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Spike Cohen

On October 13th Spike Cohen, the Libertarian Party Vice President candidate, visited James Weldon Johnson (formerly Hemming) Park here in Jacksonville.

Did you miss out? Maybe forgot something he said? We’ve put together a few timestamps to help you find that memorable moment.

Ken Willey, Libertarian for State House Dist 18 [1:46 – 4:31]

Davie Parish, Columbia County Tax Collector [4:45]

Spike Cohen, Vice President of United States [5:41 – 24:18]

Q & A, With Spike Cohen [24:23 – 42:20]

Question 1 [25:07 – 27:22] What do we do about the media blackout regarding the Jorgensen campaign?

Question 2 [22:26 – 29:28] How do we continue the momentum we’re getting now for the next election cycle?

Question 3 [26:32 – 34:25] (a) How do we combat the fear culture (regarding voting for third parties)? (b) How do libertarians create a united front within the party?

Question 4 [34:34 – 35:56] What will you and Jo do on your first day in office?

Question 5 [36:00 – 40:23] For those new to the party, what is the best way to get involved, to support the party, help it grow and help others understand more of what we are about?

Final Words, Spike Cohen [40:29 – 42:20]

Make sure they walk away with a positive experience.

~ Spike Cohen, on communicating with others

Voter Guide

Your leadership team went to work to provide a Duval County Voting Guide. Click any of the buttons to see the ballot issue and our recommendation.

Candidates

President: Jo Jorgensen
Vice President: Jeremy “Spike” Cohen


 

No. 1 Constitutional Amendment Article VI, Section 2

“This amendment provides that only United States Citizens who are at least eighteen years of age, a permanent resident of Florida, and registered to vote, as provided by law, shall be qualified to vote in a Florida election.”

Our Recommendation: Vote No


Raises minimum wage to $10.00 per hour effective September 30th, 2021. Each September 30th thereafter, minimum wage shall increase by $1.00 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour on September 30th, 2026. From that point forward, future minimum wage increases shall revert to being adjusted annually for inflation starting September 30th, 2027.”

Our Recommendation: Vote No


All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet

“Allows all registered voters to vote in primaries for state legislature, governor, and cabinet regardless of political party affiliation. All candidates for an office, including party nominated candidates, appear on the same primary ballot. Two highest vote getters advance to general election. If only two candidates qualify, no primary is held and winner is determined in general election. Candidate’s party affiliation may appear on ballot as provided by law. Effective January 1, 2024.”

Our Recommendation: Vote No


Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments.

“Requires all proposed amendments or revisions to the state constitution to be approved by the voters in two elections, instead of one, in order to take effect. The proposal applies the current thresholds for passage to each of the two elections.”

Our Recommendation: No Position


 

No. 5 Constitutional Amendment Article VI, Section 4 and Article XII

Limitations on Homestead Property Tax Assessments; increased portability period to transfer accrued benefit

“Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution, effective January 1, 2021, to increase, from 2 years to 3 years, the period of time during which accrued Save-Our-Homes benefits may be transferred from a prior homestead to a new homestead.”

Our Recommendation: Vote No


Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments.

Ad Valorem Tax Discount For Spouses Of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities.

“Provides that the homestead property tax discount for certain veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities carries over to such veteran’s surviving spouse who holds legal or beneficial title to, and who permanently resides on, the homestead property, until he or she remarries or sells or otherwise disposes of the property. The discount may be transferred to a new homestead property of the surviving spouse under certain conditions. The amendment takes effect January 1, 2021.”

Our Recommendation: Vote No


 

JEA Referendum

Amending Jacksonville Charter, Granting City Council Authority to Appoint and Remove Four JEA Board Members

“Shall the Jacksonville Charter be amended to create a new Section 4.03 and amend Section 21.03 which will (1) grant to City Council the executive power to appoint and remove four members of the JEA Board and (2) amend the qualifications of Board members?”

Our Recommendation: No Position


 

School District of Duval County, Florida Surtax Referendum

School Capital Outlay Sales Surtax to Improve Safety and the Learning Environment

“To upgrade aging schools through repairs and modernization, to keep schools safe and to continue to promote a conducive learning environment, to improve technology, and to replace existing or build new schools, and share with charter schools for their allowable uses, shall the Duval County School Board be authorized to levy a 15-year half-cent sales surtax, with expenditures based upon the Surtax Capital Outlay Plan, and monitored by an independent citizens committee?”

Our Recommendation:  Vote No

Get Jo Jorgensen to Presidential Debates

The “Let Her Speak” Jacksonville Caravan

Organized by the Liberetarian National Committee and hosted in Jacksonville, FL by Kevin Ethridge

Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM at 4906 Town Center Parkway.

The main goal of this coordinated effort was to get Jo Jorgensen on the debate stage. Attendees will be decorating their cars, talking to the press, blasting music and passing out flyers. We came together to be noticed and demand fair representation of Jo Jorgensen and third parties in the debates.

At exactly 12:30 pm EST/ 9:30 am PST all the attendees throughout the nation went LIVE on social media to tell their friends and family about what we are doing and why. All the videos and photos were compiled for a short film after the event. Watch our promotional video and our interactive map showing all the convoys happening around the country.

Kevin Ethridge said on his Facebbok page “I’m going to order some Jorgensen merchandise to give away” We can use that to show from our cars as we drive on the caravan.

Presidential Debates Should Include All Candidates that a Majority Wants

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In 2016 3 polls showed that a majority of Americans wanted 2 third party candidates in the presidential debates: Morning Consult 52%, Gallup 57%. USA TODAY/Suffolk University 76%.

Yet, one inclusion criteria used by the Presidential Debate Commission is having at least a 15% average voting support in polls from five organizations, during their most recent polls. They must also be Constitutionally eligible and appear in enough state ballots to have a mathematical chance to win. The candidates from the Libertarian and Green parties met these last two criteria, but not the 15% support.

But the criteria that matters is whether a majority of voters want a candidate on the debate, not what percent would vote for them. The purpose of the debate is to help voters decide who to vote for, not to give more exposure to the top two they currently prefer. And the additional candidates will bring up a wider range of issues for the public to consider.

The Presidential Election Commission, created by the Democrat and Republican party chairs, uses a biased criteria to exclude the third party candidates. Particularly since polls typically do not include third party candidates during the period (after Labor Day) when the candidates for the debates are selected. And it is suspiciously inconsistent that Democrats and Republicans had over ten candidates in their primary debates but they limit the general election debate to only the two from their parties.

Therefore, we petition the Presidential Debate Commission that the candidate preference criteria for selection to the Presidential Debates be changed:

From

Candidates must have a level of support of at least 15% of the national electorate as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations’ most recently publicly-reported results at the time of the determination.

To:

Candidates must have over 50% of the national electorate favoring their appearance in the debates, as determined by up to five selected national public opinion polling organizations (identified in the polls by candidate name, party, or as meeting the other two criteria), using the average of those organizations’ most recently publicly-reported results of the 180 days previous to the time of the determination.

Take Action

On Change.org

Click on the link below to sign your support to this petition:

Presidential Debates Should Include All Candidates that a Majority Wants

With Polling Organizations

Write an email to one or more of these polling organizations asking them to:

  1. Include in their presidential election opinion polls all parties or candidates that (a) constitutionally qualify and (b) appear in enough state ballots to have a mathematical chance to win.
  2. Ask a poll question about whether or not these candidates should be included in the Presidential Debates.

ABC News/The Washington opinion polling https://helpcenter.washingtonpost.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?itid=sf_opinions-letters-to-the-editor

CBS News/The New York Times, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research mshukait@umich.edu

Gallup https://www.gallup.com/270188/contact-us-general.aspx

Fox News opinion polling https://help.foxnews.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Los Angeles Times Poll cpf@usc.edu

Marist Institue Poll http://maristpoll.marist.edu/contact/#sthash.pCRwuOj6.dpbs

With Sponsors of The Commission on Presidential Debates

The Commission on Presidential Debates does not publish an email address or have a Contact Us page on its website. But most of its sponsors do.

Write an email to these sponsors of the Commission on Presidential Debate.

Ask that funding to the Presidential Debated Commission be removed unless they change their criteria for inclusion

From

Candidates must have a level of support of at least 15% of the national electorate as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations’ most recently publicly-reported results at the time of the determination.

To:

Candidates must have over 50% of the national electorate favoring their appearance in the debates, as determined by up to five selected national public opinion polling organizations (identified in the polls by candidate name, party, or as meeting the other two criteria), using the average of those organizations’ most recently publicly-reported results of the 180 days previous to the time of the determination.

ANHEUSER-BUSCH https://contactus.anheuser-busch.com/contactus/contactusnew/anheuserbusch/contact_us.html

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation https://www.thehowardgbuffettfoundation.org/contact/

Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation https://support.candid.org/case.html?type=fdo&mode=popup

The National Governors Association https://www.nga.org/ (at bottom of page)

Stop Abuses: End State Officials’ Immunity from Being Sued

The Problem

The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1871 allows people to sue state or local officials for violations of civil rights in the US Constitution or laws. But, in 1967, the Supreme Court gave these officials “qualified immunity” from being sued, with no basis in law or the Constitution. It made suing state or local officials invalid unless there is a precedent of a successful suit with the exact same facts, which is very rare. This is an example of one of hundreds of these cases:

In 1999 the 9th US Court of appeals ruled that two Fresno, California police officers, who stole $225,000 in assets while conducting a search warrant, could not be sued because their actions did not violate the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution against unreasonable searches. The reason was that there was no precedent of a court award ruling against anyone engaging in a robbery while searching a home.

The Court stated that the officers “did not have clear notice” that stealing the property violated the Constitution. By “did not have clear notice” they meant that there was no precedent of a successful suit for the exact same action.

Officers did not know that stealing while conducting a search approved by a judge’s warrant was not an “unreasonable search” according to the fourth amendment of the US Constitution! What were the judges in the 9th US Court of Appeals smoking? This is an outrageous violation of our constitutional rights.

On June 1, 2020 the Supreme court turned down for consideration seven cases related to qualified immunity, essentially confirming the present court interpretations. But Justices Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsberg have publicly stated their opposition to the qualified immunity doctrine.

We must restore the original meaning of this Civil Rights Act to prevent abuses by state and local officials, including police. Since states cover their employees with liability insurance to pay for damage awards, ending the immunity gives the state agencies an incentive to prevent abuses by its employees through improved discipline and training, since their insurance company premiums would go up more the more insurance claims the state agency makes.

What to Do

Click the images below to contact your Senators and Representative to vote for bills to end Qualified Immunity for state and local government officials.

Be sure to let them know to support the Ending Qualified Immunity Act introduced by Libertarian congressman Justin Amash. A similar bill was introduced by Republican Senator Mike Braun.

Senator Rubio Senator Scott
Rep. Rutherford, 4th Dist. Rep. Lawson, 5th Dist.