Author Archives: Joseph Buchman

Utah Libertarians Elect New Officers

 

At a convention held on Saturday 20 April 2019 (yes, on 420), the Utah Libertarian Party elected the following new officers:

Amber Christiansen Beltran, Chair
Barry Short, Vice Chair (reelected)
Taylor Smith Pazell, Treasurer
Susan Baird, Secretary

Amber becomes the second female chair of the UTLP.

Our (not entirely complete nor fully reliable) records indicate past UTLP Chairs are as follows:

Karl Bray – 1972 – 1973 (deceased, 1978)
George Chapman – 1973 – 1981
Steve Trotter – 1981 – 1983
Hugh Butler – 1983 – 1985 (also served as LNC Treasurer 1993 to 1998 and LNC Vice Chair 1998 to 2000)
Bob Waldrop – 1985 – 1989
Doug Jones – 1989 – 1991
Jim Billingsley – 1991 – 1992
Amy Lassen – 1992 – 1993
Jim Elwell – 1993 – 1995
Jim Lorenz – 1995 – 1996 (deceased 2010)
Jim Dexter – 1996 – 2001
Gene Linder – 2001 – 2002
Cabot Nelson – 2002 – 2003
Fran Tully – 2003 – 2005
Rob Latham – 2005 – 2008
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Libertarian, United Utah Chairs Lobby Legislature to Eliminate Straight-Party Voting Option


Utah State Senator Dan Hemmert, Utah Libertarian Party State Chair Dr. Joe Buchman, and Utah State Representative Brady Brammer at the podium of the Utah State Senate Chamber.  (Note: Dr. Buchman ran as the Libertarian candidate for State Senate District 14 with (R) Dan Hemmert in 2016 and for Utah House 27 with (R) Brady Brammer in 2018. Read more ...

LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark, Replaces Sen. Mike Lee on FreedomFest Panel: “The Two Old Parties Don’t Mean What They Lie About Any More.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

LNC Chair Sarwark looking prepared for next year’s FreedomFest theme THE WILD WEST.

LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark replaced US Senator Mike Lee on 2018’s FreedomFest panel “Danger Zones: How America Is on the Brink of Losing Its Soul Through Its Foreign Policy,” Las Vegas Nevada, 14 July 2018.… Read more ...

Green Party Annual Meeting Highlights – Stein Blames Neo-Liberals; US House Socialist Candidate Cheered

Dr. Jill Stein gives opening night keynote to Green Party Annual Meeting, Friday, 20 July 2018. Post Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Photo by Joe Buchman.

2012 and 2016 Green Party Candidate Dr. Jill Stein gave the opening keynote at the Annual Meeting of the Green Party of the United States held on the campus of the University of Utah July 20 to 22. … Read more ...

Judd Weiss Deconstructs Influence of Burning Man on 2016 McAfee Campaign

Former candidate for the 2016 Libertarian vice-presidential nomination Judd Weiss appeared on a 2018 FreedomFest panel titled, ”Burning Man and Libertarianism.” He was joined by Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax reform; Rebecca Gasca, Burning Man Ambassador; and Avens O’Brien, Chapter Leader of Ladies of Liberty Alliance.

A partial transcript of his comments follows.… Read more ...

LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark at FreedomFest


FreedomFest is “an annual festival where free minds meet to celebrate “great books, great ideas, and great thinkers” in an open-minded society. It is independent, non-partisan, and not affiliated with any organization or think tank with over 200 different speakers, over 125 general sessions, debates, panels, lectures and other presentations.”

Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark appeared on the panel, “The Libertarian Outlook Here and Abroad,” Wednesday 11 July 2018 with Li Schooland and Thomas D.… Read more ...

Libertarian National Committee Meets Prior to New Orleans Convention


Photo by Joe Buchman

(NEW ORLEANS) The pre-Convention meeting of the Libertarian National Committee was called to order at 4:08pm with five minutes for public comment.  2016 Vice-Presidential nominee, Governor Bill Weld was present (shown seated in the far center of the photo, in the gallery along the back wall), but did not make any public comments prior to leaving partway through the meeting).  … Read more ...

Libertarian State Leadership Alliance Elects New Officers

Photo by Joe Buchman

NEW ORLEANS – At a meeting held earlier tonight during the Libertarian National Convention, the members of the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance elected the following officers for a two-year term:

(Left to right in the above photo)

Vice Chair, Pat Ford
Secretary, Emily S. Goldberg
Chair, Erin Adams
Treasurer, David Demarest
George Phillies, (past Chair)

The position of LSLA Political Facilitator remains vacant, and is expected to be filled by the new board in the upcoming weeks.… Read more ...

LNC Hewitt in Top Two for November Election

Calimesa City Council meeting, Monday 4 June 2018. Photo by Joe Buchman

Libertarian National Committee Member, Mayor of Calimesa, CA, and current candidate for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Jeff Hewitt, will, following a “jungle” primary election held last Tuesday (June 5th) advance to the general election as one of the “top two” candidates this fall.… Read more ...

(R) Kasich and (D) Hickenlooper: 2020 “Unity Ticket”?

In an ABC television interview on the program THIS WEEK Governors John Kasich and John Hickenlooper, Republican of Ohio and Democrat of Colorado respectively, declared the apparent imminent end of the dominance of the two-old, two party system in the US.

Kasich told ABC TV’s White House Chief Correspondent Jonathan Karl,

“I don’t think either party is answering people’s deepest concerns and needs .… Read more ...

I AM GARY JOHNSON documentary; NOT in the Sundance Film Festival

 A BUZZFEED article by Robert Jardin titled, “Documentary I Am Gary Johnson Gets First-Look During 2018 Sundance Festival” claims that –

“This year’s Festival showcase (sic) 110 independent films from 29 countries and roughly 25 First-Look Premier (sic) Trailers scattered among venues up and down Park City’s busy Main Street proper. … Read more ...

Ghoul Roger Stone to Appear as “Head Ghoul” at Utah LP Halloween Event

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Libertarian Party of Utah; in honor of its first chair, tax protester (and one of the several key national party co-founders) Karl Bray and in ghoulish alignment with this year’s union of Halloween and Utah’s Special Election (Nov 7) the Utah LP announces:

A Dark Night of Political Horror with THE “Dark Knight” of Political Horror, Roger Stone

to be held at the Peace Coliseum, Nucleus Room, Saturday October 28 from 5 to 9.… Read more ...