Tag Archives: Our America Initiative

Reformers for ballot access rally to demand change from Wisconsin state legislators who ran unopposed 

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A press release concerning a project I’m working on with a group of libertarian activists in Wisconsin, via Wisconsin for Our America Initiative. -ac 

For Immediate Release
Friday, January 29, 2016

Reformers for ballot access rally at capitol to demand change from state legislators who ran unopposed 

Outraged by a process that keeps too many legitimate candidates off the ballot in Wisconsin elections, a coalition of reformers will be meeting at the Wisconsin State Capitol on February 17, 2016 for their second annual Lobby Day, to demand state legislators who ran unopposed in 2014 act now to ease Wisconsin’s restrictive election laws.… Read more ...

Our America Initiative: CPD’s refusal to change shows they are controlled by Republicans and Democrats “for their exclusive benefit”

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via press release sent to IPR:

CPD Keeps Polling Threshold for Participation Despite Legal Challenges

October 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT — A senior advisor to the Our America Initiative is calling the announcement by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) that a 15% polling threshold will once again be used to determine participation in the 2016 presidential debates “disappointing but certainly not shocking.”

The Our America Initiative, a nonprofit political advocacy organization, is supporting a lawsuit filed September 29th in Federal Court charging that the CPD’s control of the general election presidential debates constitutes an illegal monopoly and unfairly excludes qualified candidates other than the Republican and Democrat nominees.… Read more ...

Video: Gary Johnson on why he’s suing the Commission on Presidential Debates

Gary Johnson Speaks, Columbia’s Libertarians Listen

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Via BWOG, Columbia Student News: 

When the president of the Columbia Libertarians introduced Gary Johnson last night, she described him as a man who believes in “liberalism in its truest sense.” This might sound strange, considering Gary Johnson was the Libertarian presidential candidate in 2012 (and is likely to be the Libertarian candidate again in 2016.) However, throughout his talk, which was cosponsored by the Columbia Libertarians and Columbia Voting Week, Mr.

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Gov. Gary Johnson: A remarkable thing happened today


Our America Initiative email blast:

Friends,

Something remarkable happened today. Business-as-usual in Washington got a wake-up call — and that call came from a small group in Congress who refused to go along with the way the establishment politicians have been doing things for decades.

Here’s what happened: The majority party in the House of Representatives, the Republicans, met to select their candidate for Speaker of the House.Read more ...

Fair Debates lawsuit filed against Commission on Presidential Debates


Press Release from Our America Initiative: 
Gov. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Join to Demand Fair Debates

September 29, 2015, Washington, DC – 2012 presidential candidates Gov. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, along with the Libertarian and Green parties and their vice-presidential candidates, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC, today charging that the exclusion of qualified candidates from the general election presidential debates by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) violates federal anti-trust laws.… Read more ...

Gary Johnson: Of course the term “anchor baby” is offensive!


OAI email blast:

Friends,

If you’re like me, you have watched an amazing argument take place among the presidential candidates over the momentous question of whether the term “Anchor Babies” is offensive or not.

We even have one candidate trying to save face by suggesting that this term actually applies more to Asian immigrants than to Latino ones.… Read more ...

Gary Johnson interview with Reason’s Nick Gillespie at FreedomFest

Description from reason.tv:

“Is this country of 300 million people only capable of being governed by two families?,” asks Gary Johnson, the former two-term Republican governor from New Mexico, who also ran for president in 2012 on the Libertarian Party (LP) line. “The biggest factor in politics is name familiarity,” says Johnson, referring to Clinton and Bush, “and that’s the phenomenon that exists right now.”

Johnson began the 2012 campaign as a Republican, and then switched to the LP.

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OAI DBA “FairDebates.Com”

SavethedebatesTHE OUR AMERICA INITIATIVE LAUNCHES DBA – FAIRDEBATES.COM

In a press release received by IPR earlier today, The Our America Initiative has announced it has created a new DBA (Doing Business As) subsidiary website, www.fairdebates.com.

“FairDebates is a DBA of Our America Initiative which is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee that may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors.… Read more ...

Politifact WI: “Half-true” to make 100% true statements about ballot access, unless gerrymandering also mentioned

Via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Politifact Wisconsin: 

Ballot laws mean only half of Assembly races are contested, Libertarian says

By Dave Umhoefer on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 5:00 a.m.

When state Assembly seats are on the ballot, Wisconsin voters have far fewer candidates to choose from than residents of neighboring Minnesota and Michigan, a group called Competitive Elections Wisconsin claims.

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OAI Google Hangout: Briefing on Presidential Debate Lawsuit

Johnson CPD Lawsuit Fundraising Goal: $30K in February, $200K in June

Alicia Dearn Photo Alicia Dearn, Founder, CEO and Managing Attorney of Bellatrix PC, Gary Johnson 2012 General Counsel, and counsel to “the Libertarian National Committee’s Ballot Access and Litigation Committee.”

In a February 2014 Fundraising Letter, available HERE, 2012 Libertarian Presidential Nominee Governor Gary Johnson wrote:

“Our America must raise $30,000 by March 15.”

The following screenshot from May 18 indicates that the initial goal of $30,000 had not been met:

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It also shows that the goal had been raised to $50,000.… Read more ...