New Mexico State Senator Jacob Candelaria Switches from Democrat to Independent

New Mexico State Senator Jacob Candelaria has switched his registration from Democrat to Independent (or what NM officially calls “decline to state”).

Candelaria has been a sharp critic of the governor and has been very unhappy with the ongoing redistricting process in the state. Earlier this year he announced he was not seeking re-election because he is “done playing this game.”… Read more ...

LP Utah Celebrates 50th with “Be A Pirate,” Adam Kokesh; Tributes to Karl Bray

Saturday, 04 December 2021, the Utah Libertarian Party celebrated the 50th anniversary of the party’s founding with a keynote speech by Adam Kokesh of Adam v The Man, and a heartfelt tribute to Karl Bray, legendary tax protester, early member of (what became) the first Libertarian National Committee, author of Taxation and Tyranny: The Complete Guide To The Tax Rebellion, and first chair of the UTLP.… Read more ...

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate, Former Gary Johnson Advisor Switches to Libertarian Party in New Mexico

Retired Albuquerque teacher and ultramarathon runner Tim Walsh announced he was running for governor of New Mexico earlier this year. He initially declared as a Republican, but has switched over to the Libertarian Party in recent weeks.

Walsh was born in North Dakota and lived for a time in Minnesota, where he worked in patient account services for the Mayo Clinic and served as a city councilman in Lake City, Minnesota.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: ‘Pitchfork Pat’ Buchanan Bolts GOP, Declares Reform Party Candidacy

Patrick J. Buchanan, the pugnacious conservative commentator whose insurgent candidacies briefly threatened the GOP’s frontrunners in 1992 and 1996, dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and announced that he was seeking the Reform Party’s nomination on the last Monday of October in 1999.

Promising to shake up American politics, the 60-year-old Buchanan told a packed room of supporters and reporters at the Doubletree Hotel in Falls Church, Virginia, that his decision to leave the Republican Party — a party in which he proudly labored for nearly forty years — was a difficult one.… Read more ...

Watch: Half-Hour Documentary From The New Yorker Follows Andrew Yang’s Failed Mayoral Campaign

The New Yorker has released a half-hour documentary film on YouTube that follows the 2021 mayoral campaign of Andrew Yang. Running in the highly competitive Democratic primary, Yang surged to an early lead that would gradually erode.

The documentary notes that voters generally became less concerned about a coronavirus economic reopening and instead focused on a spike in the crime rate.… Read more ...

News & Notes: Baker Backs Out, Communists Throw Birthday Party, NC Libertarian Fueled by Crypto

TYNER TURNS 80: The New York District of the Communist Party USA is inviting supporters to celebrate the 80th birthday of Jarvis Tyner, “our outstanding comrade and leader.”

In addition to serving in numerous leadership roles within the party, Tyner was also the CPUSA candidate for vice president, running with Gus Hall, twice in the 1970s.… Read more ...

Thomas Knapp: Criminal Justice Reform Needs to Catch Up With Meaning of ‘Public’

“Join me,” US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tweeted on November 29, “in demanding the #GhislaineMaxwellTrial be public.”

In reply, attorney (and former Libertarian National Committee chair) Nicholas Sarwark tweeted “Is the Congresswoman unaware that all Federal criminal trials are public, as required by our Constitution?”

Mr. Sarwark is correct, but Congresswoman Greene has a point.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Wisconsin’s Progressive Party Cheated by the Grim Reaper

Just 36 days after winning the governorship, this week in 1942 death cruelly intervened and denied the Wisconsin Progressive Party one of its greatest electoral achievements in the party’s twelve-year history.

While Minnesota’s neighboring Farmer-Labor Party went out with barely a whimper and most of the country’s other minor parties fared poorly at the ballot box that autumn, the most spectacular — and ultimately tragic — achievement by a third-party candidate in the 1942 mid-term elections occurred in Wisconsin’s three-way gubernatorial campaign where 49-year-old former attorney general Orland S.… Read more ...

November/December Open Thread and Election Results

Thousands of state and local elections were held across the country on November 2, 2021.

LIBERTARIANS: The party estimates that voters across the United States elected approximately 150 candidates to office last night, with final totals expected to be much higher in the coming weeks due to close calls and write-in races.… Read more ...

News & Notes: Pennsylvania Libertarian Acquitted, Fallout From Iowa Theft Continues

TOWNE NOT GUILTY: Northampton County Judge Craig Dally has found Libertarian Jake Towne not guilty, ending a multi-year saga. It had been alleged that Towne signed nominating petitions to confirm he had collected petition signatures when in fact the signatures were either forged or collected by someone else.

In a note from Towne published by Ballot Access News, he says: “I was found not guilty yesterday in my criminal case.… Read more ...

Matthew McConaughey Fails to Launch

Actor and Austin-native Matthew McConaughey, who hinted about running as an Independent candidate for governor of Texas in 2022, has officially announced he will not run.  He posted the following video Sunday on his official Twitter account:

A November 9-16 poll from UT Tyler showed McConaughey, as an Independent, in second place with 27 percent in a three way race against incumbent governor Greg Abbott, who was in first place with 37 percent, and probable Democratic nominee Beto O’Rourke, who was third with 26 percent.… Read more ...

Mises PAC Report Not Signed By Treasurer, FEC Requests Info, Audit Possible

Photo: Todd Hagopian, July 2021 Mises FEC Report signator

As reproduced below, Jamie Timmie, Senior Campaign Finance Analyst with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) in a letter dated 20 October 2021, states:

“Your report(s) was not signed by the Treasurer,”

and directs Kyle Burton, the (former?) Treasurer of the MISES PAC to provide the following:

  1. The signature of an individual that is authorized to sign.
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