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Debate: Government Needs to Divorce the Marriage Business

Book Libertarianism A to ZOn AOL News, Jeffrey Miron writes that marriage should not be defined and licensed by government, but instead should be treated as a contractual relationship between individuals. He writes:

...the best path for achieving equal treatment of same-sex and opposite-sex marriage -- the goal of those who support gay marriage -- is to remove government provision of opposite-sex marriage, rather than extending it to same-sex marriage.

Libertarian Party has first-ever primary in Louisiana

Louisiana LP logoThe Advocate (Baton Rouge) has published an article about the August 28 Libertarian primary in Louisiana. It starts:

One in five Louisiana voters will be able to cast their ballots in the first-ever Libertarian Party primary in state history.

The state has 3,500 registered Libertarians, but the party allows the state’s 665,000 unaffiliated voters to also participate in the Aug. 28 primary election.

NY Libertarians submit petitions to get on ballot

from the Libertarian Party of New York:

 


August 17, 2010

LIBERTARIAN PARTY SUBMITS OVER 30,000 SIGNATURES TO GET ON THE NEW YORK BALLOT

This morning, the Libertarian Party of New York State submitted petitions containing more than 30,000 signatures of voters who want more choices at the ballot box. Such figure represents more than twice the required amount under New York's election law.

LP Monday Message: Candidates, don't drop out!

August 16, 2010

Dear Friend of Liberty,

This is a special message for everyone, but especially for the over 800 Libertarian candidates running throughout America.

Candidates, have you been approached by Republicans or Democrats telling you to drop out of the election?

If any Republican or Democratic candidate (or their campaign staff) asks you to drop out of your race, here's what I recommend:

1. Decide right now you absolutely will not drop out under any circumstances.

Strong Libertarian voter registration in Alaska

The Associated Press reports:

Libertarians have picked up the most additional voters in Alaska over the past year. The state Division of Elections reports about 6,530 more registered voters in the state on Aug. 3 than on the same date a year earlier....

Among the categories seeing gains, Libertarians led the pack, with nearly 2,440 more voters than a year earlier.

Read the whole article.

Colorado Libertarian primary results

The Libertarian Party had contested statewide primary elections in Colorado yesterday, for both governor and U.S. Senator. According to ballot access expert Richard Winger, "This was the first time Colorado had provided a statewide primary for any party, other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, since 1914 and 1916, years in which the Progressive (“Bull Moose”) Party had Colorado primaries."

Libertarian candidate Jack Warner polling 7% in Kansas

This SurveyUSA poll shows Jack Warner at 7%. Warner is running for U.S. Representative, District 1 in Kansas.

Contrary to the conventional wisdom expressed in the media, Warner polls higher among Democrats than Republicans, and higher among liberals than conservatives.

Texas LP chair gives his take on the tea party

Pat Dixon, chair of the Libertarian Party of Texas, had an op-ed published on August 10 in the Austin American-Statesman. Dixon comments:

As far back as February 2007, discussions on the Libertarian Party of Illinois' email list mentioned a modern-day Boston Tea Party. In late 2008, the party decided to hold a tax protest called the Chicago Tea Party and scheduled it for tax day, April 15, 2009. In January 2009, they began to promote the event through Meetup groups, Facebook and elsewhere.

coverage of Libertarian primary opponents in Arizona

The Arizona Daily Star covers George Keane and Andrew Ibarra, who are running against each other for the Libertarian nomination for U.S. Representative, District 7. Read the article. Arizona's primary election day is August 24.

Third-party candidates may be key in Pa. governor's race

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes about alternative candidates in the Pennsylvania governor's race. Read the article.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has also published an article about how the Republicans and Democrats are working to challenge the petitions and keep the alternatives off the ballot. Read the article.

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