Friday, December 24, 2021

Massachusetts Party Controversy

The Libertarian Association of Massachusetts (LAMA, the LPUS affiliate in Massachusetts) is facing the issue that a quarter of the members have filed for a special convention, to be held in the next month or two, to elect a new State Committee. Having written or edited a fair piece of the state association Constitution and Bylaws, it appears to me that the unhappy people have all their ducks in a row and can compel the convention to meet. The convention can indeed replace the State Committee.

The unhappy people are a mixture of Mises Caucus supporters, local candidates not supported by the State Association, and people who do not approve of the way that LAMA has conducted its affairs in recent years.

An exacerbating issue is that the State Committee passed a code of conduct and used it to expel an Association member. Apparently the expelled person used an impolite word to refer to a State Committee member.

A more serious exacerbating situation is that much of the loud opposition to the special convention, at least on Facebook, comes from a paid LNC Staff Member (who does live in the state) who is said to be acting with the blessings of the National Committee.

The long thread on the matter is at Massachusetts Libertarians on Facebook Look for Peter Everett’s parable of the stolen truck.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Life & Liberty Party Votes To Become Caucus Within Libertarian Party

Today, Sunday 12/12/21, the Life And Liberty Party held their virtual convention at 12:00 PM Mountain Time.  Four states were represented, Alaska, California, Montana and New York.  The main order of business was whether or not to remain a stand alone party, or to become the Life & Liberty Caucus within the Libertarian Party.  

Discussion centered around overall progress, and the virtual impossibility of overcoming ballot access hurdles.  It was noted that the L&LP leadership has historical ties to the Libertarian Party, with outgoing L&LP Chairman Myers having served on the Montana LP Executive Committee for several years, eventually becoming MT LP Chairman in 1984.  Outgoing L&LP Vice-Chair, Lori Stacey has assisted the LP with multiple successful ballot drives in several states over the years.  Outgoing Secretary/Treasurer, Gary Gunsher of New York said it was our best path forward.  Following discussion, a vote was taken.  

The vote was unanimous for the Life & Liberty Party to transform into the Life & Liberty Caucus within the Libertarian Party.    

Officers of the L&L Caucus were then elected.  Lori Stacey of California was elected caucus Chair.  Gary Gunsher of New York was elected caucus Vice Chair and Social Media Editor.   J.R.Myers of Montana was elected caucus Secretary/Treasurer and Webmaster.  The L&L caucus will continue to have a membership with $20 annual dues, their own website and FaceBook pages.  The focus of the caucus is to implement the established Life & Liberty Party Platform within the Libertarian Party and nationwide.

Life & Liberty Caucus Platform  

Accordingly, the leadership of the Life and Liberty Caucus will officially join the Libertarian Party, and work to strengthen our platform ideals from within the Libertarian Party.  

We are encouraging our tens of thousands of supporters across the nation to do the same.  Join your local, state and national Libertarian Parties.  Help us to continue to promote the ideals of Life and Liberty by running and serving as local and statewide Libertarian Party officers and candidates for public office.

Outgoing L&LP Chairman, J.R.Myers said, "I paid my lifetime membership dues today to rejoin the Libertarian Party.  This is a positive transformation that will be good for the Libertarian Party, and will bolster the forces of Life & Liberty throughout our nation."