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8 May

I wanted to personally thank you for interest in my campaign.  It really means a lot to me.

I have put a lot of effort in my campaign so far. I have over 475 Facebook likes, more than two of my Democrat Opponents. I have been told by Libertarians all over the country that my website is amazing. New Jersey Libertarian, Adam Brown stated my website is “one of the best state Libertarian sites I have seen.” My website is making it across the country.

I also created TWO new campaign fundraisers. One is the Liber-Tea Store and the other is the Loser for Liberty Swag Shop. 100% of the profits will go directly to the Loser for Liberty Campaign.

There is currently a problem with my opponents being bought out by corporate interests. I hope you will check out the State Board of Elections Website that discloses Candidate Campaign Committees’ funds. The paper trail says it all. I am currently facing big money opponents who will spend over $100,000 dollars on their campaign and have donations over $25,000 from single corporate contributions. Let’s make this clear, THEY ARE BOUGHT!

Click HERE for the Video that explains why it is wrong to be “bought.”

I plan to use my resources efficiently to bring competition, but Bruce, I have noticed you haven’t donated to my campaign yet. I have raised about $2,000 from people and no corporate interests. If I am elected I am sending the message that these corporate interests do not want to see and that is the message of the people.

Bruce, by donating to the Loser for Liberty campaign, you are telling them “No, I will not support the Big Money, Big Government politics.” Instead, you are supporting someone who plans to run on a platform based on protecting individualism and limiting government.

Creating economic opportunity, ending prohibition, and enforcing equal treatment under the law are what Virginia is missing. I plan to bring these three principles to Virginia, but Bruce, I need your help.

You can help by donating to Loser4Liberty.com/donate or buying Liber-tea & Loser for Liberty Swag.

Thank you Bruce, once again for your interest in my campaign. I request your support. Let me know if there are any other ways I can help make Virginia a better place to live.

Bruce, Donate now! Then post your proud donation to social media.

Bruce donated $0.00 to #Loser4liberty

Bruce please Donate here: Loser4liberty.com/donate
Follow the Campaign:                Facebook.com/loser4liberty
                                                Twitter: @Loser4Liberty
                                                Text “Good Life” to 72727 for Campaign updates via Text Message.

Sincerely,

Carl R. Loser
Libertarian Candidate for VA Senate District 10
Loser For Liberty
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Corey M. Fauconier
Campaign Manager
Coreymfauconier@yahoo.com
Twitter: @Coreymfauconier
(973) 901-6481 (Text or Call)

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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Virginia Job Listing

3 Oct
A friend tells us:

Speaking of getting involved with allied organizations in order to win endorsements and spread the gospel…

I attended a NOVA NORML monthly meeting last evening (Allen St Pierre, President of National NORML, was the guest speaker) and I learned that Jeremy Grandstaff will be stepping down as President of Virginia NORML. Yes, that’s the top statewide position in Virginia. An election is planned to be held at the Annual Virginia NORML Conference next month in Williamsburg. There is no heir apparent and no one I spoke with — including Jeremy — knows where we’ll find the interest/capability/commitment.


And, no, I’m not interested.


However, this still seems like an opportunity. Do any of you have thoughts or suggestions on an available libertarian with these qualities? Good organization skills? It might also be nice if s/he is also a member of NORML…


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

RESOURCES:
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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

Robert Sarvis, Libertarian for Senate (Virginia) Q&A

10 Feb

Are Republicans (and Democrats) inferior goods?

12 Nov
You might think an inferior good is something like the lesser of two evils.

It’s actually a piece of basic economics jargon.  An inferior good is a good that people buy less of as they earn higher incomes or accumulate more wealth, unlike a normal good.  For example as people earn more money they usually buy more square footage of housing (as well as buying more in terms of a higher price as they move to better locations and more luxurious construction and finishes) – housing is a normal good.  Vacation homes are a normal good; people buy more of them as they become (or in inflationist economies, believe) that they are wealthier.

Inferior goods are things like second hand mobile homes, or cheap beer, or dented bin items, or merchandise at the dollar store.  Few people buy more of these as they get wealthier.  But they buy more of them as they become poorer.

Now let’s consider what “being wealthier” means to an economist.  Ultimately it means being able to make more and more exchanges so you can trade what you have for more of the things that you want, thereby satisfying more of your desires.  So having more options is having a higher psychic income, just as having a higher monetary income tends to give you more options (since you can buy or rent a wider range of goods and services).

So the question is:  is the conventional two party election a form of poverty?

Having more options on the ballot makes voters wealthier, in that they have more options, even if they continued to choose to buy the same product.  Which is what they would do if the products they had been buying were normal goods.

But apparently the establishment parties and their candidates are not normal goods.  When you end barriers to entry to the political market, either by managing to get past the barrier to entry created by ballot access laws and getting a new party on the ballot, or by raising even a fraction of the money the establishment parties have and doing enough advertising that a small share of the marketplace of voters knows there is another product, people stop buying the product they used to buy and start buying the new product by voting for the new party.  As the recent Virginia gubernatorial race shows, this happens even when the new product (the Libertarian Party) spends $3 per customer on advertising and the old firms outspend it, paying $15-30 per consumer in advertising.

Republicans and Democrats are inferior goods.  People only buy them when they are impoverished in terms of choices and information.

When Ron Paul Lost His Moral Authority

11 Nov
In the wake of Ken Cuccinelli’s squeaker loss Tuesday the interwebs and local Virginia and DC political events are tortured by conflicts between Republicans, Libertarians, and Ron Paul and other libertarian Republicans.

For example, a former staff economist for Ron Paul’s Congressional office, and an executive at Paul’s Campaign for Liberty, not only defriended me on FaceBook, but banned me from the Virginia Campaign for Liberty group, for a tweet I made in reply to Ron Paul and for my posts defending Robert Sarvis against the Paul’s and others. (My posts in the Virginia C4L group and those of other Sarvis supporters were being censored for weeks anyway.)

The tweet that got me banned was in response to Ron Paul’s statement at a Ken Cuccinelli rally where he called all Sarvis supporters “insane,” kind of a nasty and loose and sloppy charge from a medical doctor. (Did he intend to have them committed so they could not vote?)

He apparently thought we should bow to the Pauls because of their contributions. Uh huh. As we all know from Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard, lots of great people get a little nutty, abusive and full of themselves in their dotage. My tweet he got hissy about was this: “Ron Paul says voting for Sarvis is insane, which is a subject some would say he is an expert on.” He thought that I was claiming that Ron Paul is insane. 

He doesn’t see it as a claim that Ron Paul’s experience should make him wary of charging that (other) people are insane because they disagree with his position, since that is what happened to him his entire career.  I don’t think anyone in the Paul camp realized that’s what they were saying, because they share the general GOP delusional mentality that not only do libertarian voters belong to them, but that we are their children whom they may abuse.  (And did Dr. Paul never pay attention to his own fans – did he really think calling us names and telling us “No!” would make us follow along?)

Overall I think the Paul supporters behind Cuccinelli, with their propensity to parrot lies, betray exactly this type of (I hope temporary) rashness and lack of subtlety and intelligence.  The Paul’s wanted to centrally plan the liberty movement, and collectivize our libertarian eggs, and put them all in the Cuccinelli basket.  It was a bad investment.   The Libertarian spent less per vote than Cuccinelli did since all spending for Sarvis was $380000 and Ken spent $15 million. The GOP spent almost 45 times what the Libertarians did. But they got less than 7 times their vote. And the GOP didn’t have to first spend money to collect 18,000 signatures to get on the ballot.  So apparently Republican candidates aren’t cost effective.

The result of Ken Cuccinelli acting as a spoiler to keep the LP from getting ballot status is that now Libertarians will have to concentrate their resources again next time on getting the 10% required by the GOP coauthored ballot access law in the next gubernatorial race and do it all over again.  And Rand Paul doesn’t have have a reliable governor to support his next race.  And Ron Paul has lost his credibility with libertarians.  It’s bad timing for the Paul’s, coming in the same week when Rand Paul faces a second wave of plagiarism charges

This campaign may be a kind of watershed moment, when Ron Paul lost his moral authority and dug a new hole for Rand Paul 2016.

Are Virginia Ron Paul activists self-contradictory?

28 Oct
Remember last year when all our Ron Paul libertarian friends, including the ones in Virginia now working on the Ken Cuccinelli campaign, complained that the GOP did not let Dr. Paul speak at the convention in Tampa? Will they complain that Libertarian Robert Sarvis is kept out of the debate tonight?

  • N As a Cuccinelli supporter, I do think it’s pretty ridiculous to not let a 3rd party candidate who’s polling as well as Sarvis debate. Not gonna change my mind on voting for Ken, but hey I haven’t liked most of the campaign’s tactics over the last year.

  • K Oct 9th… he needed a 10% poll average. He failed to meet those requirements. He is also NOT libertarian and does NOT have Ron Pauls endorsement.

  • K The latest poll from yesterday had him at 10 now. Rules are rules. They make deadlines because of debate advertisement.

  • J” It certainly bothers me. I recall quite well when the major networks excluded Ron Paul in 2007/08. How can we condemn that behavior then and be okay with this now simply because he isn’t Ron Paul’s choice?

    Yes, and what if the rules stated that anyone with an “R” next to their name couldn’t be included in the debate?  Rules are important, yes, but when they exclude candidates who will be on the ballot, that to me is a problem.


The Sarvis/McAulliffe/Cuccinelli Race – Point/Counterpoint

19 Oct
(We may update this as we find other interesting posts on the net…)

Dear Friend — 

This weekend, I had the honor of delivering the Weekly Republican Address, a response to President Obama’s Radio Address to Americans across the country. If you missed my address, you can view it here

Our nation is facing tremendous challenges, and citizens are seeking leaders who are willing to speak out for our first principles and stand up to the federal government, which is eating away at our liberty and crushing opportunity. 
There is no better example of the extreme government overreach than Obamacare. Let me be plain and simple about this: Obamacare takes away our liberty. 
That’s why I stood up to fight it. With less than three weeks left until Virginia’s Election Day, I need you support more than ever. Will you chip in today to help support my fight against Obamacare?
As the next Governor of Virginia, you can be assured that I will never stray from protecting our first principles and our liberty. 
I know that many Americans like you, Friend, are deeply concerned about what kind of country we will hand to our children and grandchildren. That’s why your support during these final days is so important.
I promise that I’ll do my part in Virginia, but I need you to help me.
I know that together we can make America better tomorrow than it is today.
On to Victory,
Ken Cuccinelli
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“A” (a Cuccinelli supporting libertarian Republican))

Vote for Starvis, get Terry elected, way to not win for liberty. 


“This election is about a GOP run by Ken and the grassroots conservatives vs a GOP run by establishment big govt non-conservatives like Bill Boiling”- Chris Doss 

I get it that you guys don’t care about reforming the GOP, but I think Ron Paul cares about reforming the GOP and getting more of our guys on the field is what matters. I think the GOP it is our way to win and gain influence in this broken system we are forced to deal with. You can’t win while spending all your time and energy just trying to just get ballot access. I’d like to echo the notion of a house divided falls. 

Maybe you don’t think Ken is “pure” enough, but nobody ever is, nobody is perfect. 

We have to much at risk, in my opinion, and John I don’t doubt your commitment to liberty but supporting the LP this time is just not a smart political tactic.

Does anyone care that Ken has multiple COMMITTED Ron Paul supporters on his staff? Driving him around for the past year none the less? Spending more time with him than even his wife? Personnel is policy folks. Change doesn’t happen overnight. 
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“R” (a non-libertarian gay DC voter)

I was interested to note, by the way, that a Politico poll —
shows that McAuliffe’s margin actually goes up slightly in a hypothetical two-man race against Cuccinelli. So Sarvis is not serving as a spoiler. A friend of mine said it is a pity that Cuccinelli (whose name, according to Dan Savage, sounds like vagina-shaped pasta) is so extreme, because he would like a better alternative to the soulless hack carrying the banner for the Democrats. Of course Sarvis does offer an alternative; whether he is better depends on one’s beliefs on the proper role and boundaries of government, and perhaps also on one’s assessment of character as it affects performance of one’s public duties.
Given the forces pulling apart the GOP from within, there will likely be more third alternatives as we go along. The question is how well organized they will be, and whether they can appeal to a broader slice of the electorate. I have long found libertarian ideas useful in raising a question that D.C.’s local legislators seldom even consider: whether it is the government’s proper business to boss its citizens on a particular matter. The idea of boundaries is as foreign a concept on the left as on the right. This is too important for it to remain the province of snarky blogging and fringe candidates.
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“A” – a Cuccinelli supporting libertarian Republican

Just now, I received great news.

I’m thrilled to have the support of Congressman Ron Paul. A true warrior in defense of our liberty and first principles. Thank you, Ron for all you have done for our country.

I welcome and encourage you to read Congressman Paul’s endorsement by clicking here or visiting:http://www.cuccinelli.com/ronpaulendorsement/.

Ken Cuccinelli

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“D” – a Libertarian for Sarvis

Still voting for Sarvis. All due respect to Dr. Paul – and he deserves a LOT – but I’m on the other side of the culture wars from Cuccinelli. A government that asserts that it has any business inside vaginas, bedrooms, or in regulating sacraments – like marriage – is an unlimited government.

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“J” – an undecided libertarian voter

Ken’s fiscal platform doesn’t even advocate the rollback of the biggest tax hike in all VA history, he refused to take the “no tax hike” pledge, he has pledged to not fight the tax hike / transportation plan, all in order to get some money from Richmond lobbyists and NoVA rent-seekers.  He doesn’t believe in constitutional carry, and had to be coached in order to get a passable grade from VCDL.

 So what do newly-minted inside the beltway libertarian activists do with what they learned in “real nature of politics” when “their guy” starts turning on them?  Of course they chuck that political wisdom faster than you can say “access-based”.  Sure, you get the photo ops with Ken, but its a big mistake.      
Whatever Sarvis represents to some doesn’t matter, nor does what “VA liberty folks on Facebook”, or this email list, think matter, statistically.  What matters is getting KEN to paint in bold colors NOW (actually a year ago), so that general liberty voters believe him.  That means getting in his face, telling him to finally get that he screwed up, and telling him he needs to do a Hail Mary now, tossing out some serious red meat, if he wants to answer the Sarvis challenge.  A great one that would look evolutionary from his current posture would be Marijuana decriminalization.  Instead, this small coterie is playing the “we’re with you Ken tribal ritual”.  It feels good, I’m sure, but it won’t get Ken over the 50 yard line.  
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Dear Sarvis Supporters:

This message is a call out for volunteers to attend festivals and events where we would like to have an official Sarvis for Governor presence!  Below, you will see events which will be taking place in your region before Election Day.  For a more comprehensive listing of events, please visit our website HERE.

HAYMARKET OKTOBERFEST
WHEN:
 October 19 from 11AM-5PM

WHERE: See website for details
EVENT PAGE – http://www.haymarketfun.com/

SARVIS MEET AND GREET / FUNDRAISER
*Hosted by Chad Thevenot

WHEN: October 20 1-3PM
WHERE: 2105 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA 22043

EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/223977254434128/

STAFFORD COUNTY FAIR
WHEN: October 25-27
WHERE: Mountainview High School

EVENT PAGE: 
http://www.staffordfair.com/

Bring your family, friends, colleagues or anyone else who might be interested in spreading the word about Robert Sarvis and his bold plan for Virginia!   If you already have materials that you would like to hand out, feel free to do so!  If you NEED something to hand out, you may print off our event flyer by using the link below.

http://www.robertsarvis.com/help/get-stuff-download?id=-1583017860

Please make sure that you “like” us on Facebook and check our event page regularly for a list of current happenings.  We are always looking for supporters to create smaller events that increase voter awareness and name recognition. If you would like to set up a sign wave or other event to show people that they have a third (and better) option, just send me a suggested time and place and we will work to have something up on our Facebook page and email supporters in your area.

We appreciate your support and look forward to earning your vote this November!

Sarvis Campaign Team

Will Terry McAuliffe’s Green Dole Carpetbaggers Stripmine Virginia Taxpayers?

9 Oct
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s fraudulent green companies, that bilked taxpayers to fund his company that then produced no products, but sold VISAs to Chinese investors, is well known.

But a group of crony capitalist green business people are hoping to elect him so they can also stripmine the Virginia taxpayers.  And they aren’t even Virginia residents!

Are they hoping to bring DC and Maryland levels of economic decline and dependence on government to Virginia?

Dan Yates, one Opower founder, lives in the 1600 block of Hobart Street in DC’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood

Alex Laskey, his Opower co-founder, sweetly owns a house a block away, in the 1700 block, though his FaceBook page announces he moved to Brooklyn NY in September

Anya Schoolman is their DC/Mt. Pleasant neighbor a few blocks away on Lamont Street!  (Mt. Pleasant should maybe secede and join Virginia?)

Ken Stadlin, of Kenergy, lives in the Annapolis, MD area town of Millersville


CONTRIBUTE

A VAEI Event with Terry McAuliffe

Posted by Va Advanced Energy Industries 13sc on September 11, 2013 · Flag


THE HOST COMMITTEE OF

Tony Clifford
Standard Solar
Kerinia Cusick
Sun Edison
Nick Giannotti
Lighthouse Solar
Scott Hennessey
Solar City
Mike Healy
Skyline Innovations
Francis Hodsoll
E&E Frontiers
James Huff
Abakus Solar
Paul Risberg
Alt Energy
Anya Schoolman
Community Power Network
Scott Sklar
Stella Solar
Tony Smith
Secure Futures
Ken Stadlin
Kenergy Solar
Joel Meister
Solar Grid Storage
Jon Hillis
Prospect Solar
Jim Kapsis
Opower

Dan Yates
Opower
Alex Laskey

Opower


Invites You To A Virginia Advanced Energy Industries PAC Event
With Special Guest Terry McAuliffe


Terry-at-the-Port.jpgJoin VAEI PAC and Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor for this special event. Meet the only Virginia gubernatorial candidate who supports energy jobs of the future, not the entrenched interests of the past.

Together, we’ll move our industry forward and showcase the strength of our collective voice.


*Candidate McAuliffe is scheduled to attend the full Host Committee reception, which begins at 5 p.m., and beginning of main event.
To pay for your ticket(s) online, please select your preference below. To RSVP and pay with a check on the day of the event, please click here.


Host Committee Reception begins at 5:00 p.m.
WHEN
October 02, 2013 at 6pm – 7:30pm
WHERE
Venue Provided Upon RSVP
Arlington, VA 22201
United States
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Will you come?

 $250.00 Individual 
Get behind Terry McAuliffe’s campaign and demonstrate the strength of Virginia’s advanced energy sector.
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