Mary Ruwart: Is Big Brother Shackling Our Free Press?


Email from Mary J. Ruwart, Ph.D., to her list. Dr. Ruwart has been a past runner up for the Libertarian Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations, past LNC member and past Libertarian candidate for various public offices.

Dear Freedom Lover,

The Internet is the free press of the 21st century, giving us news from around the world at the speed of light.… Read more ...

Jed Ziggler: Will We Have Multiparty Debates in 2016?

Posted by Jed Ziggler at American Third Party Report:

Presidential debates in the United States are kind of a joke. No matter how many candidates are on the ballot in your state, or on the ballot in enough states to have even the most remote chance of being elected president, there’s pretty much always just two candidates.… Read more ...

Libertarians Working For You show, with Matt Hasty and Andy Craig

Via blog: Arvin Vohra host the show Libertarians Working For You Wednesdays at 2 pm EST.

This week’s guests are Matt Hasty, the LP Facebook page tactical manager, and Andy Craig, Wisconsin LP 2016 congressional candidate.

Check out other recent episodes:

Libertarians Working For You show, with Mike Shipley and Steven Nielson 2/25/15

Libertarians Working For You, with Jason France and Beth Vest 2/18/15

Libertarians Working For You, with Henry Herford and Jennifer Werther

Libertarians Working For You radio show 2/4/15 with Todd Grayson and Jay Price

Libertarians Working for You radio show 1/28/15: Dr.
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Nick Bernabe: Oklahoma Libertarians Form Human Chain to Protect Muslims From Bigoted Tea Partiers

Nick Bernabe at


One simpleton’s sign reads “Every real Muslim is a Jihadist” at OK state capitol on Muslim Day.

As Oklahoma Muslims descended on the state’s capital last week on February 27 for ‘Muslim Day’, they were met by bigoted reactionaries fearful over the supposed takeover of Sharia Law in America.… Read more ...

March 2015 Open Thread

Our monthly open thread. Post news tips about alt parties and independent candidates, discuss any story that should be posted here but has not yet been posted, or even delve into completely off-topic stuff….just avoid quarantined thread subject matter and things that could get us and/or you into legal trouble such as threats, libel, and copyright infringement.… Read more ...

2015 Libertarian State Conventions (listing in progress II)

Wes Benedict

Wes Benedict has posted this blog post to list state LP conventions for 2015. The list both here at IPR and at is being periodically updated as we learn of more state convention announcements. I posted this previously but I’m reposting it separately to A) reset the comments (while preserving them) – the issues that led rise to discussions in the previous post’s comment section now have their own articles where they can be discussed, and B) break out Wes Benedict’s offer to speak at state conventions into a separate post.… Read more ...

Open Thread IV For discussions of small ‘l” libertarianism and anarchy

As Jill Pyeatt wrote the last time we did one of these

At Independent Political Report, our mission is to post articles about independents or alternate parties. From time to time, however, an interesting article comes around regarding the philosophy of libertarianism or anarchy, both of which are topics which many of our readers have interest in.

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American Freedom Party’s National Youth Front Protests on ASU Campus

youthfrontFrom the American Freedom Party website:

Students and members of Tempe’s Maple Ash Farmer Wilson neighborhood protested outside ASU’s Fulton Center on Tuesday calling for ASU administration to defend their faculty members from the harassment of outside organizations, such as National Youth Front.

Lee Bebout, professor of ENG 401: U.S.… Read more ...

Louisiana Libertarian Elected to JP and Constable Association Executive Board

Henry Herford

From the Libertarian Party website:

Constable Henry Herford of Franklin Parish in Louisiana was elected to the Executive Board of the Louisiana Justice of the Peace and Constable Association yesterday.

There are over 700 elected Justice of the Peace Officers and Constables and 10 districts in Louisiana. Mr Herford will represent District 4.… Read more ...

Four Parties Enter Candidates in Mississippi’s 2015 Statewide Races

Shawn O’Hara

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Mississippi holds all its regularly-scheduled elections for state office in November of the odd year before presidential election years.

According to this story, the Reform Party and the Libertarian Party have a few candidates, along with many Democratic and Republican candidates, of course.… Read more ...

Jeffrey Carson: Want to Fix Politics? Run for America

From Jeffrey Carson via email. Carson was the Libertarian Party nominee for U.S. House in Virginia’s 8th district in 2014:

I’m writing to pass along a new op-ed in USA Today that I co-authored alongside five other congressional candidates from 2014. In it, we call upon the next wave of pragmatic, next generation leaders to run for Congress in 2016 and pick up where we left off in challenging the partisan gridlock and special interest corruption in Washington.… Read more ...

2012 Green VP candidate Cheri Honkala challenges standardized testing in Philadelphia schools

2012 Green VP candidate and PPEHRC National Coordinator Cheri Honkala shared this photo on her Facebook page recently.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Green Party’s 2012 Vice Presidential candidate is taking a leading role in public school parents’ challenges to high stakes standardized testing.  Cheri Honkala, the parent of a child in the Philadelphia public school system, is also the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.… Read more ...