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News & Updates

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Bylaws Notification


BYLAWS NOTIFICATION

An amendment notification was approved by the State Board on June 19th to replace the entirety of the bylaws as they exist now with the following:

  1. The Libertarian Party of Delaware organized under these bylaws shall be governed by its State Board, consisting of:
  1. William McVay
  2. James Brittingham
  3. David Rogers
  4. Mary Pat Dittmeyer
  5. John Machurek
  6. Nicole Shaw
  7. Aarika Nelson
  8. Brandywine Kerchevall
  9. Gwendolyn Jones
  10. Joseph DiPasquale
  11. Nadine Frost
  12. Mark Parks
  13. Steve Newton
  14. Carol Moore
  15. Roger Stemler
  16. Vernon Proctor
  17. Robert Sigler
  18. Hunter Hastings
  1. Decisions shall be made by a majority vote of a quorum consisting of the lesser of six or a majority of members.  Votes shall be conducted electronically with electronic votes remaining open for 48 hours.  Failure to respond to four consecutive votes shall be construed as a resignation and removal from the above listed Board.  Vote results shall be kept private to the extent permitted by law.  These Bylaws may be further amended by a majority vote of all Board members or upon resignation of a Board member to reflect the Board’s new composition.
  2. Upon the resignation of the last remaining Board member, the Libertarian Party of Delaware is dissolved and any remaining assets shall be transferred to the designated successor organization.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Statement from the Chair


STATEMENT FROM THE LPD CHAIR

Yesterday the Delaware State Board of Elections determined that the Mises Caucus faction that secured a minority of State Board seats at the 2021 convention and were expelled in October are entitled to ballot access and that we are not.  Our candidates have been removed from the ballot.

During that meeting, I conceded that without ballot access, I had no interest in being attached to what the MC will do to the "Libertarian" brand and would not hold onto a "Libertarian" party organization in Delaware parallel to a ballot-qualified Mises controlled "Libertarian" party.

What several people seem to have concluded from that is that the actions taken by the State Board in October and since have now been proven illegitimate and that the Mises Caucus controls the organization that held its convention in Felton last year and that I'm conceding all of that.

I understand that the MC thinks I have that kind of power, but they're idiots and I do not. Neither does the State Board of Elections in the context of the meeting that occurred yesterday.

Absent any further developments, the State Board of the LPD that expelled the MC from its membership still controls that LPD organization, though I concede that organization is no longer worth much without its ballot access or national party affiliation, and that it is tethered to a toxic brand.

Nevertheless it is the State Board and its acknowledged county affiliates that will determine the course of this organization. Not the State Board of Elections, nor the National Libertarian Party.

This is to say that until these outstanding issues are resolved, we are continuing as normal, with the caveat that our nominated candidates are no longer ballot qualified. If you want your voice heard in the direction that is taken from here, please continue to attend our county affiliate meetings, follow our social media feeds, and join us on our Discord server. We will be transitioning to something new to continue advocating for the principles that we believe in and you'll learn what that is and how you can help in the same places you have over the last 12+ years.

Will McVay,

State Chair,

Libertarian Party of Delaware*

*Not the one nominating candidates. We're not vouching for them anymore.

Friday, June 3, 2022

Inland Bays Wastewater Facility


INLAND BAYS WASTEWATER FACILITY

Central to the Libertarian philosophy is respect for individuals and individual rights, including individual rights to property.  One important property right is the right for others not to damage their property, including the environmental quality of that property.  In an ideal Libertarian society, accessible court systems and well established precedents would delineate clear boundaries preventing large corporations from infringing on the rights of household property owners, but we do not inhabit such a world.  As an imperfect mechanism of protecting these rights, these corporations must apply for permits from various levels of government.  This permitting process should endeavor to emulate the same kind of protection for environmental property rights, but it often does not, and approval for permits essentially grants a blank check to pollute neighboring properties so long as the damage fits into arbitrary regulatory limitations or at least is not discovered to have violated them.

This is unjust.

The Libertarian Party of Delaware calls on the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to ensure that the pending application for permitting an expansion of the Inland Bays Wastewater Facility meets these standards and ensures the safety and environmental quality of neighboring property owners and by extension the health of those residents.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Membership Bylaws Amendment Notification

Article VII: Membership (Existing)

Any person who agrees to abide by the terms of these articles is a member of the LPD provided they have met at least one of the following criteria for at least 60 days:

  1. Is a registered Libertarian according to the Commissioner of Elections.
  2. Is a sustaining member of the National LP residing in Delaware.

Members must also be approved by a majority of the State Board, and may be approved on a temporary or permanent basis. Membership may be revoked by a 2/3 vote of the State Board.

Members may also be approved on a temporary or permanent basis by a 2/3rds vote of credentialed delegates in Convention, or the credentialed delegates may elect to waive the approval requirement for the duration of the convention by a 2/3rds vote.

Article VII: Membership (Edits)

Any person who agrees to abide by the terms of these articles is a member of the LPD provided they have met at least one of the following criteria for at least 60 days:

  1. Is a registered Libertarian according to the Commissioner of Elections.
  2. Is a sustaining member of the National LP residing in Delaware.
  1. Has made donations to the LPD, its county affiliates, or its endorsed candidates exceeding an amount established by the Policy Manual of the LPD.

Members must also be approved by a majority of the State Board, and may be approved on a temporary or permanent basis. Membership may be revoked by a 2/3 vote of the State Board.

Members may also be approved on a temporary or permanent basis by a 2/3rds vote of credentialed delegates in Convention, or the credentialed delegates may elect to waive the approval requirement for the duration of the convention by a 2/3rds vote.

Article VII: Membership (Amended)

Any person who agrees to abide by the terms of these articles is a member of the LPD provided they have met at least one of the following criteria for at least 60 days:

  1. Is a registered Libertarian according to the Commissioner of Elections.
  2. Has made donations to the LPD, its county affiliates, or its endorsed candidates exceeding an amount established by the Policy Manual of the LPD.

Members must also be approved by a majority of the State Board, and may be approved on a temporary or permanent basis. Membership may be revoked by a 2/3 vote of the State Board.

Members may also be approved on a temporary or permanent basis by a 2/3rds vote of credentialed delegates in Convention, or the credentialed delegates may elect to waive the approval requirement for the duration of the convention by a 2/3rds vote.


Impact Investigation: This amendment would cause dues paid to establish membership to be directed to the LPD rather than any national party.

2022 Libertarian Convention


2022 LIBERTARIAN NATIONAL CONVENTION

The true Libertarian Party of Delaware did not send delegates to the Libertarian convention in Nevada last weekend.  While we do not acknowledge the validity of the constructive disaffiliation carried out by the Judicial Committee early this year, we do admit that between the actions of the Credentials Committee chaired by our former regional representative, Susan Hogarth, who has been carrying water for the Mises Caucus since the beginning of our dispute, and the projected composition of the other convention delegates, we knew there was no hope that we would be able to prevent the takeover of the National Libertarian Party with only four votes that were unlikely to be seated anyway.

This should in no way be interpreted as approval of what was done to the Libertarian Party last weekend.  The new direction of the LNC and the platform are not reflective of libertarian values.  Bigotry is irrational and repugnant.  The bigotry displayed and tolerated by the newly elected members of the LNC and the JC are an embarrassment.  We also continue to believe that no government should interfere with the reproductive choices made by women in consultation with their doctors and families.  Immigrants who have committed no acts of aggression against others should be welcomed.  Transgendered individuals should be comfortable in schools they are required by law to fund and attend.  Libertarian views on taxes, war, and regulation are incomplete without policy and cultural preferences for tolerance in opposition to historical tendencies of discrimination and oppression.

Political movements come in waves and we retain hope that the invasion of the Libertarian Party will recede in time to repair our relationship with the national organization, but we will be glad to be separated from a National Libertarian Party that does not return in short order to the principles it has stood for since its founding.  We will continue to stand for those principles and collaborate with any others who share them.

Friday, March 11, 2022

2022 LPD Convention

Following a motion of the LPD State Board, the 2022 Convention has been scheduled for March 12th, 2022 at the Kent County Theater Guild.  We will begin at noon with a complementary lunch, donations are requested. We have invited an exciting lineup of guest speakers to present on local and national topics of interest to Delaware Libertarians whose presentations will begin at 1p. Our convention will call to order at 4p for party business including statewide candidate nominations and the selection of delegates for the 2022 LP Convention in Sparks, Nevada in May.  The Facebook event can be found here.

Guest Speakers:

Chase Oliver, LPGA US Senate Candidate (1:00 - 1:10)
Tony D’Orazio, Candidate for LNC Chair (1:15 - 1:25)
Steve Scheetz, Former LPPA Chair (1:30 - 1:40)
Kevin Gaughan, Former LPPA Executive Director, LDF Chair (1:45 - 1:55)
Vern Proctor, Town Councilperson, Bethel, DE (2:00 - 2:15)
Heather Pope, Compassion and Choices Organizer (2:20 - 2:35)
Rachel Gregorie, WFP Legislative Director (2:40 - 2:55)
Mitch Denham, President of Delaware Gun Rights (3:00 - 3:15)
Adam Windett, Director of DCAN (3:20 - 3:35)
Will McVay, LPD State Chair (3:40 - 3:50)

Proposed Agenda:

Lunch - 12:00p
Speakers - 1:00p
Call to Order - 4:00p
Credentialing - 4:00p
Agenda - 4:10p
Minutes - 4:15p
Nominations - 4:20p
Delegates - 4:40p
Adjourn - 5:00p

2021 LPD Convention Minutes


2021 LPD Convention Minutes

  • Convened on June 5, 2021
  • Credentialed Attendees from Initial Credentials Report:
  1. Brad Thomas,                State Chair, New Castle County;
  2. Bill Hinds,                Vice Chair, New Castle County;
  3. Mary Pat McVay,        Treasurer, Kent County;
  4. Dayl Thomas,                Secretary, New Castle County;
  5. Nadine Frost,                New Castle Chair/State Board Rep;
  6. Will McVay,                Kent Chair/State Board Rep;
  7. Jimmy Brittingham,        Sussex Chair/State Board Rep;
  8. John Machurek,                New Castle State Board Rep;
  9. Vern Proctor,                Sussex State Board Rep;
  10. Joseph DiPasquale,        Sussex County;
  11. Chris Cimo,                Sussex County;
  12. Robert Sigler,                Sussex County;
  13. Wendy Jones,                Sussex County;
  14. Irene Mavrakakis,        Kent County;
  15. Justin Brant,                Kent County;
  16. Benjamin Garrett,        Kent County;
  17. Brandi Kerchevall,        Kent County;
  18. Tim Spong,                Kent County;
  19. Aarika Nelson,                Kent County;
  20. Wayne Norczyk,        New Castle County;
  21. Carol Moore,                New Castle County;
  22. Dylan Griffith,                New Castle County;
  23. Regan Temple,                New Castle County;
  24. Amy LePore,                New Castle County;
  25. Keith Debarbaris,        New Castle County;
  26. Francis Stephey,        New Castle County;
  27. Kathleen Debarbaris,        New Castle County;
  28. Ashton Hill,                New Castle County;
  29. Carter Hill,                New Castle County;
  30. Prakash Sheshadri,        New Castle County;
  31. Mark Parks,                New Castle County;
  32. Scott Gesty,                New Castle County;
  33. Chris Vellrath,                New Castle County;
  • Other Guests: Spike Cohen, Tasha Cohen, Susan Hogarth, Barbara Howe, Dan Fishman, Angela McArdle, Adam Windett
  • Call to Order at ~1.00p
  • Introduction of LPD Officers and Guests
  • Adoption of Credentials Report
  • Point of Order that Delegates should vote on Credentials
  • Not Well Taken: LPD AoA overrule RONR
  • Moved and seconded, approved
  • Motion to Adopt Agenda
  • Moved and seconded
  • Motion to Amend to Move the AoA Amendment regarding membership to the front
  • Moved and seconded
  • Amendment carries
  • Amended agenda adopted
  • Amending Credentials Report
  1. Krista Graham,                New Castle County;
  2. Ryan Bunting,                New Castle County;
  3. Trisha Gadola,                New Castle County;
  4. Ian Gronau,                Kent County;
  • Motion and Second to Approve Credentials Amendment
  • Amendment carries
  • Spike and Tasha Cohen, as well as Yuko and Kisuki Thomas arrived
  • Introduce AoA Amendment to allow National LP Membership to qualify for LPD Membership
  • Motion and Second to adopt AoA Amendment
  • Motion and Second to amend to limit National LP Members to Delaware residents
  • Motion carries
  • Amended motion Carries
  • Amending Credentials Report
  1. Dave Casey,                New Castle County;
  2. Julia McVay,                Kent County;
  • Motion and Second to Approve Credentials Amendment
  • Motion to Amend Amendment to Remove Julia McVay
  • Point of Order that Motions to Invalidate Membership Rights aren’t in Order
  • Well Taken, Amendment Withdrawn
  • Amendment carries
  • Motion to add member failing to meet requisite seasoning requirement
  • Withdrawn
  • Motion and Second to Waive the Reading of 2020 LPD Convention Minutes
  • Motion carries
  • Motion and Second to Approve 2020 LPD Convention Minutes
  • Motion carries
  • Treasurer Report:
  • PO Box: $120
  • Domain $12
  • App: $360
  • Bill Morris Award: $20
  • SMM: $120
  • Donations: $150/month
  • Convention: $3155.76
  • Candidate Support: $493
  • PayPal: $333.28
  • DFCU-Convention: $260.78
  • DFCU-General: $3209.62
  • 2020 Year in Review
  • Recess to Spike Cohen
  • Recess
  • Return to Order
  • Legislative Updates
  • Bill Morris Award: Dayl Thomas
  • Nominate Mark Parks for SD8
  • Motion carries
  • Amending Credentials Report
  1. Brian Clements,                Kent County;
  2. Reese Smith                New Castle County;
  • Motion and Second to Approve Credentials Amendment
  • Motion and second to close credentialing
  • Nominate Nadine Frost for US Senate
  • Nomination of Reece “Leo” Smith
  • Motion fails
  • Nomination and Second of Bill Hinds for State Chair
  • Motion and Second to Close State Chair nominations
  • Motion carries
  • 38 votes received:
  • Bill Hinds: 34 - Winner
  • NOTA: 1
  • Reece Smith: 1
  • Grogu: 1
  • Will McVay: 1
  • Nomination and Second of Nadine Frost for Vice Chair
  • Nomination and Second of Amy LePore for Vice Chair
  • Motion and Second to Close Vice Chair nominations
  • Motion carries
  • 38 votes received:
  • Nadine Frost: 14
  • Amy LePore: 24 - Winner
  • Nomination and Second of Dayl Thomas for Secretary
  • Motion and Second to Close Secretary nominations
  • 38 votes received:
  • Dayl Thomas: 37
  • Dave Casey: 1
  • Nomination and Second of Mary Pat McVay for Treasurer
  • Nomination and Second of Carter Hill for Treasurer
  • Motion and Second to Close Treasurer nominations
  • 39 vote received:
  • Mary Pat McVay: 22 - Winner
  • Carter Hill: 17
  • Recess for County Conventions
  • Return to Order
  • Motion and Second to Contest the Kent County Elections because an individual outside of the county was not allowed to vote in those elections, and two absent members were not allowed to vote.
  • Point of Order that the motion is dilatory and out of order and isn’t a thing
  • Well taken
  • Motion and Second to appeal the ruling of the Chair
  • Venue announced dinner is getting cold
  • Recessed to Dinner
  • Motion and Second to Adjourn
  • Motion carries