Salutations & Happy New Year fellow Libertarians,
Court Ruling reinstates Libertarian Party voter registrations, enabling Libertarian Presidential ballot access.
Today (Friday, May 27th), Judge John Woodcock of the US District Court ruled for injunctive relief in the Libertarian Party of Maine's lawsuit against the Maine Secretary of State, reinstating 4513 enrollments of registered voters in the Libertarian Party, and extending the period of time required to achieve 5000 enrolled members to July 12, 2016.
This means that if 487 more people register to vote as Libertarians, the Libertarian Party will have their Presidential nominee on the November ballot in Maine.
This news is timely as the Libertarian Party is holding their national convention in Orlando, Florida this weekend (Friday, May 27th to Monday May 30th) to nominate their Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates.
Amongst the contenders for the nomination are former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, television producer and libertarian activist Austin Petersen who spoke at the Maine Libertarian convention. Both of these candidates tied for first in a straw poll held at the Maine Libertarian convention.
The final presidential debate, will be held Saturday evening (May 28th), at 8 P.M., to be broadcast live on C-SPAN.
The nominating elections will be held Sunday morning (May 29th), and will be covered live on C-SPAN.
At our recent state convention the LPME adopted it's platform:
"The Libertarian Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope or power of government at any level or for any purpose."
That's whole thing, in one plank. It's short, simple, and to the point.
To learn more about it's origins, read on…Read more
The Libertarian Party National Convention will be this May 27 - 30 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Orlando, Florida.
Maine has allocated to it seven delegate seats.
What goes on at a national convention, and how can you become a Maine delegate? Read on…Read more
Respectable professors at the top of American academia are eager to give advice on regulation of marijuana edibles. The preeminent New England Journal of Medicine this month features an article with the title 'Half-Baked — The Retail Promotion of Marijuana Edibles' by Robert MacCoun, a Stanford Law School professor, writing about the dangers of inadequate regulation of marijuana edibles. It looks like MacCoun, who previously published 'An Agnostic's Guide to the Drug Legalization Debate,' has studied the matter and is ready to advise governments on minute details of pot regulation.
Despite the timely subject matter, the article carries the baggage of fear and prohibition. Instead of using a picture of a modern labeled and regulated product from Colorado, the authors used a nine year old picture from the DEA website that I am attaching here.
While the picture is meant to illustrate for doctors the risks of accidental poisoning of children, it also illustrates the point that even a seemingly forward looking expert is stuck in the past. Instead of making suggestions for how Colorado and Washington can do better today, MacCoun laments the "wide berth" enjoyed by the edibles industry, "that federal agencies are unwilling or unable to narrow."
So here is the state of affairs in 2015. While citizens are using the ballot initiative process in many states to move forward with marijuana legalization, an elite law school professor who claims that he is a legalization agnostic is using a nine year old picture to tell the readers of a medical journal that the DEA is not doing enough. Hasn't DEA done enough already?
Listen to Jorge Maderal on WVOM FM 101.3 103.9 or AM 1450 on Thursday, March 12 at 7:30AM
An Act To Establish the Maine Fourth Amendment Protection Act
Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn and Senators: DAVIS of Piscataquis, PATRICK of Oxford, Representatives: BATES of Westbrook, CHIPMAN of Portland, RUSSELL of Portland, SIROCKI of Scarborough.
This bill prohibits the State and its political subdivisions from assisting, participating with or providing material support or resources to enable or facilitate a federal agency in the collection or use of a person's electronic data or metadata without the person's informed consent, without a warrant based upon probable cause that particularly describes the person, place or thing to be searched or seized or without acting in accordance with a legally recognized exception to the warrant requirements.
LPME Supports LD 507 (An Act To Allow Primary Petition Signature Requirements To Be Proportional with Party Enrollment)
We support LD 507, a bill introduced by Rep. Ben Chipman (I-Portland). This bill, if it becomes law, will improve ballot access for representatives of small political parties. We believe that a diversity of opinions and ideas that small party candidates bring to the process improves the electorate's understanding of the issues and leads to more engagement.
The hearing on the bill will be on Monday, March 9 in Room 437 of the State House. LPME chairman Jorge Maderal is planning to testify in support of this measure. The bill summary appears below.
This bill changes the law governing a candidate's nomination by primary election for the office of Governor, United States Senator or Representative to Congress. It changes the number of signatures required on a primary petition for the office of Governor or United States Senator to be 1% of the voters enrolled in the candidate's party and residing in the candidate's electoral district as of December 1st of the year before the election or the current minimum requirement of 2,000 voters, whichever is less. It also changes the number of signatures required on a primary petition for the office of Representative to Congress to be 1% of the voters so enrolled or the current minimum of 1,000 voters, whichever is less.
Direct Primary Care, also called ‘concierge’ or ‘retainer’ medicine, is a rapidly growing model of medical practice that is based on a direct pay relationship between doctors and patients that does not include government programs or insurance companies.
Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance companies have turned the US health care system into a nightmare that is bad for both doctors and patients. Billing payors accounts for 40% of a medical practice’s overhead. The ratio of doctors to other medical system staff in the US is 1 to 16. Of the 16 staff, 6 are in direct patient care (nurses, nurses aides, therapists, etc), while the other 10 are administrators and managers. In this environment the doctor has to provide enough services to earn a living and then make an additional $823,000 to pay labor costs of the support staff. (The $823,000 is for labor costs only; office and equipment overhead cost more.)
The patients are troubled by inconveniently scheduled appointments, long wait times and impossible billing issues as doctors struggle to see and bill enough patients to support the system. A conservative estimate is that an average US physician needs 17.4 hours to complete a day’s worth of work. In a well publicized survey, the majority of physicians describe their morale as negative, and nearly a third are planning an exit from the profession during prime working age.
Enter Direct Primary Care. This Time magazine article does an excellent job describing the service and is definitely worth reading. This service was previously called ‘concierge’ or ‘retainer’ medicine, implying that it was only for the wealthy, but it has become clear that this service is very affordable. It may seem shocking that attentive, thoughtful and unrushed primary care medicine actually costs only $800-$1500 per year, but that is the market rate for a satisfied patient and a happy doctor. It is amazing what happens when $823,000 per year, imposed on a doctor-patient relationship from the outside, is discarded. A reader of my previous blog post regarding the costs of MaineCare expansion commented that she was disappointed that that taxpayers were paying medical bills for the 43% of MaineCare recipients who smoke tobacco. I cannot resist pointing out that smoking one pack per day at $2400 per year costs 2 to 3 times more than the Direct Primary Care service in the above article.