Libertarian Party Nominee for Governor 2018 side-by-side comparison

Side by side comparison graphic for 2018 Governor Race in Iowa

For the first time the Libertarian Party is getting the attention it deserves due to its major party status. I wanted to make a side-by-side to see where they differ from each other. You can do it election day, Iowa law requires voters to be registered with the party they want to vote for in the primary. You can easily change it back online later. More info below on what is required to change it the day of.

Here are links to both candidates and their quotes from their websites to find out more and see all the media both of these amazing men have drummed up.

Jake Porter

“Politicians in this state aren’t looking out for the interest of Iowans. Too often they are more concerned with scoring points against their political opposition. They use the budget as a weapon for partisan gain with Iowans as collateral damage. Instead of cutting big waste in the thousand plus page budget, they make drastic cuts to programs such as mental health facilities, domestic violence shelters, and sexual abuse hotlines, nibbling around the edges while bloated waste and corporate welfare remain.

Recently, I announced that I was relaunching my campaign for the Libertarian Party nomination for Iowa Governor. With the state’s current financial crisis, people have asked me to run. I want to be a Governor for all Iowans. I want to help provide solutions to our financial issues, to take power away from the state and give it back to the individual. I have no interest in partisan fighting and the status quo that got us into this mess.

Sick children and individuals shouldn’t have to wait years for the Iowa legislature to do something about medical cannabis. We should demand leadership from our elected officials. While they play games, sick people are denied medication. While the Legislature and Governor pass cannabis bills not worth the paper printed on them sick Iowans have continued to suffer.

Our state shouldn’t be giving welfare to large, financially sound corporations while raising our taxes and borrowing from the state’s emergency fund. I don’t view a Governor and the legislature not knowing how to make a budget as being an emergency. What happens when a major flood occurs, or another natural disaster happens, and the state has no emergency funds left to use? Recently, our State Treasurer told us that the state of Iowa is on the brink of not being able to pay its bills and that our tax refunds were delayed this year because the state didn’t have the money to pay them on time.

We have a government more interested in partisan politics than doing what is best for the state. We have a Governor and legislature that deny sick Iowans their medication, can’t pay their bill, refuse to cut spending, and gives the keys to the state to big corporations. It is time for real solutions to get us out of this mess.

As Governor, I would do a detailed analysis of every government department and agency in the state and my recommended budget would first cut out waste, consolidate departments, focus on efficiency, and eliminate unnecessary government.

With your support, together we will restore the motto of this great state and once again we will prize your liberties and maintain your rights.

In Liberty,

Jake Porter”

 

 

Marco Battaglia

Give freedom a chance

“My platform focuses on Medical, Agricultural, and Economic Freedom. My platform will simplify and reduce taxation for all Iowans. It will balance the budget, reduce debt, and reduce the size of government without cutting the social safety net or ending services that Iowans rely on. My platform will restore and improve access to mental health services. It will increase revenues, decrease inequality, reform civil justice, and first and foremost, restore freedoms for Iowans while protecting their civil liberties.

This involves ending the prohibitions on medicinal plants. This involves giving Iowans medical freedom from their first moment of life until their last. This involves giving Iowa farmers the ability to compete, to grow hemp, and to sell raw dairy. This involves ending eminent domain abuse, ending civil asset forfeiture, and putting Iowa on the forefront of returning to sound currency.” -Marco Battaglia

Click the links below to learn more.

Both Marco and Jake are great options and they both are freedom loving candidates but there are a few issues they differ on and you can compare them in the side-by-side I included below. I am personally very happy about all the freedoms they will provide to Iowans. Agricultural freedoms like raw milk deregulation, personal freedoms like vaccines choice and economic freedoms like tax cuts. Libertarians are the truly moderate party, they are socially liberal but fiscally conservative and I hope you take some time to look into them both.

You may register and vote on election day. To do so, you first must go to the correct polling place for your current address on election day.If you are unsure of your polling place, Find Your Precinct/Polling Place.

At the polling place, you must prove both who you are and where you live. The best way to do this is with your valid Iowa driver’s license with your current address printed on it.

Proof of ID

If you do not have an Iowa driver’s license, you may use a photo ID that is current, valid, and contain an expiration date. The following are acceptable IDs:

  • Iowa non-driver ID card
  • Out-of-state driver’s license or non-driver ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. military ID
  • ID card issued by employer
  • Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college

Proof of Residence

If your photo ID does not contain your current address, you may use another document to prove where you live if it contains your name and current address. The following are acceptable proofs of residence:

  • Residential lease
  • Utility bill (including a cell phone bill)
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check or other government document

Attester

If you cannot prove who you are and where you live with the documents listed above, a registered voter from your precinct may attest for you. Both you and the attester will be required to sign an oath swearing the statements being made are true.

Falsely attesting or being attested for is registration fraud. It is a class “D” felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $7,500 and up to 5 years in prison.

 

Side by side comparison graphic for 2018 Governor Race in Iowa

 

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