None of the Above by Rick Vandeven - Libertarian For US Representative (MO-8) http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/ en-us LIBERTARIAN PARTY CANDIDATE BILL SLANTZ ON AMERICA'S VOICE NOW WITH MICHAEL EVANS http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/51685 Libertarian Party candidate for US Representative (MO-8), Bill Slantz, appears on America's Voice Now with Michael Evans, February 13, 2013. http://youtu.be/AEbY4C93aGM Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:48:52 -0600 LIBERTARIAN PARTY NOMINATES BILL SLANTZ http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/51648 Contact: Rick Vandeven, Chair -- Libertarian Party Missouri 8th Congressional District Committee Tel: 573-318-5564 E-mail: rickvandeven@sbcglobal.net What: Libertarian Party Missouri 8th Congressional District Committee Nominates Bill Slantz Where: Scott County Courthouse, Benton When: February 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LIBERTARIAN PARTY MISSOURI 8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT NOMINATES BILL SLANTZ AS CANDIDATE FOR US REPRESENTATIVE SPECIAL ELECTION The Chair of the... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:22:52 -0600 LIBERTARIAN PARTY ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES AND NOMINATING PROCEDURE FOR 8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/51382 Contact: Rick Vandeven, Chair -- Libertarian Party Missouri 8th Congressional District Committee Tel: 573-318-5564 E-mail: rickvandeven@sbcglobal.net What: Libertarian Party Missouri 8th Congressional District Forum and Nominating Convention Where: Scott County Courthouse, Benton When: February 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LIBERTARIAN PARTY ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES AND NOMINATING PROCEDURE FOR 8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION The Chair of the Libertarian... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:27:43 -0600 Happy Holidays! Now, Bend Over http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/51029 What is it about the holiday season that possesses CONgress, the Prez, and the rest of the Hitler Youth to perform the most dastardly of deeds? Is it because the country has a collective belly full of Figgie pudding, and is too busy playing with their new pacifiers to notice? I doubt it. We never notice things like the NDAA (Christmas 2011), or the Veteran's Disarmament Act (Christmas 2007) regardless of when the criminals in DC enact them. Perhaps it is because the Old Media is dutifully... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:48:20 -0600 Jo Ann Emerson - Legacy of a Statist http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/50987 Not many professional politicians have been as effective as Jo Ann Emerson in the art of criticism deflection, and selling perception. Her entire political career is filled with examples of the use of public money to garner the support of the most vocal and wealthy special interest groups: senior citizens and the agriculture, telecommunication, medical, pharmaceutical, military, financial, and energy industries while limiting her public appearances to safe events like ribbon cuttings and GOP... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:13:39 -0600 A Thanksgiving Tradition: The Tale of Lump's Parachute Pants http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/50493 NOTE: I wrote this story several years ago, and always post it on my blog pages on Thanksgiving. Every year at Thanksgiving time I sit back and consider what I am thankful for currently in my life: my wonderful family and friends, a great job that is challenging and pays the bills, good health. Sometimes, I also like to ride a cheesy dream sequence to the past and remember those things I was thankful for in my youth - like the first pair of really awesome pants I ever owned! When I was... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:50:35 -0600 It's Better To... http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/50247 "It's better to..." First of all I want to thank my beautiful wife of 20 years, Darlene, for her continued support and encouragement. She has been witness to the highs and lows of running a Libertarian campaign in an establishment GOP stronghold district. Darlene has marched in parades, handed out flyers, worked tents in the infamous Southeast Missouri summer, suffered through forums where we drove 4 hours to get the "opportunity" to speak for 7 minutes, and helped me head for the hills after... Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:23:58 -0600 Remember To Vote! http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/50169 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 13:44:36 -0500 Campaign News http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/49795 October 12, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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... Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:40:43 -0500 Former Democrat Candidate Endorses Rick Vandeven for US Representative http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/49338 August 27, 2012 Rick Vandeven, Libertarian Party candidate for US Representative (MO-8), has been endorsed by Bob Camp of Cape Girardeau, a former Democrat candidate who received 67,760 votes in 2000 for the same office. Camp has cited Vandeven's support of medical marijuana as his reason for going public with the announcement. "I am a 62 year old veteran trying to make a living as a performing musician. I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis which sometimes makes it difficult to play guitar. ... Tue, 04 Sep 2012 20:20:24 -0500 More Ethanol Boondoggle Facts and Fun http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/49268 A recent letter to the editor regarding ethanol mandates written by Jim Stuever of Dexter, MO http://www.semissourian.com/story/188735... caught my attention. I wondered why this particular individual was so passionate about preserving the federal ethanol mandate. I usually start my search for answers to agriculture issues with the EWG database. I was not surprised to find that four Stuevers from Dexter have received over $3 million in farm subsidies since 1999 (including Jim Steuver at... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:16:44 -0500 The Pledge for Honest Candidates http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/49013 Despite the Pollyanna nomenclature, I have signed the "Pledge for Honest Candidates". The Pledge is distributed to candidates for public office by Writeindependent.org, an educational nonpartisan website that empowers people to engage and participate in American democracy by simplifying the candidate write-in process at the congressional, senatorial, and presidential levels of office. The Pledge was easy for me to sign because my campaign does not accept donations. However, by reading the... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:38:54 -0500 The Libertarian's Reaction to the August 7, 2012 Primary http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/48987 As a candidate from a third party which had no contested races for voters in the MO 8th Congressional District to decide, I am very proud that 166 people chose a Libertarian Party ballot. It is a bit confounding to me because it would be wonderful to know who these rebels are. I am also excited at the high number of voters who chose a LP ballot in the newest addition to the MO 8 -- Jefferson County. I have to take a trip or two up there to meet them. Thank-you to everyone who chose a... Thu, 09 Aug 2012 21:50:00 -0500 A Note To Anyone But Obama 2012! http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/48916 NOTE: I originally composed this in May, and posted it on the Community Bloggers (No Man's Land) of this website on my "Lumpy Nuggets" blog. Today I found another note from "Anyone But Obama 2012", and thought that it would generate more discussion here since I now have an official title. On a side note, the actions of the POTUS can have some effect on the price of gasoline in the area of American military interventionism in the Middle East. Only one candidate for POTUS is opposed to our... Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:47:06 -0500 MO Libertarian Party Opposes Public Prayer Amendment http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/48848 For Immediate Release Cisse W. Spragins, Ph.D. 612 309 9232 cisseforliberty@gmail.com The Missouri Libertarian Party Passes Resolution on Ballot Initiative Opposes Constitutional Amendment 2 On July 30th, the Missouri Libertarian Party passed a resolution on Constitutional Amendment 2 and issued the following statement: Whereas the Libertarian Party platform plank on Education states: "Education is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality, accountability and... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 05:10:06 -0500 The GOP Candidates Punt On the Failed War On Drugs http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/48714 (NOTE: an abridged version of this blog will appear in print as a "paid letter" in a future edition of the Southeast Missourian. I have posted it here for public discussion purposes) I have been following the recent scuttlebutt between the incumbent and her GOP rival Bob Parker's supposed support for an end to the failed war on drugs with a heavy dose of loathing and amusement. The Libertarian Party has consistently denounced the failed war on drugs on constitutional, moral, and economic... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 13:08:35 -0500 Truth Is Treason http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/48677 Here is a full transcript of my speech to the Cape County Tea Party on July 17, 2012... Good evening! My name is Rick Vandeven, and I am proud to be THE Missouri 8th Congressional District Libertarian Party candidate for, or in my case, AGAINST Congress. I am grateful to have the opportunity to speak with you tonight. A few weeks ago, I was approached by a political activist who inquired of me, "Are you freer now than you were four years ago?" I understand that this particular line of... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:29:42 -0500 The Gift of Obamacare http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/48622 Recently, the Republicans in the US House of Representatives took time out of their busy schedule (naming newly constructed public buildings for local authoritarians, attending campaign fundraisers, and issuing official proclamations honoring sports teams) for another token vote on their trademark: opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Ask any American who plans to participate in the upcoming general election in November what the GOP stands for and odds are the rube will answer, "Republicans... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:57:36 -0500 Show-Me Cannabis Update http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/48616 I received the following message from the Show-Me Cannabis Regulation activist group of which I am a member... Today, Maranda Reynolds of Springfield Cannabis Regulation -- Show-Me Cannabis Regulations' local affiliate -- turned in nearly 2,600 signatures from Springfield residents on a petition to the city clerk to remove criminal penalties for the possession of under 35 grams of cannabis in the city. The city clerk now has 20 days to verify that at least 2,101 of these signatures are... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 10:39:27 -0500 You Say You Wanna Revolution? http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/vandeven/entry/48479 I thought to myself, "this year, I am really going to kick that football". I did have some good, albeit misplaced, intentions of saying something positive about these here United States of America on Independence Day, or as the holiday has become known in the popular vernacular - The Fourth of July. Riddle: Do the English have The Fourth of July? So I got to thinking about what I could possibly say about the USA that was happy, but honest. This dilemma has filled my head for the past... 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