Yesterday, the leadership of two states made the decision to withdraw from the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance (LSLA). The LSLA has been a topic of conversation here on IPR several times over the past few months. See here ,
here , and here.
Dear LSLA. ..The state of Georgia libertarian party is leaving the LSLA..The chairman has been authorized to action as he sees fit until the LSLA recognizes only one state chair of a state party ..The same chair that the chairman of the LNC and the state of of Oregon recognizes. . As state chair I find it unacceptable that that the LSLA is making that decision to recognize another faction.. while the state of Oregon and the LNC has made it clear who is the chair. ..When the LSLA gets on the same page as the LNC. ..then Georgia will take another vote to rejoin the LSLA. ..
The Libertarian Party of Oregon has made a similar decision:
From: Wes Wagner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: January 16, 2014, 12:19:50 PM PST
To: “paulie .”
<email@example.com>, Jill Pyeatt <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Brett Bittner <email@example.com>, Brett Bittner <firstname.lastname@example.org>, George Phillies <email@example.com>, Joseph Buchman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Oregon is leaving the LSLA
At last nights board meeting, there was an 8-0 vote to thank the Libertarian Party of Georgia for their support and declare that Oregon is leaving the LSLA and that we will provide no representation to the organization.
Chairperson, Libertarian Party of Oregon
It is unknown at this time how this will affect Brett Bittner, who is the current Chairman of the LSLA, and is from Georgia.
This afternoon, an email was sent out by LP Chairman Geoff Neale re: the LSLA’s email list:
2:37 PM (5 minutes ago)
We now officially have a problem.
Staff and the LNC need a discussion list with representatives from all recognized affiliates, IMO. While communications can be performed by including non LSLA entities separately, it’s not ideal.
If the LSLA needs a list that contains only their “members”, and those lists are not the same, then the obvious answer is two lists.
I propose that we take back full administration of the state chairs list, and that it contain only recognized affiliates, and their designees (within a reasonable constraint – perhaps up to five people). Staff will maintain this list.
The LSLA can decide if it wants a separate list, or if it wants to use the LNC state chairs discussion list. If it wants a separate list, I do not think it should be hosted on lp.org.
I am not at this time submitting a motion to this effect, because I do not know the manner in which administration authority over the state chairs list was given to the LSLA. If it was a formal motion of the LNC, then it will take a formal motion of the LNC to change it. If it was some form of administrative decision, then it would not require a decision of the LNC to change.
I would just LOVE to look at years and years of LNC minutes, but I just do not have the time to do so. Anyone who wishes to do this research would be a hero in my eyes.
Please share your opinions.