- Eliminate restrictions on renting out one’s own home and offering alternative transportation services. Excessive restrictions obstruct start-ups and favor large corporations when it comes to affordable housing and transportation.
- Focus law enforcement on real crime, and off of non-violent drug offences. Laws severely punish those who use drugs but harm no one else, stunting their ability to work, live, leave behind their addictions, and find meaningful lives. Keeping priorities on point reduces violent crime, homelessness, and joblessness.
- Empower parents and teachers instead of administrators by being smarter with educational funds. Administrative costs should not grow while wages and jobs stagnate for teachers. Meaningful changes in the lives of students come from innovative teachers, not bureaucrats.
My apologies for the thin audio; the fact that the Democratic candidates are boring technocrats speaking in bromides is not my responsibility.
As you see from the Q&A period, the people there were 85% white and 50% gray headed, in their 60s or older. But some of the Democrats in the audience then refer to how diverse Ward 6 is (it is racially diverse — but not at this event, aside from the actual candidates on the panel). Particularly amusing is one well dressed older white gal who introduces herself as a union activist opposed to WalMart and other big box stores that might offer the many unemployed young people of color in D.C. a job. From her elitist, statist position she announces that all jobs are not good jobs and she wants to forbid black teens and others from getting those bad WalMart jobs.
Libertarians have, as usual, been excluded from a number of forums with increasingly legalistic and more complicated rationalizations, now that we have permanent ballot access and a primary with 7 ballot qualified candidates on the April primary ballot.
In the past gatekeepers and censors protecting DC’s one party monopoly would just say “no one allowed unless they are already on the ballot by April or are in a recognized party.”
This year one Georgetown mayoral forum at Dumbarton Oaks moderated by Current newspapers publisher Davis Kennedy was held with so little advance notice in early January that Libertarians didn’t even really have time to complain about the false advertising – that it was actually a partisan Democrats’ only forum, heavy with Democrats who were polling at 1% and skipped by some of the major Democratic candidates.
Then a coalition of groups led by DC for Democracy held a forum at the 6th and I synagogue (video previously posted here below). The DC4Ders claimed when asked if Libertarians were invited that only candidates in primaries that were contested would be invited. But they were caught in a fib – they in fact only invited Democrats, and two Green Party candidates who were challenging each other in a Green Party primary showed up and claimed a right to speak. And once again the DC4Ders forum was attended by the incumbent mayor and a bunch of Democrats polling at 1% or 2%. Major challengers Jack Evans and Muriel Bowser skipped it.
Similarly the allegedly non-partisan or bi-partisan Kennedy Political Union at American University is holding a mayoral forum in February, and spending the AU corporate dollar advertising it to surrounding neighborhoods. But they only invited Democrats; it’s a partisan forum for the Democratic primary falsely advertised as a mayoral candidates forum. When I contacted them to ask if other parties would be invited, AU public relations director Andrew Huff said “only ballot qualified candidates are invited, so I guess it is in that sense a Democratic forum.”. When I pointed out that I AM a ballot qualified candidate on the April primary ballot he wrote back “oh, I guess it is just for Democrats” and agreed to advertise it more truthfully in the future. One wonders if once again major Democratic candidates will just skip the KPU forum, mainly before students who are not DC voters, but enjoy the advertising money AU spends publicizing their names in advertising to surrounding neighborhoods – a nice gift to grateful incumbents?
Libertarians will be in a growing number of forums in February and March including:
Pranav Badhwar, Ward 6 city council debate, February 20, Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th Street SE, 7 pm
Bruce Majors, Takoma Park/Brightwood/Shepherd Park neighborhood forum by Neighbors Inc. in February and before the ACLU in March (check back for locations and dates).
A 5th Libertarian will appear on the DC ballot, Capitol Hill resident Pranav Badhwar, running for the Ward 6 city council seat. Badhwar, a Hill resident since 2003, is married and the father of two. A senior product manager at a telecommunications firm, he was a 2012 Ron Paul delegate.Mr. Badhwar picked up petitions this morning to place his name on the April 2014 primary ballot, accompanied by Libertarian mayoral candidate Bruce Majors, who turned in more than enough signatures to secure his own spot on the ballot, as well as enough for Delegate to Congress candidate Sara Panfil and City Council At Large candidate Frederick Steiner.Four DC Libertarians had earlier filed for petitions with the DC
Board of Elections, and already collected enough signatures to
assure them places on the April 2014 primary ballot. Winners in
the primary are automatically assured placement on the November
2014 general election ballot.
The candidates are:Frederick Steiner, City Council At Large; Sara
Jane Panfil, Delegate to Congress; Bruce Majors, Mayor; Ryan
Sabot, Ward 3 city council representative. More candidates are
being recruited, for an unprecedented nearly full slate never before
put on the ballot by any DC party other than the Democrats. A newly
created elected Attorney General position is open to any member of
the DC Bar. Wards 1 (Petworth/Columbia Heights), 5 (Brookland)
have races, as well as City Council Chair, school board, and
Advisory Neighborhood Commission. If you or anyone you know
would like to learn more about running for office, please contact: