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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Megan's Law

Brian Holtz // Sep 28, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I’ve never known Matt to be anything but a gentleman and a credit to the LP. The Megan’s Law web site does not record “lying” or even “weak excuses”, but it does record non-crimes like those documented here. If someone wants to accuse Matt of something, they should do it using their real name.

Brian Holtz // Sep 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Wayne, please don’t ever say “both parties”. Say “both incumbency parties” or something like that.

My understanding is that Wilson’s charge against Obama was accurate in the sense that the Democrat bills excluding coverage for illegal immigrants do so merely by wishing, and do not include any enforcement measures.

Brian Holtz // Sep 28, 2009 at 4:17 pm

ATBAFT, are you saying we should re-nominate ex-congressman Barr in 2012? The list of living LP members who have been elected to state or federal legislative office is, what, about half a dozen people?

Brian Holtz // Sep 30, 2009 at 11:06 am

Debra, not everything that is being said or done about this is being said or done in public. As for the “facts”, note that the Megan’s Law site doesn’t tell the age differential at the time of the offense.

Brian Holtz // Sep 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm

The only information I have, beyond what the Megan’s Law site says, are the allegations from the email that many of us received. I don’t know anybody who claims to have seen the public record that the anonymous email says exists. Gene, are you saying you’ve seen them, or have info about them from something other than this mystery email?

I’m not on the LPCA ExCom any more, but I trust them — including Matt — to do what’s best for the LPCA. It is definitely not best for the LPCA to have an ExCom member with a Megan’s Law entry that can’t be explained with teen-to-teen peer consent.

As Mike said, this issue is being worked. People who are concerned about how this affects the reputation of the LPCA should focus on contacting our ExCom ( rather than demanding that this story be covered by a news site like IPR whose content is indexed and archived in places like Google News.

Brian Holtz // Sep 30, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Debra, I was giving Matt the benefit of the doubt about whether his case was a miscarraige of justice like those described here:

Tom’s eyewitness report about court documents has eliminated that doubt.

Brian Holtz // Oct 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I would agree with anybody who, contra Rothbard, said that Clark was our best candidate so far, and his campaign our best ever.

I have a YouTube playlist of 50 Barr media appearances, nearly 40 of which were on national TV between the nomination and mid-September: There were dozens more that I never got around to adding to the list.

I would guess that Clark and Barr each got more eyeball-minutes than our other 8 LP presidential campaigns, combined.

Brian Holtz // Oct 5, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Gene is right that the wasted vote fallacy suppresses our presidential vote totals. In the decade that I’ve been watching LP results here in California, our down-ticket candidates usually get five or ten times the votes of our presidential candidate. In general, this effect should be similar across presidential campaigns, so that vote totals can still measure relative performance. On the other hand, my intuition (and the third-party results of 2004) suggests to me that the Nader/Florida/2000 phenomenon heavily reinforced the wasted-vote fallacy in the minds of many third-party voters.

Brian Holtz // Oct 6, 2009 at 1:02 pm

One reason you might listen to her is if she can promise the LP won’t run a candidate in your race. That’s something that DownsizeDC and Club For Growth can’t do.

Also, note that 501(c)(4) organizations these two have no tax advantage for donors compared to the LP. In order for donations to be tax-exempt, you have to be a 501(c)(3) (like Cato) but then cannot lobby about particular legislation.

Brian Holtz // Oct 6, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Bruce @ 235, there was zero willingness to “overlook” the Barnes situation, and the only “defending” was of the need for access to the actual evidence behind the Me/gan’s Law entry. You obviously don’t know what was happening behind the scenes.

Calling other people “low class, scummy liar and cheater” only reflects on you, not on them. I’ve never heard of any “waving axes, getting into fistfights, throwing food, making rude/sexxual comments about children” at any LPCA event or meeting.

Your ongoing attempts to embarrass the LPCA are only embarrassing yourself.