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Polling bias hurts Libertarians

Did 2016 election polls provide reliable information about who American voters wanted to be President of the United States? The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), which is a bipartisan organization staffed entirely by Republicans and Democrats, decided to use polling to determine who gets to be included in the general election debates. That’s probably a […]

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Small-government activism propels Grifoni’s successful bid for City Council

Libertarian Jared Grifoni, who has fought for low taxes, repeal of regulations, and home rule in the southern Florida city of Marco Island, was the first-place finisher among eight candidates, winning one of four seats up for grabs on the nonpartisan city council. He finished at 18.7 percent. The centerpiece of Grifoni’s campaign was his five-point […]

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[W]e favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes.

Ballot measures yield gains, losses for liberty

For better or for worse, voters across the country approved or rejected 162 statewide ballot measures on Election Day. Joining Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon, voters in Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, and California ended their state’s prohibition on cannabis. In another four states — Florida, Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota — voters legalized medicinal marijuana. David Bienenstock, Head of Content […]

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Washington Secretary of State Ignores Precedent, Steals Major Party Status From Libertarians

SOS Kim Wyman From a Dec 8 statement issued by the Libertarian Party of Washington: Today the Washington Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, and Governor Jay Inslee signed off and certified the 2016 General Election. 3,209,214 valid votes were cast for president; with 160,879 being cast directly for Governor Gary Johnson, good for 5.01% of […]

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Image of front page of LP News, December 2016 issue (color graphic)

LP News December 2016 issue is now online

The December issue of LP News is ready to view online. Click here to read coverage of our record-breaking election results, campaign activities, candidate endorsements, national and affiliate party accomplishments, ballot access for 2018, and more.   Note: This web edition reflects updates made to election-related stories since the print edition was published.

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Record endorsements for Libertarian Party candidates

Breaking through an invisible barrier for Libertarian presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson in 2016 won the party its first-ever endorsement from a newspaper of record. But this wasn’t just one editorial board flouting tradition. Across the country, nine major newspapers endorsed 2016’s arguably most qualified ticket of Libertarian Govs. Johnson and William Weld — more than wound […]

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LP congratulates Perry for opportunity to abolish Department of Energy

A modest congratulation The Libertarian Party extends a hearty congratulations to Gov. Rick Perry for his announced nomination by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Department of Energy. “Gov. Perry has a rare opportunity to head one of the agencies he pledged to abolish,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian Party. “Even though most […]

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The National Interest: What the Libertarian Party Wants on Foreign Policy

From an article by Lauren Daugherty published in the National Interest on December 12: “This year, record numbers of Americans voted for Libertarian candidates. The Libertarian presidential nominee, Gov. Gary Johnson, received over four million votes [4.5 million votes as of December 13], three times the previous record. For perspective, four million votes is about […]

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