News from the Chair
As the previous year begins to fade into history, being one of the strangest, and for some a most challenging one, many look towards 2021 for hope; The Libertarian Party of Idaho is lighting a beacon to help lead the way back towards more principled ground. The LPID's new executive board has been busy turning on the lights, so we can help Idaho rediscover liberty!
As part of those efforts, I would like to welcome you to our Newsletter, The Liberty Monitor. We are excited to bring you a new format, a new look, and fresh new content! We have also updated our website to include more resources to help you be aware of the political action in our state. It is now faster, cleaner, and more up to date.
Our executive board has been hard at work to meet the challenges facing our growing party. As your new chair, I can not even begin to express how grateful I am to be working with such an amazing team and members, who have all worked towards each of these successes.
The 2021 Idaho Legislative Session is in full swing. We are reviewing each proposal to help our members understand what changes to expect and what challenges are ahead. Check out our website for updates on new bills, how they impact liberty, and how you can get involved with our legislative process.
Legislative Highlight: Ending the Drug War
There are currently three legislative efforts taking place right now regarding the legality of cannabis. KindIdaho, filed paperwork late last year to put a citizen initiative on the 2022 ballot to legalize medical marijuana. The LPID has been in touch with these organizers, so we can be prepared to assist once petitions and outreach are allowed to begin. A separate effort, by the Idaho Citizens Coalition for Cannabis, is also taking place to legalize recreational marijuana. We have reached out to this group for the status of their efforts and how we can assist, but have only received an automated response thus far.
As the efforts to end the drug war on cannabis have ramped up in our state, Senator Grew (R - Eagle) has responded by drafting, Senate Joint Resolution 101, a legislative proposal to stop these citizen initiatives. The proposal seeks to amend the Idaho Constitution to "prohibiting the production, manufacture, transportation, sale, delivery, dispensing, distribution, possession, or use of certain psychoactive drugs.". As of this moment, SJR101 has passed the third reading and is expected to be voted on by the state legislator any day now. If approved by our elected officials, SJR101 will become a ballot measure; as required for a constitutional amendment.
The LPID will continue to monitor these three efforts closely and keep you informed. Follow the link to Learn More about these efforts, cannabis facts, links to the citizen efforts, and how to contact your representatives.
The Cost of Criminalization
Libertarian advocate, Jason Spyres, knows all too well how damaging the criminalization of cannabis can be.
In 2001, Jason was barely 20 years old when he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for selling pot. February 7th would have been his original release day. This article highlights how much he's accomplished by being released.
Jason is an exception to this all too common story. Far too few of those who are convicted for pot can persevere as Jason managed to. However, Jason is proof that those deemed "criminals" for using, possessing, or selling cannabis are far from the definition of that word.
The criminalization of cannabis hinders and hurts to a far greater extent than the use of it. And a top reason why the LPID opposes SJR101.
Ready to roll up your sleeves and help further liberty in Idaho? We have several committees forming and are looking for volunteers to help lead county focused efforts; we can use your expertise, passion, and experience to help us reach out and impact the decisions influencing our community.
The leaders and volunteers of local county parties are on the frontlines of growing the Libertarian Party. We need volunteers to help build out our county affiliate groups.
Candidate Support Committee
Candidate support involves helping candidates with preparation and management of campaigns, filing process and forms, and make recommendations for party financial support.
The Finance Committee shall have the responsibility of increasing the treasury of the Party, and for such other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Committee.
The purpose of this committee is to review legislative proposals and makes recommendations for Party action.
This committee is responsible for increasing the membership of the Party, and for such other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Committee.
The Publicity Committee shall have the responsibility for publicizing the Party and its activities and for such other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Committee.
Surviving Tech Purges:
Actions to preserve our web presence
The Libertarian Party is no stranger to unwarranted attacks and denial of service tactics used by the two old parties. The Libertarian Party of Idaho has a long-established history of knowing how to dot our i’s and cross our t’s to make sure these low brow attempts do not impact your access to Liberty.
We want all of you to know we are well-positioned to survive purges by platforms and hosts. Without giving too much detail, here are the basics:
- We have established our website independently of other Libertarian Affiliate groups to help insulate ourselves from any potential domino effects.
- We have all video, audio, and graphic content backup up in case of a denial by our cloud provider.
- We have multiple verified accounts as administrators to Facebook pages and groups to ensure redundancy of access.
- We have registered the Libertarian Party of Idaho’s name with every new or alternative social media possible, with the expectation that Facebook and Twitter could remove us without notice.
- We have taken additional steps to optimize our website service to meet Google’s requirements and not give them any reason to remove us from results.
- Less than half of lpid.org traffic arrives via organic Google search. So while we would hate to lose views if Google "disappeared" our search results, enough people come to lpid.org directly through their browsers or from subscription emails.
- We keep strict security over our donor database and back it up frequently using offsite encrypted storage.
- We have taken steps to maintain alternative payment gateways and diversify our banking providers locally, nationally, and internationally.
None of these steps guarantee anything, but we want you to know we take the threat of digital erasure and de-platforming seriously and are doing what we can to prevent an interruption to our digital presence.
We are excited to begin a partnership with Proud Libertarian to bring you the Libertarian branded shirts, hats, mugs and more, that you need to show off your support of the fastest growing party in America!
New Idaho Libertarian Podcast
Idahoan Libertarian, Jamie Caine, started a new Libertarian podcast this year. A great primer for those new to Libertarianism and deeper discussions on how Libertarian principles influence his life in Idaho. Find Liberty Uninterrupted on Spotify and Instagram.
Saturday, February 13, 10:30am MST
In-Person: Free to attend
Spokane & N Idaho Libertarian Convention
Saturday, March 20, 10am MDT
In-Person: Free to attend
Post Falls /Coeur d'Alene, ID
Gold Rush Candidate Training
April 17th, 9:00am MDT
Libertarian Valentines from Reason
A little libertarian fun to enjoy a calendar day, thanks to our friends at Reason Magazine
See more at Reason.com