Pinellas Florida Libertarians & Activists

A generation of Florida Libertarian Activism in Pinellas County Archived at - www.PinellasLibertarianActivistClub.web.com

Over a DECADE of Pinellas Florida Libertarian Activism

 

It's hard to believe it's been ten years, but Pinellas Libertarians have been very active since 1999. There was a Libertarian presence in the 80's and Pinellas Libertarian activism began to steadily grow from 90's. Pinellas County Libertarians are now the top political force in Florida with the most voters registered Libertarians and a well known political group with multiple press mentions across the web and over 300 photos of Pinellas Libertarian and Pinellas Libertarian Party of Florida activism. Check out our activism over the decade - Click on years below.

 1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 /

  

 

(1999) Pinellas Florida Libertarians Activism

 

Pinellas and Florida Libertarians Help Achieve Ballot Access with Revision 11

 

Just a decade ago Florida Libertarians had some of the toughest ballot access laws. The Libertarian Party of Florida helped ease the way for third party candidates being on the Florida Ballot. It was no easy task either (read 1998 article below) but the hard work paid off with the win of Revision 11 -- that eventually yielded nearly 2 million votes for Libertarians.

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Pinellas Libertarians at 1999 Libertarian Party of Florida Convention

 

(2000) Pinellas Florida Libertarians Activism

 

Pinellas & Florida Libertarians A Hit At ISIL

 L-R: Dr. Jim Lark, USA LP Chair; J., Wollstein, SIL Founder; Dr.M. Ruwart , Author; LIO's MG; V.Miller, ISIL Founder; Dr.R.Stewart, Costa Rican LP Co-Founder (http://www.libertario.org/); M.L. Goutscher, Canada LP Muse; Prof. Hubert Jongen, Europe Co-founder (www.libertarian.to)

 

 Florida activists learned of Costa Rica LP's E-mail strategy, then played an important role at the International

Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL, www.isil.org) London, Canada conference. 200 + activists and guests

studied ideas on a Libertarian world agenda and Libertarian success in Costa Rica, Native Reserves, to Somalia and Russia. LPF's Michael "MG" Gilson, discussed LIO findings and the Florida IMP program of member ideas, teams, systems analysis. "A hit with the activists!" said conference facilitator Mary Lou Goutscher, who is developing new Libertarian outreach seminars.

 

Later, LPF Activist Wayne Harley shared ideas about better team building he and other Florida activists are using. New USA LP National Chair Dr.Jim Lark , who'll be using System ideas to improve LP activist support, praised Florida activists who provided over 600 suggestions in the pioneering State program. Native American activists there joined the movement asking to use the program. And Costa Rican activists, who have elected a Libertarian Senator there and are developing a Libertarian independent area,gave a heartfelt "Arriba, Amigos!" to the LPF. "We don't forget one of our founders was a former LPF Chair, or the bold example of Florida activists," said Movimiento head Dr. Rigoberto Stewart on their behalf.

 

  

 

(2001) Pinellas Florida Libertarians Activism

   Pinellas Libertarian Appointed to St. Petersburg Board of Adjustments

Mike Barnett LIB appointed to St. Pete Adjustment Board
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Michael Barnett is a Pinellas Libertarian appointed [in 2001] to the City of St. Petersburg Board of Adjustments. Below he explains to Florida Liberty how to become appointed and his plan of action that the LPF now requests of all new Libertarians in Government.

FL: What is your Plan of Action?

MB: I am very proud of this appointment because I see where property owners face City encroachment on their private property rights every day. As president of Magnolia Heights Neighborhood Association my neighbors come to me seeking relief from city codes and on limitations to using their own property in the manner that they feel it is best suited for. The board of adjustment has the power on a case by case basis to set aside any code or ordinance and "grandfather in" to the homeowners deed the variance granted. I will have to balance the usage planned for a property with a potential for trespass on a neighboring property, so not every variance can be granted. This is consistent with Libertarian principle. However I think St. Petersburg's citizens will find me their champion on these issues.

FL: How would you advise LPF'ers?

MB: How hard did I work to make this happen? During the city elections I spoke to every candidate and asked to be considered (25 conversations?) and I sent an e-mail to the city council asking for the appointment reminding the elected officials of the interest I showed during the election cycle.

FL: Is persistence the key?

MB: It was a year in the making, but it happened and the effort expended was low and the finances expended were exactly zero dollars and zero cents.  

 

 

 

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 2001 Pinellas Libertarian Press Mentions

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES

Sound, balanced policy lessens illegal drug use Series: LETTERS  

Date:Aug 7, 2001
Start Page:7.A
Section:EDITORIAL
Drug laws only make things worse

Re: U.S. versus them, July 29.

The Libertarian Party's principle-based position on the war on drugs has not changed in more than 30 years. Like most Americans, Libertarians demand to be safe at home and on the streets. Libertarians would like all Americans to be healthy and free of drug dependence. But drug laws don't help; they only make things worse.

The professional politicians scramble to make names for themselves as tough anti-drug warriors, while the experts agree that the war on drugs has been lost, and could never be won. The tragic victims of that war are your personal liberty and its companion, responsibility. It's time to consider the re-legalization of drugs.

Some Americans will always use alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs. Most are not addicts; they are social drinkers or occasional users. Legal drugs would be inexpensive, so even addicts could support their habits with honest work, rather than by crime. Organized crime would be deprived of its profits. The police could return to protecting us from real criminals, and there would be room enough in existing prisons for them.

It's time to re-legalize drugs and let people take responsibility for themselves. Criminal laws only drive the problem underground and put money in the pockets of the criminal class. With drugs legal, compassionate people could do more to educate and rehabilitate drug users who seek help. Individuals have the right to decide for themselves what to put in their bodies, so long as they take responsibility for their actions.

From the mayor of Baltimore, Kurt Schmoke, to conservative writer and TV personality William F. Buckley Jr., leading Americans are now calling for repeal of America's repressive and ineffective drug laws. The Libertarian Party urges you to join in this effort to make our streets safer and our liberties more secure.

Daryl Henegar-(LIB) Pinellas Park

More Press Mentions by Daryl Henegar > Click HERE

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

(2002) Pinellas Florida Libertarians Activism

In 2002 Pinellas County and Florida ran a record number of "Libertarian" Candidates for Florida State House

Pinellas Libertarian Press Articles in the St. Petersburg Times

 Voters get Libertarian choice Series: STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 53

[SOUTH PINELLAS Edition]
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Author:CURTIS KRUEGER
Date:Jun 27, 2002
Start Page:3.B

 Michael Gilson-De Lemos said he believes people should have "a Libertarian choice."

Voters in the newly drawn House District 53 do now that Gilson- De Lemos has announced his candidacy for the St. Petersburg-area seat in the state House of Representatives.

"A Libertarian can bring some fresh air into the system," Gilson- De Lemos said.

Gilson-De Lemos, 47, said public bodies notice a change in their political discussions when joined by a member of the Libertarian Party, which emphasizes freedom and limited government.

As a legislator, he said, he would investigate alternatives to government, such as home schooling and privatization.

"If people believe that there is some area where government is not making any sense or where they would like to see a difference, a different approach, then they should consider me," Gilson-De Lemos said.

Gilson-De Lemos, 47, is a retired management consultant who was born in Washington, D.C. He said he has lived in Florida full time since the mid 1990s and off-and-on since 1986. A graduate of Regents College, he is married and has three children who are being home- schooled.

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Florida Libertarians line up 87 legislative candidates
 
 
[SOUTH PINELLAS Edition]
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Author:ALISA ULFERTS
Date:Jul 8, 2002
Start Page:1.B

No matter where you are in Florida, chances are good you'll see a Libertarian candidate on the ballot in November.

That's because the party known for its disdain of government is taking advantage of a redistricting loophole and morphing into a signature-gathering machine to round up as many legislative candidates as possible.

It's called "Operation Full Slate."

"What we have for the first time is a ballot with a third party presence," said Michael Gilson-DeLemos of St. Petersburg, secretary of the state party.

The party, which claims 10,000 supporters statewide, has registered 86 candidates for state House races and one for the state Senate.

In 2000, two Libertarians ran for state House and none for the Senate.

Libertarians hope to use the ballot to win more voters to their cause of limited government and expansive personal freedom.

"We're the people who stand for civil freedom and economic freedom," Gilson-DeLemos said. "The right wing tends to characterize us as left wing and the left wing tends to characterize us as right wing."

That's because the Libertarian philosophy seems to take a little from both sides.

The national party's Web site (www.lp.org) includes an essay calling for abolition of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Another mocks a Georgia lawmaker who wants to ban people from answering their doorbells in the nude.

A news release announces: "Case of 240-pound aerobics instructor illustrates why anti-discrimination laws must be repealed." Another warns that President Bush's opposition to arming airline pilots "is great news for terrorists."

There also are arguments for lifting the trade embargo against Cuba and against tighter regulations in the wake of the Enron scandal: "Markets aren't perfect, but marketplace errors encourage positive responses. Those burnt in the Enron failure have learned important lessons, as has almost everyone else in the business world."

Though it remains on the fringe of mainstream politics, the Libertarian Party of Florida has surprised state elections officials with its organization this year.

Because the final lines for legislative districts haven't been approved by the courts, candidates have an easier time getting on the ballot. House candidates need signatures from 445 registered voters instead of the usual 1 percent of voters in a legislative district, typically closer to 1,000.

Because those 445 voters can live anywhere in Florida - not just in the district where the candidates are running - the party is rounding up about 500 volunteers to sign petitions for candidates in as many House districts as possible.

"We're all working together," said Jon Kueny, a New Port Richey Libertarian challenging Rep. Heather Fiorentino, R-New Port Richey. That helps party members limit the cost of their campaigns, in keeping with the Libertarian philosophy of limited spending.

But should the machine fail to get enough signatures for a candidate, the candidate will petition the state to waive the alternative qualifying fee on the grounds that it is an undue burden, Kueny said.

"We're not going to try and raise money. We're not even going to try and open a bank account," Kueny added, referring to the majority of Libertarian candidates. Some Libertarian candidates certainly will raise and spend money. But others, like Kueny, are relying on the party to gather signatures and print generic campaign fliers.

The party's presence on the ballot is more likely to draw conservative voters away from the Republicans than it is to draw liberal voters from the Democrats, said University of Florida political historian and provost David Colburn.

"The national evidence suggests that Libertarians take more votes from Republicans, but they also bring new voters to the ballot box who have not voted in previous elections," Colburn said.

Libertarians appear to be alone among the minority parties in taking advantage of the redistricting loophole.

Roger Simmermaker, chairman of the Reform Party of Florida, said the party has divorced itself from the national party and now must decide whether to remain independent or to affiliate with another group. That takes time away from candidate shopping, although the party still might run a candidate for governor, Simmermaker said.

"We've got a little bit of internal direction seeking right now," he added.

The Green Party, meanwhile, isn't established enough to orchestrate a mass production of candidates, said Julia Aires, vice president of Florida Greens. So far, three Green candidates have registered for state House seats and none for the Senate. But the Greens support what the Libertarians are doing and hope to benefit from it, Aires said.

"Any of the smaller minority parties getting out there is good for the Greens," Aires said.

Libertarians

The number of registered voters who identify themselves as Libertarians has nearly tripled in Florida in the past 10 years. Here is a breakdown for the Tampa Bay area and statewide:

Pinellas: 1,037

Hillsborough: 808

Pasco: 264

Hernando: 63

Citrus: 95

Statewide: 9,462

- Source: Tampa Bay area supervisors of election

 

 

(2003) Pinellas Florida Libertarians Activism

 2003 Pinellas Libertarians at LPF Convention

 

Pinellas Libertarian Michael Gilson attended and spoke at 2003 Libertarian Party of Florida Convention
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2003 LPF Executive Committee
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(2004) Pinellas Florida Libertarians Activism

 In 2004 Pinellas Libertarians promoted Libertarianism with outreach materials at political venues.

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2004 Libertarian Party of Florida Delegates Cheer for Pinellas Libertarian Michael Gilson at Atlanta Convention

 

Libertarian Party of Florida Delegate Members Cheered for Pinellas Libertarian Michael Gilson at the May 2004 Libertarian Party National Convention held in Atlanta. 

 

(2005) Pinellas Florida Libertarian Activism

 

2005 Pinellas Libertarians HOST LPF ConventionSign In or Register to add photos

 

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  2005 Pinellas Libertarians HELP Katrina Victims

 

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(2006) Pinellas Florida Libertarians Activism

 

2006 Pinellas Libertarians at LPF Convention - Boca Raton Florida

Libertarian Party of Pinellas Chair, Michael Gilson and Pinellas Libertarian Bill Sachs attended the 2006 Libertarian Party of Florida Convention in Boca Raton Florida hosted by the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County Florida.

They met Convention Speaker and Libertarian Mayor, Willy Star Marshall who was elected Mayor of Big Water Utah on November 6, 2001. A couple of his first acts as mayor were to decriminalize marijuana and to repeal his own annual salary or $13,000. He then cut property taxes by 54% and was still able to pave all the streets, most of which were previously dirt and gravel. He also served as vice-chair of the Glen Canyon Special Service District (Water Board) and on the Kane County Natural Resources Development Committee, two very important boards in his area.

 
 
 
 
Willy Starr Marshall and Michael Gilson
Libertarian Bill Sachs
Bill Sachs and
Willy Starr Marshall
 

  

(2007) Pinellas Florida Libertarians Activism

 

Pinellas Libertarians Succeed in Getting Paper Trail for Florida Voters after Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 537

 

Pinellas Libertarian Party of Florida Chair, Michael Gilson speaks out for Election Reform 

 

Governor Charlie Crist Signs Legislation

Creating a Paper Trail for Florida Votes

 

May 23, 2007

 

The two year challenge to establish paper trail ended in victory for the Election Reform Coalition of Pinellas County when Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 537 that establishes a paper trail for all votes cast in Florida elections. Having a paper trail was among the top recommendations in the ERC PInellas' 2005 Report. The election-reform legislation will provide optical scan machines for counties that do not already have them for Election Day voting and early voting sites.

 

Governor Crist said, "When Floridians cast ballots in an election at any level - local, state or federal - they can leave the polling place knowing that their vote has been counted and recorded and can be verified."

This victory is the result of two years hard work by individuals and organizations that worked together to form the non-partisan Election Reform Coalition in Pinellas County Florida.

 

A special thanks to these key members and activists who helped organize the public forums; Create our Report and Action Plan; Interviewed at major newspapers and radio shows; Promoted the coalition at public events, government meetings; Talked to the Supervisor of Elections; Traveled the state and sent copies of our report to legistlators.

 

Arlin Briley, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party, Michael "MG" Gilson, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pinellas County, Mike Henkel and Mark Kamleiter Co-Chairs of the Green Party of Pinellas County, Bill Bucolo, Ed Helm, Pea Trombley, and Carrie Wadlinger. Other group activists: The Citizen's Vote Verification group with Leonard Schmiege and Gyan Hardman, Pamela Haengel of Voting Integrity Alliance of Tampa Bay (VIA).

 

Article Originally published at:

http://www.ercpinellas.org/

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2007 Pinellas Libertarians at LPF Convention

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 2007 Pinellas Libertarians at Protest Rally

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(2008) Pinellas Florida Libertarians Activism

Pinellas Libertarians at 2008 LPF Convention

 

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2008 Student Libertarians speak at Pinellas Trail Advisory Board

 

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(2009) Pinellas Florida Libertarians Activism

 

Pinellas Libertarians at 2009 LPF Convention

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(2010) Pinellas Florida Libertarians Activism

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