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Reason Foundation poll

The Reason Foundation and Arthur N. Rupe Foundation recently collaborated on a public opinion poll. According to its website, the Reason Foundation "advances a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law."

Here are a few of the poll results that may be of interest to Libertarians:

Libertarians hold candidate forum in Austin, Texas

The Travis County Libertarian Party held an Austin City Council candidate forum on April 27, 2011. The election will be on May 14.

 

One of the candidates, Kris Bailey, is a Libertarian.

Read more about the forum here.

LP Monday Message: Burnout

May 2, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Last Saturday I spoke at the LP Minnesota state convention. I enjoyed my time at the convention, and I'd like to thank them for hosting me.

Below are two questions I was asked after my speech, along with my responses. (The questions and my responses are not verbatim, and may be embellished with a few phrases I wish I had thought of at the time!)

Question 1: Is burnout a problem when Libertarians continually receive single-digit percentages?

LP Monday Message: 20 Obama problems, 20 Libertarian solutions

April 25, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

We're a little over halfway through President Obama's term, and I wanted to send a reminder of the "top ten disasters" from his first year, plus ten newer problems, and how Libertarians would avoid or solve these problems.

1. Cash for Clunkers

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.

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.)

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