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Poll: Americans think the federal government poses a threat to our rights

from CNN:

A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government's become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

Libertarians Across US Gather in Austin for Leadership Conference

from the Libertarian Party of Texas:

Conservatives jeer Bob Barr for his principles regarding terrorist suspects

Last Friday, 2008 Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr spoke at the CPAC conference in Washington, DC. According to several sources, the conservative crowd booed when he said that waterboarding is torture, and that civilian trials may be preferable to military tribunals. According to the Huffington Post:

RealClearPolitics: Quiet Libertarian Victories

At RealClearPolitics.com, Jeremy Lott points that although Republicans and Democrats have been doing everything they can to grow government in recent years, we've seen some progress toward liberty on several fronts:

 

  • Campaign finance
  • Gun control
  • Energy restrictions
  • the War on Drugs

 

Read the entire article.

LP News excerpt: printable convention info and registration

[UPDATED 4/27/2010]

Below is a link to two pages from the upcoming issue of LP News, including information about the 2010 Libertarian National Convention in St. Louis, and a registration form. Feel free to print and distribute this information.

Scott Brown supports jobs bill; Joe Kennedy would not have

We learned today that the new Republican senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, plans to vote with Democrats in favor of a big-government jobs bill. It's too bad Massachusetts voters missed the opportunity to elect Libertarian Joe Kennedy.

LP Monday Message: Happy birthday, President Washington!

February 22, 2010

Dear Friend of Liberty,

As you might know, today is the 278th birthday of George Washington. I expect you agree that Washington had an excellent attitude about the office of the presidency (he had a pretty humble view of that office) and about government in general.

When I look at our current president, his policies and ambitions, I am of course very saddened by how far our country has descended from Washington's vision.

Here are a few quotes attributed to George Washington:

Ohio Libertarians get coverage by fielding candidates

On February 20, the Columbus Dispatch wrote an article about the efforts of the Ohio Libertarian Party:

The party that advocates the small -- small taxes, small government, small infringements on personal freedom -- is trying to grow up and play with the big boys.

KFOR-TV: Oklahoma Libertarians lobby for ballot access bill

Oklahoma is known for having some of the most difficult ballot access laws in the U.S. Angelia O'Dell, chair of the Oklahoma Libertarian Party, also chairs Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform (OBAR), a coalition trying to lower Oklahoma's extremely high ballot access hurdles.

Below, Oklahoma City's KFOR-TV covered several Libertarians at a recent OBAR protest at the state capitol.

LP Monday Message: 149 elected Libertarians, help find more

February 15, 2010

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Nationwide, there are 149 Libertarians holding elected public office. 36 of them are partisan offices, and 113 are non-partisan offices. You can view the entire list here.

If you know of an elected Libertarian who is not on this list, please email us at info@lp.org. Please include the words "elected libertarian" in the subject line.

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