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Libertarian Success

July 6, 2014
National Success!
The Libertarian National Convention met June 26th - 29th in Columbus, Ohio and the Libertarian Party of Louisiana would like to Congratulate our largest and most successful slate of delegates in Louisiana history! Thanks to Delegation Chairman Daniel Hayes, Guy McLendon, Howard Kearney, Susan Thompson, Keith Thompson, Beth Vest, Nick Accardo, Michael Dodd, Richard Fast, Sarah Stewart, Rufus Craig, and Randall Lord.  And a special thanks to Angela Gross for representing the National Organization of Libertarian Women founded right here in Louisiana last year!

Also a first for Louisiana, Members will be serving on the Libertarian National Committee! Guy McLendon was elected At-Large and Daniel Hayes was elected a Region 7 Alternate. Beth Vest was also elected Vice Chair of the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance!  We are so proud of you all!

Legislative Success!
This past Legislative session, Libertarians lobbied at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge and our presence was made known on issues important to the people of Louisiana! We organized email and phone calling campaigns, and worked to promote the Libertarian position on a number of issues from Marijuana legislation to 2nd Amendment Rights.

We successfully supported a new law to reduce government regulation over the cottage food industry and we pushed education legislation that protects student data privacy, provides transparency on shared data, provides access to classroom material, and legislation that provides local control of class curriculum. We also played a key role in the grassroots effort to get Jindal to veto the Real ID Bill and remove Louisiana from Common Core and PARCC testing. Thanks to everyone who helped out!  We are making a difference!
 
Candidates Across Louisiana!
The Libertarian Party of Louisiana is pleased to announce our candidates for this coming fall elections.  Brannon McMorris is running for for US Senate. For the first time in Louisiana history we will have a full slate of congressional candidates: Jeffry Sanford for Congressional District 1, Samuel Davenport for Congressional District 2, David Chance for Congressional District 3, Randall Lord for Congressional District 4, Clay Grant for Congressional District 5, and Rufus Craig for Congressional District 6. Also Jennifer Werther is running for Sheriff of St Tammany Parish! 

Festivals and Fun!
Our parish affiliates across the state are having a good time hosting information and voter registration booths at farmers markets, flea markets, fairs, festivals, and gun shows! Libertarians were a big hit at the Independence Day parade in Baton Rouge. We've reached out to the LGBT Community for Pride Month and will continue the outreach! We also participated in a Common Core Rally and a Legalize Cannabis Rally at the Capitol last month! We're getting out into the community and helping to grow the LPL!

State Central Committee Meeting
The 3rd Quarter State Central Committee Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 12th from 1pm to 5pm at the Clarion Inn and Suites Conference Center, 501 N Hwy 190, Covington, La.  All registered Libertarians are invited to attend.

St Tammany Parish Executive Committee will also host a "Liberty Fest" the morning of the SCC meeting from 9am to 11am at the Clarion. The event will feature Liberty Speakers and Libertarian Candidates from across the state. The event is free and open to the public!

Get Involved!
- Get active in your parish by attending a local meeting! Meet fellow Libertarians and learn what you can do to get involved.
- Recruit new Libertarians. Get your friends and family to change their voter registration online. It’s easy to do and only takes a few minutes!
- The Libertarian Party of Louisiana is working diligently to get our voice heard! It takes FUNDING to fight BIG GOVERNMENT. We need your help to continue our efforts. Please consider becoming a Dues Paying Member of the LPL today! You can make a one-time donation or join the $17.76 a month Revolutionary Club! You CAN make a difference in your government. Please donate today!

Thank You!
Congratulations to the Libertarian Party of Louisiana for another successful quarter! Thanks to everyone for working together as we strive for Liberty and Freedom in Louisiana!!!

Stop the Real ID in Louisiana

May 26, 2014

Libertarians, Republicans, Tea Party and ACLU Members from across Louisiana took time away from their families on Memorial Day in order to be at the Capitol. Our coalition worked in coordinated effort to inform the Senate about the dangers and implications of the Real ID, and urged Senators to vote no to HB907.

HB907 provides for the issuance of the Real ID compliant driver's license. Congress enacted the Real ID in 2005 but the Louisiana State Legislature stopped its implementation in 2008.

Not only does the Real ID system violate our 4th Amendment Rights by placing personal information into a federal database, the federal mandate to the state, in itself, is a violation of the 10th Amendment.

Americans fought and died for these rights.

At a time when trust in government is at an all time low, Louisianians oppose another federal tracking program and further expansion of the federal government. This unfunded mandate has already cost other states millions of dollars and is riddled with privacy concerns.

Louisiana is one of 26 states that has held out against this federal data system.  There are 21 states that are in compliance, but 3 of those states are already working to back out. The parent corporation that will be managing our data is not even an American company.

Those who opt-in for a Real ID must waive all rights to privacy. All personal and sensitive data will be in one location at the hands of the federal government, facilitated by the DMV. Although there is an opt-out clause, those who do so will suffer a mark on their driver's license that reads "Not in Compliance with the Department of Homeland Security." If your teenager is going for his drivers license for the first time, he will not be able to opt out and will be placed in the federal ID system. 

HB907 passed the Senate with a number of Amendments and now sits on the Governors desk. Regardless of the amendments, the Real ID system is a federal infringement on states' rights and individual freedom. We're asking that Governor Jindal please take a stand with the citizens, veto the bill, and continue our 2008 legislative ban on the implementation of the Real ID system in Louisiana.  

2nd Quarter SCC Meeting Report

April 14, 2014
The Libertarian Party of Louisiana State Central Committee held our 2nd Quarter Meeting in Monroe on April 12th. We had a fantastic turnout and the meeting was quite productive. The LPL has established itself as a grassroots bottom-up organization with emphasis on Louisiana.

Growth
Libertarian Party voter registration in the U.S. has grown 11.4% since late 2012, while registration in all other nationally-organized parties has decreased. Louisiana has been ranked the 4th fastest growing LP in the nation! We've reached 9,371 members and for the first time all 9 At-Large State Central Committee Seats are filled. Congratulations to newly appointed Finance Officer Clayton Sanford and Economic Development Officer Henry Herford. We've grown from 7 members serving at the 2012 State Convention to 26 State Central Committee Members serving today.

National LP Convention
Louisiana will have a strong presence at the 2014 National Convention in Columbus Ohio, June 26 through 29. We're proud to be sending at least 20 delegates (12 delegates/8 alternates), a substantial increase in participation compared to 2012 when only 3 delegates represented Louisiana at National.

New Affiliates
Two Caucus Elections were held in April to establish new parish affiliates. We'd like to welcome St Charles Parish Executive Committee and Parish Representative Daniel Zeringue, and Lafayette Parish Executive Committee and Parish Representative David Chance! There are currently 17 Parish Executive Committees active across Louisiana.

State Legislative Issues
We're attracting new members to the LPL by focusing on hot-button issues like Common Core, Obamacare, legalizing Marijuana, red light cameras, 2nd Amendment Rights, and food freedom, and we're getting involved in the State Legislature. An Ad Hoc Legislative Action Committee has been created to coordinate lobbying efforts to promote Libertarian principles in the State Legislature. We're following bills in the legislature and we'll be drafting our own bills in the months to come.

Recruiting State Legislative Candidates
Libertarians have launched a recruitment effort for candidates to run for State Representative in October 2015. Grassroots door to door campaigning will begin ASAP at the district level, which ranges from 12,000 to 15,000 households. The office of State Representative is considered an entry level political position, attainable at relatively low cost. The LPL will run multiple Libertarian candidates across the state with the support of the local parish affiliates. In the years to come we intend to gain multiple seats in the House, where we can effectuate a great deal of change at the state and local level.

Candidates

Special appreciation goes out to our Libertarians currently running for office including Brannon McMorris for US Senate, Gary King for Congressional District 1, Randall Lord for Congressional District 4, Clay Grant for Congressional District 5, and Rufus Craig for Congressional District 6.

By-Laws
In order to provide for more efficiency in conducting party business a mail ballot will go out to all dues paying members to amend the special rules of the LPL. To participate in this effort, you must be a dues paying member.

Moving Forward
We are continuing the development of our infrastructure and focusing on attracting new members with hot-button issues and getting Libertarians elected to local office. Thanks to all of our members who are working so diligently to make our organization a success. We've received recognition from states like Mississippi and National, and we want to encourage everyone to keep up the great work!

What Can You Do to Help?
-  Get active in your parish by attending a local meeting! Meet your fellow Libertarians and learn what you can do to get involved.
-  Recruit new Libertarians. Get your friends and family to change their voter registration online. It’s easy to do!
-  Become a Dues Paying Member of the LPL! We attribute our success to the support of our members who take ownership of the Party and donate! We need your support in order to effectively compete as a political party. Please become a Member and make a onetime donation TODAY or join the Revolutionary $17.76 a month club.

Thank You!
Congratulations to the Libertarian Party of Louisiana for another successful quarter! Thanks to everyone for working together as we strive for Liberty and Freedom in Louisiana!!!

Town Hall and Caucus Elections!

March 21, 2014

Congratulations to the Libertarians of Lafayette Parish who met on March 11th to plan the formation of a new Parish Executive Committee! The Caucus Election has been scheduled for 7pm Tuesday, April 22nd at Alesi's Italian Restaurant, 4110 Johnston Street in Lafayette.

The Parish Executive Committee will meet once a month and work to grow LPL Membership, and recruit and support candidates to run for local office. If you're a resident of Lafayette Parish who would like to get active with the Libertarians, please join us! You must be a registered Libertarian to participate and there will be open registration at the event!

St. Charles Libertarians will also be holding a a Caucus Election on Wednesday, April 9th at 7pm at Boulevard Bistro, 1950 Ormond Blvd in Destrehan. All St Charles Libertarians are invited to join us as we establish a Parish Executive Committee that will fight at the local level to get our country back to following the Constitution!

The Terrebonne Parish Executive Committee is hosting a Houma Town Hall: "Exposing Common Core for Freedom and Liberty!" at 6:30pm on Thursday March 27th at the Ramada Inn Houma, 1400 W Tunnel Blvd. Concerned parents and citizens will organize to take a stand for putting control of education back in the hands of the parents and local school districts. Brook Falgout will speak on the impact that Common Core will have on the education of our children. Kathryn Goppelt will present "A Roadmap to Understanding Common Core." And Beryl Amedee will advise on how to effectively contact legislators.

For More information on these events please contact Executive Director Wendy Adams at 504.654.7627 or email wendy@lplouisiana.org.

Legislative Session

March 13, 2014

As the 2014 Legislative Session begins, the Libertarian Party of Louisiana (LPL) is reminding all Libertarians to contact their representatives to request that they cast a vote for liberty in regard to controversial issues that have a dramatic impact on our state such as Common Core, marijuana legalization, and the use of one-time monies to balance the state budget.

The LPL recognizes the Common Core State Standards Initiative (Common Core) as a centralized take-over of our educational system, adding more bureaucracy to an already bloated system. The LPL believes that each school district should choose its own path and standards without undue interference in the classroom. It is inappropriate for the federal government to incentivize the implementation of Common Core with taxpayer-funded grants. School boards should be free to adopt or reject standards as desired.

Parents are furious about what is being forced on their children, and their voices are not being heard. The Libertarian Party is the only political party in Louisiana that is taking a stand against Common Core. Libertarians want to abolish the costly, inefficient, and unconstitutional Department of Education and bring the control of education back to parents, classroom teachers and local school districts. Libertarians in Houma have scheduled their second Town Hall this month to address this issue.

Also up for discussion is the issue of marijuana laws in Louisiana. The penalties for possession are extremely harsh and disproportionate to the crime. Medicinal marijuana should be available to all patients as prescribed by their doctors.

The Libertarian Party does not promote marijuana use; we promote personal responsibility and using common sense. Imprisoning people for possession of marijuana, when they have committed no other crime is not only unethical, but is costing the taxpayers of Louisiana a considerable amount of money. Louisiana is the prison capital of the world and cannot afford to continue this misguided big-government approach to dealing with substance abuse; the state is already burdened to the point that we have repeatedly resorted to the use of one-time monies to meet our budget.

Using one-time funds to continue our state’s spending level is simply bad fiscal policy. The state cannot afford to continue its spending trend and has to make budget cuts. The sooner the Governor and legislatures come to terms with this reality, the less painful it will be. The citizens of Louisiana want more freedom and less government intrusion on their lives as well as fiscal responsibility from our elected officials. The Libertarian Party of Louisiana encourages our state legislators to listen to their constituents and vote accordingly.