Category Archives: Libertarian Party

Utah Libertarians Elect New Officers


At a convention held on Saturday 20 April 2019 (yes, on 420), the Utah Libertarian Party elected the following new officers:

Amber Christiansen Beltran, Chair
Barry Short, Vice Chair (reelected)
Taylor Smith Pazell, Treasurer
Susan Baird, Secretary

Amber becomes the second female chair of the UTLP.

Our (not entirely complete nor fully reliable) records indicate past UTLP Chairs are as follows:

Karl Bray – 1972 – 1973 (deceased, 1978)
George Chapman – 1973 – 1981
Steve Trotter – 1981 – 1983
Hugh Butler – 1983 – 1985 (also served as LNC Treasurer 1993 to 1998 and LNC Vice Chair 1998 to 2000)
Bob Waldrop – 1985 – 1989
Doug Jones – 1989 – 1991
Jim Billingsley – 1991 – 1992
Amy Lassen – 1992 – 1993
Jim Elwell – 1993 – 1995
Jim Lorenz – 1995 – 1996 (deceased 2010)
Jim Dexter – 1996 – 2001
Gene Linder – 2001 – 2002
Cabot Nelson – 2002 – 2003
Fran Tully – 2003 – 2005
Rob Latham – 2005 – 2008
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Interview with Richard Lamm, former Governor and 1996 Reform Party Primary Candidate

1. On July 9, 1996 you announced your campaign for the Reform Party’s presidential nomination. The next day Ross Perot announced that he would be running too. What was your reaction to his announcement?

I was surprised and offended. He had said to me directly that he was not going to run.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Arkansas 2019 convention liveblog

I’m here on the ground and the liveblog, as usual, will be in the comments. As always others are welcome and encouraged to join me in covering the convention. There are probably other state LP conventions in other states this weekend; I don’t know off hand which states but if someone wants to provide updates from any such conventions feel free to use this thread or make or request your own.… Read more ...

Steven Nekhaila running for Libertarian Party of Florida chair

Last week I reported that Jon-luc Tesky is running for LPF chair. There is at least one other candidate, current LPF treasurer and LNC region rep Steven Nekhaila (via FB):

A question I get asked often is, Steven, if you are elected Chairman who will serve as Treasurer?

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Jon-Luc Tesky running for Libertarian Party of Florida chair

Jon-Luc Tesky via FB:

Today April 1, 2019, I announce my candidacy for Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida. We are at a crossroads. In 2014 and 2016, we had statewide candidates, we had a growing membership, and we were politically relevant. In 2017, Marcos Miralles was elected Chair, and reversed our course.

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Open Thread for Discussing California Libertarian Convention, Weekend of April 5 – 7

The Libertarian Party of CA will hold their annual convention the weekend of April 5 to 7. It’s being held at the Concord Crowne Plaza in Northern California in Concord, and promises to be a great time as we elect some new officers and handle other party business.

I’m setting up this thread for anyone who wishes to notify the group of things that happen.… Read more ...

Arvin Vohra: Libertarian Party must stop avoiding culture wars

Submitted by Arvin Vohra, former LNC Vice Chair and current candidate for the Libertarian presidential nomination:

This culture has produced this government. If today, we achieved the ancap dream, abolished all government departments, fired all federal workers, shut down all foreign military bases, then this culture would recreate this exact government by tomorrow.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Georgia: Federal Agency Voluntarily Dismantles Itself, Citing “Epic Failure”

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced this morning that it will close its doors and return its $3 Billion annual budget to taxpayers. Citing “epic failure” to reduce the availability of drugs and the agency’s role in destroying hundreds of thousands of lives both at home and abroad, the DEA has voluntarily relinquished its unconstitutional powers and disbanded.

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Michigan Live: Isolated in GOP, Congressman Justin Amash considers third-party presidential run

Malachi Barrett at

Justin Amash is reconsidering his place in a party he is at odds with, isolated from Republicans that have largely bent to the will of the president.

The Michigan Republican is gaining a national following as a Congressman who isn’t afraid to buck the Republican line, often going to toe to toe with the party’s biggest star, President Donald Trump.

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Free Pony Express: Original Libertarian, Governor Bill Weld, Endorses Vermin Supreme, the Presumptive Libertarian Nominee, for President

Peter Paul Pendragon at the Free Pony Express:

After the former governor of Massachusetts and original Libertarian (and former Libertarian for Life) Bill Weld left the Libertarian Party (again) for the GOP, the group The People for Bill Weld declared Vermin Supreme the presumptive nominee of the Libertarian Party and offered their endorsement.  Quickly following suit, Bill Weld has privately come out in strong support of the new presumptive nominee.… Read more ...

Jacob Hornberger Signals Intent to Seek Libertarian Presidential Nomination

Ballot Access News:

Jacob Hornberger, founder of the Future of Freedom Foundation, seems likely to seek the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. He is visiting many, if not all, the Libertarian Party state conventions. He also sought the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2000. On the first ballot he placed third, with 120 votes.

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Arkansas Libertarians File Lawsuit Against New Ballot Access Restriction, Receive Newspaper Coverage

Help keep the Libertarian Party on the Arkansas ballot in 2020!

Once again, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas will have to collect petition signatures to become a “new” political party in 2020. The state’s election laws put obstacles in our way, but we are committed to growing the party’s influence as a clear voice of Liberty in Arkansas politics.

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