Libertarian Attorney General Candidate Leo Dymowski in the news

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Leo Dymowski

Maryland Libertarian Leo Dymowski, who is seeking the party’s nomination to run for state Attorney General, has been busy–and people are noticing.  The Quinton Report carried this feature yesterday, and the Baltimore Sun‘s Brian Griffiths highlighted Dymowski’s run for the AG slot as part of a “Libertarian Renaissance” in the Free State.  He also recently appeared on Carla Howell’s Internet radio show, Libertarians Working for You.  You can learn more about Leo Dymowski’s campaign at his website, vote4leo.org.

 

 

What do dirty cops have in common with the average elected official?

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Baltimore’s police department gets a shout-out in this rational and realistic reminder from J.D. Tuccille about the importance of watching the watchers.  As Tuccille writes after recounting some family experience with police corruption in New York, “Like many things in life, there’s probably no perfect fix. But, so long as we have police forces, we’re going to have a problem with police who abuse their positions and succumb to corruption.”  And Tuccille is also right to point out that the dangers of corruption are particularly strong when the law tries to stop voluntary transactions between consenting adults:  “Asking police officers to suppress highly profitable activities where there’s money to be had just for looking the other way is just begging for trouble.”

That’s all true, and the problem reaches far beyond police departments.  The same danger arises with government economic regulation, whether we’re talking about licensing decisions made by establishment-oriented bureaucrats or nakedly protectionist statutes passed by state legislatures or bank bailouts passed by Congress.  Power attracts influence.  Wherever government power affects how much money people can make, the people affected by the laws will spend money (sometimes a lot of money) trying to control government power.  Some people who recognize this think the solution is to “get the money out of politics.”  What Libertarians understand is that it’s far better to limit the political power that attracts all that money in the first place.

Filing for Office

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 Although the special Central Committee meeting last Saturday had to be canceled, you still can get on the ballot for the November general election, and will have other opportunities to secure your nomination.
However, anyone who wishes to be on the ballot must file a Declaration Of Intent at the Board of Elections, 151 West St, Suite 200, Annapolis, by 9 pm next Tuesday, February 25:http://elections.state.md.us/candidacy/index.html  (click on “non principal party political candidates”)

The remaining documents and filing fee are due by August 4, and can be mailed to the BOE.

If you are running for a county office, the Declaration Of Intent must be filed at your county Board of Election office:

Note: I would not wait until next Tuesday to file – the wait will be very long.

The Day We Fight Back (Against Domestic Surveilliance)

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The Day We Fight Back (Against Domestic Surveilliance)
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A huge coalition of groups have come together on the internet to protest US domestic surveillance programs. Contact your representatives, take a stand on social media, put links or banners on your blogs and websites. This approach worked to defeat SOPA, it can help build domestic support for our pro-liberty, pro-privacy agenda on national security matters. Fight back against those who would trade your liberty for their false sense of security!

State of the Union 2014

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In case you missed the State of the Union address–or perhaps found yourself nodding off somewhere in the middle–the Cato Institute has your back.  Here’s a twelve-minute video that excerpts the policy content of the speech and splices in comments from Cato’s subject-matter experts.  Enjoy.

 

Monthly Message from the Chair

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Maryland Libertarians will be participating in the pro-Second Amendment rally on Tuesday, February 4 in Annapolis, which is being arranged by Maryland Shall Issue:
The rally will take place on Lawyers Mall between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
A special Central Committee meeting will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 1 pm at the home of Stu Simms,  11614 Arden Court in Laurel.
This meeting is for the purpose of nominating candidates for the 2014 election.
Following the special CC meeting, the Program Committee meeting will take place, starting at 1:30 pm after the conclusion of the CC meeting, whichever is later.
Notice of the special Central Committee and Program Committee has been mailed to all Central Committee members.
The Maryland LP spring convention will take place on Saturday, April 5, from 1 – 9 pm at Squires Italian Restaurant, 6723 Holabird Avenue, Dundalk, MD.
Speakers include:
  • Michael Cloud: “The Impossibility Trap”
  • Wes Benedict: “Libertarians Rising”
  • Arvin Vohra: LP Social Media
  • Sharon Harris: “It’s A Wonderful Liberty”
The convention announcement has been mailed to all Central Committee members.
Some members had let me know that they were unable to register as “Libertarian” at MVA locations in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. I brought this to the attention of the state Board Of Elections, and they said the matter has now been rectified.
If anyone has a problem registering to vote as Libertarian, please let me know.

Central Committee Meeting on February 15

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A special Central Committee meeting will be held on Saturday, February 15, at 1:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the home of Stu Simms,  11614 Arden Court in Laurel.  The purpose of the meeting is to nominate candidates for the 2014 election.
Following the special Central Committee meeting, the Program Committee meeting will take place, starting at 1:30 pm or after the conclusion of the Central Committee meeting, whichever is later.
Notice of the special Central Committee and Program Committee will be mailed to all Central Committee members.