News from the Chair
The new year continues to momentum! Both Registered Libertarians and Central Committee Membership is Up Statewide. As of the end of January, our statewide count of registered Libertarians has reached 11,655. Libertarians now officially represent 1.094% of voter registration; putting us 5th on the list of states for leading voter registration percentage.
The executive board has been meeting monthly to review party matters. We have recently voted to endorse the Medical Marijuana Act of 2022 (details below), approve the budget for attending events this year, and approve funding towards issuing new marketing material.
I also had the recent pleasure of sitting down with the Deputy Secretary of State, Jason Hancock. He and I spent an afternoon discussing election law, the history of the state's political party oversight, and reviewed procedural details on ballot initiatives to help us prepare the party to become more directly involved in the legislative process.
Bylaws Committee Special Convention
The Bylaw committee will be hosting a special convention this year to address various updates to our state bylaws.
There is an opportunity to update this document during the regular state convention. However, due to the COVID-19 lock downs we chose to push this effort back to help allow all state members to provide input and attend to vote on changes. The Bylaws Committee has been busy drafting potential changes which will be presented to the state delegates at the special convention.
We anticipate the event to be held in late May and will be virtual to assure access to all delegates. Our current bylaws and constitution can be found on our site at: https://www.lpid.org/bylaws. Stay tuned for more details!
LPID Endorsement: Medical Marijuana Act 2022
The LPID Executive Board has voted to endorse the Medical Marijuana Act of 2022.
Libertarians believe the label of “crime” should be limited to actions of force or fraud against another individual or group. We believe such crimes should be prosecuted and punished by our justice system but that actions that don’t involve force or fraud should not be criminalized or penalized in the first place. We believe that consenting adults have the right to engage in activities that assist in their individual pursuit of happiness and safety; including the participation in alternative health solutions. The continued, and amplified, enforcement of the prohibition on medications only prevents an individual from seeking help or resources necessary for the pursuit of “temperance and morality”.
Many Libertarians would prefer to see that all cannabis products be legalized for recreational use. We the Libertarian Party of Idaho agree. Our endorsement of the Medical Marijuana Act of 2022 should be regarded as a train stop, not the final destination.
Efforts have been made to reach out to the citizens' coalition working on the recreational initiative, and we will keep you informed of their progress.
Inland NorthWest Convention
Join us and the Spokane Libertarian Party as we
SATURDAY MARCH 20TH SCHEDULE:
9am-10am North Idaho Panhandle Libertarians Business Meeting: Appointments/Elections
10am-11am Spokane County Libertarian Business Meeting: Appointments/Elections
11am-12:30pm Lunch- Keynote: 2019 Inland Northwest Comedian of the year Deece Casillas. Topic: Covid and Comedy in the Pacific Northwest.
1pm-4pm Speakers (Speaker List below)
4-4:30pm Break/Room set-up for Dinner
4:30-6pm Dinner/Comedy Show- Keynote Author and Coeur d'Alene City Council member Dan Gookin. Comedy by Rob Wentz
6-8pm Networking/Cocktail/Mocktail Hours
Join The Team!
We need you to represent your community and join the State Central Committee.
What do they do? Each of these roles are primarily responsible for recruiting, training, helping finance, and delivering volunteers for campaigns for candidates. Many also assist in organizing their district for federal, state, county and local offices.
Precinct Committeemen are responsible for organizing the campaign effort within their designated geographical area. Your role is to build and strengthen the Libertarian Party from the grassroots up, assist in the election of Libertarian candidates, and promote the Libertarian philosophy.
Legislative District Leadership
Each Legislative district is composed of many precincts and has an organization composed of elected and appointed precinct committeemen.
The county central committee is made up of all the precinct committeemen in the county and the county elected officers.
- MUST be at least 18 years of age
- MUST reside within the designated county precinct six (6) months prior
- MUST be a registered/affiliated Libertarian
- MUST be elected at the State Primary Election or appointed by the County Central Committee
This week’s links:
Classic photo essay. Well, essays, a strong word for it. Photo ramble? Photo fever dream? It’s like Tony Stark forging the arc reactor in the cave.
This past year has given rise to some strange and novel methods of disease containment, including lockdowns and mask mandates.
In the aftermath of a pretty statist revolution and a major step back for individual freedom (read: the pandemic), it’s time for some optimism.
Video Sketch Comedy
Video from the Libertarian Party Historical Preservation Committee
The Big Government We Love to Hate
Prominent libertarian author James Payne has released a new publication this year, The Big Government We Love to Hate Exploring the Roots of Political Malaise. His writings and political analysis have been influencing libertarian thought leaders on various topics since the early 90s. His latest book is a tribute to libertarians and libertarian ideas with a focus on cognitive dissonance and the Non Aggression Principle.
Saturday, March 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
Leadership Institute Training
April 17th, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
In Person: $150
$49.00 discount for early registration until 3/17/21