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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 25, 2019

Contact: Marcos Miralles,

Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida

chair@lpf.org

 

MIAMI – It is no joking matter: every day, thousands of consenting adults are charged with the crime of engaging in “sexual acts” with other consenting adults.

Why? Because two adults engaged in an activity deemed immoral by lawmakers. No one is harmed; yet still a “vice” by those who believe their choices are better than our own. Subsequently, the criminal prosecution system drains the bank accounts of ruined lives.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel J. Kerr

And law enforcement officials just love busting people engaged in “vice,” both vendor and client. They coordinate “stings” with each other. They conduct covert surveillance to observe adults engaging in sex acts. They arrest bunches of people and hold press conferences. They appear indignant and self-satisfied, satisfied that they were able to watch two consenting adults have sex. And arrest ‘em for doing so.

Why? Because two adults engaged in consensual activity that entailed the transfer of funds. If no funds were transferred, what these folks choose to do would be perfectly “legal.”

Last week, a notable sports figure fell victim to one of these stings in Jupiter, Fla. Jokes flew, but what is no joking matter is innocent people had their lives turned upside down. While there were allegations of something called “sex trafficking,” no one was arrested for kidnapping or slavery – two acts commonly associated with the trafficking of humans. No arrests.

So why then? Why do we continue to criminalize consensual conduct? It’s time to ask ourselves that question and answer it: let’s end all criminalization of consensual sexual acts, whether or not commerce is involved.

 

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 1, 2019
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

MIAMI – In the Jan. 31 Raw Story article titled, “WATCH: Libertarian activist stalks and harasses county-employed janitor until he cries and quits,” the use of the word “libertarian” does not accurately convey the beliefs of the Libertarian Party of Florida.

The subject of the article, Ian McGuire of Charlotte County, Fla., is described as a “libertarian activist” in the caption and a “libertarian first amendment ‘auditor’ ” in the lede. Mr. McGuire’s filmed anti-government exploits has thousands of YouTube followers. Mr. McGuire came to notoriety in 2017 appearing at the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Offices shouting “God bless the shooter. It’s a good thing he did.” He was also seen wearing a sign that said, “2 cops dead in Orlando, God bless the shooter.” These comments refer to the accused murderer of two law enforcement officers in Orange County that year.


Ian McGuire seen standing outside CCSO days after murders

In the Raw Story article, Mr. McGuire is quoted confronting a Charlotte County employee, accusing him of filming Mr. McGuire. The janitor became upset, and reportedly resigned. The quotes came from Mr. McGuire’s own YouTube video of the confrontation. Mr. McGuire’s account was subsequently suspended.

To clarify, Mr. McGuire is not a registered Libertarian Party voter. Mr. McGuire is registered with the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections as an NPA – “No Party Affiliation.”

The differences between “libertarian” thinking and Libertarian Party members are often confused. To the minds of many, they are one and the same. They are not. While there are always overlaps of philosophy in many belief systems, many of Mr. McGuire’s beliefs do not represent Libertarianism.

Certainly, Libertarian Party members embrace free speech wholeheartedly. To that end, Mr. McGuire is free to film any public activity and any public employee. Libertarians also oppose violence for any reason other than self-defense. Indeed, party members are asked to pledge their support the NAP – the “Non-Aggression Principle.” This policy eschews any act of aggression except in preservation of life or property. Mr. McGuire’s comments and actions endorse violence and violent acts. These are not even “libertarian,” a principle of responsible freedom of choice, let alone Libertarian.

Everyone who believes in life, liberty and the pursuit of freedom is encouraged to join the Libertarian Party – including libertarians.

Marcos Miralles, Chairman,
Libertarian Party of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 11, 2019
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

 

MIAMI – Libertarian Party of Florida affiliates will join with Libertarian affiliates around the nation this weekend to respond to the federal government’s failure to fulfill its commitment to the public.

Brevard and Sarasota County Libertarians will be out working to maintain local national parks in response to the ongoing “Government Shutdown” which furloughed park maintenance employees. Through LP volunteering, visitors will see what “We the people” can do for the Republic, rather than waiting for the Republic to serve the people.

Sarasota Libertarians will meet at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Brevard Libertarians will meet Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. at the Apollo Visitor Center at Cape Canaveral National Seashore, 7611 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach.

“This is a great opportunity actually,” said Mike Avi, Membership Chairman at the LPF. “We’re not just forging bonds with our local communities through service. We’re showing them how voluntary action is just as efficient as the government at solving the needs of our communities.”

 

Canaveral Nat’l Seashore LPBC Cleanup

“We have a history of beach cleanups here in Brevard many of which have been maintained by local programs that still need help,” said John Olivadoti Jr., chairman of the Libertarian Party of Brevard County. “This national park is directly affected by the shutdown and we feel it’s a great opportunity to practice what we preach and show the public that private ownership can still maintain the beauty of our environment.”

“It sounded like fun,” said James M. Ray, a Sarasota Libertarian and cleanup event organizer. “A few of the participants may have a relative buried there so it will have special meaning for them.”

Libertarian National Park Cleanups have spread throughout the country in the past few days. From the National Mall in Washington D.C. to Yosemite National Park in California, Libertarians are working to replace government services.

The National Park Cleanup also inspired Libertarian affiliates to clean up local parks as well. Orange County Libertarians will join other

Lake Apopka Nature Drive LPOC Cleanup

community organizations Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Lake Apopka Nature Drive. 2849 Lust Rd, Apopka.

“Libertarians across the country are stepping up to clean up federal parks due to the government shutdown,” says Derek Ryan, Orange County LP chair. “Since we don’t have any federal parks in Orange County, we decided to partner with the City of Apopka and the Boy Scouts to clean up a city property that will soon be a new park. If we want to reduce government then we must be willing to volunteer our time in our communities and be an example.”

For more information and to volunteer, please see:

Canaveral Seashore Visitor Center Cleanup: https://www.facebook.com/events/293096901406434/

Sarasota Cemetery Cleanup: https://www.facebook.com/events/2354060538159337/

Lake Apopka Cleanup: https://www.facebook.com/events/519515848536887/

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 14, 2018
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

MIAMI – With more than a half million votes cast for Florida Libertarians this week, state Chairman Marcos Miralles said the election was a success.

Miralles

“The contributions from our volunteers and our donors have created an environment for the Libertarian Party of Florida to provide great results!” Miralles said today. “This year, Florida became the state with the most elected Libertarians in the United States and added to that number on election day to continue to not only be an example for other Libertarian state parties to learn from but also in giving our communities a voice for those who feel unheard.”

Unofficial results from Tuesday showed 557,142 votes were cast for Libertarian candidates, providing us with the following victories:

  • Michael Cassidy – Clay Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

Chipman (and family)

  • James Chipman – Bartram Springs Community Development District in Duval County.
  • Shawn Elliott – Indian River County Soil and Water Conservation District Board.
  • Larry Allen Schneck – Osceola County Soil and Water Conservation District Seat 3

 

These Libertarians were elected without opposition:

  • Wayne Barricklow – Martin County Soil & Water Conservation District 5
  • Martha Bueno – West Kendall Community Council
  • Samantha Bruntjen – Collier County Soil & Water Conservation District Group 3
  • David DeForest – Charlotte County Soil & Water Conservation District 2
  • Rob Tolp – Collier County Soil & Water Conservation District Group 5
  • Jose Vigoreaux Jr. – South Dade Soil & Water Conservation District, Seat 5
  • Thomas Warfel – Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District, Seat 1
  • Jeremy Weinstock – South Dade Soil & Water Conservation District, Seat 3

 

Elliott attributed his success to community activism. “Why did I win? My activism and involvement in my community,” he said. “It’s crucial.”

Elliott

Cassidy admitted his win caught him by surprise. “I was definitely not expecting a win,” said Cassidy. “My opponent Richard Russell had great success at the position, so he had the edge in experience and knowledge.”

“I wasn’t able to advertise, based on the way that I filed,” said Cassidy. “I’m learning to run before I can walk when it comes to politics. I relied on personal contacts, word of mouth and networking with people in my immediate area.”

Elliott and Cassidy said they plan to make the Libertarian voice heard.

“My plans are to make sure we are operating efficiently with as little drain on the taxpayer as possible,” Elliott said.

Cassidy

“I aim to push the Clay Soil and Water Board into the tech age while maintaining the integrity of the seat,” said Cassidy.

Miralles said the Libertarian voice is growing. “Libertarians are now in positions to lead our communities, while also managing millions of dollars in municipal budgets. You wanted a viable third Party? Now you’ve got one.”

Miralles said recruiting for 2020 is underway. This past weekend, Councilwoman Courtney Omega of the Coconut Grove Village Council, announced her bid for U.S. House District 24.

Counties have until Nov. 18 to submit their final results to the Florida Department of State Division of Elections. Several counties are performing recounts, including hand counts.

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 1, 2018

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

MIAMI – When you vote this week, please support the Libertarian Party of Florida First Step Program. The program was created earlier this year to establish Libertarian leadership in communities throughout the state. The goals of the program are to spread the message of a responsible form of governance, to empower individuals, and to create an environment for all people to thrive.

Several First Steppers were already placed in office in the primaries. Those appearing on the General Election ballot next week are:

Alachua County: Chris Rose, II – Alachua County Soil and Water Conservation District
Duval County:  James Chipman – Bartram Springs Community Development District, Seat 2
Indian River: Shawn Elliott – Indian River County Soil and Water Conservation District, Seat 1
Madison County: Martha Carter – Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District, Seat 1
Pasco County: Phil Kimball – Oakstead Community Development District, Seat 1
Suwannee County: Jordan Blake Bosserman – Suwannee County Conservation District Group 4

“I will always be a voice for the free-market, private property rights, and the need for individuals to step up and do more to change the culture in society as a whole in how we address conservation,” said Rose.

This is Elliott’s first bid for public office. Elliott said Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors can play an important role in their community. “I hope to influence local agricultural people to make smarter watering and fertilizing choices,” he said. “To make sure they’re informed about the inevitable legalization of hemp and the benefits it can have in our fragile ecosystem.”

First Step team members are: Marc Golob, LPF’s Fundraising Chair; Angela Alexander Kunz, Solutions Consultant; Marialexandra Garcia, Candidates Committee Chair; Chaz Sanders, Communications Committee Chair; LPF Secretary Brandi Hicks and Alexandre Crevaux, program coordinator.

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 17, 2018
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

 

Amendment 9, if approved, would ban both offshore drilling and indoor vaping as though they have anything to do with each other! The “Florida Ban Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Ban Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces Amendment” is perhaps the best example of what is wrong with the November ballot. Different subjects are combined forcing many voters to choose between things they like and things they do not. In this case, we like neither and suggest a NO vote. We’ll look at both proposals individually, even though we cannot vote on them separately.

Ban Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces (Proposal 65:) Adds use of vapor-generating electronic devices to current prohibition of tobacco smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces with exceptions; permits more restrictive local vapor ordinances.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA PLATFORM

PREAMBLE
Libertarians seek a society based on personal liberty and responsibility—a society in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives. This most desirable method of organizing society is the natural order that arises when the unalienable rights of individuals to life, liberty and property ownership are respected and protected.

People have the right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and pursue happiness in whatever manner they choose so long as they do not forcibly or fraudulently interfere with the equal rights of others. Libertarians welcome the peace, prosperity, and diversity that freedom brings.

V. VICE LAWS
1. Government should confine itself to protecting individuals from aggression, coercion and deceit. We oppose all laws and regulations that attempt to protect individuals from the consequences of their own behavior. While not necessarily condoning such activities, we advocate the repeal of all laws criminalizing gambling, possession and sale of drugs, and sexual relations between consenting adults. All those presently incarcerated or ever convicted solely for the commission of these victimless crimes should be pardoned and their records expunged.
2. Voluntary communities may enforce rules that prohibit certain activities to which all members subscribe, such as substance-free dorms.

X. ENVIRONMENT
2. We call for the restoration of every individual’s ancient, common law standing to sue for trespass any individual, business, government or other group that pollutes his or her property.
4. We support efforts to hold all individuals, businesses and governments accountable for the pollution they cause.

XI. HEALTH CARE
1. The most fundamental property right is an individual’s right to own and control his or her own body. All individuals have the right to determine their own health care needs and treatment. Government has no constitutional authority to interfere with the practitioner/patient relationship.

DISCUSSION

Florida voters banned smoking of tobacco products indoors with some exclusions such as bars in 2002. This proposal would include electronic tobacco “vaping” to that prohibition. Evidence of vaping harm is inconclusive and there is no evidence of the harm of “second-hand vaping.” We believe this is a choice for each establishment and its patrons to make. We do not believe such personal choices as smoking in public should be enforced in the state Constitution. We would vote NO on this proposal.

Ban Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling (Proposal 91:) Prohibits drilling for the exploration or extraction of oil and natural gas beneath all state-owned waters between the mean high-water line and the state’s outermost territorial boundaries.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA PLATFORM

I. STATE GOVERNMENT
5. State government should be removed entirely from the licensing process, including occupational licensing. It has produced no better results than private licensing and amounts to another tax.4

III. COURTS
2. We support restitution for victims of crimes or civil infractions at the expense of the perpetrator. The victim should have the right to pardon the perpetrator, provided the victim is not threatened or coerced.

X. ENVIRONMENT
2. We call for the restoration of every individual’s ancient, common law standing to sue for trespass any individual, business, government or other group that pollutes his or her property.

DISCUSSION

This proposal would permanently ban exploration and extraction of oil and natural gas drilling in the state’s territorial coastal waters. State law now bans oil drilling within a mile offshore of any submerged land within a bay, estuary, rivers, state parks, etc. In part it attempts to block federal authority to permit drilling in Florida’s coastal areas. This proposal also eliminates the ability of the Legislature to respond to a critical need or even safer drilling technology. We certainly want our beautiful state to remain beautiful, but we do not believe this is the best way to do it. We would vote NO on this proposal if we could.

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct 17, 2018
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

 

The seventh ballot proposal Florida voters will consider this November is the impossibly-named “Florida First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits, Supermajority Board Votes for College Fees, and State College System Amendment.” Even though we agree with one of the three proposals, because they are combined we recommend a No vote. Let’s take a look at each component.

Supermajority Board Votes for College Fees (Proposal 44:) Requires supermajority votes by university trustees and state university system board of governors to raise or impose all legislatively authorized fees if law requires approval by those bodies.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA PLATFORM

I. STATE GOVERNMENT
6. We advocate a sunset law requiring an automatic end to most government offices, agencies, departments, laws, regulations, taxes, and expenditures within ten years if not reauthorized.
VI. TAXES
1. The legislature should find more voluntary means of supporting state services, such as lotteries and user fees.

DISCUSSION

This proposal assures there must be strong backing to approve state college and university fee hikes. It requires nine of the 13 members of a state college’s Board of Trustees to propose a new fee or a fee increase. If the fee is also subject to Board of Governors approval, 12 of those 17 BOG members would also have to approve increase.
We absolutely agree it should always be difficult to raise any public fee or tax. If we could, we’d vote YES for P44, but unfortunately, we will not be able to do so.

Florida First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits (Proposal 49:) Grants mandatory payment of death benefits and waiver of certain educational expenses to qualifying survivors of certain first responders and military members who die performing official duties.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA PLATFORM

I. STATE GOVERNMENT
In the absence of a declaration of war by the United States Congress, for any purpose other than natural disaster relief, we oppose any use of Florida troops by the federal government without the approval of both the Florida Legislature and Governor.

VI. TAXES
The legislature should find more voluntary means of supporting state services, such as lotteries and user fees.

DISCUSSION

This would assure state-funded death benefits for any first responder killed in the line of duty. This includes state employees, such as corrections officers and Florida National Guard Members but would also include city and county firefighters and law enforcement officers. It would include all active duty Armed Forces members whether Florida residents or even those stationed in Florida at the time of their death. If applicable, the benefit would be payable to surviving spouse, children parents or estate. Benefits range from $50,000 to $150,000 and include significant waivers to state college tuition.
We agree wholeheartedly society should certainly honor its fallen public servants, but we must oppose such a tremendous increase in both taxpayer expense and government bureaucracy to be established in our state Constitution. Analysts have not been able to put a dollar value on the cost to state and local taxpayers. There were 55,862 active military members and 36,387 reservists stationed in Florida at the time of the staff analysis of this proposal. That is in addition to all state, county and city first responders.
We believe health, life and death Insurance benefits are part of employer / employee negotiations. If a town’s taxpayers cannot, or are unwilling, to pay a competitive benefit then sure, desirable prospects may go elsewhere. That’s how the workplace works, but not this proposal. If we could, we’d vote No for this one.

State College System (Proposal 83:) Establishes existing state college system as constitutional entity; provides governance structure.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA PLATFORM

I. STATE GOVERNMENT
6. We advocate a sunset law requiring an automatic end to most government offices, agencies, departments, laws, regulations, taxes, and expenditures within ten years if not reauthorized.

DISCUSSION

This proposal would institutionalize the state college system (which were known as “community colleges,”) by placing the entire system into the Constitution. Local priorities may be lost due to state-wide standards which must be established by this proposal. The amendment would also perpetuate the current governor-seated local college boards.
While there may be a place for state universities, we disagree the state should also control local education choices: choices taxpayers must pay for. For this reason, we would vote No for this proposal if we could.
– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 17, 2018
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

 

Once again, the Constitutional Revision Commission “bundled” three unrelated topics into one, the “Repeal Prohibition on Aliens’ Property Ownership, Delete Obsolete Provision on High-Speed Rail, and Repeal of Criminal Statutes’ Effect on Prosecution Amendment.” However, we would vote YES on all three, especially the third.

Let’s take a brief look at each one.

Repeal the Florida Alien Land Law (P 3) – Removes discriminatory language related to real property rights.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA PLATFORM

PREAMBLE
Libertarians seek a society based on personal liberty and responsibility—a society in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives. This most desirable method of organizing society is the natural order that arises when the unalienable rights of individuals to life, liberty and property ownership are respected and protected.
People have the right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and pursue happiness in whatever manner they choose so long as they do not forcibly or fraudulently interfere with the equal rights of others. Libertarians welcome the peace, prosperity, and diversity that freedom brings.

I. STATE GOVERNMENT
4. We support Equality under the Law, and condemn any law that either rewards or punishes any individual based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other group identification. Each person has the same inalienable rights. It is the State’s duty to protect those rights for each individual equally.

DISCUSSION

This proposal would repeal the 1926 Alien Act Law and allow foreign nationals to own land in Florida. While this law would eliminate the 100-year-old bias against Asians owning land in Florida, voters defeated a similar proposal in 2008. The United States Supreme Court systematically struck down laws that did not provide “equal protection” in other states but the Florida law remained on the books. We support this provision so any peaceful person can own land in Florida.

Delete Obsolete Provision on High-Speed Rail (P 12) – Removes obsolete language repealed by voters.

 

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA PLATFORM

N / A

DISCUSSION
In 2004, Florida voters repealed the High Speed Rail Amendment which required construction of a 120+ mile per hour rail system connecting the state’s largest urban areas. However, the original wording wasn’t removed from the Constitution. This proposal removes it. We agree this cleanup language is a good idea

Repeal of Criminal Statutes’ Effect on Prosecution (P 20) – Deletes provision that amendment of a criminal statute will not affect prosecution or penalties for a crime committed before the amendment; retains current provision allowing prosecution of a crime committed before the repeal of a criminal statute.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA PLATFORM

PREAMBLE
(See above)
I. STATE GOVERNMENT
4. (See above)

DISCUSSION
Florida’s Constitution has a 133-year-old “Savings Clause” which prevents the Legislature from reducing a criminal sentence even if it subsequently changes or even does away with that crime. This proposal would remove that prohibition. Unfortunately, what this Amendment doesn’t do is require reduction of current convictions.

We believe everyone convicted of a crime should be treated equally if penalties for that crime change. We will urge the Legislature to commute all sentences should they modify sentencing in the future if this proposal passes. We support this Amendment because of this proposal.