Arthur Lieber for Congress http://www.lieberforcongress.com Democrat, Missouri 2nd District Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:51:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 65543371 Not running in 2016 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2015/07/16/not-running-in-2016/ http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2015/07/16/not-running-in-2016/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:38:52 +0000 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/?p=1375 I will not be running for Congress in the 2016 elections. However, we have an outstanding Democrat who will be, Bill Otto. Please visit his website and become familiar with his candidacy.

Bill Otto

Bill Otto

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Your vote is more important than the rain! http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/11/03/your-vote-is-more-important-than-the-rain/ http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/11/03/your-vote-is-more-important-than-the-rain/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 20:55:20 +0000 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/?p=1156 The Lieber campaign is definitely building momentum and we need your vote on Tuesday. Voting for a member of Congress is just as important in a mid-term year as it is in the year of a presidential election. Statistically Democrats are less likely to vote in inclement weather than Republicans. Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or some other party, this is a really important election and we need you to take the extra steps to get out and vote, even if it’s raining this Tuesday. Here are two reasons why:

  • Arthur’s campaign is seen as being different from anyone else in the nation running for Congress. He doesn’t just speak of getting money out of politics; he is practicing that by taking donations no larger than $10.10. We have an opportunity for the Second District to lead the nation in a political movement to say ‘no’ to the big money of Ann Wagner and others.
  • There are other terrific candidates on the ballot. Among them are Jill Schupp, Tracy McCreery, Deb Lavender, and Susan Cunningham. Democrats don’t always field such a fine group of candidates; this year Dems have and we need to let it be known that when offered fine candidates, we will vote for them.

I’ll be honest. I’ve been known not to vote when I think the candidates are crappy. This year you have good choices. Please Vote!

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Listen to Arthur Lieber on the air, October 28 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/27/listen-to-arthur-lieber-on-the-air-october-28/ http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/27/listen-to-arthur-lieber-on-the-air-october-28/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:54:19 +0000 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/?p=1129 Veteran journalist Don Marsh will interview Arthur Lieber during “St. Louis on the Air,” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, between Noon and 1 pm.

Lieber, a progressive Democrat, is challenging Republican Ann Wagner for the U.S. Congressional seat representing Missouri’s 2nd District. The Congressional district encompasses much of St. Louis County, plus portions of St. Charles and Jefferson Counties.

“St. Louis on the Air” is broadcast live on 90.7 FM and can be live-streamed via http://www.stlpublicradio.org/listen.php. A repeat broadcast is aired on 90.7 FM from 10 – 11 pm.

To call in during the noon broadcast call (314) 382-TALK (8255) or email talk@stlpublicradio.org.

St. Louis on the Air covers issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. A Libertarian candidate for the seat, Bill Slantz, was a guest on the show on Monday, Oct. 27. According to St. Louis Public Radio, Wagner has agreed to an interview, but it has not yet been scheduled.

Lieber has been endorsed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which criticized Wagner for raising a large campaign treasury while being a no-show candidate who rarely makes public appearances.

For more information about Lieber’s campaign, visit his website at Lieber for Congress.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch endorses Arthur Lieber http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/27/st-louis-post-dispatch-endorses-arthur-lieber/ http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/27/st-louis-post-dispatch-endorses-arthur-lieber/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:57:38 +0000 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/?p=1112 Who should get your vote on November 4 for U.S. Congress in Missouri’s 2nd District? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recommends Democrat Arthur Lieber, calling him a principled progressive.

“We recommend that 2nd District voters choose Democrat Arthur Lieber of Creve Coeur,” says the editorial, published on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.

The editorial criticizes Lieber’s opponent, Republican incumbent Ann Wagner, for being a no-show candidate.

“She appears in controlled settings for photo-ops with friendly faces. She avoids going anywhere near her opponents,” says the Post-Dispatch. “Good luck asking about it: The contact number listed on her campaign’s website is not a working number. The email address for media inquiries gets you a 404 error message.”

There’s also a dramatic contrast between Lieber and Wagner in the fundraising department, notes the Post-Dispatch. While Wagner has raised $2.9 million for a campaign that is spending virtually nothing in her district, Lieber has been accepting donations of just $10.10 per person—“that being the amount of the hourly minimum wage that Democrats in Congress hope to enact.”

In the mainstream-media world, where money raised—rather than issues—has become the unfortunate, defacto measure of a candidate’s value, the Post-Dispatch’s editorial offers a note of understanding in Lieber’s battle to reduce the undue influence of big money in politics.

“…he’s right: Campaign money is the root of all evil in politics,” says the editorial. “Arthur Lieber is not afraid to show up and say so.”

Read the full editorial here:

Editorial: For Congress in Missouri 2nd, Arthur Lieber shows up better

stl-arthur

 

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Thanks to the League of Women Voters for sponsoring the candidate forum http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/24/thanks-to-the-league-of-women-voters-for-sponsoring-the-candidate-forum/ http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/24/thanks-to-the-league-of-women-voters-for-sponsoring-the-candidate-forum/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:05:12 +0000 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/?p=1096 Thanks to everyone who came to last evening’s League of Women Voters Forum for candidates in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District. Libertarian Bill Slantz and I responded to 28 questions from the audience. Moderator Kathleen Farrell was eminently fair and judicious. Interestingly, none of the audience questions concerned guns, abortion or Ferguson.

This coming Tuesday, Oct. 28, I am going to be a guest on Don Marsh’s “St. Louis on the Air.” It is on St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU) at noon. The directions to get there are easy — just find a radio or computer with streaming audio.

By the way, the LieberforCongress web site has been recently hacked.  Fortunately it is now back up and working.

By the way, we were sorry that Congresswoman Ann Wagner was not at the forum last night.

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‘T’ minus one day http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/21/t-minus-one-day/ http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/21/t-minus-one-day/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:48:56 +0000 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/?p=1082 This thing that we call democracy, it doesn’t just happen. Apathy is toxic to true democracy. How can Ann Wagner, in the name of democracy, be 800 miles from her district campaigning for another candidate when she is not even exercising her civic duty to participate in a non-partisan forum in her own district in Missouri? At the least she is being apathetic to the needs of her constituents; at worst she is engaging in an act of subterfuge to democracy.

I do not like to speak that harshly about anyone. Nothing would make me happier than if Ms. Wagner picked up the phone now and called the League of Women Voters to say that she has made time to participate in the candidate forum. If she decides at the last moment, she can just walk on in to the Student Center at Meramec Community College.

Even without Ms. Wagner, the forum is going to be good as we have an evening of thoughtful and hopefully lively discussion about how a Libertarian would tackle our nation’s problems and how a progressive Democrat would. On our end, we’re going to do everything we can to make it a fun evening. We hope that as many of you as possible can be in attendance.

Again, the forum is at Meramec Community College, 11333 Big Bend Blvd.; 63122 (map).  It is on the Second Floor of the Student Center Building.  (directions). You can park in the staff parking lots to the west of the building.

We hope to see you there, and if any of you have magical powers, or just the power of logic and responsibility, perhaps you can find a way for Ms. Wagner to appear.

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‘T’ minus five days http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/17/t-minus-five-days/ http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/17/t-minus-five-days/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:26:35 +0000 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/?p=1074 No, we’re not talking about some deadline for raising ‘x’ amount of dollars so that we can brag about it. We’re talking about the number of days until the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District. Libertarian Bill Slantz and I will be there. As of now, there will be an empty chair reserved for Republican Ann Wagner. Her staff is saying that the date (Wed., Oct. 22) is inconvenient for her, but they are not suggesting alternative dates.

Even if it is good political strategy on her part to avoid the League and the candidates who are challenging her, it is a terrible disservice to the citizens of the 2nd District. Stonewalling is not just a Republican practice, unfortunately too many Democrats do the same. In either case, it is insulting to voters and one of the reasons why so many people simply and justifiably do not trust politicians.

In the 2nd District, we still have time to be a laboratory for democracy. If Ms. Wagner is pro-active about a candidate forum, the citizens will have the benefit of hearing three distinct and very different political points of view: conservative, libertarian, and progressive. At least two candidates are spending a minimal amount of money and feel comfortable with that kind of politics. The media has begun to pick up on the story, although they may be doing too much of a Missouri Waltz about it and won’t catch up with the real meaning of this contest. But it’s not too late. Whether Ms. Wagner agrees to a LWV forum or not, it’s a big story. I hope you will tell others about it.

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Responsible democracy in action http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/16/1068/ http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/16/1068/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:35:03 +0000 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/?p=1068 We were very pleased to see Post-Dispatch’s Washington correspondent Chuck Raasch’s article on stltoday.com.  He writes about Ann Wagner’s apparent decision to skip the League of Women Voters candidate forum.  He states:

Patrick Howell, a spokesman for Wagner, R-Ballwin, said that the forum, scheduled for next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis Community College-Meramec, does not fit into Wagner’s schedule.

The problem is that neither Mr. Howell nor Ms. Wagner are offering possible alternative dates that works for them and hopefully would work for the League, Bill Slantz, and me. I bet such a date exists. All the Wagner people need to do is to try.

Of equal importance to Ann Wagner’s apparent indifference to the forum and the needs of her constituents is the active engagement of the Fourth Estate. Democracy only works when the media is covering the real news. Yes, some voters want to know about polls and money raised, but others want reporting on the issues and the relevant practices of the candidate that relate to their ability to govern and represent constituents.

We’re pleased that Mr. Raasch wrote his article. Much more needs to be uncovered. The fact that Ms. Wagner knocks on friendly doors does not make her a responsive representative of all the people. I hope that Mr. Raasch continues his reporting and others in the media do their part so that we can all proudly say that we made the Nov. 4 election in Missouri’s Second Congressional District something that we can all take pride in. This is good for the citizens of the district and is a positive step towards restoring Missouri’s somewhat tarnished image.

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10:10 — ten minutes, ten seconds is all I’m asking http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/16/1010-ten-minutes-ten-seconds-is-all-im-asking/ http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/16/1010-ten-minutes-ten-seconds-is-all-im-asking/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:53:06 +0000 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/?p=1046 If you look below, we are doing the perfunctory request for money. But more importantly, the Lieber campaign is asking for just a little bit of your time. We are trying to engage Republican Ann Wagner in the League of Women Voters forum for candidates in the 2nd District. Ms. Wagner’s campaign has not accepted any of the dates proposed by the League nor has she offered any of her own. As of now, it appears that she will not be present at next Wednesday’s forum at Meramec Community College. But it’s not too late, the League will continue to welcome a positive response from her, even if she just walks in the evening of the forum.

If between now and next Wednesday you could give ten minutes and ten seconds of your time to try to get Ann Wagner to join Libertarian Bill Slantz and me at the League forum, that would be extremely helpful. This is not an easy task because we have found that the phone number for her campaign [(314) 952-4266] is not a working number. Hmmm. But if you contact the local or national media about how she is doing a terrible disservice to voters in her district as well as the whole essence of democracy, it could make a big difference.

The media seems to have deaf ears to almost anything about the campaign except money. Yet many outlets pontificate about how there is too much money in politics. Here is a chance for them to challenge a monied candidate to sit down in a friendly atmosphere to have an intelligent conversation about the issues. If you can, please give us 10:10 to try to wake up the media.

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Where is Ann Wagner for the 2nd District Forum? http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/15/where-is-ann-wagner-for-the-2nd-district-forum/ http://www.lieberforcongress.com/2014/10/15/where-is-ann-wagner-for-the-2nd-district-forum/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:15:23 +0000 http://www.lieberforcongress.com/?p=1023 The word debate implies conflict. Yes, I’ve spoken about debating my Republican opponent, Ann Wagner, but a much more appealing option is the kind of forum that the League of Women Voters sponsors. Fortunately for the citizens of Missouri’s Second Congressional District, the league has arranged a forum on the evening of Wednesday, October 22. Libertarian Bill Slantz and I have eagerly accepted, but Ms. Wagner’s campaign has neither accepted any of the dates proposed by the League nor offered any of their own.

Citizens want there to be fair discussion of the issues in a non-partisan setting. The League provides us with that. Citizens want to reduce the acrimony among members of Congress. When I ran in 2010, even Todd Akin met with me three times. For whatever reason, at the three-day Greentree Festival last month in Kirkwood, Ms. Wagner repeatedly did not accept my invitation …… just to meet.

I’m not scary. I’m not threatening. I think that individuals (not corporations) running for office should get to know a little about one another and do their best to make the choices easier for the electorate. I cannot think of a better time for me to meet Ms. Wagner than at the League of Women Voters Forum on Wed., October 22. It is at Student Center of Meramec Community College at 1333 Big Bend Rd, St Louis, MO 63122 (map). The actual forum is in the Multipurpose Room. It begins at 7:00 PM and runs until 8:30 PM.

I hope that you will attend and that you can bring friends as well. Equally importantly, I hope that you will contact Ms. Wagner’s campaign office at  (314) 952-4266.  You can also contact members of the media to inform them of Ms. Wagner’s apparent refusal to accept the League’s gracious invitation.

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