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HB436 has been signed by Gov. Sununu

Liberty Lobby LLC recently reported our biggest victory in the 2017 Session came with the passage of HB436 (Exempting persons using virtual currency from registering as money transmitters). HB436 was introduced in response to the to the Commission to Study Cryptocurrency Regulation which decided to undo part of what was passed by HB666 (2015). CEO Darryl W. Perry’s testimony to the Commission to Study Cryptocurrency Regulation was the first official action as a registered lobbyist, however the groundwork for what became HB436 began in 2015 with the introduction of HB356. HB356, which had a similar intent to model legislation crafted by our CEO in 2014, sought to exempt persons using virtual currency from registering as money transmitters. HB356 was ultimately amended to create the aforementioned Commission to Study Cryptocurrency Regulation.

After HB436 passed both Chambers of the NH General Court, Liberty Lobby LLC organized a pair of events encouraging people to contact the Governor asking him to sign HB436. It appears our calls and emails were successful, as I’m happy to announce that Governor Chris Sununu did sign HB436 on June 2, with the new statute taking effect August 1, 2017. Governor Sununu also signed SB23 (Relative to legalizing firecrackers) on the same day, with that statute taking effect immediately.

There are a number of other bills that Liberty Lobby LLC has been working to pass that have not yet been placed before the Governor for a signature. We are keeping an eye on these bills, as well a number of bills we’re hoping he’ll veto, and hope to have a full session recap by early July.

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An unlikely viral star in London reminds us that part of defeating terrorism is not letting the bastards change how we act.
Import restrictions are making it harder to rock out.

It’s hard not to wonder at the sheer illogic of many of America’s trade laws. It’s not that they don’t sound reasonable on paper, but in practice, trade barriers present a nightmare of bureaucracy that harms consumers and businesses alike.

Supreme Court rules that you own your property. Duh.

If owners are free to modify products purchased from the manufacturers — products that by all rights should be the exclusive property of the buyers — there’s no telling what kinds of new and innovative uses we may see.

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Second Circuit Court upholds Ulbricht’s double life sentence

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Nearly two years ago Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to 2 life sentences plus 40 years in prison for his role in creating and operating the Silk Road online market. This sentence, and indeed the entire conviction, was appealed based on suppressed evidence and the existence of corrupt federal agents working on the investigation into Silk Road. Former Secret Service Agent Carl Mark Force & former DEA Agent Shaun Bridges each plead guilty to to money laundering and obstruction of justice; Force also plead guilty to extortion. In the appeal, Ulbricht’s attorneys used all caps to highlight some of the ways that Ross was denied a fair trial: “THE COURT ABUSED ITS DISCRETION AND DENIED ULBRICHT HIS FIFTH AND SIXTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO DUE PROCESS, THE RIGHT TO PRESENT A DEFENSE, AND A FAIR TRIAL BY (A) PRECLUDING THE DEFENSE FROM USING AT TRIAL THE EVIDENCE RELATING TO DEA SPECIAL AGENT CARL FORCE’S CORRUPTION; (B) REFUSING TO ORDER THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DISCOVERY AND BRADY MATERIAL REGARDING CORRUPTION; AND (C) DENYING ULBRICHT’S MOTION FOR A NEW TRIAL BASED ON ADDITIONAL POST-TRIAL DISCLOSURES REGARDING FORCE AND ANOTHER CORRUPT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENT INVOLVED IN THE SILK ROAD INVESTIGATION.”

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals handed down their ruling on May 31, upholding Ulbricht’s conviction & sentence. In the 139 page decision, the judges stated, the presence of corrupt federal agents “does not necessarily affect the reliability of the government’s evidence in a particular case” even though evidence may have been fabricated by said corrupt agents. Adding that the defense “still has not shown how the agents’ corrupt behavior is exculpatory… The relevant question, on which none of Ulbricht’s arguments casts any light or raises any doubt, is whether any particular item of evidence was tainted in some way by the misconduct of Bridges or Force.”

In short, the judges said “Ulbricht hasn’t proven the evidence was tainted, therefore it wasn’t.” This contradicts one of the edicts of our system of justice, that the prosecution is supposed to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The fact that the agents, who again were corrupt, had full access to the site and the ability to impersonate Dread Pirate Roberts (the alias of the Silk Road operator) should bring about reasonable doubt as to whether or not the evidence is legitimate. If there are reasonable doubts as to the validity of the evidence, there should likewise be reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant.

The ruling continues, “It is very possible that, at some future point, we will come to regard these policies as tragic mistakes and adopt less punitive and more effective methods of reducing the incidence and costs of drug use.” Adding, “At this point in our history, however, the democratically-elected representatives of the people have opted for a policy of prohibition, backed by severe punishment… Under the law, we cannot say that [the original judge’s] decision was substantively unreasonable.”

In other words, “even though the War on Drugs may end at some point, it’s still the law of the land; therefore, Ross Ulbricht will die in prison because he created a website.”

Ross Ulbricht is an American Hero who deserves a medal, he is not a super-villain to be punished; the real criminals in this case are the federal agents involved in the investigation, the prosecution & the judges who sentenced Ross Ulbricht to a lifetime behind bars.


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Libertarian in mix in Montana special election, LP Chair on Glenn Beck, and more

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Montana race shows Libertarian votes can no longer be ignored

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Mark Wicks (standing), 2017 Libertarian candidate for U.S. House in Montana

Libertarian Mark Wicks won 6 percent of the vote in Montana’s race for the state’s only U.S. House seat on May 25, demonstrating that America’s third-largest political party is routinely in play in key elections.

While Wicks’s vote fell shy of beating Republican Greg Gianforte’s 7-point lead over Democrat Rob Quist, the fact that Libertarians are regularly pushing up against, or exceeding, margins of victory makes their presence in elections impossible to ignore.

“The Montana special election results show that a growing number of voters…are reliably voting Libertarian,” said LP Chair Nicholas Sarwark. “The old parties ignore these results…at their peril.”

Read more here.


Glenn Beck TV & radio interviews of LNC chair available online

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LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark being interviewed on the Glenn Beck Program on May 11

Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark was interviewed by Glenn Beck on two of his shows on May 11.

Click here to listen to the interview on the radio show, “The Glenn Beck Program.”

Click here to watch a video clip from that radio interview on how to solve the culture war.

Click here to watch a sneak peek of the interview on the television show, “Glenn,” on how the Libertarian Party can solve America’s political dilemma. (You may also watch the full TV interview by subscribing to TheBlaze. A 14-day free trial is offered.)


Spots still available at Libertarian State Leadership Alliance conference in N.H. this Sunday

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A limited number of spaces are still available for the Libertarian State Leadership Alliances annual conference, being held this Sunday in Manchester, N.H.

Designed for LP affiliates at all levels, the event offers three tracks of activist training, including affiliate fundraising by LNC Executive Director Wes Benedict.

Conference registration includes a luncheon with keynote speaker Angela Keaton, executive director of Antiwar.com, and a dinner featuring 2016 vice presidential candidate Larry Sharpe.

Click here for more details and late registration info.


Libertarian candidate Casey Carlisle on the Todd Herman Show

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Libertarian Casey Carlisle, candidate for mayor of Seattle, Washington was interviewed on the Todd Herman radio show on KTTH 770AM.

Carlisle is running for mayor of Seattle to simplify the business license tax, do away with the other taxes, and get rid of occupational licensing.

The mayoral primary election will be held August 1. Because Washington state has a top-two voting system, only the top two finishers will advance to the November 7 election.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Campaign website: CaseyForSeattle.com


California Libertarian interviewed on local television over water rate increases

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Aaron Starr, 2016 Libertarian candidate for Oxnard, Calif. City Council

Libertarian Aaron Starr, who lost a close race for city council in Oxnard, California last November, but won a ballot measure to overturn the city’s wastewater rate hike, was interviewed on KEYT-TV, the local ABC affiliate. He explains his reasons for planning to recall elected city council members who recently voted for a rate hike.

Click here to watch the interview.

  


South Carolina Libertarian running in special election on June 20

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Victor Kocher, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House, District 5

Victor Kocher will be on the ballot in South Carolina as the Libertarian candidate for a June 20 special election to fill a U.S. House seat vacancy.

The house seat had been held by Republican Mike Mulvaney, who has accepted the position of budget chief under the Trump administration. The winner of the special election will remain in the seat for the remainder of the two-year term.

Kocher has run for office several times as a South Carolina Libertarian, most recently in 2014 for the U.S. Senate, and in 2016 for the state house, district 79.

Click here to read coverage of the race in the Lancaster News (subscription required).


Iowa eliminates straight-ticket ballot device

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Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad signed bill H.F. 516, which eliminated the straight-ticket voting device, on May 5.

Straight-ticket ballots list the officially qualified parties at the top, usually just “Democrat” and “Republican.” Voters can check an adjacent box to cast a vote for all of that party’s candidates on their ballot. Thus voters are often unaware of any Libertarian candidates who may be running.

Thanks to Ballot Access News for this story.


Upcoming state LP conventions

Visit LP.org/2017-state-conventions for newly announced LP state conventions and updates to those listed here.

Kentucky: June 23–25 A special convention will also be held on Aug. 5, to focus on rules and constitutional changes that are needed to alleviate time constraints for rules issues at LP Kentucky’s main convention.
Massachusetts: October Exact date(s) TBD in Massachusetts.
Michigan: July 29
Missouri: July 22
North Carolina: Aug. 11–13
Oregon: June 17
South Carolina: Nov. 4
South Dakota: July 22
Utah:
June 10
The need for a special nominating convention in Utah is pending; if needed, it will be held on June 10.
West Virginia: June 24

 

     

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Purchasing land south of Lake Okeechobee passed

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Purchasing land south of Lake Okeechobee passed

SB 10 was an initiative of Senate President Joe Negron to address the pollution and toxic algae problems in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries from excess water releases from Lake Okeechobee by sending the water south.

The original bill language would have put us into debt by authorizing the use of bond funds to buy 60,000 acres of land to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. After push-back from House leadership, the Senate agreed to scale back the bill language. The new bill language will reduce costs by building the project on land already owned by the state, but still would cost $1.5 billion to build reservoirs and water treatment facilities south of Lake Okeechobee.

We opposed this legislation because scientific studies show that this will not solve the problem, the source of the excess water comes from north of Lake Okeechobee, not south of the lake. Storing water north of the lake would reduce the total discharge volume to the estuaries by more than 60 percent. Our position was that this bill would put us into debt and not solve the problem. SB 10 passed the Senate and was approved by the House after House leadership agreed to pass this bill in exchange for other House priorities. This is the typical horsetrading between the two chambers that happens, especially towards the end of session. Speaker Corcoran wanted the House education bill and no funding for corporate welfare programs, such as the incentive programs in Enterprise Florida and Senate President Joe Negron wanted more spending on higher education and this water bill.

The Governor plays an important role, in that he can veto any legislation or any line-item in the budget. Governor Rick Scott has signed SB 10 into law and we are waiting to see if Governor Scott will sign Speaker Corcoran’s education bill.

 

 

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2017 Session: Week 19

 

2017 Session: Week 19

The 2017 Legislative Session is winding down, which means there are very few public hearings between now and the beginning of the 2018 Session. However Liberty Lobby LLC continues to advocate for maximum freedom at the statehouse and Legislative Office Building (LOB) advocating for pro-freedom legislation and against anti-freedom legislation.

On Tuesday May 23, Liberty Lobby LLC CEO Darryl W. Perry attended the House Election Law Committee Executive Sessions. We are reaching out to legislators in an effort to defeat some of the anti-freedom legislation that has received a positive committee recommendation, and hoping to prevent some less than favorable amendments from being adopted.

All legislation must be acted upon by June 1, which means we should be able to give a 2017 Session-in-Review by mid-June. This review will include a tally of wins & losses, as well as a list of some of our more important successes. We are also working on adding some automation features to the website which should mean the Legislation Tracker will no longer need to be manually updated.

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Our goal is to acquire a mere $5,000 per year in contributions from people like you to help pay for travel and administrative expenses. If you are interested in helping fund Liberty Lobby LLC, you can start with a recurring contribution of as little as $5 a month. Every contribution helps bring us that much closer to achieving our goals and ensuring liberty in our lifetime.

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We are working on laying the foundation for big things for future elections, including 2018 and 2020.

 

What we do now greatly influences our abilities to take advantage of opportunities later, many of which we cannot even predict now.

 

Here are some key projects we are focusing on funding in June:

 

– critical ballot access work, to make sure that every American voter has the option to vote Libertarian in 2018; $115,000 raised towards the $130,000 needed; $15,000 still needed

 

– the addition of an experienced, full-time Press Secretary to garner more media attention for the Libertarian Party nationwide; $5,500 raised towards the $15,000 needed; $9,500 still needed

 

– the addition of an experienced, full-time Candidate Support Specialist, to recruit and train Libertarian candidates nationwide; $3,500 raised towards the $15,000 needed; $11,500 still needed

 

historical preservation work, to preserve our party’s history and historical documents; $8,500 raised towards the $10,000 needed; $1,500 still needed

 

We have to invest now if we want to grow and make progress in future elections.

 

If one of the above projects speaks to you, please consider investing in it.

 

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Now Is the Perfect Time to Get Your OPH Kit! 

Since summer is here, now is the perfect time to order your Operation Politically Homeless Kit to prepare you and your group for libertarian outreach events the rest of this season and into fall.

OPH is the Advocates’ famous “event in a kit” that uses the World’s Smallest Political Quiz and eye-catching graphics to turn an ordinary ho-hum outreach booth into a crowd-drawing, crowd-pleasing event that’s fun for boothers and attendees alike. (Yes, fun! We hear that over and over again.) OPH adds a whole new dimension of fun and effectiveness to campus tabling.

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‘War Machine:’ A Lesson In Intervention All Libertarians Much Cherish

United States Army General Stanley McChrystal became infamous for resigning in shame after a report on Rolling Stone depicted him and his staff as highly critical of President Barack Obama. In the Netflix movie War Machine, McChrystal’s story becomes a tale of government folly abroad, where military men with views of grandeur attempt to mess with the lives of Afghans who want them out — no matter what.

warIn a post on his Facebook page, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) says the movie should be “mandatory for Congress to watch, particularly legislators hell bent on continuing/restarting the war in Afghanistan.” Without providing any spoilers, Paul touched on the very core subject of the movie.

Hiding behind a satirical rendition of McChrystal, the two-hour long flick is able to demonstrate, with visceral accuracy, just how utterly unproductive and destructive U.S. government’s interventions abroad can quickly become.

Read more about how ‘War Machine’ is a lesson all libertarians must cherish here…


‘Old-Timey’Jobs Are Back, And Gentrification Has Nothing To Do With It

The Wall Street Journal published a piece stating that certain forgotten and despised professions are making a comeback in urban centers like Portland, Brooklyn, and Pittsburgh.

According to the WSJ, “gentrification” is causing young, educated workers to choose to take on jobs that had been seen as low-status, semi-manual professions, turning them into what sociologist Richard Ocejo calls “glamorous occupations.”

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As young men and women leave college to work as butchers, craft brewers, bookbinders, furniture makers, and bartenders, Ocejo argues that young people are drawn to these jobs as a reaction to “the ephemerality of the digital age.” But what Ocejo seems to forget is that, as the education industry is inflated with an artificial demand mostly ignited by government-backed grants and easy loans, young people who were told they should go to college no matter what often leave universities absolutely unsure of what they will be doing next.

Read more about how gentrification has nothing to do with ‘old-timey’ jobs coming back here…

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Harvard Treads On Memes

Prospective members of Harvard University’s Class of 2021 had their admissions offers rescinded after they shared offensive content on social media.

According to screenshots obtained by The Harvard Crimson, messages shared by the individuals in a private Facebook group chat mocked sexual assault, the Holocaust, and the deaths of children. This group chat originally stemmed from the Harvard College Class of 2021 Facebook group as prospective students formed their own conversations with those who shared similar interests.

HarvardWhen the university’s admissions office became aware of the memes and images shared, they asked students involved to email pictures sent in the group chat for review. Then, Harvard’s administration revoked the students’ admissions offers.

“The Admissions Committee was disappointed to learn that several students in a private group chat for the Class of 2021 were sending messages that contained offensive messages and graphics,” according to an email obtained by The Crimson sent to students involved.

Apparently, the decisions are final.

Read more about why Harvard hates memes here…

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Do left-statists own the word “society”

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Is only the Left pro-social? Is the free market anti-social? Or is it the other way around? Retweet

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Left-statists act like they own the word “society.” A large branch of the Left even uses the word in its name — “socialism.” Left-statists also speak as if The State is the exact same thing as society, implying that…

  • Efforts to restrain or shrink The State are equivalent to confining or reducing society itself
  • Non-state approaches to problem-solving, such as the free market, are somehow anti-social

The Zero Aggression Project has published several Mental Lever mini-articles to debunk these left-statist misconceptions…

But statists also fail to understand the inherent linkages between society and the free market. Part of this stems from an assumption that all market interactions can be defined in terms of money. Left-statists have an animus against money and the profits of others, leading them to mistrust the free market. We’ve addressed part of this error in another Mental Lever mini-article…

Now we want to tie these threads together. Our NEW Mental Lever mini-article shows how…

  • The free market is not merely about money, materialism, and narrow conceptions of self-interest
  • The free market covers all peaceful forms of exchange, cooperation, and human relationship, including even friendship and love.

In other words, the free market is society, and society is the free market.

The free market is socialism that’s actually worthy of the name.

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How to Solve School Lunch Shaming? School Choice.

Most adults probably have little idea what goes on in a public school on a daily basis, but if they did, they probably wouldn’t be too happy with how their children are treated. Following a series of reports on how school cafeterias treat children who cannot afford to pay for meals, Congress has introduced legislation to address the problem.

People Are Dying While the FDA Keeps These Medical Apps from You

With the GOP proving itself entirely unwilling to repeal Obamacare in a meaningful way, and the country inching ever closer to health care Armageddon, it’s going to be increasingly important for patients to find ways to get around the Byzantine insurance regulations and to take control of their health into their own hands.

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Trump: symptom or disease?

 

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People don’t like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don’t run, don’t walk. We’re in their homes and in their heads and we haven’t the right. We’re meddlesome.  – River Tam, Serenity

Reading the persistent jeremiads of distress over the election of Donald Trump with attempts to understand it in terms of a symptom or disease, does not do credit to the members of this forum. You are all out of touch with the people of your country.

Never send to know where is the disease. Look in the mirror.

As elites you may fancy yourselves as better educated than most voters, as having a noblesse oblige to protect them them from their ignorance. That makes you fools. The voters are not ignorant. They know very well what is going wrong, at least in the broad sense, and they are not happy about it.

And no, I did not vote for Trump, but for Gary Johnson.

The people are oppressed by corrupt and predatory enterprises and institutions. Everywhere they look they see predators trying to crush them, to drive them down into poverty. Especially members of the legal profession, but also bureaucrats of all kinds.

I know many who have given up on trying to achieve and maintain a middle class lifestyle. Every time they get ahead there is some lawyer or government agent trying to take it all away from them. I am one of them. I long ago concluded that prosperity as most people understand it is simply not sustainable in this country at this time. The only way to protect oneself from lawyers is to not have anything.

When you hear laments about the decline of the middle class, that is the major cause of it. Not foreign competition, not illegal immigrants, not automation. Not departures from social conservative values. Lawyers.

You are in the business of training lawyers. Are you preparing them to pursue justice even at the expense of their own prosperity? Didn’t think so. Until the legal profession ceases to be about making money, it will be corrupt, and you will have contributed to that.

But, you say, we live in a modern, complex society, and massive corruption is inevitable is such a society. If it reduces almost all of us to poverty ruled by an elite class of plutocrats, that is just the way things are going to be. We are never going to be able to return to some kind of libertarian social virtue. It isn’t going to happen. Just find a hole and hide in it.

But people are not ready to settle for that. Get used to that as well.

Also, forget about undoing the last election. Trump is president. You will not impeach or remove him. He will no doubt be re-elected.

Also, forget this nonsense about tax returns or “ties” with Russia. Tax returns don’t reveal anything important. No, Trump did not induce the Russian government to hack Hilary’s servers. Anyone could have done that. She did that herself, and in doing so committed massive violations of the Espionage Act, for which she deserves to be prosecuted.

When Comey recited a litany of violations of the Espionage Act, he had the obligation to recommend indictment, even if the AG decided not to prosecute. That was on her. He was not the prosecutor. All that nonsense about “no prosecutor” would prosecute was a lie. The offenses are strict liability. There is no mens rea defense. His duty at that point was to resign on the spot. He demonstrated a lack of integrity that disqualifies him to serve as FBI Director, and demonstrated the need to elect Trump.

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Memorial Day: Remembering the victims of war & “war”

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Memorial Day has become the unofficial start of Summer, a time for businesses to hold sales and a time for family barbecue’s. It has also lost a lot of meaning in recent years, as people say “Memorial Day is a time to remember our men & women in uniform.” Memorial Day was first celebrated as “Decoration Day” when friends and family would decorate the graves of soldiers killed during the American Civil War. In 1971, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday and became a holiday to remember all victims of war.

Most people only think of soldiers, their families and civilian casualties as being “victims of war.” And most people think only of war as a military campaign using weapons. However, there are many more victims of war.

Millions of non-violent men and women are being held captive by federal, State and municipal governments as victims of the War on Drugs. Aside from the 1/2 million inmates across the country at any given time and the 1.7 million people arrested for drug offenses (over 80% for simple possession), there are many more victims of the drug war. Victims such as 28 years old Rev. Jonathan Ayers who was killed by undercover officers in September, 2009 after meeting with a member of his congregation who happened to be under surveillance by drug cops; and seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones who was killed in 2010 during a police raid at her home. Many other victims of the drug war have been killed by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or because the police performed a “no knock raid” on the wrong house and the home owners were attempting to defend themselves from would be intruders.

There are millions of families that are “trapped” in housing developments and neighborhoods they have little or no way to escape as prisoners of the War on Poverty. The War on Poverty has created a catch-22, or what Dr. Mary Ruwart calls “the poverty trap” – people can’t find jobs due to living in a poor neighborhood, and can’t leave the poor neighborhood because they have no job. The Urban Institute writes, “Place reinforces poverty. High-poverty neighborhoods can weigh down families trying to earn a living and raise kids. High crime, low-performing schools, and scarce job opportunities often plague poor communities—undermining families’ struggles to improve their lives.” Is it any wonder that people in these bad neighborhoods turn to black-market activities? Mary Ruwart writes, “Many individuals are capable of creating wealth but are excluded from the job market by minimum wage and licensing laws. Much poverty can be alleviated by allowing people to create wealth at whatever level they can and ‘work their way up.’”

In addition to the War on Drugs and War on Poverty countless men and women that are being watched, tracked and databased for being a “potential threat” as part of the War on Terror according to one or more government agencies, for such things as: displaying certain bumper stickers, opposing the IRS & Federal Reserve, or simply believing that the government isn’t wonderful. We have lost our “right” to travel, our “right” to not be subjected to warrantless searches, and our “right” to live without government interference in our daily lives.

This Memorial Day, remember not only the men, women & children that have been killed during war; I ask that you also remember the other victims of the governments wars on freedom.


Darryl W. Perry

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Now hiring!

 

 

Our Party didn’t slow down its growth or hard work after the 2016 election.

 

In fact, we doubled down and are pushing forward aggressively in preparation for 2018 and 2020.

 

There are so many elements to this but I’ll quickly name some

highlights:

 

– pursuing 50 state ballot access so that every American will have the option to vote Libertarian again in 2018;

 

– upgrading our infrastructure and IT systems to better serve our members and candidates and better communicate with voters;

 

– suing the Federal Elections Commission and Commission on Presidential Debates for fair treatment.

 

In order to further expand our capabilities and services for our candidates and affiliates, we need to expand our staff.

 

Right now, we are taking applications for two new positions: Press Secretary and Candidate Support Specialist.

 

Click the titles above to read the job descriptions and for information on how to apply.

 

Thus far in 2017 donors have been very generous and we are exceeding historical trends on fundraising. So, to make these two positions happen, we need to expand the budget by just $30,000.

 

This is an incredible bargain for the great value that these two staffers will provide for the party nationwide.

 

The Press Secretary will pursue press coverage for Libertarians and this will have a great effect at increasing the public’s awareness of our party and candidates at all levels. This will later translate into votes for our candidates.

 

The Candidate Support Specialist will recruit and train Libertarian candidates across the country. I aim for us to have 3 times the number of Libertarian candidates on ballots in 2018 than we did in 2016. That means we need to recruit and train about 2,000 candidates as soon as possible.

 

We are dreaming big, for 2018, 2020 and beyond. Please invest with me as we make these dreams a reality.

 

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If you’d like to donate towards the Candidate Support Specialist position, please click here.

 

As always, thank you!

 

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The Florida Senate fails again to provide real health-care freedom

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The Florida Senate fails again to provide real health-care freedom

For the second year, legislation has been filed regarding Direct Primary Care (DPC) agreements. A Direct Primary Care agreement gives Doctors a meaningful alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing, typically by charging patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee that covers all or most primary care services. Direct care benefits patients by providing substantial savings and more access to, and time with, physicians. Direct Primary Care agreements makes doctors responsive to patients, not insurance company bureaucrats or government rule-makers.

Because government bureaucrats do not like anything they can’t regulate and control, and big insurance companies do not like competition, there are attempts to define Direct Primary Care agreements as a form of insurance that would be under a mountain of regulations and bureaucratic red tape. This legislation would have protected direct patient/doctor agreements from burdensome government regulations by establishing in law that a Direct Primary Care agreement and the act of entering into such an agreement is not insurance and not subject to regulation under the Florida Insurance Code.

The Direct Primary Care bill (HB 161) passed unanimously through two committee stops and was passed by the House 107-6. The Senate companion bill (SB 240) also passed unanimously through four committee stops. With little to no opposition from legislators, it looked like Direct Primary Care legislation was sure to pass. Because the House had already sent HB 161 over to the Senate, all the Senate had to do was bring it to the floor for a final vote for passage. Unfortunately, SB 240 got caught up in the traditional horse trading between the House and Senate. Every session House and Senate leadership hold legislation hostage as a negotiating tool to get one their priorities passed. This is an ugly side of the legislative process; the Direct Care bill would have served Floridians well in receiving affordable health care and should not been used for political gamesmanship.

This legislation is too important and we will fight again next session to make it happen.

How can you do to help make sure Direct Care passes in the 2018 session?

1. Contact your state house and state senate representative and ask them to sponsor or co sponsor the Direct Care bill in the 2018 session. Make Sure your legislators hear from you about this issue. CLICK HERE to find your State House Representative and CLICK HERE to find your State Senator and let them know where you stand.

2. Become a Member of the Liberty First Network. We’re grossly outspent and outnumbered by government and quasi-government lobbyists, many of whom are there on our tax dollars. Help us make sure that your voice is represented in Tallahassee and become a member TODAY.

Contact Alex Snitker at (813) 315-0513 for more information on how to become a member of the Liberty First Network.

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A quick update of LP Palm Beach

 

Just wanted to get you an update as to what is happening here locally with LP Palm Beach.
We are currently seeking candidates interested in running for local offices. We have two so far and are seeking those interested in running for city councils in March 2018. We will help you succeed! Send an email to chair@lppalmbeach.org if you’d like to run or are thinking of running for public office.

Events
This weekend, we need Libertarians to help down at the Southeast Cannabis Conference & Expo, Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., even if just for a few hours. The Libertarian Party of Florida will have a booth there and we are seeking volunteers to help man the booth. Let Heather know when you can help at legislative@lpf.org or on Slack.

Pizza with Libertarians social in Boynton Beach is going on next Thursday, June 12th, 6:30 p.m. at PizzaRox.

LP Palm Beach Board Teleconference on June 19, 7 p.m. At that board meeting, we will be reviewing a few issues happening in PBC which we will either support, oppose, or take no position.

County Budget Hearings
LP Palm Beach will be intricately involved with trying to keep county government spending as low as possible in the upcoming budget negotiations. We will be working with the Palm Beach County Taxpayer Action Board to be effective for you to reduce the county budget.

Thank you,
Karl Dickey
Chair
Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County
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Thursday: Can you make “South Bay Libertarians Monthly Dinner/Meeting”?

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6:30 pm:Social Hour & Dinner 8:00 pm: Meeting, Speakers, Discussions Our featured guest this month is Randy Herrst who will speak on the effects of Proposition 63 and other recently passed legislation and public trends on firearms ownership in Ca…
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Recruiting candidates

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Wes Benedict serves as Executive Director for the Libertarian Party. He has a long history of success with candidate recruitment. For example, when he served as Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Texas, he recruited a record 173 LP candidates for office in Texas for the November 2008 elections. This was 29 percent of the nationwide LP total that year.

 

Bob Johnston serves as Candidate and Affiliate Support Specialist for the Libertarian Party. In this role, he has helped hundreds of candidates get on ballots, in all 50 states. Also, Bob serves as Chair of the Maryland Libertarian Party. Now serving his 11th year in that role, he is currently the longest serving LP state chair, nationwide. As Maryland LP Chair, he has placed candidates on the ballot for 70% of the available congressional races in Maryland over the last five general elections. Maryland LP has had the sixth-highest percentage of federal candidates in the last 10 years.

 

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2017 Session: Week 18

 

2017 Session: Week 18

The 2017 Legislative Session is winding down, which means there are very few public hearings between now and the beginning of the 2018 Session. However Liberty Lobby LLC continues to advocate for maximum freedom at the statehouse and Legislative Office Building (LOB) advocating for pro-freedom legislation and against anti-freedom legislation.

On Tuesday May 16, Liberty Lobby LLC CEO Darryl W. Perry attended the House Election Law Committee Executive Sessions, and will be reaching out to legislators in an effort to defeat some of the anti-freedom legislation that has received a positive committee recommendation.

All legislation must be acted upon by June 1, which means we should be able to give a 2017 Session-in-Review by mid-June. This review will include a tally of wins & losses, as well as a list of some of our more important successes.

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Our goal is to acquire a mere $5,000 per year in contributions from people like you to help pay for travel and administrative expenses. If you are interested in helping fund Liberty Lobby LLC, you can start with a recurring contribution of as little as $5 a month. Every contribution helps bring us that much closer to achieving our goals and ensuring liberty in our lifetime.

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A Message from Marcos Miralles

 

A Message from Marcos Miralles

Dear Member,

On May 6th, Libertarians throughout the State of Florida decided to take the party in a new direction. Together, we made significant changes to our organization. And I had the honor of being elected as the new Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida.

Let’s get straight to the point. While Republicans and Democrats are registering hundreds of new voters every day and while their legislators are taking away our liberties in Tallahassee and in our hundreds of City Halls, we have been often been found sitting on the sidelines.

So let me introduce you to our new goals. Together, we’ll make them happen and we’ll be able to provide significant change to the Sunshine State:

My first initiative is to launch Operation: CDD Takeover, which will target the hundreds of vacant elected positions in local Special Taxing Districts and elect competent Libertarians on these Boards;

We’ve already launched a voter registration drive in every county, with a keen focus on college campuses and high schools. We’re going to send speakers in every social studies class of the state and recruit as many new, millennial and Gen Z voters as possible;

• We’re going to reach out to the media markets in every part of the state and send press releases enough times to catch the attention of local and state media;

• I’ll be creating a search committee to find the party a real headquarters office in Florida, where we will be operating from and where we’ll be able to house a full-time staff.

And this is just for our first 100 days.

But I need your help to get these goals accomplished. Everyone is ready to work, but we need you to donate so we can move forward.

Anything you give will be greatly appreciated. We’re estimating we need a mere $200 to elect a Libertarian on a local board, while $25 can get us 10 new registered Libertarian voters.

I cannot emphasize it enough. The momentum is for us to reach, and while our great volunteers will dedicate thousands of hours in the next few months for the Libertarian Party of Florida, your donation is key to our success.

Generous donors have volunteered to match the first $300 in donations that are pledged, every dollar counts double right now!

I’ll be seeing you on the trail.

 

In Liberty,

Marcos Miralles

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Summer season in Liberland

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Last month, we celebrated our second anniversary. Together with a member of the Croatian Parliament, Ivan Pernar, we visited the banks of Liberland. During a two-day meeting, we had the opportunity to hear the great presentations of the Vice President, Foreign Minister, Interior Minister and economist Dan Mitchell, MP Ivan Pernar and many others. The entire anniversary was documented by several news and documentary teams and a related feature will be broadcast on Netflix. In Liberland, tourist season is just beginning. From July onwards, it will not only be possible to hire boats and captains for trips to Liberland waters, but houseboats for long-term rental will be available. The territory of Liberland itself is still protected by the Croatian border police, although Croatia does not claim the territory.

I was very honored to be chosen as one of the key speakers at the prestigious St. Gallen Symposium in St. Gallen, Switzerland. My team and I had a chance to talk to many influential people interested in supporting Liberland. The moderator of the BBC’s HARDTalk, Stephen Sackur, gave me an opportunity in front of over 1500 guests to explain our vision and details about our projects. You can watch the One-on-One discussion here.

Last weekend, we held a small conference at our home base in Prague where we discussed and agreed upon future steps for our strategy. We reviewed our e-residency app, our company register, blockchain technology and more. Liberland is the most technologically progressive country in the world and we are very proud of that. We see ourselves as a role model, setting a direction which every country should follow. It is great to have people on our side creating these technologies who are experts in their fields.

Our team is getting bigger and bigger and I am very thankful for the help and financial support you have given us in the past, present and future. I am also happy that we are welcoming new applicants from all over the world every day who are willing to contribute to our cause.

You have collected 0 merits so far. Those who collected more than 5000 merits by donation or other efforts helping our cause will be eligible for citizenship. Thank you for your support and if you would like to help us realize our vision of a truly free country, please do so here.

Here are some of our upcoming events. I’d be happy to see you participate. Follow our Facebook page where we regularly keep you informed about our events.

Best Regards,

Vit Jedlicka and the Liberland Team

25 May Creative Dock – Creative Talks, Prague

28 May – 2 June Liberland presidential visit

5 June Conference on possible energy solutions for the country and neighboring areas, Prague

24-26 June Liberty Fest,  Constitutional convention, Warsaw

17-18 July CUFI 12th Annual Washington, D.C Summit, Washington D.C.
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18-20 July 44th ALEC Annual Meeting, Denver
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19-22 July Freedom Fest, Las Vegas

 

 


Consumers and Producers Are About to Get Milked

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Here is your weekly recap of all things liberty:
Protectionist rhetoric is hurting everybody in both Canada and the United States. Why not let consumers buy from whomever they want?
The FDA Is Unreliable – So Let’s Not Rely on It

A new report reveals that as many as a third of all drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration may have previously unknown safety risks. It’s undeniably worrying that so many pharmaceuticals are more dangerous than we thought, and there are doubtless many who will use this report as a justification for more restrictive approval policies at the FDA. But is that the right response?

MIT Encourages Disobedience as Key to Human Progress

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering a cash prize for what it is calling “responsible disobedience.” The stated goals of the competition are as follows: “With this award, we will honor work that impacts society in positive ways, and is consistent with a set of key principles, including non-violence, creativity, courage, and responsibility for one’s actions. The award will go to a living person or group engaged in what we believe is extraordinary disobedience for the benefit of society.”

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That’s all for now; more next week from the front lines of liberty. And remember, if you want to disrupt the status quo, look in the mirror. You are the change.

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Jeff Sessions takes two steps backward on sentencing reform

 

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There aren’t many things a civil libertarian will say the Obama Administration did right, their minor reforms on federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines were certainly steps in the right direction. The Trump Administration has now reversed course and taken giant steps backwards.

On May 10, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a MEMORANDUM FOR ALL FEDERAL PROSECUTORS stating in part, “It is of the utmost importance to enforce the law fairly and consistently.” Adding the goal of the memo is to “achiev[e] just and consistent results in federal cases” by requiring prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.”

Vice News calls this move “War on Drugs 2.0” reporting, “The move counteracts the ‘smart on crime’ reforms enacted under President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, including a 2013 policy change that allowed prosecutors to use their discretion and avoid harsh mandatory minimums in drug cases that involve lower-level or nonviolent offenders.” Adding, “The leeway helped reduce the federal prison population by nearly 10 percent. Last year, about 44 percent of federal drug offenders received a mandatory-minimum sentence, the lowest level since 1993.”

It seems that Trump, Sessions & Co. want to keep the prisons full of nonviolent drug offenders; which should come as no surprise considering Sessions said last year “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and recently described cannabis as “only slightly less awful” than heroin. One need only look at the statistics to see that Sessions is out of touch with the reality that cannabis is responsible for exactly 0 overdose related deaths in all of human history! But I digress.

Udi Ofer, director of the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice, said, “With overall crime rates at historic lows, it is clear that this type of one-dimensional criminal justice system that directs prosecutors to give unnecessarily long and unfairly harsh sentences to people whose behavior does not call for it did not work… the American people have said with a clear voice that they want commonsense reforms to sentencing policy, and not a return to the draconian policies that have already cost us too much.”

Mandatory minimum sentences not only fill up prisons, they remove judicial discretion by essentially forcing judges to give long sentences, sometimes life in prison, to nonviolent criminals like Evans Ray Jr. who had his three-strikes sentence commuted by former President Obama. The judge in that case, Alexander Williams Jr., before handing down the harsh sentence said, “It is my desire not to sentence you to life.” However his hands were tied and he was required by law to issue a sentence he knew wasn’t “fair and consistent” with the circumstances of Ray’s offense.

Despite support from lawmakers, judges and civil liberties groups for reform of mandatory minimum sentencing, Kevin Ring, President of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, says, “We’re going backward.” Though as the proverb says, “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward!”


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Darryl is the Chair of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire.

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Run for Office

 

Have you considered running for office?

New Jersey and Virginia have statewide elections this year and have been recruiting heavily for those.

Other states hold their statewide elections in 2018.

Regardless of where you live, there are likely many local races going on in your area in the next year or two years.

All too often local races are not contested or are non-partisan and that gives us special opportunities for advancing the Libertarian Party.

If you are contemplating a 2018 run, now is the time to lay the foundation.

Some states even require that candidates who run in 2018 file paperwork in 2017. So, don’t delay.

If you are interested in running for office, please fill out this form.

If you send us your info through this form we’ll shoot the info over to the proper party so that they can contact you. And we’ll send you links for online resources provided by the national party.

The more candidates we have on ballots, the more voters will realize that we are a growing party worthy of their consideration.

The more candidates we have on ballots, the more the news media will realize we are party ready to overthrow the two-party duopoly that has dominated American politics for too long.

The more candidates we have on ballots, the better we can advance liberty across America.

Will you help give liberty a voice by running for office as a Libertarian candidate?

Nicholas Sarwark
Chair, Libertarian National Committee

 

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Cliff Hyra for VA governor, Second NH rep switches to LP, LP loses a leader, and more

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News from the Libertarian Party:


A Remembrance of Roger Lee Wrights (1958–2017)

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R. Lee Wrights

On May 8, the Libertarian National Committee passed the following motion:

The Libertarian National Committee expresses its sorrow at the passing of Lee Wrights, and extends its condolences to his family and friends.  In addition, the LNC expresses its appreciation and gratitude for his work for liberty, and for his many years of service to the Libertarian Party.

From a tribute to Wrights by LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark:

On May 4, the Libertarian Party lost one of its true luminaries, and I lost a friend. Roger Lee Wrights passed away after leading a full life devoted to liberty and peace for all people.

His passion for liberty and the Libertarian Party was never in doubt. …his message of ending all war and his commitment to “making a difference by being different” resonated with my vision of what the Libertarian Party should stand for.

Read the full tribute here.


LP nominates Cliff Hyra for Virginia governor

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Cliff Hyra, Libertarian candidate for governor of Virginia

After receiving the Libertarian Party’s nomination for governor of Virginia on Sat., May 6, Mechanicsville lawyer and business owner Cliff Hyra said in an interview with Bearing Drift that he predicts “Virginia will legalize marijuana before it privatizes the state’s ABC [liquor] stores.” From the article:

“Of course, I’m for both,” he said, noting that “as we see the trend nationwide,” marijuana will be legalized or decriminalized within the next few years but “I really haven’t seen any movement toward deregulating liquor sales.”

Hyra’s top three issues are economic growth, criminal justice reform, and adding choice to the education and health-care systems.

Read the full article here.


Second New Hampshire rep switches to LP, triggering recognition of Libertarian caucus in state legislature

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Joseph Stallcop, Libertarian state representative, New Hampshire’s fourth district

Joseph Stallcop, a state representative from Cheshire County, N.H., district four, switched from the Democratic Party to the Libertarian Party (LP) on May 10.

He is the second New Hampshire legislator to switch to the Libertarian Party. Caleb Dyer of Pelham switched to the LP from the Republican Party in February.

Because the Libertarian Party now has two state representatives, it is entitled to be recognized as a caucus, with its own room in the N.H. capitol.  Stallcop has become a dues-paying member of both the national and state Libertarian Parties.

Read more here.


Republicans celebrate passage of weak bill with weak beer

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LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark

LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark issued a letter to Libertarians in response to the Republicans’ passage on May 4 of the American Health Care Act of 2017. From the letter:

Paul Ryan and the Republican establishment celebrated over Bud Light the narrow passage of the AHCA…. Their ‘victory’ was as lacking in substance as the beer they chose to drink.

The AHCA does nothing to solve the health care crisis that Americans are facing….  Replacing a penalty paid to the IRS with a penalty paid to insurance companies doesn’t help the American people.

The American people want real solutions to the spiraling costs of health care for themselves and their families, and only the Libertarian Party is suggesting real solutions.

Read the entire letter here.


An open letter to Rep. Justin Amash on health care bill

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Arvin Vohra, vice chair of the Libertarian National Committee

On May 8, LNC Vice Chair Arvin Vohra issued an open letter in response to the vote by Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). From the letter:

You and I know that even repealing ObamaCare entirely was just nibbling at the edges, an action that…in no way actually lowered the real cost of healthcare, in no way diminished the expensive and unjustifiable protections for big pharma.

We don’t need minor reforms on government insurance. We need a free market in healthcare, the kind we had in America when medicine was affordable, service was better, and personal interaction was present.

We need to move past the government insurance model, which has only driven up the price of healthcare, to a free market model, which has consistently lowered price and improved quality.

Read the entire letter here.


Nebraska now has two ways for parties to retain ballot access

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Sen. Laura Ebke

It is now easier for a party in Nebraska to retain ballot access, because a party that has at least 10,000 recognized voters will be a recognized party.

Although Governor Pete Ricketts didn’t sign the bill, he let it go into effect. The bill had been introduced by Libertarian legislator Laura Ebke, and passed 49–0.

A party still retains ballot access if it has a statewide candidate receive 5 percent of the vote in either of the last two general elections.

The LP of Nebraska was already on the ballot through 2018. It currently has 12,012 registered voters.


Delaware Libertarian reelected to Elsmere Town Council

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Town Councilmember Ed Zielinski, Elsmere, Del.

On Saturday, April 29, Libertarian Edward F. Zielinski was reelected to his seat on the Elsmere Town Council representing the fourth district. He won 46 votes; his opponent, Andrew B. Favreau, won 16 votes.

Zielinski had changed his registration from Republican to Libertarian last year.

“I’m incredibly proud and grateful for all of the time and hard work that Ed has dedicated so he can continue to represent his community,” said LP of Delaware Chair Sean Goward.  “I’m also continuously amazed at the support our party members across the state pour out to ensure each campaign’s success.”

Scott Gesty, former chair of the LP of Delaware, said, “Congratulations to my friend Ed Zielinski in his landslide victory…for Elsmere Town Council representing the fourth district! I’m honored to know Ed and work with him and so many others in the Libertarian Party of Delaware.”

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What happened to the Red Light Camera Repeal in the 2017 Florida Legislative Session?

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What happened to the Red Light Camera Repeal in the 2017 Florida Legislative Session?

At the beginning of the 2017 session, the odds seemed in our favor to finally repeal red light cameras. After the 2016 general election, several former House members were elected to the Senate that had supported repealing red light cameras during their time in the House, including two Democrats. Speaker Richard Corcoran pledged to move the repeal bill through the House and even though the Senate always killed repeal efforts in the past, Senate President Negron had voiced support for repealing the cameras.

We felt this was the year to finally rid the state of these for-profit cameras that had become a public hazard. Numerous studies showed increased accidents at red light camera intersections proving what we always knew, that Red Light Cameras were not about safety and were all about revenue.

Representative Bryan Avila filed the camera repeal bill (HB 6007) in the House, which moved through the committee process without much opposition and passed the House by a greater margin than ever before: a total of 94 Yeas and only 22 Nays, or 78% for banning cameras. Last year the vote was 86 Yeas to 34 Nays.

Senator Frank Artiles filed the camera repeal bill (HB 178) in the Senate and received 4 committee referrals, with the first committee stop in the Senate Transportation Committee. SB 178 was scheduled to be heard in the Transportation Committee on February 8th. The Transportation Committee is made up of only 5 members, 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats. Transportation Committee member, Senator Dorothy Hukill could not attend the committee meeting due to dealing with a serious illness. This meant 4 Senators would decide the fate of the bill.

During the hearing of SB 178, many Liberty First Members were in attendance and spoke at the meeting along with LFN’s lobbyist Paul Henry. When the vote count was taken, one Republican Senator Dennis Baxley and one Democrat Senator Darryl Rousan voted in support of repeal. One Democrat, Senator Kevin Rader voted no on the bill, leaving Republican Senator George Gainer to decide the fate of the bill. Unfortunately, Senator Gainer claimed that local governments should decide whether to eliminate or keep the cameras and voted no on the bill. SB 178 failed with a 2-2 tie, meaning the camera repeal effort was dead for the year.

This is the difficulty in passing legislation, a bill must go through several committees to get to the floor for a final vote. In this case, one Senator killed the repeal of cameras, even though we felt we would have the votes if SB 178 had made it to the floor.

We were extremely disappointed the camera repeal failed in committee, but the demise of automated for-profit law enforcement is still on the way, camera supporters can only keep them on life support for so long. Support in the House to repeal cameras is growing every year, with 78% of the House supporting to repeal the cameras and this issue is becoming less partisan with more Democrats supporting repeal. Many of these House members will move to the Senate and increase the likelihood that red light cameras will soon be eliminated and moved to the dustbin of history.

How can you help put an end to the corruption, pay-offs and extortion surrounding the use of red light cameras?

1. Contact your state house and state senate representative and ask them to sponsor or co sponsor a bill to repeal the use of red light cameras in the 2018 session. Make Sure your legislators hear from you about this issue. If they do not, they assume you’re OK with keeping the cameras. CLICK HERE to find your State House Representative and CLICK HERE to find your State Senator and let them know where you stand.

2. Become a Member. On the issue of cameras, we’re grossly outspent and outnumbered by government and quasi-government lobbyists, many of whom are there on our tax dollars. We found that at the beginning of 2017, there were 3 pro-camera lobbyists for every opponent. This ratio will only get worse as more cities and counties pay lobbyists to oppose repeal of the cameras. Help us make sure that your voice is represented in Tallahassee this year and become a member TODAY.

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