter Democrats are hoping that James Clymer, of the Constitution Party, will draw off enough conservative support to boost Hoeffel's chances". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- Preamble to Constitution Party Platform "The Constitution Party gratefully acknowledges the blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as Creator, Preserver and Ruler of the Universe and of these United States. We hereby appeal to Him for mercy, aid, comfort, guidance and the protection of His Providence as we work to restore and preserve these United States. This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions but on a foundation of Christian principles and values. For this very reason peoples of all faiths have been and are afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here. The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries."
- Constitution Party national platform
- CPoW State Party Platform