- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hope springs eternal: Wes Benedict, chairman of the national Libertarian Party, is reminding the politically minded that they can still declare their intent to run for office in 35 states. Filing deadlines for the formal paperwork have not passed in scores of states, ranging from Alabama to Wyoming. “It’s not too late to run for office as a Libertarian,” Mr. Benedict advises.

Believers in the cause have taken him up on it. Though Gary Johnson is the best known of the party’s candidates, there are actually another 15 Libertarian hopefuls running for the White House — and another 322 aspirants in 18 states running for an assortment of offices, from U.S. senator to state assembly members and county tax assessors. Interest varies. There are, for example, 100 Texans who have thrown their proverbial hats in the ring, but only one lone candidate from Vermont. The party has multiple reasons why the liberty-minded person should jump in somewhere, and just give it a shot.

“People who used to ignore your Libertarian ideas will suddenly become interested in them. The news media and issue advocacy groups will seek you out for your Libertarian proposals and publicize them on the Internet and in newspapers, radio, and/or TV,” says Mr. Benedict, summarizing just two of the points.

“You may provoke a response to your agenda from your opponents, and move them in a Libertarian direction. You’ll provoke attacks on your Libertarian agenda — which is even better.”


Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus have been named to Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Mr. Trump is deemed the “rule breaker,” Mr. Priebus “the party boss”; both appear in the leadership section of the rarefied roster, along with Sen. Ted Cruz, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Hailey, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and a dozen other political luminaries. They range from President Obama and Hillary Clinton to Sen. Bernard Sanders and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“Trump has been a force of nature in business and politics for decades because he isn’t afraid to challenge the norms set by status quo leaders. Sure, he’s confrontational, but his hard-nosed style is what has enabled him to turn a $1 million loan into billions and what has made him the likely Republican nominee for President of the United States,” wrote Rep. Renee Elmers, North Carolina Republican, in a brief rationale about the candidate.

It was Mr. Ryan who explained Mr. Priebus’s merits for the magazine.

“Reince Priebus has almost single-handedly turned the Republican National Committee around. That success — and the doggedness behind it — doesn’t surprise anyone who knows him,” Mr. Ryan wrote.



— Term which has been in casual use since 2010 to designate Islamic militants who enter a nation as refugees, appearing to seek freedom and safety. The term was most recently employed by National Review contributing editor Deroy Murdock, who offered insight into eight refujihadists, noting Thursday, “ISIS has bragged about using Muslim-refugee outflows as a conveyor belt for speeding terrorists into the civilized world.”


Even celebrated couples are not immune from, well, the effects of those little habits. During an interview with NBC on Thursday, Melania Trump was asked if there was anything she wished her husband would, uh, stop doing.

“The tweeting,” she replied.

Donald Trump, however, is very handy in the social media realm, however, averaging at least a half dozen nimble missives a day, sometimes many more. In the meantime, the strategically minded Mr. Trump has accrued 7.7 million followers, all eager to retweet.


It is a fairly ambitious few days for the presidential hopefuls. Among Republicans, Donald Trump still excels in the jumbo grass-roots events at public arenas; he’ll appear in three of them in Harrington, Delaware; Waterbury, Connecticut and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Sen. Ted Cruz is fresh from rapid-fire campaigning in Indiana and Maryland; this weekend he journeys to Pennsylvania, specifically, Scranton and Williamsport. Gov. John Kasich will be at myriad events in three states: Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maryland.

And the Democrats: Hillary Clinton appeared at a New York City fundraiser before embarking once again on the campaign trail, which leads her to events in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton and several sites in Rhode Island. Sen. Bernard Sanders is also in Pennsylvania; specifically, Gettysburg and Millersville.


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72 percent of Americans care on some level about environmental issues in general.

65 percent have not provided any kind of support or donations to environmental causes in the last year.

42 percent of this group cite their concerns that support or donations don’t go directly to “those who need them.”

23 percent of the group say they “do their part” for the environment by recycling, conserving water and other activities.

14 percent of the group say they’d rather be involved in local rather than global issues; 11 percent say they have not seen any progress made for the environment.

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,120 U.S. adults conducted March 23-28 and released Thursday.

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