Category Archives: Libertarian Party

Ballot Access News: Virginia Board validates Libertarian petition for Governor

Ballot Access News reports:

The Virginia State Board of Elections says the petition for Cliff Hyra, Libertarian nominee for Governor, is valid. He will be the only choice on the November 2017 ballot other than the Republican and Democratic nominees. Thanks to Bill Redpath for this news.

The other statewide minor party petition that is being validated now is the Arkansas Libertarian petition for 2018.Read more ...

LP.org: NH Rep. Brandon Phinney switches to Libertarian Party

Brandon Phinney (NH rep) standing in front of legislative building in New Hampshire, wearing suit, tie, sunglasses, name badge, American flag lapel pin

CONCORD, N.H. – Rep. Brandon Phinney (Strafford 24), formerly a member of the Republican Party, announced today on the State House steps he is changing his party affiliation to Libertarian.

For the third time this year, a sitting state legislator has left his party and joined the LP. Rep. Caleb Q.… Read more ...

LP’s Joe Buchman first on the ballot in Utah’s Special Election

Libertarian Joe Buchman is the first party affiliated candidate on the November ballot for the Special Election for the US House, Third District in Utah. The opening was created following the resignation of Congressman Jason Chaffetz. While the two old parties have yet to hold their conventions, and will likely face primary challengers on August 15, Buchman’s campaign is up in full swing.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Oregon: Sarwark, Harlos to Speak at Convention

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF OREGON TO HOLD 2017 CONVENTION Saturday, 17 June

The Libertarian Party of Oregon will hold its 2017 business convention, featuring Libertarian National Committee Chair Nick Sarwark and the founder and chair of the Libertarian Party Historical Preservation Committee, Caryn Ann Harlos as speakers.

The convention will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on 17 June 2017, starting at 9:15 in the morning. … Read more ...

Libertarian Party Bylaws Committee Hearing set for June 22, 2017

Meeting Name: Bylaws Committee Hearing
When: 6/22/2017 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern
Purpose: To receive public feedback regarding the Bylaws and desired changes

Requested by: Katz (chair)

READ HEARING NOTICE HERE

As electronic meetings are in the nature of special meetings, no commitments may be made on items other than those listed in the call to meeting.… Read more ...

Utah Libertarian Party to Hold Special Nominating Convention

HARVEST ROOM, THANKSGIVING POINT, 4:00PM SATURDAY JUNE 10th

“It’s not quite in the Third District, but we can ‘see it from the parking lot’”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UTAH LIBERTARIAN PARTY TO HOLD SPECIAL NOMINATING CONVENTION.

WHEN: Saturday, 10 JUNE 2017, 4:00 to 4:45PM
WHERE: Harvest Restaurant, Thanksgiving Point, 3003 North Thanksgiving
Way, Lehi, UT 84043.… Read more ...

Montana Libertarian Mark Wicks talks to Reason

It wasn’t ultimately surprising that a Republican candidate facing assault charges for allegedly bodyslamming a reporter the day before the election won his House race in Montana anyway. But Greg Gianforte’s 6 percent win over Democrat Rob Quist was far lower than most assessments of Montana’s relative preference for Republicans would indicate.Read more ...

Bitcoin Bifurcation, Third Parties, and Legal Issues

Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies are surging in value, at least for the moment. That is also causing a surge in attention.

Governments are wary of cryptocurrencies for the same reasons that libertarians love them. As Wikipedia puts it:

In centralized banking and economic systems such as the Federal Reserve System, corporate boards or governments control the supply of currency by printing units of fiat money or demanding additions to digital banking ledgers.

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LPHQ to members: run for office

Email from LPHQ to its list:

Dear Libertarian,

Have you considered running for office?

New Jersey and Virginia have statewide elections this year and have been recruiting heavily for those.

Other states hold their statewide elections in 2018.

Regardless of where you live, there are likely many local races going on in your area in the next year or two years.… Read more ...

Aaron Starr interviewed on local television over water rate increases

LP.org:

Aaron Starr

Aaron Starr, who lost a close race for the Oxnard City Council last November but won a ballot measure to overturn the city’s wastewater rate hike, was interviewed on KEYT-TV, the local ABC affiliate. He explains his reasons for planning to recall elected city council members who recently voted for a rate hike.… Read more ...

LP Bylaws Committee Transparency Issues

Message posted in LNC Business Discuss – a group any LP member can join and view.

“LP Member in a private post:

Despite the fact that transparency is necessity for committees to:

1) Ensure committee member accountability;
2) Educate the membership on committee members and positions held;
3) Provide additional insight into reasoning behind proposals;
4) And, serve as a safeguard for committee members so that their words / positions are not represented without context or accuracy…

The LP Bylaws Committee has none.… Read more ...

Knapp: ‘Apropos of Libertarian Veterans Turning Into a Herd of Whiny Snowflakes …’

Kn@ppster:

Over at Facebook, Michael Weems reposted something I wrote some time back. It does seem applicable to current events in the Libertarian Party. So what the hey, why not re-use it as a blog post?

Who Got Served?


Thomas L. Knapp, 1985
Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Diego

As a veteran of the US Marine Corps (1984-1995, “honorably discharged”), I’ve always found the obligatory “thank you for your service” remarks somewhat grating.… Read more ...