Resolve to Become an LPME Member in 2017!


Salutations & Happy New Year fellow Libertarians,

My name is Chris and I was elected Chair for the Libertarian Party of Maine in May, 2016.
What nail biting, exciting years 2015 & 2016 have been for LPME. We did battle with the state and won. We did battle with the federal district court and won. We registered thousands of Libertarian voters. Our presidential candidate received over 5% of the votes in CD 1 and 6% in CD 2. We had two Libertarian presidential candidates seeking the nomination speak at our convention. And best of all, it seems that the state of Maine will be passing revised laws to ensure we maintain our official party status.
In view of our pending official party status, we are planning a special celebration of becoming Maine's fourth political party,most likely on April 15. We are bringing in noted speakers, food and hold a special convention to amend the bylaws so we can hold primaries in 2018. We are most hopeful you will be able to join us for this auspicious occasion.
Also, we are organizing local, informal meet ups for Libertarians in several areas during the month of January. An opportunity to converse and enjoy. This information will be available by Jan. 2 via the Libertarian Party of Maine facebook page and the LPME website; lpme.org.
I am contacting you to see if you would consider becoming a Maine Libertarian member. Your membership will help us to provide state candidates for the forth coming 2018 elections; including a candidate for Governor being on the ballot as a Libertarian.
The easiest way to become a member is to visit our website, lpme.org. We have been told it is one of the better websites for it is easy to navigate.
I trust this letter finds you and yours well and ready to advance the principles of freedom and liberty.
Best,
Chris Lyons
LPME - Chair
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Johnson/Weld ads now running in Maine

Reason magazine is reporting that the Americans Deserve Better PAC is running television and radio ads here in Maine's 2nd congressional district over the next two weeks.

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Ballot Access Update: WE WIN!!!

 

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.

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"World's Smallest Political Platform" adopted by the LPME

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…

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How to become a delegate to the Libertarian Party National Convention

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…

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Drug Legalization "Agnostic" is Asking for More DEA Action in a Medical Journal

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?

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LPME Chairman on WVOM Radio

Listen to Jorge Maderal on WVOM FM 101.3 103.9 or AM 1450 on Thursday, March 12 at 7:30AM

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Summary of LD 531 - Maine Fourth Amendment Protection Act

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.

 

SUMMARY

 

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.

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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.

SUMMARY

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.

 

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Direct Pay Primary Care

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.

 

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