FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2011
REPUBLICAN LIBERTY CAUCUS WILL HOST NATIONAL CONVENTION IN ARLINGTON, VA: Convention Will Mark Twenty Years of Organization and Will Be Largest Gathering of Liberty-Minded Republicans in the Country
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – On Saturday, February 12 at the Hilton Hotel-Ballston in Arlington, the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) will host its biennial Convention. The Convention will mark 20 years of the Republican Liberty Caucus, which was founded in 1991 to advance libertarian ideas in the Republican Party. The keynote speakers at the Convention will include David Boaz of the Cato Institute, Congressman Justin Amash from Michigan, financial analyst Peter Schiff, former New Mexico Governor Gary E. Johnson, and Georgetown University Professor of Law Randy E. Barnett.
Republican Liberty Caucus Convention Delegates from over 30 states will be in attendance, including many local or state officers from RLC chapters throughout the nation. The over 100 attendees will participate in panel discussions, hear remarks from liberty-minded elected officials, and learn training from experts in communications and campaigns. The Convention will also include a business meeting at which new officers will be elected and organizational bylaws will be revised.
The banquet luncheon will feature a presentation from Professor Randy Barnett entitled “Rediscovering the Libertarian Roots of the Republican Party” and the banquet dinner will explore how former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson implemented libertarian principles while serving as the Republican Governor from 1994 to 2003.
Every two years since 1991, the Republican Liberty Caucus has hosted its National Convention. This year marks the first time the Convention has returned to the DC area since 1996. Interested parties may learn more about the Convention at http://www.rlc.org/2011-national-convention/. A full agenda is below.
The Republican Liberty Caucus is a nationwide grassroots organization which promotes individual liberty and limited government within the Republican Party. You can find more information about the Republican Liberty Caucus at www.rlc.org.
Saturday, February 12
8:30 to 9am: Convention Registration and Booth Setup (2nd floor of the hotel)
9am: Welcome to the Convention!
….Introduction and Welcome – Dave Nalle and Aaron Biterman
….Recognition of Convention Sponsors (Become a sponsor!)
….Update on Virginia Health Care Lawsuit from Rich Nilsen
9:10 to 9:45am: “Introduction to Libertarian Ideas” with David Boaz of The Cato Institute
9:45 to 10:25am: “Tea Parties and the Ron Paul Revolution”
….Panel with Ron Paul 2008’s Joe Seehusen, former candidate Dr. Murray Sabrin, columnist Todd Seavey, and Roanoke Tea Party President Chip Tarbutton
10:25 to 10:30am: Break
10:30 to 11:25am: Breakout Sessions** on Changing the Direction of the Republican Party
….Session 1: “Building Your RLC Chapter and How To Change the Republican Party”
……….Panel with Laura Ebke of the Nebraska RLC, Cindy Jones, and Lois Kaneshiki of the Pennsylvania Precinct Project
….Session 2: “Thoughts from Elected Liberty Republicans”
……….Panel with former OH State Rep. Jamie Callender, NYC Councilman Dan Halloran, and former WI Rep. Terri McCormick
11:30am to 12noon: “Effectively Communicating Our Liberty Message”
….Presentation by Christopher Doss, The Leadership Institute
12noon to 12:20pm: Congressman Justin Amash
12:20 to 1pm: Presentation by Professor Randy Barnett: “Rediscovering the Libertarian Roots of the Republican Party”
1:05 to 2:00pm: Breakout Sessions** on War and the Health of the State
….Session 1: “War, the State, and You: Debating Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties”
……….Panel with Dr. Cliff Thies, John Dennis, and Will Haun of the Young Conservatives Coalition
….Session 2: “Topics in Liberty: Privacy and the War on Drugs”
……….Panel with the Marijuana Policy Project’s Rob Kampia, former Md. Delegate Don Murphy, and former NC Congressional candidates Dr. Dan Eichenbaum and Nathan Tabor
2:05 to 3pm: Breakout Sessions** on Campaigns and Political Reforms
….Session 1: “Electoral & Constitutional Reforms: What Should We Support?”
……….Panel with Paul Jacob, Citizens in Charge; Philip Blumel, U.S. Term Limits; and Bill Redpath, Libertarian Party
….Session 2: “How to Run a Winning Campaign”
……….Presentation/Seminar with Vic Berardelli, “The Politics Guy”
3 to 3:15pm: Break
3:15 to 5pm: Convention Business
….“Parliamentary Procedure” – Presentation by Louis William Rose
….Officer, Bylaws Committee, Credentials Committee Reports
….Nominations for National Committee
….Bylaws and Statement of Principles Revisions
….State Chapter Reports
5:00 to 5:20pm: Candidate Lightning Round (or Convention Business extended)
….Elected officials and current/past candidates may introduce themselves.
6:30pm: Dinner Check-in
7 to 9pm: Dinner Program
….7pm to 7:30pm: Welcoming Remarks / Dinner
….7:30pm-7:45pm: “Celebrating 20 Years” Video Montage with Laura Crockett
….7:45pm-7:55pm: Clifford Thies, Ph.D.
….7:55-8:15pm: Peter Schiff
….8:15pm-8:45pm: Special Address from Governor Gary E. Johnson
….8:45pm-8:55pm: RLC Awards Presentation
….8:55-9pm: Departing Remarks