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Draft Minutes for Libertarian Party National Committee South Dakota Ballot Access Conference Call 9/3/15 Release (September 4, 2015, 05:41 PM)




Nick Sarwark called the meeting to order at 9:32 p.m. (all times Eastern).


Executive Committee members participating were: Nick Sarwark (Chair), Alicia Mattson (Secretary), Tim Hagan, (Treasurer), Sam Goldstein (At-Large), Jim Lark (Region 5), Bill Redpath (At-Large).… Read more ...

Stein leads unscientific online Green Party presidential poll (September 4, 2015, 04:03 PM)

greencandidatesAn unscientific online poll on the race for the Green Party presidential nomination shows Jill Stein in the lead with 47.9%, followed by Darryl Cherney 27.9%, William P. Kreml 8.6%, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry 7.1%, and Kent Mesplay 2.9%. In addition, 5.7% of the 142 respondents wrote in other names.… Read more ...

Stein: European refugee crisis is ?inevitable consequence? of U.S. foreign policy (September 4, 2015, 03:28 PM)

JillSteinGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign said Thursday that the U.S. government “must recognize its moral obligation to make a major and immediate commitment to humanitarian relief for the refugees pouring into Europe.” The campaign said the United States “cannot walk away from this crisis, given the major and direct role of U.S.… Read more ...

Socialist Alternative: Why We Need Free Public Higher Education Now (September 4, 2015, 02:08 PM)

From the Socialist Alternative website:

We Have Nothing to Lose But Our Debts

The movement for free public higher education is gaining momentum. What was only recently seen as a progressive pipe dream has now become a public debate, and several states ? including Tennessee, Mississippi, and Oregon ? have passed or are considering legislation to make community colleges free.… Read more ...

Bob Johnston and Carla Howell: Okla. Ballot Access Signature Requirement Comes Down From Stratosphere (September 4, 2015, 01:20 PM)

Libertarian PartyFrom LP News, September 2015 (Volume 45, Issue 3, page 6)

While Oklahoma still has the strictest petitioning requirement in the nation for a presidential candidate not running as a Democrat or Republican, the signature requirement was dramatically reduced in May when Gov. Fallin signed Bill 2181 into law.

The bill lowered the number of signatures required for newly qualifying parties from 5 percent of the gubernatorial vote (which, for 2016, would have been 41,188 signatures) to 3 percent (24,712 signatures).… Read more ...

Roger D. Harris: Is Trump a Proto-Fascist? (September 4, 2015, 12:14 PM)

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

From Roger D. Harris at the Peace and Freedom Party website:

Agreed, Donald Trump is a supremely unattractive character for folks like us. And that’s putting it mildly. He’s defiantly not “politically correct” and we hate that. But is he a harbinger of fascism?

Trump certainly fits the Hollywood version of the proto-fascist.… Read more ...

Austin Petersen declares for the Libertarian Party 2016 presidential nomination (September 3, 2015, 08:45 PM)


Austin Petersen declared for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination today (September 3) on his Facebook page. See also his Twitter @the_producer14.

Announcing his run (link to post):

As of today I have submitted my application to run for President of the United States on the ticket of the Libertarian Party.

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Donald Trump Signs the Pledge; Does This Rule Out a Third-Party Run? (September 3, 2015, 05:53 PM)

From Talking Points Memo
September 3. 3015

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump announced Thursday in a news conference that he signed a pledge stating he would not run for commander-in-chief as a third-party candidate.

The announcement followed the billionaire’s private meeting with Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus.

“The best way for the Republicans to win is if I win the nomination and go directly against whoever [the Democrats] happen to put up,” Trump told a packed audience of reporters and onlookers in the lobby of New York City’s Trump Tower.… Read more ...

LP Activist Training by Libertarians, for Libertarians (September 3, 2015, 05:28 PM)

Libertarian PartyFrom a Libertarian Party email blast:

LP Activist Training By Libertarians, For Libertarians

October 16?18, 2015 ? Alexandria, Virginia

Early-bird registration ends Monday, September 14

LP Activist Training By Libertarians, For Libertarians is an exciting new Libertarian weekend of activist training, designed to inspire you and give you the tools you need to be a successful Libertarian activist, candidate, campaigner, and party leader in your state.… Read more ...

Stein, Flowers sign open letter to FERC seeking fossil fuel infrastructure halt (September 3, 2015, 03:54 PM)

flowerssteinGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers are among the more than 80 health professionals who have signed an open letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission urging a halt to the approval of new oil and gas infrastructure.

They write in part, “Based on scientific evidence of the health and public safety risks associated with fossil fuel infrastructure such as oil and gas drilling, refineries, pipelines and compressor stations and of their contribution to the further escalation of climate change and its associated risks to public health and safety, there must be a moratorium on new permits and a hold on construction for projects that have not been completed until a plan is made to move completely to energy sources that do not cause harm.”… Read more ...

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