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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.

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."

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:

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

LP Monday Message: Run for Congress in 2012

October 10, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

I assume you're fed up with the members of Congress.

I'm not just talking about how they are seriously harming our future, and the future of our children and grandchildren, with limitless government spending and debt.

I'm also talking about things like delegating warmaking powers to the president, sustaining the insane War on Drugs, and sitting idly by as the president violates every civil liberty he can think of.

Former Libertarian presidential candidates speak about al-Awlaki killing

The Daily Caller reports comments from Gary Nolan and Ron Paul, two past contenders for the Libertarian presidential nomination. (Paul won the nomination in 1988.)

2004 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Nolan told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that if he had been elected president and were still in charge, terror leader Anwar al-Awlaki would be alive and in the United States today.

LP Monday Message: A new year of government spending

October 3, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

The U.S. government's fiscal year ended last Friday. (That was FY 2011.)

Republicans took over the U.S. House last November, and as a result, government spending finally dropped.

Whoops! I have that wrong. Government spending actually increased!

They haven't reported the final numbers yet, but FY 2010 spending was $3.456 trillion, and FY 2011 spending was most recently projected to come in at $3.597 trillion. That's a 4% increase.

Libertarian Ken Moellman in televised debate

Libertarian candidate Ken Moellman, running for State Treasurer of Kentucky, participated in a televised debate on September 12.

Watch the KET debate.

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