Porter County CEDIT Fund Dispute

by Karl Tatgenhorst on December 7, 2012

The counties leaders are currently disputing over who has control of certain income tax monies (County Economic Development Income Tax). See, taxes are addicting to politicians who want to do so much more than the job calls for and need funding to do so. So, as the fiscal body and the executive body duke it out for control over it, they are starting to seek help from the judicial body.
Since it is clear that the checks and balances are not being respected by all (in fairness, I think the commissioners interpretation of the law sounds right) why don’t they check the oft forgotten fourth body of county politics… the voters?

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Liberty Starts Locally

by Karl Tatgenhorst on November 29, 2012

As I have delved more and more into the “hows and whys” of our political system, I find myself truly desiring change. Advocating a position, sharing information about that position and voting for that position are great ways to participate. However, I feel that I truly want to be more participatory. Perhaps it is the reading of many of our founding documents that stirs me to action, perhaps it is a former soldiers attempt at offering service. Whatever it is, it is a real and burning desire to be a part of that which shapes and is shaped by our social landscape. That being said, I have approached local affiliate of the Indiana State Libertarian Party and made it known to them that I wish to run for County Council in 2014. I hope that my friends, regardless of their political leanings, will keep reading to find out how this goes. I have had supportive feedback thus far from the party but is not yet official with them.  It is my hope that the preparation for this race, the race itself and any subsequent action will provide my friends with an idea of how the local government functions as well as how their actions affect your own personal liberties.

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Porter County Indiana Libertarian Party Reorganizes

November 18, 2012

The election of 2012 was successful in the growth of the Libertarian Party nationally, but even more so in Indiana. “This has been a time of explosive growth for the Libertarian Party,” said Chris Spangle, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana. “Not only did we see our percentages double in the Presidential and [...]

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The Purpose of Political Parties

November 18, 2012

Today I stepped up my involvement in the arena of things political, I attended the re-organization meeting for the Porter County Affiliate of the Indiana State Libertarian Party. The Porter County Affiliate is very small at the moment and that bothered me. One of the things that I really personally want to develop is a [...]

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This Election is Too Important

October 30, 2012

The other day, I was being told by “yet another helpful person” that “I also support the Libertarian agenda, but this election is too important to throw your’ vote away.”. This whole statement is incomprehensible to me. First, if you support the “libertarian agenda” that would mean that you believe that the current two party [...]

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Libertarian Options in NWI and Beyond

October 28, 2012

First and foremost, we in Indiana (and all other states, except for Oklahoma) have an option to elect a Libertarian President. Governor Gary Johnson is on our ballot, and a vote for him is an investment in getting our party recognized as a major party as well as an attempt at leveraging our candidate into [...]

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Third Party Presidential Debates

October 24, 2012

Last night in Chicago, I attended the Free and Equal Debates. These were official debates belonging to a non-profit organization which is focused on voters and on the Constitution. They invited six candidates: Barack Obama Democrat (incumbent), Mitt Romney Republican, Gary Johnson Libertarian, Jill Stein Green Party,  Virgil Goode Constitutional Party and Rocky Anderson Justice [...]

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Rupert Boneham – A Different Kind of Candidate

September 9, 2012

Over recent months I have begun to support the Libertarian Party Platform over others for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons are important enough to me that I have begun actively seeking information as well as starting to look for opportunities to engage with other people in the party. One big engagement for [...]

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The Definition of a Gracious Host.

June 28, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I went to B96s Summer Bash with my daughter Claire and my “other daughter” Alex (close family friend). I have to admit that I am a lover of pop music. The bands were really fun to see and quite top notch but something occurred to me. Most of the bands [...]

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I’ve got Klout why aren’t I rich yet

June 28, 2012

A couple years ago it seemed like we were all becoming highly nuanced social media experts. Each of us with our own bag of tricks, though face it the usual trick was “You’re doing it wrong.”. All kidding aside, we had a reason and that reason was that we saw social media as a multiplier [...]

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