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Tuesday
Jun232015

OurAmericanInitiative - Gov. Gary Johnson statement re: debate lawsuits 

June 22, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT -- Calling it the "next step” in changing the two-party control of presidential debates,  2012 Libertarian presidential candidate Gov.Gary Johnson today noted the filing of a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission ( FEC).

 

The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, challenges the FEC’s treatment of the private Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) as non-partisan, citing the CPD’s use of polling criteria to effectively limit participation to only the Republican and Democrat candidates. Plaintiffs in the case include the Libertarian Party and the Green Party as well as Level the Playing Field and noted supporter Peter Ackerman.

 

Johnson is the Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative, a nonprofit organization which is advocating a change in the Presidential debates. Johnson noted that in addition to the FEC lawsuit additional legal complaints will soon be filed to challenge the Commission on Presidential Debate"s control over the Presidential debates.

 

In a statement released Monday, the former New Mexico Governor said, “The last time a third party or independent candidate was allowed to participate in nationally televised general election presidential debates was 1992. The reason is simple. The Commission on Presidential Debates, which controls the debates, was created by the Republican and Democrat Parties and remains under that two-party control today. This lawsuit against the FEC is an important step toward stripping the veneer off the CPD and treating it as what it really is: A partisan organization that exists to protect the two-party dominance of the political process.

 

“By opening another ‘front’ in the battle against unfairly limited presidential debates, this recent FEC legal challenge strengthens the soon-to-be-filed second lawsuit being coordinated by the Our America Initiative, and adds credible voices to the growing discontent with the CPD’s persistent exclusion of qualified third party and independent candidates from the nationally-televised debate stage.” ###

Wednesday
Feb252015

GOV. GARY JOHNSON TO SPEAK AT CPAC 

February 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT -- Former New Mexico Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson will be speaking both Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26-27, at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC.

 

Thursday, at 4:15 p.m. on the main stage, Gov. Johnson will participate in a debate on marijuana legalization, moderated by Townhall’s Mary Katherine Hamm. At 3:10 p.m. Friday, he will be a panelist for a session entitled, “Lowering the Boom: When to Stand Up to Rogue Nations”.

 

Gov. Johnson currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative, a national advocacy organization dedicated to free markets and individual liberties. Our America will have a booth at the conference.

 

 

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Thursday
Jan222015

Our American Initiative - GOV. GARY JOHNSON’S REACTION TO THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

January 21, 2015, Santa Fe, NM --  Former New Mexico Governor and Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative Gary Johnson released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

 

“The President’s speech can be summed up pretty simply: He told us that the state of the union is good and that he wants to double-down on the big government, big debt policies that he says are working. That is just wrong in too many ways to list.

 

“Redistributing wealth and designating winners and losers have for too long been the hallmarks of American politics -- regardless of which party is in power. Now, President Obama wants to take them to new heights.

 

“The U.S. has one of the most punitive, anti-growth tax codes in the industrialized world, and the President wants to make it more punitive. We have a tax code that is absurdly complex, and he wants to make it more complex. Instead of raising capital gains taxes and passing out tax credits like candy, real progress would be to eliminate all income taxes and adopt a system that rewards production, savings and investment.

 

“Government subsidies and market distortions have produced college costs and student loan burdens that threaten a generation of graduates. Now we have a proposal to make community college somehow magically ‘free’, as though no one is going to have to pay for it. Nowhere do we see a plan to allow innovation, the free market and competition to truly make education affordable.

 

“These are just a couple of examples of the misguided theme that piling more government interference on the marketplace is the answer to every challenge. We’ve tried that for a few decades now, and despite the President’s claims to the contrary, the result is not good.”

 

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Wednesday
Jan142015

OUR AMERICA INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES STATE “LOBBY DAYS” 

 

 

 

 

 

Activists Across the Country Will Advocate Liberty Priorities in State Capitals

 

January 13, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT -- With legislatures in dozens of states gearing up for their 2015 sessions, the Our America Initiative has announced that members of the organization across the country will conduct “lobby days” in their respective states to make legislators aware of the concerns and priorities of liberty advocates.

 

The Our America Initiative, led by Honorary Chairman Gov. Gary Johnson, is a national advocacy group that focuses on protecting civil liberties, reducing the size and cost of government and promoting economic freedom.

 

Announcing the state-level efforts, Our America senior advisor Ron Nielson said, “The fight for greater individual freedom and less government is not just a federal one. Across the nation, state and local governments are taking actions and making decisions every day that impact liberty. As these decisions are made, it is essential that policy-makers hear from those who believe in reducing the role of government in our everyday lives.

 

“As state legislatures begin their work for 2015, supporters of the Our America Initiative are organizing to provide that voice for liberty.”

 

Our America’s legislative priorities in each state will be targeted toward efforts to reduce taxes, eliminate unnecessary regulation, and reverse trends toward over-criminalization and militarization of law enforcement. Protection and restoration of civil liberties, greater choices in education and health care, and increased transparency in government are likewise on the agenda in state capitals across the country.

 

Advocacy efforts are already under way in numerous states, ranging from tax reform in Georgia to opposing Common Core in numerous states to judicial reform in Louisiana. Other issues include opposing the use of federal drug task force grants to militarize local law enforcement and resisting the over-regulation of Uber and other entrepreneurial transportation networks.

 

More information regarding specific states and issues can be found at Our America in the States, and at Lobby Days.

 

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The OUR America Initiative is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee and may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors. Contributions and gifts to Our America Initiative are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes.  
Saturday
Dec202014

OurAmericanInitiative - Gov Gary Johnson On Easing Relations with Cuba 

 

Governor Gary Johnson On Easing Relations With Cuba: “The Free Market is a More Powerful Force for Good Than Is a Government-Imposed Embargo.”


 

December 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT -- Governor Gary Johnson, Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative, released the following statement regarding easing sanctions on Cuba:

 

“While reasonable people can disagree about the negotiations that were involved, easing restrictions and opening the door to broader economic and cultural relations with Cuba is the right thing to do -- and long overdue.

 

Free markets, open communications and opportunities for the Cuban people to see the benefits of a less antagonistic relationship with the U.S. will accomplish that which five decades of barriers clearly has not accomplished.

 

Make no mistake, the Castro regime has done nothing to deserve reward. But the Cuban people have done nothing to deserve being locked out of the opportunities that a better relationship with the U.S. will bring.

 

The free market is a more powerful, and certainly more positive, force for good than is a government-imposed embargo. Congress should act to remove the barriers the President cannot remove administratively, and end the failed policy of trying to reform another nation by isolating it.”