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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Random Shots for Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    I never said I was excluding other parties. I just wrote about some things that Libertarians could get behind.

  2. Posted to Facebook

    I just tried to access the LPNM blogs on Google, and found myself locked out for some reason. This means I can’t get to email, the blogs I have set up there, anything. After I put in my user name and password, the site hit me up for a “verification code.” After I received the code via text message, the login page wouldn’t let me put in the whole code. After a few tries, I got shifted over to another page that says my account has been suspended due to “suspicious activity.”

    Luckily, I have all of the pages that I’ve created there backed up here locally on a thumb drive.

  3. Posted to Facebook

    I think that’s a different issue — to the best of my knowledge, the site isn’t hosted on Google. Allen Cogbill was the guy who was serving as webmaster as well as handling the credit card accounts until 25 October.

  4. Posted to Facebook

    I would get a money order from Albertson’s, payable to “LPNM,” and mail it to the address in the newsletter. Or if you run into Ron Bjornstad at any of our events, he’ll accept cash, too.

  5. Posted to Galaxy2

    This amendment, if it passes next Tuesday, basically legalizes what’s already going on. The reason the Political Classholes are pushing it is because there were instances where people were killed in the Albuquerque area — one was a little girl killed by a stray bullet, another was a cop — by violent repeat offenders who were released while in jail, being accused of other crimes. The pro-amendment argument is that if the offenders hadn’t been released, these deaths wouldn’t have happened.

  6. Posted to Facebook

    I made sure that any signs or stickers I picked up said “Johnson — Libertarian for President.”

  7. Posted to Facebook here and here

    I’m vouching for (but not endorsing) Dumpster Fire.

    Fuck it, I *AM* endorsing Dumpster Fire.

    If the Libertarian Party is OK with having treasonous candidates (the VP nominee, the U.S. Senate nominee in Alaska), why can’t I get in on the fun a bit?

    http://facebook.com/Vote.Dumpster.Fire

    #feelthefire #votedumpsterfire #feeltheburn

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. Science Channel – How the Universe Works
  2. The New York TimesFor Helping Immigrants, Chobani’s Founder Draws Threats by David Gelles
  3. Queensrÿche –

         Empire

         Hear in the Now Frontier

  4. Cracked6 Reasons Why A New Civil War Is Possible And Terrifying by Robert Evans
  5. Liberty ViralBill Weld: I’m Here Vouching for Hillary Clinton [VIDEO] by Liberty Laura
  6. Self Reliance Association by Chris Peterson – 19 Things Even the Best Survivalists Forget to Put in Their BOB
  7. Accept –

         Restless and Wild

         Balls to the Wall

  8. Star Power

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Libertarian Solutions to Closed, Non-Competitive Elections

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:02 PM (14:02)

Over the decades, we’ve seen America’s elections become less and less competitive, and slanted towards incumbents more and more.

In just this year’s election, eight of the seventeen State Senate seats in Bernalillo County are uncontested, with only one person running for the office. Correspondingly, twelve of the twenty-four State Representative seats in Bernalillo County are uncontested.

Part of this is simply due to New Mexico’s mañana culture of “I’ll get around to it when I feel like it” – with the end result (someone stepping forward to run for office) never happens.

Another part of this is the way that districting has been done in New Mexico, which heavily favors incumbents. When was the last time that a Republican stood a real chance of winning Congressional District 3, or a Democrat of winning District 2? The State House and Senate is similarly afflicted.

Here’s fixes to the system that Libertarians can get behind:

Enact uniform signature requirements for all candidates, regardless of partisan affiliation, or lack thereof. Every candidate for a given office should have to get the same number of signatures, and any registered voter should be able to sign any candidate’s nominating petition. No more of this bit about having to get signatures from only people registered with one party. End the current rule that if you sign more than one candidate’s petition, all of your nominating signatures are invalidated.

End the practice of using tax dollars to fund the conventions and primaries of the “major party” organizations. Let them pay for it themselves – they’re perfectly able to afford it, what with all of the donations that they get from corporate special interests.

Leave the straight-party voting option off the ballot. If it does get put back on, then put straight “YES” and “NO” options for the bond issues and judicial retention spots on the ballot.

Explicitly allow ballot selfies – basically, repeal NMSA 3-8-50 (A)(1). It’s your vote, thus you should be able to tell people about it. Any statute outlawing such voluntary disclosures is a violation of the First Amendment and of Article II, Section 17 of the State Constitution.

Eliminate all forms of public campaign financing, as that forces people to support via taxation candidates that they wouldn’t otherwise touch with a ten-mile pole.

Why should black, Latino and Jewish voters be taxed to fund a candidate fronting for the KKK or Aryan Nations?

Why should LGBT voters be taxed to support someone who thinks that Westboro Baptist Church doesn’t go far enough?

As with the “bake a cake” question, it’s all about freedom of association, folks. Let people support candidates of their own free will, or not at all. Maybe they have something better to spend the money on, like food, utilities, car payments, whatever? It’s their money, not yours or mine.

If you really want a form of candidate subsidies in place, let the parties do it themselves. Again, as with conventions and primaries, they have plenty of cash. As long as there’s cash in the public till and the State has the power to regulate the private sector, the donors will be there, attempting to influence the system in their favor.

Or set up a domestic non-profit LLC (something like a 501-c-3 under the current federal tax code). Make sure that its charter forbids its officers from lobbying the Roundhouse or any other governmental body, or from accepting any money from the public treasury. While you’re at it, make sure its charter also forbids its officers from making statements on any other issue while representing the organization. You do want to keep it as non-partisan as possible, correct?

If you seriously want to give the candidates a hard time about campaign finance, don’t limit how much they can take from any one donor. Again, it’s not your money or mine, it’s the donor’s. Instead, ask the candidates about how much they received, and from whom. Use your rights under the First Amendment and Article II, Section 17 to tell your friends, family, whoever, about the candidates’ strengths and shortcomings. Especially if the candidates’ election year ad copy doesn’t match up with what they do while in office.

I’m sure that there are many more things that can be done to fix New Mexico’s broken election system without making government bigger, more intrusive or more expensive. Who has the courage to make them happen?


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.8
  2. Published elsewhere
    1. nmpolitics.net – Tuesday, 1 November 2016
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Galaxy2 / Liberty.Me / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Libertarian Party of New Mexico Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. Libertarian Party of New Mexico Facebook group
    6. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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