Ajamu Baraka: ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!’

“. . . recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”

These are the words in the preamble the of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) promulgated 70 years ago on December 10, 1948.… Read more ...

Recording: Conference Call with Nicholas Sarwark 12/4/18

See also:

LP.org: Our Playbook

Tues 12/4/18: A call with Nicholas Sarwark (announcement of the call in article, text description in comments)

Jim: Libertarians set new third party record for ballot access coming out of 2018 midterm

Jim: comparing voter registration trends of current nationally organized third parties in the US since 1970

Good news for Libertarian Party from 2018 election

Comparing Qualified Party Status for Libertarian, Green and Constitution Parties, Relative to Four Years Ago

http://ballot-access.org/2014/12/26/december-2014-ballot-access-news-print-edition/

Most recent LP national ballot access committee report

LP.org: your donation will be doubled

LP.org: Updated November 2018 Libertarian election results

LP.org: Libertarians win local races, achieve ballot access, prevail on initiatives

December 2018 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 ...

Jim: Libertarians set new third party record for ballot access coming out of 2018 midterm

Another infographic from Jim from his dataset at https://imgur.com/a/YsovX illustrates the new record Libertarians set for alternative (“third”) party ballot access coming out of 2018 midterm:

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Jim: comparing voter registration trends of current nationally organized third parties in the US since 1970

Good news for Libertarian Party from 2018 election

Comparing Qualified Party Status for Libertarian, Green and Constitution Parties, Relative to Four Years Ago

http://ballot-access.org/2014/12/26/december-2014-ballot-access-news-print-edition/

Most recent LP national ballot access committee report

Based on this and subsequent email discussions the states which the LP will need to petition or add voter registration to be on the next presidential ballot in are:

AK (several hundred voter regs will be needed), AL, AR, IA, IL, OH – maybe, maybe not; informally it has been reported that SOS will not side with us but Richard Winger believes we have a good legal case, MD – may be won thru a lawsuit, ME – may be won thru a lawsuit, MN, ND, NH, NJ, RI, PA, TN, VA, WA and WI.… Read more ...

Jeff Hewitt wins unprecedented Libertarian Party victory in CA

LP.org:

Calimesa mayor elected as new supervisor in Riverside County

Jeff Hewitt

The provisional and absentee ballots have finally been counted, and Libertarian Jeff Hewitt has been declared the new supervisor-elect for the 5th District of Riverside County, Calif. Hewitt, the former Libertarian mayor of Calimesa, garnered 51.9 percent of the vote. His opponent, Republican former Assemblyman Russ Bogh, received 48.1 percent.… Read more ...

Ohio Election Commission Denies Debates Relief to Libertarian and Green Parties

Ballot Access News:

On December 6, the Ohio Election Commission dismissed complaints from the Libertarian and Green Party candidates for Governor, over their exclusion from debates this year. See this story.

Joyce Chediac: ‘U.S.-Saudi ties: Drenched in blood, oil, and deceit’

Joyce Chediac in Liberation News, Newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation:

U.S.-Saudi ties: Drenched in blood, oil, and deceit

Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, and the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Sunday, May 21, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead). Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Why do Donald Trump and the CIA disagree about the recent killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Turkey?… Read more ...

LNC 2019 Budget

Posted by LNC Treasurer Tim Hagan to the business list:

The 2019 Budget as adopted is attached in Excel and PDF formats.

LNC_Budget_2019_Final1-120518.xls

LNC_Budget_2019_Operating_Budget.pdf

LNC_Budget_2019_Acct Detail.pdf

LNC_Budget_2019_Office-Admin Exps.pdf

IPR note: See also

Libertarian National Committee meeting liveblog Alexandria, VA, Dec. 1-2, 2018

John Phillips: LNC Update

LP.org: Libertarian Party Youth Survey

Posted at LP.org:

Dear fellow Libertarians,

Over the past few months, the Youth Engagement Committee has been hard at work determining how to best empower our party’s young activists.

Now we need your help.

Invest in the future of the Libertarian Party by completing and sharing this quick survey. Your feedback is helpful in developing youth initiatives that will make a difference.… Read more ...

LP.org: ‘Our playbook’

Posted at LP.org:

LNC Vice Chair Alex Merced, Chair Nicholas Sarwark, and Secretary Caryn Ann Harlos

Friend,

Super Bowls are won in the off-season. When the TV cameras aren’t rolling, football players spend their months conditioning, strength training, and running plays. Those months and years of preparation determine who wins on game day.

The same holds true in politics. Elections are won through months, and years, of preparation and work long ahead of the actual Election Day.… Read more ...

Zachary Foster: ‘Lessons from Ron Paul’s Leadership Failures’

Zachary Foster at LPNevada.org:

Ron_Paul_serious_look.jpg

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the ghost of Yoda tells the aging Luke Skywalker that one’s own failures are the greatest lesson a teacher can pass on to a student. I completely agree with that lesson. I never sat around over tea and had an honest discussion with the libertarian legend, Congressman Ron Paul, but I was a volunteer with a rank and duties in the campaign, and I campaigned for him in multiple states.… Read more ...

Jim: comparing voter registration trends of current nationally organized third parties in the US since 1970

Posted by Jim in Open Thread:

For most states I used numbers closer to the election than those that are in the November BAN. The numbers that I used for the Constitution Party, Working Families Party, and Reform Party are within a few hundred of the number in BAN. But, the more updated numbers that I used I used added 2,300 to the Green Party and 18,800 to the Libertarian Party.

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