We noted earlier that there was some resistance to the Zero Dues Initiative a while ago, and it’s now official that the challenge, initiated by the Texas Libertarian Party, will be heard by the National LP Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks.
In a, there was some contention by those against the challenge that Texas may not be acting in accordance with their own bylaws in bringing the complaint. Texas LP requires a 5% approval from members to issue challenges, which was not proven to the Judicial Committee. The Committee voted to hear the complaint regardless, possibly hoping not to complicate the matter with more legalities than necessary.
The challenge stems from the assertion that membership dues cannot be lowered to zero, with the argument that zero is not a number. There is no technical specification within the national bylaws that dues must set at a valid number (“Dues for membership in the Party shall be set by the National Committee”).
From our perspective, should the challenge is deemed correct, the short-term fix if would be to raise dues to $1 until the national convention next year. Of course, with all the recent turmoil (Executive Director Joe Seehusenand his replacement not yet determined), the LP is certainly in no position to have more internal strife at the expense of focusing on external politics.
Update: Do we know something JC chair David Nolan doesn’t? We swear we’re not using a crystal ball to report this news, just our network of friendly tipsters (we trust they’re accurate on this one). Yet an email asking for comment from Nolan received this response:
The Judicial Committee has not yet officially decided to accept the Texas request. We should have a definitive answer by tonight or tomorrow.