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Orange County Register: Editorial: Feds' pot crackdown bad medicine

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

In the design of America's founders, the states are supposed to be centers of democratic experiment. They're not supposed to be uniform. For example, even though alcohol Prohibition ended in 1933, local laws restricting sales exist in 33 states. In Arkansas, more than half of 75 counties prohibit alcohol sales.

Libertarian in Louisiana election for governor

The state of Louisiana held a gubernatorial election on October 22, 2011. There were ten candidates on the ballot: Libertarian Scott Lewis, a Republican, four Democrats, and four independents.

Lewis received 12,517 votes (1.2%).

LP Monday Message: Libertarian Party HQ must move

October 24, 2011

Dear Libertarian Party supporter,

I'd like your help.

The lease on our national Libertarian Party headquarters is up at the end of February 2012.

The landlord has indicated they'll be raising the rates 10% to almost $140K per year.

The building (the infamous Watergate Building) is only 60% leased as it is, so we think they're trying to get everyone to leave.

Ed Thompson, noted Wisconsin Libertarian, passes away

Ed ThompsonWe have received news that Ed Thompson, a noted Wisconsin Libertarian, died of pancreatic cancer today at the age of 66.

Ed Thompson was the 2002 Libertarian Party candidate for Wisconsin Governor, receiving 11% of the vote. He also served as Mayor of Tomah, Wisconsin, and later ran for office as a Republican. Ed's brother, Tommy Thompson, a Republican, was 42nd Governor of Wisconsin and a current candidate for U.S. Senate.

Politifact gives nod to Libertarian claim about Rick Perry

On August 10, 2011, LP Executive Director Wes Benedict released a video statement targeted at presidential candidate Rick Perry. In the video, Benedict said, "Rick Perry, I support amnesty and I think you do too. You supported a guest worker program to help people who would otherwise be illegal aliens."

Politifact has rated Benedict's claim "mostly true."

Gallup: 50% of Americans want to legalize marijuana

A recent Gallup poll finds that 50% of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana. This is a record high among Gallup polls going back to 1969.

View the poll results.

LP Executive Director Wes Benedict comments, "The Libertarian Party has supported legalizing marijuana for decades. Soon, a clear majority of Americans will be in agreement with our position."

The War on Drugs: Outlook for the Future - Rob Kampia, MPP

"In fact, I just talked to the Governor of Vermont and he said it's one of his top priorities." - Rob Kampia, Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Project.

Mark Grannis on gerrymandering

Mark Grannis, 2010 Libertarian candidate and Maryland LP executive board member, recently wrote an op-ed column for the Baltimore Sun about gerrymandering in Maryland. Grannis writes:

Problem Solving - Mark Hinkle

"Accident rates have gone up, not down, because of the law. This is another unintended consequence when goodie two-shoe type politicians think there ought to be a law to solve some problem. They make it worse."

LP Monday Message: Come to 40th Anniversary BBQ Bash

October 17, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

On Saturday, December 10, the Libertarian Party is hosting our 40th Anniversary Barbecue Bash in Las Vegas.

The Barbecue Bash is a celebration of 40 years of Libertarian Party activism. (The LP was founded on December 11, 1971.) It's also a tribute to the late David F. Nolan, one of the LP's founders.

When:   Saturday, December 10th, 2011 from 7-10 pm in the Veranda Room

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