Author Archives: Joseph Buchman

3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Will Johnson/Weld Fall Below 4 Percent?

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With recent polls, including ABC News (3 percent), Real Clear Politics (4.6) and Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight (4.7) indicating/forecasting a below 5 percent national vote total for Johnson/Weld one week from today – the result of a fairly consistent drop of about 1/10th  of 1 percent daily for the past few weeks, and with that decline appearing likely to continue, or even increase in magnitude, IPR is opening the doors to the more psychic or reckless of our readers to put your predictions in public.… Read more ...

Robocalls in Utah: McMullin is an Open Borders, Closet Gay, Son of Lesbians (so) – Vote Trump

Apparently being delivered to about 193,000 telephones in Utah.

“Hello my name is William Johnson. I am a farmer and a White Nationalist. I make this call against Evan McMullin and in support of Donald Trump. Evan McMullin is an open-borders amnesty supporter.  Evan has two mommys. His mother is a lesbian married to another woman.  … Read more ...

McMullin: Howl-o-Ween “Dogs for McMullin” activity

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Received by IPR earlier today

“Come join Evan McMullin in Park City for a Dogs for McMullin Halloween activity!

“Park City (Utah) is home to the annual

Howl-O-Ween dog parade.

“Bring your four-legged friend dressed in an Evan McMullin shirt as we show our support for the only conservative candidate in the race. … Read more ...

Will Johnson Slide Below 5 Percent Nationally?

five-percent-gold-4317717Harry Eten a senior political writer and analyst for the website FiveThirtyEight.com published an article titled, “What Went Wrong For Gary Johnson?” earlier today.  The article explicates several reasons for Johnson’s consistent polling slide. (About .5 percent per week – from a high above 9 percent six weeks ago to a current 5.6 percent.)  Among those reasons – missing the CPD debates, policy-related gaffes, the traditional protest-vote pre-election fade, Sanders’ supporters following Sanders’ admonitions to vote for HRC, McMullin’s impact on voting behavior in Utah and other LDS (Mormon) communities, etc.… Read more ...

McMullin Canvassing Call Script/Flyer Released

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The following email from Brady Quinn, Utah Operations Director for McMullin for President was received by IPR earlier today.

“I wanted to tell you the response from Utah supporters willing to canvass and spread the word has been overwhelming. Thank you for being a part of this movement!

“Don’t worry about attending a canvassing training, or using the app.… Read more ...

THE WEEK: Anatomy of a faceplant: Inside the Libertarian Party’s abysmal 2016 campaign

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The headline says it all.  The full article is HERE.

Highlights include:

“Johnson seems likely to be remembered as a brief, embarrassing political oddity.”

“The LP’s big break has been marked by one avoidable gaffe after another, an abysmally embarrassing performance and an incomparable lost opportunity. . . . presenting (libertarianism) largely as centrism .… Read more ...

HBO’s Oliver: “Choose the Least of Four Evils”


After brief mentions of Jim Hedges of the Prohibition Party, Dan Vacek of the Legal Marijuana Now Party, and write-in Independent candidate Joe Exotic, HBO’s John Oliver offers a cutting explication of the positions articulated (and in Dr. Stein’s case, sung) by the Libertarian and Green Party candidates.  This includes memorable analysis such as:

“Come on Gary!… Read more ...

Sarwark to Pence: To Stop Clinton – Resign, Endorse Johnson

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In an Open Letter to Grand Old Party Vice Presidential Candidate Governor Mike Pence received by IPR earlier today, Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark calls on Governor Pence to, “Put country ahead of your party by resigning from the Republican ticket and publicly endorsing Governor Gary Johnson for President.Read more ...

Utah Newspaper Calls On Trump To: RESIGN YOUR CANDIDACY

utah-elevatedAfter 80 years of not editorializing about partisan presidential politics, The Deseret News (owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and Utah’s oldest daily newspaper with circulation among the LDS communities in Utah, Idaho, Arizona and elsewhere) has called on Donald Trump to:

“Step down from his pursuit of the American presidency.”

The editorial continues:

“The belief that the party and the platform matter more than the character of the candidate ignores the wisdom of the ages that,

“when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

(Proverbs 29:2)

“We understand that politicians and presidential candidates are human and that everyone makes mistakes.… Read more ...

Johnson: “If Weld is Anti-Trump; I’m Anti-Clinton”

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In an article by Joseph Rago titled: “The Libertarians Make Their Case: Gary Johnson says the Clinton campaign and its Super Pacs may dump $50 million on him. What are they so afraid of?” published in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Governors Johnson and Weld were quoted as saying:

Image credit, Kenneth Fallin

JOHNSON: “If Bill wants to say that it’s his personal goal to make sure that Donald Trump isn’t elected (then) my personal goal is make sure that Hillary Clinton isn’t elected.”

WELD: “I did say I had grave reservations about Mr.… Read more ...

Johnson “Not Trump” and “Integrity” Billboards Now Include Gov. Weld.

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Photographs taken near “Thanksgiving Point” on I-15 just south of Salt Lake City Utah, 10PM, 6 October 2016.  In rotation with 16 other video displays, each lasting about 7 seconds.

The earlier billboards featuring Governor Johnson alone and covered by IPR in an article titled: FIELD REPORT: Johnson Billboards published on 31 August 2016 appear to have been removed from rotation.… Read more ...

Evan McMullin: Principles For New American Leadership

mcmullen-in-provoEvan McMullin, an independent candidate for President, appeared at a campaign event in Provo Utah earlier tonight to promote his “Principles For New American Leadership.”  The document can be downloaded (after required email address and zip code) HERE.

A first-draft, partial transcript of his presentation follows.  Video of tonight’s speech has been posted to his Facebook Page HERE.… Read more ...