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LPL State Convention and Presidential Forum

April 18, 2016

The Libertarian Party of Louisiana (LPL) held its state convention last weekend on Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th.

Elections were held for State Central Committee offices, Presidential Electors, and national convention delegates. There were over 70 Libertarians in attendance with 69 voting members. Baton Rouge attorney Rufus Craig was elected as the new State Central Committee chairman.

Regarding the new SCC composition, elections officer Sarah Stewart said “The fact that over one third of our new SCC Representation is female demonstrates that our message of liberty is being heard across all demographics. The Libertarian Party works for equality and liberty regardless of race or gender.”

A Presidential forum was held Saturday evening featuring four candidates for the Libertarian Party nomination for President of the United States. Darryl Perry, Rhett Smith, Jack Robinson Jr., and Thomas Clements spoke to attendees regarding their candidacy and answered questions. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Software Pioneer John McAfee, and former Associate Producer for Fox Business Austin Petersen are also seeking the Libertarian Party Presidential nomination.

A straw poll was conducted following the Presidential forum, which was won by Darryl Perry, followed by a tie between Gov. Gary Johnson and Jack Robinson.

Following the Presidential forum, LPL Media Chairman Keith Thompson said “Voters are getting tired of choosing the lesser of two evils and the people are waking up. The LP stands to grow significantly this election cycle by standing on principle rather than politics as usual. If voters truly do not wish to waste their vote they should support candidates based on their platform, not their popularity. Voting for the winner when they oppose your basic freedom is not a winning vote.”

Mr. Thompson noted that “The Democratic Party talks about social liberty and the Republican Party talks about fiscal liberty, but the Libertarian Party is the only party that stands for all of your freedoms all of the time – even when we disagree. We hold that all individuals have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.”

Also speaking were John Moore, the first Libertarian state legislator in Nevada and Nicholas Sarwark, Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee.

The Libertarian Party of Louisiana currently has over 11,000 registered voters and garnered over 114,000 votes in 2014.

Louisiana 2016 State Convention

March 6, 2016

The Libertarian Party of Louisiana will hold 2016 state convention in Baton Rouge on April 16th-17th at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel and Casino

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103 France St Baton Rouge, La 70802 .

Business sessions will open on Saturday April 16th at 10am in the Iberville room at the Belle.

Registration will remain open throughout the two days. Pre-registration will begin at 9am on Saturday.

Only Registered Libertarians And Dues Paying Members To The State Party Are Eligible To Vote During The Business Sessions.

Registration must be completed on or before April 1st 2016.

You may register here and become a dues paying member here

We will have a lot going on at the 2016 convention, plan to stay with us throughout the whole weekend!

For those traveling from out of town please consider booking a room at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel. Discounted room rates are available for $79/night for Friday April 15th and Saturday April 16th, under the block: Libertarian Party Conference . Please contact the Belle of Baton Rouge and reserve your room today! Reservations must be made by Wednesday March 16th, 12:00:00 AM to insure this rate and availability. Use the discount code LPD15A. To book your room now call 1-800-676-48471-800-676-4847 FREE and use the block name for the special rate. The discount code is unavailable through the website.

During the business portion of convention the delegates will vote to select new governing rules(bylaws), new state party leadership, National Convention delegates, and more. The business session is open to all registered Libertarians, only those who are dues paying members to the state party by April 1st 2016 will be eligible to vote in business matters.

Packages are available for purchase that include meals and admission to the various events Saturday.

Scroll all the way down for package details

Convention Schedule

Friday April 15

  • 7pm - 10pm informal social Bar 102 (lobby of Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel)

Saturday April 16

  • 9:00am - 10:00am Breakfast Buffet in the Baton Rouge Room (see package details below)

  • 9:00am - 10:00am Pre-Registration in the Iberville Room

  • 10:00am-12:30pm Morning Business Session in the Iberville Room

  • 12:30pm-1:30pm Plated Lunch in the Baton Rouge Room (see package details below)

    • With Guest Speaker

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Nicholas Sarwark

Born in 1979, Nicholas Sarwark is an unabashed, second generation Libertarian with a strong commitment to fighting on the party’s behalf against unfair ballot access obstacles and exclusion of qualified candidates from public debates.

Sarwark has been an active member of the Libertarian Party since 1999 and has served on the Judicial and Bylaws committees of the national party. He also served as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland and as vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado where he played a key role in recruiting the state's 42 Libertarian candidates in 2014 and supported the passage of Colorado's historic marijuana legalization initiative in 2012.


  • 1:30pm-6:00pm Afternoon Business Session in the Iberville Room

  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Liberty Talks in Iberville Room

with Guest Speakers:

Stephan Kinsella

Stephan Kinsella is a practicing patent attorney and a libertarian writer and speaker in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Prairieville, Louisiana, he received an master's in law from King’s College London and his law degree and engineering degrees from LSU. He is Founder and Executive Editor of the scholarly journal Libertarian Papers, a former adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law, a former partner with the Philadelphia law firm Duane Morris, and has published numerous articles and books on intellectual property law, international law, and the application of libertarian principles to legal topics, including the award-winning and influential Against Intellectual Property. His forthcoming book is Law in a Libertarian World: Legal Foundations of a Free Society.



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In 2014, John was elected to the State Legislature. During his first term, John provided a fresh and strong libertarian voice to represent his constituents, and to ensure that our voice is heard.

After the legislative session ended with the passing of the largest tax increase and spending package in Nevada history, John realized that the Republican Party was not a practical vehicle for delivering practical answers and common sense solutions. John then took the bold step of becoming the first Libertarian state legislator in Nevada history.


 

  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Dinner Buffet in Baton Rouge Room (see package details below)

  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm Presidential Forum in Baton Rouge Room (buffet will remain open throughout forum)

Featuring:

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Darryl Perry

New Hampshire
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John McAfee
Tennessee
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Rhett Smith
Texas
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Jack Robinson Jr.
South Carolina
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Dr. Marc Feldman
Ohio
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  • 9:00pm - 12:00am Open Bar Social in Baton Rouge Room
  • Beer and Wine Selection (full cash bar after 10pm)

Sunday April 17th

  • 10:00am-11:30am Morning Business Session in Iberville Room (coffee and pastry selection provided)

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch
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    • Deli Buffet Provided in the Baton Rouge Room (open to all Delegates)
  • 12:30pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Business Session in Iberville Room

  • 4:30pm - 7:00pm Newly Elected SCC Meets in the :Baton Rouge Room

Package Descriptions:

Click HERE to purchase one of the following options

Business Session ONLY $0

  • Open to all Registered Libertarians. Delegates eligible to vote must be registered with the state party and a dues paying member (min $25/year donation) 15 days prior to convention (by April 1st 2016)

Debate Only  $10 (Admission to the debate, general seating, with no food or drink)

Debate with Admission to the Open Bar Social $15 (general seating for the debate, beer and wine selection)

Bronze Package $50

    • Admission to Liberty Talks Saturday 6:30pm

        • with Stephan Kinsella and John Moore

    • Dinner Buffet Saturday 7:30pm

      • Salad bar selection

      • Sesame Glazed Grilled Halibut

      • Glazed Roasted Chicken

      • Seasonal Vegetable Blend

      • Sundried Tomato Penne Pasta

      • Rustic Red Skin Potato Salad

      • Freshly Baked Rolls

      • Dessert

The buffet will remain open throughout the forum.

    • Admission to Presidential Forum Saturday 8:00pm

        • with Libertarian Candidates

    • Admission to Open Bar Social Saturday 9pm

        • beer and wine selection

Silver Package $100

  • Everything included in the Bronze with the addition of the following

    • Continental Breakfast Saturday 9am - 10am

      • A Selection of chilled juices, sliced fresh berries, and fruits, bakery selections, butter and preserves, coffee

    • Lunch Saturday 12:30pm - 1:30pm

        • with guest speaker Nicholas Sarwark

Choose One of the following selections.

      • Fillet of Atlantic Salmon

Pan seared and herb crusted salmon fillet, caramelized shallot cream

      • Medallions of Pork Tenderloin

pan seared applewood bacon wrapped medallions served with an apple chutney

      • Breast of Chicken

blackened and topped with an andouille cream

  • Lunch Sunday (Deli Buffet)



Gold Package $150 (Limit 20)

  • Everything included in the Silver with the addition of second row seating at all speaking events

Platinum Package $250 (Limit 10) ONLY ONE LEFT!!

  • Everything included in the Silver with the addition of

      • priority admission

      • one on one time with candidates and speakers

      • front row seating for all events


The LPL Congratulates Nevada on New Libertarian Assemblyman

January 12, 2016
The Libertarian Party of Louisiana joyfully welcomes the decision of a Nevada legislator to switch his party registration to Libertarian! Assemblyman John Moore of District 8, which includes Las Vegas, announced on Friday, January 8 that he would serve the rest of his term in office under the Libertarian Party banner.

Moore serves as the Vice Chair of Assembly Government Affairs, and is a member on several state committees in Nevada, including Assembly Health and Human Services and Assembly Legislative Operation and Elections.

While in office he was approached by the Libertarian Party of Nevada and saw that his views were in line with the libertarian philosophy. In his announcement, he said he was glad to make the switch and he looked forward to working with the LP of Nevada while in office.

On behalf of the Libertarians in Louisiana, we sincerely congratulate Assemblyman Moore on making the right choice and encourage law-makers of all states, including our own, to follow his example. Americans everywhere are tired of the two-party duopoly and are ready for the principled, consistent, common sense approach that the Libertarian Party represents.

Happy New Year from the LPL

December 30, 2015

As the current year comes to a close, many people look to this moment as an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments, find areas to improve, and seek goals for the new year.

We saw tremendous membership growth for the Libertarian Party of Louisiana (LPL) and away from the two old parties in 2015. This year, we welcomed over a thousand new registered Libertarians into our state party. The LPL also saw a new Parish Executive Committee (PEC) formed in Avoyelles Parish and we’re happy to see that they’re off to a good start.

Finally, a big thank you to our candidates: Jennifer Werther for St. Tammany Parish Sheriff, Jason France for Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) District 6, and Jay Price for State Representative, District 70.  Our candidates are often the most prominent figures in our party and we’re blessed to have such wonderful people running in our state.

This expansion certainly is encouraging for those who seek an alternative to the two-party duopoly that controls both the state and federal government. The Libertarian Party seeks to limit the power of government and restore maximum freedom back in the hands of We the People. We seek to empower the individual, not government.

Going forward, the LPL looks to continue membership growth and the formation of new PECs. In addition, anyone who shares our values and is considering running for office is whole-heartedly encouraged to run as a Libertarian. Candidates are the lifeblood of the party and show the duopoly that third parties are both viable and competitive!

2016 is an exciting opportunity for the LPL to spread its wings and let Liberty ring. Happy New Year's to you and your family from the Libertarian Party of Louisiana! And if you haven't already, please consider making a donation to the party that stands for freedom in ALL areas, not just those that are politically convenient. 


Libertarians say stop reckless Middle East interventions, honor freedoms of innocent Muslims

December 7, 2015
It is easy to feel outrage, anger, and fear in response to the terrorist attacks in France and elsewhere. But in order to preserve life and liberty, keep America safe, and restore peace, the U.S. response must strictly honor the Bill of Rights and reverse failed policies in the Middle East.  

Republican presidential candidates are drawing upon the rhetoric of hate. They call for shutting out refugees, ominous border walls, stepped-up military action, and dragnet profiling of Muslims in the United States.

Donald Trump called for creating a database of US Muslims and suggests government actions to shut down mosques -- an unprecedented encroachment upon religion in the U.S. Ben Carson wants a database for all American citizens.

But such frenzied, reckless proclamations are exactly what have made Americans abroad and at home a target for Islamic extremists. They play into the ISIS strategy of recruiting more terrorists and put all Americans at greater risk.

“When your enemy wants you to do something, you may want to think twice before doing it,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee.

"Libertarians condemn, in the strongest of terms, terrorist acts of violence against innocent civilians,” he added. “But we will not condemn people of an entire religion based on the actions of a few. Nor will we deny them the freedom to escape from tyranny and horror.”

Libertarians call for maintaining the U.S. ethos of open borders for peaceful people.  Protecting the United States from threats of terrorism should not come at the cost of the First and Fourth Amendment rights of all Americans.

“More domestic government surveillance is not the answer, especially for peaceful people who have harmed no one,” Sarwark said. “Libertarians vehemently oppose any infringement of religious liberty and of government data-gathering of citizens, Muslim or otherwise, without probable cause as required by the Fourth Amendment.”

Since the Moroccan-American Friendship Treaty of 1786 through the middle of the twentieth century, America enjoyed generally friendly relations with Islamic countries across the Middle East. But after the discovery of oil in the region, the U.S. government began a string of destructive, terrorism-inciting interventions in the region:

  • The U.S. government sent the CIA to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Iran in 1953, setting off an escalating chain of events that reverberates to this day. 
  • The CIA installed the Shah of Iran, a brutal dictator, who kept the oil supplies flowing. This outraged the Iranian people, building up to the Shah's overthrow by the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979. 
  • The U.S. supported Saddam Hussein of Iraq against Iran, eventually leading to Saddam's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. 
  • The U.S. permanently based troops on Saudi Arabian soil, a decision that Osama Bin Laden viewed as religious sacrilege and which partially motivated his 9/11 attacks of 2001 on the World Trade Center.
  • The U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 under the false pretext of Saddam’s alleged “weapons of mass destruction.” The resulting chain of events culminated in  the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria today. 

“Just as creative destruction in a free market replaces less desirable products with ones that work,” said Sarwark, “we must replace foreign policies that provoke war and terrorism with ones that foster peace.”

“Ending U.S. meddling in the region is the only way to unwind the centuries-old blood feuds into which lawmakers have entangled the American people,” he continued. “America and Middle Eastern countries can then, once again, have a chance at peace.”