Category Archives: Libertarian Party

AETN Debates: Arkansas Governor including Libertarian Mark West

Mark West needs 3% for Governor to keep the Libertarians from having to gather another 10,000 valid signatures for 2020.

An independent presidential petition could also be done, requiring only 1,000 valid signatures, but would not qualify candidates for any other office. Arkansas Libertarians have done the full party petition in the last several elections, but have yet to retain from one election to the next.… Read more ...

Green candidates barred from debate and polls in midterms protest media bias

Exclusion of candidates violates the right of voters to be informed about all names on the ballot

Green Party candidates have been excluded from debates and polls across the country by news media and polling criteria that favor Democratic and Republican candidates. Exclusion means Green Party candidates cannot make their case to undecided voters or try to sway decided ones, which is especially crucial in races that determine ballot status.… Read more ...

Green-Rainbow Candidate, Jamie Guerin, Barred from Participating in WGBH Debate for State Treasurer

October 10, 2018 – Today’s State Treasurer debate will be missing a key voice from a balloted candidate, that of Jamie Guerin, a long-time activist and Green-Rainbow Partymember. Her “Why not invest in ourselves?” platform offers a concrete plan for reducing interest expenses on infrastructure projects, creating a socially just state investment program; a state bank, and eliminating corporate and Wall Street influence in Massachusetts politics.… Read more ...

Bowser-Bostick’s Statement on Exclusion from Debate

On Saturday, October 6, Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV held a partial Pennsylvania Lt. Governor’s debate in their studio. This face-to-face meeting of candidates was incomplete because it excluded half of the candidates. WPXI-TV undemocratically limited the political education that voters need and deserve to elect their next Governor & Lt. Governor by excluding the only two female and non-major-party candidates who have legally qualified to be on the General Election Ballot.… Read more ... Libertarian candidates are great in debates, so opponents collude to exclude them

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On Oct. 8, the Indiana Debate Commission staged a debate between candidates on the ballot for senator from Indiana, Republican Mike Braun, Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly, and Libertarian Lucy Brenton. Lucy arguably won the debate, and invited people to follow her with the hashtag #ILoveLucy. Even Donnelly said, “I love Lucy too.”

This particular debate followed a formal structure that allowed equal time for each candidate to answer and follow up on each question.… Read more ...

Thomas Knapp: Two Things the Kavanaugh Fiasco Did Damage to “From the Right”

Both are ongoing, but the Kavanaugh confirmation process both highlighted the damage and added to it.

Thing One: “Presumption of Innocence”

Here’s a non-Kavanaugh-related example of the problem, from a piece on civil judgments pursuant to rape allegations. I agree with the author that people acquitted of crimes shouldn’t face a lower standard of proof in subsequent civil actions based on the claim that they’re guilty, but then he goes on to write:

For us to live in an open, liberal society, the presumption of innocence has to exist as a social idea as well as a legal one.

Read more ... Ballot access and Brandon Phinney

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Dear Libertarian,

The national party works very hard throughout the election cycle to chip away at laws and other barriers that keep Libertarian candidates off ballots.

There are countless stories about why this is important but allow me to share one with you today.

Many Libertarians recognize Brandon Phinney’s name and know that he is an elected state representative in New Hampshire.Read more ...

Larry Sharpe Raises $139K in 70 Days

The Larry Sharpe campaign reported raising nearly $140,000 in its 32-day pre-general campaign finance filing. The report covers a period of a little over two months. Sharpe is the Libertarian candidate for Governor of New York.

The campaign spent roughly the same amount during the period and reported $24,000 on hand for the final month of the campaign.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Alabama ‘Condemns Unethical Ethics Commission, Calls for Prosecution of Grifting Etowah Sheriff’

Sheriff Todd Entrekin, above, misappropriated $750k from inmate food fund to buy beach house

Montgomery, AL – The Libertarian Party of Alabama is outraged to learn of the misnamed Alabama Ethics Commission’s unanimous vote on October 2nd to drop an ethics violation case against Etowah County’s notoriously corrupt Sheriff Todd Entrekin.… Read more ...

NY Poll: Sharpe Likely to Win Ballot Access

Larry Sharpe, Libertarian candidate for Governor of New York, did well in a late September poll conducted by Siena College Research Institute. Poll numbers showed Sharpe getting 2% of the vote from likely voters. This is better than the numbers for Howie Hawkins, who usually does well enough to maintain ballot access for the Green Party.… Read more ...

Libertarians Cover the Polling Spread in 4 Senate Races

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It’s five weeks before election day, and we have no idea which political party will control the U.S. Senate come January. FiveThirtyEight reckons that the two likeliest scenarios are for Republicans to maintain their razor-thin 51-49 margin, or for there to be a 50–50 split, with Vice President Mike Pence ready to break all ties.… Read more ...

U.S. District Court Awards ACLU Ballot Access Attorneys $612,045 in Attorney Fees for South Dakota Case

Ballot Access News:

Earlier this year, the South Dakota petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties, which was in late March, was held unconstitutionally early in U.S. District Court. The case was Libertarian Party of South Dakota v Krebs, civ 4:15cv-4111. According to a federal law passed in 1976, when plaintiffs sue a state over voting rights (including ballot access), and win, the state must pay the attorney fees for the plaintiffs.… Read more ...