Via LP blog:
The following is the November 14, 2010 issue of Austin Liberator, the weekly email newsletter of the Travis County (Texas) Libertarian Party.
1. Looking back at a remarkable decade for the Travis County LP
December 4, 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the Austin Liberator (that is,this newsletter) starting publication on Yahoo!Groups. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AustinLiberator/ to see the message history (at the bottom of that page).
The Travis County Libertarian Party (TCLP) actually had an email newsletter for nearly two years before the first issue at the Yahoo!Groups site. That newsletter was edited by Vincent May.
Editors of the Austin Liberator on Yahoo!Groups since December of 2000 have been Nancy Neale, David Eagle, Wes Benedict, Dennis Lucey and Bob Ruliffson, with help from pinch hitters Arthur DiBianca, Rock Howard, Rick McGinnis, and Pat Dixon.
The Liberator had 255 subscribers back in December of 2000. Currently, the number of subscribers is over 1,500. According to the Yahoo!Groups site, more than 7,000 people have been exposed to local liberty-related news by subscribing to the Liberator at some point in the past ten years.
The central Texas region of Travis and surrounding counties has emerged over the last ten years as one of the most active areas in the nation for Libertarian Party activity.
Here are some highlights from past Austin Liberators. The TCLP has had quite a decade:
TCLP One of Most Successful! (2001)
261 Quiz Takers (2002)
Jimmie Vaughan to perform at Holiday Freedom Gala (2003)
Petition drive ends with a celebration today (2004)
Libertarian Party nominates Badnarik for president (2004)
Dixon wins in Lago Vista (2005)
Local Libertarians figure on national stage (2006)
Terry Liberty Parker, 1944-2007 (2007)
Libertarian Yvonne Schick in Senate candidates’ debate (2008)
Go back to France, Lance (2009)
Wes Benedict named national Libertarian Party Exec. Director (2009)
Libertarians Fill Ballot in Travis County (2010)
From 2001-2010, Central Texas has produced:
* A state chair — Geoff Neale
* Another state chair — three terms — Pat Dixon
* A national chair — Geoff Neale
* The first Texas executive director — Wes Benedict
* A presidential nominee — Michael Badnarik
* A presidential candidate — Mary Ruwart
* A gubernatorial nominee — James Werner
* Other state-wide nominees — Jon Roland, Yvonne Schick, Mary Ruwart.
* A national executive director — Wes Benedict
* A twice-elected Lago Vista City Council member — Pat Dixon
* Prolific research and study of Central Texas transportation issues — Vincent May, Arthur DiBianca, Steve Ravet
* A continuing run throughout the decade (for a total of 20+ years now) for the TV / radio program "Live and Let Live" — Gary Johnson, producer
* TCLP-organized public forums for Austin City Council election candidates for the past 3 cycles.
* The monthly TCLP Speakers Series which ran for 2 to 3 years, organized by Rick McGinnis
* An "Operation Politically Homeless" table at First Thursday on South Congress going on 3 years (?) running, and outreach at many other local events — Emily Cowan
* A candidate receiving 35% of the vote in a Travis County race — Matt Finkel in 2006
* A full ballot of Libertarian candidates in Travis County in 2010
* A state LP HQ office in Austin
* Various individuals filling state party roles: Convention planning (Nancy Neale); Treasurer (Geoff Neale, Mike Burris); 2004 petition drive coordinator (Wes Benedict)
* Various individuals filling national LP roles: Libertarian National Committee (Pat Dixon , Wes Benedict, Mary Ruwart); Convention Credentials Committee (Gary Johnson); Platform Committee (Mary Ruwart)
The work of the past decade represents the contributions of money and thousands of hours of volunteer time by hundreds of people. Help the work continue from 2011 to 2020 by donating to the Libertarian Party of Texas at http://lptexas.org/content/donate.
To contribute directly to the Travis County Libertarian Party, send a check to
PO Box 49054, Austin, TX 78765.
2. Local Libertarians speaking out
Libertarian Party of Texas Membership Coordinator and member of Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) Heather Fazio spoke to the Austin Public Safety Commission on November 1st against "No Refusal Weekends" (forced blood draws).
See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M_zigQsepE (3 minutes 45 sec.)
Heather, again as a spokesperson for TAG, was interviewed on Fox 7 News in Austin on the subject of San Francisco’s banning of Happy Meals. See
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SMmkjgdGCI. (5 minutes 48 sec.) Her last name was misspelled in the report; it’s actually FAZIO.
Libertarian Pat Dixon continues to stimulate conversation in the latest of his many columns at AustinPost: "Big Brother in your bedroom," concerning Republican Sen. Jim Demint’s recent and rather curious statement, ""You can’t be fiscally conservative and not be a social conservative." See
3. The Return of the Movie Night
On Thursday, November 18th at 6:30 p.m., join the TCLP and other liberty-lovers for a free showing of "The Phantom Menace" (i.e., Star Wars, Episode I). The event will be at Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe, Austin. Free popcorn! Bring other food and drink as you wish. Visitors welcome. http://on.fb.me/c6SikY
4. Libertarian Party events calendar
Thursday, November 18: "The Phantom Menance" (Star Wars Episode I). 6:30 p.m. Free. Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe, Austin. http://on.fb.me/c6SikY
Thursday, December 2: The Travis County Libertarian Party will have a table during First Thursday on South Congress (http://www.firstthursday.info/).
Contact Emily Cowan at (512) 203-5820 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (512) 203-5820 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (512) 203-5820 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (512) 203-5820 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (512) 203-5820 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email@example.com if you can assist with this outreach effort.
Tuesday, December 7: Travis County Libertarian Party monthly business meeting.
6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Old Quarry Branch Library, 7051 Village Center Drive, Austin.
(http://tinyurl.com/yhnfrvz) Social hour at 8:30 p.m. at the nearby El Arroyo Restaurant, 7032 Wood Hollow Drive. (http://tinyurl.com/ylrsj4w) Visitors welcome at both events.
5. Other local events of interest
Monday, November 15: Texans for Accountable Government strategy meeting. 7:00 p.m. Bagpipes Pub and Eatery, 9070 Research Blvd #101, Austin.
Monday, November 29: Texans for Accountable Government regular monthly meeting. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Bagpipes Pub and Eatery, 9070 Research Blvd #101, Austin. http://tagtexas.org.
Wednesday, December 1: Texas NORML monthly meeting. 8:00 p.m. Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. 6th St., Austin. http://www.texasnorml.org
Thursday, December 2: Williamson County Libertarian Meetup. 7:00 p.m.
Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe, 201 University Oaks Blvd Ste 1300, Round Rock.
Thursday, December 9: Competition, Green Energy, and the Texas Electricity Market. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free. Hilton Downtown, 500 E. 4th St.,
Austin. Sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Register at
Friday, December 10: Travis County Republican Liberty Caucus meetup. 7:00 p.m. http://rlc.meetup.com/2/
Monday, December 13: TAG Talks: informal discussions on history, philosophy, methodology, strategy, ideology, etc. 7:00 p.m. Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe, Austin. Organized by Texans for Accountable Government.
1st, 3rd, 5th Tuesdays of each month: Speaking of Liberty Toastmasters. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Bagpipes Bar and Grill, 183 & Burnet, Austin. Visitors welcome.
Contact Andy Hogue at 940-736-5579 or firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Local media
Sunday, November 14, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Central time: "Live and Let Live," hosted by Gary Johnson. http://www.ruleoflawradio.com. Austin 90.1 FM. (Live.)
Saturdays, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: "Live Free Austin" featuring John Bush and Jason Rink. 98.9FM in Austin. Podcasts of previous episodes posted at
Travis County Libertarian Party http://austinliberty.org/
Libertarian Party of Texas http://www.lptexas.org
Libertarian Party of Texas’ Libby http://reformatgov.org
Lone Star Liberty http://lptexas.org/content/newsletters
Libertarian Longhorns http://libertarianlonghorns.com/
Texas Libertarios http://texaslibertarios.org/
RAnt(hony)-ings by R. Anthony Steele. http://ranthonysteele.blogspot.com/
Libertarian Christians by Norman Horn. http://libertarianchristians.com/
Constitutionalism by Jon Roland. http://constitutionalism.blogspot.com/
Word4ce.com by Ben Easton. http://word4ce.com/freemarkets
Pat Dixon in "Capital Politics" at AustinPost
*** NEW COLUMN: "Big Brother in your bedroom" ***
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7. What is a libertarian?
A libertarian is someone who believes in "No Force, No Fraud."
Watch this entertaining 10-minute animation on "The Philosophy of Liberty" from the International Society for Individual Liberty:
Take this short (10 question) online quiz to see if you might be a libertarian:
Austin Liberator editor: Bob Ruliffson email@example.com
"All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder."
Claude Frederic Bastiat
The content of this newsletter is selected by the editor, and may not reflect the official position of the Travis County Libertarian Party. Also, the inclusion of any particular item in this newsletter does not necessarily mean my endorsement, but I’m trying to maintain a relatively big tent here.
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Donate to the TCLP by mailing a check to PO Box 49054, Austin, TX 78765.
For more information:
Travis County Libertarian Party: 512-445-7965 http://austinliberty.org
Libertarian Party of Texas: 1-800-422-1776 http://www.lptexas.org
National Libertarian Party: 1-800-ELECT US http://www.lp.org
Invite liberty-minded people in central Texas to subscribe to the Austin Liberator. Forward this issue of the newsletter to them and then tell them to go to http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/AustinLiberator