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Libertarian candidates pledge to localize education

October 13, 2016

More than 118 Libertarians running for federal and state office have pledged to work to stop heavy-handed meddling by state and federal governments in local schools.

Specifically, Libertarian federal candidates pledged to sponsor and work diligently to pass legislation to quickly end all federal mandates on state and local schools. This means ending Common Core, and all other Department of Education (D.O.E.) programs, and closing the D.O.E.  It also calls for cutting taxes by the amount saved, so that the savings go exclusively to taxpayers, many of whom are parents and grandparents who can use that money to pay for private schooling.

State candidates similarly pledged to work to remove state regulations on local schools and to cut state taxes. Their pledge also aims to reject federal mandates on schools and to deregulate private and home schooling.

"The centrally planned economy of China created widespread poverty and suffering in my home country," said Lily Tang Williams, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado and immigrant from China, now an American citizen. "Central planning of education doesn't work either, and has produced dismal results both in China and in the U.S.  Too many American kids can't read, can't do basic math, and are poorly prepared for life and for making a decent living.

"We must return control of schools to local parents, teachers, and communities who know and love our kids the best," she continued. "Without centrally planned state and federal government interference, we can provide quality, state-of-the-market education for kids at a fraction of today's cost."

"Republican politicians talk about getting rid of the D.O.E, but nothing ever changes—even when they hold the executive branch and both legislative branches," said Arvin Vohra, vice chair of the Libertarian National Committee. "Libertarians are committed to specific actions they will take if elected. Those actions will return complete control of schools to families and communities. Homeowners will see much lower property taxes, and kids will get a top-notch education that paves the way for a more satisfying, self-sustaining future."

Click here to see the list of Libertarian federal candidates and here to see the list of Libertarian state candidates who have pledged to localize education.

-via LP.org

Libertarian Chair Invites Outraged Trump Loyalists to Split Their Tickets

October 12, 2016

Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark issued this statement to Trump loyalists unhappy with the GOP:

“In a recent tweet, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson noted that she was getting a ‘mass volume of texts from people all over the country who will #VoteTrump but [down]ballot not so much.’

“The Libertarian Party would love to remind you, if you are considering this route, that we have nearly 600 down ballot candidates running nationwide who would love your support.

“Of course, we would love your support for our presidential candidates as well. We encourage you to take a look at the qualifications of Governors Johnson and Weld. But if you are firmly decided on your presidential vote, we understand.  Your down ballot votes have a home with us that you can feel great about.

“Here’s a handy interactive map so you can check out Libertarians on your ballot.http://www.lp.org/2016-libertarian-party-candidates 

“The Libertarian Party is the party of principle. We believe in minimum government and maximum freedom. We currently have 146 Libertarians holding elected office nationwide. Help us elect more this November.”

-via LP.org

Rapides Parish to Host October SCC Meeting

October 3, 2016
The Libertarian Party of Rapides Parish will be hosting the October 10th, 2016 State Central Committee meeting at the Holiday Inn in downtown Alexandria (701 4th St, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301).  

The meeting will begin at 12:30 and is scheduled to conclude by 5pm.  All members of the public are welcome to attend.

We will hold a sign waving before the meeting for the Libertarian Party and its candidates.

Libertarian Party: CPD decides to make their first debates irrelevant

September 16, 2016
Libertarian National Committee Chair, Nicholas Sarwark, released this statement today:

In spite of polls showing that 54-76 percent of voters want Libertarian Gov. Gary Johnson included in debates, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced that it will not include Johnson in the September 26 debate, nor will it include Gov. William Weld in the October 4 vice presidential debate.

They announced this today, late on a Friday afternoon, known in the spin world as the best time to release news that one wishes to bury.

In their attempt to bolster the chances of the two most hated presidential candidates in American history, the Commission’s decision makes a mockery of their stated mission to "provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.”

The American people overwhelmingly want to find out more about Gary Johnson, the most qualified candidate for President, and the only candidate, other than the two corrupt old party bullies, who will be on the ballot in all fifty states, plus D.C., giving every single American the opportunity to vote for him.

Not having Gov. Johnson on the stage for the first debate turns it from the Super Bowl of politics into the Pro Bowl of politics; boring and unwatchable.

The CPD is controlled by Democrats and Republicans. The only thing worse than supporting either of their nominees is colluding against the American people to support both of them.

The Libertarian Party will be calling on the sponsors of the CPD to withdraw their support for what has become a campaign commercial for bullies on September 26.

The party will also continue to work around the CPD’s September 26 debate, which has become increasingly irrelevant.

A Quinnipiac poll released this week put Johnson’s support among voters at 13%, or about 17 million Americans, more than the 13.7 million who voted for the Republican nominee in the primaries to hand him the nomination, and more than the 16.8 million who voted for the Democratic nominee to secure the Democratic nomination.

1992 presidential candidate Ross Perot was the only third party candidate ever to be permitted on the CPD-sponsored presidential debate stage. At that time, Perot was polling at 8 percent in a Times/Mirror poll, below the 9-10% where Johnson is now polling in CPD’s selected polls.

N.H. paper bucks 100-year tradition, backs Gary Johnson over Donald Trump

September 15, 2016
For the first time in a century, the New Hampshire Union Leader chose not to endorse the Republican nominee for president—and is instead backing Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

"Americans are being told that we have to choose the lesser of two evils," Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid wrote in an editorial published Wednesday night. "No, we don’t."

Read more at CBSNews.com.