With a state government shutdown now underway, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published an article characterizing Libertarians as opportunists relishing the shutdown while so many Minnesotans are inconvenienced. The newspaper used the headline "Libertarians see opportunity in Minnesota shutdown" despite statements by LPMN party officials to the contrary. The LPMN is issuing this rebuttal to set the record straight.
In the ongoing fight over how to pay for a new Vikings stadium, local government officials have trotted out various plans, all attempting to shift the costs onto taxpayers. But now, a Libertarian candidate is proposing a different idea that could allow a stadium to be built without taxes. His proposal is an approach that's already been proven to work elsewhere.
A Student Senate group decided to debate the issue of illegal drugs, and wanted to hear well-reasoned arguments for ending the War on Drugs. Who did they turn to? The Libertarian Party of
Minnesota! This spring, two volunteers from the LPMN testified before a group of 30 teens in Roseville, a Twin Cities suburb. Ending the futile and disastrous War on Drugs has long been a plank of the LPMN platform. Our steadfast opposition to Drug Prohibition is based on history, statistics, and the basic principles of liberty. All were discussed before the group.
"Mind what people do, not what they say for deeds will betray a lie." - Terry Goodkind
The LPMN's previous article discussed our principled position against the proposed gay marriage ban, which we hope will convince libertarians, liberals, and conservatives alike. Here is an additional op-ed piece by Executive Committee member Tylor James Slinger, intended to counter some of MNGOP's arguments: