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Training the feral Libertarian

19 Oct
The Libertarian Party national office offered a very fiscally prudent training to a few dozen Libertarian candidates and campaign managers and candidate recruiters this weekend, that they hope to reproduce around the country.

Toasted Libertarians:  Wes Benedict (far left); Virginia state delegate candidates
Carl Loser (Richmond) and Andy Bakker (Alexandria) (far right)

The two day weekend class, with a Friday night party at the LP national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, a Saturday night Potomac cruise and restaurant and bar crawl in Georgetown and Foggy Bottom, and a Sunday post-workshop excursion to the National Mall, cost only $40 ($25 for extremely early bird registrants.)  Frugally held at a $99 a night motel just outside the Beltway, the LP’s fiscal austerity got it coverage in The Washington Times

Libertarian calendar for February

24 Feb
February 22-28
Alexandria, VA

Andy Bakker for Delegate petition drive

February 22-28
Powhatan, VA

Carl Loser for Delegate ballot drive
February 24
New York City

Libertarian Happy Hour
7:00 PM
One Star Bar
147 W 24th Street (between 6/7)
New York, NY

*********************************************************************************February 24
Washington DC

Overcoming Obamacare: Three Approaches to Reversing the Government Takeover of Health Care

12 Noon

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Featuring the author Philip Klein, Commentary Editor, Washington Examiner; with comments by Avik Roy, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institution; Jeffrey H. Anderson, Executive Director, The 2017 Project; and Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

February 25
Richmond VA

Nominate Virginia Libertarian of the Year

Event: Call for Nominees – LPVA Volunteer Recognition

Description: At its January meeting in 2004, the State Central Committee,
the governing body of the LPVA, unanimously adopted a resolution declaring
the third Monday of February to be “Libertarian Leadership Day”.  The
state committee chooses one outstanding Libertarian activist, declared to
be our “Libertarian Leader”, as part of its celebration of Libertarian
Leadership Day.

In 2014, we decided to establish two recognitions:

1) Libertarian Leader Lifetime Service Award – For those rare activists
who have steadily volunteered for LPVA over a period of many years.

2) Libertarian Leader of the Year – Recognizing those who have made
extensive contributions to the LPVA in any given year.

The State Central Committee typically selects the nominee at the first
meeting of each year.

All members of the Libertarian Party who reside in Virginia are invited to
suggest nominees for each recognition.  The nominee must be a Virginia
resident, and must be an LP member.  If you would like to nominate an
outstanding activist for either title, please email the  Secretary via  or
send a letter (to M Montoni, PO Box 864, Dayton VA  22821-0864), and ask
to have the person’s name added to the Agenda.

Please include a brief, one or two-paragraph “activist resume” for your
nominee, and perhaps a statement telling us why you think the person
deserves to be officially recognized.

Your nominations will be provided to all state committee members and will
be included on the March meeting agenda.

The inaugural “Libertarian Leader” was Ron Crickenberger, who at the time
in 2004 was suffering from terminal cancer.

The following individuals have been formally recognized as “Libertarian
Leaders” by the state committee in past years:

2004: Ron Crickenberger
2005: Bill Redpath
2006: Marc Montoni
2007: Jim Lark
2008: (no selection made)
2009: (no selection made)
2010: Dave Overstreet
2011: Matt Cholko
2012: R. Douglas Wright
2013: Anne Panella & Justin Malkin

The State Committee recognized the following in 2014:

2014 Libertarian Leader Lifetime Service Award – Stew Engel
2014 Libertarian Leader of the Year – Robert and Astrid Sarvis

February 24
Hauppage, NY

Monthly Meeting Suffolk County Libertarian Party
Hauppauge Palace Diner
7 pm
525 Smithtown Bypass

February 24
Washington DC

The DC-area Libertarian Foreign Policy / National Security Group

Trio’s Restaurant
1537 17th Street NW
7-9 pm
Join us for a friendly, agree-to-disagree discussion of events across the nation and around the globe, and of how to apply libertarian ideas in a dangerous world
February 25
Washington DC

Cato Institure

Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution: Reforming Government’s Role in the Monetary System

Book Forum
Hayek Auditorium
The Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives presents a special “live” edition of Russ Roberts’sEconTalk on Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution. Featuring the coeditor Lawrence H. White, Professor of Economics, George Mason University; interviewed by Russ Roberts, Host, EconTalk, and Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; with an introduction by George Selgin, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Financial and Monetary Alternatives, Cato Institute.

Join Russ Roberts as he interviews George Mason University economics professor Lawrence H. White aboutRenewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution — a new Cato book White has coedited with Victor J. Vanberg and Ekkehard Köhler.

Despite their substantial independence and discretionary powers, central banks have generally failed to achieve their goals of maintaining either low and stable inflation or tolerably low unemployment. Many blame monetary discretion for this failure, noting that such discretion tempts central bankers to engage in monetary “fine tuning” that ends up fueling booms and busts, leaving declared objectives to fall by the wayside. Should monetary authorities be reined in by a constitution? If so, how might this be done successfully? The essays in Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution, by Lawrence White and others, address these and other crucial questions.

Oxon Hill, MD
February 26-28

 Conservative Political Action Conference

Rand Paul speaks Friday at 10 am; Gary Johnson Thursday at 4 pm
Discount tickets through Young Americans for Liberty

The under 30 crowd tends to be dominated by Rand/Ron Paul supporters.

Volunteers needed for YAL and Our America Initiative (Gary Johnson) booths.

Sponsor registration begins at noon on Wednesday. Sponsors can begin setting up their booths at 4pm, however. HUB hours are as follows:
Wed, Feb 25 — 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM           Exhibitor Move-In
Thu, Feb 26 — 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM            Exhibitor Move-In
Thu, Feb 26 — 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM          Show Hours
Fri, Feb 27 — 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM               Show Hours
Sat, Feb 28 — 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM              Show Hours
Sat, Feb 28 — 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM              Exhibitor Move-Out
The Union Station (DC) shuttle bus schedule is as follows:
Wednesday 1pm-11pm
Thursday  7:00am – 10:00pm
Friday 7:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday 7:00am- 7:00pm
The buses will leave outside the main station entrance.

Famous Reaganpalooza party for young conservatives Saturday

Vote in pre-CPAC straw poll