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Andy Jacobs: ?The Libertarian Zone? (July 31, 2014, 02:55 PM)


Andy is the shorter guy in the picture above

Via The Saturnalian:

A frequent commenter to IPR and longtime member of the Libertarian Party, Andy Jacobs, who also works on ballot access drives and thus has encountered a large segment of society, has discussed the idea of a “Libertarian Zone” in IPR comments since at least 2012.Read more ...


Richard Charles: Introducing the .0028 Tax Fix (July 31, 2014, 10:44 AM)

Richard Charles is the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. House in Nevada’s first district. The following was posted on his blog:

Tax official Adam Smith wrote in 1776 in Wealth of Nations that lower tax rates produce higher revenues. Kennedy and Reagan proved it by doing it.

Most Americans have known for generations our complicated tax system is broken, inefficient, political, punitive, uncompetitive and unproductive.… Read more ...


Howie Hawkins Says New York Should Adopt Single Payer, Medicare for All (July 31, 2014, 09:47 AM)

On Medicare’s 49th birthday, Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, called for New York to enact an improved and expanded Medicare for All program, also known as single payer.

“New York must treat health care as a human right. The state’s own study showed that we would reduce overall health care costs by nearly $30 billion annually by 2019 if we had a single payer health care program rather than the insurance mandates of Obamacare,” noted Hawkins.… Read more ...


Evan Falchuk: For Any Hope of Broadening Voters? Choices, We Need a Third Party (July 31, 2014, 09:18 AM)

The following is a letter sent by Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk (United Independent) to the Boston Globe:

In response to the Globe?s July 21 editorial ?With unopposed races, Mass. shortchanges democracy,? you?re correct in lamenting the staggeringly high percentage of Massachusetts legislative races this year that will have no opposition.… Read more ...


Patrick Must Halt New Pipeline Tax Says Green-Rainbow Party (July 30, 2014, 10:20 PM)

Governor Patrick must withdraw his administration’s support for a new electricity rate tariff that could saddle Massachusetts citizens with billions of dollars in electricity bill increases according to three candidates for statewide office. The increases would primarily go to build a fracked gas pipeline for Houston-based Kinder Morgan corporation.

“The Governor has put us on the road to a 4 billion dollar tax increase using a process that neatly evades the need for approval by the Massachusetts Legislature,” said Danny Factor, Green-Rainbow candidate for Secretary of State.… Read more ...


New Jersey Independent Congressional Candidate Not Allowed to Pursue Ballot Access Lawsuit Without Paying $3,500 for Transcript (July 30, 2014, 07:45 PM)

From Ballot Access News:

Ed Forchion, an independent candidate for U.S. House in New Jersey?s 3rd district, was ruled off the ballot after his petition was challenged. He needed 100 valid signatures. He submitted 200. But his petition was challenged, and election administrators determined that he had only 99 valid signatures.… Read more ...


Libertarian Party: New York Times Agrees with Us on Marijuana (July 30, 2014, 07:37 PM)

The New York Times has recently published editorials calling for an end to marijuana prohibition. The Libertarian Party has held that same position for decades.

On July 27, 2014, the Times wrote: “… It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.… Read more ...


NC Libertarian Candidates Applaud Same-Sex Marriage Decision (July 30, 2014, 02:58 PM)

Press Release from the Libertarian Party of North Carolina

RALEIGH (July 30) – Libertarian candidates applauded the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to strike down a Virginia law banning same-sex marriage, a law similar to a state constitutional amendment passed by North Carolina voters in 2012.

Wesley Casteen, Libertarian candidate for the 7th Congressional District, said the court decision this week was foreseeable years ago.… Read more ...


Evan Falchuk: Veto Expansion of the Boston Convention Center (July 30, 2014, 01:00 PM)

In light of Governor Patrick?s July 29 announcement that he will be signing a bill authorizing a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, I reiterate my opposition to this move, which puts massive borrowing by the state for a project with unguaranteed financial return above the very real, day-to-day priorities of so many people in Massachusetts.… Read more ...


Chicago Sun-Times: Libertarians Work to Stay on Illinois Ballot (July 30, 2014, 12:41 PM)

By Thomas Frisbie:

Brian S. Lambrecht knew the signatures he collected to get the Libertarian Party on the Illinois ballot this fall would be challenged.

But he didn’t necessarily expect he’d be accused of fraud for falsely claiming to live in the Addison home where he has in fact lived for nearly eight years — and, he points out, where he has been paying the mortgage.… Read more ...


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