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Far right Christian Nationalist “Texas Freedom Party” making play to take over Libertarian Party of Texas at county conventions today

Texas state law lays out a multi-step process by which delegates are chosen to the national convention from the state convention of every state-recognized party, to the state convention (Apr 13-15 in Houston) from county conventions being held throughout Texas today, to those from precinct conventions which had already been held, etc.… Read more ...

Liveblogging from Alabama Libertarian state convention 2018 (and other state LP conventions this weekend?)

In the comments section below I will report as best I can on the Libertarian Party of Alabama convention taking place today in Atmore, Alabama at the Wind Creek casino. Currently Bill Redpath is speaking as the introductory speaker of the convention and officer reports will be next. If anyone attending those conventions is interested, please also use or encourage other people in attendance to use the comment section below to report on other state LP conventions taking place this weekend.… Read more ...

Julia Reiss: ‘John McAfee Bought Hookers, Weed, and Porn With Cryptocurrency, So “Hate Well,” Suckers’

Julia Reiss at (published Jan. 10):

Cyber security guru and certifiably eccentric computer ingenue John McAfee is back to his offbeat ways. Remember, it was only five years ago that police chased the 72-year-old through the jungles of Central America to question him about the death of his neighbor.… Read more ...

U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Johnson v Commission on Presidential Debates; Level the Playing Field v Federal Elections Commission Still Pending in U.S. District Court

Ballot Access News:

On February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Johnson v Commission on Presidential Debates, 17-916. The other presidential debates case, Level the Playing Field v Federal Elections Commission, is still pending in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. A decision on that case could come at any time.… Read more ... Senate reaches budget deal to clean out your wallet Updated Feb. 14, 2018:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made a deal on Feb. 7 to prevent yet another government shutdown. If the rest of Congress votes for their new spending agreement, the American people will ultimately foot a much larger tax bill.

“In order to reach a ‘bipartisan’ deal, McConnell granted the Democrats their wish list and Schumer granted the Republicans their wish list,” said Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark.… Read more ...

Montoni: Short Answers to the “Can You Win” Question

By Marc Montoni

Most of the many thousands of Libertarians who have run for office since 1972 (estimated to be in excess of 25,000) have faced the inevitable question from reporters (and voters as well, but especially reporters), “do you think you can win?”

The question itself reveals the intellectually lazy view of politics as a horse race. … Read more ...

Andy Jacobs: Libertarians should elect a Sheriff and implement the “deputize ’em” plan

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LNC Vice Chair Arvin Vohra once again stirs controversy, calls for removal with age of consent comments

A few months ago, LNC Vice Chair Arvin Vohra stirred controversy with his remarks about the military (see Arvin Vohra: ‘An Open Letter to Current and Former Members of the U.S. Military (Please forward to any who may be interested)’ and Vohra responds to criticism again, as well as here, here, here, and here.) At the time, some members of the party including one or more member(s) of the LNC called for his removal from party leadership.… Read more ... DHS announces plans to deport Salvadorans who have 192,700 US-born children

Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows immigrants to live and work legally in the United States if they would face extreme hardship after being forced to return to their countries of origin. Immigrants from El Salvador, which has been ravaged by natural disaster and poverty, have been TPS-eligible since 2001, and today there are 262,500 Salvadorans with that status in the United States.… Read more ...

Deadlines to Put New Parties on the Ballot for 2018 Have Already Passed in Five States

Ballot Access News:

Already, deadlines for certain procedures to get new parties on the ballot for 2018 have passed in five states. With two exceptions, no new party qualified in these states.

In California, the deadline for a new party to obtain approximately 60,000 registrants, and thus be on the 2018 ballot, passed on January 2.… Read more ...

NM Libertarians aiming for full statewide slate

Tris DeRoma at the Los Alamos Monitor via GD’s Political Animal:

January 3, 2018 – “An Albuquerque attorney is in talks with various would-be candidates across the state of New Mexico who are interested in running on the New Mexico Libertarian Party ticket this year.

Attorney A. Blair Dunn, the son of New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, said it’s time to give New Mexicans a third option.… Read more ...

Ron Paul: A Popular Libertarian Candidate in 2020 Is ‘Very Possible’

Via Ed Krayewski at (H/T George Dance):

The former 1988 Libertarian nominee and 2008 and 2012 Republican candidate for president(ial nomination -p) says Trump is just a temporary setback for the libertarian moment.

Distrust in America’s foreign and monetary policies, unrelieved by the election of Donald Trump, is going to be a “big opening” for libertarians in 2020, former Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul told the Washington Examiner.… Read more ...