All Roads Lead to 2020 – Now Let’s Roll!

President Donald Trump’s approval rating just sank across the board in 8 different polls. As Libertarians, we should be mindful that work that we do to promote our current candidates – such as local superstars Kash Jackson for Governor and Claire Ball for Comptroller – are much more than that.  Sure, the Libertarian Party of Illinois is on the verge of achieving major party status for the first time ever.  Sure, we are about a week from making history for being the first third-party to be invited to an Illinois Governor’s Debate.

Kash Jackson and Claire Ball

More than that – we are laying the groundwork for the 2020 presidential election.

Trump is tearing the Republican Party apart. Indeed, most elected Republican officials dislike Trump, but most won’t admit it publicly. This is why you usually only see GOP officials speak with honesty about Trump after they announce retirement.

Meanwhile, there’s no heir-apparent to Barack Obama on the Left so the Democrats may do something stupid like nominate Continue reading

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Vote Claire Ball for Illinois Comptroller

(originally published by the Southern Illinoisan)

As this gubernatorial election promises to be the most expensive governor’s contest in U.S. history. While this will occupy most of the media and advertisement coverage, there is another important race that we can’t forget about.

The Office of the Comptroller is an important check and balance to the treasury and the legislature that seeks to write checks in its name. Replacing in 1970 what was originally called the Auditor of Public Accounts, there are calls from both sides of the aisle to potentially do away with the position all together.

Claire Ball has a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance and is a CPA.

In the tragically mismanaged and abused financial situation our state finds itself in, doing away with one of the few audit tools against the legislature and treasury would be a mistake.

Currently, there is but one candidate that will be on the ballot in November that is actually qualified for the office. Libertarian candidate, Claire Ball, is the only contender who would be truly independent of party bias in a position that desperately needs it. She also holds a qualification that no other candidate has ever had; she is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

The position of State Comptroller essentially embodies being the state’s CPA. Wouldn’t it make sense to vote for and hire the only CPA running? What makes sense and what has been done are two different things when it comes to Illinois politics. Come this November though, you have an opportunity to change that. Vote for the qualified and not the connected. Vote Claire Ball.

For more information, see the official Claire Ball, Libertarian CPA for Illinois Comptroller website.

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Voters Have Alternatives in November’s Gubernatorial Race

by Jake Leonard, Mid-Illinois Campaign Coordinator, Jackson/Mohip 2018

Kash Jackson, a 20-year veteran of the US Navy, running for Illinois Governor.

In a recent recent poll held a few weeks ago (June 26-28) by Victory Research, Democrat J.B. Pritzker had a 15-point lead over incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner in this heavily contested gubernatorial race. If you just looked at Rauner and Pritzker alone, it’s a tight race in central and southern Illinois.

While the city of Chicago and Cook County are heavily slanted toward Pritzker, Rauner has control of the collar counties. It’s dead even in the rest of northern Illinois, but are incredibly tight in central and southern Illinois. Without consideration of the two alternatives in Libertarian Party candidate Kash Jackson and Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann, there is a rough statewide average of 30 percent having voters undecided. Isn’t that alarming that nearly one-third of voters statewide find our major party options as horrible? Continue reading

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Gary Johnson Hints He May Run for Office Again

Gary Johnson was the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President in 2012 and 2016.

In a new interview conducted by The Jack News, two-time Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson says that he may run for office again.  When asked if he would run for office, Johnson answered, “I’ve said no but [I’m] not ruling anything out because we need a success story. Maybe in that context I might play a role.”

Gary Johnson served two terms as the Governor of New Mexico as a Republican.  But he switched parties to Libertarian running for President in 2014 and 2018.  Johnson’s Presidential campaigns met with mixed success.  On the one hand, Johnson set the record for most votes for a Libertarian Presidential nominee, nearly tripling the vote totals of any previous Libertarian Presidential candidate. In fact, Johnson received the most votes of any third-party candidate since Ross Perot in 1996.

Gary Johnson’s 4,489,233 votes in 2016 were the most ever for a Libertarian Presidential candidate.

On the other hand, Johnson’s 2016 run was considered by some as a lost opportunity.  Given that the Democrats and Republicans had nominated two very unpopular candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, many libertarians expected better results.

But the fact that Johnson had previously served office as Governor of New Mexico garnered an air of respectability by the mainstream press that no other Libertarian Party Presidential candidate ever received.  Johnson’s crowning achievement in his 2018 campaign was receiving the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune. Continue reading

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Let Kash Jackson into the Debates

by Scot Sinclair (originally published by the Chicago Sun-Times)

With the two major parties more concerned with partisan bickering and scoring points than actually getting together and working for the good of the nation, 2020 could be the year of the Libertarian. The latest fad on social media is the #walkaway movement, where people are expressing their disillusion with the Democratic Party. So where to turn now that your own party has betrayed you? Welcome to the new normal folks, and cross over to the Libertarian Party.

We have two miserable major candidates for governor this upcoming November, both throwing their billions down the Illinois sewer system. But we have an option to start a movement. While more than a quarter of Illinois residents say they would support an unnamed third party candidate, according to a recent poll, most of them don’t know the name Kash Jackson. He is your third party option, a nobody that nobody sent.

Rauner and Pritzker are sniping and name calling, spending and spending, trying to convince you how bad the other one is. They are both awful choices. We need to hit the reset button, not the snooze button. Kash Jackson is the reset. Can we give him a chance to get his message across and let voters decide? Give him a little press. Let him into the debates.

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