COLUMBUS—NASCAR fans visiting Xenia's Kil-Kare Raceway will notice a new sponsor making its first appearance this season. The number 79 car, driven by veteran driver Grant Gamble, is being sponsored by the Libertarian Party of Ohio.
The car is competing in the Whelen All-American Series, and is scheduled to compete in all ten of the remaining races this season. The track is open for Thursday night practice sessions and for the races on Friday nights. Admission charges are reasonable.
The LPO logo appears on the hood of Gamble's car, and the party's name is displayed prominently on both sides of the car as well. The LPO's sponsorship of a race car is believed to be the first such partnership involving a Libertarian Party affiliate.
LPO Political Director Bob Bridges took the lead in arranging the sponsorship. “We wanted to do something original and exciting that's never been done before,” Bridges said. “We wanted to reach out to voters in a whole new way.”
Bridges hopes to reach a new audience in NASCAR fans. “It's a grand experiment,” he said. “The NASCAR image is family friendly and independent-minded, just the kind of people who probably lean our way, but don't know us yet. We want to open some new eyes.”
Bridges said the LPO is planning to arrange an event at the track for one of the racing nights, and possibly arrange for the car to appear at party events. “Just as we look at our sponsorship as a way to bring us to the attention of new people, we also want to use it to energize and involve our volunteers and supporters,” Bridges said.
COLUMBUS—The Libertarian Party of Ohio congratulates Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on his change of mind on the issue of marriage equality. On Thursday, March 14, Portman told CNN that he had changed his opinion, and now favors people having equal access to legal marriage regardless of sexual orientation or identification. Portman cited the fact that his son had revealed to the family that he is gay two years ago as a pivotal point in his change of mind.
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Santa Fe, NM — Governor Gary Johnson, Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative and 2012 candidate for President, will kick off a “Live Free” tour of college campuses across the country on Monday, April 1, 2013, with a visit to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Other stops on the month-long tour will take the former New Mexico Governor to campuses in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Washington, DC.
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COLUMBUS—A crowd of more than 35 supporters of liberty attended a fundraising dinner on Saturday, February 9 featuring Peter Christ of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P.).
The event benefitted the Libertarian Party of Ohio, and was the first event organized by Joe Hassen, the party’s new finance director. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in Columbus was the venue for the dinner.
L.E.A.P. is an organization, co-founded by Christ, of present and former police officers, prosecutors and judges that opposes the prohibition of drugs.
Christ made clear that L.E.A.P. does not advocate drug use. It favors legalization, regulation and taxing of drugs because experience has shown that that is the most effective way to deal with drugs’ dangers. Christ is a retired police captain from suburban Buffalo, NY, who spent 20 years in law enforcement. He now travels full time as a volunteer speaker for L.E.A.P. He emphasizes that all of the organization’s speakers are volunteers who receive expense reimbursement but no pay.
Christ explained to the crowd that drug prohibition is not the way to address the issue of recreational drugs in any way. While the so-called “War on Drugs” has given the United States the world’s largest prison population, it has completely failed to “control” drugs. Christ pointed out that we are unable to keep drugs out of the toughest maximum security prisons in the country. Given that, it’s foolish to believe that we can keep them out of anywhere else.
After the dinner, long time LPO activist Steven Linnabary commented, “I’ve been accused of being anti-law enforcement. It’s likely all Libertarians have been. But we got to meet with Peter Christ, a symbol of what real law enforcement should be about.”
"For the first formal event I've held as finance director, I was happy to see such a diverse libertarian crowd to hear Mr. Christ speak,” said Hassen. “I can only hope the crowds grow larger as we showcase more speakers at our events."
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Libertarian Party of Ohio chooses Libertas for IT platform
COLUMBUS—The Libertarian Party of Ohio is pleased to announce that it has selected the Libertas Platform, offered by Libertas Web Services, LLC, to provide a new hosted, supported, and libertarian-featured content management system (CMS) and constituent relationship management (CRM) system for the LPO.
The LPO Executive Committee chose Libertas based on the recommendation of LPO IT Director Scott Pettigrew who evaluated multiple options for a complete replacement of the LPO’s current website and CRM, including options for custom development and other hosted platforms. Libertas’ low cost, flexible terms, and extensive feature list for Libertarian organizations were key factors in his decision, Pettigrew said.
In addition to the Libertas Platform, the LPO is also working with Libertas Web Services to acquire a cleansed and appended data set for all of the Ohioans in the national Libertarian Party's monthly data release, as well as all of the registered Libertarians from the publicly available Ohio Secretary of State voting records. Aside from standard cleansed demographic data, this new data set will also include about 500 consumer overlay fields which will help the LPO to better understand and reach out to its supporters.
The data-sharing capabilities of the platform can be leveraged for maximum growth across the state, as LPO county affiliates and candidates can join the Libertas Platform as well, said LPO Chairman Kevin Knedler.
“I think that Libertas will greatly help our IT division support the LPO’s various divisions in their mission to bring liberty-minded voters home to the LPO and to elect candidates,” Knedler said.
LPO Finance Director Joe Hassen will be able to leverage the robust data set in the new CRM to manage his development efforts through email campaigns, phone banking, direct mailings, and in-person meetings.
Libertas Web Services provides comprehensive service and support to Libertarian organizations that would like to use its feature-rich website content management system and constituent relationship management system. LWS is wholly owned and operated by two libertarian IT professionals, Jillian A. Mack and Benjamin D. Smelley.
The Libertarian Party of Ohio is the state's third-largest political party and the only one dedicated to the principles of smaller government, lower taxes and more personal liberty for every individual. The LPO has won three federal court cases dealing with ballot access in the last decade, and it had more than 20 candidates on the ballot for U.S. Congress, the statehouse, and county offices on Election Day 2012. Also in 2012, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, won more than one million votes nationwide.
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