Gary Johnson Catches the Attention of Libertarians When He Said He Supported Mandatory Vaccines-Here Is Some Clarification

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Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, has had some interviews recently that have caused some extra conversation among Libertarians. A few days ago, he seemingly endorsed a carbon tax. Next, a video has shown up where he apparently tells an interviewer that he would support mandatory vaccines if it was a federal issue:

Gary Johnon now supports mandatory vaccinations

Reason ran an article with their take on it: Gary Johnson changes his mind

This caused quite an uproar on social media for Libertarians, most of whom believe strongly in parental choice.… Read more ...

Open Thread for August 2016

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Here it is, our open thread for the month. This space is for anything you might wish to share that isn’t in another open conversation. If you find an article or a situation you’d like to share with your fellow readers at I P R, here’s the place.

In case anyone needs a reminder of why third/independent political parties are necessary, here are a couple videos for you:

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William Saturn: Open Letter to Florida Libertarians

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William Saturn is an IPR contributor. He published the following on The Saturnalian on August 25th, 2016:

Dear Florida Libertarians,

This is citizen journalist William Saturn.  I am writing to convince you to vote in the August 30 primary to make Augustus Sol Invictus your next nominee for U.S. Senate.  Admittedly, I am not a member of your party, though I hold it in high esteem.… Read more ...

Jill Stein calls for halt to Dakota pipeline construction

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Photo: NPR (via Jill2016.com)

Jill Stein press release, August 24th, 2016:

Stein and Baraka call for halt to Dakota Access Pipeline construction, say US must honor treaties with Native Americans

Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, Green Party Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, joined the call for an immediate halt to construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would violate US treaties by endangering the drinking water and sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.… Read more ...

Chad Koppie praises Darrell Castle in speech to the Illinois Center Right Coalition

Originally published at American Third Party Report on August 23rd, 2016:

Video of Chad Koppie’s full speech and an edited, condensed version of the audience Q&A that followed (Recorded by ATPR).

On August 20th, 2016, Chad Koppie, the Constitution Party’s U.S. Senate candidate in Illinois, delivered a speech to a meeting of the Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) held in Niles Public Library.… Read more ...

Libertarian National Committee Passes Resolution on Gun Rights and Watch Lists

Gun-Rights-AdvocatesAfter being requested by the Libertarian Party of Colorado, through its Regional Representative (this IPR editor, Caryn Ann Harlos), the Libertarian National Committee joined Colorado (and now the Libertarian Party of New Mexico and the Libertarian Party of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana) in passing the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Libertarians affirm that self-defense is an inherent human right;

WHEREAS, the Platform of the Libertarian Party opposes all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition;

WHEREAS, the Platform of the Libertarian Party affirms the right of due process and denies the legitimacy of “victimless crimes”;

WHEREAS, the government has steadily encroached upon these rights by illegitimately regulating and restricting access for firearms and ammunition and may further seek to deprive people who have been convicted of no crime of their inherent right to full self-defense by denying their civil and inherent rights to obtain firearms and ammunition;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Libertarian National Committee opposes any policy which would deny access to any firearms or ammunition to any person simply for being placed on any government watch or no-fly list and reaffirms its call to repeal and oppose any existing or proposed firearm and ammunition regulations.… Read more ...

LPMN: Gary Johnson to appear on Minnesota ballot

From the Libertarian Party of Minnesota’s (LPMN’s) website (h/t TomP at BAN)

August 23, 2016

Gary-Johnson-2016-flyerWe did it! Former governor of New Mexico and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has achieved a spot on Minnesota’s ballot, ensuring that Minnesotans will gain another choice for president in November.

LPMN activists submitted an initial 2200 signatures on August 2, of which 1950 have already been validated.… Read more ...

Former Pennsylvania LP chair Steve Scheetz endorses Augustus Invictus

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ATPR: Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Invictus shared the following note today on his Facebook page from former Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania chairman Steve Scheetz, who presently serves as a member of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus’ Candidate Endorsement Review Committee:

For those who do not know me, my name is Steve Scheetz, I am a former Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, and while I am not certain that what I say will carry much weight in Florida, I am writing to formally endorse Augustus Sol Invictus.… Read more ...

Constitution Party chairman reports on ballot access progress

News release from the Constitution Party, August 22nd, 2016:

PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL CHAIRMAN

Dear Fellow Patriot:

We have some great news to share with you! We received word this past two weeks that Washington State, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Louisiana are now ballot qualified.  Ohio, Iowa and Tennessee have turned in their petitions with well over the number required so they are all looking good. … Read more ...

TLR: Gary Johnson Guarantees Mitt Romney a Place in His Administration

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Mitt Romney (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

The following was originally published at The Libertarian Republic yesterday (via Joshua Fauver at ATPR):

On Saturday, in an interview with Deseret News, Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson asserted that Mitt Romney would play a part in his eventual Presidency. Said Johnson, “If Mitt Romney wants to be a part of the administration, that would be a guarantee.”

He continued on to state that he has no specific position in mind for the 2012 Republican nominee.

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Interview with James Hedges, Prohibition Party nominee for President

by Peter B. Gemma

636062593429901186-CPO-NHG-080616-JIM-HEDGE-01The Prohibition Party was founded in 1869 and is the third oldest party behind the Republicans and Democrats. They have fielded presidential candidates in every election every cycle since 1872. The Prohibition Party had its heyday during the years 1882-1916, when candidates were elected to Congress, state legislatures, and changed the outcome of the 1916 presidential election.Read more ...