Author Archives: Brian Irving

NC’s Sean Haugh Back on Video Campaign Trail

Press Release

RALEIGH (April 27) – The pizza delivery man who ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 and drew a gathering of followers with his personal “bar stool chat” YouTube videos is back.

Sean Haugh is again the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate. He has already released three videos, with several more on the way.… Read more ...

NC Libertarians Say Repeal HB 2

Press Release

RALEIGH (April 26) – The Libertarian Party of North Carolina has joined the growing list of organizations calling for the repeal of House Bill 2.

“The state has no authority to determine gender,” the unanimous resolution states. HB 2 also “unduly intrudes state authority into local decision-making and unreasonably limits the ability of the citizens … to govern themselves.”

In addition, the bill reduces individual rights because it “bans citizens from using state courts to remedy discrimination”

Nic Haag, Libertarian candidate for NC Senate 44, introduced the resolution.… Read more ...

Libertarians To Host Only Presidential Debate in NC

Libertarian Party of North Carolina Press Release

RALEIGH (Dec. 9) – The Libertarian Party of North Carolina will host the only presidential debate scheduled in North Carolina. It is set for March 7 from 9 to 10:30 p.m. EST and will be webcast on Google Hangouts On Air. The debate will feature candidates for the Libertarian presidential nomination.… Read more ...

LPNC: North Carolina deserves a better budget

LPNC-BumperStickerPress Release from the Libertarian Party of North Carolina

While there a some commendable provisions in the new North Carolina state budget, it still isn’t the best deal for North Carolina, state Libertarian Party Chair J.J. Summerell said in a statement today.

“About 60 days late and many, many dollars short, Republican legislators have finally agreed on a state budget.… Read more ...

NC progressives charge voter suppression, but is it really voter apathy?

Brian_Irving7North Carolina progressives, and the News & Observer (Raleigh), are up in arms again over another alleged attempt at voter suppression. This time they claim the Republicans have deliberately prevented people from registering to vote. The basis for the charge is that the number of people registering to vote while applying for public benefits or a driver’s license has decreased.… Read more ...

NC Libertarians Call for Pardon of Medical Marijuana Dealer

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Libertarian Party of North Carolina Press Release

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina passed a resolution calling for the governor to pardon Todd Stimson, who was convicted of marijuana trafficking, at its annual state convention in Durham April 11-12.

Simpson openly ran a medicinal marijuana operation in Henderson County, had a business license and paid taxes on the plants he purchased.… Read more ...

NC election results: RIP for the spoiler myth

Libertarian Party of North CarolinaThe 2014 Election is over and the myth that Libertarians “steal” votes or “spoil” races for the establishment parties may have been finally put to rest, or at least given it a near fatal blow.

“I do hope y’all will rethink this inane spoiler narrative after tonight,” said Sean Haugh, Libertarian candidate for U.S.… Read more ...

Free the Vote NC Sponsors All-Inclusive US Senate Debate

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CHARLOTTE (Sept. 23) – Free the Vote North Carolina and the Young Americans for Liberty at UNC Charlotte are sponsoring North Carolina’s only all-inclusive U.S. Senate candidates debate on Friday, Oct. 17 in McKnight Hall on the UNC Charlotte campus at 7 p.m.

All the candidates whose name will appear on the ballot, as well as those who have qualified to have their write-in votes counted, have been invited.… Read more ...

NC Libertarian Candidates Applaud Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Press Release from the Libertarian Party of North Carolina

RALEIGH (July 30) – Libertarian candidates applauded the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to strike down a Virginia law banning same-sex marriage, a law similar to a state constitutional amendment passed by North Carolina voters in 2012.

Wesley Casteen, Libertarian candidate for the 7th Congressional District, said the court decision this week was foreseeable years ago.… Read more ...

JJ Summerell: Can Utility Companies Be Clean, Safe and Keep Costs Down?

By J.J. Summerell

While I’m no apologist for Duke Energy, I understand the dilemma the company faces in responding to the Dan River coal-ash spill.

Because we must buy electricity, and Duke Energy is virtually North Carolina’s only provider, it is a natural monopoly. Why would it have faced any financial barriers to ensuring the environmental safety of its power plants and transmission facilities?… Read more ...

NC Libertarian Haugh Polls 11 Percent in US Senate Race

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Press Release from the Libertarian Party of North Carolina

RALEIGH (May 14) – Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh is polling “a surprisingly high 11 percent” in the U.S. Senate race, according the first poll conducted by Public Policy Polling. Incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan is at 38 percent, Republican challenger Thom Tillis is at 36 percent, and 15 percent are undecided.… Read more ...

NC Libertarians support non-partisan redistricting

Press release from the Libertarian Party of North Carolina

Libertarian Party of North CarolinaRALEIGH (April 15) – Adding a plank supporting an independent, non-partisan redistricting process was one of the changes made to the platform at the Libertarian Party of North Carolina state convention held April 4-5 in Durham.

Libertarians also adopted a plank calling for proportional representation for the state legislature.… Read more ...