LP’s Joe Buchman first on the ballot in Utah’s Special Election

Libertarian Joe Buchman is the first party affiliated candidate on the November ballot for the Special Election for the US House, Third District in Utah. The opening was created following the resignation of Congressman Jason Chaffetz. While the two old parties have yet to hold their conventions, and will likely face primary challengers on August 15, Buchman’s campaign is up in full swing.… Read more ...

New Unity Party of Colorado Holding 1st Convention July 15th

Thornton, Colorado – The 4-digit-member Unity Party of Colorado (www.unitypartycolorado.com), the newest officially-recognized party in the State of Colorado (as of last week’s D-Day) and the largest affiliate of the 37-State Unity Party of America, will be holding its first convention as an official Minor Party Saturday, July 15th 11am at Chuy’s in Westminster at US Highway 36 and West 104th Avenue.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Oregon: Sarwark, Harlos to Speak at Convention

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF OREGON TO HOLD 2017 CONVENTION Saturday, 17 June

The Libertarian Party of Oregon will hold its 2017 business convention, featuring Libertarian National Committee Chair Nick Sarwark and the founder and chair of the Libertarian Party Historical Preservation Committee, Caryn Ann Harlos as speakers.

The convention will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on 17 June 2017, starting at 9:15 in the morning. … Read more ...

Libertarian Party Bylaws Committee Hearing set for June 22, 2017

Meeting Name: Bylaws Committee Hearing
When: 6/22/2017 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern
Purpose: To receive public feedback regarding the Bylaws and desired changes

Requested by: Katz (chair)

READ HEARING NOTICE HERE

As electronic meetings are in the nature of special meetings, no commitments may be made on items other than those listed in the call to meeting.… Read more ...

Unity Party now a ‘Minor Party’ in Colorado

Content from a media release distributed by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

DENVER, June, 7, 2017 — Colorado has added another minor party to its rolls – the Unity Party.

As of Monday afternoon, Colorado Secretary of State records showed the Unity Party with 1,002 registered voters. Passing the 1,000-voter mark gave the party its status for at least the next two general elections, in 2018 and 2020.… Read more ...

Utah Libertarian Party to Hold Special Nominating Convention

HARVEST ROOM, THANKSGIVING POINT, 4:00PM SATURDAY JUNE 10th

“It’s not quite in the Third District, but we can ‘see it from the parking lot’”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UTAH LIBERTARIAN PARTY TO HOLD SPECIAL NOMINATING CONVENTION.

WHEN: Saturday, 10 JUNE 2017, 4:00 to 4:45PM
WHERE: Harvest Restaurant, Thanksgiving Point, 3003 North Thanksgiving
Way, Lehi, UT 84043.… Read more ...

Open Thread for June 2017

It’s that time again: time to start a new open thread for the month of June. There will undoubtedly be plenty to talk about, so here is a space for anyone to share something that isn’t quite on topic for any of our articles. You all know the drill: just don’t slander or plagiarize anyone, and you’ll probably be just fine.… Read more ...

Prohibition Party’s Bill Bayes to Run for President

According to Rick Knox, national chairman of the Prohibition Party, Bill Bayes, the Prohibition Party’s 2016 vice presidential nominee, will seek the 2020 presidential nominations of both the Prohibition and Constitution parties.

Bayes, 66, lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he owns a manufacturing business.  He is a former teacher and band director.  … Read more ...

Montana Libertarian Mark Wicks talks to Reason

It wasn’t ultimately surprising that a Republican candidate facing assault charges for allegedly bodyslamming a reporter the day before the election won his House race in Montana anyway. But Greg Gianforte’s 6 percent win over Democrat Rob Quist was far lower than most assessments of Montana’s relative preference for Republicans would indicate.Read more ...

Bitcoin Bifurcation, Third Parties, and Legal Issues

Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies are surging in value, at least for the moment. That is also causing a surge in attention.

Governments are wary of cryptocurrencies for the same reasons that libertarians love them. As Wikipedia puts it:

In centralized banking and economic systems such as the Federal Reserve System, corporate boards or governments control the supply of currency by printing units of fiat money or demanding additions to digital banking ledgers.

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LPHQ to members: run for office

Email from LPHQ to its list:

Dear Libertarian,

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.… Read more ...

Aaron Starr interviewed on local television over water rate increases

LP.org:

Aaron Starr

Aaron Starr, who lost a close race for the Oxnard City Council 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.… Read more ...