About the Libertarian Party of Tennessee

The Libertarian Party is the largest and fastest growing alternative political party in the United States. It has already attracted hundreds of thousands of liberty-minded citizens concerned with curbing out-of-control, bureaucratic and oppressive governments – federal, state and local.

The Libertarian Party believes that individual freedom coupled with personal responsibility form the basis of a benevolent community, country and world. We wholeheartedly support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as they were originally intended: as foundations of a free, just and humane society.

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
– P.J. O’Rourke

Libertarian Party joins coalition to launch StandAgainstSpying.org, encouraging NSA reform

Libertarian Party joins coalition to launch StandAgainstSpying.org, encouraging NSA reform

Diverse coalition reveals lawmakers who aced, failed, and were missing in the debate over mass spying

A coalition of 21 organizations from across the political spectrum today launched StandAgainstSpying.org, an interactive website that grades members of Congress on what they have done — or, often, not done — to rein in the NSA.

Stand Against SpyingLed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Sunlight Foundation, and Greenpeace, the coalition aims to inspire constituents to hold their elected officials accountable on mass surveillance reform, as well as give lawmakers the opportunity to improve their positions. Using a report card-style format, the grading criteria included whether the legislator was a sponsor of the USA FREEDOM Act or, in the case of the House of Representatives, voted for the “Amash Amendment” to defund NSA mass surveillance. Legislators had multiple avenues for receiving high marks.

Of the 100 senators and 433 representatives included, 241 members (45 percent) received “A” grades. However, 188 members (35 percent) flunked the scorecard, while another 77 members (14 percent) received question marks for taking no measurable action.

Website visitors can enter their zip codes to look up their congressional members’ scores. They then are encouraged to tweet directly at their members of Congress, thanking them for defending privacy or asking them to do more in the fight against mass spying. Additionally, all visitors can sign an open letter to President Barack Obama urging him to end the mass surveillance programs immediately, without waiting for Congress to act.

“We must hold members of Congress accountable by making clear to the public who in Congress is standing up for surveillance reform, who is acting as a roadblock, and who is failing to take a stand,” EFF Activism Director Rainey Reitman said. “More Americans than ever now think the NSA has gone too far. The American people — and frankly people all over the world — can’t wait any longer for Congress to rein in the NSA.”

EFF built StandAgainstSpying.org after analyzing the key NSA reform bills in Congress and weighting the prominent proposals on the degree to which they would end mass data collection. Sunlight Foundation technologists populated the site with data from its repository of Congressional actions.

“Just as the Internet has become an avenue for surveillance, it is also a mechanism for the public to hold the government accountable for its unchecked secrecy,” said John Wonderlich, policy director at the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation. “People care about secrecy and state power and are willing to stand up and demand reform.”

More than 18 groups and companies with diverse interests joined Greenpeace, EFF, Tenth Amendment Center (TAC), and Sunlight Foundation as partners in launching StandAgainstSpying.org, including Association of Alternative Newsmedia, Bill of Rights Defense Commmittee, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, FreedomWorks, Free Press Action Fund, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Libertarian Party, Liberty Coalition, Open Media, PEN America, reddit, Restore the Fourth, Taskforce.is, TechFreedom and ThoughtWorks.

The launch of the scorecard also coincided with a joint campaign by Greenpeace, EFF, and TAC to fly an airship over the NSA data center in Bluffdale, Utah, which carried a sign that read “NSA Illegal Spying Below” with a link to StandAgainstSpying.org.

Juvenile injustice: truants face courts, jailing without legal counsel to aid them

She was barely 15 and scared at the prospect of being in court. She agreed to plead guilty to truancy. But when Judge Tim Irwin announced what he planned to do with her, the girl known as A.G. screamed in disbelief.

Guards forced the sobbing teen out of the Knox County Juvenile Court and clapped shackles on her legs. She had been struggling with crippling anxiety and what she said was relentless bullying at school. Now she was being led through a county juvenile detention center to a cell with a sliver of a window and a concrete slab with a mattress. For truancy.

“I cried all night long,” A.G. said. “It seemed like everyone was against us in court.”

Like tens of thousands of kids every year, A.G. was in court to answer for a non-criminal infraction that only a minor can commit. These infractions are called “status offenses,” and they can include skipping school, running away, underage drinking or smoking or violating curfews. But since status offenses aren’t technically crimes, indigent minors don’t benefit from the constitutional right to the appointment of defense counsel before they plead guilty.  Read The Full Story

Civil War Has Begun in Ukraine; U.S. Backs Neo-Nazis against the Democrats; U.S. Media Suppress that News

“Today’s massacre is Mariupol. They are just shooting people. They shot 12 cops that would not take part and about 18 (number on the fly right now). They are using rpgs, tanks and mounted guns. It’s still going on. In Slavyansk they just shot a 12-year-old twice for wearing a St George ribbon [marking support for Russian-speaking Ukrainians].” message from an eastern Ukrainian, to me on May 9th.  Read The Full Story

East Ukraine Votes For Independence: Turnout Reported “Off The Charts”

The most significant geopolitical event of the day is the east Ukraine independence referendum taking place in various cities across the region, less than two months after the Crimean case study which saw the region split away from Ukraine and join Russia, despite the fervent warnings by Kiev and the west that the result of the “rigged election” would not be accepted by anyone. As it turned out then, it only needed to be accepted by Russia which promptly took over the Black Sea territory.

Today’s vote is a carbon copy of what happened in Crimea, with the locals almost certain to vote in Independence from Kiev (even over Putin’s “objections” who has managed to distance himself from the vote if quite willingly will accept its outcome), followed by another vote that annexes east Ukraine (and subsequently Transnistria) to Russia which may be held as soon as May 18, promptly followed by the adoption of the Ruble as the regional currency.  Read The Full Story


And we have lost yet another one in and for liberty….Tonie Nathan R.I.P.

Letter sent to us from Richard Boddie…
Tonie Nathan R.I.P.

And we have lost yet another one in and for liberty….


Sad to report, Tonie passed away early this morning.

We will miss her terribly, but are proud to have shared life with her for so many years.

I had the pleasure of escorting Tonie to the Libertarian Convention in Las Vegas two years ago, where she was honored as on of their heroes. 

I could not have been more proud of her, and proud to be by her side.

Our family is planning a Celebration of Life to be held here in Eugene in the near future.  If you would like me to have invitations sent to you and your associates,

I am more than happy to do that.  I’m certain my family will welcome the opportunity to meet you.

If you know of others that I should notify of Tonie’s passing, please feel free notify them, or to have them contact me directly.


Donna Courtell, Owner⁠


“Not Just A Song And A Dance”

Off:   541-343-2986

Cell:  541-514-8568



MARCH 10, 2014

You are cordially invited to an informational and organizational meeting of the Libertarian Party here in Williamson County Tennessee.


The purposes of the meeting are to get to know each other, learn more about what it means to be a Libertarian and to begin to organize our local county affiliate.
I will provide coffee (both regular and decaf), tea, juice and water. Willing participants are ask to bring a cover dish breakfast type food ie. donuts, danish biscuits, egg casserole etc.


On Saturday, March 15, 2014, The Libertarian Party of Tennessee held its 2014 State Party Convention. The Executive Committee of the LPTN is proud to announce the selection of eight (8) candidates that will be running for office in the State of Tennessee as Libertarians in the 2014 election year.


The 2014 LPTN candidates for office are:


TN Gubernatorial Candidate, Daniel Lewis


U.S. Senate Candidate, Joshua James


U.S. House of Representative 1st District Candidate, Michael Salyer


U.S. House of Representative 7th District Candidate, Leonard “Lenny” Ladner


TN State House, 2nd District Candidate, JR Enfield


TN State House, 13th District Candidate, Vinnie Vineyard


Sumner County Commission 9th District Candidate, Ben McCroskey


The Libertarian Party of Tennessee wishes all of our candidate’s success in their individual campaigns this election year.


For comments and inquiries please contact us at delta.coordinator@lptn.org or 1-888-980-1776

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