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Net-Neutrality Billboard on IH35
June 17th, 2014 | View Post

Our second campaign billboard on Interstate-35. This particular billboard was dedicated to the /r/bitcoin/ community on Reddit. We also have a few more images of the billboard available.
Thanks to the wonderful support of the /r/bitcoin/ community, our campaign has now installed a second billboard on the Interstate! This billboard is dedicated explicitly to supporting net-neutrality. It is located on the upper-deck northbound side of IH35 just north of Manor Road.

Unlike our existing billboard just a few miles north, this billboard will only run for a 24-hour period. It is our hope to get Austinites asking questions about net-neutrality any way we can. And of course we're hoping it also drives people to consider our campaign themes of sensible drug policies, equality for the LGBT community, and civil liberties.

Thank you to the amazing and generous people of /r/bitcoin/ who made this billboard possible. Last month's AMA on /r/bitcoin/ drove over 16,000 people to our campaign website! We could not be doing this well without your continued support and exposure!

Thank you again!
Campaign Billboard on IH35
June 11th, 2014 | View Post

Our first campaign billboard! It is located on IH35 northbound just north of the US290 interchange (near the Pappadeauxs)
Thanks to the wonderful and generous support of the Reddit community we have installed our first campaign billboard. The billboard is located on the northbound side of IH35 just north of US290.

The billboard is scheduled to be up for the remainder of the campaign season. Naturally we're hoping it drives people to the campaign's message of sensible drug policies, equality for the LGBT community, and a focus on civil liberties.

Thank you to all of those who contributed to the campaign on April 24th and May 12th. We could not do this without your continued support!
Dinner with Jacob Lavoro
June 9th, 2014 | View Post
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Jacob Lavoro and Kevin Ludlow posing at a local dinner. Jacob is currently facing up to 99 years in prison for baking THC brownies in Williamson County, Texas
Many of you have probably heard about the 19-year-old kid from Round Rock, Texas that is facing up to 99 years in prison for allegedly baking and selling pot brownies. That's him standing next to me in the photo.

The Libertarian Party of Williamson County has been working with Jacob and his family in an effort to help him with his current legal nightmare. The reason he is facing this kind of prison sentence is due to the fact that the district attorney has thus far chosen to weigh the entire amount of material confiscated and declare that the weight of the "illegal substance". Of course this is patently absurd. Included in this weight were eggs, flour, water, chocolate, even the glass bowl, and likely just a few grams of THC.

I have been calling on all Texas State Legislators to speak out against this kind of inhumanity. We are all victims of a vicious state apparatus when this kind of prosecution comes to light. Not only is this a victimless crime, but the situation has been publicly fabricated and few inside of the state seem to care very much at all. It's simply not possible that a district attorney cannot conclude of her own intelligence that there were not several pounds of THC in Jacob's Betty Crocker concoction.

Furthermore, what possible sense does it make to ruin the life of a 19-year-old young man? He'll forever be marked a criminal and if he does serve time, society will be paying for him while simultaneously loosing out on any productive value he would bring to the community (not to mention contributions to the tax base).

As a State Representative I would absolutely love to get involved in situations like this at ground zero. I would proudly attend court proceedings and use whatever influence I could as a legislator to sway an opinion of the court towards a sensible outcome.
The Crypto Show with Ryan and Harlan
June 7th, 2014 | View Post
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A direct link to the radio broadcast can be found here. I come on the air just after the 19:30 mark.
This evening I had the pleasure of being on air with Ryan Dixon and Harlan Deitrich, hosts of The Crypto Show on local Austin station 90.1 FM. Harlan, by the way, is the loveable owner of Brave New Books located at 1904 Guadalupe.

I had been originally invited to participate in a weekly Bitcoin meetup. A friend of mine started the group some time back and had asked me to speak about my campaign. The whole thing was a wonderful experience. It was fun to speak with so many people working on Bitcoin and other Alt-currencies; as a software engineer, I've spent a lot of time in that field myself.

As kind of a bonus to the evening, Ryan Dixon asked if I would be interested in doing a segment on the campaign on The Crypto Show.

Check out this archived episode page for the broadcast I was part of. My interview is the first part of the show and starts just after the 19:30 mark on the MP3 file.
Meeting with ZeroBlock, Blockchain, and LibraTax
May 18th, 2014 | View Post
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Kevin Ludlow (leftmost), Jake Benson (2nd from right), and Dan Held (rightmost)
Following the success of the /r/bitcoin/ AMA, I was contacted by Dan Held and Jake Benson. Both Dan and Jake are originally from Texas, but have been living in California for awhile now. They are both very active players in the Bitcoin market and moved to San Francisco to work on their respective startups.

Jake is the CEO of a new Bitcoin company called LibraTax and Dan is the co-founder of ZeroBlock and the Director of Product for Blockchain.

The both of them have some pretty cool thoughts on how Bitcoin is going to continue maturing. More specific to my campaign, they also have some good insight on the political future of Bitcoin and the Bitcoin community. LibraTax in particular is an amazingly useful application for keeping up with tax requirements from Bitcoin investments. Although I'm not sure it was designed for this, I am willing to wager it will have a significant application in campaign finance reporting too.
2nd Reddit AMA in /r/Bitcoin
May 11th, 2014 | View Post
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The Bitcoin logo, symbolic of the 16-hour long AMA I participated in on /r/Bitcoin
Following the unprecedented success of the AMA (ask me anything) I did in /r/Austin/, I decided I would try reaching out to a slightly larger audience.

I had a number of leaders in the Bitcoin community reach out to me after the Austin AMA and ask what I would do for Bitcoin as a state legislator. Naturally I am a huge proponent of Bitcoin and absolutely want to see it succeed. It very well may turn out to be that thing that finally requires the dollar to step in line and so I would be willing to take any steps necessary to ensure the government leaves it alone and lets it grow as the market dictates.

Following the success of the previous AMA, I followed the same general formula and posted the following title: I'm running for the Texas State Legislature. I support LGBT rights, pot, and net-neutrality and oppose the NSA and TSA. I also happen to be a long-time Bitcoin enthusiast. I'd love your support.

I did not think for a second that I would be able to top the previous AMA, but I was very wrong. I wound up answering campaign questions from Redditors for more than 16 straight hours. We drove a record 16,000 people to the campaign website in a single day and raised enough money to finally kickstart the campaign into full gear.

From here on out it's pretty clear to me that there is a strong demand for common sense politics in the State of Texas. I intend to remain passionately focused on bringing that message to the constituents of TX House District 46 and am genuinely looking forward to the remainder of the campaign.