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March 15, 2014
MURFREESBORO — The country should eliminate all income, corporate and payroll taxes and replace them with a consumption tax, Libertarian Party 2012 presidential nominee Gary Johnson told an audience Saturday.
“I believe that our lives would be changed for the better,” Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, said during his keynote address before the Libertarian Party of Tennessee State Convention at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in Murfreesboro.
About 75 people attended the event, and the 60 or still present by the final speech gave Johnson a standing ovation.
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Here is a video of Johnson’s speech:
Here is what the state chairman, Jim Tomasik, had to say:
We are just getting back to the house this morning after an absolutely fantastic couple of days in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the 2014 LPTN State Convention! We had great participation and a lot of really positive attitudes.
We muddled through some of the basic rules of procedures with the help of more knowledgeable folks such as Wayne Chastain. Wayne stepped in and helped out with the Robert’s Rules of Order. I’m very glad that he offered to fill in for the Secretary’s position during the transitional time.
It was great to see some familiar faces from across Tennessee such as Allan Wallace, Steven Rodriguez, Heather Scott, Ed and Debra Marsh, Keith Luntz, and many more. It was also great to see a lot of new faces as well.
We have some newly elected state party officers in place at the closing of the Convention:
Please welcome these folks to their new positions:
Donn Janes is our new LPTN Vice Chairman
Daniel Lewis is our new LPTN Secretary
Mary Phelps is our new LPTN Treasurer
(Of course, I am still the LPTN Chairman.)
I would like to say “thank you” to the outgoing Vice Chairman, Matthew Novak, Secretary, Ray Ledford, and Treasurer, Michael Maness.
We also have three newly appointed regional cordinators:
Wallace Redd, is our new Heartland Regional Coordinator
James (Jimbo) Buente is our new Valley Regional Coordinator
Paul Teague is our new Delta Regional Coordinator (replacing Donn Janes)
I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this years convention and would like to send a special thanks to the three other members of the convention committee, Donn Janes, Paul Teague, and Barry Simmons.
(Donn and I will prepare a press release to go out that will list LPTN Nominees for elected offices within 24 hours.)
WE will start planning the 2015 LPTN right away. Let’s grow this thing!
And, here is what one attendee, Adam House, had to say on a blog post:
Yesterday, on the Ides of March, was the Libertarian Party convention for the state of Tennessee, held in Murfreesboro. Former New Mexico Governor and 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, was the keynote speaker.
Several years ago, Gary Johnson started a one-man business as a handy man for hire, then grew it into a construction business employing over 1,000 people. He’s also an athlete who has climbed to the highest mountain peak on 6 of the 7 world continents, and plans to go to Antarctica to climb the highest peak on that 7th continent this November. In his two terms as NM Governor, Johnson actually shrunk the size of government and brought the state’s budget back into balance. Johnson stands firmly against the drug war, American military adventurism abroad, and the failed inflationary monetary policies of the Federal Reserve.
I was pleasantly surprised when Johnson opened the floor to questions from the gathering and I took the opportunity to ask something. I introduced myself, pointed out that Governor Johnson’s dog and mine have both created more shovel-ready jobs than B. Hussein Obama, told him that I might be glad to see him run for president again on a ticket with Judge Andrew Napolitano, and asked him to give his take on NSA spying and Edward Snowden. Johnson called Snowden a “hero” in response, and expressed that he might run for president again.
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