Monthly Archives: April 2010

Ohio Beacon Journal – Minor Parties Gain Ballot Access for Tuesday’s Primary

When Jake Digman votes on Tuesday, he won’t cast a ballot for Democrats or Republicans.

He’ll vote for Libertarians.

”I think it’s about time,” said Digman, 27, of Cuyahoga Falls. ”We are a country founded on picking the best person for the job. People need to know they have other options.”

Ohio voters will have more choices than they’ve had in decades in this primary.… Read more ...

May Day greetings from the Freedom Socialist Party

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May Day 2010
In honor of immigrant workers and the miners of Cananea, Mexico

The U.S. Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) sends greetings to working
people and their champions on the 120th anniversary of the first global
celebration of this unique international workers’ holiday. This is a time to
celebrate the struggles and victories of the past and present while looking
ahead to a brighter and more humane future.… Read more ...

Independent Legislator in Louisiana Wants to Freeze Per Diem Payments

Rep. Dee Richard (No Party – Thibodaux) wants to freeze per diem payments to legislators for the next two years. That is to say, Rep. Richard does not want to eliminate the payments, but suspend the growth of those payments by putting a pay-ceiling on them.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the measure on a 9-7 vote after a motion to kill the idea died on a 9-8 vote.
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Louisiana Newspaper Editorializes Against Top Two Primary Bill in Louisiana

In an unsigned editorial in The Daily Advertiser, a Lafayette, Louisiana, based newspaper, yesterday comments onthe current movement back towards “open primaries” or “top two primaries” in Louisiana.

The first and loudest objection will be the one we cited earlier: Open primaries let everyone vote for anyone they want. But it’s important to remember that primaries are creatures of political parties, and their purpose is to choose political party nominees.

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Florida Tea Party Candidate Enters Race for Congress

From The Ledger:

Polk County Commissioner Randy Wilkinson made it a three-party race Friday for the U.S. House of Representatives District 12 seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Bartow.

Wilkinson, elected to the commission as a Republican, is running for Congress as a member of the Tea Party. On his campaign documents, the Bartow resident said he is a member of that party and not a registered member of any other party.

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Brian Holtz: ‘LNC Chair candidate Hancock on the hardcore 2008 Paul campaign’

Posted by Brian Holtz at Reproduced here for discussion. IPR as a blog takes no position on the LNC races, and my position does not necessarily coincide with Brian’s.


Libertarian National Committee Chair candidate Ernest Hancock responded to 10 questions posted on IPR for him by saying they will be answered by videos on a DVD he will be mailing to LP national convention delegates.… Read more ...

New Path Plan for the Libertarian Party, Part Two: ‘Finding the Solution’

Via email from George Phillies, candidate for LNC chair:

How do we find an answer? Step one is to turn over a new page, a blank page that we will fill in. Then ask what the LNC should be doing. That’s ‘what’, not the ‘how should we do it?’ There are activities every party group should do — many of the most critical activities are here.… Read more ...

New Path LNC slate update

Email from Scott Williamson:

Scott Williamson, New Path candidate for the LNC Region 4 seat, announced today that New Path has gained additional candidates. Brad Ploeger of Georgia is now running for Regional 4 Alternate Representative. Charles Wilhoit is now running for At-Large candidate. Scott said of the changes “Charles’ experience and wisdom will better serve our Libertarian Party as an ever present voting member than as an Alternate.… Read more ...

Florida Libertarian Alex Snitker: ‘Is Rubio Losing His Shine With The Tea Parties?’

Press release sent to

A few weeks ago, Florida Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio looked like he would be sailing into Washington with the political winds of talk radio and the tea parties at his back. But today, it seems like Marco is slightly adrift with this once-solid base.… Read more ...

Eric Sundwall: Questions for all LNC chair candidates and general discussion

Eric Sundwall writes to

Having observed a recent inquiry by former Vice Chair of the LNC, Chuck Moulton to Wayne Root, I’d like to extend the franchise to at least a half hour of thinking towards all the candidates. Having served on the LNC and being a former state chair of New York, I too have pertinent questions for the candidates.… Read more ...

Libertarians Call For More Finance Industry Freedom

April 30, 2010
WASHINGTON – Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict issued the following statement today, regarding the financial regulation legislation in Congress:

“The Libertarian Party opposes the legislation currently in Congress. Instead of removing harmful regulations that reduce competition, create winners and losers, and stifle the choices of consumers and financial firms, this legislation merely adds to that heap of regulations.… Read more ...

Wayne Root: ‘HOMESCHOOL TO HARVARD: A Remarkable Education Story!’

By Wayne Allyn Root – 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee and Homeschool Dad

This is the story the teachers unions wish never happened. This is the story that proves all their hysterical demands for more money are nothing but a sham. This is the story that makes the unions and education bureaucrats sick to their stomachs.… Read more ...