Nevada County Libertarian party gets new leader |

Nevada County Libertarian party gets new leader

Donn Coenen

NEVADA CITY, Calif. and#8212; Donn Coenen is trying to take a loose collection of Libertarians and build a strong political alternative with his recent appointment as temporary chairman of the Nevada County chapter.

and#8220;We’re growing from a protest organization into political party,and#8221; Coenen said this week. and#8220;We’re a party of individuals and we provide an excellent opportunity right now.

and#8220;The biggest growing political group out there is and#8216;Decline to state,’ so that gives us a big opportunity,and#8221; to attract new members.

and#8220;I’m also a Tea Party participant,and#8221; said Coenen, who lives in western Nevada County. and#8220;It reflects the Libertarian feelings about small government and less taxes.and#8221;

State Libertarian voter registration has increased from 80,000 to 83,000 since the November election, according to Beau Cain, a spokesman at the party’s state office in the Los Angeles area. The increase is not huge, but reflects the need of some to find something politically new, he said.

and#8220;Ever since the last presidential election, we’ve had a lot of phone calls asking for information,and#8221; Cain said. and#8220;They are really disgusted with the Republicans and Democrats and found they believe the same things we do.

and#8220;They want social tolerance and fiscal responsibility, in a nutshell.and#8221;

As a former Democrat fed up with normal party politics, Coenen checked out the Green Party for awhile several years ago but found it too liberal.

Then he discovered the county Libertarian Party, which meets for lunch at 12:30 p.m. every Friday at the Trolley Junction Restaurant in Nevada City. Coenen now wants the local chapter to grow and get more active in community politics.

and#8220;We’ve got about 465 registered Libertarians in the county and we’re really spreading out in the 4th District,and#8221; with new chapters in Butte and Placer County, he explained.

What they need to fight against has already surfaced in the new administration, Coenen said.

and#8220;Obama has (proposed) a consumer protection agency for credit cards,and#8221; Coenen said. and#8220;At some point, people have to take the responsibility for themselves and realize what they’re signing.

and#8220;I’ve made bad decisions and paid the consequences,and#8221; Coenen said. and#8220;I don’t like seeing corporations or individuals bailed out (with taxpayer money).and#8221;

Coenen also said the Libertarians can be and#8220;a spoiler party,and#8221; with the ability to swing a race.

and#8220;Tom McClintock was elated that we didn’t have a candidate,and#8221; in the last election, Coenen said. and#8220;Had there been Libertarian running, it might have gone the other way for Charlie Brown.and#8221;

The new party leader will be joined by Gary Bryant of Grass Valley, who will be vice-chairman.

and#8220;We’ll both be at the (Nevada County) Fair,and#8221; giving out information and signing up new members for the party and voter registration roles, Coenen said.

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