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Thursday, March 26, 2015

DC free pot seed queue

Basic microeconomics strikes again - it's illegal to sell pot seeds in DC, you can only give them away.  So a line 4 blocks long formed to get free seeds, at a venue only open for two and a half hours.  So only 60% of those in line got seeds.  There is a second free seed distribution on Saturday.  Rumor is the local Libertarian Party will pass out free - and regular - brownies.


reasonTV is covering this event - but, we beat them to the press!  So until they post you will just have to enjoy our videos - vegans against pot (roast), hydroponics salespeeps.


Pro pot anti meat vegans
Posted by Bruce P. Majors on Thursday, March 26, 2015



Many cameras
Posted by Bruce P. Majors on Thursday, March 26, 2015


Three block long line for pot seeds
Posted by Bruce P. Majors on Thursday, March 26, 2015


Out of time!
Posted by Bruce P. Majors on Thursday, March 26, 2015

Delegate Norton: I'm from the government and I am here to dint you.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Andrew Bakker for State House petitioning


We'll be petitioning again this Sunday March 22nd starting at 2pm. We'll meet at Stevenson Park and from there we'll go door to door before heading over to the Alley Cat for food and drinks. It'll be fun, join us!

Monday, March 16, 2015

DMV Libertarian calendar for April

April 18
Blacksburg VA

YAL Virginia State Convention

David Boaz is the Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute and as such has played a key role in the development of the libertarian movement. He is the author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom and the editor of The Libertarian Reader. Boaz's other books include The Politics of Freedom and the Cato Handbook for Policymakers. He is a provocative critic and leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism.

Jeffrey Tucker is the Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, the global liberty community with advanced social and publishing features. He is also distinguished fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, executive editor of Laissez-Faire Books, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, and author of five books.

Jim Lark is a professor in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He also serves as national campus coordinator for the Libertarian Party, and advises college and high school libertarians throughout the country on promoting libertarian ideas on campus. He is a member of the Libertarian Party’s national committee, and served as the Libertarian Party’s national chairman during the 2000-2002 term.
PM to 6:00 PM

Virginia Tech
Graduate Life Center, Graduate Multipurpose Room
155 Otey Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060 (map)

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Brentwood, Maryland elections

Mayor, Council Candidate Petitions Available
Qualified residents are invited to pick up petitions to run for Mayor or Council at the town hall during regular office hours, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Candidates must have lived within the Town for not less than 365 days before the filing deadline, have been a qualified voter of the Town of Brentwood for not less than 365 days preceding the filing deadline. The minimum age for Councilmember is 25 years of age and for Mayor 30 years of age. The deadline for submitting completed petitions is Friday, March 20, 5 p.m.
Peticiones Candidato Alcalde , Consejo disponibles
Se invita a los residentes calificados para recoger peticiones para funcionar para el alcalde o el Consejo en el Ayuntamiento durante las horas regulares de oficina, de lunes a viernes, de 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Los candidatos deben haber vivido dentro de la ciudad por no menos de 365 días antes de la fecha límite de presentación , han sido un votante calificado de la Ciudad de Brentwood por no menos de 365 días anteriores a la fecha límite de presentación. La edad mínima para el concejal es de 25 años de edad y para el alcalde de 30 años de edad. La fecha límite para la presentación de peticiones completas es el viernes, 20 de marzode 5 p.m.
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2015 Town Of Brentwood Elections Coming Soon
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Friday March 20, 5 PM: Candidate petition submission deadline
Voter Registration at Town Hall 7AM – 8 PM each day
Absentee Ballots available from Town Clerk at Town Hall
Absentee Ballot Deadline (by mail must be postmarked by April 27, 2015)
Monday May 4th Election Day! Polls open 7 AM – 8 PM at Town Hall 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Will Hammer declares for 6th Congressional District in Virginia

From a media release by Virginia LP candidate Will Hammer:
It is with great pleasure that I formally announce my candidacy for Virginia’s House of Delegates 20th District. Though I did not get elected last year, I gained a lot of experience and look forward to running again. I am very proud of my campaign last year and look to bring that momentum to this race.
I will be seeking the Libertarian Party nomination again and there will be a lot of carry over from last years campaign. The race may have changed, but my principles have not. I will be looking to get people to talk about the role of government, personal and economic freedom, and the grave failure of the two party system. Party politics has polarized and divided us and I look to end that; my opponent is not immune to that. I may be a dissenting voice when elected, but you will know where I stand, that I am not bought by corporate interest, and that I will work with both sides of the aisle to advance issues that seriously affect Virginians.
Last year I garnered 22,602 votes, or 12.3%, throughout the 6th Congressional District. I achieved this with only $3412.75 compared to my opponent’s $1.2 million, which is about 15 cents per vote to his $9 a vote. I am very proud of this, but of course wish I had done better. This was the best a Libertarian has ever done in a Federal election in Virginia. But even more promising is that the area that makes up Virginia’s 20th District was where I did the best, other than Roanoke. Overall I got 15.6% in Highland, Augusta, Staunton, and Waynesboro; with 19.5% in Staunton and 17.9% in Waynesboro.
I want to grow and better our community. The natural beauty of the area I have called home all of my life, the beautiful architecture and history, and most importantly the kind and considerate people. Whether you are Democrat, Republican, or independent, the two party system has failed us and we must send them a message. Electing a Libertarian will send a loud message to Richmond that we are tired of business as usual. When elected, I will fight against the Dominion pipeline, to end gerrymandering and corruption, bring transparency to Richmond and publish a reasoning for every vote that I place. I will hold online and in person public forums for my constituents. I will protect your gun rights as I was given an A grade from Gun Owners of America last year. I will fight for judicial reform, marijuana legalization, balancing the budget and paying down the state’s debt. I will walk the walk, not talk the talk. If you are tired of business as usual in Virginia, join me and let’s seriously change Richmond.
NOTE: Hammer is currently seeking the endorsement of LP members in his election district.  The meeting of members in his district (to consider the question) will be announced shortly.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Snow as a revenue source

Director Howland,

Please send me my $25 fine for not removing the snow in front of my house today. 

Unfortunately, I'm sick today and just don't have the energy to do it. However, I have done it regularly for the past 14 years, usually, not just in front of my home, but at least from my house to the corner of the block — since we don't have many residential property owners living on my block. I've fallen on snow and ice often enough, having lived in NH, not to wish the same hazard upon others.

Even after Councilmember Cheh's new enforcement law goes into place next October [ Bill 20-715, the "Winter Sidewalk Safety Amendment Act of 2014 ], I can't imagine the District government will ever have the capacity to properly survey, investigate, manage enforcement, "sue"(!?!) property owner offenders, issue fines and collect payment — since it never once enforced the 1922 law on the books. 

So, I volunteer to self report and abide by current law and take the $25 hit to help support our incompetent government bureaucrats who spend a lot of time — and waste a lot of tax payer dollars — doing things that make zero meaningful difference in the lives of citizens. We should simply just make government smaller and save all that money on salaries of those in charge of bogus operations.

We still have many 2014 campaigns signs up in Shaw* and elsewhere** I'm told, which are supposed to be fined at least $35 each*** after the first 30 days. Those clearly aren't being addressed properly by the DPW, because a candidate would have to be an idiot not to remove signs after so long if s/he were actually being fined. Indeed, it seems that DPW program is just another political scheme to punish some individuals while letting political cronies off scot free. My friend, REPUBLICAN candidate Kris Hammond was fined a whopping $150.00 for A SINGLE sign last December****, so clearly, there's some political motivation behind all this and not fair and responsible governance.

Much like the distribution of Visitor Park Passes (VPP), this seems like another example of government making promises it can't keep or properly manage. (I still haven't received my VPP requested more than a month ago.).

Perhaps, someone should review more of these programs seriously during this season's performance/budget review hearings.

1922 Snow removal law:

District law 1. requires residents and businesses to shovel public sidewalks abutting their properties within eight daylight hours of the termination of a snow or sleet event. The current enforcen1ent n1echanisn1 requires the Mayor to abate the situation and allows the District to sue an owner or occupant recovering expenses and assessing a fine in an amount not exceeding twenty-five dollars.

The Office or the Attorney General has not pursued any cases under these regulations.
* https://twitter.com/ShawingtonTimes/status/555484751344459777
** https://twitter.com/RJChittamsSr/status/555490532068442113
*** http://dpw.dc.gov/release/candidates-reminded-take-down-campaign-posters-december-3
**** https://www.facebook.com/KrisForDC/posts/1439402342948811

Sincerely,


Martin Moulton

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Civil disobedience today at the Capitol

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Photo via ‘Lift the sled ban on Capitol Hill’
Since the petition and EHN’s efforts failed:
“Despite efforts, the sled ban has not been waived for this weekend. But if you are up for a little civil disobedience, a sled-in is planned for today at 1pm. West lawn of the Capitol. Come armed with sleds!
#sleddingisnotacrime #SledFreeOrDie”
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Photo via ‘Lift the sled ban on Capitol Hill’
From Change.org:
“The forecast calls for a sled-worthy snowstorm to hit Washington, D.C. in the next 24 hours, likely the last opportunity for the children of D.C. to partake in a favorite childhood pastime, sledding, this winter. In recent weeks, those attempting to sled on the Capitol grounds have been brusquely asked to leave the premise.
The Regulations currently read:
AOC Sledding Regulation
No person shall coast or slide a sled within Capitol Grounds. Skiing With the exception of the use of cross-country skis or snowshoes as a means for transportation, no person shall ski on any area within Capitol Grounds.
Please lift the sled ban and allow the children of D.C. (including those who are children at heart) to take advantage of the last bit of snow this winter.”
Sign the petition here.
Also:
“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today wrote U.S. Capitol Police Board Chair Frank Larkin requesting a waiver of the sledding ban on Capitol Grounds effective from March 5-8 in anticipation of a snowstorm expected to drop a significant amount of snow in the District of Columbia. Members of Congress and the public can request a waiver of any of the Capitol Police Board Regulations. Last month, Norton wrote Larkin urging the U.S. Capitol Police Board to overturn of the prohibition on sledding on the Capitol Grounds. The Board has until March 26, 2015, to provide Norton with a formal response to her letter.
“This could be the last snowstorm the D.C. area gets this winter, and may be one of the best for sledding in years,” Norton said. “Children and their parents should able to enjoy sledding on one of the best hills in the city. This is a one-time waiver that will allow D.C. kids to sled while we await a more formal review of the ban, which will likely come after the last snow has fallen in our region. Have a heart, Mr. Larkin, a kid’s heart that is.”
Below is a copy of Norton’s letter: (more…)

Virginia Republicans fail again

FreedomWorks
 
   
 Bruce, several Republicans just let you down.
It was because of your hard work that a bill to create education savings accounts passed the Virginia State House. And it was because of your activism that the bill made it out of committee.
The bill would have allowed parents to establish education savings accounts so they could set aside money to send their children to good schools.
Unfortunately, a handful of Republicans let the Democrats defeat this bill. These lawmakers need to hear from you. They need to know that you’re disappointed they didn't vote "YES," and Virginians deserve real school choice.
Call the Republicans who didn't support education savings accounts now. Tell them you’re disappointed in their vote.
Our children deserve better.
Make freedom work,
Noah Wall
Grassroots Director, FreedomWorks
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