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Libertarian Party of California 2017-12-11 07:38:17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 11, 2017

 

Libertarian Party of California Endorses Seven Statewide Candidates

Lt. Governor, Assembly, and Senate candidates endorsed while governor candidates considered.


On the heels of a record number of registered Libertarians and growing party membership, the Libertarian Party of California (LPC) announces its official endorsements for the June 2018 primary election.  Seven candidates were endorsed at the December LPC Executive Committee meeting in Long Beach, CA:.  Tim Ferreira (Lt. Governor), Angela McArdle (34th Congressional), Brandon Reiser (48th Congressional), Robert Imhoff (25th State Assembly), Kevin Shaw (38th State Assembly), Michael Lewis (53rd State Assembly), and Honor “Mimi” Robson (70th State Assembly).  The Libertarian Party of California will continue to endorse candidates at the next Executive Committee meeting in Sacramento on March 10th.

“These are excellent candidates who believe in personal and economic freedom” said Ted Brown, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of California. “The Libertarian alternative is needed now more than even to counter the rot and decay of the establishment parties and their unprincipled officeholders.”

Also seeking endorsement from the party were two strong candidates for Governor: Nickolas Wildstar and Zoltan Istvan.  Both candidates plan to attend  the upcoming  Libertarian Party of California State Convention in Long Beach on April 27-29, 2018, where the convention delegates will make the endorsement in that race.  Further information regarding the convention can be found on the LPC website: https://ca.lp.org/convention/

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Media Contact: Jennifer Imhoff

Phone: (408) 940-5717

Email: Press@ca.lp.org

Website: www.ca.lp.org

 

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Libertarian Party of California 2017-12-11 07:38:17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 11, 2017

 

Libertarian Party of California Endorses Seven Statewide Candidates

Lt. Governor, Assembly, and Senate candidates endorsed while governor candidates considered.


On the heels of a record number of registered Libertarians and growing party membership, the Libertarian Party of California (LPC) announces its official endorsements for the June 2018 primary election.  Seven candidates were endorsed at the December LPC Executive Committee meeting in Long Beach, CA:.  Tim Ferreira (Lt. Governor), Angela McArdle (34th Congressional), Brandon Reiser (48th Congressional), Robert Imhoff (25th State Assembly), Kevin Shaw (38th State Assembly), Michael Lewis (53rd State Assembly), and Honor “Mimi” Robson (70th State Assembly).  The Libertarian Party of California will continue to endorse candidates at the next Executive Committee meeting in Sacramento on March 10th.

“These are excellent candidates who believe in personal and economic freedom” said Ted Brown, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of California. “The Libertarian alternative is needed now more than even to counter the rot and decay of the establishment parties and their unprincipled officeholders.”

Also seeking endorsement from the party were two strong candidates for Governor: Nickolas Wildstar and Zoltan Istvan.  Both candidates plan to attend  the upcoming  Libertarian Party of California State Convention in Long Beach on April 27-29, 2018, where the convention delegates will make the endorsement in that race.  Further information regarding the convention can be found on the LPC website: https://ca.lp.org/convention/

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Media Contact: Jennifer Imhoff

Phone: (408) 940-5717

Email: Press@ca.lp.org

Website: www.ca.lp.org

 

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Oppose SB-568

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2017

LIBERTARIANS SAY “NO” TO PROPOSED ELECTION BILL
SB568 discourages voter participation

The California Legislature has passed SB568; a bill to move California’s primary election, including the 2020 presidential and other statewide legislative and congressional offices, up to March 3 from the traditional date in the first week of June.

“Libertarians say no to early primaries,” said Ted Brown, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of California. “For offices other than president, most voters are not even thinking about the ballot 8 months before the November general election. SB568 will result in less competition, more incumbents, and political insiders taking advantage of the system to win Election.”

As for the presidential primary, Libertarians believe that political parties should pay for their own primary elections. “Hacked e-mails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) prove that the fix was in, and that the party leadership decided Hillary Clinton would be their nominee — no matter how well Sen. Bernie Sanders did in the primaries,” said Brown. “If the presidential primary is just for show, then why should California taxpayers pay for it? The Democrats should pay for their own presidential primary – and hold it whenever they want to.” Primaries for other offices can be held in June. Even later in the year would be better, closer to when voters are actually prepared for the election. Several States hold their primary elections as late as September.

Libertarians also call for repeal of the “Top Two” voting system to further increase voter participation. Each political party should have a nominee on the ballot in November. Since 2012, however, voter choice has been limited to the top two vote-getters in the primary – even if they are from the same party. That’s why voter participation keeps going down in California. An initiative to repeal Top Two will start circulating shortly for the November 2018 ballot. “That’s the kind of election reform that we need,” said Brown.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Imhoff
Phone: (408) 940-5717
Email: Press@ca.lp.org
Website: www.ca.lp.org

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Oppose SB-568

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2017

LIBERTARIANS SAY “NO” TO PROPOSED ELECTION BILL
SB568 discourages voter participation

The California Legislature has passed SB568; a bill to move California’s primary election, including the 2020 presidential and other statewide legislative and congressional offices, up to March 3 from the traditional date in the first week of June.

“Libertarians say no to early primaries,” said Ted Brown, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of California. “For offices other than president, most voters are not even thinking about the ballot 8 months before the November general election. SB568 will result in less competition, more incumbents, and political insiders taking advantage of the system to win Election.”

As for the presidential primary, Libertarians believe that political parties should pay for their own primary elections. “Hacked e-mails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) prove that the fix was in, and that the party leadership decided Hillary Clinton would be their nominee — no matter how well Sen. Bernie Sanders did in the primaries,” said Brown. “If the presidential primary is just for show, then why should California taxpayers pay for it? The Democrats should pay for their own presidential primary – and hold it whenever they want to.” Primaries for other offices can be held in June. Even later in the year would be better, closer to when voters are actually prepared for the election. Several States hold their primary elections as late as September.

Libertarians also call for repeal of the “Top Two” voting system to further increase voter participation. Each political party should have a nominee on the ballot in November. Since 2012, however, voter choice has been limited to the top two vote-getters in the primary – even if they are from the same party. That’s why voter participation keeps going down in California. An initiative to repeal Top Two will start circulating shortly for the November 2018 ballot. “That’s the kind of election reform that we need,” said Brown.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Imhoff
Phone: (408) 940-5717
Email: Press@ca.lp.org
Website: www.ca.lp.org

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Libertarians Call For Bail Reform

Californians charged with minor offenses are often kept in jail awaiting trial because they can’t afford even a small amount of bail. Often, this occurs in cases where there’s no threat to public safety. Libertarians are joining people from across the political spectrum to change this unfair system, which almost seems like a debtor’s prison. We support SB 10 and AB 42, currently working their way through the California Legislature with the backing of legislators from both major parties as well as civil rights groups like the ACLU.

Bail amounts should be decided by the likelihood of the accused to show up in court, not by a bureaucratic list with no tethers to individual circumstances. “Not only must taxpayers foot the bill for prisoners who should have been released on their own recognizance, but these detainees may lose their jobs, homes, and custody of their children if they are stuck in jail for even a week unnecessarily,” said Ted Brown, chairman of the Libertarian Party of California. And after all of that incarceration, one-third of felony charges are dropped or the defendant is found not guilty, according to the ACLU.

Poor people are treated abominably by the criminal justice system. They often have warrants against them for not paying previous traffic fines or fees, many of which are overly high to begin with. Courts don’t take into account ability to pay. “If people have to rot in jail just because they are poor, we haven’t come very far from the debtor’s prisons in England of 150 years ago,” said Brown. “Libertarians believe that no one should be in jail merely for being unable to make a payment.”

It’s understandable that state legislators and county supervisors don’t want to change this system for fear they’ll be blamed if even one suspect who is released commits a heinous crime. But each case is different and each person has specific circumstances which must be evaluated. Libertarians will always work to protect individual rights and advocate treating everyone as innocent until proven guilty.

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Libertarian Party Of California Joins Taxpayer Groups To Oppose SB231

The Libertarian Party of California has joined the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) and several other local taxpayer organizations in OPPOSITION to SB 231 (by State Senator Bob Hertzberg) which would erode the protections afforded to taxpayers under the Right to Vote on Taxes Act (Proposition 218) as they relate to fees, taxes and assessments imposed for stormwater runoff programs. Changing the longstanding definitions of sewer and stormwater will create uncertainty among municipalities, guarantee litigation and lead to thousands of dollars of new assessments on property owners who will be deprived of their ability under Proposition 218 to have meaningful input as to the nature, extent and amount of those levies.

In 1996 California voters passed Proposition 218, an initiative that imposes various voter and/or
property owner approval procedures prior to being subject to local exactions. Property related fees
for water, sewer and refuse collection services are not subject to the more stringent approval
requirements for the simple reasons that, historically, local governments imposed these fees well
before 1978 and the passage of Prop 13. Fees for “storm water runoff” were rare or non-existent
prior to Prop 13. SB 231 purports to overturn a published appellate court decision which involved the
interpretation of constitutional language In 2002 the City of Salinas decided to approve a stormwater
assessment without a vote of the people. They argued that sewer and stormwater for purposes of
treatment were essentially both sewer and decided a vote was not needed under Proposition 218.
In the case HJTA v. Salinas the 4th District Appellate Court ruled that stormwater was in fact distinct
from sewer service and thus a ballot election was required. The court used both the constitutional
language in Prop 218 as well as existing statutory language as the basis for its decision, put in place
by Proposition 218 supporters following its approval. The very same Omnibus Act language that SB
231 seeks to amend makes a clear distinction between sewer and drainage systems. Under current
law, a drainage system “means any system of public improvements that is intended to provide for
erosion control, landslide abatement, or for other types of water drainage.” It was this language that
the Court used to make its decision.

Needless to say, unsettling a published appellate court decision via state statute is not only unwise,
but in this case it violates the California Constitution. SB 231 is a solution in search of a problem.

No one denies that storm water runoff programs are a legitimate public service. Proposition 218 already
permits for municipalities to raise new revenue they need to fund stormwater programs. They simply have to put the issue to the people paying the bill. This can be accomplished either through a benefit
assessment process or even a two-thirds vote special tax. What’s the result of SB 231? A legal
quandary and a nightmare for local public agencies. Should SB 231 be approved and signed by
Governor Brown, the results will be needless litigation and potentially thousands of dollars of new
costs placed upon taxpayers. Storm water runoff programs and services should be financed with the
existing revenues of government. If that revenue is insufficient, there are ways of seeking new
revenue under Prop 218. All that is required is approval by those financially obligated to finance the
service.

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Press Release – Libertarians Oppose SB562 – “Single Payer” state takeover of health care The

The California State Senate has passed SB562 to create a “single payer” health care system in California. The single payer would be the State of California, which would take over the entire health care system. The Libertarian Party of California opposes SB562 and any increase in government involvement in health care.

“Do you want the same people who run the DMV to run the health care system?” asked Ted Brown, chairman of the Libertarian Party of California. “What we need is less government involvement, not more. Libertarians believe in choice, not in mandatory requirements.”

SB562 would force all Californians into a government-run health care system whether they want it or not, and put private health insurance companies out of business. A 2016 poll showed that 74% of Americans rated their health insurance coverage as excellent or good. “Most people want to keep their health insurance plans. They don’t want the government to take them away,” said Brown. There is no provision in SB562 to allow Californians to opt out of the state health plan.

Besides the issue of who should run health care, there is also the issue of who will pay for health care. Proponents of SB562 say that government health care costs less, but it’s just the opposite. Every time analysts try to predict what a government program will cost, they are always very short of the actual cost. “This plan will cause more people to demand health care services, even for minor problems, since there will be no out-of-pocket costs,” said Brown. “This will cause costs to skyrocket. California cannot afford this plan.”

There are reports that a new 15% tax would be levied on all Californians to pay for health care. “This new tax would cause many taxpayers to leave the state,” said Brown. “And these are the people who would be paying for this plan. The people who receive but don’t contribute will eventually be the only ones left in California. And then the system will fall apart – and no one will have health care.”

The Libertarian Party of California platform says that “The health and physical well-being of individuals should be matters of personal choice and responsibility. The State should not be involved in the regulation of medical care or in the delivery of healthcare… As financing of medical and health care is the responsibility of the individual, tax monies should not be used to fund it, nor should government programs force anyone to subsidize the health care costs of others…”

The proponents of SB562 say that health care is a right. Others say it’s a privilege. “Libertarians say that health care is neither a right nor a privilege. It’s actually a service, and goods and services should be provided by free-market competition, not by the heavy hand of government,” said Brown.

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Press Release – LIBERTARIANS OBJECT TO PROPOSED MARIJUANA REGULATIONS

The California Department of Food & Agriculture is holding a series of hearings across the state to gather feedback from the public on proposed regulations for the medical marijuana industry. Since Proposition 64 passed in November, there will be continued proposals for regulating the recreational marijuana industry as well.

 

The Libertarian Party of California strongly supports legal marijuana, for either medical or recreational use. “Since the Libertarian Party was founded in 1971, Libertarians have called for the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, and the voting public has finally agreed,” said Ted Brown, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of California. “Unfortunately, Proposition 64 is calling for too much regulation. Libertarians oppose all of these rules as fundamental violations of the rights of adults to grow and use marijuana as they see fit.”

 

At the recent state convention, delegates voted unanimously to add a new plank to the party platform. It states:

 

“We applaud the trend toward legalization and/or decriminalization of marijuana both for

medical and recreational purposes. However, we oppose the increase in new laws and

regulations that has accompanied this trend, whether such measures are intended as a

back-door way to continue prohibition or are simply taking advantage of marijuana’s

ambiguous legal status to achieve other goals. Specifically:

 

  1. We oppose measures enacted by the state or by local governments to limit the

number of marijuana dispensaries or other businesses.

  1. We oppose the imposition of taxes or fees on marijuana cultivation or sale.
  2. We support the right of individuals to grow marijuana plants for their own use

on their own property.”

 

“Libertarians will continue to fight marijuana regulations at the state and local levels,” said Brown. “Most people now agree that marijuana should be legal. Let’s not make it so difficult or expensive to obtain that it goes back to being on the black market. We need a free market in marijuana, just as we need a free market in all other consumer products.”

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