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Libertarians Urge Philadelphia DA To Investigate Republican "Watergate- Style" Dirty Tricks PDF Print Email
For Immediate Release
October 8, 2012
Philadelphia, PA

More than a half dozen contractors paid by Libertarians to gather nominating petition signatures have
independently reported that a private investigator hired by Republicans offered them substantial sums of
money to testify in court that they had obtained signatures fraudulently. This appears to have been part of
the attempt by Republicans to disqualify thousands of signatures in a court hearing, thus forcing Governor
Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for President, and the other statewide Libertarian candidates off the
November ballot. However, following an entire day of testimony, the judge disqualified very few petitions
on various technicalities, but ruled that signatures had not been obtained fraudulently and that the vast
majority could be counted.

Today, Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania Chair, Dr. Tom Stevens, joined the Gary Johnson campaign in
urging the Philadelphia District Attorney to conduct a thorough investigation. “This reeks of Watergate-style
illegal tricks,” said Stevens. “The allegations tend to gain credibility when so many non-Libertarian Party
circulators come forward, reluctantly, with substantially the same accusation. There is a whole lot of smoke
here, and we suspect there may also be a fire,” he continued.

Statewide Libertarian candidates were required to file nominating petitions containing at least 20,601
signatures, far more than most states require and many times the number the old parties must file. In past
years, the requirement has been as high as 60,000. On August 1, Libertarians filed petitions containing over
49,000 signatures, more than twice the number needed. A week later, Republicans challenged about 40,000
of these.

The challenge has required Libertarians to defend their petition signatures in a 9-week battle against
everything the Republicans and their high-priced gang of lawyers could throw at them. Yesterday,
Libertarian attorney Paul A. Rossi announced that, as of the end of business Saturday, more than the required
number of signatures had been verified as valid. Barring anything unexpected, the entire Libertarian slate
of candidates should remain on the ballot. Additional valid signatures should be verified as the process
continues through Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. A final ruling from Commonwealth Court Senior
Judge James G. Colins is expected then.

The Libertarian Party is the party of principle. That principle is simply, “Live and let live.” With over a
quarter million Americans registered Libertarian, it is the largest and best alternative for those who want
small and limited government. Visit www.LP.org and www.LPPA.org for more information.

For additional information:
Contact: Roy Minet (Media Relations) at Media-Relations@LPPA.org or
Dr. Tom Stevens (Chair) at 1-718-357-7075 / Chair@LPPA.org
 
Libertarians Say the Innocent at Penn State Should Not Be Punished PDF Print Email
For Immediate Release
July 23, 2012
Harrisburg, PA

Dr. Tom Stevens, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, issued the following statement
today on behalf of the party after its Board of Directors voted to take this stand at a meeting held
on Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Millheim, Pennsylvania:

“Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky has been convicted and awaits
sentencing. Others who engaged in criminal activity or legal negligence are being investigated
and in time will be dealt with in accordance with the law once all the facts become finally
known. However, it is grossly unjust to allow emotional outrage at the actions or inactions of an
isolated handful of individuals to result in the punishment of innocent Penn State students and
the many businesses that thrive in and around State College due to the success and prestige of
Penn State and its academic and athletic programs.

“Today’s NCAA penalties against Penn State’s college football program end up creating more
victims and punishing the wrong people. Not allowing Penn State to participate in Bowl Games
for 4 years harms the careers of current players. Cutting back on scholarships Penn State can
offer prevents the school from recruiting the best players in the years to come, which hurts
the entire football program as well as the reputation of the school. Striking victories from the
record books as though they never took place is downright Orwellian and again harms the wrong
people.

“Some argue that Penn State the institution should be punished for the actions of a few. But an
institution cannot be punished; only individuals can be punished. Any attempt to sanction an
institution just punishes the individuals currently affiliated with it and that is unjust. Clearly,
present and future Penn State students and, indeed, the Penn State community at large have
zero complicity in the Sandusky scandal. A ham-handed response is not called for. The NCAA
actions against Penn State will have a huge negative impact on current and future students and
will harm many businesses that support the local economy.

“If additional individuals are found to have been guilty of criminal activity, they should be
punished accordingly, but no penalty should be enforced that harms even one innocent person.”

Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania (LPPA)
3915 Union Deposit Road, #223
Harrisburg, PA 17109
www.LPPA.org

For additional information:
Contact: Roy Minet (Media Relations) at Media-Relations@LPPA.org or
Dr. Tom Stevens (Chair) at 1-718-357-7075 / Chair@LPPA.org
 
Libertarians Tap Johnson as Presidential Candidate PDF Print Email

News Release
For Immediate Release, May 7 2012

Libertarians Tap Johnson as Presidential Candidate,
Judge James P. Gray picked for Vice-Presidential slot

Harrisburg, PA – At its National Convention this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Libertarian Party nominated former two-term Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson as its Presidential candidate and California Judge James P. Gray as his Vice-Presidential running mate, reported the Pennsylvania Libertarian Party delegation at the convention.

A successful businessman, Johnson first ran for office in 1994, when he beat all odds and was elected as Republican Governor of heavily Democratic New Mexico. Prior to his election, Johnson built one of the state's largest construction companies, amassing over 1000 employees. As Governor he cut taxes fourteen times, while never raising them. He vetoed over 750 bills, with a mere two vetoes being overridden, and upon his departure New Mexico was one of only four states in the country to have achieved a balanced budget.

Johnson retired from public office in 2003 after being term-limited to eight years. He is an avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist and has climbed the highest peak on four of the seven continents, including a successful ascent of Mount Everest. He has promised to submit to Congress a balanced federal budget in 2013, necessitating an unprecedented year-over-year reduction in federal outlays. In his acceptance speech, Governor Johnson promised to present a clear and viable alternative to major party candidates, saying his victory in November will offer Americans effective solutions to slow economic growth, high unemployment and endless foreign military commitments that sap the country’s financial strengths. About his nomination, Johnson said “I am honored and I just want to pledge that no one will be disappointed. We’re going to grow the Libertarian Party,” adding that America is poised to reject the tired two-party duopoly that has brought the nation to its knees economically.

Judge James P. Gray is a highly regarded jurist who served on California's Orange County Superior Court from 1989 to 2010. In 2009, the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County named its annual “Judge of the Year” award after Judge Gray.

The Libertarian Party is the largest and best alternative for people who want to promote citizen liberty and limited government in both Pennsylvania and the United States. More than 200,000 people across the country are registered Libertarians, and Libertarians serve in hundreds of elected offices. Please visit www.LPPA.org for more information.

Contact: Erik Viker (Media Relations) at Media-Relations@lppa.org or
Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania (LPPA)
3915 Union Deposit Road #223
Harrisburg, PA 17109
www.lppa.org

 
Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania supports Voters’ Choice Act PDF Print Email

Voters’ Choice Act introduced in Pennsylvania Senate

Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania (LPPa)
3915 Union Deposit Road #223
Harrisburg, PA 17109
www.lppa.org

For Immediate Release:  February 9, 2011

Contact: Doug Leard (Media Relations) at Media-Relations@lppa.org or
Michael Robertson (Chair) at 1-800-R-RIGHTS / chair@lppa.org


Harrisburg –  The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania is pleased to support the Voters' Choice Act, which has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate as Senate Bill 21.  

Senator Mike Folmer of Lebanon is the  prime sponsor of the Act which was originally authored by the Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PBAC)  in 2005. According to Folmer, “Both the federal and state Constitutions begin with the same three words: ‘We The People.’  In order to give the people a stronger voice in their state government, we need to eliminate barriers for candidates seeking office.  No state makes it more difficult for third party and independent candidates to run for office than Pennsylvania.  My ‘Voters’ Choice Act’ significantly eases these restrictions.”

The Act offers greater freedom of choice to Pennsylvania voters by making it much less difficult for independent and third party candidates to get their names on the November ballot.  Under current law, the Republican and Democratic party candidates are required to collect between 1,000 and 2,000 signatures to get their names on the statewide ballot, while all others have been required to collect as many as 67,000 signatures in recent years.  But under the Voters' Choice Act, independents and candidates of political bodies would need to collect the same number of signatures as the candidates of the two old parties, and once a third party registers 0.05% of the electorate as members of that party (approximately 4,200 voters), their candidates may be nominated according to the party's rules, and at the party's expense, without having to collect signatures.

Ken Krawchuk, a Libertarian member of the PBAC and two-time candidate for Pennsylvania governor, applauded Sen. Folmer's initiative.  "Why should one candidate be forced to collect thirty-three times as many signatures as another?  The only thing the existing law does is stifle competition at the ballot box and prevent new ideas from being introduced into the political debate.  In a land that's known for freedom, how can such a thing be fair?"

Added Michael Robertson, LPPa Chair, “It is fair to expect the election code to comply with the constitutional mandate that elections be free and equal. The Voters Choice Act is a step in the right direction, and whether legislators support this bill will show if they’re interested in the choice of the voter or the protection of political machines.”

The Libertarian Party encourages all citizens to contact their state senators and ask them to support the Voters' Choice Act, Senate Bill 21.

The Libertarian Party is the largest and best alternative for people who want small limited government in both Pennsylvania and the United States.  More than 200,000 people across the country are registered Libertarians, and Libertarians serve in hundreds of elected offices. Please visit www.LP.org or www.LPPA.org for more information.

 
Pennsylvania voters support Libertarian Party candidates PDF Print Email

Election results for Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania candidates

Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania (LPPa)
3915 Union Deposit Road #223
Harrisburg, PA 17109
www.lppa.org

For Immediate Release: November 8, 2010

Contact: Doug Leard (Media Relations) at Media-Relations@lppa.org or
Michael Robertson (Chair) at 1-800-R-RIGHTS / chair@lppa.org


Harrisburg -  The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that many of  our 2010 candidates received very strong voter support in the general elections despite our statewide candidates being challenged off the ballot this year.

- General Assembly 64th District Rep candidate Vance H. Mays (Venango County) received 15.8% of the votes in his district.
- General Assembly 28th District Senate candidate Ed Gately (York County) received 15.7% of the votes in his district.
- General Assembly 120th District Rep candidate Tim Mullen (Luzerne County) received 14.9% of the votes in his district.
- General Assembly 63rd District Rep candidate Michael J. Robertson (Clarion County) received 11.2% of the votes in his district.
- General Assembly 85th District Rep candidate Erik Viker (Snyder County) received 9.0% of the votes in his district.

Other Libertarian candidates throughout Pennsylvania generally received 5-6% of the votes in their districts.

Libertarian candidates did well despite being at a heavy disadvantage running against two old party machines that benefit from public funding and legal privileges. Despite this challenge, many voters recognized that these Libertarian candidates could improve the quality of government in Pennsylvania.

The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania is grateful to these candidates for the time and effort they committed to running for office. We hope that more voters in the future will see the need for limited government.

The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in Pennsylvania and the United States. More than 200,000 people across the country are registered Libertarians, and Libertarians serve in hundreds of elected offices. Please visit www.LP.org or www.LPPA.org for more information.

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