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Stossel interviews Sarwark on LP in 2018 (video)

Stossel: Is 2018 the Year of the Libertarian Party? – – 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


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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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 ... Congress should let FISA amendments expire

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

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


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 ...