Arthur Ringwalt: Notes from Libertarian Political Expo



Libertarian Political Expo

Arthur Ringwalt, California Convention Delegate

These notes were submitted by Arthur Ringwalt, a delegate from Sacramento. (916) 925-5988,, Arthur Ringwalt

Libertarian Political Expo

Arthur Ringwalt, California Convention Delegate

Here are notes on the programs for Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30. As far as I know, no-one recorded the sessions, so this document is here to fill the void. I also took notes on Sunday’s California LP convention.

May 29th

9:00 am – 7:00 am,

Exhibit Hall open

8:00 am – 10:30 am

8:00 -9:00: Breakfast featuring Larry Elder

(I did not attend the 10:00 and 11:00 sessions below, because I could not find a schedule.)

10:00 am -10:50 am: Business Panel.

11:00 am -11:50 am

Choice of two sessions.

The choices were:

“Understanding the Legislative Process” by Andy Matthew and Timothy Sanderfund

“How the Left Does It”, presented by Matt Bazel.

12:00 pm – 1:50 pm, LPEX special luncheon series with Judge Jim Gray

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm, Technology Panel

Technology is needed to level the playing field. We discussed Uber and Lyft, taxi services that use the Internet.

Panel participants included David, Patrick and Alexander from Orange County, David from Nevada, and Brett Pojolis.

Thirty percent of recent patents concern information technology.

The 2012 Obama campaign used much technology, often for market segmentation.

Technology is not a substitute for human network or contacts. Presenting organizations included:

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm.,

The presenter was Timothy Street.

He discussed the need for digital strategies for campaigning, particularly for close races. See: , which provides for free campaign Web sites. Visit Nevada Libertarian Party Web site at “, ; is a good source for search optimization.

Fresh content improves the results from Google Analytics.

We need videos.

We discussed how to raise small donations online.

He said that we phone or email him seven days/week at . makes a profit by providing software for state and local races. The software has a dashboard.

4:00 pm – 4:50 pm, There was a choice of three sessions.

I did not attend any of them due to personal reasons.

5:00 pm – 5:50 pm, , Turning Point USA Presentation

According to its Web site, “Turning Point USA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded on June 5, 2012 by Charlie Kirk. The organization’s mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.”

“ Late to bed, early to rise. Work like hell and organize.”

Turning Point USA is allied with YAF and Students for Concealed Carry. Free Market Alliance, is a part of Turning Point USA.

We need to share ideas and data.

We discussed how to win against the law on campus, requiring most of these steps:

* Know the rules.

* Be cheeky.

* Observe and record everything

* Stay on campus. Tell the administration to get the facts.

* Have a camera.

* Remove pictures from the cameras; copy them onto other electronic devices.

* Keep the bad guys busy. Talk to people as much as you can. They would talk less to others. Waste their time.

Make the statists live their worst statist nightmare.

The more work we do, the more work that the dark, statist side does.

Persuade by examples, not abstractions.

Use a smart phone, not a flip phone.

Examples include setting up tables with posters concerning “big government sucks” and a picture of a flash drive with the slogan, “Flash drives save more trees than Greenpeace.”

Worst choice is apathy.

8:00 pm -10:00 pm, mixer

Saturday, May 30th

9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Exhibit Hall Open

8;00 am – 10:00 am, Breakfast with Congressman Joe Heck

10:00 am – 10:50 am, Business Panel, Government and Business

Danny Matthews, chief presenter

Public Choice economist from Geo. Washington Univ. and Brett Pojoris were on panel.

Government takes up 37% of the economy. It was 20% in Eisenhower’s time.

Big business gets what it wants; small businesses don’t. Small businesses bring in new ideas.

Tax increase discussed by Rinos in Carson City at time of convention.

* Gaming and resorts can protect themselves

* Small businesses cannot.

* Many legislators never ran a business.

* Back door to state income tax.

* How about cutting spending?

Coal-power plants and the EPA was discussed .

Unfortunately, almost no-one wants to shut government down.

We need a Web site with all government spending programs in one place. Business people need access to it. We need to get people to Web sites.

The Nevada Controller, Ron Knecht, is working on such a Web site. It will be monthly and user friendly Email: for access to such a Web site.

11:00 am – 11:50 am, Understanding the Legislation Process panel

Public choice economist present on panel.

Age of average staff on Capitol Hill is 26 years. Staff does issue research.

Most legislators do not care about the Constitution.

People don’t trust government.

Social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, are helpful. Facebook is the most visited social media Web site in the world.

Blogs with constant contributions get more hits. Refer to your Web site from social media Web sites.

Dr. Lee Welter asked a question about the role of education. Education was more decentralized in Jefferson’s day.

The word “Libertarian” has more positive connotation than in the past.

Purpose of a blog. What do you want to achieve? Need a purpose.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Lunch with Congressman Cresent Hardy

1:45 pm – 2:50 pm, Panel discussion on changing laws

There was a panelist from Georgia and another one from the Heartland Institute.

An example concerned selling of liquor in Georgia on Sundays. We decided to make it a local issue. Everyone likes local issues. Selling of alcohol was not an issue!

Another example concerned school choice in Nevada. Saving money was paramount over school choice. Teachers in Nevada are against school choice. Yet Nevada has a right-to-work law.

Above all, refrain from personal attacks.

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm, Winning Online; Unlocking Power from Social Media

Aubrey Blankenship was the presenter. She represents She is its Director of Communications. Her phone number is 540-338-1251. Web site is: .

Graphics and video are now an essential aspect of campaigning. We are now in a visual generation.

What about politics?

Twenty-five percent of social networks get involved.

If you put enough comments, preferably 30 or more, on social Web sites, then you get attention of staff researchers.

Use your Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn page.

Who am I? Why am I online? Define yourself. Write about yourself..

My real name should be on my Twitter Account. Use a slogan. Google yourself. What are you an expert in?

Who am I talking with? Use Facebook to find people similar to you. Can they find you? Alerts.Google.Com The sky is the limit. Get involved in a discussion. Such groups can be found at: facebook groups .Similar groups are available on LinkedIn. Also try: . Get involved in discussions.

Your Web site is important, your hub of activity. Use social media to get to your Web site. Get links to your Web site. You need minimum verbage and maximum graphics and icons. Invite participation.

Use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and Google Analytics. Use such tools as: * * * *

Other tools exist.

“The more I practice, the luckier I get.” Gary Player

4:00 pm- 4:50 pm, “Messaging To Win,” presented by Tyler Bowyer,

representing TPUSA, which gave a presentation yesterday.

* When presenting a message:

* Know your audience

* Give components to your message

* Do not cut corners.

* Listen

Reagan told many jokes. Good way to present a message.

Referrals are very good. Visit: and

5;00 pm – 5:50 pm, Elected Official Panel Discussion – 2 Party System Broken

One person on the panel was from Marietta, Georgia. Another was Nevada Controller, Ron Knecht, . He is also on the state board of regents. The Controller’s Web site is: .

There is much “heavy lifting” is done by Congressional staff.

Legislators of ten respond to social Web sites, particularly Twitter and Facebook.

There are too many Rinos in Nevada. Democrats stand for the special interests. They have a Rino component.

There is too much occupational licensing in Nevada. Regulations are as bad as ordinary taxes. Feds own 85% of land in Nevada. There is a movement in the West concerning Federal lands. An act of Congress is needed to change this situation. Privatizing Federal lands is also popular in Utah and Idaho.

School boards are members are often puppets dangled with money from Department of Education.

6;00 pm -7:00pm, Session did not occur.

7:30 pm – 10: pm. Mixer




Sunday, May 31st

9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Exhibit Hall open

9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Libertarian Party of California Convention.

The meeting was scheduled at 9:00, but was not called to order until 10:41. We had to change the room; the new room had tables for computers and was larger.

Kevin Takenaga ws presiding.

California has 30 pages of bylaws while Nevada has only 5.

Brett Pojunis talked. We needed training. That is why we got American Majority, Turning Point USA, Leadership Institute, and other groups for LPEX.

We had seven positions at large.

We had 74 delegates. Each delegate was supposed to have received a folder with the logo on the cover.

Kevin Duewel was elected as pro tem secretary for the convention.

We had to suspend the rules for the elections of officers.

We followed the election of officers on page 24 of the bylaws.

Boomer Shannon made a speech for Ted Brown. Mark Hinkle gave another speech.

Ted gave his acceptance speech. The California Libertarians are losing members; he wants to bring the party back to life. He had been building his insurance adjustment business. While there are 118,000 registered Libertarians in California, the Libertarian Party has only 800 members. We need to recruit candidates. Ted has run for Libertarian offices 15 times. We need to confer more with conference calls and Voice-Over-The-Internet-Protocol (VOIP) methods. We need conventions where people live such as southern California and the Bay Area, or even Sacramento or San Diego. .

Ted Brown was elected by voice vote.

We have two vice chairs, one for the north and one for the south.

Regarding northern California, the two contestants were Gale Morgan and Brian Thiemer.

Kevin Duewel gave a speech on behalf of Gale, who has helped with Sacramento housing and development. He has activated Yolo County. He mentioned the proposed State of Jefferson. Gale has helped with Placer County which has a 1.4% Libertarian registration, the largest percentage in the state.

Emily Tilford made a speech for Brian Thiemer. We need, according to him, a best practices manual for each county.

The ballot was 20 for Brian and 12 for Gale.

Regarding the Vice President for southern California, there was one candidate, Jonathan Jaech, who was subsequently elected by voice vote.

We had a break for lunch from 12:00 to 1:30.

The elections continued, this time for Secretary.

The candidates were Jose Castaneda and Kevin Duewel.

Gail Lightfoot spoke on behalf of Jose. Jay spoke on behalf of Kevin. Kevin was former Vice Chair. Emphasized was a need for more members, cleaning the membership roster, and restoring the now defunct newsletter. Kevin was elected.

The Treasurer election was next. Emily Tilford was the only nominee. She is now the Sacramento County Libertarian treasurer. She would work with Brian Darby, the former state treasurer.

Finally, there were 7 at large positions. Five of these were elected during even years; the other five are elected during odd years. Each of us had to vote for up to five candidates.

Here is a list of elected positions, according to an email from Ted Brown, our new



Chair: Ted Brown

Northern Vice Chair: Brian Thiemer

Southern Vice Chair: Jonathan Jaech

Secretary: Kevin Duewel

Treasurer: Emily Tilford

At-large representatives were:

* Boomer Shannon

* Mark Hinkle

* Ray Fostore

* Mark Sertic

* Jeff Hewitt

* Eric M. Vaughnes

* Jason Alvin Wu

* Jarrett Tilford

* Leon Weinstein

* Jim Hoerricks


David Bowers

Gale Morgan

Ted Brown sent another email on June 6th describing these new officials: Introducing the New Executive Committee

We then had testimonials in favor of Kevin Takenaga.

We hardly discussed changes in bylaws.

The meeting adjourned at 500 pm.

The Executive Committee met afterwards in a smaller room which had no tables.

We have $13,000 in the treasury.

Matters discussed were:

* The chairmanship should be a full-time job.

* We might need the following:

* Fundraising chair

* Conference/Events chair

* Web site improvements

* Newsletter

* State Government liaison in Sacramento.

* Legislation

* Candidate Recruitment

* Voter registration

* Campus liaison

* Education

As I recall, the meeting adjourned about 7:00 pm.

The Nevada Libertarian Convention was on the same day in another room.

These notes were submitted by Arthur Ringwalt, a delegate from Sacramento. (916) 925-5988,, Arthur Ringwalt

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