How did Twin Cities Pride go? One word: RECORD-SETTING. We received a total of 955 signups with the party! This was a massive increase in signups over years past and we would have topped a 1,000 if not for the rain-shortened Sunday. Certainly the busiest booth in our area ... sometimes people had to wait to signup:)
Libertarian Party four-decade advocacy for marriage equality pays off with US Supreme Court decision
In a 5-4 ruling today, the Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license same-sex marriage and recognize those marriages entered into in other states. Libertarian candidates, including the party’s 1976 presidential nominee Roger MacBride, have been bravely calling for marriage equality since long before it was politically correct. In fact, they’ve been doing so when it was considered downright dangerous.
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.
Secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill lets foreign governments and foreign special interests control American medical care, banking, the Internet, and even civil liberties
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.
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.
LPMN Chair Chris Dock was on the Libertarian Party's National radio show titled "Libertarians Working for You" hosted by National LP Vice Chair Arvin Vohra on May 20, 2015. The discussion centered around the current state of politics in Minnesota, including the most recent budget negotiations, transportation, education, and how the state government is trying to find creative ways to spend the $2 billion budget surplus, even though the surplus was created by over-taxation of us rather than under-spending by them.