Archive | June, 2012

DC after the storm

30 Jun

We note that it is public streets, sidewalks, and utilities that operate so that 
overgreen trees knock down power lines almost annually during storms, leaving
many neighborhoods, from Cleveland Park and Foxhall Village to Palisades without
power, for days.

Couldn’t one plan for this in advance?

If this was being provided by private competitive firms wouldn’t one lose market share?

Wouldn’t one have liability for the service interruption?

The government says:

Executive Office of the Mayor
Office of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, June 30, 2012

District Government Declares State of Emergency
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)– In response to yesterday’s devastating storm and searing
 temperatures, the Government of the District of Columbia has declared a state of 

“The severity of the storm damage necessitates the declaration of a public emergency 
to enable District government to respond to emerging issues as expeditiously as
 possible,” said City Administrator Allen Y. Lew.  “I have surveyed several areas where 
trees have fallen and where crews are cleaning up and want to commend the dedicated 
workers who have been on the job since the storm ended and who will stay until all 
areas are cleaned and secured. I’d also like to commend the staff of our cooling facilities
 and other places of refuge, for keeping district residents safe and cool.”
The declaration is effective June 30, 2012, and shall stay in effect for 15 days until and
 unless provided for by further Mayoral Order.
The order applies to all departments, agencies and instrumentalities of the District government 
as provided in the District’s Response Plan (DRP) overseen by the Director of DC Homeland
 Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). 
The Chief Financial Officer of the District is authorized to approve the disbursement of all 
appropriations necessary to carry out the order.
The state of emergency authorizes the City Administrator, in coordination with the Deputy
 Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the Director of the DC Homeland Security and 
Emergency Management Agency and the Chief Financial Officer to apply for financial
 assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other
 federal, private or non-profit disaster relief and recovery organizations to recoup expenditures 
incurred, or obtain funding needed, under this order.  
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Meanwhile on any neighborhood list serve you read things like:

I had to go to my office, cannot handle the heat, so in checking the latest 
information on power outage, News 4 reports that there are 66,000 or more 
outages in D.C. When trying to talk to Pepco, which is futile, they are 
still accessing storm damage. How long does it take to access damage? I have 
been driving around the Palisades and see no evidence of any Pepco truck 
whatsoever. I have lived here since 83, and frankly it is always the Palisades 
that gets restored last, that is my distinct impression. I don’t 
understand why.

Let’s hope for a breakthrough. And, unfortunately, there is another storm 
coming today from 6 to 8. Thought folks would want to know.

C—- on Eskridge

Florida Libertarians go for quality over quantity in November elections

30 Jun

Libertarian Party U.S. House Candidate Calen Fretts


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Nationally, the Libertarian Party elected Gary Johnson as their
 Presidential nominee and will be on the ballot in Florida.
The Libertarians will be working to elect Calen Fretts to the District 
1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. If elected, he would
 become the first Libertarian Party Congressman and he could be 
joined by others across the nation campaigning to do the same. 
Several Libertarians have signed up to have their name on the 
ballot so they can represent their districts in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Loesche from the Jacksonville, Florida area is seeking to be elected to District 14 in the Florida House. Loesche is an energetic young Libertarian who qualified to be on the ballot by petition rather than pay the qualifying fee; meaning he went out to get hundreds of voters from Duval County to petition to get him on the ballot – not an easy feat. Loesche will face against Democrat Mia Jones as there is no Republican in the race.
Peter Richter is running for the Florida House in District 106
 which is in the Naples, Florida area. He will face the winner of 
the Republican Party primary; either Kathleen Passidomo or
 David Bolduc. No Democrat qualified to be in the race, so like 
Loesche; Richter is in a unique position of a two-way race between
 the Libertarian and the Republican.
Franklin Perez of Oviedo is running for the Florida House in 
District 28 which is in Seminole and Orange counties. He will 
face the winner of the Republican Party primary who will be 
either John Bush or Jason Brodeur. Perez has run for the 
Florida House before and puts his heart and soul into his campaign.
Loesche, Richter and Perez each stand a fair chance to win 
their elections as they are in two way races whereas Fretts
 stands a larger hurdle facing a Democrat, a Republican and
 a Write-In candidate this November. Johnson will face Barack 
Obama and Mitt Romney for the office of President.
The Libertarian Party of Florida is looking to reduce the size
 and scope of the state government and works to eliminate 
corporate welfare and increase personal freedoms for Floridians.

Ron Paul’s Liberty Political Action Committee Held Here in Our BackYard this Fall — and a Shocking Speaker Announcement

30 Jun

Dear Libertarian,

3 day pass $85

(includes 1 day training)

1 day training $50

Early Bird Rates above until July, 1stBuy Your Tickets Now!

Ron Paul to Speak at LPAC

The 2012 Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) is quickly 
We wanted to make you aware of two important updates regarding our
1.) We are proud to announce that Congressman Ron
Paul is confirmed to speak!
For over 30 years, Congressman Paul has stood up in defense
of the Constitution and individual freedom, and his founding of 
C4L in 2008 ensured a continuing grassroots impact on the 
political landscape by liberty-minded activists.
Congressman Paul joins Senator Rand Paul, Senator Mike
 Lee, Joel Salatin, Jack Hunter, Mike Church, and many more 
as an LPAC 2012 speaker.
2.) Our Early Bird rate, which discounts tickets to all three
days of main stage activities to only $85 (and includes our
grassroots training), was scheduled to expire July 1.
But to help as many people as possible attend LPAC 2012,
we’re extending the time to take advantage of this rate.
The Early Bird discount will now be available through July 8!
We won’t be able to stretch our deadline again.  So once this
deal is gone, it’s gone!
Although we’ve extended our Early Bird rate, don’t wait
until the last minute to save your spot. to learn more about our
Conference activities and reserve your ticket(s) today. 

If you have any questions, be sure to contact us at

In Liberty,

Matt Hawes
Vice President

P.S.  I’m excited to announce that Congressman Ron
Paul is confirmed to speak at LPAC 2012!

And I also wanted to let you know that our Early Bird

rate on LPAC 2012 tickets, which includes access to all
three days of main Conference activities and our grassroots
training for just $85, has been extended until July 8.

Even though our deadline to obtain our Early Bird discount has 
been extended, don’t wait until the last minute to save your spot.

Visit to learn more about our Conference
activities and reserve your ticket(s) today!

And be sure to contact us at

with any questions.

Economics Roundtable: Legalizing Drugs

30 Jun

Gary Johnson and Wayne Root take part in “Defeat Obama Telethon”

30 Jun

Gary Johnson and Wayne Root take part in “Defeat Obama Telethon”

South Carolina Legislative Race Will Probably List Only Two Candidates, a Libertarian and an Independent

30 Jun

South Carolina Legislative Race Will Probably List Only Two Candidates, a Libertarian and an Independent

RJ Harris: Repeal Obamacare and Restore Liberty Using Jury Nullification

30 Jun

RJ Harris: Repeal Obamacare and Restore Liberty Using Jury Nullification