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Saturday
Aug292015

BAFC response to Federal Court ruling in LPNH v Gardner 

In 2014 the New Hampshire General Court passed a new restriction on minor party access to the general election ballot by prohibiting a political organization from collecting petitions before the election year. The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire filed a lawsuit challenging this new law. A similar law in Rhode Island was struck down in 2009 because the sole claim by the Rhode Island government was “reducing the number of 'false positives'.” In New Hampshire, that was the initial reason given for passage of the new law, however William Gardner changed the reasoning the rationale to prevent ballot clutter and to ensure that political parties have a current modicum of support.

 
On August 27, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro upheld a 2014 New Hampshire law claiming “[the new law] imposes only a reasonable burden on ballot access that is outweighed by the State’s interest in avoiding ballot clutter.”
 
This is absurd! Richard Winger of Ballot Access News reports, “The New Hampshire party petition has existed since 1996 and only twice has any group ever managed to use it. It is one of the most difficult petition requirements in the nation, 3% of the last gubernatorial vote. Both times it was used, the party that used it, the Libertarian Party, took approximately a full year to get the job done. Now the circulation period has been cut in half.”
 
Here are some of the lowlights of NH ballot access over the past decade:
In November 2014, New Hampshire was one of only five states with a Democratic-Republican ballot monopoly for all the statewide offices (the others were California, Alabama, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania).
 In 2006, New Hampshire was one of only four states with a Democratic-Republican monopoly for all the statewide offices.
 And in 2004, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Michael Badnarik was on the ballot in every state except New Hampshire and Oklahoma. The only non-Democratic-Republican statewide candidate on the ballot in 2004 was Ralph Nader. New Hampshire is also one of only ten states in which the Green Party has not been able to place its presidential nominee on the ballot in any of the last three presidential elections.
 
The ruling also seems to completely ignore the fact that Republican and Democratic Party Presidential candidates are filing candidacy forms in the year before the election; however the Libertarian Party and other parties seeking ballot access are barred from circulating nominating petitions during that same time period.
 
One thing is clear, New Hampshire voters are being harmed when alternative candidates and the ideas they represent are kept off the ballot!

Darryl W. Perry
Founder, Ballot Access Fairness Coalition

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The Ballot Access Fairness Coalition seeks to reform the ballot access laws in the State of New Hampshire so that all candidates are treated equally for ballot access purposes.
Tuesday
Aug182015

CEI Today: National Employee Freedom Week, libertarians, EPA spill, access to capital, and more 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
In the News Today

 

THE LIBERTARIAN MOVEMENT - LAWSON BADER

 

Weigel: The Libertarian Moment is Over, or Is It?
 

“The question is not whether the libertarian moment is over but whether libertarians can agree on a single national candidate,” says Lawson Bader, the president of the free market Competitive Enterprise Institute. > Read Dave Weigel's report in the Washington Post
 

 

NATIONAL EMPLOYEE FREEDOM WEEK - TREY KOVACS 

 

Forced Union Fees Do Not Have to Go to the Union – You Have Other Options

 

Unfortunately, many workers are unaware of their workplace rights. That is where National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), a nationwide coalition comprised of nearly 100 organizations, provides needed help. From August 16 to 22 the campaign spreads the word that workers have more choice when it comes to paying union dues than their union tells them. > Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

EPA SPILL - DAVID KREUTZER

Rivers of Gold and Energy Poverty

The irony with the Gold King Mine spill may be thicker than the toxic waste. The same EPA, that apparently didn’t know what happens when you blow a hole in a dam, claims clairvoyance when it comes to predicting the future climate. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

ACCESS TO CAPITAL - IAIN MURRAY


Liquid Capital Was the First Killer App
 

Despite near-zero interest rates, new regulations from regulators like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have severely restricted the issuance of new mortgages and credit cards. Access to capital is harder to obtain. Three forms of deregulation would improve matters. > Read more 

 

> Interview Iain Murray

 




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Friday
Jul242015

Gov Johnson Calls Trump Border Visit “Too Easy” 

 

 

 

 

 

July 23, 2015, Santa Fe, NM  -- Two-term former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is calling Donald Trump’s visit to the Mexican border a “photo op that is just too easy” and an “entirely predictable part of his ‘blame it on Mexico’ campaign”.

 

In a statement released Thursday, Johnson, a former border Governor said, “It’s embarrassing to see Donald Trump joining the list of politicians who visit the border for a couple of hours, usually after lecturing us about immigration and border security, and vow to solve our problems by building a bigger fence. It’s just too easy and solves nothing.

 

“What makes Trump’s exploitation of immigrants even more embarrassing is that he has built his fortune in the very industries that clearly depend on immigrant labor, both legal and illegal. Instead of posing for the cameras in Laredo, maybe he should be checking to see how many illegal immigrants have helped him build his buildings, serve the guests in his hotels and casinos, and contributed to his billions. He should know better than anyone that illegal immigration isn’t about fences and drones. Rather, it is entirely about an arcane system that doesn’t allow immigrants to legally fill the needs of the job market."

 

“Building a wall across the entire Mexican border, and somehow getting Mexico to pay for it, is just crazy, and more importantly, won’t solve the problem. Replicating a Berlin Wall isn’t something Americans want to do, and it won’t work any better here than it did in Berlin. Border security means knowing who is coming here and why, not building an ever-bigger fence and militarizing our boundaries. A functional, market-based work visa program that would allow businesses like Donald Trump’s to easily hire immigrant workers will do far more for both security and the economy than all the fences and drones in the world. Yet, the politicians refuse to put such a system in place.

 

“As far as all that crime Mr. Trump claims Mexico is sending to us, that’s not an immigration problem. Immigrants, legal or not, don’t commit crimes at any higher rate than we red-blooded Americans do, and border violence -- which is very real and very tragic -- is almost entirely about a failed War on Drugs and the prohibition it perpetuates."


Gov. Johnson serves as the Honorary Chair for Our America Initiative, an organization that is fighting to change the failed War on Drugs and to solve immigration and trade issues through market based solutions.

 

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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.” ###

Tuesday
Mar032015

Localism Blossoms at Free State Project’s Liberty Forum 

The Free State Project’s 8th annual Liberty Forum features local small businesses, entrepreneurs, think tanks, non-profits, independent media, and more    

 

March 2, 2015 – Manchester, NH – In addition to a stellar line-up of renowned speakers, including Sheriff Mack, Jeffrey Tucker, Lyn Ulbricht, and Scott Horton, the Free State Project’s 8th annual Liberty Forum showcases local small businesses, farms, entrepreneurs, think tanks, non-profits, Bitcoin enthusiasts, activists, politicians, New Hampshire’s independent media, and more. This four-day conference will be held March 5-8, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.

 

On Friday, Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire Magazine, will share some of the essential, enlightening and enjoyable things to do and see in New Hampshire. Jody Underwood, FSP board member and co-owner of Bardo Farm in Croydon, where she serves as chair of the school board, will talk about “Rethinking Public Education.” Lee Webster will speak about “Dying Free,” discussing the wide range of choices available to NH citizens, including family- and community-led home funerals and burials, and how to make after-death care affordable, environmentally responsible, and meaningful. Kate Baker, Executive Director of the Network for Educational Opportunity, an education resource and networking organization and the first organization to implement the NH Education Tax Credit Scholarships, discusses “Moving to the Free State with Children: A Discussion of Education Options in NH.” Union Leader columnist Charlie Arlinghaus, who serves as president of New Hampshire’s premier free market think tank, The Josiah Bartlett Center, will speak about “New Hampshire’s Complicated Relationship with Liberty Through the Years.” Executive entrepreneur and ziftrCOIN CEO Bob Wilkins will address “Cryptocurrency Continues to Gain Traction, But What Will It Take to Bring It Into the Mainstream?” Following an Entrepreneur Roundtable discussion, a reception will take place at 6 p.m. celebrating entrepreneurs of the Granite State. This will be followed by dinner and Friday night’s keynote speaker, Emmy award-winning journalist, Ben Swann. The mayor of Manchester, Ted Gatsas, will also be in attendance.  

 

On Saturday, Matt Simon, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will discuss “The Future of Legalization Efforts in New Hampshire.” Members of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance will share more information about this non-profit organization, explain how to get involved, and how to support pro-liberty charitable causes in New Hampshire. Meir G. Kohn, professor of economics at Dartmouth College, will share his personal journey of “How I Became a Libertarian.” Former gubernatorial candidate, millennial Andrew Hemingway, will talk about “Technology Disrupting Government.” FSP founder and lecturer at Dartmouth College, Jason Sorens, will delve into what the future holds in a talk entitled “NH in 2035.” A panel discussion will highlight FSP participants’ community centers located across the state. At 6 p.m., a reception for New Hampshire legislators and executive councilors will provide an opportunity to meet liberty-friendly legislators and other elected officials who are fighting to preserve New Hampshire’s tradition of freedom. This reception is followed by dinner and keynote speaker, Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.

 

During Liberty Forum, local independent media will be broadcasting, including the nationally syndicated radio show Free Talk Live, Granite Grok, IPM Nation, and several local podcast such as Flaming Freedom, The Rebel Love Show, and Off the Air Live. The “Activist and Entrepreneur Exhibits” features 34 local businesses, non-profit organizations, gun manufacturers, and more. An art workshop, and a flash mob are also planned. A screening of the independently-made documentary “101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire” will take place on Friday, March 6, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.  

 

A full list of speakers and the schedule can be viewed at the Liberty Forum’s website, where tickets are on sale. Basic Tickets are $150 for Friday and Saturday’s programming. One Day Passes are available for $80. Basic Ticket and One Day Pass holders may attended the Friday and Saturday keynote speakers; doors open after the scheduled dinners.