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Exclusive: Libertarians Win Historical Lawsuit Against Election Committee

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Jim Tomasik: Libertarian Candidate for Tennessee State House & Libertarian Party Of Tennessee Chairman

Last year Jim Tomasik was elected as the Tennessee Libertarian Party chairman. Tomasik promised to bring change to the libertarian party of Tennessee (LPTN), make the party a viable force within the state and work tirelessly. Last year at the LPTN state convention one voter asked Tomasik, “Are you willing to put your name on a lawsuit in order to win libertarians the right to be on the ballot?” Tomasik answered, “Of course.”

A report compiled by the LPTN, the Constitution Party and the Green Party of Tennessee shows that the state has some of the most restrictive ballot access laws in the country.

Tomasik found himself in an opportune moment to prove himself to those who voted him in. State Representative Lois DeBerry passed away last July from pancreatic cancer. Tomasik was encouraged by supporters to run for the seat. Currently, no republican is seeking the nomination for the 91st State House district. Ramesh Akbari (D) won the democratic nominee weeks ago.

Tomasik decided to throw his hat in. Originally, Tomasik says he was listed as a Libertarian. However, Mark Goins, the republican appointed election coordinator, demanded Tomasik’s party affiliation be changed to “independent”. After Tomasik’s party affiliation was changed, he sued.

Federal Judge William J. Haynes, Jr., chief judge of the Middle Tennessee district delivered his ruling on the case last night. The case, Tomasik et al v. Goins et al, was a major victory for minor parties in the state of Tennessee seeking ballot access.

Judge Haynes ruled that Tomasik not being granted ballot access as a Libertarian was detrimental to his and his voters’ 1st Amendment rights.

Tomasik will be the first candidate listed as a libertarian in the state’s history. As of now, the race is between Tomasik (L) and Akbari (D). Early voting begins today and will last for approximately 2 weeks. The special election will be held on November 21st.

Tomasik spoke with us in an exclusive interview:

Yesterday’s decision in 6th Circuit Federal Court is a milestone for the 1st Amendment in Tennessee. I’m very honored to be the first Libertarian Candidate vying for a Tennessee legislative seat in history to have proper party recognition. Judge Haynes has ordered Mark Goins, State of Tennessee coordinator of Elections, and the Shelby County Election Commission to correct their deceptive attempt to keep vital information from voters in House District 91 by ordering them to change my ballot designation back to libertarian instead of independent. The current election laws were ruled unconstitutional due to the absurd 40k signature requirement, which even the majority party would not have been able to attain within the given time frame.

The LPTN and other minor parties are working with a few state legislators to make Tennessee’s election laws less exclusive.

The LPTN does not yet have a copy of the ruling. However, a link will be provided once it is delivered. To learn more about Tomasik and receive updates about this story visit his official website.

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Breaking: The Republican Liberty Caucus endorses U.S. Senate candidate Lee Bright against Lindsey Graham

Today the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Lee Bright against Sen. Lindsey Graham. This is the first time a major national organization has backed a specific opponent of Lindsey Graham’s in this race. Sources told Benswann.com  that the endorsement was unanimous after a detailed consideration process, candidate survey, and direct Q&A with the candidate.

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According to the RLC, the other Graham opponents declined to fill out surveys to go on the record about specific issues with the RLC (including Nancy Mace and Richard Cash).

The RLC recently backed Mark Sanford and was an early backer of Ted Cruz in Texas and Mike Lee in Utah during their primaries.

The endorsement will be announced in a series of press conferences across South Carolina on Wednesday.

The press conferences will be held in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston.

Lee Bright will be speaking at each and will be available to talk to voters and the press.

 

According to Fitsnews.com, “U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s campaign is said to be in “meltdown mode” based on internal polling done in the wake of his conflicted votes on Obamacare last week.”

Clemson political science professor Dave Woodard conducted a poll recently and found only 31 percent of South Carolina’s Republicans plan to vote to re-elect Graham, regardless of who else was in the race.

Last week the Greenville County GOP, the largest and most influential party in the state, joined other county parties to officially censure Senator Graham. The censure resolution cites 29 points where Graham is said to have strayed from or violated the GOP platform, sided with Democrats, and openly ridiculed members of his own party.

*The Republican Liberty Caucus is a nationwide grassroots organization founded in 1991 to advance free markets, limited government, and individual liberty within the Republican Party. More about the RLC can be found at www.rlc.org. More about the South Carolina chapter can be found at www.rlcsc.org. Joshua Cook, the author of this article is the Chairman of the RLC Greenville Chapter.

Ron Paul Gives His 2016 GOP Presidential Nominee Prediction (VIDEO)

It’s no secret that the retired congressman from Texas has a gift for predicting the future. If you take a leisurely scroll through his Youtube videos you’ll note that just about everything Paul predicts comes to bear fruit within the next 4-8 years.

Last night Ron Paul made a promotional appearance on Jay Leno to promote his new book, which deals with America’s failing education system. Leno spoke only briefly about Paul’s latest book, and instead focused on 2016.

Leno asked Paul if Rand would be running in 2016, to which Paul replied, “We don’t really talk about it.”

However, when Paul was asked by Leno who he thought would get the Republican nomination for 2016 he replied, “Probably someone from Texas, who now lives in Kentucky.”

Many have been speculating that the Kentucky Senator will run for the president in 2016.  His recent tour stops all across the country certainly seem to insinuate so.

Ron’s only advice to Rand, “Be very cautious. You could get elected.”