At the State Convention on April 24, the LPMN approved delegates to represent Minnesota at the National Libertarian Convention in St. Louis on May 22, filled vacant Executive Committee positions, approved a series of changes to its Bylaws to allow endorsement of candidates of other political parties, nominated Libertarian candidates for two metro-area races, and considered requests for endorsement by candidates of other parties.
Restrictions against texting-while-driving were debated at the University of Minnesota in January, in a panel discussion on technology and civil liberties. Libertarians were invited to participate in a forum organized by the Political Science Department for 300 metro-area junior and senior high school students. Three panel sessions were held on various current issues, with over 75 students participating in the texting-while-driving forum.
The LPMN is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2010 state convention, to be held on April 24. Attendance is open to the public. It's an opportunity for the public to hear distinguished Libertarian speakers as well as for members to conduct business. Early registration is requested but not required; those interested in attending may arrive the day of the convention.
During this year's business meeting there are proposed party bylaw changes. Below are a two documents for attendees to read in advance. Copies will also be passed out at the convention:
Speakers for the 2010 LPMN State Convention are Dr. Mary Ruwart, Ph.D. and Pat Anderson.
Dr. Mary Ruwart was a contender for the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential nomination, is a longtime liberty activist, pharmaceutical research scientist and healthcare expert, and author of the book Healing Our World.
Pat Anderson is a candidate for Minnesota State Auditor, former Mayor of Eagan, businesswoman, and President of the Free Market Institute.
Libertarians and liberty-supporters are encouraged to support our endorsed candidates this November. While odd-year municipal elections tend to receive minimal publicity by the media and lower turnout by the general public, it also affords libertarians an opportunity to have an outsized impact on the election results. Also, for the first time, Minneapolis residents will have a chance to try out the new Ranked Choice Voting method (Instant Runoff Voting), which the Libertarian Party had endorsed before its approval by city voters in 2006.