WGBH recently reported on the challenges the signature requirements for ballot access in MA pose even for big party candidates in the times of social distancing.
It is ridiculous that you can register to vote online, yet you can't petition for signatures online. In reality the signatures often are collected by paid services. So in pre-COVID times it simply depended on how much money you could put into that. It is basically a measure to limit ballot access and suppress voter choice.
The Libertarian Party has called for abandoning the current model. Either replace it with online petitioning or substitute it with a simple filing fee - which would be the equivalent to the practice of paying signature collection serivces.
One initiative that is especially important for Massachusetts that is directly affected by this is the proposed ballot question on Ranked Choice Voting. The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts has supported this initiative since 2019. Find out more at:
The combination of discriminatory regulation, the government shutdown, and ideological instrumentalization of the crisis is creating a very concrete risk of serious legal problems for lawful firearm owners in Massachusetts. Massachusetts requires firearms owners to be licensed, however license renewals are currently not being processed and the government of the Commonwealth has not put any emergency extension in place. Furthermore, some local licensing authorities are reportedly providing misleading information to license holders who are attempting to renew.
The Republican Governor Baker, has not only pushed an anti-2nd-Amendment agenda by declaring firearms retail and training facilities "non-essential" - explicitly against Federal guidelines. His administration is directly creating a situation in which law abiding citizens may become criminals overnight simply due to the government refusing to acts on its own regulation. This is an unacceptable situation.
Call or email your representatives to voice your concerns. You can find their information here.
Firearms owners with an expiring license need to pay close attention to the required steps in order to protect themselves. Find out more from the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts.
The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts calls on the Baker Administration to respect civil liberties in the Commonwealth, particularly the rights enshrined in the 2nd Amendment, and to acknowledge firearms retailers and shooting ranges as essential businesses.
The Republican Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, continues to use the COVID-19 crisis to advance an anti-2nd-Amendment agenda: After initially adopting the updated Federal guidelines on essential businesses, which includes firearm retailers and shooting ranges as essential, on March 31 the guidelines on the state website were changed to exclude these firearm businesses.
“The Democrat-dominated Massachusetts political establishment has for a long time been hostile towards the constitutional rights of lawful firearms owners in the Commonwealth.” said Don Graham, Chair of the Libertarian Party in Massachusetts. “Singling out firearms businesses that serve the law-abiding civilian firearm owners and selectively shutting them down is just another example of that bias. That it is a Republican Governor pushing an anti-2nd-amendment agenda, demonstrates that the GOP only pays lip service to our individual rights. The Libertarian Party is the only major political party to unwaveringly support the 2nd Amendment along with the whole Bill of Rights. Voters who support the 2nd amendment should remember that in November."
Watch a recording of the Libertarian Presidential Candidates' Debate at the LAMA 2020 State Convention (virtual) on March 22nd:
The following great candidates participated:
Moderator: Dan Fishman (former LAMA Chair and current Executive Chairman of the Libertarian Party at the national level)
The Massachusetts primary is March 3, 2020. If you are registered as Unenrolled (independent) or Libertarian, pull a Libertarian ballot and support one of our candidates.
- Arvin Vhora
- Vermin Supreme
- Jacob Hornsberger
- Samuel Robb
- Dan Berhman
- Kim Ruff
- Ken Armstrong
- Adam Kokesh
- Jo Jorgensen
- Max Abramson
For more information please see the Massachusetts Libertarian Party website.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Libertarian Association of Massachusetts unreservedly condemns any form of violence. As Libertarians, we adhere to the Non-aggression Principle, which advocates that persons may not initiate force, or the threat of force, against another or another’s property. We believe, as all good people believe, that each person has an inherent right to be secure in their persons and possessions.
With compassion and comfort, we offer our deepest condolences to the victims, as well as their friends and families, who have suffered at the hands of the disturbed offenders committing these reprehensible acts.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Libertarian Party of Massachusetts
Jeff Lyons, Chairman
E-Mail: [email protected]
Upon learning that Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots had been charged for soliciting prostitution in a massage parlor in Jupiter Florida, Jeff Lyons, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts issued the following statement:
"The Libertarian Party has always asserted that consenting adults should be able to exchange whatever goods and services they wish, so long as both parties willingly agree to the terms. It should be pointed out that had Robert Kraft been in Nevada, this would have been a legal activity.
"The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts believes that human sex trafficking is a serious crime, and the organizers of such crimes should be targeted, not consenting adults engaged in a commercial transaction.
"The government should not be seeking to restrict commerce, nor should it pass a moral judgement on consensual activities between adults. Assuming both parties in this case were adults and consenting, we call for the immediate dismissal of the misdemeanor charges against Bob Kraft and the decriminalization of prostitution, which we believe would deny human traffickers the ability to operate a black market. Until consensual sexual commerce is legalized, I fear these heinous acts will continue."
The Libertarian Party platform includes the following plank:
2.10 Sex Work
The Libertarian Party supports the decriminalization of prostitution. We assert the right of consenting adults to provide sexual services to clients for compensation, and the right of clients to purchase sexual services from consenting sex workers.
Author: Kenny Kelly
The Libertarian Party held its biggest non-presidential national convention in 2018 in New Orleans days before the Fourth of July holiday. The elections were intense, the fundraising skyrocketed, liberty was in the air, and fun was abundant.
The convention had a good start with a march of the fallen veterans led by Iraq War veteran and libertarian lion Adam Kokesh, protesting the corruption of the VA system. A memorial for the late Dr. Marc Allan Feldman was held - he was THAT libertarian.