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

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

2014 Columbus national convention website live!

The much anticipated 2014 Columbus Libertarian National Convention website is now live and taking Early Bird registrations!

Our national convention will run June 26–29, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio.

I hope you’ll visit the registration page and purchase a discounted convention package today. I recommend the Gold Package!

Other than Election Day, the Libertarian Party’s National Convention is by far the most exciting Libertarian Party event in each two-year election cycle.

Putting on a national convention in a nice professional hotel is a huge project with significant expenses, and we don’t receive taxpayer subsidies for our conventions (unlike the Democrats and Republicans). That’s right, Democrats and Republicans each got about $18 million of government money for their national conventions in 2012.

We Libertarians pay for our own conventions. That’s why I’m encouraging you to buy a Gold Package right now, and reserve a hotel room, as well (that helps reduce our expenses to the hotel).

Your early registration will help enormously with our planning.

The 2014 Convention Management Committee, chaired by Nancy Neale, along with four additional LNC members, has organized this convention. You can direct general questions to nancy@lp.org, and registration questions to info@lp.org.

The Convention Management committee continues to add content to the convention website, and stay tuned for more speaker announcements.

I hope you’ll consider purchasing a Gold Package or Silver Package today. Please reserve a room in the convention hotel, too.

U.S. District Court in Tennessee Puts Green Party and Constitution Party on 2014 Ballot

On March 14, U.S. District Court Judge William J. Haynes, Jr., put the Green Party and the Constitution Party on the 2014 ballot in Tennessee. The case is Green Party of Tennessee v Hargett, middle district, 3:13cv-1128. Here is the 28-page decision.
The same judge had put the parties on the ballot in 2012. The two parties did not meet the 5% vote test, which, in presidential years, applies only to President. The main basis for the ruling is Equal Protection. Parties that did meet the 5% vote test are safely on the ballot for the next two elections, yet under the statute, as amended a few years ago, parties that successfully submit a petition of 2.5% of the last gubernatorial vote are only on the ballot for one election.

An alternate basis for the decision is that, because the 2.5% petition was held unconstitutional in 2012 and again in 2013, and has not yet been amended, even if the parties aren’t entitled to two elections on the Equal Protection claim, they should still be on the ballot because the petition requirement is void and the law hasn’t been amended yet. The state is appealing to the Sixth Circuit, but the case isn’t being expedited and no hearing date has been set.

The decision also strikes down the law that says newly-qualifying parties must sign a loyalty oath that they do not advocate the violent overthrow of the government. The U.S. Supreme Court had unanimously invalidated a similar Indiana law in 1974. The state’s defense had been that the state doesn’t enforce the loyalty oath.  Read The Full Story

Libertarian Gary Johnson calls for eliminating IRS

2012 Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, who also was governor of New Mexico, attends the Tennessee Libertarian Party convention at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, on Saturday March 15, 2014. Johnson was also the keynote speaker at the event.

The country should eliminate all income, corporate and payroll taxes and replace them with a consumption tax, Libertarian Party 2012 presidential nominee Gary Johnson told an audience today.

“I believe that our lives would be changed for the better,” Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, said during his keynote address before the Libertarian Party of Tennessee State Convention at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center off Medical Center Parkway near Interstate 24.  Read The Full Story

Judge recognizes gay marriages of 3 Tennessee couples

A federal judge here granted a preliminary injunction Friday against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in certain instances.

In October three same-sex couples filed a lawsuit asking the state to recognize their marriages that had been performed in states where gay marriage is legal. The four couples taking part in the suit were living and had been married in New York or California but had moved to Tennessee.

“At this point, all signs indicate that, in the eyes of the United States Constitution, the plaintiffs’ marriages will be placed on an equal footing with those of heterosexual couples and that proscriptions against same-sex marriage will soon become a footnote in the annals of American history,” Judge Aleta Trauger wrote in the order.  Read The Full Story

Tennessee Supreme Court Says Cops Can Ignore Sobriety Test

The Tennessee Supreme Court decided on Thursday that the only use for roadside sobriety tests is to collect evidence against motorists, using them to convict individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The high court justices overturned an appellate decision from 2012 that found a driver who passed six of the tests with flying colors should never have been arrested (view 2012 ruling). David D. Bell was arrested on May 13, 2009, even though the trial judge found no evidence of impairment in the sobriety tests when he reviewed the dashcam footage.

“I honestly think that he did pretty dog-gone good on the field sobriety tests, better than most I’ve seen,” Sevier County Circuit Court Judge Rex Henry Ogle observed. “I couldn’t pass them as well as he did.”

On that early morning in 2009, Bell had stopped by the The Roaming Gnome Pub and Eatery located in Sevierville and had a few drinks. He made a mistake and ended up on the wrong side of the road when Sevierville Police Officer Timothy Russell came upon him. On the roadside, Bell performed the four-finger count, recited the alphabet from G to S, and identified for Officer Russell in what year he turned six. Officer Russell rated his mental acuity as “excellent.” Bell also passed the one-leg stand and the walk-and-turn test.  Read The Full Story

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