Thursday, July 21, 2016

June 2016 Primary -- LPC Election Results

Libertarian Party of California Chair, Ted Brown, emailed this report to LPC members:

The Secretary of State has posted the final statement of vote for the June primary.

Libertarian voter registration is 115,189, or 0.64%, down slightly from our high point.

For the presidential primary, 9,972 non-partisan voters chose to take the Libertarian presidential primary ballot; this is the first time we have allowed non-Libertarians to vote in our presidential primary

For U.S. Senator, Gail Lightfoot received 99,761 votes and Mark Herd received 41,344 votes, for a total of 141,105.

For our candidates who were printed on the ballot, the vote percentages were:

 

CD 9 - Alex Appleby - 3.9%

SD 13 - John Webster - 5.7%

AD 8 - Janice Bonser - 7.2%

AD 24 - John Inks - 4.2%

AD 35 - Dominic Rubini - 3.4%

AD 42 - Jeff Hewitt - 7.8%



Unfortunately, none of them was in Top Two.

For write-in candidates:

 

SD 33 - Honor Mimi Robson - 47 votes - on to November

AD 1 - Donn Coenen - 446 votes - on to November

AD 2 - Ken Anton - 56 votes - on to November

AD 7 - Janine Kloss - 51 votes - beaten by another write-in candidate

AD 49 - Boomer Shannon - 25 votes - beaten by another write-in candidate

AD 51 - Mike Everling - 7 votes - on to November

AD 62 - Baron Bruno - 32 votes - tied with another write-in candidate; under the law, both will advance to November for a unique "Top Three."



Ultimately, there are only two unopposed legislators for November: Democrat Eduardo Garcia in AD 56 and Democrat Reggie Jones-Sawyer in AD 59. I am disappointed because I almost had someone in AD 56, but it didn't pan out. In any event, we will have five state legislative candidates in November.

For liberty,

Ted Brown

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Dallas Legan Hospitalized

Jay Jones sends the below message:

Dallas Legan is in County USC Hospital undergoing treatment for a tumor. He will be there for about two months. He would like to get visitors, phone calls, and emails. (He is in contact with his home computer via a tablet.)

He is in Room 6A C146. His phone number there is 323-409-5500 X29261. His email is aw585@lafn.org.

The best time to phone him, and I suppose to visit, seems to be in the evening. The worst time is in the morning, probably because he may be getting his treatments then.


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I Knew Karl Hess

Doug Korty wishes me to post his below message, and welcomes responses from people who remember Karl Hess:


I knew Karl in 1973. I went to meetings with him and other people when they were setting up the trout tanks and talking about other urban survivalist things and other environmental projects.

I had a very demanding job for Congress so I lost touch with the group but I was very impressed with Karl and very fond of him. He was brilliant and very kind and generous. However, I thought their ideas would not go very far.

They had one project that involved an insulating foam of some kind that could be used to build houses that would need very little AC. I don't know what happened to that. There was another young man in the group who went on to found a New Age environmental group in Minnesota, I think. Do you know who that was, first name David, I think?

I am retired now. I create educational websites.

Doug Korty

Email: dougkorty@gmail.com

Website: Midwest Independent Research Improvements


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Friday, October 09, 2015

KFI's John and Ken Show Mock Libertarian Party's Augustus Sol Invictus

Most Los Angeles libertarians are likely familiar with KFI-AM's John and Ken Show, featuring John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou. It's not only the most popular radio show in L.A., it's the most popular local radio show anywhere in the U.S., attracting 1.2 million listeners during its afternoon drive-time slot.

Which might not be so great for the LP's reputation. Augustus Sol Invictus, the Florida LP's candidate for U.S. Senate, is getting much attention for his bizarre statements and behavior. Invictus admitted to drinking goat's blood during a pagan ritual sacrifice, predicted a coming race war, and has expressed pride in his association with skinheads. (Invictus is a criminal defense attorney.)

Last Monday, October 8th, John and Shannon Farren (who was filling in for the vacationing Ken), discussed Invictus. John said (and Shannon agreed) that while the LP largely reflects his political views, he could never support the party because they seem to nominate candidates who've fallen out of the Crazy Tree.

You can hear the portion of their show where they discussed Invictus by clicking here.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nancy Shiffrin Reads Her Poetry

Longtime KHC attendee Nancy Shiffrin sends the following announcement:


Nancy Shiffrin, RD Armstrong, and Don Campbell will read their poetry and discuss literary community at the Los Angeles Public Library, Palms Rancho Park Branch, on Saturday, May 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Shiffrin's poems can be found in The Vast Unknowing and Game With Variations.

"In her poem, 'At the Writers' Retreat,' Shiffrin quotes Anais Nin, 'There are no writer's blocks, only secrets we are afraid of telling.' Nancy Shiffrin isn't afraid. And no one will remain indifferent to the virtuoso power with which she reveals her secrets"
          -- Ricky Rapoport Friesem, Poetica Magazine

"Nancy Shiffrin's writing is lean, sensitive, erotic. She celebrates the female body with a rare vigor."
          -- Robert Peters

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Ted Brown to Run for Chair of California Libertarian Party

Pasadena libertarian activist Ted Brown has announced his intentions to run for chair of the Libertarian Party of California at the upcoming state convention in May.

Kevin Takenaga has been chair since May of 2007, and will likely run for yet another term. But after eight years, he's been there too long. From what I can see, the LPC is mired in apathy and inertia. The party is invisible to the public. While Top Two is partially to blame for that, it's also true that state conventions have attracted ever fewer delegates. It seems California libertarians don't think that participating in the LPC is worth the bother.

I believe a Ted Brown-led LPC will reinvigorate the party. Here are Brown's own words, announcing his candidacy:


Dear Fellow Libertarians,

I have decided to run for Chair of the Libertarian Party of California. The state convention will be held on Sunday, May 31, in Las Vegas, Nevada. I urge you to attend and to support my candidacy.

The California LP has fallen on hard times over the last few years. Membership hovers around 800, where it once stood at 7,000 or more. Fundraising and new member recruitment at the state party level have slowed to a tiny trickle. There has been no newsletter for quite some time, and very little communication with members, so it's difficult to find out what's going on in the state party.

Or, perhaps we hear nothing because nothing is happening, which is even less acceptable. Transparency is #1 with me.

It's time for a few changes. Libertarians need to regroup and show that we are still on duty -- fighting for personal freedom, economic freedom, and a non-interventionist foreign policy. If we won’t do it, who will?

I have been an LP member for 36 years, and have held almost every job in the party during that time. I was chair from 1988 to 1989, served on the Executive Committee for 20 years, served as Los Angeles County chair, and newsletter editor. I handled candidate recruitment for over 20 years, personally signing up hundreds of LP candidates. I have also run as a Libertarian candidate myself 15 times.

I took a break from activism about 7 years ago to build my business, though I have attended most conventions and currently serve as chair of the Judicial Committee and as secretary of my local group in Pasadena. It's time for me to come back and work to revitalize the California LP.

This will be a tough job and I need your help to do it. I'm looking for Libertarians who are interested in the following areas (not a complete list):


* Membership Recruitment

* Fundraising

* Newsletter

* Candidate Recruitment

* Being a candidate (partisan or non-partisan)

* Speaker's Bureau

* Website design

* Press releases & media relations

* Initiatives (like repealing Top Two)

* Testifying at the state capitol

* Student group organization

* County LP organizations (where we don't have any now)

* Liaison and outreach to other libertarian-oriented groups

* Convention 2016


Please e-mail me at tedbrown1776@hotmail.com with your support, ideas, and areas for which you wish to volunteer. You have strengths which you can share and the party can use. Help the cause of liberty forge ahead, not fizzle away. Thanks in advance for your help, and see you in Las Vegas!

For liberty,

Ted Brown


PS: If you want things to turn around for the Libertarian Party of California, you need to make your voice heard and your vote count! The state convention on May 31 is your chance to do just that. (Go to Ca.lp.org/convention-2015-prices for details.)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bobby Shriver for L.A. County Supervisor, 3rd District

Two progressives are running for Los Angeles County Supervisor in the 3rd District -- Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver. As a libertarian, I endorse Shriver.

Both Kuehl and Shriver are longtime Santa Monica residents, as am I. So I have watched their political careers for many years. I have no illusion about Shriver being a libertarian, but he is the more libertarian choice.

A member of the liberal Kennedy family by marriage, Shriver's entry into politics was motivated by a peculiarly libertarian epiphany. In 2003, the City of Santa Monica fined Shriver because his hedges were too high.

Writing for the Santa Monica Daily Press (2/13/14), Jack Neworth recounts this "a-ha moment" in Shriver's past:


"Twenty-year Santa Monica resident Bobby Shriver didn't seek a career in politics, surprising given his late parents were Eunice (JFK's sister) and Sargent (Peace Corps director and vice presidential candidate.)

"Bobby was a Yale-educated attorney, an activist and an entrepreneur. (He also founded organizations that raised millions for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS and Special Olympics, which his mother created in the 1960s.)

"Call it fate or officious bureaucrats, but Shriver's 'path' changed in 2003 when he and 700 other Santa Monica property owners were put on notice by the city. The height of their hedges exceeded city limits and the fines for non-compliance were $25,000 a day! (And you thought our parking meters are a rip-off.)

"The city was so arrogant that Shriver ran for council to change the culture at City Hall. A huge number of residents agreed because that November Bobby received the most votes in Santa Monica history. (An independent in a city polarized between landlords and residents, four years later Shriver again garnered the most votes.)"


I regard Shriver's tenure on the Santa Monica City Council as that of a "sensible liberal." He votes to the left, but he's no ideologue. He seems at least willing to listen to all sides, and with an open mind. Most city councilmembers, in this very blue city, have been, and are, worse.

I think that that "$25,000 a day fine" was a wake-up call for Shriver. A learning experience. He felt the heavy hand of government. Yes, he remains a progressive, with all that that implies. But he at least knows, from experience, that sometimes government goes too far.

By contrast, Sheila Kuehl, a former state senator and assemblymember, is a far-left ideologue. She touts herself as a champion of "middle class families." But what does she mean? Has she lowered the tax burden on middle-class families? Lowered the regulatory burdens on businesses so they can create more jobs? No and no.

Instead Kuehl brags that, during her tenure in Sacramento, she passed a "landmark bill for paid family leave" and "cracked down on age and gender discrimination in the workplace." In other words, she imposed further financial and legal burdens on employers, thus making California a tougher place to run a business and provide jobs.

In previous elections, Kuehl bragged about toughening hate crime laws, using that issue to sell herself as being "tough on crime." (Another one of her "crime-fighter achievements" was tougher laws and penalties against landlords.)

Kuehl also brags that she's "the only candidate endorsed by the L.A. County Democratic Party and our local Firefighters, Nurses, and Teachers."

Yes, she has the support of both the Democratic political machine, and the government employee unions. I guess the unions have contributed generously to Kuehl's campaign, and expect higher salaries, pensions, and benefits as a payoff.

Shriver might support some or all of Kuehl's positions, I don't know. But two key things are obvious: 

* The Democratic Party machine and government union bosses trust Kuehl over Shriver -- Kuehl is the one they bought and paid for.

* At least once in his life, Shriver not only suffered under the heavy hand of government, but actually fought back and won.

Some libertarians will say that the lesser of two evils is evil. But others will observe that we must live under the rule of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, so that it is both practical and morally justifiable to pick the less onerous candidate.

If you fall into the second camp, then I suggest that, though Shriver is no libertarian, he is the lesser evil for Los Angeles County Supervisor, 3rd District.

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