Over the last week (and a couple days), the Libertarian party has seen encouraging news that party members have not given up the goal of unseating the two-party system. In fact, numbers show significant grow in party members and potential political candidates.
Libertarian Adrian Wyllie to run for Florida Governor
As reported earlier, Chairman of the Florida Libertarian party officially announced his bid to unseat current Governor Rick Scott in the state of Florida. Wyllie promises his campaign will focus on issues of individual liberty and freedom from government control and intrusive state policies that infringe on state resident’s constitutional rights. “We’ve tried Coke. We’ve tried Pepsi. It’s time for some pure spring water called liberty. That’s what I’m offering,” Wyllie said.
Libertarians gain official status in Pennsylvania
Although Libertarian Betsy Summers lost her bid to become the state’s auditor general, she – along with other Libertarian candidates – managed to pull in the required 2% of the vote in November to be officially recognized as a Pennsylvania state “minor” political party rather than simply a political” body” through the 2014 election cycle.
Libertarian party candidate requests expanding nationwide
Each year, the Libertarian party tracks the number of requests received from those who wish to run in local elections under the Libertarian party ticket. Since the November elections, the party has received 370 requests, which amounts to more than twice the number received in 2008 and 2010, according to Libertarian Party Executive Director Carla Howell. At this pace, the party may receive over 1,100 requests by year’s end. “2012 was a great year for Libertarian Party candidates. And a great year for liberty,” remarked Howell. The Libertarian party is preparing to double the number of party candidates by the 2014 elections.
Libertarians lead fight to ease gun restrictions in Kansas
Several cities in Kansas implemented more stringent gun control measures than those enforced by the state with severe “open carry” restrictions. However, thanks to efforts lead by the Libertarian party within the state, cities have begun modifying their open carry laws so they fall in line with that of the state, which currently allows residents to carry openly. The Libertarian party will begin discussions with three more cities next week and has filed a lawsuit against three other cities that have refused to modify their open carry laws. “People are identifying the Libertarian Party as one of the authorities when it comes to Second Amendment issues in Kansas,” said Al Terwelp, Kansas Libertarian party chair.
Libertarian party started a petition to end dangerous “gun-free zones”
Available at libertarianpetition.com, the Libertarian party has started an online petition to elicit support to end all so-called gun-free zones in the United States, citing several examples of where gun crimes were halted due to law-abiding citizens who carry firearms.