The White House, along with Democratic and Republican politicians in Congress, released a budget deal on October 26 that throws more cash at Big Government programs and raises the debt. It also subverts the budget caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 by upping them by $80 billion and by throwing an additional $59 billion into a Pentagon slush fund.
Many people may not realize it, but Minnesota has the most restrictive election practices of any state in our region. The LPMN is now pushing to change that, by coordinating a six-party coalition to lobby for a more free and open election process, meeting with the Secretary of State ... with more action to come.
Washington, D.C. — Agents of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) in the southwestern United States are unconstitutionally harassing and detaining American citizens, on a fishing expedition for drug busts, sometimes as far as 100 miles from the border.
An Independence Party candidate has criticized Libertarian proposals that market-based organizations can perform the regulatory function more reliably than government, highlighting how Libertarian stances differ from those of all other parties. However, his statement also promoted false and misleading claims about Libertarians, prompting a call for integrity in politics.
'Liberty' and 'libertarian' are a favorite term of Republicans these days. But do not confuse libertarian Republicans with actual Libertarians. Our LPMN Vice Chair interviewed with longstanding Minnesota political reporter Cyndy Brucato to explain the distinction and to discuss what's happening in the Libertarian Party of Minnesota.
Washington, D.C. — The Libertarian and Green parties, along with their respective 2012 presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. today, charging that the exclusion of qualified candidates from the general election presidential debates by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) violates federal anti-trust laws.
No, marijuana is NOT legal in Minnesota. When the law is so restrictive that less than 300 patients qualify in the entire state, and some who do still choose the black market, it's not legal. At the rate our "Legalize It" shirts were flying off the shelves at the State Fair, many Minnesotans get this. The DFL and GOP legislators do not.
Monday, Gallup published a new poll showing that 49% of Americans think that "the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens." This is up from 30% in 2003. Gallup also asked participants, "In what ways do you see the government posing an immediate threat to rights and freedoms of its citizens?"
The Libertarian Party applauds the efforts of Campaign Zero to go beyond merely protesting the injustices perpetrated by law enforcement on citizens of the United States to proposing specific, well thought-through changes in government policy.
Another State Fair has come to a close, and the 2015 version of the Great Minnesota Get-Together was a huge success for the Libertarian Party of Minnesota. Our “Freedom on a Stick” slogan was extremely popular, with hundreds of people taking photos of our banner. Our booth had nearly four times the traffic compared to last year, and we had over 1,500 people sign up to be on our information contact list.