Brian Holtz reports at Libertarian Intelligence
The Libertarian Party Platform Committee met in December in Las Vegas. It adopted 16 proposals, two of which include “pending amendments”. (A pending amendment is subject to an initial majority vote by the convention delegates before the proposal it amends receives its usual up-or-down 2/3 vote.)
Holtz, who is a member of that committee as well as a writer for IPR, goes on to detail the proposed changes to the platform adopted by the committee, the votes for and against passage among committee members, his opinion of each proposed change, and his assessment of the chances the delegates will pass each of the proposals. This assessment is based on his previous experience in serving on this committee in past years and seeing how the delegates have responded to what was passed.
Since the original article at Libertarian Intelligence contains first person editorial content, Brian asked that someone else post this story for him at IPR.
From the article:
My personal agenda for this platform cycle is to minimize platform language churn while trying to fix the top five vulnerabilities that the platform leaves for our candidates. […] PlatCom’s proposals address all five problems, although not always with the precise language I offered. […] I voted against 4 of the 6 other plank rewrites, as they tended to churn (and sometimes weaken) the platform language without actually provided extra defense or guidance to our candidates. I cast all five of the solitary nays, and was among the nays or abstentions whenever there were any.
Read the whole thing, and, as always, comments are welcome here at IPR.