Justin Amash becomes first Libertarian Party member of Congress, announces presidential exploratory committee

American Third Party Report, April 28th, 2020:

Justin Amash is throwing his hat into the race in what is becoming quite an interesting crop of third party candidates to vote for this year. While this is only an exploratory committee for the 2020 Libertarian nomination, this tweet seems to me like he is officially a candidate. “Let’s Do This.” =doesn’t sound very exploratory. Amash joins a growing list of candidates for the Libertarian nomination and is the biggest name in the race being as he is a current member of the US House of reps representing Michigan’s 3rd District. With tonight’s announcement, he is making quite a splash on social media.


NewFederalist said…

Another GOP re-tread. What a shame. If he was truly serious about becoming a Libertarian he could have switched from Republican to Libertarian rather than independent. Another failed Republican looking for free ballot access from the minor league affiliate of the GOP. There are too many really libertarian Libertarians seeking the nomination to go down this road for the 4th presidential election in a row.

Cody Quirk said…

Better late then never I say.

The LP HAS to run big name candidates in order to gain enough votes in those states were ballot access depends strictly on the amount and/or percentage of votes our presidential candidates get. Running big name candidates also helps advance the LP and libertarianism with mainstream voters, and hence will lay the stepping stones for future electoral successes, unlike with long-run LP members that have almost no name recognition and little appeal.

Amash also has a genuine libertarian voting record in congress, and regardless of how/when he joined the party, the important thing is that he finally joined, and wants to be our standard bearer, and I’m personally ready to back him.

Fyi, he’s officially our first LP congressman now.

Cody Quirk said…

Meant *long-term LP members*

NewFederalist said…

Really, Cody? Has C-SPAN updated their graphic? I don’t think so!

Congressman Justin Amash Lists Himself in Congressional Directory as a Libertarian

Congressman Justin Amash is now listed in the Congressional Directory as a Libertarian. He is the first member to list himself as a member of a nationally-organized party, other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, since Congressman Vito Marcantonio was listed as an American Labor Party member. Marcantonio left Congress after he was defeated for re-election in 1950. The American Labor Party was the New York state affiliate of the Progressive Party that was founded early in 1948 by Henry Wallace.

Ron Paul always listed himself in the Congressional Directory as a Republican. John Anderson continued to list himself as a Republican all during 1980, even though he was running for president as an independent that year.


Two Minnesota Elected Libertarians Help Overturn Decision by City Government

Cara SchulzTwo elected libertarians on the Burnsville, Minnesota City Council were featured in an article on the HometownSource.com website on April 15, 2020, as they helped reverse a decision by the city government to keep open a city playground during a contentious meeting:

Backlash against COVID-19 restrictions in Burnsville erupted during Tuesday’s City Council work session, leading staff to reverse a decision closing playgrounds in city parks.

A 3-2 council majority of Cara Schulz, Dan Kealey and Vince Workman opposed closing playgrounds. Schulz also opposed police enforcement of the governor’s executive orders closing nonessential businesses, but no changes in police procedure are planned.

The decision to post signs closing playgrounds was made Monday and they began going up Tuesday, City Manager Melanie Lee told council members during the videoconference work session.

Many residents have voiced concerns about children catching the coronavirus from playground equipment surfaces, according to Mayor Elizabeth Kautz. Guidance from the National Recreation and Park Association and the Centers for Disease Control informed staff’s decision on the “hot button issue,” Lee said. Signs advising precautions because equipment may carry the virus had previously been posted.

Closing playgrounds disadvantages Burnsville’s many apartment-dwelling children, while the more fortunate may have backyard playgrounds, Schulz said.

Vince Workman

“The people of far more modest means, we are heaping burden after burden after burden on them,” she said. “They’re being disproportionately affected by what  is happening.”

Kealey said it’s ridiculous for the CDC to recommend closing playgrounds when customers in the “petri dish” grocery stores he’s observed have insufficient social distancing, masks or gloves, and touch many surfaces.

“The inconsistency is frustrating the devil out of me,” Kealey said, suggesting that the city advise people to bring sanitary products to playgrounds. “It has really gotten ridiculous.”

Workman said the city has found a way to increase social distancing at its pickleball courts and thus keep them open.

“I believe there’s probably room for that here as well,” he said.

A resident and nurse, Linda Kraemer, called into the work session and said she’s one of the people who have urged the city to close play structures. She said many residents have mobilized on the issue.

“And now tonight, I’m hearing those decisions are being second-guessed,” Kraemer said.

Keeping playgrounds open endangers low-income children because they might return to their apartment complexes infected and infect other children, Kraemer said.

Social distancing isn’t “a concept toddlers and preschoolers understand,” she said.

Kautz and Council Member Dan Gustafson said the city manager has the right to make the decision. One exchange grew heated.

“You’re undermining the authority of the city manager who was hired to run this city under our policies,” Gustafson said.

“These are unprecedented times, Dan,” Kealey said.

“Overriding the city manager is not the right thing to do,” Gustafson said.

“That is absolute B.S. We’re not undermining anybody,” Kealey replied.

Kraemer said she will be “reinvigorating our community” to oppose opening playgrounds.

The city has reduced the number of open pickleball courts to promote social distancing, Lee said. The skateboard park has closed because social distancing wasn’t achieved. The well-used trail around Sunset Pond has been made one-way to promote distancing.

School district closed playgrounds

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has closed its playgrounds in response to new CDC guidance for park and recreational facilities. An exception is made for playgrounds where child care is being provided, during child care hours.

Superintendent Theresa Battle announced the closings Wednesday in an email to School Board members.

It said the closings are in alignment with CDC and the city — which has now reversed course.


Schulz, a prominent member of Minnesota’s Libertarian Party who works for the national party as a candidate recruiter, said the city should “step back and step out of” enforcing Gov. Tim Walz’s executive orders on businesses.

Her priority for having the city enforce the orders “is about zero,” Schulz said. “I do not think that this is a priority for our city right now. We have a lot of priorities right now. We’re going to need a lot of goodwill in our bank in our community so we can trust one another and work with one another.”

Kealey asked City Attorney Joel Jamnik if the city can refuse to enforce the governor’s executive orders closing specified businesses.

“In my opinion, no, given the language of 12.28,” Jamnik said, citing the state statute that requires emergency-management organizations to “execute and enforce” governors’ orders.

“This is the law,” Gustafson said, noting that the orders include a possible fine and 90 days in jail along with a request for voluntary compliance. “We don’t get to change that. We don’t get to impede it.”

“I’m not saying that we block them (the state) from doing anything,” Schulz said. “That’s up to them how they wish to do that. What I’m saying is this is a confusing area that changes constantly and can really impact people’s lives directly.”

Police Chief Tanya Schwartz said the department and code inspectors respond to complaints about business that are open in violation of orders. In all contacts thus far, businesses have agreed to close, she said. The city’s approach is “working with our community” and “educating,” Schwartz said.

“We may look at it as educating someone, but if we have a uniformed police officer go to a business and tell them they need to shut down, on the receiving end — and I do know this because I talked to a business that was on the receiving end — that does not feel like education, nor does it feel voluntary,” Schulz said.

The Michaels Store in Burnsville is one that closed and reopened under the governor’s changing and confusing orders, Schulz said.

The latest order says workers are allowed at arts and crafts stores, but only for the purpose of distributing materials that can be used to make personal protective equipment for pickup or delivery.

“Craft stores have been shut down,” said Heather Jelinek, a resident who called in and said crafting is her outlet for battling severe depression and anxiety. “They’re essential to me.”

Jelinek said her home craft business is in jeopardy amid canceled shows, and she can’t work her day job as a massage therapist during the pandemic.

“I want my financial freedom back,” said another caller, Sara Schmitt, a 43-year Burnsville resident and a self-employed manicurist. “I want to be busy, and a thriving business in Burnsville again,” she said.

Also calling was state Rep. Hunter Cantrell, DFL-Savage, who defended Walz’s orders and said the governor is seeking to open more businesses that can be operated safely during the pandemic.

“We cannot afford to make a misstep in this capacity,” Cantrell said. “The stakes have never been higher.”

Wisconsin Libertarian Party Gets Four Wins in Spring Primary

Source: https://www.lp.org/wisconsin-lp-gets-four-wins-in-spring-primary/

by Bob Johnston on April 16, 2020 in NewsBrian Defferding

Brian Defferding

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.”

Lincoln Chafee Withdraws 2020 Libertarian Presidential Candidacy

IPR, April 5th, 2020 https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2020/04/lincoln-chafee-withdraws-2020-libertarian-presidential-candidacy/

Former Rhode Island Governor and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee has withdrawn from the race for the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

In a Facebook post Chafee writes:

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.

BAN: Constitution Party Will Hold a Videoconference National Convention

From BAN: http://ballot-access.org/2020/03/25/constitution-party-will-hold-a-teleconference-national-convention/

Constitution Party Will Hold a Videoconference National Convention

Posted on  by Richard Winger

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.

The details should be on the party’s national website in a few days.Posted in Uncategorizedpermalink

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Constitution Party Will Hold a Videoconference National Convention — 22 Comments

  1. Andy on  said:Wouldn’t a videoconference be better?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Jeff Becker on  said:Will the public be allowed to watch via livestream? If so, hopefully at no cost.
  5. 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.
  6. Fact checker on  said:Can someone translate the previous comment to human?
  7. Ban Demo Rep on  said:Something about not leaving the basement in thirty years.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 [5] P.M.][203] and [196] 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 [105] and [70] days before the election day.
    (5) Elector form [12] 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.
  12. Me Pedro on  said:Gee, Tommy. Eres tan listo. Deberías postularte para un cargo.
  13. 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 ???
  14. Ban Demo Rep on  said:Tommy Jones is riled up today! Maybe he needs an enema.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. Me Pedro on  said:Es hora de tomar tu medicación, Tommy.
  18. Dom Pere on  said:De toute évidence quelque chose dans l’air dans la ville automobile. Je vous suggère d’appeler votre thérapeute, Thomas.
  19. Fact checker on  said:Thank you Demo Rep. That actually made sense.
  20. 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.
  21. Rod Empe on  said:Here ya go, Tommy: báichī (Chinese), leathcheann (Irish), bevakooph (Hindi)
  22. Cody Quirk on  said:*grabs his bowl of popcorn*

Darryl W. Perry endorses Jo Jorgensen for president

Darryl W. Perry
From Darryl W. Perry‘s Facebook page, February 28th, 2020:
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!

Video released of California Libertarian Party presidential debate

The following video was posted 23 hours ago (length: 2 hours):
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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.com Lincoln Chafee LincolnChafee.com Mark Whitney MarkWhitney.com Jo Jorgensen JoJ2020.com Jacob Hornberger JacobForLiberty.com Adam Kokesh KokeshForPresident.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…

Libertarian Party of California holds presidential debate

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:

Jacob Hornberger wins Iowa Libertarian caucus

LP Iowa website: Libertarian Party Presidential Caucus Winner and Results:

February 8, 2020 / By Joseph Howe

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

Jacob Hornberger13447.52%
Lincoln Chafee3612.77%
Jo Jorgensen186.38%
Adam Kokesh176.03%
Daniel Behrman144.96%
John McAfee103.55%
Vermin Supreme93.19%
Other (Write In)82.84%
Sam Robb72.48%
Max Abramson62.13%
Mark Whitney41.42%
Arvin Vorha31.06%
Ken Armstrong20.71%
Keenan Wallace Dunham20.71%
Souraya Faas20.71%
Benjamin Leder10.35%
John Monds10.35%
Daniel Christman00.00%
James Ogle00.00%
Steve Richey00.00%
Total Votes282100.00%