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Washington Times: Millions of millennials want a third party, and Libertarians could be just the ticket

Jennifer Harper of the Washington Times discusses a recent poll on millennials’ desire for a third party, and the 2018 Libertarian Party convention, in her December 7 “Inside the Beltway” column: “A recent NBC News poll revealed that 71 percent of millennials — now considered to be the nation’s largest potential voting bloc — pine for a […]

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Three Libertarian candidates for Oklahoma governor interviewed for ‘Red Dirt Report’

The Red Dirt Report, an independent online newspaper in Oklahoma, featured interviews of three prospective 2018 Libertarian Party candidates for governor on November 27. As the only three recognized parties in Oklahoma, the Libertarian, Democratic, and Republican Parties will be holding primary elections in 2018. The Libertarian candidates are Rex Lawhorn, Joe Maldonado, and Chris Powell. […]

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LNC meeting Saturday and Sunday

A meeting of the Libertarian National Committee will take place on Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, in New Orleans, LA. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. EDT on Saturday. The LNC will attempt to stream the meeting live on the Internet. Be advised that broadcast quality has sometimes been low and intermittent. […]

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Libertarian candidate for Florida state rep appeared in forum on Tampa public radio

Bryan Zemina, who is running in a special election for the 58th state representative seat in the Florida state legislature, participated in a candidate forum on WMNF radio 88.5 FM on November 27. The candidates discussed fracking, transportation, and local political corruption. The election will be held on December 19.   Click here to listen to […]

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LNC executive director defends freedom of the press on RT TV

Libertarian National Committee Executive Director Wes Benedict was interviewed live on RT TV (formerly Russia Today) on November 15, on the issue of the news outlet’s being required by the U.S. government to register as a “foreign agent.” When their Moscow-based news anchor asked for Benedict’s reaction to RT’s being characterized this way, Benedict observed that many […]

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New Mexico land commissioner may run for governor as a Libertarian

A statewide officeholder is considering running in 2018 as a Libertarian for governor of New Mexico, where 2016 Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson served as a popular two-term governor. As reported by AP via U.S. News and World Report on November 13 (“New Mexico Land Commissioner May Go Libertarian”): A family member and political spokesman […]

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The latest from Florida

Typically, an odd-numbered year following a Presidential election cycle would be “exhale” time, but in Florida 2017 has been anything but for Libertarian candidates. Former LNC Chair Jim Turney (1985–88) filed and qualified for a non-partisan race for Altamonte Springs City Commission, and his incumbent competitor dropped out literally hours later on the final day […]

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions backs LP activist in free-speech case

On Oct. 24, Libertarian activist Kevin Shaw garnered the support of conservative U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his federal lawsuit against Pierce College over alleged violations of Shaw’s freedom of speech on campus. Sessions’s issuing of a statement of interest in the case was covered that day by KPCC-FM Southern California Public Radio. From the […]

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Bennett Morris and Christopher Howick, chair and vice chair of the McLean County affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Illinois.

Illinois Libertarians explain injustice of restrictive ballot access laws

Ballot laws are usually designed to keep most political choices unavailable to the voting public. In a recent NPR affiliate interview at Illinois State University, the chair and vice chair of the McLean County affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Illinois, Bennett Morris and Christopher Howick, explained the injustice of the restrictive ballot access laws […]

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Mohave County Libertarians at the Andy Devine Days Festival in Kingman, Ariz. (Photo by Aaron Ricca.)

Arizona Libertarians rally at Mohave County festival

Every year, Kingman, Ariz., hosts the Andy Devine Days Festival, named for the famous actor who originally hailed from the town. Mohave County Libertarians, a local chapter of the Libertarian Party of Arizona, set up an outreach table to talk with people about libertarian ideas amid the bustling parade, rodeo, vendors, and other live entertainment.

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