Author Archives: Joseph Buchman

About Joseph Buchman

Joe is a retired, formerly tenured professor of marketing and finance with an interest in adventure travel, chasing total solar eclipses, and Burning Man. He is a long-time volunteer with the Sundance Film Festival, former Chair of the Utah Libertarian Party and current Chair of the financial Audit Committee of the Libertarian Party. He and Cindy, his wife of over 25 years, have raised four highly successful children, several cats, and have generally failed with every houseplant ever gifted to them.

Oregon: Burke et. al. Seek Restraining Order to Remove LP Candidates

In yet another legal action the remnants of the Burke faction in Oregon have attempted to use the courts to gain authority over the ballot access of Libertarian candidates.  In their most recent (Hail Mary) action they sought a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) to remove all Libertarian candidates nominated by the recognized (by the Secretary of State) Libertarian Party of Oregon including the removal of the Libertarian Presidential ticket of Jo Jorgensen and Spike Cohen. … Read more ...

Military Publication “Task and Purpose” Covers D, L and R POTUS Candidates

The following is an excerpt from an article titled, “Here’s where Trump, Biden, and Jorgensen stand on the issues most important to the US military” by 

“For the first time, all three major presidential candidates have weighed in on the most pressing issues facing service members, military families, and veterans.… Read more ...

LNC to Meet In-Person 4x Per Year

LNC day 2

LNC votes to meet in-person seven more times (eight in-person meetings counting the one currently occurring in Minneapolis) between now and Reno convention, as follows:


December – Riverside California.  Initially proposed for 12 December 2020, exact date to be determined by staff (as will be the case with each of the proposed dates and locations below). … Read more ...

LNC Meets in Minneapolis

LNC Minneapolis Sept 2020

The Libertarian National Committee is meeting today and tomorrow (12 and 13 September 2020) at the Hilton Airport hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

Officer reports from the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary have occurred (in that order).

Written officer reports are available (at the officer reports button) along with other information HERE

CRM report (pre-recorded) is occurring now.… Read more ...

Burke: Oregon LP Ballot Access at Risk, Judge Breithaupt was “not accurate.”

(new, improved, updated logo of the “Burke faction”)

IPR received a copy of the following email earlier today.  Submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office last Friday, the unity apparent at the online convention last month seems to have fractured, as the Burke group asks for relief.

Once again (somewhere some IPR reader is keeping track) the Burke faction asks for something the courts and past secretaries of state have declined to provide: recognition of their declared leadership as the state-recognized, official, Libertarian Party of Oregon.… Read more ...

Nevada and Utah to LNC: Remote Participation Option or Disaffiliation

In similar, separate resolutions submitted earlier today to the Libertarian National Committee, the Libertarian Party affiliates of Utah and Nevada have demanded full participation by their previously elected delegates in the second sitting of the currently paused convention, with a remote option for those who cannot attend in Orlando in person on the currently scheduled dates.… Read more ...

LNC Secretary: Will Not Submit POTUS Nominee From Any Online “Convention”

“If (the LNC) forces an online convention, I will not be signing any Certificates of Nomination.”
Caryn Ann Harlos, LNC Secretary, 9 May 2020.

In a statement released earlier today, LNC Secretary Caryn Ann Harolos stated:

“To the members writing to ask for an online convention, you are asking me to commit perjury.… Read more ...

Amash Conducts Town Hall for Western State LP Delegates: 50+ attend

This is the post for providing feedback on the Amash Town Hall.

The Eventbrite invitation text is:

Join Congressman Justin Amash as he hosts a digital town hall for delegates in some of the promising western states who have had great successes in the 2016 and 2018 elections seasons! Congressman Amash will answer questions from the delegates in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico as he works hard to earn the votes of delegates across the country!

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Libertarian Party Tests Online Convention: 300+ Attend

Earlier today the Libertarian Party sent out the following email for a test of an online convention which is currently occuring.  This is the post for those who attended to provide feedback, and/or for those with concerns to express them:

Please help us with an online Zoom webinar test: Libertarian Very Large Zoom Test

When: May 5, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time

Please register in advance for this webinar:

PLEASE prefix your name with your 2 letter state code and a D or A indicating if you are a Delegate or an Alternate.… Read more ...

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
W.… Read more ...

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 ...