September 19, 2022 12:01 am

The Libertarian Party of Virginia dissolved last week, with its former chair saying the move was part of a bigger battle over the national party’s tone and focus, as well as its growing identification with alt-right movements. (Political cartoon by John Cole)

From The Virginia Mercury: Former Libertarian Party of Virginia Chair Holly Ward “said the disarray over the Libertarians’ status in Virginia is part of a bigger battle over the national party’s tone and focus. The resolution to dissolve the state party, which Ward says was approved [Sept. 11] in a 7-6-1 vote by the party’s central committee, said the national party has become ‘functionally indistinct from other alt-right parties and movements.'”

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole's political cartoons on Virginia government and politics appear on the Virginia Mercury on Fridays. He is currently the staff cartoonist for the editorial pages of The Times-Tribune in Scranton, PA. Prior to this, he enjoyed a nearly 20-year run with The Herald-Sun in Durham, NC, where he developed an affection for the state, its people and its politics. His award-winning work is internationally syndicated by Cagle Cartoons.