GPB – Atlanta Press Club U.S. Senate Debates

Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta a Press Club hosted the U.S. Senate debates. Sunday October 26, 2014

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Doug Craig: The Man in the Freedom T-Shirt

OZY.com takes a look at the man behind the Libertarian Party of Georgia. We are proud to have Doug Craig as chairman of this movement.

Enter Doug Craig’s office.39648_DougCraig

Or rather, his warehouse. This sheet-metal manufacturing plant in Atlanta’s poor, urban Southside might seem like a strange place to find the architect of a third-party uprising, a spoiler of potentially national proportions. Yet here is Craig, wearing a black “Freedom” T-shirt hastily tucked into cargo shorts, warning me to avoid the close-by glass shards from a shattered television.

“I didn’t think of dressing up,” he says against the backdrop of whirrs and clangs and booms. “I’ve never been the type of politician to wear a suit and tie anyway.”

As the first-year chairman of the Libertarian Party of Georgia, Craig is understated: a portly man with an easy air and a large goatee. But he shouldn’t be underestimated. This year he’s anointed two candidates who stand a fair chance of spoiling two high-profile races and turning Georgia into a high-stakes battleground. Now, no one expects Andrew Hunt to become Georgia’s next governor, or Amanda Swafford to make it to the U.S. Senate. But should they live up to their poll numbers — between five and seven percent, regularly — they’ll likely force runoffs. (In Georgia, statewide races go into overtime if one candidate doesn’t capture 50 percent of the vote.)

TIME for Swafford for Senate

From TIME.com: Libertarian Amanda Swafford considers forcing a Jan. 6 run-off in the Peach State’s Senate race a victory for third party candidates everywhere.

amanda-swafford-georgia-senate-libertarianThere is a nightmare scenario that keeps most politicos working on both sides of the aisle up at night: after the midterm elections, and even through the anticipated Dec. 6 run off in Louisiana, control of the Senate likely won’t be decided until Jan. 6, the date a run-off in Georgia will take place, if any one candidate fails to muster 50% of the vote. It is this scenario that Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford, who regularly pulls 5% in most polls, relishes. READ MORE >>>

Truth-O-Meter: Libertarian budget claims are true

candidates-jeffamasonPolitiFact Georgia says Libertarian candidate Jeff Amason’s budget increase claims are true.

“The state budget has increased almost $800 million a year in each of the last two years.”

Jeff Amason on Monday, September 1st, 2014 in interview on The Monica Perez Show, WSB

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Andrew Hunt talks to University of North Georgia Students

Andrew-Hunt_0Georgia Libertarian Party candidate for governor continues his outreach to college student in hope the message of liberty will bring inn the votes.

From The Gainesville Times: READ MORE HERE>>>

Libertarian candidate for governor Andrew Hunt spoke Monday to the Politically Incorrect Club at the University of North Georgia, outlining his platform as a third-party candidate.

 
Hunt is running against Democrat Jason Carter and incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

 
Hunt gave students a lesson in the hurdles the Libertarian Party of Georgia faces each election cycle because it lacks full ballot access.

 
He said if the party can bring in 20 percent of the vote in the governor’s race, the party will get that access, which would help with fundraising and recruiting candidate.

 
Hunt described Libertarians as small-government advocates bent on expanding personal freedoms, a position that puts the party in line with Republicans on some issues and Democrats on others.