Libertarian Party of Georgia Nominates 2014 Candidates

Marietta, GA – On March 8, The Libertarian Party of Georgia held their annual state convention in Marietta, nominating their slate of 2014 candidates. Gathering at the former location of Theatre in the Square, Libertarians from across the state came together for the annual meeting to decide who will represent them on the ballot and in the boardroom.

The 2014 candidate slate is led by founder and former CEO of the nanotechnology company, nGimat, Dr. Andrew Hunt, running for Governor. Andrew received his B.S. in Geology from Auburn University, a Master’s Degree in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In the race to replace Saxby Chambliss in the U.S. Senate, the Libertarian Party fielded the twice-elected Libertarian Amanda Swafford, making her the first female candidate for U.S. Senate nominated in 2014. A graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ms. Swafford formerly served on the Flowery Branch City Council, ending her term on December 31, 2011. [Read more...]

LP Georgia Chairman Doug Craig Issues Statement on Winter Storm and Response

This week has been a tough one for many in Georgia. Tuesday saw snow and ice cover most of metropolitan Atlanta, closing businesses, schools, and roads across the region. While the emergencies and inconveniences are tragic and preventable, this storm and the response showed us that we should not depend on the government to provide a plan or solution for us. It is our personal responsibility to prepare, plan, and execute solutions that are best for ourselves and our families.

Atlanta Snow Jam 2014With the large percentage of our paychecks devoted to taxes at various levels of government, and their promises to serve in all of the roles they wish to provide, it can very tempting to hand over the duties of our safety and comfort. Because of this dependence on the government [Read more...]

The Rule of Men

**This was originally published on Porcupine Musings.**

This past Thursday regulators overseeing the US school lunch program graciously decided to “permanently” ease restrictions added to the

healthy-school-lunchschool lunch program only 4 years ago. The changes initiated in 2010 were a part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was crafted with the laudable goal of solving childhood obesity. Fat and salt were cut, fruits and vegetables increased, portion sizes and overall calories reduced. Clearly this singular approach from a singular agency imposed upon an entire nation was destined to succeed because if history has taught us anything, it is that humans always solve a problem upon the first attempt and that monopolistic one-size-fits-all solutions are an ideal mechanism for societal improvement. [Read more...]

Target Your Message

**This was originally published at BrettBittner.com . I was asked to share some of my “secrets to success” with regard to my election and subsequent re-election.**

I was re-elected on Tuesday.

I ran for re-election against not one, but TWO, opponents to represent a ward in my city that is home to about 8,000 people after the re-districting process following the 2010 census. I won without a runoff.

This stat is why I’m writing this: Only 276 people voted in my race.

How did I find 156 people to vote for me out of the 8,000 that potentially could have?

I targeted my message. [Read more...]

Counting, Government Style

This was originally posted on Porcupine Musings.

As Obamacare looms nigh small employers such as myself who are near the margins of the 50 employee threshold of being an “applicable large employer for Section 4980H” have found it necessary to waste time and money just trying to figure out if we have reached that threshold or not (and yes, we already provide health insurance). At face value it seems like this should be simple enough: just count. But as with most things generated via government bureaucracy nothing is ever as simple as it seems. The statute is filled with ambiguous and undefined terms such as “stability period”, “measurement period”, “standard measurement period”, “upcoming stability period”, “safe harbor”, and so on. I’m actually trying to comply with this nightmare of a law but even our accountants admit some of the questions simply can’t be answered yet. Typical government: “Here, comply with this” – “Ok, how do I do that?” – “We haven’t decided yet, but don’t worry, if you get it wrong we’ll let you know with a fine.” [Read more...]