The Republican Liberty Caucus of Nebraska played host to Governor Gary Johnson on Friday and Saturday, June 18 and 19th.
On Friday evening, a group of about 20 attended an informal pizza party (see photo, above) with the Governor where they learned more about Johnson’s views on a range of issues, with the greatest debate coming in the area of immigration.
Governor Johnson took a bit of a walking tour of Lincoln with a couple of RLC members, seeing Nebraska’s historic capitol building (built during the depression without borrowing any money), as well as a look around the Haymarket area of downtown Lincoln, and a quick tour of the University of Nebraska campus. (UNL has just signed an agreement to become a part of the Big 10 Conference in 2011.)
Upon returning to the hotel, Governor Johnson took in a bit of the “Nebraska Liberty Summit”, being hosted by the Nebraska RLC, and consisting of leaders from the RLC, Grassroots in Nebraska, 912 groups, Minutemen Patriots, Campaign for Liberty, and others. The goal of the summit was to discuss ways that groups might work together in upcoming legislative sessions.
Following the summit, a reception/fundraiser was held, with 65 who bought $35 tickets to have a bite and a chance to talk with Governor Johnson. Another 10 or so came for Governor Johnson’s speech alone. Folks hung out for an hour or so afterwards, continuing conversations with Governor Johnson and others, and enjoying some evening snacks.
The RLCNE convention was held immediately prior to the Liberty Summit, with 20 members present. Elections of Officers and Directors for the ensuing two years was held, with the following elected to office until 2012:
Laura Ebke, Chair
Jon Tucker, Vice Chair
Amy Haberman, Secretary
Ron Schwab, Treasurer
Zach Dean, Director
Brian Petermann, Director
Mike Schwab, Director
Nick Sulser, Director
Officers and Directors of the Nebraska RLC come from seven different communities, and six different counties — both urban and rural — stretching from the far northwestern corner of the state to the eastern edge.