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GOP federal spending soars — new boss, same old deficit

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Brief Jones Act waiver isn’t enough to help Puerto Rico

GOP failure to repeal Obamacare provides new opportunity for full repeal


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Believe it or not, it is already time to make your plans for the next national convention!
 
Last year's national convention was the biggest (and most exciting, in my opinion) ever, and I'm confident that the 2018 convention is going to be very special also.
 
I'm delighted to share with you that registration is now open for the 2018 Libertarian National Convention!
 
The convention will be held in New Orleans from June 30 to July 3.
 

Super Early Bird prices are available from now through November 30. After that, prices will increase. So, purchase your package today and save!

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LP denounces end of DACA

Trump’s ‘major’ tax overhaul a major disappointment

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Libertarian response to latest North Korean missile launch

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Meet Peter Rohrman, the Libertarian Candidate for NJ Governor


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Dear Libertarian,

You have probably heard the news about the President's plan to increase American military involvement in Afghanistan.

The Libertarian perspective is very different.
After toppling the Afghan government almost sixteen years ago, the United States entered into nation building thinking that it would help improve corners of the world that terrorists find inviting. Our country has spent hundreds of billions of dollars and lost thousands of lives in these futile efforts.

According to Forbes: "Since [the initial] intervention in the aftermath of 9/11, roughly 2,400 American military personnel have died and more than 20,000 been wounded attempting to bring democracy to Central Asia. Some 3,500 military contractors have been killed, along with more than 1,100 allied personnel. Overall the US has poured more than $800 billion into the war. Set aside the costs of combat. The US has spent $117.3 billion on relief and 'reconstruction,' that is, attempting to create a functioning state in Afghanistan."
Despite all of this sacrifice and hard work, nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan has been a failure. No matter how sophisticated our military is and no matter how much we sacrifice, nation building is far more difficult than our politicians believed. Not only that, it may create more terrorists than it quells.

Foreign military intervention is insanely complicated. In any foreign conflict there are countless people, organizations, and countries involved, each with their own motives, goals, and methods. It is very hard to accurately predict what will happen because there are so many actors involved. Things often don't work out as predicted, so we must be wary of unintended consequences before taking any action, especially war.

We are now living with the unintended consequences of previous military action in Afghanistan, both by the US government and others.

The President's announcement of increased military action in Afghanistan flies in the face of his past positions on American involvement in Afghanistan, such as "We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let’s get out.”

This President is consistent: consistently breaking campaign promises and saber rattling with American lives.

In recent weeks, he's threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" comments. North Korea is another complex problem without any "good" answers. Backing someone into a corner is not a good way to get a peaceful resolution; this is especially true when that someone is a tyrannical dictator. It is a very tricky scenario, but the ideal approach is to work towards de-escalation rather than poking him and encouraging him to lash out violently.

The President has also publicly commented about a "possible military option" to deal with the regime in Venezuela. We are all heartbroken by the tragic state of Venezuela right now but we know from Iraq and Afghanistan that simply overthrowing a dictator is not enough to greatly improve the well-being of a population. After years of nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan the people who live there are still in a horrible situation. Overthrowing the regime in Venezuela would not make the lives of ordinary Venezuelans any better and might even make things worse.

The US military is very powerful. Overthrowing dictators is not hard for our troops to accomplish. But dealing with the aftermath is, because that aftermath is so insanely complicated and unpredictable. That is one of the chief reasons we should be so careful with military action.

Libertarians believe in self-defense. If America is attacked, then we have the right to defend ourselves. But too often American presidents have pursued military action that meddles in other countries that have not attacked the United States. Other times, American presidents use the saber rattling of various despots as an excuse to use military action. Libertarians believe that using our brave men and women as pawns is inappropriate and immoral, so we oppose military action that is not truly defensive in nature.

The Libertarian Party also advocates a restructuring our country's interactions with the world. We want to prioritize diplomacy and peaceful resolution of conflicts. We also seek to move past old grievances. In his Farewell Address, President George Washington warned against permanent allies and permanent enemies. He also warned against "permanent alliances". The Libertarian Party advocates these same principles. Towards that end, this past weekend, the Libertarian National Committee passed a resolution calling for the US to withdraw from NATO.

In the same spirit as President Washington, we seek to "Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all."
I hope you'll find these thoughts helpful as you talk with your friends and neighbors about current events. If we want to make progress in the polls, we need to be discussing these critical topics and the Libertarian perspective on them with our networks throughout the election cycle.

Towards liberty,

Nicholas Sarwark
Chair, Libertarian National Committee

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Libertarians condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant


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New Hampshire Rep. Brandon Phinney switches to Libertarian Party

CONCORD, N.H. — Rep. Brandon Phinney (Strafford 24), formerly a member of the Republican Party, announced today on the State House steps he is changing his party affiliation to Libertarian.

For the third time this year, a sitting state legislator has left his party and joined the LP. Rep. Caleb Q. Dyer (Hillsborough 37) switched to Libertarian from Republican in February, and Rep. Joseph Stallcop (Cheshire 4) left the Democratic Party in May.
Darryl W. Perry, Chair  of the New Hampshire Libertarian Party, welcomes any others, unhappy with their party leadership, to join the LP.

“When the Libertarian Party had ballot access in the 1990s, the Libertarian House Caucus had four members,” Perry said. “It is my hope and desire that the civil libertarians, classical liberals, and philosophical libertarians in the New Hampshire General Court will show the same courage shown by Reps. Dyer, Stallcop, and, now, Rep. Brandon Phinney, and abandon the two-party system that has for so long burdened us with taxation, regulation, and legislation that has trampled our freedoms.”

Phinney will work with Dyer and Stallcop in the N.H. House Libertarian Caucus to minimize state government, lower taxes, and eliminate barriers to conducting business, and will work hard to increase individual freedom and personal liberty while protecting the rights of individuals and businesses within New Hampshire.
Phinney brings his experience serving in the New Hampshire National Guard and the state’s Department of Corrections to the caucus.

“We were elected to the people’s house to serve their will, their interests, and limit government interference in their lives,” said Phinney of his differences with the GOP. “I was not elected to do the bidding of a political party at the expense of my principles. Establishment partisan politics do nothing to protect the rights of people, but instead only serve to prop up and expand government with arcane plans to irresponsibly spend our money and enact burdensome regulations on businesses, small and large alike. The Libertarian Party platform gives us, as legislators, the best possible framework to expand social freedoms, support a free-market economy, and ensure the checks and balances on government power are enforced.”

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Dear Libertarian,
 
Paul Ryan and the Republican establishment celebrated over Bud Light the narrow passage of the AHCA in the White House Rose Garden.
 
Their 'victory' was as lacking in substance as the beer they chose to drink.
 
The AHCA does nothing to solve the health care crisis that Americans are facing under the disaster of the Affordable Care Act. It changes how mandates are done, passes out a lot of tax money to insurance companies, shifts burdens around by tax brackets, and puts Republican labels on failed Democratic policies. Replacing a penalty paid to the IRS with a penalty paid to insurance companies doesn't help the American people.
 
The American people want real solutions to the spiraling costs of health care for themselves and their families, and only the Libertarian Party is suggesting real solutions.
 
If Congress wants to fix the health care crisis, they can:
 
-- Grant the same tax incentives to individuals that are given to employer-purchased health care plans to remove the perverse incentive for health insurance to be tied to a particular job or employer.
 
-- Remove government restrictions that prevent people from purchasing catastrophic insurance coverage while paying for routine health care expenses out of pocket. That will drive down costs for health care services as consumers are allowed to shop for the best prices.
 
-- Allow health insurance to be sold across state lines and remove other government barriers to competition that keep prices high.
 
-- End all federal laws and regulations that restrict use, or that drive up the cost, of drugs, medical supplies and equipment, and other health care products and services. This includes ending all regulatory powers of the Food and Drug Administration. Doing so will drive down the cost of drugs while accelerating discovery of cures and treatments of debilitating diseases.
 
These simple proposals would give people more freedom to make the right health care choices for themselves and their families, improve health care outcomes, and reduce costs for all Americans.
 
Passage of the AHCA is an example of the broken Washington culture that says, "We have to do something. This is something. We have to do this."
 
For the health of all of our families, government needs to do less to screw up a system they've been making worse for decades with regulation on top of regulation that increase costs and reduce health outcomes while lining the pockets of health care industry lobbyists and cronies.
 
Yours in liberty,
  
Nicholas Sarwark

Chair, Libertarian National Committee


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For immediate release
May 1, 2017

Libertarian Party: Trump’s ‘revenue neutral’ tax proposal is taxpayer negative

Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, released the following statement today:
 
American taxpayers get to take home just 54 cents on every dollar they earn, while federal, state and local governments take the other 46 cents.
What a great deal for federal, state and local governments. Not so hot for taxpayers. Crushing, in fact.
 
President Trump’s tax reform proposal that he partially-unveiled on April 26 includes cuts in corporate tax rates, death taxes, and alternative minimum taxes. Republicans claim this plan will be ‘revenue neutral’ after these measures stimulate economic growth.
 
But when politicians say their plan is ‘revenue neutral,’ what they’re saying to taxpayers is, “we’re keeping your taxes high. We’re not cutting them a nickel.”
“Drain the swamp” President Trump wants to keep spending at the same perilously-high $4 trillion water mark as President Obama.
Keeping taxes and government spending high means government will remain wasteful, bloated, and dysfunctional. It will sustain thousands of wasteful bureaucracies and failed government programs. It will kill jobs, diminish people’s freedom, invite more overseas meddling, and inflict stifling red tape on businesses and individuals.
 
It’s taxpayer negative.
 
The goal of any tax reform proposal should be to dramatically reduce the total amount of money in politicians’ hands.
 
Government revenue negative is taxpayer positive.
 
We need tax cuts that give back thousands of dollars - every year - to taxpayers. Cuts that substantially hike everyone’s take home pay so taxpayers can save for their retirement, pay off their debts, support their families, enjoy the fruits of their labor, and take care of their loved ones in need.
 
Politicians forget: the money they take is not the government’s. It belongs to the hard-working taxpayers who earned it.
 

Better than two-thirds of all Americans believe that federal government spending is way too high.

We must reduce total government spending enough to both immediately end deficit spending and enable huge, immediate taxpayer-positive tax cuts.
The only way to drain a swamp is to pump water out of it – not keep it at the same level.
 
The only way to drain the swamp in Washington D.C. is to dramatically reduce total government spending and slash taxes.
 
Revenue negative.
 
Taxpayer positive.


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Libertarians react to Trump speech 
  Say he misses mark on key policy

Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s address to congress last night:
In his speech before congress, President Donald Trump offered a mix of vague promises, bad policy proposals, and some good ones.
In the “good” category, Trump:
  • proposed cutting the regulatory might of the FDA so as to cut the development time for drugs and to drive down prices. This will save lives, reduce human suffering, and save many billions of American dollars;
  • implied he would end the Obamacare mandate to buy insurance (although he did not explicitly promise to do so). This would remove a huge burden from businesses and individuals who don’t want or can’t afford today’s vastly overpriced plans;
  • implied he would reduce insurance regulations so plans can be much lower priced and can be more tailored to the needs of consumers. This will restore important health freedoms and save trillions of dollars.
  • proposed allowing the purchase of medical insurance plans across state lines. This will further reduce premiums and cut away at egregious state insurance regulations that drive up costs;
  • suggested his plan to force the F35 fighter jet to compete with a Boeing F18 will cut spending, which it likely would. The F35 is the perhaps the  military’s most overpriced and ineffective equipment purchase in its wasteful history;
  • ordered a hiring freeze on certain fedecalral government employees;
  • proposed cutting the corporate income tax, which would create jobs and reduce consumer prices.
In the “bad proposals” category, Trump proposed a number of new or expanded Big Government programs, including:
more retaliatory tariffs on imports, which will drive up prices for American consumers and kill American jobs. He erroneously believes that “trade deficits” are a problem. They 
  • actually represent a deficit of dollars in exchange for a surplus of goods--which balance each other out. This is why it’s called “trade”;
  • the largest increase in military spending ever—a department that’s already full of waste and so poorly managed that it is incapable of being audited. It needs to be dramatically downsized;
  • elimination of the military sequester aimed at slowing the increase in spending. It hasn’t proved very useful, but any constraint on military spending should be retained;
  • $1 trillion in new spending on “infrastructure”—a redux of Obama’s wasteful TARP program. Highways should be funded locally. Federal interference drives up the cost and creates tremendous waste;
  • new spending on: a women’s entrepreneurship program, drug treatment, women’s healthcare, and child care. These programs drive up taxes and kill jobs. They should be left to the productive, low-cost private sector;
  • forcing employers to fund paid family leave. This will kill jobs and harm small businesses;
  • VOICE program aimed at painting immigrants as criminals, when in fact they are at least as peaceful as the average citizen;
  • stepped-up border patrols, which will block productive workers from providing needed labor at a low cost to American individuals and businesses;
  • building a wall along the border with Mexico, which will waste money and harm relations with our neighbor, while failing to stop entry by those who impose a threat;
  • “demolishing ISIS,” suggesting he will sustain U.S. meddling in the Middle East. This will help ISIS recruit terrorists worldwide and destroy more property and human life.
Areas where Trump did not make his proposals clear enough to surmise whether he aims to expand or reduce government include:
  • Medicaid block grants. If this reduces red tape and total spending, it will be a move in the right direction;
  • Eliminating two regulations for every new one created. This can be easily manipulated since some regulations have a far greater impact than others;
  • Funding school choice for disadvantaged children. Choice is good. More taxpayer funding is bad;
  • Creating a task force to propose a plan to reduce violent crime and dismantle drug cartels. This can only be successful if lawmakers end or reduce the federal government’s War on Drugs. Trump has suggested he will escalate this war.
Trump talks big about small cuts in government spending to distract from his proposed massive increase in overall spending.  We need the opposite: to dramatically downsize major federal programs as well as programs across the board, to balance the budget, and to reduce total taxation. So long as lawmakers refuse to cut the overall size of government, they will continue to kill American jobs, create dangerous levels of government debt, inflate the dollar, deplete American wealth, and leave millions of people financially insecure.
Libertarians call on President Trump and congress to focus on cutting the overall size, scope, and authority of government so that the economy flourishes and Americans are gainfully employed, healthy, safe, and financially secure.

With respect to Trump’s specific proposals, Libertarians wish him every success in implementing his better ones, and every failure in implementing his bad ones.

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The 2018 Libertarian Party National Convention and associated activities will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, on June 30 through July 3, 2018. Please save the dates on your calendar!

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Locker room talk? Maybe, but Gary Johnson says he never said anything as bad as Trump

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Disastrous stretch for Gary Johnson gives boost to Clinton

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Libertarian vice presidential nominee says he'll spend the rest of the campaign attacking Trump 

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 Gary Johnson getting more paper endorsements than Trump

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Could Gary Johnson play spoiler — or even winner — in New Mexico?

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Chicago Tribune endorses Libertarian Gary Johnson for president

Gary Johnson campaigns in Parker on Monday

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Democrats target Libertarian ticket

Compare and contrast:
Gov. Gary Johnson vs. Sec. Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump

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The presidential race in Arizona was already tight. Then voters started noticing Gary Johnson

Kept off the debate stage, Gary Johnson very politely protests

Third Parties Enjoy Their Day in Sun

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GSA Denies National Security Briefings to Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson wants to get rid of the Department of Homeland Security

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Gary Johnson: 'No chance' Weld drops off ticket

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Carl Bernstein: Weld May Quit and Help Hillary, 'Despises' Trump

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Gary Johnson vows to keep fighting, sets sights on second debate

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Gary Johnson, Jill Stein left off first debate stage

Libertarian Party: CPD decides to make their first debates irrelevant

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Gary Johnson: The fastest one in the race?

Libertarian Party Requests National Security Briefings for Johnson/Weld

Johnson, Stein unlikely to make first debate stage

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N.H. paper bucks 100-year tradition, backs Gary Johnson over Donald Trump

Libertarian Gary Johnson says he'll be on ballot in all 50 states

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Will Gary Johnson Spoil ‘Red’ Georgia For Trump?

Gary Johnson Pushing to Qualify for Debates

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Christie's former treasurer running Trump rival's N.J. campaign

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‘And what is Aleppo?’ lands Gary Johnson in hot water

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Libertarian federal candidates pledge to end crony capitalism

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Richmond Times-Dispatch endorses Gary Johnson for president

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Libertarian Gary Johnson Polls at 10 Percent. Who Are His Supporters?

Number of Debate Podiums Not Known

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Newspaper rejects Clinton and Trump, endorses third-party candidate

Gary Johnson in Iowa: I represent 13 million people

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Vets lobby to get Johnson on stage 

How's Donald Trump doing with black voters? He's losing to Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

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Libertarian Gary Johnson to campaign in Milwaukee on Thursday

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Supreme Court shuts down Ohio Libertarians' ballot request

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Libertarians hope rallies and ads can nudge them into the presidential debates

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Johnson defends association with pot industry

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Super PAC goes on the air for Gary Johnson as he struggles for debate access

‘A third option’: Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson campaigns in Concord

Libertarian Gary Johnson on 2016: 'This is the demise of the Republican Party'

The government needs to stop stifling economic growth

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First on CNN: Johnson-backing PAC spends $1M for national TV spot

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Libertarian presidential ticket pledges balanced budget,
entitlement reform

Hal Boyd: Gary Johnson says Mitt Romney would be 'guaranteed' a spot in his administration

Former NJ state treasurer supporting Gary Johnson and Bill Weld

Gary Johnson Leads In 18-24 Demographic Over Both Clinton And Trump.

Nevada Assistant State Controller switches to LP 

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Gary Johnson: Libertarian and Green Party do not cancel each other out

Libertarian Party clears hurdles for ballot access in Ohio, New York

Will Gary Johnson Make the Presidential Debates?

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Libertarian presidential candidate Johnson raised $2.9 million in first half of August

Libertarians are likely to get on the ballot in Ohio, but their debate hopes fade

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Gary Johnson Has a Plan

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For Immediate Release
August 11, 2016


Alexandria - Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark today rebuked the Obama Administration and the DEA for the decision not to reclassify marijuana as a schedule 2 substance in spite of overwhelming pressure and widespread requests to do so. Sarwark has issued this statement:
 
 
“The American people overwhelmingly support a reclassification of this substance that is actually proven effective in combating multiple medical disorders as well as being safer than alcohol, tobacco, and most prescription painkillers. 
 
“DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg is blaming science when he is the one hamstringing the scientific process with a nonsensical classification.
 
“Look, when even the American Academy of Pediatrics is asking the DEA to reconsider this classification and they STILL continue to stonewall, this is clearly not government of the people, by the people and for the people. This is just another example of unelected bureaucrats acting well outside the will of the American people and the two old political parties allowing it to happen.
 

“Only the Libertarian Party will stand up for making our communities safer by both ensuring that children don't have access to marijuana, and that patients do have access to a safe and effective medicine. And, once we fix our broken policy regarding marijuana, our law enforcement resources can be redirected to real crimes.”

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Virginia Congressman: Libertarian Gary Johnson Can Win
 
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Clinton-Trump debate sites plan for a third podium

Poll: Donald Trump Maintains Lead in Utah; Libertarian Gary Johnson Surging

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Third-party candidates Johnson and Weld pitch themselves as antidote to polarization at Utah rally

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Third-party candidates in late push for debate stage

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Third-party candidates lose legal fight to get into presidential debates

NBC Poll: Gary Johnson Pulls 10% vs. Hillary-Trump

Can Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Nominee, Swing the Election?

THINGS YOU CAN DO to help elect Johnson/Weld 2016
      IDEA #2  Outreach to News Media

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Libertarian: Trump has 'a screw loose'

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Libertarian Gary Johnson’s comments on religious freedom and Mormons may hurt in Utah

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Gary Johnson Repeats Liberal 'Discrimination' Line on Religious Freedom

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Another sitting senator switches parties, endorses Johnson

Libertarian candidates say Mitt Romney is considering endorsing them

Reason: Gary Johnson Endorsed by TwoMontanaGOPState Reps

Gary Johnson Reaches All-Time Polling High of 13% on Eve of GOP Convention
 
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Marvin Bush endorses Gary Johnson

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Utah state senator bolts Republican Party for Libertarian camp

Libertarian Party chairman: “How to talk with your Democratic friend”

Libertarian Party to Democrats: It's cruel to be kind

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Libertarian Gary Johnson looks to boost credibility, with a little help from Drew Carey

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For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 21, 2016


Did Ted Cruz just endorse Gary Johnson?
It sounded like it and the Libertarian Party proudly welcomes Cruz supporters.Last night at the Republican National Convention, Sen. Cruz encouraged Americans to "vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.

"The Libertarian Party agrees.

Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, says, "Come November, we encourage those who seek to follow their conscience, who love freedom and the Constitution, as Sen. Cruz describes, to vote Libertarian. We have candidates running for positions ranging from President to City Council.

""I don't agree with Senator Cruz on every issue, but this election is a job interview for the most important job in the country. His call to not stay home in November, to vote your conscience, to vote for the candidate who will defend the Constitution, is one that people should heed. If Americans look past names and party labels, the most honest, trustworthy, and qualified candidate is very clearly Gary Johnson. Maybe that's why the delegates at his convention savagely booed his call to 'vote your conscience

.'"The Libertarian Party is the only political party in America devoted to protecting all rights, of all human beings, all the time.
 
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THINGS
YOU CAN DO to help elect
IDEA #1

Friend,  

 We are so close to getting Gary Johnson the 15% he needs in the polls to get into the national televised debates and debate Clinton and Trump. 

Many are asking, "What can I do to help?"   

 So, periodically, the Libertarian Party will start sending out ideas...easy things that committed Libertarians like you can do to help during this critical time. 

   If we want Americans to vote for Gary Johnson and other Libertarian candidates, we need to first tell them about them. One way to share our candidates and message is by distributing doorhangers across neighborhoods near you. 

 We need to start doing this as soon as possible.

  Please order 200 door hangers today and distribute them to help build Gary Johnson's name recognition. On LPStore, 200 doorhangers are $15, including shipping. We have priced these items as cheaply as possible to help get them in the hands of as many activists as possible. 

 As voters learn more about him, Johnson's standing in the polls will increase toward that ever-important 15%.

 You can help make this happen. 

   Placing 200 door hangers on doors takes about 2 hours in apartment complexes, or up to 4 hours or more for single-family homes.

    Take some rubber bands with you to attach them to oddly shaped door knobs, but don't put them inside mailboxes (that's prohibited by law).  

 Please help us distribute doorhangers across America and tell Americans about Gary Johnson!  

  Click here to order today.  
 
  Paid for by the Libertarian National Committee, Inc. (LP) 1444 Duke St., Alexandria, Virginia 22314  Content not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.  

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How to talk with your Republican friend

  Dear Libertarian,  

 Many of us have Republican friends who are pretty frustrated right now. I bet you know someone who is. Maybe a close friend, a family member, a Facebook friend...
They are not bad people, and they aren't blind either. They see that Trump is a bully, that he's unqualified. They agree he should not become President.  Our country deserves better, and they expected better from their party. They feel betrayed and maybe just a little bit...politically homeless right now. Remember that feeling?

Let's try to welcome them - and their votes. We NEED to if we want our candidates to succeed!
We need to be diplomatic about it and resist the urge to gloat about the difficulties their party has been facing. We also need to understand where they are coming from and meet them where they are right now, politically.
Our Republican friends may not see every issue the way we do - and that is ok. We can persuade them on various issues over time. (Congeniality and diplomacy in our Libertarian debate circles is another topic for another time! Right now, we need for a lot of people who are searching for political options to feel comfortable enough with us to vote for Gary Johnson this fall!) 

Here are a few strategies that I have personally found most effective when reaching out to displaced Republicans:  

 - Acknowledge their frustration. It is real. It is painful and it is personal to them. Respect it. Resist the urge to gloat or taunt. Most won't take that well right now. If we want our party to grow long term, it won't be through insulting or alienating people who mostly agree with us!

 - Keep reminding your friends that there are options beyond Trump and Clinton, and that Governor Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states.

   - Share points of interest about Governor Johnson. He was a two-term Republican governor of New Mexico. He's a successful entrepreneur. He's an athlete. He's ethical, candid, honest, likable, trustworthy, and highly qualified. He cut taxes and balanced the budget in his state. Really, there is so much for Republicans to like about him!  

 - Encourage other mutual Libertarian-leaning friends to talk with your friend. Let them see that other people they know are voting Libertarian. Some people need to see this before they will do it themselves.  

 - Encourage them to be true to themselves when they vote. You don't get a prize for picking the winner, and if we all voted for who we really thought the best candidate was, this country would be better for it. Also, a strong showing in this election will put libertarian values front and center in the next, even if we don't win. We can register our support for liberty by voting our beliefs.
- Show them the beautiful diversity of the Libertarian Party. No matter who they are, where they come from, what they look like, what they enjoy, what they believe, there are Libertarians like them. There is not a more diverse organization in America. We respect each other and continually strive to peacefully coexist. Believe it or not, Republicans do care about this! 
 
 Be welcoming. Be kind. Be encouraging. Be respectful.  

 Let's show America the beauty of liberty and the merit of our candidates. If we diligently and diplomatically share this message, Governor Johnson might just end up in the White House come January! But even if he doesn't, our party will be bigger and stronger for your efforts. 

Towards liberty,
  
 Nicholas Sarwark Chair, Libertarian National Committee

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For immediate release
July 18, 2016


Libertarian Party mourns slain officers in Baton Rouge

  ALEXANDRIA — Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, states, "The events in Baton Rouge are heartbreaking and we all mourn with the people of Baton Rouge as they grapple with the loss of innocent lives." 
  
"After every tragedy, people rightfully want to find the cause and prevent future tragedies. Many will use this event to call for gun control and more laws. However, the real solution here would be fewer laws."Sarwark continues, "If we truly want to reduce situations in which police are pitted against the people they are sworn to protect, we would end the war on drugs. The constant escalation of prohibitionist policies have increasingly pitted police and citizens against each other for decades and are largely responsible for the militarization of police forces across America.
   
"Ending the violence means ending the policies that lead to black and grey markets, the highest incarceration rate in the world, and reduced economic opportunities in the formal labor market for huge swaths of Americans. Ending the violence means ending the war on drugs. 

"Ending the drug war will do more to heal the divide between police and citizens than any other measure. It is the best way to save lives: both those of innocent police officers and innocent citizens."The Libertarian Party is the only political party in America devoted to protecting all rights of all human beings all the time. As part of this mission, the Libertarian Party seeks a minimal set of just laws that defend the rights of individuals and are equally applied to all.  
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For immediate releaseJuly 16, 2016


Jeb and Mitt,
we welcome your vote
and admire your courage.
 
ALEXANDRIA — CNN reports that Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov. Mitt Romney are considering voting for Gov. Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for President.
 
Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee, Nicholas Sarwark, says, "The Libertarian Party is delighted that Govs. Bush and Romney are considering voting for our candidates, Govs. Johnson and Weld. I think they know that Johnson and Weld are far more qualified to be President and Vice President than Trump and Pence."
 
"It takes great courage for someone who has spent so many years serving the Republican Party to consider voting for a different party's candidate for president. We applaud Govs. Bush and Romney's courage. They don't have to agree with us on every issue to see that our Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates are clearly the best choices in this race."
 
"Govs. Johnson and Weld are exceptionally well qualified and also exceptional human beings. If Americans want candidates they can be proud to vote for, and who would serve honorably and justly, they should support Govs. Johnson and Weld."
 
The Libertarian Party is the only political party in America devoted to protecting all rights, of all human beingsall the time.
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Why I'm voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president

2016 Presidential Ballot Access Map

Interesting Fact -- For the Record: What if I vote for a third party?

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We need to hire 20 more paid petitioners right away! Please send your name, phone, and address to the email addresses listed below for each state.   

New York is most urgent and they are way behind. The deadline is 8/2/2016. Unlike most other states, only registered New York voters are eligible to collect signatures. Volunteers and professionals should contact Mark Axinn at markaxinn@hotmail.com.  Click here for more New York details.   

Connecticut. Email Bob.Johnston@lp.org. He'll forward your information to organizers in Connecticut. The deadline is 8/10/2016. Click here for more Connecticut details. 

District of Columbia. Email Carla.Howell@lp.org. Our best petitioner has made over $1,000 each of the past two weekends. Surely there are some Libertarians who would like to get paid $3 per signature (the DC rate). We need your help ASAP! Any underpaid Cato, Reason, or other interns looking to make extra money on the weekends? The deadline is 8/10/2016.

 New Hampshire. Email Nick.Dunbar@lp.org. Any Free State Project enthusiasts out there willing to give us a hand? We sure could use your help! The deadline is 8/10/2016. 
 
MORE INSTRUCTIONS FOR GETTING INVOLVEDIf you have trouble reaching the people above, feel free to contact Bob Johnston at bob.johnston@lp.org, or call Bill Redpath on his cell at 703-864-2132 (and leave a message), if you are willing to get hired, and they'll follow up with you as soon as possible. If emailing Bob, please send the following information to Bob:
Name:Phone:Email:Mailing address:Dates available (start date and end date):States willing to work in:
We only pay a per signature rate. No advances. We don't cover any expenses. You pay your own gas, travel, hotel, meals, photocopying expenses, postage, etc. Some petitioners team up to save on motel expenses or find housing through Airbnb. Others petition in their home state and avoid housing costs. Others find friends willing to let them crash for free for a few weeks. You have to find your own lodging.
You'll be an independent contractor. Additional rules and restrictions apply. This is not a contract, but you may be asked to sign one and provide information for a W9.   We recently qualified for the ballot in Illinois, and won a lawsuit that greatly reduced the requirements in Pennsylvania, so we expect to be on the ballot in Pennsylvania soon as well. Click below to see our most up to date ballot access map.  


 Please help us today.   
 Thanks,
 
Wes Benedict
Executive Director
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The Libertarian Party
& Johnson|Weld 2016
 
cordially invite you to
 
An Exclusive Evening
with the Governors
 
@ FreedomFest
Friday, July 15, 7 - 9 PM
 
Come meet and talk with
Governors Johnson and Weld.
 
Koi Restaurant
@ The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
 
Space is extremely limited, so don't wait!
 
Tickets are $250 per person.
Proceeds benefit the Libertarian Party and
Johnson|Weld 2016 campaign.
 
Appetizers and wine will be served.
 

  
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