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.
Another day, another “you have got to be kidding me” moment related to the rollout of medical marijuana in the State of Minnesota. In the spirit of full disclosure – I support full repeal of prohibition against marijuana, both medicinal and recreational; whether you grow it yourself or buy it at a dispensary, whether you use it to alleviate medical issues or just because you like the feeling, that's none of my business and it's none of the government's business either. So, naturally I think the medical marijuana situation in Minnesota is a farce.
"I woke up this morning to the news that the government no longer has the legal authority to spy on the phone records of every American. Those most egregious provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act expired last night, thanks in large part to the efforts of Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. This is a powerful first step in the fight to restore liberty for all Americans." -Nicholas Sarwark, LP Chair
On June 1st, the infamous Patriot Act is set to expire. Yet right now, Congress is debating the Freedom Act, a supposed reform of the aforementioned law. But what is the difference between these two bills? How does, if at all, the Freedom Act curb the groundless search and seizure of private information? Here's a Libertarian's guide.