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SOS Kim Wyman

From a Dec 8 statement issued by the Libertarian Party of Washington:

Today the Washington Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, and Governor Jay Inslee signed off and certified the 2016 General Election. 3,209,214 valid votes were cast for president; with 160,879 being cast directly for Governor Gary Johnson, good for 5.01% of the vote.

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National aggregate US Senate vote by party, 2016

Ballot Access News

The total vote cast for U.S. Senate on November 8, 2016, by party, was:

Democratic 51,297,372
Republican 40,784,703
Libertarian 1,788,027
Green 695,604
Working Families 428,854
Conservative 267,186
Independence 150,457
Constitution 124,587
Independent Party of Oregon 59,516
Women’s Equality 45,297
Independent American 27,340
New Independent Party 17,649
Reform 17,781
American 11,923
Unity 9,336
Socialist 6,888
Liberty Union 3,241
American Shopping 1,393

Independent candidates received 461,960 votes.… Read more ...

Reason TV: The Libertarian Holiday Gift Guide

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Post Election Survey of Third Party Movement Leaders; Part Three – Where to Now

by Peter B. Gemma


In the December 8th edition of The Hill, under the headline “After 2016 drubbing, what’s next for third parties,” author and journalist Dan Arel writes: “Endless analysis has been written about how Trump beat his primary rival Hillary Clinton, and for a short time everyone wanted to blame Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.… Read more ...

Daugherty: “What the Libertarian Party Wants on Foreign Policy”

Lauren Daugherty at the National Interest:

This year, record numbers of Americans voted for Libertarian candidates. The Libertarian presidential nominee, Gov. Gary Johnson, received over four million votes, three times the previous record. For perspective, four million votes is about the voter turnout in a state the size of Virginia.Read more ...

Ron Paul Wins an Electoral Vote

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The Libertarian Party’s 1988 presidential nominee Ron Paul received an electoral vote today from a faithless Texas elector as the Electoral College met to officially elect Donald Trump the next president.

Paul, a former Republican Congressman who twice ran for president as a Republican, left the party in 2015 and changed his registration back to the Libertarian Party.  … Read more ...

LIVE BLOGGING: Libertarian National Committee Quarterly Meeting December 10-11, 2016

lncdec16Live Blogging of 10 December 2016 LNC Meeting, Alexandria VA.


Libertarian National Committee (LNC) quarterly business meeting

Saturday, Dec. 10, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (LNC Business Meeting)
Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:00 pm. to 10:00 p.m. (Party at LP Headquarters – tickets)
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Libertarian National Committee: Chair’s Proposed Agenda

global_452657254The LNC will have its quarterly meeting December 10-11, 2016 in Alexandria, VA along with a party (details here). Chair Nicholas Sarwark has released the proposed Agenda.

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Post Election Survey of Third Party Movement Leaders; Part Two – What Went Wrong

by Peter B. Gemma

 sss-1-500x250“We simply got off to a late start and didn’t have enough time or manpower to get it done for 2016.  We now know the nuances in each state, however, so we are prepared moving forward.”

That’s the post election assessment of the American Solidarity Party presidential nominee Mike Maturen.… Read more ...

Libertarian National Committee: Proposed Budget and Mortgage Pay-Down Issues

global_452657254Today was an active discussion day for Libertarian Party financial issues to be dealt with at the upcoming LNC meeting December 10-11, 2017.

From Treasurer Tim Hagan:

The draft budget to be considered at next month’s meeting is attached. Some notes:

The Operating Budget worksheet, column F (highlighted in blue) is the budget to be considered.

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Post Election Survey of Third Party Movement Leaders; Part One – The Good News

by Peter B. Gemma

6a00d8341bfae553ef019b00baf5c2970c-800wi“I believe 2016 was a phenomenal breakthrough for independent candidates and 3rd parties; the fact that independent candidates formed networks to support each other and to push the independent message is a development they cannot be underestimated.”

That’s Lynn Kahn’s overview of this year’s election. Kahn, who ran for President as an independent, was on the ballot in two states and qualified as a write-in in 10 more.… Read more ...

Rap News covers US presidential election 2016

I missed it at the time, but Australia’s Rap News, which has ceased regular production in the past year, put out a special edition for the recently concluded US presidential election. Among other things, it features some coverage of Jill Stein, Gary Johnson and Vermin Supreme. … Read more ...