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Libertarian Party of Ohio on their progress

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Republicans won the 2010 mid-term elections based primarily on a huge resurgence of public interest in Libertarian platforms of smaller government involvement and common sense fiscal conservatism. While the tidal wave of Republican enthusiasm has swept the GOP back into power, they weren’t the only party to make significant gains on Tuesday, states the Libertarian Party of Ohio’s Political Director Michael Johnston.

According to a Smart Politics analysis of more than 17,000 general election U.S. House contests since 1932, there were more third party candidacies in the 2010 election cycle than in any midterm election since 1934. The Libertarian candidates in Ohio earned almost one million votes and doubled the percentage of votes earned for candidates from 2008. In a historic shift indicating the maturity of Libertarian ideas and candidates, The Plain Dealer, a major Cleveland newspaper, endorsed a third party for the first time lending their support to the Libertarian candidate for Treasurer, Matthew Cantrell. So while the GOP claims that Libertarians “steal” votes that they think they own, Libertarians brought new people into this election process while appealing to a broad range of the electorate with our common sense principles of fiscal responsibility and personal freedom.

What can we expect in the next cycle? With the GOP in complete control of Ohio, voters will want to keep an eye out for the kind of mismanagement that created such memorable scandals as Coingate and ethics violations under the Republican Taft administration, and the biggest bait-and-switch tax increase pushed by Republican administrations earlier this decade. With an anti-gun record, Ohioans should be just as wary of how Governor Kasich will treat hunters and gun owners as they were when President Obama was elected 2 years ago. Ohio’s unemployment woes began under Republican leadership, and the Libertarian Party wants to remind voters that politicians elected on the promise of creating jobs can only create government jobs that cost twice as much as private sector jobs and are supported by higher taxes that further depress the economy.

The Libertarian Party of Ohio is the third largest political party in Ohio, and the only one dedicated to the principles of smaller, limited government, lower taxes, and more personal liberty for the residents of the State of Ohio. The Libertarian Party of Ohio has the same vision as the Libertarian Party, which is “for a world in which all individuals can freely exercise the natural right of sole dominion over their own lives, liberty and property by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office, and moving public policy in a libertarian direction.” To make a donation towards our grass-roots efforts or for more information, visit

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  1. paulie paulie November 9, 2010

    Good work!

  2. Kevin Knedler Kevin Knedler November 9, 2010

    About 983,000 votes this time with 47 candidates. 4 years ago, we got 71,000 votes with 1 candidate. At least we are moving in the “correct” direction.

  3. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    This one makes a tongue

    With spaces

    : – P

    Without spaces


  4. NewFederalist NewFederalist November 5, 2010


  5. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    : – ) without the spaces

  6. kevin knedler kevin knedler November 5, 2010

    Heck, I need to learn how to put a smiley face on this post.

  7. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    I know people who were around during the Pliocene and they swear they saw Linnabary around. But can we really trust their memory after all this time? 😛

  8. Kevin Knedler Kevin Knedler November 5, 2010

    Hey Linnabary #8. The “misfits” comment includes ME too. I only joined the “party” in 2004 and got active in 2005. On the other hand, I hear you have been around since the Pleistocene. Is that possible .

  9. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    Now, on to more practical concerns.

    Maryland Greens have already started petitioning for 2012 in anticipation of the election and are a good chunk of the way to being done.

    Maryland Libertarians have until Jan 2 to get on the ballot before they lose their 9,000 or so voter registrations to be reverted to independent.

    If they get to ~35k registrations they get permanent ballot status, but they have to start from scratch every time they lose their voter registrations.

    If we can raise $35k or so we have Libertarian petitioners ready to go.

    If Maryland gets on the ballot they have access for all races for 2012 and 2014, President as well as state/local. They can still do that later but if we don’t start soon they will lose their voter registrations.

    If anyone wants to discuss additional details, you can write me off-list if you have my email, post a comment here with your correct email address included (it doesn’t have to be publicly viewable – I can see the email addresses that are not apparent on the publicly viewed page), or call me at 415-690-6352.

    Since we are talking about Ohio, we got the bulk of the signatures in Ohio which formed the basis for the lawsuit that gave them ballot status.

    We also have done Maryland more than once before.

  10. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    Thanks, Aaron, I think we are in agreement too. As I said all along.

  11. Aaron Starr Aaron Starr November 5, 2010

    Gentlemen, cool your jets! It sounds like you’re in violent agreement with each other.


  12. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    There is a competitive free market there. You just don’t like the prices.

    Wrong again, as I already explained. Now you want to go back and repeat what has already been said.

    Well, it’s been said already. No point in repeating it.

  13. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    I am making no statement whatsoever about whether prices are high, low, or just right.

    I am also making no statement whatsoever that something should be forced on MLB by some entity outside MLB. I don’t think it should.

    I was making an analogy, not a direct statement about the situation in question.

    And yes, I know what convenience pricing is.

    If you want to continue to deliberately misinterpret what I said after every possible way of misinterpreting it in such a manner has been repeatedly addressed, there is nothing more that can be said to explain it.

    Once again, I never ever ever intended to communicate any of the things you keep insisting I did or do, even after I have clearly and unambiguously told you I didn’t and don’t.

    So, in addition to being stupid, it appears you believe I am dishonest.

    Fine, you can believe whatever you wish.

  14. Be Rational Be Rational November 5, 2010

    This is how you started:

    paulie // Nov 5, 2010 at 10:27 am:
    “We were talking about the hot dog and beer vending at the games. Not a competitive free market there.”

    And this is where I disagreed.

    There is a competitive free market there. You just don’t like the prices.

  15. Be Rational Be Rational November 5, 2010

    No, you think the prices are somehow too high.

    I think the prices are fair, not too high, the correct free market prices.

  16. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    16. Yep, I already knew that. Apparently you think I’m stupid.

    It was an analogy. Not a direct statement about MLB or its pricing per se. AND I already explained that more than once.

    You’re boxing with a shadow. Nothing there.

  17. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    Duh…once again….I agree with you…who are you arguing with?

    I am making a comparison/analogy. Not a direct statement about MLB or its right to set prices. I can see how that could have been misinterpreted the first time, but not after I explained it 3-4 times.

    Feel free to keep knocking down a straw man, though.

  18. Be Rational Be Rational November 5, 2010


    No, you missed your own point.

    The competition is outside of the walls of the stadium.

    The price of the food and drinks are quite competitive and reasonable.

    You are paying extra for convenience.

  19. Be Rational Be Rational November 5, 2010

    Major league baseball is a single form of entertainment. It’s like a single movie.

    Major league baseball competes against every other major league sport.

    It competes against movies and DVDs.

    It competes against broadcast TV and cable TV.

    It competes against concerts and orchestras.

    It competes against going fishing or camping or the theater or to a Broadway show.

    It competes against going skiing, playing golf, walks in the park, weekend getaways and vacations to another city, state or country.

    It is pure competition.

  20. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    Ugh…no…I didn’t miss your point…you missed mine.

    Once again, I was not talking rights analysis, which we agree on.

    What I was talking about was what happens to price and availability of goods when there is no competition for their supply.

    Not whether MLB has the right to set and control their prices. Of course they should.

  21. Be Rational Be Rational November 5, 2010

    The micro market within a single McDonald’s is not competitive either.

    The stadium is a single business entity, just like a McDonald’s restaurant.

    You seem to miss the point that the entire stadium is a single business enterprise, so it should be able to set and control its prices.

    Do you think each McDonald’s cashier should have different prices and goods within a single restaurant?

  22. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    To be clearer on the original analogy, the baseball cartel is the functional equivalent of a government within its properties. Sure, you can enjoy many other forms of entertainment, but they are not baseball. You can also watch non-Major League Baseball affiliated baseball games, but those don’t feature the same level of players. Or you can watch the games at home, but that’s a different experience altogether.

  23. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    See, none of that is or ever was in question. I don’t know why you think it was or is.

    The macro-market is competitive, but the micro-market within the stadium is not.

    If you extrapolate those same conditions to a larger sphere, such as a whole city, state or country, the non-competitive nature of the market would mean that many goods would not be available at all while others would be available, but outside far more people’s ability to realistically be able to buy them.

    That doesn’t get into rights analysis, naturally we agree that in a truly free market there is no reason why a business can’t monopolize and control access to other businesses on its property.

  24. Be Rational Be Rational November 5, 2010

    … “to.”

  25. Be Rational Be Rational November 5, 2010

    Try selling beer and hot dogs inside a McDonald’s restaurant or a movie theater.

    It’s their venue. You know that you have to buy their food and drinks or do without. This is the way it should be in a free market. You don’t have to go to the game. You don’t have to buy their hot dogs and beer if you choose to go. You can eat and drink before and after. You can hold out for three hours.

    Yes, we are talking a competitive free market here.

    Of course, the government does interfere with subsidies for sports venues and taxes and other regulations, but it’s not clear that that would make any difference on the high prices you object too.

  26. Steven R Linnabary Steven R Linnabary November 5, 2010

    a rag tag bunch of misfits

    Who are you calling a “misfit”?


  27. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    We were talking about the hot dog and beer vending at the games. Not a competitive free market there. Try selling beer and hot dogs at a game if you think I’m lying.

  28. Be Rational Be Rational November 5, 2010

    Baseball is not a monopoly at all. It is a form of entertainment that competes against all other forms of entertainment. There are plenty of options for you to choose from in spending your entertainment dollars.

  29. paulie paulie November 5, 2010

    Ah, the wonders of a government-insured monopoly in the marketplace…

  30. kevin knedler kevin knedler November 4, 2010

    Paulie. Games # 1 and # 2 were wonderful. Club level on 3rd base side. Nice view of the bay. Sweeet. But, $30 bucks for two beers and two hotdogs.

  31. paulie paulie November 4, 2010

    Knock it out of the park!

  32. kevin knedler kevin knedler November 4, 2010

    Oh, let’s not forget that the San Francisco Giants baseball team called themselves ” a rag tag bunch of misfits” and they just won the World Series. It’s been a long time since 1954 when then were in New York. Go Giants.

  33. kevin knedler kevin knedler November 4, 2010

    Very proud of my Ohio teammates! From a rag tag bunch of misfits, they have worked together, put in a lot of hours, built the brand, and are becoming more polished and professional– important to the voters in Ohio. I am so darn proud of them. The work of completely re-organizing the LP of Ohio is now starting to pay dividends. Don’t take your feet off the gas in the Buckeye state. KJK

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