Sunday, May 8, 2022

Is the Sparks LP National Convention Valid?

I am no longer on Facebook.  Please publicize this widely, there and wherever else seems useful. 

It is clear that the Mises Caucus and their allies, agents, and useful idiots on the Libertarian National Committee and the various other LP committees have used whatever powers they have to stack the deck.

Actions were taken in violation of the National Party Bylaws that cannot be reversed and that make it impossible for LP candidates to campaign effectively. Accordingly, the Sparks convention is arguably invalid as a National Convention.

First, the Credentials Committee has de facto validated the Massachusetts and Delaware delegates of the Mises faction, by listing them as delegates, without listing the Massachusetts delegation from the Massachusetts group currently recognized by the LNC as its affiliate, and without mentioning the  competing delegation submitted by the Delaware LP group with ballot access.

There are two delegate lists received for Delaware and for Massachusetts, because there are competing factions in those state affiliates. Prior practice when receiving competing delegations has been for the Credentials Committee to list both groups as submitted delegates. The decision as to which delegation would be seated was left to the delegates at convention.   The Mises-Caucus-dominated Credentials Committee instead reported only the Mises Caucus supported group from each state, without any justification or authority.  There is a pending Judicial Committee appeal regarding Massachusetts.

Second, the Credentials Committee chair, Susan Hogarth, did not prior to the start of May distribute the list of delegates.  In the months prior to convention, it is traditional for candidates for internal office and other party members to send mailings to convention delegates to inform them of options. Libertarian Party bylaws explicitly protect the right of any party member to receive a copy of the delegate list for an upcoming convention:

Bylaws Article 10, Section 5: Delegate List: Any Party member shall be provided, upon request and payment of copying and mailing costs, a list of the names and addresses of all delegates  selected to attend and those who actually attended the most recent two conventions, with those who attended clearly identified, and all  delegates / alternates selected to the upcoming convention, if available.

Previous credentials committees have sent partial and past delegate lists out many months in advance. The current committee did not.

Whether this failure was purposeful to prevent party members from communicating with delegates or just an inability to compile the list in a timely manner, it has the effect of preventing party members from effectively communicating with the delegates who will represent their interests at convention, and therefore arguably invalidates the convention.

When Ms. Hogarth finally announced that the delegate list was available, she added her own restrictions on its use. There is no basis in the Bylaws for these restrictions. Her restrictions were

This list of the delegates and alternates for LNC2022 with mailing addresses is being provided to you by the interim Chair of the Credentials Committee, Susan Hogarth. The list is current as of <date> but the list will be changing as delegations are updated by the affiliate Chairs. Please feel free to request an updated list.  Only the individual requesting and receiving this list is authorized to use it, and this excludes sharing the information with any organization of which you may be a member. This list is provided with the understanding that you are a national Party member in good standing. A list of delegate/alternate names is available publicly. This list differs in having attached the mailing addresses of each delegate/alternate, and is provided in compliance with current Libertarian Party Bylaws. You may not breach the privacy of delegates/alternates by sharing or selling this list with mailing addresses.

The Libertarian Party will hold a national convention in less than three weeks. It is now more or less too late for you to get your mailing to a mailing house and send your mailing to all delegates.

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Who's In Charge of the American Independent Party of California?



BAN reports that the California Secretary of State has not determined who the current officers of the American Independent Party of California are?  The American Independent Party is the third largest party in California by voter registration, which is 731,426 as of 1/4/22.  Until recently, the CA SOS listed Markham Robinson as Chairman, he has been deceased since 2021.  Apparently, former CA AIP board member, Mark Seidenberg has relocated to Anchorage, Alaska.  In a curious twist, former AIP activist and current California resident, Robert Ornelas has filed for the Alaska Special Congressional Election under the American Independent Party label.  There is currently no American Independent Party organized in Alaska.    

Saturday, April 16, 2022

J.R.Myers Calls for Debt Jubilee


 

BLESSED RESURRECTION WEEKEND!

Be Free Alaska, America & Earth!

This is a time to remember that a great price was paid to free humanity from our hopeless debt…


Now, we are to forgive one another’s debts, as our debts are forgiven.


Debt Jubilee is a way to periodically correct the economy to prevent the oppression of the people by overly concentrated wealth and power.  It is a generational reset to provide hope and opportunity for the young.   It is economic justice. - J.R.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Alaskan Special Election Ballot Set





From the Alaska Division of Elections Website:

Ballot rotation works as follows:
  • Each house district gets its own ballot.
  • Candidates for state representative are listed in a random alphabetical order determined by the division.
  • Candidates for state senate are listed in the same random alphabetical order in odd house districts, and they rotate in even house districts, so that the candidate at the top of the list drops to the bottom of the list.
  • All other candidates begin in alphabetical order in House District 1 and rotate from there.

So for the special primary election, candidates for the vacant U.S. House seat are listed alphabetically in House District 1. Then the candidate at the top of the list drops to the bottom of the list in House District 2. This process repeats through House District 40.

 Alaska Division of Elections Sample Ballotssampleballots_2022specialelections.php


Saturday, April 2, 2022

Sarah Palin & 47 Others File in AK



The upcoming Special Election Open Top Four Primary in Alaska for the single At-Large Congressional seat long held by Don Young will occur June 11.  His death has opened the flood gates of pent up political pressure, as over 48 candidates from all across the political spectrum have filed.  Filing deadline was Friday, April 1 at 5:00pm Alaska Time.  This promises to be a a memorable and historic election, as candidates only have about 8 weeks until ballots are mailed out to voters.  This will be an all mail-in ballot election.  Additionally, the General Special Election Date will fall on the same day as the regular Primary election.  This means, that there will be two similar crowded ballots for the same office on the same day.  One is to fill the remainder of Don Young's term through January 3, 2023, the other for the next regular two year term. 

Friday, April 1, 2022

J.R.Myers Declares for AK U.S. House Race





 J.R.Myers , a leader of the Life & Liberty Caucus of the LP, has declared his candidacy as a Libertarian for the Alaska At-Large U.S. House District on his website. This will be the first Top Four Ranked Choice Voting election in Alaska.  J.R. had already entered the Special Election triggered by the passing of Representative Don Young.  



WHY YES, I DO DECLARE! 4/1/2022

My name is ᐱᒼᐸᐦᑕᐃᐧᐣ pimpahtawin ᒪᐦᑫᓰᐢ mahkesîs, or Running Fox.  Most call me J.R., after my great-grandfather, John Richard Price.  I am Metis Cree on my paternal grandfather's side of the family.  Descended from the Adams and LaFountaines, of the Red River Metis Settlement, and their subsequent dislocations and relocations before and during the North-West (Riel) Rebellion of 1885 in Canada, and later in Montana.  My grandfather always said we were the Landless Indians.  The Landless Cree.  There was a time when I was younger that 14 of us lived in a little upstairs apartment in Great Falls, Montana.    


Well, I think that's what drew my grandfather to homestead outside of Fairbanks in the Great Land, after his military duty in Alaska during WWII.  (BTW-That was a time when Russia was considered our ally...)  My grandmother said, "Alaska was always good to me."  Alaska, an ancient homeland for so many, and a new frontier full of opportunity for so many others.  That dynamic is still playing out.  


My father spent some of his childhood on the family homestead too, outside what is now North Pole.  They used dog sleds, and dug a hole in the permafrost for their refrigerator, of course they had an outhouse.  It was real frontier life!  


Fast forward, most of my family is in Anchorage during the Great Quake of 1964.  I grew up hearing the terrible tales of the devastation to Anchorage, and witnessed its hopeful recovery to become the hub it is today.  I spoke my first word in Anchorage, "Peppermint!"  I havent stopped talking since.  


Then, back and forth to Montana over the years, I was often reminded by family and friends about the many wonders of Alaska, especially the generous and kindhearted people.  It was a time when neighbors really had each others' backs.  It's still that way in some places out there.  I remember, I long kept a little bix with fur scraps from various Alaskan animals, such as the Polar Bear, Seals, and yes, even Fox.  My mother had a carved ivory Billican, and a carved miniature Seal I would often play with.  I still have my specially made Mukluks that I wore in the 60's, as a young child in Anchorage.  The Mukluks have a pungent smell that still brings back remembrances. 


 In 2003, I decided to return to Alaska to serve the people as a counselor.  I immediately purchased land, and have owned property in Alaska since then.  I have a cabin on some land outside of Soldotna.  I have worked with people from Anchorage to Homer, Juneau, Sitka, Bethel, Fairbanks, Nikolaevsk, Anchor Point, Nikiski, Kenai, Soldotna, Anchor Point, Ninilchik, Kasilof, Haines, Klukwan and many points in between.  I have worked with people across the political spectrum.  I have benefitted in many ways from the great bounty of the Great Land.  I have witnessed great changes.  I have also seen great lost opportunities.  I have watched as Alaskans are lied to and betrayed over and over again by the political class.  Yet, the promise of Alaska remains.  It is truly a Great Land, with Great People!  


I met Alaskan Representative Don Young in his Office in Washington, D.C. a few years ago.  He personally hosted me on a visit there with his fiance Anne by his side.  I remember that Don was gracious, and proud of his role as Alaska's sole Representative.  Maybe it should have been "soul" representative.  His office was chok full of Alaskan memorabilia and artifacts.  I remember him telling me when I arrived, "You look like somebody I should know!", as he reached out to shake my hand.  I had a great picture taken with Don before I left.  That's the kind of welcoming, authentic and bold representation Alaskans deserve to have continued on the national stage in the House in Washington, D.C.


Alaskans deserve a sincere Representative of ALL of the People!  That is why I have decided, in addition to my run in the Special House election, to also declare my candidacy for the regular U.S. House Election to be held on August 16 & November 8 of this year.  I humbly ask for the support of ALL Alaskans in this election.  Let's keep Our Great Land Great!      


In Life & Liberty,


J.R.Myers  


Thursday, March 24, 2022

Alaskan Special Election Underway



Alaska Governor Dunleavy has decided the dates, and the Alaska Division of Elections is implementing the rollout of the Special Election to fill the seat vacated by the death of Don Young (R), the longest serving member of Congress.

  

Donald Edwin Young 1933-2022

Congressman Young passed away March 18 at the age of 88, while returning to Alaska.  He had been elected to serve 25 terms.  First elected in 1973, he was returning to campaign for his 26th term.  He epitomized the rugged Alaska frontier spirit.  He was persistent, bold, hard hitting and fearless.  Respected by most, feared by some, he will be missed by many.  He was one of the last old time iconic Alaskan politicians.  

Several contenders from across the political spectrum are expected to vie for this prize.  The solitary U.S.House seat representing all of Alaska.  Sarah Palin has publicly expressed interest.

Additionally, this will be the first test for Alaska's new Top Four Ranked Choice Voting Open Primary System. 

Special Election Voter Registration Deadline:  May 12, 2022

Candidate Filing Deadline:  April 1, 2022

Candidates:  https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/candidatelistspecprim.php

Top Four Primary Election Date:  June 11, 2022

Top Four General Election Date:  August 16, 2022