One of our IPR readers found an entry on the website for the national Libertarian Party, with an event listed for the Oregon LP. This convention, however, is for the Reeves group, which is not currently recognized by the Secretary of State in that state. This dispute has been going on since at least March of 2011. The judicial committee for the LNC has affirmed that, for now, the Wagner group is the proper group of officers to be recognized. However, at the National Convention in Las Vegas, May of 2012, the Reeves group was seated as the proper Oregon delegation.
Here is the entry for the convention: Libertarian Party of Oregon .
We have received the letter which Richard Burke wrote to have the article listed:
HERE IS A NEWS ITEM FROM OREGON:
The Libertarian Party of Oregon led by Tim Reeves operating under the governing documents approved by members in convention will be holding it’s (sic) annual business convention on March 9, 2013 at the Eagle Crest Resort located just outside of Redmond, Oregon. In addition to electing party office holders, considering changes to the LPO’s governing documents, and other required business items, materials will be provided supporting goals adopted by the LPO including the support of campaigns for local office and it’s (sic) adopted legislative agenda. Pending legal action over matters concerning the form and control over the LPO are expected to be completed by that time, offering the LPO a chance to recover lost gains and build it’s organization and political relevance.
END OF NEWS ITEM
Richard P. Burke
cc: Tim Reeves
It is unknown at this time if the convention will be listed in the next print issue of the LP News.
Upon learning of the entry on the LP.Org site, Wes Wagner wrote a letter to Geoffrey Neale, Chairman of the Libertarian Party:
In addition to the recent attempt to once again get staff to put the Reeve’s factions events in the LP News, apparently they are now on the LP.ORG site.
Please provide an official explanation why this is still an issue and it keeps coming up. I would also like to know who the responsible party is who placed this on the LP.ORG website, and who asked them to do it/authorized it.
I have copied IPR editor Paulie in his role as a member of the media, not as an alternative of the LNC in the interests of transparency.
Chairperson, Libertarian Party of Oregon
For history of this dispute, there are almost 50 articles here on IPR since March 2011 which chronicle the developments in that state’s LP. There is currently a lawsuit in Oregon’s court system which may settle things sometime this year.
The story will be updated if and when more information is learned about it. UPDATE: I have been notified that the convention for the Reeves group has been removed, and an entry for the Wagner group convention added to the month of May, 2013.