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Libertarian Party of Maryland 2014 Convention

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Speakers include:

  • Michael Cloud: “The Impossibility Trap”
  • Wes Benedict: “Libertarians Rising”
  • Arvin Vohra: LP Social Media
  • Sharon Harris: “It’s A Wonderful Liberty”

To register in advance ($5 cheaper before March 31!), follow this link.  You will also be able to pay at the door.

2014 Convention Day Schedule

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The Libertarian Party of Maryland’s 2014 Convention starts today at 1:00 at Squires Italian Restaurant.  If you have not registered yet, you can do so at the door.  If you need directions to Squires, they’re here.

The schedule for today’s proceedings is as follows:

12:30 pm Registration and sandwiches
1:30 pm Michael Cloud, Libertarian Promoter
2:30 pm Wes Benedict, LP Executive Director
3:30 pm Arvin Vohra, LP Social Media
4:30 pm State Central Committee Meeting

7:00 pm Dinner Banquet: Lasagna, Baked chicken, Green beans, Parsley potatoes, Salad, Dessert, Coffee, tea, soft drinks
7:30 pm Featured speaker: Sharon Harris, President Advocates for Self-Government
9:00 pm Adjournment

If you’ve never been to a Convention, you may be wondering exactly what we do there—particularly that stretch between 4:30 and 7:00 that’s rather ominously labeled “Meeting.”  Well, that’s when we take up such matters as:

If your party dues are paid up, you’re eligible to vote.  (Check the mailing label on your last copy of the Free State Libertarian to make sure.)

If you are a Central Committee member, and you can’t make the meeting but you would like to delegate a proxy, there is still time.  Simply sign and date a statement designating another member of the
Central Committee as your agent, and granting that agent the power to vote for you in the Central Committee.  Give the written proxy to your designated agent so he can present it to the Credentials Committee upon arrival.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in just a few hours!

9 Days to the Maryland Libertarian Party Convention!

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Only 9 Days Left Until the Most Electrifying, Thought-Provoking, Paradigm-Shifting, Freedom-Powered Event on the East Coast: the Saturday, April 5th Maryland LP Convention

Speeches that Powerfully Change the Way You Look at Liberty, How You Think and Talk and Feel about Liberty, and What You Can Do to Advance and, perhaps, Achieve Liberty in Our Lifetimes

Speeches You Can’t Stop Talking About.

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Monthly Message for March 2014

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A special Central Committee meeting will be held on Saturday, March 29 at noon at the home of Stu Simms,  11614 Arden Court in Laurel.  This meeting is for the purpose of nominating candidates who have filed their Declarations Of Intent with the Board Of Elections for the 2014 election.  Following the special CC meeting, the Program Committee meeting will take place, starting at 12:30 pm after the conclusion of the CC meeting, whichever is later.  Notice of the special Central Committee and Program Committee has been mailed to all Central Committee members.

The Maryland LP spring convention will take place on Saturday, April 5, from 1 – 9 pm at Squires Italian Restaurant, 6723 Holabird Avenue, Dundalk, MD.  Speakers include: 

  • Michael Cloud: “The Impossibility Trap”
  • Wes Benedict: “Libertarians Rising”
  • Arvin Vohra: LP Social Media
  • Sharon Harris: “It’s A Wonderful Liberty”

The convention announcement has been mailed to all Central Committee members.  Click here for more information.

Shawn Quinn and Lorenzo Gaztanaga were nominated as the 2014 Maryland Libertarian Party gubernatorial and lieutenant-gubernatorial candidates at the Central Committee meeting on Saturday, 9 November in Laurel.  Scott Soffen was nominated as the 2014 Libertarian candidate for the US House seat in Maryland’s 7th congressional district, and Arvin Vohra for the US House seat in Maryland’s 4th district.  Click here for more information on our nominees.

In addition, several potential candidates have filed Declarations Of Intent with the Board Of Elections to get on the general election ballot in November as Libertarians:

  • Leo Dymowski – Attorney General
  • Steven Haddox – US House 8th
  • Ron Owens-Bey – House Of Delegates 45th
  • Dave Sgambellone – Anne Arundel County Council District 2
  • Peggy O’Donnell – Calvert County Commissioners

These potential candidates must obtain the nomination of the party at a Central Committee meeting.  Several meetings will be held prior to the filing deadline.  All remaining filing documents and filing fees are due by August 4.

Some members had let me know that they were unable to register as “Libertarian” at MVA locations in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.  I brought this to the attention of the state Board Of Elections, and they said the matter has now been rectified.  If anyone has a problem registering to vote as Libertarian, please let me know.

Be sure to check out the LP Maryland and Young Libertarians of Maryland Facebook pages.

Not a member of the MDLP? Has your membership expired?  Please join; your much-needed funds go to ballot access, outreach, publishing the triennial newsletter, and supporting our candidates.  If you prefer, I would be happy to mail you an order form.

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Bob Johnston
Libertarian Party of Maryland