David Atkinson Enters State Representive Race, Orange-Addison-1, VT
Posts written by various volunteers of the Vermont Libertarian Party
July 28, 2006 David Atkinson of Braintree this week announced his candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives in the Orange-Addison-1 District, which includes the towns of Braintree, Brookfield, Granville and Randolph. He said the focus of his campaign will be to address the growing cost of government on working families and small businesses by reducing taxes and burdensome regulation, to advocate the development of green energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro, and to promote the restoration of local decision making powers in the education of our children.
July 25, 2006 – A couple weeks ago, Judy Mui noticed that one of her bug bites had become infected. But the 24-year-old New York City paralegal had just started her job and her employee insurance hadn’t yet kicked in. When she called a friend’s doctor, she learned a visit would cost her $150. Then a co-worker told her about a walk-in clinic located inside a drugstore just a few blocks away. In 20 minutes, Mui got a diagnosis and two prescriptions from a nurse practitioner at the RediClinic, which she filled at the pharmacy in the same store. Total cost: $45. “This was definitely more convenient and cost effective,” she says.
Recent coverage of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling of Vermont’s Campaign Finance Law by the Free Press, left out another Vermont political party that had been influential in the case, and is one of the original plaintiffs from the case — the Vermont Libertarian Party.
The Vermont Libertarian Party supports the ruling of the Supreme Court, in protecting political free speech in the state of Vermont.
A person’s right to voice their opinions and choose to support a candidate with their money is their choice, and should never be violated. The ruling helps to level the playing field for those incumbent parties and the newer parties who have fresh ideas to bring to the table, and are seeking to be heard. Libertarians want to strike at the root of the problem of money, which is buying political influence.
Large amounts of campaign spending are just a symptom of the problem: politicians being able to dole out a lot of special favors and other types of pork while in office. Libertarians believe that government spending is out of control and that we can fix the problem by electing Libertarian legislators.
A 6-3 decision in the Randall v. Sorrell case by the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the restrictive spending and contribution limits on candidates and political parties passed by the Vermont Legislature in 1997.