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Gary Johnson has been working on a new 527 PAC called the Our America Initiative. The initiative allows Johnson to express his views to the voters but does not allow him to campaign as a candidate. The PAC has been coming together and will be kicking things off on Thursday, November 19th with a $500 per head cocktail party fundraiser.

Though websites such as http://www.garyjohnson2012.com and http://www.johnsonforamerica.com have been laying the groundwork for his grassroots support, an official website, ouramericainitiative.com has been in the works.

The following is the information you will need if you'd like to attend this historic event hosted by our future president, Gary Johnson.

When: Thursday, November 19th
Where: Albuquerque, NM
Cost: $500 per person.

To RSVP or find out any other information, please contact Elizabeth@ouramericainitiative.com
Posted by Elwar on Monday 09 November 2009 - 15:40:13 | Read/Post Comment: 0 | printer friendly
Gary Johnson 2012 picking up steam
The push to draft Gary Johnson to run for president in 2012 has picked up some steam in the past month. The site, garyjohnson2012.com, set up as a grassroots effort to draft Gary Johnson has garnered over 6,000 views in the month of October, more than doubling the previous month's views.

As the Internet community starts hearing about the former New Mexico governor, who is known for his fiscal discipline and vetoing over 750 bills during his two terms, they seek out more information. The website comes up #1 on a google search for "Gary Johnson 2012" and #2 after wikipedia on a search just for the name "Gary Johnson".

Considering Governor Johnson has not been in the public spotlight as a possible Republican candidate for 2012, this is a significant start for what could be a repeat of the Internet dominance held by Ron Paul in the 2008 presidential campaign. The website compete.com shows the website charliecrist.com with just over 5,000 views for the last month, this from a candidate who is actively running a Senate campaign.

The chart below shows a rise in activity for the website over the past month or so, with a good push already into the second day of November.

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Breaking: Johnson Laying Groundwork for President Run
Via http://race42008.com/2009/10/26/breaking-johnson-laying-groundwork-for-president-run/ Gary Johnson is preparing to launch his Our America PAC shortly, as soon as he gets all of his legal ducks in a row. He will be hitting the trail hard soon, traveling the country to speak in support of issues and candidates, re-immersing himself in the public policy debate.

This December, Governor Johnson will also be releasing a book entitled “Seven Principles Of Good Government,” published by The Heartland Institute (a conservative-libertarian think tank).
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Posted by Elwar on Tuesday 27 October 2009 - 12:19:42 | Read/Post Comment: 0 | printer friendly
Group wants Johnson back on ballot
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson had little to say Monday about a new "grassroots" Web site promoting a Johnson candidacy for president. But Johnson said he soon will be launching a new Web site of his own as a platform "to speak out on the issues of the day." While Johnson wouldn't confirm or deny he'll run for president, he said in a telephone interview that he's been busy setting up a tax-exempt "527 committee," for which he'll be listed as "honorary chairman" and a Web site.

Besides being a vehicle to promote his libertarian, small-government ideas, the committee, to be called "Our America," will be a way to raise money, Johnson said. "It's days from going up," he said of his site......

Read the rest http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/Group-wants-Johnson-back-on-ballot
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Posted by Elwar on Tuesday 27 October 2009 - 12:19:14 | Read/Post Comment: 0 | printer friendly
Breaking: Gary Johnson's New Book: Seven Principles of Good Government
New Mexico - Former governor Gary Johnson has a book coming out, joining other potential 2012 Republican candidates in getting his views out to the voters. The book, titled "Seven Principles of Good Government", comes on the heels of an announcement of a new PAC called the Our America Initiative which sets the groundwork for a possible presidential run in 2012.

Johnson, who served two terms as a Republican governor of New Mexico, carries with him his Seven Principles of Good Government.

They are:

1. Become reality driven. Don't kid yourself or others. Find out what's what and base your decisions and actions on that.
2. Always be honest and tell the truth. It's extremely difficult to do any damage to anybody when you are willing to tell the truth-regardless of the consequences.
3. Always do what's right and fair. Remember, the more you actually accomplish, the louder your critics become. You've got to learn to ignore your critics. You've got to continue to do what you think is right. You've got to maintain your integrity.
4. Determine your goal, develop a plan to reach that goal, and then act. Don’t procrastinate.
5. Make sure everybody who ought to know what you’re doing knows what you’re doing. Communicate.
6. Don’t hesitate to deliver bad news. There is always time to salvage things. There is always time to fix things. Henry Kissinger said that anything that can be revealed eventually should be revealed immediately.
7. Last, be willing to do whatever it takes to get your job done. If you’ve got a job that you don’t love enough to do what it takes to get your job done, then quit and get one that you do love, and then make a difference.

The garyjohnson2012.com website lists the following accomplishments by Governor Johnson:
*He didn't raise taxes as Governor once.
*He vetoed over 1,000 spending items.
*He cut taxes 14 times.
*In a state dominated 2 to 1 by Democrats, he served 2 terms.
*He competed in the Bataan Memorial Death March, a 25 mile desert run in combat boots wearing a 35 pound backpack.
*He participated in Hawaii's invitation-only Ironman Triathalon Championship, several times.
*He climbed to the top of Mount Everest, despite a broken leg.

Johnson joins other potential Republican candidates for 2012 such as Mike Huckabee and Sara Palin in writing a book to set the stage for their future campaigns.

The book is slated to come out this December.
Posted by Elwar on Tuesday 27 October 2009 - 10:01:18 | Read/Post Comment: 1 | printer friendly
Gary to appear at U. of New Mexico

Trusted U.S. Officials Make the Case Against the Drug War

RSVP at Facebook Page and tell your friends!

Featuring former Governor of NM Gary Johnson and former Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Matthew Fogg

Date:
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Time:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:
Lobo Rooms A & B, Student Union, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Street:
MSC03 2200, Bldg. 60, Suite 3020, 1 UNM
City:
Albuquerque, NM

DESCRIPTION:

Now that we've reached a place where it's accepted to talk seriously about legalization, let's get an insider's take on the why and how from two of the most trusted officials in the United States.

Governor Johnson is the highest-ranking elected official in the United States to advocate the repeal of drug prohibition.

U.S. Marshal Matthew Fogg ran a DEA task force, helping to track down and arrest hundreds of people, before speaking out about the need to end the failed and racist War on Drugs.

Come hear Gov. Johnson and Mr. Fogg tell their stories and share their insight!

Everyone is welcome (especially people in town for the DPA conference!) and attendance is free.

PRESENTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROHIBITION (http://www.copssaylegalizedrugs.com/), BLACKS IN GOVERNMENT ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER, AND STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY UNM CHAPTER

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Former State Director for Gary Johnson campaign announces candidacy for governor.
Albuquerque businessman Doug Turner said Friday he's seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year.

The 40-year-old native of Albuquerque owns a public affairs and communications firm that has two dozen employees and works in several states.

Turner was state director for former Gov. Gary Johnson's campaign in 1994, served as Johnson's campaign manager in 1998 and was a consultant for him.

He was deputy political director for Steve Forbes' 2000 bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez and State Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones of Albuquerque announced earlier they would seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Former state GOP Chairman Allen Weh is considering a bid.

Lt. Gov. Diane Denish is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.
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Possible Gary Johnson announcement coming soon...
Rumors abound of upcoming political activity to begin by Gary Johnson very soon. As the Obama administration enjoys record low approval ratings, people look forward to 2012. Speculation on potential Republican candidates is ever growing and Gary Johnson is on the minds of many as a potential contender. 

Kristofer Lorelli from the popular 2012 candidate tracking website race42008.com says "I have learned that former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will be making an announcement in three weeks.".

Davidson County Republican Party vice-chairman Matt Collins suggests Johnson might "start making the talk show / PR rounds here soon to lay the ground work for a Presidential run." but was mum on his source.

With Johnson's former state director for his 1994 campaign, Doug Turner, making a bid for his former governor position in New Mexico and a strong New Mexico liberty candidate, Adam Kokesh, running for Congress in the Land of Enchantment, Gary Johnson will likely be called upon to add some of his political weight to their campaigns.

Either way, a Republican candidate who won in a state dominated two to one by Democrats and coming up on a time when Californians are fighting with the federal government to allow them to follow their own laws on marijuana legalization, a stance Johnson has been very vocal on in the past, Johnson may be just the answer the Republican Party needs to defeat Barack Obama in 2012.

-Chad Elwartowski
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Posted by Elwar on Wednesday 30 September 2009 - 10:24:17 | Read/Post Comment: 2 | printer friendly
Gary Johnson for President Effort Gaining Steam
TJ Evertts

With conservative/libertarian Republicans upset with their party and what President Obama is doing, many are looking at 2012 already. Sites like JohnsonforAmerica.com, GaryJohnson2012.com, GaryJohnson2012.blogspot.com and a Facebook page are all up and running in a effort to draft Gary Johnson.

Gary Johnson was the Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003. He was elected as a Republican during a time when New Mexico’s party registration was 2-1 Democrat. He ran both his initial campaign and his re-election campaign as 100% positive, never mentioning his opponent once.

For the full eight years of his administration, New Mexico never experienced a tax hike (previously, New Mexico had never gone more than six years without a rise in taxes), and furthermore saw taxes fall by over $120 million annually. He cut the rate of government growth in half, left the New Mexico state government with a budget surplus and 1000 fewer employees (without firing anyone), privatized half of the prisons in the state, fought for a state-wide school voucher system, oversaw the construction of 500 miles of new highway (which were designed, financed, built, and guaranteed by the private sector), shot down campaign finance reform and hate crime legislation in his state, and vetoed 750 bills (more than all the vetoes of the other 49 Governors in the country at that time, combined) with only 2 overrides, earning him the nickname Gary “Veto” Johnson.

Gary Johnson opposes the War on Drugs, opposed the Iraq War from the start, and was the only Republican Governor in 2000 to not endorse George W. Bush for President. In 2008, he was the only Republican Governor to endorse Ron Paul for President. He is also a triathlete, having scaled Mount Everest.

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Gary Johnson's entry would shake up 2012 campaign
Silver City Sun-News - If a group of Libertarian-leaning political advocates get their way, New Mexico will once again have a horse in the race when America selects its president in 2012.

At the Web site , you can read about former Gov. Gary Johnson's accomplishments; buy "Johnson 2012" hats, T-shirts, coffee mugs and buttons; and learn ways you can help support his potential run for the presidency. Johnson, for his part, has not said if he intends to throw his hat in the ring.

It shouldn't surprise anyone who remembers the iconoclastic governor's two terms in Santa Fe to learn that the platform being extolled on the Web site isn't exactly a copy of the mainstream party's. One of the accomplishments highlighted is that while governor of New Mexico, Johnson vetoed more bills than all 49 other governors in the country combined.

The Web site is linked to a group called the Republican Liberty Caucus, which bills itself as "the conscience of the Republican Party" (think Ron Paul Republican, as opposed to, say, a George W. Bush Republican or a Mitch McConnell Republican).

"Republicans had the presidency and the Congress and ran up record deficits, and that's going to pale in comparison to the new deficits and spending," Johnson said.

Among the stances Johnson touts on a YouTube video posted on the site are: "opposed the Iraq War from the start," "supports abolishing the Federal Reserve," "supports commodity-backed currency" and "was the only GOP governor not to endorse Bush."

"I believe in a woman's right to choose," Johnson said on the same video.

Of course, many of Johnson's other policies are solidly in line with his GOP brethren. He calls for lower taxes, limited government and unfettered gun rights.

Johnson is best remembered here and nationally for his effort to legalize drugs. Still today, he calls our nation's war on drugs "a miserable failure."

I regret that I didn't have the chance to cover New Mexico politics when Johnson was governor. I came to Las Cruces in the final months of his term and went to Santa Fe at the tail end of Gov. Bill Richardson's first year. So I missed the annual all-night budget brawls between Johnson and the Democratically controlled Legislature. I'm told by Roundhouse veterans that the spats I witnessed between Richardson and the Senate pale in comparison.

I was always amused by how flummoxed Republican legislators were when discussing Johnson, who I sensed most generally liked and agreed with on a majority issues. Invariably, they would begin their comments with the disclaimer, "I didn't agree with Gov. Johnson on the drug stuff, but ... "

Should he decide to run, Johnson would have no chance to win the Republican primary. That tent seems to be shrinking these days and never was big enough to embrace a candidate as honestly committed to less government as Johnson. But he could spice up the debate, in the same way Paul did last year.

It's always refreshing to have at least one person in the campaign not beholden to the party machine.


Walter Rubel has been a newsman for more than 25 years and is managing editor of the Sun-News. He can be reached at -email-.
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