US National Oyster Festival in Leonardtown Oct. 21-22

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st marys oyster festivalThe Southern Maryland group and the Quinn for Governor campaign will have adjacent tables at the annual US National Oyster Festival on October 21 and 22 at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown.

Times:        Saturday  10-6     Sunday  11-6 

Cost:          $10 per person;  children under 12 free



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Essex Day Festival

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The Baltimore County group will have a table at the Essex Day Festival this Sunday, September 17. 

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Click here for more information on the Essex Day Festival.

LNC meeting August 19 – 20

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libertarian_lp_logo_squareA meeting of the Libertarian National Committee will take place on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, at the Holiday Inn KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

The meeting will start at 10 am EDT on Saturday.The LNC will attempt to stream the meeting live on the Internet. Be advised that broadcast quality has sometimes been low and intermittent. Click here to view the stream.Click here for details on the hotel location, meeting agenda, and regional reports.

Summer Picnic Rescheduled for August 26

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LPMD-PicnicThe picnic has been postponed to August 26 — the weather forecast is a lot of rain, which will make the grass parking area difficult even should the sun come out in the afternoon.

The Maryland Libertarian Party summer picnic will now take place on Saturday, August 26, from 2 to 6 pm, at the home of Dave and Renee Sten in Cecil County, MD.

The Stens live at 16 Partridge Lane in North East. Be sure to follow the signs to the picnic grounds.

Click here for a map of the location.

The cost for the picnic is only $12 if you pay before the day of the picnic, and $15 at the picnic.

Click here to sign up for the picnic.

In addition, the minutes from the last Central Committee meeting (the spring convention) will be up for approval. Click here to read the meeting minutes.

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Shawn Quinn press conference Friday

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Gubernatorial candidate Shawn Quinn, campaign manager Preston Pratt, and Lt. Gubernatorial candidate Christine Smith (L – R)

Shawn Quinn, the Maryland Libertarian Party 2018 candidate for Governor, will hold a press conference on Friday, May 26 at 2 pm at Lawyers Mall in Annapolis to announce his candidacy.

There will be a meet-and-greet afterwards at the Rams Head Tavern.

Click here for directions to the Rams Head Tavern.

2017 Annual Spring Convention

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April 29 @ 3:45 pm – 8:00 pm

The Libertarian Party of Maryland will hold its annual spring convention on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Red Hot & Blue in Laurel, Maryland. The convention commences at 4:00 PM and features Neill Franklin of LEAP (Law Enforcement Action Partnership) as the guest speaker.

The cost for the convention is $40 if paid by April 24th, $45 thereafter or at the door. There is no charge for attending only the central committee meeting. Use the Donate Now link at the right. Note that all fees paid are non-deductible political contributions to the Libertarian Party of Maryland.


3:45 PM Registrations open outside

4:00 PM Local Groups Discussed

4:15 PM Central Committee Meeting (business includes nominations and elections of Chair and Executive Board, nomination of candidates (including Governor), voting on amendments to the party Program, voting on any party constitutional amendments).

6:00 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Guest Speaker: Neill Franklin (LEAP)

8:00 PM Adjournment

Address: 677 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707.

Dinner: Appetizers include a cheese and fruit platter; spinach dip and a wing/veggie platter. A buffet of Ribettes; pulled pork; beef brisket and pulled chicken with your choice of BBQ sauces. Accompanied by a Caesar’s salad, BBQ baked beans and potato salad. Non-alcoholic drinks are included, cash bar will be available.

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Please notify Stu if you plan on paying at the door so he can give the restaurant an accurate headcount and so name tags can be produced.

(Note: this is a change in venue and time from the previous posting and as published in the April 2017 Free? State Libertarian.)

Libertarian Party of MD’s Opposition to SB 970 a Success

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The Libertarian Party of Maryland joined three other organizations in a letter in opposition to SB 970, a bill which would unnecessarily and inappropriately compromise the public accountability values of the Maryland Public Information Act by creating a dangerous categorical ban on the public release of some police body camera footage. Yesterday, the Judicial Proceedings Committee gave the bill an unfavorable report notwithstanding the House having passed the companion bill HB 767 on a 133-3 vote. We are hopeful that this will forestall passage of this legislation.

Below is a copy of the letter in opposition sent to the Judicial Proceedings Committee on behalf of the Libertarian Party of Maryland, the ACLU of Maryland, the League of Women Voters of Maryland, and CASA.

Letter in Opposition to SB 970

There is a balance to be struck between privacy interests and ensuring public accountability of police conduct. Body cameras have proven a useful tool to improve public accountability. The Maryland Public Information Act already provides a reasonable balance to protect body camera footage from violating the privacy of citizens. SB 970 would alter that balance and set a dangerous precedent that could further erode public transparency via the Maryland Public Information Act. We are grateful to the ACLU of MD’s leadership and tireless advocacy on this issue.