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:

——————–Resolution Text——————–

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

October 2017 Membership Report

membshipreport-smallThe October 2017 Membership Report has been released, and a copy can be found here.

Here are the Region 1 Membership comparisons. Yellow indicates a positive change in at least one of the rankings, green is no change, and pink is down in ranking and/or numbers.

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Membership rankings (since not just Region 1 people read this):

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Active Donors have evened out as expected:

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New Donors have evened out:

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Lapsed donors are slightly up but this is normal play – and works out to be evening out:

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And renewing donors are significantly on the upswing this is important, this is retention:

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September 2017 End-of-Month Financial Report Released

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The September End-of-Month Financial Reports are attached. The reserve has improved, increasing to $136,544 versus a reserve target of $57,042.

The Brand Development/Political Materials Expenses at $58,244 has almost reached its annual budget of $60,000, with one quarter left in the year. Brand Development/Political Materials Revenues was at $49,974. We need to increase these amounts if we want headquarters to continue selling shirts and literature. Having our members wearing the Libertarian apparel and handing out literature helps build brand awareness.

I am seeking co-sponsors to increase both 26-Brand Development/Political Materials Revenue and 55-Brand Development/Political Materials Expenses from $60,000 each to $80,000 each.

Tim Hagan

You can view the report here.