Results of Email Ballot 2018-05: Suspension of Arvin Vohra

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We have an electronic mail ballot.Votes are due to the LNC-Business list by April 12, 2018 at 11:59:59pm Pacific time.

Co-Sponsors: Harlos, Van Horn, Katz, Hayes, Goldstein, Redpath, Hewitt, O’Donnell,

Motion:
WHEREAS, the Libertarian Party holds the non-initiation of force as its
cardinal principle and requires each of its members certify that they
neither advocate or believe in violent means to achieve political or
social goals.

RESOLVED, that the Libertarian National Committee suspends Arvin Vohra
from his position of Vice-Chair for sustained and repeated unacceptable
conduct that brings the principles of the Libertarian Party into
disrepute, including making and defending a statement advocating lethal
violence against state employees who are not directly threatening
imminent physical harm. Such action is in violation of our membership
pledge. These actions further endanger the survival of our movement and
the security of all of our members without their consent.

Voting has ended for the email ballot shown below:

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Goldstein, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Hewitt, Katz,
Mattson, O’Donnell, Redpath, Van Horn
Voting “nay”: Demarest, Lark, Marsh, Sarwark, Starchild, Vohra

With a final vote tally of 11-6, the motion FAILS to meet the Bylaws Article 6.7 threshold of 2/3 of the entire National Committee.

I have asked for a resolution asking Arvin to resign to be placed on the agenda for the LNC meeting next weekend in Denver.

Misc Email Ballot Results

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Email Ballot 2017-22: Appoint Nanna to Ballot Access Committee

Voting has ended for the email ballot shown below:

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Demarest, Goldstein, Harlos, Hayes, Katz, Lark, Marsh, McKnight, Redpath, Van Horn, Vohra

Voting “nay”: (none)

Express Abstention: Starchild

With a final vote tally of 12-0, the motion PASSES.

Email Ballot 2017-23: Appoint Van Horn to Social Media Process Review Committee

Voting has ended for the email ballot shown below:

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Demarest, Goldstein, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Hewitt, Katz, Lark, Marsh, Mattson, McKnight, Van Horn

Voting “nay”: (none)

With a final vote tally of 13-0, the motion PASSES.

Email Ballot 2017-20: Increase Branding Budget 4

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Co-Sponsors: Hagan, Hayes, Harlos, Goldstein

Motion: to increase the budgets for both Line 26-Brand Development/Political Materials Revenue and Line 55-Brand Development/Political Materials Expenses from $60,000 each to $80,000 each

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Bittner, Demarest, Goldstein, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Katz, Marsh, McKnight

Voting “nay”: (none)

Express Abstention: Lark

Doubtful vote: Redpath

With a final vote tally of 10-0, the motion PASSES.

Email Ballot 2017-19 : Yemen Resolution

yes-noCo-Sponsor:  Sarwark

Motion:  That the LNC adopt the following resolution:

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A Call to End the U.S. War in Yemen and Support House Concurrent Resolution 81

Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from unauthorized hostilities in the Republic of Yemen.

Resolved by the Libertarian National Committee (LNC)

SECTION 1. REMOVAL OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES FROM HOSTILITIES IN THE REPUBLIC OF YEMEN THAT HAVE NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS.

(a) Findings ––The Libertarian National Committee agrees with Congress and finds the following:

(1) Whereas, Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, of the Constitution.

(2) Whereas, a state of war has not been declared to exist with respect to the conflict between forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against the Houthi-Saleh alliance in the Republic of Yemen.

(3) Whereas, United States Armed Forces have been involved in hostilities between Saudi-led forces and the Houthi-Saleh alliance, including through assisting Saudi and United Arab Emirates warplanes conducting aerial bombings in Yemen with selecting targets and by providing midair refueling services to such warplanes, amounting to millions of pounds of jet fuel delivered during thousands of Saudi and United Arab Emirates airstrikes.

(4) Whereas, according to the Department of State’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, the conflict between Saudi-led forces and the Houthi-Saleh alliance is counterproductive to ongoing efforts by the United States to pursue Al Qaeda and its associated forces under the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note).

(5) Whereas, no authorization for the use of United States Armed Forces with respect to the conflict between Saudi-led forces and the Houthi-Saleh alliance in Yemen has been enacted, and no provision of law authorizes the provision of midair refueling services to warplanes of Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates that are engaged in such conflict.

(6) Whereas, the conflict between Saudi-led forces and the Houthi-Saleh alliance in Yemen constitutes, within the meaning of section 4(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1543(a)(1)), either hostilities or a situation where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances into which United States Armed Forces have been introduced.

Therefore, be it resolved, the LNC supports H.Con.Res. 81 in accordance with section 3.3 of the Libertarian Party Platform, but advises complete removal of U.S. Armed Forces from the Republic of Yemen:

(b) Removal Of Armed Forces.—Pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1544(c)), Congress hereby directs the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen, except United States Armed Forces engaged in operations directed at Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or associated forces, by not later than the date that is 30 days after the date of the adoption of this concurrent resolution (unless the President requests and the Congress authorizes a later date), and unless and until a declaration of war or specific authorization for such use of United States Armed Forces has been enacted.

THIS FAILED AND I ALSO VOTED NO, AND HERE IS MY REASONING:  I agreed with Sam Goldstein that that resolution clearly allowed the Federal government to use military force in another country in violation of our Platform (i.e. had a great position on Yemen but supported the general “war on terror).  Further, Our yes or no will do nothing about soldiers, so we have to look at what it could do.  Why are we so involved overseas?  The war on terror.  To leave the root in place means we have done nothing but virtue signal and not even a clear virtue signal. I would not vote yes on a medical marijuana one that gave support to the war on drugs but just felt this was an exception. I am fine with taking a bite of cake.  I’m not fine with taking just a bite and approving the portion limiting. I vote for partial measures all the time.  But carefully – this one doesn’t pass that threshold.

The final tally was:

Voting “aye”:  Demarest, Hewitt, Marsh, McKnight, Moellman, Sarwark, Starchild

Voting “nay”:  Bilyeu, Goldstein, Hagan, Harlos, Katz, Lark, Mattson

Express Abstention:  Hayes, Redpath

[Lnc-business] Email Ballot 2017-16: Joe Buchman Donation

Joe-Buchman_headshotThis vote was just held by the LNC:

Motion: for the LNC to contribute $5,000 to support the Congressional campaign of Joe Buchman (Utah)

Co-Sponsors: Harlos, Bilyeu, Demarest, Starchild

And the results:

Voting “aye”: Adams, Demarest, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Hewitt, Sarwark, Starchild, Vohra

Voting “nay”: Bittner, Goldstein, Katz, Lark, Marsh, Mattson, McKnight, Redpath

With a final vote tally of 9-8, the motion PASSES.

Two Email Ballots Passed- Email Ballot 2017-14: Restructure COC and Email Ballot 2017-15: Appoint Erin Adams to COC

imagesSome background information is needed. The Region 7 Alternate position was vacated and Erin Adams was appointed. However, Erin had already been appointed and working hard on the Convention Committee at a critical time. The Policy Manual limited the number of LNC seats on the Convention Committee and her promotion would have disqualified her. My position is that mid-term promotions should not punish people and this could cause problems in the future with other committees and is potentially punitive. Our Policy Manual in general has multiple issues with LNC members (are alternates members?) etc., and I would like to see several changes at our August meeting. Daniel Hayes has put such changes on the agenda. In the meantime these motions were passed:

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Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Bittner, Demarest, Goldstein, Katz, Lark, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Marsh, Mattson, McKnight, Redpath

Voting “nay”: (none)

Express Abstention: Starchild

With a final vote tally of 13-0, the motion PASSES.

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Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Bittner, Demarest, Goldstein, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Hewitt, Katz, Lark, Marsh, Mattson, McKnight, Redpath, Starchild

Voting “nay”: (none)

With a final vote tally of 15-0, the motion PASSES.

Email Ballot 2017-13: Issues of LPNews

email_ss_1920Co-Sponsors: Hayes, Bilyeu, Goldstein, Redpath, Harlos, Demarest

Motion: to allow staff the discretion to choose between publishing a total of five or six physical issues of LPNews for the year of 2017, subject to the approval of the Chairman.

Voting “aye”:
Bilyeu, Bittner, Demarest, Goldstein, Hagan, Hayes, Hewitt, Katz, Lark, Marsh, McKnight, Redpath

Voting “nay”: Harlos, Starchild

With a final vote tally of 12-2, the motion PASSES.

I opposed this Motion because at the budget meeting the number of issues was a definite factor in passing the budget. Although it wasn’t a part of the budget motion, it certainly was part of the intent, and I believe this should have been honored. You may wonder why I co-sponsored this motion when I intended upon opposing it. Unless something really goes against my principles or conscience or is some other item of great controversy that require more regional input, I will co-sponsor as I believe motions should get heard.

Email Ballot 2017-12: Increase Branding Budget 3

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Sponsor: Hagan, Hayes, Katz, Harlos

Motion: to amend the budget by changing line 26-Branding Development/Political Materials Revenue from $30,000 to $60,000, and changing line 55-Branding Development/Political Materials Expenses from $30,000 to $60,000.

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Bittner, Demarest, Goldstein, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Hewitt, Katz, Lark, Marsh, Mattson, McKnight, Redpath, Starchild, Vohra

Voting “nay”: (none)

With a final vote tally of 16-0, the motion PASSES.

Email Ballot 2017-10: Donation to the Mark Wicks campaign

wicks-dogThe following ballot was started:

Sponsor: Sarwark

Motion: that the LNC contribute $5,000 to the Mark Wicks for Congress campaign

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Bittner, Demarest, Harlos, Hayes, Hewitt, Katz, Sarwark, Vohra

Voting “nay”: Goldstein, Hagan, Lark, Marsh, Mattson, McKnight, Redpath, Starchild

With a final vote tally of 9-8, the motion PASSES.

Email Ballot 2017-09: Lee Wrights

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R. Lee Wrights
Co-Sponsors: Lark, Starchild, Harlos, Bilyeu, Hagan, Hayes, Bittner, Goldstein, Marsh, Demarest, McKnight

Motion: The Libertarian National Committee expresses its sorrow at the passing of Lee Wrights, and extends its condolences to his family and friends. In addition, the LNC expresses its appreciation and gratitude for his work for liberty, and for his many years of service to the Libertarian Party.

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Bittner, Demarest, Goldstein, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Hewitt, Katz, Lark, Marsh, Mattson, McKnight, Redpath, Sarwark, Starchild, Vohra

Voting “nay”: (none)

With a final vote tally of 17-0, the motion PASSES.