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Posted Friday, October 5, 2012, at 1:40 PM

October 12, 2012


Rick Vandeven for US Representative campaign news...

Rick Vandeven, Libertarian Party candidate for US Representative (MO-8), is proud to have received an "A" rating from the Gun Owner's of America. This is his second "A" rating from the organization. The GOA is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. Rick agrees with the GOA's position that firearms ownership is a freedom issue.

The campaign also announces the following public appearances by Rick Vandeven in October...

Rick will attend a candidate forum sponsored by the Rolla Tea Party on October 11. He participated in a Rolla Tea Party forum in 2010 also, and looks forward to meeting with the freedom minded independents on the west side of the district again.

On October 20, Rick will march in the Southeast Missouri State Homecoming Parade with members of the SE Missouri State Campus Libertarians, the Cape County LP, and the Scott County LP.

On October 24, Rick will participate in a candidate forum in Ste. Genevieve sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve Herald. At this time he is the only candidate in the race who is committed to appear at what may be the only candidate forum or debate sponsored by a member of the media this year.

On October 25, Rick will take questions from the members of the West Plains Campaign for Liberty group. Rick was a member of C4L after the 2008 Ron Paul campaign before joining the Libertarian Party in 2010.

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I struggle with the idea of privitized defense. I have read the HHH book that Marc references, and a couple of others on the subject, but I am still not there.

What I am starting to think is that good nukes make good neighbors.

-- Posted by Rick Vandeven on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 6:55 AM


That was a political debate? I thought it was a bad episode of Bevis and Butthead.

-- Posted by Rick Vandeven on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 4:18 PM


!@#$ the TSA

Posted by Rick Vandeven on Wed, Oct 10, 2012, at 11:33 AM:


...It depends on the state laws. In MO, a write-in candidate would have had to file as such with the Sec of State. If you write in "Mickey Mouse" (as I do in several races), that vote gets thrown out, but not the entire ballot. Some states do not allow write ins of any sort.

I read somewhere that Mickey Mouse gets several votes every year. Somebody should file as a write in candidate under the name "Mickey Mouse". Then those protest votes would count...

-- Posted by Rick Vandeven on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 12:19 PM

If my name wasn't so long, it wouldn't cost so much to put it on the ballots that they are printing anyhow. As it stands, it cost $400,000 per ballot to print "Vandeven". I tried to register as "Mickey Mouse", but they said it gave me an unfair advantage.

-- Posted by Rick Vandeven on Sun, Sep 30, 2012, at 6:54 PM


I am not "PC". Never have been, never will be. I am respectful to people that deserve my respect, but that doesn't include everyone. There are plenty of candidates out there who are PC, and "respect" everyone. Personally, if a politician is going to consfiscate the products of my life energies, I would rather them treat me like a dog to my face also. That's just me. Some folks like the whole sadistic experience of pretty words and dirty deeds. Guess I am not the kinky type.

-- Posted by Rick Vandeven on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 6:53 AM

... Nowadays they would have injected me with drugs, sent me to counselling, and made me ride the short bus.

-- Posted by Rick Vandeven on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 11:31 AM


-- Posted by Spica on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 8:09 AM


Your cut and paste skills are extraordinary. I never cared for "best of" compliations, but I like this hit parade.

-- Posted by Simon Jester on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 9:27 AM

Since you are catholic, may I assume that you are 100% pro-life? Would you vote for protecting ALL unborn children?

-- Posted by janfar on Fri, Oct 19, 2012, at 9:31 PM


Nobody has the right to force their religious beliefs on other people.

-- Posted by Simon Jester on Sat, Oct 20, 2012, at 12:39 PM

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I was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 1972, and grew up in the Chaffee area where I still reside with my lovely wife and three beautiful and talented daughters. I have been employed in the paper industry for the past 14 years and am a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. In my spare time I support my local parochial school, listen to and perform music, and read. This is my second run for U.S. Congress as the Libertarian Party candidate. In 2010 I was endorsed by the Boston Tea Party and received an "A" rating from the Gun Owners of America. Since my last campaign I supported the opposition to the smoking ban in Cape Girardeau, gathered signatures for the Show-Me Cannabis initiative, was elected to the Missouri State Libertarian Party Executive Committee, and recently won the Champion of Freedom Award. I hope that my candidacy helps to advance the cause of individual liberty. I welcome your questions and comments. Thank you for reading!