Texas, Wisconsin Libertarian Conventions This Weekend

Texas and Wisconsin Libertarians are having their state conventions this weekend. If anyone in any of these states is able to provide live updates please do so in the comments here. Please also post links to any twitter feeds, photos, videos, livestreams, blogging or news coverage elsewhere, etc., in the comments. Some information about the conventions can be found at http://www.lp.org/blogs/staff/2014-state-conventions by clicking on each state’s name.

I will be reporting in the comments from Temple, Texas, where I am right now.

226 thoughts on “Texas, Wisconsin Libertarian Conventions This Weekend

  1. paulie Post author

    Already happened in Texas:

    https://www.lptexas.org/state-convention

    https://www.lptexas.org/2014-schedule

    * Delegate training, I was told about 80 people were present 1-3 PM

    * Open carry rally 3-4 PM outside the Convention Center here followed by Open Carry March

    * Now happening debate for contested statewide races (Railroad Commission was first, Jason Cue (sp?) endorsed Mark Miller and now Agriculture Commissioner…Rocky Palmquist and another guy whose name I missed who looks like a guy from Duck Dynasty.

    * Also going on is Rules Committee meeting in another room and vendor tables

    * Coming up will be contested Governors race and perhaps some others but Gov is main event

  2. paulie Post author

    Thanks to Sarah Stewart for encouraging me to make last minute decision to go here and also giving me a ride the rest of the way from Shreveport.

  3. paulie Post author

    A group out in the hall is pushing “Keep Calm and Vote NOTA” for Governor, there are several Gov candidates but they are out to attack front runner and 2010 candidate Kathie Glass (who has much tabling and signage here) which is made clear by other paraphanelia on their table such as plastic cups that say No Glass Thanks and others that Identify Kathie Glass as a Republican, Bully, etc. Glass table is responding by playing bositerous music.

    Convention will go 3 days.

    Gary Johnson had discussed coming here but is going to Wisconsin instead.

    Other Ag Commissioner candidate is last name Donaldson.

  4. paulie Post author

    Final Message from the Chair, Pat Dixon

    April 11, 2014
    Fellow Texas Libertarians,

    It has been an honor serving you for the past 10 years. I am delighted that we are attracting higher quality leaders that can take us into the future and do a better job than I. I hope that I have helped leave the party in better condition than before and that we continue to grow and achieve our goals.

    Our mission is difficult but critical; we must succeed to preserve our liberty and bring peace and prosperity. I am very encouraged by our progress and optimistic about the future.

    When I first joined the party in 1984, I would not have imagined the opportunity to serve as state chair. I thank all of you for your support over the years. You have made the office of chair for the Libertarian Party of Texas one that I will always treasure and will be highly sought by great leaders in the future.

    Yours in Liberty,

    Pat Dixon
    Chair, Libertarian Party of Texas
    2010-2014

  5. paulie Post author

    2014 Convention Schedule

    2014 State Convention

    FRIDAY (4/11/14)

    Registration/Check-in Opens at 12:00 Noon

    1:00pm – 3:00pm
    BREAKOUT: DELEGATE TRAINING
    An opportunity for state convention delegates to understand the process and procedures for the convention.
    Kurt Hildebrand, Arthur Thomas, Kay Crews

    3:00pm – 4:30pm
    RALLY: COME AND TAKE IT!
    A rally to defend the 2nd amendment and discuss what it means.
    CJ Grisham, Kory Watkins, Michael Cargill

    5:00pm – 6:00pm
    HAPPY HOUR
    Cash Bar

    6:00pm – 7:00pm
    DEBATE: RAILROAD, AGRICULTURE, LAND
    Ed Kless Hosting

    7:00pm – 7:30pm
    DEBATE: US SENATE
    Kurt Hildebrand Hosting

    7:30pm – 8:00pm
    DEBATE: ATTORNEY GENERAL
    Kurt Hildebrand Hosting

    8:00pm – 9:00pm
    DEBATE: GOVERNOR
    Ed Kless Hosting

    9:00pm – 10:30pm
    BUSINESS SESSION: RULES COMMITTEE MEETING
    The rules committee will have a final public meeting to answer questions and discuss rules agenda items with delegates. This will be the last meeting opportunity before the Saturday Business Session.

    SATURDAY (4/12/14)

    Registration/Check-in Opens at 8:00am

    9:00am – 12:00 noon
    BUSINESS SESSION: STATE RULES

    9:00am – 10:30am
    BREAK OUT: THE LIBERTARIAN MESSAGE
    For people brand new to the idea or a refresher for those difficult questions to answer, these two experiences leaders in the LP will discuss how to effectively spread the message of the LP.
    Wes Benedict, Michael Cloud

    10:30am – 12:00 noon
    BREAK OUT: DRUGS, DATA, AND THE DOMINATRIX: Civil Liberties in Texas
    Civil liberties are a core principle of the Libertarian Party, and they have never been more prominent than now:
    • DRUGS: States are fighting back, the battle to legalize marijuana is being won, and the war on drugs is lost.
    • DATA: Edward Snowden revealed the degree to which our privacy is being violated.
    • THE DOMINATRIX: Can we keep government out of our bedrooms?
    This expert panel will cover a lot of ground in our efforts to defend self-ownership.
    Jax Finkel (Texas NORML), Gregory Foster (Electronic Frontier Foundation-Austin), Matt Simpson (ACLU of Texas), and Melyssa Hubbard (Author, Spanking City Hall)

    12:00 noon – 1:30pm
    LUNCH: THE FUTURE OF LIBERTY –
    The founder of Students for Liberty will discuss how the young generation can carry the Libertarian message.
    Alexander McCobin (Students for Liberty)

    1:30pm – 5:00pm
    BUSINESS SESSION: CANDIDATE & PARTY OFFICER ELECTIONS

    5:30pm – 6:30pm
    COCKTAIL HOUR
    Cash Bar

    6:30pm – 9:00pm
    LPTEXAS BANQUET
    Join us for a celebration with dinner and entertaining speakers.
    Wes Benedict, Michael Cloud, Ben Swann

    SUNDAY (4/13/14)

    Registration/Check-in Opens at 9:00am

    9:00am – 12:00 noon
    BUSINESS SESSION: STATE PLATFORM

    9:00am – 10:30am
    BREAKOUT: WHY YOUNG PEOPLE MATTER
    How do Libertarians attract and engage with the next generation?
    Noelle Mandell (Students for Liberty)

    10:30am – 12:00 noon
    BREAKOUT: FREE BEER: Liberating our favorite libations.
    These panelists will discuss the challenges of small business owners in a highly regulated environment.
    Jon Airheart (Rogness Brewing), Mark Shilling (Revolution Spirits), Scott Hovey (Adelbert’s Brewery)

    12:00 noon – 1:30pm
    LUNCH: BITCOIN, BANKS, AND BAILOUTS – SOLD OUT
    How do Bitcoin, the Federal Reserve system, and crony capitalism effect the economy?
    John Bush, Mick Truitt, Dr. Lucas Rentschler, Ben Swann

    2:00pm – 4:00pm
    BREAKOUT: LIBERTARIAN ACTIVISM
    A hands on exercise in activism from the International Student for Liberty student of the year award winner.
    Noelle Mandell (Students for Liberty)

    2:00pm – 4:00pm
    BUSINESS SESSION: STATE COMMITTEE MEETING
    The newly elected leadership will hold its first business meeting.

  6. paulie Post author

    Currently U S Senate debate, Jon Roland and Rebecca Paddock. Tanuja Paruchuri, another candidate, could not make it.

  7. paulie Post author

    Attorney General debate was not held because Robert Belagia was not here. Other candidate Tom Glass said Belagia is a great guy and that was that. 5 min break then “the main event” Gov Debate.

  8. paulie Post author

    Computer is running out of battery and I see no plug so I am done for now. Good news is we have wifi and I will be back. Hopefully others here will see this post and add more coverage to mine in the comments.

  9. Jed Ziggler

    Would be interested to read your thoughts on the gubernatorial & senate candidates debate performances, Paul.

  10. paulie Post author

    I thought Robert Bell positively surprised a lot of people who are sporting NOTA signs but I did not see them take the NOTA signs down. When I asked them why they are for NOTA rather than Bell the closest thing I have seen to an answer so far is that he did not do nearly as well in past appearances. No one I have talked to so far has been positively impressed with Garrett or Locke – I think the sense is that they are interlopers and/or kooks. Kathie Glass has her fans and did not stumble. She may have the majority support here but it’s hard to say. Her side dominates the signage but that may just be because she spent a lot more money than her opponents. The applause did not give me a clear signal whether she has a dominant lead. She sounded libertarian enough in the debate, but talking to some people afterwards they claim she sounds less libertarian (more conservative) when talking to different audiences. Whether that is true or not she may have picked up some support from fence sitters or new people if they were expecting the type of answers she has been demonized as always giving. Based on the debate perfomance alone I would probably vote for Bell if I was a delegate here.

    I did not get very much impression in the Senate debate … the two candidates seemed very similar, both describing themselves as constitutionalist libertarians. If I was a delegate I would probably support the female candidate over the male, based again solely on the debate and not based on anything she said so much as my impression was that she had better stage presence.

    In the other debates I was impressed with the perfomance of Robert Belagia and Rocky Palmquist, on style as well as substance.

    It was not easy to get a good sense of everything. They are called “laptops” but without a table to set them on I don’t do as great with laptops literally in my lap, and I was having to swivel to let wheelchairs through the aisle. As previously mentioned I also saw nothing to plug into so relied only on battery.

    The crowd definitely impressed me. I am guessing (and this is only a guess) 200-300 people, maybe more. It was the biggest crowd I have seen at any LP state convention in any state in qute a few years, and I go to a lot of them.

  11. paulie Post author

    Via email:

    Fellow Texas Libertarians,

    On the eve of our state convention, I have just received a candidate withdrawal form from Brandon De Hoyos for Lt Governor. Our rules state:

    IV.5.j.1. Filing Procedures. (b) If a candidate who has made an application to be nominated withdraws, dies, or is declared ineligible, the filing deadline for applications for nomination for that office is reopened and extended until 11:59 PM of the day before the date of the Convention at which the nominee for that office is chosen.

    The best way I can announce that nomination is re-opened for this office is through this email. I would need to receive a complete and notarized application for nomination form (located at https://www.lptexas.org/documents/forms/candidate-forms) by 11:59 pm this evening. If we do not receive an application for nomination form compliant with these rules, the Libertarian Party of Texas will not have a candidate for Lt Governor this year. My email address is Chair@LPTexas.org and my phone number is 512-771-3936.

    Yours in Liberty,

    Pat Dixon
    Chair, Libertarian Party of Texas
    2010-2014

  12. paulie Post author

    The business session starts in 20 min., and this time I do have a table and plugs. Much better than yesterday. I am more interested in the breakout sessions though, so we’ll see how that goes.

    Here in the main hall they are seating people by county (just like they do with states at a national convention). I don’t think I have ever seen that at an LP state convention anywhere before. I was in the hotel where they had one other Texas LP convention, in 2010, but I was there for LNC and LSLA and did not actually observe the state convention itself that time.

  13. paulie Post author

    9:00am – 12:00 noon
    BUSINESS SESSION: STATE RULES

    9:00am – 10:30am
    BREAK OUT: THE LIBERTARIAN MESSAGE
    For people brand new to the idea or a refresher for those difficult questions to answer, these two experiences leaders in the LP will discuss how to effectively spread the message of the LP.
    Wes Benedict, Michael Cloud

    10:30am – 12:00 noon
    BREAK OUT: DRUGS, DATA, AND THE DOMINATRIX: Civil Liberties in Texas
    Civil liberties are a core principle of the Libertarian Party, and they have never been more prominent than now:
    • DRUGS: States are fighting back, the battle to legalize marijuana is being won, and the war on drugs is lost.
    • DATA: Edward Snowden revealed the degree to which our privacy is being violated.
    • THE DOMINATRIX: Can we keep government out of our bedrooms?
    This expert panel will cover a lot of ground in our efforts to defend self-ownership.
    Jax Finkel (Texas NORML), Gregory Foster (Electronic Frontier Foundation-Austin), Matt Simpson (ACLU of Texas), and Melyssa Hubbard (Author, Spanking City Hall)

    Anyone know what is meant by “state rules”? From the sound of it I would rather be in the breakouts but I don’t know what “state rules” is supposed to mean here.

  14. paulie Post author

    “1:30pm – 5:00pm
    BUSINESS SESSION: CANDIDATE & PARTY OFFICER ELECTIONS”

    This I can understand and will be covering.

    But State Rules? Is that bylaws and/or platform? If so, I will be breaking out to the breakout.

  15. paulie Post author

    Pat Dixon says this is the biggest convention Texas LP has ever had. Pat has been around for a long time, 10 years as chair and another 20 years as a member before that, so he would probably be in a good position to know this for a fact.

  16. paulie Post author

    http://www.kcentv.com/story/25228388/temple-hosts-texas-libertarian-party-convention

    Temple Hosts Texas Libertarian Party Convention
    Posted: Apr 11, 2014 6:45 PM CDT Updated: Apr 11, 2014 6:45 PM CDT
    By Matt Reed – email

    (KCEN)– Libertarians have taken over Central Texas.

    The Mayborn Convention Center in Temple is hosting the Libertarian Party of Texas Convention. The event starts Friday and goes through Sunday.

    Libertarian Party of Texas Chairman, Patrick Dixon says the event is a great way to introduce the public to the party’s values.

    “We’re the only political party in the state of Texas that truly understand and represents liberty,” says Dixon. “We present those options to people who have given up on democrats and republicans looking for a home and we want to be that home.”

    The party will also be using the convention to select its candidates for the November elections.

    “We’re in this game to win,” says Dixon. “We understand that overnight success may not occur but long term we want to win elections and be in office.”

    There will be free sessions throughout the weekend. Anyone wanting to attend can register at the Mayborn Convention Center.

  17. paulie Post author

    Credentials report: there are 280 delegates from 55 counties, 181 of whom have already registered. Additional people are also being added.

  18. paulie Post author

    http://www.tdtnews.com/news/article_75ebc90a-c129-11e3-ba98-0017a43b2370.html

    Libertarian state convention starts today in Temple

    Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:29 pm

    BY ALEX WUKMAN | TELEGRAM STAFF

    TDT Alex Wukman

    Posted on Apr 10, 2014

    by Alex Wukman

    The Libertarian Party of Texas’ state convention kicks off today at the Frank W. Mayborn Convention Center, 3303 N. Third St. in Temple. The biennial event is estimated to bring about 200 delegates to the area for three days of workshops, lectures, debates and rallies.

    “We’ll be voting on candidates for statewide office at the convention,” said Lauren Daugherty, executive director of the Libertarian Party of Texas. “Unlike other parties, we are a convention-based party.”

  19. paulie Post author

    R. Lee Wrights
    Here I am, Facebook, LIVE from a remote, undisclosed location, watching the comings and goings at the Libertarian Party of Texas state convention. All you folks who are disappointed that I didn’t show up for your weekend bash, get over it! YOU had your chance with me and YOU blew it. I AM a man of my word and I told you when I first announced for Governor IF the support was not there I would not run. Well, once again, Libertarians gave me more lip than anything else. You cannot run a campaign on lies, broken promises, and Facebook love, likes and shares! So, the next time you have a candidate you really like, SUPPORT that candidate from beginning to end and avoid the kind of disappoint we are all sharing right now. Get a clue, Libertarians!
    View Post · 32 minutes ago

    Lynn House, Brandon de Hoyos and 9 others like this.
    Brandon de Hoyos R. Lee Wrights, I just got in from the gym. I hope you have a good weekend!
    17 minutes ago · Like
    Larry Warner Please tell me they didn’t choose scraps from the republican table.
    13 minutes ago · Like · 1
    Brandon de Hoyos That will be decided today, Larry. They certainly did not pick a real libertarian leader in R. Lee Wrights. For some of the same reasons, and the utter disdain for the Harris County Republican infiltration of the LP, I withdrew as Lt. Governor candidate this morning. Robert Butler was placed on the ballot vs. None of the above.

    May the party come to its senses and purge Kathie and Tom Glass, plus their cronies. They are GOP hacks.
    7 minutes ago · Like

  20. paulie Post author

    Motion to add delegates fails. Now electing convention chair. Pat Dixon nominated. Nominations closed. Pat Dixon without objection.

  21. paulie Post author

    Tyler Malone ?@TyRy 1h

    I posted 50 photos on Facebook in the album “Libertarian Party of Texas State Convention” http://fb.me/23cbaPFdO

    Tyler Malone ?@TyRy 1h

    I posted 14 photos on Facebook in the album “Libertarian Party of Texas State Convention” http://fb.me/3otwaYFqR

    Libertarian News ?@LibertarianNooz 1h

    Bitcoin Donations now accepted by the Libertarian Party of Texas http://dlvr.it/5NNm2q – #LP

    Libertarian Party TX ?@LPTexas 2h

    Local coverage: http://fb.me/1ganMIN5E

  22. paulie Post author

    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman 11h

    Star Locke, candidate for Libertarian nomination for gov., wants to create a 500.000 person standing army in Texas. #LPT

    Bitcoin On Reddit ?@BitcoinOnReddit 11h

    Texas Libertarian Party is accepting bitcoin donations via /r/Bitcoin http://ift.tt/OPARpK

    Open Carry Texas ?@OpenCarryTexas 11h

    At the open carry rally to kick off the Libertarian Party of Texas Convention.

    Peter Cox ?@Xenophore 11h

    Libertarian Party of Texas State… (w/ Ken, Heather, & 4 others at Frank W Mayborn Civic & Convention Center) — https://path.com/p/2avN08

  23. paulie Post author

    Christopher Coleman ?@Soldiercowboy66

    Made an open carry Texas event at the libertarian convention we had a pretty good turn out pic.twitter.com/OqpDM0j7Oj

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  24. paulie Post author

    http://www.pfhub.com/texas-libertarian-party-starts-accepting-bitcoin-donations-531/

    Texas Libertarian Party is accepting bitcoin donations
    04/11/2014 11:41 am Filed Under: BTC – Bitcoin by Andrew Moran

    The state of Texas is in the middle of a fierce gubernatorial election. Republican State Attorney General Greg Abbott will face off against Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis on Nov. 4. It’ll likely be a contentious battle, especially considering that Davis has made national headlines over her stance on abortion.

    What about the third-largest political party in the Lone Star State?

    In preparations for the election, the Libertarian Party of Texas announced in a press release Friday that it will start accepting donations in bitcoins. The announcement comes as the political party holds its 2014 Libertarian State Convention at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center from Apr. 11 to 13.

    “Accepting Bitcoin offers our members and donors another option when it comes to financial contributions to the Libertarian Party of Texas,” said Patrick Dixon, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Texas, in the media release. “I am very proud that our party is the first in Texas to accept Bitcoin.”

    One Libertarian Party official says many Americans are losing faith in the value of the United States dollar and that bitcoins and other digital currencies similar to it are great alternatives to Federal Reserve Notes.

    “As Texans lose faith in the American dollar’s value and reliability, they are looking for alternatives that will maintain the value of their hard-earned money,” said Heather Fazio, a Libertarian Member Manager, in a statement. “Bitcoin, and other decentralized digital currencies, offer new opportunities for people to break free from the banking industry’s stronghold and, often punitive, monetary policies and options.”

    The convention will also consist of a discussion about bitcoin. On Sunday, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to speakers Michael Cargill, John Bush, Mick Truitt, Dr. Lucas Rentschler, and Ben Swann, who will talk about “Bitcoin, Banks and Bailouts: How do Bitcoin, the Federal Reserve System, and crony capitalism affect the economy?”

    Candidates for the Texas Libertarian Party nomination include Robert Bell, a pharmaceutical executive and chemist; Robert Garrett, a veteran, prison officer and helicopter mechanic; Kathie Glass, an attorney and former 2010 nominee for governor; and Robert Locke, a veteran, building contractor and rancher.

    We have reported of several American politicians who have decided to incorporate bitcoin into their campaign fundraising platforms. Some of these political hopefuls are Darryl W. Perry, a 2016 presidential candidate; Eric Brakey, a Republican State Senate candidate; Blaine Richardson, an independent conservative congressional candidate; and Texas Republican Congressman Steve Stockman.

    Stockman made headlines this week – and gained particular favor from the bitcoin community – after he established legislation that would classify bitcoin as a currency and not taxable as property. The bill, which is expected to be submitted to Congress next month, is entitled “The Virtual Currency Act” and would modify the way the Internal Revenue Service and law enforcement entities look at the digital currency.

    He attended the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York City on Tuesday and delivered a speech to the dedicated crowd of bitcoiners. He also introduced his legislation to the crowd. Stockman essentially called for more debate on the matter to determine what bitcoin actually is because “it’s not sugar, it’s not gold.”

  25. paulie Post author

    http://kdhnews.com/news/politics/libertarians-to-gather-in-temple/article_402fc1de-c135-11e3-999f-0017a43b2370.html

    BY ALEX WUKMAN FME News Service | 0 comments

    TEMPLE — The Libertarian Party of Texas’ state convention kicks off today at the Frank W. Mayborn Convention Center, 3303 N. Third St. The biennial event is expected to bring about 200 delegates to the area for three days of workshops, lectures, debates and rallies.

    “We’ll be voting on candidates for statewide office at the convention,” said Lauren Daugherty, executive director of the Libertarian Party of Texas. “Unlike other parties, we are a convention-based party.”

    Daugherty explained that unlike Texas’ Republican and Democratic parties, the Libertarian Party doesn’t use a primary system and instead elects candidates for the November general election ballot at conventions.

    “Candidates for school board and countywide offices were selected at the precinct and county conventions in March,” Daugherty said. “At the state convention, we’ll be electing candidates for statewide offices.”

    While the Libertarian Party does have the option of using a primary system to select candidates, Daugherty said the decision to keep the candidate elections convention-based was done as a way to control costs.

    “This way, there’s no taxpayer money involved,” Daugherty said. “Everything is paid for by us.”

    In addition to candidate election, the Libertarian convention will be rife with opportunities for delegates and interested individuals to learn about the party.

    Heather Fazio, membership director for the Libertarian Party of Texas, said Friday’s events will include delegate training and a Second Amendment rally in the afternoon.

    “The Come and Take it rally will feature C.J. Grisham, Kory Watkins and Michael Cargill,” Fazio said. Watkins, a well-known figure in gun rights and Liberty Movement circles, is a member of Open Carry Texas. Michael Cargill is the owner of Central Texas Gun Works, an Austin-area firearms dealer that recently became the first gun store in the nation to accept the digital crypto-currency Bitcoin for transactions. Grisham is a Temple resident and a gun-rights advocate.

    In addition to a gun rights rally, delegates can spend Friday evening listening to

    debates involving Libertarian candidates for railroad commissioner, agriculture commissioner, attorney general and governor.

    “Votes for the candidates will be cast Saturday afternoon,” Daugherty said.

  26. paulie Post author

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/libertarian-party-of-texas-announces-ability-to-accept-bitcoin-donations-254875491.html

    AUSTIN, Texas, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In conjunction with their 2014 Libertarian State Convention, the Libertarian Party of Texas announces that supporters may now give donations in the form of Bitcoin.

    “Accepting Bitcoin offers our members and donors another option when it comes to financial contributions to the Libertarian Party of Texas,” said Patrick Dixon, Chair, Libertarian Party of Texas. “I am very proud that our party is the first in Texas to accept Bitcoin.”

    The Libertarian 2014 state convention is taking place April 11-13 at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple.

    Bitcoin is a digital currency and payment system first introduced in 2009. It eliminates the need for banks as a financial middleman, operates without transaction fees and is beginning to gain traction as a viable and attractive currency alternative.

    “As Texans lose faith in the American dollar’s value and reliability, they are looking for alternatives that will maintain the value of their hard-earned money,” said Libertarian Member Manager Heather Fazio. “Bitcoin, and other decentralized digital currencies, offer new opportunities for people to break free from the banking industry’s stronghold and, often punitive, monetary policies and options.”

    The Sunday lunch speakers at the convention, Michael Cargill, John Bush, Mick Truitt, Dr. Lucas Rentschler, and Ben Swann, will discuss “Bitcoin, Banks and Bailouts: How do Bitcoin, the Federal Reserve System, and crony capitalism affect the economy?”

    The Libertarian Party of Texas believes in principles that let people live their own lives as they want and get the government out of our business. The Libertarian Party of Texas bases its philosophy on the core principles of Constitutional rights, personal responsibility, and limited government.

    The Libertarian Party is the third largest and fastest-growing political party in Texas and in the United States. It is the only political party to advocate truly limited government, especially as established in the U.S. Constitution by our Founders.

    Click here https://www.lptexas.org/2014-schedule for the full convention schedule and here https://www.lptexas.org/convention-registration for registration information.

    * PHOTO: Send2Press.com/mediaboom/14-0411-Pat-Dixon_300dpi.jpg

    * Photo Caption: Patrick Dixon, Chair, Libertarian Party of Texas.

    * LOGO: Send2Press.com/mediaboom/14-0411-libertarian_500x375.jpg

    This release was issued through Send2Press(R), a unit of Neotrope(R). For more information, visit Send2Press Press Release Distribution at http://www.Send2Press.com

    SOURCE Libertarian Party of Texas

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  27. paulie Post author

    http://kdhnews.com/news/politics/libertarian-convention-begins-with-open-carry-rally/article_b52f1e14-c1fb-11e3-9190-0017a43b2370.html

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    Photo by Michael Miller, FME News Service

    Libertarian rally

    Army Master Sgt. Christopher “C.J.” Grisham speaks during a Libertarian rally at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center on Friday.

    By Alex Wukman | FME News Service | 1 comment

    TEMPLE — The Libertarian Party of Texas’ state convention got off to a strong start with the Come and Take it Rally, a pro-Second Amendment event, outside of the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center on Friday afternoon.

    The biennial convention was expected to bring about 200 delegates and candidates to the area for three days of workshops, debates and rallies.

    The rally was hosted by Open Carry Texas, a loose-knit group advocating for the right to openly carry handguns in addition to the already legal right to openly carry rifles and shotguns.

    Heather Fazio, membership director for the Libertarian Party of Texas, opened the rally with a literal call to arms.

    “The Second Amendment is about more than just carrying weapons,” Fazio said. “It’s about self-defense.”

    Fazio likened Texas’ prohibitions against openly carrying pistols to New York and California, states known for restrictive gun control laws. Fazio was followed by Kory Watkins, a well-known figure in gun rights and Liberty Movement circles and a member of Open Carry Texas.

    Watkins, like many open- carry advocates, is opposed to any governmental involvement in gun ownership, a stance referred to as “constitutional carry.”

    “We may have open carry, but (the government) will make us get a license, pay a tax and ask permission,” Watkins said. “You don’t need to ask your government for permission to bear arms.”

    “People say that they don’t like the ‘in your face attitude’ carrying a long gun has,” Watkins said to the crowd, which ranged from retirees in wheelchairs to 20- and 30-year-olds with neck tattoos and facial piercings. “When is it ‘in your face’ to exercise your rights?”

    Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works, an Austin-area firearms dealer that recently became the first gun store in the nation to accept the digital crypto-currency Bitcoin for transactions, also took the stage.

    “When people mention me, the first sentence they usually say is ‘he’s that black, gay gun store owner,” Cargill said, as the crowd erupted in applause.

    “Gun control laws in Texas were started as a way to keep guns out of the hands of newly freed slaves,” he said. “Gun control was started because some people were terrified by the idea of someone different from them carrying a gun.”

    U.S. Army Master Sgt. Christopher “C.J.” Grisham was the rally’s headline speaker. Grisham gained the attention of gun-rights advocates and national media outlets after a cellphone video of his March 16, 2013, arrest by Temple police Officer Steve Ermis went viral.

    Ermis arrested Grisham while he and his son were on a 10-mile hike for a Boy Scout merit badge. The elder Grisham carried an AR-15 rifle and a concealed handgun, for which he had a permit. Although Grisham would later claim that he was carrying the weapons for personal protection against feral hogs and coyotes, when Ermis initially asked him why he had the rifle Grisham said, “Because I can.”

    Grisham addressed one of the lingering criticisms about his arrest and treatment by law enforcement officers.

    “Law enforcement is still enforcing laws differently,” Grisham said. “I have no doubt that if I’d been a black man doing what I did with my son, I’d be dead right now.”

  28. Starchild

    Paulie, thanks for all the coverage! Besides the attendance numbers, particularly gratifying to see this…

    “Made an open carry Texas event at the libertarian convention we had a pretty good turn out pic.twitter.com/OqpDM0j7Oj”

    Every LP convention should try to schedule some local activism to take advantage of having a bunch of Libertarians together in the same place at the same time.

    From the photo it looks like they may not have picked the highest visibility location though… on the flip side, taking photos/video and getting it online can be as important as where you are physically.

  29. paulie Post author

    Starchild

    Thanks for reading and commenting! If other people like the coverage please let me know. It starts to feel kind of lonely when few or no people comment and makes me wonder whether I should bother continuing.

    I fully agree with your comments regarding the rally.

  30. paulie Post author

    COMMENTARY: Third parties are active in Texas, as are fourth, fifth, and even 12th parties

    Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014 8:39 am | Updated: 8:44 am, Mon Apr 7, 2014.

    By CASEY STINNETT

    A recent comment on our newspaper’s website points out that coverage of Liberty County’s political party conventions failed to include any mention of parties other than the Republicans and Democrats.

    There are 10 other political parties operating in Texas. They are, in no particular order, the Communist Party, Reform Party, the Green Party, Libertarian Party, Socialist Party, Southern Independence Party, Patriot Party, Unity Party, Constitution Party, and Workers World Party.

    None of them held either a primary or a county convention in Liberty County and so were left out of this newspaper’s coverage of the county conventions.

    Nevertheless, for those readers who may want to see some mention of them, what follows is a brief description of the four larger ones.

    The Constitution Party of Texas is headquartered in Princeton, Texas, and is a conservative organization.

    Their website lists “Seven Principles of the Constitution Party” as definitions of, or statements about, seven terms, including life, liberty, family, property, constitution, states’ rights, and American sovereignty.

    For the Constitution Party members, life begins at conception and should end with a “natural death,” a family is “One husband and one wife with their children as divinely instituted,” and on property they say, “Each individual’s right to own and steward personal property without government burden.”

    An April 2, a post on the Constitution Party of Texas website titled, “The Communist States of America” begins by complaining of the ridicule directed at conservative critics when, for example, “one mentions the historical fact that nearly every adult who, at any time, was in any position of influence over a young [Barack Obama] was an avowed communist. . . .”

    Ridicule of such accusations is, according to the writer of that post, a left-wing “ploy.”

    The Constitutional Party plans to hold its Texas state convention at Landmark Baptist Church in Holtom City, Texas on April 12.

    The Green Party of Texas, considerably less conservative than the Constitutional Party, is dedicated to protecting the environment but also takes stands on other issues.

    In a press release from late last year, David Wager, co-chair of the party, was quoted as saying, “Our goal is to provide a progressive alternative to the other two parties in Texas and offer voters more voices and more choices than they might otherwise have on the ballot.”

    That December press release announced that the Green Party had more than 50 candidates for state and local office who would appear on the 2014 Texas ballot, a record high for the Greens.

    Their website lists “Ten Key Values” of their party as ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence, decentralization, community based economics, feminism, respect for diversity, global responsibility, and “future focus/sustainability.”

    They are against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    The Green Party will hold its Texas state convention April 12 in Austin.

    The Libertarian Party of Texas has scheduled a three-day state convention to be held in Temple April 11-13.

    Libertarians describe their party as the “third largest and fastest-growing political party in Texas and in the United States.”

    Third largest, maybe, but it is a distant third.

    They advocate for a government that “exercises fiscal restraint and understands that each generation must pay its own debts,” although their website does not describe how this is to be done.

    If the information provided by their party website is complete, on March 15 the Libertarians held county conventions in about 49 of the 254 counties in Texas. None was held in Liberty County.

    Some 46 Libertarians are running for the Texas House, and 16 for the state Senate.

    Five are running for the Texas Education Board, five are seeking the Libertarian nomination for governor, and three want to be the Libertarian candidate for U.S. senator.

    While Liberty County did not have a Libertarian County convention, it is included in U.S. congressional district 36 for which seat the Libertarian candidates Rodney Veach and Robb Rourke were running.

    Their district convention for the 36 was held March 22 at the Corner Bakery Cafe off the Katy Freeway in Houston, an odd choice of location being as it is on the west side of Houston and well outside of the district.

    The Reform Party, for those who remember Ross Perot, may still be around, but it is hard to tell.

    The Reform Party did not have a county convention in Liberty County, or in most other Texas counties, or perhaps in none of them.

    Click on the “County Parties” link of their website and the reader will find only an appeal for organizers to help build the party.

    On their candidate page is a list of six independent and write-in candidates from the 2010 election.

    The latest announcement on their homepage dates from two years ago.

  31. paulie Post author

    Only the Libertrians and Greens are actually ballot recognized parties out of that list. I think maybe all the state parties are having conventions today by state law?

  32. paulie Post author

    http://www.tdtnews.com/news/article_f616685e-c1f3-11e3-a593-001a4bcf6878.html

    Libertarian gubernatorial hopefuls address issues

    Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 10:38 pm

    BY ALEX WUKMAN | TELEGRAM STAFF

    Candidates for the Libertarian gubernatorial nomination debated issues ranging from the practical, what public education would be like in a Libertarian run Texas, to the philosophical, what separates Libertarians from conservatives, at the first night of the Libertarian Party of Texas’ state convention Friday at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple.

    The four candidates — Robert Bell, Robert Garrett, Kathie Glass and Robert “Star” Locke — took the stage to a rowdy and boisterous crowd. The questions posed ranged from the candidates’ thoughts on the ongoing standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and officers from the federal Bureau of Land Management. Bundy, 67, a lifelong rancher is involved in a dispute with the federal government over his refusal to pay grazing fees to allow his cattle access to Gold Butte, a 600,000-acre area of Bureau of Land Management controlled land near the Utah border.

  33. Jed Ziggler

    Certainly appreciate your coverage, Paulie! Glad Mr. Bell performed well, he certainly impressed me. Really hoping Paddock gets the Senate nomination over Roland. Bummed about De Hoyos’ withdrawal, but I understand his frustration over the Glasses. Wrights’ comments were mean-spirited, but I get his frustration.

  34. paulie Post author

    I’m going over to check out the breakout session. I can’t force myself to pay attention to other states’ bylaws debates and I think I am pretty well caught up on everything I can find of coverage elsewhere for now.

  35. paulie Post author

    Michael Cloud is the “immoderate moderator” of the panel

    10:30am – 12:00 noon
    BREAK OUT: DRUGS, DATA, AND THE DOMINATRIX: Civil Liberties in Texas
    Civil liberties are a core principle of the Libertarian Party, and they have never been more prominent than now:
    • DRUGS: States are fighting back, the battle to legalize marijuana is being won, and the war on drugs is lost.
    • DATA: Edward Snowden revealed the degree to which our privacy is being violated.
    • THE DOMINATRIX: Can we keep government out of our bedrooms?
    This expert panel will cover a lot of ground in our efforts to defend self-ownership.
    Jax Finkel (Texas NORML), Gregory Foster (Electronic Frontier Foundation-Austin), Matt Simpson (ACLU of Texas), and Melyssa Hubbard (Author, Spanking City Hall)

    I hung out with dominatrix Hubbard and NORMLizer Finkel for a late dinner last night at Texas Roadhouse …we got horrendously lost with the construction around I-35 here but eventually I made it back to the Texas Inn (45 a night on weekends including tax, not a fine hotel but they have non-smoking rooms and walkable from convention center). My usual 3-4 hours a night of sleep at conventions last night at the Texas Inn as well as about the same amount on the Greyhound bus the night before.

  36. paulie Post author

    Unfortunately I missed

    9:00am – 10:30am
    BREAK OUT: THE LIBERTARIAN MESSAGE
    For people brand new to the idea or a refresher for those difficult questions to answer, these two experiences leaders in the LP will discuss how to effectively spread the message of the LP.
    Wes Benedict, Michael Cloud

    That would have been more interesting than the bylaws debate I sat thru but I was mostly paying attention to finding coverage elsewhere and I had comfortable seating. Fortunately it turned out I found almost-as-good seating in the breakout room.

  37. paulie Post author

    There was a party suite at a hotel several miles away where many of the delegates were staying. I started heading over there with Finkel and Hubbard but after discussion over dinner they reconsidered whether they would really be able to get me back to this end of town after drinking at a party (and in Hubbard’s case also driving straight through from Indiana just before, so she was very tired and did not know her way around). So they dropped me back off here and went to the party without me. I had to do the last bit on foot because it was easier than to keep getting lost in a car. They seemed shocked that I would be so brave to walk for a few minutes alone at night (ROFL).

    Whatever the financial drawbacks of having conventions at, and staying at, nice/expensive hotels it does make the logistics of drinking at post-convention-business parties and stumbling back to the room much easier and safer.

  38. Mark Axinn

    A few random thoughts:

    1. Thanks as always to Paul Frankel, intrepid IPR reporter at the scene, whose reporting makes one feel like you’re part of the action.

    2. LPNY Convention on April 26 will be at the very fancy-schmantzy (that’s a New York term) Albany Airport Best Western motel. The very good news is that they have a bar for the night before meet and greet and a there’s another bar next door for the after party!

    3. Most importantly, kudos to Pat Dixon for a decade of fine work in building LP Texas into the superlative operation that it is today.

  39. paulie Post author

    Via Mike Shipley

    Solidarity from Phoenix!! By the way there was a totally fierce trans woman in today’s Pride parade carrying a huge sign that read “Armed and Trans – I Dare You to Bash Me” … I ran up and gave her one of our flyers!! Hope she comes to a meeting.

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  40. paulie Post author

    Paulie is originally from New York. We don’t need no stinking cars to get around.

    Originally from Siberia, USSR and grew up in NYC; and neither is nearly as car-centric as most parts of the US. However, I’ve gotten around on foot, bus, train, and other people’s cars all over the US as well (a majority of the nation’s 3,000 or so counties and every state except Hawaii).

  41. paulie Post author

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    Lunch speaker Alexander McCobin is the founder and current executive director of Students for Liberty (SFL). During college at the University of Pennsylvania, Alexander founded and ran the University of Pennsylvania Libertarian Association to promote discussion and education of libertarian ideas on campus and expand his horizons regarding the power of the message of liberty, as well as a nonprofit organization that promoted youth debate education to underserved students in the greater Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic region. In the summer of 2007, he was an intern at the Reason Foundation, where he researched privatization efforts around the U.S. In May, 2008, Alexander graduated from Penn with a B.A. in philosophy and economics and an A.M. in philosophy. He spent the following year working as a Koch Associate at the Cato Institute focused on marketing, development, and student programs. He is currently a fourth year graduate student at Georgetown University pursuing his Ph.D. in philosophy with areas of interest in political philosophy and business ethics.

  42. Steven Wilson

    To Paulie

    Great job on the reporting. It is nice to see how others do it and perform during state conventions.

    I also had a question. In Texas, one of the candidates for US Senate was Tanuja Paruchuri. Is this the same Tanuja that was working for Arvin’s campaign in Maryland?

    Thanks again for the coverage!!

  43. Jill Pyeatt

    This looks like an exciting, vital convention! Great job blogging, Paulie! I do love Texans!

  44. paulie Post author

    Jamie Belagia, I have been incorrectly calling him Robert. He is being nominated by Jax Finkel. Most of the other candidates have been nominating themselves.

    Also this is the first one where I am seeing multiple nominators speaking for a candidate.

  45. paulie Post author

    Ed Kless clarifies that he can’t run an active campaign but has decided to un-withdraw to give voters a choice.

    Now nominations for Governor starting with Kathie Glass.

  46. paulie Post author

    Question whether nomination for Wrights is in order. He did not submit a withdrawal form. Dixon rules it is in order. His ruling is appealed.

  47. paulie Post author

    Ruling of chair is upheld and Wrighs will be a choice.

    Robert Bell being nominated by a number of people who are saying they were previously for NOTA and/or Wrights.

  48. paulie Post author

    Another credential question … 219 delegates and 216 ballots distributed. US Senate nominations next. Question over adding ballot for Heather Fazio. She was busy as staff when ballots were distributed. Mary Ruwart nominating Jon Roland. Heater given ballot with one single objection and some time wasted on unneccessary nitpicking.

  49. paulie Post author

    Nomination for Rebecca Paddock by Ed Kless and others…there may have been a nomination for Tanuja Paruchuri but I could not hear that person as they seemed to be very quiet and way on the other side of the room.

  50. paulie Post author

    All nomination speeches are now done.

    Ballot A – choose one per race

    Judge State Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9

    William Brian Strange III
    NOTA

    Judge State Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4

    Quanan Parker
    NOTA

    Judge State Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3

    Mark Bennett
    NOTA

    Judge State Supreme Court Place 8

    RS Roberto Koelsch
    NOTA

    Justice State Supreme Court Place 7

    Don Fulton
    NOTA

    Justice State Supreme Court Place 6

    Mark Ash
    NOTA

    Chief Justice State Supreme Court

    Tom Oxford
    NOTA

    Railroad Commissioner

    Mark A. Miller
    Jason Kute (withdrew)
    NOTA

    Commissioner of Agriculture

    Rick Donaldson
    David (Rocky) Palmquist
    NOTA

    Commissioner of General Land Office

    Steven Childs (withdrew)
    Justin Knight
    NOTA

    Comptroller of Public Accounts

    Ben Sanders
    NOTA

    Attorney General

    Thomas Glass
    Jamie Belagia
    NOTA

    LT Gov

    Brandon De Hoyos (withdrew)
    Ed Kless or Robert Butler (write-ins)
    NOTA

    Gov

    Kathie Glass
    Star Locke
    Robert Lynn Garrett (withdrew)
    Lee Wrights (will be counted)
    Robert J Bell
    NOTA

    US Senate

    Jon Roland
    Tanuja Paruchuri (?)
    Rebecca Paddock
    NOTA

    LPTX officers
    Write in Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer

  51. paulie Post author

    Balloting closed. While tabulation is going on state party officers being nominated starting with Chair. Kurt Hildebrand being nominated by several people.

  52. paulie Post author

    Vice Chair is the only contested race. Motion to recess to let public office ballots finish being counted before starting on Vice Chair election.

  53. paulie Post author

    Both public offices and Vice Chair closed and being counted; Pat Dixon recommends recess until tabulations are done because people who are tabulating or observing are also needed for next step (district offices).

  54. paulie Post author

    I think that is what we are doing. I spaced out for a minute though. Lack of sleep starting to catch up with me a bit.

  55. paulie Post author

    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman 14m

    Total attendance fig: about 280 with 219 delegates.
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    Long term Libertarian watchers saying this is the biggest state convention they’ve seen in “10 or 15 years” #LPTexas
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    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman 21m

    Libertarian Party of Texas electing new officers only disputed position vice chair #LPT
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    KHOU 11 News Houston ?@KHOU 56m

    Feds abruptly end cattle roundup in Nevada http://bit.ly/Q1MZVU #US
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    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman 56m

    Ballots cast at Libertarian Party of Texas awaiting results. #LPT
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    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman 1h

    Libertarians are debating whether to nominate a candidate for gov who doesn’t want to serve. #LPT
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    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman 2h

    Libertarian Party convention is very reminiscent of early 20th century conventions with multiple ballots to elect a nominee.
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    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman 4h

    Heading over for gubernatorial vote at #LPT state convention
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    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman 18h

    Star Locke, candidate for Libertarian nomination for gov., wants to create a 500.000 person standing army in Texas. #LPT
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    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman 22h

    Interesting to see NPR issues in Texas ag commissioner race #LPT
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    Palmquist on fracking if it’s your land go ahead #LPT
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    Rick Donaldson and Rocky Palmquist LPT candidates for ag commissioner debated GMOs. Donaldson wants to expand Go Texan labeling. #LPT
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    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman Apr 11

    Open Carry Texas preparing for rally at Libertarian Convention #LPT
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    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman Apr 11

    Very vocal movement at Libertarian Party convention to deny Kathie Glass governor nomination #LPT

  56. paulie Post author

    Alex Wukman ?@alexwukman 1m

    Libertarian Party of Texas convention down to mood lighting so we can learn the ballots intimately #LPTexas

  57. paulie Post author

    Women are out in the hall having a group photo. VP race about to be announced. Total votes cast 213

    Ben Farmer 116 Tom Glass 97

  58. paulie Post author

    Absolutely terrible pun. It required a truly twisted mind. You should be proud of yourself!

    LOL I did not think about it that deeply. Just the first thing that popped in my head with “bell” in it.

  59. paulie Post author

    Looks like the Glass supporters were better at sticking around for a second vote while their opposition ran off to smoke, drink, eat, sleep or bullshit (or mabe drive home) in greater numbers.

  60. paulie Post author

    http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/04/libertarian-party-of-texas-chooses-nominees-at-well-attended-convention/

    Libertarian Party of Texas Chooses Nominees at Well-Attended Convention
    Published on April 12, 2014,

    On April 12, the Texas Libertarian Party held its state convention in Temple, Texas, to choose nominees for the 2014 election, and to elect party officers. The convention had approximately 215 voting delegates. The greatest suspense was over the gubernatorial nomination. Kathie Glass, who was also the party’s gubernatorial nominee in 2010, won with 107 votes in the final ballot, defeating Robert Bell. Thanks to IndependentPoliticalReport for this news.

  61. paulie Post author

    In case anyone is wondering about the higher numbers of overall votes on the first Gov ballot it was an approval vote so some people voted for more than one candidate (but not more than one vote per candidate).

  62. Mark Axinn

    Great job by Paulie and Sarah.

    Super photos.

    Time to get a drink (or two) and some sleep.

    Truly a fantastic turnout for a state convention.

  63. paulie Post author

    Evening banquet raised a little over 13k, not including the ticket price to get in, which may have been as much again.

  64. Jeff Davidson

    Does anyone know if the Mark Bennett nominated for a judgeship is the same as the criminal defense blogger?

  65. paulie Post author

    Convention business has started today with the selection of district reps/chairs (I don’t remember what they are called here) in district caucuses by US House district. These reps will represent thir district on the state exec comm much like LNC region reps represent their regions, except that the regions here are determined by the state legislature, not internal LP politics. I believe there are 32 districts IIRC.

  66. paulie Post author

    The other convention business today that I know of is platform debate and selection of national convention delegates.

    Also happening today:

    9:00am – 10:30am
    BREAKOUT: WHY YOUNG PEOPLE MATTER
    How do Libertarians attract and engage with the next generation?
    Noelle Mandell (Students for Liberty)

    10:30am – 12:00 noon
    BREAKOUT: FREE BEER: Liberating our favorite libations.
    These panelists will discuss the challenges of small business owners in a highly regulated environment.
    Jon Airheart (Rogness Brewing), Mark Shilling (Revolution Spirits), Scott Hovey (Adelbert’s Brewery)

    12:00 noon – 1:30pm
    LUNCH: BITCOIN, BANKS, AND BAILOUTS – SOLD OUT
    How do Bitcoin, the Federal Reserve system, and crony capitalism effect the economy?
    John Bush, Mick Truitt, Dr. Lucas Rentschler, Ben Swann

    2:00pm – 4:00pm
    BREAKOUT: LIBERTARIAN ACTIVISM
    A hands on exercise in activism from the International Student for Liberty student of the year award winner.
    Noelle Mandell (Students for Liberty)

    2:00pm – 4:00pm
    BUSINESS SESSION: STATE COMMITTEE MEETING
    The newly elected leadership will hold its first business meeting.

  67. paulie Post author

    Correction, state senate districts and they are called district reps. Pat Dixon, who has retired as state chair but is still chair until the close of convention business, has admonished people who sign up as district reps to actually participate after they sign up. Traditionally many are never heard from again.

  68. paulie Post author

    That was last night at the Hilton Garden Inn. This time I made it over there for a bit and left a little after midnight but I have been told the party went on for many hours after I left. I usually stay for the whole thing, but this one was far from my hotel so I needed to get back while I had a ride and the three hours or so of sleep each night for the previous two nights had me too tired to really party. This time I got about 5 or 6 hours of sleep so I feel somewhat better. However I will probably be on the road back to Alabama tonight.

  69. paulie Post author

    District reps have been selected and announced but I did not keep up with the list. 50 names being now read off for 68 slots for national convention. There will be a vote to approve those.

    Geoff Neale mentioned me at the banquet last night, that I have been all over the country and been to many state conventions and that I said this is the biggest LP state convention I have seen in any state in ten years, but it may have been more like 15.

    More people are now adding themselves to the list of national convention delegates.

  70. paulie Post author

    Dixon rules that it had been after parliamentary advice. Ruling is appealed and there will be a vote on this. Ruling is upheld.

  71. paulie Post author

    Debate over considering the platform committee report as a whole (minus immigration) rather than plank by plank. Some of the changes include endorsing the right of Texas to secede from the US and expanding right to bear arms from handguns to all guns.

  72. paulie Post author

    BTW is anyone reading at the Wisconsin convention? I am looking for some updates from there also. I have been focusing on Texas since I am here. If no one reading was at the one in Wisconsin, I woud appreciate if someone besides me can research coverage of Wisconsin elsewhere (twitter, youtube, google news and so on).

  73. paulie Post author

    Plat com chair mentions that his committee was unanimous on all their proposed changes except for one person who resigned (he says for personal reasons).

  74. paulie Post author

    Counter-proposal to adopt existing platfom en masse rather than platform committee report to deal with sunsetting issue. It is ruled that it can not be a motion at this time since they are currently under suspension of the rules to consider the present motion.

  75. paulie Post author

    Motion passes. Now wrangling over whether any part of immigration and borders was part of the platform committee report.

  76. paulie Post author

    Appeal of ruling of the chair that counted vote is in order. Others threatening roll call vote if there is no counted vote. Others saying that the call for a counted vote was not made in a timely way.

  77. paulie Post author

    I ran out of power in the convention hall, I did have the table again today but no power strip like yesterday to plug in to. The convention has now been adjourned with a modified immigration plank adopted. They are having the lunch now but I am out in the hall. Sarah is now here so we will be heading out soon.

  78. paulie Post author

    OK Folks I am out of here….thanks to all those who red along and especially commented. Hopefully some other people who were actually to here but too busy to comment while this has been going on will do so when they get home. In the meantime for those of you who are not here please feel free and encouraged to discuss anything that has been posted or any coverage of this convention you may find anywhere else.

  79. Jill Pyeatt

    I seem to recall one mention of Lee Wrights. Were people surprised he wasn’t there?

  80. Jeff Davidson

    @Nicholas Sarwark –

    Thanks! Defending People is the site I read. I got there from Simple Justice and Popehat. Always excellent sites!

  81. Chuck Moulton

    Interesting reply to Ben Swann at the Texas convention…

    Alexander McCobin wrote:
    https://www.facebook.com/mccobin/posts/10101187589253417

    So last night, during his dinner speech at the TXLP Convention, Ben Swann argued for libertarians to embrace “conspiracy theorists” as part of the liberty movement (literally, he said “conspiracy theorists” were our allies). I have been going back and forth about posting about this, but have decided to write in public condemnation of such calls because I think it is incredibly disappointing given how far the libertarian movement has come that such comments can draw applause at libertarian conferences. Yes, we are skeptical of government action in many areas. Yes, we support individual liberty. Yes, we have a history of counter-cultural thought. However, libertarianism is not based on a crazy idea that the government is the cause of everything bad in people’s lives. There are other bad actors other than the US government. Here is just one article that addresses this, but there are many more:
    http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2010/09/09/conspiracy-theories-hurt-the-liberty-movement/

  82. Krzysztof Lesiak

    Thanks for the reporting Paulie. I’m curious, do you agree with the characterization of Glass as a “far-right Tea Party” candidate that someone posted on the LP Radicals page?

  83. paulie Post author

    I’m curious, do you agree with the characterization of Glass as a “far-right Tea Party” candidate that someone posted on the LP Radicals page?

    She has some tendencies in that direction and comes off that way at times. She did not do so in the convention debate, though.

  84. paulie Post author

    I seem to recall one mention of Lee Wrights. Were people surprised he wasn’t there?

    Maybe some people. Not me. Although I would not have been surprised either way.

    I heard a few people say he could have won the nomination if he just showed up. I don’t know whether that is true.

    As it was, the only effect he had by refusing to either be there himself or, alternatively, formally withdraw and say he would decline nomination, was to drag things out for an extra ballot that would otherwise have not been necessary.

    The ultimate effect was that the convention ran out of time for an item of housekeeping – it could have been extended but delegates were tired and wanted to go to lunch or go home. A plank entitled “border control” had the “control” crap stripped out of it, but because the delegates did not get around to changing the title of it, it is still called “border control” in the state platform.

  85. paulie Post author

    Conversation started today
    Andy Craig
    4:06pm
    Andy Craig

    Hi Paulie. I’m a huge fun of IPR, and a Libertarian candidate myself this year (for WI Secretary of State). We just had an incredibly successful convention, I thought you might find this something hopefully worth sharing on IPR. We nominated a full slate of statewide candidates, a first for LPWI, plus several legislative candidates both state and Federal.

    http://www.lpwi.org/news-views/59-libertarian-convention-dedicated-to-tonie-nathan
    Libertarian Convention dedicated to Tonie Nathan – Libertarian Party of Wisconsin
    http://www.lpwi.org
    The convention endorsed a slate of candidates for public office in 2014, including: Delegates were delighted to have the opportunity to hear the keynote address at the banquet by Gov. Gary Johnson , 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate, whose enthusiastic remarks about the future of freedom inspi…

  86. paulie Post author

    Mark Wester posted in Collin County Libertarian Party
    Mark Wester
    Mark Wester 2:33pm Apr 14
    The State Convention has come and gone, and as a first time State delegate I thought it might be worthwhile to describe the experience.
    Since I am running for an office (SBOE district 12) I wanted to be sure about my nomination and the entire (L) Convention process. The first step was to show up to the Collin County precinct convention in March. This was a surprisingly small event with plenty of room for others. At this meeting I was made a County Delegate and a District Delegate. I went to all of the local conventions and gained a solid understanding of how the nomination process worked and received a light introduction to Roberts Rules (parliamentary procedure). Each of the conventions were enjoyable and short in time. The District convention was longer and further away (out side of the county) and was comprised of a number of counties whose members I would see again at state.
    The delegates appointed took the time and effort to make all the conventions and it was good getting to know them over the span of several months. I can not describe how unique it was to come together from different points of view to move towards Liberty.
    State took place in Temple TX this last weekend. It kicked off with sessions and debates Friday and business was conducted Saturday and Sunday. Formal business involved registering on time to be a delegate, working on party rules, voting on state wide candidates and creating a party plank (the beliefs of (L) Tx).
    I am a Gov and Econ teacher so I had a pretty good idea of how things were going to proceed at the convention, but vastly underestimated the depth of parliamentary procedure as used as a form of rules and also did not intend to have as much fun as I did. I honestly dont have the words to describe the enjoyment I took in sharing a common cause with so many people with similar, but not identical ideas. The polling and voting was enjoyable and crafting the plank showed so much team work. I had originally looked at this trip as a burden, but after the experience of State, I am determined to be a participant in the process again in 2 years.
    A special highlight came from being able to meet and speak with the candidate who is running for Atty General, a Senatorial candidate and the candidate for Governor. It was amazing to see the potential for growth in the party and a pleasure to have Ed Kless to ask a multitude of questions to.
    Look forward to seeing everyone at a monthly meeting!
    Mark

  87. Starchild

    Paulie, thanks again for the detailed coverage of the Texas LP convention, and Sarah as well for the photos.

    I am curious about whether people driving that NORML “Truth Enforcement” vehicle have been hassled by police, if it is driven around with that siren-looking thing on top (is that a working siren?) If so, major props to the NORML folks for sticking their necks out for freedom.

    Also curious about the outcome of the Texas platform, if anyone knows and can comment. Paulie wrote (April 13, 2014 at 10:26 am):

    Debate over considering the platform committee report as a whole (minus immigration) rather than plank by plank. Some of the changes include endorsing the right of Texas to secede from the US and expanding right to bear arms from handguns to all guns.

    It sounds like the momentum was generally toward making the platform more radical rather than less on the secession and right to bear arms issues, which is a positive indicator even if the efforts failed for whatever procedural reasons. Was the same true for immigration, i.e. was this a push to be more supportive of freedom of movement, or less? Did any of the efforts succeed?

    * * *

    Incidentally, I just finished one libertarian book I’ve been wanting to read for a while, “The Real Lincoln” by Thomas DiLorenzo, and started another, “Radicals For Capitalism” by Brian Doherty.

    “The Real Lincoln” is relatively short, and while I wouldn’t call it masterfully written, its subject matter is very important. I came away with an increased awareness of how Lincoln’s presidency was really a negative turning point in this country, and how little accuracy there is to modern perceptions that the War Between the States somehow pitted racists on one side vs. anti-racists on the other. Racism was rampant on both sides

    Doherty actually mentions DiLorenzo’s book in one of Chapter 1’s footnotes to “Radicals For Capitalism”, noting that some in the libertarian movement have been reluctant to criticize Lincoln for fear of being cast as defenders of slavery. But libertarian-oriented individuals at the time were not so hesitant. DiLorenzo relates that British freedom advocate Lord Acton (famous for the “Power corrupts…” maxim) wrote to Confederate General Robert E. Lee after the war to express his regrets on the crushing of the right to secede, seeing the outcome as a serious setback for the entire world (I’m paraphrasing), and anarchist Lysander Spooner who had been an abolitionist before the war when abolitionism was still highly unpopular even in the North, was nevertheless harshly critical of Lincoln and his policies.

    It seems to me that the false and intermingled notions that the Confederate states’ secession was mainly about preserving slavery, and that Lincoln’s intent in waging the “Civil War” was mainly about ending it, are so harmful to a correct understanding of history and to the libertarian cause, that these myths must be fought and overturned despite the fact that this will necessitate an uphill struggle against prevailing current opinions and taking on the “sacred cow” of Lincoln being the “Great Emancipator”.

    Another more recent case where I think it is similarly vital to the libertarian movement that we get the historical record corrected is in overturning the myth that it was the U.S. government’s entry into World War II which brought the United States out of the Great Depression. In fact, as the Independent Institute’s Robert Higgs (see http://www.independent.org/pdf/tir/tir_01_4_higgs.pdf ) and others have documented, the economic recovery did not really get going until after the war.

    It is vital that people understand that (a) libertarian-minded people both then and now both support secession AND oppose slavery and racism, and that this is in no way contradictory, and (b) that war and central planning do NOT help an economy, in fact just the opposite. Both those lessons remain painfully relevant now and going forward.

    A couple quotes from the beginning of “Radicals For Capitalism”, one cautionary, and the other with a note of caution but also highly inspirational:

    “For radicals to deny their own past is to insure their future defeat.”
    – David DeLeon

    And this from nobel laureate Frederich Hayek, whom “Radicals For Capitalism”identifies along with Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman as one of the five most important figures in the history of the modern libertarian movement:

    “We must make the building of a free society once more an intellectual adventure, a deed of courage. What we lack is a liberal Utopia, a program which seems neither a mere defense of things as they are nor a diluted kind of socialism, but truly liberal radicalism which does not spare the susceptibilities of the mighty… which is not too severely practical and which does not confine itself to what appears today as politically possible.”

    Amen!! And to relate this back to my remarks about the Texas Libertarian convention, this is why I hope the Texas delegates managed to take bold, forward-looking stands on immigration, secession, and allowing ordinary people to be as well-armed as the powerful and wealthy who control the governments, and those who serve them.

  88. paulie Post author

    I am curious about whether people driving that NORML “Truth Enforcement” vehicle have been hassled by police, if it is driven around with that siren-looking thing on top (is that a working siren?) If so, major props to the NORML folks for sticking their necks out for freedom.

    I asked them about that. The guy told me he got harassed one time by an off duty cop and successfully told the cop to go pound sand. He has yet to be harassed by on duty cops in six months of driving this vehicle, which does have working all-green flashing lights on top, all over the place.

    Also curious about the outcome of the Texas platform, if anyone knows and can comment. Paulie wrote (April 13, 2014 at 10:26 am):

    Debate over considering the platform committee report as a whole (minus immigration) rather than plank by plank. Some of the changes include endorsing the right of Texas to secede from the US and expanding right to bear arms from handguns to all guns.

    It sounds like the momentum was generally toward making the platform more radical rather than less on the secession and right to bear arms issues, which is a positive indicator even if the efforts failed for whatever procedural reasons. Was the same true for immigration, i.e. was this a push to be more supportive of freedom of movement, or less? Did any of the efforts succeed?

    The platform did pass including the secession and arms planks.

    There was controversy over whether the previous immigration plank was deleted in 2012 or not due to a quorum controversy. The state committee ruled it had not been properly deleted, but the parliamentarian at this convention ruled that it had.

    A stripped down immigration plank passed (it says we are for “legal and lawful” immigration and encourage more legal immigration). A second section about “border control” got the “border control” crap stripped out of it thanks to an amendment by Art DiBianca, but continues to be headlined “border control” because time was not extended a second time and the convention adjourned.

  89. Shane

    Congrats to Kathy!

    I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Kathy for about 15 years now. She and I worked together with a government watchdog group in the late 90’s. Kathy was willing to set aside her corporate legal career to pursue the fight for Liberty.

    At the time, I had no idea about her involvement with the LP but can credit her with molding my stances toward Liberty with subtle yet convincing stories and conversations.

    Kathy is a committed and valuable ambassador for the party and Texas should be proud of their decision.

    As for R. Lee’s comments, I hope that was a joke.

  90. paulie Post author

    I don’t think it was a joke, at least not an intentional one.

    Meanwhile in Wisconsin…

    Libertarian Convention dedicated to Tonie Nathan

    [NEENAH] Wisconsin Libertarians held their annual state convention Saturday at the Bridgewood Resort in Neenah. Delegates conducted the annual business meeting, who dedicated the convention to honoring the life and memory of the late Tonie Nathan, a founding member of the Libertarian Party, the Party’s first candidate for Vice President of the United States, and the first woman in U.S. history to ever receive an electoral vote.

    The convention endorsed a slate of candidates for public office in 2014, including:

    Robert Burke – Governor
    Joseph Brost – Lt. Governor
    Andy Craig – Secretary of State
    Tom Nelson – Attorney General
    Jerry Shidell – State Treasurer
    Joseph Kexel – Congress (1st)
    Gus Fahrendorf – Congress (6th)
    Rob Taylor – Congress (7th)
    Terry Virgil – State Senate (13th)
    George Meyers – State Assembly (66th)
    Jerry Seifert – State Assembly (84th)
    Chuck Schilling – State Assembly (97th)

    Delegates were delighted to have the opportunity to hear the keynote address at the banquet by Gov. Gary Johnson, 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate, whose enthusiastic remarks about the future of freedom inspired the crowd to its feet.

    The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s third political party, founded as an alternative to the two main political parties. LPWI principles promote a government that is fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

    ###

  91. paulie Post author

    travellingcircus@gmail.com

    5:49 PM (5 hours ago)

    to Independent, iprtwo, lnc-discuss, AC

    Thanks Andy [Craig]!

    I am passing this along and may post it myself if time allows and if no one else gets to it first, which I would appreciate if someone does. In the meantime please share any additional thoughts, impressions etc in the comments at http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2014/04/texas-wisconsin-libertarian-conventions-this-weekend

    I find it notable that the LP state conventions I have attended this year (Virginia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas, so far) are all either the biggest LP convention in their states ever or the biggest in many years. It sounds like yours was as well!

    i just got back from Texas and it rocked! 280 people in attendance including 219 delegates and observers from many other states. This is the biggest state LP convention in ANY state that I have seen or heard of in 10-15 years. I talked to several long term LP members such as Mark Hinkle and they all said the same thing.

    As big as the Texas convention was, they would have had to have had a THOUSAND people to have had as many attendees as the Arkansas and Mississippi conventions compared to the population of their states, which had a hundred people each in states with less than 3 million in population per state! Imagine a LP state convention with a thousand people?

    I have to say there is a lot of power that comes from seeing so many active Libertarians together in one place and time.

    Paul Frankel
    *Alternate, Region 7 LNC (AL, MS, TX, OK, LA)
    *Alabama Director, Our America Initiative
    *Ballot Access Petition Contractor
    *Volunteer Reporter, IPR

  92. paulie Post author

    http://txcann.com/2014/04/14/libertarian-party-of-texas-nominates-cannabis-friendly-candidates/

    LPT Convention

    This past weekend the Libertarian Party of Texas held their state convention to nominate state-wide candidates. Staff with the Texas Cannabis Report was on hand to not only cover, but also participate in the convention itself.

    Support for cannabis legalization has always been strong in the Libertarian Party and this year it was unmistakeable.

    DFW NORML was invited to the convention to put up a booth, which both Adam Hess and Ed Maddox operated. They also brought the 420 Truth Enforcement car with them as well, a former police car which now has marijuana emblems on it complete with green lights to replace the red and blue.

    Running around the convention and taking photos was DFW NORML’s executive director Shaun McAlister, who was hired by the Libertarian Party to officially photograph the event. He also gave away free headshots to people at his I Am Shaun booth.

    Editor in Chief of the Texas Cannabis Report, Stephen Carter, was on hand as a delegate from McLennan County to participate in the nomination process along with Texas NORML’s deputy director, Jax Finkel. Over 200 delegates cast votes at the convention.

    After the dust had settled, two strong friends of the cannabis movement were nominated to represent the party in state-wide races, that being Jamie Balagia, who is running for Attorney General, and David (Rocky) Palmquist, the Agriculture Commissioner candidate.

    Photo by Shaun McAlister, www.iamshaun.com

    Photo by Shaun McAlister, http://www.iamshaun.com

    There was strong support and applause for both candidates, and Balagia quipped that if he got pulled over and arrested for marijuana, that they planted it on him, to which there was much clapping and laughter. Texas Cannabis Report has an in-depth interview with Balagia which will air on the next podcast episode. He has also confirmed that he will be speaking at DFW NORML’s Global Marijuana March in Fort Worth on May 3.

    Palmquist stated to Texas Cannabis Report, “Isn’t it high time that we Texans get off our collective butts and get with the program and legalize marijuana and hemp? Or, will we sit around while other states pass us by? Our farmers deserve freedom, our farmers deserve to grow what they want. Our farmers deserve to live life as they choose. Will we allow giant mega corps like Monsanto and ADM and big pharma to control our crops from the field to our pharmacy and to our kitchen? I say NO! I say legalize marijuana and put the private prison systems acting as revenue agents for the government out of business. We must cut the head off the beast now! I don’t want to just reform marijuana laws, I want the prohibition laws gone completely!”

    Rocky and Jaime after winning their nominations. Photo by Shaun McAlister.

    Rocky and Jaime after winning their nominations.
    Photo by Shaun McAlister.

    The governor slot went to Kathie Glass, who managed to grab the nomination by one vote. Robert Butler handily won the Lt. Governor nomination, Mark Miller became the Railroad Commissioner nominee, Justin Knight will be the Land Commissioner nominee, Ben Sanders is running for Comptroller, and the US Senate seat up for grabs this year will be sought by Rebecca Paddock.

    While cannabis legalization tends to be a default position for libertarians, in the coming weeks each candidate will get a full profile on the topic.

    The party also elected new officers including Kurt Hildebrand as chair, Ben Farmer as vice chair, and John Wilford as treasurer. The addition of these three add an immense amount of youth leadership to a party which is already seeing a strong amount of support from young voters. Gary Johnson was re-elected as secretary.

    The Libertarian Party seems to be ahead of the curve when it comes to stances on cannabis, will this give them an edge over the Democratic and Republican candidates?

    By: Stephen Carter
    Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com

    Stay up to date with the latest cannabis news from across Texas by liking Texas Cannabis Report on Facebook and following on Twitter

    Listen to our podcast at txcann.podomatic.com

  93. Shane

    I just checked Lee’s page. That’s pathetic.

    If Ford makes a car, hypes it and consumers “ooh and aah” but in the end, don’t buy, whose fault is that?

    Lee, learn how to build affinity with your supporters and learn how to fundraise. Your failure to generate support is your failure and yours alone.

    Learn from that and grow. By blaming others, you’re sending a clear message that you refuse to accept your lack of acumen in campaigning and will likely never be able to advance the LP beyond rhetoric.

    As disappointing as that comment was the shallow and unfounded labeling thrown at your previous competitor. If you expect to beat your competition each time by calling them “republican” you’re underestimating the intelligence of our demographic.

    Ironically, that separation tactic is the PRIMARY tool the RNC and NRCC uses to gain and maintain support. It’s a weak tactic and used by people/organizations who offer no real solutions and only appeals to the low-information voter.

    Lee, I know for a fact that you’re better than that. You’re a good man with a great heart — just start using your head.

  94. Shane

    And Paulie, thanks for the report. Post a way that people can offset your expenses and I’ll match the first $100 donated.

  95. paulie Post author

    I just checked Lee’s page. That’s pathetic.

    If Ford makes a car, hypes it and consumers “ooh and aah” but in the end, don’t buy, whose fault is that?

    Lee, learn how to build affinity with your supporters and learn how to fundraise. Your failure to generate support is your failure and yours alone.

    Learn from that and grow. By blaming others, you’re sending a clear message that you refuse to accept your lack of acumen in campaigning and will likely never be able to advance the LP beyond rhetoric.

    Gotta agree with Shane. I liked Lee’s written commentaries as well, but you can’t run a campaign on facebook likes; you have to actually individually ask supporters for money. That means everyone giving likes and get even a minimum contribution right away, it’s worth more than a large pledge for later on which may or may not be fulfilled.

    In a different exchange with Lee on LNC list…


    On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 8:17 PM, Scott L. wrote:

    […]

    I’m confused.

    Scott Lieberman

    On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM, R. Lee Wrights wrote:

    LMAO! No kidding!! This has got to be THE understatement of the last decade at least! Oh my… ROFLMAO!

    Good one, Dr. LIEberman!

    Lee Wrights
    LNC Vice Chair

    travellingcircus@gmail.com

    Apr 13 (1 day ago)

    to lnc-discuss
    Very clever [Lee]!

    -pauLIE, Kinneret Day School (K-8) Class of 1985

  96. paulie Post author

    And Paulie, thanks for the report. Post a way that people can offset your expenses and I’ll match the first $100 donated.

    Thanks Shane!

    travellingcircus@gmail.com works as paypal account (make sure to copy and paste the email address or put two Ls in travelling)

    I can discuss other options for anyone who would like to contribute in some other form.

  97. Andy

    “Shane April 14, 2014 at 11:29 pm
    And Paulie, thanks for the report. Post a way that people can offset your expenses and I’ll match the first $100 donated.”

    I’ve been saying for a while that people who appreciate Paul’s coverage here ought to consider donating to a fund for him to be able to afford to attend these things, or at the very least let him know when there is Libertarian/libertarian petition work somewhere (like Ohio earlier this year) so he can earn enough money to be able to afford to attend these events.

  98. Andy

    paulie Post authorApril 14, 2014 at 11:03 pm said: “As big as the Texas convention was, they would have had to have had a THOUSAND people to have had as many attendees as the Arkansas and Mississippi conventions compared to the population of their states, which had a hundred people each in states with less than 3 million in population per state! Imagine a LP state convention with a thousand people?”

    I didn’t know that the Libertarian Party of Mississippi had a convention that was that big. Way to go LP of Mississippi!

    I hope that the momentum that the LP of Arkansas and Mississippi have continues, and spreads into other states.

  99. Shane

    Thanks, Andy. I just sent in a gift.

    Who can send in the next $100?

    You don’t have to agree with Paul or even like him, but I do believe it’s fair to say that he provides straightforward coverage of LP events and allows us to stay informed without the haze of biased reports.

    This information helps us bond, learn, and grow from each other’s victories and mistakes.

    What value do you place on Paul’s work, extensive travel, long bus rides, and countless nights on couches and even hotel floors?

    $100, $500, or more?

    I say MUCH more but I can only get away with donating $100 at the moment.

    I hope after you read this comment, you’ll chip in via Paypal with whatever amount you can afford — whether $5 or $500.

    And if you know Paul, you know he’s a “cheap date” (no offense Paulie) and will stretch every dollar donated.

    Thanks, everyone!

  100. Andy

    “Shane April 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm
    I just checked Lee’s page. That’s pathetic.

    If Ford makes a car, hypes it and consumers “ooh and aah” but in the end, don’t buy, whose fault is that?

    Lee, learn how to build affinity with your supporters and learn how to fundraise. Your failure to generate support is your failure and yours alone.

    Learn from that and grow. By blaming others, you’re sending a clear message that you refuse to accept your lack of acumen in campaigning and will likely never be able to advance the LP beyond rhetoric.”

    I almost hate to say it, but I told ya so.

  101. paulie Post author

    I’ve been saying for a while that people who appreciate Paul’s coverage here ought to consider donating to a fund for him to be able to afford to attend these things, or at the very least let him know when there is Libertarian/libertarian petition work somewhere (like Ohio earlier this year) so he can earn enough money to be able to afford to attend these events.

    That would be much appreciated it. Freedom isn’t free :-)

  102. paulie Post author

    I didn’t know that the Libertarian Party of Mississippi had a convention that was that big. Way to go LP of Mississippi!

    I hope that the momentum that the LP of Arkansas and Mississippi have continues, and spreads into other states.

    Me too. And in email from Andy Craig he says Wisconsin also had their biggest convention ever with close to or over 100 attendees. Besides Gary Johnson, Amanda Billyrock, Karen Straughan, and Josh Tolley also spoke in WI and they nominated their largest ever slate of candidates.

    Coupled with the growing LP voter registration while all other national parties are declining these conventions are further evidence that the LP is on the rise, despite the stagnant national party membership and fundraising numbers. The party is clearly growing at the state and local level in most states.

  103. paulie Post author

    Thanks, Andy. I just sent in a gift.

    Who can send in the next $100?

    You don’t have to agree with Paul or even like him, but I do believe it’s fair to say that he provides straightforward coverage of LP events and allows us to stay informed without the haze of biased reports.

    This information helps us bond, learn, and grow from each other’s victories and mistakes.

    What value do you place on Paul’s work, extensive travel, long bus rides, and countless nights on couches and even hotel floors?

    $100, $500, or more?

    I say MUCH more but I can only get away with donating $100 at the moment.

    I hope after you read this comment, you’ll chip in via Paypal with whatever amount you can afford — whether $5 or $500.

    And if you know Paul, you know he’s a “cheap date” (no offense Paulie) and will stretch every dollar donated.

    Thanks, everyone!

    Awesome, thank you Shane!

  104. paulie Post author

    AC

    4:10 AM (5 hours ago)

    to me

    This was my first convention, but by all accounts everybody agrees it was the most successful convention the LPWI has ever put on, and this year is our biggest slate of candidates ever (we just got another State Assembly candidate today, who isn’t on that list yet). I don’t have an exact number, but I’d guess our turnout was in the triple digits, if not then it was close. Getting to not just meet, but actually spend the day with Gary Johnson was an incredible experience, and our other guest speakers (Amanda Billyrock, Karen Straughan, and Josh Tolley) were also amazing.

    Speaking of which, I really love that Gary is going around doing state conventions. That was probably the biggest thing that made ours a success, and it shows a real commitment to helping build the party and not just using it as a personal vehicle, like some of our past national candidates who shall now and forever remain nameless. ;^)

    I see now that you’re with Our America Initiative. They don’t really have anything going in Wisconsin from what I can tell, I’d love to possibly serve in a state-level capacity for Wisconsin. I put in an “Become a state coordinator!” application thing on the website a few months ago, but never heard back. I’m a polisci/pre-law student, so campaigns and the Libertarian Party and election strategy and all that is the sort of stuff I nerd out on, lol.

    Thanks for the reply, hopefully I’ll have the chance to work with you in the future. I’m still considering maybe coming to Columbus this June as a WI delegate, if I can afford the travel.

    Andy Craig
    Libertarian for WI Secretary of State
    AC

    4:43 AM (4 hours ago)

    to me

    You mentioned having gone to the Arkansas convention. I’m originally from Arkansas, before I moved to Milwaukee, and I have to say I was quite shocked and impressed when I saw the news about the LPAR convention, how they got ballot access, and they the nominated a full slate of 26 (26!) candidates. I tried to get involved in the LPAR back in around 2008 or 2009, and they were basically up to a whole lot of nothing. I got told off by a frustrated party officer when I mentioned the poor shape the website was in, and that was it. They’ve never even been on the ballot for anything other than President- in 2010, I had to vote for a mixed slate of LP and GP members all running on the Green ballot line. I couldn’t be more happy to hear what they’ve been up to, there really is momentum in the LP this year. There’s a new life to the party, and one can feel it.

    re: party business. I see how the TX Convention, and many others, were largely concerned with settling contested nominations. We luckily didn’t have anything like that. None of our candidates were opposed (the one race where two people had filed was in mine for SecState, but then the other fellow amicably agreed to run for State Senate instead), and the party platform is well-liked so it’s remain unchanged pending a few possible minor tweaks from the platform committee. So we were able to really spend the whole day boosting the Party and our candidates and enjoying our guest speakers, instead of getting bogged down in business matters. In Wisconsin we’re not allowed to nominate by convention though, so that was probably part of it. Technically we just passed a single resolution listing and “endorsing” our whole slate of candidates. But we will be on the ballot as “Libertarian”, so that’s good.

    -Andy Craig

  105. Andy

    Paul said: “Me too. And in email from Andy Craig he says Wisconsin also had their biggest convention ever with close to or over 100 attendees.”

    I had no idea that the LP of WI Convention was going to be that big. If I had known that, I’d have gone, considering I’m currently within a day’s drive from where that convention was held. I thought that it would be a rinky dink affair, and given the distance, cost of attending, and opportunity cost from lost work time, I decided to not go.

  106. Andy

    “paulie Post authorApril 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm
    What I said was that I did not know how big it would be, but I guess it was pretty big!”

    Maybe there should be an Independent Political Report correspondents fund set up, as in a fund for expense money for people to attend political events if they work as correspondents for IPR at said events.

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