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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.


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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.



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Julie Borowski



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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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Nena Whitfield






Now running LOLA, a libertarian women’s group.



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Daria Kafler

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

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Ashe Schow

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










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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 TheAgitator.com. 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.




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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.

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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.

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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 atcashaw30@gmail.com 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:
http://www.meetup.com/LPNOVA/

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!

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(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
Noon


MANHATTAN: https://www.facebook.com/events/357407417726630/?
ref=ts&fref=ts & https://www.facebook.com/events/232889963524783/?ref=ts&fref=ts & https://www.facebook.com/events/504830419598780/?ref=ts&fref=ts

HUNTINGTON: https://www.facebook.com/events/338271296307105/?ref=ts&fref=ts

BOSTON: https://www.facebook.com/events/1417584815119642/


SPRINGFIELD: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409951602560340/

COLUMBUS: https://www.facebook.com/groups/212920022203108/



INDIANAPOLIS: https://www.facebook.com/events/251005211690893/https://www.facebook.com/events/163340777189902/ 

&https://www.facebook.com/events/622181111147908/

CHICAGO: https://www.facebook.com/events/142468009295633/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/632321833468149/


MINNESOTA: https://www.facebook.com/events/409178679203245/


ST LOUIS: https://www.facebook.com/events/509611722446791/


KANSAS: https://www.facebook.com/events/466176590146930/ &


WICHITA: https://www.facebook.com/events/489615451123562/


OKLAHOMA: https://www.facebook.com/events/1411313969082686/
TULSA: https://www.facebook.com/events/282576931882529/
LITTLE ROCK: https://www.facebook.com/events/622549261098670/
MEMPHIS: https://www.facebook.com/events/468214603275687/
NASHVILLE: https://www.facebook.com/events/379584885502507/
CHARLOTTE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1408133369405180/
TAMPA: https://www.facebook.com/events/1413121772247074/
FORT WORTH: https://www.facebook.com/events/510197189062404/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/503891873030349/
AUSTIN: https://www.facebook.com/events/190453154459560/
CONROE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410199879200188/
TUCSON: https://www.facebook.com/events/412676965504853/?ref=br_tf
PHOENIX: https://www.facebook.com/events/520660951338155/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/1412323025648288/?ref=br_tf
SAN DIEGO: https://www.facebook.com/events/154427298090014/
LOS ANGELES: https://www.facebook.com/events/404701396296159/
FRESNO: https://www.facebook.com/events/186697314843916/
SAN JOSE: https://www.facebook.com/events/590167581029342/?ref=br_tf
OAKLAND: https://www.facebook.com/events/403287799771789/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/528826650523730/
SAN FRANCISCO: https://www.facebook.com/events/619089938111312/
SACRAMENTO: https://www.facebook.com/events/317130931764687/
SALT LAKE CITY: https://www.facebook.com/events/644064555618304/https://www.facebook.com/events/1409460149276144/
DENVER: https://www.facebook.com/events/506703812739032/
PORTLAND: https://www.facebook.com/events/323218307823420/
SEATTLE: https://www.facebook.com/events/652372694787638/

LEXINGTON KY
https://www.facebook.com/events/380412935420838/
NEW HAVEN CT
https://www.facebook.com/events/512095665545450/:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
CANADA:
MONTREAL: https://www.facebook.com/events/157490327790506/
TORONTO: https://www.facebook.com/events/283938335079083/
QUEBEC: https://www.facebook.com/events/283938335079083/
WINNIPEG: https://www.facebook.com/groups/193748280802346/
CALGARY: https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-war-with-Syria-Calgary/411054519004959
VANCOUVER: https://www.facebook.com/events/470724056368676/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/226157700867181/
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UK:
LONDON: https://www.facebook.com/events/163267130532010/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/517932798285947/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/166493376874529/
BRISTOL: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405111359705804/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/355334327932258/
MANCHESTER: https://www.facebook.com/events/295006980638445/
GLASGOW: https://www.facebook.com/events/634686443221967/
ABERDEEN: https://www.facebook.com/groups/512395222179358/
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IRELAND:
DUBLIN: https://www.facebook.com/events/425245360927349/
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EUROPE:
ITALY:
ROME: https://www.facebook.com/events/632887376745280/
GERMANY:
HAMBURG: https://www.facebook.com/events/354172311383614/
POLAND:
WARSAW: https://www.facebook.com/events/158726467662694/
GREECE:
ATHENS: https://www.facebook.com/events/160811104116473/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/203267516509152/?ref=br_tf
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MIDDLE EAST:
EGYPT:
CAIRO: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410433225844415/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/663966683614600/ &https://www.facebook.com/nowarwithsyriarallycairo
SYRIA:
DAMASCUS: https://www.facebook.com/events/356462654485311/
HOMS: https://www.facebook.com/events/177634505753462/?ref=br_tfhttps://www.facebook.com/events/563439243723473/
OMAN:
MUSCAT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409882829234501/
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CENTRAL ASIA:
PAKISTAN:
LAHORE: https://www.facebook.com/events/397207983735282/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/428104097308472/
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INDIA:
NEW DELHI: https://www.facebook.com/events/164198087106748/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/581230435252214/
MUMBAI: https://www.facebook.com/events/397383013724329/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/498335756921282/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/176880859166192/
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SOUTH EAST ASIA:
MALAYSIA:
KUALA LUMPUR: https://www.facebook.com/events/232039643614378/
PHILIPPINES:
MANILA: https://www.facebook.com/events/181700298678930/
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NEW ZEALAND:
AUCKLAND: https://www.facebook.com/events/355644597900610/
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ISLANDS:
HONOLULU: https://www.facebook.com/events/212873448876442/ &https://www.facebook.com/events/590792747631371/

  • ******************************************************************************************************
    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

    Where 
    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 http://donate.lauradelhomme.com 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.

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    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. 

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    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).]