Hessel Appointed Executive Director

Hessel Appointed Executive Director

The Executive Committee appointed Brad Hessel as Executive Director, filling a key vacancy in party leadership left by the departure of Jason Melehani. Hessel has operated a Raleigh-based knowledge management consulting practice since 1999.

He became involved in the Libertarian Party as a Gary Johnson volunteer in 2012, and is now treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Wake County.

“I see libertarianism as the political and social philosophy most compatible with the most natural state of living for human beings,” Hessel said. “For hundreds of thousand of …

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Platform, Legislative Agenda Committees Seek Members

Platform, Legislative Agenda Committees Seek Members

The 2014 Libertarian Party State Convention will consider changes to the party’s platform. Brian Irving, Ginny Godfrey and Bjorn Pederson were appointed to the newly-formed Platform Committee, which will prepare proposals to be presented at the convention.

Any LPNC member interested in serving on this committee should contact Brian Irving, or join the Yahoo Group: platformlpnc-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

The LPNC is also  forming a Legislative Action Committee. This committee will work with the Political Director to help identify and track legislation for the party to support, develop a Liberty Agenda …

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Pension Spiking is Corruption

Pension Spiking is Corruption

by Brian Irving
LPNC Communications Director

Once again, the News and Observer has performed an admirable public service by exposing the exorbitant salaries being paid to select state government employees and the manipulation of the law to increase their pensions.

In a series called Checks without balances, the N&O detailed how four community college presidents, two housing authority directors, and a Town of Cary “tennis pro” collected tens of thousands of dollars in perks and benefits in a scheme designed to circumvent salary caps.

Since state law puts a …

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Libertarian Elected, But Can’t Serve

Libertarian Elected, But Can’t Serve

One Libertarian was elected to a municipal office Nov. 5, but unfortunately he won’t be able to serve. According to unofficial results, Matt Hoerner was elected to the Hope Mills Board of Commissioners in Cumberland County. But he’s serving as a federal government civilian employee in Korea. He said if his election was certified, he would resign.

He emailed the county board of elections in October withdrawing from the race. Hoerner wasn’t taken off the ballot, however, because the BOE needed a signed written statement. He …

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Land Use Rules Keep Prices High

Land Use Rules Keep Prices High

The trouble low-income families have in finding affordable housing in Chapel Hill is a  natural outcome of current town policy, writes Bjørn Pedersen in a letter published in The Daily Tar Heel today.

The policy limits development in the majority of the town to low-density construction of single-family homes, Pedersen said, often with additional restrictions that further limit the living area available in those residences.

“These sorts of legal limits prevent the supply of housing from rising to meet the demand for it, and the least fortunate among us …

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Libertarians Support Nullify Now NC

Nullification is not about state’s rights or slavery, but about the fundamental principles of the American republic, said J.J. Summerell, chair of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina. The Libertarian Party is one of the sponsors of the Nullify Now conference scheduled for the Raleigh Convention Center Oct. 19.

The Tenth Amendment Center has been hosting events around the country to educate and activate people on the topic of Nullification since September 2012. Thomas E. Woods, Jr., an historian and best-selling author of the book “Nullification: …

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Constitution Day 2012: Read the Manual for Self-Government

Constitution Day 2012: Read the Manual for Self-Government

By Brian Irving

You’ve seen U.S. Senators brandishing the little booklet, like some octogenarian Red Guards. After several years of trying, the late Sen. Richard Byrd (D-Va.) got a law passed creating a new Federal holiday and mandating a special curriculum for all public schools in the United States to mark the birthday of the document.

The law establishes Sept. 17 as U.S. Constitution Day and requires all schools receiving Federal funds and all Federal agencies to provide materials about the Constitution. Or rather, to study what …

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New LPNC logo

New LPNC logo

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina has adopted a new logo. It is designed to identify us with both the national Libertarian Party and state Libertarian Parties that have adopted similar designs.

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Much to Accomplish Before 2014

Much to Accomplish Before 2014

It is less than a month until fourth quarter! Time seems to accelerate as we begin to approach the holidays and we’ll soon be looking at New Year’s Day 2014 in the rear-view. We have much to accomplish before 2014 and I’m confident we have a capable and motivated team to lead us into the 2014 elections. So what needs to be done between now and January?

1. Project 2020. Though this long term plan for the LPNC will constantly be changing and developing, we’re working …

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Plan for Growth, Recruitment, Winning Elections

Plan for Growth, Recruitment, Winning Elections

This past month I was appointed by the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina to serve as the executive director. I’m honored and ecstatic to be serving in this role to advance the Libertarian Party across our state. We’re currently developing a very ambitious plan focused on growth, recruitment and winning elections.

For the 2013 election, we’re excited to have a half dozen candidates seeking office in their city or town. Since most of these are small elections, I’m working with our candidates to help …

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