Something to think about…

 

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Yes, it IS that ridiculous.

 

 

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Becoming a Notary Public

It is very important for party business to be a Notary Public. It helps during petition drives, as well as any party business that needs witnessing. It also helps your family, your friends and neighbors. And it’s easy!

Thanks to Audrey for this article. The more of us that become Notaries, the better.

Article excerpted from the South Shore Press, May 15th, 2013 by SC Clerk, Judy Pascale: (Hand typed, so excuse any errors)

Suffolk County Clerk Judith Pascale is encouraging anyone who has considered becoming a Notary Public to visit http://www.SuffolkCountyNY.gov/clerk to learn more about the process.
A Notary Public is a state-appointed official who administers oaths, and serves as an impartial witness when important documents are signed. A notary Public most commonly administers oaths and affirmations, but can also certify acknowledgements on documents such as deeds, mortgages, or powers of attorneys. A Notary Public is certified to serve for four years.
"If you are 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, and either live or have an office in New York State, you are eligible to serve as a Notary Public," stated Suffolk County Clerk Judith A. Pascale. "Because you will need to pass an examination in order to serve, you should visit our office so that we can provide you with a copy of the Notary Public License Law study guide," continued Pascale.
The Notary Public Exam is a walk-in exam given regularly throughout New York State. In Suffolk County, the exam is administered by New York State Department of State in Hauppauge at the New York State Office Building located on Veteran’s Highway. An appointment is not necessary, examinations are conducted on a walk-in basis.
The fee to take the exam is $15.00, due on the date of the exam, payable by check or money order to the "Department of State". Cash is not accepted.
The Office of the Suffolk County Clerk maintains records of all notaries public commissioned in Suffolk County and provides authentications of Notary Public signatures. In addition, Notary Public renewals are administered by our notary department. The public can visit the notary department located at 310 Center Drive in Riverhead between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

Of course, not mentioned is the $15 is only the exam fee. The four-year Notary Public fee is $60, as well as any renewals. If you want to be able to certify documents for things like evidence purposes in court, there are additional fees for "issuing a certificate of official character" $5, and "filing of certificate of official character", $10. To certify a document after notarization with the county clerk, is $3 (at the time of this writing).

http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departme … edule.aspx

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A Question To Ponder Over The Thanksgiving Holiday

Are you fed up with Big Government?

Are you worried about the future of our country?

Unless Libertarians have a place on the stage of politics, no one will challenge the Big Government status quo in your state. Do you want this?

Have you considered that the next one to take that place on the stage — is you?

Maybe you never pictured yourself running for office. But other Libertarians may see you as a quality candidate.

This Thanksgiving, while you’re gathering with friends and family, traveling, or just hanging out at home, here’s a question to ponder:

Is 2016 the year for me to run for office as a Libertarian?

Why do many concerned voters stay home on Election Day? Because they have no one on the ballot who represents their libertarian-leaning, small government ideas.

Libertarian campaigns are the #1 way that Americans hear our libertarian ideas.

Libertarian campaigns drive media coverage for our ideas. They put us on the stage.

Running for office does not have to be time consuming. You can put minimal time and effort into a campaign, run a more engaged and active campaign, or go all-out and run a serious campaign that reaches hundreds of thousands of voters, for high-level campaigns, or that has a better shot at winning a local race.

In many states, there’s no cost to run for office. In others, you need to raise a modest sum to cover filing or petitioning costs. The LP can show you how this is done.

Or if you get the bug, you can go big. Or anything in between. Your choice.

You don’t have to be a silver-tongued public speaker to run for office. And if you chose to run an active, visible campaign, you can get the training. The National LP will help to train you in messaging and supply talking points on common issues. Your state LP may help as well.

Many Libertarians who have run for office consider it to be one of the most important things they ever did. Something that really made a difference.

Do you want to tell your kids, nieces, nephews, or grand kids some day that you took the stage for liberty?

To explore whether running for office in 2016 – or in the future – might be right for you, click here.  You’ll get an email with the information you need to consider this choice.

In some states, the deadline to file is coming soon:

·         December 14           Texas

·         December 21           North Carolina

·         January 8                 Mississippi

·         February 3               Maryland

·         March 1                   Alabama and Nebraska

In Arkansas, the deadline has passed, but a lawsuit may make later filings possible.

Even if your state’s deadline isn’t soon, starting a campaign earlier is better. It gives you a jump and gets your name and your Libertarian ideas out there sooner than later for voters to hear.

So think it over this holiday and see if you can carve out a small – or large – or medium-sized slice of your time in the next year to run for office as a Libertarian.

As Big Government grows apace, the longing for freedom grows in the hearts of millions of Americans. They want and need your voice.

Will you give it to them?

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LP to New York: Cease and desist your rigged state lottery; leave fantasy sports alone

 

For immediate release
November 12, 2015

LP:End state lotteriesIn the face of New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman’s  issuing of cease-and-desist orders to fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel, the Libertarian Party calls for the state of New York and every other state-run gambling operation to immediately shut down their immoral and hypocritical operations.

One only needs to stand at a check-out counter where working poor dump the bulk of their disposable income into reels of state lottery tickets every day to witness  the devastation that state lotteries wreak on the vulnerable.

Yet politicians have the audacity to call private gambling a “social ill.”

Not only is this egregiously hypocritical, it covers up the state’s own racket.

Greedy politicians use state lotteries to gouge gullible players, paying out only a fraction of what private operators pay out.

New York payouts are no more than 40-75% of ticket sales. That is to say, it pockets a whopping 25-60% of revenue.

In contrast, online gambling websites pay out 96-98% on average. Typical Las Vegas casinos payout over 99% on slot machines and poker games. Plus they throw in entertainment and free drinks.

In other words, the New York government pockets 25 to 60 times as much as casino operators do. Business is great when you can outlaw competition.

State governments not only play by very different rules than they impose on others; they break their own rules.

The Illinois state lottery held back paying winners as promised this year due to a budget impasse. They’re issuing IOUs instead. Yet no one is coming by with a crow bar to crack their knees for stiffing their customers.

State government lotteries are the real social ill. They run taxpayer-funded ads to lure their customers into buying addictive lottery tickets. They shut down their competitors under the threat of fines and imprisonment, forming state-sanctioned monopolies. Then they gouge their customers with pathetic, piddling payouts.

“Schniederman isn’t going after Draft Kings and FanDuel to protect New Yorkers, he’s going after them to crush competition for the New York lottery,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “It’s supposed to be the job of attorneys general to break up the rackets that prey on poor people, not protect them.”

Unlike state lotteries, private gambling operators are fair and civil to their customers. They do not use force to suppress their competitors. Instead, they respond to competition by giving their customers a better deal.

“We call on New York and other state governments to cease-and-desist these bullying tactics,” said Sarwark, “and for the repeal of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) that government uses to stop Americans from making an honest wager.”

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Support the Independent & Third Party Debate Commission

Since we are excluded from most debates, there are other ways to help third-party candidates make an impact in their communities. You can sponsor third party debates with donations, sponsorships, and even by supplying venues for the events. Go to http://www.itpdc.org/sponsors to sign up and help present fair and balanced debates, rather than the travesties we are forced to endure now that call themselves “debates”.

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