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DC Libertarian candidate statements

3 Jan
The Board of Elections ask for candidate statements by January 2nd, that can be  placed in the candidate guides for voters in the April primary.  Here are the Libertarian candidate statements.

Ryan Sabot.  Ward 3 City council

Ward 3 is ready for a departure from the same old political scene that it has been dealing with for seven years. Ward 3 is ready for someone who can accurately represent the Ward’s unique needs in the DC Council, and Ward 3 is undoubtedly ready to make this change in November. Your vote will ensure DC stays open for business, drastically cuts taxes, continues to ensure school choice, guarantees all their personal liberty, and gives residents more transportation options. I am positive that we can obtain these things in government and that, together, we can start in November. 

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Sara Jane Panfil.  Delegate to Congress.


I left New York City for Washington, D.C. almost four years ago in search of lower rents, greater economic freedom, and greater personal freedom.  Although D.C. is certainly a freer place in many respects (the District does not presume to dictate what size beverage one can enjoy, for example), its citizens still live in the midst of a drug war, in a place that is hostile to Wal-Mart and other forms of economic development, where union contracts are protected over citizens’ personal property and dignity.  I hope to have the opportunity to fight for the District’s citizens as Congressional Delegate.


I left New York City for Washington, D.C. almost four years ago in search of lower rents, greater economic freedom, and greater personal freedom.  Although D.C. is certainly a freer place in many respects (the District does not presume to dictate what size beverage one can enjoy, for example), its citizens still live in the midst of a drug war, in a place that is hostile to Wal-Mart and other forms of economic development, where union contracts are protected over citizens’ personal property and dignity.  I hope to have the opportunity to fight for the District’s citizens as Congressional Delegate.

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John Daniel. Shadow Senator.


My focus will be to get DC its voting rights, by disrupting the status quo. I will promote the Libertarian message of protecting American social liberties, less foreign involvement, less centralized government, that is fiscally responsible by not wasting taxpayer hard earned dollars! The most important issue is innovating the disastrous tax code, by giving municipalities the freedom to collect more of their own taxes, than the Federal Government. This will empower Americans to be more in control of their communities, and in turn will create a competitive, accountable, and eventually a thriving environment
 
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Martin Moulton. Shadow Representative


DC must stop condemning families and communities by forcing students attend failing schools. Government must empower ALL parents to send children to the best schools.

The District’s drug war puts unsustainable burdens on MPD, judicial, and incarceration facilities with funds better used on other public services, preventative education and treatment. DC must stop incarcerating #BlackMenAndBoys and other minorities for non-violent drug offenses at rates grossly out of line with the demographic reality of drug usage in DC and elsewhere. Current policies destroy individuals, families, and communities and enrich the gun industry in the drugwar firearms race as criminals seek to out gun police. Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and crack might degrade the human immune system making it susceptible to cancer and other disease. But the urgent need to end continued violence, motivated by cash-only markets and turf battles, grossly outweighs government’s role in regulating choices through destructive prohibition.

As a DC41 member is was arrested in protest of Federal tyranny that denies our civil rights and the full benefits of US citizenship.
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Pranav Badhwar. Ward 6 City Council


My wife and I are devoted to this city where our children were born and attend school. I create and launch wireless products for a living, and understand the hard work needed to effectively deliver services to the public. I want to see DC flourish, and envision a city that protects rights over your body, property, and associations. A city which generates opportunities for the neediest, where men and women can thrive as small business owners, where people have affordable housing and transportation, and where our youth attend effective schools and are no longer jailed for non-violent drug offences.
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Frederick Steiner, City Council At Large



I’ve lived in the DC area for 10 years, after the birth of my daughter I learned I could no longer remain aloof from the community I lived in. I learned that everyone has a shared interest in things like good schools and safe streets, that vibrant neighborhoods create opportunities for all, that transparency and openness is a requirement for good governance. I needed to do my part in the attainment of those ideals. I have no grand political aspirations, and self funded my campaign so I don’t owe anyone anything. I’m just a person trying to do the right thing. 
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Bruce Majors, Mayor


I have lived in DC since 1980.  I have watched it become morbidly obese, with a swollen $9 billion dollar budget, that just like real obesity leads to many diseases: corruption and cronyism, high rents and no affordable housing, as the politically connected line up for your tax dollars.  The DC political class needs to be put on a diet, and opportunities need to be legalized for those who are not federal lawyers or lobbyists with 6 figure incomes taken from the taxpayer.  Your vote for Libertarians starts these needed changes.
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DC Libertarian candidate statements

3 Jan
The Board of Elections ask for candidate statements by January 2nd, that can be  placed in the candidate guides for voters in the April primary.  Here are the Libertarian candidate statements.

Ryan Sabot.  Ward 3 City council


Ward 3 is ready for a departure from the same old political scene that it has been dealing with for seven years. Ward 3 is ready for someone who can accurately represent the Ward’s unique needs in the DC Council, and Ward 3 is undoubtedly ready to make this change in November. Your vote will ensure DC stays open for business, drastically cuts taxes, continues to ensure school choice, guarantees all their personal liberty, and gives residents more transportation options. I am positive that we can obtain these things in government and that, together, we can start in November. 

********************************************************************************


Sara Jane Panfil.  Delegate to Congress.


I left New York City for Washington, D.C. almost four years ago in search of lower rents, greater economic freedom, and greater personal freedom.  Although D.C. is certainly a freer place in many respects (the District does not presume to dictate what size beverage one can enjoy, for example), its citizens still live in the midst of a drug war, in a place that is hostile to Wal-Mart and other forms of economic development, where union contracts are protected over citizens’ personal property and dignity.  I hope to have the opportunity to fight for the District’s citizens as Congressional Delegate.


I left New York City for Washington, D.C. almost four years ago in search of lower rents, greater economic freedom, and greater personal freedom.  Although D.C. is certainly a freer place in many respects (the District does not presume to dictate what size beverage one can enjoy, for example), its citizens still live in the midst of a drug war, in a place that is hostile to Wal-Mart and other forms of economic development, where union contracts are protected over citizens’ personal property and dignity.  I hope to have the opportunity to fight for the District’s citizens as Congressional Delegate.

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John Daniel. Shadow Senator.


My focus will be to get DC its voting rights, by disrupting the status quo. I will promote the Libertarian message of protecting American social liberties, less foreign involvement, less centralized government, that is fiscally responsible by not wasting taxpayer hard earned dollars! The most important issue is innovating the disastrous tax code, by giving municipalities the freedom to collect more of their own taxes, than the Federal Government. This will empower Americans to be more in control of their communities, and in turn will create a competitive, accountable, and eventually a thriving environment
 

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Martin Moulton. Shadow Representative


DC must stop condemning families and communities by forcing students attend failing schools. Government must empower ALL parents to send children to the best schools.

The District’s drug war puts unsustainable burdens on MPD, judicial, and incarceration facilities with funds better used on other public services, preventative education and treatment. DC must stop incarcerating #BlackMenAndBoys and other minorities for non-violent drug offenses at rates grossly out of line with the demographic reality of drug usage in DC and elsewhere. Current policies destroy individuals, families, and communities and enrich the gun industry in the drugwar firearms race as criminals seek to out gun police. Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and crack might degrade the human immune system making it susceptible to cancer and other disease. But the urgent need to end continued violence, motivated by cash-only markets and turf battles, grossly outweighs government’s role in regulating choices through destructive prohibition.

As a DC41 member is was arrested in protest of Federal tyranny that denies our civil rights and the full benefits of US citizenship.
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Pranav Badhwar. Ward 6 City Council


My wife and I are devoted to this city where our children were born and attend school. I create and launch wireless products for a living, and understand the hard work needed to effectively deliver services to the public. I want to see DC flourish, and envision a city that protects rights over your body, property, and associations. A city which generates opportunities for the neediest, where men and women can thrive as small business owners, where people have affordable housing and transportation, and where our youth attend effective schools and are no longer jailed for non-violent drug offences.
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Frederick Steiner, City Council At Large



I’ve lived in the DC area for 10 years, after the birth of my daughter I learned I could no longer remain aloof from the community I lived in. I learned that everyone has a shared interest in things like good schools and safe streets, that vibrant neighborhoods create opportunities for all, that transparency and openness is a requirement for good governance. I needed to do my part in the attainment of those ideals. I have no grand political aspirations, and self funded my campaign so I don’t owe anyone anything. I’m just a person trying to do the right thing. 
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Bruce Majors, Mayor


I have lived in DC since 1980.  I have watched it become morbidly obese, with a swollen $9 billion dollar budget, that just like real obesity leads to many diseases: corruption and cronyism, high rents and no affordable housing, as the politically connected line up for your tax dollars.  The DC political class needs to be put on a diet, and opportunities need to be legalized for those who are not federal lawyers or lobbyists with 6 figure incomes taken from the taxpayer.  Your vote for Libertarians starts these needed changes.
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AU student runs for D.C. Council

20 Nov




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By Courtesy of Ryan Sabot


Ryan Sabot (left) poses for a picture with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (right).

School of Public Affairs junior Ryan Sabot announced his candidacy for the Council of the District of Columbia on Nov. 1. He will run as the Ward 3 representative, an area that includes AU.
Though the District is run by the federal government, the D.C. Council is the city’s legislative branch that controls the day-to-day operations of the District. It is responsible for passing local laws and ordinances with the approval of the federal government, according to its website.
The primary election for Ward 3 Council will be held April 1.
Sabot is running as a Libertarian on the platform of the new D.C. Libertarian Party (DCLP). One of his goals as a councilmember is to eliminate regulation because it deters small businesses from opening, according to his official campaign website.
D.C.’s demographics make it a fertile place for startups, but many are discouraged by the District’s high level of regulation, Sabot said. He plans to change this if elected to the D.C. Council since the legislative body is not tackling regulation reforms, he said.
One of his most controversial opinions is his pro-abortion stance.
“You should be able to do what you like so long as your decisions cause no harm to others,” Sabot said. “The only person who knows what is best for yourself is yourself; you should be free to make your decisions accordingly.”
Sabot said he defines harm as actually committing “physical harm” to another.
If elected, some of other goals Sabot plans to carry out include:
  • ensuring D.C. statehood
  • legalizing marijuana
  • improving parents’ choice in what schools their kids will attend
  • deregulating D.C. cabs so that startups like Uber can grow
Sabot decided to run due to his history with the Libertarian party over the past three years. He ran the D.C. branch of Libertarian Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign office, served as chairman of the DCLP and helped get the DCLP permanently onto the local ballot.
With the recent founding of the DCLP, they are attempting to gain further legitimacy and get as many candidates on the ballot as possible, according to Sabot. This will help diversify D.C.’s two party system and offer residents an alternative to what the District has now, Sabot said.

AU student runs for D.C. Council

18 Nov



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By Courtesy of Ryan Sabot


Ryan Sabot (left) poses for a picture with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (right).

School of Public Affairs junior Ryan Sabot announced his candidacy for the Council of the District of Columbia on Nov. 1. He will run as the Ward 3 representative, an area that includes AU.
Though the District is run by the federal government, the D.C. Council is the city’s legislative branch that controls the day-to-day operations of the District. It is responsible for passing local laws and ordinances with the approval of the federal government, according to its website.

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The primary election for Ward 3 Council will be held April 1.
Sabot is running as a Libertarian on the platform of the new D.C. Libertarian Party (DCLP). One of his goals as a councilmember is to eliminate regulation because it deters small businesses from opening, according to his official campaign website.
D.C.’s demographics make it a fertile place for startups, but many are discouraged by the District’s high level of regulation, Sabot said. He plans to change this if elected to the D.C. Council since the legislative body is not tackling regulation reforms, he said.
One of his most controversial opinions is his pro-abortion stance.
“You should be able to do what you like so long as your decisions cause no harm to others,” Sabot said. “The only person who knows what is best for yourself is yourself; you should be free to make your decisions accordingly.”
Sabot said he defines harm as actually committing “physical harm” to another.
If elected, some of other goals Sabot plans to carry out include:
  • ensuring D.C. statehood
  • legalizing marijuana
  • improving parents’ choice in what schools their kids will attend
  • deregulating D.C. cabs so that startups like Uber can grow
Sabot decided to run due to his history with the Libertarian party over the past three years. He ran the D.C. branch of Libertarian Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign office, served as chairman of the DCLP and helped get the DCLP permanently onto the local ballot.
With the recent founding of the DCLP, they are attempting to gain further legitimacy and get as many candidates on the ballot as possible, according to Sabot. This will help diversify D.C.’s two party system and offer residents an alternative to what the District has now, Sabot said.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Audit the IRS rally

19 Jun



A very multipartisan Washington day – I went to Grover Norquist’s center-right meeting I can say nothing about under penalty of defenestration, then stopped for lunch at Johnny’s on the Half Shell take out on the way to the Audit the IRS rally at the Capitol.

Johnny’s is under the building CNN, FOX and FreedomWorks are in, so while there I saw a still not arrested James Rosen and the internet’s Token Libertarian Girl Julie Borowski as they left for lunch, rallies, etc

Then I was in a food line with my FaceBook friend and former Howard Dean campaign chair Joe Trippi (who I’d never met) and ended joining him for lunch and getting to ask him about politics for the next two election cycles (something he does professionally as a liberal pundit for FOX). He’s very likeable for a Democrat on and off screen. 

At the Audit rally I heard Glen Beck, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, and ran into Austin Petersen and DC Libertarian Party chair Ryan Sabot.

At some point earlier, but I’m not allowed to say where, I talked to Dick Heller of Heller decision fame, and a former Libertarian candidate himself.


Tonight I’m going to something at reason magazine.  Don’t hate me because I’m a Beltway libertarian.  Buy a damn house from me so I won’t have time for this stuff.

DC Libertarian Party update

1 Feb

DC LP Updates

What’s been going on since the election

Dear Bruce ,


A lot has happened since the summer, when the DC Libertarian Party regrouped and achieved our goal of becoming the District’s newest major political party.

Here’s a brief recap:

  • Petitioners worked DC’s streets and communities to gather enough signatures to get ballot access for our congressional and presidential candidates. We gathered enough signatures and were on the November, 2012 ballot.
  • Bruce Majors, candidate for DC Delegate, surpassed the minimum number of votes needed to get the DC LP permanent ballot access. Bruce won 16,524 votes, capturing nearly 6% of the vote. Presidential candidate Gary Johnson even beat Governor Romney in a precinct!
  • The DC Libertarian Party won permanent ballot access and “major party” status, giving the party the same privileges that the Democratic, Republican, and DC Statehood Green parties enjoy.
  • Bruce Majors, candidate for DC Delegate, was featured on Reason TV! Click here to see his interview!
  • Ryan Sabot, DCLP Chair, was a guest on “All We Got,” an online radio show based out of DC. Click here to listen to the segment!
  • A DC Board of Elections and Ethics-recognized bank account has been set up for the party, allowing the party to operate and continue to grow while remaining compliant with all laws and regulations.


Due to the costs associated with continuing to operate and grow the Libertarian Party of the District of Columbia, I humbly ask for your generous donations of any value. Any amount– whether it be $1 or $1000– will go a long ways in enabling the party to continue to grow and achieve more successes. To donate, please click hereor see the donation section on the bottom of this e-mail. 

I truly thank you for supporting the Libertarian Party of the District of Columbia. If I can be of any assistance to you, or if you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please feel free to e-mail me at ryan.sabot@dclibertarians.org. I look forward to hearing from you.

In liberty,

Ryan Sabot
Chairman, Libertarian Party of the District of Columbia
ryan.sabot@dclibertarians.org