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Scotty Boman, Michigan Libertarian for U.S. Senate puts out new video

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Media, Politics on October 1, 2008 at 9:23 pm

H/T IPR

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Schansberg encourages Hill to stand firm against bail-out

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Politics on October 1, 2008 at 12:55 pm

September 29, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Schansberg encourages Hill to stand firm against bail-out

Dr. Eric Schansberg, an economics professor and the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Congress in Indiana’s 9th District, responded to the House defeat of the proposed $700 billion bail-out in the financial sector—and praised Rep. Baron Hill for voting against it.

Asked about Hill’s vote, Dr. Schansberg said, “It’s clear that Baron is not categorically opposed to another bail-out. And he’s not a fiscal conservative by any objective measure. So, I don’t know the reasons for his vote today. Maybe it’s the right vote for the wrong reasons. In any case, I’m thankful that he took a stand today for fiscal conservatism. Hopefully, he’ll continue to have a strong enough spine to hold that position.”

On fiscal conservatism in general and the bail-out in particular, Schansberg said: “At some point, we have to rely on markets again. And we can’t afford to borrow money to bail out industries and try to artificially boost the economy. All of our spending and debt threatens to devalue our dollar further and drive our economy into a ditch.”

On potential policy changes, Schansberg applauded Mike Sodrel’s proposal to suspend the capital gains tax and to revisit “mark-to-market” accounting rules: “From what I’ve read, ‘mark-to-market’ accounting rules are the most underrated cause of the current problems. Certainly, the sub-prime mortgage mess and government involvement in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are at the top of that list. But ‘mark-to-market’ combined with aspects of Sarbanes-Oxley seems to be a major contributor.”

For more information on the campaign, see: www.SchansbergForCongress.com

. To schedule an interview, contact Eric Schansberg at (812) 218-0443, Melanie Hughes at (502) 432-1930, or send an email to SchansbergForCongress@gmail.com.

Massachusetts Libertarian U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Underwood Blasts Bailout

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Politics on October 1, 2008 at 11:58 am

Sept. 29

Springfield, MA. Libertarian U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Underwood today blasted the Paulson bank bailout. “The one group sure to lose is the American worker. That includes Americans who wish they were working. They’re struggling with their own mortgages, blamed if they’re not competitive on world markets, and now they get a bonus: Not only must they pay for their own housing, they must pick up the tab for someone else’s.

“The Donkey-Elephant dance went to bail out bankers, not to help the average American,” Underwood explained. “Some mortgage companies gave no-document loans, not even asking tax forms as evidence of income. Compare that with the grilling that most of us got when we applied for a mortgage. Under the bailout system, the executives who threw away their investors’ money will keep their mansions. Americans who could never qualify for a mortgage will be taxed to pay for homes for people who did qualify.

“Some people want to blame the person who just wanted a place to live. Borrowers just played their part in a bigger picture. For years bankers bet on inflation. As time went on, mortgage payments were supposed to get easier, because inflation drives up wages. The crisis came when outsourcing made salaries level. Borrowers couldn’t afford their mortgages.

“If you want more of the same, more ripoffs of taxpayers, just keep voting for Democrats and Republicans. For real change, vote Libertarian,” Underwood urged.

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The mortgage crisis is part of a big picture discussed at
www.electbobunderwood.org

For more on why the bailout is a terrible idea, note economist-bloggers
Mike Shedlock http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/

Bonddad
http://bonddad.blogspot.com/index.html

To contact the candidate:

Robert Joseph Underwood
83 Cherrelyn St.
Springfield, MA 01104-2441

rjunderwood2000@yahoo.com

Help stop the trillion dollar ripoff

In Personal Responsibility, Politics on October 1, 2008 at 11:40 am

Via Campaign For Liberty

The following Senators are considered key votes. Please take a moment to call these Senators and urge them to cast their vote against this dangerous legislation. And please, call your two U.S. Senators and urge them to vote no as well.

Elizabeth Dole (NC) –

* D.C.: Phone: (202) 224-6342 Fax: (202) 224-1100
* Raleigh: Phone: (919) 856-4630 Fax: (919) 856-4053

Norm Coleman (MN) –

* D.C.: Phone: (202) 224-5641 Fax: (202) 224-1152
* St. Paul: Phone: (651) 645-0323 Fax: (651) 645-3110

Roger Wicker (MS) –

* D.C.: Phone: (202) 224-6253 Fax: (202) 228-0378
* Jackson: Phone: (601) 965-4644 Fax: (601) 965-4007

Gordon Smith (OR) –

* D.C.: Phone: (202) 224-3753 Fax: (202) 228-3997
* Portland: Phone: (503) 326-3386 Fax: (503) 326-2900

Lyndsey Graham (SC) –

* D.C.: Phone: (202) 224-5972 Fax: (202) 224-3808
* Greenville: Phone: (864) 250-1417 Fax: (864) 250-4322

Ted Stevens (AK) –

* D.C.: Phone: (202) 224-3004 Fax: (202) 224-2354
* Anchorage: Phone: (907) 271-5915 Fax: (907) 258-9305

The rest of ’em

Bob Barr blasts bailout in new campaign video

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Politics on October 1, 2008 at 1:26 am

Posted at Bob Barr blog

Bob (Barr) talks about the bailout plan and wonders why the Feds are just now trying to take on the issue when they’ve know about the problem for years.

Bob says it makes no sense to give them $1 trillion to do create the same problem all over again. He adds that Republican and Democrats are both guilty for the problem and the “bogus solution” they presented.

LPKY repudiates Landham again

In Activism, Celebrities, Crazy Claims, Iran, Iraq War, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Middle East, Minorities, People in the news, Police State, Politics, Protest, Terrorism, War on August 5, 2008 at 2:36 am

PolitickerKY reports that Sonny Landham, the controversial Kentucky candidate who advocates economic nationalization, culture wars, and the use of a tax-funded military to conduct a war of genocide so that the US can appropriate other people’s oil, has been repudiated by the LP a second time. It appears that Sonny Landham will not be on the ballot at all this year.

For anyone who is not familiar with this story, Independent Political Report previously covered it here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Many of the same Landham stories, and a few others, received additional comments at Last Free Voice:

Worst candidate actually on the ballot this year?

Todd Andrew Barnett condemns LP Senate candidate Sonny Landham for anti-Arab remarks

Letters from LFV mailbag: Gene Trosper on Sonny Landham

Lance Brown launches petition re Sonny Landham’s racist remarks

LPKY: Landham “not on the ballot yet, and we control ballot access”

Press Release: Todd Andrew Barnett condemns Sonny Landham for genocide statements, praises Libertarians Against Landham petition

Libertarians drop Sonny Landham

Sonny Landham: the floater that just won’t stay flushed

LPKY withdraws support from Landham

Landham: back on the LP ballot line?

The PolitickerKY story:

An effort to re-nominate former actor Sonny Landham as the Libertarian Party of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidate was rejected by a vote of the party’s executive committee, chairman Ken Moellman told PolitickerKY.com today.

“The motion to put Sonny back on failed,” said Moellman. “At this point, it appears he will not be our candidate.”

After a month as the prospective Libertarian candidate, Landham was stripped of the party’s support after he made a string of anti-Arab comments topped by what could be interpretted as advocacy for a potential Arab genocide.

The Party’s executive committee initially voted unanimously to withdraw Landham’s nomination on July 28, after earlier launching a petitioning campaign to gain ballot access for both Landham and Libertarian presidential nominee and former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, of Georgia. That campaign gained 7,700 signatures, according to Moellman, which is more than required for ballot access.

After losing the nomination, Landham said he would continue as an independent candidate, but it became clear he would have to collect 5,000 “original” petition signatures for ballot access – a task deemed “impossible” by Moellman, given the limited time window.

The vote to re-nominate Landham as a Libertarian came about because Moellman said it was not the party’s goal to kick Landham off the ballot entirely when removing their nomination.

“There are other factors involved here. It’s more for the third party and independent movement in general,” said Moellman during an appearance last week on the Weekly Filibuster radio program. “While that is not directly related to the LP, we have some concerns in that regard.”

Still, the Party’s executive committee ultimately did not embrace those factors, rejecting the efforts to renew Landham’s ballot slot.

Moellman said the second vote came after the party received comments about Landham’s candidacy from across the country after his controversial remarks about Arabs. A “majority” of the feedback was received from outside of the state, and Moellman said “100 percent” of that communication was opposed to Landham.

From within the state, Moellman indicated responses were “pretty minimal,” noting 60 percent of them were against Landham’s continued candidacy as a Libertarian, with 40 percent supporting Landham. Moellman noted that those Kentuckians contacting the party were largely not Libertarian Party members.

With petitions for ballot access due in to the Secretary of State’s office by August 12, the Libertarians are armed with signatures but no Senate candidate.

Moellman said the party was investigating their legal options and the possibility of replacing Landham, though early indications from the Secretary of State’s office were that the signatures could not be applied to another candidate.

Landham did not return requests for comment.

LibertarianPartyCandidates.US tracks races all over the country

In Libertarian Party-US on August 5, 2008 at 1:40 am

I’ve previously listed the LP candidates here, here, here and here. Now, George Donnelly has turned this list into its own website with graphics and continuous updating. George explains:

An Effort to List all LP Candidates

We Libertarians need to know how many candidates we’re fielding for office. Which states are fielding full slates? no slates? Who are the candidates, what do they look like, what is their history, what are their positions and motivations?

This is all very basic but, before Libertarian Party Candidates (LPC), you could not find all this information in one place.

It’s important to see how well (or poorly) we Libertarians are doing at challenging the Republicrat duopoly at the ballot box. Hopefully LPC will serve as a measuring stick and as an incentive to run more and better candidates in 2010, 2012 and beyond.

Background

When Paulie pointed out in July of 2008 that LP.org doesn’t list all the Libertarian Party candidates running for office, it piqued my interest. How can we expect people to support and vote for Libertarian candidates if they don’t even know who they are – or even that they exist?

So, after chatting with Paulie, I decided that Libertarians might like a website where they can find all LP candidates in one convenient place.

Thanks to Paulie, the state parties and others that have collected the raw information presented here. All I did was design the site and enter the data.

Future Years

The site was built in a hurry during my spare time in the last couple weeks of July 2008, but I plan to significantly improve it for 2010 and beyond. Your sugestions and comments will help make that a reality.

Please Share your Feedback

Please feel free to contact me, George Donnelly, at me@georgedonnelly.com with any suggestions, ideas, complaints or whatever. I’m open to developing the project in new directions. I’m also interested in other strategies to advance the cause of liberty.

According to the site, the LP is running

* 15 for US Senate
* 109 for US House
* 5 for State Governor
* 4 for State Lt. Governor
* 1 for State Treasurer
* 3 for State Attorney General
* 2 for State Auditor
* 22 for Other State Offices
* 42 for State Senates
* 216 for State Houses
* 3 for Local Executives
* 26 for Local Legislatures
* 6 for Judge
* 12 for Sherriff or Constable
* 78 for Other Local Offices
* 546 Total LP candidates