Sunday, April 25, 2021

Libertarian Party: 'April 2021 Elections — 44% Victories!'

 Libertarian Party Staff

Wednesday night, candidate coordinator Cara Schulz announced the exciting results achieved by Libertarian candidates this week. Seven brand new elected Libertarians — for an overall 44% victory rate!..

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Indiana Libertarian Party Elects New Leaders, Makes Future Plans

Times Union Online Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS – On March 27, the Libertarian Party of Indiana met in Fishers and online to hold their annual convention where the members elected a new chair and vice chair.

Over 160 state party members, from all corners of the state, participated in the party’s first ever hybrid convention, according to a news release. The in-person portion was held at the Forum Event Center in Fishers and maintained capacity limitations, social distancing and safety protocols imposed by the Fishers health department. Delegates wishing to remain at home were allowed to participate remotely via Zoom.

Evan McMahon, of Indianapolis, was elected to replace Timothy Maguire who had served as the chair of the Libertarian Party of Indiana for the past four years. Maguire had announced earlier in 2020 that he would not seek a third term.

McMahon had recently been serving as the state party’s Development Director tasked with growing the party membership and assisting with the creation and implantation of the party’s 10 Year Strategic Plan. McMahon had previously served as executive director of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee, at-large representative on the national party board and as campaign manager for numerous campaigns including Rupert Boneham’s 2012 campaign for governor of Indiana.

McMahon said that his focus will be on building party infrastructure, recruiting candidates and supporting local county parties...

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Green Party of NJ Issues Anti-War Statement on Occasion of the 54th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Speech: “Beyond Vietnam: Why I Oppose the Vietnam War”


Green Party of New Jersey Marks the 54th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Silence is Betrayal: Why I Oppose the Vietnam War”

Speech with a Statement against U.S. Militarism and Imperialism
As we approach April 4th, the 54th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Silence is Betrayal: Why I Oppose the Vietnam War” speech and the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, we want to echo many of the sentiments King wrote about in this speech.  While Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. referred here to Vietnam, here in 2021, we could substitute any one of a number of country’s names.
“Surely this madness must cease,” he said. “We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor in America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and dealt death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.”

Libertarian Party of Wisconsin holds annual convention in Eau Claire

 Wisconsin Libertarian Party Convention - Spike Cohen

by Felicity Bosk,

 EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin met in Eau Claire on Saturday for their annual convention.

A hundred people gathered in the Lismore's Wilson Hall to discuss the future of their political party. Member Anna Bughman said they voted on changes to their constitution and bylaw, and what direction they want their party to go in. They also discussed ways to grow their party and held officer elections.

Bughman described Libertarianism as the party of liberty and individual rights, adding about half the people at Saturday's convention were new members of Wisconsin's Libertarian Party.

Kentucky Libertarian Party compares 'vaccine passports' to stars Jews wore in Holocaust

by Lucas Aulbach and Billy Kobin, Louisville Courier Journal

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky compared coronavirus "vaccine passports" to star-shaped identification badges people of Jewish descent were forced to wear during the Holocaust in a tweet this week, drawing outrage from across the nation.

The post, sent just after 5 p.m. Monday, compared "vaccine passports" – credentials that would show whether a person has received the coronavirus vaccine and would theoretically grant access to businesses and other spaces that will require proof of vaccination before entry – to "the stuff of totalitarian dictatorships" that the party considers a "complete and total violation of human liberty."

"Are the vaccine passports going to be yellow, shaped like a star, and sewn on our clothes?" the party wrote on Twitter.

The tweet had been reposted more than 4,000 times as of Monday afternoon, with many reposts adding messages disavowing its message...

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Rocky De La Fuente Wins New Jersey Lawsuit on Out-of-State Circulators for Primary Petitions

Ballot Access News

On April 20, a U.S. District Court issued an opinion in Arsenault v Way, 3:16cv-1854, striking down the New Jersey residence requirement for petitioners who wish to circulate petitions for candidates running in primaries. Here is the 21-page decision. The case had been filed in 2016 when Rocky De La Fuente was running in Democratic presidential primaries. He needed 1,000 signatures of registered Democrats in order to get on the New Jersey Democratic presidential primary. He did not get on that ballot; the only candidates who appeared on that ballot were Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Originally the U.S. District Court had upheld the restriction, but then the Third Circuit had remanded it and said the lower court should have used the strict scrutiny test. Under that test, the law cannot survive unless the state can show that it has a compelling need for the restriction. The state tried to argue that the Democratic and Republican Parties would be harmed without the restriction, but the two major parties themselves never intervened in the case and the state produced no evidence that the parties would be harmed.

Nebraska Petition for Legal Marijuana Now Party Has Enough Valid Signatures

Ballot Access News

After further review of the petition for the Legal Marijuana Now Party, the Nebraska Secretary of State says it has enough valid signatures and will be on the 2022 ballot. Initially the party was told that it was short in one of the three U.S. House districts, but then more signatures were found valid.
UPDATE: here is a news release.

New Florida Registration Data

Ballot Access News

As of mid-April 2021, the number of active registered voters in Florida in each party are: Democratic 5,289,083; Republican 5,184,614; Independent Party 191,199; Libertarian 41,645; Green 7,668; Constitution 3,035; Reform 1,479; Socialism & Liberation 1,275; Ecology 1,034; independent and miscellaneous 3,831,957.

The percentages are: Democratic 36.34%; Republican 35,63%; Independent Party 1.31%; Libertarian .29%; Green .05%; Constitution .02%; Reform .01%; Socialism & Liberation .01%; Ecology .01%; independent and miscellaneous 26.33%.

In October 2020, the percentages were: Democratic 36.72%; Republican 35.79%; Independent Party 1.13%; Libertarian .27%; Green .05%; Constitution .02%; Reform .01%; Socialism & Liberation .01%; Ecology .01%; independent and miscellaneous 25.99%.

Thanks to Timothy Thornburn for help obtaining these numbers. The Florida Secretary of State website posts the Democratic, Republican, and “other” figures every month. But if someone wants the other parties, and the number of independents, the Secretary of State won’t reveal those numbers directly. Instead the Secretary of State’s office mails a floppy disk containing the entire list of registered voters in the state, active and inactive, and one must extract the totals from the disk. The Secretary of State does provide the data directly just before an election, but not at other times.

Kansas Greens Launch Party Petition Drive on April 22

Ballot Access News

The Kansas Green Party will begin collecting signatures on its party petition on April 22. The petition needs 21,102 signatures and must be finished by October 19, 2021. The Green Party has never been a qualified party in Kansas, although it has tried many times in the past.

Communist Party Leadership Recommends that Party Again Run Candidates

Ballot Access News

The national leadership of the Communist Party has recommended that the party again run candidates. See this story. Thanks to Independent Political Report for the link.

New Mexico State Trial Court Rejects Challenge to Libertarian Nominee in Special U.S. House Election

Ballot Access News

On April 15, a New Mexico state trial court rejected a challenge to the ballot position of Chris Manning, Libertarian nominee for U.S. House, special election of June 1. See this story. The challenger says there will be an appeal.