LP Colorado: Live Blogging the Convention

UnknownDarryl Perry has graciously offered to live blog today’s business portion of the LP Colorado Convention.

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Caryn Ann Harlos is a paralegal residing in Castle Rock, Colorado and presently serving as the Region 1 Representative on the Libertarian National Committee and is a candidate for LNC Secretary at the 2018 Libertarian Party Convention. Articles posted should NOT be considered the opinions of the LNC nor always those of Caryn Ann Harlos personally. Caryn Ann's goal is to provide information on items of interest and (sometimes) controversy about the Libertarian Party and minor parties in general not to necessarily endorse the contents.

84 thoughts on “LP Colorado: Live Blogging the Convention

  1. Darryl W. Perry

    nominations for US Senate
    Lily Tang Williams nominated & seconded
    Gaylon Kent nominated & seconded
    questions about whether or not candidates who had not previously expressed interest could run

    nominations closed

  2. Darryl W. Perry

    I’m told if either candidate received over 70% of the vote from delegates, there will not be a primary… i.e. any candidate obtaining 30% of the vote gets placed on the primary ballot

  3. Darryl W. Perry

    Vote was initially taken as a voice vote, vote needs to be via ballot in order to determine if any candidate receives 70+% of the vote
    Lily Williams 37
    Gaylon 18
    NOTA 0

  4. Darryl W. Perry

    motion carries to re-open US Senate nominations
    Gaylon Kent officially withdrew from US Senate race
    motion to close nominations
    Lily Williams approved as US Senate candidate on unanimous consent

  5. Darryl W. Perry

    CD6 nominations open

    someone reminded convention that Congressional nominees are not obligated to live in the Congressional District

    Norm Olsen nominated

  6. Nicholas Sarwark

    Congratulations to Lily and Gaylon on their respective nominations! Contested primaries are cool, but having two candidates in the general election is better.

  7. Darryl W. Perry

    State Senate & State Rep nominations open
    Jay North will be going through these quickly; I will likely not catch everything for the next set of nominations

  8. Darryl W. Perry

    Senate 23 has a candidate (Carl didn’t catch the last name) trying to self-nominated, question about his ability to be a candidate as a Libertarian, since he has not been a member for the requisite number of days

  9. Caryn Ann Harlos

    I will be back next week to update this thread.

    I will get a total number of candidates we nominated – it was a great day. There was a controversy with an allegation of one republican trying to get our nomination – was defeated.

    We filled all 31 delegation spots.

    Platform committee started. Preamble revised. SoP but omitting cult of the omnipotent state adopted in place of previous “values”- planks to be considered tomorrow.

    Very good day. Very well attended.

    I am very tired – be back soon. At pre-debate banquet.

  10. Caryn Ann Harlos

    Debate first round

    First round results:

    1. Johnson
    2. Kerbel
    3. Petersen
    4. Robinson
    5. Thrasher for McAfee

    Many of the candidates seem really tired. They just came off travel from another debate.

  11. Andy

    “Caryn Ann Harlos
    March 12, 2016 at 23:07

    Kerbel is answering extraordinarily well.”

    Did Kerbel answer any questions about the insurance fraud accusations that are levied against him?

  12. sparkey

    I’m confused, who is in the debate? Just those 5 (McAfee with a substitute)? So Perry is there but not debating? And Petersen made it despite the drama?

  13. Andy

    “sparkey
    March 13, 2016 at 00:08

    I’m confused, who is in the debate? Just those 5 (McAfee with a substitute)? So Perry is there but not debating? And Petersen made it despite the drama?”

    That’s bullshit if Perry was not in the debate. He is a candidate.

  14. Caryn Ann Harlos

    The moderator asked all the questions. There were no questions about the insurance lawsuits involving Kerbel. I don’t know if any were submitted.

    Yes, Perry participated in the debate.

    Second round debate results (final):

    Johnson 51%
    Petersen 23%
    Kerbel 17%
    McAfee (through proxy Thrasher) (I missed this, I think it was 3%
    NOTA 2%
    Robinson 1%

    I don’t know if I will be posting any tomorrow. We have a long business day ahead.

  15. Caryn Ann Harlos

    We had an elimination round to get the top five. He participated in the first round.

  16. Andy

    Really a pathetic state of affairs that Perry did not make it to the 2nd round being that he was the most solid Libertarian there.

  17. Darcy G Richardson

    “So a candidate advocating big government plans and another under serious accusations of insurance fraud outpolled Perry?” — William Saturn

    “Really a pathetic state of affairs that Perry did not make it to the 2nd round being that he was the most solid Libertarian there.” — Andy

    I totally agree with William and Andy. Darryl is my sentimental favorite. He’s by far the most energetic and consistent libertarian in the field — a genuine freedom fighter and arguably the most principled candidate running. I admire his tenacity and moxie, both of which are in short supply in American politics.

    On a personal note, Darryl is one of the most decent individuals I’ve ever crossed paths with. He’s a very, very decent guy. He also has some pretty interesting things to say — if people bothered to actually listen closely.

    It’s too bad he couldn’t even make it to the second round at yesterday’s state convention where nearly three-quarters of the Colorado delegates essentially voted for Republican schmucks, and another 17 percent voted for a guy — a Johnny-come-lately to the LP — whose alleged professional conduct has raised some serious questions here at IPR.

    Kind of sad state of affairs considering that Colorado was the party’s birthplace.

    Oh, well, I guess it’s a sign of the times. America’s minor parties, entities that once stood for advancing new ideas and ideologies in the political marketplace, are quickly becoming as reprehensible and unappealing as the two dominant parties.

  18. langa

    Allegations and scandals notwithstanding, I’m not surprised that Kerbel did well in Colorado, given that it’s his home state.

    As for Perry being passed over for the likes of Robinson, I’m as baffled as anyone.

  19. Andy Craig

    Just got home from the IL convention. Didn’t record enough to blog it, but a few notes-

    -Posted-debate straw poll results: Johnson 60%, Petersen 22%, Feldman 8%.

    -A close (and amicable, it seemed to me) vote for U.S. Senate candidate, 18 to 20 votes, with Chris Michel narrowly defeated by an opponent whose name I should know but which I’m afraid escapes me.

    -Lex Green and other officers re-elected

    -two candidates for State Assembly nominated, Claire Ball for Comptroller

    Fun weekend all round, Lex & LP-IL did a great job.

  20. George Phillies

    Robinson?

    He has an actual campaign. He has done a direct mail piece, I infer to recent delegates, and was the only one there to have done so. That means that around a third of the delegates have only heard of him and Johnson until now.

  21. Stewart Flood

    That was sort of a WTF exclamation. And they passed him into the second round.

    Un-F-ing-believable!

  22. Andy Craig

    I haven’t watched the video yet, but hasn’t Robinson (like Smith) been taking some pretty strong swings at Petersen and the other candidates? I could see that being the reason he advanced, if so. In Illinois, Rhett Smith had the room roughly evenly divided in response when he condemned Petersen as an embarrassment and demanded he drop out.

  23. Andy Craig

    Speaking of which, I did finally meet Petersen in person, too. He’s just as much of an insufferable douchebag in-person as he is online. First thing he did when I walked into the room was make sure everybody heard him reassuring me he’s not homophobic, just an asshole. I told him I didn’t care. After that we pretty much ignored each other.

  24. Jill Pyeatt

    Speaking of which, I did finally meet Petersen in person, too. He’s just as much of an insufferable douchebag in-person as he is online. First thing he did when I walked into the room was make sure everybody heard him reassuring me he’s not homophobic, just an asshole.

    Totally hilarious and unsurprising! I’ll meet him in 2 1/2 weeks.

  25. Thomas L. Knapp

    Steven,

    It seems to me that a party that was truly desperate would at least try to make wise decisions. The fact that neither Johnson nor Petersen have yet been laughed off the stage indicates that it’s not desperate. Or at least not desperate enough.

  26. Robert Capozzi

    sw: It is the party of desperation.

    me: It was at the outset. Its purpose is “challenge the cult of the omnipotent state.” That’s about as desperate as it gets, since there is no such cult in America. (The Ba’ath Party might be one.)

  27. Caryn Ann Harlos

    I am home but so exhausted that it will be a while before I update.

    Yes, there are live stream videos going around but the LPCO will be releasing a video later this week. We did not live stream. The live streams up and about appear to be missing that the last bit where Johnson put on a crowd-wowing closing that caused people to hoot and yell and come out of their seats. He knocked that park out of the part with playing to the crowd.

    I am not getting into the controversy, which we did not seek, over debate participants. The Board decision was about not inviting, but anyone who came could participate. Everyone who came participated. There is already a thread on that decision, and I have nothing to add from what the LPCO has officially said.

    The entire Board that was up for re-election that sought re-election was re-elected (not everyone sought it). I am honoured to say I was one of them, and retained my seat as Communications Director of the LPCO and I look forward to serving for an additional year. Our Vice-Chair ran for and won the Chair seat. My husband ran for and won Vice Chair.

    The convention delegates were dedicated and hard working, and we deleted and rewrote our entire platform and are very proud of our work which provides a great foundation for the Party and candidates and is in a format and style that will make it easy for future Platform Committees to tweak and maintain to serve this Party for years to come. Serving as Platform Committee Chair is an accomplishment of which I am particularly proud during the past twelve months. We were able to achieve unanimous consensus on most items and clear supermajorities on everything else. The Committee itself was united except for one plank. LPCO remains, I am very very very proud to say, one of the states with a clear and strong anti-death penalty plank. That position survived the deletion (in a rewrite). The LPCO has been a leader on a that issue.

    Unfortunately we did not have time to get to all the Bylaws recommendations but those will be passed on to the next Committee.

    We re-opened candidate nominations and have 33 candidates nominated.

    We nominated enough people (31 I believe, but I am tired) to fill our entire delegate allocation. Myself and my husband are honoured to be selected as National delegates.

    There will be a press release about the Board etc, that I will post here.

    All in all very proud of the LPCO and the Colorado delegates.

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  29. Andy

    “Andy Craig
    March 13, 2016 at 14:26

    Speaking of which, I did finally meet Petersen in person, too. He’s just as much of an insufferable douchebag in-person as he is online. First thing he did when I walked into the room was make sure everybody heard him reassuring me he’s not homophobic, just an asshole. I told him I didn’t care. After that we pretty much ignored each other.”

    Wow, Petersen sounds like a real jerk.

    Maybe he thought that he was being funny, but it does not sound like it came off that way.

  30. Cody Quirk

    “Wow, Petersen sounds like a real jerk.”

    Even though I do agree with some of Petersen’s views; his demeanor & attitude alone is the sole reason why I despise him and would never support or even vote for him, regardless of his views or beliefs. However I also believe that such negative features of his personality alone have killed any chance he might have had of winning the nomination to be the LP’s candidate for the presidential elections and I HIGHLY doubt he would even be selected as a running mate too.

  31. Derrick Michael Reid

    Colorado Libertarians
    I regret not being available to visit you all in Colorado, as the debate season is on.

    Please kindly review the following posts.

    http://www.totalitariandemocracy.com/lectures/public-interviews/msaldebate
    http://www.totalitariandemocracy.com/lectures/public-interviews/richmondva
    http://www.totalitariandemocracy.com/lectures/public-interviews/illpdebate
    http://www.totalitariandemocracy.com/solutions/2016-presidential-race
    http://www.totalitariandemocracy.com/lectures/public-articles/platformletter

    Very Truly Yours, in Liberty and Freedom,
    Derrick Michael Reid B.S.E.E., J.D.,
    2016 Presidential Candidate, Libertarian Party,
    Engineer, Patent Lawyer, Military Scientist,
    Market Analyst, and Geopolitical Analyst.
    PO Box 1584, Laguna Beach, CA 92652
    Contact Email: Libereens@yahoo.com
    Skype Account Name: derrickmichaelreid
    http://www.totalitariandemocracy.com/

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