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Libertarian Party Making Gains at the State and Local Level



Although it’s still dwarfed by the Republican and Democratic parties, the Libertarian Party has seen a 28 percent increase in voter registrations since the state’s May primary. The number of registered Libertarians is on pace to top 10,000 before the Nov. 8 election, and a state senator who recently joined the party is using her experience as a former GOP political activist to teach its members how to campaign.

“It has a different feel from the third-party campaigns of the past,” said Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete, who switched her affiliation from Republican to Libertarian in May. […]

Party activists are focusing more on local government races and setting up new county chapters to recruit candidates. Libertarian Ben Backus, who ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2014, is expected to win a seat on Gering’s City Council after his primary opponent withdrew from the race. The party is also fielding candidates for the Scotts Bluff and Washington county commissions.

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Source: Libertarian Party Making Gains at the State and Local Level – Hit & Run :

The Valley of Scary Clowns


As I walk through the Valley of Scary Clowns, my rebelliousness and flat point shovel, they comfort me…


Madigan: Power. Privilege. Politics.

Illinois is one of only 14 states without term limits and this documentary highlights the influence an officeholder can wield in the absence of term limits. Madigan is the longest-serving House Speaker in the U.S. Madigan became an Illinois legislator in 1971 and has been Speaker of the House in Illinois for all but two years since 1983. During the time Madigan has been Speaker, Illinois has had six different governors, more than 200 state senators and more than 500 state representatives.

Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes — combined – The Washington Post

A new report tallies the staggering toll of the drug war.

On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 people sit behind bars on simple drug-possession charges, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch.

Nearly two-thirds of them are in local jails. The report says that most of these jailed inmates have not been convicted of any crime: They’re sitting in a cell, awaiting a day in court, an appearance that may be months or even years off, because they can’t afford to post bail.

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Source: Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes — combined – The Washington Post

Poll Shows Gary Johnson Beating Trump In A Head To Head Matchup – J. Wilson

For the first time ever, a national poll of registered voters has found Gary Johnson is beating Donald Trump in a head to head matchup.

It is remarkable that Gary Johnson was able to perform so well in this poll, all things considered. In a two way race, the Governor takes an average of 39% of the vote. That proves that if people can get past their two-party religiosity and think for themselves, they do prefer the positive alternative. Voters don’t want to have to pick between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They want to be able to vote for a third candidate and are only choosing not to out of fear. Gary Johnson can win the election if the people that believe in him are willing to take a stand and lead the way.

Source: Poll Shows Gary Johnson Beating Trump In A Head To Head Matchup

The Stranger Things Mix Tape

The editors of Metapsychosis Journal are excited to announce the “Stranger Things Mix Tape,” a compilation of author J.F. Martel’s essay, “Reality is Analog: Philosophizing with Stranger Things” and the Electric Symposium’s kickoff podcast, where J.F. and fellow editors discuss all things Stranger Things.

Gets strange with us.

Source: The Stranger Things Mix Tape – Reality Sandwich

Gary Johnson: GOP officials pledge support after Trump gaffe | New Mexico News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson says he’s receiving support from GOP officials after a video was released of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women in 2005.

In the video, which was released by The Washington Post, Trump can be heard saying vulgar terms about kissing and touching women.

On Saturday before a rally at the University of New Mexico, Johnson called Trump’s comments “not presidential” and “over the top.”

“I would have never said something like that in my entire lifetime, and his apology was not an apology at all,” Johnson said.

Trump has since apologized saying that the incident doesn’t reflect who he is today, and that the conversation was “locker room talk.”

Johnson said that’s no excuse.

Source: Gary Johnson: GOP officials pledge support after Trump gaffe | New Mexico News – KOAT Home

The Libertarians Make Their Case – Wall Street Journal

Joseph Rago writes of the Libertarian case for the presidency based on an editorial board meeting with candidates Gary Johnson and William Weld. Mr. Johnson says the Clinton campaign and its Super Pacs may dump $50 million on him. What are they so afraid of?

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Source: The Libertarians Make Their Case – WSJ

Gary Johnson is top choice among Independent voters – NBC News

Source: NBC News

The War on Drugs is an Epic Fail – Jeremy D. Johnson

Jay Z narrates and Molly Crabapple illustrates this New York Times video on the failure of the war on drugs.

This short film, narrated by Jay Z (Shawn Carter) and featuring the artwork of Molly Crabapple, is part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement. As Ms. Crabapple’s haunting images flash by, the film takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for other states — through the extraordinary growth in our nation’s prison population to the emerging aboveground marijuana market of today. We learn how African-Americans can make up around 13 percent of the United States population — yet 31 percent of those arrested for drug law violations, even though they use and sell drugs at the same rate as whites.

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Source: The War on Drugs is an Epic Fail – Reality Sandwich

Pelosi Blames Gary Johnson & Jill Stein for Hillary Falling in the Polls

The Libertarian Vindicator

Talk about delusional thinking. Blaming credible third party challengers for the fall of your candidate. How about your candidate steps up and stops preaching perpetual war, and a social system that will bankrupt the country, etc.

Give me a break!

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Union Leader of New Hampshire Endorses Gary Johnson Over Donald Trump

The Libertarian Vindicator


The game is starting to change and it is apparent over the past week as Gary Johnson has racked up his third major newspaper endorsement. This time the Union Leader in New Hampshire for the first time in 100 years will not endorse a Republican for President but rather the Libertarian nominee.

From The New York Times:

When Donald J. Trump returns to campaign in New Hampshire on Thursday, he will be greeted by a familiar, if unwelcome, sight — a blistering attack on the front page of The Union Leader.

After assailing Mr. Trump on a regular basis leading up to the state’s primary, the venerable Union Leader, a conservative bulwark for generations, is now going a step further: For the first time in over 100 years, New Hampshire’s largest newspaper will not be endorsing the Republican nominee for president.

“The man is a liar, a bully, a…

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Gary Johnson campaign runs full-page ad in today’s New York Times calling for debate inclusion

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Richard Winger at Ballot Access News reports today: The September 14 New York Times print edition contains a full-page ad from the Gary Johnson-Bill Weld presidential campaign, …

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Source: Gary Johnson campaign runs full-page ad in today’s New York Times calling for debate inclusion | Independent Political Report

Star Trek: The Libertarian Edition

Their mission: to seek out new life and new civilizations, and leave them alone. Trade with them if they want, but mostly leave them the hell alone.

In honor of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary, Reason presents the Libertarian parody of the final frontier, with appearances by Gary Johnson and Remy.

Written and produced by Austin Bragg, Meredith Bragg, and Andrew Heaton. Shot and edited by Bragg and Bragg.


Libertarian nominee top choice among veterans – Kristina Wong

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is the top choice of respondents in the most recent polling of the military community.

Johnson was preferred by 37 percent of respondents, which include active-duty, retired and former members of the military, as well as their family members.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came in second, at 30 percent, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton came in third, at 24 percent.

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Source: Libertarian nominee top choice among veterans | TheHill

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