Colorado LP Board Calls for Transparency on National LP Convention Committees

The Board of the Libertarian Party of Colorado today declared that the state Party’s appointees to the 2018 National Platform Committee shall be “conditional upon appointee not agreeing to any secrecy requirements for discussions that reasonably would be considered committee discussion such as any email list to which all committee members have access or emails copied to the entire committee.”

The vote on the measure passed 5-2.  Voting in favor of the requirement: Richard Longstreth (Vice Chair); Caryn Ann Harlos (Communications); Michael Stapleton (Legislative); Kim Tavendale (Campaigns); and Daniel Lutz (Regions).  Voting against: John Hjersman (Treasurer); and Mike Spalding (Records).  Not voting were Steven Gallant (Membership); Justin Mathew (Fundraising); and Kevin Gulbranson (Outreach).

The LPCO Board has also acted to make its own decision-making process more accessible to its members.

“Our Board discussions even by email are now fully transparent,” said Caryn Ann Harlos.

“I support,” former Virginia LP volunteer Marc Montoni said.

“The Virginia LP had a long-standing policy of allowing all LPVA members to listen in on all state committee (and subcommittee) business.  We even allowed nonmembers to listen in with the permission of the members,” Montoni recalled.

“If you start out with the assumption that members are adults and can handle observing business, then transparency is not an issue at all.  If you assume members are idiot children who must be led around with a nose ring for their own good, then it follows that you should keep matters that concern them opaque.

“The real reason there are individuals who prefer furtiveness, is that they know when they are “on record”, they will be less able to engage in ridiculous and Machiavellian gaming quite so much.”

The National Libertarian Party has three committees that are tasked with vetting and proposing matters that will come before the Party’s National Convention, scheduled to take place in New Orleans, LA from June 30 to July 3, 2018 — the Platform Committee, The Bylaws Committee, and the Credentials Committee.

15 thoughts on “Colorado LP Board Calls for Transparency on National LP Convention Committees

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    It’s sad that this is even an issue that needs to be addressed. These committees don’t deal with the kinds of matters that justify executive sessions, aka secret meetings. All of their activities should be public by default with an exceedingly high bar for exceptions.

  2. Carol Moore/Secession.net

    Background, please. Is this about LP NatCom email list disappearing? If it’s reappeared, haven’t heard about it?

    Or about Platform and/or Bylaws committees being non-transparent?

    Or what?

  3. Caryn Ann Harlos

    Commenting to subscribe.

    As the maker of this motion the background is the unacceptable level of secrecy on Bylaws discussions and similar past situations that other LPCO members who have served on these committees have encountered.

    And that the LPCO in general thinks that affiliates need to stop just docilely going along with bad situations.

    These things happen because affiliates let them happen.

  4. Caryn Ann Harlos

    And we encourage all affiliates who have Platform seats this time to do likewise. I don’t think most affiliates agree with the secrecy. I just don’t think it ever occurs to us that we can do something about it.

  5. Caryn Ann Harlos

    The LP NatCom list didn’t disappear. It was transferred to a new service that saves the LP thousands and was back up that same day once all the data transferred.

  6. Carol Moore/Secession.net

    Caryn Ann Harlos
    December 25, 2017 at 15:16: The LP NatCom list didn’t disappear.

    I’ve asked a couple times on LN-Discuss FB page (and maybe once here) what the new email for members to lurk on is – but still haven’t heard.

  7. Talford

    Who needs the duopoly, when Libertarians are so happy to smear themselves and attack their own party and its volunteers? Good job, LP Colorado! You really paint a picture of a party I’d want to vote for and join!

    “If you assume members are idiot children who must be led around with a nose ring for their own good, then it follows that you should keep matters that concern them opaque.

    “The real reason there are individuals who prefer furtiveness, is that they know when they are “on record”, they will be less able to engage in ridiculous and Machiavellian gaming quite so much.”

  8. George Phillies

    Talford,
    If you want to vote for a corrupt party, vote Democratic-Republican. As a fine example, look at how the Democrats handled their nominating campaign in 2016, though unlike another party I could name they managed to can their National Chair in advance of the vote. Our campaign for the nomination was handled properly by our National Committee.
    For much more on these Libertarian issues read the back issues of Liberty for America.
    George

  9. Carol Moore/Secession.net

    “Talford” wrote: “Who needs the duopoly, when Libertarians are so happy to smear themselves and attack their own party and its volunteers?”

    The price of liberty is eternal vigilance vs. partyarchs and statists wherever they raise their ugly heads. And some of them have been pulling the same nonsense, usually with a new set of partners, for 20 and even 30 plus years. One gets quite disgusted with it over time. Of course, driving people away in disgust may be part of their agenda. If they can’t rule the party, at least they can keep it crippled.

  10. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    “For much more on these Libertarian issues read the back issues of Liberty for America.”

    The link to the October issue doesn’t work.

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