Author Archives: Gene Berkman

About Gene Berkman

Owner of Renaissance Books in Riverside, CA. Longtime activist in The Libertarian Movement

Gloria La Riva designated presumptive Peace & Freedom Party presidential nominee

Gloria La Riva has been designated by the Peace and Freedom Party State Executive Committee as the “presumptive nominee” of the party for President of the United States.

While the formal nomination decision will not be made until the newly-elected State Central Committee convenes on August 1st, the Executive Committee acted after surveying the incoming SCC members and finding that the overwhelming majority intended to nominate La Riva, who received just over two-thirds of the votes of party members in the March presidential preference primary.… Read more ...

wkms radio:”Meet Libertarian Candidate John Hicks, A Third Choice For Kentucky Governor”

Kentucky voters head to the polls this November to choose the state’s next set of constitutional officers, including the position of governor. While most are familiar with Republican incumbent Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger, Attorney General Andy Beshear, some may not be aware of a third option: Libertarian candidate, business consultant John Hicks.… Read more ...

Howard Schultz, former Starbucks CEO, coming to Purdue Thursday to talk presidential race

The Journal & Courier reports on an upcoming event at Purdue University, hosted by Perdue President Mitch Daniel:

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, will be at Purdue University Thursday to make what The Washington Post reported would be “a major policy address” leading up to the possibility that he might make an independent run for president.… Read more ...

Bill Gelineau: Michigan has a choice. Why not a Libertarian?

By Bill Gelineau

For someone who is not a professional politician, the last two years have been quite a ride. When Gov. Gary Johnson qualified the Libertarian Party as a “major party” in the 2016 Presidential race (by earning at least 5 percent of the presidential vote), it became clear to me that this was an opportunity not to be lost.… Read more ...

Libertarian Senate Candidate Murray Sabrin Announces Opposition To SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

October 3, 2018 (Fort Lee, NJ) Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate Murray Sabrin has announced his opposition to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. While the ongoing drama over Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct has dominated the headlines, Sabrin points to concerns over Kavanaugh’s record on the Fourth Amendment.… Read more ...

Liz Mair: “It’s time for something different in the U.S. Senate”

Liz Mair is Strategist for Our Western Values. This commentary was published in The Albuquerque Journal:

Voters across New Mexico – and the U.S. – are fed up with Washington, D.C., and the political class.

Whether we’re progressive, conservative or something in between, many of us are convinced our elected officials are not representing us and have succumbed to the power of moneyed special interests, the allure of elite status, … cable news green rooms, big-money fundraisers and power-brokering.… Read more ...

Jibral Khan on “Third Parties and the Senate”

Jibral Khan writes @ National Review blog The Corner :

Gary Johnson’s run this year for the Senate seat in New Mexico could signal a productive direction for America’s third parties. Johnson was the state’s Republican governor from 1998-2003, and remains popular in the state. The first three-way poll for the Senate race shows the incumbent Democrat, Martin Heinrich, in the lead at 39 percent, followed by Gary Johnson at 21 percent, and the Republican candidate Mick Rich coming in last with 11 percent.… Read more ...

US News: “Sen. Rand Paul Backs Libertarian Senate Candidate”

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is endorsing the Gary Johnson’s Libertarian campaign for U.S. Senate in the state of New Mexico.

In a news release Tuesday, Paul shunned the Republican nominee and announced his support for Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico who ran for president as a Libertarian in 2012 and 2016.

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Despin: “Libertarians are smart to put Johnson in the Senate race”

Editor’s note: This is in response to the Aug. 24 commentary by Ariel Bickel, “Johnson’s Senate run leaves voters out in the cold.”

I’ve seen a lot of talk against Gary for entering the race late, yet people forget to mention that the Republicans did the very same thing with their secretary of state candidate and I’m not seeing negative opinion pieces on that decision.… Read more ...

Santa Fe New Mexican on “Johnson: The candidate who’s something else”

ALBUQUERQUE — The guy in the “Build the Wall” T-shirt left about 10 minutes into Gary Johnson’s speech.

But otherwise, the crowd was stoked. Or at least curious.

As the former New Mexico governor held his first rally as the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate last week, some members of his administration from the 1990s felt like the old band was back together.

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Vermont Progressives Pass Resolution in Support of National Organizing

The Vermont Progressive Party is the most successful state-wide third party on the left. Founded by allies of Bernie Sandders, the Progressive Party holds 10 seats in the Vermont legislature and, since 2016, the office of Lt. Governor. Vermont Progressives backed Ralph Nader for President in 2000, giving him 7% of the vote in Vermont.… Read more ...