A quick recap of Saturday and a preview of Sunday.
The motion to scrap the current membership pledge and replace it with less stringent language failed to get the 2/3 majority required for adoption. A substitute motion that would have required members to support lower taxes, greater liberty, and smaller government recieved support from about half the delegates, but still not the required 2/3 for adoption.
A motion was offered that would have significantly lowered the threshold for bringing a decision of the LNC to the Judicial Committee for review. The proposal from the bylaws committee would have allowed for an appeal to be brought by: 5% of the delegates to the last convention or 10% of the state party chairs, or 20% of the current LNC. This threshold would have given the Judical Committee an effective veto over any vote of the LNC if just 4 LNC members wanted it. The debate on this was postponed until after we dealt with the dues issue.
The convention adopted language that creates “sustaining members,” with those being people who have donated over $25 in the last year. Close observers will note that that definition is similar to dues-paying members. This gives us the big tent of zero dues while still requiring some tangible commitment before someone can actually run the party. A sensible compromise.
Returning to the judicial committee change, after a lot of floor debate, the appeal process was changed to require 3% of the “sustaining members” to request an appeal of an LNC decision by the judicial committee. A slightly lower threshold than before, but still high enough to keep it from being a political body.
Most of the platform committee recommendations were adopted, resulting in significantly better language for the planks that were worked on. After a late tabulation of the platform retention ballots, it appears that 44 planks were rejected and will have to be voted on this morning (a platform plank has to be rejected twice for elimination). Should make for an interesting morning.
The LNC Chair race is pretty tight. George Phillies wants to institute the plans he’s been proposing for the past six years and showed a sneak peek of a libertarian community site a la Daily Kos that Seth Cohn built for him. Ernest Hancock wants to shake up the party by supporting lots of activism and standing proud of our libertarian beliefs instead of running from them. Bill Redpath wants to do politics and fix the ballot access and electoral reform problems that sap our energy. Bill appears to be the front runner, but after the Badnarik nomination, I’m not calling anything early. I’m confident that any one of the three would do a fine job at the helm (it’s not like we have much place to go but up).
In an hour, we’re going to vote on whether to ditch those 44 platform planks and elect LNC officers, so I’m gonna get some more coffee and get down to the floor to continue saving/smashing (depending on your view) our Party.