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Jul 2015

Republican politicians and their allies are wailing over the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling which affirmed provisions of Obamacare, blaming the president for the onerous, 17,000-page body of law that is driving up the cost of health insurance premiums and reducing health care access for Americans.

But Republicans are just as much to blame for Obamacare as the president.

Jun 2015

In a 5-4 ruling today, the US Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license same-sex marriage and recognize those marriages entered into in other states.

Libertarian candidates, including the party’s 1976 presidential nominee, Roger MacBride, have been bravely calling for marriage equality since long before it was politically correct. In fact, they’ve been doing so when it was considered downright dangerous.

Jun 2015

The Libertarian Party joined Level the Playing Field, the successor group to Americans Elect, and the Green Party to file a lawsuit aimed at the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a Democratic- and Republican-run agency that sets rules designed to exclude third parties and independents from presidential debates.

The lawsuit is filed against the Federal Election Commission (FEC), which is also run by Democrats and Republicans and which refuses to enforce laws that the CPD is blatantly violating.

Jun 2015

Republicans howled when Nancy Pelosi famously said, “We have to pass [Obamacare] so that you can find out what is in it." Now GOP lawmakers, who control the U.S. House, are following suit in their passage of a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bill.

Jun 2015

Today Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark released the following statement:

May 2015

228 Republicans and 41 Democrats in the U.S. House voted for a $612 billion defense authorization bill on May 15. They maneuvered the increase in military spending, which should have been prohibited by “sequester” spending caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011, by putting some of the spending in a slush fund.

The Senate Armed Services Committee also approved a $612 billion defense authorization bill that circumvents the sequester.

Apr 2015

Republican state representative Drew Springer of Muenster, Texas has filed HB 464, a bill to require minor party nominees to pay filing fees.

Libertarian National Committee executive director Wes Benedict commented, "Republican Drew Springer's bill is a poll tax on minor parties, including the Libertarian Party. It's an injustice, and it's unconstitutional."

The bill would require all minor party nominees to pay fees to be allowed to appear on the November election ballot. The fees range as high as $5,000, depending on the office.

Apr 2015

Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark released the following statement today:

"Mere words are insufficient to describe my outrage over the murder of Walter Scott by a man in a police uniform.

“A man was pulled over for an alleged traffic infraction and ended up dead on the ground, shot at eight times from the back as he fled.

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