Sept. 12, 2018

Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida


ORLANDO – Noted Libertarian author Tom Woods and Libertarian Party National Vice Chair Alex Merced will be featured speakers at a fundraiser for the Libertarian Party of Florida in October.

The fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 2018 in Orlando. Tickets are $55 until Sept. 28, when they will be $60.

Woods hosts the popular The Tom Woods Show podcast and author of a dozen books on the economy and conservative philosophy. Among them are bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

A frequent guest on national television, Woods also appears regularly on radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Michael Medved Show.

Woods holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. He is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama and a member of the editorial board for the Institute’s Libertarian Papers. Woods moved to Central Florida from Kansas in 2016.

Merced is an author, blogger, marketing consultant and financial industry corporate trainer. In 2008, Merced started his YouTube channel to introduce Libertarian ideas such as individual liberty and free markets. Merced also curated many of his videos at, and In 2016, Merced started Merliva LLC, a consulting company for social media marketing. Merced is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where he got his bachelor’s in Popular Culture studies.

Merced was elected as Vice Chair at the 2018 New Orleans National Convention. His past service includes Media Chair of the Manhattan Libertarian Party in 2018 and bids for state office. Merced is senior policy advisor to the Larry Sharpe gubernatorial campaign and currently lives in New York.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 13 at Cuba Libre Restaurant, Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Dr, Orlando. Tickets are here:–alex-merced-2138717556.

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

August 23, 2018
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida


MIAMI – In November, Florida voters will be asked to make 13 important decisions. These issues range from the complicated to the simple. But the choices you will be forced to make are not all simple.

But in fact, voters will be asked to make 24 separate decisions. This is because the Florida Constitution Revision Commission had few restrictions on the proposals it placed on the ballot. Citizen proposals must first be filtered through a “super-majority” vote of 22 of the 37 political appointees on the FCRC. The FCRC then combined proposals based along the thinnest of lines.

As a result, most of the FCRC proposals contain two or three unrelated topics, a practice they called “bundling.” We call it “bunk.” These combinations can vary comically such as choosing ban both offshore drilling ban and indoor “vaping.” These are clearly unrelated and many voters may support one but not the other. Many Florida voters will face such conflicting choices they may skip over some ballot items altogether.

The Libertarian Party of Florida applauds citizens who come forward to recommend changes to their Constitution. But 2018 illustrates the current ballot initiative system is horribly broken. There’s got to be a better way.

The LPF urges the FCRC to be revamped to have the citizens elect the “super-majority” of its members. The LPF urges that all unique proposals are presented separately so voters can make decisions they desire, not those that are steered by political appointees.

Together, we can control our future once we are allowed to make responsible choices: Choices free of special-interest restrictions.

– J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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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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