Libertarian Party of Florida Condemns Murder of Dallas Police Officers

Florida Libertarians denounce targeted killings of Dallas Police officers

Bradenton, Florida, July 8, 2016 – This morning, Americans woke up to the tragic killing of 5 Dallas, Texas police officers who were targeted by a sniper during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest march. The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) condemns the actions of the sniper which are in an apparent misguided retaliation for the recent events of police in other areas of the country who have killed innocent black men. In separate instances in the last week, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were gunned down by police in Louisiana and Minnesota respectively. Although the LPF is strongly against what the police did in those instances, the LPF denounces the killing of innocent police officers.

LPF Chair, Char-Lez Braden said this morning, “We resolutely stand against the use of violence to achieve a political end. What happened in Dallas is a symptom of a bigger problem, which is that law enforcement has strayed from its primary mission of protecting the rights of all citizens. I call upon elected officials everywhere to restore that mission.”

Also earlier this morning, Libertarian National Committee Chair, Nicholas Sarwark, did a live feed on Facebook saying, “Killing people doesn’t fix killing people. It is terrible that people would decide to sully their memory [Castile and Sterling] by killing police officers who were providing the security at a protest in honor of the people who died.” He went on to say, “You can’t murder innocent people because innocent people got murdered.”

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Libertarians nominate Gary Johnson as their presidential pick
Libertarian National Convention in Florida is largest in party history

Orlando, FL (May 31, 2016) – Libertarian delegates from all over the nation gathered to select their nominees for President and Vice President for the upcoming 2016 election. On Sunday, May 29th, the delegates selected former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson for their presidential candidate, and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld for their vice presidential candidate.

“Floridians that want fiscal responsibility, sound international policy, and government out of their personal affairs, now have that choice in the Johnson/Weld ticket. They bring a tremendous amount of government experience being former governors.” said Char-Lez Braden, Chair of the LPF.

The 2016 Libertarian National Convention was most well attended convention in the history of the party. Nearly 1,000 delegates were present during the selection process. The convention was also attended by different people from various states who were not delegates. There were vendors, student organizations, women’s rights organizations along with various pro-liberty organizations. The convention was covered by both local and major media–over 250 media outlets–during most of the convention, including the presidential debate, which was televised live on C-SPAN.

Membership numbers for the Libertarian Party have dramatically increased over the past two years as have the number of registered Libertarian voters. The diversity of the party has has also increased and that diversity could be seen throughout the weekend. Overall, the popularity of the party has never been higher. This comes at a time when, the overall lack of popularity among the Democrat and Republican parties is at an all time low. Statistically speaking, various polls, search queries and social media trends say more and more voters are seeking a third option.

Currently, the Libertarian Party is the ballot in 32 states, which include Florida. Because of hard work by Libertarians here in Florida, ballot access is constitutional. Throughout the weekend, the Libertarian Party fundraised hundreds of thousands of dollars to continue to fund efforts to secure ballot access in all 50 states. The Libertarian Party is the only other party that will be on the ballot in all 50 states. It is simply a matter of time to make it official.

Make no mistake, the National convention was a historic event and this year the party will shake up the political landscape of this country. We believe that our candidates can and will be elected all over the country. The party is very financially sound and the number of registered Libertarian voters is higher than ever, here in Florida and across the U.S. Even if we not are victorious at our bid for the White House, we will leave an everlasting impact.

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For immediate release 2016-05-03

Alison Foxall
Libertarian Party of Florida
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The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) Votes to Support Medical Marijuana Constitutional Amendment 2 on the November 2016 Ballot
LPF Executive Committee says “Yes on 2”

Panama City, FL (May 3, 2016) – On Sunday, May 1st, The LPF Executive Committee passed a resolution to support Amendment 2, which will be on the general election ballot for November. The purpose of Amendment 2 is to allow the use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions. If passed, it will create a process for Floridians, with the recommendation of a doctor, to legally access marijuana as an alternative medicine. The amendment also establishes that the Florida Department of Health will have regulatory oversight of production and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes. They will also issue identification cards to patients and caregivers.

“There is no reason to deny those in need of medical treatment” states Char-Lez Braden, Chair of the LPF. “Nor should anyone seeking to alleviate their symptoms fear prosecution or be deemed a criminal. It just makes sense that medical marijuana becomes legal. They should not be forced to choose between their life or jail.”

Since its inception in 1987, The Libertarian Party of Florida has always advocated for the decriminalization of cannabis. While it has taken time for overall public perception to change, the tides are turning across the country in support of decriminalizing its use. One thing that remains certain, is that the “war on drugs” has been an abject failure since it began during the Nixon administration.

Today, over 24 states in the U.S. have enacted some form of decriminalization of cannabis, most of which were accomplished by citizen ballot initiatives to allow for either recreational or medicinal use. Several more states are considering decriminalization efforts, either by ballot initiative or through furthering state enacted legislation. There are also discussions at the Federal level about re-classifying or even removing cannabis from the controlled substances list. The increased demand for cannabis, based on its medical benefits, has disproved the biggest argument of those who support prohibition. While there have been no reported due to marijuana use here in Florida, prescription drug deaths are epidemic.

The LPF recognizes this issue is greater than cannabis, it’s about helping those in need. For many years in Florida, both major parties have ignored their constituents when it came to this very topic. Now, the measure is on the 2016 ballot and will be up to Florida voters to decide. The LPF will continue to advocate for ending drug prohibition in the Sunshine State and understands that change takes time. This is a slow, but important step for progressing individual liberty in Florida.

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For immediate release 2016-04-20

Alison Foxall
Libertarian Party of Florida
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info@lpf.org
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The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) Welcomes Newly Elected Executive Committee Members
Executive Committee Members were elected at the Annual LPF State Convention

On Sunday, April 17th, Executive Committee members gathered for their first meeting for the 2016-2017 year after being elected the week prior at the Annual LPF State Convention.

The Annual LPF State Convention was the most attended ever, having about 160 registered attendees, and 126 registered delegates. Membership is up 16% statewide from last year’s convention.

The current Secretary, Suzanne Gilmore, ran for re-election and won unopposed, as did the Treasurer, James Morris, also winning unopposed. Russ Wood, was elected to Director at Large 2. The results are as follows for the Regional Representatives: James Campbell, Region 1; Anna Marie Morris, Region 2; Joshua Folsom, Region 3; Ryan Ramsey, Region 4; James Chipman, Region 5; Region 6 is presently vacant; Robert Schlotman, Region 7; Stacey Selleck, Region 8; George Lebovitz, Region 9; Darlene Underwood, Region 10; Audrey Cappozi, Region 11; Robert A Enright II, Region 12; Karl Dickey, Region 13; and Steven Nekhaila, Region 14.

Delegates from across the state came to not only run for LPF positions, but also to attend the highly anticipated Presidential Debate, debated by Gov. Gary Johnson, Dr. Marc Allan Feldman, Darryl Perry, and Austin Petersen, while moderated by George Phillies, current Chair of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts. A straw poll was conducted immediately after, the results in favor of Johnson with 41 votes, Petersen with 29, Feldman with 8, and Perry with 7.

The State Delegation also elected 53 Delegates and 53 alternates to represent the LPF at the Libertarian National Convention that is being held in Orlando, FL, May 26-30. There, Florida delegates will vote for the 2016 presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party, which will offer Florida voters the best alternative to the two major party candidates.

The Libertarian Party of Florida emerged from the convention poised to have exceptional results during the 2016 election season.

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For immediate release 2016-03-16

Alison Foxall
Libertarian Party of Florida
1-855-FLA FREE (855-352-3733)
info@lpf.org
lpf.org

Florida Libertarians offer best likely alternative to Trump and Clinton

This morning, March 16, 2016, Floridians are waking up to the realization Donald Trump has won the Florida Republican Primary and Hillary Clinton as the winner in the state’s Democratic Party Primary. The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) is offering Floridians credible alternatives for those not interested in voting for Trump or Clinton in the November 2016 presidential election.

Char-Lez Braden, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida, said, “We are proud to offer Floridians far better alternatives to the two old party candidates and welcome voters to see which candidates are most in line with their personal value system. Floridians, as well as Americans, are fed-up with establishment politics and are seeking better alternatives to lead the nation.” The national Libertarian Party will select their presidential nominee at their national convention happening in Orlando, Florida on May 28, 2016.

The top field of Libertarian presidential candidates are Dr. Marc Allan Feldman, Governor Gary Johnson, John McAfee, and Austin Petersen. The candidates will appear in the first nationally televised Libertarian Party Presidential Debate on April 1, 2016 via Fox Business Network at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. Dr. Feldman is a well-respected physician at the Cleveland Clinic owner of Openivo, Inc. Johnson is a two-term Governor of New Mexico and a self-made millionaire businessman. He was the Libertarian nominee in 2012 and received 1.3 million votes. McAfee is well known as the developer of the first commercial anti-virus program which bears his name. Petersen used to work at Libertarian Party national headquarters and now runs the popular new magazine, The Libertarian Republic.

Many of the Libertarian Party Presidential candidates will be attending and speaking at the Libertarian Party of Florida’s state convention in West Palm Beach, Florida in April 2016.

While the number of registered voters for the Florida Democratic and Republican candidates declined from 2014 to 2015, the number of registered Libertarian voters has increased. This further shows that Florida voters are moving away from the two older parties and move to the growing Libertarian movement. In a 2015 Gallup survey, 27 percent of Americans identified themselves as being libertarian.

About the Libertarian Party of Florida: The Libertarian Party of Florida values human life and the right of all people to live in peace. All members of the LPF are required to declare “I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals” thus putting the LPF far out in front of any other party’s commitment to nonviolent political action.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT 22, 2015

Alison Foxall
Libertarian Party of Florida
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info@lpf.org
www.lpf.org

 

The Libertarian Party of Florida applauds the approval of the Solar Choice ballot initiative

Libertarians encourage freedom of choice for individuals

Panama City, FL – The language proposed by the Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative was approved today by the Florida Supreme Court. The proposed amendment may now be placed on the ballot for the 2016 election provided that all 683,149 required signatures are collected and verified before February 1, 2016.

Floridians for Solar Choice is a coalition of several free market organizations including the Libertarian Party of Florida. Char-Lez Braden, Chair of The Libertarian Party of Florida says, “We are really happy to see the court affirm that the people of Florida should have a choice in their electrical power regulation. We will be working to see that this amendment is passed to enable a much needed competition component to the electrical generation industry and thus providing more options for the individual consumer.”

Current Florida law explicitly denies citizens and businesses the freedom to buy power directly from someone other than a private or public electric utility company. Florida is one of only four states that has such a law on record and will allow companies such as Solar City to enter the Florida market enabling Floridians more control of their energy needs.

About the Libertarian Party of Florida: The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) takes a “live and let live” approach to public policy. We believe that, at most, governments should exist only to defend and protect the rights and freedoms of individuals, thus putting the LPF far out in front of any other party’s commitment to nonviolent political action.

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