￼￼￼Yesterday, we posted draft opinions obtained regarding the opinions issued by the Libertarian Party Judicial Committee on its Reconsideration of its ruling in the matter of Wes Wagner vs. the Libertarian National Committee. Links to the pdfs of those draft opinions are preserved at the end of this article. The final documents (including Minutes) were issued today and are reproduced here.… Read more ...
“Be it resolved that the Libertarian Party of Oregon shall boycott the Orlando 2016 National Convention; that we shall not be bound by the Convention’s Presidential nomination; that if any delegation presents itself as the Oregon delegation, they shall be disclaimed.”
Present Chair Lars D.… Read more ...
The Libertarian Party’s Judicial Committee meets tomorrow in a virtual meeting to discuss whether they will overturn the prior Judicial Committee’s decision from 2011 regarding the ongoing, complicated matter of who the legitimate affiliate for the Oregon LP is.
Imagine the surprise Kyle Markley Libertarian candidate for Oregon House of Representives, felt when he opened a letter from Richard Burke. In it, Mr. Burke recommends he vote for his Republican competitor, Dan Mason.
Richard Burke, as many of our IPR readers know, has been involved in a dispute with the Libertarian Party of Oregon since spring 2011, saying that a different set of officers is the rightful leadership of the Libertarian Party of Oregon.… Read more ...
The national Libertarian Party has taken action to help two states in issues regarding candidates for office. One concerned the exclusion of a candidate in a televised debate in the state of Kentucky, a situation which is familiar to Libertarians and and other third-party and independent candidates across the country.… Read more ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Libertarian Party of Oregon Admonishes Jason Yates; Accuses Him of Fraud for Claiming False and Misleading Endorsement
Wilsonville, Ore – September 25th, 2014 — The Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) State Committee voted yesterday to admonish Jason Yates, Republican Candidate for US Congressional District 1, and accuse him of fraud for making false and misleading claims that he is endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Oregon.
Posted to the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s Facebook page
August 27, 2014
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Republican Congressional Candidates Submit False Filings; Attempt to Obtain Libertarian Party Nominations By Deception
Wilsonville, Ore – August 27th, 2014 — The Libertarian Party of Oregon(LPO) has learned that US Congressional candidates Jason Yates, Republican, District 1, and James Buchal, Republican, District 3, submitted false certificates of nomination to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office.
This was sent to me via email:
Libertarian Party of Oregon
Board of Directors Meeting, Beaverton, Oregon
August 5, 2014
SUBJECT: 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention
WHEREAS the Libertarian Party of Oregon, founded under Oregon law prior to the founding of the National Libertarian Party, is an independent organization neither subordinate nor bound by any contract to the National Libertarian Party,
WHEREAS at the 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention, the delegation from the Libertarian Party of Oregon was modified by the convention without the consent, and over the objection, of this state affiliate,
WHEREAS the National Libertarian Party bylaws require that “[e]ach state-level affiliate party shall, in accordance with its own Bylaws and these Bylaws, determine who shall be its delegates to all Regular Conventions” (NLP bylaws §6(3)),
WHEREAS the National Libertarian Party bylaws require that “… delegates to a Regular Convention shall be selected by a method adopted by each affiliate party” (NLP bylaws §11(3)(b)),
WHEREAS the Libertarian Party of Oregon bylaws make it a duty of the board of directors to appoint delegates (LPO bylaws §5(3)),
WHEREAS the board of directors adopted the following delegate appointment rule: “to accept applicants in the order they were received, with later applicants being placed in alternate slots”, (LPO Board meeting, January 15, 2014),
WHEREAS the Libertarian Party of Oregon solicited delegates via a sign-up form in our 2014 primary election announcement letter, mailed to every person registered to vote as a Libertarian in Oregon,
WHEREAS the Libertarian Party of Oregon also solicited delegates via a sign-up form in our 2014 primary ballot materials, mailed to every person registered to vote as a Libertarian in Oregon,
WHEREAS the Libertarian Party of Oregon also solicited delegates via announcements on our website and other social media,
WHEREAS the National Libertarian Party bylaws direct that “[a] list of the names and addresses of all delegates and alternates chosen by each affiliate party shall be sent to the Credentials Committee” and that “[a]mendments to such lists may be made by the affiliate parties and submitted to the Credentials Committee” (NLP bylaws §11(5)(c), emphasis added),
WHEREAS there is no suggestion anywhere in the National Libertarian Party bylaws that any body other than the state affiliate party is ever granted the authority to determine its delegation,
WHEREAS the procedure used to modify the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s delegation – amending the Credentials Committee report – is not permitted by the National Libertarian Party bylaws,
WHEREAS the exclusive means to modify a delegation during the Convention is provided by §11(5)(e) of the National Libertarian Party bylaws,
WHEREAS the purpose of the §11(5)(e) provision is to enable the state affiliate to submit additional members of its delegation to the Credentials Committee during the convention,
WHEREAS the fact that §11(5)(e) is silent regarding who may make submissions to the Credentials Committee is not an implicit grant of authority for any other body to make submissions on the state affiliate party’s behalf, or over its objection,
WHEREAS even if others could make submissions, the application of §11(5)(e) requires a seven-eighths vote, which was not obtained,
WHEREAS “[m]otions that conflict with the corporate charter, constitution, or bylaws of a society … are out of order, and if any motion of this kind is adopted, it is null and void” (RONR (11th ed.), p.… Read more ...
Wednesday morning, 11 June 2014, several IPR contributors received a copy of an email from a third party with the allegation (and appearance) that it had been authored by Richard Burke.
The email indicated that Mr. Burke was offering his services to non-Libertarian third party candidates, claimed pro-bono robocall work had already been done for the Pacific-Green Party, related personal attendance at the Pacific-Green Party Convention, and revealed plans “to work with the Progressive Party, Constitution Party, and Working Families Party as well” noting “how dysfunctional the Libertarian Party of Oregon is right now.”
The complete text of the email is reproduced at the conclusion of this article.… Read more ...
Wes Wagner has learned the sources of funding for the lawsuit against the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s leadership. Through a search for the Libertarian Party of Oregon on the Oregon Secretary of State’s site, it is revealed that Aaron Starr, who is not a resident of that state, has contributed almost $100,000 to the Libertarian Party of Oregon.… Read more ...
I am writing and will make this brief — just so everyone has some updates on the status of things here in Oregon.
First and foremost we have already broken our record for partisan candidates. There are over 26 libertarians registered for our primary, and if history is an indicator, write-ins on our ballots will likely take us past 40.… Read more ...