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Libertarian calendar for July 2016

28 Jun
July 1-7

Bellevue, WA

Objectivist conference

The Objectivist Summer Conference of 2016 is growing closer! Put on by the Ayn Rand Institute, this is a unique opportunity for students to gather together to explore Rand’s ideas and decide for themselves what they think about many different aspects of Objectivism. Thanks to generous scholarships, attending this conference will be at little to no cost for students.


July 5
Vancouver, Canada

Liberty on the Rocks
6:00 pm


Brexit’s still fresh in mind and the U.S. presidential election is in the heat of things. Come out and learn more and talk with like minded friends. Cheers for liberty!

July 7
Washington, DC

Governors Gary Johnson and William Weld Meet and Greet

5:30 pm

July 10
Lorton, VA

Pink Pistols on the gun range
1:00 pm

 Here is the website with info and directions: 


July 11
Brooklyn, NY
Libertarian Party ballot access suit
11 am
 US District Court, EDNY
225 Cadman Plaza
Room 6B South

Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. will hear our motion on July 11, and if the PI is granted then, we can start using modified petition sheets with a witness statement for non-duly qualified New York voters.

It would be helpful to the case if the gallery of the courtroom was packed with Merced and LPNY supporters at that hearing.  Monday, July 11, 2016, at 11:00 am, United States Court House for the Eastern District of New York, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, in Courtroom 6B South before District Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr.  See you there, spread the word!

Our lawsuit has been filed, to strike down New York Election Law 6-140(1)(b), which requires our nominating petition witnesses to be “duly qualified voters of the state” of New York, on the ground that it violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.  Our federal court complaint, filed today in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn, is attached.

The hearing on our motion for a preliminary injunction, to enjoin the NYSBOE from enforcing that provision while the suit is pending, will likely be heard on July 1, so until then at least, we must comply with the current New York law.  I will meet with the judge tomorrow(Tuesday) morning to fix the dates for our motion.  Also attached is my Memo of Law in support of the PI.

There is now a Libertarian in the Nevada State House

9 Jan
The Libertarian Party of Nevada Announces Nevada State Assemblyman John Moore has Joined their Party as the Highest Elected Official in Libertarian History
Libertarian Party of Nevada is hosting a Press Conference at 2:00 pm with Assemblyman John Moore, tech mogul John McAfee and HBO star Dennis Hof.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, January 8, 2016– The Libertarian Party of Nevada (LPNevada), the fastest growing political party, providing common sense solutions to major issues announces Nevada State Assemblyman John Moore has joined the Libertarian Party of Nevada.
Assemblyman John Moore represents the 8th Assembly District of Nevada and is currently serving his first term in the Nevada State Assembly. Assemblyman John Moore will represent the Libertarian Party of Nevada in the State Legislature.
“The Libertarian Party of Nevada is proud to welcome Assemblyman John Moore to our Party and we fully support him,” said Libertarian Party of Nevada Chairman Brett H. Pojunis. “Everyone in the party is excited to have him on board and this is the first time in over 15 years the Libertarian Party has had an elected official at the state level. We have been working hard to build a viable option for voters in Nevada and this will help us to continue our exponential growth.”
“I first met some of the leaders of the Party during the last legislation session and I was really impressed,” said Assemblyman John Moore. “We started working together and before I decided to join the Libertarian Party they provided a lot of support for me. Since we started working together under the Libertarian Party banner I have received so much support and I am really looking forward to our future together.”
The Libertarian Party of Nevada is hosting a “media only” press conference today at 2:00 PM at Party headquarters where Assemblyman John Moore will officially address the media. In addition, the Libertarian Party of Nevada will introduce celebrity candidates John McAfee and Dennis Hof. This will be the first official Press Conference for tech mogul John McAfee since he announced he is running for the Libertarian Party nomination for U.S. President. Dennis Hof’s exploratory committee has determined which office Mr. Hof will run for and will announce at the Press Conference.
The Libertarian Party of Nevada is hosting a candidate Meet and Greet event which is open to the public tonight at 8:00 PM. Assemblyman John Moore, John McAfee and Dennis Hof will be in attendance. The event will be held at the Foundation Room (Shangri- La room) atop Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
Media + Press Information
Please confirm your attendance in advance by emailing If you have any special needs, contact our media team. If you intend to film the event, space available is on a first-come first-serve basis. LPNevada will help to arrange interviews with all participants upon request.
Libertarian Party of Nevada Media + Press Contacts:
Jay Layman, Communications
Direct: 785.274.9369
Brett H. Pojunis, Chairman
Direct: 702.763.9301
Jason Weinman, Outreach Director
Direct: 702.763.9302
About The Libertarian Party of Nevada
The Libertarian Party is the third largest and the fastest growing political party in America. Millions of Americans voted for Libertarian Party candidates in past elections. The Libertarian Party offers a viable alternative to the broken 2 party system in America. Libertarians believe the answer to America’s political problems are embracing a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to personal freedom and civil liberties that marks this country above all others; and a foreign policy of free trade, non-intervention, and peace as intended by America’s founders.
To learn more about LPNevada, visit Please follow and Like our Facebook
Libertarian Party of Nevada Headquarters
1771 E. Flamingo Road
Suite 201 A
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Libertarian Party of Nevada
Membership: 702.664.8656
Office: 702.763.9300

An extremely impromptu interview with Libertarian candidate Austin Petersen

29 Sep

Austin Petersen, a former producer at Judge Andrew Napolitano’s FreedomWatch, and a former Libertarian National Committee staffer, is running for the LP nomination.

We conducted an accidental and spontaneous interview with him (he may not have even known we were thinking of publishing it) from our studio in the smelly Computer Commons at D.C.’s MLK Library, until our hour and 10 minutes of MAC time was up and we were disconnected.

but we need to be out front and commanding the dialogue

and that’s not happening
or if Gary won’t do it because he loses his suit and someone has to save us from XXXYXZ


If gary loses he probably won’t run

that’s a shame

I think Johnson is gonna lose that lawsuit bruce
here is a joke you cant attribute to me that I ———-

well, Bruce Fein did have a hand in undoing the Fairness Doctrine

Yes but this case is without merit

It’s an antitrust case

I know it is
the consultant class and the parties are a multi-billion dollar business in restraint of trade
I say f*ck statists with their own weapons

I get it. I don’t think the courts will

I’m not saying I won’t be happy if they win

but if they lose it just makes us look like hypocrites
you mean they will paper over it because of their class interests


like they did with Bob Barr in Texas in 2008
maybe you should write an article about it?

they flat out denied his request

I did a podcast on it today
what’s your position on water boarding
suspected terrorists captured on a battlefield

It’s a form of torture.
what do you think of Trump’s tax plan

the math doesn’t make sense

I prefer Rand’s
will you do your own eventually?

Yes I’m assembling a team of scholars to put one together
who is your favorite current radio talk show?

Talk show on the radio? Mostly radio I listen to music for

sirius xm

I listen to CNN and Fox News on my sirius
what is your next public appearance

LibertyFest in NYC October 11th
who would you pick as a veep candidate

A couple of people have asked me about it, but I haven’t thoroughly vetted them yet. My ideal candidates are already committed to the GOP this cycle unless Rand drops out so I have to protect their anonymity for now.
Are there any Democrats or independent or Greens not already in the LP supporting you?

I have many people who have identified themselves as liberals or former Democrats or left libertarians who are joining the LP in order to become delegates, or volunteering for my campaign

One notable person you might speak to is —-

A California liberal who sympathizes with libertarians and now that I’m running has decided to jump in and help organize the delegate strategy

Are there any deep pockets people behind you like the ones who got behind Robert Sarvis?

there are no big deep pocketed donors officially committed. Some unofficially and some will become official according to promises that they have made depending on what happens with Rand.

I’m starting at square one and I’m transparent about that.
What will the three top issues of 2016 be?

I can’t predict what they will be, but I will tailor a message in order to be timely, as well as continue to press my reform plan which will focus on the five most corrupt agencies of government.
What are they? IRS?

The IRS, Veteran’s Affairs, and the EPA are the three I’ve decided.

The other two I am still narrowing down.
Just don’t forget what they are during a debate.
If you get the nomination and someone other than Rand is the GOP nominee, who will Andrew Napolitano endorse?

That’s a good question. I’ve asked for his endorsement. I don’t know what he will do ultimately, but it’s entirely possible I will get it.
How old were you when you became a Libertarian?

party member or philosophy?

Party member would have been in 2008 so… around 28 for the LP
What was your military service?

and a philosophical libertarian, probably since forever

I did not serve in the US military.
After you and Gary Johnson, who is the best candidate seeking the LP nomination and why?

I have not thoroughly vetted them all and won’t speak on them until I have knowledge of their character and platforms
Who are the ideal GOP and Dem opponents from an LP presidential candidate perspective?

Ideal in terms of giving the best shot for an LP candidate probably Trump and Sanders.
Really? Not Jeb and Hillary?

That would be good too, but not the best

Trump would rip the GOP in two

Neocons might actually support a third party candidate

Sanders is unelectable and would be offputting to moderate voters
You don’t think Trump would rip the GOP in half but add part of the Dems and independents to it?

I’m not sure what you mean
Trump might realign the parties and pull new people into the GOP?

No sir. Not when his supporters are empowered and the US people see them up close.
What are his worst aspects?

White identity politics isn’t a pretty sight. Tribalism, nativism, all these things enflame a certain sector of the electorate.

He invokes national pride based on symbolism over substance.

It’s a dead end politically, and morally in my opinion.

El hombre es no conservador

said Jeb Bush
What do you think of Terry Michael’s argument that Bernie Sanders is a viable option for libertarian voters (made in reason magazine)?

I completely disagree. Sanders lies at the heart of the corruption that the United States has suffered since the height of the Progressive era

Sanders means well, but we have many well intentioned people in government whose do-gooder instincts have disastrous consequences for the rest of us

You cannot have social liberty without economic liberty. The two must go hand in hand.

Besides, he’s not honest. He betrayed Ron Paul over the audit of the fed.

When he had a chance to reach across the aisle, he slapped our hand away
Who would be better for the country and for the Democratic Party. Hillary or Biden?

For the country and the party, I think Biden is better.

I wish he could be VP for life.
If he doesn’t get his party’s nomination, would you try to get him on the Mike Gravel path?

I haven’t considered that strategy as of yet.

Politics After Dark – Austin Petersen

13 Sep
Libertarian presidential “primary” candidate Austin Petersen was interviewed by Rachel Mills, Congressman Ron Paul’s former press secretary in his Congressional office, on her internet show Politics After Dark.  He’ll be appearing later this week on Julie Borowski’s internet show.

There is no confirmation of the rumor that he and Gary Johnson have been calling each other names on Twitter.

Libertarian Party may be on ballot in Oklahoma for the first time in over a decade

17 Aug

Long term libertarian activist and ballot access expert Richard Winger has decided to match contributions, up to $30,000, of the $60,000 needed for an Oklahoma ballot access drive.

Until recently Oklahoma voters could not vote for anyone except Democrats or Republicans, not even write in candidates.

LNC officer Bill Redpath explains it in a fundraising letter which you can read here.

Libertarian calendar for July

28 Jul
July 28
Arlington, VA

Libertarian Karyoake
9:00 pm

Are you coming to the DC-area for #YALCon15? Join us at #LibertyKaraokeon Tuesday night to kick off the celebration.

Note: This event is not affiliated with Young Americans for Liberty or #YALCon15.

July 28
Washington, DC

Millennials in politics
6:30 pm

Come discuss what Millennials say about the state of America, race, gay marriage, fear, the future and more.

Hosted by Rare Politics Editor Jack Hunter, the event will take place in front of a LIVE audience with a Q&A session.

Confirmed panelists are:
Olivia Nuzzi – The Daily Beast
Julie Borowski – libertarian personality
Benny Johnson –
Orlando Watson – Republican National Committee

There will be an open bar of craft beer and wine.

July 28
New York, NY

The New York Libertarian Party 
7:00 PM
Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel
687 Lexington Ave
New York, NY

July 28
Los Angeles, CA

“Deep Web” screening

***There is limited seating for this event. To reserve your space, you must RSVP to Mary Toledo at or 310-391-2245 by Monday, July 27.***

Please join Reason for a screening of the Epix documentary DEEP WEB, which tells the inside story of the arrest of Ross Ulbricht, the 31-year-old entrepreneur who was convicted in May of being the mastermind and operator the online black market known as Silk Road. Documentary filmmaker Alex Winter, who wrote, directed, and produced DEEP WEB, will participate in a Q&A session immediately following the screening.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (movie will begin @ 7:40; Q&A will begin @ 9:15)

Where: Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Mary Toledo at or 310-391-2245 by Monday, July 27.

July 28
Washington, DC

America’s Future Foundation Happy Hour

  • Madhatter

    1319 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

If you’re an AFF member, then this is an evening just for you. Just come ready to network – we’ll provide the venue and the drinks.

Our Mid-Summer Soiree will feature invited guests, who are established professionals from a variety of DC career paths.. With a light element of competition to keep things interesting, you could walk away with some great new contacts and prizes. If you’re not yet a member, then now is a perfect time to join!


July 31 – Saturday, August 1

Illinois Libertarian Party convention

July 31
Bastiat Prize Contest Deadline

Enter to Win the Bastiat Prize for Journalism and Reason Video Prize

Reason Foundation will award$32,000 in prizes to the writers and filmmakers who best convey the importance of freedom and free markets
Reason Foundation is accepting entries for the 2015 Bastiat Prize for Journalism and the 2015 Reason Video Prize.

The submission deadline for both prizes is July 31, 2015. Winners will be honored at the 2015 Reason Media Awards dinner on November 10, 2015 in New York City.

Bastiat Prize for Journalism

Journalists, bloggers and other writers are invited to enter their work for the Bastiat Prize, which is awarded to writers who deliver simple, eloquent and witty explanations of complex economic ideas that demonstrate the importance of individual liberty and free markets.

The Bastiat Prize winner will receive $10,000, second-place will earn $5,000 and third-place will collect $1,000.

Entries must have been published in print or online between June 30, 2014 and July 31, 2015, and must be submitted using the online entry form. More information and complete rules are available here
Recent winners of the Bastiat Prize for Journalism include Robert Graboyes (2014, Mercatus Center), Ross Clark (2013, The Times and The Spectator), Anne Jolis (2012, Wall Street Journal Europe), Tom Easton (2011 co-winner, The Economist), and Virginia Postrel (2011 co-winner, Bloomberg News). 

Reason Video Prize

The Reason Video Prize honors short-form, online video, film, and moving pictures that explore, investigate, or enrich libertarian beliefs in individual rights, limited government, and human possibilities.

$16,000 in total prize money will be divided between first ($10,000), second ($5,000) and third ($1,000) prize winners.

Entries must have been published online between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 and must be submitted using the online entry form. More information and complete rules are available here.

Past Reason Video Prize winners include Donald Boudreaux and Roman Hargrave (2014, Marginal Revolution University) and Drew Tidwell (2013, Competitive Enterprise Institute).

For more information about the Reason Media Awards, please visit:

Reason Foundation

Reason Foundation is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to advancing free minds and free markets. Reason Foundation produces respected public policy research on a variety of issues and publishes the award-winning Reason magazine and its website For more information please visit

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Libertarian Party to celebrate deliverance from Hellmouth on Summer Solstice; Sarah Michelle Gellar to MC

18 Jul

The Libertarian National Committee Headquarters moved out of DC, where it had been in the famous Watergate building for decades, a year ago this month, to suburban Virginia.

The Watergate, a collection of commercial and residential buildings, including a hotel and two cooperative apartment associations, has been home to Jake Tapper, Bob Dole, Howard Baker, and NPR’s Scott Simon, as well as the Nixon Watergate scandal.  The LP moved just in time too, since the Watergate garage  collapsed this spring.

Help them celebrate their near miss!

LPHQ 1st Anniversary Reception

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 7:00pm

LP David F. Nolan Memorial HQ Building

1444 Duke Street

AlexandriaVA 22314

Please join the LNC, LPNOVA and LP HQs Staff as we celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the David F. Nolan Memorial Building at Libertarian Party Headquarters. We hope to see you there!

What: LPHQ 1st Anniversary Reception Sat night 07/18 from 7-10 pm co-hosted by LP NoVa
Where: LPHQ 1444 Duke Street, Alexandria VA 22314  
Parking: Street parking available in area (Jamison, West, Commerce or Price – watch signs for restrictions) plus possible limited parking by office in Round House Square (spots marked 1438, 1442 or 1444 only).
Other: Held in conjunction with the July LNC Meeting. For more info please visit: and also LP NoVa Meetup Page: 
Beer, wine and light fare will be served.  

Libertarian Party considers new logo

13 Jul
I was at a BBQ last weekend hosted by a couple one of whom has run as a Libertarian for local office and the other of whom is not a libertarian and believes for many libertarians libertarianism is like a religion.

In the kitchen with the non-libertarian half of this couple and some friends the topic of PorcFest came up and I explained that the “porc” was for porcupine, not pork.  And that the porcupine had been unofficially adopted as a symbol, like the elephant or the donkey, since it is a purely defensive animal that does not initiate aggression.  The non-libertarians urged me to get libertarians to adopt some other symbol.

For a while last year a capitol “L” seemed to be in the running.

Now the LP is soliciting votes on finalists for on a new symbol specifically for the LP.  I’ve google doxxed their letter for your perusal.

John Hospers anniversary for gay pride month – first gay candidate to receive an Electoral College vote

8 Jun

John Hospers, an academic philosopher and author on aesthetics, was the first Libertarian Party candidate for president in 1972.

Though the Libertarians were on very few ballots he received an Electoral College vote, becoming the first openly gay man (by 1972 standards anyway) to do so.  His running mate, Tonie Nathan, became the first Jewish American and the first woman to receive an Electoral College vote as well.