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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A "positive rating" and a check

July 30, 2008

I am pleased to report that I received an "endorsement check" today for $500 from the Planned Parenthood Action Council. If you go their website at you will see that their formal endorsement went elsewhere, but that I am featured on their site with a "positive rating". The check speaks volumes, however, as it is a rare accomplishment for a Libertarian candidate to receive Political Action Committee PAC) funds. Four years ago, I received a similar check and "positive rating" from Equality Utah, which unfortunately chose not to repeat that this year. Nevertheless, I am getting noticed. As I told them, the funds will be spent carefully and judicially to spread the message of less government control over our personal lives. And I publicly thank PPAC for their confidence.

Now it is up to me to do my best to spread the word, and I need your help too. Please consider a small contribution of your own, and please send this announcement to your friends in Utah. So much to do , and so little time.

Please, if you have not done so recently, browse through my previous blog entries, and see what I have been doing to defend freedom. Then, do something to help.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

An innocent man

July 24, 2008

In honor of Pioneer day in Utah, I have posted on the blog portion of my website my reponse to a Motion to dismiss in a sad case. My client spent over four years in prison for something that all signs show he did not do. My attempt to collect statutory compensation for him has brought the full weight of the Attorney Genral's office on to this unfortunate man. In April, the current Attorney General issued a press release stating that he favored a new law providing for such compensation for a wrongfully convicted person, but that he knew of no such cases. He did not look too hard. See my website blog at and read the pleading and decide for yourself.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A real alternative

July 20, 2008

Some thoughts on the road to giving the people a real alternative. I have been hard at work, as usual, over the last several days, on my campaign to give the people a real alternative in the race for Attorney General, and to manage the party as State Chair. All the while, of course, I have a busy law practice to keep up. Sometimes I wonder if I can do it, and it it is all worth it. This morning, however, I was reading the autobiography of Harry Reid, the majority leader of the US Senate. He wrote of the pressures of going to law school, keeping a fulltime job, and starting a family. At one point he sought counsel from his law school dean, who told him that the best answer was probably to quit law school. Obviously he didn't; but he harbored a grudge against that dean for many years, as he became a great success in his chosen field. Well, we all do the best we can with what we have, and I will not quit either. Besides, "irritating the establishment" is too much fun.

My last blog entry, written just before my 6oth birthday asked for small donations and volunteers to help with my campaign efforts. The response was disappointing, to say the least. Please, if you have not read that one, go back and do it now. And if you have, do it again, and this time do something, however small, to protect your freedom. There is so much to be done; and it really does bring satisfaction to know you have done your part.

I recently made a five minute presentation of my views on Valley Television, at Salt Lake Community College. That will shortly be available on their website and on YouTube. Yesterday, I spoke at a rally to end Marijuana prohibition, and that will also shortly be available on YouTube. I did not speak as a user, as I have never tried it (or cigarettes or alcohol or coffee) but as one who thinks it is just plain stupid to jail people for doing something the government thinks will harm them. Jail will harm them too, and it cost us so much money! The number of people in jail or prison in this country is a national embarrassment. If you agree with my views, please pass this blog, and those videos, along to your Utah friends. We will never have enough money to compete with the current Attorney General; but a few people who will help get out the word really can help us make a difference.

Last night I commented on an article in the Tribune about the big expensive campaign of the current Attorney General, and the fact that he currently has a "crushing lead" on his Democratic opponent. I referred to her as "a sacrificial lamb", and today noticed that I got negative marks for this from some of her supporters. I want to make it clear that I have nothing against the Democratic candidate in this race; but the fact is that she is not competitive, and is not likely to be competitive. The Democrats have not committed adequate resources to her campaign, because they know this. Perhaps it is a question of "the chicken or the egg". Whether putting a lot of money into her race would help is unknown; but right now, she is going nowhere. I point this out only because it becomes all the more important that I be heard, and that a real alternative is given to the voters. And it cannot be said that votes for me are any more "wasted" than votes for her. So, if you believe in more freedom, smaller government and lower taxes, do what you can to help me heard. Media advertising will start shortly. But it will always be important to just have many friends passing the message on through yard signs, bumper stickers, word of mouth and the Internet. Do something today. You will feel better, and more free!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

My sixtieth -- Help get me started

July 3, 2008 -- Well, I have spent the last 8 years celebrating my birthday on the same day as the President -- I am two years younger; and this will be the last time (thank goodness). I turn 60 on Sunday. Help me celebrate by sending a small contribution to my campaign. See my website at and use PayPal. It is really easy, and even five or ten dollars will help. It would be a wonderful birthday present to see a surge in online contributions. Do it now.

And it is time to get to work on many projects to help out. If you will just make a habit of reading this blog, and forwarding it to one or two friends, that would be a help. We got a shipment in of yard signs this week. Drop by my office and take a few for your yard, and a few other strategic places. And, if you live outside the Wasatch front, I need a few people to take some and help me distribute them in other areas of the state. I have people in St. George and in Moab who have agreed to distribute them; but I need somebody to take them to these places, so they can.

Please join my MySpace group and ask your other Utah friends to add me as well. See my MySpace address at the top of my blog. And get some voter registration forms. They can be obtained from your county clerk, from me, or they can be downloaded and printed out from my website, or your county clerk's site. Then get some friends to register to vote. We know the Republicans vote. It is our patriotic duty to vote also.

Also, see my campaign store on my website, and buy something with my logo on it. I have one cute female friend who did so, and already has signed up several new voters and spread my name to many others who do not know me, just by wearing it. And if you are willing, send me a photo of yourself wearing it for my photo section.

Yes, we need money to be heard; and I need to get 5% in a poll in order to get invited to the televised debates. But there are many things you can do that do not cost money. If you agree with me on the need to offer a real alternative, find something to do and start doing it.
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