Two Wisconsin Libertarian Party candidates were elected to office on April 7, 2020, and two already serving were reelected to their seats.
Wisconsin LP vice-chair Brian Defferding was unopposed in running for reelection to the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors in district 16.
Dave Ripp was reelected again to the Dane County Board of Supervisors in district 29. He also was unopposed, and has held that office since 1984.
Joe Prohaska was elected to the Appleton City Council in district 14, with 705 votes in a one-on-one race.
Robert Reynolds was elected to the Edgerton City Council in district 2, with 58% in a one-on-one race, receiving 292 votes.
“The LPWI and myself have placed emphasis on running and winning at the local level”, said Wisconsin LP chair Matt Bughman.
“What is really exciting is this election resulted in the most Libertarian Candidate being elected in the 30 plus years of the LPWI. Each candidate won because they put in the work knocking doors, securing endorsements from local officials, and having positive attitudes, which allowed them to connect with the voters.”
I enjoy campaigns. It is rewarding to participate in our electoral process; to exchange ideas with other candidates, to offer to the voters our experiences, visions for the future and open to inspection our past records.
As a new Libertarian I entered the race for the nomination for President and have met Libertarians from California to Alabama to New Hampshire. This adventure obviously changed with the frightening corona virus outbreak even as our campaign made a successful transfer to virtual connections via social media.
However after a tremendous amount of thought, I am no longer going to be a candidate for our Party’s nomination. I look forward to helping other Libertarians seeking office.
I share with Libertarians many views but especially our aversion to foreign entanglements. In the eighteen years since I voted against the Iraq war I have experienced the difficulty of having intelligent discussions on American foreign policy and the use of our military overseas. It is almost a forbidden subject. Others who have tried, such as Ron Paul and recently, Tulsi Gabbard I’m sure would agree. The invasion of Iraq was based on a falsehood, a falsehood supported by so many in government and the media. The ramification of this mistake is with us today as we face the Covid 19 epidemic trillions in unnecessary debt.
I am still motivated by my personal experiences as an anti war candidate but accept that the timing is difficult for me as a Libertarian in 2020. Thank you to supporters and volunteers, your energy, passion and smarts added to the joy of campaigning!
Stay safe, best wishes.
Thanks to Krzysztof Lesiak for the tip in the Open Thread.
Chafee, a Republican in the Senate, an Independent Governor, and a Democratic candidate for president in 2016, joined the Libertarian Party just last year. Out the gate for his 2020 bid, Chafee had trouble garnering support. In debates and media appearances, he stumbled on questions about his past support for gun control and multiple votes in favor of the Patriot Act.
Chafee’s withdrawal leaves 1996 Libertarian Vice presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen, Future of Freedom Foundation founder and president Jacob Hornberger, former Libertarian Party Vice Chairman Arvin Vohra, anti-war activist Adam Kokesh, former president of the Grady County (Georgia) NAACP John Monds, and performance artist Vermin Supreme as the most visible candidates for the party’s presidential nomination. Independent Congressman Justin Amash is reportedly considering a run. The party plans to nominate a presidential ticket at the National convention May 21–25 in Austin, Texas, though this venue may change due to closures resulting from the Coronavirus Pandemic.
On March 25, the Constitution Party National Committee approved a plan for a presidential convention that will be by videoconference. It will be May 1-2. Delegates must be registered by April 15. Presidential candidates may be nominated on the motion of two state delegations. Delegates can send debate questions in advance for the presidential debate. Each state delegation will caucus after the speeches and other presentations. Each state can decide for itself whether to have a physical meeting or a remote meeting. Chairs of each state’s delegation will announce their state’s vote, but each delegate will also separately e-mail his or her vote to the national secretary, as a back-up.
The fee to be a delegate has been reduced, so ironically that, along with the elimination of travel costs, may increase the number of delegates.
The party had amended its bylaws in 2008 to provide for this type of convention in case of a national emergency, so no bylaw change was needed.
Constitution Party Will Hold a Videoconference National Convention — 22 Comments
Andy on said:Wouldn’t a videoconference be better?
Richard Winger on said:I think I used the wrong word, and it is a videoconference. Thanks for mentioning this. I will correct the post.
Andy on said:I heard that the Constitution Party shot down a motion to conduct their national committee meetings via videoconference awhile back. That was a bad move, in my opinion.There are people in the Libertarian Party who have been talking about moving at least some of LNC meeting to videoconference, but as far as I know, it has yet to be done. I really see no reason for a political party’s national committee to have more than one in person meeting per year.I do think that national conventions should be in person (unless there is a disease scare like now, or a natural disaster), because national conventions are good for drawing publicity and socializing.
Jeff Becker on said:Will the public be allowed to watch via livestream? If so, hopefully at no cost.
Demo Rep on said:ZERO party hack caucuses, primaries and conventions for PUBLIC nominations.Parties can have clubby websites for platform machinations — for pre-skooool clubby MORON types [some of which are on BAN].— ONE election day EQUAL nom pets The REAL candidates become the PUBLIC legislative party— to show the super-extremism of the top RED communist Donkeys and Blue fascist Elephants. PR APPV TOTSOP
Fact checker on said:Can someone translate the previous comment to human?
Ban Demo Rep on said:Something about not leaving the basement in thirty years.
Me Pedro on said:Tom Jones vive en el sótano de su madre y todavía bebe su leche de una taza con sorbos. Pero perdió su chupete y a su conejito de peluche le falta una oreja, así que por favor sea amable con él hoy.
Jim Riley on said:@FC,Demo Rep believes that candidates should qualify for the ballot as individuals, just as they do in most cities. Formal privileges for political parties would be eliminated. This does not preclude individuals associating together in political parties or on ad hoc basis to support individual candidates, just as they did in De Tocqueville’s time.
Demo Rep on said:3 usual morons / trolls / spies 1 human ——MODEL STATE CONST PARTSec. 5. (1) All elected officers shall be registered Electors in addition to any other qualifications in this constitution. (2) A person may hold only 1 elected or appointed office. (3) All incumbents and all other candidates shall respectively file a declaration of candidacy by  P.M.] and  days before the election day. (4) The names of all candidates shall be put on the election ballots only by Elector forms equal by law to not more than [0.1] percent of the number of Electors who voted in the last regular election in such area which shall be filed and verified respectively by  and  days before the election day. (5) Elector form  point type, [3.5 by 4.25 inches]: NOMINATING PETITION – PARTISAN (for legislative offices) / NONPARTISAN (for executive and judicial offices) I nominate (candidate’s name and address) (of the (one word party name – not more than 16 capital letters) Party) for (office) in (election area) at the (date) election. Elector signature, printed name, address and date signed. [Elector in area involved] Return to- (address) (6) No filing shall be withdrawn. (7) Legislative candidates shall have their party’s name in (5) [and all candidates may by law have a [0.4 inch by 0.4 inch] symbol] next to their names on the ballots. (8) All legislative body candidates and members shall file 1 or more rank order lists of persons to fill any temporary or permanent vacancy of the candidate or member during an election time or term respectively. (9) The qualified person who is highest on the list shall fill the vacancy. (10) If (8-9) does not happen, then the other candidates of his/her party (if any), the other members of his/her party (if any) or the legislative body shall fill such vacancy with a qualified person of the same party immediately at its next meeting, as the case may be. —- PR APPV TOTSOPGOOO MORONS — RIGHT TO A DRUG INDUCED COMA — AND STAY THERE AND OFF BAN.
Demo Rep on said:http://electionlawblog.org/NEAR W-A-R TIME CHAOS — REGARDLESS OF THE BAN USUAL SUSPECT MORONS/ PUTIN TROLLS / PRE-SKOOOL IDIOTS / ETC.
Me Pedro on said:Gee, Tommy. Eres tan listo. Deberías postularte para un cargo.
Demo Rep on said:When will the resident moron go to Adam/Eve original language ???or at least Noah’s Ark language ???or at least the various DEAD languages of monarch/oligarch killer/enslaver regimes – destroyed by civil/foreign wars ???
Ban Demo Rep on said:Tommy Jones is riled up today! Maybe he needs an enema.
Fact checker on said:Why can’t you write in 21st century English? Hell, Elizabethan English would be an upgrade for you. You’re not helping any point you want to make by writing it in gibberish, bullshit, nonsense, or whatever term can be used to describe the collection of words and non-words that you write. Get a clue!
Demo Rep on said:Besides the morons being generally math clueless they are are super-clueless regarding constitutional LAW language.Waiting for the BAN purge of them so they rot elsewhere on the internet – Russia, China, Iran, N. Korea, etc.
Me Pedro on said:Es hora de tomar tu medicación, Tommy.
Dom Pere on said:De toute évidence quelque chose dans l’air dans la ville automobile. Je vous suggère d’appeler votre thérapeute, Thomas.
Fact checker on said:Thank you Demo Rep. That actually made sense.
Demo Rep on said:What is the word for MORON in Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, etc. ???Too many MORONS to count in election law stuff in all languages — esp on BAN.
Rod Empe on said:Here ya go, Tommy: báichī (Chinese), leathcheann (Irish), bevakooph (Hindi)
When the 2020 Libertarian POTUS race began, I was thrilled to support my friend Kim Ruff. However, she departed the race on January 11, 2020.
Since then, I have been asked countless times who I’ll be supporting, and have taken a closer look at all of the announced Libertarian candidates for President. There are several candidates in this race that I respect, and that I could support should they get the nomination. The candidates I could support all know how to articulate Libertarian principles, though they have different styles in how they deliver their message and issues on which they focus.
One of my top pet issues is Criminal Justice Reform. As a Presidential candidate in 2016, and now as a gubernatorial candidate in NH, pardoning all people convicted of non-violent victimless crimes has been a major part of my platform, along with repealing those laws altogether.
Other top issues include ending the wars, bringing the troops home, free trade & open immigration, cutting the budget, and reducing taxes to as close to zero as possible.
These are all issues that libertarians and Libertarians should be able to agree with, however a few of the candidates in the race, sadly, do not. Of those who do, there is one candidate I believe will best articulate and promote these ideas, and has a resume to support this belief.
I’m endorsing a candidate who is a Life Member of the Libertarian Party, has been a member since the 1980’s, and was the 1996 Vice Presidential nominee. I am endorsing Jo Jorgensen for President of the United States, and urge you to likewise support Jo Jorgensen: the perfect Libertarian to represent the Libertarian Party in 2020!
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Libertarian Presidential Debates hosted by the Libertarian Party of California This debate took place on February 16th, 2020 and was hosted by the Libertarian Party of California. The debate was moderated by Matt Welch of Reason Magazine Participants in the debate were: Candidates listed in their appearance on the stage Vermin Supreme VerminSupreme2020.comLincoln Chafee LincolnChafee.comMark Whitney MarkWhitney.com Jo JorgensenJoJ2020.com Jacob HornbergerJacobForLiberty.com Adam KokeshKokeshForPresident.com Video of the candidates that did not appear on the debate stage as part of the main debate will be uploaded once edited. The priority was on getting the edited main debate out as quickly as possible. Audio was recorded and mixed by Vertigo https://vertigoeventproductions.com/ Debate was recorded and edited by 3L Productions you can support 3L Production through PayPal.me/3LProductions 3L Productions will be supporting future Libertarian Presidential Debates at upcoming state conventions. The next major state convention we are supporting is the LPPA Convention March 6th through 8th. https://lppa.org/ Event Tickets and the debate is open to anyone that wants to attend and buys a ticket. https://lppa.org/event/2020-lp-pennsy…
The Libertarian Party of California held its state convention from February 15-17th, 2020. During the convention, a presidential debate was held. Adam Kokesh, Jacob Hornberger, Jo Jorgensen, Mark Whitney, Lincoln Chafee and Vermin Supreme. Several candidates, such as John Monds and Dan “Taxation is Theft” Behrman, did not make the cut for the debate. The video runs for 2 hours and one minute:
The Libertarian Party of Iowa is pleased to announce the results of our first ever Libertarian Presidential Preference Poll. Libertarians gathered across the state at county level caucuses and conventions to elect officers, build county committees and select delegates to the 2020 LPIA State Convention. Additionally, The LPIA conducted a Virtual Caucus, ensuring the greatest possible participation and inclusion for Libertarians across the state. The LPIA, in the tradition of the Iowa Caucuses, held a Presidential Straw Poll to signal registered Libertarians preference for our Presidential nomination. We are pleased to announce the winner: Future of Freedom Foundation founder Jacob Hornberger, who took a commanding 47.52% of the vote. Rounding out the top five are former Rhode Island Governor and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee, 1996 Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee Jo Jorgensen, Veterans Against the Iraq War founder Adam Kokesh and software engineer and entrepreneur Daniel Behrman.
About Jacob Hornberger, from his website:
Forty years ago, when he was a young trial lawyer in his hometown of Laredo, Texas, Jacob Hornberger discovered the libertarian philosophy. The discovery changed the course of his life.
Jacob is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation a non-profit educational foundation whose mission is to present the principled case for the libertarian philosophy (and which, as a non-profit foundation, does not endorse his candidacy or any other candidacy).
On November 2, 2019, Jacob announced his candidacy for the 2020 Libertarian Party nomination at the South Carolina state convention.
Iowa state delegates will select our national delegation at the 2020 LPIA State Convention and Presidential Forum at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 29th. These delegates, while not bound to these results, will give thoughtful consideration of these results. The candidates in attendance of the Presidential Forum will discuss the issues that Iowa Libertarians hold dear. Jacob Hornberger, Iowa Caucus winner, will be a participant along with nine other candidates, click for information on Forum and Convention
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Libertarian Presidential Debates hosted by the Libertarian Party of Georgia This debate took place on January 18th, 2020 and was hosted by the Libertarian Party of Georgia. The debate was moderated by Jessica Szilagyi of AllOnGeorgia.com Participants in the debate were: Candidates listed in their appearance on the stage Sam Robb SamRobb2020.com Kenneth Blevins BlevinsForPresident.org Adam Kokesh KokeshForPresident.com Jo Jorgensen JoJ2020.com Vermin Supreme VirminSupreme2020.com Dan Behrman Behrman2020.com Lincoln Chafee LincolnChafee.com Mark Whitney MarkWhitney.com Erik Gerhardt ErikGerhardt2020.com Photographs were capture by Elle Imaging ElleImaging.com Debate was recorded and edited by 3L Productions you can support 3L Production through PayPal.me/3LProductions 3L Productions will be supporting future Libertarian Presidential Debates at upcoming state conventions.
Jerome Segal, a philosopher and progressive activist, announced Wednesday that he is running for president as the nominee of a party he created — the socialist Bread and Roses party, which Maryland certified this year.
That means Segal, a 75-year-old Silver Spring resident, will appear on the Maryland ballot for the 2020 election. He and his nascent party are trying to qualify for the ballot in other states, he said.
Segal was part of a Jewish delegation that met with leaders of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, including Yasser Arafat, in 1987. Segal, the founder of the 5,000 member strong (a figure that includes over 400 rabbis) Jewish Peace Lobby has written books relating to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, such as Negotiating Jerusalem and Creating the Palestinian State. Another notable book of Segal’s is a collection of philosophical essays dealing with his perception on the economy and moral psychology. Segal challenged Ben Cardin in the 2018 Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Maryland, coming in third place behind Chelsea Manning with 20,027 votes, or 3.55% of the vote.
Segal sees a vision of his Bread and Roses Party becoming a 50-state party on his party’s website, which outlines a general overview of his political platform:
“… Bread and Roses is “socialistic” in its ideals, open to New Socialists and Non-Socialist alike. We use these terms “socialistic” and “New Socialists” to communicate both that the goals of socialism are central to our outlook, but also that we have new ideas with respect to public policy, that we are not wedded to big Government, and that we seek to develop a new political culture that is experimental and modest rather than dogmatic with respect to predictions of actual consequences of any effort to build a better world. We are not clairvoyant. We believe in keeping ones eye on ultimate goals and values, and being a society that learns, even from failure.
…. Further, “Roses” is central to our outlook. Roses means different things to different people. Clearly, it means beauty, both in the urban and natural environment, a society With Beauty For All. More fundamentally, in saying “And Roses too” the women strikers in Lawrence were saying, “We are not just laborers, with basic needs for bread. We are also complex human beings, with complex needs for lives of meaning and richness.” We agree. We believe that Renaissance is in America’s future. “
Segal’s party delivered over 15,000 signatures in August 2018 to the Maryland Secretary of State. Securing ballot access has often been a challenge for third party activists, particularly those creating new parties, as ballot access laws in America are designed the keep the duopoly in power.