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2004 LP Presidential nominee Michael Badnarik hospitalized after heart attack

The Libertarian Party headquarters in Washington, DC has received various reports that Michael Badnarik, the 2004 nominee for President, has suffered a heart attack and has been hospitalized in Wisconsin.

William Redpath, Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), commented, "While initial indications are that this is possibly a serious heart attack, we're hoping that Michael makes a full and speedy recovery."

Additional information may be posted later. (posted at 3:51 PM Eastern Time)

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LP Monday Message: Happy Holidays - May You Enjoy Religious Freedom

December 21, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

It's the time of year when we see "Happy Holidays!" everywhere. I know some people don't like that phrase, but I think it indicates the variety of religious practices we have in America, which in turn shows that we enjoy significant freedom of religion.

Politico asks Wes Benedict about Gary Johnson

The political news site Politico.com suggests that "Gary Johnson emerges as the next Ron Paul." Johnson is a former New Mexico governor.

The story quotes LP Executive Director Wes Benedict:

What seems clear is that for now Johnson has no plan to leave the GOP. He resisted a draft effort from the Libertarian Party leading up to the 2000 presidential race and now, while noting his disillusionment with the party’s fiscal record during the Bush years, says: “I am still a Republican.”

TV coverage of Libertarian debate battle in Massachusetts

In the campaign for the special election to replace the late Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, Libertarian candidate Joe Kennedy is making waves. (Joe Kennedy is not related to Edward Kennedy, and will appear on the ballot as an independent.)

The Democratic candidate wants Kennedy included in all debates -- the Republican candidate seems to be dancing around the issue.

Video clip from NECN.com:

LP Monday Message: Happy Bill of Rights Day!

December 14, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Tomorrow, December 15, is Bill of Rights Day. I don't know how much we'll hear about it in the media, but you and I know how important the Bill of Rights is. The Founders recognized that it was important to be specific about what government must not do.

The Libertarian Party platform expresses support for the Bill of Rights in many places. For example:

First Amendment:

Massachusetts Democrat wants Libertarian Joe Kennedy in debates

Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator, has indicated that she favors, and may insist on, including Libertarian Joe Kennedy in candidate debates.

Kennedy will officially appear as an independent on the ballot. He is not related to the late Senator Edward Kennedy. The special election will be held on January 19, 2010.

The Boston Globe recently reported on Coakley's statements.

Libertarian Patty Tweedle files for Missouri special election

Libertarian Patty Tweedle has filed to run in the special election for Missouri State House, District 62. The election will be held on February 2, 2010.

From Friends of Patty Tweedle:

Help us celebrate the 38th birthday of the Libertarian Party!

Dear Friend of Liberty,

The Libertarian Party was founded 38 years ago on December 11, 1971. One of the founders, David Nolan, remains active within the party and is slated to speak at our 2010 National Convention in St. Louis over Memorial Day weekend. (Details for the convention, including prices and registration options, will be released in January.)

Georgia Libertarian running in special election

Libertarian Taylor Bryant is running in the January 5 special election for
Georgia State Senator, District 22.

Mr. Bryant will face three Democrats in the election. There will be no
Republicans, independents, or other party candidates in the election. If
no candidate gets a majority, a runoff will be held on February 2.

Visit Taylor Bryant's campaign
website.

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