Category Archives: Libertarian Party

Former Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash is Staffing Up, Launching New Podcast in February

Former congressman Justin Amash (L-MI) is launching a new podcast in February, according to a series of teaser posts on his social media accounts.

First elected to Congress in 2010 as a Republican, Amash eventually became an independent in July of 2019 and ultimately joined the Libertarian Party in April 2020.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Reiterates Demand for Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp to ‘Close Immediately’

Whitney Bilyeu, chair of the Libertarian Party’s National Committee, issued the following statement which reiterates the LP’s long-held position that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility should be immediately closed:

Last month the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding the status of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, reviewing its nearly two decade history and the current plans for the site.

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Maine Legislator John Andrews Switches Registration from Libertarian to Republican

Maine state representative John Andrews has switched his registration back to Republican. The change happened at the end of 2021, as he feared that a legal battle might have kept the Libertarian Party off the ballot in Maine.

“I was a Republican before and many of my principles are aligned with them,” Andrews told the Bangor Daily News while explaining his party switch.… Read more ...

MAPPED: Libertarians vs. Greens (1996-2020)

IPR’s favorite map maker Nick (@Mill226) has created an interesting match-up that combines the vote total for Libertarian presidential campaigns and the combined Green/Nader vote from 1996-2020 U.S. presidential elections. During this time period the Libertarians polled approximately 9.4 million votes to around 7.4 million for the Greens/Nader, a 56-44 margin.… Read more ...

California’s Lone Independent Assemblyman to Retire, Considering 2022 Congressional Bid

Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the only independent in the California legislature, has decided not to seek re-election after 8 years in office and is publicly pondering a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Initially elected as a Republican in 2014, Mayes has been highly critical of former president Donald Trump and ultimately decided to leave the GOP prior to seeking re-election in 2020.… Read more ...

White Bird City Councilman Paul Sand Launches Libertarian Bid for Governor of Idaho

Paul Sand is running for governor of Idaho on what he describes as a “common-sense progressive Libertarian platform.”

Sand is a semi-retired computer software engineer who has served 4 terms on the White Bird city council. Interestingly, he also claims to have built the world’s first personal computer.

“My campaign is based on three pillars: Freedom, Family and Future.… Read more ...

Press Release: Libertarian Party Statement on First Anniversary of U.S. Capitol Riot

The following is a statement released by the Libertarian Party recognizing the anniversary of the January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot…

It was on this day last year that months of lies and provocation created a powder keg that culminated in the violent and embarrassing insurgence at the U.S. Capitol, sadly resulting in loss of life.… Read more ...

News & Notes: York County Tries to Prevent Libertarian From Taking Office, Liz Cheney’s Independent Option

WOE-MACK: York County District Attorney Dave Sunday has filed an injunction seeking to bar Libertarian Dave Womack from serving on the Dallastown Borough Council because of his nearly 19-year-old criminal record.

Womack committed several crimes at the age of 21, serving four years in prison for his offenses. Apparently the Supreme Court recognizes felonies as “infamous crimes,” which according to Pennsylvania’s constitution makes Womack ineligible to hold the office he was elected to last November.… Read more ...

News & Notes: Maine Libertarians Can Reenroll, Hawaiian Greens Seek Candidates, Wayne Allyn Root Blasts Trump

MAINE LIBERTARIANS BACK IN BUSINESS: A federal judge has ordered Maine election officials to allow Libertarian Party members to re-enroll in an expedited process and to nominate candidates for the 2022 elections.

The order by Judge Lance Walker, signed last week, requires the secretary of state to send letters informing Libertarians that their unenrollment was unlawful and that they may rejoin.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of North Carolina Conducts First Independent Election System Software Review

LPNC PRESS RELEASE

RALEIGH (Dec. 27) – The Libertarian Party will conduct the first-ever independent review of the state’s election system software. State Chair Joseph Garcia invoked his authority under state law in a Dec. 21 letter to the State Board of Elections requesting to review and examine all source code for an electronic voting system made by vendor Election Systems & Software.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Governor Gary Johnson Leaves R Primary; (Re-) Registers As Libertarian; Seeks LP POTUS Nomination

photo credits, Joseph Buchman

Dateline: 28 December 2011, Santa Fe, NM, Capitol rotunda.

Former New Mexico Governor (1995 – 2003) Gary Johnson dropped out of the Republican Presidential Primary earlier today, (re-) registered as a member of the Libertarian Party, and announced his intention to seek the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nomination at the Party’s convention in Las Vegas in early May 2012.… Read more ...

WATCH: Libertarian U.S. Senate Candidates William Henry and James Sceniak on Candidates Corner

Pat Ford chatted with William Henry and James Sceniak on this week’s edition of the LP’s Candidates Corner. The pair of men are currently seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination to run for U.S. Senate in Indiana next year.

Henry was the party’s nominee for Lt. Governor in 2020, running with Donald Rainwater III.… Read more ...