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Paulie at Next Free Voice, on Facebook, (205)534-1622 cell, Biographical information and Q & A ‘Our goals for 2018’

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 ... Libertarian Party registration surges 92% in 10 years

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 ... ‘Success story’

Dear Libertarian,

We work so hard achieving ballot access so that candidates can be on ballots.

So, it is particularly thrilling when, within a period of several months, we both achieve ballot access and get a slew of candidates lined up to run.

Last summer, the national Libertarian Party invested close to $22,000 to help the Libertarian Party of Arkansas achieve ballot access.… Read more ...

Marc Montoni: ‘Admitting My Error’

Original editorial submitted by Marc Montoni:

I think I’ve made a mistake.  I think I continued to make it for almost two decades.

I used to be that guy who showed up at every LP meeting and invited everyone who was in attendance to make that next step, and to join the LP. … Read more ...

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 ...