2002 CONVENTION REPORT(The 2002 Libertarian Party Convention)
by Carol Moore
See my report on 2004 convention
As a 23-year member of the Libertarian Party, I always tell people you
can have a lot more fun with it if you don’t take it too
Unfortunately, I don’t always take my own advice.
So at the 2002 National Convention I once again found myself deeply involved in trying to influence the decisions of both the delegates and of the Libertarian National Committee through two groups I helped initiate -- Libertarians for Peace and Pro-Choice Libertarians -- and through running for Secretary against long-time LNC honcho Steve Givot.
I won a few battles and lost a few -- and have more entertaining stories about the struggles between those motivated by principles and those motivated by prestige, perks, paychecks, promotions and all the other trappings of political power. Jefferson said that revolutions have to be fought at least every 20 years. In the Libertarian Party, we have to fight them every Convention.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3
The pre-convention Libertarian National Committee meeting, with chair
Lark presiding, began with the treasurer's report. In the spring of
Deryl Martin took over for LNC Treasurer Mark Tuniewicz, who quit
explanation, prompting speculation that he was disgusted with the
financial shenanigans. (However, he also gave indications of
soured on politics in general.) At the pre-convention meeting of
Libertarian National Committee, Martin argued that the LNC had to
its culture of budgeting and use more project accounting to avoid
budget shortfalls, something I remember being discussed at the December
2001 LNC meeting -- and how many times before that? Martin blamed the
in membership on the recession, the Sept.11 attacks, members’
on local activism, and the disappointments from the 2000 elections. He
didn’t mention that by losses in membership caused by the “Sept. 11
he meant all the people who bailed once they realized the party meant
when it said it was non-interventionist. And he didn’t mention all the
Republicans brought in by Project Archimedes who left when George Bush
was elected. Nor did he mention those disgusted by presidential
Harry Browne’s involvement with former LP Director Perry Willis’s
work for his campaign -- not to mention those disgusted because Browne
was investigated at all. (Many Browne fans hope that once any
statutes of limitations have passed, Browne will apologize publicly to
LP members for this failure of judgement.)
Given the headquarters’ profligacy ($100,000 a year office space, comfortable salaries for long-time bureaucrats, the ability to fork out tens of thousands of dollars to help LNC or staff cronies in need), some members still worry about the future of the national Libertarian Party. Will those used to prestigious offices and good salaries be willing to downplay principles to keep membership steady and the money flowing in? Are they doing so already?
Steve Givot and other LNC big wigs have been promoting the Carver
Model but this LNC agreed to let the new LNC decide if it would adopt
The Carver Model sets out logical and consistent principles of Board governance which certain sound like they would be an improvement over the haphazard LNC management of years past. It helps the “The Board” clearly delineate parameters and lets staff rock out within them. This is great if you have a narrowly focused organization with a relatively complacent membership, a fairly unified Board and a talented staff with no agenda of its own.
However, the Libertarian National Committee reflects a range of political and regional interests, includes members with lesser or greater interest in contributing to the process, is laden with conflicts and intrigues and is dependent on members to elect a Chair who can handle it all. This has lead to a situation where some staffers feel they have no supervision and can do what they want and promote people and viewpoints they prefer – and where others are more like puppets who follow the direction of whatever faction they feel is strongest in order to preserve their jobs. Can Carver be used to solve the problem – or will it create a bigger problem?
In application by a political party Carver might be used as a tool by which for any top dog faction of the party can gain and maintain control even more firmly than many feel such a faction does today, further squeezing out party diversity and undercutting “grass roots” desire for a more responsive and accountable LNC. This issue was burped up in the second LNC meeting, described at the end of the report.
THURSDAY, JULY 4
I came into the Convention in a bit of a snit at the LP press
who seem to have the philosophy that if you can't make news, you can at
least make jokes, especially sexually oriented ones. I
this phenomena in the “Staff's Embarrassing Political Obtuseness and
section of my LNC/Staff Controversies web article.
I was particularly annoyed by recent press releases ranting about Arab terrorism and terrorists, here and in Israel, which mentioned non-interventionism only in the last paragraphs where it is unlikely media people would read the LP’s actual position. Press Secretary George Getz defended this approach to me at the Convention. Staff writer Jonathan Trager has done so in e-mails to me.
Communications Director and LPNEWS Editor Bill Winter, of course, was the author of the LP’s October 14, 2001 resolution issued one week after the United States government started bombing Afghanistan. It said of the September 11 attack perpetrators "Such criminals must be rooted out and destroyed before more innocent people die. Their training camps and weapons must be eliminated. Their supply infrastructure must be shattered." And made reference to this happening in “Afghanistan and in other nations." Only later did the press release mention all the Constitutional hoops the U.S. government would have to jump through before it could go a-rooting. Winter’s LPNEWS headline announcing the resolution, “LNC endorses military strikes,” made clear his biases. After member outcry he quickly softened it to: “Libertarian National Committee backs "measured" anti-terrorist response.
Knowing that communications director Bill Winter had given notice that he was quitting his job and that the hunt for a replacement was about to begin did not lessen my annoyance at the small number of press people I initially saw registering. Note: To apply for LPNEWS Editor, send a resume to Executive Director Steve Dasbach <firstname.lastname@example.org>, cc: Chair Geoff Neale <email@example.com>.
The LP press strategy seems to be sending out press releases, some of
silly, to try to get staffers on usually obscure radio stations. When
mentions they could hold press conferences to pump up press excitement
for some libertarian initiative, they just whine that no one comes to
press conferences. Did it even occur to them to even try to hold a
press conference with, say, Texas Representative Ron Paul, New Mexico
Gary Johnson and Wisconsin Gubernatorial candidate Ed Thompson?
Anyway, it was not surprising that only a few members of the press showed, in addition to the obligatory CSPAN cameraman, Associated Press photographer and a Reuters and an Indianapolis Star reporter.
I had a skirmish with Bill Winter, asserting that I managed to get lots of publicity as an amateur working the Waco issue. He said: “Oh, but that was a single issue.” I replied: “And what is the Libertarian Party -- a representative of a couple of hundred single issues!”
The AP photographer did ask for my name after taking photos of me with my Peace Flag in the background. And one of my two nominators for secretary got his photo on the front page of the Indianapolis Star because he was wearing an amusing hat. Visuals work, folks.
After the convention Press Secretary George Getz reported that this convention got the best coverage he had seen since his first convention in 1996. He cited its being the first convention that earned coverage by every network affiliate, which was probably more a result of the party holding the convention in a small city. It’s a lot easier to get television coverage in Indianapolis than in Washington or Los Angeles. The convention also got the usual– or maybe a bit less than usual -- coverage by C-Span and lined up the usual interviews on talk radio. George lived up to the LNC's minimal expectations -- their expectations just are not high enough.
I believe the press coverage was more a matter of the LP’s curiosity value and the press’s sense of obligatory fairness than of the national party's news value. One of my campaign slogans was: “Issues build movements.” Parties and candidates who work issues and make a difference generate real news that excite the public's imagination. If we can't hire libertarians who know how to do that, we should at least hire a few quasi-libertarians who can teach them.
Bill Winter refused to give a press credentials to James Barnett, whose report is on page 37, presumably because Liberty has published some unfavorable articles about the Harry Browne campaign. Oops!! No critics wanted here. Barnett had to join the Virginia party just to get access to the floor.
I also heard plenty of complaints that another opportunity for outreach was completely overlooked. A convention of 8,000 delegates involved in the auxiliary ministries (outreach) of the Church of God in Christ were meeting -- and engaging in fervent capitalist activity through dozens of vendors. However, there was no outreach material to pass out to them -- and even if material had been brought, I doubt the old and tired “New Party” leaflet would have roused much interest.
Two proposed Bylaws changes affected grassroots members’ rights.
The Convention voted to require a statement of the reason for
of an affiliate as a way of discouraging factions from using their pull
with LNC members to help them take over a party, as many felt was done
in Arizona. Shot down was a proposal to replace the words
or affiliate member" with "Party member" in Rule 10 regarding
for Party offices. Many feared it would be interpreted to rule
those who only belonged to an affiliate party.
Less controversial Bylaw changes made were: deletion of an obsolete reference to ex officio delegates; elimination of the state-by-state roll calls during elections of officers, except for the first vote for Chair; requirement that only disbursements up to $100 may be in cash and over should be via check or electronic means; a new procedure for approval of proposals from the Bylaws Committee.
Proposed amendments we never got to because of the short time allocated to Bylaws included: reversal of LNC decisions if the Judicial Committee fails to respond to any appeal to it; elimination of delegate allocations based on presidential vote; simultaneous voting for vice chair, secretary, and treasurer; a modified version of instant runoff voting for officers and for presidential/vice-presidential nomination; allowing endorsement of candidates of other parties.
In a concurrent session, Harry Browne debated acerbic Bill
about the party’s response to 9/11. I forgot to go to the
so I bought the tape! Winter took the position of the LNC
faction and staff members who are afraid of more member drop outs: the
United States should engage in a "Measured military response," though
jumping through a number of Constitutional hoops--ones the staff
forgets to mention in its press releases. Browne made the case
peace. Winter’s contention that Americans are just not willing to
to arguments that U.S. interventionism led to the attacks sounded like
one more excuse for the fact that the LP press office can’t – or won’t
-- write press releases or stage press events on foreign policy that
any press attention.
Browne, who may have rubbed the truth in a little too hard in the first few weeks after Sept. 11, is on solid ground today when he says libertarians must stand up for principle on this unpopular issue just like they do on other unpopular issues like Social Security and drugs. It’s just one more libertarian cross to bear. Browne argued that support for the war is a mile wide and an inch deep. Standing by libertarian principles means standing up against the war on terrorism and U.S. interventionism.
Winter jabbed at Browne’s argument that government doesn’t work when it comes to defense. He accused Browne of making a “futilitarian” argument and implied that Browne took a weak, pacifist position that doesn’t work. “Just ask the Taliban!” crowed Winter.
Browne replied that one can’t trust that the government?s is really motivated to defend Americans. He used the examples of Wilson’s sending boats to be torpedoed by Germans and Roosevelt?s provoking Japan into attacking Pearl Harbor, used as excuses to enter World Wars I and II, respectively. Browne wondered whether Sept. 11 merely gave Bush more of an excuse than he needed for the war he wanted to fight anyway. Libertarians’s goal must be preventing the next attack, not avenging the last one. And he will not stop saying that in every forum he can.
Browne and Winter agreed that those who committed the Sept. 11 attacks should be brought to justice, but Browne thought that the U.S. Government is incapable of Winter's "measured military response." Browne said: “giving money and guns to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys,” and once you've done so, it's a little late to say, “I didn't mean for those innocent people to be killed.”
Audience members had some interesting comments. One elderly fellow remembered his frustration as he watched Roosevelt manipulate the U.S. into World War II and then demanded “unconditional surrender” from Germany, something bound to lead to the deaths of millions more people, as it indeed did. In contrast, Sarah Lawrence (of Burqua fame), an Englishwoman, said she was grateful for America’s help in winning WWII.
Toni Nathan said we should work harder to support repeal of the Logan Act so Americans can help other countries defend themselves and that the U.S. government only should speak out about injustices in the world -- including the ones the U.S. has caused.
James Madison of Veterans Teaching Peace in Schools and Libertarians for Peace said he found it is very easy to get people to understand about non-interventionism. He hands out fact sheets and asks them “How would you feel if in another country was occupying or attacking us?” He lets them know that this doesn’t justify terrorist attacks, but finds that most people understand his point.
One last speaker challenged the notion that either American or Afghan citizens were truly innocent. “We all allow our governments to do these things and therefore we are part of the problem.”
Of the LNC candidates for the five At Large positions who spoke, Bette
Rose Ryan, who emphasized successes with specific organizing
was most impressive. (She got the largest At Large vote
I was similarly impressed by the energetic Al Anders who did not win,
the straight talking R. Lee Wrights who did.
Sam Goldstein, who I’ve criticized for believing the U.S. military should defend Americans and their property overseas – in contradiction to the LP platform – gave a rambling and unimpressive account of his Indiana successes. Similarly, Dan Karlan, a long-time LNC regional representative who always seemed to be on the wrong side of LNC intrigues, gave a lackluster presentation. Both failed to be elected to At Large positions.
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Israel’s greatest faux pas may have been when he asked the “New Libertarians”–i.e., those who had been with the party ten years or less -- to stand. About one-third of the crowd did so. He praised their new energy and achievements for perhaps two minutes. Long-time libertarians were beginning to seethe when he finally asked what he called the “Classic” libertarians,–i.e., those who originated and built the party – to stand. The Classics were perhaps half the crowd. Israel probably lost 40 votes with that alienating maneuver.
I saw, Eli was his own worst enemy when it came to losing votes, much
his detractors might like to take credit for his eventual loss. (I
a number of delegates complain about his supporters persistent efforts
to sway them.)
George Phillies surprised everyone by being positively inspiring on issues, strategy, and presentation as he insisted that the Party is not a membership club and that membership will grow as the LP wins more elections. He got lots of enthusiastic applause -- including for his rabid criticism of U.S. military intervention. On that score, Elias Israel -- who had been criticized for characterizing Libertarian Middle East non-intervention proposals as “anti-Jewish” -- finally outlined his position on foreign policy: the military’s role was to protect America and nothing else; he favored punishment of the guilty and protection of the innocent. Geoff Neale was more forthcoming, stating that the United States should not “take our neighbor’s lawn mower or throw our trash in his yard.” He noted that even wars declared constitutionally by Congress could be bad wars and criticized the U.S. war in Afghanistan as the wrong way to apprehend the perpetrators.
FRIDAY, JULY 5
Steve Trinward of Tennessee moved from the floor that the Convention
its awards to three recently deceased activists: The Sam Adams Award
Outstanding Party Activist to former Tennessee Chair Richard Pearl; the
Thomas Paine Award for Outstanding Party Communicator to long-time
Bruce Baechler; and the Thomas Jefferson Lifetime Achievement Award to
New York City activist and police office John Perry, who died at the
Trade Center disaster on Sept. 11.
Despite the massive applause from the floor, two delegates from the Massachusetts delegation immediately moved that the Convention vote between these three nominees and the three individuals who had received the most nominations for those positions, without mentioning that they were Carla Howell, Michael Cloud and Harry Browne. Delegates quickly voted this motion down and voted to give the awards to the “Fallen Heroes.” One person told me he saw most of the Massachusetts delegation walk out after losing the vote.
Considering the haphazard ordering of the planks themselves, I still
the whole platform needs a more radical restructuring. I may work
to offer a widely supported counter proposal to the 2004 convention
on some version of my “Positive Platform.” See http://www.carolmoore.net/4secretary/positiveplatform.html
July 2 and 3 Committee debates on two proposals were particularly contentious. One was over language clarifying what the LP means by “no current or foreseeable risk of any conventional military attack on the American people, particularly from long distances.” The Platform Committee proposed adding that “current policy has resulted in our vulnerability to unconventional terrorist attacks like those of September 11, 2001.”
The other controversial proposal was to add language to the “Immigration” plank: “..in the interest of national security, we recognize the need for respectful screening at U.S. borders for the purpose of denying entry to dangerously criminal or medically contagious persons...” However, after all that debate, there was no time for delegates to address either of these Platform Committee proposals.
Regarding the always controversial abortion issue, Robert Murphy proposed a stronger statement of the party’s position. But other members were happy to leave the plank as it was. One women even quoted from the Pro-Choice Libertarians leaflet requesting the LP do just that. Both documents can be found at Pro-Choice Libertarians web site.
Despite all the committee’s work to pass a number of specific recommendations on to the floor, delegates had three hours or less of the allotted four hours to consider proposals. Only five proposals were considered and four approved -- two of them factual updates. Shot down was a proposal to oppose the “death penalty qualification” for jurors. Passed, after some debate, was an addition to the election laws plank mentioning alternatives like proportional voting systems with multi-member districts and Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) for single winner elections.
Actual Text Reads: “Electoral systems matter. The predominant use of "winner-take-all" elections in gerrymandered, single-member districts fosters political monopolies and creates a substantial government-imposed barrier to election of non-incumbent political parties and candidates. We propose electoral systems that are more representative of the electorate at the federal, state, and local levels, such as proportional voting systems with multi-member districts for legislative elections and instant runoff voting (IRV) for single winner elections.”
Another proposal concerned replacement of the first paragraph of the”Internal Securities and Civil Liberties” plank which read: “We call for abolition of secret police, such as the Central Intelligence Agency. We support Congressional investigation of criminal activities of the CIA and FBI and of wrongdoing by other governmental agencies.” Replacing it was an ominous first sentence: “The defense of the country requires that we have adequate intelligence to detect and to counter threats to domestic security.” Following was some confusing language about under what conditions the CIA and NSA become rogue agencies fit for abolition. Several members suggested deleting the language. Then a delegate got up, announced he was a former member of the CIA, and said the LP just looked naive calling for the abolition of the CIA under any circumstances. These two arguments swayed delegates to delete all language referring to abolition or oversight of these agencies. Also added was opposition to any Department of Homeland Defense, the Patriot Act and other counter-terrorism infringements of civil liberties.
The final replacement for the first paragraph reads:
“The defense of the country requires that we have adequate intelligence to detect and to counter threats to domestic security. Because oversight becomes more difficult with the proliferation and growth of bureaucracies, we oppose the establishment of a new cabinet level Department of Homeland Security.
“We call for the repeal of the Patriot Act of 2001, the Counter-terrorism Act of 1996, and all other legislation that authorizes secret evidence, holding people without charge, treating material witnesses like convicted criminals, engaging in searches and seizure without Constitutionally issued and executed warrants, and other violations of individual rights under the color of national security.” (Plus the original second paragraph.)
Maryland delegates, including platform committee member Dean Ahmad were
incensed over the removal of reference to abolition of the CIA and NSA
and twice managed to bring discussion of new wording to the floor. Both
times their proposals were shot down. Meanwhile, I kept grousing: what
about abolishing the “Waco Killers” -- the FBI? Like many “hard core”
I think the party still should call for abolishing all three
far as I'm concerned the party already implicitly call for the abolition of all three agencies -- under the platform's "omissions" plank which specifies we don't necessarily support any state program we omit mentioning.
SATURDAY, JULY 6
The morning registration count was 615; a figure of 624 was reported in
the afternoon -- the high point of the Convention. The day started with
Michael Cloud’s standard speech, which sounded to me rather canned and
heartless -- in fact, rather like the one Carla Howell gave.
speaker and talk show host Reginald Jones, on the other hand, was
and exciting and got lots of applause when he kidded the audience about
running for President in 2004. The LP sure could use an
candidate for a change.
Someone put out an anonymous quarter page sheet complaining about Israel’s attempt to pack the delegations and urging people to vote for “Anybody but Eli.” A button to that effect also circulated. Considering that every Eli supporter was wearing an Eli button, but many George and Geoff supporters were not, there was a rising level of paranoia on that score.
An active Massachusetts county chair, Rich Watras, quit his position in disgust over what he considered to be fraudulent attempts at packing and his frustration over the LPMA’s refusal to give him the list of LP members in his district for organizing purposes -- or even to mail members and inform them of contact information for their local county chair. Just one more example of the wisdom of the LP delegates in rejecting Eli Israel for chair.
After almost a year of fear and loathing among opponents of Israel, the Chair’s race was anti-climactic. Harry Browne nominated Eli Israel with promises of growth, growth and more growth. His speech was met with tepid applause. Chris Azzaro of the Liberty Victory Fund seconded the nomination and got a more enthusiastic reception. Evidently feeling he needed to bolster his failing campaign, Eli seconded his own nomination, but the delegate response again was tepid, except for the obvious centers of enthusiasm in Israel’s Massachusetts, Peter Schmerl’s Arizona and the conservative states of Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio.
Nominators for both of the other Chair candidates received more enthusiastic applause, and from a larger variety of delegations. Mary Ruwart, Lorenzo Gatzenaga and Fred Collins nominated Jeff Neale. And Illana Freedman, Melinda Pillsbury Foster and Dean Ahmad nominated George Phillies.
The first round of voting was Neale 261; Israel 178; Phillies 123. Since Phillies would be dropped from the next round, it was assumed that most of Israel-critic Phillies’’?s votes would got to Neale. Israel didn’t have much choice but to do what he did: make a graceful concession speech. (One person overheard Michael Cloud urging him to concede.) Though not too many people bought Israel’ claim he did so in the name of “party unity,” we were all grateful he saved us another round of voting.
SUNDAY, JULY 7
National Committee election announcements began the day.
elected the pragmatic Bette Rose Ryan with 316 votes, followed by the
Mike Dixon with 277, the radical Lee Wright with 265, the popular Don
with 259, and the political animal Austin Hough with 257. Four out of
were not at large incumbents. Later revelations of elected regional
showed that many of the same representatives were returning but there
a host of new alternates.
This year there actually was time for Judicial Committee elections. Seven nominees were approved by acclamation: Dean Ahmad, Greg Clark, Rock Howard, Tom Knapp, Richard Moroney, David Nolan, Nick Sarwark, Blay Tarnoff. Voting for these ended more than an hour before noon, leaving lots of times for debating resolutions.
Libertarians for Peace had announced for months that it would bring a short but strong non-intervention resolution to the floor. It had already garnered almost 350 libertarian signers to a similar petition online. The convention advertisements and booklet listed Resolutions as the final agenda item. On Friday I noted that the staff had moved the Resolutions to Saturday morning on the printed “Agenda as Adopted.” Jim Lark confirmed to me that this was a mistake and “should be re-printed.” I confirmed with Secretary Steve Givot that HE would type up our short Libertarians for Peace resolution so it would be displayed on the large screen at both ends of the hall.
However, as soon as Judicial Committee voting was finished, and before Chair Jim Lark could more than mumble that Resolutions was the next item on the agenda, two Maryland libertarians jumped up and made rapid fire proposals, first to make the a Bylaws change to adjust the formula for delegate selection, and then to reinsert “abolish the CIA” type language in the Internal Security platform plank. Both proposals were shot down immediately.
Thinking he was coming to the rescue of irritated delegates who just wanted to go home, North Carolina delegate (and new LNC alternate) Sean Haugh jumped up and called for adjournment of the Convention. A few individuals started calling “Resolutions,” even as a number of people seconded adjournment. Lark confirmed to the hall that movements to adjourn were not debatable. Delegates quickly voted to adjourn -- missing an opportunity to debate whether members want to make peace and non-intervention a larger part of the national party’s agenda. We peaceniks have to be more aggressive.
Text of Libertarians
Peace Convention Resolution:
Given that U.S. military aid and intervention was an excuse for the September 11 terrorist attacks; given that the resulting War on Terrorism has become a war on American’s liberty; given that President George Bush is planning to attack Iraq in an necessary war that may kill tens of thousands of American troops;
The Libertarian National Convention resolves that the national Libertarian Party makes one of its primary issues ending U.S. foreign military aid and intervention, especially in the Middle East.
Signed: Jim Madison, Paula Kaylyn, Philip Health, Carol Moore, Jeff A. Smith, Alice Lillie.
My consolation was that I got lots of appreciation for my article passed out that morning to a couple hundred delegates. Titled “Why Libertarians Should Make Community Autonomy And/or Secession Top Issues,” an updated version since has been published by Liberty for All on line magazine. See that version at http://www.carolmoore.net/libertarianparty
Another discussion of LP data base problems was set off in part by the
infamous “name tag” debacle at the beginning of registration.
of software glitches, new registrants could not get their name tags
immediately and had to use magic markers. Worse, delegates badges
all described them as Alternates.
Treasurer Martin complained some more about the lousy database and/or financial accounting system and there was more discussion of the $80,000 needed for the Raiser’s Edge program. Someone mentioned raising money specifically for the purpose of installing it. Given that Director of Development Eric Caron needs it, it would have seemed logical to task him to raise the money.
Steve Givot brought up the subject of the LP News accounts receivables.
He noted that Operations Director Nick Dunbar generated reports that
that there were more aging accounts receivable than had been thought --
some over four months old. However, he could not generate a final
because they needed to be “reconciled” with information in the D.C.
Givot intoned: “We could be sued if we gave out the wrong information
accounts receivable.” Obviously to squash any suspicions, Steve
jumped up and asserted that the “regular advertisers pay
After assuring the body this was not “personal,” Don Gorman moved that
the LNC open the position of Executive Director to other applicants. He
moved that Dasbach may re-apply for the position and compete against
Some LNC members demanded this be discussed in Executive Session (that is, that it kick the press and non-committee members out of the room). Though Don Gorman said that he wasn’t going to bring up much more than already had been brought up about Dasbach’s alleged shortcomings, and that anyway, members have a right to hear it, the committee voted 10-4 to go into Executive Session.
After 40 minutes or so members were allowed back in. Michael Gilson said, for the record, that in Florida there is a continual flow of resumes for all paid positions and it should be like that at National -- asking for resumes should not need an Executive Session. Gorman agreed. Dixon announced that the sense of the Executive Session had been that while they weren’t going to formally vote on accepting new resumes, they would allow the Chair to do what he needs to do.
Chair Geoff Neale said he wanted a meeting as soon as possible to deal with budgeting issues, but August was too soon for several people. Neale suggested early September. Someone remarked that Secretary Steve Givot will be out of the country in September, so the LNC would have to wait until his return. Neale remarked that LNC meetings cannot be scheduled at the secretary’s convenience and a recording secretary can be appointed for that meeting if Givot cannot attend. A few members looked shocked at this comment because Steve Givot has acted as defacto chair so often and for so long. Long time LNC observers chuckled. The LNC soap opera continues . . .
2002 Platform: http://www.lp.org/issues/platform/platform_print.html
2002 Bylaws: http://www.lp.org/organization/bylaws/bylaws_print.html
2002 LNC Directory http://www.lp.org/organization/lnc/directory.php
Joe Dean’s Convention Report:, including votes for officers and Platform Plank Retention: http://www.dehnbase.org/lpus/library/conv/
New Executive Summary of the Platform: