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Paulie at Next Free Voice, on Facebook, (205)534-1622 cell, Paulie.Frankel@LP.org Biographical information and Q & A

Joseph Wendt: “Inner workings of Invictus 2016 campaign, rise of alt right in LP of Florida, why I withdrew from US Senate race, etc”

Q&A with Joe Wendt:

Question: Tell us how Augustus Invictus got involved in the LPF and your involvement into the campaign?

Joe: Well, believe it or not, Vicki Kirkland introduced me to Augustus. Vicki and her county Vice Chair, Robert Reich, were the ones who recruited and brought Augustus into the party.… Read more ...

Vohra Suspension Motion Fails

From an article on Marc Montoni’s “FreeVirginia” blog:

A motion to suspend Arvin Vohra (Twitter, Maryland US Senate Campaign Website, Facebook, MeWe) from his position on the Libertarian National Committee has failed.

Current LP chairman Nick Sarwark (Twitter, Phoenix Mayor Campaign website, Facebook) wrote up his opinion on the subject.

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April Fool’s Day Open Thread 2018

It has been an IPR tradition to post “April Fool’s Day” articles every year. However, this year I am having a failure of imagination and my creativity is failing me. It seems that our other writers may be having the same issue. So, for the remaining two hours of April 1st, it will be up to our readers to come up with April Fools headlines, or whole stories if they so choose, in the comments here if they so choose.… Read more ...

Liveblog: Oklahoma (and Wyoming?) LP convention 2018

Hi, this is Paulie reporting live from the 2018 Oklahoma Libertarian Party Convention in Seminole, Oklahoma. The meeting just started. Current chair Tina Kelly introduced LNC region 6 rep David Demarest, who introduced Joshua Smith, candidate for LNC chair, who is chairing the meeting. There are 27 delegates at this time and a number of observers including LNC Region 1 Rep Caryn Ann Harlos and region 7 rep Whitney Bilyeu, and covering the convention along with myself is David Van Risseghem of SoonerPolitics.Org, Ed Maddox of Texas who gave me a ride up here and possibly some others.… Read more ...

Citizens in Charge Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court in Support of Independent Party

Ballot Access News:

Citizens in Charge has filed this amicus curiae brief in Independent Party v Padilla, 17-1200. The issue in the case is whether the California Secretary of State violated the rights of the voters who formed the Independent Party, when he refused to instruct county election officials to tally up how many registered voters the Independent Party has.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party US Senate candidate proposes arming homeless people with shotguns

The Guardian

A Michigan candidate for US Senate has proposed arming homeless people with pump-action shotguns in an effort to reduce crime.

Brian Ellison, who is running against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, says homeless people are “constantly victims of violent crime” and providing them with firearms would provide a deterrent.

Ellison, a Libertarian who is expected to be the party’s candidate in the November midterm election, said he had settled on pump-action shotguns for practicality purposes.… Read more ...

Green Party: Saudi Arabia deserves U.S. sanctions over war on Yemen, not a welcome for the Saudi crown prince

GP.org:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman deserves protest and the threat of sanctions over his country’s mass murder of Yemeni civilians instead of a friendly welcome to the U.S.

The Saudi Arabian leader visited President Trump on Tuesday for friendly talks about military assistance, purchases of U.S.… Read more ...

LP.org: Michigan Libertarian the first alternative-party candidate in 48 years to qualify for gubernatorial primary ballot

LP.org:

Bill Gelineau in tan suit standing in office, posing with his box of petitions, 2018 candidate for governor of Michigan (color photo)

Libertarian Bill Gelineau, 2018 candidate for governor of Michigan

Michigan Libertarian Bill Gelineau has become the first candidate for governor from a non-establishment party to qualify under “major party” status to appear on a primary ballot there in nearly a half-century, and only the second since 1932.

On Thursday, March 8, Gelineau submitted 21,187 signatures to get on the ballot.… Read more ...

LNC closing in on best first quarter revenues in over 10 years

LP.org:

Dear Libertarian,

As you can tell from recent emails and events, our party is in a period of growth. Our voter registrations are soaring, our candidate recruitment is booming, and we have great prospects for 2018 and beyond.

Our fundraising has also been doing very well, as many generous Libertarians have been excited about this growth and have pitched in to help fuel it.… Read more ...

LP.org: Libertarian Mark Ash will challenge Michelle Slaughter for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

LP.org:

Libertarian Mark Ash for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Mark Ash, a Houston attorney running for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, was surprised to read his (political) obituary in the Galveston County Daily News. After 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter won the Republican primary on March 6, the newspaper declared that “Since no Democratic Party candidate filed to run, Slaughter will become one of the nine justices on the court.” Not so fast!… Read more ...

LP.org: ‘Our goals for 2018’

LP.org:

Dear Libertarian,

2017 was a year of investment and building towards 2018.

We updated IT systems and other infrastructure, expanded our team at headquarters to better serve our members and candidates, aggressively pursued ballot access, and more.

All of this was important for laying the foundation needed to pursue some lofty goals in 2018.… Read more ...

LP.org: Libertarian Party registration surges 92% in 10 years

LP.org:

The fastest growing political party in America! - Libertarian

The number of U.S. voters registered as Libertarian has surged by 92 percent since 2008, reports Ballot Access News in its March 2018 edition. That increase has come at the expense of both Democrats, who are down by 8 percent over the same time period, and Republicans, who are down by 5 percent.… Read more ...