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My Last Column as Chairman

by William Redpath

reprinted from the May 2010 issue of LP News

I don’t know how he did it. Mickey Spillane supposedly squirreled himself away for a short period of time, and BAM-BAM-BAM-BAM-BAM—he would write a book. He wrote “I, the Jury” in only nineteen days, according to his Wikipedia page.

Ayn Rand was a big fan of Mickey Spillane’s. But, my writing speed is more like hers (slow, in case you didn’t know).

LP Monday Message: Vote on our slogans

May 24, 2010

Dear Friend of Liberty,

In just a few days, Libertarians from around the country will converge on St. Louis to help set the direction for our party.

Delegates to the convention will vote on such things as our bylaws, platform language, and Libertarian National Committee members.

Libertarian National Convention: Attention delegates - useful info

Dear Libertarian,

I hope you will attend our National Convention in St. Louis. If you haven't decided whether to attend yet, it's still not too late -- you can even show up unannounced. However, there are some risks you need to be aware of if you show up to the convention without registering in advance, and without confirming your delegate status.

I want to point out the distinction between these two important preparations for attending the convention.

1. Registering for the Convention

LP Monday Message: NYT columnist just doesn't get it

May 17, 2010

Dear Friend of Liberty,

I'm pretty busy with preparations for our upcoming National Convention in St. Louis, so today's Monday Message is a little briefer than usual.

You might have noticed this New York Times editorial by Paul Krugman. In it, he says that libertarianism doesn't work, and proves it by pointing to the ongoing BP oil spill.

Libertarians appear in two special elections in Georgia

On May 11, there were Libertarian candidates in two special elections for State Senate in Georgia.

David Montané ran in District 42, getting 7.5 percent of the vote against two Democrats and an independent candidate.

Brandon Givens ran in District 49, getting 8.1 percent against two Republicans.

View the election results.

LP Monday Message: Liability limits make oil spills worse

May 10, 2010

Dear Friend of Liberty,

You've probably seen a lot about the big BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Libertarians are sometimes attacked for not having good answers to environmental questions. In this case, I think there are problems that Republicans and Democrats in Congress have created, and Libertarians would have handled things differently.

Michigan Libertarian chair writes against text ban

Emily Salvette, chair of the Michigan LP, writes in the Detroit Free Press in opposition to the new Michigan law banning all texting while driving:

Will this law increase public safety? Probably not. It is intended to deter distracted driving that is reckless. But reckless driving is already illegal. Police can already issue tickets to motorists whose distracted driving poses a clear danger to others.

Please ask someone you know to join the LP!

Dear Friend of Liberty,

I hope you'll try asking at least one other person to join the Libertarian Party and become a dues-paying member for a minimum of $25.

I hope whoever you ask will agree and join our party, but I'm not asking you to follow up or worry too much about whether your effort is successful. I'm just asking you to try.

Here's a few things you could try:

1. Forward this email to others.

Libertarian councilman Doug Burlison opposes random search in school

Libertarian Doug Burlison, a city councilman in Springfield, Missouri, writes in an editorial in the Springfield News-Leader:

LP Monday Message: Facebook Fans blow past 40,000!

May 3, 2010

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Last Friday the number of fans on our Facebook fanpage surpassed 40,000!

Facebook is one of the biggest social networking sites on the internet. Our fanpage provides a forum for thousands of people to discuss Libertarian ideas.

A year ago, in April 2009, we only had 8,000 fans. You can see the phenomenal growth in the graph below:


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