Author Archive | Bob Johnston

Cropped version of Thomas Jefferson's official presidential portrait (by Rembrandt Peale, 1800) - (color painting)

Dates of interest to Libertarians: 2019

  The following is a list of dates of interest to Libertarians in 2019, compiled by Dr. James Lark, Libertarian National Committee regional representative and former LNC chair.   January 6 Pres. Franklin Roosevelt delivers his “Four Freedoms” speech (1941) 10 Thomas Paine’s Common Sense published (1776) 16 Ratification of the 18th Amendment to the […]

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Ryan Cooper, chair of LP Benton County in Washington, in an interview with the Tri-City Herald in November 2018.

Washington Libertarians lead effort to get retail pot referendum onto ballot

A Libertarian Party affiliate may soon be able to take credit for legalization of retail recreational cannabis shops in the city of Richland, Wash. The Benton County LP, led by Chair Ryan Cooper, created an organization called Legalize Richland and has spearheaded a petition drive to require the city council to consider repealing the ban […]

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Jeffrey Hewitt portrait standing in dark suit and red tie in front of American flag (color photo)

Press-Enterprise issues ‘strong’ endorsement of Hewitt for Riverside County supervisor in California

Libertarian Jeff Hewitt, candidate for the Riverside County (Calif.) board of supervisors’ fifth district seat, has won the endorsement of the Press-Enterprise, the county’s primary daily newspaper. Hewitt, since 2015 the mayor of Calimesa, Calif., is running against former assemblyman Russ Bogh for the nonpartisan seat. From the Oct. 26 editorial, “Jeff Hewitt for Riverside […]

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Gary Johnson wearing grey suit blue tie speaking at microphone at national Libertarian Party convention in 2016 (color photo)

Gary Johnson condemns deficit during U.S. Senate debate in New Mexico

Gov. Gary Johnson, the 2018 Libertarian candidate for the U.S. senate in New Mexico, participated in a televised debate sponsored by KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, N.M. on Oct. 12. Johnson and his opponents, Republican Mick Rich and incumbent Senator Martin Heinrich, a Democrat, discussed such issues as education, wasteful spending, Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. […]

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Dan Fishman

Boston Globe: “Give this Libertarian a shot”

Boston’s largest daily newspaper, the Globe, has endorsed Libertarian candidate for state auditor Dan Fishman. Fishman is running in a four-way race against Democratic incumbent Suzanne Bump, Republican Helen Brady, and a Green-Rainbow Party candidate, Edward Stamas. From their editorial published on Oct. 29, “Editorial board endorsement: Dan Fishman, a Libertarian, for auditor”: The office […]

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Washington Times: Libertarians poll high enough to tip key races

The Washington Times ran a news story on this election cycle’s notable increase in polling results among Libertarian candidates. From the Oct. 21 article, “Libertarians poll high enough to tip key races,” by Seth McLaughlin: Rick Breckenridge has the chance to play a significant role in Montana’s senatorial election…. He is one of a number […]

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Steve Dutner

State Journal-Register endorses Libertarian Steve Dutner for Illinois secretary of state

Steve Dutner Illinois Libertarian Steve Dutner won the endorsement of the State Journal-Register, the daily newspaper of Springfield, the state capital. From the paper’s Oct. 17 editorial, “Opinion page endorsement: Steve Dutner for Secretary of State”: There is no doubt that the Illinois Secretary of State’s office is run better now than it was prior […]

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Jilletta Jarvis, the 2018 Libertarian candidate for governor of New Hampshire

New Hampshire LP gubernatorial candidate Jarvis interviewed on WMUR-TV

Jilletta Jarvis, the Libertarian Party (LP) candidate for governor of New Hampshire, was interviewed on WMUR-TV during a Facebook Live event, while taking questions from viewers. Jarvis discussed how she was introduced to Libertarianism, the very personal reason she changed her stance on the second amendment, and her view on New Hampshire’s need for a […]

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View of TV screen with Elinor Swanson wearing blue blazer red blouse, studio backdrop is abstract large US flag, label on TV screen 'Elinor Swanson' and 'L-U.S. House candidate' (color image)

Libertarian candidate for U.S. House in Montana participates in three-way televised debate

Elinor Swanson, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. House in Montana, participated in a debate held by the Montana Television Network on September 30. Also debating were incumbent Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Kathleen Williams. Moderator Tim McGonigal had the candidates explain their positions on gun control, tax cuts and deficit spending, health care, the media, […]

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Jeff Caldwell

Kansas governor candidate promotes cannabis legalization, small government

Jeff Caldwell The Emporia Gazette ran a feature story on Libertarian Jeff Caldwell’s bid for governor of Kansas. Here, we excerpt from the article, “Caldwell favors legal cannabis, small government,” by Lydia Kautz (July 17, 2018): Libertarian candidate for Governor Jeff Caldwell grew up in the Kansas City area and has spent almost his entire […]

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Mark Tippetts

Libertarian candidates to appear on panel at Texas Tribune Festival

Three notable Libertarian candidates will be speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Sept. 28. The Texas Libertarian Party’s gubernatorial candidate, Mark Tippetts, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in Indiana, Lucy Brenton, and Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark, who is running for mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, will be participating in a […]

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Rod Hanscomb

Libertarian for governor on Connecticut ballot for first time in 20 years

For the first time since 1998, the Connecticut Libertarian Party (LPCT) will have a candidate for governor on the ballot this November, as they were notified that their petition effort for Rod Hanscomb was successful. In addition, candidates for all statewide offices were included on the petition, and the party can run candidates for each […]

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