- Published on Sunday, 22 January 2017 17:19
- Written by Phil Anderson
Join liberty lovers from around the state for the annual Libertarian Party of Wisconsin State Convention & Liberty Retreat!
Here's what we have in store for you in 2017:
A fantastic group in attendance including Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark, Radio Celebrity Glenn Klein, and Chair of the Department of Economics at Marquette University Joseph Daniels. This will also be a great opportunity to meet the libertarian leadership from around the state, many of whom are hot off of the 2016 political campaign trail.
An exciting new venue at Treehaven Retreat Center featuring cozy onsite housing, fully catered dining, and numerous conference rooms. Treehaven is known to be "one of the nation's finest examples of sustainable forest management by a private landowner." Surrounded by 1,400 acres of forest and wetland, you'll have access to scenic hiking trails during your stay.
Workshops to strategically advance the libertarian cause in Wisconsin. Want to run for office? Start an affiliate? Amend the state party constitution? Participating in these events will give you the tools you need to do just that.
The LPWI Business meeting. If you're looking to get your foot in the door on the state level, here's your chance. Voting during the meeting is open to all LPWI members. This year we will be electing the executive leadership as described in our Bylaws.
Get your tickets HERE!
A big THANK YOU to all of our Libertarian candidates and their
The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin is committed to America’s heritage of freedom:
- Individual liberty and personal responsibility
- A free-market economy of abundance and prosperity
- A foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade
As Libertarians, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity, as long as they don't violate the rights of others, and we welcome the diversity that freedom brings.
We seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals control their own lives and are never forced to compromise their values or sacrifice their property.
We believe that no conflict exists between civil order and individual rights and that individuals, groups, or governments should not initiate force against other individuals, groups, or governments.
We invite you to join us in the partnership for a more free and prosperous America.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, November 18, 2016
Contact: Libertarian Party of Wisconsin
For the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin (LPWI) election expectations were high. Politics in this state, in the whole country, have been dominated by these two old parties for a century and a half.
On Tuesday, Wisconsinites showed they are ready for a younger party with roots in the Declaration of Independence, that works for a future with more personal liberties and greater economic freedom, secured with a strong national defense.
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson earned 106,442 votes in Wisconsin, or 3.6 percent of the state’s total vote.
State results show that Libertarian candidates in Wisconsin earned a combined 154,383 votes, a significant increase compared with 83,705 in 2012.
Chairman Joseph Kexel stated, “Libertarians did great this year in Wisconsin, look at the results compared to 2012. We will continue to work for a limited federal government. Real change begins in households and individuals. Educate yourselves and be the change you want to see in the world.”
Phil Anderson, Libertarian candidate for Senate, garnered 87,291 or 3 percent of the state's votes Tuesday night, the second highest vote total for a Libertarian in Wisconsin.
Anderson stated, “...I extend my deepest admiration and thanks to those thousands of Wisconsinites who helped, in ways large and small, over the last year. You are too many to thank individually, which is good news! Together we have grown the movement, and the party. Thanks so much, and let’s keep up the fight!”
The highest percentage of Libertarian votes were cast for Jordan Hansen, candidate for state Assembly district 54. Running solely versus the Democrat incumbent Gordon Hintz, Hansen pulled 30 percent, with 7,682 votes.
“This is a libertarian party of Wisconsin record, but well short of victory. I want to thank everyone who helped out on the campaign in some way or supported me during this race. I'm disappointed with the result, but proud of the work we did and introducing Oshkosh to libertarian principles,” said Hansen.
House of Representatives congressional candidates received the following votes:
Jason Lebeck vs. incumbent Speaker Paul Ryan in District 1- 7,493 votes- 2.1%
Andy Craig vs. incumbent Gwen Moore in District 4- 32,184 votes- 11.3%
John Arndt vs incumbent Jim Sensenbrenner in District 5- 15,324 votes- 3.9%
State Assembly candidates received the following votes:
Matthew Bughman vs. incumbent Daniel Reimer- 1,303 votes- 5.4%
George Meyers vs. incumbent Cory Mason- 3,106 votes- 18.7%
LPWI thanks voters, members, financial contributors, affiliates, news media, and those who campaigned for more self-reliance, prosperity, and peace in 2016. We look forward to building a stronger Libertarian presence in 2017.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 12:33
- Written by Jim Maas
Restricting the freedoms of law abiding gun owners are not the answer to mass shootings. We can’t help but notice that depraved killers, who don’t respect the laws against shooting people, obviously aren’t intimidated by “Gun Free” zones (aka, Victim Disarmament Zones). They are deterred by the potential of gun owners because there are no mass shootings when there is the possibility of armed citizens showing up.
The Crime Prevention Research Center reports that 92% of mass public shootings between 2009 and July 2014 occurred in “Gun Free” zones. (https://www.lewrockwell.com/…/walter-e-…/stop-gun-free-zone/) The victims who believed that the government would protect them were tragically mistaken. That is our responsibility.
The police show up later, to count the bullet holes and the bodies. Their oath of office is to “preserve and defend the constitution.” That is different. That is also the oath taken by elected officials, whose main responsibility is to protect our rights so we can defend our lives and property. They do a lousy job. Right now, both Republicans and Democrats are trying to figure out how to justify “infringing” on our rights to bear arms.
The statistics show that you will not die in a tragic mass shooting. You are much more likely to die of heart disease in your late 70s. Unless, that is, if you keep worrying about being murdered all the time. Stress is a killer.
Be prepared to defend yourself and keep a wary eye on the politicians.
- Published on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:33
- Written by Jim Maas
[MADISON] And so it begins. In December, Republican Governor Scott Walker signed a bill which eliminated the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board. The GAB will be replaced with two commissions to oversee elections and ethics selected by the Republican and Democratic parties. Republicans became upset because the nonpartisan Board had the nerve to investigate Walker’s 2012 recall campaign.
So, the first appointee to the new state ethics commission is the Secretary of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, eliminating any pretense of clean elections in Wisconsin. The appointment is “exactly what we feared,” according to Jay Heck, director of Common Cause in Wisconsin. Common Cause and smaller Wisconsin political parties fear that injecting partisanship into oversight of state elections and ethics laws is going in the wrong direction.
GAB Director Kevin Kennedy has defended the Board, speculating that the Republicans’ real goal is to control an “independent” government agency. “Our elections have become a closed political system controlled by power brokers,” contends Joseph Kexel, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin.
“A vibrant republic requires not just the democratic process of voting but also informed and engaged voters who understand the issues of the day and the proposals of all the candidates offering to serve in public office.”
“Our democratic traditions and peaceful transfers of power between all parties and candidates depends upon a trust that elections are open and everyone has a fair chance to compete. Today, our traditions are being threatened by powerful corporate interests which not only control the two major parties but the media establishment by which most citizens get their information. The people must regain control.”
The Libertarian Party is Wisconsin’s third largest party. As Libertarians, we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest and we welcome the diversity that freedom brings.
- Published on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 15:37
- Written by Jim Maas
According to a recent report in the USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2016/02/19/packers-dt-pennel-suspended-4-games/80634954/), up and coming Packers’ defensive lineman “has been suspended without pay for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.” Unfortunately, the story didn’t describe the “abuse.” I suspect the abuse was failing a urine test. That would be use, not abuse, which would be reporting for work unable to perform in a normal manner.
The NFL’s obsession with the government’s failed War on Drugs is a mystery. Why isn’t the NFL obsessed with the health and welfare of NFL players?
As research progresses on marijuana, perhaps government decisions may become based on better information. However, why should the NFL be involved in the Drug War at all? They are a sports organization, not a drug prohibition organization. It's the NFL, not DARE.
A league that claims to be invested more than ever in the safety and long-term health of its players should be fascinated by the opportunity to embrace a pain reliever that doesn't come with the liver damage from pharmaceuticals. Marijuana is also well known for the ability to relieve stress. (The Wisconsin Legislature once again has ignored medical marijuana bills, again, despite being almost surrounded by states which have gone along with the national trend.)
Marijuana is obviously not known to be a performance enhancing drug, which would be a legitimate concern for the NFL. So, what is going on? Is it possible that the NFL fears annoying the feds, who classify the NFL as a 501 ( c)(6) not-for-profit organization despite its millions in revenues?
Be that as it may, I am sure the players would appreciate a League that was more concerned about their health than its tax status.
“The NFL, as well as other athletic organizations, no longer have an excuse for basing policies on hysteria rather than evidence.” Carl L Hart, Ph.D (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-drug-data-dealer/201308/the-war-drugs-and-the-nfl)
For Immediate Release
Sunday, January 31, 2016
From her election in 2005 until Bush left office in 2008, Gwen Moore was an outspoken supporter of ending America’s war in Iraq. She joined with other anti-war Democrats in the Out of Iraq Caucus to propose and vote for a variety of bills that would mandate the withdrawal of American forces. Now, her lack of opposition to deploying Wisconsin’s Guard forces to Iraq in January 2016, is causing her 2016 election opponent to accuse her of partisan hypocrisy.
“Your Representative’s position on war and peace shouldn’t depend on which party’s president is in the White House. I wanted to bring our troops home when Bush was President, and I want to bring them home now,” says Andy Craig, Libertarian candidate for Moore’s 4th Congressional District seat. “Obama said we could ‘take it to the bank’ that getting our troops out of Iraq would be one of the ‘first things he’d do.’ Yet here we are, with him starting his last year in office by sending Wisconsin Guard troops to fight the twenty-fifth year of American combat operations in Iraq.”
Craig also notes that Moore, who attempted to reassert congressional authority to end the Iraq War during the Bush years, then voted against a resolution that would have required Obama to seek congressional approval for his disastrous intervention in Libya. Obama campaigned in 2008 on the position that foreign wars lacking authorization from congress were illegal. As president, Obama has waged military interventions in Libya, Syria, and against ISIS without first seeking or obtaining congressional approval.
“Milwaukee voters deserve to have an anti-war option on their ballot in 2016, and they won’t find it next to the ‘Democratic’ label.” says Craig. “It’s time we had a Representative willing to stand on principle against both the left wing and the right wing of the war party.”