D. Frank Robinson: ‘Censorship: The State Monopoly of Ballot Printing’

Submitted by D. Frank Robinson to IPR for publication:

Does giving the state governments a monopoly of printing ballots violate the individual’s First Amendment right by abridging freedom of the press?

Until the late 1800’s, all ballots, votes recorded on paper, in the United States were cast as write-in ballots. Voters prepared, that is published, their own ballots or used pre-printed ballots published by political parties.… Read more ...

Austin Petersen: Which Of These 11 Types Of Libertarian Are You?

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April 2017 Open Thread

Our monthly open thread. Post news tips about alt parties and independent candidates, discuss any story that should be posted here but has not yet been posted, or even delve into completely off-topic stuff…just avoid quarantined thread subject matter and things that could get us and/or you into legal trouble such as threats, libel, and copyright infringement.… Read more ...

Peter Gemma: The Impact of Non-Voters

Peter Gemma at The American Thinker:

Dr. Billy Graham has observed that, “bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote.”

In Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District special election last week, 57 percent of registered voters stayed home. The race repeatedly made national news because it was possible that a Democrat could be elected to that seat for the first time since 1979.… Read more ...

Remarks by Ralph Nader on the United Airlines Settlement with Dr. David Dao

For Immediate Release

United Airlines speedy and secret settlement, announced today, with Dr. David Dao could not have happened without the superlawyer, Tom Demetrio, handling Dr. Dao’s case. United lawyers did not want to go to depositions and to trial with Atty. Demetrio. But they got something in return that was not that beneficial to the larger cause of airline passenger safety and respect.… Read more ...

Zachary Foster: ‘4th Libertarian Activist Arrested by Cuban Regime! (And What You Can Do About It)’

Zachary Foster at LPNevada.org:


Following the U.S. Libertarian National Committee’s denunciation of recent arrests, the Cuban regime has arrested another libertarian activist. Eduardo Ramos is the fourth peaceful activist the Raul Castro regime has specifically targeted as a libertarian. A photograph and a short, hasty press release from Mises Cuba says:

“We regret to report that one of the founders of the Benjamin Franklin Libertarian Library was arrested this morning by agents of the National Revolutionary Police and State Security agents [the Cuban secret police].… Read more ...

Evan McMullin may run for Congress as an independent; poll shows he could win

Ballot Access News:

On Friday, April 21, Evan McMullin appeared on MSNBC for about one and one-half minutes. He said he hasn’t decided whether he will run for public office in 2018. There has been speculation that he might run for U.S. Senate or U.S. House in Utah as an independent.

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Nebraska Legislature Passes Bill to Make it Easier for Parties to Remain on Ballot

Ballot Access News:

On April 24, the Nebraska Senate unanimously approved LB 34. It adds a second method for a party to remain on the ballot. The old law requires a party to poll 5% for any statewide race at either of the last two elections. The bill says a party also remains on the ballot if it has at least 10,000 registered members.… Read more ...

LP Michigan press release: ‘First Libertarian Primary Candidate Makes History In Special Election’

Press release emailed to IPR:



Gregory Creswell, Candidate
313.527.9099 i.am4_gcreswell@yahoo.com

Bill Gelineau, Chair – Libertarian Party of Michigan

Scotty Boman, Political Director – Libertarian Party of Michigan
313.247.2052 PoliticalDirector@MichiganLP.org

April 25th, 2017
First Libertarian Primary Candidate Makes History In Special Election

Detroit MI – Libertarians are having their first primary in Michigan history.… Read more ...

2017 LP state conventions this weekend: CA, MD, MN, NY

According to LP News, LP state conventions are taking place this weekend in CA, MD, MN, and NY.

Liveblogging from any of these, after the fact reports, links to coverage elsewhere (including social media accounts), or links to videos or photos from any of these welcome in the comments.

The same will be true of the following weekend’s conventions: FL, IN, OH, AK and WV.… Read more ...

KN@PP Stir Podcast, Episode 126: ‘Please Refrain from Masticating the Henway’

The latest edition of Thomas Knapp’s podcast tackles IPR comment moderation, and other recent IPR topics such as the hospitalization of Lee Wrights, government plants in alt parties and discussions thereof, commenter impersonation in IPR comments, and “Libertarians” for Trump. The podcast weighs in at 22 minutes and 5 seconds, and IPR readers may want to give it a listen.… Read more ...

Working Families Party Wins Connecticut Special Legislative Election

Ballot Access News:

On April 25, Connecticut held a special election to fill the vacant State House seat, 7th district, in Hartford. The Working Families Party nominee, Joshua Hall, defeated his opponents. The vote by party: Working Families Party 625; Democratic 512; independent candidate 367. See this story.… Read more ...