More controversy swirls around Libertarian Party of Florida and its candidates

———- Forwarded message ———-
From:
Date: Sep 10, 2013 2:26 AM
Subject: Florida candidate – governorwwww

 

Wes, Someone put a tub of horse manure outside your door and you had to step into it.
I told you before and I will tell you again. I am not a nice guy, nothing nice about me.
I am a fair man and I give what I receive.

Before this is over you will hate me more than any other entity on the face of the Earth.

So, you removed my name from the list of Libertarian Candidates on the LP.org web-site.  Now you can remove all of the names from Florida for Libertarian Party Candidates.

This is not going to be fun but if you know me, I never quit while there is work to do.

I am going to file a complaint with the State of Florida against you, because you claim that 2 people are candidates for the Florida House, but they have not registered with the state of Florida as candidates, and one person who also claims to be a Libertarian candidate is guilty of using illegal advertising while claiming to be a candidate.

Adrian Wyllie refuses to put the word Libertarian in his advertising and refuses to properly disclaim who and what he is.

You will put all of the people who are properly registered with the State of Florida as Libertarian Candidates or you will put no Libertarian Candidates from Florida on your web site. I will be filing proper complaints with the state of Florida within the next 48 hours. You also will also put any candidate who is Libertarian but registered NPA on the web site when you are notified of such a candidate.

Adrian, this applies to you and the Libertarian Party of Florida also. I organized this Party in Florida and you are going to play by the rules or you will not run as a libertarian.

I have a lot more to say but I am not going to say it tonight (or this morning actually) Below are the names of the lawfully registered Libertarian Candidates. Names in Red are not Lawfully registered and it is a violation of the Law for them to claim that they are candidates.

Names in Blue are not on the National or state web site.
http://www.lp.org/candidates-14
Adrian Wyllie
Governor, Florida Election Date: November 4, 2014
Phone: (727) 599-0001 Web: http://wyllieforgovernor.com/
Email: adrianwyllie@gmail.com
Matt Schnackenberg
US House Of Representatives, 11th district, Florida
Election Date: November 4, 2014
Phone: (352) 232-1126
Email: chaosfreedom1220@gmail.com
Ray Netherwood
US House Of Representatives, 19th district, Florida
Election Date: November 4, 2014
Phone: (239) 394-9009 Web: http://www.ray2014.com/ Email: ray@ray2014.com
Lucas Overby
US House Of Representatives, 13th district, Florida
Election Date: November 4, 2014
Phone: (727) 871-1220 Web: http://lucasoverby.com/ Email: lucasoverby4liberty@gmail.com
Chris Hooker
State House Of Delegates, District 67, Florida
Election Date: November 4, 2014
Phone: 813-817-6552 Email: 
chrishooker2012@hotmail.com
Zachary Silva
State House Of Delegates, District 24, Florida
Election Date: November 4, 2014
Email: 
cymbalic.silva@gmail.com
Jack Harris
Pinnelas County Commissioner, District 6, Florida
Election Date: November 4, 2014
Phone: (727) 537-0082
Web: http://www.votejackharris.com/
Email: captjax@gmail
Local Campaigns
Candidate Name: Marcos Miralles Hialeah City Council Group VI
305.951.0366 Election year: 2013
Candidates State Campaigns
Candidate Name: Adrian Wyllie Governor 2014 Statewide Campaign
danielle@wyllieforgovernor.com Wyllie For Governor
1334 Tampa Road #1 Palm Harbor, FL 34683 727-599-0001
Candidate Name: Matt Schnackenberg  US Congress District 11 2014
chaosfreedom1220@gmail.com  352.232.1126
Candidate Name: Ray Netherwood US House Dist 19 lection year: 2014
ray@ray2014.com 239 394.9009
Candidate Name: Lucas Overby US House of Representatives District 13  2014
ucasoverby4liberty@gmail.com (727) 871-1220
Candidate Name: Cris Hooker State House Dist 67 2014
chrishooker2012@hotmail.com 813-817-6552
Candidate Name: Zachary Silva State House Seat 24  2014
cymbalic.silva@gmail.com
Candidate Name: Jack Harris
captjax@gmail 727-537-0082
Pinellas dist 6 Election year: 2014 Pinellas County
Candidate Tracking System
2014 General Election http://election.dos.state.fl.us/candidate/CanList.asp
United States Representative District 11  Matthew Schnackenberg  (LPF)
Address  16018 Wilson Boulevard  Masaryktown, FL 34604  Phone: (352)232-1126
Status: Active  Date Filed: 03/21/2013  Method: Filed intent to qualify by petition method
United States Representative District 13 Lucas T. Overby (LPF)
Address 1417 Nursery Road  Clearwater, FL 33756
Status: Active Date Filed: 02/11/2013
United States Representative District 19 Ray Netherwood (LPF)
Address 1070 S. Collier Blve PH-D Marco Island, FL 34145 Phone: (239)394-9009
Status: Active Date Filed: 05/08/2013 Date Qualified: Method: Filed intent to qualify by petition method
Governor
John Wayne Smith  (LPF)
Address  203 West Magnolia Street  Leesburg, FL 34748
Phone: (352)787-5550  Status: Active Date Filed: 02/08/2013
2014 General Election
Adrian Wyllie (LPF)
Address 1334 Tampa Road #1 Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Phone: (727)599-0001 Website: http://www.wyllieforgovernor.com Email: danielle@wyllieforgovernor.com
Status: Active Date Filed: 01/10/2013
State Senator District 20 Tony Caso (LPF)
Address 275 Omaha Street Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Phone: (727)786-7868 Website: votetonycaso.com
Status: Active Date Filed: 06/17/2013
State Representative District 5 Karen Barbara Schoen (LPF)
Address Po Box 565 Wausau, FL 32465
Phone: (954)864-0530  Website: votekarenschoen.com Email: 
kbschoen@bellsouth.net
Status: Active Date Filed: 07/08/2013
State Representative District 18 Kenneth Alvin Willey (LPF)
Address Post Office Box 2464 Orange Park, FL 32073
Status: Active Date Filed: 04/16/2013
Phone: (904)303-8989
State Representative District 28 Franklin Perez Libertarian
Address 4250 Alafaya Trail, #212-170 Oviedo, FL 32765
Phone: (407)694-7805 Website: 
www.fperez1776.com Email: perezfranklin@hotmail.com
Status: Active Date Filed: 09/06/2012
State Representative District 69 Randy Taylor (LPF)
Address 3747 41st Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33714
Phone: (727)519-3038 Status: Active Date Filed: 08/16/2013
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From: Alexander George <ageorgeflorida@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Subject: Re: Florida candidate – governorwwww

 

>THAT IS PURE BS!!! I will post about this tomorrow. Beckie, please draft an outline, thx.  My press release is out via PR log. You can view it on www.thealexgeorgereport.blogspot.com.  The website under construction is www.alexandergeorgeforflorida.com. Talk to you soon. All the best, Alex

The morons got their way, JWS is removed from the national site, purely for technical bs reasons.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: “Dana Moxley-Cummings”
Date: Sep 10, 2013 4:14 AM
Subject: Re: Florida candidate – governorwwww

To: –
Cc: “Wes Benedict”  “Geoffrey Neale” , “Bob Johnston” , “Lynn House” , “Carla Howell” , <, “Alex” <, “Danielle Alexandre” , “Adrian Wyllie – 1787 Network”

Including the Florida State Division of Elections, Im sure everyone is quite bored with John Smith’s continuous and baseless efforts to try to destroy the Libertarian Party of Florida. For the record. below is the mail including the name      s I sent to Bob Johnston for 2014. Which included, to date, everyone who has been vetted/certified and/or approved by the State Chair as started in the governing documents:

“Bob

We are having a special election to fill a vacancy in Florida House district 36 and a member of the LPF is running but he can not be on the ballot as a Libertarian due to the 365 day rule in Florida. Therefore he will be running as an NPA.

However, we already have quite a few vetted candidates for 2014 elections, a handful more who are going through the vetting process, and 1 candidate that specifically asked to not be vetted or have much of anything to do with the LPF. However, any candidate not vetted will still be on the ballot as a registered “Libertarian”, just not endorsed by the LPF.
Below are the 2014 Candidates that have already been vetted and I can update after we get these others through the process.
Ray Netherwood
US House of Representatives Florida District 19
General Election: November 4th 2014
Lucas Overby
US House of Representatives Florida District 13
General Election: November 4th 2014
Matt Shcnackenberg
US House of Representatives Florida District 11
General  Election: November 4th 2014
Adrian Wyllie
Governor, Florida
Primary Election: August 26th 2014
General Election: November 4th 2014
Zachary Sylva
Mayor, St. Augustine, Florida
General Election: November 4th 2014

Dana Moxley Cummings

Chairman

Libertarian Party of Florida
1334 Tampa Road, Suite 2
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683

Toll Free:  1855-FLA-FREE (855-352-3733)

 

Website: www.lpf.org

Email: chairchair@lpf.org

____________________________________________________________________________________

Zach Silva informed me he was running for a non-partisan race which is consistent with the information I forwarded over. I also approved Marcos Miralles, candidate for city council of Hialeah at the request of the County affiliate chair, their Region Representative, and of course, my own careful scrutiny. According to our state by-laws our state affiliate does not get involved in non-partisan races in the same manner that it seems that National does. 

One of the things that makes our party great is our bottom-up structure. Yes, it takes longer to take back our government, but without conducting our business in a bottom-up fashion we would be unable to build the strong foundation from which to build up. If I was misinformed about Zach Silva’s filling then by all means please remove him until he has done such. 

As you see, we have quite a few candidates who have filled that I did not send you because they have not been vetted/certified yet, However, i’ll be sending over at least 1 candidate who has completed vetting and they will be seeking certification by the LPF EC at our next meeting.

I apologize on behalf of the majority of the Libertarian Party of Florida for these mostly nonsensical and destructive outbursts from Mr. Smith and his few followers.

Let me know if you need anything else or if there is anything I can do to try and curb this behavior.

In Liberty,

 

Dana Moxley Cummings

Chairman

Libertarian Party of Florida
1334 Tampa Road, Suite 2
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683

Toll Free:  1855-FLA-FREE (855-352-3733)

 

Website: www.lpf.org

Email: chairchair@lpf.org

38 thoughts on “More controversy swirls around Libertarian Party of Florida and its candidates

  1. Steve M

    what amazes me is that anyone would put any effort into controlling a state level libertarian party for the purpose of controlling who the candidates are going to be?

    I can understand using nefarious tactics to win the primaries of the democan/republicrat parties…. but unless you a republicrat sympathizer why do the same with a small 3rd party?

    hey LPF if you want to be taken serious? then the party officers must step out of the selection process for state wide candidates. Yes you can recruit…. but no…. actively trying to block other party members from running… ain’t OK.

    If you are going to use low down back room controlling methods in the selection of our candidates why would we trust them with governing?

    Hell they will just sell out in similar back room deals.

  2. Steve M

    probably other then the LPF officers are violating their own bylaws and rules and engaged in unethical use of state party resources to promote their per-selected candidates.

  3. Florida Libertarian

    Look somebody HAS to say this. I have known John Wayne Smith for years and he is unstable and violent. He keeps leaving the LP to start new political parties…..the American Libertarian Party in 2006 and the Boston Tea Party in 2008. They eventually kick him out and he comes running back to the LP and plays nice for a while before going on the attack again. He screamed at the audience and called them “a bunch of retards” at a debate with Wyllie. He was kicked out of the convention last year because he threatened to KILL the treasurer and secretary. Anybody who supports this guy either doesn’t know him……or is just as insane as he is. I’m not giving my name because I don’t want him to come after me. This guy is NOT a Libertarian!

  4. Joe Wendt

    FL @ 6,

    JWS didn’t call anyone a “bunch of retards,” however he was describing how the government treats ESL students who don’t understand the material as “a bunch of retards.” And if making threats were grounds to dismiss anyone’s credibility, than Dana Cummings should be removed on the same grounds. And calling JWS unstable and violent is stupid charge, considering how unstable Snitker can be.

    JWS is more libertarian than any of the current LPF ExCom, he fights for the ones they ignore.

  5. Vincent

    This is getting silly. Can’t we all just agree that the LPF is run by a bunch of power-hungry authoritarians and call it a day?

  6. Alex Snitker

    @ Steve.

    My name is Alexander Snitker and I am the Vice Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida. I am going to respond to you point by point so you have a clear understanding on what is going on here.

    “what amazes me is that anyone would put any effort into controlling a state level libertarian party for the purpose of controlling who the candidates are going to be?”

    This is not happening. The truth is that we actually want a primary for Governor. JWS could be that candidate if he chooses to but has refused to go through the vetting process.

    What is the vetting process? All you are required to do is fill out a questionnaire specifically relating to the LPF platform. If you agree with the party 80% that candidate comes up for a vote.

    Many on the EC who support another candidate have already made it clear that we will be abstaining from voting. In addition, the chair of the candidates committee has stepped down due to a perceived bias.

    It should also be noted that the Chairmanship of this committee was actually offered to Mike Kane (a strong supporter of JWS). He refused to chair the committee citing that he was too busy.

    “I can understand using nefarious tactics to win the primaries of the democan/republicrat parties…. but unless you a republicrat sympathizer why do the same with a small 3rd party?”

    The only only ones using Republican tactics like the ones you are describing are JWS, Mike Kane, Joseph Wendt, Steve Labianca and others. The current EC was elected by large majorities at the last convention. We were elected the honest way and these individuals are so pissed off that they would rather lie and fight than to try to grow the party. Their goal is to get good hard working people in the LPF to quit.

    “hey LPF if you want to be taken serious? then the party officers must step out of the selection process for state wide candidates. Yes you can recruit…. but no…. actively trying to block other party members from running… ain’t OK.”

    And this is not happening. Like I said we are not standing in their way. JWS has refused to be vetted even though he has been asked over and over again. How can we be blamed for his decision?

    “If you are going to use low down back room controlling methods in the selection of our candidates why would we trust them with governing?”

    Again the only ones using these tactics are JWS and his supporters.

    “Hell they will just sell out in similar back room deals.”

    It is too bad that IPR is not telling the whole story but I will be writing an article fully explaining it within a week. I can only hope that IPR will allow the truth to be told.

  7. Jed Siple

    I really like this site, but man I wish there wasn’t so much of this inner-circle bickering reported here. I’d rather articles about positive things minor parties & independent candidates are doing.

    Just my 2 cents.

  8. Mike Kane

    Alex writes”The truth is that we actually want a primary for Governor. JWS could be that candidate if he chooses to but has refused to go through the vetting process. ”

    JWS doesn’t need to go through the vetting process for their to be a primary. State law dictates that.

    Being a vetted candidate in LPF means you receive support (financial obviously, and other types – such as being listed on websites).

    If George Bush met the residency requirements and went through the process, he could theoretically be the LPF nominee for Governor in FL next year, provided he won the primary. There would be nothing the LPF could do about it.

  9. Mike Kane

    In addition, Alex asked me 4 months ago to chair the candidates committee “The principal duties of the Candidate Committee shall include but not be limited to identifying potential Libertarian Party candidates, directing and preparing potential candidates for review by the Selection Committee, to train vetted and approved Libertarian Party candidates for their respective races, and to identify and train campaign staff members to serve on the campaign staff for vetted and approved Libertarian Party Candidates”.

    Since I don’t really like the idea of vetting, why would I chair a committee where my responsibility was to train candidates to become vetted?

  10. John Wayne Smith

    @8 – To further clairfiy mr. Knapps statement.

    Mr. Knapp concieved the Boston Tea Party in 2007 and brought it to life after the 2008 LP Convention in Denver had nominated Bob Barr as its Presidential standard barrier.
    The only thing I did was to cerate a Florida BPT in 7 days to be ballot qualified. I worked under the direction and with the permission of Mr. Knapp.

    I do not like government and Election laws but it is one of the things we are forced to live with. There are crooks and parasites in politics as in all walks of life. If we are going to live as a civilization there are basic rules all have to follow. If you try to use a law against me, I will do a turn about and use it against you.

    Yes, Mr. Knapp, I would use Floridas Laws against people who do not obey the rules but expect me to. 🙂

  11. Thomas L. Knapp

    JWS @ 16,

    I know that sometimes the only way to get something done is to use the state because the state itself has closed off other avenues for getting that thing done.

    But what you’re saying sounds like you’re going to sic the state on people for saying they are candidates for office. And that sounds pretty anti-freedom-of-speech to me. Was I not understanding what you were saying?

    As far as the BTP thing goes, yes, JWS did get the BTP onto the ballot in Florida in 2008 (I think he worked with some others, but I don’t think anyone would dispute the importance of his role, either). My reply wasn’t intended to take any credit away from him on that, but to respond to the accusation that he bolts the LP to start new parties. If he does do that, he didn’t do it with the BTP.

  12. John Wayne Smith

    @17
    Tom, It is against Florida state law to publish that one is a candidate when in fact they are only prospective candidates. Before you can call yourself a candidate you have to file an intent to run for a specific position.
    Two people had not filed the intent with the Division of Elections but were advertizing that they were such. This made them criminals under the law.

    There were at least 6 people who are more worthy of the page space because they have filed their intent to run and are on the Division of Elections website as actual candidates
    The two false candidates got several months of advertizing when they never intended to be real candidates and the 6 real Libertarian candidates have not received any notice from the LPF or the National LP Office. This happened in 2012 also and those who did not get recognized by the LPF or the National LP did much better than those that did.
    The LPF even had some republicans listed but did not have the top 3 vote getters listed.

    And Yes I did have some help in 2008. I was the only one who knew how to write up the documents so I did. As well as hand delivered them to Tallahasee, plus other things.
    Paulie came down to Tallahassee and gathered enough signatures (presidential electors) to finish the job.
    Getting a group, to be ballot status ready in one week from first proposal has never been done in Florida before. We did it.

  13. Thomas L. Knapp

    JWS @ 19,

    It’s also against Florida law for two dudes to get married, for anyone to smoke marijuana, etc.

    If someone wants to say they are running for office without getting permission to say so from some bureaucrat, they have every right to say so and libertarians should defend their right to say so, not go running to the state to report them.

    Matter of fact, I guess it’s civil disobedience in solidarity time:

    I hereby declare myself a candidate for governor of Florida.

    Before anyone says they’re going to vote for me, be aware: I am not seeking any party’s ballot line for my candidacy, nor would I be eligible to serve if elected (per Article IV, Section 5 of the Florida Constitution, the governor must have been a resident and registered voter of Florida for seven years prior to election; I have lived in Florida for about 8 months and am not registered to vote).

    Nonetheless, I am declaring, stating and publishing that I am a candidate for governor of Florida.

    Let’s see if John Wayne Smith sends people with shiny badges to arrest me for it.

  14. robert capozzi

    TK, might you agree with the statement:

    “The only good governor is a dead governor”?

    If a governor undid 99% of the state in his or her state, what would you label that? A failure?

  15. Thomas L. Knapp

    RC @ 26,

    I said there’s no such thing as a good governor.

    So why the hell would you think I’d agree that there’s such a thing as a good governor if you put the word “dead” in front of it?

  16. Danielle Alexandre

    Anyone can say they are a candidate. There is nothing illegal about that. A person who has not filed to be candidate with the State of Florida can not collect money, spend money on the campaign or get petitions signed.

    This is from the Florida Division of Elections candidate handbook:

    Nothing prohibits a person from announcing their intention to become a candidate prior to filing Form DS- DE 9, as long as no contributions are received, no expenditures are made, and no signatures are obtained on a candidate petition.

    The accusations of unlawful behavior are false.

  17. Dana Cummings

    I think the copying and pasting of these emails (even though, the have been slightly manipulated by the poster) is awesome. It’s the closest thing to “proof” Mr. Smith has ever posted that is actual proof. Unfortunately for him, it does nothing to support any claims he is trying to make. The LPF leadership, acts according to our governing documents which were voted on by the majority of the delegates.
    I also asked Mike Kane to chair the candidates committee…..AND I asked Mike if he had interest in being on the Selection Committee.

  18. Steve M

    Dana, where are the minutes of the state convention, or committee meeting that added a questionnaire to the vetting process? that approved the questions on the questionnaire and how the questionnaire is graded?

    “They also fill out a questionnaire that specifically deals with the state platform. If they agree with 80% of the state platform they are moved past vetting and the EC votes on the candidate. As of Sept 2013 nobody has been rejected from vetting.”

  19. Dana Cummings

    I sure will! I wasn’t on the EC the when this questionnaire was voted on and approved. I was however the chair of 2 committees and on a few calls in which I remember discussions taking place regarding the questions on the questionnaire. In our most recent meeting (minuted not yet posted and approved) I actually brought the selection committee under the microscope and suggested the questionnaire be posted on the LPF website for all so see. Tomorrow when im not about to go to bed I will post up those minutes or the recorded phone conversation where you can see everything everyone had to say about what.

  20. Steve M

    this is an attendie report not the minutes

    from page 6

    “This passed with a vast majority vote. Bylaw’s changes began with adding language that would allow the LPF for “vetting and
    supporting multi-county or state wide candidates for office” This was contested because officers of local affiliates felt this as an intrusive overreach and cited concerns that the state may
    financially support candidates that they themselves didn’t support. Some individuals disagreed with this premise, saying there’s no control over radio waves going into other areas, and is a candidate who has his bus wrapped by LPF funds not allowed to drive through certain areas. It was a pretty close vote, but the motion passed. Next came one of the most controversial bylaws changes. For reader clarity, I will copy paste portions from the unapproved minutes.”

    But the questionnaire was not presented and voted upon. It had to have been added latter but by whom? and under what authority?

  21. Dana Cummings

    This was just confirmed to be the questionnaire used to vet Matt Schnackenberg, who is running for Florida US Congressional House District 11.

    Libertarian Party of Florida
    Candidate Questionnaire

    Please check off each yes or no (agree or disagree) and write short synopsis why.
    Return document to AtLarge3@LPF.org

    ?STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE: ??The Libertarian Party of Florida does not believe in or advocate the initiation of force to achieve social or political goals.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ??PREAMBLE: ??Libertarians seek a society based on personal liberty and responsibility—a society in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives. This most desirable method of organizing society is the natural order that arises when the unalienable rights of individuals to life, liberty and property ownership are respected and protected.
    ?People have the right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and pursue happiness in whatever manner they choose so long as they do not forcibly or fraudulently interfere with the equal rights of others. Libertarians welcome the peace, prosperity, and diversity that freedom brings.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ?I. STATE GOVERNMENT ???1. In the absence of a declaration of war by the United States Congress, for any purpose other than natural disaster relief, we oppose any use of Florida troops by the federal government without the approval of both the Florida Legislature and Governor.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
    2. Individuals have the right to defend themselves and others. We oppose any law that dilutes the right of any citizen to own a firearm or other means of self defense. We support any laws that further the rights of both concealed weapon permit holders and all Citizens of Florida to openly carry arms.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ?

    3. We endorse the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reserves to our state and its people all powers not expressly delegated to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, or prohibited from the states or the people by the U.S. Constitution.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ?4. We support Equality under the Law, and condemn any law that either rewards or punishes any individual based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or any other group identification. Each person has the same inalienable rights. It is the States duty to protect those rights for each individual equally.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ?5. State government should be removed entirely from the licensing process, including occupational licensing. It has produced no better results than private licensing and amounts to another tax. For example, marriage licenses are contracts between individuals and should be left to the individuals, their attorneys and religious officials, without the need to pay the state for a stamp of approval.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ?6. We advocate a sunset law requiring an automatic end to most government offices, agencies, departments, laws, regulations, taxes, and expenditures within ten years if not reauthorized.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ?7. We oppose immunities for any public officials or employees for illegal acts or omissions. Like any citizen, they should be subject to criminal prosecution and held liable for any injuries caused by their actions.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    8. Sunshine laws should apply to all public employees working in any public place. With modern technology virtually every person has the ability to record and report on the actions of our public officials and workers. There should be no laws prohibiting or limiting the electronic recording and reporting using any means of any public official, including law enforcement officers, while performing their duties. Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    9. The Libertarian party of Florida opposes the participation by the state of Florida in the Real ID Act or similar federal identification database mandates. Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ??II. ELECTIONS ???1. The only electoral duty of the State government should be providing for fair and efficient conduct of elections. Political parties, like any private voluntary group, should be free from government control and allowed to establish their own rules for nomination procedures and conventions. All taxpayer-funded subsidies to candidates for public office and political parties, including primaries and conventions, should be eliminated.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ?2. We support the addition of the alternative “None of the above is acceptable” to all ballots. We further propose that in the event that “None of the above is acceptable” receives a plurality of votes in any election, a new election shall be held for which none of the losing candidates shall be eligible. Other forms of voting should also be considered, such as instant runoff voting or proportional representation.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ?3. Campaign finance laws are unwarranted restrictions of free speech or association and should be repealed. Keeping in accordance with the tradition of all government being run in the Sunshine, we support making all political contributions public records.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ??III. COURTS ???1. The common law authority of a trial by jury preceded our constitution and is the foundation of our legal system. If a jury of peers deems a law unjust, oppressive or inappropriately applied, it has the right and duty to acquit the defendant. We support the right of defendants to a fully informed jury, which would require judges to instruct jurors of their authority to judge not only the facts, but also the justice of the law according to their own good consciences.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ?2. We support restitution for victims of crimes or civil infractions at the expense of the perpetrator. The victim should have the right to pardon the perpetrator, provided the victim is not threatened or coerced.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ?3. Private adjudication of disputes by mutually acceptable judges or mediators should be encouraged.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ?4. No-fault laws should be repealed because they deprive the victim of the right to recover damages from those responsible for causing harm.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ?5. The right of trial by jury should be allowed in all civil or criminal cases where the value exceeds one oz of gold.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?6. The use of civil asset forfeiture to enforce laws circumvents constitutional protections and should be ended.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?7. Random police roadblocks and other searches without probable cause bypass constitutional protections and should be prohibited.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?9. We support equal treatment and oppose sexual discrimination in any judicial proceeding adjudicating a parental right, privilege or obligation concerning his or her child.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ??IV. PUBLIC SAFETY ???1. Law enforcement cannot guarantee individual safety. Self protection is a personal responsibility. All individuals have the right to defend themselves and to possess the means to do so, as guaranteed by both the federal and state Constitutions.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?2. State prison facilities should be used only for the incarceration of individuals who have proven themselves a threat to others.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ??V. VICE LAWS
    ?1. Government should confine itself to protecting individuals from aggression, coercion and deceit. We oppose all laws and regulations that attempt to protect individuals from the consequences of their own behavior. While not necessarily condoning such activities, we advocate the repeal of all laws criminalizing gambling, possession and sale of drugs, and sexual relations between consenting adults. All those presently incarcerated or ever convicted solely for the commission of these victimless crimes should be pardoned and their records expunged.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?2. Voluntary communities may enforce rules that prohibit certain activities to which all members subscribe, such as substance-free dorms.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ??VI. TAXES
    ?1. The legislature should find more voluntary means of supporting state services, such as lotteries and user fees.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?2. Taxation of privately owned real property should be eliminated. In effect, it makes the state the owner of all lands by forcing individuals to pay rent to the state or forfeit their title.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?3. The personal property tax on Florida businesses should be repealed. Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?4. Tax favoritism should be illegal. Abatements, subsidies, credits, or other incentives to businesses based on geographical area, job creation, or any other criteria deny equal protection under the law.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?5. Sales tax on used merchandise that is resold results in double taxation and should be eliminated.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?6. Adding sales tax to products already subject to specific state taxes, such as gasoline and cigarettes, should be ended. This practice results in double taxation, as consumers are paying a tax on a tax.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?7. We oppose any sales or use tax on the Internet.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?
    ?VII. ECONOMY
    ?1. We believe in the free market, thus the complete separation of the economy and the state.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?2. No commercial enterprises should be granted legal monopoly status, including the so-called natural monopolies of electricity, natural gas, water supplies, telephones, and cable television. The Florida Public Service Commission should be abolished and all rate regulation in these industries ended. The right to offer such services in the marketplace should not be curtailed.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?3. State regulation of industries such as insurance and communications, and professions such as medicine and law, should be ended. They should be regulated by trade or consumer groups.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?4. The condemnation of private property for public use should only be allowed when necessary for the protection of the rights of the citizens.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ??VIII. WELFARE and CHARITY
    ?Providing for the needy by forcibly taxing others is contrary to the legitimate function of government, which is to protect the rights of everyone. Disbursing charity from a welfare system costs society more than it gains. It is inefficient, open to fraud and abuse, and creates resentment. Traditional, voluntary sources of emergency support from families, churches, and private charities have always been more humane, more effective, and willingly borne by the givers. Therefore, until the income tax is repealed, we advocate dollar-for-dollar tax credits for all charitable contributions to encourage a transition from public welfare to private support.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ??IX. EDUCATION
    ?1. Education is a parental responsibility and best handled at the most local level.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?2. Because parents are best situated to decide what is in their own children’s best interests, we support all measures that enhance the educational choices available, such as charter schools, vouchers or tax credits for private school tuition, and home schooling.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?3. Compulsory attendance and truancy laws should be repealed. Students cannot be forced to learn, and teachers should not be forced to act as juvenile delinquency officers.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?4. All individuals, regardless of age, are entitled to the protections of the constitutions of the United States and Florida. Random drug tests, locker searches without probable cause, censorship of student publications, or any similar actions violate those rights.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ??X. ENVIRONMENT
    ?1. Aside from public safety, there is no greater concern for the people of Florida than having a safe, healthy environment. We look forward to the day when all property not required for police and court functions are returned to private ownership and control.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?2. We call for the restoration of every individual’s ancient, common law standing to sue for trespass any individual, business, government or other group that pollutes his or her property.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?3. We oppose creation of new government parks or wilderness and recreation areas. Such parks and areas that already exist should be transferred to non-government ownership. Pending such transfer, their operating costs should be borne by their users rather than by taxpayers.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?4. We support efforts to hold all individuals, businesses and governments accountable for the pollution they cause.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ??XI. HEALTH CARE
    ?1. The most fundamental property right is an individual’s right to own and control his or her own body. All individuals have the right to determine their own health care needs and treatment. Government has no constitutional authority to interfere with the practitioner/patient relationship.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ?2. The right of people to extend or end their lives with dignity should not be infringed. We support the freedom to use living wills and durable medical powers of attorney.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ??XII. SECESSION
    ?We recognize the right to political secession. Exercise of this right, like the exercise of all other rights, does not remove legal and moral obligations not to violate the rights of others.
    Yes [ ] N [ ]
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    ??XIII. INCLUSION

    ?The Libertarian Party of Florida ratifies and hereby includes in this document the platform of the national Libertarian Party.
    ?XIV. OMISSIONS
    ?Our silence about any other particular government law, regulation, ordinance, directive, edict, control, restriction, regulatory agency, activity, or objections should not be construed to imply approval.
     

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    Comments

  22. Steve M

    so can we see an original copy say filled out by a vetted candidate?

    What is the point of the ” short synopsis why”? how does this effect grading?

    But really…. why not a link to an original document?

    And again…. under what authorization? what committee approved this? where are the minutes?

  23. Danielle Alexandre

    The questionnaire is created, approved and used by the chair of the Selection Committee. When he first became chair of that committee he circulated the questionnaire to tell the EC that was what he was going to use but it was never voted on by the EC. It is up to the chair of each committee how they run their committee and the EC does not get involved in that whatsoever.

    The chair of the Selection Committee is NOT on the EC so there is no basis to the claim that the EC somehow shows favoritism in vetting. We aren’t involved. We didn’t create the questionnaire, we do not talk to the candidates that are being vetted and we only give an approval once they are recommended by the Selection Committee. The approval is a basic rubber stamp. Not one candidate has not been approved by the EC that has been recommended by the Selection Committee and any EC member that would have any type of conflict of interest is asked to abstain from voting (as they should be).

    What most people don’t seem to understand is that the EC is very removed from the vetting procedure. We don’t get involved and that is exactly how it should be.

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