LNC E-Meeting Today

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Today, Sunday, January 6, at 3 PM ET, the LNC has an electronic online meeting. This meeting is to discuss unfinished items from the December in-person meeting.

The Chair’s Proposed Agenda

-Call to Order
-Opportunity for Public Comment
-Attendance, Credentials Report and Paperwork Check
-Adoption of Agenda
-2019 Goals Discussion (Harlos)
-Functional Reporting Requirements (Bishop-Henchman)
-Proposed Voting Resolution (Redpath): LNC formally endorsing alternative voting methods to replace plurality voting in elections.
-Policy Manual Amendments – Alternates (Harlos): Explictly authorize an LNC alternate to serve as the LNC member of the Audit Committee.
-Policy Manual Amendments – Stylistic Cleanup (Harlos)
-Policy Manual Amendment – ED Selection (O’Donnell): Remove appointment of the Executive Director from the Chair and instead lodge it with a new 6-person committee, with appointment approved by a two-thirds LNC vote.
-Announcements
-Adjourn

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34 thoughts on “LNC E-Meeting Today

  1. paulie Post author

    -2019 Goals Discussion (Harlos)
    -Functional Reporting Requirements (Bishop-Henchman)
    -Proposed Voting Resolution (Redpath): LNC formally endorsing alternative voting methods to replace plurality voting in elections.
    -Policy Manual Amendments – Alternates (Harlos): Explictly authorize an LNC alternate to serve as the LNC member of the Audit Committee.
    -Policy Manual Amendments – Stylistic Cleanup (Harlos)
    -Policy Manual Amendment – ED Selection (O’Donnell): Remove appointment of the Executive Director from the Chair and instead lodge it with a new 6-person committee, with appointment approved by a two-thirds LNC vote.
    -Announcements
    -Adjourn

  2. paulie Post author

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Called to order. Merced, Nekhaila, Bilyeu absent (at least at the beginning of the meeting), everyone else present.

  3. paulie Post author

    Scott Lieberman via JBH fb:

    I read Secretary Harlos’s “notes on goals” above. I agree with about 80% of what she wrote. For example, it is probably a good idea that At-Large LNC Reps be available to attend a state LP Convention if the Regional Rep and Alternate are not able to.

  4. paulie Post author

    JBH Notes on goals

    Affiliate Support

    Objective 1: Functioning CRM used by affiliates

    Objective 2: CRM can be accessed by campaigns

    Objective 3: CRM system has the staff and resources needed to be updated and operating

    Question: Is the CRM currently useable by affiliates and campaigns? If not, what are next steps that are necessary to get to that point?

    Question: Why is the proposed budget increase from $72,000 to $90,000 necessary?

    Question: What steps must be done on an annual basis to keep the project functioning, after it is at launch stage?

    Ballot Access

    Objective 1: 50+DC

    Objective 2: LNC and staff prioritizes targeted interventions to achieve ballot access

    Objective 3: Litigation resources provided in targeted situations

    Question: What actions ($$$) do we anticipate needing to take in 2019 and 2020 to secure our ballot access goals?

    Question: What states do we anticipate will require litigation to achieve our ballot access goals?

    Question: For our strategic purposes, in which states would a legislative change to ballot access laws be most impactful?

    Branding/Political Materials

    Objective 1: Promote a coherent, positive brand of the Libertarian Party

    Objective 2: Provide materials to affiliates and members at minimal cost

    Objective 3: Differentiate the Libertarian Party from competitors

    Objective 4: Refute false impressions of the Libertarian Party

    Question: We anticipate $46,100 in revenue and $57,300 in expenses on branded materials. Should we try to break even? If so, what steps would need to be taken and what negative effects might occur?

    Question: How is our branding strategy decided?

    Campus Support

    Question: You’re a new budget line item ($15,000 in revenue and $15,000 in expenses). What are your goals? Do we need to expend the money to launch or are we securing project support before proceeding? Are we experimenting or scaling up an already successful experiment? Who owns you?

    Question: How will our campus groups differentiate from/collaborate with Students For Liberty, Young Americans for Liberty, FIRE, SSDP, etc.

    Question: How will this integrate with our Youth Engagement Committee?

    Candidate Support

    Objective 1: Identify and cultivate candidates in winnable races

    Objective 2: Identify and cultivate candidates for ballot-access-important races

    Objective 3: Identify and cultivate candidates for geographic breadth or numeric totals

    Objective 4: Prioritize targeted resources for strategic races

    Objective 5: Provide general resources to all LP candidates

    Objective 6: Staff capable of identifying, cultivating, and targeting campaigns

    Question: How were our targeted races in 2018 selected and how did those races do?

    Question: What support do we provide generally to LP candidates?

    Convention Support

    Objective 1: Throw a well-attended, profitable, brand-positive, error-free convention.

    Questions: None! 2018 was great.

    Fundraising

    Objective 1: Secure major gifts from identified targeted donors

    Objective 2: Secure renewed and upgraded support from house donors

    Objective 3: Acquire new donors

    Objective 4: Staff good at managing direct mail schedule that gets responses

    Objective 5: Staff good at making major asks and/or supports LNC making asks

    Question: We only recently began having dedicated fundraising staff. Have we seen any results from this?

    Question: Do each of our major supporters have a designated staffer or LNC member responsible for their cultivation?

    Question: What is our process for preparing direct mail copy?

    Question: Did we meet our direct mail schedule in 2018? What is our schedule for 2019 and is it coordinated with other mailings (email, LPNews, etc.)

    Historical Preservation

    Objective 1: Maintain LPedia

    Objective 2: Secure historical records and documents from the LP’s history for posterity

    Question: What staff support/activities/attention/time were needed to meet our historical preservation goals for 2018?

    Question: This project receives dedicated support for its activities. Is this support likely to renew without cannibalizing other LP projects?

    Media Relations

    Objective 1: Mainstream positive coverage of the LP and its candidates

    Objective 2: Geographically or interest targeted coverage of the LP and its candidates

    Objective 3: Proactive media engagement through reporter interactions

    Objective 4: Staff able to use news hooks and contacts to secure coverage

    Question: What were our goals for 2018 and how did we do?

    Question: We’ve significantly increased our media relations resources, from nil in 2015 to $21,000 this year, to the proposed $42,000 next year. What media achievements has that spend enabled so far, and what will doubling achieve?

    Membership

    Objective 1: Grow it

    Objective 2: Communicate to members

    Objective 3: Staff good at securing renewals and new members

    Question: What is our sequential strategy for securing renewals?

    Question: How do we engage proactively with audiences of potential new members?

    Question: Are member communications and media relations coordinated?

    Question: Should digital communications be its own separate priority? Who is its audience?

    Question: Is the APRC process working?

    Office Operations

    Objective 1: Provide a location for staff and volunteers to work on national business

    Objective 2: A location to store materials or equipment needed periodically

    Objective 3: Cache/branding from having a national headquarters address

    Question: What further principal payments are needed to avoid the June 2024 mortgage balloon payment?

    Question: Are we likely to see dedicated contributions for a supplemental mortgage payment in 2019, as we did in 2017?

    Question: Is office space usage fairly constant or does it peak/trough with elections or other cycles? Percentage-wise, how utilized is the office space on a routine basis, and on a crush (peak of activity) basis?

    Question: When were performance reviews and employee goal-setting last done?

    Question: What are the benefits currently provided to employees and to contractors?

    Question: Is our timesheet reporting fully compliant with FASB?

    Question: How do we manage our IT infrastructure?

    Question: Are there are any policies that staff would like the LNC to consider revising, adding, or deleting?

    Question: Are there outstanding operational issues the LNC should be aware of?

  5. paulie Post author

    Harlos live notes

    Opening Ceremony

    Call to Order 3:00 pm Eastern

    Opportunity for Public Comment

    None

    Housekeeping

    Attendance, Credentials Report and Paperwork Check

    Adoption of Agenda

    No objection

    New Business with Previous Notice

    2019 Goals Discussion (Harlos) 30 minutes

    Lark moved his five proposed goals. No objection. Goldstein moved to amend G4 to change due date. No objection. Mattson moved to strike Goal 5.

  6. paulie Post author

    Lark goals are in One Note 2019 Goals Discussion > Lark Goals List. The comment system is telling me my attempt to repost it here exceeds allowed comment length.

  7. paulie Post author

    Harlos notes continued

    Lark moved his five proposed goals. No objection. Goldstein moved to amend G4 to change due date. No objection. Mattson moved to strike Goal 5.

    Phillips moves to extend for 10 minutes. Objection. 8-4. PASSED.

    Mattson amendment 5-7

    Harlos amendment fails for lacks of second

    Bishop-Henchman – G3 change ending date 7-5

    Adopt goals as amended 10-1-1

  8. paulie Post author

    Joe Bishop-Henchman We have adopted the following as goals:
    G1: The LP will have at least 20,000 sustaining members as of May 1, 2020.
    G2: The LNC will take action to see that each state has an operational affiliate party by July 1, 2019.
    G3: The LNC will raise at least $3.5 million from July 1, 2018 until December 31, 2020.
    G4: The LNC will develop and approve new and revised outreach literature, to be available no later than Dec. 31, 2018.
    G5: The LNC will sponsor a series of seminars/workshops in 2019 at various locations around the country.

  9. paulie Post author

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Merced joins, time zone issue I think.

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Now debating resolution

    Therefore, be it resolved, the Libertarian National Committee is committed to the widespread adoption and implementation of alternative voting methods to replace plurality voting elections.

  10. paulie Post author

    I assume g4 was supposed to say 2019?

    Joe Bishop-Henchman oh good catch, we amended that to be September 1, 2019. Will update

  11. paulie Post author

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Now debating a policy manual amendment making clear that alternates may serve as LNC members of committees.

  12. paulie Post author

    Harlos notes continued

    FASB Functional Reporting Requirements (Bishop-Henchman)

    JBH gave presentation.

    Proposed Voting Resolution (Redpath)

    MOTION 190106-2 – Redpath

    Bylaws 7.11 requires ¾

    Goldstein called question – no objection

    Vote 15-0

    Policy Manual Amendments – Alternates (Harlos)

    MOTION 190106-3. Harlos moved. Mattson objected. 12-3

    Policy Manual Amendment – ED Selection (O’Donnell)

    O’Donnell moved. There was scriveners error from 3 additional LNC members to 4 additional LNC members that was corrected without objection.

    Dr. Lark Point of Order – contradicts Bylaws 6.3 –

  13. paulie Post author

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Now debating O’Donnell proposal to create a 6-member search committee for the executive director, and to require a 2/3 LNC vote to approve the person. Currently, the Chair has asked 3 members to serve on a search committee (Lark, Redpath, Bishop-Henchman) and the selection needs a majority LNC vote to approve.

  14. paulie Post author

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Part of the motion is out of order, because as proposed it says the LNC would appoint the Executive Director. The bylaws say the Chair appoints the Executive Director, subject to LNC policies.

  15. paulie Post author

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Sarwark has proposed a modification to alter this language. O’Donnell agrees to that revision.

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Lark says it hasn’t fixed it, because his reading of the Bylaws is that the Chair appoints, and a majority of the LNC can remove. He says this language is at odds with it.

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Lark is appealing the ruling of the Chair that the modification is in order.

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Chair’s ruling sustained, 10? to 4.

  16. paulie Post author

    Harlos notes continued

    Dr. Lark Point of Order – contradicts Bylaws 6.3 – RULED MOTION IS IN ORDER as it is subject to express LNC policies

    Phillips Extend for five minutes. Objection. 10-2

    O’Donnell Changing to be compliant. Lark objects. Chair ruled in order Lark appealed.

    Sustain ruling – 8-4

    Harlos Extend for five minutes. Objection. 9-4

    Longstreth moved to strike the first paragraph.

    O’Donnell moved to extend for 5 minutes. 7-7

    Longstreth amendment –

  17. paulie Post author

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Longstreth moves to strike the new committee stuff, reducing the resolution down to just requiring 2/3 from the LNC. Passes 11-2 (O’Donnell & Hewitt)

  18. paulie Post author

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Revised, setting a 2/3 requirement, passes 9 to 5. I voted no, I hope our executive director gets 2/3, but am worried about requiring that. I have PTSD from 2/3 votes in past lives…

  19. paulie Post author

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Jeff Hewitt being sworn in as Supervisor tonight!

    Paulie Cannoli I heard Tuesday – did I get that wrong?

    Joe Bishop-Henchman Adjourned 4:57 PM

  20. paulie Post author

    Harlos notes conclude:

    Announcements

    Hewitt says Sarwark will be swearing him in his new office

    Adjournment

    2:57 mountain, 4:57 eastern

  21. paulie Post author

    Harlos:

    Please let me know your thoughts on the Zoom interface and the OneNote
    notebook as well as anything else I can do to facilitate smoother
    meetings.

  22. George Phillies

    2/3 vote? I can see where a chair may not enjoy this experience. On the other hand, problematic chairs have tended to have problematic LNCs, so perhaps things will not do poorly.

    Goals should be ‘things we can do’ not ‘things that we cannot control’. Contact 1000 members, try to persuade them to run’ is a goal. ‘Run 1000 candidates’ is up to the outside world.

    However ‘run 1000 is not under our control’ is not an excuse for not doing the things that we could do.

  23. paulie Post author

    Comments from site migration:

    Carol Moore/Secession.net
    January 6, 2019 at 17:25
    Paulie wrote: “No public comments. Agenda adopted.” I overslept and didn’t know about public comments anyway. You mean even lowly member me could have said something if I felt so motivated??

    Carol Moore/Secession.net
    January 6, 2019 at 17:43
    Zoom wasn’t too bad. Though I’d have to connect my mike and figure how to use it if I actually some wondrous thought wanted to share with the body.

    I did lose video at one point. Think it was because everyone turned theirs off.

    Then Daniel Hayes signed in with video and it turned on again. It must have been hot in Louisiana cause we all saw why he immediately turned his video off on seeing it was on. ha ha ha His dog also was very cute.

    Carol Moore/Secession.net
    January 6, 2019 at 17:47
    FYI, here’s the change to the policy manual.

    OLD LANGUAGE: The Chair shall appoint and employ the Executive Director with the approval of the LNC,subject to the right of the LNC to discharge the Director at any time by majority vote.

    NEW LANGUAGE: The Chair shall appoint and employ the Executive Director with the approval of two-thirds of the LNC, subject to the right of the LNC to discharge the Director at any time by majority vote.

    And here’s a fun discussion I had with an LNC member on LNC Business Discussion FB page:

    Carol Moore: I caught that. Under the “transparency” hoodwink, it’s a move to make it possible for any 1/3 cabal to sabotage the chair’s Exec Director choice, if it doesn’t meet their “kill the commies” or whatever approval.
    Aren’t there ANY conspiracy theorists on the LNC? Or are they just too polite to say so? They should have at least made that a majority vote as well.
    Well, if my sh*t detector is right and that obviously is the way it pans out, I’m sure someone will appeal to the (cough cough) Judicial Committee and say convention set bylaws – not the LNC – should decide whether 2/3 or majority vote makes the call. Or whatever.

    John Phillips Jr. :,,,As to the rule on hiring, I could argue both sides of that. Even the conspiracy theory part, because it could be argued just as well that a 2/3 vote also would stop a lot of groups from ramming through a choice … So yes, both ways. My preference would have been to expand the selection committee as originally presented and strike the 2/3 requirement.

    Carol Moore: You are correct it could be used to stop questionable choices for ED. I’m thinking of intent of some of the proposer/supporters, who may not have realized it could be used against their chair in the future. Ho Ho.

    paulie Post author
    January 6, 2019 at 17:49
    . You mean even lowly member me could have said something if I felt so motivated??

    Normal part of LNC meetings. There was also a chat in zoom which was open to the public. However I did not get zoom to work but followed along on OneNote, phone call to hear the audio plus JBH on FB.

    Michael Chastain
    January 6, 2019 at 20:56
    Question: Are we likely to see dedicated contributions for a supplemental mortgage payment in 2019, as we did in 2017?

    Answer: yes. Lauren Daugherty has found a matching donor and has started the 2019 drive. $10,000 from contributors plus $10,000 from the matching donor will produce $20,000. That’s the amount the LNC adopted by policy in the December 2018 meeting.

    https://www.lp.org/your-donation-will-be-doubled/

    Michael Chastain
    January 6, 2019 at 21:20
    Question: Are we likely to see dedicated contributions for a supplemental mortgage payment in 2019, as we did in 2017?

    Answer: Yes, Lauren Daugherty has lined up a matching donor and started the drive. $10,000 from contributors, $10,000 from the matching donor. The donor has said: “help make LNC finances boring again!”

    https://www.lp.org/your-donation-will-be-doubled/

    Michael Chastain
    January 6, 2019 at 21:21
    Oops, double post. Sorry.

    Shane
    January 7, 2019 at 03:52
    Were there any goals set about electing libertarians in 2020?

    paulie Post author
    January 7, 2019 at 09:53
    No.

    G1: The LP will have at least 20,000 sustaining members as of May 1, 2020.
    G2: The LNC will take action to see that each state has an operational affiliate party by July 1, 2019.
    G3: The LNC will raise at least $3.5 million from July 1, 2018 until December 31, 2020.
    G4: The LNC will develop and approve new and revised outreach literature, to be available no later than [Sept 2019].
    G5: The LNC will sponsor a series of seminars/workshops in 2019 at various locations around the country.

    Chuck Moulton
    January 7, 2019 at 17:02
    Sorry I didn’t notice this thread while I was tuned in to the e-meeting. Paulie amd Bishop-Henchman did a great job live-blogging (as usual)!

    In my opinion Adobe Connect worked better than Zoom.

    I liked Bishop-Henchman’s goals better than Lark’s goals. It’s too bad he didn’t propose a substitute. It’s largely irrelevant I guess because the LNC rarely pays attention to its own goals.

    I agree with Harlos that LNC members ought to set individual goals; however, I don’t think forcing it one them through a LNc vote would have been the right approach anyway. I hope Harlos will list her goals in her Secretary’s report, offer to list others’ goals, and encourage them to individually set goals.

    I won’t comment on the 2/3 issue because I serve on the (pseudo) JC.

    paulie Post author
    January 7, 2019 at 18:21
    In my opinion Adobe Connect worked better than Zoom.

    Couldn’t get zoom to work at all. Listened on the phone while toggling back and forth between here, JBH FB and Harlos/OneNote.

    hope Harlos will list her goals in her Secretary’s report, offer to list others’ goals, and encourage them to individually set goals.

    Agreed.

    Caryn Ann Harlos
    January 7, 2019 at 19:52
    AdobeConnect is going through an upgrade and failed in a test of the much smaller historical committee – it still has kinks to work out.

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