Thursday, December 10, 2020

Sitting Indiana Elected Officials Who Switch Party to Libertarian While Holding Office

1.   Bill Lone, Newton County Surveyor, 2000.
2.   Ed Coleman, Indianapolis City-County Council, 2009.
3.   Matthew Kennedy, New Haven City Council, 2019.


Indiana Libertarians Appointed to Office December 2020

1. Rex Bell, Hagerstown Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.  @2004-08.  Appointed by Hagerstown Town Board.
2. Mark Rutherford, member of Indiana Public Defender Commission, first appointed 2007, first elected chairman 2007.  Appointed by the Governor of the State of Indiana.
3. Brad Klopfenstein, Indianapolis-Marion County Board of Zoning Appeals, 2008-09.  Appointed by Indianapolis City-County Council.  Served as vice president.
4. Timothy Maguire,  Indianapolis-Marion County Board of Zoning Appeals, 2008-09.  Appointed by Indianapolis City-County Council.  Served as vice president.
5. Al Cox, Brown County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals, 2008-?.  Appointed by the Brown County Council.
6.  Rick Bowen, Elkhart Human Relations Commission, 2008-19, Served as chairman and as vice-chairman.  Appointed by the Mayor of Elkhart, Indiana. 
7. Kelley Curran, Jeffersonville Urban Enterprise Association Board,  2012-19.  Appointed by Mayor of Jeffersonville, Indiana.
8.  Joyce Morrell, Rush County Fiber Optic Board, first appointed 2014.  Appointed by the Rush County Commissioners.
9.  Thomas Monka, Rush County Area Plan Commission, first appointed 2016.  Appointed by the Rush County Commissioners.
10. Jeremiah Morrell, Henry County Memorial Park Board, 2016-17. Served as president 2017.  Appointed by the Henry County Commissioners.
11.  Michael Dowden,  Brownsburg Economic Development Commission, first appointed 2017.  Appointed by the Town Council President.
12. Paul Morrell, Rush County Sheriff's Officer Merit Board, first appointed 2017, reappointed to an additional term in 2020, first elected chairman 2018.  Appointed by the Sheriff of Rush County, Indiana.
13  Jeffrey Maurer, Home Place Advisory Board, first appointed 2018.  Appointed by the Mayor of Carmel, Indiana.
14. Danny Lundy, Mooresville Board of Zoning Appeals, November 2018 to January 2019.  Appointed by Mooresville Town Council.
15. Danny Lundy, Mooresville Police Commission, January 2019 to December 2019.  Appointed by Mooresville Town Council.
16.  Anna Elliott, Martinsville Board of Zoning Appeals, first appointed 2019.  Appointed by the Mayor of Martinsville
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17.  Shane Lemler, Vincennes Urban Enterprise Association Board, first appointed 2020.  Appointed by Vincennes City Council.
18.  Jeffrey Maurer,  Carmel Economic Development Commission, first appointed 2020.  Appointed by the Carmel City Council.
19.  Joel Samuelson, Culver Planning Commission, first appointed 2020.  Appointed by (unknown)

Friday, December 04, 2020

Missed One - Former Culver Town Councilor Joel Samuelson appointed to Culver Planning Commission in 2020. Also Paul Morrell reappointed to the Sheriff's Officer Merit Board in 2020

 1.  Mark Rutherford, member of Indiana Public Defender Commission, first appointed 2007, first elected chairman 2007.  Appointed by the Governor of the State of Indiana.

2.  Rick Bowen, Elkhart Human Relations Commission, first appointed 2008 and served through 2019, has served as chairman and as vice-chairman.  Appointed by the Mayor of Elkhart, Indiana.
3.  Joyce Morrell, Rush County Fiber Optic Board, first appointed 2014.  Appointed by the Rush County Commissioners.
4.  Thomas Monka, Rush County Area Plan Commission, first appointed 2016.  Appointed by the Rush County Commissioners.
5.  Michael Dowden,  Brownsburg Economic Development Commission, first appointed 2017.  Appointed by the Town Council President.
6.  Paul Morrell, Rush County Sheriff's Officer Merit Board, first appointed 2017, reappointed to an additional term in 2020, first elected chairman 2018.  Appointed by the Sheriff of Rush County, Indiana.
7.  Jeffrey Maurer, Home Place Advisory Board, first appointed 2018.  Appointed by the Mayor of Carmel, Indiana.
8.  Anna Elliott, Martinsville Board of Zoning Appeals, first appointed 2019.  Appointed by the Mayor of Martinsville.
9.  Shane Lemler, Vincennes Urban Enterprise Association Board, first appointed 2020.  Appointed by Vincennes City Council.
10.  Jeffrey Maurer,  Carmel Economic Development Commission, first appointed 2020.  Appointed by the Carmel City Council.
11.  Joel Samuelson, Culver Planning Commission, first appointed 2020.  Appointed by (unknown).

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

One Partisan Libertarian Re-elected in Indiana Last Night. 28 Partisan Libertarian Officeholders to Date

Here is the list of partisan Libertarians elected in Indiana as of November 3, 2020. Susan Bell was re-elected.  She was first elected Judge of the Hagerstown Town Court in 2003.  28 different Libertarians have been elected to partisan office in Indiana. Here are their names, followed by their office, year(s) elected and term(s) of office:

(1). Mary Dufour, Jefferson Township Trustee, Washington County, 1998, 1999-02
(2). Zenith Caudill, Jefferson Township Advisory Board, Washington County, 1998, 1999-02
(3). Phil Miller, Greenfield City Council, 1999, 2000-03
(4). Darren Nolan, Universal City Council, 1999, 2000-03
(5). Gale Owen, Silver Lake City Council, 1999, 2000-03
(6). Edward Dilts, Needham Township Advisory Board, Johnson County, 2002, 2003-06
(7). Anita M. Amspaugh, Union City Clerk-Treasurer, 2003, 2004-07
(8). Susan Bell, Hagerstown Town Court Judge, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2004-24
(9). Susan K. Pyle, MD, Union City Council, 2003, 2004-07
(10). Russell Reichard, Union City Council, 2003, 2004-resigned 06
(11). Jay Thompson, Gosport Town Council, 2003, 2004-07
(12). Conley Tillson, Clay Township Advisory Board, Wayne County, 2006, 2007-10
(13). Steve Coffman, Liberty Township Advisory Board, Henry County, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2007-19 (replaced by his brother Terry in 2015 due to new conflict law for voluntary firefighters).
(14). Michael Sloan, Pottawattamie Park Town Council, 2007, 2008-11
(15). Cheryl Heacox, Clay Township Advisory Board, Wayne County, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2011-23.
(16). Dennis Denney, Shirley Town Council – North Ward, 2011, 2015, 2012-19 
(17). Miccah Shepherd, Claypool Town Clerk/Treasurer, 2011, 2012-15
(18). Larry Walters, Dublin Town Council, 2015, 2019, 2016-24
(19). Elizabeth Brewer, Claypool Town Clerk/Treasurer, 2015, 2016-19 (resigned March 1, 2016 due to health reasons)
(20). Joel Samuelson, Culver Town Council At-Large, 2015, 2016-19
(21). Jessica Wallace (first elected as Jessica Whitfield), Larwill Town Council At-Large, 2015, 2019, 2016-23
(22). Renee Sweeney, Ossian Town Council - East, 2015, 2019, 2016- 23
(23). Jamie Jo Owens, Liberty Township Trustee, Henry County, 2018, 2019-22
(24). Terry Coffman, Liberty Township Board, Henry County, (2015 - 2019 served his brother's unexpired term), 2018, 2019-22
(25).  Dean Hartley, Franklin Township Board, Montgomery County, 2018, 2019-22
(26).  Ryan Coby, Milton Town Council, 2019, 2020-23
(27).  Nathan Kring, Tipton City Council, 2019, 2020-23
(28).  Patricia Warner, Claypool Clerk-Treasurer, (replaced Elizabeth Brewer on April 1, 2016 and served her unexpired term), 2019, 2020-23

Friday, May 29, 2020

Your Opinion Please - Roberts


ARTICLE 16: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY AND PERMANENT RULES
The rules contained in the most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised as of July 1, 2020 shall serve as a guide to the Party and given great weight in conducting orderly conventions and meetings.  The right of the majority to make decisions and the minority to be heard shall be respected.  For each main motion, the Chair must request a standing second to the motion or any amendments. If fewer than ten percent of the delegates stand, the motion or amendment shall die for lack of a second. Robert’s Rules of Order shall not be used in a manner which is inconsistent with these bylaws, the Articles of Incorporation of the Libertarian Party, the mission and core functions of a national political party, impediments caused by force majeure, impossibility, government edicts interfering with delegate participation and emergency as determined by the Libertarian National Committee or the delegates, and any special rules of order adopted by the Party. Robert’s Rules of Order or any other form of order for the conduct of business shall not be used to prevent the Libertarian Party from meeting its core responsibilities as a national political party.    Any Convention and any meeting may be conducted using any means of communication by which all delegates, officers, directors or committee members participating may simultaneously hear each other during the convention or meeting.  A delegate, officer, director, or committee member participating in a meeting by such means will be considered present in person at the meeting.

Monday, May 04, 2020

Misuse of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised - It is not Sacrosanct!

I sent the following today (Monday, May 4th) to members of the Libertarian Party Bylaws and Rules Committee, of which I'm a member.

"Thanks Chuck. I appreciate your efforts on this. You have correctly observed a huge problem with the LP, and libertarians in general, and thanks for your suggestion to help deal with it.

In my opinion there is an obsession to codify everything and detail everything to the exact degree within the LP and libertarians in general. Discretion, common sense and achieving the mission are secondary to abiding by overly-detailed and obsessive procedures and rules. Libertarians lose focus.

I understand libertarians desire to have rules - it is about fairness, due process, notice and other things important in decision-making. This is admirable. But IMO, libertarians far too often take this to such an extreme, as it destroys the mission, and perversely results in no fairness, no due process, failure, and even worse, results contrary to the mission.

The rules have become more important than the mission.

I've run far too many meetings to even want to try to count them. I've learned a few things. The smaller the meeting, the less vigorous the use of RONR. I personally find the need to enforce RONR increases when there are about 12 to 18 participants in a meeting, depending on the number of dominant personalities in the group. For matters as large as an LP convention, Roberts is great and actually very effective. The smaller the group, the more likely Roberts is a hindrance (which defeats its original mission to bring focus and order to a meeting, and to get things done wanted by the majority - but with an opportunity for the minority to change minds).

However, last night I found it sad and funny it took 20 minutes to adjourn a small group. Roberts reared its ugly head (and no offense meant to Joe - he runs good, focused and well-paced meetings).

I find similarities between the various libertarian organizations, especially within the Libertarian Party, and with how federal, state and local bureaucracies actually work. Arguing over rules, procedures and words is more important to the bureaucrats than the mission itself. Now granted, it makes me money attacking these bureaucrats on behalf of my clients. But wouldn't a better use of my client's money be used to enhance their business, rather than fight the artificial hindrances put up by the games of the bureaucrats.

Am I taking Libertarians to task? - you bet! I often think RONR in the "nth" degree has become more important than the mission to libertarians and to the Libertarian Party. I find that very sad. And wasteful. And disappointing.

The Libertarian Party has so much good to offer. Let's focus on that instead.


Mark W. Rutherford"