Sunday, May 29, 2016

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Debate Coverage at the LNC Orlando, FL 5.28.2016

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Debate Coverage at the LNC Orlando, FL 5.28.2016

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The following contribution is from Seattle-based independent journalist, David Malekar; who regularly publishes content to the WashCo Chronicle and other online publications.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Vice Presidential candidate Alicia Dearn Interview before Libertarian Party National Convention Vote 2016

The following contribution is from Seattle-based independent journalist, David Malekar; who regularly publishes content to the WashCo Chronicle and other online publicationsThe interviewee, Alicia Dearn, is running for Vice President of the United States of America as a Libertarian.  You can find more information on Alicia at the website and follow on Facebook at

Alicia Dearn, Vice Presidential candidate for Libertarian Party 2016
Alicia Dearn, VP Candidate for Libertarian Party 2016
DM:  Thank you Alicia for taking the time during this very busy week for all candidates in the Libertarian Party.  This is the weekend where the Presidential/Vice Presidential candidates are being decided for the Libertarian Party, in Orland.  Your aim for Vice President candidate of the Libertarian Party has certainly gained a lot of momentum.  Would you be able to let our readers know some more information on how everything has brought you to the grand stage for 2016?

AD:  Thank you for your time as well. I have been a Libertarian all my life, but I didn’t become active in the party until late 2011. Since that time, I have worked on things mostly as a volunteer lawyer for different Libertarians and on ballot access. I also share Libertarian ideas widely in my professional writing and marketing – in my day job, I represent small businesses who are being crushed under the boot of big government and so my clients would benefit greatly from a Libertarian society. A couple months ago, I was approached by some women in the party to run for VP and they convinced me that I could share the Libertarian message to a much wider audience in that role. How could I refuse that call of duty?

DM:  You certainly have answered that call.  I want to go into more detail with your current campaign, but let's side track for a second and talk about your work getting Libertarians on ballots.  We are at the point now, where Libertarians are on the ballot in all 50 states in 2016 (by the time of election).  How much of a challenge and what efforts were needed to get such a task complete

AD:  Libertarians aren’t quite on the ballot in all 50 states yet. There are several states that have big, and expensive, signature drives going on at this very moment. For example, both Illinois and Pennsylvania have a lot of resources being poured into them right now for ballot access. We need more donations and more volunteers. And come summertime, we will start being sued, and we will need lawyers to defend us.

Our nominees will be on all 50 ballots. But unfortunately, we likely won’t have ballot access in Ohio thanks to the actions of Gov. Kasich. That state will have our candidates listed not as Libertarians, but rather as independents, because we weren’t able to meet their high signature requirements and the Ohio party’s lawsuit just failed. I am trying a last ditch effort to get the resources for that signature drive, but we only have until July 6 and it is looking grim. I hope to assist Ohio with recovering the Libertarian ballot access in 2017.

Ballot access is a major problem for so-called minor parties every year. It costs us hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours each cycle. And like we’re Sisyphus, it’s a boulder we have to push up hill over and over again.

Alicia Dearn
Alicia Dearn working from anywhere and everywhere
DM:  Despite all of the odds being stacked against Third-Parties, the Libertarian Party has certainly
overcome many obstacles along the way because of efforts like yourself.  Is there any other information you can provide for readers that will allow them to help out with this cause?

AD:  We need money and volunteers to finish up our ballot drives and to pursue lawsuits and defense. Readers who are interested in volunteering or donating to ballot access efforts can go to to volunteer or to donate. I will be happy to make sure that resources and volunteers get to the right places. We will also be running various money bombs and petitioning events over the next several months, and signing up as a volunteer will ensure that I have your information for these events so I can keep you in the know.

DM:  Switching back to your campaign, what will you do as the Libertarian VP candidate going into the election in November?  How will you be able to further push ahead your Presidential candidate with your skills?  The Presidential candidates should take your answer into high consideration.

AD: Like most good VP candidates, I can help in three main areas: 1. Stumping; 2. Fundraising; and 3. Coalitions and Outreach. More specifically:
  1. I plan to be on the trial and in media making speeches and answering questions on behalf of the campaign. I’m an able speaker and debater. My skills will compliment the speaking skills of our nominee. Also, as the VP candidate, I will be expected to attack the other candidates, which is frankly an easy job when those candidates are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. I can attack Hillary Clinton without being labeled a woman-hater.
  2. The VP nominee attends fundraisers and works on obtaining grassroots and big funders when the Presidential nominee is otherwise occupied with campaigning. I will be able to easily and enthusiastically sell our nominee to potential donors, and I’m not afraid to fund-raise. When I was the Midwest Regional Director for GJ2012, my region had the most successful fundraisers for the campaign.
  3. Building a coalition of Libertarians within the party is important. We cannot win without all hands on deck. I’m mostly accepted by all factions within the Libertarian party because I am true gold Libertarian and an activist within the party. I also think it is important to coalition build outside the party to grow it. One of my greatest desires as a candidate is to work with local candidates to help with local outreach. I also want to work with activists within the party to empower them to bring underrepresented groups into the party. I will start with women business owners, as there are millions of them.

2016 LP VP candidate Alicia Dearn
2016 LP VP Candidate Alicia Dearn
DM:  I know things are very busy for you right now and time is critical.  I want to thank you again
for taking the time on short notice to sit down with the Liberty Chronicle Independent.  In closing, what final thoughts would you like to leave our readers?  The floor is yours.

AD:  Liberty is about more than me. Liberty means hope for people to be more than they are today. Liberty means trusting people to make their own decisions. Liberty means prosperity for the poorest and opportunity for the disenfranchised. If given the chance, I will be proud to represent this party. I can't wait to stand up in front of millions of Americans and say, "I am a Libertarian. And you should be too."

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Michelle Darnell (48th-L) Announcement Press Release 5.20.2016



Pos. 1  v.  Dem. Patty Kuderer
Michelle Darnell for the House, 830 Kirkland Way, # 203, Kirkland WA 98033

For Immediate Release:                                                        Media Contact:
Friday , May 20, 2016                                                           Jeff E. Jared 206-696-2457

    Michelle Darnell, a populist-libertarian, filed yesterday for office against Democrat State Representative from the 48th District (Bel-Red-Kirk), Patty Kuderer, who is a Kirkland attorney appointed last year to fill the vacancy left by fellow Democrat Ross Hunter.
    Michelle ran 2 years ago as a Republican for State Senate against Democrat Cyrus Habib.  She is now running as a Libertarian for State House.

    "I'm for educational choice while my opponent voted against the recent charter school bill.  I thought Democrats were for choice," Ms. Darnell said.  "I'm for choice in your personal life, and your business life.  I am socially accepting and economically conservative."

    "I want Republican votes, Democratic votes, Libertarian votes and independent votes," she said.

    The paralegal and mother of 4 wants to repeal the B & O tax in favor of small business and wants to help homeowners facing foreclosure.

    "Elite Democrats in Olympia haven't done much for the working and middle class.  If I get to Olympia, that'll change."

Michelle Darnell, 48th Legislative District Libertarian candidate for Washington State
Michelle Darnell, 48th Legislative District Libertarian candidate for Washington State
    A win in the swing 48th Legislative District would make Michelle Darnell the first female Libertarian elected to partisan office in the nation.

Jeff E. Jared

Policy Advisor

Friday, May 20, 2016

Disgruntled Voter? Choose Liberty

Liberty Chronicle Independent
Party divisions seem to be rather high in this round of presidential elections.

With large supporters for non-establishment candidates, voters should ask themselves - can the candidate I'm voting for actually change my party to be more in line with my values? Will the candidate I'm voting for protect my personal freedoms and liberties?

Sanders and Trump are both symptoms of a problem here in the United States, but not the cure.

Voters are realizing there is something fundamentally wrong with both Republican and Democrat parties, but are still holding on to the illusion that the parties are the solution.

For decades, this country has flip-flopped between political parties because of dissatisfaction with the other party. If the party you voted against 8 years ago couldn't make things better then, why would you think they can make things better now?

The first step in solving a problem is recognizing there is one. The problem in our great nation is not who's running for election in both major parties, but the two parties themselves. Both parties stray further and further from the center, and in the end, neither has the country's best interests at heart.

Some would say, a vote for a 3rd party is a wasted vote. I challenge that a vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil, not a vote for change, would be more of a wasted vote than a vote for a 3rd party candidate who wants to actually implement real change.

I've also heard many say they aren't going to vote this year, because they don't like the two major candidates. Do not place the fate of this country in others' hands, and idly stand by while the failed two-party system continues. Come out, vote Libertarian, and help effect real change in this great nation.

The Libertarian Party wants to take over, just so the government will leave you alone.

Ken Buckler is the editor of the Liberty Chronicle Independent.