Welcome to Our Website

This is the official website of the Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO).  Check this site periodically to keep abreast of LPO activities, campaigns, and more.  This website also serves as a resource for people to learn more about the party, become involved, and get information about how to participate effectively in the LPO and the larger libertarian movement.  Check the other pages on this website to learn more.


Join LPO members for a holiday celebration at Top Golf in Hillsboro on Nov. 26.
Can't golf?  Come for the food and fellowship as Libertarians gear up for 2018!


     


Join us at Top Golf!  As the photos show, Top Golf is an upscale facility for golf, friends, and good food.  Each golf bay is heated.  Everyone can participate regardless of their experience level.  Even if you don't play, this place is a blast.  Come join us on November 26th at 1PM.


The Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) has reserved two bays at Top Golf at 1:00pm on Sunday, November 26th, 2017 for its annual holiday party.  Top Golf is located at 5505 NW Huffman in Hillsboro 97124.  If you golf, or simply want to try, clubs and balls will be there.  If you have no interest in golfing, come for the fellowship of other Libertarians and the excellent food.  On hand will be chicken tenders, pulled pork sliders, fruit, chips, cookies, a no-host bar, and bottomless soda, tea, coffee, and water.


Cost is $20 per person, paid in advance through this website.  We will have fun and will talk about everything the Libertarian Party can accomplish in 2018 as we work to reunify the party and fight for more individual liberty!  Reserve your space today by clicking on the BUY NOW icon shown here:




Join or renew your LPO membership and attend the 2018 Annual Business Convention at Salem's Red Lion Inn on March 9-10!


     


Come to and participate in the LPO's 2018 Annual Business Convention! The convention will be held at the Salem Red Lion hotel which has great rooms, great food, and fantastic amenities.  Participate and help the LPO steer a course through the next election cycle!


Overview.  The Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) will hold its 2018 Annual Business Convention at the Salem Red Lion hotel on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  The annual convention is where the LPO organizes itself internally and prepares to maximize its role in Oregon's election cycle.


Agenda.  LPO Convention Rules lay out the agenda for the day:  1) Call to Order, 2) Officer and Other Reports, 3) Elections for LPO Judicial Committee, 4) Endorsements, 5) Amendments to the LPO Platform, 6) Resolutions and Other Business.


Eligibility.  Any registered Libertarian elector is eligible to observe the proceedings.  "Regular" (dues paying) or "Honorary Lifetime" members can vote on internal governance matters and, if they are not affiliated with any other political party, can run for and serve in party office.  To assure your participation, you must be present during the Call to Order.


Joining the LPO, Renewing Your Membership, and Securing Lodging.  To join or to renew your LPO membership as a dues-paying (or "Regular") member, and/or to secure lodging for the night before the convention (taxes and fees included), click on one of the options shown below.  If you have questions, call 503-970-1876.  Your membership and/or any donation qualifies for the Oregon Political Tax Credit for an amount of up to $50 for an individual filing (up to $100 for a joint filing).


By joining the LPO as a dues-paying or "regular" member in this way you subscribe to the following statement: "I hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose."


To JOIN the LPO (or RENEW your membership) for $50, click HERE:



To SECURE LODGING for the night of March 9 for $124 (taxes and fees included), click HERE:



To secure lodging *AND* join the LPO (or renew your membership) for $174 click HERE:




To support the party with a donation of any size, click HERE:




The LPO's "Project Groundswell 2018" is Ready to Go!


Capitol   LPO Convention   Vote  Oregon Map

WHAT IS "PROJECT GROUNDSWELL"?  This ongoing initiative consists of packages of realistic projects the LPO and it's affiliates take on each year.  Together, projects that are a part of Operation Groundswell will increase LPO membership and the registered voter base, along with our party's political relevance and effectiveness.  Currently, Project Groundswell consists of the following projects:

PROJECT:  Campaign to Defeat the Sales Tax on Healthcare
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  IN PROGRESS!  The LPO endorsed and participated in the signature drive to refer a sales tax passed by the legislature, and signed by the governor, to the voters of Oregon.  The signature drive was successful with 70,320 valid signatures submitted (58,789 were required).  The law, now referred to as Ballot Measure 101, will be put before the voters in a special election to be held on January 23, 2018.  The LPO will work with the sponsors of Ballot Measure 101 in conducting its own campaign to defeat this sales tax on health care.

PROJECT: The 2018 Oregon Legislative Session.  IN PROGRESS!  LPO leaders are putting together a lobbying group to be active in the 2018 so-called "short session."  The Democrats are expected to use the session to introduce new cap-and-trade taxes.  Ostensibly meant to fight climate change, such taxes will have no appreciable impact on the environment, will discourage investment and job creation, and is a thinly veiled attempt for government to get more of our money.  The LPO will fight this initiative.


PROJECT: The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session.  COMPLETED!  LPO members were active in the Salem legislature on a regular basis working on bills to establish Education Savings Accounts, advance the concept of fully informed juries, fight new tax increases and a variety of other topics.  LPO officers also worked with the Oregon Citizens' Lobby to support limited government legislation.


PROJECT: The 2016 Oregon Legislative Session.  COMPLETED! In this year's short 45 day session, the LPO maintained a consistent presence in Salem working and testifying in support of legislation designed to improve government transparency.  LPO vice-chair Tim Reeves worked on his own and with the Oregon Citizens' Lobby on a package of transparancy bills and election integrity.


PROJECT: The 2015 Oregon Legislative Session.  COMPLETED!  The LPO actively lobbied the legislature on several bills having a common theme of supporting individual privacy and choice.  Success was realized with respect to the following bills.


A.  "Right to Try" - HB2300.  SIGNED INTO LAW!  This new law enables terminally ill patients to access and use drugs not yet approved by the government for use.  You can read the new law by clicking HERE.  The LPO was recognized as a coalition partner working for HB2300's passage by Portland's Cascade Policy Institute and the bills primary sponsor, Mitch Greenlick (D).  The LPO's effort was endorsed supported by Gov. Gary Johnson's Our America Initiative. and the Tenth Amendment Center.


B.  Individual Right to Privacy - SJR17.  DID NOT PASS.  This was a bill introduced on behalf of the Libertarian Party.  It would have amended the Oregon Constitution to create an explicit right of individual privacy, modeled after a similar clause in the Montana State Constitution.  You can read and track the bill by clicking HERE.  With individual privacy eroding almost daily, this bill was intended to start a conversation about privacy, why we need it, what the limits of privacy are, and how we can to preserve it.  This part of the LPO's legislative agenda has also been endorsed as a project by Gov. Gary Johnson's Our America Initiative.


C.  Restricting Use of License Plate Readers - SB639.  DID NOT PASS.  This bill would have placed restrictions on the use of automatic license plate readers by by government agencies and police.  You can read about it HERE.  This bill passed out of one committee but died in another.


D.  Oregon Political Party Self-Sufficiency Act - SB707.  This final bill introduced on behalf of the LPO would have required that all political parties finance their own candidate selection process.  While it was never believed this bill would go anywhere (Republicans and Democrats like having their candidate selection subsidized!), it was thought that it the idea might be made viable as the Independent Party of Oregon achieved major party status and now gets to hold state-funded primary elections alongside the Republicans and Democrats.


PROJECT: LPO 2018 Annual Business Convention.  IN PROGRESS!  The LPO will hold its 2018 Annual Business Convention at the Red Lion Hotel at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  At the convention the LPO will elect members to its judicial committee, work on the state platform and conduct other party business.  Information about the convention and how to participate can be found near the top of this web page.


PROJECT: Building County Parties.  ONGOING!  The LPO is working to rebuild it's network of county parties.  County parties provide Libertarian voters and activists with venues for political activity where they live.  They make it possible for the Libertarian Party to have a true statewide presence while providing local activists with statewide reach and resources.  A vibrant network of county parties is key to providing support for Libertarian candidates and building party registration.


PROJECT: Building Party Registration.  ONGOING!  Simply engaging in political campaigns and other activities can inspire people to register Libertarian.  During 2017 the LPO will engage on a statewide media tour to promote the Libertarian Party, encourage voters to register Libertarian, and work with it's county organizations to build their profile through activities such as county fair booths.


Support "Operation Groundswell"!  It is a realistic and achievable way to build the LPO while achieving political success now.  Make a contribution to the LPO today!  Contributions made to the LPO quality for the Oregon Political Tax Credit ($50 per individual, $100 per joint filing).  To contribute to the LPO, just click the SUPPORT tab at the top of the page or JOIN THE LPO by clicking the BUY NOW button shown below.


LPO Members meet at Redmond's Eagle Crest Resort to hold their 2017 business convention.  Officers re-elected, bylaws amended, resolution passed.


   


Photos from the 2017 LPO Annual Business Convention. From left to right, photos of the convention in progress, good times at the reception held the night before, and a photo of the re-elected officers including Tim Reeves (Vice Chair), Ian Epstein (Chair), Greg Burnett (Treasurer), and Richard Burke (Secretary).


Overview.  The Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) held its 2017 Annual Business Convention at 9:00 a.m. on March 18th  at the Eagle Crest Resort outside of Redmond.  Delegates in attendance elected party officers, county representatives, considered amendments to its governing documents, and considered resolutions concerning bills currently working their way through the 2017 Oregon legislative session.

Elections.
  Ian Epstein, Tim Reeves, Richard Burke, and Greg Burnett were re-elected to their positions of state party chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer, respectively.  Natasha Burke and John Reeves were selected to represent Washington county on the executive committee.  Officers serve two-year terms.  County representatives serve one-year terms.

Bylaw Amendments.  A bylaw amendment proposal initially approved in 2015 was adopted which will assure that the LPO would not put itself in a position where it would be required to file reports with the Federal Elections Commission.  Two other housekeeping bylaw amendments were initially approved.  If also approved at the 2019 LPO Annual Business Convention they will be adopted (amendments to LPO governing bylaws must pass by two-thirds majorities at two consecutive Annual Business Conventions taking place in odd-numbered years).

Resolutions.  The body also endorsed Senate Bill 924, sponsored by Republican state senator Kim Thatcher, which would require judges to inform juries that they legally have the power to sit in judgment of laws in addition to whether or not defendants are guilty of violating those laws.

Moving Forward.  “This convention was good for party continuity moving forward,” said LPO Chair Ian Epstein.  “We are working hard to build party unity and become a more influential force in Oregon politics.”  The Libertarian Party of Oregon will now turn its full attention toward the 2017 legislative session in Salem, the May 16 local elections, building infrastructure capable of supporting campaigns, and preparing for the 2018 partisan election cycle.



Richard Burke Appointed to State Ethics Board


     

Richard P. Burke, current Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Oregon, has been appointed by governor Kate Brown (D) to serve a four­ year term as a commissioner on the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.  If you click on the right-hand graphics shown above, you can download the Commission's current "Guide for Public Officials" including a 2015 update.

Before taking a position on the Commission, Burke was vetted by the governor’s office, testified before the Senate Interim Committee on Rules and Executive Appointments, and was confirmed by the Oregon senate, dominated by state Democrats, by a 26­-0­-4 vote on Sept. 23, 2016.  With his confirmation, Burke becomes the first Libertarian to serve on the state ethics board.

It is the mission of the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to “impartially and effectively administer and enforce Oregon’s government ethics laws for the benefit of Oregon’s citizens.”  The Commission emphasizes education in achieving its mission.
 
Burke also currently serves as an elected commissioner for the Tualatin Valley Water District which serves over 250,000 residents in Portland’s western suburbs and corporate ratepayers such as Nike, Intel, Tektronics, Hewlett Packard, Reeser’s Fine Foods, and others.



September 11th Johnson for President Pizza Social Was a Blast!


   


Photos from the LPO's second annual pizza social.  The pizza made in the outdoor wood-fired oven was great, but the camaraderie was even better!  From Left to right, Scott Scrimshaw, Drew Layda, and Robert Rowe enjoying the day; Help us kick off the 2016 campaign season and show your support for Gary Johnson and other Libertarian candidates!


The significance of September 11th was not lost on the roughly 40 Libertarians who attended this party, and a moment of silence was observed in honor of all that was lost.  After that, the day was used to honor and celebrate the resilience of our nation and the freedoms we still enjoy to speak freely and engage in open political activity.  It was a beautiful late-summer day and Libertarians of all stripes and factions put aside their differences to come together in support of liberty, governor Gary Johnson, and his running mate governor Bill Weld.


LPO members Larry and Teresa Walton hosted the party at their home and offered homemade pizza cooked in his outdoor pizza stove along with soda and adult beverages.  Gary Johnson's Oregon campaign coordinator, Scott Scrimshaw, gave a fantastic pep talk after which he distributed Johnson campaign material for people to distribute where they live.


This was a fantastic morale-building event!  This was the second annual pizza party hosted by the Waltons for the LPO.  The Waltons have offered to hold these events annually, so watch this space so you can be a part of it next year!



LPO Members Represent Oregon at a Historic National Convention in Orlando where Delegates Nominate Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld!
 


From left to right, the Oregon delegation included Greg Burnett, Scott Scrimshaw, Tim Reeves and Richard Burke.  Scrimshaw is Gary Johnson's Oregon campaign chair for 2016.  Burke was Johnson's campaign chair in 2012.  Tim Reeves and Greg Burnett are the LPO's vice chair and treasurer, respectively.  The Oregon delegation participated in the selection of candidates for president and vice president, voted on platform and governance issues, voted for various national party leaders, and communicated with members of the media.


Despite threats by those currently controlling the Libertarian Party's ballot access in Oregon not to place the Johnson/Weld national ticket on the Oregon ballot unless their boycott of the Orlando convention was respected, Oregon Libertarians got full representation in Orlando.  While no delegation was officially seated from Oregon, all Oregon delegates were seated in the North Dakota delegation as part of a compromise and effectively functioned as the Oregon delegation under Oregon's state banner.


During the convention, the Oregon delegation networked with other Libertarian leaders from around the country, interviewed with CNN, Fox News, Reason magazine, and representatives from other media outlets.  Scrimshaw was featured in an article about the convention in Hood River's local newspaper.



March 2016  LPO Convention Features Presidential Debate!


   


From left to right: The promotional graphic for the LPO's Gary Johnson / Austin Petersen presidential debate in Hillsboro and Charles Pickens of the Washington LP who helped to promote the debate makes some announcements as Johnson and Petersen wait for the debate to start.


SUMMARY.  The LPO held it's annual business convention over the weekend of March 25-26 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Hillsboro.  The feature event of the weekend was a presidential debate held between governor Gary Johnson and Austin Petersen after a Friday night reception.  Earlier in the day both had high profile media appearances in the Portland area.  The debate itself was streamed live by three content providers.  About 75 people were present; standing room only.  The business session began at 9AM with presidential Austin Petersen observing.  Members to the LPO Judicial Committee were elected and other routine party business was conducted.




These are the headlines.  For more information about upcoming party activities and projects, click on the NEWS page of this website as shown at the top.



  
Join, Renew, or Reinstate Your LPO Membership!


Dues paying, or "regular" members of the LPO can serve in LPO leadership and may participate as a delegate at LPO Annual Business Conventions.  These members, through their dues, also support the LPO financially.  $50 per year.  If you are already an "Honorary Lifetime" LPO members, you do not need to pay dues.

By joining the LPO as a dues-paying or "regular" member in this way you subscribe to the following statement: "I hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose."

If you do not want to pay dues but are an Oregon voter registered with the Libertarian Party, you are already a "registered" member of the LPO and may participate in candidate nominating conventions as a voting member, a candidate for partisan public office, or both.


About Us

The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in America.  Hundreds of Libertarians have won election to partisan and non-partisan offices all over America including some in Oregon.  As a party supporting both fiscal responsibility and social tolerance, the Libertarian Party reflects the values of more and more of us.  It you think you might be a Libertarian, consider joining us today!

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The leadership of the LPO and the governing documents governing it's operation are in dispute.  The Libertarian National Committee, delegates assembled at the 2012 and 2014 Libertarian National Conventions, the national Libertarian Judicial Committee, and the Oregon LP Judicial Committee recognizes the leadership and governing documents associated with organization sponsoring this website.  The Oregon Secretary of State is barred from taking a position, and has for the moment defaulted to recognizing an alternate organization because it is supported by the most recent "Chair of Record."  This is being contested in a variety of venues and we expect the situation will be resolved soon.

More Ways to Get Involved

Become a Registered Libertarian Party voter!  There are over 15,804 registered Libertarian voters in Oregon.  You can become one if you are eligible to vote in Oregon.  Click HERE and follow the provided instructions to register or re-register online!

NOTE: Registered members of the LPO are eligible to participate in candidate nominating conventions and be nominated by the Libertarian Party to run for public partisan office in general elections.  There is no charge to become a registered member.

Find out if YOU are a Libertarian!
  Take this quiz to find out!  Just click HERE.

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Form or Become Active with an Affiliated County Party (ACP).  The LPO is in the process of organizing county organizations across Oregon.  We are working to build an active presence across the state, and ACPs will be key to that.

County organizations are great way for advancing the principles of limited government where people live, provide a base of support for Libertarians to run in winnable local elections, and coordinate activity on statewide issues.  Click HERE if you are interested!


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