2020 Annual Member Meeting

The Libertarian Party Radical Caucus (LPRC) will be gathering online via Zoom for its annual Member Meeting on Saturday, November 14, 2020, beginning at 3:00 pm Eastern.

Click this link to download the Proposed Agenda.  Within that Agenda, you will find additional links to the Platform Committee Report, as well as links to the current Platform and Bylaws, and other supporting documents.
 
While we do not elect officers at the Annual Member Meeting, we do elect four At-Large members of the Board. All credentialed Voting Members are eligible to serve as At-Large members.
All LPRC Voting Members are eligible to vote at any LPRC Member Meeting, pending their LP membership credentials check.
 
The individuals listed below are paid-up (in excess of the minimum $100 dues) Voting members.  The acting Secretary may well have missed someone, so please check for your name and let us know if you think you should be listed as well.
 
Submitting your Libertarian Party membership credentials is E-Z.
 
If you:
a) plan to attend the meeting, and
b) wish to be able to vote, and
c) would like to get your state & national LP membership credentials out of the way early...
... then do the following:
 
1) Scan your national LP membership card -- or your LPNews newsletter, and
 
2) Anything indicating your paid-up state party dues (assuming your state has dues -- a scan of your latest donation receipt to your state party will do it), and
 
3) Send the scan via email to: Board@LPRadicalCaucus.org.
[NOTE: Musical notes ♫ before any name indicates that person has already submitted their LP membership proofs.]
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NOTE: This list will be filled in over the next two weeks.  Names below are PLACEHOLDERS ONLY unless otherwise indicated.
♫ Montoni, Marc - CO ♫ (National LP Life member #M-000-025749; Registered L in Colorado)
♫ Ruff, Kim Kim Ruff - AZ ♫
 
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NOTE: If you do not see your name on the above list, but you believe you have contributed at least $100 within the year prior to AUGUST 16, 2020 (the cutoff date), you may either log in to your LPRadicalCaucus.org account and look at your donation history, or just write me and I can fire up the database and look over your record.
 
HOW TO ATTEND THE MEETING
 
The meeting will take place via the "Zoom" interface.   Log into Zoom via this link, or call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416.
 
A copy of the preliminary agenda is here.
 
NOTE: LP Radical Caucus meetings are open to LPRC MEMBERS.  Nonmembers who attempt to log in will be disconnected.
 
NOTE: This first notice will also be published on the LPRC's Facebook Page.

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2020-08-22 Radical Caucus Board Meeting (Saturday)

The LP Radical Caucus Board will be holding its next meeting on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 8:00PM Eastern.

Primary issues to be discussed will be LP national convention wrap-up including a report on the suite (may not be available yet), the Radical Caucus annual meeting now scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2020, 3:00 pm Eastern, and other pressing business. We will also be discussing any new intel on additional LP candidates for public office, for possible endorsements.

Members interested in suggesting candidates in their state LP who might be a good fit with an LPRC endorsement, please email Board@LPRadicalCaucus.org.

NOTE TO LPRC STATE COORDINATORS: Interviewing LP candidates in your state IS PART OF THE JOB.  Please don't leave this duty to "someone else".  You know the people in your state better than we do.  So talk to them.

Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface.  All regular (voting or non-voting) Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed below.

IMPORTANT: Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.

'Members' are those signed up through our website:

http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join

Meeting login: Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416.

Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416.

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LPRC Endorsement: Andrew Jewell for Dallas County Commussion D3

August 02, 2020 -- The Board of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus voted to formally endorse Andrew Jewell for Dallas County Commussion D3.

He is principled, committed, and unapologetically radical.  A real libertarian!

Best wishes to Andrew!

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Don't be silent.  Educate, persuade, and protest.

Find your voice. Join us.

All people really need is for #TheViolentState to just get out of the way.

Libertarians: The only 100% "abolish all the things" party.

VOTE LIBERTARIAN * http://www.LP.org/ * 800-ELECT-US

Join the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus
http://www.LPRadicalCaucus.org/

Abolish power. Live Free.
#Libertarian #LibertarianParty #LPRadicalCaucus
#RepealTheState #NoCoercion #LeavePeopleAlone

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LPRC Endorsement: Greg Sadler for OK State Senate D17

August 02, 2020 -- The Board of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus voted to formally endorse Greg Sadler for OK State Senate D17. 

He is principled, committed, and unapologetically radical.  A real libertarian!

Best wishes to Greg!

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Don't be silent.  Educate, persuade, and protest.

Find your voice. Join us.

All people really need is for #TheViolentState to just get out of the way.

Libertarians: The only 100% "abolish all the things" party.

VOTE LIBERTARIAN * http://www.LP.org/ * 800-ELECT-US

Join the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus
http://www.LPRadicalCaucus.org/

Abolish power. Live Free.
#Libertarian #LibertarianParty #LPRadicalCaucus
#RepealTheState #NoCoercion #LeavePeopleAlone

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LPRC Endorsement: 2020 - Jason Buckley for US Senate - KS

August 02, 2020 -- The Board of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus voted to formally endorse Jason Buckley for US Senate (Kansas).

He is principled, committed, and unapologetically radical.  A real libertarian!

Best wishes to Jason!

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Don't be silent.  Educate, persuade, and protest.

Find your voice. Join us.

All people really need is for #TheViolentState to just get out of the way.

Libertarians: The only 100% "abolish all the things" party.

VOTE LIBERTARIAN * http://www.LP.org/ * 800-ELECT-US

Join the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus
http://www.LPRadicalCaucus.org/

Abolish power. Live Free.
#Libertarian #LibertarianParty #LPRadicalCaucus
#RepealTheState #NoCoercion #LeavePeopleAlone

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LPRC Endorsement: Bob Walsh for US Senate - NM

LPRC Endorsement: Bob Walsh for US Senate - NM

August 02, 2020 -- The Board of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus voted to formally endorse Bob Walsh for US Senate (New Mexico).

He is principled, committed, and unapologetically radical. A real libertarian!

Best wishes to Bob!

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Don't be silent. Educate, persuade, and protest.

Find your voice. Join us.

All people really need is for #TheViolentState to just get out of the way.

Libertarians: The only 100% "abolish all the things" party.

VOTE LIBERTARIAN * http://www.LP.org/ * 800-ELECT-US

Join the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus
http://www.LPRadicalCaucus.org/

Abolish power. Live Free.
#Libertarian #LibertarianParty #LPRadicalCaucus
#RepealTheState #NoCoercion #LeavePeopleAlone

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2020-08-02 Board Meeting

The LP Radical Caucus Board will be holding its next meeting on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at 8:00PM Eastern.

Primary issues to be discussed will be LP national convention wrap-up, a report on the suite (may not be available yet), the Radical Caucus annual meeting, and other pressing business. We will also be discussing any new intel on additional LP candidates for public office, for possible endorsements.

Members interested in suggesting candidates in their state LP who might be a good fit with an LPRC endorsement, please email Board@LPRadicalCaucus.org.

NOTE TO LPRC STATE COORDINATORS: Interviewing LP candidates in your state IS PART OF THE JOB.  Please don't leave this duty to "someone else".  You know the people in your state better than we do.  So talk to them.

Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface.  All regular (voting or non-voting) Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed below.

IMPORTANT: Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.

'Members' are those signed up through our website:

http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join

Meeting login: Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416.

Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416.

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LPRC - 2020 Presidential Candidate Grading Summary

The Board of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus voted on Wednesday (5/13/2020) to "grade" several of the best candidates running for the LP's nomination for president or vice president.

Points were awarded for:

- the alignment of their stated positions with the goals and platform of the LPRC,

- their effectiveness in presenting those positions,

- and application of libertarian principles in their campaigns.  

Candidates for both offices were graded on similar criteria, and below are listed together because it is often the case that a candidate for president will end up becoming a candidate for vice president -- but candidates thought to be seeking only the vice presidential nomination are noted with "(vp)".

Vohra, Arvin - A
Cohen, Spike (vp) - A
Kokesh, Adam - B
Behrman, Dan - B
Jorgensen, Jo - B
McAfee, John (vp) - B
Monds, John - B
Supreme, Vermin - B
Hornberger, Jacob - C
Gray, Jim - D
Amash, Justin - D
Sharpe, Larry (vp) - D
Ogle, James - F
Exotic, Joe - F

[Note that there are other candidates seeking the Libertarian Party's nomination than the above. They were not graded due to one or more of the following: a) They did not answer our request for information; b) We were not otherwise aware of their campaign positions; and/or c) They were too far afield from the Radical Caucus' stated goals that our Board members felt it inappropriate to invest our time in rating them.]

Best wishes to all of the candidates who are working hard to secure the Libertarian Party's nomination, and for doing their best to persuade more Americans of the necessity of adopting Libertarian solutions for current issues.

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Don't be silent. Educate, persuade, and protest.

Find your voice. Join us.

All people really need is for #TheViolentState to just get out of the way.

Libertarians: The only 100% "abolish all the things" party.

VOTE LIBERTARIAN * http://www.LP.org/ * 800-ELECT-US

Join the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus
http://www.LPRadicalCaucus.org/

Abolish power. Live Free.

#Libertarian #LibertarianParty #LPRadicalCaucus
#RepealTheState #NoCoercion #LeavePeopleAlone

 

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THIS SUNDAY: 2020-05-17 Board Meeting

Please join your fellow Radicals for a Special Meeting on Sunday, May 17 at 8pm Eastern.  Primary issues to be discussed will be LP national convention planning, the Radical Caucus annual meeting, and other pressing business.  We will also be discussing any new intel on additional LP candidates for public office, for possible endorsements.

Members interested in suggesting candidates in their state LP who might be a good fit with an LPRC endorsement, please email Board@LPRadicalCaucus.org.

The meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface.

The Zoom meeting number is 261 719 416.

To phone in, the call-in number is 1-646-876-9923

To connect via the Web, visit https://zoom.us/j/261719416

Only members of the Radical Caucus may attend.  Those who are not members may attend with unanimous consent of the Voting Board members; others will be disconnected.

Thank you for your attention!

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2020-05-13 Board Meeting

Please join your fellow Radicals for a Special Meeting on Wednesday, May 13 at 8pm Eastern, to help us consider our rankings of the current LP presidential and vice presidential candidates.

This meeting is being called pursuant to the Radical Caucus bylaws, Section 4, Part E, Subsection 2, which specifies the call must be made by at least 3 Board Members.  In this case, those calling for the meeting are Richard Fast, Joe Dehn, James Gholston, Anna Sofia Canetti, and Aaron Ramos.

The meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface.

NOTE: Board members, please finish President and Vice President survey forms by Tuesday, May 12 by 8pm Eastern. One hour later, all LPRC board members will be given the data to analyze prior to the Wednesday meeting.

The Zoom meeting number is 261 719 416.

To phone in, the call-in number is 1-646-876-9923

To connect via the Web, visit https://zoom.us/j/261719416

Only members of the Radical Caucus may attend.  Those who are not members may attend with unanimous consent of the Voting Board members; others will be disconnected.

Thank you for your attention!

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LPRC Endorsement: Spike Cohen for Vice President

May 11, 2020 -- The Board of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus voted to formally endorse Spike Cohen for Vice President of the United States.

He is principled, committed, and unapologetically radical. A real libertarian!

Best wishes to Spike!

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Don't be silent. Educate, persuade, and protest.

Find your voice. Join us.

All people really need is for #TheViolentState to just get out of the way.

Libertarians: The only 100% "abolish all the things" party.

VOTE LIBERTARIAN * http://www.LP.org/ * 800-ELECT-US

Join the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus
http://www.LPRadicalCaucus.org/

Abolish power. Live Free.
#Libertarian #LibertarianParty #LPRadicalCaucus
#RepealTheState #NoCoercion #LeavePeopleAlone

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STRATTON: Leviathan Has Killed an Innocent Man

Words can’t describe how heavy my heart is right now.

The (not so great) State of Alabama has put to death a man innocent of the crimes he was charged with. I have strong empathy for the anguish his family and friends must be enduring. One can hardly imagine the stress and hopelessness Nathaniel Woods and those close to him felt as his fate was sealed, contrary to justice.

I have no moral objection to the death penalty; some people may deserve to die. I have a strong moral objection to the State doing it, they so often get it wrong as they did in the case of Nathaniel Woods. It has been estimated in the last 35 years at least 50 innocent people have been put to death in the United States. Does this sound like justice? What happened to the old maxim of our common law as described by William Blackstone:

"Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer." Benjamin Franklin even went further "it is better a hundred guilty persons should escape than one innocent person should suffer."

As in the case of Nathaniel Woods we can see the State and its enforcement system, misnamed the justice system, is more interested in procedure, self-promotion for its agents, and power, than right or wrong.

This is why I wholly support the Libertarian Party Plank on the death penalty and the Radical Caucus’s planks on justice. We simply do not believe the State should kill people in the name of justice. When mistakes are made, and an innocent person loses their life, there is no possible way to come back from that injustice.

My hope is we the people put enough pressure on the States that they will be forced to end these horrific practices, no matter what their political ideology may be.

If you are interested in helping myself and others put an end to these tragedies, please work with us in the Libertarian Party and in the LP Radical Caucus.

Rob Stratton, Chairman

LP Radical Caucus
Libertarian Party activist
Whatcom County LP Chair

 

Additional Resources:

 

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2020-02-02 Board Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Radical Caucus Board will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 8:00PM ET.

The meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface.  Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information is below.  Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.

'Members' are those signed up through our website:

http://www.LPRadicalCaucus.org/join

A copy of the preliminary agenda is HERE.

The DRAFT minutes of the previous meeting (2020-02-02) are available here.

Completed/approved meeting minutes are archived HERE.

NOTE: This notice was also posted on our public Facebook page.

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416

Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416. 

 

[REMINDER: LP Radical Caucus Board meetings are open to LPRC **MEMBERS**. Nonmembers who attempt to log in will be disconnected unless the Members give their permission for a non-member to observe.]

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Notice of 2019-12-01 LPRC Board Meeting

The last 2019 meeting of the Radical Caucus Board is tonight, Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 8:00PM ET.

The meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface.  Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information is below.  Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.

'Members' are those signed up through our website:

http://www.LPRadicalCaucus.org/join

A copy of the preliminary agenda is HERE.

The DRAFT minutes of the previous meeting (2019-10-21) are available here.

Completed/approved meeting minutes are archived HERE.

NOTE: This notice was also sent to interested individuals via email, as well as on our public Facebook page.

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416

Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416. 

 

[REMINDER: LP Radical Caucus Board meetings are open to LPRC **MEMBERS**. Nonmembers who attempt to log in will be disconnected unless the Members give their permission for a non-member to observe.]

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Notice of 2019-10-20 LPRC Board Meeting

The LPRC Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting  on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 8:00PM ET.

The meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface.  Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information is below.  Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.

'Members' are those signed up through our website:

http://www.LPRadicalCaucus.org/join

A copy of the preliminary agenda is HERE.

Previous meeting minutes can be found HERE.

NOTE: This notice is posted here on our website as well as our public Facebook page.

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416

Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416. 

[REMINDER: LP Radical Caucus Board meetings are open to LPRC **MEMBERS**. Nonmembers who attempt to log in will be disconnected unless the Members give their permission for a non-member to observe.]

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2019 Annual Member Meeting

The Libertarian Party Radical Caucus (LPRC) will be gathering online via Zoom for its annual Member Meeting on Saturday, August 31, 2019, beginning at 1:00 pm Eastern.

Click this link to download the Proposed Agenda.  Within that Agenda, you will find additional links to the Platform Committee Report, as well as links to the current Platform and Bylaws, and other supporting documents.
 
All LPRC Voting Members are eligible to vote at any LPRC Member Meeting, pending their LP membership credentials check.
 
The individuals listed below are paid-up (in excess of the minimum $100 dues) Voting members.  The acting Secretary may well have missed someone, so please check for your name and let us know if you think you should be listed as well.
 
Submitting your Libertarian Party membership credentials is E-Z.
 
If you:
a) plan to attend the meeting, and
b) wish to be able to vote, and
c) would like to get your state & national LP membership credentials out of the way early...
... then do the following:
 
1) Scan your national LP membership card -- or your LPNews newsletter, and
 
2) Anything indicating your paid-up state party dues (assuming your state has dues -- a scan of your latest donation receipt to your state party will do it), and
 
3) Send the scan via email to: Board@LPRadicalCaucus.org.
[NOTE: Musical notes ♫ before any name indicates that person has already submitted their LP membership proofs.]
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♫ Arnold, Tom - TN
Barnhart, Dean - KY
Boss, Nicholas - OK
Burns, Thomas - MT
Campbell, Japheth - MO
Cardwell, Derek - GA
♫ Davis, Chris - VA
Dehn, Joe Joe Dehn - CA
Demarest, David Pratt - NE
Fryar-Frazier, Davon - VA
Gholston, James - TX
Gingell, Mary - CA
Harris, Eric Eric Harris - IN
♫ Hogarth, Susan - NC
Hoggard, Randy - NC
Jascob, John - MI
Kelly, Kenny - NH
Kerner, Michael - KS
♫ Lewis, Daniel - TN
♫ Loesche, Jonathan - FL
Lutz, Daniel - CO
♫ Montoni, Marc - CO
Ruff, Kim Kim Ruff - AX
Smith, Courtney -NV
Spragins, Cisse - MO
Stapleton, Michael - CO
Stratton, Rob - WA
Sullivan, John - MN
♫ Sweeney, Shane - SC
Taylor, Zachary - NE
Watts, Jon - AK
 
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NOTE: If you do not see your name on the above list, but you believe you have contributed at least $100 within the year prior to June 2, 2019 (the cutoff date), you may either log in to your LPRadicalCaucus.org account and look at your donation history, or just write me and I can fire up the database and look over your record.
 
HOW TO ATTEND THE MEETING
 
The meeting will take place via the "Zoom" interface.   Log into Zoom via this link, or call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416.
 
A copy of the preliminary agenda is here.
 
NOTE: LP Radical Caucus meetings are open to LPRC MEMBERS.  Nonmembers who attempt to log in will be disconnected.
 
NOTE: THIS NOTICE IS ALSO PUBLISHED ON THE LPRC's Facebook Page.
 
The first notice was published on the LPRC "brand" page, in May.

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Notice of 08-18-2019 Board Meeting

The next meeting of the LPRC is scheduled for Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 8:00PM ET. Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface. Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed below. Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.
 
'Members' are those signed up through our website:
 
http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join
 
A copy of the preliminary agenda is here.
 
Previous meeting minutes can be found here.
 
NOTE: LP Radical Caucus Board meetings are open to LPRC **MEMBERS**. Nonmembers who attempt to log in will be disconnected.
 
Meeting login: Log into Zoom via this link.
 
Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416.
 
NOTE: THIS NOTICE IS ALSO PUBLISHED ON THE LPRC's Facebook Page.
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Notice of 07-14-2019 Board Meeting

The next meeting of the LPRC is scheduled for Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 8:00PM ET. Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface. Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed below. Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.
 
'Members' are those signed up through our website:
 
http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join
 
A copy of the preliminary agenda is here.
 
Previous meeting minutes can be found here.
 
NOTE: LP Radical Caucus Board meetings are open to LPRC **MEMBERS**. Nonmembers who attempt to log in will be disconnected.
 
Meeting login: Log into Zoom via this link.
 
Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416.
 
NOTE: THIS NOTICE IS ALSO PUBLISHED ON THE LPRC's Facebook Page.
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Notice of 2019-06-16 LPRC Board Meeting

A special Board meeting of the LPRC is scheduled for Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 8:00PM ET.  Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface.  Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed below.  Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.

'Members' are those signed up through our website:

http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join

A copy of the agenda can be found here.  Previous meeting minutes can be found here.

LPRC Board Meeting 
Sun, June 16, 2019 at 8pm ET

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416
Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416. 

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Notice of 2019-05-19 LPRC Board Meeting

A special Board meeting of the LPRC is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 8:00PM ET.  Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface.  Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed below.  Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.

'Members' are those signed up through our website:

http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join

A copy of the agenda can be found here.  Previous meeting minutes can be found here.

LPRC Board Meeting 
Sun, May 19, 2019 at 8pm ET

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416
Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416. 

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Notice of 04-21-2019 LPRC Board Meeting

The next meeting of the LPRC is scheduled for Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 8:00PM ET. Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface. Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed below. Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.

'Members' are those signed up through our website:

http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join

A copy of the preliminary agenda is here.  Previous meeting minutes can be found here.

LPRC Board Meeting 
Sun, April 21, 2018 at 8pm ET

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416
Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416.

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Volunteer Invitation: LPRC Secretary

If you have been thinking of getting more involved in the Radical Caucus, we have a golden opportunity: We need a Secretary!

Kim Ruff has been serving as our secretary for a few months, but as her campaign for PRESIDENT (!!) heats up, she needs to focus on it, so she has stepped aside for someone who can concentrate on the job.

Our next meeting is scheduled for next Sunday, March 17, beginning at 8:00 pm Eastern.  At that time, the Board will be considering volunteers to serve as the Secretary.

[Other offices may also be considered also, as all officer appointments are at-will and a motion to assign a new officer can be made in any Board meeting.]

Here is the full meeting announcement.

All officer positions were fully intended to rotate frequently among LPRC membership. The LPRC Bylaws were written that way on purpose.  In the LPRC, the Board is the entity that makes decisions, as opposed to any one officer.

Here is what our Bylaws say about officers, with the subsection about the chair's position:

C. Board Officers

The Board may appoint Officers, such as a Board Chairman and others, as needed. Examples of other positions may include Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers shall serve at the pleasure of the board and may be replaced at any time. There shall be no set term. New appointments to officer positions including chair may be made at any Board meeting by a simple majority vote.

Being appointed to a Board Officer position does not confer voting rights. Unless a Board Officer is also a Director, the Officer does not have a vote.

3. Duties of the Secretary

The Secretary shall take and distribute minutes of all Board meetings and of all LPRC general meetings at which official Party business is conducted. The Secretary shall be responsible for official LPRC correspondence as is required. The Secretary shall maintain a register of LPRC non­-voting, Annual, and Permanent members and shall be responsible (in coordination with the Treasurer) for insuring the accuracy and completeness of all LPRC membership and mailing lists. If the Chairman and Vice Chairman are not present at a meeting, the Secretary shall perform the duties of Chairman In addition, the Secretary shall carry out such other duties as may be requested by the Board.

A Secretary's primary goal should be to ensure that the Party's records have their i's dotted and their t's crossed.  Think you can help with those functions?

Want a nice title to impress your friends?

Then consider volunteering to become the Secretary of the LP Radical Caucus.

Attend the meeting on March 17, 2019.  Hope to see YOU there!

# 30 # 30 # 30 #

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Written March 2019 for use by the LP Radical Caucus.  According to current law, the copyright holder is automatically author Marc Montoni.  Radicals want copyright abolished.  Ergo, this work is hereby released to the public domain, so, no -- you can't republish it then claim copyright on it, beefcake.
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Notice of 03.17.2019 LPRC Board Meeting

The next meeting of the LPRC Board of Directors is scheduled for Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET. Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface. Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed below. Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.

'Members' are those signed up through our website:

http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join

A copy of the agenda can be found here. Previous meeting minutes can be found here

LPRC Board Meeting 
Sun, March 17, 2018 at 8pm ET

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416
Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416. 

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Notice of 2019-02-10 LPRC Board Meeting

A Board meeting of the LP Radical Caucus is scheduled for Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 8:00PM ET. Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface. Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed below.

Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.  In order to obtain consent, you must allow your identity to be shown on the meeting interface, and you will be called upon.

'Members' are those signed up through our website.

A copy of the Basic Agenda (subject to changes as the meeting approaches) can be found here.

Previous meeting minutes can be found here.

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416

Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416.

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Notice of 12.16.2018 LPRC Board Meeting

A special Board meeting of the LPRC is scheduled for Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 8:00PM ET. Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface. Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed below. Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.

'Members' are those signed up through our website:

http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join

A copy of the agenda can be found here. Previous meeting minutes can be found here.

LPRC Board Meeting 
Sun, December 16, 2018 at 8pm ET

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416
Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416. 

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Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Endorses and Funds Candidates for Second Year in a Row

In 2016, just barely over six months since its formal organization the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus (LPRC) disbursed $2208.71 to radical candidates and endorsed many more. Continuing in this commitment, the LPRC has distributed $1,500 to radical candidates in partisan races for the 2017 elections, split amongst three candidates, for a donation of $500.00 each.

The funded candidates were Dr. Joe Buchman (US House, 3rd District, UT), Brian Shields (State Representative, NH), and Matthew Wallace (Sheriff of Delaware County, PA).

Additionally the LPRC endorsed Jennifer Moore (Upper Providence Township Auditor, PA) and Michael Stapleton (Pueblo City Council, CO). Moore requested that any contribution be given to the 2018 candidate fund, and Stapleton was running in a non-partisan race.

Monies have already been put aside for the funds to support 2018 candidates.

Although formally organized in 2016, the LPRC was formed in 2006 by a core group of dedicated activists whose mission was to ensure the Libertarian Party remains true to its ideological foundation. At the core of the LPRC’s ideals is the Statement of Principles, authored by LP Founding Member and first Presidential Candidate, Dr. John Hospers, during the 1972 Libertarian National Convention and amended as part of the Dallas Accord at the 1974 Libertarian National Convention. The LPRC was active during the 2016 National Convention and continues on its mission of re-radicalizing the Party and further to promote a clear, radical vision of libertarianism through education and electoral advocacy both within the LP and outside of it. 

For more information visit the LPRC website at http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org and to join visit http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join. To ask questions and determine if the LPRC is a good fit for you, join their radical and radical-curious Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2497146127/.

Further inquiries may be directed to board@lpradicalcaucus.org.

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State Coordinators: Tips for Growing Your State Radical Caucus

by Marc Montoni

Why would anyone want to be an LPRC State Coordinator?

Well, let's put it this way: Are you satisfied with always being outnumbered at the convention, by people who want to put a muzzle on you? Are you satisfied with atrocious candidates who run as "Libertarians" but who couldn't name an actual LIBERTARIAN position to save their life? Are you satisfied with atrocious candidates who run as "Libertarians" but who fraudulently promote things like sales taxes, chasing foreign warlords, and doing violence to the right of free association as supposedly "libertarian" positions?

Well, those things are going to continue -- unless we Radicals change our numbers drastically.

Being an LPRC State Coordinator is not intended to be just a nice title with no expectations or responsibility. It's not a reward for calling oneself a "Radical Libertarian".

It's a WORK position, intended to change our numbers.

As outlined in our bylaws [Section 6(c)], State Coordinators are responsible for:

- promoting radical libertarianism and a radical vision for the Libertarian Party;

- recruiting additional members to the LPRC;

- recommending the formal endorsement by the LPRC Board of suitable candidates (for internal LP positions as well as for public office) in their state.

Being appointed as a state coordinator for the Radical Caucus is not just a path to get a vote on Board matters.

It means work.

It means you are expected to recruit more members to the caucus each year and every year. It means you are expected to help us find the GOOD candidates for office. It means you are expected to guide the increase in Radical participation in your state party.

In short, it means you are expected to be one of 50 or more catalysts to re-radicalize the Libertarian Party.

You will be given a copy of LPRC members and prospective members in your state. Every one of those people in your state needs to be contacted on a monthly basis, preferably via some form of personal contact, such as a letter bearing a hand-written signature, or a phone call.

Personal contact does not need to be complicated:

 

"Hi Joe, this is Jim Bob with the Pennsylvania Radical Caucus. Were you planning to attend the LPPA state committee meeting this Saturday?

"In case you're interested, they have a position on the LPPA Platform Committee they will be filling, and I'd love to see a radical apply for it. By the way, I see that you're only one step away from being a full voting member in the LPRC. Would you like to make your support official by donating today?"

 

If your state caucus has a FB page, monthly send out a general "become a voting member" invitation, and directly message new likes asking them to join.

A state coordinator should also send out via email a monthly newsletter.  These can be done via plaintext email or fancier:0

LPRC Arizona email Newsletter (PDF)

LPRCColorado email Newsletter (via Mailchimp)

Don't set up a "discussion group".  They are generally time sinks, and besides that there already is one - the LP Radical Caucus Facebook group.  Keep your state page more to radical business within your state. We need action much more than discussion!

Members of the Radical Caucus should be working to set the tone for their state party in terms of messaging.  The LP has been largely overrun by Libertarian Lite advocates who think we must never talk about private roads, private police, and abolishing the income tax. The reason that messaging has infested the LP is because THAT'S WHO SHOWS UP.

Your job as a state coordinator for the LPRC is to get radical libertarians to show up in greater numbers at state & local LP events. The ONLY way to make that happen is for YOU to talk to them -- and on a regular basis.

Interested?

Then volunteer.

Qualifications to be a state coordinator:

1 - Be a current, dues-paid national LP member.
2 - Be a current, dues-paid state LP member.
3 - Donate $100 or more of at least $10/month in dues to the LPRC (see http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/voting).

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Libertarian Wing of the Libertarian Party Endorses, Funds Radical Candidates for Office

Arlington, VA – The Libertarian Party Radical Caucus (LPRC), known as the “libertarian wing of the Libertarian Party”, announced today its endorsement of 19 candidates running for office on the Libertarian Party ticket during the 2016 election cycle. 

The endorsed candidates are seeking positions at the local, state, and federal level. All were vetted by a subcommittee within the LPRC based on an analysis of their platform, positions, and anticipated policies. This process was designed to ascertain if their campaigns reflect core libertarian values as articulated in the LPRC’s own Platform and Mission.

The LPRC was formed in 2006 by a core group of dedicated activists whose mission was to ensure the Libertarian Party remains true to its ideological foundation. At the core of the LPRC’s ideals is the Statement of Principles, authored by LP Founding Member and first Presidential Candidate, Dr. John Hospers, during the 1972 Libertarian National Convention. 

Earlier this year, the LPRC formally adopted its own bylaws and platform before taking an active role at the 2016 Libertarian National Convention in Orlando. One of their many undertakings in the time since the Convention was to solicit, vet, and endorse Libertarian Party candidates, who are as follows:

• Erin Adams, State House, District 33, Oklahoma
• Phillip Anderson, US Senate, Wisconsin
• Tom Bagwell, US House, District 12, Michigan
• Jeffrey Blunt, US House, District 20, Texas
• Chris Cole, State Senate, District 41, North Carolina
• Paotie Dawson, State House, District 18, Colorado
• Jocelyn Fry, State House, District 35, Iowa
• R. Jim Fulner, County Commissioner, District 19, Michigan
• Jeff Hetrick, US House, District 11, New Jersey
• John Jascob, Regent, University of Michigan
• Richard Longstreth, US House, District 2, Colorado
• Sean O’Toole, State Treasurer, Missouri
• Tyler Palmer, State House, District 93, Michigan
• Clark Patterson, US House, District 17, Texas
• Pete Rorhman, Bergen County Freeholder, New Jersey
• Steve Scheetz, US House, District 8, Pennsylvania
• Mike Seebeck, State House, District 21, Colorado
• Nick Serianni, State Senate, District 6, Iowa
• Mark West, US House, District 1, Arkansas

Endorsed candidates who are current members of the LPRC were also entitled to an even disbursement of the funds in the LPRC’s Treasury earmarked for campaigns. The LPRC’s treasury is a combination of membership dues and donations. In accordance with their bylaws, 75% of the funds acquired by the LPRC are to be used specifically to assist candidates for office. During the 2016 Election Cycle, the LPRC was able to disburse $2208.71 amongst the designated candidates. 

For more information visit the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus website or contact Kim Ruff, Secretary, at board@lpradicalcaucus.org

View the official Press Release here.

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Wisdom v. Reality

By Craig Bowden:

Radicals in the Libertarian Party were challenged to respond to an article written on LibertyPoint.org entitled Wisdom vs. Reality: Libertarian ‘wisdom’ vs. ‘real’ politicsAs a radical, I decided to offer my two cents to the issue in response. I do this independently of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus, though I am a member. These thoughts are my own and should not be used in an official format as a response from the caucus.

The very first rebuttal I wish to convey is to the following statement within the article:

Unfortunately, as with all too many revolutionary movements, this devotion, dedication and adherence to our tenets sometimes ignores reality.

There is no reality to ignore when adhering to the core of libertarianism. We believe things like taxation being theft, which by definition, it is. You can try to rationalize the “need” for taxation all you want, but when we apply definitions to terms we find that even the dictionary agrees.

From Merriam-Webster’s:

the act of stealing; specifically:  the felonious taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it

Just because a group voted to steal, instead of breaking into your home and taking it themselves, doesn’t change the fact that your property was taken as the rightful owner.

Another core tenet of libertarian thought is that we believe in the non-aggression principle, which means that we believe the initiation of force against a person is wrong. This is the most basic reality that exists. Every one of us was taught since early developmental years that we don’t hit people, break other people’s things, or take what doesn’t belong to us. Libertarians simply take it a step further and say that just because the majority voted to do so, doesn’t mean it is right.

We do not have the power to give authority to someone, if we do not have the authority to do so on our own. Since I cannot steal from my neighbor, I cannot give the authority to someone else to steal from him. When we do this without “government approval,” once we face a court of law, we are still guilty of conspiracy and held at the same level of accountability as the person who actually took the action we asked of them. Why is it different when we ask government to do it?

The next portion the author goes wrong is in the following excerpt:

One of the leading examples of this is the belief that “most people are libertarian but don’t know it yet.”

Reality is somewhat less appealing. Libertarians who’ve been involved with any municipal planning or zoning process know “it ain’t so.” The reality is that, in the United States, in the 21st Century, “most people” have come to expect government to do certain things.

Most people expect local government to pick up the garbage, maintain the streets, provide water and sewer services and police and fire protection. They expect zoning regulations and local ordinances to prevent their neighbor from building a 24-hour convenience store in his back yard.

Evidently, the author seems to think that only the city does trash pick up, providing of water/sewage, police, and fire. I would have to assume that the author has never hired private security to guard assets, has never heard of a volunteer fire department, and never lived in a Home Owner’s Association that does trash pick up. It is also apparent that the author has never lived in a rural community, where there is no sewage system and you maintain your own septic tank. Examples already exist where people have demonstrated that they can do these sorts of things without municipal planning groups. All you have to do is experience things beyond a narrow world view.

Not everyone has city utilities on the grid. Not everyone has to rely on subsidies on farmed food. What utter chaos there must be in the non-incorporated areas around the nation.

The reality is that individuals like the author are just too lazy to do things on their own, or in voluntarily associations. It takes a lot more work to make sure things get done, but why bother when city councils and state legislatures can just do it for you?

The author paints things as there being a dependence on government as a “modern reality,” yet for anyone who lives in a rural area, reality is very different. The vast majority of things are done through voluntary association and personal responsibility. Want power? Better make sure the windmill is in good repair. Want heat? Better make sure to order that propane. Want indoor plumbing? Better make sure the septic system is in good order.Want fire put out? Put on your boots and gear up, because all that’s available is volunteers.

The next passage is one I believe you will find an immediate contradiction between the two statements:

Self-government, however, may have another meaning if you consider that man is a social animal. While rugged individualism is an American ideal, and has and does exist in our society, most people also need and seek community. Even in the “frontier days,” when a man was striking out on his own, family in tow, other individuals came together in voluntary association to help him build his barn.

In other words, wherever two or three are gathered, there will be government in the midst.

Notice how the author is speaking about voluntary association and adhering it to meaning government. There is nothing voluntary about government. You pay taxes or go to jail. You cut your grass or be fined. You want salt? Too bad, it’s banned. 32 oz. soda? Too much sugar for you. Want to choose cannabis as a medical treatment? Too bad, jail time for you. There is nothing voluntary about what is going on. It is put in place with authority that never existed.

Most people are social creatures, but there are miles of difference between voluntary exchange and forced compliance to societal norms defined by a majority.

The reality of the situation is that while it may currently be accepted by the majority, we must always speak the truth boldly and plainly. Watering things down does no one any good. Is it ok if you are elected to a city council to vote in favor of a partial tax decrease? Of course. Take what you can get now, but never settle for more than absolute liberty in all things. As soon as you vote yes, the very next day you should be right back on the offensive in decreasing taxation more.

When we water down things to fit society’s current status, we get lost in all the noise. We must be bold in our approach and show exactly how libertarianism is different. Give examples of ways to improve and always strive for the highest amount in all areas of civil and economic liberty.

In my own candidacy for the U.S. Congress in 2014 and this year, I didn’t cut corners in what I placed in my platform. In 2014, I doubled the Libertarian vote in my district and set the highest polling third party for federal office in Utah since the 90’s. In 2016, I have polled even higher than 2014, and the election is still a month away.

I didn’t say to cut taxes; I said eliminate them. I didn’t say legalize medicinal marijuana; I said all prohibition must end. I didn’t say cut foreign aid to our enemies; I said it isn’t our business to be involved in other nations at all. I didn’t say that we should only go to war with Congressional approval; I stated that war must end and violence is only a means through defense.  I spoke the truth. I didn’t take half measures. In the end, a new record will be set in Utah because of it.

The reality is that pragmatists like this author cannot do anything without radicals speaking boldly on principle so that people can see the difference between us and the two major parties.

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To Krugman, With Love

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Dear Mr. Krugman,

Thank you for advertising the platform of the Libertarian Party.

The Libertarian Party Radical Caucus (LPRC) is a caucus of activists within the Libertarian Party who believe you missed the mark.

The LPRC was formed in 2006 because its founding members saw a need to encourage the Libertarian Party to stay true to its ideological roots.

Since then, the LPRC has formalized and adopted our own extensive platform (enclosed) expressing positions consistent with the founding of the Libertarian Party and have endorsed over a dozen Libertarian Party candidates whose campaigns reflect the ideas contained therein.

In light of your characterization of the Libertarian Party as the “radical fringe”, the LPRC thought you would enjoy seeing what truly radical libertarians advocate. If inspired, we encourage you to share with your readers that there is a motivated group of activists who consistently hold to libertarian ideology.

After all, Democrats and Republicans alike advocate for policies and practices that:

  • Result in American citizens being added to a “No Fly” List without justification.

  • Enforce mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent drug offenses.

  • Permit warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.

  • Involve aggressive bombing of innocent lives in foreign countries.

  • Allow suspension of Habeas Corpus in cases deemed “terrorist acts.”

  • Turn a blind eye to the murder of upwards of 1,400 Americans by police every year.

  • Use the US Military as the World Police.

  • Manifest in the sale of subsidized military hardware to foreigners.

  • As a consequence of their practice, our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights to life, liberty, and our ability to defend ourselves are consistently eroded. Now those are the truly “terrifying” ideas.

    In Liberty,

    Gregory S. Faust

    Chair,
    Libertarian Party Radical Caucus 

This letter was sent in response to this article, Paul Krugman Reveals What Libertarian Gary Johnson Really Stands For--And It's Terrifying.

A complete copy of the letter sent may be viewed here.

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Welcome to the Libertarian Party

Welcome to the Libertarian Party.

We have called for the repeal of all Drug Prohibition since our founding in 1971.

We have called for an end to all marriage regulation and licensure since our founding in 1971.

We have called for abolishing the income tax and eliminating the IRS since our founding in 1971.

We have called replacing inefficient, wasteful, and brutal government "services" with private sector alternatives since our founding in 1971.

We have called for abolishing government indoctrination centers (public schools) since our founding in 1971.

We have called for an end to all foreign aid since our founding in 1971.

We have called for an end to all military adventurism and the removal of all US military assets from foreign lands since our founding in 1971.

We have called for the repeal of all regulations on guns since our founding in 1971.

We have called for the abolition of the Federal Reserve and for sound, free-market money since our founding in 1971.

We have called for the elimination of all corporate and individual welfare since our founding in 1971.

We have called for the privatization of transportation infrastructure since our founding in 1971.

We have called for eliminating all restrictions on the right of people to cross imaginary lines since our founding in 1971.

The LP was pro LGBT and anti drug war since the 70s. Libertarians started that conversation long before Democrats embraced it.

So, welcome to the Libertarian Party.

Please remember to leave your previous big party ideologies at the door.

Libertarians believe people should be able to marry who they want, gamble if they want, party with a hooker, smoke weed or partake of other recreational drugs, live as a woman (or a man) if they want ... but they should also be left free to start a business, keep their money and property, and enjoy any guns they can afford.

VOTE LIBERTARIAN * 800-ELECT-US or LP.org

(via Marc Montoni)

 

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Get Radical on Social Media

The Radicals are on Social Media!

Please like our Facebook Caucus Page... and also please join our LP Radicals Facebook Community.

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Welcome to the LPRC

Welcome everyone!  Please keep an eye here for additional content and news.

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