Events

This page lists currently scheduled events for the LPNC and county affiliate parties. For many affiliate party events, you can get more details—and you can also see lists of past events—from the website or Facebook page of the pertinent affiliate party.

  • Tuesday, December 06, 2016 at 07:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Mellow Mushroom in Hickory, NC

    Catawba Libertarian Trivia Night

    Come out, enjoy some good food, better company, and maybe win some trivia. All are welcome!

  • Wednesday, December 07, 2016 at 07:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    Trophy Brewing & Taproom in Raleigh, NC

    WakeLP Meetup

    Discussion of current political events from a Libertarian perspective. Regular weekly meeting hosted (this week) by Bruce Basson, WakeLP vicechair.

    NOTE: The WakeLP are moving! Our longtime unofficial HQ, The Gourmet Factory, have not renewed their liquor license and—not coincidentally—we need to relocate.

    Trophy Brewing is one of three finalist candidate sites we will be visiting for the second time before making a decision by mid-December.

    Trophy is definitely a taproom, not a restaurant. They have inside and patio seating. They don’t have a permanent menu, but they do have a food truck most nights. The beer, of course, is amazeballs. Sandwiches $10 Craft Beer Pints $6. Parking some off and some on street.

    Our plan is to grab a couple of tables inside…please make it a point to join us—or failing that, get there on your own on some other night to check it out—and help us make this momentous decision!

    Or if you are ready to vote now, you can do so here: http://www.wakelp.org/2016_wakelp_relocation_poll

  • Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 02:00 PM
    Jongo Java in Hendersonville, NC

    Henderson County Meeting

    It's a great year to be Libertarian! Come down and discuss it with us over a cup of coffee. This is our regular meeting, and we always welcome new (and old!) faces.

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 07:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Lynnwood Brewing Concern in Raleigh, NC

    WakeLP Meetup

    Discussion of current political events from a Libertarian perspective. A regular weekly meeting hosted (this week) by Brian Lewis, WakeLP chair.

    NOTE: The WakeLP are moving! Our longtime unofficial HQ, The Gourmet Factory, have not renewed their liquor license and—not coincidentally—we need to relocate.

    LBC is the one of five potential replacement venues identified by our relocation committee, and this is the second and last time we will be visiting them before making our decision (by the end of the year).

    As is Trophy-on-Maywood, LBC is a taproom, not a restaurant. They have inside and covered outside seating. Hopefully, there will be a food truck; if not we will order pizza. Parking lot is commodious. Our plan is to grab a couple of tables…please make it a point to join us—or failing that, get there on your own on some other night to check it out—and help us make this momentous decision! 

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 07:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    To Be Determined in Raleigh, NC

    WakeLP Meetup

    Discussion of current political events from a Libertarian perspective. A regular weekly meeting hosted (this week) by Olen Leo Watson III, WakeLP secretary.


    NOTE: The WakeLP are moving! Our longtime unofficial HQ, The Gourmet Factory, have not renewed their liquor license and—not coincidentally—we need to relocate.

    Help us decide where this meetup—and most subsequent ones—will be…what’s your preference?

    http://www.wakelp.org/2016_wakelp_relocation_poll

  • Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 07:00 PM
    To Be Determined in Raleigh, NC

    WakeLP Meetup

    Discussion of current political events from a Libertarian perspective. A regular weekly meeting hosted (this week) by Bruce Basson, WakeLP vicechair.

    NOTE: The WakeLP are moving! Our longtime unofficial HQ, The Gourmet Factory, have not renewed their liquor license and—not coincidentally—we need to relocate.

    Help us decide where this meetup—and most subsequent ones—will be…what’s your preference?

    http://www.wakelp.org/2016_wakelp_relocation_poll

  • Tuesday, January 03, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Mellow Mushroom in Hickory, NC

    Catawba Libertarian Trivia Night

    Come out, enjoy some good food, better company, and maybe win some trivia. All are welcome!

  • Sunday, January 08, 2017 at 02:00 PM
    Jongo Java in Hendersonville, NC

    Henderson County Meeting

    It's a great year to be Libertarian! Come down and discuss it with us over a cup of coffee. This is our regular meeting, and we always welcome new (and old!) faces.

  • Friday, August 11, 2017 at 07:00 PM through August 13, 2017 · $5.00 USD

    2017 LPNC Convention

    Celebrate the LPNC at 40

    You are cordially invited to the 40th birthday party of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina. Our annual state convention will be held April 22-24 2016 in Raleigh at the Holiday Inn Crabtree Valley Mall.

    orange-register-button-final.pngThe LPNC ran our first candidate for governor, Arlan Andrews, in 1976. Arlan, now a renowned futurist and science fiction writer, will be our guest of honor this year. We're also inviting as many of our "founders" as we can find and they, along with Arlan, will talk about the formation of the LPNC back in the 1970s and our ultimately successful struggles to attain ballot access in North Carolina. 

    But mostly we'll be looking forward to how we can achieve our vision of a free, peaceful, and prosperous North Carolina where every individual has the opportunity to pursue his or her unique vision of a rewarding and enriching life. 

    Come and learn how you can help the fastest-growing party in North Carolina leverage our political influence at the state and local levels to promote candidates and policies consistent with our platform and improve life for you and your fellow citizens. If you’re just starting out, there will be a seminar about forming and/or running a county affiliate party…and if you are experienced and have the time and inclination to get seriously involved, there are a couple of open seats on the executive committee that will be filled at this meeting.

    Or if you’re just curious and want to learn more, perfect! You can meet and interact with the LPNC candidates for U.S. Senator, governor, lieutenant governor, General Assembly, and local offices. We also expect to have several candidates seeking the Libertarian nomination for President at our forum on Saturday afternoon…come and ask your own question!

    We will also be conducting business during the convention. We will consider revisions to our platform; you can follow or comment on the work of the platform committee here. And we will also elect delegates to the Libertarian National Convention, to be held in Orlando May 27-30, as well as Presidential Electors and alternates, who will have the duty of awarding North Carolina’s electoral votes should our Libertarian candidates for President and Vice President win election here in November.

    And, of course, there will lots of opportunity to party…we take that part of our name seriously!

    Check out the details of the program below.


    Hotel Reservations

    Holiday Inn Crabtree Valley Mall, 4100 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh (site of the Convention)
    Room Rate $99 per night (with breakfast)—SOLD OUT 

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    Candlewood Suites Raleigh Crabtree
    Room Rate $119* per night (suites with one Queen-sized bed)

    Call (919) 789-4840 and identify yourself as a Libertarian Party member.

    *Note—we regret that we did not provide sufficient $99 rooms at the Holiday Inn; there were supposed to be more but unanticipated renovation-related delays cut down the number of rooms available. If you budgeted for the $99 rate and it would be a hardship to attend without it, upon request the LPNC will provide a $20 or $40 rebate on Gala Convention Pass or Full Convention Pass tickets for attendees who stay one or two nights respectively at Candlewood Suites. Inquire at the Convention check-in desk. (Limit one rebate per room.)

    Convention Registration Information

    Please pre-register to facilitate credentialing. You must pre-register by no later than Monday, April 18th if you want to attend the Gala Banquet (or order a box lunch for Saturday). Those options will not be available online after midnight April 18th.

    Gala Banquet choices include chicken or shrimp or vegetarian ravioli. Entrées include salad, sides, and a piece of our 40th Birthday cake.

    Attendance at the business sessions for LPNC members is free. This includes elections, considerations of platform changes, et cetera. We're asking a $5 donation for registration simply because the Nationbuilder platform requires us to collect some money in order to use the registration system. This is refundable upon request at the convention

    Business Pass holders are not entitled to attend any events except the post-Gala speech and the Liberty Lunch & Learn.

    Student Pass. High school, college, and graduate students are eligible. If you can do so, please invest in the future of liberty by purchasing an extra Student Pass or passes. We'll award them on a first come, first served basis to scholarship students.


    Agenda 

    Friday, April 22

    7:00 pm—Friends & Family Meet & Greet (’til whenever)

    Saturday, April 23

    8:00 am—Registration Opens

    8:30 am—Welcome. Brian Lewis, Convention Committee Chair

    8:35 am—Business Session Call to Order. J.J. Summerell, LPNC Chair

    Secretary’s Report
    Adoption of Agenda
    Reading of Resolutions
             Resolution to Repeal House Bill 2

    9:00 am—State of the LPNC. J.J. Summerell, LPNC Chair

    9:15 am—The Libertarian Party: Where We Are, Where We Are Going. Dr. Jim Lark, LNC Regional Representative

    9:45 am—Break

    10:00 am—Business Session: Platform Committee Report. Susan Hogarth, Platform Committee co-chair

    Note: The entire Platform Committee Report will be conducted in one session, including amendments from the floor. The committee has been working on a completely revised and rewritten platform. Read the almost final draft here.

    11:30 am—GOTV (Get Out the Vote). Erick Raudsep

    Noon—Recess for lunch

    12:15 pm—Let's Get Radical. Let's Get Organized: Starting a county affiliate. Brian Irving, Jeremy Hussey, and Windy McKinney

    Overview of the LPNC, the what, why, and how of a county affiliate party, starting and growing one, how the LPNC can help. Note: for those attending, consider purchasing a Saturday Boxed Lunch (see convention registration options below) which you can quickly pick up at noon and then eat during the presentation.

    1:00 pm—1976 to Now: Origin and History of the LPNC. Panel discussion

    Arlan Andrews, Bobby Emory, Sean Haugh, Barbara Howe, Phil Jacobson, Mike Munger, and Carl Wagle discuss the formation of the party, the early campaigns, the ballot access battles, and ultimate electoral success in 2008. 

    2:00 pm—Presidential Candidates Forum. Moderated by Brian Irving

    Following brief opening statements, candidates will respond to questions from the moderator and audience. Audience questions may be submitted in advance, via email and Twitter, in writing during the forum or asked live.

    UPDATE: Scheduled to participate: Gary Johnson, Kevin McCormick, Darryl Perry, Derrick Reid, Shawana Sterling, and Keenan Dunham. William Coley, a candidate for the LP vice presidential nomination, will also take part.

    3:00 pm—Break

    3:15 pm—Libertarianism and the African-American Community. Panel discussion with Corey Fauconier and Buddy Ferebee, moderated by J.J. Summerell

    4:00 pm—Lend Me Your Ears

    Representatives from several potential issue allies will offer ideas on how we and they can work together. 

    • Dennis Burns, Common Cause: Voting Challenges in 2016
    • Erik Wilson, Republican Liberty Caucus: Toward a Liberty Legislative Caucus
    • Wayne Turner, NC Green Party: Ballot Access Petition
    • Miriam Chu, Moore County Tea Party: Shingle vs. Foundation Issues

    5:30 pm—Convention Recesses

    6:30 pm—Gala Banquet

    7:30 pm—2056: A Libertarian Future…Science Fiction or Reality? Keynote Speech by Arlan Andrews; open to all

    That the future belongs to tech is accepted fact. But today's political environment, corrupt and restrictive, fosters resistance to all such change, particularly that which reduces government controls.

    Not beholden to established political institutions and their donor class, only libertarians can best accommodate tech's accelerating change, by welcoming and incorporating that change into political, economic, and social activities. 

    Libertarian principles of individual responsibility are also best suited to protect the public interests of privacy, accountability, and voluntary disengagement (i.e., getting off the grid and the IoT).

    Libertarian ideals and science fictional thinking—beyond the box, outside the rules—stimulate creativity and entrepreneurship, which are the foundations of Silicon Valley. Libertarians are typically very SFnal in their reading and entertainment choices, and many came to the LP through reading Robert Heinlein and others. So, likewise, have many in Silicon Valley.

    This means that libertarian principles are a very good fit with the ongoing revolutions that Silicon Valley generates constantly, and easily accommodate that culture of creativity, inventiveness, forward thinking, individual liberty, and resistance to further governmental regulation and intrusion.

    It is the task of young libertarians to fully effect this natural union and thus smooth our way into the future.

    8:30 pm—After Party with your favorite libertarians

    Sunday, April 24

    8:30 am—Registration Open

    9:00 am—North Carolina Candidate Stump Speeches 

    • Sean Haugh, US Senate
    • Lon Cecil, Governor
    • J.J. Summerell, Lt. Governor
    • Brad Hessel, NC Senate 15
    • Susan Hogarth, NC Senate 17
    • Barbara Howe, NC Senate 20
    • Chris Cole, NC Senate 41
    • Nic Haag, NC Senate 44 
    • William Meredith, NC Senate 49
    • Brian Lewis, NC House 11
    • Brian Irving, NC House 36
    • Robert Rose, NC House 37
    • Olen Watson III, NC House 38
    • Tom Howell, NC House 46
    • David Ulmer, NC House 49
    • Randy Crow, Bladen County Commissioner
    • Mark Alan Lyerly, Rowan County Commissioner

    10:00 am—Convention ReconvenesBusiness Session

    Secretary's Report
    Resolutions
    Election to fill Vacant Executive Committee positions (2 at large seats)
    Election of Delegates to the Libertarian Party National Convention (29 delegates, 29 alternates)
    Election of Presidential Electors, (15 electors, 15 first alternates, and 15 second alternates)
    Other Business

    Noon—Convention Adjourns

    The LPNC Executive Committee will meet 30 minutes after the convention adjourns.


    Resources

    LPNC Convention Rules

    LPNC Platform

    Democratic Rules of Order
    Download abridged version (PDF). Please note that we do not use Robert's Rules of Order. 


    Convention Registration 

    Confirmed attendees are Gary Johnson, Kevin McCormick, Darryl Perry, Derrick Reid, Shawana Sterling, and Keenan Dunham. William Coley, a candidate for the LP vice presidential nomination, will also take part. 

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