LP New Hampshire joins LP Nevada in condemning the Cuban government over activist arrests

This weekend, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire issued the following statement on their website:

The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire answers the call from the Libertarian Party of Nevada in the condemnation of the Cuban government for arresting libertarian activists. LPNH Chair Darryl W. Perry stated “I’d like to thank LP Nevada for taking the lead on this issue, and encouraging other state LP affiliates to join in on the condemnation of the Cuban government’s arrest of two libertarian activists and in calling for their immediate release.”

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K-12 Education in Nevada: The Facts, Part II

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By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence

This is the fifth column in a series presenting findings and conclusions of Nevada’s 2016 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), posted at controller.nv.gov. Last time, we discussed state spending and revenue trends in K-12 education. Here, we address key policy issues.

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El Partido Libertario de Nevada condena al gobierno cubano por detener a activistas libertarios

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Las Vegas, Nevada (10/2/2017) - El Partido Libertario de Nevada condena el arresto y detención de dos activistas libertarios por parte del gobierno cubano, y exige su liberación inmediata. Ubaldo Herrera Hernández y Manuel Velasquez fueron arrestados el 2 de febrero por policías secretos, agentes encubiertos de la Seguridad del Estado vestidos de civiles. Ambos activistas siguen detenidos bajo acusaciones falsas de "ataque".

Mises Cuba, la rama independiente cubana del Instituto Ludwig von Mises, confirmó que siguen detenidos. El PL de Nevada afirma que Herrera y Velasquez fueron elegidos específicamente por su activismo pacífico, promoviendo un gobierno limitado y mercados libres. Son presos políticos cuyas acciones no han dañado a nadie ni han dañado ninguna propiedad, y deben ser liberados inmediatamente.

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Libertarian Party of Nevada (LPN) Condemns Cuban Government for Arresting Libertarian Activists

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Las Vegas, Nevada (10 February 2017) – The Libertarian Party of Nevada condemns the Cuban government’s arrest of two libertarian activists and calls for their immediate release. Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velasquez Visea were arrested 2 February 2017 by plainclothes secret policemen.  Both activists are still detained on trumped up charges.

Mises Cuba, the independent Cuban think tank based on Auburn, Alabama’s Ludwig von Mises Institute, confirmed their ongoing detention.  Both men were specifically targeted for their peaceful activism promoting limited government and free markets. They are political prisoners whose actions have harmed no one and damaged no property.

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Reflections on Obamacare: Part 1 - Rules

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Obamacare, the 2,409 page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was written and passed with the claim that it would correct an inefficient and unfair market for health care, one for which government itself shares the blame.  The Act would force insurers to issue full and comprehensive coverage to all applicants at an affordable price regardless of their state of health, and deny them the right to impose any limits on pre-existing conditions.  It would also fix problems with Medicare where even with drastically reduced doctor and hospital payments, Medicare costs continue to run beyond bounds.

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K-12 Education in Nevada: Just the Facts, Part I

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By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence

This is the fourth column in a series presenting the findings and conclusions of Nevada’s 2016 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), posted at controller.nv.gov. Here, we address K-12 education.

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Did Milo Yiannopoulos plan to out undocumented students at Berkeley?

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Milo Yiannopoulos is surrounded by controversy.  The dramatic episode of Milo Yiannopoulos's canceled speech and leftist riots on campus and in the streets of Berkeley has been a drama of confusion. The most widespread images include the black-clad anarcho-communists, waving their black flags as windows are broken, bonfires ignite, and they face off against the police. Here are the facts about what Milo Yiannopoulos has said, done, and planned to do.

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Nevada State Health and Social Services: Key Facts

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By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence

This is the third column in a series presenting the findings and conclusions of Nevada’s 2016 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), posted at controller.nv.gov. Here, we address health and social services.

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Opposing Open Borders is for Stalinists

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Opposing open borders in favor of strict border control, especially by means of the state, is antithetical to liberty. War is the health of the state, but the same can be said about strict border control, which requires the militarization of borders. If war is the health of the state, then militarized borders are also the health of the state. It takes a large, strong state to significantly and effectively shut down an international border.

Confused Trump-supporting libertarians are increasingly abandoning their laissez-faire and anarchist principles to rally around their standard-bearer and his red ball cap, ever ready to be cheerleaders for border security and militarization becoming the health of the state. Many of them love making the claim that open borders are a communist concept (referring to humanistic Marxism, rather than Marxist-Leninism). However, a simple study of history (read: reality, not political theory) will reveal that strict border controls is a virtue taken directly from the playbook of Marxist-Leninist and outright Stalinist regimes.

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Controller’s Midterm Report: Walking the Talk

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By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence

Recently, we’ve discussed overall state spending and revenues, and in coming weeks we’ll review the spending and performance in major areas such as education and health and social services.  So, it’s timely and appropriate to answer the question: How has the controller’s office done at managing its own spending and delivering services to Nevadans?

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