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.”

If you agree, sign the petition below!

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U.S. Senate Bill 2363 is not pro-gun rights

Yesterday, July 8, 2014, the United States Senate vote to proceed with a measure to consider for floor consideration the so-called “Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014.” Designed to help re-elect anti-gun Democrats in the 2014 primary and general elections, Senate Bill 2363 does not comport with the U.S. Constitution and prior U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

The bill is sponsored by Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, with the chief cosponsors being endangered anti-gun rights Senators who are Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Al Franken (D-MN).

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Three-way North Carolina U.S. Senate race heats up as Libertarian gains traction

Yesterday, May 13, 2014, Public Policy Polling released its latest poll in the three-way race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina with interesting results. The race is between Libertarian Sean Haugh, Republican Thom Tillis and Democrat Kay Hagan. Results of the poll showed Hagan in the lead with 38%, Tillis with 36%, Haugh with 11% and 15% of respondents were undecided.

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Three-way race for North Carolina U.S. Senate seat

Yesterday, North Carolina Republicans voted in their primary to have Thom Tillis face Libertarian Sean Haugh and Democrat incumbent Kay Hagan. Hagan won the Democratic primary and Haugh won the Libertarian primary yesterday. Apparently North Carolina Republicans like Tillis’ work to protect corporations at the expense of North Carolinians.

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Minimum wage bill dies in U.S. Senate today

Today, April 30, 2014, the U.S. Senate voted down a bill which would have required companies to pay a minimum of $10.10 per hour to their employees from the current $7.25 per hour. The Democratic bill needed 60 votes to advance and failed with a vote of 54 to 42. The only Republican on record voting in favor was Tennessee Senator Bob Corker. Had the legislation moved forward it would have affected approximately 1.5 million workers in the U.S.

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Senate candidate suggests “Friday Night Fights”

Senate candidate suggests “Friday Night Fights”.

In an effort to prevent the next Senator from Florida being elected on the basis of “who spends the most on TV ads,” Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alexander Snitker says he has a plan that will ensure voters can make an informed decision in November. 

In what he is calling “Friday Night Fights,” Snitker is challenging his Senatorial rivals to a series of 10 debates to be held every Friday evening after the August 24th primary election, and continuing through to the general election. The debates should include all candidates, regardless of party affiliation.

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Senate candidate suggests "Friday Night Fights"

Senate candidate suggests “Friday Night Fights”.

In an effort to prevent the next Senator from Florida being elected on the basis of “who spends the most on TV ads,” Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alexander Snitker says he has a plan that will ensure voters can make an informed decision in November. 

In what he is calling “Friday Night Fights,” Snitker is challenging his Senatorial rivals to a series of 10 debates to be held every Friday evening after the August 24th primary election, and continuing through to the general election. The debates should include all candidates, regardless of party affiliation.

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Snitker describes the events of the FPA meeting “disruption”

I would like to explain my actions at the Florida Press Association’s candidate forum on Thursday at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. I was only notified of the event about an hour beforehand by an alert campaign volunteer. I dropped what I was doing in Tampa and drove to Sarasota. I called Adrian Wyllie, the campaign media director, to let him know what was happening.

Adrian immediately called the Dean Ridings, President of the FPA, to ask why I was not included and to ask for the opportunity to speak. Mr. Ridings refused. Adrian informed the FPA that we were on the way and my voice would be heard. We alerted the media to inform them of our presence.

I arrived late and sat down midway through Kendrick Meek’s question and answer session. Afterword, Marco Rubio addressed the audience. I did not interrupt any of the candidates. It was only after Marco Rubio had finished that I stood to speak at a microphone placed in the aisle for guest comments.

I said that I’d like to make a statement, and that denying a person who served eight years in the United States Marine Corps defending your right to have this today is an atrocity.

I asked for the opportunity to address the group and to answer questions just like the other four candidates, Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio, Charlie Crist and Jeff Greene. They denied my request. Their justification was that only candidates polling above 10% in a credible poll were welcome to speak.

I pointed out that Greene had not received 10% in a credible general election poll. Ridings cited a Quinnipiac poll that showed Green had more than 10%. However, the poll he cites was of Democrats only, and was limited to candidates in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

If we applied the same rules to the Libertarian party I would have undoubtedly polled above 10%, especially considering I am not facing a primary challenge and I already am the Libertarian nominee. If Greene has met that criteria of having at least 10% within his own party, then so have I.

The bottom line is this: There is a good possibility that I would be polling ahead of Green in a general election poll right now. Our internal polling data suggests it. Since the media has never included me in any of their polls, how could they possibly know whether I am polling above or below 10%? We can only assume that they made a judgment call to exclude me based on their own preconceived notions and bias.

What would you do under these circumstances?

It is not obvious I that the media is attempting to determine who the candidates will be?

Do you think my actions were justified?

It seemed to me that the media would continue to ignore our grassroots campaign. I could not let that stand. I have been actively campaigning since June of 2009. In April of this year, I paid the $10,440 state qualification fee to ensure my name is on this ballot. It is against everything this country stands for to exclude me.

I spoke for less than five minutes and then left without incident. Many in the press have described my actions using terms like “disruptive,” and described my speech as “frothing at the mouth.” I did not “storm out” as one reporter put it. In the hallway, I was greeted by several enthusiastic reporters asking for more information about my campaign.

We did what was necessary for the media to recognize us. We made our point and left. We were heard. Let’s hope that they acknowledge that, and that they give a regular citizen a level playing field to compete vs. the career politicians and big money candidates in this race.

-Alexander Snitker

http://www.snitker2010.com

An open letter to the Tea Parties of Florida from Alexander Snitker

As a proud member of the tea party movement, I am overjoyed by the enormous accomplishments we’ve made. I am humbled by the support so many of you have given me in my run for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida, and I would like to express my sincere thanks.

Our movement was formed over our outrage in the direction the two-party political class was taking our great nation. We stand together to tell the Washington insiders that we will not sit idly by while they ignore and subvert the United States Constitution. We will not sit quietly while they spend our nation into oblivion, and saddle our children and grandchildren with crushing debt. We will not abdicate our personal and financial freedom to them.

The tea party movement is the voice of the people. Just like you, I am one of those voices. I have never sought political office before. Until recently, I had absolutely no desire to do so. I have no political ambitions other than to serve my Country, and help to restore it to our Founders’ original intent.

Like you, I watched in outrage as Republicans and Democrats ignored the Constitution. I felt the anger and sorrow as they spent and spent, while at the same time chipping away at our cherished freedoms. Like so many of you, I called and wrote to my Representative and Senators in a futile attempt to make them hear my voice.

They refused to listen. It was then that I realized that I must take action.

That is why I am running for office. I sincerely believe that it is my duty as an American to do whatever I can to restore our Republic. As a U.S. Marine, I swore a solemn oath to defend the Constitution, and I take that oath very seriously.

Today, some tea party groups are standing in strong support of my competitor for the U.S. Senate seat, Marco Rubio. While Marco says he supports the tea party agenda, his actions are suspect. He is an attorney and career politician who always seems to be just one step ahead of scandal and corruption. He is a man whose words and actions are not always in sync. I fear that he is another politician who will campaign on the virtues of our Founders, but then govern through backroom deals and compromise like a typical politician.

We have seen this pattern many times in the past, and I fear we are doomed to repeat history.

I am asking you to take a stand for Liberty. I am asking you to take a risk on the little guy. I am urging you to support me.

In return, I vow never to compromise my principles. I will work to defeat any legislation that exceeds the Constitutional authority of the federal government. I will oppose any legislation that burdens our future generations with debt. I will fight any legislation that cedes our sovereignty to another nation or global body. I will only vote for judicial appointees who will defend and uphold the Constitution.

Together, we can restore our Republic, and return liberty and prosperity to ourselves and our posterity.

If you are still undecided who you will support in this race, I propose that tea party groups host four U.S. Senate candidate debates. The debates could be located in various regions across the state to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend. I will gladly appear at every debate, and I challenge Marco Rubio to do the same. Let’s find out once and for all who the tea party candidate really is.

Sincerely,
Alexander Snitker
Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate, Florida

http://www.snitker2010.com