I am Libertarian

Issue 1: Marsy's Law

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After careful deliberation, the Libertarian Party of Ohio has taken a position in opposition to State Issue 1.

The LPO supports the rights of Ohioans, including crime victims, and believes the criminal justice system must remain fair and open, but does not believe that State Issue 1 is the way to achieve either goal.

 

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Quality over Quantity - Why Not Both

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In this editorial, first published by Think Liberty, Ohio's very own Matthew McGowan refutes an editorial that "The Libertarian Party Should Run Fewer, Better Candidates And Put Quality Over Quantity." 

 

 

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ACA: A Bipartisan Betrayal of American Values

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Henry David Thoreau once said: “If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life”; this succinctly and accurately sums up the entire debate of healthcare for the past several decades. We should take the good intentions of regulation out of healthcare, and leave people free to make their own decisions on how to conduct their lives.

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Here we grow again!

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In the wake of the best ever Libertarian support in a presidential election, the Libertarian Party of Ohio is gaining new support and volunteers every day!  We are happy to announce several new posts, both those elected at the recent Central Committee meeting as well as several important new appointments made by the Executive Committee.

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Columbiana - one small step for mankind, one giant leap for man.

Neil_Armstrong.jpgOn June 13, the City Council of Columbiana, OH made a strong statement in favor of personal freedom. What started as a front-yard gardening ban turned into a challenge to expansive local governing.  Not only did the proposed ordinance submitted exclude any language preventing front yard gardens, but the Council threw out the entire motion and need for a gardening ordinance at all. Most importantly, the Council passed a motion to reconsider the section of the City Code that explicitly enumerates citizens’ rights! Of course, that means that technically, gardens are still illegal in Columbiana, but so are cats (because they aren’t mentioned in the code).

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Issue 2: Ohio Drug Price Standards Initiative

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The Ohio Drug Price Standards Initiative is an issue that, on first pass, seems like a good idea. The government should be spending less, and should be statutorily required to spend as little as possible on all services. However, the presentation of this bill as a restraint on government is a façade hiding the real long game of demonizing and further regulating pharmaceutical companies. It is my opinion that the LPO should take a strong, principled, and clearly defined stand against this bill.
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2017 Volunteer Award Recipients

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The Libertarian Party of Ohio has thousands of liberty volunteers.  We thank everyone for helping in any way they can but each year take the time to recognize a few of the many hardest working friends of the Party. 

This year the awards were announced at the 2017 LPO Conference. Please join us in thanking all the volunteers, but especially these folks.

 

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Preserve the right to grow your own food!

frontyard_garden_250.jpgThe City of Columbiana, a small town of just over 6,000 in rural Ohio, has gained national attention for proposing a law to legalize gardens, but restrict them to backyards.  Even more surprising is the statement of Mayor Blakeman who said that “right now, if there is not something expressly in this code that says that you can have one, you technically can’t.”  Apparently, gardens are illegal now! In truth, at the heart of the issue is a local government in a small town that has increasingly restricted individual rights of their citizens to fulfill their vision of a community that is more reminiscent of a Homeowners Association than a just city council.

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2017 LPO Conference: I am that Libertarian!

captive-audience_250.jpgEvery odd numbered year, the Libertarian party of Ohio holds a leadership conference in lieu of a State Convention which must be held in even numbered years.  This year’s Conference was held in remembrance of Dr. Marc Allen Feldman, a fallen hero in the battle for liberty. The Conference was a stunning success and it motivated the entire crowd! It brought together some of the top Libertarian leaders not only from Ohio, but across the country, including the Chair of the National Libertarian Party.

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