Gains for the Libertarian Party in California

Posted on the CA LP website November 26, 2012

Weber Wins!

Riverside County’s Registrar of Voters announced on Monday afternoon, November 26, that SusanMarie Weber won her long-sought seat on Palm Desert’s City Council. The Libertarian Party of California congratulates Weber on her dedication to civic duty, her informed and intelligent approach to campaigning, and her highly cost-effective campaign.

Weber won her close race by only 45 votes, a fluctuating margin that shifted in her favor throughout the three-week ballot counting process. The tally published Monday afternoon, November 26, shows Weber with 6,153 votes to Bill Kroonen’s 6,108.

Weber expects to be sworn in on December 13 to continue her civic involvement as a voting member of Palm Desert’s City Council.

Please visit her campaign website at http://www.susanmarieweber.com/ and send her a congratulations.

 

Also, there was this surprising announcement on November 2:

 

Record-Breaking CA Libertarian Voter Registration 

The Libertarian Party of California proudly announces that California’s Libertarian voter registration numbers have increased by 15% up to 108,736, according to the most recent California Secretary of State’s Elections Division Report of Registration. The number reported is for the close of registration, October 22, 2012, 15 days before the November 6 General Election.

Growth of California Registered Libertarians May 2008-October 2012

The previous Report of Registration showed 94,620 registered Libertarians as of September 7, which was 60 days prior to next week’s election. During the 45 days between September 7 and October 22, a phenomenal 14,136 Californians swarmed to register to vote Libertarian! (This is strong evidence that’s being used in the anti-Prop. 14 lawsuit, that voter interest during the June elections is nowhere near as high as it is in the two months before the November election, making the June election dramatically less representative of California voters’ desires.)

Richard Winger, publisher of Ballot Access News, further reports that county-by-county Libertarian Party voter registrations increased between the 60-day report and the 15-day report in all but two counties: Mariposa and Mono. Libertarian voter registration increased in 56 of California’s 58 counties.

Although the deadline to register to vote in this election has passed, California needs even more registered Libertarians to show that voters are not going to support politics-and-business-as-usual in our state any longer. Help us send that message to our legislators. Encourage your liberty-loving friends to register to vote Libertarian. The Web address is easy to remember:  RegisterToVote.ca.gov.

These articles and more can be found at www.ca.lp.org.

32 thoughts on “Gains for the Libertarian Party in California

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    It is my opinion that the state of California otherwise had a bad day on November 6. Very few big-spending incumbents were unseated, at least here in Southern California, and most of the proposition results were disappointing. Californians approved 2 of 3 tax-raising propositions (30 and 39); we voted down a prop to stop the death penalty (34); we passed a sex-trafficking law (35), and LA County passed a measure mandating porn actors wear condoms (Measure B).

    There was a silly measure in a neighboring town, however, a lower-midle class city called El Monte (measure H), where each ounce of a sugary beverage was to be taxed at 1 cent. Luckily that one did not pass.

  2. NewFederalist

    Hmmm… “insisting” or “mandating” the porn stars? Are there criminal penalties involved?

  3. George Whitfield

    Congratulations to Susan Weber. She did something right in her campaign beating an incumber who outspent 37 to 1.

  4. George Whitfield

    I can spell better than I can type. Sorry, I meant to say “She did something right in her campaign beating an incumbent who outspent her 37 to 1.”

  5. From Der Sidelines

    @2: Yes, the penalty is making a porno with Roseanne Barr and Nadia Suleman, with a cameo by Antonio Villaraigosa in drag…

  6. Jill Pyeatt

    Wow, Chuck, I have the same thing. Since I posted the article, it must be something I did, but I have absolutely no idea how to fix it. I’ll go into Dashboard and see if anything looks different.

  7. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I have no idea of why this is happening. Oddly, the post I made later in the day, December Open Thread, doesn’t have the problem.

  8. paulie

    Hmmm… “insisting” or “mandating” the porn stars? Are there criminal penalties involved?

    Yes, read the measure – both civil and criminal penalties.

    Practical effect will be to speed up the relocation of the porn biz to Vegas, which is already well underway.

  9. paulie

    Am I the only one who sees the comments on this post as an unusually big font size compared to other posts?

    Fixed. I also scaled the image so the text does not go over text in the sidebar.

  10. paulie

    I have no idea of why this is happening.

    Getting rid of div tags seems to fix it, although div tags don’t always cause it to happen.

  11. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Ayn R Key, is there an announcement from your local paper, or elsewhere, that we can share here? You deserve your own article.

    Please email it to me.

  12. Zapper

    The CA LP still needs to organize a stand-alone county group in each and every county ASAP and begin an ongoing membership drive aimed at increasing voter registration to at least 200k Libertarians by 2014.

    Don’t sit on your laurels.

    Don’t wait to be surprised by falling just slightly below the required number of registrants, just when it’s too late to fix the problem.

    Please begin an ongoing voter registration plan today:

    More supporters.
    More members.
    More donors.
    More candidates.
    Bigger turnout at conventions and rallies.
    Bigger and more visible campaigns.
    More votes in the elections.
    More victories.

    There is no downside.

    This program should begin in Jan 2013 …

    Let’s go, CA Libertarians!

  13. Jill Pyeatt

    I also think we should appoint someone to look for all the openings for office in cities, school boards, and water boards, etc., across the state. The only way our party will survive in this state, with our dreadful “top-two” is to find local offices, which may not have both Dems and Reps running in them

  14. paulie

    Zapper @23, 25 Yep!

    Jill @24 Talk to Scott Lieberman. He keeps saying on the LNC list how that should be the to priority for national.

  15. Jill Pyeatt

    Funny you should mention him, Paulie. I had thought I’d send him a note over the weekend telling him I agreed with that. I also agree with a lot of what he’s saying about buying a building for the LP. I think I will send him an email.

  16. paulie

    I don’t agree with what he is saying about a building (as you may have noticed) but I would love to see him put his emphasis on recruiting local candidates into action for California.

  17. Andy

    “Zapper // Dec 13, 2012 at 2:22 am

    The CA LP still needs to organize a stand-alone county group in each and every county ASAP and begin an ongoing membership drive aimed at increasing voter registration to at least 200k Libertarians by 2014.

    Don’t sit on your laurels.

    Don’t wait to be surprised by falling just slightly below the required number of registrants, just when it’s too late to fix the problem.

    Please begin an ongoing voter registration plan today:”

    I agree with you, but it looks to me like the LP of California has lost its momentum.

  18. Suck it, don't bite it

    “Gains” for the Libertarian Party in California? Isn’t that the child molester Matthew Barnes?

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