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The Freedom Report – Of Mice and Dems

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Austin Petersen is the chief executive officer of Stonegait LLC, a for-profit consulting firm specializing in photo and video services. Stonegait also provides social media advice, political campaign expertise and grassroots organizing strategies to candidates for office or to brands looking for more exposure. Petersen is the editor in chief of The Libertarian Republic news magazine, one of the most read political news sites in the United States. He also hosts The Freedom Report podcast, which has 30,000 daily listeners. Petersen is the former Director of Production at FreedomWorks and was an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show, “Freedom Watch” on the Fox Business Network. Petersen built Judge Napolitano’s social networks boasting over 600,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. His work has appeared in Getty, Reuters, the LA Times, NBC and Time Magazine. He is also a frequent contributor on television appearing on Russia Today and on dozens of local radio shows. Austin grew up on a farm in the Midwest in a town called Peculiar, Missouri. Graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in the Fine Arts, Petersen moved to New York City after graduation to a pursue a career in media.

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  • Our current voting method is to pick the “best” candidate from a slate of candidates.  You only get to pick one, even if several of them are qualified.  Many times people don’t even bother researching or voting for candidates they would consider qualified because they don’t belong to the duopoly of Democrats and Republicans.  They reason that votes cast for candidates bound to lose are “wasted”, so voting for the less corrupt thug might make our future suffering easier to bear.  In my opinion, this mentality is the most responsible culprit for the last 100+ years of executive and legislative folly. This tragic circumstance can be eliminated immediately with the adoption of approval voting.  In this method, instead of choosing a single candidate from the slate, you express your feelings about each candidate, approving only those who you feel qualified with a yes or up vote.  The candidate approved by the highest percentage of voters is declared the most qualified and wins the office. This simple voting method levels the playing field!  Approval voting allows for more competitive elections, and would certainly destroy the two party duopoly of American politics.  Independent and third party candidates would no longer battle the “wasted vote”  stigma and can focus on communicating their values and message to the voters.  And seeing a more fair election process would likely increase voter participation rate. There are many interesting details of approval voting to discuss, and the potential ramifications are very exciting as well.  What do you think?

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  • Gentlemen, that age old question concerning of male style about how we hold up our trousers arises again. I myself frequently don suspenders, having both clip on and buttoned. Today’s men, however, nearly always sport a belt even though the leather dress belt was only a recent staple compared to suspenders. Please comment your preference.

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