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Wait, Who is Bill Weld?

John Keller | United States

William Floyd Weld was born July 31st, 1945 in Smithtown, New York. Growing up, he pursued education fiercely and graduated with a degree in classics from Harvard and a degree in economics from Oxford. Following a full time “career” in education, he turned his attention to the law. His first experience in law was as a consul to the House Judiciary Committee during Watergate. After the committee was dissolved following the impeachment and resignation of Richard Nixon, Bill Weld ran to be the Massachusetts Attorney General in 1978. Although losing, Ronald Reagan saw his talent and made him the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

A Man of Law

During his five years as a federal attorney, he launched an ongoing investigation into public corruption, most notably in the administration of Boston Mayor Kevin White. His investigation lead to the arrest of over 20 public officials, all of which plead guilty or were proven guilty in a court of law. The Boston Globe wrote, “[Weld] has been by far the most visible figure in the prosecution of financial institutions.” In his 111 cases as a federal attorney, he won 109 of them.

Due to the surprising success of Bill Weld, Ronald Reagan saw to it that he was promoted within the Justice Department. Weld became responsible for overseeing all federal prosecutions, including the cases handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). He served until 1988 when he, as well as Deputy Attorney General Arnold Burns and four aides, resigned in protest of the misconduct of Attorney General Edwin Meese. Following his resignation, he testified to Congress. Shortly following his testimony on the corruption of the Attorney General, Edwin Meese resigned.

A Republican Governor in a Liberal State

After a short hiatus from politics, Bill Weld announced his bid for the governorship of Massachusetts. Massachusetts was an overwhelmingly liberal state, as highlighted in the 1986 gubernatorial election when the Republican candidate received less than 30% of the vote. Bill Weld, however, was not the typical conservative and ran on a platform of social tolerance and fiscal responsibility – winning both the Republican vote and most moderate Democrats. He was able to win the election by a close margin of 3.25% of the vote.

In his first term, Bill Weld went to work trying to lowering taxes and unemployment. He cut taxes 21 times and brought unemployment in Massachusetts from the highest in the 11 most industrial states to the lowest; even balancing the budget. He began battling corruption in the welfare system by a work-for-welfare system – slashing welfare spending.  His reforms and administration was overwhelmingly popular and when re-election time came in 1994, Bill Weld won re-election with 70.85% of the vote; in a state where only 14% of the electorate was part of the Republican Party. Bill Weld kept his reforms going, and seeing that he had served Massachusetts so well he hoped to bring his reforms to the nation and ran for senate in 1996 against incumbent John Kerry (D).

A Libertarian Leader

Bill Weld went on a hiatus from public life and politics following the turn of the century. As the Republican Party began losing its small-government conservative values of the 20th Century, Bill Weld began losing confidence in the Republican Party. After working on the Romney for President campaign in 2012, he left the Grand Old Party (GOP) and became a Libertarian, aligning with his views of small government in the economy, the lives of the people, and in peace, whether domestic or foreign.

In 2016 he sought the Libertarian nomination for Vice President. At the convention, following Gary Johnson’s renomination for president, having formerly run in 2012, Bill Weld was elected to be the Vice Presidential Nominee; receiving the support of 441 of the 872 delegates. He entered the campaign trail alongside Gary Johnson, the former republican governor of New Mexico, who served while Bill Weld was governor of Massachusetts.

“The dragon that I’m jousting against this year is this frozen monopoly of the two parties that have frozen a lot of people’s thinking in place and they think, ‘I have to be a right-winger,’ or, ‘I have to be a left-winger.’ They’re not thinking, ‘What do I think?’” – Bill Weld, on ReasonTV (2016)

It was largely the campaigning of Bill Weld, with his clarity on issues and clean presentation in interviews, in the divisive election of 2016 that led the Libertarian ticket to poll at 12% – almost getting the ticket into the presidential and vice presidential debates. Bill Weld proved to be a warrior of freedom wielding the Javelin of Justice and Shield of Sacrifice, bringing the Libertarian Party to its greatest year ever. The future for Bill Weld is unknown, but it is known that it is bright, for so few gave so much to such a noble cause.

For his dedication to prosperity while governor, his devotion to justice as a U.S. Attorney General, and his dedication to civil liberties while the libertarian vice-presidential nominee, it is clear that Bill Weld defines what a modern day renaissance man is, and is worthy of tribute for his many accomplishments.

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The Case for Liberty – Phil Anderson for WI

By John Keller | United States

Dodge County, a rural bastion in Wisconsin, is in a desperate position following increasing control from Madison. Whereas the inner cities have been struggling under the Walker Administration, rural Wisconsin has begun to suffer in ways they haven’t since the market crash of 2008.

In the last fiscal year, Dodge County had a proposed budget of $111,693,552, an 11.39% increase from 2013. A property tax rate of 5.6% is the average in Dodge County. But the main source of income for the Dodge County government, the property tax, brings in only $33,281,315. So, other taxes and revenue sources had to cover $78,412,237 of appropriations in the county. The reason for such an imbalance is unfunded mandates.

As of mid-July, there are 99 unfunded mandates and restrictions on how local counties can govern from the Walker Administration. Essentially, this means there are 99 instances in which Scott Walker is telling the county how to run itself and how to spend your money, without paying for it with the state’s taxpayer funds. This leads to budget imbalance and growing debt at the local level.

Phil Anderson: A Solution

Phil Anderson offers a different option. Running for governor in 2018, he is campaigning to increase local control. He stated in his platform, “Local municipalities, counties, and school boards ought to be as free as possible to pursue the priorities of their communities without interference from the State. State regulation ought to be limited to those things that only the State should do. All unfunded mandates should be eliminated.”

There is only one candidate that wants change the way Wisconsin runs so that local governments can run their own affairs. He is running to find local, common sense solutions for local problems, not statewide, bureaucratic decisions. In order to keep your money in your pocket and allow Dodge County, and all of Wisconsin. to spend less, vote Phil Anderson for Governor.

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Michigan at a Crossroads – John Tatar for Governor

By John Keller | United States
John Tatar is a libertarian campaigning to be the next governor of Michigan.
Keller: Running for governor is no easy task. What inspired you to run for office and pursue a political career?

Tatar: I am tired of the Democrats and Republicans promising everything and delivering NOTHING!  Each “public functionary” has no clue about our Republic and has no clue about the US Constitution and the MI Constitution.  These “public functionaries” have no idea that their power to govern comes from the people who delegate power to them to rule.  If we don’t delegate it,  they do not that the authority to do it.  Yet their responsibilities to take care of the infrastructure has been seriously neglected,  They claim they have no money so they must raise taxes,  yet they have enough money to purchase a 17 million dollar building for 48 Million, and they get away with it.  The “public functionaries”  are over paid and under worked while the people they represent are over worked and under paid,  This REPUBLIC is upside down.  The Candidates that are presently running are ALL part of the SAME ilk.  I could go on and on about what is wrong, but complaining will not fix the problem RUNNING for governor will..

I have always been involved with politics, I have tried to correct some of the problems as a citizen but educating the masses is very difficult.

Keller: When entering politics, what drew you to the Libertarian Party over the Republican Party or the Democratic Party?
Tatar: The Libertarian party has not been compromised at this time.  If you haven”t been a delegate to either of the other two parties that is a true eye opener,  They are corrupt and compromised as the candidates who are running.  I was a delegate at one time to the Republican party, during the Ron Paul run for president.  When Ron Paul met the criteria for speaking at the convention, that is getting 3 states that supported him, then he would get a chance to speak at the Republican Convention.  Well, at the Republican Convention, in front of everyone that was watching on TV saw the chairman of the republicans change the rules to 10 states.  What a criminal behavior! 
Keller: In Michigan’s history, since 1842, there has been 17 democratic and 28 republican governors – no third party governors. Why is the time for a libertarian governor now
Tatar: I believe that many of the Citizens who are involved with the electoral process is fed up with the present political graft and corruption system.  Many have given up, and so when I was out personally gathering the 18,800 signatures, many people who signed for me signed for me because I am running on the libertarian ticket.  I think it is time for a change,  The candidates presently running are running for an office they have no idea what that office is about.  They trample on the Constitution and the peoples rights without any consequences.  Lansing has become totally cloaked in darkness.  We need to change this.
Keller: Libertarians commonly follow the motto, “Less government is better government.” What is one area in which you think more government would actually be better?

Tatar: Less government more liberty.  This government is much too large and too many rules, ordinances, and enforcement officers,  Consequently too many fines, and too many people incarcerated for non violent crime.  Much to much government. Have you been to Lansing lately?  This is a mega city.

Keller: In continuation of the last question, what is one area of government you want to see cut or even erased?

Tatar: Dept of education, Dept of transportation cut, Dept of State cut, Eliminate the Senate, part time legislature on and on.

Keller: What would a libertarian governorship look like in Michigan? In other words, what policies would you want to see enacted?

Tatar: Follow the US Constitution, Follow the Michigan Constitution, re write the oath of office to include if anyone in the legislature, executive or judicial takes a bribe or promises anything that is a felony.

Seriously cut back the size and scope of government. More liberty to the people.  Also eliminate the state income tax and cut back on many other taxes if not eliminate them.  Concentrate on fixing the MI infrastructure.  See my website: johnjtatar.com

Keller: The “Flint, Michigan” story was national news for sometime. How do you view the handling of this issue, and what would you change, if anything?

Tatar: Flint is in the national news because the government was caught “usurping” authority.  All of Michigan water is polluted. That is a sin.  The infrastructure in MI has not been kept up.  All citizens must do house keeping from time to time and so the government needs to do house keeping also.  Instead, the “public functionaries” line their pockets and walk away laughing at the people in MI.

Keller: As Governor, what would be more important to you: following federal mandates from Washington D.C. or serving the state of Michigan?

Tatar: All federal mandates if unconstitutional are “null and void”!!!  Michigan is its own country, we are not a colony of Washington.

Keller: If someone was interested in your campaign, how could they get involved?

Tatar: Go to my website johnjtatar.com and there are ways of contacting me.

Keller: Do you have any final remarks for the audience?

Tatar: We are on the very edge of losing our Republic and sliding back to a Democracy where the Oligarchs will become kings and we will become slaves to those in charge.  What way do you want to go?
I would like to thank John Tatar for his time. Be sure to visit his website to learn more.

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The Midterms Are Coming, Faster Than Ever

By Harrison Lavella | USA

As the 2018 Midterms chug ever closer, 71Republic takes a look at the standing of the current races and observes the results of past election to justify the present situation. So, just like any other election year, there are safe seats, and contested seats. The ratings according to 71Republic’s Newest Race Ratings, brought to you by me, my ratings are compared to other political sights below.

Overall: 71Republic predicts the Senate at 50-50, with Republicans having the Majority through Vice President Pence, at the present moment.

Our Race Ratings are listed below:

Safe Independent

Vermont, Maine

Both these Independents: Sanders and King respectively caucus with the Democrats at the present.

Safe Democratic

Connecticut (Sen. Murphy), Massachusetts (Sen. Warren), Rhode Island (Sen. Whitehouse), New Jersey (Senator Menendez), New York (Senator Gillibrand), Delaware (Sen. Carper), Maryland (Senator Cardin), Hawaii (Sen. Hirono), California (Sen. Feinstein), Washington (Sen. Cantwell), New Mexico (Sen. Heinrich), Minnesota (Sen. Klobuchar), Michigan (Sen. Stabenow), Wisconsin (Sen. Baldwin).

Safe Republican

Utah (Sen. Hatch), Wyoming (Sen. Barrasso), Nebraska (Sen. Fischer), Mississippi (Sen. Wicker)

Sen. Hatch is one of three incumbent Republican senators to announce their 2018 retirements, the PPT of the Senate, and the longtime member will not run for re-election in 2018.

Leaning Democratic

Pennsylvania (Sen. Casey), West Virginia (Sen. Manchin), Virginia (Sen. Kaine), Florida (Sen. Nelson), Minnesota Special (Sen. Smith), Montana (Sen. Tester)

Leaning Republican

Tennessee (Sen. Corker)*, Texas (Sen. Cruz)

Sen. Corker also announced his retirement from the Senate, saying he will not run for re-election in the 2018 cycle as a Class 1 senator.


North Dakota (Sen. Heitkamp), Indiana (Sen. Donnelly), Arizona (Sen. Flake)*, Missouri (Sen. McCaskill), Nevada (Sen. Heller).


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Governor Larry Hogan’s Success

By Ryan Andrew | USA

After months of campaigning, the day finally arrived.  November 4th, 2014, otherwise known as election day in America.  There was no Presidential election taking place today, as that would, of course, happen two years later.  However, this was still a very important Election for millions of people all across the United States, especially in the state of Maryland, which was electing a new governor after eight years of Democrat Martin O’Malley at the helm.

This was a tough eight years for Maryland, who had one of the worst economies of all states, with the poverty rate jumping nearly 4% under O’Malley after dropping to 12.3% in the final year of Republican Bob Ehrlich’s term.  Between this and the high unemployment rate throughout the second term of the 2016 presidential candidate, the GOP was well set up to challenge the Democrats for control of Maryland in the 2014 election.

They certainly captured this opportunity by putting up successful businessman and former Maryland Secretary of Appointments, Larry Hogan.  Hogan ran the campaign on the promise that he would Change Maryland by cutting the income tax across the board and eliminating unnecessary taxes such as the Rain Tax implemented by Former Governor O’Malley. The rain tax was, simply put, “[an]annual fee on impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, sidewalks, garages, and any other surface that could create drainage problems and water contamination situated on property owned by an individual or a business.”  People believed that Anthony Brown who served as Lt. Governor from 2007-2015 would continue the same failed policies O’Malley and the Democrats had been forcing on them for eight years.  Despite this, Brown was still the heavy favorite going into election day, as one YouGov poll put him up 13 points over the Republican hopeful just two weeks before the election.

Little did Marylanders know that they were about to see one of the biggest upsets in Gubernatorial election history.  Hogan would go on to defeat Brown by a whopping 76,000 votes, which translated to a margin victory of 4.7%.  This showed that citizens were ready for change and that they thought Larry Hogan would be the one to bring it; and man, were they right!  Since taking control in 2015, The Hogan Administration has made Maryland an economic envy of all states throughout the U.S.  Additionally, the son of Former Congressman Larry Hogan Sr. has been an absolute champion for Maryland business through his first three years in office. He has followed through on his promises to slash taxes for the middle class and has consistently stood against any new forms of taxation.

  This has allowed Governor Hogan to garner an approval rating of 68%

according to one Morning Consult poll.  The same poll ranks him as the second most popular governor in the nation.  This article will explore the key things he has done to become arguably the most successful governor in Maryland’s history.

For one, Hogan has done something not many politicians do; he has followed through on promises made during (and after) campaign season.  Chances are, you can think of quite a few lies politicians have told on the campaign trail as it’s a tactic a lot of them use.  They tell the voters what they want to hear without any real intention of following through on it.  Thankfully, this is not something Marylanders are currently dealing with, as the current state administration has kept its promises to the people.  One of the key things Hogan promised throughout the campaign was to cut the tolls of the Bay Bridge, one of the most used bridges in the U.S.  This itself is said to have saved Maryland drivers millions of dollars each year.  Additionally, Larry Hogan stated repeatedly over his 2014 campaign that “our focus will be on jobs, middle-class families, and restoring the economy.”  

So far, the ambitious governor has played a key part in creating over 100,000 jobs, in just under three years, which is a phenomenal thing for middle-class Maryland citizens in addition to poorer communities throughout the state like Baltimore City or Allegany County.  Furthermore, Hogan vowed to repeal the Maryland Rain tax numerous times throughout the campaign, stating that this tax was “a mistake which needs to be corrected.”  Sure enough, one of the Governor’s first proposals into Annapolis was a bill that would repeal this tax just two weeks into his terms.  Overall, Larry Hogan and his campaign team have proved time after time that he is ready to deliver on promises made to the Maryland public.

Secondly, one of the things that Marylanders love so much about the Hogan administration is their ability to remain bi-partisan, consulting both sides before making a final decision.  This is the only way a Republican governor in the heavily liberal state of Maryland could maintain a consistently high approval rating like Hogan has.  Nearly everything the current administration has accomplished has been because of its constant willingness to work across the aisle.  This can be seen in Hogan’s recent attempt to work with both Democrats and Republicans on finding a fix for the current opioid drug epidemic which is hitting Maryland hard.  More than 1,600 people died from heroin and prescription opioid drug-related deaths in 2016, which is nearly double the amount reported in 2010.  The Governor has worked to set up the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force which works to educate the public about the dangers of these drugs which hopefully will help prevent future drug-related deaths.  This type of a program would not be possible if Hogan was not willing to work with Democrats, as it is partly up to each of the counties to carry out and expand on what the Governor’s team has worked so hard to set up.  To sum up, Hogan has been ready and willing to work in a bi-partisan manner to Change Maryland, which is a big reason he is so popular.

One final explanation for why Governor Hogan is so highly approved by the public is the fact that he truly has changed the economy for the better.  Since Hogan got into office, the unemployment rate has been nearly cut in half.  In 2014 about 6%% of people were unemployed, now that number is around 3.8%, the lowest it’s been in nearly a decade.  In addition, according to a Department of Numbers report, Maryland has added 88,000 jobs in 2017 alone.  This number is set to increase tremendously in upcoming years, as many companies have been announcing new projects in Maryland that could potentially bring thousands of jobs with them.  For example, Amazon recently announced plans to build a new fulfillment center, the fourth in Maryland which will produce about 1,500 new jobs.  This all shows just how great Larry Hogan’s economic policies have been for the working-class in Maryland.

In conclusion, Larry Hogan has had great success through his first three years as governor.  His commitment to the people, willing to work in a bi-partisan manner and the strong economic growth taking place are three reasons why he is so liked by nearly 70% of Marylanders.  Think about this; If he continues Changing Maryland at this rate, will he be able to become the first Republican Governor to win reelection in Maryland since 1959?