Augustus Invictus: On the road to victory!

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From Augustus Invictus’ Facebook page, August 27th, 2016:

Fellow Liberty Lover,

As many of you know, we are just days from the very first Libertarian U.S. Senate primary in Florida’s history. It is more important than ever that we keep our revolution going.

Over the past couple of years we have gradually, yet unmistakably, risen to prominence within the Libertarian Party of Florida and started a movement which has begun to shake and deconstruct the corrupt foundations of the deceitful, intrusive political landscape surrounding us nationally.

We will not stop until we seize power from the gridlocked elite in Washington and return that power in the People, from whose grasp it should never have been taken. . .

And while it has been a tough road, filled with countless personal attacks on Augustus Invictus, his family, and the Invictus campaign, still we continue to persevere together. We continue to rise above these challenges together. We don’t stop here. . .

We keep fighting “the good fight” for you and the future of America.

In just a few days we face the primary election against “Statist” Stanton. Stanton’s campaign strategy can be wrapped up in the following statement: “I might not be perfect, but at least I didn’t drink goat’s blood!” He then proceeds to avoid public debate or interaction with Augustus Invictus, no matter how hard we tried.

But here’s the really sad part: his strategy is working. . . at least with the people who don’t really know Augustus Invictus, have not yet heard him speak, or have not yet read his ideas in writing.

If everyone reading this donated merely $3, it would provide enough funds to spread the word even further – enough to win the primary.

Once Libertarians see with their own eyes, what the candidates stand for, once we can compare and contrast Invictus with Stanton, there is no contest. We are easily swayed to support Augustus Invictus for U.S. Senate.

Really, it would not take much to “slam dunk” the entire primary campaign. Invictus has the platform, the legal experience, and the depth of understanding how the worlds of politics and legislature operate. Were we able to get our liberty message to the voters, the next step of our revolutionary campaign would be in the bag.

Time is running out and we need your help today. . .

Please help us drive our revolution forward. As the nominee for a U.S. Senate seat from the 3rd largest political party in the country, Augustus Invictus will have a platform we can use to bring real and lasting change to the United States Government.

All of this takes money and that’s why we are reaching out today. . .

We pledge to persevere with all diligence in until we bring about the government American people want and deserve. We will not stop fighting for you.

Whether you choose to share $3, $30, or $300 today, your support is greatly appreciated.

Now is the time to dig even further. We are drawing close to the next step in our journey to fundamentally change politics in our nation’s capital, help catapult Augustus Invictus over the top.

http://www.InvictusForSenate.com

Gary Johnson campaign opens Illinois Victory Center in Chicago (photos)

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(Photo: Alex Braverman)

On August 20th, 2016, the Gary Johnson campaign opened an Illinois Victory Center at 2305 W Foster Ave in Chicago. The campaign held a housewarming party and open to the public to officiate the occasion.

Alex Braverman, a 61-year old immigrant from Russia and a Johnson supporter who told ATPR that he was never before involved in the political process until this election, attended the event and provided ATPR with pictures. Braverman, who donated a coffee machine to the brand new office, said that roughly a dozen people attended the event, but no members of mainstream media outlets like the Chicago Tribune were present. Braverman is the owner of Alex Braverman Photography.

Below are several photos Braverman provided to ATPR, as well as a few taken from Facebook (ATPR would sincerely like to thank Mr. Braverman for providing his photos and providing some background):

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(Photo: Alex Braverman)

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An attendee uploaded a two-minute video tour of the office as well on the Illinois for Gary Johnson 2016 Facebook page:

Another video was posted on the page the same day featuring Justin Tucker, the Illinois for Gary Johnson volunteer coordinator:

A social followed the office opening at a nearby locale:

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Claire Bell, Libertarian Party candidate for Illinois comptroller (Photo: Alex Braverman)

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(Photo: Alex Braverman)

Meanwhile, on August 27th, 2016, the Illinois for Gary Johnson Victory Center held a phone bank for the Libertarian presidential ticket.

This ATPR editor reached out to a member of the Johnson campaign who attended the August 20th event with some questions regarding the new office, the grand opening, the office’s hours of operation and the purposes for which it will be utilized. If the campaign authorizes the brief interview, ATPR will publish the answers as soon as we receive them.

As of today, the Johnson/Weld campaign has not yet announced when it will hold a rally in the Land of Lincoln. The campaign did announce earlier today, however, that Johnson and Weld will speak at a Serbian center in nearby Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 1st.

Constitution Party releases new ballot access map

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Earlier today, the Constitution Party released a new, updated ballot access map for its presidential candidate, Darrell Castle. According to the nation’s foremost ballot access expert, Richard Winger of Ballot Access News, Castle will likely be on the ballot in 25 or 26 states, for a total access to 211 or 222 Electoral College Votes, respectively. In 2012, Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode was on the ballot in 26 states.

The Constitution Party’s latest ballot access achievement was in Arkansas, which marks a special victory for the Constitution Party of Arkansas as Goode was not on the ballot in the Natural State four years ago.

The Constitution Party has not yet polled over 200,000 votes for president. The party’s best showing was when Chuck Baldwin, whose running mate was none other than Castle, received 199,880 votes (0.15%) in the 2008 presidential election.

Jill Stein answers science questions

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From Jill2016.com, August 26th, 2016:

CNN recently sent a series of science-related questions to Jill Stein for a feature story. Here are the questions with Dr. Stein’s full, unedited answers, including links to research she cited.

What is Dr. Stein’s explicit position on vaccines and her concern with the FDA and CDC?

Vaccines are a critical part of our public health system. I have always been pro-vaccine, and in fact as the only candidate who supports universal health care as a right, in effect, I am the most pro-vaccine and pro-health candidate in this race. Vaccines prevent serious epidemics that would cause harm to many people and that is why they are a foundation to a strong public health system. Polio is an important example. So is H Flu – a bacteria that caused serious illness, including meningitis, in 20,000 children a year in the US, before development of the H flu vaccine.

As a doctor, I’m concerned that many Americans don’t trust the FDA. Why not? For starters, the current FDA commissioner appointed by President Obama was a highly paid consultant for big pharmaceutical corporations, as Senator Sanders pointed out in opposing his nomination. In the case of Vioxx, the FDA approved a profitable pain reliever that caused up to 140,000 cases of heart disease, and eventried to silence its own scientists who discovered this deadly side effect.

Read the rest of the interview at Jill2016.com.

Gary Johnson and Bill Weld hold rally in Boston, MA

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The Gary Johnson campaign held a rally earlier today in Boston, Massachusetts (Photo: Facebook)

The Libertarian presidential and vice-presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Bill Weld held a campaign rally in Boston Commons in the state capital of Massachusetts. The campaign did not live stream the rally on Facebook like it did the day before in Lewiston, Maine, but a YouTube user uploaded the full event featuring both governors an hour ago (video length: 43 minutes):

Green Party Regains Qualified Status in Delaware

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August 20 was the Delaware deadline for parties to finish their registration drive, to be qualified parties in Delaware. The state requires 653 registered members and the Green Party had slipped below that number earlier this year. But the party then increased its registration to 662.

The American Delta Party put on a last-minute voter registration drive, and submitted approximately 1,000 registration cards. But because Delaware does not permit members of one party to switch their registration to another party during the months before a primary, only the new voters counted. Therefore, the American Delta Party now only has 322 registered voters, not enough to qualify for the 2016 election. The Delaware primary is September 13, the last primary in the nation.

The parties that were already qualified in Delaware are Democratic, Independent, Libertarian, and Republican.

Virginia Receives Four Presidential Petitions

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The Virginia deadline for independent presidential petitions, and the presidential nominees of unqualified parties, is August 26. The state received four petitions that may have enough valid signatures: for Rocky De La Fuente, Gary Johnson, Evan McMullin, and Jill Stein. Because most of the Johnson signatures were turned in early, the state has already determined that Johnson petition is valid. The state is still working on checking the Stein, McMullin, and De La Fuente petitions.

The Constitution Party submitted a petition, but it has already been held not to have enough valid signatures, because the number of signatures was below 5,000, and the requirement is 5,000. The Independent Green Party turned in a petition for Gail Parker, but it only has 4,312 signatures, so it is not valid.

Since November 1997, the only ballot-qualified parties in Virginia have been the Democratic and Republican Parties.

Jill Stein Will Submit Triple the Requirement in Wyoming

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The Wyoming petition deadline for independent candidates is Monday, August 29. This news story says Jill Stein will turn in over 10,000 signatures, even though only 3,302 are required. This is a wise move on her part. Wyoming petition validity is usually quite low.

David Earl Williams III files for official write-in status for Congress in IL-9th

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David Earl Williams III

David Earl Williams III, a write-in candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 9th district, filed for official write-in status with the Cook County Elections Board earlier today. Williams is affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Illinois, but due to Illinois’ restrictive ballot access laws, he is running as a write-in candidate (in Illinois, there are only three ballot qualified third party candidates for Congress  -Green candidates Rob Sherman (5th district), Paula Bradshaw (12 district) and independent candidate David Gill (13 district). Williams will be attending and speaking to a meeting of the Libertarian Party of Chicago on September 6th, where he may ask the party members to support his campaign, and ATPR plans on covering the event.

Williams provided ATPR with images of the paperwork he filed with the government:

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Williams told ATPR that he will receive an official letter certifying his write-in candidacy in a week or so. Williams’ former deputy campaign manager, Phil Collins, received 66 write-in votes in the same district in the 2014 general election after Williams narrowly lost the GOP primary; however, Williams  is aiming to receive thousands of votes in his own write-in campaign this year. The former Ron Paul 2012 grassroots activist, U.S. Navy veteran and author of Valor Tale updated his campaign website with information on how to cast a write-in vote for his candidacy:

How to vote for me

It’s Time To Vote (WRITE-IN) David Earl Williams III for Congress!

Voters can vote for a write-in candidate on a paper ballot or a touch screen.
On a paper ballot (See Example Below):

     1. Write the name of the write-in candidate on the line provided in a  particular race.

      2. Mark the corresponding arrow

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On a touch screen (See Example Below):

    1. Press the “write-in” box at the bottom of the list of candidates.

    2. A keyboard will appear.

3. Type a name using the letters on the keyboard and space key to separate the first and last name

    4. When finished, press “OK.”

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Early Voting and General Election Information

September 29 – The statutory beginning of the “Early Voting” period at the Cook County Clerk’s office, 69 W. Washington, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60602

Early voting begins Monday, October 24th at sites across the district takes place Monday through Saturday between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM and lasts until November 7th. The General election is on November 8th.

You must bring a Photo ID in order to participate in voting early and for the General election.

Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

  • A current and valid photo identification
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Lease or contract for residence
  • Student ID and mail addressed to voter’s residence
  • Government document

Suburban voters must vote in suburban polling places and Chicago voters must vote in Chicago polling places, however you do not need to vote in your own town or ward.

Suburban Early Voting Locations

Wilmette – Centennial Park – 2300 Old Glenview Road
Des Plaines – City of Des Plaines – 1420 Miner St.
Evanston – Evanston Civic Center – 2100 Ridge Ave.
Glenview – Glenview Village Hall – 1225 Waukegan Road
Morton Grove – Morton Grove Village Hall – 6101 Capulina Ave.
Norridge – Norridge Village Hall – 4000 N. Olcott Ave.
Park Ridge – Park Ridge City Hall – 505 Butler Place Park Ridge
Skokie – Skokie Village Hall 5127 – Oakton St.
Skokie – Skokie Courthouse – 5600 W. Old Orchard Road

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City of Chicago Early Voting Locations

40th Ward – Budlong Woods Library – 5630 N. Lincoln Ave.
41st Ward – Roden Library – 6083 N. Northwest Hwy.
44th Ward – Merlo Library – 644 W. Belmont Ave.
45th Ward – Edgebrook Library – 5331 W. Devon Ave.
46th Ward – Truman College – 1145 W. Wilson Ave.
48th Ward – Edgewater Library – 1210 W. Elmdale Ave.
49th Ward – Pottawattomie Park – 7340 N. Rogers Ave.
50th Ward – Warren Park – 6601 N. Western Ave

Chicago Location Finder

Grace Period Registration

Anybody who has not yet registered to vote must do so in person at the Skokie Courthouse (5600 W. Old Orchard Rd.) or at the Cook County building in Downtown Chicago (69 W. Washington)

Are You Registered?

Check if you are registered to vote in Cook County:

http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/voterprofile/Pages/default.aspx#

Absentee Voting

Registered voters can cast absentee ballots by mail or in person before Election Day.

Absentee voting by mail is a convenient way to cast your ballot if you are unable to get to your polling place on Election Day or to cast your ballot during

Early Voting at a designated Early Voting site. Any registered suburban Cook County voter may apply for an absentee ballot. It is no longer necessary to provide a reason.

Get more information about absentee voting at the Cook County Clerk’s website.

 

ATPR: David Earl Williams III is also considering seeking the Libertarian Party of Illinois’ nomination for a statewide office position in 2018. 

Live stream for Fox Business Libertarian town hall

The Libertarian town hall broadcasting on Fox Business Network and hosted by John Stossel has just started. Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are both on, live stream below: