Author Archive | Bob Johnston

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Three California Libertarian candidates assured spots on November ballot

At least three Libertarian write-in candidates in California, including Autumn Browne, the daughter of Libertarian presidential nominee Harry Browne (1996 and 2000), will appear on the ballot this November. California is subject to a top-two primary system, where all candidates appear on all voters’ primary ballots, and only the top two finishers in each race, […]

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‘Amarillo Pioneer’: Texas Libertarians nominate 2018 statewide candidates

Delegates to the Libertarian Party of Texas convention held April 14–15 nominated their candidates for state and national office for this year’s general election. The Amarillo Pioneer reported on the results on April 16. From the article, “Libertarian Party nominates statewide candidates for 2018”: Over the weekend, the Texas Libertarian Party convention in Houston included speeches […]

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Libertarian Party breaks Michigan record with contested gubernatorial primary

Ballot Access News reports that for the “first time in Michigan history, a third party has a contested gubernatorial primary.” From the April 19 article by Richard Winger: On August 7, 2018, Michigan holds primaries for the Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian Parties. The Libertarian primary ballot will list two candidates for governor, Bill Gelineau and John […]

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Libertarian VP nominee sues Massachusetts over winner-take-all presidential election system

2016 Libertarian vice-presidential nominee Gov. William Weld of Massachusetts is part of a coalition suing to overturn four states’ winner-take-all (WTA) presidential-election systems. The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in Weld’s own state of Massachusetts, as well as California, South Carolina, and Texas, claiming that these states’ nonproportional method of selecting electors is unconstitutional. […]

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Libertarian capitalizes on minor-party status in Kansas Secretary of State race

Rob Hodgkinson, former chair of the Kansas Libertarian Party, was featured on WIBW radio’s News Now program, discussing his 2018 candidacy for Kansas secretary of state. From the written synopsis of the March 27 interview, “Minor party status gives Secretary of State candidate unique perspective,” by WIBW news director Nick Gosnell: Libertarian Kansas Secretary of State […]

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LNC press secretary discusses Libertarian advances on Chuck Morse radio show

LNC Press Secretary Richard Fields recently appeared on “Left–Right Radio,” a web-based radio show hosted by Chuck Morse, a conservative journalist, author, former politician, and YouTube personality based in Boston, Mass. On the April 13 program, called “Libertarian Party on the march,” Fields discusses how he got involved with the Libertarian Party (LP) back in 1972, […]

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Montana Libertarians given seat on county election advisory committee

The Missoula County Commission (Mont.) has decided to reserve a seat for a Libertarian Party representative on its election advisory committee. According to the committee’s website, its members represent the citizens of Missoula County to the county commissioners in an advisory capacity, for the purpose of “comprehensive planning, research, and outreach,” and are supervised by […]

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Wisconsin Libertarian’s inquiry elicits ethics commission hearing on bitcoin campaign donations

Phil Anderson, the Wisconsin Libertarian Party chair and 2018 gubernatorial candidate, has spearheaded a request to Wisconsin’s state ethics commission for guidelines on political campaigns’ acceptance of donations of digital currency. Anderson’s questions and the resultant public hearing were covered in the Wisconsin State Journal. From the April 24 article, “Want to give digital currency to […]

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