Last Executive Committee Meeting and My Objections Raised

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The LNC Executive Committee is a subset of the entire LNC comprising the officers and the following elected persons: Bill Redpath, Sam Goldstein, and Jim Lark. An EC meeting was held on September 21, 2017 regarding the final approval in filing a brief in the Husted v. APRI case involving purging of Ohio voter rolls. You can read more detail about this in my prior article on the first meeting here. Minutes will be available for this second meeting in a few days.

The full LNC did not get to see this brief before it was filed. Once we could review, I immediately noticed an issue in the introductory paragraph:

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My objections from the LNC list:

…the opening paragraphs describes the purpose and founding of the Libertarian Party—

… there is a blatant incorrect fact in the opening paragraphs. The Libertarian Party was not founded to promote the principles of liberty set forth in the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. Our bylaws address this specifically that we exist to promote the principles in our Statement of Principles which mentions neither document. Yes there is a lot of overlap, particularly with the Declaration of Independence, but there is disjunction- particularly in some views of the Constitution. I would say that representing us in that manner violates what our bylaws say about our purpose to wit:

==ARTICLE 2: PURPOSES
The Party is organized to implement and give voice to the principles embodied in the Statement of Principles by: functioning as a libertarian political entity separate and distinct from all other political parties or movements; moving public policy in a libertarian direction by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office; chartering affiliate parties throughout the United States and promoting their growth and activities; nominating candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States, and supporting Party and affiliate party candidates for political office; and, entering into public information activities.==

And

==ARTICLE 3: STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES AND PLATFORM

The Statement of Principles affirms that philosophy upon which the Libertarian Party is founded, by which it shall be sustained, and through which liberty shall prevail. ==

I object strenuously that characterization.

So, how did this get filed to begin with? Precisely. That is the dispute within the LNC. The EC reviewed this and absolutely missed that in a rushed phone call in which only a few people even had the final draft. The larger LNC body did not get to review at any point. We have lawyers to get the law right but we are responsible to making sure the facts about the Party are right.

It is no secret I think we play fast and loose with the priority that the Statement of Principles is supposed to occupy.

I think even if the EC is the one that approves these things, there is no reason, under cover of executive reason confidentially, that the entire LNC should not have seen this document. The image of the Party is being represented – and how were – say – the interests of Region 1 protected when I could not even see it? Mistakes will happen – I think acknowledgement that it happened is a healthy procedural fix. I am a firm believer in “yep, that shouldn’t have happened.”

I am truly surprised that Sarwark let that through. And it concerns me because another “oops” got through on a document no one on the LNC was able to see last year – the Presidential contract with the eternal secrecy clause that was completely overlooked until I finally was able to see the document and I had to do a Motion to Rescind – something I absolutely did not want to do but I had to or be derelict in my responsibility to my Region. I understand that wordsmithing and decisions sometimes need a smaller group (i.e. the EC) but there is no reason the larger group could not at least give suggestions. It is the same problem with the secrecy on the Bylaws and Platform committees – where they feel it is their small group so having others observe will ruin the process. No it won’t. It will help us caught flaws – and the final decision makers will be more empowered.

Bylaws Committee Hearing Set for June 22, 2017

The Bylaws Committee is having its first meeting to invite member comment as follows:

Meeting Name: Bylaws Committee Hearing
When: 6/22/2017 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern
Purpose: To receive public feedback regarding the Bylaws and desired changes
Requested by: Katz (chair)

READ HEARING NOTICE HERE

As electronic meetings are in the nature of special meetings, no commitments may be made on items other than those listed in the call to meeting.

At the start of the session, I will introduce the following motions:

1. To record the session.
2. That consideration begin ad seriatim, to be followed by suggestions for new articles or larger changes.
According to the Policy Manual, “…the meeting notice shall describe how to participate in the meeting.” That information appears below. I have also included a note from the LNC Secretary on helpful tips for participation, as well as, for your reference, the relevant Policy Manual provision.

To join the meeting:
https://lp.adobeconnect.com/lnc/
Audio Conference Details: If you join by computer/webcam at the link above, you do NOT also need to dial into this teleconference, which is a backup audio-only option.
Teleconference Number(s): 866-814-9555
Conference Code: 7509417927

Please note that the information above is provided for committee members. According to the rules for electronic meetings, non-members must connect by computer.
If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:
Test your connection: https://lp.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
1) Even though it is possible to use a mobile device to join one of these meetings, you are mistaken if you think you can participate meaningfully while driving down the road in your car and connecting with your iPhone/iPad. It’s dangerous. You can’t pay attention to anything shown on the screen, and even the audio won’t have your full attention because you’re driving. Raising your hand, or voting, or trying to adjust your microphone is the equivalent of texting while driving, which could earn you a ticket (and no points from the Secretary, though other points could accrue on your license). You’re much more likely to lose your connection as your signal is transferred from one cell tower to another. Etc.
2) You should make arrangements to be in a reasonably quiet location with a decent-speed internet connection. If you have a slow connection (like a cell tower) the audio/video may cut in and out for you. Don’t be in a bowling alley or a night club or a grocery store. Children should be supervised by someone else in another room. Barking dogs or other noise-producing pets should be put in another location where they won’t be heard by the rest of us.
3) USE YOUR HEADPHONES OR EARBUDS. I use the same earbuds I use with my iPod. You can buy a pair for $5 in lots of places. Not using headphones/earbuds will cause echoes for other participants because the sound coming out of your speakers will feed back in through your microphone and get re-transmitted. The echoes are very distracting and maddening.
4) When this system is used with only a handful of people, participants can generally leave their microphones on and self-regulate if two people talk over each other. This meeting will be the largest we’ve ever used the system for, and I suspect it will be important for everyone to mute their microphones while they’re not talking, and use the raise-hand feature to have the chair recognize you to speak, after which you can turn on your microphone.
7) Electronic Meetings
a) The term “electronic meeting” within these electronic meeting rules shall be construed to include teleconferences and videoconferences.
b) The term “committee” within these electronic meeting rules shall be construed to include both the LNC (as the board of the Libertarian Party) as well as committees.
c) All videoconferences will be conducted via the Adobe Connect (Citrix) service, hereinafter referred to as Adobe Connect.
d) Electronic meetings may be called by either:
● The committee Chair, or
● 1/3 of the committee members or 2 committee members, whichever is
greater. However, the call of an electronic meeting can be canceled if a majority of the committee members email a cancellation request to the entire committee prior to the scheduled time of the meeting.
e) Each committee member calling for an electronic meeting must do so by emailing the entire committee and specifying the date of the meeting, time of the meeting, and the topic(s) to be addressed. Meetings must be so called no fewer than 2 days in advance for committees with fewer than 10 members, or 7 days in advance for committees with 10 or more members. These time limits do not apply to the LNC’s Executive Committee, the LNC’s Advertising and Publications Review Committee, or the Judicial Committee.
f) For electronic LNC meetings, messages calling or vetoing a meeting must be sent on the LNC-Business email list.
g) When a sufficient number of people have issued a call for an electronic meeting, the committee Chair or Secretary shall issue a notice of the meeting to each member and alternate of the committee. In addition to the standard notice content, the meeting notice shall describe how to participate in the meeting.
h) Each participant must provide his own equipment and connectivity, including but not limited to any computer, internet access, web camera, microphone, earphones, or telephone. Members and alternates have the right to participate in an electronic meeting by telephone, however they should use a
computer connection if feasible so as to be able to more fully use the Adobe Connect features. The organization is not responsible for providing a central location for physical attendance of an electronic meeting. For face-to- face meetings, electronic participation is not allowed.
i) Each participant must accurately identify himself by name when joining the meeting. Videoconference participants other than members or alternates of the committee must precede their sign-in name with “zz” so as to group them at the end of the alphabetical participant list.
j) Electronic meeting participants must try to eliminate, as much as possible, background noise, echoes, and call waiting interruptions. Participants shall not place their telephone connection on hold if the system has music or messages playing while in that mode.
k) All participants legally consent to having the meetings recorded, should the committee opt to do so.
l) Electronic meetings are special meetings such that only the topics listed in the call of the meeting may be considered during the meeting.
m) For original main motions, the committee Chair or Secretary shall document the time at which the vote tally was announced. A person eligible to vote who was present during the debate of the motion but who lost his connection to the meeting may still reconnect to the meeting and cast his vote on the motion no more than 5 minutes after the announcement of the vote tally.
n) If the committee permits, participants other than members or alternates of the committee may observe videoconferences using Adobe Connect (and not by a toll-free number) with their web cameras off and their microphones muted.
o) The LNC Secretary shall promulgate these rules to all members/alternates of each committee upon notice of their election or appointment.

August 19-20 LNC Meeting Details

14643372033257What: LNC Meeting 08/19-20

Where: Holiday Inn KCI Expo Center – 11728 NW Ambassador Drive – Kansas City, MO 64153 – http://www.kciexpo.com/

Room Rate: $110 Single King a night ($120 Doubles) & this includes free wifi in both sleeping & meeting rooms. Additionally they are provided free hot breakfast buffet.

Reservations: http://tinyurl.com/LPKC-0817 – enter in your dates & then click on “check availability” & the discount code (LIB) & IATA # (99801505) will auto fill. Rate good for Thu 08/17 thru Tue 08/22.

Or call 866.617.6369.and ask for the “LIB” Discount for the Libertarian National Committee room block.

Parking: Complimentary plus there is a free shuttle from/to KCI & also to Zona Rosa http://www.zonarosa.com/ or anywhere else within 4 miles

Meeting Time & Location: Missouri Ballroom on 1st Floor of Hotel – time TBD (but typically 9 am – 6 pm Sat & 9 am – 3 pm Sun). A light lunch will be served Sat around 12:15pm

Fri Night: Free Happy Hour provided by the hotel and KC CVB. Please meet in lobby 5 pm Fri 08/18 for a walk thru of the Expo Center followed by a complimentary happy hour after the tour.

Motion: December LNC Budget Meeting set

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

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.

Region 1 First Quarter Report

statescollagedropshadowThe Region 1 report for the April 15-16, 2017 LNC meeting has been turned in and is available for viewing here.

When the live-streaming details are released, I will post them. Remember that Independent Political Report often also live-blogs the meetings. A link for that entry will be shared when available as well.

The proposed Agenda is being worked out.

Deets.

What: LNC Meeting 04/15-16

Where: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown – 600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 – www.wyndhamgrandpittsburgh.com

Meeting Time & Location: Kings Garden Rooms 1 / 2 on Ballroom Level right by elevators time TBD (but typically 9 am – 6 pm Sat & 9 am – 3 pm Sun). A light complimentary lunch will be provided by VisitPittsburgh (CVB) from 12:30-1:30 pm which will also include a presentation & walkthrough of the Wyndham Grand.

Cheapest Way from Airport to DT: http://www.portauthority.org/paac/SchedulesMaps/AirportService.aspx

Directions: http://www.wyndhamgrandpittsburgh.com/maps-directions

Dining: http://www.wyndhamgrandpittsburgh.com/dining/restaurants-downtown-pittsburgh

Local area: http://www.wyndhamgrandpittsburgh.com/explore/pittsburgh-local-area

Note: Hotel has a complimentary shuttle service to within 3 miles of the venue

LP Historical Preservation Committee Meeting 3/1/17

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This is a notice for the first meeting of the LP Historical Preservation Committee Meeting. All LP members are welcome to attend. A formal agenda is forthcoming. As screen sharing will be used, please try to attend via the web connection and not via telephone.

Libertarian Party Historical Committee
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 4:00PM Mountain Time

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/342833685

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 342-833-685

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready

Meeting Minutes from 7/17/16 Meeting Finalized

meeting-minutesThe Meeting Minutes from the July 17, 2016 LNC meeting have been finalized and can be viewed here. It was my fault they were delayed because I objected to them back in August. I still object, but a battle I lost. I desired for it to be noted in the record that I requested for Assemblyman Moore to mention the word “Libertarian” prominently on his website. Since it was not a formal motion, the rest of the LNC declined to have it added to the minutes. I am of the school that if a committee member expressly asks for something to be included it should be- even if others think it just posturing. Some Robert’s authorities agree with my position.

On the subject of the draft Convention minutes, my objections were well-taken and a new draft is being prepared.

Region 1 Fourth Quarter Report and Proposed Agenda

statescollagedropshadowThe Region 1 report for the July 17, 2016 LNC meeting has been turned in and is available for viewing here.

The proposed agenda for the meeting can be found here.

When the live-streaming details are released, I will post them. Remember that Independent Political Report often also live-blogs the meetings. A link for that entry will be shared when available as well.

Putting the Party in Libertarian Party

2ynfhblFrom an LP.org email blast:

Party at Headquarters! The Libertarian Party will host a party at our headquarters in Alexandria, VA to celebrate 2016 successes. The party is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at 1444 Duke Street in Alexandria, VA in conjunction with the quarterly Libertarian National Committee (LNC) meeting. We’ll send another email with details soon, and post updates as they become available. Click here for updates.