Hessel Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Brad Hessel, state Libertarian Party executive director, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued by his counterpart in the Democratic Party, Casey Mann. He then issued his own challenge to the candidates for U.S. Senate, Democrat Kay Hagan, Libertarian Sean Haugh, and Republican Thom Tillis.

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Haugh: Militarization of Police Made Ferguson Inevitable

by Rachel Mills

Sean Haugh, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate,  just released a new video with his thoughts on the events in Ferguson and the militarization of police. It's a very troubling trend and we need to be aware of what's happening all over the country.

Any town could turn into Ferguson in a moment, really. Some 400 police departments in North Carolina alone have military equipment from the same Pentagon program that has turned Ferguson into a war zone.

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Fewer Ethics Rules, More Ethical People

by Brian Irving

Gov. Pat McCroy’s claim that he made an honest mistake by not listing his Duke Energy stock ownership on the ethics form the state requires him to file does not pass the smell test. The governor claimed that he, and his attorney, “misread” the 11 page disclosure form.

In that case, I suggest the governor get a new lawyer who can understand plain English. In Section I, page 2, the form (check it here on the News & observer website) clearly asks for information “as of December 31.”

It’s ironic that the same politicians who create these long-winded and incomprehensible forms themselves always claim they don’t understand them when caught making a mistake.  If our elected leaders don’t understand the rules they enacting, perhaps they should rethink the rules?

The governor may have made a honest mistake. And this may only be a minor issue. After all, McCrory’s connection to Duke Energy is no great secret.

What North Carolina aren't more rules and bureaucratic barriers to deter and prevent ordinary citizens form running for office. What we need are fewer rules, and less bureaucracy so that the average man or woman can run for office without having to open up every aspect of his or her private life to government scrutiny.

We don’t need more ethics rules, but more ethical people. At least, that's my opinion.

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