Author Archives: paulie

About paulie

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

Biographical information and Q & A

LP.org: Congress should let FISA amendments expire

LP.org:

Section 702 loophole allows sweeping warrants to spy on U.S. citizens

Libertarians advocate individual privacy and government transparency. We are committed to ending government’s practice of spying on everyone.

Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act in 2008 to enable surveillance of persons or organizations outside the United States, but in practice section 702 of the act includes sweeping warrants for the National Security Agency (NSA) and its PRISM surveillance program to collect static information stored in widely used online portals like Google and Facebook — no matter whose information it is.… Read more ...

Colorado LP Board Calls for Transparency on National LP Convention Committees

The Board of the Libertarian Party of Colorado today declared that the state Party’s appointees to the 2018 National Platform Committee shall be “conditional upon appointee not agreeing to any secrecy requirements for discussions that reasonably would be considered committee discussion such as any email list to which all committee members have access or emails copied to the entire committee.”

The vote on the measure passed 5-2. … Read more ...

LP.org: ‘Private-sector sexual misconduct punished while politicians let off easy’

LP.org:

Individuals own their bodies and have rights over them that other individuals, groups, and governments may not violate.
Sexual misconduct has long been a problem in both the public and private spheres, but today there is a stark difference between intolerance of sexual misconduct in the world of business and tolerance in the world of politics. Private-sector organizations have begun taking decisive action to cut ties with sexual predators, while political institutions continue to tolerate and even celebrate them.… Read more ...

LP.org: Libertarian Party salutes bitcoin success (and happily accepts bitcoin donations)

LP.org:

Bitcoin

On Dec. 6, the price of bitcoin surpassed $13,000, gaining more than $1,000 in value from a record high only the previous day. In April 2013, back when the price of bitcoin fluctuated between $76 and $266, Slate writer Eric Posner called the digital currency “a libertarian fantasy.” The Libertarian Party was already accepting bitcoin contributions then — the first political party to do so — through a system that immediately converted them to dollars, as required by policy.… Read more ...

U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Wants to See Certain Campaign Documents from Jill Stein

Ballot Access News:

This story says that the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee expects to ask the Jill Stein for president campaign to turn over certain documents from the 2016 election. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link.… Read more ...

LP.org: ‘Freedom of association should be a piece of cake’

LP.org:

Libertarians embrace the concept that all people are born with certain inherent rights. We reject the idea that a natural right can ever impose an obligation upon others to fulfill that “right.” We condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant. Government should neither deny nor abridge any individual’s human right based upon sex, wealth, ethnicity, creed, age, national origin, personal habits, political preference or sexual orientation. Members of private organizations retain their rights to set whatever standards of association they deem appropriate, and individuals are free to respond with ostracism, boycotts and other free-market solutions.

Wedding cakes have become a controversial topic, as a few bakers who object to gay marriages on religious grounds decline to make cakes for those weddings. The U.S. Supreme Court heard Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on Dec. 5, and will soon decide whether Colorado baker Jack Phillips should be legally required to violate his religious conscience and make a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a gay couple.… Read more ...

LP.org: ‘Relieved by Roy Moore’s defeat? Thank a Libertarian’

LP.org:

Write in Ron Bishop for Alabama Senator

Republican candidate Roy Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election for U.S. Senate. The Moore campaign was plagued by allegations of sexual impropriety, and voters turned away in droves from what was once considered a safe GOP seat. The race was so close, though, that Jones won by a margin of only 1.5 percent — less than the 1.7 percent of votes for write-in candidates, including Libertarian Ron Bishop.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Sets Location and Date of 2020 Presidential Convention

Ballot Access News:

On December 10, the Libertarian Party national committee met in New Orleans and decided that the party’s 2020 presidential convention will be in Austin, Texas, over Memorial Day weekend. As far as is known, no other political party, major or minor, has yet chosen a location for its 2020 presidential convention.… Read more ...

Jury Verdict in Warren Redlich’s Lawsuit for Defamation Against Roger Stone Over 2010 Gubernatorial Campaign

Ballot Access News:

Warren Redlich was the Libertarian Party nominee for Governor of New York in 2010. He polled 48,386 votes, the best showing that party has ever polled for Governor of New York. If he had reached 50,000 votes, the party would have become ballot-qualified for the first time.… Read more ...

Alabama Senate candidate forum on Dec. 5 includes Libertarian Ron Bishop

Via Eric Dixon at LP.org. I will try to provide live coverage of the event tomorrow with Laura Whitfield of the LP of Alabama. -paulie

Write in Ron Bishop - U.S. Senate

Alabama voters have more candidates to choose from than controversial GOP nominee Roy Moore and Democratic candidate Doug Jones. Seven other candidates have declared as write-in candidates, including Libertarian Party candidate Ron Bishop.… Read more ...

John Anderson Dies

Ballot Access News:

On December 3, 2017, John B. Anderson died. He was a member of Congress from 1960 to 1980. In 1980 he sought the Republican presidential nomination, but on April 24, 1980, realizing that Ronald Reagan was certain to become the Republican nominee, Anderson quit the race for the Republican nomination and announced as an independent candidate.… Read more ...

December 2017 Open Thread

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Our monthly open thread. Post news tips about alt parties and independent candidates, discuss any story that should be posted here but has not yet been posted, or even delve into completely off-topic stuff…just avoid quarantined thread subject matter and things that could get us and/or you into legal trouble such as threats, libel, and copyright infringement.… Read more ...