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The Tea Party's Over fundraising letter

"Many people give Libertarians, along with Congressman Ron Paul, credit for starting the Tea Party movement. I believe the first modern Tea Party was in Austin, Texas on December 16, 2007. I was there."

That's in the opening of a recent fundraising letter the Libertarian Party sent to our donors. That letter generated a lot of feedback--some of it positive, some negative.

Final reminder: FreedomFest discount extended to May 1 for LP members

The organizers of FreedomFest have extended the Early Bird registration discount until May 1, 2011 for Libertarian Party members. With the discount, registration is $395 per person and $595 per couple.

To get the discount, LP members are asked to call 1-866-266-5101, and mention that you're an LP member.

What it means to be a libertarian - an IHS video with Harvard Professor Jeffrey Miron

The Institute for Humane Studies produced a two-minute video featuring Harvard Professor Jeffrey A. Miron.

Book Libertarianism A to Z

Libertarian Party turns 39 today

The Libertarian Party turns 39 today. We wish LP founder David Nolan were alive for this birthday.

Some Libertarian Party leadership has talked about the possibility of a major 40th birthday celebration next year in Washington, D.C. No plans have been made, but you might mark your calendar just in case.

You can find more on our Party's history here: http://www.lp.org/our-history.

Chair provides available details on David Nolan's death

Many Libertarian Party members as well as the press have requested more information on David Nolan's death so they don't misreport any facts. Below is a statement from Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle:

David Saturday evening was driving, wound up rolling off the road, with no damage to the vehicle, with whatever happened to him (TBD), EMT's broke into his car to remove him, brought him to the hospital on Saturday evening and he died on Sunday morning.

David F. Nolan, LP founder, passes away

We have received news that David F. Nolan, a founder of the Libertarian Party, passed away this weekend. The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971 in Mr. Nolan's living room. He had remained active with the Libertarian Party including currently serving on the Libertarian National Committee and running for U.S. Senator from Arizona in the recent elections. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth. He will be dearly missed by the Libertarian Party and the liberty community. We'll have more information about David Nolan soon.

Bob Barr: Express Jet pilot a political hero

2008 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr writes in The Atlanta Journal Constitution:

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