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Agrella grabs 5.2% in special election

Chris Agrella, small businessman and Libertarian nominee for Congress in California's 32nd congressional district, grabbed 5.2 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election to fill the seat vacated by current Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. 

Agrella faced two cousins, Democrat nominee Judy Chu and Republican nominee Betty Chu, in the three-way election after none of the five candidates in a May 19 blanket primary secured a majority.

Libertarians thank Chris for running a principled and active campaign, and for representing the Libertarian Party well.

CBS Poll: 75% say Obama stimulus has no, or damaging, effect on economy

Not only is Barack Obama's approval among Democrats and independents slipping, a new CBS News poll finds 75 percent of Americans now say his massive "stimulus" package of expanded government spending has had "no impact" or a "worse" effect on the economy. (Click here for the PDF.)

Help Libertarians win. Become a precinct leader!

Dear friend,

Have you considered becoming a Libertarian precinct leader?

I’m asking because, as a political party, we have an obligation to win elections.  Not only do our over 200 elected Libertarians need some friendly allies where they serve, there are many communities across America with no elected Libertarians.

We need to change that.

And successful organizations do it by organizing at the local level.

Wes Benedict named Executive Director

Wes Benedict, Libertarian Party of Texas Executive Director from 2004 to 2008 and former member of the Libertarian National Committee, was named Executive Director of the Libertarian National Committee today by Chairman William Redpath.

Benedict begins his service July 17 at the LNC's quarterly meeting in St. Louis, Missouri and will then move directly to the Party's Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Your Monday Message: What can you do to ensure "good men" triumph?

Dear friend,

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

It’s an old saying, often attributed to Edmund Burke even though it’s never been found in any of his writings.  But it’s not entirely accurate.

You see, “evil” just as easily triumphs when good men do things that are pointless or ineffective.

Barr: 'Cap and tax' a lot of hot air

Congressman Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian presidential nominee, takes a look at Barack Obama's proposed "cap and trade" $1.9 trillion National Energy Tax in his weekly column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Click here to read Barr's column.  Barr writes, in part:

Washington Times: Despite Obama's wishes, "tea party" movement not going away

Friday's Washington Times editorializes on the July 4 "tea party" movement, many of which are being organized by Libertarian activists or Libertarian Party affiliates.

Click here to read the full editorial, or if you live in the metro D.C. area pick up a copy of The Washington Times (click here to subscribe).  The Times writes, in part:

 

Rampant overspending has some states teetering near shutdown

Click here for the full story.  The Los Angeles Times reports, in part:

Indiana is one of five states -- along with Arizona, California, Mississippi and Pennsylvania -- bracing for possible shutdowns this week as time runs out for lawmakers to close billion-dollar gaps in their fiscal 2010 budgets.

Obamacare failed in Europe

Guillaume Vuillemey, a researcher at France's Institut Economique Molinari, and Philip Stevens, a researcher at Britain's International Policy Network write in today's Washington Examiner about how Obama's proposed government takeover of the health care system has worked in Europe.

Hint.  Not so well.

Obama backs what he called "the largest middle-class tax increase in history"

"I pledge that under my plan, no one making less than $250,000 a year will see any type of tax increase...Not income tax, not capital gains taxes, not any kind of tax." - Candidate Barack Obama in Dover, N.H., Sept. 12, 2008

Barack Obama, who won the presidential election promising absolutely no tax increase of any kind for the middle class, is now considering a new multi-billion dollar tax on employer-provided health care benefits -- the very proposal he attacked during the campaign as "the largest middle-class tax increase in history."

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