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.
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.)
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.
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.
(But you don’t have to wait until the last minute. Really.)
The next issue of the Free? State Libertarian newsletter is planned to be out for December. Looking for articles, comments, and photos from events since the last issue. The election is over!!! Send me reports of your experiences and viewpoints. Especially our candidates (pictures too).
Please report on any letters to the editor that you had published, radio or tv appearances, or anything relevant across the state that has some connection to a Libertarian issue for the regular feature IN THE NEWS. The subsequent issue will be for March, so if you have any outreach plans between now and then, it would be beneficial to include them now as well. Anything else you can think of. County/College chair and officers’ reports, announcements, and general articles are solicited. Please send in any info on upcoming events, meetings, and get-togethers as well.
Please don’t send me a note telling me that I (or somebody else) should write an article on a favorite topic. Write it yourself or solicit someone else for the job. I don’t mind cleaning text up, but the content should be yours. Also please don’t forward me articles that have been published in some other newspaper or magazine for reprinting unless you have already secured reprint permission for the FSL. A short excerpt is fine, particularly if you are going to comment on it, but I’m not keen on making our newsletter a reprint vehicle.
Back issues can be found at http://LPmaryland.org/free-state-libertarian-newsletters/
I am also looking for advertising — do you know anyone who is willing to place ads? Or put a message in yourself to help support the MdLP. (It’s a convenient way to contribute by placing a business card, etc. — maybe you can deduct it as an advertising expense.) Ask your business associates, local vendors, etc. if they’ll at least put a business card ad in.
$100 Full Page
$60 1/2 Page
$35 1/4 Page (both sides of a business card)
$20 1/8 Page (business card)
Make checks payable to the Md. Libertarian Party, and send along with copy to PO Box 321, Owings Mills, MD 21117. (Or use the Donate Now option on the webpage to pay, select “General Contribution,” and email the copy.)
Please mention this to anyone concerned you know who is not a recipient of this email.
Robert E. Glaser
Free? State Libertarian Editor
ATTENTION: EARLY VOTING IS OPEN IN MARYLAND. Now is the time to get out and vote for our great Libertarian candidates. Voter turnout is (and will remain) very high, so plan when and where you’ll cast your important vote. Governor Gary Johnson is our Presidential candidate. To learn about our congressional and local candidates, you can go to lpmaryland.org/vote/meet-our-candidates. Your vote is important! We appreciate your support!
Here is a list of early voting centers in Maryland where you can find where to vote in your county. The early polling centers are open today through Thursday, November 3rd, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The final election day is November 8th, but why wait until then?
Volunteers and supporters: Libertarians need to work on voter turnout just hard, if not harder, as the old party campaigns. What you can do:
- Obviously, vote yourself. If you are on social media, you can reinforce positive attitudes towards voting by announcing that you’ve voted for our Libertarian candidates.
- If you’ve had positive interactions with family, friends or co-workers about libertarians during his campaign, reinforce that with them by making the ask: please consider voting libertarian this election (or particular candidates if that’s been your prior discussion). The point is: reinforce with return messaging and then mention that early voting is open. They CAN vote for a libertarian NOW. It is no longer an abstract discussion of choice, but an act they can take now.
- Ask people to identify when and where they will vote. People who identify for themselves when and where they will vote are much more likely to actually vote, and this works best for young voters. Have the list of early voting centers handy so that if the person says they don’t know where they have to vote, you can give them their county locations.
- If you know of any libertarian supporters who may have problems getting to the polls, offer to help take them to an early voting center. Those who may have difficulty waiting in lines due to medical conditions can jump the line.
- Sign waving at poll location entrances can reinforce people driving into the polling center and traffic passing by.
- Working the polls: Asking members to support a third choice, or particular libertarian candidates (depending on the poll location-though obviously Gary Johnson applies to all), is proven to be effective at increasing the libertarian vote count at those polling center. Be positive, nice, and respectful! Some will want to debate you (rare, but happens) but are generally a waste of your time. They aren’t there to be convinced but to validate their own opinions. Be respectful, offer a counter-argument, but then let it go and return to positive messaging to other voters.
- Some will use the lesser-of-two-evils, “we can’t let candidate____ win”, type arguments with you. In Maryland, that is particularly silly at the presidential level. There is almost no chance that Hillary won’t easily win in Maryland. That fact free’s voters up to send a clear message about the values they support. If they support liberty, their vote is empowered by voting for a candidate that is the libertarian candidate. Adding another plus 1 to the old party candidates’s vote totals sends almost no message. If Gary Johnson get’s a higher than expected result, then media, politicians, and other voters learn that there is substantial support for liberty friendly candidates. Let’s play the long game!
Let’s go Libertarians!
Vote your conscience, your values, your interests:
Vote for liberty!
The Libertarian Party’s national office in Arlington, VA needs some volunteer help this Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7th.
We received this message from Robert Kraus, Director of Operations:
We could use help Thur 10 am – 4 pm and Fri 10 am – 4 pm packing and shipping yard signs. We are several hundred orders behind at this point. We also need someone with large SUV or truck that can help us take stuff to Post Office as our usual carrier is out of town this week and the sub won’t come back to pick up.
Thanks in advance!
The address of the Libertarian Party’s headquarters is 1444 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Let’s help get those signs out to the rest of the country!
The Maryland Libertarian Party 2016 summer picnic will take place on Saturday, July 30, 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.
The cost for the picnic is only $10.
In addition, the minutes from the last two Central Committee meetings will be up for approval. Click here to read the meeting minutes.