April 29th at 9am
Cambria Suites Hotel, 9655 Grove Circle N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Delegates and Guests
All are welcome! This is the event of the year and a time to come check out what Libertarians have to offer. Note that for Saturday’s business meeting those who attend but aren’t delegates (LPMN members) are free to observe the proceedings.
The convention is an “open media” day. All who attend are free to record the proceedings and speakers, and post them online as they wish. (An exception is the morning Business Session, which will be at the Chair’s discretion.)
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9 am to 5:30 pm – ON-SITE REGISTRATION and BADGE PICK-UP
The registration and badge pick-up station is located in the lobby of the hotel, in front of the Main Convention Hall.
9 am to 12 midnight – LPMN HOSPITALITY SUITE
The LPMN Hospitality Suite, located up the stairs from the convention hall in room 201, is open all day and has coffee, tea, and rolls.
10 am to noon – BUSINESS SESSION:
10am – LPMN State Party Business
The business meeting is in the Main Convention Hall. The agenda is provided separately and will include discussion of proposed bylaws changes, Judicial Committee elections, and elections of party officers.
Noon – 1pm – LUNCH
Attendees can break for lunch at their leisure. Hotel staff will be available for check-in for overnight guests. The hotel cafe is NOT open during lunch, but there are many dining options nearby.
1 pm – INTRODUCTORY SPEAKERS:
Each speaker covers a topic of interest to the libertarian movement … and they’ll do it in 15 minutes. Main Convention Hall, rooms A & B.
MN Rep Jon Applebaum: Update from the MN Legislature
Jon Applebaum is the DFL Representative for District 44B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Mr. Applebaum will give an update on the legislative goals and accomplishments for the current session, and how Libertarian policy goals may be achieved within the current framework of the legislature.
Brandon Borgos – NORML/Sensible MN
Minnesota’s limited medical cannabis act was signed into law on May 29, 2014. While very limited, it offers many first of their kind protections to patients. Housing, employment, school enrollment, necessary medical care, and custody/visitation rights all fall underneath these new protections. Brandan will discuss the dark origins of Minnesota’s medical cannabis law (Minn. Stat. Ch. 152.21 et seq. and Minn. R. 4770.0100 et seq.), how it is playing out, what compliance with the law entails, and the path moving forward for sensible policies.
John Augustine – Legislative Evaluation Assembly of Minnesota
John Augustine just finished six years as Chairman of the Legislative Evaluation Assembly of Minnesota (www.lea-mn.org), a non-partisan, all-volunteer organization dedicated to educating citizens about Minnesota government. Human Events, MinnPost, and the Pioneer Press are among the publications that have published his commentaries about politics and elections, and he has also been interviewed by several radio shows and podcasts.
Patti Robinson – Project Delta – PTSD Soldier Therapy
Patti Robinson is the founder of Project Delta, a local nonprofit providing veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI with rescue or shelter dogs. Project Delta uses a unique process to match a veteran with a dog, letting them “choose” each other. Once matched, the veteran and dog will live in the Project Delta training house together — a first of its kind facility.
Phil Duran – LBGT Perspective
OutFront Minnesota, the state’s largest advocacy organization for the LGBTQ communities, celebrates its thirtieth anniversary of activism this year. Phil Duran, the group’s legal director, will join us to outline some of its current priorities in an era of divided State government and an uncertain federal terrain. How can Libertarians and the LGBTQ communities work together on areas of common interest?
Charlie Gers – U of M College Libertarians
Charlie Gers is an economics student at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Vice President of College Libertarians at the University of Minnesota, the Social Coordinator of Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Minnesota, and a Campus Coordinator of Students for Liberty. He first became involved during the 2016 Iowa Caucus, volunteering at the Rand Paul campaign. After Rand Paul dropped out, Charlie became a member of the Libertarian Party and fully became part of the party’s movement, such as taking role in the Youth for Johnson/Weld 2016 campaign and introducing Gary Johnson at the Minneapolis rally last October.
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Break
Political Track (Main Hall A)
3:30pm – The LPMN Needs you!
The Libertarian Party of Minnesota needs more volunteers, activists, and candidates. Party leaders Chris Dock and Chris Holbrook will be joined by current elected officials Elizabeth Dahl, Olga Parsons, and Cara Schulz as we discuss the opportunities for LPMN members to grow the party through outreach events, candidacy, and party activism and support.
4:20pm – Waging Generational War in Politics
GenXer Joe McKenzie and Millennial Tylor Slinger will discuss how embracing our generational differences can build a stronger party of inclusiveness and understanding. The ability for the Millennial, Generation X and Baby Boomer generations to work together productively, as well as understand each of our differences, is critical to success within today’s Libertarian Party.
5:10pm – Libertarian Campaigns – Stories from the Road, and how things can be different in the future – Tom Mahon
Tom Mahon was the Ground Operations Director/Aide/Consultant for the Gary Johnson 2016 Presidential Campaign. Tom will present an insider’s view of the Johnson/Weld campaign, and how future campaigns can generate more success at the Federal, State, and Local levels.
Lifestyle Track (Main Hall B)
3:30pm – Weapons class – Andrew Rothman
Andrew Rothman is the President of the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA). Andrew will be presenting the classroom portion of a Conceal and Carry Class, as well as an update on gun-related initiatives in the Minnesota Legislature. Please note – there will be no weapons allowed at the convention, this is a discussion only.
4:20pm – Streets of Hope Outreach – Todd Finney
Todd Finney is the founder of Streets of Hope Outreach. Streets Of Hope Outreach has a mission to coordinate and deliver essential services to people experiencing homelessness, in addiction, and others in need. Todd will give an update on the work of this program, as well as the addition of an outpost in Faribault.
5:10pm – Ultimate Freedom:The Right to Die – Kevin Bradley
Kevin Bradley is former Executive Director of the LPMN, a hospice chaplain, and a strong advocate for the Right to Die movement, sometimes known as Death with Dignity. As an active member of both Compassion & Choices and Final Exit Network, Kevin will share insider knowledge of a Minnesota Right to Die case that is headed for the US Supreme Court, and the status of Medical Aid in Dying legislation in Minnesota.
6:00 -7:30pm – BUFFET DINNER or DINNER ON YOUR OWN
Attendees may enjoy the dinner buffet if they purchased tickets in advance, or enjoy dinner on their own (the hotel cafe is open and there are several restaurants in the area). The dinner buffet will offer a build your own burger bar, rolls, garden salad with assorted dressings, and dessert. Ask anyone who enjoyed the buffet last year, it’s amazing!
7:30pm – KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Please join us at 7:30 pm to kick off the Keynote portion of our Convention, and to witness a special presentation. You won’t want to miss it!
Kevin Fortune – Liberty America: from Welfare to Wealth
Kevin Fortune is the Founder, President, & CEO of Liberty America, Inc. (www.libertyamerica.org), a national organization dedicated to putting the fundamentals of liberty (individual freedom, free markets, smaller government, & nonaggressive foreign policy) in action. His nickname is “KK” (King Kevin) because he is called the king of liberty.
Kevin will give personal testimony of how libertarianism can take you from welfare to wealth via laissez-faire capitalism.
The LP: Past, Present and Future – Wes Benedict
Wes Benedict joined the Libertarian Party (LP) in 1996. Except for a brief period, he has served as executive director of the Libertarian National Committee since 2009. He previously served as executive director of the Libertarian Party of Texas where he broke records and made Texas one of the best performing state affiliates. For example, he recruited a record 173 LP candidates for office in Texas for the November 2008 elections, which was 29 percent of the nationwide LP total.
Mr. Benedict holds an MBA and Master of Engineering in Manufacturing from the University of Michigan and a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Texas. He has previously bought and sold a countertop manufacturing business, worked as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and worked as a manufacturing engineer for 3M Company. He lives with his wife and son in Alexandria, Virginia.
9:15pm – AFTER-PARTY
2017 State Convention
Cambria Suites Hotel
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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|Student with buffet||$ 45.00|
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