Joe Reports from Portland (Day 3, Part 1)

The Following Report was submitted by Joe Magyer from this weekend’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Joe is covering the event for Third Party Watch and we’ll be posting his dispatches as they’re received.

DAY 3 / Part One ————————————————————

The morning opened up again with a harsh ring from the automated wake up call on my hotel phone. Again, I scrambled to get ready and headed on down to the ballroom. The whole volunteer crew was there, led by our fearless leader, Secretary Sully.

This morning, the delegates will be voting on the retention of 44 of the 62 planks on the platform. I’m told that this is an unprecedenated event.

Bob told me that the lowest approval a single platform received in 2004 was 74%, which exemplifies just how big a deal this is in the world of the LP. Clearly, the LRC’s efforts have not been fruitless. I don’t know how many planks will fail today, but unless the “Ayes” come out in force, I’m estimating that many will.

After getting down in the lobby and settling with everyone, I went and checked out the vendors’ section downstairs. Fortunately, my buddy Mark Augustyn will be able to move his booth from the space upstairs to where the convention is being held. Mark got to meet the drummer from Nirvana from today, whose name I am embarrassed I cannot recall, and was pretty jazzed about that.

Checking out the booths in the lobby, I ran into the FairTax group.

They seemed disappointed to find that I’ve read the book and am not yet sold on the idea. That is an issue that I want to explore further on my site, actually. I then ran into the Free State booth and was happy to find they were selling Discraft Free State Souvenirs. For those of you who are not ultimate Frisbee aficionados, these are top quality discs. I bought several as souvenirs for friends at home.

Wandering back into the ballroom, Mike Dixon invited Pat Dixon to come up and speak to the group. Pat is an LPer who has managed to get elected to a local position in his home state of Texas. I must admit that I was unable to catch most of his speech or the next one, as I was running around trying to find the box which was holding the Awards votes.

Wow, remember StarChild? The head of the Nevada delegation, Jim Duensling, stood up and asked that the Chair bring forth a motion to reconsider the acceptance of StarChild as a delegate. I do not recall the exact text of his motion, but I believe it was along the lines of “In a vote that was at best petty and at worst bigoted, one our delegates was rejected yesterday. The Nevada delegation demands that our delegate receive further consideration.” This time, Dixon asked for a standing vote of all delegates who was opposed to StarChild’s acceptance as a delegate. A single gentleman from Florida stood up.

Dixon’s official acknowledgement of StarChild’s acceptance into the delegation drew what might have been the largest applause of the weekend thus far. Again, I think the small minority that said no last night was simply being pissy.

Bob is now officially introducing to the convention the planks that failed and those that were kept. The votes were exceptionally close. Most of the ones that were rejected received favorable vote totals in the 44-49% range.

Things have been hectic, as it turns out that the Tax plank, which was discussed yesterday and as such Bob assumed via the bylaws to be automatically cleared into the platform, was actually put up to vote again today as it was determined that Bob’s interpretation of the bylaws was different than that of the Chair’s.

I’m totally slammed with entering the new platform votes. Oh, and I finally got to meet Stephen Gordon this morning. He said that he’d read my write ups and enjoyed them, which is gratifying. I appreciate all the positive feedback I’ve received thus far. Hopefully, today will be even more eventful than yesterday.

6 Responses to “Joe Reports from Portland (Day 3, Part 1)”

  1. Hammer of Truth » Libertarian Party Convention Recap (Sunday) Says:

    [...] Two email submissions today and a fresh batch of reports from Joe Magyer over at Third Party Watch. Let’s start with Joe, and the little things that show we’re all big-tent (part one, two, three, four, five): Wow, remember StarChild? The head of the Nevada delegation, Jim Duensling, stood up and asked that the Chair bring forth a motion to reconsider the acceptance of StarChild as a delegate. I do not recall the exact text of his motion, but I believe it was along the lines of “In a vote that was at best petty and at worst bigoted, one our delegates was rejected yesterday. The Nevada delegation demands that our delegate receive further consideration.” This time, Dixon asked for a standing vote of all delegates who was opposed to StarChild’s acceptance as a delegate. A single gentleman from Florida stood up. [...]

  2. Jim Duensing Says:

    Joe,

    Thanks for the blog and all the work you did this weekend.

    Your charicterization of my motion was largely accurate, except I said the NV delegation unanimously demands that Starchild be added to our delegation.

    I’m glad that the convention finally came to its senses. In defense of the guy from FL, I’m sorry I don’t know his name, I was told that he objected to every amendment to the delegate list, not just Starchild.

    Several people came up to me afterwards and thanked me for adding him to our delegation. Apparently few people knew it was possible to add someone to your delegation from another state. Even some of the people who had stood in opposition to Starchild the day before shook my hand and thanked me, because they were able to somewhat correct their mistake.

    Hopefully we don’t see that kind of activity at another convention.

    Jim Duensing
    State Chair of Nevada

  3. Jim O'Gallagher Says:

    Jim;

    Great job Sun morning. That was one of my favorite moments of the convention, which was my first. You should be proud of yourself and your state delegation.

    Jim O’Gallagher IN

  4. Joe Fennell Says:

    You are wise to question the Fair Tax. There is a better way. Much better, in fact. As it turns out, when we read the fine print, the Internal Revenue Code does not violate the constitutional prohibition of unapportioned capitations (i.e. a tax on the earnings from one’s private sector, unprivileged labor). Please read more at www.losthorizons.com. Follow the links to “Cracking the Code, the Fascinating Truth About Taxation in America.”

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