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October 30, 2014

TLP Roundtable — Should We Require The Labeling Of GMOs?

Welcome to the first of a new weekly feature here at The Liberty Papers, the TLP Roundtable where the contributors give their opinions on a topic that’s generating a lot of discussion. This week’s topic is mandatory GMO labeling. Colorado and Oregon have ballot measures on Tuesday asking the voters of their states whether or […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 6:56 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '14,Elections,Environment,Politics,Science,TLP Roundtable
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October 24, 2014

Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Rant Against Millennials Was Not About Millennials

I saw popping up in my Facebook feed a discussion on Kevin’s Facebook regarding the comments that Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle made during a forum on what Democrats offer young women, a typically liberal voting bloc. Her controversial comments noted that she believed “millennial” women (and men, as she later clarified on Twitter) should stay […]

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October 19, 2014

How The “Top 2 Open Primary” System Limits Voter Choice

Measure 90 in Oregon is on the ballot, which will create a top 2 open primary system where voters pick between all candidates running for an office and the top 2 candidates, regardless of the parties the candidates are or the percentage the winning candidate receives. So theoretically, there could be a general election between […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 7:10 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Ballot Access,Election Law,Elections
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October 16, 2014

Rant: People Who Don’t Link To Source Material

Earlier today, my new co-contributor Matt wrote about the ridiculous Houston city council subpoena on a group who was against the transgender bathroom-rights law. Where did the original story come from? Right here at The Washington Times. It’s a busy article. It comes complete with a picture from the San Francisco gay pride parade. What […]

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August 13, 2013

Don’t Bail the Democrats Out By ‘Defunding’ Obamacare

If something isn’t done to stop the train wreck known as Obamacare before next year, the healthcare system and the economy will suffer. Tea Party Republicans in the House and Senate have vowed to “defund” Obamacare even if it means shutting the government down. Obviously, opponents of this law should do everything possible to stop […]

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March 29, 2013

Gay Marriage, Religious Rights, and Freedom of Association

(Re-post: originally posted November 23, 2008) California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure aiming to outlaw same sex marriage, passed on a very close vote. Prop 8’s supporters* pushed a campaign of fear, misinformation, and a complete distortion of the meaning of individual liberty. This campaign commercial is typical of the intolerance and hysteria being promoted […]

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November 6, 2012

Quote of the Day: Election Auction Day Edition

“Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods.” – H.L. Mencken I don’t know about you but I’m very eager for this Auction Day to be over with.

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October 31, 2012

The Basic Premise Behind Campaign Finance Laws

A great deal of ink (or film, or bits) has been expended this election cycle, primarily on the far left (though some on the right… particularly with the more populist factions), decrying the actions of “independent” political action committees, superPACs, and “issue advocacy groups”; as somehow corrupt, evil, anti-democratic etc.. The rhetoric on the left, […]

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October 22, 2012

Why Democracy Doesn’t Work, Evidence #1,083

Over at Ezra Klein’s place, Dylan Matthews points to the fact that elections are driven by the economy (and in some years, by war). And that George McGovern, who died yesterday, gets a bit of a bad rap based on the fact that he was up against an incumbent President presiding over a rapidly-expanding economy […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:58 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Election '12,Elections,Politics,Theory and Ideas
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October 2, 2012

Why America’s “Third-Party Airline” Shouldn’t Sponsor The Debates

The Commission on Presidential Debates has been coming under a lot of fire for their exclusion of third parties this year, due largely to the fact that Gary Johnson is polling at 6% nationally and happens to be suing them* at the moment. As Reason points out, they’ve already lost three national sponsors, and are […]

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September 4, 2012

Ron Paul Will Never Be President But He HAS Made a Difference

Those who support the establishment of the Republican Party tend to be irritated that Ron Paul’s supporters kept trying to put his name up for nomination against Mitt Romney at the convention in Tampa even though Paul had no realistic chance of winning. Even very early in the campaign, establishment whores such as Hugh Hewitt […]

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August 20, 2012

Anti-Choice* Extremism in Conservative Movement Lends Credence to the Left’s “War on Women” Mantra

One of the ways the Obama campaign and Democrats in general have been deflecting attention away from the poor performance of the economy has been to change the subject to social issues. Democrats know that independent women are reluctant to support Republicans because of this perception that Republicans do not care about the concerns of […]

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August 13, 2012

Liberty > Democracy

Far too often, people use the terms “liberty” and “democracy” as if they were interchangeable. President Woodrow Wilson justified intervention in other countries to “make the world safe for democracy.” Most if not all of the presidents who have followed have made similar arguments as an excuse to place military bases on every continent. Democracy […]

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June 14, 2012

Doug Stanhope – Liberty (Re) Defined

Brad has posted a version of this comedy routine by Doug Stanhope before. This version has been edited to include images and video by Fr33 Agent Beau Davis with a more honest than the traditional “pledge of allegiance” at the close. I thought that since today happens to be Flag Day, this video would be […]

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June 12, 2012

Some Libertarians Need Social Skills

Originally posted at United Liberty Twitter and the Internet in general have gone insane once Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney a day after his dad, Ron Paul, conceded the Presidential race. All of a sudden, Rand Paul became a sellout, a traitor, a neo-con, etc. The same Rand Paul whose Senate record has nearly been […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 3:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Elections,Libertarians,Liberty,Politics,Republicans
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Rasmussen Poll: 61% of 500 Likely Voters in Colorado Support Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol (Amendment 64)

This is one of the most encouraging polls I’ve seen in a long time. Honestly, I didn’t think that Amendment 64 [full text here] would have much chance of being approved by the voters, especially since a similar measure, Prop 19 failed in California in 2010. The Huffington Post reports: The survey of 500 of […]

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June 5, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker Wins Recall Election But More Importantly, Government Unions Lose

Journal Sentinel reports the following: This is most encouraging news and a victory for fiscal responsibility.

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May 4, 2012

The Libertarian Party at 40

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March 7, 2012

The REAL grass roots of American politics: A report from the first ever Idaho Republican Caucus

Since 1920, the 43rd state has had either a convention, or a presidential primary to select the the Republican party presidential candidate (the Democratic party allowed each county to decide whether to have a caucus or a primary, up ’til 2008, and the counties varied between caucuses and primaries. In 2008 they changed the rules […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 11:10 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '12,Elections,Liberty,Politics,Republicans
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February 8, 2012

Observations from the Colorado Republican Caucus

Just one day before the deadline late last year, I changed my party registration from Libertarian to Republican so I could participate in the caucus that took place yesterday evening (Colorado’s caucuses are closed to independent and third party voters). Being new to the caucus process, I didn’t know what to expect. Now that I’m […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 12:41 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '10,Election '12,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Strategies For Advancing Liberty
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