Author Archives: Gene Berkman

About Gene Berkman

Owner of Renaissance Books in Riverside, CA. Longtime activist in The Libertarian Movement

8 key ballot access races for The Libertarian Party

Each election cycle, the Libertarian Party works hard to get our candidates on as many ballots across the country as we can.

The results on Election Day will determine how much time, money, and effort will be needed to achieve ballot access in 50 states plus D.C. for our 2020 presidential nominee, just as we did in 2016.… Read more ...

Bill Gelineau: Michigan has a choice. Why not a Libertarian?

By Bill Gelineau

For someone who is not a professional politician, the last two years have been quite a ride. When Gov. Gary Johnson qualified the Libertarian Party as a “major party” in the 2016 Presidential race (by earning at least 5 percent of the presidential vote), it became clear to me that this was an opportunity not to be lost.… Read more ...

Libertarian Senate Candidate Murray Sabrin Announces Opposition To SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

October 3, 2018 (Fort Lee, NJ) Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate Murray Sabrin has announced his opposition to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. While the ongoing drama over Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct has dominated the headlines, Sabrin points to concerns over Kavanaugh’s record on the Fourth Amendment.… Read more ...

Liz Mair: “It’s time for something different in the U.S. Senate”

Liz Mair is Strategist for Our Western Values. This commentary was published in The Albuquerque Journal:

Voters across New Mexico – and the U.S. – are fed up with Washington, D.C., and the political class.

Whether we’re progressive, conservative or something in between, many of us are convinced our elected officials are not representing us and have succumbed to the power of moneyed special interests, the allure of elite status, … cable news green rooms, big-money fundraisers and power-brokering.… Read more ...

Jibral Khan on “Third Parties and the Senate”

Jibral Khan writes @ National Review blog The Corner :

Gary Johnson’s run this year for the Senate seat in New Mexico could signal a productive direction for America’s third parties. Johnson was the state’s Republican governor from 1998-2003, and remains popular in the state. The first three-way poll for the Senate race shows the incumbent Democrat, Martin Heinrich, in the lead at 39 percent, followed by Gary Johnson at 21 percent, and the Republican candidate Mick Rich coming in last with 11 percent.… Read more ...

US News: “Sen. Rand Paul Backs Libertarian Senate Candidate”

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is endorsing the Gary Johnson’s Libertarian campaign for U.S. Senate in the state of New Mexico.

In a news release Tuesday, Paul shunned the Republican nominee and announced his support for Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico who ran for president as a Libertarian in 2012 and 2016.

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Despin: “Libertarians are smart to put Johnson in the Senate race”

Editor’s note: This is in response to the Aug. 24 commentary by Ariel Bickel, “Johnson’s Senate run leaves voters out in the cold.”

I’ve seen a lot of talk against Gary for entering the race late, yet people forget to mention that the Republicans did the very same thing with their secretary of state candidate and I’m not seeing negative opinion pieces on that decision.… Read more ...

Santa Fe New Mexican on “Johnson: The candidate who’s something else”

ALBUQUERQUE — The guy in the “Build the Wall” T-shirt left about 10 minutes into Gary Johnson’s speech.

But otherwise, the crowd was stoked. Or at least curious.

As the former New Mexico governor held his first rally as the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate last week, some members of his administration from the 1990s felt like the old band was back together.

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Vermont Progressives Pass Resolution in Support of National Organizing

The Vermont Progressive Party is the most successful state-wide third party on the left. Founded by allies of Bernie Sandders, the Progressive Party holds 10 seats in the Vermont legislature and, since 2016, the office of Lt. Governor. Vermont Progressives backed Ralph Nader for President in 2000, giving him 7% of the vote in Vermont.… Read more ...

Toledo Blade:”No more lesser of two evil”

This editorial was published in the Toledo, Ohio Blade:

Gary-Johnson-Political-Future-1 Partly thanks to increased support for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson during the 2016 election, the Libertarian Party has earned a spot on more ballots around the U.S.

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Voters frustrated by having to choose between Democrats and Republicans at the ballot box could soon see some more options when they head to the polls.

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New Jersey Today:”Ron Paul Endorses Murray Sabrin for US Senate”

New Jersey Today reports that former Congressman Ron Paul has endorsed Libertarian Party candidate Dr Murray Sabrin for U.S. Senator from New Jersey.

“I am pleased to endorse my good friend of 35 years Murray Sabrin for United States Senate,” said Paul. “Murray’s dedication to, and knowledge of, the principles of liberty will make him an effective advocate for freeing the people of New Jersey—and the nation–from excessive taxes, debt, and inflation, as well as ending the ongoing violations of our right to free speech, property, and privacy.”

“Murray will also be an outspoken Senator for peaceful relations with other nations, and work to ensure that our immigration policies adhere to common sense solutions like his proposal to have immigrants obtain sponsors so they can assimilate and become financially independent,” said the former congressman, whose son is US Senator Rand Paul.… Read more ...

Peace & Freedom Party: “Roseanne Barr Does Not Speak For Us!”

In 2012, Roseanne Barr sought the Green Party nomination for President. After losing to Dr Jill Stein at the Green Party national convention, Roseanne Barr sought and received the nomination of The Peace & Freedom Party, appearing on several state ballots and receiving just over 67,000 votes in the general election. … Read more ...