Open Thread for This Weekend’s Libertarian Conventions

This is a busy weekend for state Libertarian Parties. Besides New York, which was featured in a prior thread, these states will be meeting:

Friday, April 25 to April 26

Saturday, April 26


Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27

Please use this thread to keep us posted with their events, or send info to me at

10 thoughts on “Open Thread for This Weekend’s Libertarian Conventions

  1. Mark Axinn

    Report from Connecticut:

    LPCT’s new officers are as follows.

    Chair Joshua Katz
    Vice Chair Paul Passarelli
    Secretary Carol McMahon
    Treasuer Jo Ann Roeter

    Carol McMahon
    Outgoing State Chair

  2. paulie

    Via email:

    I just got home from the 2014 LPIN Convention which had about 90 delegates in attendance from 33 counties around the state.

    See you next week,

    Live Free,

    Sam Goldstein
    LNC Region 3 Representative

  3. paulie

    As for me…Don’t think I’ll be able to go anywhere nearly that far between now and June 3, in fact I may have my wings clipped for the whole time between now and then (*maybe* Florida but that is a reach).

  4. paulie

    On Saturday, April 26th, 2014, the Vermont Libertarian Party held it’s 2014 convention at Zachary’s Pizza in South Burlington where Vermont Libertarians joined to discuss the party platform and nominate delegates to the Libertarian national convention. Attendees had a chance to discuss various issues facing Vermont with 6 different speakers.
    2014 Platform Discussion and Adoption

    The platform remains unchanged. View the 2014 Platform here:
    Delegates to the National LP Convention

    We nominated 3 delegates to the national Libertarian Party Convention. They are:

    Bonnie Scott of Grand Isle
    John Cisar of Essex
    Bob Bindert of Fairfield

    Convention Speakers

    We then had 6 speakers including:

    Leroy Turner – spoke about Citizens for Property Rights and how they intend to focus efforts this year on act 60/68 which they believe is one of the greatest threats to property rights in the state of Vermont.
    Bonnie Scott – spoke about activism in Vermont and the various ways Libertarians can be active in causes and liberty-minded groups that we can work with. Bonnie also spoke on using technology to give us an edge politically. Bonnie serves as a delegate to national and also hosts The Woodchuck Report.
    Shayne Spence – spoke about liberty issues for youth and how to reach out to them. Shayne works with the Ethan Allen Institute.
    Wendy Wilton – spoke about threats to healthcare freedom in Vermont. Wendy represented Vermonter’s for Health Care Freedom
    Edward Garcia – spoke about current threats to gun rights in Vermont.
    Rich Tomasso – provided an update regarding national LP business and provided advice on how we can grow the party as well as how to run a campaign for political office. Rich Tomasso is chair of the New Hampshire Libertarian Party and serves as our LNC representative to the National Libertarian Party.

    The convention was well attended and we had a good level of interaction between the speakers and attendees.

    We will post videos of individual speakers in separate posts shortly. Stay tuned!

    Below are comments made by Jeremy Ryan, Chair of the VTLP on Candidates:

    We are actively looking for candidates. It’s quite easy for Libertarians to get on the ballot. We’re an officially recognized minor party which means you do not need to get signatures. If you want to run as a Libertarian for State House for example in an already organized town, you simply need to meet with two other members and nominate yourself and file a form. If your town isn’t organized yet, then you would need to set a date and put up some 3 notices and an ad, meet on that date, organize by filing out a form and then nominate yourself as a candidate. It’s quite easy and if interested I can help out. So, if you have any interest just let me know.

    Gary Johnson for President

    Below are comments made by Jeremy Ryan on Gary Johnson for President:

    You may have heard that Gary Johnson stated this week that he would like to seek run for president in 2016 as Libertarian. Last time was quite good for us and another run could help even more. Running this year could help build your support for another run in 2016 and then if Johnson does run you could get those voters as well as I think a quality candidate like Johnson brings new voters to the table that would otherwise not vote.

    Tabling Opportunities

    Below are comments made by Jeremy Ryan on tabling opportunities:

    Also, if anyone is interested in tabling at events, we have tables and materials, just let me know you’re interested and where/what you would like to do and I’ll get you what you need and put the word out to other members. We should be scheduling some outdoor opportunities soon now that the weather is starting to get better. Most of you are either on our mailing list or social media, so we’ll keep you posted there. Stay tuned!

    Thank you!

    A big thank you to all the above speakers, the Vermont Libertarian members that helped run the event including Dan Feliciano, John Cisar, Carl Ellis, Heavenly Ryan and Bonnie Scott. Thank you to the John Moore and the staff at Zachary’s Pizza for hosting the event and putting out all the pizza! Also, thank you to Ben Lawrence of for providing us equipment on such short notice.

  5. paulie

    I will be covering:

    2014 Libertarian Party of Alabama Convention Schedule
    The Libertarian Party of Alabama will host its annual convention on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The convention activities will take place at the Libertarian Party of Alabama headquarters located at 2330 Highland Avenue South in Birmingham, Alabama, with registration beginning at 8:00 am. A variety of lunch options will be available including on your own to premium seating with our nationally renowned speakers. An outing with our speakers has been planned to Regions Field in downtown Birmingham for after the convention to watch Pensacola vs. the Barons. The outing will include food and soft drinks for a cost of $35/person.

    Convention Schedule:
    8:00-9:00 am – Registration and Credentialing
    9:00-10:45 am – Nomination and Speeches from Candidates Seeking Office
    11:00 am – 11:15 am – 2013-2014 Officer Reports
    11:15 am – 11:45 am – Business Meeting
    11:45 am – 12:00 pm – Executive Committee Elections
    12:00 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch
    1:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Sharon Harris – an award-winning speaker, conducts communication training seminars, and administers the Advocates for Self Government guest speaker program.
    2:00 pm – 2:15 pm – Danny Bedwell – Candidate for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District and former Chair of the Libertarian Party of Mississippi.
    2:15 pm – 4:00 pm – Carla Howell – the Libertarian Party Political Director will be presenting her “Who’s Driving” political training
    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Judge Jim Gray – 2012 Libertarian Party Vice President Nominee

    The Libertarian Party of Alabama has met the threshold petitioning requirements to be placed on the ballot for the upcoming November 2014 elections in Jefferson County and is continuing petition efforts in Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Coosa, and Shelby Counties. This designation allows the Libertarian Party of Alabama to run candidates for all county positions along with several State senate and house seats that are located entirely within Jefferson County. If you are interested in running for a political office as a Libertarian or attending the convention, please contact: Mr. Leigh LaChine, Chair, 205.936.9387 or

    The Libertarian Party of Alabama is the official State affiliate for the national Libertarian Party. Founded in 1971, the Libertarian Party believes in achieving liberty through economic freedom and social tolerance, and is the nation’s fastest growing political party. More information is available at their respective websites: or

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