[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

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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

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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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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.

Motion: December LNC Budget Meeting set

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Motion: The 2017 LNC budget meeting shall be held at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency on December 9th and 10th, 2017.

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

Voting “nay”: (none)

Express abstention: Katz

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

Two LNC Motions Passed- Historical Records Move and Next LNC Meeting Location Set

yes-noCo-Sponsors: Harlos, Hayes, Bittner, Demarest

Motion:

Move to budget an additional $5,000 (budget line 90) to relocate the historical records in the Duke Street basement and in the off-site storage facility to a location in Colorado to be determined by Historical Preservation Committee Chair. The facility will be paid by for and under the control of the LNC and will be obtained at a cost equal or less to the price paid for the similar facility in Virginia. The Executive Director will be directed to send out up to two fundraising emails to cover this expense and the prior budgeted Historical Committee expense (credit to budget line 25).

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Bittner, Demarest, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Goldstein, Lark, Marsh, Sarwark, Starchild, Vohra

Voting “nay”: Katz, Mattson

Express abstention: Redpath

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

And in reference to the above, this is an email I sent to the Historical Preservation Committee members:

Committee, as stated yesterday, the LNC motion to move the records archive to CO for my organization has passed. I have been making plans with Wes. My hands-on organizational efforts on this project will shift to the physical items – which is precisely as I planned with the excellent committee appointments we have. James, Ed, and Joe are the technical online end and Joe and I are the physical documents end with the collaboration between the efforts to get them on LPedia. We will be able to prioritize (and our successors will be) much better with me having actual access to the records and I will be able to farm out to volunteers much easier. If mine and Wes’ plans go through as we hope, the records will be here end of this month. Then will begin a multi-year project.
This is an exciting committee to our history on the part of the LNC.

I will be seeking the Committees advice on the organization of these records. In a sense, I am envisioning the physical records to follow a convention similar to the digital files. Categories will be kept in a separate numerical space (i.e. Boxes starting with the number 1… so 1A, 1B, 1C will be LP News… boxes starting with the number 2 will be [insert another category]… so 2A, 2B etc.) This will allow items to be added to categories while not disrupting the numerical flow and keep a logical order. A simple inventory will be kept for each series.
I am amenable to other organizational schemes, this is just my initial plans. There are numerous ways to organize physical records. I am trying to keep things easy to maintain, easy to catalogue, and sustainable.

Other methods don’t worry about literal organization but treat them like indexed computer files retrieved by sequential numbers (or even using Bates numbering). While that is fine for a computer file, the human mind and hands having to work with these records doesn’t work easily like that.

Co-Sponsors: Goldstein, Hagan, Hayes, Bittner

Motion: The site for the August 19-20, 2017 LNC meeting will be Kansas City (MO or KS).

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

Voting “nay”: Starchild, Starr

Express abstention: Bilyeu, Katz

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

Amended Resolution Passes on Cuban Prisoners

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After the first failure, an Amended Motion on the Cuban Prisoners was preferred:

Co-Sponsors: Bilyeu, Harlos, Demarest, Marsh

Motion:

The Libertarian National Committee strongly opposes the unjust arrest and detention of peaceful individuals. The arrests on February 2, 2017, and subsequent detention of libertarian activists, Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez, in Cuba illustrate the threats to freedom we all face around the world.

The Libertarian Party calls on the Cuban government to immediately release details of the above-mentioned arrests and detentions, including the specific charges being levied against the individuals in question. In the absence of such information, we call for the release of these prisoners.

Libertarian activism worldwide must not be deterred by the attempts of authoritarian leaders, totalitarian governments, and dictatorial regimes to silence the voice of freedom. We condemn any acts of official oppression, and uphold the promotion of limited government and free markets in any country. Furthermore, we call on the U.S. Department of State to publicly denounce violations of the right to free speech, the right to peaceably assemble, and the right to due process abroad.

This Motion passed on March 21, 2017 as follows:

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Demarest, Goldstein, Harlos, Katz, Lark, Marsh, McKnight, Moellman, Redpath, Sarwark, Starchild, Vohra

Voting “nay”: (none)

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

Email Ballot 2017-05: Cuban Arrest v2

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After the failure of a prior resolution, a revised Motion was proffered and co-sponsored as follows:

We have an electronic mail ballot.

Votes are due to the LNC-Business list by March 19, 2017 at 11:59:59pm Pacific time.

Co-Sponsors: Bilyeu, Harlos, Demarest, Marsh

Motion:

The Libertarian National Committee strongly opposes the unjust arrest and detention of peaceful individuals. The arrests on February 2, 2017, and subsequent detention of libertarian activists, Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez, in Cuba illustrate the threats to freedom we all face around the world.

The Libertarian Party calls on the Cuban government to immediately release details of the above-mentioned arrests and detentions, including the specific charges being levied against the individuals in question. In the absence of such information, we call for the release of these prisoners.

Libertarian activism worldwide must not be deterred by the attempts of authoritarian leaders, totalitarian governments, and dictatorial regimes to silence the voice of freedom. We condemn any acts of official oppression, and uphold the promotion of limited government and free markets in any country. Furthermore, we call on the U.S. Department of State to publicly denounce violations of the right to free speech, the right to peaceably assemble, and the right to due process abroad.

I voted YES.