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Town Hall and Caucus Elections!
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.
First Quarter SCC Meeting Report
Congratulations to the Libertarian Party of Louisiana for an outstanding 2013! We're set for another spectacular year in 2014! On Saturday January 11th the Terrebonne Parish Executive Committee hosted the 1st Quarter State Central Committee Meeting with guest speaker Austrian Economist and Libertarian Theorist Dr Walter Block! Libertarian candidates Brannon McMorris for US Senate and Gary King for Congress provided announcement presentations. Lindsay Robertson from Jefferson PEC was appointed Treasurer. We now have 15 Parish Executive Committees established across Louisiana, and a new annual contract for executive director was approved. The LPL will be sending 12 delegates and 12 alternates to the Libertarian National Convention in Ohio this June. And we will soon be accepting Bitcoin donations from Bitpay!
Thanks to all of our PEC Members and SCC Members who contributed and are working so diligently to accomplish our goals. We're positioning the LPL to effectively work to reduce the size and scope of the government. Thanks to all the Libertarians! Lets make 2014 another successful year, as we proudly fight to uphold the Constitution, and preserve our Liberty and Freedom!
First Quarter SCC Meeting Scheduled
Join the Libertarian Party of Louisiana for our First Quarter 2014 State Central Committee Meeting on January 11th in Houma.
Guest Speaker Austrian Economist and Libertarian Theorist Dr Walter Block!
The event will take place at the Ramada Inn in 1400 West Tunnel Blvd, Houma, and they have locked our rates at $75 per night for the group. If you would like to book a stay, you may contact them at (985) 879-4871. Please RSVP here and make reservations early so we can accommodate with the catering.
The time is set for a 12:30 to 1:45 luncheon with Dr Block and a 1:45pm to 5pm SCC Meeting.
Terrebonne PEC will also host a Libertarian Orientation prior to the
luncheon from 11:30 to 12:30 with guests attending the luncheon.
All registered Louisiana Libertarians are invited to attend!
Libertarian Membership Drive
As of today the Libertarian Party of Louisiana has reached 8,570 registered voters! In 2013 we have established 14 Parish Executive Committees by January we'll be at 16. We've achieved great success due to the hard work of our volunteers and generous donations from our Members.
Please support our efforts by becoming a Dues Paying Member of the LPL. Membership dues are as low as $25 for the year and will fund operations for growing the Party. Or join the Monthly Pledge Program at $17.76 per month and help us plan a stronger future for our organization. We need your support to continue our efforts!
Please become a Dues Paying Member of the Libertarian Party of Louisiana TODAY!
State Central Committee Meeting
Thanks to everyone who attended the SCC meeting today! Congratulations to our new Vice Chair Guy McLendon. Guy was appointed by Chairman Scott Lewis and the SCC unanimously affirmed Guy's appointment. The executive director contract was continued through to the next quarterly meeting and the SCC appointed Grant Bourque as the new representative for Orleans Parish. We have 8403 registered Libertarians and have set a goal of 9000 by January 1st!
East Baton Rouge PEC Formed
Congratulations to the newly formed Parish Executive committee of East Baton Rouge! Nine members were elected to serve on the committee with Casey Maloy serving as Parish Representative. Thanks to everyone who came out to participate; we are looking forward to working with you!
Calcasieu PEC Formed
Congratulations to the newly formed Parish Executive Committee of Calcasieu! A Caucus election was held on September 29th with twenty-one registered Libertarians from Calcasieu in attendance.
Fifteen Members were elected to serve on the Committee: Dusty Barnes, Guy McLendan, Laci Buller, Alice Duplecion, Casey Robinson, Doreen Acord, Tesa Hayes, Colynn Marsch, Colleen Webre, Robert Webre, Lee Crocker, Stacy Richard, Kelley Cagle, Dawnelle Coward, and Michael Bibby. Dusty Barnes was elected as Parish Representative to serve on the State Central Committee.
Thanks to everyone who came out to participate and made the event such a success! Special thanks to those of you who have committed to serve on the Committee! The Calcasieu Parish Executive Committee (PEC) is the thirteenth local affiliate to be established in 2013 and the Calcasieu Libertarians are set to be a solid organization.
Gregory King Elected as Justice of the Peace
The Libertarian Party of Louisiana congratulates Libertarian candidate Gregory King on his election as Justice of the Peace for Lincoln Parish Ward 3!
Greg will be serving as Justice of the Peace for a 6 year term starting this August.
Q3 Executive Director Contract
The Libertarian Party of Louisiana is pleased to announce that Ms Wendy Adams will be continuing in her role as our Executive Director for the third quarter of 2013. Ms Adams has been Executive Director with the LPL since September of 2012.
In the past 11 months the Party has experienced unprecedented growth and organization. Registration has increased from 5,894 to over 8,100. The current focus for 2013 has been the establishment of Parish Executive Committees (PECs) which will be the foundation of the LPL. The PECs will work to increase membership, recruit and support candidates for local office, form campus organizations, and spread the message of Liberty. The LPL is positioning itself for an exciting election year in 2014. Let's make Louisiana Libertarian Territory!
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Avoyelles Arts & Music Fest
The Libertarian Party of Louisiana hosted a booth at the Avoyelles Arts & Music Fest in Marksville on July 4th. We would like to thank all the volunteers that came out to work the event and provided supplies. The event was a great success and we had a wonderful time spreading the message of Liberty to people in Central Louisiana.
While we had previously met our goal of 8000 members by July 4th a week prior to the event, we still worked hard to increase our numbers even further. As a result, many people changed their voter registration at the festival and many more were interested in learning about the Libertarian Party's ideals and goals.
We invite you to join us TODAY! You can change your voter registration to Libertarian online at GeauxVote.com. Please support the organization that is working towards "More Freedom. Less Government!"
Libertarians at the Bayou Boogaloo in New Orleans!
The Libertarian Party of Louisiana hosted an information booth at the Bayou Boogaloo last month. We would like to give special thanks to all the volunteers who came out to the event to work and to those who purchased supplies. It was quite a success and we had a wonderful time listening to music next to the beautiful bayou and spreading the message of Liberty!
By going out into our communities at fairs and festivals, Libertarians are establishing a presence and letting our neighbors know that there is a third option that is working to rein in the two-party system. We provided voter registration forms, collected contact information to recruit those interested, distributed literature about the Party, and offered a couple of nice displays for taking the Nolan quiz. Many people learned that they were Libertarian!
Libertarians are working to increase our current voter registration of 7888 Members, and we are quickly approaching our 8000 mark by the 4th of July! Please support the organization that is working to implement the type of government you believe in. Change your voter registration to Libertarian at Geauxvote.com and ask your friends and family members to join today!
Libertarians at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival!
The Libertarians recently sponsored a booth at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. We'd like to thank Bantaa's Le Fleur de Lis for hosting our event! Volunteers provided voter registration while spreading the message of Freedom and Liberty!
The Libertarian Party is founded on the principles of individual liberty and non-aggression. We believe that each individual is entitled to their life, liberty, and the fruits of their labor.
The Libertarian Party of Louisiana aims to restore our state by limiting government and it's involvement in our lives, by adhering to the principles of the Constitution of the United States and by treating all people equally.
We invite you to join us TODAY! You can change your voter registration to Libertarian online HERE. It's easy! A growing LPL will send a clear message that people want "More Freedom and Less Government!" Please support our organization as we work to implement the type of government you believe in.
2nd Amendment Rights Shall Not Be Infringed.
Louisiana is responsible for maintaining the general militia for the protection of itself, the Union, and to execute the laws. Each able individual has the responsibility to be knowledgeable and safe in the proper use of force so that he may provide for the defense of himself, his family, and the People. To these ends, the individual right of each to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Republicans and Democrats are working together to whittle away at our 2nd Amendment Rights. Libertarians are proud to stand for an unyielding adherence to the Constitution. We're fighting to restore Freedom and Liberty in America.