Libertarians See Opportunity in Rising Voter Discontent

by Brian Irving
LPNC Communications Director

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina’s new executive director believes the growing public dissatisfaction with the government in general and the “two-party” system in particular offers a new opportunity to move public policy in a more libertarian direction.

“As the Democrats and Republicans move us relentlessly down the road to hell, kicking the can as we go, more and more Americans can feel the heat rising,” said Brad Hessel, who was appointed last month.

Hessel said the advent of the Tea Party, the …

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New Political Director

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina Executive Committee appointed Bjorn Pedersonof Durham as Political Director. He replaces Erik Raudesep, who had to step down from that position because of a business opportunity. Raudesep remains an at-large member of the Executive Committee.

Ken Penkowsi of Raleigh was appointed to fill a vacant at-large position on the EC.

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Public-Private Partnership Is Not Privatization

by Brian Irving
LPNC Communications Director

Leaving aside the observation that the term “public-private” partnership is an oxymoron, the fact is that such an arrangement is merely a cover for corporate welfare.

The proposal by Gov. Pat McCrory’s Department of Commerce to “privatize” several functions is a case in point. Republicans either are afraid to stand up for the values they supposedly believe in, or do not understand what “private” means. (“Speed, sweep of NC Commerce restructuring raise concerns,” News & Observer, Dec. 6)

Using “authority” supposedly granted in …

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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

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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Libertarian Party Turns 42

The Libertarian Party was formed 42 years ago today, on Dec. 11, 1971, in the living room of David Nolan in Denver, Col. Disillusioned Republicans, Democrats and political newcomers hope to create an alternative to the old parties.

The party held its first national convention held in June 1972, also in Denver. They nominated John Hospers, a philosophy professor at the University of Southern California, for president and Tonie Nathan for vice president. The party was only on the ballot in Colorado and Washington. The ticket …

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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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New Voters Continue to Shun Major Parties

The number of voters registering in a major party continues to decline in North Carolina, even as the total number of registered voters in continues to rise. As of Nov. 2, there were 6,475,017 registered voters: 2,764,123 registered Democrats, 1,990,192 registered Republicans, 22,173 registered Libertarians, and 1,698,529 registered unaffiliated.

The decline in the percentage of voters registered as Republicans or Democrats reached a new record low of 42.69 percent. The number of unaffiliated voters is now at 26.23 percent and the Libertarian portion is at 0.34 …

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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

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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