Daily Archives: February 4, 2012

New LP.org poll

New poll up at LP.org:

What’s the #1 benefit that local Libertarian candidates can offer voters if elected?:

– Lower their tax bill so they can pay their bills, make ends meet, save, help others or buy more.
– Give them the freedom to use marijuana, or medical marijuana, without penalty or with less penalty.… Read more ...

Indiana Jury Convicts Secretary of State of Registering and Voting in Precinct in Which He Didn’t Live; LP Calls for Resignation

Ballot Access News:

At 2:28 a.m. on February 4, an Indiana criminal jury convicted Secretary of State Charlie White of registering and voting at an address which wasn’t his real residence. See this story. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link. The judge will decide whether White is now convicted of felonies or misdemeanors.

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Reddit highlights former LP candidate Richard Mack’s challenge to Rep. Lamar Smith

Former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack, who ran as the 2006 Libertarian Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate in Arizona, announced in December that he would challenge Representative Lamar Smith in the Republican primary for Texas’ 21st Congressional district.

Smith has come under increasing fire after introducing the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) last year.… Read more ...

LP presidential candidate James Ogle discusses Roseanne Barr & the LP website

IPR talked with Libertarian Party (LP) presidential candidate James Ogle about comedienne Roseanne Barr‘s entry into the race for the Green Party presidential nomination, and the LP’s decision to remove his name from its list of candidates.

Ogle is a self-employed artist seeking the LP nomination. In 1995, he founded a fantasy parliamentary system based on ranked choice voting, which he emphasizes in his campaign.… Read more ...

Roseanne Barr Q&A, Media Appearances

From the website of Roseanne Barr, a candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination:

Q&A with the Green Party Presidential Candidate Support Committee

Also on the front page:

On August 4th, 2011, Roseanne Barr announced her candidacy for President of the United States on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, declaring that she would not run as a Democrat or a Republican "because they both suck and they’re both a bunch of criminals." She has since decided to seek the nomination of the Green Party of the United States.… Read more ...

Gary Johnson Contrasts Himself With Ron Paul, Obama, GOP Field, Past and Present Libertarian Presidential Contenders

From Mike Riggs at Reason, describing Gary Johnson’s speech to the ACLU:

Johnson said he’d cut the military’s budget and end Obama’s interventionism. It wasn’t until he got started on legalizing marijuana that the crowd (figuratively) lit up. A steady stream of applause followed Johnson’s declarations after that.

“I support gay marriage equality.

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RJ Harris: Ending the IRS, Personal Taxes and Welfare from the Federal Level

RJ Harris, a candidate for the Libertarian presidential nomination, has a blog article on his campaign website entitled “Ending the IRS, Personal Taxes and Welfare from the Federal Level.”

He writes in part “Fellow citizens, if you elect me as President I will exempt you from personal taxes by ending the IRS and allowing nothing to take its place.… Read more ...

Jim Burns: ‘Which Equality?’

Email message from James Libertarian Burns, a candidate for the Libertarian presidential nomination:

Dear Paul,

249 words one minute approximate reading time

Equality is a powerful force. Equality may bring conflict, poverty, and decline or equality may bring peace, prosperity, and progress. The question is which equality will prevail?

One type of equality is the equality of outcome: The idea is that the government should be used to require an equal outcome for all people.… Read more ...

Lee Wrights: Gitmo’s Gotta Go

by R. Lee Wrights

BURNET, Texas (Feb. 4) – The Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, perhaps better known by its nickname “Gitmo,” is an affront to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the legacy of our national heritage. It should be closed now, and all the people detained there returned to the place where they were seized.… Read more ...