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 ...

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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LNC Expected To Elect New Secretary From Among Five Nominees Next Weekend

Under a process recently approved by the LNC

(by an 11-0 vote as follows: Yes: Adams, Ebke, Hagan, Hewitt, Hogarth, Longstreth, Luchini, Nekhaila, Phillips, Raudsep, Sarwark.  No: none.  Abstaining / not voting: Bilyeu, Bowen, Moellman, Nanna, Smith)

nominations to fill the vacant LP/LNC Secretary position closed at midnight Eastern Time on 28 November 2021. … Read more ...

Wayne Allyn Root: “Get Ready For President Hillary Clinton, VP Michelle Obama”

2008 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Nominee, past two-term, at-large LNC member (2010-2012), and current “Conservative Warrior/Capitalist Evangelist,” Wayne Allyn Root, who claims in a TownHall.com post earlier today (28 Nov 2021) that:

“my predictions have been remarkably accurate. . . . close to .990 . . . best record of anyone in the media.… Read more ...

Credit: Ahmed Eltouny

Green Party Praises Venezuelan Election as ‘Advanced’ and ‘Fair and Democratic’ Process

Reporting from Venezuela as an on-site elections observer in Caracas, U.S. Green Party co-chair Ahmed Eltouny described witnessing a fair and efficient election.

The Maduro Government invited an assortment of international observers to witness how Venezuelan elections are conducted. Eltouny, in addition to observers from the European Union (EU), was present during regional elections for state governors, mayors and city councils, which were conducted nationwide.… Read more ...

Facing Trump-Backed Primary Challenger, Poll Suggests Going Independent is Baker’s Best Path to Re-Election

With former president Donald Trump backing a GOP primary challenge to the incumbent, new polling today shows Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker’s most viable path to a third term appears to be running as an independent.

According to the survey from Northwind Strategies, Baker is viewed favorably by only 23 percent of Republican general election voters and unfavorably by 68 percent.… Read more ...

Lawsuit Won, New Political Parties Can Be Formed In Maine

The Center For Competitive Democracy has won its lawsuit in Maine. Judge Lance E Walker, of the US District Court for Maine, in a 41-page Order (linked below) concludes:

The party-member signature requirement . . . is unconstitutional  . . . in violation of the associational and equal protection rights protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.… Read more ...

IPR, LP Remember David F Nolan; Personal Papers Acquired By Library of Congress

Unknown potential voter with LP founder David F. Nolan

Eleven years ago yesterday (21 November 2010), David Frasier Nolan, principal founder of the Libertarian Party US, passed away at the age of 66,

David was born 23 November 1943.  Tomorrow would have been his 78th birthday.

As Libertarians across the United States prepare to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Party in Colorado Springs, CO, 11 December 1971, several paused to share memories of David with IPR, expressing a common wish that he could have lived long enough to join in the various celebrations which will occur over the coming weeks, throughout next year, and in to early January 2023:

the first press conference, first convention, first platform, first presidential nominee, first presidential campaign, first electoral college vote – both for the Party and for an American woman – and, on 06 January 2023, the 50th anniversary of the tallying of that vote, by then Vice-President Spiro T.… Read more ...