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A Dozen Libertarian Valentine Roses

13 Feb
We’re adding more handsome Libertarians to our earlier lists — watch out for the thorns.

I’m publishing this today so they can punch me at ISFLC if they don’t like being in lists.

Marianne Copenhaver

Though a Gary Johnson voter in 2012, she is now Senator Rand Paul’s new social media person.  Ms. Copenhaver’s family was depicted in Stephen King’s Children of the Corn.  She was played by Halle Berry in the X-Men franchise.

Julie Borowski

FreedomWorks blogger and everyone’s favorite libertarian gal to debate pro- and con-.  Apparently it is taking a toll.

J. Buzz Webb

Buzz Webb of Provincetown, Mass., builds a dance stage in preparation for her annual Big Gay Dance Party, known as the biggest party of the libertarian PorcFest festival.  The founder and organizer of PorcFest, she is handing it off to someone else after this year.

Sloane Shearman

Sloane is a Talent Management Assistant at the Institute for Humane Studies and  graduated from Penn State University in May, 2013 with a BA in anthropology. She served for two years as a counselor on a crisis and basic needs hotline, inspiring her to learn the mechanisms that create prosperity and teaching her empathic and conflict resolution skills she hopes to bring to the culture of liberty. Her future career goals include identifying and maximizing talent within the liberty movement, and developing robust relationships between the organizations and individuals that compose it.

Sloane’s other passions include art, falafel, and her dog, Gatsby.

Addie Hollis

Addie Hollis, a writer and photographer, is a jack-of-all-trades. If there is something she doesn’t know how to do or something she wants to learn, she’ll figure it out. She has a bachelor degree in business administration and interpersonal communication, although in hindsight realizes she should have pursued economics and philosophy. Her current interests include cooking from scratch, writing fiction, playing PC games, collecting Japanese manga and talking.  She writes at ThoughtsOnLiberty.


Nena Whitfield

Now running LOLA, a libertarian women’s group.

Daria Kafler

Ms. Kafler is a member of Tel Aviv University Students for Liberty


Ashe Schow

Ms. Schow (right) is a columnist for the Washington Examiner.


Libby Jacobsen

Libby Jacobson is a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum and a communications professional in DC. Previously she has worked for several free-market think tanks, and her writings have appeared in the Washington Examiner Opinion Zone and Libby’s interests include exposing nanny state regulations and economic illiteracy, tech policy, women and the workplace, and exploring the intersection between feminism and libertarianism.

Jacelyn Boudreaux

While working at the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health near her home in Massachusetts, Jaclyn began to understand the importance of freedom-promoting policies.  Jaclyn was seeking a way to make complicated philosophy, policy, and economic issues accessible to the general public when her search led her to the ideal tool for doing so: Learn Liberty. For maximal happiness outside of her career, Jaclyn requires Tyrion Lannister, mojitos, SPF 30 or higher, vegetarian options, friendly librarians, and non-calorie-listing menus.

Laura Delhomme

I’m relaxing my rule that friends can’t be in my lists, just for Valentine’s Day, so my buddy Laura Delhomme, candidate and IT whiz, moving to the Institute for Human Studies, can finally be in one.


Corey Hubbard

Corey L. Hubbard is a recent graduate of International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, Corey founded and worked with multiple organizations dedicated to liberty. In 2010, she was invited England to work in the House of Commons. As an IHS, FEE, YAL, and SFL alumna, she remains steadfast in her defense of market supremacy and self ownership through research, blogging, and networking activists across the globe. 

One libertarian was actually elected in the DC metropolitan area

21 Dec

John Vihstadt, a small “l” libertarian who ran as an independent in Arlington County (one of the wealthy DC suburbs with a population of over 200,000 and containing the Pentagon) was re-elected in November, the first non-Democrat on the county board in decades, with 56% of the vote.  Vihstadt had been elected only a few months previously in a special election.

Vihstadt, an attorney, was endorsed by Democrats, independents, Greens, Libertarians, and the Arlington County Young Republicans, a local Republican club dominated by supporters of Ron Paul and the Campaign for Liberty.

In one ad, Vihstadt is endorsed by two Democrats, a Green Party voter, a Republican, and Laura Delhomme, a Libertarian Party candidate who won 27% of the vote in an Arlington district in a 2013 run for the Virginia State Legislature.

Initially Vihstadt was going to face an additional candidate, Evan Bernick, a Libertarian Party candidate who is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.  The owner of this blog asked, actually fairly innocently, simply out of curiosity, at Mr. Bernick’s initial fundraiser, how he would distinguish himself from Vihstadt, who was not simply a libertarian leaning Republican, but a libertarianish Independent.  Bernick had a lengthy answer whose actual content was difficult for me, as a non-lawyer, to comprehend; however, he withdrew from the race shortly thereafter.

Vihstadt campaigned mainly on issues of controlling the budget, especially ending planned mass transit boondoggles.

Election Day Volunteers Needed

4 Nov
Hi All! Thank you for volunteering to hand out material on Election Day. We encourage you to choose from the list of polling precincts; especially those within our Libertarian candidate’s Tellez and Delhomme districts’. Please respond to Carey Shaw with your volunteer availability. Once we hear from you we will begin to coordinate getting material out. Thanks again for all your help! – Carey
HSE 053- Tellez (most active # of registrant polling places)

525 WALNUT HILL 35 53 Alan Leis Center at Walnut Hill
7423 Camp Alger Ave., Falls Church 22042

721 MERRIFIELD 35 53 Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church 22042

714 WALKER 34 53 Fairhill Elementary School
3001 Chichester Lane, Fairfax 22031

708 MARSHALL 35 53 Marshall High School
7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church 22043

HSE 047- Delhomme (most active # of registrant polling places)

Ashton Heights 002 Clarendon United Methodist Church
606 N Irving St

Park Lane 018 Key Elementary School
2300 Key Blvd

Central 046 Central Library Auditorium
1015 N Quincy St

Lexington 031 Lee Center
5722 Lee Hwy

FAIRFAX COUNTY (polling places)

125 SIGNAL HILL 37 41 Lake Braddock Secondary School
9200 Burke Lake Rd., Burke 22015

420 VILLAGES 36 43 Hayfield Secondary School
7630 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria 22315

854 NEWGATE SOUTH 39 40 Centreville High School
6001 Union Mill Rd., Clifton 20124

To visit The Northern Virginia Libertarian Meetup, go here:

Robert Sarvis for Governor

1 Oct
I went to a Virginia Libertarian candidate forum to bring you Robert Sarvis and the other Virginia candidates but…Robert Sarvis wasn’t there!

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

(This first video from MSNBC cannot be viewed on an IPad or some other tablet devices, unlike the YouTube’s below.  Sorry.)

Because he is now doing mainstream media almost full time, as he is getting almost 10% of the vote.

He still has virtually no money.  He has great ads on youtube that could be on TV, if you donate here.

State assembly candidates Laura Delhomme (Arlington), Anthony Tellez (Falls Church), and Patrick Hagerty spoke on Obamacare, the drug war, and abolishing the Virginia income tax.

Protest Obama – Libertarian calendar for August

31 Aug
August 31
Washington DC 
and everywhere

The White House/Lafayette Park

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CAIRO: & &

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    August 31-September 2
    San Diego, CA

    Town and Country Resort
    All day/all night

    Disgust your inner Objectivist!  Smoke pot with anarchists under beautiful weather while abjuring electoral activity at Libertopia 2013.

    *************************************** August 31
    Fredericksburg, MD

    Fredericksburg Impeach Obama Overpass Rally

    • Overpass adjacent to Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center on Spotsylvania Avenue
    • The overpass off Exit 126 closest to Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center hospital needs our exposure!

    Delhomme for Delegate BBQ

    3 Aug
    Summer BBQ! This Saturday, August 3rd, we will be meetup up for food and fun at Lacey Woods Park. Feel free to bring friends, family (kids too!) as we celebrate the beginning of August and the rampup of the campaign!

    What Campaign BBQ
    When Saturday, August 3rd, 2pm
    Who You – and your friends and family! Seriously, bring anyone who wants to enjoy the weather and/or find out more about the campaign and the Libertarian Party

    Lacey Woods Park
    1200 N. George Mason Drive
    Arlington, VA 22205
    Parking can be found along George Mason Drive

    If you can’t attend, you can still support the campaign! Head over to to help out, and go “like” our Facebook page to follow what’s going on!

    Libertarians on ballot in Virginia in record numbers

    29 Jun

    Libertarian Party candidates for governor, House earn spots on Virginia ballot

    Posted by John Riley  @MetroWeekly

    June 28, 2013 2:21 PM | 
    Move over, Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli: there’s a third candidate on the ballot in the governor’s race this November.


    The Libertarian Party of Virginia announced Thursday that its gubernatorial candidate, Robert Sarvis, obtained the 10,000 signatures of registered Virginia voters needed to earn a spot on November’s ballot. Virginia’s requirements for third-party ballot access required Sarvis to collect at least 400 of those signatures from each of the Commonwealth’s 11 congressional districts.

    Sarvis, a lawyer, software engineer and math teacher from Annandale who might be characterized as fiscally conservative and socially liberal, is running a campaign around the issues of tax reform, school choice, gun rights, marijuana legalization, drug decriminalization and reform, and recognizing gay marriages.

    “Virginia needs open-minded, economically literate leadership, not culture wars and class wars,” Sarvis said in a statement announcing he had earned a spot on the ballot. “By protecting personal and economic freedom, we can make Virginia the envy of the world, with a growing economy that adds jobs and raises incomes, and a system of laws providing equality and justice for all. So let’s buck the two-party system, bring people together and build a Virginia that’s open-minded and open for business.”

    But Sarvis won’t be his party’s only standard-bearer. Seven other candidates running for the House of Delegates have also gained ballot access by gathering 125 signatures from registered voters, marking the highest number of candidates running on the Libertarian Party line since the early 1990s, the party announced in a press release.  

    Although the Libertarian Party platform states that “seuxal orientation, preference, gender or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws,” four candidates from more conservative areas are not highlighting the issue of marriage equality or whether they support the recognition of same-sex relationships on their campaign websites. 

    In Southwestern Virginia, Jonathan Parrish is running against Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg, Amherst, Beford counties). In Northern Virginia, Patrick Hagerty is running for the seat held by Del. Joe May (R-Loudoun, Clarke, Frederick counties), who was defeated in his primary by Dave LaRock. LaRock and Hagerty will face Democrat Mary Daniel in the November election.
    Libertarian Christopher G. Sullivan is running for the seat being vacated by Del. John Cox (R-Caroline, Hanover, Spotsylvania counties), where he faces Democrat Toni Radler and Republican Buddy Fowler. In Southeastern Virginia, Dan Foster will be running for the seat currently occupied by Del. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), who is running in an Aug. 6 special election for the District 14 Senate seat left open by the retirement of Republican moderate Sen. Henry Blevins (R-Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Franklin, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Isle of Wight Co.).
    But three other candidates from Northern Virginia are quite vocal in touting their support for marriage equality, and could potentially draw the discussion to the left when it pertains to recognizing same-sex relationships and treating them equally under the law. 


    Those candidates are:  Laura Delhomme, running in a district that includes Virginia Square, Ballston, and much of central Arlington against Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington Co.), and Anthony Gabriel Tellez, running for the open seat being vacated by retiring Del. Jim Scott (D-Falls Church, Fairfax Co.). Tellez will face Democrat Marcus Simon and Republican Brad Tidwell in November.

    Chuck Moulton, the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, told Metro Weekly that the party has consistently supported marriage equality since 1971, noting that Democrats only added marriage equality to their party’s platform in 2012. 
    “We’ve got almost 40 years on them,” Moulton said.
    While marriage equality is a part of the official party platform, individual candidates are allowed to decide what their own platform will be based upon the needs their district, Moulton said. Some, he said, want the government to get out of the marriage business entirely, while some others believe that, as long as government is involved, it should treat all marriages equitably. 
    “What we generally do as a rule of thumb is we have the candidates name their top three issues, all of which need to have a libertarian stance,” Moulton said. “Some candidates are emphasizing marriage equality as a part of their platforms, particularly our candidates in Northern Virginia.”
    Asked about where the Libertarian Party stands on other LGBT issues, such as nondiscrimination in employment, Moulton said that the party, in general, doesn’t like to carve out special exemptions for specific classes of people.
    “We support free speech in general, being able to hire and fire whom you want,” Moulton said. “Although we of course oppose discrimination, we think the way to combat that is by boycotting or refusing to do business with someone.” 
    However, Moulton noted, individual candidates will differ and will be in charge of their own stances on issues like nondiscrimination bills. He encouraged Metro Weekly to inquire about those issues with each candidate’s campaign. 
    [Photo 1: Robert Sarvis, Libertarian Party candidate for governor, pictured with his family (courtesy of Sarvis for Governor). Photo 2: Lindsey Bolton, District 48 candidate and proponent of marriage equality (courtesy of Lindsey Bolton for Virginia General Assembly).]

    Sarvis for Governor joins Virginia’s record largest slate of Libertarians

    27 Jun

    For Immediate Release
    Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    Libertarian Candidate Robert Sarvis on Ballot for Virginia Governor
    (Arlington, June 26, 2013) — Virginia voters will have a third candidate on the ballot for governor in November. According to the Virginia State Board of Elections, Robert Sarvis has been validated as an official candidate for the Virginia gubernatorial race. Virginia election rules require that statewide candidates gather 10,000 signatures of registered Virginia voters, with 400 of those signatures collected from each congressional district.
    Robert Sarvis says “Virginia needs open-minded, economically literate leadership, not culture wars and class wars.” Robert Sarvis has emphasized empowering parents by championing school choice, and providing tax relief and job growth through tax reform. Sarvis’s campaign is also highlighting the importance of protecting gun rights, recognizing gay marriages, and reforming our drug laws to reduce violence and restore civil liberties.
    When asked about his plan for Virginia, Sarvis responded: “by protecting personal and economic freedom, we can make Virginia the envy of the world, with a growing economy that adds jobs and raises incomes, and a system of laws providing equality and justice for all. So let’s buck the two-party system, bring people together, and build a Virginia that’s open-minded and open for business.”
    Patrick Hagerty, candidate for House of Delegates in the 33rd district of Virginia, also received verification from the Board of Elections that he would be on the ballot in November. Adding this Leesburg business owner to the slate of House of Delegates candidates brings the total number of LPVA candidates to eight; making 2013 the largest slate of candidates the Libertarian Party of Virginia has run in over a decade.
    Inquiries about Mr. Sarvis and Mr. Hagerty’s campaigns can be made via:
    Robert Sarvis
    Phone: 202-352-8335
    Mail: Sarvis for Governor 2013
    P.O. Box 224
    Annandale, VA 22003
    Questions about the Libertarian Party of Virginia may be directed to LPVA chairman Chuck Moulton at (215) 768-6812 or or to LPVA communications director Laura Delhomme at (571) 249-4613 or

    Libertarian Weekly Calendar (DC centric this week)

    22 Jun

    Arlington, VA

    Laura Delhomme for Delegate Kick Off Party
    Saturday June 22


      • 5:00pm until 8:00pm

    • 880 North Pollard
    • On behalf of the Delhomme Campaign, you are officially invited to join us as we kick off the campaign season with a backyard BBQ. This is a great chance to meet your fellow campaign supporters and volunteers. Come on out and bring a friend, this is sure to be a great time!


    880 N Pollard St Arlington VA 22201

    Washington, DC

    • Liberty
      Liberty Toastmasters

      Russell Senate Office

      Instructions for the Building Entry:

      Due to sequester, it is recommended people enter through the Dirksen 24-hour entrance at 1st & C St NE. Once you enter the building and clear security (please do not bring any weapons or suspicious items) take the stairs to the basement and proceed to Russell. Any elevator will get you to the 3rd floor

      Liberty Toastmasters was established in 2012. Our unique focus on the topic of liberty allows for a thoughtful discussion of ideas in addition to fulfilling the mission of our parent organization.

    Alexandria, VA

    • Honor Flight
    • Join us at DCA on Tues, June 25 to welcome around 30 WWII & Korean veterans from Greater St Louis Honor Flight.

      We’ll gather outside Terminal A and welcome them to DCA as they walk from the buses into the Terminal to catch their return flight back to Illinois.

      PLEASE join us any time between 5 and 6! The buses are scheduled to arrive at 5:30 pm.

      NOTE: Join us for a brief HAPPY HOUR immediately following this greeting!

      Starting at 6:15… meet us at the bar at McCormick & Schmicks in Crystal City… one of the best Happy Hours around. (Happy Hour prices effective through 7 pm)

      **One stop away on the metro**
      2010 Crystal Drive Arlington, VA 22202

      Questions? Ask them here, or ask Danielle Sturgis via Facebook or via email:!

      -Please feel free to attend ANY and ALL Honor Flight greetings! There are MANY opportunities, morning and evening. Full schedule:

    Washington DC

    What’s funny about gay Republicans?

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    • Come out to support GOProud! DC Comedy night at RFD at 810 7th St. NW. Purchase tickets online for $20 or at the door for $25.


    810 7th St. NWWashington, District of Columbia 20001

    Washington, DC

    • Liberty on the Rocks at 201 Bar at 201 Massachusetts Avenue NE
    • For June, we wanted to welcome all newcomers–interns and newly graduated– as well as those starting programs like KAP, to the Beltway by hosting our monthly social at 201 Bar. Swap your freshly printed business cards, share your experiences so far with fellow liberty-lovers, and kick-back and enjoy what DC does best: the happy hour. What better way to learn the ins and outs of a DC happy hour than at one of the classiest establishments on the Hill? Turn your happy hour into a happy night, but just remember, the metro closes at midnight!

      We’ll have “the State Room” from 6-8PM; however, the entire place is your playground. Happy hour deals run all night… so take advantage.
      $4 Bourbons, $4 wine, $4 Goose Island Beer

      You must be 21+ to enter and drink.


    201 Massachusetts Avenue NEWashington, District of Columbia 20002

    Waco, Texas

    • “Low Taxes or No Taxes?” Waco Hilton
    • Nothing can be certain but death and taxes, but maybe it’s time to question the certainty of taxes.

      Is all taxation fundamentally flawed or is there a fair way to tax Americans? If there is a best method, what is it?

      The Libertarian Party of Texas and the McLennan County Libertarian Party will be hosting Low Taxes or No Taxes?, a FREE debate on the scope and method of taxation.

      Steven Bradley, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Baylor University. He currently teaches a Social Entrepreneurship & Economic Development class that asks and answers the question “Does capitalism help the poor?” He conducts research in the survival and growth of start-up firms, both in developed and developing economies around the world.

      Kurt Hildebrand is Chair of the Hays County Libertarian Party.
      He also served as Program Director for Dionysium, an Alamo Drafthouse event which features monthly debates. Professionally, Kurt works in the field of information technology consulting.

      Wes Benedict currently works for the Libertarian Action Super PAC and the Libertarian Booster PAC. He served as Executive Director of the Libertarian National Committee, and before that as Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Texas. He recruited a record 173 LP candidates for office in Texas for the November 2008 elections, which was 29 percent of the nationwide LP total.

      John Bush has been broadcasting Rise Up Radio since 2007. John’s message has evolved to include provocative solutions amd strategies individuals can take to live a more free, prosperous, and sustainable life. John Bush is also committed liberty activist. He has helped to start and grow the following activist and educational groups: Texans for Accountable Government, the Foundation for a Free Society, Operation Defuse, Lone Star SMART, and Indigo Agora.

      The debate will be moderated by Caroline K. Gorman, chair of the Travis County Libertarian Party and member of the State Libertarian Executive Committee.

      Social hour from 6 to 7 and debate from 7 to 8:30.


    Laura Delhomme, Libertarian for Delegate

    13 Jun

    Laura Delhomme is now on the ballot in the 47th District (Arlington, Courthouse).

    Lindsey Bolton, running for delegate from the Crystal City area has also qualified for the ballot.