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Fall 2019 - Volume #1 - Issue #1  
 
 
 

The AZLP NewsLetter, 48th & LIBERTY

 
   
 

Welcome to the first edition of 48th & Liberty!

     This newsletter will be sent out every two months to Arizona Libertarians who have provided the Party with an email address (or physical mailing address if no access to email). Our name reflects our presence at the intersection of a ballot status political party recognized by the state, on the one hand, and that our compass is always set for freedom, on the other. 48th & Liberty will be publishing party events and news items of interest. Editorials and op-eds may be submitted for publication subject to editorial review.
Have a news item or an activity coming up of interest?
Let us know! events@azlp.org or secretary@azlp.org.

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“Faithless Elector”,

U.S.10th Circuit

 
 

Collapse of the Two-Party System, or Victory for Conscience?

     The U.S. 10th Circuit ruled on August 21, 2019 that, like any other ballot, presidential electors in the Electoral College are free to vote for the candidate they choose, and are NOT required to follow the popular vote in their states. (Arizona is part of the U.S. 9th Circuit; the 10th includes our sister states Utah and New Mexico, which along with us are part of the U.S. Libertarian Party’s Region 1). The 10th Circuit ruled that states may choose electors by any manner the state wishes; state political parties may request “loyalty oaths” from chosen Electors but the oath does not have force of law.

     But when an elector reports to cast his/her vote in the Electoral College, the elector is fulfilling a federal function for a federal entity, and the state’s authority over the elector’s action ends. Washington’s state supreme court decided the opposite.

     Freedom oriented electors (represented by Equal Citizens) in Washington state intend to appeal the Washington ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Stay tuned!

 
 
 
 

REST IN FREEDOM,
CHRISTOPHER COLE

The AZLP was saddened to learn that Christopher Cole, Chair of the Pima County LP since 2017, passed away unexpectedly on July 16 at age 69.
Chris was an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. He retired to Tucson in 1988. He was last stationed at Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Air Force Base as an avionics technician.
Chris was an advocate for veterans, the homeless, and members of the glbt community. He frequently raised issues at the Pima County Board of Supervisors’ meetings. The Superviors held a moment of silence in Chris’ memory at their August meeting. Chris’ hobbies included gaming, history, and vintage aircraft; he was writing a science fiction book at the time of his death. He is survived by two younger brothers, Walter and Eugene. His brother Danny predeceased him.
The Pima County LP held a reorganizing meeting for the sake of electing a new chair on August 24. Laila Aussie, who served previously as Pima’s Treasurer, was elected.
— Emily Goldberg AZLP Board
 
 
 
 
 

AZLP Takes Signature Requirement Violating Our Right of Free Association to U.S. Supreme Court

The Arizona Libertarian Party will file a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to appeal the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ rejection of our application for preliminary injunction to prevent the state from enforcing the signature collection requirements put in place by the Republican-controlled legislature in 2015. Those requirements increased the number of signatures the LP’s candidates have to gather roughly 8-fold from 2014 and before.
We are now required to collect signatures from Independents (and those registered in parties not recognized by Arizona). The AZLP has successfully sued the State of Arizona in the past concerning our right of free association, winning the right to keep our primary closed (or open it to Independents) as the party wishes. It defies logic that we require the signature of a person to get on the ballot who cannot then vote for that candidate in an election. We’ll keep you posted!

 
 
 
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Did you Know?

     The AZLP has ballot status in Arizona, meaning that our candidates for state-level (and federal) offices appear on the printed ballot. We have county-level ballot status in Maricopa, Pima, and Gila counties.
     We have monthly meetings in Maricopa County, Pima County, Gila County and Yuma County.
Yuma County meets the first Monday of the month at Freedom Library, 2035 S. Arizona Ave, Yuma at 5:00 p.m. Maricopa County meets the second Monday of the month at Coco’s Restaurant, 2026 N. 7th St., Phoenix, 85006 at 7:00 p.m. (dinner at 6:00 p.m.). Gila County Meetings are held 7:00 PM the third Tuesday of every month at Tiny's Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson AZ 85541. Pima County LP meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Fronimos Greek Café, 3242 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, at 7:00 p.m. (dinner at 6:00 p.m.).
     County organizations are growing in Pinal County, Yuma County, Mohave County, Yavapai County, Navajo County and Cochise County. (Want to help us get ballot status for those? Write to  Treasurer@azlp.org.)
     We have registered voters, but do not have current county organizations, in the counties of Apache CouLa Paz, Greenlee, Coconino, Graham and Santa Cruz.
     Do you live in one of these counties and ready to take on a monthly commitment to a leadership role?
Please contact Chair Howard B. at chairman@azlp.org for guidance and assistance!

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AZLP Events—Come Out and See Us!

     AZLP promotes our brand and outreaches to voters is by tabling at community and holiday events around the state. This is a chance to educate voters, share our platform, share policy sheets, collect candidate signatures, and promote or oppose legislation.
This year, we’ve been to:

Yuma County Fair, April 2-7, 2019
Gary Hardt Memorial Rode in Payson May 16-18, 2019
Show Low Days in Navajo Co. June 7-9, 2019
Kingman Pride in Mohave Co., June 7-9, 2019
Family Labor Day and BBQ Maricopa Co. , Sept. 2, 2019
Northern Gila County Fair in Payson Sept. 5-8, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS :

Executive Committee Meeting—10:00 a.m. October 26, 2019, Chandler
Clean Elections Debate—2:00 p.m. October 26, 2019, Phoenix Convention Center
Maricopa Co. Halloween Event— TBA
State Committee Meeting— January 25, 2020, Tucson, AZ, venue TBA. Programming includes Presidential Candidates debate, selection of delegates to national convention
National Convention, Austin, TX, May 21-25, 2020
 

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