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Bethany Baldes

Running for state legislature

Friends, My name is Bethany Baldes. Last year, I came within 53 votes of unseating the Republican majority leader in the Wyoming legislature. And I did it while running as a Libertarian. Working closely with Apollo Pazell, the national Libertarian Party’s campaigns advisor, my campaign for state representative in Wyoming’s 55th District broke the record […]

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U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court strikes citizenship question from census

In a 5-4 vote on the case Department of Commerce v. New York, the Supreme Court ruled on June 27 that President Donald Trump’s administration had not cleared the appropriate procedural hurdles to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census. The court also found, however, that the Enumeration Clause of the Constitution, which […]

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Democracy loses as Supreme Court upholds partisan gerrymandering

American democracy has suffered a significant loss. On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Rucho v. Common Cause that “partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts,” so federal courts can’t block states from gerrymandering for political gain. Gerrymandering, a process abused by elected officials to redraw electoral […]

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I vote Libertarian

5 LP affiliates have at least 1% of active registered voters

Five Libertarian Party state affiliates have at least 1 percent of the active registered voters in their respective states. Less than 10 years ago, only one affiliate, Alaska, had at least 1 percent of the state’s registered voters. The affiliates with at least 1 percent are: Alaska — 3.04% Nebraska — 1.25% Colorado — 1.14% […]

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U.S. Supreme Court

1 year of Janus

June 27 marks the one-year anniversary of the landmark Janus v. AFSCME decision by the Supreme Court, which ruled that union fees in the public sector could no longer be extracted from nonconsenting employees. Mark Janus is a child support specialist in Illinois, where the state government could require its employees to pay fees to […]

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LP News, June 2019

June 2019 issue of LP News now online

The June 2019 issue of LP News is now ready to view on our website. Don’t miss this issue’s registration information for our 2020 Libertarian National Convention, which is being held May 21–25 next year in Austin, Texas! You can visit LNC2020.com for more information about our convention Welcoming Committee, package types and pricing, hotel […]

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Libertarians attend PRIDE Houston Festival on June 22, 2019

LP buttons a hit at PRIDE Houston Festival

The Libertarian Party has fought for gay rights since its founding in 1971, and annual pride festivals are well attended by Libertarians throughout the country. Whitney Bilyeu, Libertarian National Committee representative for Region 7, reports on how Libertarians in Houston, Texas, brought their messages of freedom an equality to their local pride event: Houston Libertarians […]

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Extradition protests in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019

Liberty rising around the world!

A bill that would have allowed the extradition of accused criminals from Hong Kong to China was shelved after mass protests across the self-ruling city. Estimates say up to 2 million citizens joined in the June 16 protests, which ultimately forced the government’s hand in scuttling the bill and its threat to civil liberties in […]

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