Friday, November 23, 2018

DC: Free the Food!

New IJ Report on Positive Impact of Cottage Food Businesses:

IJ released a new report on the benefits of allowing home-bakers to sell their goods. In September of 2017, Wisconsin’s ban on home-baking was ruled unconstitutional thanks to a lawsuit brought by our attorneys. Despite the short amount of time since the ban has been lifted, the results have been immediate and impressive. In our report, “Ready to Roll”, nearly one hundred home-bakers describe how the ability to sell their goods has improved their lives. From being able to work through a disability to reigniting passion, allowing cottage food businesses has created value for Wisconsinites. We believe the same is possible in DC.

To read the report, visit this link: Ready to Roll.

We want to hear from you! Your story is crucial to our fight:

While DC allows cottage food businesses, we have some of the most restrictive laws in the country. We want to show DC government that allowing more cottage food businesses will improve lives and create a thriving economy.  Please take two minutes to tell us what it would mean to you if DC changed our cottage food laws and allowed home bakers to earn extra income by filling out this survey: Let’s Change DC’s Laws.

Please let us know if you would be willing to share your story on how running a cottage food business would improve your life.

Thank you!

Brooke and Ellen

Brooke Fallon
Assistant Director of Activism
Institute for Justice

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Last minute coverage of Libertarian "power couple"

November 5, 2018 at 11:05 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr. @ WashingtonBlade
More LGBT candidates surface in D.C. election
Libertarian Party, gay news, Washington Blade
Attorney Joe Henchman, on left, is running for the D.C. Attorney General position and his husband, Ethan Bishop-Henchman, is running for D.C. Council Chair. Both are running under a Libertarian Party slate that includes gay Libertarian activist Martin Moulton, who’s running for mayor, and Libertarian Bruce Majors, who’s running for the city’s Congressional Delegate seat. (Photo of Joseph Henchman via Twitter; photo of Ethan Bishop-Henchman via Facebook)
In a little-noticed development, the Libertarian Party candidates running in an uphill race for D.C. Council chair and D.C. attorney general are gay men who are a married couple.
Ethan Bishop-Henchman is running for Council chair against Democratic incumbent Phil Mendelson, and his husband, Joe Henchman, is running for attorney general against incumbent Democrat Karl Racine.
Both told the Washington Blade on Sunday that, while not at all hiding their status as gay men, they have emphasized their views on how best to use libertarian principles to improve the lives of D.C. residents rather than focus on their sexual orientation during their respective campaigns.
Longtime gay Libertarian Party activist Martin Moulton is running a longshot race for mayor against Democratic incumbent Muriel Bowser. Bruce Majors, another longtime Libertarian activist, is running a similar uphill race for the D.C. Congressional Delegate seat held by Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Bowser, Mendelson, Racine, and Norton, who are considered odds-on favorites to win re-election, have longstanding records of strong support for LGBT rights. Ethan and Joe Henchman said they would be champions for LGBT equality if elected to office.
In a development that may surprise local political observers, the Henchmans said they are both supporting the most visible LGBT candidate running in Tuesday’s D.C. election, lesbian businesswoman Dionne Reeder. Reeder is running as an independent against incumbent at-large Council member Elissa Silverman, who’s also an independent.

If elected, a power couple

Ethan Bishop-Henchman (L) and Joe Henchman are half of the Libertarian Party slate in the D.C. 2018 election.

Rachel Kurzius / DCist
If Joe Henchman and Ethan Bishop-Henchman win their races on Election Day, the District will have an unprecedented power couple: the D.C. attorney general and the chairman of the D.C. Council living in holy matrimony.
But the Libertarian party candidates will be the first to tell you that they are not going to win.
“I think everyone knows how this election is going to turn out,” says Henchman, who is running for attorney general, when I meet the couple after work for drinks at the National Press Club, where he is a member. The evening is Oktoberfest-themed, so a live accordion-player accompanies our conversation. Henchman is a practiced, careful speaker, and Bishop-Henchman talks more passionately, especially about what he sees as the lack of pro-development voices in the District.
They both see their current runs for office as a contribution to keeping D.C. democratic (with a small D). “We want to make sure [the incumbents] still have to say what they’re standing for and put themselves up in front of everybody with an actual option on the ballot … I don’t think any politician should be elected without opposition,” Henchman says, before amending his comment: “George Washington’s the only one I think should be elected without opposition.” Bishop-Henchman laughs at the edit.
“We really are honored to offer an alternative choice,” says Bishop-Henchman. He quit his job at a Libertarian think tank this fall to focus on pursuing a deaconship and he also has a dog-walking business. A week later, he was challenging incumbent Phil Mendelson for D.C. council chairman. “It was an exciting turn of events,” he says. “I really see it as a public service. D.C. is my adopted home and it’s not about being anti-Mendelson—it’s about trying to offer something more.”
The couple represents half of a four-person slate of candidates the Libertarians are offering this cycle, which also includes Bruce Majors running for House Delegate and Martin Moulton for mayor. (The Republican Party, by comparison, is fielding three candidates this cycle.)
Henchman, who was elected in the primary to the chairmanship of the local party, notes that all four of the Libertarian candidates are gay. Metro Weekly says that it is “the first time in memory [that] a major political party in the District of Columbia is running an entirely gay slate of candidates.”
When he isn’t trying to rebuild the District’s Libertarian Party, Henchman serves as the executive vice president at the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit working towards “a world where the tax code doesn’t stand in the way of success,” according to its website.
The couple first met at a happy hour for alumni of Students For Liberty, a group that organizes Libertarian speakers, groups, and conferences on college campuses. Henchman organized the event as part of the group’s annual meeting in February 2014, and was collecting tickets at the door.
“He wooed me in a Libertarian way,” Bishop-Henchman says with a grin. Henchman, who says he “fell in love at first sight,” drew a polling graph on a napkin that showed how public opinion about homosexuality changed when folks knew people who were openly gay. At that point, gay marriage was not yet legal throughout the country. They began dating.
They went together to the Supreme Court to see the decision that granted same-sex couples the right to marry throughout the country and, a few months later, Bishop-Henchman proposed on the steps of the highest court in the land. Since they got married in the fall of 2017, they characterize themselves as homebodies. They are working their way through the AFI’s list of the best 100 American films, and their favorite so far has been Singing In The Rain, which Bishop-Henchman was singing for days afterwards, according to Henchman.
Maybe because they’re not expecting a victory, the Henchmans tend to be complimentary of their political opponents—D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.
Henchman says that he admires how Racine, as the first elected AG, has built up the office. His main critique is that Racine hasn’t used the office to go after Metro as part of his consumer protection efforts.
“The Metro here is one of the worst bad actors against its consumers,” Henchman says. “The Metro is supposed to knit the whole region and I think they’re getting a free pass because they’re a government organization. If I was attorney general, that’s something I would direct my staff to do.”
The couple also has a good deal of admiration for Mendelson, a person they see working to balance business interests with the liberal direction of the council.
“We like Mendelson as a person,” says Bishop-Henchman. “He’s not a bad chairman, but I think the council would run better for all D.C. residents if the chairman wasn’t just a cog in the Democratic machinery that runs Washington. I really want to be there because I have an instinct for being pro development, which is one of my huge things.”
Bishop-Henchman says he’s seen a burst of enthusiasm about his campaign since Mendelson worked to repeal Initiative 77, the voter-passed ballot measure to eliminate the tipped minimum wage.
Indeed, Initiative 77 is one of the issues about which the couple disagrees. They both voted against it—saying it was worded misleadingly on the ballot—but while Henchman agrees with the move to repeal it, Bishop-Henchman doesn’t.
He has two reasons, which he jokingly characterizes as “lefty-loony” and “hardcore free market.” The lefty-loony side of him, he says, would have voted to keep 77 because “if the voters are gonna vote for something, unless it’s some catastrophic thing, then the council should have let it happen.”
His hardcore free market side has a problem with the idea of a two-tiered wage system more broadly. “I think it’s unfair that everyone else has to abide by a minimum wage that I think does often hurt job creation, but a certain sector of the population has figured out how not to do that,” Bishop-Henchman says. “If there’s a problem with that, then we should maybe lower the minimum wage or cut regulation so business doesn’t even need a minimum wage because people’s time and effort will be worth more.”
Henchman cracks that this is how Bishop-Henchman is “going after those Lazere voters,” referring to the people who backed Mendelson’s challenger to the left, Ed Lazere, in the primaries.
“I got a hilarious email from someone I thought was Libertarian and wanted to help out with the campaign and it turns out this person just really wanted to help whoever the challenge to Mendelson was, which I guess is flattering,” says Bishop-Henchman. “I think there’s going to be a lot of protest votes.”
Henchman says that he thinks “a lot of people are going to go into the booth and be surprised they have a choice.”
For this election, they’re using mailers and email to educate voters, as well as Facebook. “Beyond that, it’s mainly a word of mouth thing … We’re not quite at the point where we can have a bunch of signs everywhere like the established candidates,” says Henchman. “Our goal is, in two or four years, to get one of those at-large seats and get some real, alternative views on the council, and well, that’s going to have to be a real campaign in order to get that.”
The Libertarian Party currently has 1,295 registered members in D.C., per the Board of Elections, and Henchman says they’ve got about 40 dues-paying members, “but that’s with zero effort,” he says.
They want to move D.C. from being a one-party government. “The Republicans are doing their own thing,” says Henchman. “I don’t think they’re really going to fill that need.”
Their vision of the District includes a place with lower business taxes and decreased property taxes for businesses, and helping developers build housing. They also want statehood.
“Democrats are the best friend of D.C. statehood until they’re in power, and suddenly it’s never on the top 50 issues,” says Henchman. “It really does need to be a top issue and we’re not afraid to call out the Democrats if they’re not willing to do it.”
They’re not Trump fans, either. “There are certain things that, as free market Libertarians, we will take and say, ‘Okay these are good,'” says Bishop-Henchman. “Mostly any other Republican president could have gotten those things as well, but I think at the end of the day Joe and I would admit that it’s not a net-positive. We could have lived under a Hillary Clinton presidency.” Henchman notes that he was a delegate for Gary Johnson in 2016.
Each time that Henchman pitches the Libertarian Party as the one providing an option on the ballot, Bishop-Henchman cuts in to clarify that they are “a sane and rational option.”
Henchman nods in agreement. “A lot of the alternatives are pretty scary out there,” he says. “And we’re not.”
This post has been updated to reflect that Bishop-Henchman proposed to Henchman, not the other way around.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

With 4 Libertarian candidates, you can vote a straight Libertarian ticket

Martin Moulton, Bruce Majors, and Ethan and Joe Bishop-Henchman on why they believe the Libertarians can be D.C.'s second party

The D.C. Libertarian Party is quietly pulling off a historical feat, and no one seems to have noticed: For the first time in memory, a major political party in the District of Columbia is running an entirely gay slate of candidates.

Each of the four men running this year is seeking a citywide seat: Martin Moulton is challenging Mayor Muriel Bowser; Bruce Majors is running against longtime congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Ethan Bishop-Henchman is running against Council Chairman Phil Mendelson; and his husband, Joe Bishop-Henchman, is running against Attorney General Karl Racine.

Yet despite the history-making nature of their candidacies, they say their sexual orientation isn’t a big deal, particularly among members of their own party.

“I’d like to emphasize that the Libertarian Party has a much better record on civil rights, and I think those are much more in line with most gay voters,” says Ethan Bishop-Henchman.

“We were pro-gay rights long before other parties,” chimes in Majors, pointing to the party’s endorsement of marriage equality in 1972.

“I think too often there’s this dichotomy of: either you’re a socialist and you’re pro-civil rights, or you’re a capitalist and you’re anti-civil rights,” Bishop-Henchman adds. “Can’t we offer that beautiful intersection where we can talk about civil rights to the average voter and do that with real integrity and still represent something else that’s not just the Democratic Party?”

“I tell people I’m the openly gay mayoral candidate,” volunteers Moulton. “Voters know they can trust me because I’m actually being honest about it. You win people over when you talk about basic fundamental things like honesty. Most voters don’t care about the gay issue. They care about school choice, marijuana legalization… And I think I can talk to a voter who might be hugely homophobic and win them over on another issue by changing the narrative.”

The Libertarians are unique within D.C. politics, often taking on the role of the de facto minority party by running candidates in races where there is no Republican contender. While they are only 1,295 strong, according to statistics from the D.C. Board of Elections, it’s the Libertarians who, especially via social media, often criticize the Democratic-led Council’s various policies. (Two independents on the Council are both former Democrats and generally liberal on economic policy.)

“I think we offer a real, a rational and reasonable alternative to the Democrats,” Ethan Bishop-Henchman says. “I think that it’s a shame that right now democracy in D.C. is pretty much done at the primary level at the Democratic Party, and I think we offer a real alternative for both people on the left and people on the right.”

Billing themselves as candidates running on free-market, common-sense ideas, the Libertarians have essentially filled a vacuum in the D.C. political landscape, where one-party dominance has been the norm for a number of years. Though they may differ on specific solutions to some problems, all four are largely in favor of marijuana legalization, school choice, fewer regulations on housing and business, and providing oversight of how taxpayer dollars are being spent.
“I honestly think it’s a platform that most D.C. voters can get behind,” says Joe Bishop-Henchman, although he does acknowledge that Libertarians have not made the “hard sell” to the District’s voters who may skew liberal but are vehemently anti-corruption.
Each candidate has their own reasons for running. For Moulton, it’s the burdensome regulations that prevent more housing from being built and force businesses to navigate a massive maze filled with red tape. He also criticizes incumbent Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) handling of education issues, particularly school choice, and her Vision Zero program to reduce travel fatalities.
“An essential change has to be made urgently, not in four years. Now. She has shown no inclination to change her policies or practices with regard to government schools,” he says.

Muriel Bowser – Photo: American Federation of Government Employees, via Wikimedia.
“She initiated this Vision Zero Program to reduce travel fatalities by 2020, understanding that with more congestion, more cars, more people, there will be more interactions, more crashes, more fatalities,” adds Moulton. “She’s failed. Traffic fatalities have risen since she initiated Vision Zero. Those are people’s lives — your kids’ lives, moms and dads. She spends more time courting corporate sports team owners and building things that take money away from taxpayers.”
Moulton says it’s outrageous that, with the District’s educational system under mayoral control, local media has done voters a disservice by not demanding that Bowser sit down with Moulton and her other challengers, Dustin Canter (I) and Ann Wilcox (Statehood-Green), to have a discussion about the future of education — not to mention other issues like a lack of affordable housing, homelessness, or crime.
He also points to the scandal that forced former Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson to resign, after it was discovered his daughter was allowed to bypass the lottery in order to earn a seat at a coveted high school with a long waiting list, as an example of where the mayor fell down on the job. He says parents of public school students will still bring that scandal up, unprompted, when he’s campaigning, because it made them “livid.”
“The corporate press, in every article they talk about schools, there’s not one parent who gets a quote,” Moulton says. “They’re talking to the establishment. Even the media is marginalizing parents by not giving voice to their frustration or rage. I talk to parents on the street, I talk to my neighbors who have kids in charter schools because they refuse to send them to normal government schools. They’re furious. They’re looking for someone to give them an alternative.
“Our [Party’s] position is school choice and expanding it just beyond charter schools, but to private schools and parochial schools and expand that market,” he adds. “When I talked to black, poor, low income African Americans they say, ‘Why isn’t there a Baptist church-run school?’ My father went to a Methodist school when he came to this country. Why isn’t there a Methodist school here for K through 12? Why isn’t there a Sikh school? Why isn’t there a Buddhist school? 
“But our establishment says taxpayers have to give our money to government schools and some to the charter schools. For parents who might want to send their kids to private schools, give them a religious education or some spiritual or loving education where they learn some values, the city says, ‘No, we can’t let you do that.'”

The Bowser campaign did not respond to emails or return phone calls seeking comment.
For Majors, challenging Norton is about providing an alternative to the Democrat who’s been the District’s non-voting delegate in Congress for the past 28 years. He also believes his party identification would make it easier to find common ground with Democrats and Republicans around issues like criminal justice reform, and believes he’s better positioned to make an argument in favor of D.C. statehood.
“I think Eleanor has done a number of things for D.C. and I don’t think she’s the worst person in Congress, but Eleanor is part of the Democratic Party and the D.C. Democratic Party, and very rarely does she criticize it when it’s wrong,” he says. “She doesn’t criticize any of the corruption or any of the failures of local politicians in her party.”
Similarly, Ethan Bishop-Henchman doesn’t have any personal animosity towards Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who he’s challenging on Nov. 6.
“I think the problem [with Mendelson] is he’s not a true independent voice on the council. He is part of the Democratic machine. I think that he’s very good at basically talking out of both parts of his mouth,” he says. “He likes to tout that he was progressive before it was cool, and at the same time he’s also trying to pretend to be really pro-business. I don’t think that either of those constituencies are for very long going to believe both those things. I would like to actually be an independent voice on the council that could push through, or at least be a voice for, business and development.”

Phil Mendelson – Photo: Facebook.
Were he elected Chairman, Bishop-Henchman would help set the Council agenda, including arranging votes on any legislative items being pushed by the mayor’s office. He argues he’d be a check on her power, rather than a rubber-stamp.
“The four things I would focus on are expanding school choice as much as possible. I would divert more money into scholarships for low income residents and their children. I would shore up the  D.C. Opportunity Scholarship, put more money into it, and make sure that more people could have access to that,” he says.
As chairman, Bishop-Henchman believes he’d be a more vocal advocate for D.C. statehood, would seek to reduce the number of regulations that stifle the supply of housing and make it unaffordable for working people, and work to provide more oversight over the District’s troubled Metro system.
“I think Metro is a disgrace,” he says. “It does not have a funding problem, it has a management problem. I think it’s in the grip of the unions. I don’t think unions are always a bad thing, but if unions pretend to be the voice of the working class, it’s a disruptive Metro system that actually hurts the working class most. The rest of us can afford Ubers and Lyfts if we need to.
“Instead, we say we’re going to shut down Metro at midnight so we can do Safe Track and all these other things. A lot of people who have built their lives around where Metro is going to be and what times, they’re constantly thrown into flux because we can’t keep a working Metro system in the capital of the most powerful country of the world.”
His husband, Joe Bishop-Henchman, believes he can play a role in oversight if he is elected D.C. Attorney General.
“In the Attorney General’s office, there’s a lot of investigative and oversight power that’s not being used,” he says. “One example I see is WMATA. If WMATA was a private company, they’d have investors all over them, safety inspections, they might even be shut down. We, the D.C. government, have done nothing to hold them accountable. So the feds have had to step in and do safety and oversight, and that’s a shame. In every other matter, we’ve said, ‘We don’t need the feds to step in, we can take care of it ourselves,’ but in this case we’ve sort of abdicated to them.”
Bishop-Henchman sees consumer protection and cracking down on mismanagement as the top priorities of the office.
“In the last election, D.C. voters voted to make this an elected and independent body,” he says. “And part of the reason they voted that way was they wanted the AG to have that power without having to be responsible to the powers that be. So this is an office that can investigate the council if wrongdoing is apparent.”
Asked about why he’s challenging Racine, Bishop-Henchman points to the office’s priorities.
“There have been a lot of missed opportunities, in terms of holding WMATA accountable, in terms of helping get housing built. There’s a lot of housing not being built because of abuse of the legal process by neighborhood interests and others,” he says. “I followed very closely the debacle around St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Church Street, that wanted to rebuild and add housing, and the church was nearly driven nearly bankrupt by the legal process. They turned to the AG’s office and a lot of other city officials for help, and got a lot of closed doors. I really think that needs to change.”
Bishop-Henchman also says the AG’s office can play a role in promoting more housing.
“For whatever reason, we have built a ‘Housing is Bad’ strategy in [D.C.] government. We view housing as a bad thing, and therefore, we need to put all of this legal process in the way of it. And elected officials don’t want to remove those obstacles,” he says. “I view housing as a good thing. I think we need all of the above: affordable, luxury, and everything in between. I think it’s a big missing piece. The AG’s power is limited on what he can do on that, but he can help with some of the legal complications surrounding that.”
In a statement, Racine dismissed some of Bishop-Henchman’s contentions about what authority the AG’s office has.
“Clearly, my opponent does not understand the authority of the of Office of Attorney General,” the statement said. “My office does not regulate WMATA nor does it build housing or other structures. My office does, however, seek to promote affordable housing by winning lawsuit after lawsuit against slumlords who deny vulnerable residents basic services with the objective of forcing them out of their homes. I am proud of the work of my colleagues.”
Racine added: “My opponent’s comments demonstrate that he lacks the knowledge and passion to help our City’s most vulnerable residents.”
Still, all four Libertarians hope that their campaigns will help voters see them as a viable party.
“The hurdle is on us to make the case that we haven’t in past cycles,” Joe Bishop-Henchman says. “So people feel like there is only one option if they want responsible government in D.C. It’s up to us to make sure people know there are other options.”
Martin Moulton says lack of visibility has historically plagued the fledgling party, which only gained ballot status a few years ago.
“I feel that people do get [our message] when I talk to them,” he says. “We know that the majority of D.C. voters don’t vote. Those people are looking for Libertarians on the ballot. They want it. We need exposure to them, but when I talk to people on the streets, when I talk to people around the city, they understand Libertarian values. They just don’t see the establishment Democrats and the so-called ‘likely’ candidates articulating those values, so they don’t vote. When they hear us talk, they’re like, you’ve got my vote.”
Moulton also criticizes local media, which often dismisses Libertarians’ electoral chances and denies them coverage.
“The corporate media is staunchly Democratic. We see that nationally. We see that locally,” he says. “They mention us in the most bigoted ways — I use the word ‘bigoted’ because we just have different ideas, but they say: ‘Your ideas aren’t important.’ Educating all of our kids is important. Giving them a fair shot at a chance to live in this economy is an important issue, and the Democrats aren’t doing that.”
Majors adds that even right-wing media sources can be biased against Libertarians, particularly if they are viewed as threats to Republicans.
“Ultimately, I want to see D.C. as a two-party town again,” says Joe Bishop-Henchman. “And that second party is not going to be the Republicans. I mean, Trump got 4% of the vote. So it’s about presenting an alternative that’s socially liberal but fiscally responsible.”
He notes that for the two non-Democratic At-Large seats on the Council, a candidate only needs to win from 11% to 14% of the citywide vote, and looks forward to the day when the party has built up enough rapport with voters to be able to run a candidate who can win.
“If someday we get to that point, and we have a Libertarian as one of the 13 councilmembers, and we demonstrate we can govern effectively and efficiently, and advance good policies, that will help make the case to a lot of people,” he says.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Our candidates

Martin Moulton for Mayor.  
Mr. Moulton is a long-term resident and homeowner in the Shaw neighborhood.  Educated at Dartmouth College, a former digital editor at Roll Call, Moulton is a consultant and school choice activist, a dedicated cyclist and volunteer with local bicycle associations.  You can follow him at his twitter feed.  Moulton's 2016 campaign received 18,000 votes and re-won the right of D.C. voters to register as Libertarians.  You can follow Martin on twitter or email him.

Bruce Majors for Delegate.  
Mr. Majors has lived in the D.C. area since 1980 and has been a West End resident since 2001.  Educated at the University of Chicago and American University, Mr. Majors is a realtor and writer who has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Des Moines Register, The Hill, the National Interest, The Federalist, the Daily Caller, Libertarian Review, and reason magazine.  Majors recruited candidates to run for office in 2012, 2014, and 2016.  His first local political activism was working on the campaigns of Democrat Jack Evans and Libertarian Nancy Lord in the 1990s.  Majors 2012 campaign earned 16,000 votes and won D.C. voters the right to register as Libertarians.  You can follow Bruce on twitter or email him.

Joe Henchman for Attorney General.  
Mr. Henchman is a tax policy analyst with a non-profit foundation.  A resident of Eckington, Joe has testified or presented to officials in 36 states, testified before Congress six times, and has written over 75 major studies on tax policy. He holds a law degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 2010, he was identified in State Tax Notes as among four people who “will likely dominate the field in the next 10 years,” and the Tax Foundation’s state policy program was honored as most influential in state tax policy by State Tax Notes for 2011, 2012, and 2013. His expertise has been cited by the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Orange County Register, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Christian Science Monitor, CNN, NPR, ABC News, Bloomberg, C-SPAN, CNBC, Fox, ForbesFortuneGoverningBarron’sKiplinger’sStateline, Reuters, the Associated Press, and by 24 law review articles.
He is the author of a book on distinguishing taxes from fees and the co-author of books on tax policy in North CarolinaNebraska, and Nevada. His article Why the Quill Physical Presence Rule Shouldn’t Go the Way of Personal Jurisdiction has been cited as a “spirited defense” of keeping tax jurisdiction based on physical presence. In his pre-DC life before joining the Tax Foundation in 2005, he worked in the historic 2003 California recall election as press/policy aide to gubernatorial candidate and former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth, helped organize rallies against wasteful spending and the curfew law in his native San Diego County, and interned with the Office of the DC Attorney General, Citizens Against Government Waste, and University of California outreach in California’s Central Valley. His college activities included the Cal Libertarians and student government, and his law school activities included student government, Lambda Law, and the Federalist Society. You can email him.

Ethan Bishop-Henchman for City Council Chairman.  Mr. Bishop-Henchman has worked as an operations manager for non-profit groups and is an Eckington resident.

(Though this website provides information on all four candidates, they each have their own campaign issues and positions.)

Pre-election media roundup

DC Libertarian Party is first party in history to run - coincidentally and accidentally - an all gay slate (Metroweekly)

Married couple run for office (DCist)

Former DC Libertarian Party chair John Labeaume on Kojo Nnamdi show (WAMU)

Bruce Majors, Libertarian for Delegate (DCLine)

Libertarians D.C. candidates (Metroweekly)

Libertarians Tip Key Races (Washington Times)

Libertarian power couple running (Washington Blade)

Vote Libertarian!

Why should libertarians vote for the Libertarian Party? The short answer is that "libertarian" is right there in the name. If that's good enough for you, thank you for your vote for our candidates, you can stop reading now. But if you're one of those "small l" libertarians who want to know why you should vote for the Libertarian Party candidate instead of the candidate with the D or R by their name who is closest to your views, read on.
1. The Libertarian Party supports all of your freedoms, all of the time

Only the Libertarian Party puts up candidates who are working to dramatically reduce big government spending, taxes, debt, regulations, bureaucracies, foreign meddling, and invasions of our personal freedoms. All we is do fight to get the government out of your wallet, your bedroom, and your life in general.
Our candidates aren't running to "reform" big government programs. Not to "replace" them. Definitely not to add to them. If you want to tinker around the edges of big government, the old parties have you
covered. Only the Libertarian Party and its candidates are working to repeal laws and shrink government. What will this leave? Individual liberty and a small, constitutional government that is limited to defending our lives, liberty and property.
2. The Libertarian Party is consistent and principled
Libertarians work for everyday taxpayers, workers and voters. Not for special interests. Not to be part of the machinery of government. Not to land government jobs. Not to grab "our share" of the goodies.
Libertarian candidates aren't career politicians. They're veterans like Jess Loban in Colorado's 4th Congressional District. They're professional divers like Lucas Overby in Florida's 13th Congressional
District. They're pizza deliverymen like Sean Haugh running for Senate in North Carolina.
Our candidates are ordinary citizens fed up with old party politicians and willing to take time out of their lives to fight for human freedom. All they want is to make government small, allow free markets to thrive, uphold and expand personal liberties and keep our nation at peace.
3. Voting for old party politicians tells them that you want to keep government big
Voting for a candidate with a D or an R by their name sends a message. It says, "keep doing what you're doing," i.e., "raise taxes, spend more, add to the nation's debt, invent more doomed-to-failure
government programs, and start more wars." It gives them permission – or license – to keep government big. Voting for the "lesser evil" is indistinguishable from voting for team R or D because you think everything they do is awesome. It will be taken as approval for more big government, which leads to higher taxes, higher spending and debt, more government and more war.
4. Voting Libertarian is the only clear message you can send
Spear Lancaster, a former Libertarian candidate for governor in Maryland used to tell me, "Not all politicians are smart, but every one of them can count." They can count how many votes they got and how many votes their opponents got. Only a vote for a Libertarian sends a crystal clear message about what you want, more freedom, and when you want it: right now. Voting Libertarian says: "You do not have my permission nor approval to sustain or grow big government. Shrink it immediately."
With all due respect to those people who argue against voting at all, there's no way that a politician can tell the difference between the principled anarchist non-voter and the dude who was too lazy to fill out his ballot. If you want to send a message to the old party politicians, a Libertarian vote is the clearest message you can send.
5. Voting Libertarian forces the old parties to take the libertarian positions
Old party politicians are spineless cowards. They'll get behind the change the majority of the citizens want only a decade or so after that majority wants it. Libertarians have been advocating for marriage equality and ending the drug war for decades. These efforts are finally coming to fruition, even though no Libertarian has been elected to a federal office.
Every Libertarian vote helps to move policy in a small government, libertarian direction. Every Libertarian vote scares a weak-kneed old party politician to come around to the freedom the citizens have already wanted for years.
6. Because the old parties don't want you to

The old parties will spend millions of dollars on advertising this election cycle to scare you out of voting Libertarian. They will collude with their cronies in government and the media to keep Libertarian candidates off the ballot and out of debates. They are deathly afraid that having a Libertarian candidate on the stage and on the ballot will show them as the intellectually bankrupt government hacks that they really are.

If big corporations, big media, and big government politicians are all going to cheat with both hands to keep you from having a Libertarian candidate on your ballot or in your debates, that's a pretty clear signal that the Libertarian candidate is far and away better and they're afraid you'll realize it.
Like the failed anti-drug campaigns of the '80s, if someone spends that much time and money telling you how awful something is, it makes you want to try it. And like smoking weed, voting Libertarian won't hurt you and will probably make you a little happier to boot.

7. Voting Libertarian helps your favorite "libertarian-leaning" old party politician
Justin Amash. Ron Wyden. Thomas Massie. Rand Paul. These are some of the old party politicians that people like to tell me are "libertarian-leaning" and should be supported instead of actual Libertarian candidates. Let's assume for a minute that these are good politicians that a libertarian would want to support.
Unless you live in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District or Kentucky's 4th, there's not a single person in that list that you can vote for this year, since neither Wyden or Paul are up for election in 2014. But what you can do is vote for every Libertarian Party candidate on your ballot and it'll help all four of those gentlemen.
When a "libertarian-leaning" candidate gets elected in one of the old parties, they are under constant pressure from their party leadership to fall in line. They don't get good committee assignments. They don't get leadership support for re-election. They get primary challengers backed by the establishment coalition between big government and big business.
By increasing Libertarian Party vote totals, you send a clear message to the leadership of the old parties that libertarian ideas are popular. Remember, all politicians can count. If the party leaders see that there is a solid block of libertarian votes, they'll stop putting as much pressure on their "libertarian-leaning" party members to vote the big government line.
The Libertarian Party has more than 800 candidates running across the country this election. 800 of your fellow Americans who have taken time out of their lives to fight for your freedom. They deserve your thanks and they deserve your vote.
Libertarian National Committee chairman  | October 30, 2014 at reason

DC: Free the Food!

New IJ Report on Positive Impact of Cottage Food Businesses: IJ released a new report on the benefits of allowing home-bakers...