Monday, September 10, 2012

URGENT UPDATE! POLLING PLACES!

You should find your own polling place by looking it up here, but if you've been referring to the map linked on the left side bar, it was wrong.  It showed the 2010 polling places before the redistricting.  The updated map is here and the side bar link has been updated.  I apologize for the confusion.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Letter From Hans Reigle

Many of you may have received it.  It's some delightful reading.  It proclaims me the leader of a leaderless movement, claims not to know a job history posted publicly on the internet via Facebook and LinkedIn, and chronicles my various party changes and political engagements over the last two years.

Hans also tells you that you should all vote for my opponent because he will carry water for other Republican candidates in the state who are frankly not worthy of the distinction.  I won't.  If you're not ok with that, don't vote for me.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Jury Rights Day

Today is Jury Rights Day.  I recently became the Delaware state contact for the Fully Informed Jury Association and if elected to the Delaware House of Representatives, I would introduce a bill similar to the one recently passed in New Hampshire which modifies the instructions given to juries to clarify that they have the right not only to judge the facts but the law itself, and refuse to convict if they believe the defendant should not be punished even if they violated the law in question.  This right was established early on in the British colonies of North America and was critical in the disruption of slavery and alcohol prohibition.

From FIJA.org:
September 5th is Jury Rights Day! On this day in 1670, William Penn was put on trial for violating England’s Conventicle Act, which prohibited religious assemblies other than the Church of England. Although he had clearly violated the law, Penn’s jurors refused to convict him as ordered by the judge, even when they were imprisoned and denied food and water. Upon appealing their sentences, a higher court ruled that jurors can NOT be punished for their verdict. This ruling firmly established the right of the jurors to refuse to enforce bad laws—a right that jurors still have today. More information about Jury Rights Day and your right as a juror to say “No!” to bad law is available from the Fully Informed Jury Association at 1-800-TEL-JURY or online at FIJA.org.

Did you know that before the Civil War, juries often refused to convict people for helping slaves escape, even though they had clearly broken the Fugitive Slave Laws? And did you know that even before that, most northern states had outlawed slavery as a result of jury verdicts? Most important, did you know that jurors today have the same power to reject bad law as they had back then? More information about a juror’s right to say “No!” to bad law is available from the Fully Informed Jury Association at 1-800-TEL-JURY or online at FIJA.org.


 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Meet the Candidates

Delaware voters will have the opportunity to meet candidates for state and local office thanks to the efforts of the 9-12 Delaware Patriots.  They have organized a "Meet the Candidates" night at the Dover Elks Lodge for Tuesday, September 4th, beginning at 6pm.


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This event will offer a great opportunity to meet candidates for local office and may be the only opportunity to see candidates side by side before the primary election on September 11th.  Please check your local polling place here and view a map here.

Friday, August 31, 2012

My "Republican" Resume

I'm getting some nice press in the local newspapers regarding the question of my "authenticity" as a Republican.  I think I've been pretty open about my somewhat adversarial relationship with the party hierarchy of the state and county Republican Party apparatus.  This has often been misinterpreted, unintentionally I hope, as hostility towards the party's voters and the party's values.  It IS a misinterpretation.  I bear no animosity towards Republicans and I believe that many members of the Republican Party hold libertarian values, values which we share and which are very important to me.

My opponent would have you believe that because of his party registration with the State of Delaware and his refusal to talk to people associated with the Libertarian Party, he is the more authentic Republican.  Let me tell you a little bit about my history in politics, and you can decide for yourself whether it is your party registration or your actions and the values that you carry with you that define who you are.

When I first became interested in politics, George W. Bush was president and we were going to war in Iraq.  I was skeptical of the justifications for our invasion and even more skeptical of our "plan" for the aftermath.  I was skeptical of the rhetoric the president and the Republicans controlling congress used, implying an outsized role for the Federal government beyond that which should be the role of a national, central government.  Democratic politicians were no better, but they didn't run things and that allowed them the convenience of pretending to care about civil liberties and open government.


So I registered as a Democrat.  Had to to vote in their primaries, can't say I necessarily supported their candidates in November though.

Think about it.  If you are only going to be allowed to vote in one of two taxpayer funded primaries, why not vote in the one too weak to win based on what they've BEEN doing, especially if being out of power suddenly makes them care about the majority (not them) overreaching and abusing civil liberties and government process?  I mean, this is a two party system isn't it?  You have to pick one or the other, right?  I didn't write the rules, I just follow them.

Of course, I was young and naive, and was just a single voter who didn't even realize that there were two DIFFERENT primaries in Delaware, one for president and one for everything else (this year on September 11th!).  I didn't have much of an impact before power shifted and before the Republican Party got itself an infusion of liberty through the 2008 campaign of Ron Paul.  By the time I realized I wanted to vote for him, the registration blackout had passed and it was too late for me to change my party registration to Republican, but I did it after the 2008 election and hoped that there would be a libertarian leaning Republican like Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential primary I could support.

In 2010 I became involved with the Libertarian Party of Delaware.  They had a strategy of establishing an independent block of legislators not answerable to either of the two major parties, two major parties which had demonstrated that despite some libertarian tendencies, they were NOT libertarian.  The Libertarian Party was eager to bring new people into the political process and educate them in the ways of politics.  Not only did I become their nominee for the 32nd Representative District (the same office I'm running for now in the Republican Primary), but they also elected me Kent County Chair and a national convention delegate.


2010 was fun, I learned a lot, and considering how much we knew and that we were running under a Libertarian-Independent fusion nomination instead of one of the "two party" ballot lines that get all of the press attention, I was happy with 6.1%, but obviously a different strategy for electing libertarians would be needed in the short term to shift the inertia of the electorate and the multitude of institutions responsible for selecting and promoting their election choices.  The major parties must themselves be reformed or supplanted.  Alternative Parties should operate as special interest groups with ballot access, encouraging and engaging in primaries when they can, nominating their own candidates when they can't.

I was elected Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Delaware in 2011 on a platform of engaging the Democratic and Republican Parties on their home turf, in their primaries.  As the year progressed and the GOP presidential primary field coalesced, the vast majority of Delaware's registered and active Libertarians preferred Ron Paul.  Many of us changed our party registrations and assisted with the circulation of petitions among registered Republicans to secure Dr. Paul's ballot access in the Republican Primary.  Many of us engaged in the Republican committee meetings ultimately responsible for selecting the state and national delegates sent to Rehoboth in April and Tampa this week.  I was a state delegate in Rehoboth and put one of the US House candidates into nomination for the convention's endorsement.  Many of us also supported Governor Gary Johnson, who was also a candidate in the Republican primary even though he was often excluded from debates and given no attention by major TV news outlets.  He will now be on the ballot in November as the Libertarian nominee along with Judge Jim Gray.


I was a registered Republican heavily engaged in the presidential primary process, attempting to align the preferences of the Libertarian Party and the Republican Party, so that we could work in coordination to reduce the size of government and protect the civil liberties of the people.  I stayed involved with the Republican Party.  I have also stayed involved with the Libertarian Party, even though I resigned my position as Vice Chair in what has turned out to be a vain effort to get my opponent to agree to a debate about values instead of party registrations.  I have also formed a number of new political parties, on paper anyway, at the Department of Elections.

Party registrations aren't important.  Your values and your actions are.  I believe that I share the same values as many Republican Party members, values which have been ignored by Republican Party politicians and party leaders.  I have been involved with the Republican Party, attending their meetings, and working in their primary elections.  If you care what letter I put next to my name on a day to day basis at the Department of Elections, there's a link to my opponent's website (his real one!) on the right side of the screen.  If you care about the values I care about, if you care about changing the way Dover runs Delaware, I hope you'll support me on the 11th of September at your local polling place, maps are linked right here.


Thanks.