Latest Updates (for those of you who don't abstain from politics)
- IN THIS ISSUE
-Hotties for Ron Paul Calendar Update
-Radical Caucus: Two new debate and discussion lists, website help wanted
-Platform proposals: Restore04, World's Smallest Political Platform,
-Kubby campaign news: Steve Kubby radio show; visits to State Chairs
Conference in Las vegas, Nevada and California Convention in San Diego
planned for February
-Susan Hogarth of the radical caucus questions Bob Barr's
contributions to numerous GOP campaigns last year
1) I am in the process of interviewing Juliet Annerino, who put
together the Hotties 4 Ron Paul calendar. Juliet is also Ms. July.
Pics and questions. Add your questions in comments for round two.
2) New Radical Caucus lists, website in the works
Due to different needs and expectations of what people want from our
lists we now have broken up the LP Radical Caucus list into three lists
This list is for open discussion between radical & reformer LP
members. It is intended to be a space where the debate is unmoderated
and all ideas from both camps are encouraged.
This is the open discussion list for the LP Radical Caucus.
However it is still for internal caucus discussion, not debate with
This is the working group for the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus.
This list is here to facilitate development of strategy and the
accomplishing of specific tasks to strengthen the Libertarian Party as
a radical political party. This is not a general discussion list about
libertarianism or radicalism. If you are looking for a discussion of
radical libertarianism, please join the other two groups. Although no
mailing list can be considered confidential, users are asked not to
crosspost from this list without explicit permission from a post's author.
If you are interested in helping us with designing a new Radical
Caucus website (or a new Kubby website, unconnected with the Radical
Caucus) please email me at KUBBY2008 at GMAIL.com
3) There are currently three main proposals for the Libertarian Party
A) RESTORE 04 by LP Founder David Nolan
"More than 100 members of the Libertarian Party, including its
founder, a former Presidential candidate, and two of the 2008
Presidential aspirants, have signed a petition calling on the 2008
Platform Committee and convention delegates to restore the 2004
Platform as the starting point for the 2008 version. The petition
appears on the website of the newly-formed Restoration Caucus:
The first 100 endorsers of the proposal signed up in less than
three days, with more names coming in at about one per hour, according
to website coordinator Jack Dean. "We're very pleased by this
enthusiastic response," he said. "We launched the site on December 26,
and were hoping for 100 signers by year-end. To reach that goal in
only three days shows that a lot of Libertarians are very unhappy with
what happened at the Portland convention in 2006, and want to undo the
damage that was done there."
Among the high-profile Libertarians signing the first day were
Presidential contenders Steve Kubby and Christine Smith. Anyone
wishing to join them in this effort to keep the LP "the party of
principle" is urged to log on at www.restore04.com and sign the petition."
B) Worlds Smallest Political Platform by Tom Knapp
The full text of the platform is
"The Libertarian Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of
government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the
size, scope or power of government at any level or for any purpose."
C) Greatest Hits Platform by Brian Holtz
This platform is compiled from selective parts of all the platforms
from 1971 to 2006. It has the support of several members of the
current platform committee, including its author.
4) Presidential candidate Steve Kubby will be back on the road in
February. He has announced plans to be at a minimum of two out of town
events next month
A) The 2008 Leadership Conference
"What: 2008 Leadership Conference
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
When: Presidents' Day Weekend, 2008 (February 15-17)
In the past, you may have heard some refer to this meeting as the
"State Chairs' Conference". It's not. Every state chair should be
there and a meeting of the state chairs will conclude the event. But,
it is so much more than a meeting of a mere 50 people.
The annual Leadership Conference is a meeting of all Libertarian
activists, organizers, candidates, and financial supporters. No
matter which category or categories you fit in, you will find more
events that will interest you than you will be able to do.
This is where all Libertarians gather with the single purpose of
building our party's structural integrity beyond the level required to
defeat the other two parties. There will be an eight hour seminar on
activist and candidate training. There will be job training for county
and state officers, from filing with the FEC to how to organize
volunteers in your area to organizing new affiliate parties in your
Those who will be attending the 2008 National Convention on Memorial
Day in Denver need to attend the 2008 Leadership Conference in
preparation. I hope everyone goes to our national convention. It is
hands down the biggest event of the Party, occurring every two years.
And the Annual Leadership Conference in Las Vegas will prepare first
time convention goers to perform their responsibilities at the Convention.
At the 2008 Leadership Conference, the platform committee will meet,
the bylaws committee will meet, and there will be various seminars on
how to be a better and more effective delegate, with topics ranging
from Roberts' Rules of Order to Conventioneering.
If you have ever wanted to attend a meeting of the Libertarian
National Committee, you will have your chance on this glorious three
day weekend in Las Vegas.
Additionally, the tentative schedule of events includes both a debate
of our Presidential candidates and a debate of our candidates for
chair of the 2008 LNC. There will also be forums and lectures,
concerning how we reach out to both Democrats and Republicans now that
their combined approval rating is less than 50%. It's closer to 25%.
The glass isn't even half full for the other two parties. Right now,
conference planners are finding libertarian leaning Republicans and
Democrats; to give their perspective on where the two party system has
the weakest psychological hold on the electorate and where the LP
should be staking out political ground.
There will be seminars from individuals accomplished in the fields of
fundraising and marketing. In short it is the goal of the Leadership
Conference organizers to offer a conference where you just can't see
everything you want to."
Venue info: http://www.langguth-us.net/lpsc/venue.html
Several other presidential candidates will also be present.
B) California state convention
In other campaign news, Kubby has recently started a radio show five
days a week and hired a new campaign manager. Archives of past shows
are available on the Blog Talk Radio page.
1/7/2008 -Dennis Peron
1/8/2008 - Degé Coutee
1/9/2008 - Wayne Justman
1/10/2008 - Carla Howell
1/4/2008 - Thomas M. Sipos
1/3/2008 - Bill McPike - Cannabis Defense Attorney
1/2/2008 - Stephen Gordon
12/31/2007 - Jack Herer
12/28/2007 - Susan Hogarth
12/26/2007 - Brian Holtz
12/24/2007 - Angela Keaton
12/21/2007 - Allen St. Pierre, NORML
12/20/2007 - Edie Lerman, Cannabis Defense Attorney
12/19/2007 - Jack Herer
12/18/2007 - Ed Rosenthal
12/17/2007 - Mark Gailey
12/14/2007 - Marc Emery
12/13/2007 - David Nolan
12/12/2007 - George Phillies / Keith Stroup, founder of NORML
12/11/2007 - Shane Cory
Talk show co-host and new Kubby campaign manager, Richard Cowan,
formerly headed up NORML.
5) Susan Hogarth of the LP Radical Caucus in not happy about the Bob
Barr leadership PAC.
"Friday, January 04, 2008
Bob Barr's Republican PAC
Bob Barr runs a Republican PAC. There is NO WAY he should be on the
LNC, and it will be a serious embarrassment - one that I hope the LNC
will rethink immediately - if they insist on having him as the
*keynote speaker* at the LP convention in Denver (as is the current plan).
BOB BARR LEADERSHIP FUND, THE
Interest Group Category:
Type: Qualified Non-Party
Party Designation: REP
Connected Organization: NONE
BOB BARR LEADERSHIP FUND, THE
Candidate Contributions: 2007-2008 Campaign Cycle
Total 2007-2008 campaign contributions: $19000
Sort by: Total | Name | State | Party
Sessions, Jeff (R-AL) $1000
Kingston, Jack (R-GA) $1000
Shays, Christopher (R-CT) $1000
Rehberg, Dennis (R-MT) $1000
Craig, Larry (R-ID) $1000
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC) $1000
Flake, Jeff (R-AZ) $1000
Pryce, Deborah (R-OH) $1000
Coleman, Norm (R-MN) $1000
Hensarling, Jeb (R-TX) $1000
Smith, Gordon (R-OR) $1000
Hayes, Robin (R-NC) $1000
Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) $2000
Hagel, Chuck (R-NE) $2000
Sununu, John (R-NH) $3000
And, for apologists who think Barr made those contributions BEFORE he
joined the LNC, look at some specifics for dates:
"Broun for Congress, Athens, GA $2,500 9/25/2007 IN KIND: DIRECT
Bob Barr is contributing a direct mailing for at least one Republican
candidate for congress. And he (Barr) is ON THE LNC. Anyone else see a
problem with that?
Some funny(!) ones:
Citizens for Arlen Specter, Philadelphia, PA $1,000 8/31/2007
Oooh, look! An actual Libertarian!:
Friends of Arin Sime, Crozet, VA $500 9/11/2007 CONTRIBUTION
I wonder if his Republican contributors know about that one?
Amusing: look at the bracketing of his local/state LP contributions:
Larry Craig for Senate, Boise, ID $1,000 5/8/2007
Libertarian Party of Alabama, Birmingham, AL $500 6/22/2007 CONTRIBUTION
Libertarian Party of California, Panorama City, CA $500 7/30/2007
Libertarian Party of Florida, Fort Myers, FL $500 6/22/2007 CONTRIBUTION
Libertarian Party of Georgia, Atlanta, GA $1,000 2/6/2007 CONTRIBUTION
Libertarian Party of Georgia, Atlanta, GA $1,000 5/29/2007 CONTRIBUTION
Libertarian Party of Georgia, Atlanta, GA $400 5/8/2007 CONTRIBUTION
Libertarian Party of Mississippi, Jackson, MS $500 6/22/2007 CONTRIBUTION
Libertarian Party of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC $500 6/22/2007
Libertarian Party of South Carolina, Columbia, SC $500 6/22/2007
Libertarian Party of Tennessee, Kingsport, TN $500 6/22/2007 CONTRIBUTION
Lindsey Graham for Senate, Columbia, SC $1,000 6/22/2007
Oh, and by the way - thanks for the $500 to NC, Mr. Barr. Too bad you
gave EVEN MORE to Republican congressional candidates here in NC, such
as the odious Mr. Hayes:
Robin Hayes for Congress, Concord, NC $1,000 5/8/2007
And, again, sincere thanks for the contribs to the national LP:
The Libertarian National Committee, Washington, DC $2,000
The Libertarian National Committee, Washington, DC $1,000 6/22/2007
The Libertarian National Committee, Washington, DC $500 9/7/2007
I have a big problem with this whole picture. Is there anyone who does
NOT have a problem with an LNC member running a Republican PAC, and
being invited to give the convention's keynote address?
Barr should be asked to leave the LNC, and should most -definitely-
not be asked to give the keynote address at our national convention.
it's quite clear to me form these numbers that his heart is still with
supporting the Republican Party and its candidates - and let's be
crystal clear here, we're not talking about some case of a libertarian
running within a major party as a tactical strategy - we're talking
about committed members of the Republican establishment."