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Candidate Interviews : interviews by libertarianprogressive.com - A real Election Channel - because we cover everyone on the ballot.  There is more happening on election day than just the Presidential race - Congress a co-equal branch, deserves co-equal attention.

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~ US Election 2016 - Ask Yourself This . . . What If THIS was Congress? 
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Does competition matter?

The fundamental question is Not : whether one should vote for independent or 3rd party candidates - Rather :
WHY? DO REPUBLICANS & DEMOCRATS REPRESS EQUAL COMPETITION IN DEBATES AND ELECTIONS?
 Who are they disallowing? (ask yourself this) because if they do that to Them - they ARE doing it to You and to all of Us -
 we ARE the independents and 3rd party's; as more people realize this (and the consequences thereof) there will be more questions, options, relevant information and choices.


Is WHAT matters - HOW the game is played?

 

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+ anyone else who would like to help, participate, share ideas & etc - please use the same contact information below herein.

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Intro / Purpose  Timeline / About Us:  Page Up

LibertarianProgressive.com is an independent media organization we interview independent and 3rd party candidates who are on the ballot (Green Party, independents, Libertarians, No Party Affiliation and other parties).

We believe if a candidate is on the ballot and has a statistical chance to win then a responsible media will include them in the debates and interview them, to educate and inform the public of their options.

Our goal is to interview 50+ candidates every 2 year election cycle (mainly for the US House of Representatives, but not exclusively) & reach a large audience.

This year - 2016 - we interviewed 48 on the ballot, independent and third party candidates running for the US House & Senate from a full spectrum of American politics (to our knowledge this is the most independent and third party candidate interviews conducted by one organization in this election season).

We try exclusively to conduct interviews where the candidate is the only 3rd option and will continue to do so (to build consensus).  We launched in 2012 - it was a passion of love for truth - we exercised our responsibility and our right of a free press to get the word out.  In 2012 we interviewed 50+ on the ballot, independent and third party candidates running for the US House & Senate from a full spectrum of American politics (to our knowledge this is the most independent and third party candidate interviews conducted by one organization in a campaign season).

Most states have independent and third party candidates on the ballot (running for many different offices).  Please check your Department of Elections, and our resources, for more information.

We are not telling people who to vote for, rather, we are asking questions and presenting news about options, endorsing a more fair system.

The reason for the goal of 50+ interviews, of independent and 3rd party candidates on the ballot, every 2 year (US House) election season is - 50 represents one for each state.

Imagine if, We the People, elected even one independent or third party representative to Congress - in each of the 50 states.  If that goal is seen as a national movement, perhaps it might make it easier for independent and third party candidates - they could ~ ride the wave.

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Featured Interviews (will update at periodic times [to listen & watch all interviews click here]):

Interview w/ Craig Bowden - Libertarian - US House - District 1 - Utah - 2016 - http://craig4congress.org/    
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Interview w/ Paul McCollaum - Constitution Party - US House - District 2 - Utah - 2016 - https://www.mccollaumforcongress.us/ 
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Interview w/ Rudy Barnes - American Party - US House - District 5 - South Carolina - 2016 - http://www.rudybarnesforcongress.com/   
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Non-divisive Issues:  Page Up

What does LibertarianProgressive mean?  What is consensus?

There are about 324 million people in the USA.
 
There are about 219 million people eligible to vote and about 146 million registered to vote.
 
42% are independent
29% are Democrats
26% are Republicans
<1% are special interests
Who has the most influence do you think?

If there were 10 issues important to you, and 5 issues had popular consensus and 5 didn't, which 5 would you prioritize first?

LibertarianProgressive is advocating uniting and winning, instead of being divided & conquered.

There will be plenty of time to argue on things that we disagree about AFTER we pass legislation regarding important things we agree upon :

1. Accountability & Transparency reforms, freedom of information, integrity safeguards, auditing our government.

2. Civil Liberties, NSA privacy & spying, preserving the Bill of Rights, due process.

3. Corporate Cronyism, Lobbyists, no bid contracts, bailouts, the revolving door.

4. Military Spending, mission creep, regime change foreign policy, Congressional approval & oversight.

5. Ending the Drug War, reform the justice system, asset forfeiture, demilitarization of police, private prisons, mandatory minimums, quotas, racial profiling, industrial hemp.

6. Election reform, open primaries, Election Day holiday, fair debates, rank or score voting, none of the above option, paper trail.

7. Fair and Free Trade.

8. Promoting an environment of growth and opportunity, less regulation and more competition for small and mid-sized businesses.

There are 435 members in the US House of Representatives, elected every 2 years - it was designed that way on purpose, to be the least resistant, most peaceful and quickest path to reform, in our democratically elected Republic.

Talking with people regarding Congress is a lot less divisive then Presidential politics.

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If there is an argument which says getting rid of no bid contracts, corporate cronyism, private prisons, insiders in the FDA (a revolving door of pharmaceutical executives) & etc - would be a great loss of jobs (that are provided from the rest of us who pay for it w/ taxes while trying to compete) then I would say it is good that we hadn't subsidized the horse & buggy indefinitely right?  These are jobs that not only hold us back, they hurt us and cause misery & destruction - one might find or not find reasons to subsidize or invest and have a healthy public sector - that is debatable - I would say if we do, then at least invest in things which are productive like solar, space or discovery & exploration instead of treating people like cattle & making them pay for it; what about the potential of what could be if our time = money = energy & efforts were spent more wisely and with better accountability to the tax payer.  It is time to reset a more proper foundation.

In my opinion it's a shame we haven't built a stronger coalition, however, I do see it forming.  The weight of these issues are too heavy to ignore and the best way I see of addressing (championing & legislation) these is to unite at least for a time and build a better understanding doing so.  I am learning I must say and these opinions can change, though I feel steadfast in these certain principles listed herein.  The main difference between libertarians and progressives is organizing publicly through government and the idea of voluntarism - I think (IMHO) libertarians (and most everyone) need to think of the right order of events to make their ideas become reality and consider that when voluntary the government can be a trusted, accountable public tool to help people organize and to form - let's say a public health option (w/ no mandate, 'voluntary' of course) that charges whatever it costs to run it, i.e. pays for itself and is voluntary (still saving money in regards to overhead from advertising, executive pay, bulk purchases, etc) like the postal service (ironically - it is always picked on, but because it is voluntary and pays for itself it should actually be the ideal government program for conservatives and libertarians - and if it is not, then one should really think it through as to why not); progressives need to consider ways to do things which are accountable and that are based on voluntarism too.  Both need to recognize the value of what each are saying - especially between the lines and talk, discuss and debate and fight for our rights and what we agree upon.  Eventually beyond the 8 issues listed above (which are the Main Focus) the solutions are in voluntary public options - I will have more to share regarding that later.

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1. Reach out - organize, do a little each day, call your Representatives and let them know you care - put the heat on - think big picture if we all participate.

2. Elections - Congressional and local elections; where we can realistically make gains in the freedom movement is w/ Congress.  Expanding on that - there is usually someone on the ballot who qualified (to give you another option) running for the House or Senate who is NPA (no party affiliation) or independent or Libertarian or Green, etc - for a time let us put aside our differences and unite on our common issues listed above and if any candidate will take their oath to the Constitution seriously and live up to defending and fighting for these issues let us support them.

3. Also support independent and 3rd party candidates not in your district - after all they will effect the laws you live by.  If you have only one alternate choice - e.g. only a Green Party candidate or only a Libertarian candidate in your district then support them this year - as there are many fusion candidates on the ballot fighting for issues, which unite us.

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+ Listings for where to find each states Department of Elections / Secretary of State - most states (except for about 10) have a candidates list: 
http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/cfsdd/cfsdd.shtml (See State Disclosure Offices)

http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/contact_your_state.aspx (another great resource, maybe better)

+ (the above has been the best resources we've used combined w/ http://votesmart.org (about 95% accurate)
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https://ballotpedia.org / https://ballotpedia.org/State_Politics

+ Libertarian Party & Green Party candidates list (great resources - about 95% accurate): 
http://www.lp.org/2016-libertarian-party-candidates

http://www.gp.org/2016_candidates

+ The best resources we've used so far to find Congressional districts:
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members 

http://www.nationalatlas.gov/ (will update)

+ https://www.congress.gov/

+ http://meetup.com - start and / or join a meetup of interest

+ Here is a website that gets an honorable mention w/ good information : http://www.noneoftheabove.us/ 

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