Author Archives: Joseph Buchman

McMullin Canvassing Call Script/Flyer Released


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


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


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”


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.



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 ...

Johnson: “I’ve Never Been Involved In Politics Before . . . I Guess I Wasn’t Meant To Be President.”

In an interview on CNN early yesterday afternoon (about 13 hours before the two old-party candidates VP “debate”), Governor Johnson explains why if “crossing “i”s and dotting “t”s on international political leaders and geography is more important than the policy itself and then admitting mistakes, he’s not meant to be president (but if honesty and peace are what voters want, then he is).… Read more ...

After Trump Defeat, LP VP Nominee Weld To: “Rebuild the GOP”

In an article by  published earlier today and headlined “Libertarian VP Candidate Bill Weld Gives Up, Will Focus on Preventing Trump Presidency,” current Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee Bill Weld is described by the reporter as saying that:

After blocking a Trump presidency, he’d like to work with Republicans like Mitt Romney and Haley Barbour to rebuild the GOP.… Read more ...

Colbert: Johnson Says “Crazy-Ass Stuff”

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert skewered Gary Johnson for seven minutes last night.

“Libertarians have long been waiting for a smart, respectable candidate to represent their values . . . and the wait continues.”

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Sarwark in New York; CPD “Afraid”


Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark is in New York planning to attend “in some capacity” tonight’s two Old-Party, so-called, “Presidential Debate.”

In a letter received by IPR earlier today, he reports:

Dear Libertarian,

Today, I am in New York, preparing to attend, in some capacity, the so-called Presidential Debate.… Read more ...