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Needed for a Successful Major Party

What a third party needs to advance. Many of you will Recognize Richard Viguerrie as the grand master of direct mail, someone who did much to shape American politics in decades past. He now has a newsletter “The Paul Revere Lantern” and new book Go Big (not on Amazon, on his gobigconservatives web site). Buried in much messaging about what…

Libertarian Steve Scheetz to the LP National Chair

The following letter was sent to the Libertarian Party Discussion Group by PA activist Steve Scheetz. He reports: My message was deleted and I was blocked within 30 seconds. 10/25/2022Dear Chair McArdle: I am both disturbed and disgusted to receive this mailing asking for money for Ballot Access when you removed Jennifer Moore, the most effective player on that committee.…

Polls

Are you a third party candidate? Are you dismayed that issues polling is beyond your budget? Do not lose hope. The two larger parties and their supporters do issues polling, and publish their results.   For tons of thoughtful graphs showing what issues really concern the electorate:https://democracycorps.com/national-surveys/democrats-must-still-close-on-the-cost-of-living/ You will have to think to see how questions oriented toward them can…

Submission | Letters

Editors: Have you looked @ lp.org recently? I looked at it yesterday, and it included a repost of a column by Ron Paul on the Italian elections, which seemed to welcome the victory of the nationalist coalition headed by the woman who has not hesitated to praise Mussolini. It also reposts a column by someone else celebrating the 11 Republicans…

What’s Next for Tulsi Gabbard?

In announcing she was leaving the Democraps, Tulsi Gabbard did not say whether she would become a true Independent, a Rethuglican, a capital-L Libertarian, or a Green. (This ex-Green shudders at the possibility of her joining the Green 2024 presidential field. I’m an ex-Green for current political purposes, but no, not a Democrap. But, I still eye Greens. And I’ll cut her…

Mises Caucus Captures State Parties

Through a vigorous 50-state effort and a well-planned and financed campaign, the Mises Caucus and its supporters have taken near-complete control of the Libertarian National Committee and its Judicial Committee. They did this by the expedience of calling on their supporters to appear at state convention after state convention, elect a new set of officers and a set of national…

LNC Intervenes in Virginia

We quote from the LNC’s public business page: On Sep 23, 2022, 5:15:51 PM (yesterday) Andrew Watkins | Region 5 Rep. wrote: “The LPVA website is back online! Several members are still diligently working to plan a special convention and fixing other immediate issues, but things are going along steadily. A statement lives on the landing page for anyone interested…

Starting a ‘New’ Party

There are occasional references to the vast expense and difficulty of launching a new party, references backstopped by the tens of millions of dollars Mayor Bloomberg of New York reportedly spent for a project that succeeded and then was cancelled. It should be understood that these claims refer to a specific project based on an idee fixe of the Libertarian…