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Another sitting senator changes parties, endorses Johnson

July 28, 2016

(Salt Lake City) Utah State Senator Mark Madsen has announced his switch to the Libertarian Party and his endorsement of Gary Johnson for president.

Sen. Madsen held a press conference at 1:30 Monday afternoon in Salt Lake City, stating, "Today I announce that I am joining the Libertarian party and will support the Libertarian presidential ticket of Governor's Gary Johnson and Bill Weld."

Madsen detailed his reasons in his remarks:

"Both parties use the government to pick winners and losers, in business, in healthcare, in the environment, in education, in every aspect of life. Both parties expand existing programs, create new programs and expand programs set to sunset even if the purpose is no longer needed. Differences among us are accentuated, and our core rights, enshrined in our constitution, rather than being upheld as inviolate, are too often seen as impediments to the expansion of the state."

Senator Madsen was joined by Nebraska State Senator Laura Ebke and Libertarian National Committee Chair, Nicholas Sarwark.

Senator Mark Madsen is now one of several elected officials to register Libertarian and/or endorse the ticket including:

Max Abramson - State Representative (NH)
Tom Campbell - Representative (CA)
Laura Ebke - State Senator (NE)
Dawson Hodgson - State Senator (RI)
Danny Jones - Mayor (Charleston, WV)
Jeff Kraus - Mayor (Bozeman, MT)
Nicholas Schwaderer - State Representative (MT)
Lisa Torraco - State Senator (NM)
Jesse Ventura - Governor (MN)
Daniel Zolnikov - State Representative (MT)

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Senator Madsen is a sitting two term state senator and former city council member from Eagle Mountain. His legislative record bears out his dedication to individual liberty. He has observed that the interests of bureaucratic agencies and the people rarely align. He believes in choice in health care and education. He is a champion of free trade and free market solutions.

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Provided by lp.org

Libertarian Party to Democrats: It's cruel to be kind

July 26, 2016

ALEXANDRIA — Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark released the following statement today:

Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and other speakers at the Democratic National Convention are espousing the virtue of love and the need to take care of our fellow man, suggesting that this can be accomplished through government programs such as welfare and socialized medicine.

But love is not born of force. Force is cold, impersonal, and offensive. And it doesn't work.

In fact, government programs often hurt the very people they're intended to help.

Real love is being committed not just to an ideal, but to what works. It requires opening one's eyes to see the results that actions produce.

Government welfare creates an unhealthy dependence which traps generations in poverty. One need only drive by a housing project to get an idea of the horrible results it produces.

Minimum wage hurts the very poor. The most desperate for jobs lose their jobs. Others are deprived of jobs that otherwise would have been created and that would have released them from the cycle of poverty which haunts their souls.

Minimum wage forces small-business owners to work long, low-wage hours, and some make no money at all, or lose money, while putting their life savings at risk.

Minimum wage hurts customers. The people who shop at Walmart earn, on average, about the same wage as the people who work there. A forced pay hike for low-income Walmart workers is a forced pay cut for low-income Walmart customers.

Well intended actions that ignore results are not love, but dogma. Ignoring their devastating effects is cruel and inhumane.

The Libertarian solution is born both of a deep desire to see that all of mankind has opportunity, prosperity, and good health, and of a commitment to understanding and responding to what works and what doesn't work.

To empower people to rise from poverty, we must remove government regulations and high taxes that hamper small businesses—and their ability to create jobs. We must remove regulations that drive up prices and lower everyone's standard of living.

We must stop handing out privileged and unaffordable pensions and perks to government workers on the backs of private-sector workers who will see a fraction of those benefits

We must stop dishing out lucrative bailouts, handouts, and contracts to crony capitalists on the backs of hard-working, private-sector taxpayers.

We must end the War on Drugs to bring down high crimes rates that plague poor neighborhoods.

We must repeal minimum-wage laws that prevent lowest-skilled workers from grabbing a rung on the economic ladder toward self-sufficiency and dignity.

A true commitment to those in need requires us to be vigorous about ending programs which do them harm. That is why Libertarians advocate policies that promote freedom, opportunity, prosperity, well-being, and peace.

Libertarianism is love.

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Provided by lp.org

No one should be above the law

July 5, 2016

The FBI has decided not to push for criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server for her State Department emails.

"This is a serious miscarriage of justice," says Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee. "One key criteria for laws to be just is that they must be applied equally to all." Countless other people who have served in roles handling classified information have been prosecuted, fined, and jailed for far lesser breaches of protocol and security.

Hillary Clinton's complete mismanagement of highly sensitive information while Secretary of State, and dismissive attitude towards the situation since, shows that she is not qualified for the very serious role of President of the United States.

"What is particularly sad is that while most of us understood the egregiousness of this situation, we also knew from the beginning that Hillary Clinton was not going to be prosecuted or punished for it. Our system is allowing big corporations, big banks, big politicians to get away with things that normal Americans would never be allowed to. We bail out the banks. We bail out the corporations. We bail out the politicians. This is not justice. This is crony capitalism and crony politics," says Sarwark.

"In essence, Hillary Clinton thinks that she should not be held to the same standards that other Americans are and our Justice system is allowing that to happen. This is elitist, tyrannical, and completely un-American. No one should be above the law."

The Libertarian Party is the only political party in America devoted to protecting all rights, of all human beings, all the time. As part of this mission, the Libertarian Party seeks a minimal set of laws, that are truly just, which defend the rights of individuals, and which are equally applied to all.


Press release via Libertarian Party (http://www.lp.org/news/press-releases/no-one-should-be-above-the-law).

Elections Meeting Invitation

June 13, 2016

There will be a teleconference tomorrow, Tuesday, June 14th at 8pm. If you are a libertarian in Louisiana and want to attend this very short (30 minute) meeting to establish a foundation for the elections committee, please contact elections chair Sarah Stewart at elections@lplouisiana.org. This is not a commitment to join the committee, to help anyone run for office, or to run yourself.

The elections committee will pass on information to the other parish members about candidates. They will also pass information to media so information can be posted on the website. If you have any questions you can message me here or can email the elections chair at elections@lplouisiana.org.

The following is the role of the elections committee:

a. maintain a current and accurate elections calendar;

b. maintain a current and accurate State and Local Offices database;

c. assist candidates with meeting legal requirements and educating them on how to run an effective campaign;

d. work with the Finance Committee assisting candidates with respect to issues of campaign finance laws, rules, and regulations;

e. provide analysis of campaign issues and effectiveness, of opposition candidates, and post election analysis of results;

f. secure and/or conduct demographic analysis and voter patterns for campaigns; and

g. secure and/or conduct scientific voter preference surveys for campaign analysis.

Louisiana Wins National LP Award and LNC Position

June 8, 2016
At the recent National Libertarian Party Convention,  Louisiana Elections Officer Wendy Adams was awarded the Samuel Adams award for activism.  The Samuel Adams Activism Award recognizes effective activism by building Party membership, organizing community outreach, or communicating Libertarian principles.

Daniel Hayes was also elected to the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) as an At-Large member.  There are five national At-Large LNC positions filled at convention.  Daniel Hayes came in sixth in the voting and was promoted to an At-Large position when activist and former Presidential Candidate Darryl W. Perry dropped out due to travel availability.