Libertarian Party's successes

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Critto:
Hello!
I have spend a lot of time compiling this list, but it was worthy of it; it includes almost all successes of the Libertarian Party (www.lp.org), mostly against the taxes and tax hikes. I wonder why the LP itself doesn't have such a list  on their website (if anyone from the LP reads it, please feel free to copy it) ; after all, it's a good and a reasonable thing for a political party to boast with the real successes it achieved; while they do it each month, the occasional reader won't get a feeling of their real number.

So, LP, has lots of successes; mostly, in calling people to vote for tax abolition, or for stopping new taxes or tax hikes from coming into force. Here you are with several links to their articles (not in a chronological order):

the most recent ones:

1. Idaho LP wins $140 million tax fight
http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0404/idaho_urban-renewal.html
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2. Oregon LP beats $1.2 billion tax hike
http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0403/oregon_tax_defeated.html
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the older ones:

1. Alabama LP celebrates defeat of $1.3 billion tax hike
http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0310/alabama_taxwin.html
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2. Tennessee Libertarians play major role in stopping proposed state income tax

http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0109/incometax.html
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3. Oregon Libertarian Party helps defeat $725 million tax increase

http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0303/OregonTax.html

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4. In Oregon, Libertarians victorious in ongoing tax and term-limits fight

http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0205/oregon.html

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5. Oklahoma LP member helps defeat $3.85m bond proposals

http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0203/okbond.html

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6. Toledo Libertarians defeat stadium tax

http://www.lp.org/lpn/9807-stadium.html

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7. Michigan Libertarians help kill bill to allow Internet sales tax

http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0109/michigan.html

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8. Mass. Libertarians delighted by close vote on controversial income-tax repeal initiative (not exactly a success, but nearly)

http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0212/masstax.html

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9. Illinois Libertarians help defeat new tax

http://www.lp.org/lpn/9805-IL-tax.html

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10. Clayton County, Georgia Libertarians help defeat proposed $200 million tax

http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0210/georgiatax.html

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11. Alachua County LP defeats $200 million tax increase

http://www.lp.org/lpn/9811-tax-FL.html

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12. New Jersey Libertarian helps defeat $9.8 million school spending question

http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0302/njschooltax.html

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13. Colorado: LP helps to derail $16 billion RTD tax increase

http://www.lp.org/lpn/9801-RTD.html

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14. Santa Clara County LP spearheads defeat of $59 million tax measures

http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0308/santaclara_tax.html

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15. San Mateo LP helps save taxpayers $223 million with bond measure defeat

http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0108/sanmateo.html

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16. San Diego LP stops tax boost

http://www.lp.org/lpn/9904-San-Diego.html

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17. San Diego Libertarian wins lawsuit to limit future tax hikes
www.lp.org/lpnews/0209/sandiego.html

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18. St. Louis Libertarians battle garden tax (no link, 1994)
http://www.lp.org/lpn/9401-garden-tax.html


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19. Legal challenge from Alabama Libertarians overturns 'job tax' in Montgomery County

http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0307/alabama_jobtax.html

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20. LP News October 1998 - Alabama Libertarians beat $697 million tax proposal

http://www.lp.org/lpn/9810-tax-AL.html

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At least 20 victories! Not to mention keeping one of the most abhorrent drug warriors, Bob Barr, out of the office ... Fighting for the equal ballot access (not a typical libertarian victory, but on the side of justice anyway), and many other I haven't mentioned here. KEEP your spirits UP!!

To everybody: save this list, or print it. We may use it in arguements and other converstations with non-libertarians, potential libertarians or libertarians outside this website, as the example list of lib successes. After all, LP is libertarian.
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Enjoy!
Critto

Lex Concord:
Quote from: Critto on March 01, 2004, 04:29:53 pm


At least 20 victories! Not to mention keeping one of the most abhorrent drug warriors, Bob Barr, out of the office ... Fighting for the equal ballot access (not a typical libertarian victory, but on the side of justice anyway), and many other I haven't mentioned here. KEEP your spirits UP!!



I'm all for optimism, and very appreciative of the efforts of LP members to reduce taxes or stop tax increases in their states.

Giving the LP credit for these victories is stretching things a bit, though.  In some cases they did "lead the fight," in others they were simply contributors.  There is a lot of resistance to tax hikes outside the LP, so many of these would have been defeated anyway.

As for successfully targeting Bob Barr for defeat, it is a mixed victory at best.  Barr is now working with the ACLU, trying to prevent the government from abusing civil liberties under the guise of the war on terrorism.  Whatever his views on punishing drug users, he may have been better on more important issues than many others in Congress.

My spirits are up, and I look forward to an unprecedented showing by the LP's presidential candidate in November.  I won't get too excited about the LP's successes, though, until it starts winning high profile races -- state legislature, governor, US House, and US Senate.

Maybe New Hampshire will lead the way.

Morpheus:
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As for successfully targeting Bob Barr for defeat, it is a mixed victory at best.  Barr is now working with the ACLU, trying to prevent the government from abusing civil liberties under the guise of the war on terrorism.  Whatever his views on punishing drug users, he may have been better on more important issues than many others in Congress.

Would you care to give an explanation as to how his [Republican] replacement is worse, if you could or would?

Lex Concord:
Quote from: Morpheus on March 01, 2004, 06:25:47 pm

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As for successfully targeting Bob Barr for defeat, it is a mixed victory at best.  Barr is now working with the ACLU, trying to prevent the government from abusing civil liberties under the guise of the war on terrorism.  Whatever his views on punishing drug users, he may have been better on more important issues than many others in Congress.

Would you care to give an explanation as to how his [Republican] replacement is worse, if you could or would?



John Linder may have turned out to be better than Barr (perhaps someone from Georgia can verify), but my point was that there were worse Representatives in the House who could have been targeted by the LP.

If Linder really was a better choice, targeting Barr with negative ads during the Republican primary was a good strategy, and should be repeated in other districts.

Lothar:
We need to take this a step further and put Libertarian in office on the state and federal level. Everyone here needs to join back up with the LP and support them in New Hampshire.

I would also like to welcome those that favor marijuana legalization to help the movement out by joining the Marijuana Policy Project.

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