Archive of Mike Laursen's 2004 campaign for California Senate

Vote Laursen Libertarian for California Senate District 13

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Tuesday, November 2nd: Election Night Party

Jerseys
1781 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell
6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
408-374-1415
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Mike Laursen will attend the party until about 10:15 PM. At 11:15 PM, Mike Laursen will be interviewed live on KMVT, as part of their election night coverage. The program will be broadcast on cable television in Mountain View, Los Altos, and Cupertino; and webcast live as streaming video on the KMVT website.

Jon Wiener: "Alquist cruising to Senate seat in District 13", Mountain View Voice, October 29th, 2004. Despite the title, most of this article is about our candidate.

Shannon Snow: " Senate Debaters Tackle Education, Budget", Cardinal Inquirer, October 28th, 2004. Covers the October 21st League of Women Voters forum.

October 26th: San Jose State University

Political Party Platform: Candidates and representatives from all seven California political parties met to discuss local and national political issues. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta, Eta Omega, and the San Jose Almnuae Chapters.

October 21st: League of Women Voters Candidates Forum

The three Senate District 13 candidates, and candidates for other offices, answered questions from voters at the Mountain View City Council Chambers.

This forum will be broadcast on KMVT (Mountain View cable channel 15) on:
Sunday, October 24th, 2:00 PM
Sunday, October 31st, 2:00 PM

You can also watch the forum as streaming video on the KMVT website.

October 18th - November 2nd: Candidate Statement on TV: Mike Laursen taped a three-minute candidate statement which will be aired on KMVT (Mountain View cable channel 15) from October 18th - November 2nd:
Mondays at 7:30 PM
Tuesdays - Fridays at 7:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 AM

KMVT has also made these candidate statements available as streaming video.

Shannon Snow: "A Libertarian’s ‘Realistic’ View", Cardinal Inquirer, October 7th, 2004

August 28th: Press Release: Senate Candidate Seeks Log Cabin Republican Defection

In a challenge to the GOP’s divisive and unequal party platform, California Senate candidate Mike Laursen invited Log Cabin Republican opponent Shane Patrick Connolly to “abandon the dark side” and support the largest party in the U.S. that unequivocally supports equality for homosexuals. Laursen and Connolly are both running for the State Senate, District 13 office. [more...]

August 26th: COMPAC BBQ

On August 26th, Mike Laursen, and just about every elected and aspiring politician in Santa Clara County, attended the COMPAC Barbecue, hosted by the San Jose Chamber of Commerce. Here, Mike chats with attendees from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors.

August 5th: KKUP Radio Interview

Don Cormier interviewed Mike Laursen on his radio show, "Discovery", on KKUP 91.5 FM.

If you are interested in listening to a 10 MB, 44 minute MP3 of this broadcast, please send e-mail to LP@Laursen.org.

August 5th: Press Release: California Performance Review

Today, the Silicon Valley Libertarian candidates for the California State Legislature, Zander Collier III. (AD 24), Mike Laursen, (SD 13) and Allen Rice (SD 11) laud the findings of the California Performance Review for improving the delivery of California state government service through improved technology. [more...]

June 27th: SF Pride Parade

Mike Laursen and several other Libertarian candidates from the Bay Area, along with Libertarian presidential candidate, Michael Badnarik, rode in the SF Pride Parade to show our unequivocal support for the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people.

April 30th: Muslim Community Assocation, Santa Clara


At the Muslim Community Assocation

Elizabeth C. Brierly: "American Muslims Unify, Consider Third Parties" [PDF 652 KB], California Freedom, June 2004

April 20th: Candidate Forum, School of Choice Preparatory Academy


Mike Laursen speaks at the School of Choice

April 18th: Area 420 Medical Marijuana Rally, Cupertino

The March Primary

Grace Rauh: "Libertarian wins by two votes", Mountain View Voice, April 2nd, 2004

Dan Stober: "Libertarian candidacy decided by one vote", San Jose Mercury News, March 24th, 2004

"Too Close To Call", Metro, March 17th, 2004
(The story is just above the picture of the Gubernator.)

Dan Stober: "Party worries over tally", San Jose Mercury News, March 12th, 2004

Voters Guide advertisement [PDF 60 KB], San Jose Mercury News, February 22nd, 2004

Grace Rauh: "Libertarians face off in primary", Mountain View Voice, February 20th, 2004

"Contested Race in Local Libertarian Primary: Laursen wins Party endorsement for State Senate District" [PDF 944 KB], Santa Clara Libertarian, February 2004


Press Releases:

August 28th: Press Release: Senate Candidate Seeks Log Cabin Republican Defection

In a challenge to the GOP’s divisive and unequal party platform, California Senate candidate Mike Laursen invited Log Cabin Republican opponent Shane Patrick Connolly to “abandon the dark side” and support the largest party in the U.S. that unequivocally supports equality for homosexuals. Laursen and Connolly are both running for the State Senate, District 13 office.

Laursen’s challenge coincides with the GOP’s presidential nominating convention, where the Log Cabin Republicans are again expected to fail to convince the GOP to add a platform plank supporting gay marriage. The GOP boasts a long-standing and acrimonious opposition to gay rights.

“I hate to see Shane wasting his time waiting for the Republican Party to embrace the Log Cabin Republicans,” says Laursen. “He could be more effective running as a candidate for a party that believes homosexuals are first-class citizens who deserve equal treatment under the law. Local Libertarian Party candidates support equal rights for gay people, including the right to marry, as does the Libertarian Party’s candidate for U.S. President, Michael Badnarik.”

Laursen’s challenge isn’t just for his respected opponent Connolly. “I hope all Republicans in District 13 will vote for me if they’re unhappy with the socially exclusive direction their party has gone, even if they’re not yet ready to actually switch parties. Whether or not I win this election, a larger vote for Libertarian candidates would move the other two major parties to adopt more reasonable and humane platform planks. That would be a major long-term victory, as far as I’m concerned.”

Laursen tells of a recent telephone call he received from a prominent local Republican Party member. “He spoke in slurs about Shane's homosexuality and told me he would vote for me instead, despite our party differences. I told him that I don't want his vote. My pro-equality stance would surely disappoint him if I were elected to the California Senate.”

Laursen’s challenge to Connolly is consistent with the third of his key campaign platform planks, “Civil Liberties for All.” His other key platform planks advocate school choice and local school control, and fiscal responsibility at every level of state government.

Laursen’s website offers more information at www.votelaursen.org. His party affiliation, the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County, offers more information about the party platform and local issues at www.lpc.org/sc/index.php. The Libertarian Party advocates free minds and free markets by promoting socially liberal and fiscally conservative legislation. Their website is at www.lp.org.

August 5th: Press Release: California Performance Review

Today, the Silicon Valley Libertarian candidates for the California State Legislature, Zander Collier III. (AD 24), Mike Laursen, (SD 13) and Allen Rice (SD 11) laud the findings of the California Performance Review for improving the delivery of California state government service through improved technology.

Collier, Laursen, and Rice believe it's ironic that California has such poorly cobbled information systems. "As members of districts that lead the world in the development of information technology, we see solutions that exist today that can integrate California's maddeningly inefficient computer services, at a modest cost and in a practical time frame." states Mike Laursen, candidate for State Senate.

The candidates, who have all worked in the tech industry, concur with the CPR recommendation to appoint a strong CIO to oversee the state government's IT infrastructure, and to call upon the Legislature for the authority and resources to design the best solution possible for the right price.

At the same time, strong oversight is sought to ensure what's promised is being built. "A project of the scope affecting all Californians must be closely watched by the Legislature" states Rice.

The candidates websites are at www.electcollier.org, www.votelaursen.org, and www.rice4sd11.org.