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September 6, 2018 - 1:19pm
posted by Dave Olsen in libertarians, republians, politics.

It seems that about once a week recently, whenever I look at this site, I see that a group of 8 Republican County Chairmen is getting together for a meeting.  Like they are the Justice League or the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or the Gang of Seven from the US Senate a few years back.  We all know the reason for these meetings: to find a loophole or a way to manipulate election law to replace Representative Chris Collins on the ballot after the time has passed to do so.  It is uncomfortable and time-consuming I’m sure, but I also believe they discuss other political topics.  One, in particular, has to be the Governor’s race.  Their candidate is not doing very well in the polls and supposedly the Republicans want nothing less than the defeat of Andrew Cuomo.

We Libertarians constantly hear from Republicans that having our candidate in the race will take votes from their guy and ensure a Cuomo re-election.  I’m writing today to tell everyone why that’s a false argument.  We heard the same thing in 2014 and in 2010.  If the Libertarian vote totals were close to the margin of victory Andrew Cuomo won by, it would be true.  However in 2010 Cuomo received 2,910.876 votes, Republican Carl Paladino got 1,547,857.  In 2014 Cuomo got 2,069,480 and Republican Astorino – 1,536,879.  We did not have nearly the votes to make the difference either time.  The Republican vote total didn’t change very much, the Democrats lost over 800,000 votes and you still weren’t close, and those votes didn’t go to anyone else, far fewer voters voted.  Let’s face it, the Republican won’t win. Those are all the votes he will get.

Larry Sharpe, the Libertarian candidate cannot win by just getting Libertarians to vote for him. There are simply not enough of us.  He will need Republicans and Independents and unhappy Democrats voting for him to win.  Currently, Cuomo is polling at around 48 – 50% statewide, the Republican Mr. Molinaro is at around 25-28%.  These are close to the numbers at this point in the cycle from 2014.  I predict a similar ending again this year. Paladino was a bit higher, around 38 – 40% in 2006, probably because of his outsider and business background, which is why he got more votes too.  Larry Sharpe is also an outsider with an entrepreneurial background, while Molinaro is a lifelong career politician.  It’s hard to know where Larry is in the polls, because they won’t include him, but he is gaining recognition and momentum daily.  Is Molinaro?

Here’s what I propose the 8 Republican County Chairmen discuss when they next meet to address the debacle of running a Congressman for re-election knowing there was a chance he could be indicted, and now have to finagle a way to dump him.  They could avoid a loss again in November by collectively asking the certain loser Molinaro to suspend his campaign and asking the Republican Party Faithful to vote for Larry Sharpe.  Mr. Sharpe surely has a better chance of winning than does Molinaro.  It’s obvious.  These esteemed gentlemen are going to ask the same Republican Faithful to either accept an absurd process to replace Collins on the ballot or ask them to vote for him and trust that he will resign if he wins and then appoint someone whom they would have voted for.  That’s quite an assumption, in my humble opinion.

They could do something bold, something for the people of Western New York.  Change NY’s political landscape.  Lord knows it needs it.  Larry Sharpe can win, but he needs more exposure and better name recognition.  The cachet of 8 Republican County Chairmen’s endorsement would do that.  History will show them as having acted to save NY when we needed them.

Endorse Larry Sharpe.

Come On, Do It.

Dave Olsen, Libertarian, Basom, NY


May 4, 2014 - 1:30pm
posted by Dave Olsen in Genesee County Nursing Home, libertarians.

Saving the Genesee County Nursing Home:

An Open Letter to the People of Genesee County

By David A. Olsen,

Founding Member of the Genesee County Libertarian Party

Dear Friends & Neighbors:

           Dating back to the first half of the 19th Century, Genesee County has pledged to care for our elderly citizens who are not able to take care of themselves regardless of their wherewithal to pay for the care or not. This is a noble mission and a tradition worthy of being continued. It is the opinion of the author that this promise should continue to be kept and it is our generation’s responsibility to get the GCNH on a path of sustainability and self-reliance. Originally, the County Home was self-sustaining due to the farming engaged in on the same property. That has not been the case for over 50 years. Over the past decade, at least, it has become an increasingly expensive burden for the taxpayers, so much that it is now problematic. By now, May of 2014, it has become obvious to even the most casual observer that the Genesee County Nursing Home is on an unsustainable path. If the people of Genesee County want to preserve the promise made many years ago that care will always be available for those in need for their friends, family and neighbors, then we have to begin thinking differently.

A recommendation follows and I hope the Genesee County Legislature will consider this as a viable suggestion. This letter has been sent to each County Legislator.

           The Genesee County Libertarian Party motto is “Educate. Advocate. Choice.” Part of the Educate segment, in addition to clarifying the principles of libertarianism and proving that it is not a selfish philosophy is to show that we, the people can do good things for our fellow man and without the interference of government and without the immorality of theft by taxation.

May 1, 2014 - 8:36pm
posted by Dave Olsen in political, libertarians.
Event Date and Time: 
May 8, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

The Genesee County Libertarian Party will have a meeting for anyone interested in forming a Town Committee in Pembroke. 7 pm at the Pembroke Town Hall Routes 5 & 77, Pembroke, NY. This will be informal and an opportunity to take part in your town government. If you can't make it, but would like to participate, please send an e-mail to [email protected]

April 29, 2014 - 9:55pm

Official GCLP press release from David Olsen, vice chair:

Phil Ricci, currently the chair and state representative of the Genesee County Libertarian Party, a recognized chapter of the Libertarian Party of New York, will now be an officer of the LPNY. At the LPNY Convention in Albany on April 26, 2014, Ricci was elected a vice chair of the State party. According to the LPNY bylaws, among the responsibilities which may be delegated to him by the chair or the State Committee are the operations of the State headquarters, production of the party newsletter, promotion of county organizations and Party membership and development of literature for distribution by the LPNY.

The GCLP is proud of Phil and all his accomplishments and we are happy he will share his creativity and leadership abilities with the LPNY all across the great State of New York. Phil will retain his membership in the GCLP and will continue his work on local issues along with his new statewide duties.

Also at the LPNY convention, a slate of candidates for statewide office was elected. After hearing from six very strong Libertarians who sought the nomination for Governor and after five rounds of voting, Michael McDermott, of Huntington, was selected to be the party’s nominee. Chris Edes of Rochester is our Lieutenant Governor candidate, John Clifton, of Queens, is the State Comptroller candidate and Carl Person, of Manhattan, is the Attorney General candidate.

The Genesee County Libertarian Party was formed in 2013 as a chapter of the LPNY. We will be having our 2nd annual convention followed by the  GCLP sponsored Buffet & Free Play: A Community Celebration  on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Batavia Downs Gaming on Park Road in Batavia. Admission to the celebration is by advance ticket purchase only. Tickets are limited so purchase yours soon! Tickets are $25 and are available by contacting any GCLP member, calling Debbie Paine at 716-474-0125, or seeing Debbie Paine in person Monday-Thursday 8 a.m to  5 p.m. at Arctic Refrigeration, 26 Cedar St., Batavia. The $25 ticket price includes a buffet dinner, tax, gratuity, and $25 free play for the gaming floor (you must be 18 or older to redeem the free play). There will be a Community Basket Raffle sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Batavia -- all proceeds will benefit the Genesee County Child Advocacy Center. Also there will be numerous other baskets to be raffled to benefit the GCLP. For more information, please go to: http://www.gclpny.org/buffetfreeplay. Plan to join us May 31, we’d love to see as many of our neighbors as we can.

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