[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.

June Membership Report

membshipreport-smallThe June Membership Report has been released, and a copy can be found here. I have started to compile a running chart of how our Region’s BSM numbers are trending. Membership numbers are trending down, and we need to boost this. I have continued the program of calling lapsed members.

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This report has some interesting charts as usual.

Active Donors are still dropping:

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New Donors are rising:

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Lapsed donors dropped:

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And renewing donors are back up to higher than one year ago:

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Transparency Concerns

TransparencyAs many are aware, I was one of the LNC appointees to the Bylaws Committee and have been an advocate for transparency along with Kim Ruff, Chuck Moulton, and David Pratt Demarest. Here is my last email to the LNC on this matter for your information:

We had a discussion about this before on the list, but I was waiting until we had our adjourned meeting.

Minutes are in fact NOT going to be public unless decided on a case by case basis and it was made clear that certain members will always vote no on minutes if any of us ask for, as is our right, and win – a roll call vote. This is silly since the meetings were decided to be open which means that anyone attending can take notes about who voted which way.

Meetings will be open and can be recorded by any party member. However, emails will not be. So this means that emails are not meetings or we are having secret meetings in which we can vote from which no one disclose how anyone else voted unlike the “public meetings.”

But if emails are not meetings then there is no authority to tell any member what they can or cannot talk about that was talked about in emails. Yet we were. So either there was an instruction given without any authority or we are having secret deliberations. It cannot go both ways.

I am not writing this because I expect the LNC to get involved or do anything. I am writing this because members came to our public hearing and clearly wanted transparency and it is not being given to them – it is partially given and easy to circumvent. It is an illusion of transparency. I believe the LNC should know that members are not happy with the conduct of the procedures of the Bylaws committee.

It will be said that I want to sabotage the committee as has been accused. That is silly. I am spending hours and hours on this and I have other things I could do and that is an attack upon my integrity. That is fine if anyone wants to do that but my work ethic in this Party speaks for itself and such an attack speaks about the accuser, not me. I want us to propose great measures that pass, and I think we will. But if a culture of secrecy is not what we want, and not what the members want, this should be kept in mind at future appointments. What happens this time lays the groundwork for next convention- that is why I am firm in my position- there is precedent for the future.

Asking for the same level of transparency as the LNC is not some crazy idea of transparency that requires cameras in the bathroom. It is wanting what we do here …. and I for one don’t think that is unreasonable.

I have another reason for writing. So it is definite now that there are things I am not supposed to talk about prior to the convention (presumably after it as well). There isn’t anything particular now that I think I need to – but perhaps one day there will be. My duty to the members and my firm belief that there is no authority for this silencing rule overweighs that.

The Bylaws Committee has no disciplinary power. I would certainly hope this LNC would not discipline any Bylaws Committee members that simply decide to reveal to members the content of our deliberations and how appointees voted. They cannot measure our judgment in making appointments etc without that information. Robert’s has been cited that no “allusion can be made in the assembly” about the deliberations. That is not referring to discussions with members prior to the assembly – which is the convention – and are emails “delibertarions”? If so, then we ARE having secret delibertarions despite having “open meetings.” Does that make sense to you? No, it doesn’t to me either. I think everyone agrees that once reports are issued and presented to the convention, no one can get up to the mic and say “so and so” said as part of their argument. But that does not keep me from updating Region 1 members or my own affiliate who DOES want to know these details contemporaneously prior to the issuance of reports.

I would like to know if the LNC has any intention of enforcing what amounts to a silencing order on certain details of email discussions.

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.