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Bill Slantz of St. Charles is chair of the Missouri Libertarian Party and a delegate at the national convention.
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At the National Libertarian Convention this weekend in Orlando, Missouri delegate and party chair Bill Slantz said the level of excitement was palpable, especially during Sunday’s vote for the Libertarian presidential candidate.

“The numbers here are 30 percent higher than any other convention in history. We have almost a thousand delegates here this weekend and the buzz in the room is very, very exciting,” Slantz said. “The room is just electric.”

Bill Slantz on "St. Louis on the Air"
Rebecca Smith

“Democrats and Republicans have proven over a long period of time that they look to big government to solve problems. The Libertarian Party is basically making a statement that says ‘We can solve a lot of our problems without this bureaucratic assistance,’” said Bill Slantz. 

Slantz, of St. Charles, is the Libertarian candidate vying to represent Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District. Slantz totes strong Libertarian views on most major issues. 

(Courtesy: Jonathan Dine)

On Thursday night, the two Missouri senate candidates from the two major parties shook hands in front of a crowd of hundreds of potential voters. Meanwhile, the Libertarian candidate listened to the debate on the radio as he drove back to Kansas City for work in the morning.

Jonathan Dine was not invited to the debate, but drove to St. Louis anyway to meet with members of the media. On St. Louis on the Air on Wednesday, Dine expressed his frustration over being excluded from the debate.

(Provided By: Jim Higgins)

Host Don Marsh talks with Jim Higgins, a computer systems analyst from Creve Coeur.  Higgins is the Libertarian candidate for Missouri Governor.  He faces incumbent Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican Dave Spence.

Programming Note: Republican Dave Spence will be a guest on “St. Louis on the Air” on Monday, October 29. Governor Jay Nixon has not yet confirmed a date.

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Host Don Marsh talks with the Libertarian candidate for Missouri Attorney General Dave Browning.

Dave Browning said incumbent Chris Koster has done a decent job “but is an unrepentant liberal.”  He said Republican challenger Ed Martin doesn’t know what he’s doing.  “I think the voters of Missouri need to have a chance to vote for someone who is conservative but not insane,” said Browning.

(Courtesy: Jonathan Dine)

The path to victory is rarely easy for political candidates and it’s even more difficult for third party candidates.  Host Don Marsh talks with Libertarian Jonathan Dine, candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.

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“I think it’s possible to win this race if a few more Democrats and Republicans would come my way,”
said Jonathan Dine.

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Commentary: Chicago wins 'nanny town' title

Aug 22, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 22, 2008 - Finally a reason to feel superior to a certain toddling town to the north. Reason magazine recently ranked the Second City first when it comes to meddling in people's affairs.

Reason, in case you don't know, is a libertarian monthly that reports on the incessant attempts of governments to limit individual rights in the name of health or environmentalism or safety -- a necessity since we are too stupid to know what's good for us.