The 43rd annual Twin Cities Pride festival takes place this weekend (June 27th and 28th). The Pride Festival started in 1972, with a picnic attended by about 100 people, and has grown to become a multi-day event that is one of the largest in the nation and attended by approximately 500,000 people. From our inception in 1972, we have been an unwavering supporter of marriage equality.
The Libertarian Party joined Level the Playing Field, the successor group to Americans Elect, and the Green Party to file a lawsuit aimed at the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a Democratic- and Republican-run agency that sets rules designed to exclude third parties and independents from presidential debates.
Republicans howled when Nancy Pelosi famously said, “We have to pass [Obamacare] so that you can find out what is in it." Now GOP lawmakers, who control the U.S. House, are following suit in their passage of a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bill. After rejecting an earlier version of the bill last week, the House passed a new TPP bill on June 18 which gives President Obama carte blanche to negotiate and sign a massive anti-American trade treaty with eleven other Pacific nations without public oversight or news coverage.
When Libertarians Elizabeth Dahl and Olga Parsons each won their election in November 2014 to the city council in Crystal City, Minnesota, a majority of libertarian-leaning members was formed. The seven-member council consists of the mayor, a representative from each of four city wards, and one from each of two sections. Dahl was elected in Ward 1 and Parsons in Section 2. Libertarian Casey Peak was elected in Ward 3 in 2012.