*The Libertarian National Committee will be meeting next weekend near Dallas-Ft. Worth airport. See details here. IPR is looking for volunteer correspondents to help us cover the meeting. If you can be there in person to help livestream, liveblog, tape, provide equipment for any of these, provide a phone internet connection if the hotel blocks wi-fi in the meeting room, or record your own version of the events to post after the fact or with periodic updates, please let us know in the comments or by calling or texting me at 415-690-6352. If we are able to get a livestream, we’ll also be looking for people to provide text comments on what is happening as it occurs for the benefit of those unable or unwilling to watch the livestream themselves.
*The main items for consideration at the meeting will be next year’s budget and the discussion of the findings of the Audit Oversight committee. The preliminary agenda for the meeting is here. For anyone unable to open the document I have a text version here. It will be subject to amendment by the LNC at the start of the meeting as well as by votes held throughout the meeting.
*Regarding the budget, LNC treasurer Tim Hagan wrote on LNC-discuss
The Executive Committee, Executive Director, and Operations Director crafted the attached budget for the LNC to consider at the December meeting.
The first page is the Statement of Operations for the budget, with comparisons to 2010, 2012, and 2013 extrapolated out to a year. The numbers for the budget come from the details on pages 2-4. On those pages, the numbers highlighted in green are fairly firm numbers, for example insurance and contracts the LNC has for professional services. The numbers highlighted in yellow have flexibility. We used the average of 2010 and 2012 as a basis for most of the budget. The other numbers are explained with the footnotes on page 4.
Everyone on the LNC is aware that posts to the list are routinely mirrored on LNCDiscussPublic on yahoo groups, so hopefully it’s OK for me to post this here. Input from our readers regarding the proposed budget is welcome.
*Regarding the audit oversight committee report IPR has previously published the following (and see the comments):
Response From Audit Committee to Several Questions posted by Jill Pyeatt
Joe Buchman responds to LNC audit controversy posted by Paulie
Wes Benedict responds to LNC audit controversy posted by Paulie
LNC passes policy manual changes regarding audit related issues posted by Paulie
2012 Libertarian Audit Committee: Out of Control? posted by Joe Buchman
Some LNC members may be interested in what questions you would like to have us ask and what further actions if any you would like us to take in response to these findings. Please use the comments to this post to relate your questions and proposals. Technically, the information that has been made public so far is an unauthorized leak, but since it is already out there, it is possible that some of your input may prove to be valuable. Please don’t hesitate to restate points you have made on those prior posts for those who do not follow the links. Please be aware, however, that there is no guarantee that LNC members will read, much less act on, your suggestions. If you would like to bring your opinions to the LNC, you may want to attend the upcoming meeting if you can or contact the Libertarian National Committee members directly – each name links to an email link.
*LNC Secretary David Blau will not be at the meeting:
David Blau will not be in attendance at the Dallas LNC meeting.
Gary Johnson has volunteered to be the recording secretary at the meeting.
James Lark, our formal Secretary Pro Tem, is fine with Gary serving as recording secretary.
Please forgive my ignorance of the rules. Does this mean I will be representing our region at the table, or will Gary be doing both simultaneously?
Responses so far:
My educated guess would be that you would be representing Region 7.
I have no inside information on this. 🙂
If Gary wants to vote, he’ll have to do it in his capacity as a Regional representative. Just because he is also temporarily performing secretarial functions in David’s absence does not make him an Officer. Only the four Officers elected at a convention are counted as members of the LNC. See Article 7 (#1 & #3) and Article 8 (#2) of the Bylaws.
I was going to make that same point, but my point to Paulie which I did not spell
out was that it would make sense for him to represent Region 7 since Gary would
be concentrating on the Secretarial duties filling in for Dave. Of course Region 7
would only have one vote.
I’m going to defer to an expert in RONR.
Just because he won’t be in attendance, David Blau is still the Secretary of the LNC. The only way for Gary Johnson to become “The Secretary” would be for the LNC to remove David Blau as Secretary, and for the LNC to elect Mr. Johnson as Secretary.
In the past the actual, factual Secretary has always voted during in-person LNC Sessions. So, it would be perfectly OK for Regional Representative
Gary Johnson to serve as Secretary Pro Tem during this LNC Session, while simultaneously voting as his Regional Rep.
If Gary Johnson wants to permit Paul Frankel to “sit at the table” during the LNC Session, then of course Gary Johnson can be the Secretary Pro Tem and not vote. Or, if they want to swap off, Gary can still vote whenever he wants to, and permit Mr. Frankel to vote when he doesn’t vote.
Please note that the body elects the Secretary Pro Tem.
I am 99% sure that Alicia Mattson will be in attendance at this LNC Session. If Mr. Johnson wants to be able to serve as his Region’s Representative without having to keep track of the motions and the votes, and having to get the Draft Minutes out to lnc-discuss within 15 days after the LNC Session as per the Policy Manual, then it might be worth exploring the possibility of asking Ms. Mattson to serve as Secretary Pro Tem.
Obviously Ms. Mattson would have the luxury of not having to worry about how she was going to vote, since she would not be an LNC officer or representative.
Note – I have not talked to Ms. Mattson about this matter, so I am not sure if she is willing to do this.
I’m fine with it either way, but I would just like to know as far in advance as possible so I can be better prepared if needed.
Opinions from RONR experts may be posted in the comments, although your opinion will not necessarily prevail. If I am going to be voting or sitting at the table at this meeting I would be especially interested in readers’ input on the audit and budget issues, and on anything else that is on the agenda. If we are able to provide live coverage of the meeting, you may send me your input via IPR comments and/or text message, although I can’t tell in advance whether both, one or the other or neither will work in the meeting room. My ability to take voice calls or respond to IPR comments or texts during the meeting will be very limited to non-existent if I am at the table voting. However, if I am able to access text messages and/or IPR comments I will read them whenever I am able even if I don’t have time to reply. We do not yet know whether all, part or none of the audit discussion will be in executive session.
If I am not at the table I may be more able to help with providing coverage, but I don’t have a phone internet connection, so my ability to do so will depend heavily on the availability of wi-fi in the meeting room.
* The membership of the Bylaws and Platform committees according to LP.org:
Bylaws and Rules Committee
Rob Latham (UT)
Alicia Mattson (NV)
Chuck Moulton (VA) – interim chair
Jeff Orrok (CO)
Nicholas Sarwark (CO)
Matt Wittlief (IN)
LNC appointed alternates:
Aaron Starr (CA)
Adrien Monteleone (LA)
James “Libertarian” Burns (NV)
Joe Buchman (UT) – interim chair
Sam Goldstein (IN)
Mark Grannis (MD)
Joe Hauptmann (IN)
Brian Holtz (CA)
Lynn House (FL)
Travis Nicks (CO)
Debbie Schum (CO)
Rebecca Sink-Burris (IN)
Dianna Visek (IL)
LNC appointed alternates:
John Wayne Smith (FL)
Ohio: John Fockler
Ohio alternate: Ann Leech
New York: Christian Padgett
Virginia: Laura Delhomme
Michigan: Andy LeCureaux
In the comments on a previous post, Mark Vetanen raises the question of how rank and file party members and interested observers may contact these committees to provide input. Since I don’t know the answer off hand, I hope that those questions will be answered in the comments here. Both of the interim chairs are signed up to post articles at IPR, and both have made recent returns to IPR comments (and in Dr. Buchman’s case to posting articles). I hope they read this post, and will email them about it if they do not respond in the comments. Aside from the LNC members on these committees, whose contact information is on the LNC members page linked above, I hope we can get contact information for the other members of these committees or for the committees as a whole.