Tomorrow is the Primary and it is critical that every Libertarian votes so we can get our write-in candidates on the ballot.
On your ballot, you will find a spot to write-in a candidate, and a method to indicate your vote for that candidate. Below is a full list of our Write-in candidates:
U.S. Congress, C.D. 1: Nicole Patti
U.S. Congress, C.D. 3: Clay Adair
U.S. Congress, C.D. 6
: Darell Tapp
Arizona State Offices
State Treasurer: Thane Eichenauer
Corporation Commissioner: Rick Fowlkes
Arizona Legislature - Senate
State Senate, L.D. 7: Dennis G. Grenier
State Senate, L.D. 19: William Munsil
Arizona Legislature - House of Representatives
State Representative, L.D. 6: William Barker
To prevent our ballot line from being hijacked, spread libertarian policy positions, and maybe even to make the major-party candidates sweat a little more to earn votes, several area libertarians are seeking nomination to be the Party’s candidates in the november election.
- Raymond Patrick Petrulsky, running for US House in District 7
- Paul Davis, running for US House in District 8
- Mark Phelps, running for State Representative in District 27
- Tom Rogers, running for Pima County School Superintendent
All Pima County Libertarians live in either CD 7 or CD 8. Make a note with the names appropriate to your area, take it with you to your polling place on 2 September, and write these candidates in, to be sure they’re representing the LP in the November election.
Ron Paul has gotten quite a few people angry about the Federal Reserve, largely using a narrative with no basis in fact. Ordinarily, the monetary system works well enough to justify ambivalence, but of late, the Fed has adopted an inappropriately reactionary stance, responding to the banking crisis and manipulating interest rates in ways that look more like symbolic reassurance for the rubes than than they resemble anything prescribed by any normative work from modern economics.
Thus even those of us who never believed that the Fed Just Prints Money so that government can spend and spend have had good reason lately to look for alternatives, be they adoption of the Friedman k-Percent Rule, or more radical proposals, such as free banking.
Last night at the Pima County Libertarian Party meeting, Joe Cobb, one of the US’s experts on commodity money and free banking, treated us to a freewheeling lecture and extended question and answer session on the advantages of a monetary system in which the supply of money is determined, from the bottom up, by market mechanisms, without the intervention of a government or a government-appointed bureaucracy. He even managed to pull off the near-impossible: to change my mind about what is, at its heart, a technical question, without handing me a stack of journal articles to read.
For once, we were on the winning side of a local issue. In case you missed it, below is our release regarding the ballot propositions decided in Tucson’s general election last week:
PIMA COUNTY LIBERTARIAN PARTY OPPOSES PROPOSITIONS 100 AND 200
The Pima County Libertarian Party opposes the passage of both Proposition 100, the City Council pay raise, and Proposition 200, the so-called “Water Users’ Bill of Rights”, in next Tuesday’s Tucson city elections. (more…)
Addendum to the previous note:
Meetings have been moved to the third Wednesday of each month.
Except in districts where we elect someone to local office, Libertarian morale tends to drop in the days following an election, with activist questioning the worth of their continued efforts in the face of yet another defeat.
Beyond the obvious small victories–passage of propositions 207 and 101 and the surprising defeat of Proposition 107–in many ways we’re looking much better than we did in May, albeit in ways that can’t be measured by a vote total. (more…)
With some obvious exceptions (i.e. the passage of two good propositions) yesterday’s election results were less than thrilling for Libertarians… (more…)
Given the widespread problems faced by voters in the primary election,David Nolan, the Libertarian contender for retiring Congressman JimKolbe’s seat in the House, applauds the 9th Circuit’s 5 Octoberdecision to enjoin the voter identification requirements passed into law in 2004 as part of Proposition 200…He remains, however, concerned about the integrity of the voting process. (more…)
Americans spend $200.2 million per month lobbying the Federal Government, according to a 10 September article in the Washington Post. To David Nolan, the Libertarian vying to replace retiring Congressman Jim Kolbe in the House of Representatives, this is but a symptom of a much deeper problem. (more…)
Results from Tuesday’s primary election indicate that approximately half of the voters in the 8th Congressional District are not enthusiastic about either Republican Randy Graf or Democrat Gabrielle Giffords. And Libertarian candidate David Nolan has plans to win them
over with a two-pronged campaign message aimed at reaching what he calls “a vast unserved constituency.” (more…)