Category Archives: Libertarian Party 2018 Libertarian Party Platform Committee Survey


Prior to each Libertarian National Convention, a Platform Committee is established to consider and recommend proposed amendments to the Party Platform. This survey contains our draft proposals to gain your feedback both positive and negative. The Platform Committee reports not to the Libertarian National Committee but directly to all of you, and we’ve kept that in mind as we’ve deliberated and voted.

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Larry Sharpe Endorses Joshua Smith for LNC Chair

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LNC Hewitt in Top Two for November Election

Calimesa City Council meeting, Monday 4 June 2018. Photo by Joe Buchman

Libertarian National Committee Member, Mayor of Calimesa, CA, and current candidate for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Jeff Hewitt, will, following a “jungle” primary election held last Tuesday (June 5th) advance to the general election as one of the “top two” candidates this fall.… Read more ...

Jake Porter Wins First Libertarian Primary for Iowa Governor

Porter at a gubernatorial forum at Des Moines University

From Caffeinated Thoughts:

Jake Porter, a business consultant from Council Bluffs, defeated Marco Battaglia, a businessman from Des Moines in the Libertarian Party of Iowa’s first gubernatorial primary.

Porter, who was the Libertarian Party nominee for Iowa Secretary of State in 2010 and 2014 won 54.38 percent of the vote and Battaglia won 38.33% percent out 1,769 total primary voters statewide.… Read more ...

Brian Ellison arrested at police run in Royal Oak

From Detroit Free Press:

A congressional candidate was arrested Saturday at a race in Royal Oak after, police said, he refused to stay out of the roadway.

Brian Ellison, who is running as a Libertarian for the U.S. House in Michigan’s 8th District, was arrested at the Royal Oak Police Department’s Run with the Police event while taking part in a protest over two recent fatal shootings by Royal Oak police.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Platform Committee Electronic Meeting June 4, 2018

National Platform Committee Meeting
June 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm EDT

Draft Agenda:

  1. Roll Call (2 minutes)
  2.  Approval of agenda
  3. Approval of any outstanding minutes (10 minutes)
  4. Opportunity for Public Comment (10 minutes)
  5. Any remaining issues over appointment of rationales committee (10 minutes)
  6. Platform Amendments to Taxation and Spending (including the possible issue of student debt) in 2.4 or other appropriate places (90 Minutes)
  7. Platform Amendments adding Licensing (45 Minutes)
  8. Platform Amendments regarding abortion and reproductive rights (45 Minutes)
  9. General discussion if any time permitting (no voting – cushion of 10 minutes built in – this will be omitted if time extended on any prior items)
  10. Closing remarks by Chair and Adjournment (3 minutes)

How to view the meeting …

Platform committee meetings may be viewed using Adobe Connect.… Read more ...

John McAfee Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

Businessman and crypto ICO advocate John McAfee has announced his intentions to run again for POTUS in 2020. In a twitter announcement, McAfee indicated he will give the Libertarian party first dibs for services but left open the possibility for the formation of a new party for his presidential campaign. In 2015, McAfee launched a presidential campaign for the newly formed Cyber party before switching to run for the 2016 libertarian nomination.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Bylaws Committee Initial Minority Reports

Libertarian Party members recently received the survey from the Bylaws Committee Chair for the proposals that have passed out of the Bylaws Committee. Minority reports have been prepared which might be helpful to review prior to completing the survey.

The index of the Minority Reports with links to the reports can be found here: more ...

Libertarian Party Platform Committee Electronic Meeting May 31, 2018

National Platform Committee Meeting
May 31 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm EDT
Here are the required Adobe Connect instructions:

The agenda can be found here: more ... 2018 Libertarian Party Bylaws Committee Survey

Libertarian Party Bylaws and Convention Rules


Fellow Libertarians,

After each Libertarian National Convention, a Bylaws and Rules Committee is established to consider and recommend proposed amendments to the party’s governing documents. The Bylaws Committee consists of 10 members, no more than five of whom must be non-members of the current Libertarian National Committee; this year’s members are M Carling, Andy Craig, David Pratt Demarest, Caryn Ann Harlos, Joe Bishop-Henchman, Joshua Katz, Alicia Mattson, Chuck Moulton, Kimberly Ruff, and Aaron Starr.… Read more ...

The Register endorses Jake Porter in the Libertarian primary for governor of Iowa


From Des Moines Register:

The Libertarian Party of Iowa gained major-party status under Iowa law two years ago by winning more than 2 percent of the vote in the 2016 presidential race.

Being a major party has its privileges, including the ability to hold special conventions and primary elections.… Read more ... Original 1972 Hospers Statement of Principles Donated to the Party

Original Statement of Principles


Pictured here is a copy of the original Statement of Principles as typewritten by John Hospers at the 1972 convention. The existence of this original document was unknown until it turned up on an ebay listing, was purchased by a Libertarian Party member, and then donated to the Party.… Read more ...