July 31, 2018

Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida

MIAMI – Sacha DuBearn, past Director for the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade, was sworn in as councilman on the Coconut Grove Village Council last night.

Bill Weld, Abigail DuBearn, Gary Johnson, Sacha Dubearn

DuBearn, a local entrepreneur, will complete a four-year term caused by a vacancy.

LPF Chairman and long-time DuBearn friend says the city is fortunate to have him serve.

2017 LPMD Fliers

“The DuBearns have been very supportive of the LPF, its candidates, and our vision to empower communities throughout the state, said Miralles. “It was an honor to have worked on his campaign in Miami, and it is a privilege to consider the DuBearns not only friends in liberty, but family when away from the political playing field.”

DuBearn is an active member of the Miami-Dade affiliate, both as a contributor and frequent host to fundraisers in the home he shares with his wife Abigail. The DuBearns regularly participate in community causes, especially many West Grove neighborhood projects.

“Sacha DuBearn on the Coconut Grove Village Council is a win for Libertarians across the country, but most importantly, a win for the West Grove community, a community that has been abandoned by the city of Miami for far too long,” Miralles said.

DuBearn moved to Coconut Grove in the 1990s following a devastating car accident which led him to become a life-long advocate for beneficial uses of marijuana and cannabinoids. Also a longtime advocate of environmental issues in his town, DuBearn was the only 2017 candidate pledging to investigate the dumping of toxic waste in residential neighborhoods by the City of Miami.

— By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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July 13, 2018

Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida


Miami – State delegates proclaim this month’s Libertarian Party National Convention in New Orleans was a new high mark for the Libertarian Party of Florida.

“It was a very humbling experience to see how diverse everyone was and how they were still able to work together to accomplish common goals, regardless of their differences” said LPF Chairman Marcos Miralles. “I really appreciated hearing Larry Sharpe’s comments that Florida is leading the way for the Libertarian Party in growth and development of elected officials.”

Among the Florida Delegation were LPF Executive Committee members Vice Chair Omar Recuero, Treasurer Fred Coulter, Region 1 Rep Spenser Garber of Santa Rosa County, Reg 2 Rep Mari Morrell of Orange County, Reg 9 Rep George Lebovitz, Reg 12 Rep John Shuey Reg 13 Rep Suzanne Gilmore, Reg 14 Rep Martha Bueno of Miami-Dade, At-Large Directors Greg Peele of Orange County and Steven Nekhaila of Monroe County. Multiple candidates for elected office were also in the Florida delegation: Shaun P Kunz, seeking Seminole County Soil and Water Conservation District, Group 5; Derek Ryan, seeking Orange County Soil & Water District: Seat 4; and John Olivadoti Jr., running for Brevard County Soil & Water, Group 2.

Two LPF members were elected to national offices. Nekhaila was elected LP Region 2 Director and Altamonte Springs City Commissioner Jim Turney was elected to the Judicial Committee. Miralles said he is working with re-elected LP Chairman Nicholas Sarwark to develop fundraisers and other joint projects.

Several delegates reported the workshops and connections made will aid in the development of their affiliates and the overall advancement of the LPF.

“Overall, my experience in New Orleans was fantastic,” Garber said. “I also attended a few breakout sessions, where I learned quite a bit about messaging and fundraising. All-in-all, I gained tons of new knowledge that I plan on using to exponentially grow my region.”

“My takeaway is that the value is in the sidebar,” said Angela Alexander Kunz of Seminole County. “I had so many great conversations with people, made good connections, and learned a lot about what’s working for other states. Libertarians are more than the sum of our Facebook posts, and connecting in person was invaluable.”

“Gladly, the 2018 convention was a great success in fundraising and bridging divides in the LP, said Turney. “Spirits and attendance were high. It was better than expected in every way!”

The 2020 LP National Convention is scheduled for Austin, Texas.

  • J Mark Barfield, Staff Writer


Rob Tolp, Chairman
Libertarian Party of Collier County
Phone: 239-200-0067

Naples, Fla. – Collier County Libertarians took to, 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 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.”


May 8, 2018

Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida

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 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


May 01, 2018

Contact: Todd Dennison,

Chairman, Libertarian Party of Sarasota County

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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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.

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Author: J Mark Barfield


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!

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