Historic LP Online Convention Nominates Jorgensen, Cohen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 25, 2020
Contact: Steven Nekhaila,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

KEY WEST, Fla. – The Libertarian Party of Florida congratulates Libertarian presidential running team Jo Jorgensen and Spike Cohen in the first-ever national political convention conducted solely online.

More than a thousand Libertarian Party delegates attended the two-day Convention this past weekend. The gathering ended Sunday but will be reconvened in in-person in Orlando for business meetings this July. Party veteran Jo Jorgensen was nominated as the Libertarian presidential nominee following four rounds of elimination voting. Jeremy “Spike” Cohen was chosen as her running mate after three rounds.

Steven Nekhaila

“This was a historic event that will go down in history as the combination of forward thinking and ingenuity to elect a Presidential and Vice-Presidential nominee in the age of COVID-19,” said LPF Chair Steven Nekhaila. “I am very proud of our Florida delegation and team for doing our part. I am also pleased with the support of the Libertarian National Committee staff for helping to make this a reality. We are excited to support our nominee’s and bring a third real option to constituents in all 50 States including Florida this November!”

A total of 54 Florida delegates and 16 alternates participated in the voting. Nationwide, 1,026 delegates voted to elect Jorgensen, a senior lecturer in psychology at Clemson University. Jorgensen, 63, was Harry Browne’s running mate in 1996. Florida delegates favored Georgia neighbor John Monds in early rounds, they supported party stalwart Vermin Supreme in the final round.

Floridians favored Cohen throughout the three vice-president ballots. Cohen, 37, was initially slated with presidential candidate Vermin Supreme. Supreme fell off the rounds and Cohen went on to the vice-presidential win.

For the most part, the two-day online event went smoothly. Some technical issues and confusion about participation persisted, but failed to prevent the thousands of votes.

“I think overall things went well for a first-time event,” said delegate Chris Jones, vice chair of the LPF Alachua County affiliate. “I think the Florida delegation did a phenomenal job using a separate app for communication and coordination. The Zoom interface definitely did leave much of the delegation somewhat out of the process.”

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2020

Opening

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 6:42PM on September 8th, 2020 at Orlando Brewing by Chair – Ralph Groves.

Present

Executive Committee: Chair – Ralph Groves, Mari Peele – Secretary, Greg Peele – Treasurer, Membership Chair- Wayne Jackman

Voting Members: Katie Groves

Regular Members: None

Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members)

Quorum was established.

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Wayne Jackman made a motion to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.

Approval of the Minutes

Wayne Jackman moved to approve the minutes from the August 18th, 2020 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and without objection.

Roundtable Discussion- Planning session for supporting the Jo Jorgensen Campaign.

5 Minute Recess

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – No Report

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

By-Laws Report – No Report

Finance Report – No Report

Communications Report – Greg Peele

Membership Report – Wayne Jackman – BBQ 10-17-2020 at Langford Park on Bumby Ave.

Platform Report – No Report

Old Business

  • None

New Business

  • Motion 2020-15 – Candidate Contribution
    • Mover: Ralph Groves
    • Second: Greg Peele

Adjournment

Wayne Jackman made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:56pm by Chair – Ralph Groves. The next business meeting will be at 6:00PM on October 13th, 2020, at Orlando Brewing.

Minutes submitted by:     Mari Peele

Libertarian Party of Orange County presents:

Valerie Anderson from Friends of Split Oak, Marcos Diego Marrero for Osceola County Commissioner District 3, and Philip Frye speaking about the county ballot initiative regarding the Split Oaks toll road on the boundary between Orange and Osceola County.

We will be meeting on October 13th, 2020 at the Orlando Brewing at 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806

Join us for a meet and greet starting at 6PM followed by our business meeting at 6:30PM.

All are welcome to the social and to attend the Business Meeting which will follow.

Agenda for the October 13th, 2020 Business Meeting

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020.

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of political affiliation (or lack of). Our focus is the advancement of liberty within our local communities through activism, events, and Libertarian political candidates. Can’t make it and want to support the party? Follow our Livestream during the event and please consider contributing to our success by making a Donation.

Location:    Orlando Brewing   1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

6:00 – Meet and Greet

6:30 – Call to Order

Determination of Quorum – 75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members

Declaration of Proxy

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Review and Approval of Minutes – Minutes for August 18th, 2020 Business Meeting

6:35 – Guest Speakers – Valerie Anderson, Philip Frye, and Marcos Marrero will be speaking on the Split Oak Forest issue.

7:05 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – Pedro Geliga

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

7:20 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Platform Report

7:35 – Old Business

  • None

7:35 – New Business 

  • Motion 2020-16 (See Appendix A and Appendix B)
    • Mover: Greg Peele
    • Motion: I move for the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Florida to make the following endorsements:
      • Jo Jorgensen for President and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen for Vice-President
      • To write in “None of the Above” for Orange County Sheriff
      • To write in “None of the Above” for Orange County Property Appraiser
      • To vote “NO” on Florida Constitutional Amendment 1
      • To vote “NO” on Florida Constitutional Amendment 2
      • To vote “NO” on Florida Constitutional Amendment 3
      • To vote “YES” on Florida Constitutional Amendment 4
      • To vote “NO” on Florida Constitutional Amendment 5
      • To vote “NO” on Florida Constitutional Amendment 6
      • To vote “NO” on Orange County Charter Question #1
      • To vote “YES” on Orange County Charter Question #2
      • To vote “YES” on Orange County Charter Question #3
  • Floor motions

8:00 – Adjourn

Appendix A

Mover’s Rationale:

Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen are the Libertarian National Committee’s nominees for the offices of President and Vice-President. They are principled Libertarians that have boldly and uncompromisingly promoted our party’s platform of individual rights and limited government. We recommend that Libertarians give them unreserved support.

Orange County Sheriff did not have a competitive election outside of the Democratic primary that only Democrats could vote in – silencing the voice of 57% of Orange County voters who are not Democrats. Incumbent Sheriff John Mina is no friend of liberty: he has continued the policies of his predecessor Jerry Demings enforcing the tyrannical Drug War and allowed abusive use of force procedures that inspired substantial protests in Orlando – in which his deputies responded with tear gas, pepper spray, curfews, and corralling measures on nonviolent protesters. One silver lining is that he has not used the Republican-led gun control measures from the 2018 Marjory-Stoneman Douglas Act to the same extent as his Republican colleagues; ironically making Orange County an unexpected sanctuary for gun rights. He has similarly shown little enforcement of the abusive COVID-19 lockdown policies passed by the Orange County Commission and Orlando City Council. However, in both cases his approach seems to be due to hesitation to commit law enforcement resources rather than philosophical objection. While Sheriff Mina will certainly win reelection, we do not believe his anointing by Orlando Democratic power brokers and a minority of Orange County voters is legitimate and we recommend writing in “None of the Above” as a protest.

Orange County Property Appraiser did not have a competitive election outside of the Democratic primary that only Democrats could vote in – silencing the voice of 57% of Orange County voters who are not Democrats. Amy Mercado is a loyal Democratic partisan with no expertise whatsoever in the office she seeks – she defeated incumbent Rick Singh primarily based concerns about Singh’s ethics plus party support. We cannot predict how Mercado will actually perform in office. Libertarians believe the office of Property Appraiser should not exist in the first place as it exists solely for the purpose of theft; to extort Orange County property owners of the County’s rent on their private property at whatever valuation they feel is “just.” While Amy Mercado will certainly win election, we do not believe her anointing by Orlando Democratic power brokers and a minority of Orange County voters is legitimate and we recommend writing in “None of the Above” as a protest.

For the Florida Constitutional Amendments, I incorporate the Libertarian Party of Florida’s Legislative Action Committee Report by reference.

Some brief additional notes:

  • Amendment 1 is unnecessary since federal law prohibits non-citizens voting, the current Constitutional language is clear, and no Florida jurisdictions are advocating otherwise; it is purely virtue signaling by Republican nationalists with no practical effect
  • Amendment 2 will be ruinous to Florida’s already hurting economy, and it reflects a level of national socialist control over labor and pricing that should not exist in a free society. While Orange County will probably be less affected than most since the cost of living and wages are already higher here than the Florida average, it will be absolutely devastating to rural counties.
  • Amendment 3 will make it far more difficult for candidates not belonging to the Republican or Democratic Party to make it to the general election in November, and practical implementation in California and Washington shows it actually reduces turnout while reinforcing the one party rule problems those states already had. The correct solution is to switch all elections to Ranked Choice Voting on the November general election and Amendment 3 will make it harder, not easier, to fix things.
  • Amendment 4 is purely a strategic choice; the Libertarian platform is silent on it. Constitutional amendments should be carefully conceived, carefully measured, and passed only when absolutely necessary, with plenty of time for each side to make their case. It is for the same reason that LPOC already requires Constitutional amendments to our own bylaws to pass two consecutive votes; how much more important is the Florida Constitution?
  • Amendments 5 and 6 are tinkering with existing exemptions to property tax. While some would argue that any reduction in tax is good, these exemptions are robbing Peter to pay Paul and are in violation of the platform requirements for equal treatment under law; county and city governments are not restricted from increasing the millage to compensate for homestead reductions and indeed have consistently done so. This does not reduces taxes, it merely shifts the burden from a favored class to a disfavored class. It also indirectly causes increases in rent since non-homesteaded owners receive the brunt of the related millage increases.

Orange County Charter Question 1 involves establishing “rights” for inanimate objects such as rivers and springs to be free of pollution. While we adamantly oppose pollution as an act of aggression against the public that the government already often fails at preventing, this perversion of legal philosophy is absurd. At the end of the day, only individual people have rights and thus have standing to sue in court. If this measure is passed, certain privileged people will appoint themselves as the protectors of the environment and thus arbiters of these rights however they see them – and given how things have gone in Orange County the past two decades, it’s not hard to guess how little this approach will care about individual human rights and how far this will go off the rails. As a practical issue, passing this charter question will also result in extensive lawsuits costing Orange taxpayers possibly millions, since the Florida legislature has already passed laws that forbid local jurisdictions from enforcing such laws and have the authority to do so. We believe that using the government – always susceptible to developer and corporate cronyism and lobbying – as the mechanism to defend the environment is ridiculous. We need to promote better solutions using private property and individual interests to defend our environment. We recommend voting “NO” on Question 1 and holding companies accountable for polluting the environment by better means.

Orange County Charter Question 2, ironically, involves the government failing to honor environmental protection by violating property and contract rights in spirit if not necessarily in law. The Split Oak Forest was put under government control to protect a sensitive environmental area with the promise that the Orange and Osceola county governments would continue to honor that in perpetuity. Of course, now that they’re chasing shiny developer money from the Tavistock Group and want to build a toll road for the crony Central Florida Expressway Authority, let’s forget the promises that were made when this environmental preservation contract was established, right? While we advocate private property as the mechanism for protecting the environment for exactly this reason – government promises are fleeting at best and easily forgotten in the face of lobbyist money – we believe that voting “YES” on Question 2 is appropriate to hold the Orange County government to its promises and honor the environmental decision that created the Split Oak preserve in the first place. Make the Tavistock developers figure out an alternate solution that isn’t violating the spirit of the contract made with Orange and Osceola county residents.

Orange County Charter Question 3 is purely a procedural question about how to add charter amendments to the ballot. There is already a difficult process to do that via petitions across all six Orange County districts, and it has a time limit of 180 days. One of the required elements of this process is government approval, and petitions cannot be collected while the government is doing said review. This amendment changes the process so that the time spent for government approval does not count against the 180 time limit for petitions. While we believe that constitutional and bylaw amendments should be difficult, giving the government the ability to deny such amendments merely by failing to act in review and run out the clock is a bad idea. We recommend a “YES” vote on Question 3.

Appendix B

Links to Ballotpedia.org Florida Amendment summaries:

Amendment 1: https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Amendment_1,_Citizen_Requirement_for_Voting_Initiative_(2020)
Amendment 2: https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Amendment_2,_$15_Minimum_Wage_Initiative_(2020)
Amendment 3: https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Amendment_3,_Top-Two_Open_Primaries_for_State_Offices_Initiative_(2020)
Amendment 4: https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Amendment_4,_Require_Constitutional_Amendments_to_be_Passed_Twice_Initiative_(2020)
Amendment 5: https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Amendment_5,_Extend_%22Save_Our_Homes%22_Portability_Period_Amendment_(2020)
Amendment 6: https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Amendment_6,_Homestead_Property_Tax_Discount_for_Spouses_of_Deceased_Veterans_Amendment_(2020)

2020 Charter Review Commission Final Report

https://www.occompt.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-CRC-Final-Report.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1DEPeiNDyceGXagjFVK4cGHJcoCy4ZBxIu4oS4lFQvzJ2mIamI7Pl-5uU

Agenda for the September 8th, 2020 Business Meeting

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020.

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of political affiliation (or lack of). Our focus is the advancement of liberty within our local communities through activism, events, and Libertarian political candidates. Can’t make it and want to support the party? Follow our Livestream during the event and please consider contributing to our success by making a Donation.

Location:    Orlando Brewing   1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

6:00 – Meet and Greet

6:30 – Call to Order

Determination of Quorum – 75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members

Declaration of Proxy

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Review and Approval of Minutes – Minutes for August 18th, 2020 Business Meeting

6:35 – Roundtable Discussion – Planning session for supporting the Jo Jorgensen Campaign.

7:05 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – Pedro Geliga

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

7:20 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Platform Report

7:35 – Old Business

  • None

7:35 – New Business 

8:00 – Adjourn

AUGUST 18TH, 2020

Opening

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 6:34PM on August 18th, 2020 at Orlando Brewing by Chair – Ralph Groves.

Present

Executive Committee: Chair – Ralph Groves, Mari Peele – Secretary, Greg Peele – Treasurer, Membership Chair- Wayne Jackman

Voting Members: None

Regular Members: Kadesha Bruce, Will Dukes, Katie Groves, Jonathan Scocco

Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members)

Quorum was established.

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Wayne Jackman made a motion to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.

Approval of the Minutes

Wayne Jackman moved to approve the minutes from the July 21st, 2020 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and without objection.

Guest Speaker – Florida Jo Jorgensen Campaign Coordinator, Chandler Langevin

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – No Report

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

By-Laws Report –Differed to the bylaws motions on the agenda.

Finance Report – No Report

Communications Report – Greg Peele

Membership Report – Wayne Jackman

  • Motion 2020-14 – Budget Increase
    • Mover: Wayne Jackman
    • Second: Greg Peele
    • Disposition: passed unanimously
    • Text: I move to increase the events budget up to $400.
    • Notes: This increased the previous events budget from $250 to $400. At the time of this motion, no expenditures had been made from this budget item.

Platform Report – No Report

Old Business

  • None

New Business

  • Motion 2020-12 – Second Hearing (See Special Rule and APPENDIX A)
    • Mover: Greg Peele
    • Second: no required for second hearing
    • Disposition: The question was called by Wayne Jackman and seconded by Mari Peele with no objection. The original motion passed unanimously.
    • Text: I move to amend the Libertarian Party of Orange County Constitution Article III Section IV to replace the text “a registered member of the Libertarian Party of Florida” with  “a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter, a Libertarian Party of Florida member” and to append “If an officer election is conducted and no qualified person is elected to that office, a motion to suspend the rules to waive officer eligibility requirements for that office for the duration of the term of office and reopen nominations for that office may be passed by a 2/3 vote. The requirement for an officer to be a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and member may not be waived. “
    • Special Rule: According to Article V Section III: “Amendments to the Constitution, By-Laws, and Platform must be brought up for consideration at the previous business meeting.” Therefor, this vote will be on whether or not to take up the motion to amend. If it passes, the final vote on the bylaws amendment shall occur during the next business meeting.
  • Motion 2020-13 – Second Hearing (See Special Rule and APPENDIX B)
    • Mover: Greg Peele
    • Second: not required for second hearing.
    • Disposition: passed unanimously  
    • Text: I move to amend the Libertarian Party of Orange County Bylaws Article II Section II to be replace with “The Chair may appoint any person who is a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and Libertarian Party of Florida member to serve as a committee chair subject to a majority confirmation vote if the appointee is an LPOC voting member or a 2/3 confirmation vote otherwise.”
    • Special Rule: According to Article V Section III: “Amendments to the Constitution, By-Laws, and Platform must be brought up for consideration at the previous business meeting.” Therefor, this vote will be on whether or not to take up the motion to amend. If it passes, the final vote on the bylaws amendment shall occur during the next business meeting.

Adjournment

Mari Peele made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:04pm by Chair – Ralph Groves. The next business meeting will be at 6:00PM on September 8th, 2020, at Orlando Brewing.

Minutes submitted by:     Mari Peele

APPENDIX A

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE III: OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section IV

Officers must be a voting member of LPOC, a registered member of the Libertarian Party of Florida a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter, a Libertarian Party of Florida member, and reside in Orange County. If an officer election is conducted and no qualified person is elected to that office, a motion to suspend the rules to waive officer eligibility requirements for that office for the duration of the term of office and reopen nominations for that office may be passed by a 2/3 vote. The requirement for an officer to be a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and member may not be waived.

APPENDIX B

Bylaws

ARTICLE II: STANDING COMMITTEES

Section II

Committee chairs shall be appointed by the Chair and confirmed by majority vote.
The Chair may appoint any person who is a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and Libertarian Party of Florida member to serve as a committee chair subject to a majority confirmation vote if the appointee is an LPOC voting member or a 2/3 confirmation vote otherwise.

Libertarian Party of Orange County presents:

A roundtable discussion and planning session on supporting the Jo Jorgensen Campaign.

We will be meeting on September 8th, 2020 at the Orlando Brewing at 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806

Join us for a meet and greet starting at 6PM followed by our business meeting at 6:30PM.

All are welcome to the social and to attend the Business Meeting which will follow.

Libertarian Party of Orange County​     
PO Box 679334​    Orlando, Fl 32867        
5 February 2020

Contact: Ralph Groves, Chair@lporangefl.org, 571-314-2434            
Correspondence: secretary@lporangefl.org   

FOR RELEASE to Ms. Amy Quesinberry, West Orange Times & Observer

On 4 February, Ocoee resident Ralph Groves, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Orange County,
met Ocoee District 1 Commissioner Larry Brinson, Sr. at City Hall. Mr. Groves presented a
Libertarian Party endorsement to Mr. Brinson about the forthcoming centennial commemoration
of the tragic 1920 massacre of Black citizens of Ocoee. Libertarians oppose racism and promote
equal rights and harmony among all citizens

The Libertarian Party of Orange County is the Orange County affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Florida.
Libertarians support individual liberty and free markets for free people: https://orange.lpf.org/

Libertarian Party of Orange County​     
PO Box 679334​    Orlando, Fl 32867        
2 March 2020

Contact: Ralph Groves, Chair@lporangefl.org, 571-314-2434            
Correspondence: secretary@lporangefl.org   

FOR RELEASE to Ms. Jessica Bryce Young, Editor-in-Chief, Orlando Weekly,
16 West Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801

On 4 February, Ocoee resident Ralph Groves, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Orange County,
met Ocoee District 1 Commissioner Larry Brinson, Sr. at City Hall. Mr. Groves presented a
Libertarian Party endorsement to Mr. Brinson about the forthcoming centennial commemoration
of the tragic 1920 massacre of Black citizens of Ocoee. Libertarians oppose racism and promote
equal rights and harmony among all citizens

The Libertarian Party of Orange County is the Orange County affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Florida.
Libertarians support individual liberty and free markets for free people: https://orange.lpf.org/

Libertarian Party of Orange County​     
PO Box 679334​    Orlando, Fl 32867        
9 March 2020

Contact: Ralph Groves, Chair@lporangefl.org, 571-314-2434            
Correspondence: secretary@lporangefl.org   

PRESS RELEASE: Ms. Jennifer Drow, Director of Communications, Florida Catholic, 50 East Robinson Street, P.O. Box 1800, Orlando, FL 32802-1800

On 18 February, Deacon Fred Molina of the Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force addressed the Libertarian Party of Orange County to heighten awareness of the scourge of human trafficking in Florida. In addition, Deacon Fred’s presentation encouraged Libertarians and their friends to help saved victims while working to put an end to the heinous practice of human trafficking. Deacon Fred’s presentation was received with high credibility due to his dedicated leadership of Task Force efforts since 2014.

The Libertarian Party of Orange County is the Orange County affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Florida. Libertarians support individual liberty and free markets for free people: https://orange.lpf.org/

Business Meeting Minutes

JULY 21ST, 2020

Opening

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 6:37PM on July 21st, 2020 at Orlando Brewing by Chair – Ralph Groves.

Present

Executive Committee: Chair – Ralph Groves, Mari Peele – Secretary, Greg Peele – Treasurer, Membership Chair- Wayne Jackman

Voting Members: Rob Casterline

Regular Members: None

Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members)

Quorum was established.

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Wayne Jackman made a motion to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.

Approval of the Minutes

Wayne Jackman moved to approve the minutes from the June 23rd, 2020 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and without objection.

Guest Speaker – Andrew Darling for Orange County Sherriff

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – No Report

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

By-Laws Report – No Report

Finance Report – No Report

Communications Report – Greg Peele

Membership Report – No Report       

Platform Report – No Report

Old Business

  • None

New Business

  • Motion 2020-12 – First Hearing (See Special Rule and APPENDIX A)
    • Mover: Greg Peele
    • Second: Rob Casterline
    • Disposition: passed unanimously  
    • Text: I move to amend the Libertarian Party of Orange County Constitution Article III Section IV to replace the text “a registered member of the Libertarian Party of Florida” with  “a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter, a Libertarian Party of Florida member” and to append “If an officer election is conducted and no qualified person is elected to that office, a motion to suspend the rules to waive officer eligibility requirements for that office for the duration of the term of office and reopen nominations for that office may be passed by a 2/3 vote. The requirement for an officer to be a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and member may not be waived. “
    • Special Rule: According to Article V Section III: “Amendments to the Constitution, By-Laws, and Platform must be brought up for consideration at the previous business meeting.” Therefor, this vote will be on whether or not to take up the motion to amend. If it passes, the final vote on the bylaws amendment shall occur during the next business meeting.
  • Motion 2020-13 – First Hearing (See Special Rule and APPENDIX B)
    • Mover: Greg Peele
    • Second: Mari Peele
    • Disposition: passed unanimously  
    • Text: I move to amend the Libertarian Party of Orange County Bylaws Article II Section II to be replace with “The Chair may appoint any person who is a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and Libertarian Party of Florida member to serve as a committee chair subject to a majority confirmation vote if the appointee is an LPOC voting member or a 2/3 confirmation vote otherwise.”
    • Special Rule: According to Article V Section III: “Amendments to the Constitution, By-Laws, and Platform must be brought up for consideration at the previous business meeting.” Therefor, this vote will be on whether or not to take up the motion to amend. If it passes, the final vote on the bylaws amendment shall occur during the next business meeting.

Adjournment

Greg Peele made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Rob Casterline and passed unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:35pm by Chair – Ralph Groves. The next business meeting will be at 6:00PM on August 18th, 2020, at Orlando Brewing.

Minutes submitted by:     Mari Peele

APPENDIX A

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE III: OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section IV

Officers must be a voting member of LPOC, a registered member of the Libertarian Party of Florida a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter, a Libertarian Party of Florida member, and reside in Orange County. If an officer election is conducted and no qualified person is elected to that office, a motion to suspend the rules to waive officer eligibility requirements for that office for the duration of the term of office and reopen nominations for that office may be passed by a 2/3 vote. The requirement for an officer to be a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and member may not be waived.

APPENDIX B

Bylaws

ARTICLE II: STANDING COMMITTEES

Section II

Committee chairs shall be appointed by the Chair and confirmed by majority vote.
The Chair may appoint any person who is a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and Libertarian Party of Florida member to serve as a committee chair subject to a majority confirmation vote if the appointee is an LPOC voting member or a 2/3 confirmation vote otherwise.

Ralph Groves, LPOC Chairman, with daughter Katie, Winter Garden, Orange County.
Ralph Groves’ daughter and niece, Winter Garden.

TUESDAY JULY 7TH, 2020

Dear Commissioner Larry Brinson, Ocoee City Commission:

We of the Libertarian Party of Orange County (LPOC) agree with the need to improve human rights for Black people, as expressed by the Black Lives Matter movement.  In addition, we recognize that our nation’s justice system is broken and needs reform to prevent prosecutorial malfeasance from incarcerating innocent people — often disproportionally large numbers of Black people.

We take this opportunity to amplify our erstwhile support for a historical marker — planned for later this year — to commemorate the massacre of Black people in Ocoee a century ago.  We aspire to an egalitarian community in Ocoee where such massacres will never again occur.

Broadening the issue of Black Lives Matter, the LPOC Chairman has long advocated enhanced medical research for development of a vaccine against malaria.  Malaria kills hundreds of thousands of Africans every year — mostly African children under the age of five.

Please send our sentiments, expressed above, to Mayor Rusty Johnson and all Ocoee City Commissioners.

Thank you and best wishes.

Sincerely,

Ralph Groves, Ocoee Resident, District 1
Chairman
Libertarian Party of Orange County