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Three Local Libertarians on November Ballot Positioned to Upset Entrenched Incumbents

Baron Bruno

Three local libertarians have made the November “Top Two” ballot in partisan races, by running write-in campaigns.  Baron Bruno is running for Assembly District 62, Westside LA around Marina Del Rey and Venice Beach.  Baron is a very energetic guy who has a lot of passion and some serious bling invested in his campaign.  He is facing an incumbent Democrat who is not very well liked, and a Republican who is not campaigning very hard.  Baron is going for it all and looks well-positioned to achieve a historic level of success.  Polls are not taken in a down ticket race, and chances are the incumbent is not taking the Bruno campaign very seriously.  Conditions are ripe for an upset.

Three Local Libertarians on November Ballot Positioned to Upset Entrenched Incumbents
On The Campaign Trail

Along with a team of dedicated, hardworking volunteers, Baron has recruited two hedgehogs for outreach to animal lovers, and as emblems of the libertarian philosophy of defensive non-aggression.  It is illegal to keep hedgehogs as pets in California, so this pair will be returned to their licensed exotic animal handler when not working for the campaign.  California’s “no hedgehogs as pets” rule is unlibertarian and makes little or no sense, a small example of one of the many over-reaching state regulations that Baron is working hard to change.  If you have never seen a hedgehog in person, they are incredibly cute and only slightly prickly, like many libertarians.  The Bruno campaign has demonstrated real creative fire and determination, of which the hedgehog promotion is just a single example.  Baron has also obtained video endorsements from both Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, that can be viewed at his campaign site, www.brunoforassembly.com.  Donations to Baron’s campaign will be put to good use!  He and his team are always up to something interesting.

Three Local Libertarians on November Ballot Positioned to Upset Entrenched Incumbents
Honor Mimi Robson
Three Local Libertarians on November Ballot Positioned to Upset Entrenched Incumbents
Ricardo Lara

Honor Mimi Robson is running as the best of only two choices in Senate District 33, against a Democratic incumbent backed (as usual) by big money interests.  As it happens, Mimi is also an animal lover and caretaker, but so far only of animals that do not require a state license.  Mimi is far better looking than her Democratic opponent Ricardo Lara, at least in this writer’s opinion.  Maybe Mr. Lara’s mother would disagree, although it’s hard to see how.  Judge for yourself.  But winning political campaigns and being a competent public servant is not all about good looks.  It is also about brains, and being able to relate honestly to your constituents.  Ms. Robson scores high in both those departments also, being a hard working engineer who pays taxes, when not running for State Senate.  If you get the chance to meet her in person, you’ll also be impressed with her persuasiveness, sincerity and charm.  She has all the assets needed to make a great state senator.  More important, she will advocate and support libertarian social policies as outlined on her fine campaign site: www.honorrobson.com, and bring a fresh perspective to California politics.  Mimi needs volunteers and donations to get the word out.  Won’t you help her today?

Three Local Libertarians on November Ballot Positioned to Upset Entrenched Incumbents
Mike Everling

Mike Everling is running in for the seat in Assembly District 51, which includes areas to the North and East of central Los Angeles.  A retired businessman, Mike is running a low-key campaign.  He is not accepting donations, but is happy to put volunteers to work.  Unsurprisingly, he also faces an incumbent Democrat.  You can hardly exhale vaporizer mist in California without impinging on a Democrat, who will promptly set about to regulate you.  Although only about 47% of all Californians are registered to vote, and only about 21% are registered Democrats, that party controls California almost as handily as the Communist Party controls China.  There’s plenty of graft and corruption to go around.    Rest assured Mike has never received a penny of it.  He is a true man of the people, and a long-time libertarian community organizer.  Readers may be interested to know that it took only three votes for Mike to win a spot, because nobody else bothered to register as a candidate, beside the incumbent.  He could have won just by voting for himself.  Two other supporters discovered his secret campaign, and he won in a landslide.

Mike is an upstanding, hard working person with a deep appreciation for the effects of legislation on ordinary working people, and for the day-to-day concerns of people living in his District.  He will always stand for justice, fairness, and greater personal and economic freedom for all Californians.  Mike is not controlled by any special interest group, and will stand up for the people and the public interest.  Voters in the 51st have a real choice this November.

Boomer Shannon ran a noteworthy write-in campaign in the 49th Assembly District, back in the June primary, soliciting votes through the clever site run.boomer.run.  Alas, the local Republicans got wind of his campaign just prior to the filing deadline, and recruited a well known local politician to oppose him.  Boomer didn’t quite make it this time, but will run again.

All of the three Libertarian candidates who made it to the November would not be there without the recruiting efforts of Ted Brown, long-time activists and current Party Chair.   Every election year, Libertarians in open districts are likely to receive a call from him, urging a declaration of candidacy.  Thank goodness for that.

Last Day to Secure LPC Convention Discounted Room Rate

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to guarantee yourself a room at the LAX Hilton for the LPC Convention April 1-3 at their discounted rate of $119 plus tax.
 
This will be the most jam-packed convention the LPC has had in some time, and attending is the only way to become a delegate to the National LP convention where the delegates will select the LP’s presidential nominee.  To celebrate, commitments for raucous after-parties have been made at the hotel. Even if you live in the area, crashing at the hotel lets you party as late as you desire without missing any of the speakers, debates, and business the next morning. Come join the PARTY party and make your hotel reservation TODAY!
Details at:lpcevent.com

LPC Annual Convention Packages Available Now

Pricing for the 2016 LPC Annual Convention was set by the LPC Executive Committee last weekend.  The convention will be held at the Los Angeles LAX Hilton, and discounted room reservations are available here.

To attend the convention itself, various packages are available.  To attend as a delegate eligible to vote, one must be a member of the LPC at least 90 days before the convention date, and pay the $25 delegate fee.  For non-delegate access to the convention floor and breakout rooms (including attendance but not food at meal speaking events), the fee  is $99.  Delegates will have access to convention floor speakers, but not to speakers in breakout rooms or at meal events.  Combination meal, speaker, and delegate fee packages start at $225, but early bird discounts are available until February 10, which will bring the cost down 10% on the packages.  “A la carte” purchase of meal event tickets will be offered at convention time only.

Unfortunately, the LPC’s website has not yet posted links to enable online purchases.  At the moment, the only way to purchase the early bird packages is to send in a check by mail.  Use of the attached form is suggested, if you will be sending in a check.

This should be one of the better attended and more interesting LPC conventions in a long time.  Gary Johnson, John McAfee, Steve Kerbel and numerous other people seeking the national LP nomination for President of the U.S. are expected to attend.  There will be main debates, side debates, panel discussions, and break-out speakers.  Vermin Supreme, Dr. Mary Ruwart, and many other well-known activists and speakers have been invited but not yet confirmed.  The convention committee is working hard to put together a speaking line-up such as the LPC has not seen in quite a while.  And there will be usual late-night parties; the parties alone are worth the cost of a room reservation.  Oh yes, the business meetings that influence the future direction of the LPC will go on as usual, but there will be plenty of other things to do, as well.  This is a convention not to miss.  I’m sending in my check right away!

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Southern California Libertarian Party Conference Coming Soon

Don’t miss the 7th Annual Conference: a chance to hang out with libertarian activists and supporters from across the region, have a meal, and hear some interesting speakers in an intimate and casual environment.  The Conference committee is working hard to bring in some never-before-seen-at-the-Conference speakers, and has received several commitments.  Stay tuned for speakers list.

To RSVP or buy your tickers, go to http://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=128434984.

Vermin Supreme Meets With California Libertarians, Discusses Presidential Bid

Might Mr. Supreme appear on the 2016 primary ballot as a Libertarian competitor to the nominee of the National Libertarian Party?  Whether the thought makes you grin, grimace or shrug, Vermin was on hand to greet local Libertarian supporters and help raise funds to support the Southern California Conference of Libertarian Parties planned for January 23, 2016.  The small band of donors met at iconic Chez Jays, in the small private room in the back where Marilyn Monroe was said to have enjoyed intimate dining with JFK back in the day.  Indeed the donors sat on the same vinyl-covered benches that reportedly once supported the shapely rump of Ms. Monroe and the powerful but ill-fated buttocks of Mr. President, and toasted to the good health and electoral success of Mr. Supreme.

Vermin is not just some guy with a lot of Youtube views, a minor celebrity for his performance during the 2012 New Hampshire candidate debate (viewable here) and similar antics.  He is a “serious” candidate, at least one with papers, an official Treasurer and campaign staff, and plans to raise enough money in 2016 to qualify for Federal matching funds.  Talk around the table concerned not only Vermin’s platform for 2016, but also personal history, beliefs and plans for 2016.  Vermin’s 2016 platform is similar to his 2012 platform with some refinements, such as pony drones capable of blasting wedding parties to keep America safe, pony conversion kits to convert domestic pets to animals that more closely resemble ponies, and many other policy proposals too fantastic to believe, but that somehow resonant with the consciousness of those concerned about coercive authority.  Underneath is all is a gentle and perfectly sane soul on a mission to improve the world, if only by providing a stinging parody of an electoral system and powerful government that is increasingly viewed as a source rather than a solution to injustice and poverty.

Beneath the parody of Mr. Supreme’s campaign schtick lies an earnest anti-authoritarian message that resonates with more and more Americans tired of the relentless regulation and increasing criminalization of healthy and productive human action.  Mr. Supreme is an anti-capitalist as well as an anti-authoritarian. His activism grew out of the leftist peace movement of the 1980’s.  Specifically, while residing in Baltimore in 1986, he encountered and was impressed by the Great Peace March For Nuclear Disarmament as it passed through town.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Vermin was committed to leftist political activism from that time on.  He met his wife of 23 years during another activist event, and the two live together in an off-the-grid cabin in the woods, from whence Vermin dreams up his (literally) bitingly satirical campaign platforms and organizes his activism.

It is interesting that an anti-capitalist such as Mr. Supreme is considering running as a libertarian.  Perhaps it is indicative of a wider merging, or at least a coalition, between long-estranged stands of the broader liberty movement.  So long as the the candidate holds strongly to anti-authoritarianism and personal freedom, which is entirely compatible with libertarian principles of non-aggression, most on the right of the divide will find nothing to object to.  In left-leaning California, it will be interesting to see how many votes a combination of Vermin Supreme and a Libertarian banner can attract, although it is possible that many of his supporters will refuse to vote at all, on principle.