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LNC chair interview: Controversial Patriot Act ‘Harmful’ to US Security

ImageNicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee, said in an interview with Sputnik International that the US intelligence program "violates the rights of every American and does not make anyone any safer in the process."

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US Patriot Act, including the controversial Section 215 allowing mass surveillance on US citizens, is detrimental to the country's security, a US politician told Sputnik Wednesday.

Robert Sarvis on debate exclusion

From the second of a 4-part series in Collegiate Times by Libertarian Rob Sarvis, who ran for US Senate in 2014 and for governor in 2012:

"So why does debate exclusion matter if I had such a small chance of winning anyway?"

"First off, my chances of winning would have been a lot higher if I had had been included in the debates. But more importantly, the voters benefit when a debate or forum goes beyond the carefully scripted nonsense of Republican and Democrat campaigns."

Rob Sarvis contrasts running with the old parties versus as a Libertarian in Collegiate Times

"Up until a few years ago, I was as disdainful of third parties as most people are. When I first ran for office in 2011, I didn’t even consider running outside the two major parties, even though I had plenty of complaints about each.

"So how did I end up running as a statewide candidate for a third party just a couple years later?"

Bills in AL and OK to lower signature amounts to be voted on this week

Bills to lower the amount of signatures needed to become a recognized party in Alabama and Oklahoma, two of the most difficult states for ballot access, will be voted on this week.

In Alabama, SB 211 would cut the amount of required signatures in half, from 3% of the last general election's gubernatorial vote to 1.5%. This would lower the amount of signatures needed to become a party from 35,413 to 17,707.

Libertarian Party Expo

From Leigh Lachine, Chair of the Libertarian State Leaders Alliance:

On May 28-31, 2015, the Libertarian Party and the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance (LSLA) will be among the sponsors of the first Libertarian Political Expo (LPEX) ( at the Tropicana Resort and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Libertarians Working For You Show, with Dr. Cisse Spragins and Russ Monchil

ImageYesterday's episode (4/22/2015) of Libertarians Working For You hosted by Arvin Vohra is now available online, featuring guests Dr. Cisse Spragins, chair of the Missouri LP, and Russ Monchil, an elected member of the Mirabile School Board in Missouri.

Mississippi LP running eight candidates this November

ImageThe Mississippi Libertarian Party will have eight candidates on the ballot this November.

"We are running 8 candidates this year for various positions", said state chair Mario Barnes. "This is more than double our previous high mark.  It is commensurate with the growth the MSLP is seeing in membership, participation and influence." 

The candidates are:

Florida ballot initiative for two-only general elections begins to circulate

ImageA ballot initiative to install a "top-two" primary has begun in Florida, as circulators are now petitioning on the initiative's behalf.

According to a recent article in the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, the petition was filed by All Voters Vote Inc., a Tallahassee-based group. It is not known yet who is behind the effort.

Sputnik features Chair Nicholas Sarwark's comments on Clinton Foundation

LP Chair Nicholas Sarwark on Sputnik

"Foreign governments are prohibited by law from funding United States elections. But they are not prohibited from giving unlimited contributions to a charitable foundation that was founded by and maintains close ties to a United States presidential candidate."

See the full article here.  

LNC and LPNC Chairs on Capital Tonight TV news show

ImageLibertarian National Committee chair Nicholas Sarwark and Libertarian Party of North Carolina chair J. J. Summerell appeared on the Capital Tonight show prior to the LPNC convention, which was held April 11 in Durham.


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