LP Members Invited to ISIL Conference near Sicily

The International Society for Individual Liberty will hold its 2011 ISIL World Conference on the island of Vulcano, off the coast of Sicily, on August 29-September 2.  A post-conference tour of the island will also be available. 

LNC Board Meeting - Alexandria, VA, April 16-17

The Libertarian National Committee met in Alexandria, Virginia this past weekend. The agenda inculded establishing a budget for fiscal year 2011, planning for 2012, and discussing ideas to grow the party.

They also discussed funding for ballot access measures throughout the country.

I talked with a handful of board members who were all very pleasant and excited about welcoming me aboard.

I spoke of moving the party forward in a unconventional way, using video imagery that's professional, cool, and something the two old parties aren't doing.

LNC members see Atlas Shrugged movie

Atlas Shrugged, the movie, was released last Friday, April 15. A group of LNC members and staff went to see the opening of the movie last Friday in Washington, D.C.

The response seemed fairly positive. LNC Chairman Mark Hinkle had previously made the following comments after seeing an early screening of the film:

LP Monday Message: Tax Day Condolences

April 18, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Today is Tax Day.

Rather than procrastinate by filing my taxes at the last minute, I filed for my extension several days ago.

I find the whole process of tracking, organizing and reporting tax information to be such an unpleasant task. It's not just the labor that goes into it, but the knowledge that the government uses financial levers to manipulate my behavior and complicate my life, as well as take my resources and squander them on wars and government programs that should not exist.

End the War on Dying Cancer Patients

by R. Lee Wrights

Stopping all war is not just something we need to do in the Middle East. It is something we need just as badly here at home. When I say “stop all war,” I’m not just talking about the bombing and fighting overseas; I’m talking about the wars that the U.S. Government wages against its very own citizens. I am talking about how bureaucrats kill Americans, not with guns and bombs, but with laws and regulations.

Video of Libertarians in northeast Texas

John Jay Myers, the new Membership Director of the Texas LP, traveled to northeast Texas on April 11 and talked to some Libertarian activists. He made this video:

Link to the video at YouTube.

LP Monday Message: Candidates and elected Libertarians

April 11, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Since the beginning of March, we've had eight Libertarians elected or re-elected to office.

Two of the most prominent winners were Andrew Gray, who was just elected to the city council of Topeka, Kansas, and Doug Burlison, who was just re-elected to the city council of Springfield, Missouri.

See our entire list here. If you know of a Libertarian serving in elected office who is not listed, please let us know.

Libertarians elected on April 5

Five Libertarian candidates were elected in nonpartisan municipal elections on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

In Kansas, Andrew Gray was elected to the Topeka City Council, District 8 with 62.5% of the vote, defeating the incumbent. Topeka is the fourth-largest city in Kansas.

In Illinois, three Libertarians were elected:

Steve Hellin was elected to the O'Fallon District 90 School Board. Seven candidates ran for three seats, and Hellin placed third.

Libertarian Andrew Gray elected to Topeka City Council

Andrew Gray was elected to the city council of Topeka, Kansas on April 5. Gray is the State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Kansas.

Read the article in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Gray beat the incumbent councilman, despite being outspent in the campaign.

Gray ran for Kansas Governor last November, and received 2.7% of the vote. (That was the third-highest percentage among the 20 Libertarians who ran for governor last November.)

Military Tribunals Are an Affront to Our Constitution

R. Lee Wrights posted the following article at this morning:

On the day he quietly and subtly begin his re-election campaign, President Obama again demonstrated that he has no intention of upholding the oath he took to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The president had his attorney general announce that he has reversed his decision to try accused terrorists in federal court, and instead, will subject them to judgment by military tribunals.


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