Bunny Ranch baron may run for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian — Dennis Hof announces exploratory committee

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Dennis Hof–legal brothel mogul, HBO-TV star, best-selling author, successful business entrepreneur and Nevadan, has announced he has joined the Libertarian Party and has organized an exploratory committee to run for U.S. Senate.

Dennis Hof (Hof) announced yesterday, July 7, 2015, he has washed his hands of the two major political parties, switching his affiliation to Libertarian (www.LPNevada.org) and forming an official Exploratory Committee to consider a run for Harry Reid‘s U.S. senate seat in 2016. Hof’s move to run for the long Democrat-held position comes on the heels of state lawmakers passing the largest tax increase in Nevada history, pushing business-owner Hof to finally say he’s “Fed up and not going to take it anymore!”

“I’ve voted for Democrats and Republicans all my life, and all it’s gotten me, and all Nevadans, is more taxes and regulations and less freedoms, I’m disgusted with them both. As of today I have changed my party affiliation to the Libertarian Party and I am supporting the Libertarian Party of Nevada and encourage other people to do the same,” said Hof, the owner of the world famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch (www.BunnyRanch.com) and six other licensed Nevada brothels. “And if I really want to change things in this state, and this country, I have to have some skin in the game—and running for U.S. Senator may just be the best way to do it.”

The Hof For Senate 2016 Exploratory Committee is being headed up by Libertarian Party of Nevada Chairman Brett H. Pojunis (Pojunis), who along with other Libertarian Party officials met with Hof at the party’s recent Libertarian Political Expo (www.LPEX.org) held in Las Vegas. Pojunis and Hof came away from the confab deciding to join forces to take on both the state and federal political establishments.

Dennis Hof epitomizes what being a libertarian is all-about. He’s been living as a libertarian all his life—and the Libertarian Party of Nevada is proud to now welcome him into our party as an ‘official’ Libertarian,” said Pojunis. “Exploring the possibility of having Dennis as the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate from Nevada is both exciting and unprecedented. If Dennis decides to run, the entire nation will be watching our senate race, and they will all see the clear differences between the Libertarian Party, and the Democrat and Republican duopoly.”

The Hof For Senate 2016 Exploratory Committee will consist of a wide range of high-profile representatives from the worlds of entertainment, politics and media—with those already mentioned as possibilities including such luminaries as Tucker Carlson, Vince Neil, John Stossel, Rita Cosby, Ron Jeremy, Howard Stern, Judith Regan,Larry Flynt and Johnny Buss. Hof said that his group of advisors would be strictly “blue ribbon,” and he would be giving their analysis “serious consideration” in determining whether he should throw his hat into the 2016 Senate race ring.

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Political theater in the U.S. Senate is backdrop for Patriot Act sunset

Last night, May 31, 2015, Republican Senator Rand Paul stood in the way of the U.S. Senate from renewing major sections of the poorly named Patriot Act. Initially, Paul was getting time blocked by Senators John McCain and Senator Dan Coats who were using fear-charged language to denigrate those who sought the federal government to be in compliance with the U.S. Constitution. Though it was a major step forward to the federal government respecting the rights of law-abiding Americans, in the overall scheme of things, it was a small dent. A welcomed dent for millions of supporters of freedom and the U.S. Constitution. As Libertarians have been saying since the Patriot Act was first enacted in 2001, parts of the Patriot Act were recently found to be unconstitutional because it causes every American to be treated as a suspect in a crime.

Senator Rand Paul with Justin Amash and Thomas Massie in Washington, D.C. on May 31, 2015.

Yesterday’s session was political theater because establishment senators were already prepared to let those sections expire and be replaced with the USA Freedom Act. Paul stood in the way and shortly after 9:30 p.m., Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell introduced a few amendments to the USA Freedom Act and then the senate adjourned to debate those amendments this afternoon.

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Patriot Act is about to ride out into the sunset after Senate smack down

Libertarians across the nation are planning parties this evening and tomorrow to celebrate, as the major sections of the so-called Patriot Act are set to expire at midnight tonight. Libertarians were the rare group who opposed the Patriot Act when it was first enacted in late October 2001 as they felt it was anything but patriotic and it was a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. They have since been proven right. Regardless, under orders of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate is set to convene later this afternoon, May 31, 2015, to vote on some reforms to the Patriot Act with a reform called the USA Freedom Act which was passed by the U.S. House on May 22, 2015. Even if the USA Freedom Act was passed later today, it would not end the mass surveillance of typical Americans by the federal government. Executive Order 13470, which President Obama has quietly not rescinded from the George W. Bush era, would still be in effect as well as other sections of the Patriot Act which have been made permanent.

From the liberal New York Times to the Washington Post, major news organizations are supportive of letting the Patriot Act expire this evening. In an opinion piece this weekend, the New York Times stated, “There is no question that the federal government should have broad authority to investigate terrorism threats and suspected spies operating in the United States. This is particularly critical in light of the Islamic State’s quest to inspire people in the United States to carry out attacks. But the government has not offered persuasive evidence that bulk collection of phone records has been crucial to foiling plots. Besides, federal officials retain authority to conduct surveillance by other means.” The Washington Post’s Editorial Board is supportive of seeing the expiring sections of the Patriot Act expire and replaced with the USA Freedom Act.

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were soulmates in the U.S. Senate

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Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders served in the U.S. Senate together and are now seeking to win the Democratic Party’s primary for the 2016 presidential race. Sanders is still in the Senate and served with Clinton during her tenure, from 2007 through 2009. Yesterday, May 27, 2015, Derek Willis of the New York Times sifted through the voting records of the two and came to the realization, their voting record is nearly one and the same. They voted the same 93 percent of the time while together in the U.S. Senate. Their ideology is nearly identical on economic and domestic issues.

It exposes the political theater one may expect from career politicians who try to make themselves seem different in the public eye, but are truly political soulmates. It also exposes the scripted narrative many media sources extend to the establishment campaigns. It is through their voting history one can get a true idea of how they plan to govern in the future should one of them become President of the United States. Perhaps we can get past the campaign rhetoric of focus on how the two voted while in office.

They both agree on same-sex marriage, increased gun control laws, pro-choice on abortion, legally forcing businesses to the hiring of a certain ratio of women and minorities, supportive of Obamacare, oppose the privatization of Social Security, oppose school choice, feels higher-income Americans should pay more in taxes, feel that the U.S. should stay out of Iran, supports subsidizing “green energy” projects and do not feel marijuana should be legal in the United States.

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The "Torture Report" is out – Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program

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It’s here: The so-called “Torture Report” with 7% of redactions. (66 mb PDF)

The “Torture Report” is out – Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program

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It’s here: The so-called “Torture Report” with 7% of redactions. (66 mb PDF)

Get Robert Sarvis in the Virginia U.S. Senate debates!

The first debate for Virginia’s U.S. Senate candidates is on July 26, but the establishment is already scheming to make sure voters won’t hear from all the candidates on the ballot.

Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie don’t want a real debate, and that’s exactly what they would get if Libertarian Robert Sarvis joined them on the stage.

“Allowing [Sarvis] in the debates…would force his opponents to grapple with him and his viewpoints,” wrote one columnist in the Virginian-Pilot. “That would be a victory for the voters.”

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