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The Libertarian Party National Convention in Pictures: Part 1 (May 4, 2012, 05:05 AM)
A view of the convention floor on Thursday.
Presidential candidate Jim Burns greeting delegates as they wait to check in.
Anti-Fair Tax posters, clearly posted in protest of Gary Johnson’s tax position.
A sign for the campaign of Presidential candidate Lee Wrights.
Wayne Root introducing former Governor and current Presidential candidate Gary Johnson to a campaign fundraising event.
Former Governor Gary Johnson speaking to supporters at a campaign event after being introduced by Wayne Root.
Governor Gary Johnson relinquishing the podium to Judge Jim Gray, his preferred choice for Vice President.
Thanks to Garrett Quinn of Reason and Jason Pye of PeachPundit (and of IPR), whose twitter accounts were mined for these pictures.
Oregon GOP Endorsing Former Libertarian Party Candidate for Treasurer (May 3, 2012, 06:42 PM)
Tom Cox was, in 2002, the nominee of the Libertarian Party of Oregon in the Governor’s race. He scored 5% of the vote in that race and is now running for the office of State Treasurer as a Republican. He has been endorsed by the state’s GOP organization as a write-in candidate, due to a quirk in the law.
Cox will need a majority of the votes in the write-in primary in order to appear on the ballot in the general election.
Libertarian Convention Backs Credentials Committee on Oregon and Supports Registration Fee (May 3, 2012, 01:32 PM)
This morning the Libertarian National Convention delegates voted, by about 60% to 40%, to accept the Credentials Committee recommendation to seat the Oregon delegation submitted by Tim Reeves, over that submitted by Wes Wagner. Credentials Committee Chair Emily Salvette had reported that the Reeves group had offered that any Wagner delegate could take a vacant slot in the LPOR delegation, and that two had already accepted.
The delegates also voted down a motion to add to the credentials report any delegate who would otherwise be qualified but who had refused to pay the $94 registration fee that the LP Judicial Committee recently upheld. The motion by Nick Sarwark was ruled out of order by Chair Mark Hinkle, and the delegates sustained his ruling by a vote of about 60%-40%.
LP Presidential Candidates respond to Questionnaire (May 3, 2012, 04:34 AM)
Recently, a questionnaire of ten personal and ten policy questions was sent via e-mail to each Libertarian Party presidential candidate listed at Politics1. R. Lee Wrights was the only exception, since he answered the same questions last summer. Former presidential candidate RJ Harris also answered the questions last summer.
This time, only Robert Milnes and Joy Waymire decided to fill out the questionnaire. Dave Redick responded to the request, but noted that he had ended his campaign and would reopen it only if drafted to do so.
Below are the responses from Milnes and Waymire.
1. What are your some of your personal achievements?
2. What are your goals in life?
3. Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime?
Milnes: Yes. See USA v. RWM 1985 Eastern District of PA.
Waymire: Only if you count being arrested for a Failure to Appear on a traffic ticket; I believe was in 1981
4. What historical or contemporary figures do you admire?
Milnes: Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Wilhelm Reich, Teddy Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, George Washington in that order of importance.
Waymire: There are many, but to name those who inspire me the most, they would be as follows: Our Creator, Moses, Daniel of Scripture, Joan of Arc, Gandhi, Black Elk & George Washington, just to name a few
5. Who did you support in the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 presidential elections?
Milnes: I have not actually supported much any candidate. I tried to support Gravel/Ruwart in 2008.
Waymire: I usually support the Libertarian candidate & I even supported Barr for the sake of the LP showing, though it went against my every instinct. But I cannot say for certain the years prior, but most likely whoever was on the LP ticket.
6. Have you run for public office previously?
Milnes: Yes. I was a candidate in 2008 for the Libertarian, Green and Boston Tea Party nominations.
Waymire: I have attempted, but could not garner the signatures needed to be on the ballot for being in a remote location. I have been a Campaign Manager for a local City Council race in 1999
7. Why did you choose to run as a Libertarian?
Milnes: I was hoping to form a m/f progressive libertarian fusion ticket.
Waymire: Because I believe in True Freedom of Choice, State?s Powers & the non-initiation of force
8. What do you feel sets you apart from your fellow contenders for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination?
Milnes: I have a Strategy that might actually win. The others will clearly lose.
Waymire: I have observed for many, many years and in looking at each issue facing this nation, I find that they all have the same ?Root Core?; the trampling of Freedom of Choice amongst its peoples and the stripping of the State?s of their power
9. How often do you campaign and how would that change if you won the nomination?
Milnes: I do not campaign much but if I got the nomination with support I would be able to campaign 24/7.
Waymire: Currently, I am posting to my blog 3-4 times per month & posting within Facebook, different groups and hosting a radio talk show 3 times per week.If I receive the nomination, I would then add travel to my current agenda so I can meet the people themselves & discuss their concerns & ideas.
10. If elected, what would you do as president?
Milnes: Ride the progressive libertarian wave.
Waymire:1) End the Federal Reserve & restore a sound monetary system
1. What necessary freedoms are currently lacking in American society?
Waymire:1) Freedom to marry whomever, without permission of the State
2) Freedom of Individual?s to choose what?s best for them
3) Freedom to earn a living in a manner that does not infringe or bear harm upon another, without any restriction to education, experience, & so forth
2. When is government necessary?
3. In a market with little or no government regulation, what prevents an entity from seizing the entire means of production and becoming the new main regulator?
Milnes: The Non Aggression Principle.
Waymire: The power behind the people, themselves, with a government that backs the People, not self-serving interests
4. In context of government’s role, what are your stands on the legality of incest, bestiality and child pornography?
Milnes: No comment due to insufficient relevance.
Waymire: These are all a sin against nature and should always be considered immoral behavior and punishable by whatever means the majority of the people of each State deem proper and just
5. Do you disagree with any parts of the Bill of Rights?
Milnes: Only that the right to privacy was not sufficiently included.
6. Should the people of the United States have a right to constitutionally amend the Bill of Rights to increase the power of the federal government and limit individual rights?
Milnes: Too complex to respond here.
7. Should the lives of American citizens be valued above citizens of other nations?
Milnes: Objectively and ideally, no. In reality, yes.
Waymire: No one person upon earth should be valued over another; each are equal in the eyes of Our Creator as it should be amongst men. Good and evil reside everywhere. Just because of a few rotten apples, that does not mean they are all bad.
8. What are your views on immigration?
Milnes: In the case of the USA, it is a country of immigrants imposed on indiginous peoples who were insufficiently represented.
Waymire: I have no problem with those immigrating to this country that follows the set procedure. But this Nation has an ever increasing illegal immigration problem. To resolve the main reason, the definition of aUSCitizen must be updated. When one in our military has a child on a foreign soil, that child takes its parents citizenship; as it should be in theUSas well. We must also re-institute an ?open door? policy as before by issuing ?work permits?; the ability to support their families, yet residing in their own country;CanadaandMexico.
9. When is war necessary?
10. Are you a truther, birther, neither or both?
Milnes: Truther. And I include Pearl Harbor.
Waymire: I am a strong believer in speaking the Truth, even when the truth hurts. Better than to feed a lie that grows in time. Regardless of my personal beliefs, I stand for Freedom of Choice. Our Creator gave us all ?Free Will? and if He does not interfere in the choices of men, who am I to dictate the choices of another?
Can the Libertarian Party Make Marijuana Legalization A Mainstream Issue (May 3, 2012, 04:09 AM)
Third parties were the first electoral parties to push a number of then-fringe issues into the mainstream over the years in the United States. From the abolition of slavery and universal suffrage to social security and prohibition, third parties have pioneered many issues that became law or nearly so. This article at The Atlantic suggests that the Libertarian Party in 2012 might push the legalization of marijuana into the mainstream.
The article suggests at the end that Johnson and Gray are great spokesmen for the issue since they are not the stereotype of marijuana users–Johnson is an athlete and businessman and Gray is a juror and veteran.
Indiana: Libertarian Candidate Dumped By State Party (May 3, 2012, 03:34 AM)
For lying during the application process about a previous criminal history, a Libertarian Party candidate for office has been dumped by the state party in Indiana.
Bowman will not longer be receiving the endorsement of the state party, but it is unclear whether he will continue his race or not.
Pundit: Palin, Napolitano, and Perry Should Form Their Own Party (May 3, 2012, 02:45 AM)
Bernie Quigley comments on what he thinks would be a formidable and workable third party over at The Pundit’s Blog at The Hill.
The article ends up suggesting a third party called The Federalist Party should be formed by Judge Napolitano, Governor Rick Perry, and Governor Sarah Palin.
Former Congressman Sestak Endorses Independent Candidate for Congress (May 3, 2012, 02:01 AM)
A former Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania, Joe Sestak, has endorsed an Independent candidate for U.S. Congress in that same state.
Ramsburg is a nurse, activist, and mother who’s interest in politics was generated by working on a project to save an historical home in her local area.
Libertarian Platform Committee Tweaks Its Report (May 2, 2012, 11:44 PM)
The Libertarian Party Platform Committee met today to consider proposed revisions to its December report in light of responses from the Platform survey earlier this year. The changes were as follows, with votes in brackets:
This page shows how all the PlatCom recommendations would change the Platform. The wiki history of that page shows the exact text changes adopted today.
Libertarian Party Convention Seats Reeves? Oregon Delegation (May 2, 2012, 06:35 PM)
There has been a good bit of conflict in the Libertarian Party of Oregon over who is the real set of officers and who controls the future of the Libertarian Party in that state. Now, Marc Montoni has reported that the Credentials Committee of the Libertarian Party has ruled in favor of the Reeves delegation over the Wagner delegation.
It is unclear, as of yet, why the Credentials Committee made this decision and what factors were considered.
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