A convention update from our state chair: I am pleased to announce that David Friedman (economics professor and son of Milton Friedman) and Patrick Byrne (CEO of Overstock.com) are now featured speakers at the Libertarian Party of California State Convention. The convention is coming up fast – April 28 to 30 at the Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA (near San Jose Airport).
Sign up now to ensure your seat at the table with these great speakers, as well as conduct party business and meet fellow freedom-lovers from around California. Check out the packages on our web site: ca.lp.org/convention-2017. Note that special hotel rates expire on April 7 so reserve your room right away.
Not only will Mr. Friedman and Mr. Byrne be speaking, but we will also hear from Richard Fields from the Pacific Legal Foundation, which defends property rights and currently has a case before the U. S. Supreme Court. There’s also Eric Garris, the founder of Antiwar.com, the only consistent anti-war, anti-intervention organization around; Edward Hasbrouck from the Identity Project; Maggie McNeill – “the Honest Courtesan”; Zoltan Istvan on technology and liberty; LP national vice-chair Arvin Vohra; Aaron Starr from Moving Oxnard Forward; Calimesa Mayor Jeff Hewitt and a panel of Libertarian officeholders; and much more.
The convention opens on Friday evening with a reception featuring potential 2018 candidates for governor and other offices. Saturday and Sunday will feature speakers and party business, as well as the gala banquet with Patrick Byrne as the main speaker Saturday evening. For those who haven’t heard of Overstock, it’s an internet retail company with $1.8 billion in revenues, founded in 1999 by Byrne. He was also a major supporter of Gary Johnson for President, and has been an outspoken advocate for school choice and for Bitcoin as an alternative currency.
We will be hearing officers’ reports, electing officers and State Executive Committee members and discussing possible changes to the bylaws and platform. You can bone up on Robert’s Rules of Order if you want, but don’t worry, we should be able to get through party business without too much of a rough ride!
I’m looking forward to a great convention, and I hope to see you there! There are plenty of options for you, from being a delegate (voting on party business) at no cost, to packages that include all the meals and all the speakers. We should have something that fits your budget. Join us and support the Libertarian Party of California – and have a great time in the process!
Ted Brown, Chair
Libertarian Party of California