Thursday, April 05, 2018

Libertarian Party Active Membership Numbers for June 2014 through March 2018

2014
June           14136
July            14260
August       14134
September  13734
October      13442
November  12947
December  12053

2015
January       11902
February     11988
March         11845
April           11837
May            11663
June            11640
July             11649
August        11708
September   11715
October       11399
November   11198
December    11184

2016
January       11183
February     11413
March         11824
April           12509
May            14532
June            15477
July             16656
August        17568
September   17888
October       18327
November   18564
December    18592

2017
January        18908
February      18715
March          18334
April            17843
May             16652
June             16065
July              15110
August         14321
September    14411
October        14319
November    14422
December     14998

2018
January         15057
February       15156
March           15354


Source:  LNC Business Archives Click this link for source material.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Libertarian Party Active Membership Numbers for June 2014 through February 2018

2014
June           14136
July            14260
August       14134
September  13734
October      13442
November  12947
December  12053

2015
January       11902
February     11988
March         11845
April           11837
May            11663
June            11640
July             11649
August        11708
September   11715
October       11399
November   11198
December    11184

2016
January       11183
February     11413
March         11824
April           12509
May            14532
June            15477
July             16656
August        17568
September   17888
October       18327
November   18564
December    18592

2017
January        18908
February      18715
March          18334
April            17843
May             16652
June             16065
July              15110
August         14321
September    14411
October        14319
November    14422
December     14998

2018
January         15057
February       15156


Source:  LNC Business Archives Click this link for source material.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Secretary of State candidate Rutherford: Ordinance is a blow to free speech – political and otherwise

What: Carmel resident Mark W. Rutherford sees political gamesmanship in Hamilton County’s sign ordinance.
Contact: Mark W. Rutherford, 317-809-9000, rutherfordlibertarian@gmail.com

All signs point to political games in Hamilton County
Secretary of State candidate Rutherford: Ordinance is a blow to free speech – political and otherwise

For decades, business as usual in Hamilton County has come to mean restricting anything that the faction in control of the Hamilton County Republican party finds distasteful.

This time, the hideousness comes in the form of small signs in rights-of-way, which the County Commissioners banned in an ordinance passed Feb. 12. Libertarian Mark Rutherford, a Carmel resident and 1978 graduate of Carmel High School who’s running for Secretary of State, sees only one reason that makes sense: Limiting voices for candidates who challenge the Hamilton County Republican Party establishment.

If the ordinance’s purpose was limited to oversize signs in the right of way that block drivers’ visibility, this would be a reasonable proposal. Instead, this keeps families hosting graduation or baby showers from showing the way to their homes in neighborhoods where “the brick house on the right” describes little and even in private places, requires signs to be so small (four foot square or less) to be useless.

If the ordinance’s purpose was about removing yard sale signs once the sale is over, this would be a reasonable proposal. Instead, this prevents families from putting out readily visible signs that promote their yard sales, which also provide our children real-world lessons in entrepreneurship.

If the ordinance’s purpose was to make it harder to buy and sell homes, it does so. This is obviously absurd. Despite the heat of the local real-estate market, the MLS reports that the average time on the Carmel market is 115 days; Noblesville, 101 days; Fishers, 93 days. And while Fishers debt is ($4,249 per capita) and Noblesville’s is ($5,975 per capita), Indiana’s Department of Local Government and Finance lists Carmel’s debt as $1.2 billion ($15,076), the third highest in the state, thanks to rampant spending and grossly inadequate oversight.  All of these cities need more taxpayers buying homes to pay taxes to cover ballooning debt costs. This ordinance will make it tougher for the Hamilton County real estate market and local cities and towns to cover their debts.

Let’s be blunt about what the County Commissioners finds distasteful: Anyone who will challenge them and their faction within the county Republican party.

Restricting political signs for challengers makes it harder for candidates trying to overcome the advantages of incumbency. Republican County Council candidate Rick Sharp is suing the Hamilton County Commisioners about the ordinance, correctly arguing that the ordinance targets political free speech. He repeats what businesses and homeowners in Carmel have said for decades: Showing support for anyone outside of the Republican faction in power leads to retaliation. That’s why challengers resort to the rights-of-way. Property owners are afraid of what will happen if they push back on the Republican faction in power.
Why, when Hamilton County elections for decades have been over by the primary, would this GOP wing care about upstarts? Is the current faction running scared?



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Monday, February 05, 2018

Libertarian Party Active Membership Numbers for June 2014 through January 2018

2014
June           14136
July            14260
August       14134
September  13734
October      13442
November  12947
December  12053

2015
January       11902
February     11988
March         11845
April           11837
May            11663
June            11640
July             11649
August        11708
September   11715
October       11399
November   11198
December    11184

2016
January       11183
February     11413
March         11824
April           12509
May            14532
June            15477
July             16656
August        17568
September   17888
October       18327
November   18564
December    18592

2017
January        18908
February      18715
March          18334
April            17843
May             16652
June             16065
July              15110
August         14321
September    14411
October        14319
November    14422
December     14998

2018
January         15057


Source:  LNC Business Archives Click this link for source material.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Libertarian Party Active Membership Numbers for June 2014 through December 2017


2014
June           14136
July            14260
August       14134
September  13734
October      13442
November  12947
December  12053

2015
January       11902
February     11988
March         11845
April           11837
May            11663
June            11640
July             11649
August        11708
September   11715
October       11399
November   11198
December    11184

2016
January       11183
February     11413
March         11824
April           12509
May            14532
June            15477
July             16656
August        17568
September   17888
October       18327
November   18564
December    18592

2017
January        18908
February      18715
March          18334
April            17843
May             16652
June             16065
July              15110
August         14321
September    14411
October        14319
November    14422
December     14998


Source:  LNC Business Archives Click this link for source material.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Libertarian Party Active Membership Numbers for June 2014 through November 2017

Libertarian Party Active Membership Numbers for June 2014 through November 2017

2014
June           14136
July            14260
August       14134
September  13734
October      13442
November  12947
December  12053

2015
January       11902
February     11988
March         11845
April           11837
May            11663
June            11640
July             11649
August        11708
September   11715
October       11399
November   11198
December    11184

2016
January       11183
February     11413
March         11824
April           12509
May            14532
June            15477
July             16656
August        17568
September   17888
October       18327
November   18564
December    18592

2017
January        18908
February      18715
March          18334
April            17843
May             16652
June             16065
July              15110
August         14321
September    14411
October        14319
November    14422


Source:  LNC Business Archives Click this link for source material.