From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:
On December 8, Texas Representative Drew Springer (R-Muenster) introduced HB 464, which would require candidates nominated by minor party convention to pay the same filing fees that major party candidates must pay to get on a primary ballot.
Traditionally, major political parties in Texas paid for their own primaries, and were only able to afford them by charging filing fees to candidates who filed to run in a primary.… Read more ...
These numbers have now been slightly revised. See below.
Via LP.org Blog and Ballot Access News:
The Libertarian Party won more votes in top-of-ticket races in the November 2014 election than any alternative party in the United States in the last 100 years and the second-highest in the nation’s history.… Read more ...
By Dave Hahn at RMI Expeditions via Dean Troy:
Hey this is Dave Hahn calling from the summit of Mount Vinson, 16,067 feet above sea level, highest point in Antarctica. Our whole team is here! We got here at 3:45 local time and we’re still here at about about 10 minutes after 4:00.… Read more ...
Richard Rider of San Diego didn’t have to come up with a new rant after he read an editorial today in U-T San Diego . He just had to go through his archives to find one that’s still appropriate.
The editorial predicts only trouble for California after the number of signatures needed to qualify initiatives was reduced substantially after last month’s low voter turnout:
Activists are reportedly salivating at the prospect of propositions to extend the “temporary” tax increases approved in 2012, increase other taxes, weaken Proposition 13, legalize recreational marijuana and increase the minimum wage.
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Carla Howell spoke to Press TV on Monday in response to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s recent claim that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton would definitely win the 2016 presidential election by “a large majority.”
“Senator Chuck Schumer hopes that the former Democratic politician from his state, Hilary Clinton, will win the presidency in 2016.… Read more ...
This letter to the editor has been published in several media outlets.
To the editor:
From Ferguson, to New York, to Guantanamo Bay, we have witnessed systematic brutality,
oppression, and murder by our government. We have also witnessed the complete
unwillingness of the government to hold itself accountable. Defenders of big government
have, predictably, stepped forward to criticize, not the horrific acts of our government, but
efforts to bring wrongdoing to light.… Read more ...
Press Release from the Libertarian Party of Iowa:
On Thursday, December 4th Don Brantz of Glenwood was nominated by the Libertarian Party of Iowa to run for the vacant State Senate District 12 special election that will be held on December 30th. The special election was declared by Governor Branstad after Joni Ernst announced her resignation from the Iowa Senate after winning the United States Senate election in November.… Read more ...
Via Richard Winger: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/12/congress-likely-to-allow-much-larger-contributions-to-political-parties/
Among the provisions tucked away in the “cromnibus” spending bill being rushed through Congress, and that just cleared its main hurdle by passing the House, is an interesting change to current law that could potentially have a substantial impact on minor parties.
The amendment would triple the current contribution limits for national political parties, provided the funds are earmarked for one of three purposes: conventions, legal expenses, or headquarters.… Read more ...
One of the memes from DailyDot article “No one is reading the CIA torture report, so we turned it into 11 fun memes”…see the rest at http://www.dailydot.com/politics/cia-torture-report-memes
Press release via LP.org:
Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas J. Sarwark released the following statement today:
“The CIA’s practice of torture confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Report released on December 9 shows the agency engaged in reprehensible and illegal behaviors that were, in effect, war crimes.… Read more ...
Posted at LP.org blog:
Christine Austin is running in a special election in Georgia for the state House of Representatives, District 50, as a Libertarian on January 6, 2015.
To get on the ballot in a general election race for the Georgia state legislature, a candidate from a non-recognized party must collect signatures equal to 5% of the registered voters in the office’s district.… Read more ...
According to Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) Region 6 Representative Vicki Kirkland, former Florida gubernatorial candidate and LPF Vice-Chairman John Wayne Smith has died. He was 69.
In an e-mail to the LNC, Kirkland reports:
John had been dealing with cancer for several years and went into the hospital in August for an operation.
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