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About paulie

Paulie at Next Free Voice, on Facebook, (205)534-1622 cell, Paulie.Frankel@LP.org

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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 ...

LP.org: DHS announces plans to deport Salvadorans who have 192,700 US-born children

LP.org:

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 ...

January 2018 Open Thread

Welcome to this month’s edition of the open thread, our place for off-topic conversations, news tips, suggestions, discussions of stories no one has bothered to post (at least yet), etc. As 2017 ends and 2018 begins we remind you that the President has said that the war on Christmas is now officially over, so Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and please for the love of the Son, the Father and the Holy Spirit no more debates about whether to wish people a “Happy Festivus” or a “Merry Festivus”, mmmkay?… 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 reason.com (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 ...

Stossel interviews Sarwark on LP in 2018 (video)

Stossel: Is 2018 the Year of the Libertarian Party? – Reason.com – John Stossel & Naomi Brockwell via GD’s Political Animal:

January 2, 2018 – “Nicholas Sarwark, Chairman of the Libertarian Party, says [the 2016 campaign] was a great success. ‘We tripled all previous records. In the 45-year history of the Libertarian Party, we’ve never had that kind of support from the electorate.’

“Johnson only got 3.5% of the vote.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party: Denver shooter not a member

KDVR Fox 31 Denver via GD’s Political Animal:

December 31, 2017 – “The Libertarian Party is distancing itself from Matthew Riehl, the gunman in the deputy ambush that left one dead in Highlands Ranch on Sunday morning.

“Riehl released a YouTube video in which he claimed to be a member of the party and teased the idea of running for office as a Libertarian against Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock….… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Nevada condemns U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

LPNevada.org:

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The Libertarian Party of Nevada condemns U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s retraction of the Cole Memo. We refuse to condone the federal government’s desire to penalize victimless “crimes,” or otherwise sow fear, uncertainty, and doubt into Nevada’s newest industry.

Secure link to official PDF.

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Libertarian Party amicus brief mentioned in SCOTUSblog article on Ohio voter purge case

Nicholas Sarwark to LNC list:

Subject: [Lnc-votes] [Lnc-business] Our amicus brief was mentioned in the SCOTUSblog article on the Ohio case

“The Libertarian National Committee suggests that Ohio’s rule also disproportionately affects voters who do not support the two major political parties. Those voters, it contends, “are particularly likely to engage in principled non-voting,” but the Ohio rule punishes them for not voting by dropping them from the rolls.

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Gary Johnson: Trump admin marijuana policy shift could cost him reelection

Brandon Carter at The Hill via Cody Quirk at ATPR:

Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson warned in a new interview that the Trump administration’s reversal on a key marijuana policy could cost Trump his reelection.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Johnson said Trump is “grossly underestimating the anger” that will follow Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinding a Justice Department policy on states legalizing marijuana.… Read more ...

North Carolina State Elections Board Won’t Accept Evidence that Green Party is Now Ballot-Qualified Until Legal Dispute Over Board is Settled


Ballot Access News:

On December 29, officers of the North Carolina Green Party presented the State Board of Elections with evidence that the party meets the new definition of “political party”. The evidence consists of proof that Jill Stein was on the ballot in at least 35 states in 2016.

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