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Tax cuts, surveillance, press freedom, candidates, and more LP news!

Posted by M. C. Fox on December 29, 2017

Table of Contents:
* Tax cuts are great, but we need balanced budgets
* Congress should let FISA amendments expire
* USDOJ should stop persecuting foreign-owned press
* December issue of LP News now on website
* Pennsylvania Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate interviewed in Delaware
County Daily Times
* Illinois Libertarian gubernatorial candidates debate deficits,
pensions, gun control
* Colorado Libertarian working to ‘stop the shakedown’

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Tax cuts are great, but we need balanced budgets
[1]Government should not incur debt…

After Congress approved the new Republican-sponsored tax reform bill on
Dec. 19, President Donald Trump signed it into law on Dec. 22. The Tax Cuts
and Jobs Act of 2017 is a mixed bag that will cut taxes for some and
increase them for others, and completely ignores the federal government’s
chronic overspending.

“Tax cuts are great, but balancing our checkbook is also crucial,” said
Libertarian National Committee Chair and Phoenix, Ariz., mayoral candidate
Nicholas Sarwark. “This reform package is a mix of the good, the bad, and
the ugly.”

[2]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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Congress should let FISA amendments expire
[3]Libertarians advocate individual privacy and government transparency. We
are committed to ending government’s practice of spying on everyone.

Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act in 2008 to enable surveillance of
persons or organizations outside the United States, but in practice section
702 of the act includes sweeping warrants for the National Security Agency
(NSA) and its PRISM surveillance program to collect static information
stored in widely used online portals like Google and Facebook — no matter
whose information it is. Section 702 of FISA is set to expire on Dec. 31.

“Congress should let it expire,” said Libertarian National Committee Chair
Nicholas Sarwark. “At the very least, there should be a standalone
up-or-down vote in both houses of Congress, so Americans can know which
politicians put the illusory quest for security ahead of the Fourth
Amendment.”

[4]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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USDOJ should stop persecuting foreign-owned press
[5]We support full freedom of expression and oppose government censorship,
regulation or control of communications media and technology.

Freedom of the press should be sacrosanct in the United States, especially
considering the explicit protection for the rights to speak and publish
guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but government
officials are using the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in an effort
to silence views they don’t like.

“Freedom of speech, especially political speech, is essential to a free
society,” said Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark. “It
doesn’t matter if some of that speech is sponsored by people in other
countries. The BBC isn’t subject to U.S. government harassment because
it’s owned by the United Kingdom. France 24, Deutsche Welle, and Al Jazeera
all have a longstanding American presence despite funding by foreign
governments. The United States has its own state-sponsored foreign media
presence, the Voice of America. If people don’t like the news coverage or
commentary published by RT or any other media outlets, they should respond
with their own views and arguments rather than resorting to effective
censorship.”

[6]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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December issue of LP News now on website
[7]LP News, December 2017

The December 2017 issue of LP News has hit mailboxes and is now ready to
view on our website.

Inside, you can read coverage of Libertarian Party victories and other
notable outcomes in the 2017 election; the LP’s ambitious plan to run 2,000
candidates for public office in 2018; notable donors to our Legacy
Libertarians program and David F. Nolan memorial office; a ballot access
lawsuit in Georgia; Executive Wes Benedict’s remarks at a fair debates
rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building; the discovery and
acquisition of a priceless piece of party history; 2018 convention
registration and package info; Libertarian perspectives on federal
spending, foreign policy, the war on opioids, and the Texas church
shooting; #ProudlyLP membership card selfies; and more.

[8]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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Pennsylvania Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate interviewed in Delaware
County Daily Times
[9]Dale Kerns

Kerns is the Libertarian running for the Senate and he’s optimistic it will
go well, considering his predecessor’s success with little effort.

“Ed Clifford brought in 235,000 votes without even being a candidate who
was campaigning,” Kerns said of the 2016 Libertarian Senate candidate. “I
expect us to get far great than that because we have a great plan in place,
we have a great volunteer team and student organizations on campuses across
Pennsylvania.”

[10]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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Illinois Libertarian gubernatorial candidates debate deficits, pensions,
gun control
[11]Three Libertarian candidates for Illinois governor participate in
debate on Dec. 6, 2017

Three Libertarian Party candidates for Illinois governor participated in an
election debate held on Dec. 6 at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign.

The declared candidates, Jon Stewart, Matthew Scaro, and Kash Jackson,
addressed such issues as the state pension problem, the possibility of
Amazon coming to Chicago, government licensing, the budget deficit, health
insurance, the cost of higher education, race relations, gun control, and
agriculture.

[12]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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Colorado Libertarian working to ‘stop the shakedown’
[13]Steve Kerbel

Nik Loecher likes the police in his small town of 528. “They make us feel
safe and protected,” he said, as he leaned over the counter of his
family-owned business.

But some, like former Libertarian presidential candidate Steve Kerbel of
Colorado Springs, think about the town and its police department
differently – that it relies too much on revenue from traffic tickets and
fines – and he intends to do something about it through a ballot measure in
the 2018 election.

Kerbel’s ballot measure, however, goes far beyond just stopping small towns
from collecting fines through speed traps. The ballot measure also would
put the skids on fines collected by city, county and state governments.

[14]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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References

1. http://www.lp.org/tax-cuts-great-need-balanced-budgets/

2. http://www.lp.org/tax-cuts-great-need-balanced-budgets/

3. http://www.lp.org/congress-let-fisa-amendments-expire/

4. http://www.lp.org/congress-let-fisa-amendments-expire/

5. http://www.lp.org/usdoj-stop-persecuting-foreign-owned-press/

6. http://www.lp.org/usdoj-stop-persecuting-foreign-owned-press/

7. http://www.lp.org/december-issue-lp-news-now-website/

8. http://www.lp.org/december-issue-lp-news-now-website/

9. http://www.lp.org/pennsylvania-libertarian-u-s-senate-candidate-interviewed-delaware-county-daily-times/

10. http://www.lp.org/pennsylvania-libertarian-u-s-senate-candidate-interviewed-delaware-county-daily-times/

11. http://www.lp.org/illinois-libertarian-gubernatorial-candidates-debate-deficits-pensions-gun-control/

12. http://www.lp.org/illinois-libertarian-gubernatorial-candidates-debate-deficits-pensions-gun-control/

13. http://www.lp.org/colorado-libertarian-work-stop-shakedown-kerbels-ballot-measure-beyond-halt-collections-fines/

14. http://www.lp.org/colorado-libertarian-work-stop-shakedown-kerbels-ballot-measure-beyond-halt-collections-fines/

15. http://lp.org/

16. http://www.facebook.com/libertarians/

17. http://twitter.com/lpnational
18. https://lpstore.org/

19. https://lpaction.org/

20. http://lpedia.org/

21. https://www.lp.org/donate/

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