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LP Maryland 2015 Convention: Robert Sarvis

2 Apr

The audio on this video doesn’t start until minute 15. Better audio here.

An appeal from Rob Sarvis

3 Dec
Virginia needs a more open and competitive political system. Here are three proposals that would help:
1) Reduce the threshold for ballot-qualified party status to 2% of the vote in statewide elections.

2) Reduce the ballot signature threshold to 5,000 for all statewide offices (Gov., Lt. Gov., Atty. Gen., U.S. Sen.).

3) Enact ranked-choice (instant-runoff) voting in Virginia elections. No more claims of spoilers or wasted votes.

We need to get these bills introduced, and the deadline is fast approaching. Please help by taking action NOW. Find out how: http://www.robertsarvis.com/electoral-reform-bills
Thank you!

Robert Sarvis

http://www.robertsarvis.com/

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A note on Libertarian Pragmatism

25 Oct
A continuing tension in the libertarian movement, which isn’t going away, is about whether libertarians, or those libertarians who believe in (at least sometimes) working in electoral politics, should work in the Libertarian Party or in one of the incumbent parties (usually taken to be the Republican Party).

Libertarian calendar for September

30 Sep



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September 30
Washington DC

Book Forum

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00PM

Featuring the author Todd Zywicki, Professor, George Mason University School of Law; with comments by Anthony Yezer, Professor, Department of Economics, George Washington University. Moderated by Mark Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.

Why do people borrow? An attempt to live beyond their means or income smoothing that accompanies growing prosperity? Consumer Credit and the American Economy examines the economics, behavioral science, sociology, history, law, and regulation of consumer credit in the United States. The authors look at why Americans use credit and the implications for both the American economy and government regulation. With the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by the Dodd-Frank Act, spreading its wings, there is perhaps no better time to have an in-depth discussion about the past and future of consumer credit. This panel features some of the leading experts in consumer financial regulation, who have served as both regulators and scholars.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Federalist Society.
 

REGISTER  or Watch online Sep 30

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September 30
Arlington VA

Liberty on the Rocks

Do you feel it? Fall is in the air! We have almost a year until dealing with bathing suits and interns again so let’s get together to toast with some (big) beers at Hunan.

Scottish (lack of) independence, ISIS, checking Bitcoin value on your iphone 6 – there’s a lot to catch up on! I hope to see you there and keep the conversation about liberty alive.

Details:

* $5.50 32 oz beers (ALL BEERS – IPAs, Blue Moon, Shocktop, etc. not just the miller/bud tier, but not Guinness)
* 2/$6 shots
* Dinner entree and sushi specials

Happy hour lasts until 9:00PM!
18+ to enter
21+ to drink

Hunan Number One is located at 3033 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201, right off the Clarendon Metro on the Orange and Silver Line.

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September 30
Arlington VA

Nova Libertarian Party fundraising letter stuffing

Libertarians, let’s get together and assemble the fundraising letters that will be going out to Libertarians throughout Northern Virginia. Come on out for specials on draft beer, and help LPNOVA spread the word. 

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    • September 30
      Libertarian Alliance
      We meet on the third Tuesday of the month 
      at 7pm at the Shephall Community Centre,
       Shephall Green, off Hydean Way, 
      off Valley Way, Stevenage, SG2 9XR.
      On Tuesday, 30 September, David McDonagh will talk on  “The life of Gladstone; featuring the part he played in rise and the fall of classical or pristine liberalism”.
    • Stevenage, United Kingdom

DC corporate media censoring news coverage of Libertarian candidates

17 Sep
It does seem like there is going to be a local DC media blackout of the Libertarians, by

WMAL — where most of the on air talent claim to be libertarian-leaning, but never mention any DC or Virginia Libertarian candidates, except to attack them the day after the election, as they did Robert Sarvis when he ran for Governor in 2013.  WMAL seems to have orders from its corporate owners to push Cuccinelli, Gillespie and Catania and never mention or interview Libertarians.  Is it a Republican thing or do they just like Italians?
Washington City Paper – ran a long article when we only had three candidates recruited, perhaps mainly so they could say Libertarians are all nerdy white guys.  Now that we have 9 candidates, including black and brown and gay and female candidates, they don’t cover them much, especially any Libertarian candidate of color;
The Washington Post – where pretty much every reporter except Michael DeBonis reports that there are are only 3 candidates (including my friend Carol Schwartz who has little chance of being elected), and occasionally even mentions the Green Party candidate, but have stopped mentioning Libertarians especially me.
(The gay press, MetroWeekly and the Washington Blade, are covering us.  I believe the Washingtonian is going to as well.)

Of course, most local coverage is essentially sports coverage — who is up, who is down.  Or it’s just about who is white or black or gay or unmarried.  Nothing about ideas or policies.  These are the same people who never exposed any corruption in DC until Tim Day and other private citizens brought it to light.  Who have never looked at who donates hundreds of thousands to all our incumbents from Eleanor Holmes Norton down, and whether it correlates with committees they sit on and votes they take.

So, we have to raise money and bypass them.  We’ve distributed around 6,000 brochures and I just got another 4,000 door knockers on school choice that we will be going door to door with.  Our MajorsforMayor.com website goes live this week (if you don’t get a snail mail fundraising letter you can give there when it is up).
We will be campaigning mainly on 5 issue areas (vaguely in order of emphasis) :
1) radically expanded school choice to address DC’s failed schools.  DC currently budgets $29,000 per pupil for public school students, but only $17,000 for charter schools and even less for students who use an opportunity voucher to attend an independent school.  This is the subject of the door knocker we are distributing now.  We want voters to vote Libertarian to signal to the DC political class that they want unequal and discriminatory funding against charter schools to end.
2) refocusing criminal justice on real crime – people are being assaulted for appearing to be gay, for having an Iphone, etc. all over town – a libertarian just last week in NoMa – while DC prosecutes alleged prostitutes and other victimless crimes and sets up ticket trap surveillance cameras.  In addition DC residents who go to federal prison are shipped around the country where their relatives cannot find them (we have no local prison), and we have DC residents who cannot get jobs because of their criminal record for involvement in victimless crimes.
3) pointing out all the ways DC keeps people without law degrees from getting a job, starting a business, or becoming wealthy, by making it illegal for them to start a school, cook and sell food, braid hair, provide day care, etc. etc.
4) encouraging voters to vote for the marijuana legalization initiative, including people who are usually non-voters, and while they are at it voting Libertarian for candidates who would push that issue.
5) calling for an end to DC policies that restrict the supply of housing, driving up rents and causing homelessness, including limiting the height of buildings (so the city is filled up with 10 story buildings to meet our growing housing demand, since no once can build a 40 or 50 story one) and regulating owners of smaller multi-unit buildings with moderately priced apartments so that they sell out to condo and apartment developers and leave the DC market to invest in Virginia.
If we end up getting more donations this month we may do internet and radio ads, as well as more door knockers.  We will also be doing more substantial responses to and alternatives to the welcome platforms some of the other candidates have finally put out.
As always, the dollars per vote spent by Libertarians will be far less and far more efficient than the incumbent candidates.  They’ve already spent $4 million, which means they’ve already spent way over $10 per vote, which is even more than Democrats and Republicans usually spend (often around $3 per vote).  Libertarians typically spend less than $1 per vote, since we don’t receive corporate, union, or PAC donations.

Libertarian calendar for July

30 Jul
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July 30
Arlington, VA

Young Americans for Liberty conference
(you must rsvp at YAL.org)
The conference as a whole is not open to the public, just the opening night.

Spectrum Theater
1611 N. Kent St.
Arlington, VA 22209
(Rosslyn metro stop)

Wednesday July 30th
5:45pm  Doors Open
6:15pm Convention Welcome, featuring Jeff Frazee
6:30pm
House of Representatives Panel, featuring United States House of Representative Members
7:30pm Keynote address, featuring Senator Rand Paul

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July 31
Ottowa, Canada

Milton Friedman birthday celebration

We’ll be celebrating the legacy of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman on the 102nd anniversary of his birth. Light food and drinks will be provided. Join us at 5:30pm upstairs at The Brig (23 York Street). Space is limited, RSVP to Matt Bufton (matt@liberalstudies.ca).

Libertarian Sarvis censored from Virginia debates

25 Jul
Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in Virginia, Robert Sarvis, has qualified to be on this year’s ballot alongside Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie.



The first debate is being hosted by the Virginia Bar Association on Saturday, July 26th. Although there are only three candidates on the ballot, Robert Sarvis has again been excluded from debating his opponents. (See http://hamptonroads.com/2014/06/va-libertarian-makes-us-senate-ballot-blocked-debate)

Please use the phone numbers, email addresses and social media addresses below to contact the debate host, the Virginia Bar Association, and the moderator, Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour (the show will livestream the event), to politely ask them to invite Robert Sarvis to the debate.

Also, please share this event on Facebook/Twitter and invite your Facebook friends to help build support.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
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Virginia Bar Association

http://vba.org/
https://twitter.com/VABarAssn
https://www.facebook.com/VaBarAssn
http://www.youtube.com/user/VirginiaBarAssoc
804-644-0041
thevba@vba.org
Contact information for invididual VBA leadership: https://m360.vba.org/GroupDetail.aspx?id=25127

Judy Woodruff

https://twitter.com/JudyWoodruff

PBS NewsHour

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/
https://twitter.com/NewsHour
https://www.facebook.com/newshour
https://plus.google.com/+PBSNewsHour/posts
http://www.youtube.com/user/PBSNewsHour
703-998-2138
pbsnewshourmail@gmail.com

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VBA Debate Announcement:
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Debate-Tradition-Continues-–VBA-Summer-Meeting.html?soid=1108302653785&aid=0LKypZN_4qo

Washington Post: “Va. Libertarian Sarvis joins Senate ballot” – 6/26/2014
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/va-libertarian-sarvis-joins-senate-ballot/2014/06/26/100629fc-fd77-11e3-8176-f2c941cf35f1_story.html

PilotOnline.com: “Va. Libertarian makes U.S. Senate ballot but not debate” – 6/26/2014
http://hamptonroads.com/2014/06/va-libertarian-makes-us-senate-ballot-blocked-debate

Ballot Access News: “Robert Sarvis Showing was Best Gubernatorial Showing for a Minor Party Candidate in the South Since 1970” – 11/6/2013
http://www.ballot-access.org/2013/11/robert-sarvis-showing-was-best-gubernatorial-showing-for-a-minor-party-candidate-in-the-south-since-1970/

Robert Sarvis:

http://robertsarvis.com/


https://www.facebook.com/RobertSarvisVA


https://twitter.com/RobertSarvisVA


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Sarvis