Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 1, Part 2)

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 1 / Part Two ————————————————————

Scratch the burgers and beer. Turns out there is quite a bit going on activities wise. I went downstairs and registered for the convention, which was seamless. Along with a nice name tag, the group handed out quite a bit of free material for attendees. Included was a very nice black note book with the new LP logo and a Badnarik for Congress logo on the flip side.

I quickly realized there were far more activities about to start than I had realized, so I went back upstairs, grabbed my laptop, bookbag, and my new, sweet black carrying case, and went back downstairs. I got off on the wrong floor, but fortune was smiling, as I ended up on the floor where there where numerous LP meetings taking place.

I wandered into the Libertarian Reform Caucus meeting, which I was quite excited about. I’ve visited the group’s website several times, but this was the first time I had seen any of these chaps in person. There was a group of about 30 people or so at the meeting when I came in, which I believe was near the middle of the session. For those of you unfamiliar with the LRC, they are seeking to adapt the LP’s platform so as to make the LP more electable and mainstream, which I can’t say I entirely disagree with.

I did notice that George Phillies, who is seeking the National Chair position and is a Presidential hopeful for 2008, was in attendance. I’ve viewed George’s site once or twice, so I was glad to finally see him up close. Carl Milsted was leading the meeting and I was rather impressed with his grasp of the LP platform and the dynamics of the convention rules.

Alden Link mentioned in an address to the group that he plans on seeking the Presidential nomination. By my count, that means I’m in the room with at least 2 men who are seeking the Oval Office come 2008.

A fun thought.

As the meeting was going on, other LP superstars, including Hammer of Truth and newly anointed LP Communications Director, Stephen Gordon, were in and out of the audience. I was glad to see Stephen there, regardless of his opinions on the Libertarian Reform Caucus. Our party leadership should certainly keep their ear to the ground and, well, this is as ground as ground gets.

Chuck Moulton, candidate for LNC Vice Chair, was also in attendance and passing around some stickers. I received a mailing in advance of the convention from Chuck and thought it was a well done piece. I look forward to chatting it up with him at some point.

One excellent point brought up at the meeting was that those who attend the convention are usually the most hard core of Libertarians. As such, that is how we’ve ended up with a Galt-style platform. The commenter mentioned that the convention attendees are most likely a great deal more libertarian leaning than the average Libertarian, so that the group of conventioneers skews “our” beliefs, so to speak.

There was a fellow named Bernard from North Carolina who I thought was well spoken and made a few solid points. Props to Bernard. After typing away all of this, I started talking with a nice lady whom I met in the elevator and, lo and behold, she is Carl’s wife! Very nice lady.

Going into high gear, I meandered downstairs to the registration area where I ran into my good buddy Mark Augustyn. Mark is a volunteer and general activist for the GA LP and does a great job of rounding up petitioners. He also is the man behind the website www.thinklibertarian.com, which I highly recommend if you lean that way.

Mark truly is the kind of person we need more of in the party. Young, energetic, well spoken, and willing to spend serious time pushing the cause. Anyhow, I sat down with Mark at his booth, as he did not mind my firing away on my laptop while he was doing his own thing. We discussed the usual LP type stuff, interspersed with women throwing themselves shamelessly at Mark.

I notice the man I voted for for President, Michael Badnarik, is working the crowd and busting out the smiles. Michael is running a hard campaign in the Texas 10th and, from what I hear, already has 3 billboards up in his district from now until the election. For a Libertarian, that is some serious bling bling. I think Michael has maximized his fundraising experience and connections from his Presidential run. I hope to sit down with him, or at least one of his several staffers, sometime in the next 24 hours.

I note for the first time what appears to be a major league piece of camera equipment. I don’t know if the guy is a part of the press or if he is putting together someone for the LP in some capacity, but I like seeing cameras, no matter how you slice it.

There is a bit of a lull in the lobby, as the Opening Reception does not start for another hour and a half. I’m caught in the limbo of paying for dinner now or getting free dinner later. Dammit, I just want a Fat Tire!

Not for the first time, I wonder if there is a bar in this hotel…

7 Responses to “Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 1, Part 2)”

  1. Will Says:

    So who’s this Alden Link dude? Think he could be a real contender?

  2. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Good question as I don’t know anything about him yet either, but he is on the list of delegates from New York…

    http://www.lpconvention.org/delegatelist.shtml

  3. Hammer of Truth » Libertarian Party Convention Recap (Saturday) Says:

    [...] Don’t miss Friday’s 3-part series as well (part one, two, three): As the meeting was going on, other LP superstars, including Hammer of Truth and newly anointed LP Communications Director, Stephen Gordon, were in and out of the audience. I was glad to see Stephen there, regardless of his opinions on the Libertarian Reform Caucus. Our party leadership should certainly keep their ear to the ground and, well, this is as ground as ground gets. [...]

  4. Tye Says:

    You can find out more about Alden Link at linkforpres.com

  5. Tye Says:

    His campaign focuses on an autonomous society, by decreasing spending on futile ‘war on drugs’ campaigns, and radically ending the war on terrorism, by attacking Syrian and Iranian banks that accept and hold funds from Iraqi terrorists. His plan to balance the national budget through achieving energy independence, ending exhorbant government spending and healthcare reform that offers incentive to American citizens to become more healthy, and a strong focus on clean, energy. He also strongy opposes ‘The Patriot Act,’ and it’s infringement on every American citizen’s constitutional rights, and plans to repeal it as quickly as possible and return individual liberties..

  6. Austin Cassidy’s Third Party Watch » Blog Archive » Joe Magyer’s Convention Journal Says:

    [...] Day One - Part Two: Exploring the convention site and an LRC meeting. [...]

  7. steveperkins.net » History in the Making Says:

    [...] 2006: On the first day of the 2006 Libertarian Party national convention in Portland, only around 10% of the delegates attend the LRC meeting on the first day. However, the reformers work the floor hard to win over support for their ideas. When the smoke clears, the Libertarian Party has reduced the size of their platform from 61 planks to 15. [...]

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