Libertarian Party candidates earn high marks from NORML

Marijuana legalization nonprofit gives A ratings to 23 office-seekers

RALEIGH (October 29) -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has given A ratings to 23 Libertarian Party of North Carolina (LPNC) candidates in the upcoming general election. The nonprofit group does not make formal endorsements, but most races in the state feature only one A-rated candidate.

The NORML ratings in North Carolina, which were based on candidates’ expressed positions on marijuana laws, went to:

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2018 Amendments

2018 NC Constitutional Amendments - LPNC Positions

Voter ID - Vote AGAINST

This is a solution in search of a problem. Voter fraud is much less a threat in North Carolina than the waste of resources that will be required to implement a cumbersome and invasive ID system.

Income Tax Cap (7%) - Vote FOR

While Libertarians would prefer to allow workers to use 100% of their income in the manner they deem best, putting a cap on the state income tax rate is at least a step in controlling the growth of big government.

Change in process for filling judicial vacancies - Vote AGAINST

Shifts power to fill judicial vacancies from the Governor to the Legislature. This will take the appointments out of the light and into the control of a small group of people appointed by the party in power in the legislature, and will disrupt the balance of power among the three branches of state government.

Hunting/Fishing - Vote AGAINST

Purports to "protect the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife". This is not the level of policy that should be embedded in the Constitution. The Republican-controlled legislature is using the Amendment process to establish land-use policy that will be subject to legislative whim.

Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement - Vote AGAINST

Another attempt to create a policy-level bureaucracy at the Constitutional level. This also makes the Board *constitutionally* Republican and Democratic, excluding Unaffiliated, Green, Constitution, and Libertarian voters from serving.

Victims Rights - Vote AGAINST

These rights are already recognized by NC statute. This will increase the cost and size of government, and potentially conflict with the rights of the accused.

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"Voters Could be Tired of Partisan Bickering"

“A third candidate typically helps tilt a race. At times, they play spoiler. Stanly voters could be kind to another home-grown candidate in Finn. Burr loyalists could throw their support behind Finn before succumbing to Sasser or voting Democrat. Or, voters could be tired of partisan bickering and opt for a different party.”

Read the full Stanley News & Press article on Libertarian, Michael Finn's chances for House District 67, here.

Learn more about Michael Finn and follow his campaign on Facebook.

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Jeff Scott for Congress: on the issues

Libertarian Jeff Scott is running for Congress in North Carolina’s 9th District, which includes part of Charlotte, part of Fayetteville, and a large part of the state’s central southern tier.

Like many candidates, he submitted answers to a newspaper questionnaire—in this case, the Fayetteville Observer. Here are his answers for all to see. Learn more about Jeff and his campaign at

Q: What are your top three legislative priorities?

Presidents cannot work without Congress and have open-ended approval when American lives are at risk. Congress must update the authorization for the use of military force to limit our regime change mission. When our military acts hastily around the world, threatening Iran, Syria and Russia, then Congress must debate openly and make itself accountable to voters. Peace is our goal and the expansion of negotiations to reduce tensions is in every American's interest. The military is only as strong as the clarity of its mission. Our safety depends on staying focused and restoring strong diplomatic and trade relations with the rest of the world.

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