Libertarian Party of Arkansas 2019 convention liveblog

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I’m here on the ground and the liveblog, as usual, will be in the comments. As always others are welcome and encouraged to join me in covering the convention. There are probably other state LP conventions in other states this weekend; I don’t know off hand which states but if someone wants to provide updates from any such conventions feel free to use this thread or make or request your own.

64 thoughts on “Libertarian Party of Arkansas 2019 convention liveblog

  1. paulie Post author

    Here and set up. Out of staters i recognize so far: Paul and Whitney Bilyeu (TX), Caryn Ann Harlos (CO), Joe Bishiop-Henchman (DC), myself (AL). Darryl Bonner (PA) is supposed to be here at some point today but is not here yet. Whitney Davis (formerly AR, now TX) and husband or boyfriend (didn’t catch name) were here at the unofficial milling around last night but have a different event to attend today. Official start time running fashionably late.

  2. paulie Post author

    Michael Pakko – chair’s opening remarks. Mark West 2.9% for governor, just short of the 3% for retention. Legislature changed ballot access for worse rather than better. Being sued now. Arkansas LP has about 5 times as many candidates per capita as average LP state. Two candidates set (Ewald and one other) set new national records for their positions and many other double digit and close results. Nearly 10% on average including three way races. LNC has not chipped in for ballot access here as in the past. Money for 10k valid sigs raised without LNC help so far. 5k matching donation from Michael Chastain was matched in February. Kohlhaas raising money on commission. LPAR also had 10k in the bank before that. 8400 from Kohlhaas so far. Good media coverage and LP turnout at hearings. Emergency injunction hearing in court soon. 2 or 3 thousand signatures collected so far. Candidate and petition deadlines also moved back, also thrown out in court before and part of the lawsuit. 90 day rolling deadline, under new deadline Sept 4 2019 deadline for petition and candidates must file a full year in advance. Considering special nominating convention in October.

  3. paulie Post author

    90 day window is also part of the lawsuit. Asking for whole law to be declared invalid. 3% thrown out in court twice before, deadline also thrown out repeatedly before.

  4. paulie Post author

    Moved and seconded to waive 60 day membership rule for convention voting members and open it up to recently joined state party members. Passed on voice vote. I did not hear an official count of delegates. I’m guesstimating 30ish at this time.

  5. paulie Post author

    LNC members recognized by the state chair for being here. Shane Knight, political director, remarks next.

  6. paulie Post author

    Several exec com members and candidates in absentia – Chris Olsen (current vice chair), Casey Copeland. Chris Lutterlow took over gavel. Pakko only human nominated for chair, accepts. Has been chair for 4 years and treasurer before that. Elected by acclaim and takes over gavel.

  7. paulie Post author

    Chris Olsen nominated and seconded for vice chair. Willing to serve another term. Sent along speech to be read.

  8. paulie Post author

    Correction on spelling Olson. Brooke Million nominated for another term, declines for Secretary. Nominates Casey Copeland instead.

  9. paulie Post author

    Copeland accepts nomination via text in absentia. Copeland elected on hand vote with one vote for NOTA (Schwarz).

  10. paulie Post author

    Stephen Wait nominated for another term as Treasurer. Accepts nomination but would like another candidate. None other steps forward.

  11. paulie Post author

    Secretary and Treasurer will take applications for assistants. Wait elected on hand vote with one vote for NOTA.

  12. paulie Post author

    Ricky…Hinton? Replaces James Michael Hood for 4th District. Shane Knight and Tom Canada nominated for at large. Canada declines.

  13. paulie Post author

    Thanks for liveblogging this, Paulie!

    Thanks for reading and commenting! I always feel better about doing these things when people let me know they are reading.

  14. paulie Post author

    Unanimous motion passes to have a special candidate nominating convention this October, moving on to platform. No motion from the platform committee.

  15. paulie Post author

    New platform adopted. Takes out sex work, death penalty and abortion planks. Adds agriculture policy. Some other “consolidation” changes. Business meeting will have another 45 minutes for amendments.

  16. Christopher Olson

    ‘Ricky…Hinton? Replaces James Michael Hood for 4th District. Shane Knight and Tom Canada nominated for at large. Canada declines.’

    That’s Ricky Harrington, Jr. He’s active in the Jefferson County party and is a potential candidate for US Senate.

  17. paulie Post author

    Thanks for the correction. Not easy to guess on names I only hear verbally. Break, the candidate training with Shane Knight.

  18. paulie Post author

    Delegates were in the mid to high 30s according to the treasurer. No count was ever announced but that sounds about right,

  19. wolfefan

    I join others in my thanks, Paulie. I don’t always get to read live but I do always check them out later.

  20. D Frank Robinson

    Where and when will the state platform be published? Nothing critical about ballot access in the platform?

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