FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Rob Tolp, Chairman
Libertarian Party of Collier County
Phone: 239-200-0067
Email: chair@collierlp.com

Naples, Fla. – Collier County Libertarians took to change.org, Facebook and local television news to urge local commissioners reconsider their vote to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

After Collier County Commissioners voted last week to ban dispensaries for another six months, Collier Libertarians decided to start a campaign to drive reconsideration.

“We are beyond frustrated,” Rob Tolp, LPCC chairman, told the local Fox 4 News. “We are livid over this issue.”

Following the vote, Tolp worked together with a fellow Lee County Libertarian Paul Harper to produce a nearly hour-long video posted to the Facebook group Cannawarriors. They next started a change.org petition to build numbers. Local media began contacting them, increasing publicity. Their petition had nearly 700 responses by Friday.

The LPCC wants commissioners to permanently remove the ban, Tolp said. While commissioners said they would take the issue up again in six months, he said those six months may be too long for some to wait.

“My son-in-law being one, who is 100% disabled from PTSD,” Tolp told Fox 4 News reporter Karl Fortier. “I know from many of my friends, (medical marijuana) helps them greatly.”

In response to the LPCC, Collier County Commissioner Penny Taylor said Collier County residents were free to drive to neighboring Lee County to purchase medical marijuana. “What we’re saying is, we don’t want dispensaries in our county,” Taylor said.

“In essence, Commissioner Taylor said to Collier residents they must not only shell out money for their prescriptions, but also now must be on the hook for the gas money, wear and tear on their vehicles, or added cost for delivery,” Tolp said. “Our Commissioners are actively defying the will of nearly 63% of Collier voters who voted in favor of Amendment 2, an egregious breach of public trust and their personal responsibility to represent all Collier residents.”

See:
https://www.change.org/p/collier-county-bcc-allow-for-safe-access-to-medical-cannabis-dispensaries-in-collier-county

https://www.fox4now.com/news/local-news/libertarian-party-petitions-for-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-in-collier-county

May 8, 2018

Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

The Libertarian Party of Florida is pleased to see support mounting for Amendment 4, the Voting Restoration Amendment.

“With so many laws created by elected officials, it’s a lot easier to become a felon nowadays,” said Marcos Miralles, LPF Chairman. “If you were to be labeled by the government as a felon, and you served your time, should you not have your right to vote restored?”

A poll announced last week by FloridaPolitics.com found more than 60 percent of state voters supported the Initiative, greater than the amount needed to amend the state Constitution. The survey was conducted jointly by North Star Opinion Research and EMC Research, FloridaPolitics reports. The poll did not list Libertarian Party results.

“Regardless of party, gender, race, or region of the Sunshine State, Floridians strongly support Amendment 4,” Dan Judy of North Star was quoted.

If approved, the amendment would restore voting rights to people with prior felony convictions upon completion of their sentences, including prison, parole, and probation. The automatic restoration would not apply to anyone convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense. The initiative will be on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.


For more information, see:
Voters overwhelmingly support felon voting rights amendment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 01, 2018

Contact: Todd Dennison,

Chairman, Libertarian Party of Sarasota County
Todddennison@yahoo.com

Bradenton, Fla. — The Libertarian Party of Florida calls for all communities to eliminate regulatory barriers to make housing more affordable.

“Libertarians should be dominating this issue,” said Todd Dennison, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Sarasota County. “We are compassionate individuals who value true economic freedom and seek true property rights to be restored, it just so happens that freedom and property rights are a solution to skyrocketing housing costs.” Dennison runs Dogecoin Not Bombs, an outreach program supported by crypto-currency donations.

Dennison said the 2016 Housing Development Toolkit correctly illustrates the barriers to affordable housing. Among the key findings were increases in rezonings from residential to commercial property uses and increases in regulatory constraints on property use. The report suggested many of the constraints, while well-intentioned to some, throttles availability of housing affordable to more residents.

“Local policies acting as barriers to housing supply include land use restrictions that make developable land much more costly than it is inherently, zoning restrictions, off-street parking requirements, arbitrary or antiquated preservation regulations, residential conversion restrictions, and unnecessarily slow permitting processes. The accumulation of these barriers has reduced the ability of many housing markets to respond to growing demand.” [1]

The same report found that just in the past 10 years, the share of very low-income renters paying more than half their income for rent increased to 7.7 million households nationwide. Since 1960, the percent of renters paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing more than doubled. [2]

The report offers several solutions familiar to Libertarians and a few we oppose. It suggests streamlining the construction approval process would get more housing on the market quicker, reducing cost of ownership. However, one recommendation is to force owners of vacant land to pay higher taxes. Libertarians strongly oppose any regulatory coercion.

 

[1] Housing Development Toolkit – (Sept. 26, 2016) – p. 2

[2] Housing Development Toolkit – (Sept. 26, 2016) – p. 7

For Immediate Release – April 29, 2018

Miami – Florida Libertarians are broadening the reach of the Libertarian message via the state’s “First Step” candidate recruitment program, state party Chairman Marcos Miralles said Saturday.

More than 50 LPF members have offered to run for local and regional offices Miralles said during the “Conversation with the Chair” Facebook event Saturday. First Step volunteers get the full support of the state party.

“We will support you, we will run your campaign, we will make sure you qualify,” Miralles said. “All you have to do is take part in this wave of Libertarians that can influence things around us.”

First Step seeks to fill vacancies in “lowest” levels of the state’s elected office including the boards of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Community Development Districts. More than 70 percent of these boards are vacant, he said. Filling these seats, Miralles told viewers, offers the greatest opportunity to introduce Libertarianism to the public. It is the actions taken by these boards that affect people’s lives, not politics.

“What matters is those in positions of power who put pen to paper and have an influence on all of our lives,” he said. The message of “you owning yourself and being able to live your life and do things as you please without hurting others, these are very important messages to promote,” he said.

Marc Golob, chairman of the LPF Fundraising Committee, said he’s been concentrating his efforts on fundraising from fellow EC members as well as “heavy hitters.”

“It’s very important for us to be fully engaged financially, Golob said. “A monthly reoccurring contribution to the LPF is vital to our movement forward. If that doesn’t happen, then I can’t really expect people outside that inner circle to contribute in an even bigger way.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 17, 2018

Tallahassee, Fla. – LPF Region 3 Representative Joshua Folsom told Leon County Commissioners their proposed “gun-show loophole” ordinance infringed on the rights of law-abiding gun owners while offering little additional safety.

Despite opposition from the overflow audience April 10, commissioners voted 6-1 to approve the new provisions, which prevent private transfer of firearms on any public accessible property including gun shows and garage sales, includes non-violent criminal history in background checks and requires a three-day waiting period on all purchases. It exempts CWP owners from the background checks.

A Leon County Sheriff’s Office analysis found several of the provisions would be difficult to enforce, including possession of a firearm while walking across the parking lot of a gun show. Sheriff Walt McNeil has said he lacks the staffing to police the provisions.

Folsom told commissioners the ordinance represents politics, not solutions.

“The body has not convinced me of any evidence in the agenda item that this addresses any need of our community,” Folsom said to commissioners. “These are the actions of people stuck in a resentful and contentious relationship with the people they claim to represent. It is clear to me that you resent this process, and us.”

Many of the 172 attendees opposed the ordinance, many noting it makes it illegal to exchange weapons in a parking lot. Several clergy spoke in favor comparing firearms to “idol worship.”

Folsom said the ordinance represented another example of officials making political capital from tragic events, not finding solutions to them.

“This is a victory lap for local officials on SB 7026,” Folsom said. “It has nothing to do with facts, reason, even safety. It has everything to do with opportunism, and emboldened politicians; which so far has brought out nothing but ugly behavior in our elected officials.”

CS / SB 7026, the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” was passed last month and limits gun sales to 21 years and older, bans possession of “bump stocks,’ and other provisions.

For more information, see:

https://www2.leoncountyfl.gov/coadmin/agenda/meet_peg.asp?id=853
https://lpf.org/2018/04/name-and-shame/

Author: J Mark Barfield

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 17, 2018

Today is Tax Day 2018, the day when most Floridians actually think about taxes. We hit “Send” or seal the envelope and it’s over for another year. Out of mind, if not out of wallet. Actually, we’ve just begun another year of paying to be Floridian, paying to be American.

What we often forget is we work to pay taxes much of the year. Even people who don’t work pay taxes. In addition to federal income taxes

  • We pay state and county sales taxes every time we buy something, even over the Internet;
  • When we fill up at the pump, we pay gasoline taxes to the state, county and often, the city;
  • Residents and business owners pay county and city property taxes, whether they own land or pay indirectly through rent. Sometimes you even pay something called “special district” taxes, for “special” things.
  • And school taxes, whether you have children or not, you will pay to educate others.

Sometimes it seems government is in business to tax, not to serve the public that created it to serve them!

According to The Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C. anti-tax think tank, the average Floridian worked until April 13 to pay all their federal, state and local taxes. More than a quarter of the year spent in working for government services. And what do you have to show for it? A few traffic lights, a park, maybe that policeman who gave you a speeding ticket? Do you get what you want for your tax dollars?

More astonishingly, The Tax Foundation estimates we now spend more on federal taxes than we spend to buy food. Add in state and local taxes to the tax bill, and each American now pays more to government than they pay for food, clothing and housing. We pay the government more to exist than we pay to survive.

“Taxes are Florida families’ single biggest expense, more than food, housing and clothing combined,” said Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro. “It’s important that they are kept informed about the changing size of their tax bill, so they can decide if they are getting the government they pay for.”

Why should we pay for what we don’t want? How much did you pay to drop those 105 bombs on Syria last week? At nearly $2 million each, pretty damn much. Despite the visuals of children and adults suffering, was it worth it to you?

Libertarians have a better idea: pay what you want to have. Want a car and be able to drive somewhere in relative safety? Check Box A. Want a policeman to come around to your house to check on a burglary? Pay a one-time fee. Want a park? Pay a fee to go to it. Want to send your kid to a “public school” instead of a “private” one? Pay a fee (they all become private as a result.)

Think about it.

Author: J Mark Barfield

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida legislators, with the help of FL Governor Rick Scott (R), recently passed and signed into law the largest act of gun control in decades. Many Republicans find themselves shocked that this act of gun-control was put into play, voted for, and signed by Florida Republicans. SB7026 included the ban of bump-stocks, increased the legal age to 21 for all guns, as well as increased the waiting period to obtain a firearm.

The Libertarian Party is now the only major political party that stands firm for the 2nd Amendment. We need your help voting these traitors out of office! It is time the FL voter takes this information and acts on it. These traitors need to go!

Liberty-lovers across this great state are sick of being told by RINO Republicans that they are the party of gun-supporters, then when elected, stab gun-owners in the back! The Republican Party has proven they are no longer the party for gun activists. Here is a comprehensive list of all the treasonous Florida Government Officials who made SB7026 law:

FL Senate Members Who Voted for SB7026:

  • Bean, Aaron (R) (District 4)
  • Benacquisto, Lizbeth (R) (District 27)
  • Book, Lauren (D) (District 32)
  • Bradley, Rob (R) (District 5)
  • Brandes, Jeff (R) (District 24)
  • Broxson, Doug (R) (District 1)
  • Flores, Anitere (R) (District 39)
  • Galvano, Bill (R) (District 21)
  • Garcia, Rene (R) (District 36)
  • Hutson, Travis (R) (District 7)
  • Mayfield (R) (District 17)
  • Montford, Bill (D) (District 3)
  • Negron, Joe (R) (District 25)
  • Passidomo, Kathleen (R) (District 28)
  • Perry, Keith (R) (District 8)
  • Rader, Kevin (D) (District 29)
  • Simmons, David (R) (District 9)
  • Simpson, Wilton (R) (District 10)
  • Stargel, Kelli (R) (District 22)
  • Young, Dana (R) (District 18)

FL House Members Who Voted for SB7026:

  • Ahern, Larry (R) (District 66)
  • Albritton, Ben (R) (District 56)
  • Altman, Thad (R) (District 52)
  • Avila, Bryan (R) (Distict 111)
  • Berman, Lori (D) (District 90)
  • Beshears, Halsey (R) (District 7)
  • Bileca, Michael (R) (District 115)
  • Boyd, Jim (R) (District 71)
  • Brodeur, Jason (R) (District 28)
  • Burgess, Daniel (R) (District 38)
  • Burton, Colleen (R) (District 40)
  • Clemons, Charles (R) (District 21)
  • Corcoran, Richard (R) (District 37)
  • Cortes, Bob (R) (District 30)
  • Cummings, Travis (R) (District 18)
  • Daniels, Kimberly (D) (District 14)
  • Diaz, Manny (R) (District 103)
  • Duran, Nicholas (D) (District 112)
  • Eagle, Dane (R) (District 77)
  • Edwards-Walpole, Katie (D) (District 98)
  • Fine, Randy (R) (District 53)
  • Fitzenhagen, Heather (R) (District 78)
  • Geller, Joseph (R) (District 100)
  • Goodson, Tom (R) (District 51)
  • Grant, Michael (R) (District 75)
  • Gruters, Joe (R) (District 73)
  • Hager, Bill (R) (District 89)
  • Harrell, Gayle (R) (District 83)
  • Harrison, Shawn (R) (District 63)
  • Jacobs, Kristin (D) (District 96)
  • Killebrew, Sam (R) (District 41)
  • La Rose, Mike (R) (District 42)
  • Latvala, Chris (R) (District 67)
  • Leek, Thomas (R) (District 25)
  • Magar, MaryLynn (R) (District 82)
  • Mariano, Amber (R) (District 36)
  • Massullo, Ralph (R) (District 34)
  • McClure, Lawrence (R) (District 58)
  • Metz, Larry (R) (District 32)
  • Moraitis, George (R) (District 93)
  • Moskowitz, Jared (D) (District 97)
  • Nunez, Jeanette (R) (District 119)
  • Oliva, Jose (R) (District 110)
  • Olszewski, Robert (R) (District 44)
  • Payne, Bobby (R) (District 19)
  • Perez, Daniel (R) (District 116)
  • Peters, Kathleen (R) (District 69)
  • Pigman, Cary (R) (District 55)
  • Plakon, Scott (R) (District 29)
  • Plasencia, Rene (R) (District 50)
  • Porter, Elizabeth (R) (District 10)
  • Raburn, Jake (R) (District 57)
  • Raschein, Holly (R) (District 120)
  • Renner, Paul (R) (District 24)
  • Rodrigues, Ray (R) (District 76)
  • Rommel, Bob (R) (District 106)
  • Roth, Rick (R) (District 85)
  • Santiago, David (R) (District 27)
  • Silvers, David (D) (District 87)
  • Slosberg, Emily (D) (District 91)
  • Sprowls, Chris (R) (District 65)
  • Stevenson, Cyndi (R) (District 17)
  • Sullivan, Jennifer (R) (District 31)
  • Toledo, Jackie (R) (District 60)
  • Trujillo, Carlos (R) (District 105)
  • Trumbull, Jay (R) (District 6)
  • Willhite, Matt (D) (District 86)

The information is in your hands now. Act on this! Let’s replace every one of these traitors with true statesmen who respect the 2nd Amendment!

Sources:
SB7026 Senate Vote

SB7026 House Vote

For Immediate Release April 10, 2018

Davenport, Fla. – Brandon Kneeld is the latest Libertarian elected into office in the state, taking 68 percent of the vote in the non-partisan election for City Commission Seat 2 here last week. Kneeld, 32, also becomes the first openly-gay candidate elected to office in this small Central Florida town.

“I’m just incredibly humbled they’re putting their trust in me,” Kneeld told The Ledger. “I’m just excited to try to do my part to keep Davenport a wonderful place to be.”

Kneeld, 32, becomes the 16th LPF member holding office in the state.

“It is admirable and motivational to hear Brandon Kneeld won this election,” said LPF Chairman Marcos Miralles. “I look forward to seeing Brandon grow in his community, personally and professionally, to encourage and create an environment for us everyday people to thrive in. Let us celebrate this success.”

Kneeld said after shifting between the two major parties over the past several years, he found only the Libertarian Party represented his true values.

“I’m actually relatively new as a member of the LP,” Kneeld said to the LPF News. “I’ve long believed in personal liberty and responsibility but was content to find that within the two-party system. During the 2016 election it became clear to me that neither party had any real interest in these core values and so I moved to the LP as the party with the platform that most closely aligned with my personal beliefs.”

Kneeld’s campaign slogan “Kneeld Knows” focused on issues he knew were most important to Davenport residents: Infrastructure, managed growth and business development. Kneeld said small towns offer terrific opportunities for introducing the LP principals of greater personal freedom with lesser government intrusion to a wider voting audience.

“It just happened to be that this year presented the best opportunity for me to get involved in government here in Davenport,” Kneeld said. “Being a still small town of just 5000 people I was able to run the campaign primarily on my own and focused my efforts on voters who had requested absentee ballots or were known to have voted in recent municipal elections.

“Although the race was nonpartisan, I maintained a message of liberty and smart government that was well received. Davenport is going through a lot of changes, it’s the fastest growing city in Polk County and is slated to double its population in the next few years, and the residents recognize that those ideals are the best way to move forward with that growth.”

– Author: J Mark Barfield

For Immediate Release April 7, 2018

Gainesville, Fla. – LPF Director At-Large 2 Chris Rose II appeared before the Alachua County Commission this week opposing raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes. “Am I any more of an adult than somebody else?” Rose asked.

“It’s going to affect other American adults,” said Rose. “It’s going to affect American adults living right here in Alachua county. My question to y’all is ‘Why don’t those adults have the same rights as I do?’ Am I more of an adult than they are because I’m over a certain age?”

County commissioners met March 27 to discuss raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes from the current 18 to 21 years of age. The review came at the request of the Alachua County Health Care Advisory board that also wants a thousand-foot buffer zone between stores that sell tobacco and schools.

Tuesday, Rose challenged commissioners if they planned to define “adult” as someone older than 21 years. “Or are you going to just pick and choose what we want them to do?”

Commissioners requested Interim County Attorney Sylvia E. Torres to draft an ordinance and schedule a public hearing.

– J. Mark Barfield (Author)

Statement of the Libertarian Party of Florida after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

The Libertarian Party of Florida expresses its deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and the entire community in the wake of the mass murder that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Our hearts go out to all of those affected as we attempt to make sense of the events which took so many innocent lives. As libertarians, we abhor violence and those who use force to meet their political and social agendas at the cost of others. We believe that people deserve a society which respects their rights, values peace and prosperity, and rejects violence.

The unfortunate side effect of this cowardly act is the push for restricting inalienable rights enumerated in the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution. Authoritarian policies are ineffective at preventing these kinds of violence, yet Republican and Democrat officials are already promoting legislation which would infringe on the right of adults to purchase, own, and carry firearms.

To punish peaceful people due to the actions of a deranged criminal is an affront to the founding principles of this great nation. The natural right of self-defense must never be attacked using collectivist logic. Rather than creating new legislation and fomenting irrational fears, we believe that Americans should treat personal safety as personal responsibility. The events in Parkland show the folly of trusting government with our security, and to respond with legislation restricting adults to defend themselves is irrational.

We, the Libertarian Party of Florida, condemn these irrational actions in both Tallahassee and Washington D.C., We stand as the only political party 100% dedicated to preserving the right of citizens to defend themselves in the manner they chose, and we pledge to never betray this principle. As Libertarians, we stand for all natural rights, all of the time, especially this sacred right that ensures mankind has the means to protect all of their other rights. We encourage Floridians to be brave in the face of evil, to fight back, and to never compromise on the Bill of Rights.

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