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“Let Freedom Ring”
The Official Newsletter of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico September 2010 http://lpnm.us Notes from the Editor
by Mike Blessing [ email@example.com / mikewb1971.xanga.com ]
Table of Contents
Page 1 Libertarian Media from New Mexico Notes from the Editor by Mike Blessing The Unanimous Consent Challenge Page 2 Events at a Glance The LPNM's Candidates Other Groups to Network With, and Their Events Page 3 Extend government transparency to New Mexico schools by Paul Gessing, Rio Grande Foundation As the Melting Pot Melts by Becky Akers The Friends of the “Free Market” Are Its Worst Enemies, by Kevin Carson Contacts / Internet Resources Administrivia The Unanimous Consent Challenge Page 8 Enrollment / Renewal Form
Do-Or-Die Time for the LPNM OK, folks, this is it. Due to extenuating circumstances, the LPNM is at a point where we have to choose between the organization's continued existence, and going on our merry ways. If we choose to continue the LPNM's existence as the LPNM, we need substantial donations, and we need them immediately. Please send whatever you can to the LPNM mailing address listed on page 8 of this issue [ LPNM c/o Ron Bjornstad, 918 Ivory Rd SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124 ]. Special Convention – Sunday, 12 September 2010 Speaking of do-or-die time for the LPNM, we will be having a Special State Convention on Sunday, 12 September at the same Quarters BBQ where we had our regular Convention back in April of this year. See Page 2 for details about the time and directions. What will we be covering in this special Convention? Simple – we will be discussing the continued existence of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico.
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Libertarian Media from New Mexico (not necessarily endorsed by LPNM) The Weekly Sedition – Thursdays at 8 PM (July – August – September 2010) kcufmedia.xanga.com Adam vs. The Man Monday – Friday, 3-4 PM on 1550 KIVA-AM adamvstheman.com / 1550kiva.com Hemp TV – Tuesdays at 7PM myspace.com/nmhemptv The One Party State – Wednesdays at 11PM Contact Lance Klafeta [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] for details Reeferhead – Saturdays at 6PM myspace.com/reeferheadtv The Fringe Element thefringeelement.net / postpubco.com
New Mexico Liberty – September 2010 – Page 1
Events at a Glance
Bernalillo County – The BCLP stages one no-host dinner meeting per month, on Thursday, 2 September, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Fiesta's Restaurant & Lounge (Carlisle & Montogomery NE). Contact Mike Blessing for details [ email@example.com / 505-515-7015 ], or see the BCLP website – lpnm.us/bernalillo. Mike Blessing and Bill Koehler host The Weekly Sedition on Thursdays at 8 PM on Albuquerque Comcast Channel 27. For those not subscribed to ABQ Comcast, the show can be viewed live at the Channel 27 website (NOTE – this requires MS Windows Media Player!) [ quote-unquote.org ]. Dona Ana County – The Central Committee met on Saturday, 14 August 2010. Please contact the chair or check the LPDAC website for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org / 575-571-6881 / lpnm.us/dona-ana. If you live in a county with an inactive affiliate and want to get involved, contact the county chair. See Page 7 for a list of county chairs, campus contacts and Central Committee members.
Other Groups to Network With
Wednesday, 15 September, 5-7 PM: The Rio Grande Foundation hosts Liberty on the Rocks in Santa Fe at the Rio Chama Steakhouse. See this page for details – tinyurl.com/2cmf4gb. Wednesday, 15 September, 5-7 PM: The Rio Grande Foundation hosts Liberty on the Rocks in Farmington at the St. Clair Winery – 5150 East Main Street – in the San Juan Room. See this page for details – tinyurl.com/29gmw9o. Thursday, 16 September, 5-7 PM: The Rio Grande Foundation hosts Liberty on the Rocks in Albuquerque at the Chama River Brewing Company. For details, see this page – tinyurl.com/2esszae. Tuesday, 24 September, 5-7 PM: The Rio Grande Foundation hosts Liberty on the Rocks in Las Cruces. The location has changed from the Cattle Baron Steak & Seafood Restaurant to a private residence. For details, see this page – tinyurl.com/2b4oy8w. The New Mexico Patriot Alliance 2010 Fall Summit The New Mexico Patriot Alliance's mission is to support Patriot Preparedness, Education and Action, and Patriot group interaction throughout New Mexico in order to restore Constitutional governance to New Mexico and the United States. Fall Summit Schedule Friday Evening, 15 October – Speech by Michael Badnarik, free and open to the public – donations gratefully accepted. Saturday, 16 October – Michael Badnarik's famous Constitution Class. See tinyurl.com/28j9qlt for registration details, including costs. Facebook page – tinyurl.com/2fref7k Myspace pages – tinyurl.com/2ac6hto / tinyurl.com/25u6ekn New Mexico Liberty page – tinyurl.com/2b6wo7z +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Special Convention – Sunday, 12 September 2010 Lunch at 12:00 PM, Business Session from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. All Caucus members are requested to attend. County Chairs and Contacts and candidates are encouraged to attend! Location – Quarters BBQ at 3700 Ellison NW in Albuquerque – see tinyurl.com/27rhyrn for map and directions. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The LPNM's Candidates
State Representative, District 16 Mike Blessing – mike4nmh16-2010.blogspot.com State Representative, District 19 Mark Curtis – email@example.com +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT CHALLENGE CASH Ø10,000 PRIZE
To the first person to write a logical and documented essay showing one of the following to be compatible with the Declaration of Independence: Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890 Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 Federal Communications Act of 1934 National Firearms Act of 1934 Banking Act of 1935 The Internal Revenue Code Controlled Substances Act of 1970 RICO Act of 1970 Federal Elections Act of 1970 Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 Plumbing Products Efficiency Act of 1992 Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1992 USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 This challenge is also on the web at tinyurl.com/hn982 To claim your prize, contact Mike Blessing at 505-515-7015 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Law by Frederic Bastiat See these pages – bastiat.org/en/the_law.html jpfo.org/articles-assd/bastiat-the-law.htm Also in PDF form – jpfo.org/pdf02/bastiat-thelaw-2008.pdf
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “If you're not a little bit uncomfortable with your position, it isn't radical enough. How can you be too principled? Take the most extreme position you can – you're claiming territory you won't have to fight for later, mostly against your "allies." – L. Neil Smith, Tactical Reflections lneilsmith.com/tactical.html
New Mexico Liberty – September 2010 – Page 2
Liberty, Opportunity, Prosperity
Extend government transparency to New Mexico schools
by Paul Gessing [ email@example.com ] 1 September 2010 tinyurl.com/28vaznz In recent years, there has been a big push for transparency in government throughout New Mexico. The Rio Grande Foundation and the Foundation for Open Government, along with a large and bi-partisan group of legislators, have generated some major successes. This initiative has been driven in part by new technologies that make information more accessible to the average citizen and easier for governments to disseminate. It has gathered particular support in New Mexico because of rampant corruption and the realization that "sunshine is the best disinfectant." So, coming in July 2011, New Mexicans will have access to a brand new "Sunshine Portal" that will create a publicly accessible, online database of financial information from government agencies in New Mexico. The database will include the names and salaries of exempt employees (but not the names of classified employees) and will allow average citizens to scrutinize the state's checkbook in an easy-to-navigate, online format. That is not all. In 2010, the New Mexico House finally joined the New Mexico Senate and the rest of the country in posting its floor votes online; the legislature began webcasting floor proceedings; and just recently the legislative council decided to start webcasting legislative interim committee meetings. Great progress has been made. But, as the foundation put together its new public website www.newmexicospending.com which is designed to further enhance open government and citizen engagement in determining how their scarce dollars are spent, we discovered that government-run, taxpayerfinanced school district bureaucrats are often unwilling to part with supposedly public information. Even if they are willing to part with the information, they often demand exorbitant amounts of money even for electronic documents. First and foremost, the specifics of our requests: these included payroll and vendor information for the last three years. The idea is that this is all taxpayer money and that taxpayers should have specific information on how their money is being used. Also, there is the opportunity - once this information is public across several school districts for some comparison and for districts to learn from each other to wring out further efficiency. While Roswell, Hobbs, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Clovis, and Farmington were relatively cooperative and their information has been uploaded to our site, Santa Fe and Rio Rancho were inconsistent. At times they cooperated by providing needed information, but at other times they demanded upwards of $1,200 for relevant public information.
Worse still were Albuquerque Public Schools and Las Cruces Public Schools which refused to part with any information at all. Mind you, this is all public information. But, tactics included not returning phone calls and corresponding only via U.S. mail as opposed to via telephone or e-mail. Ultimately, we were unable to obtain any information from either district. (Editor's note: Salaries for Las Cruces Public Schools employees can be found at lcsun-news.com) Thus, taxpayers in New Mexico's two largest school districts will continue to be left in the dark about the specifics of how their money is spent. The good news is that our efforts to shed some light on the way school districts spend your money has captured the interest of a bi-partisan group of legislators who are now considering legislation adding school district salary and vendor transaction information to the Sunshine Portal. Instead of being a burden on the districts, greater transparency could actually be an important step toward greater efficiency. This is more important than ever as New Mexico continues to struggle with budget cutbacks. Hopefully the recalcitrant districts will not pose an obstacle to legislative reform efforts, but I expect push-back if they maintain their current, uncooperative stance. Citizens should be empowered and we encourage those who live in districts that have willingly released information to thank them for doing so. For those living in recalcitrant districts, I hope you'll let them know that you expect greater transparency and openness. Paul Gessing is the President of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. The Rio Grande Foundation is an independent, non-partisan, tax-exempt research and educational organization dedicated to promoting prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility.
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As the Melting Pot Melts
by Becky Akers [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] 23 August 2010 – lewrockwell.com/akers/akers131.html Seems the American Empire is imploding. History, morality, and our nagging dyspepsia all predicted it, but still, it’s not a pretty picture. Leviathan at the best of times is treacherous as a courtroom full of ex-spouses; now, wounded and cornered, the beast is even more dangerous. It behooves those who can to flee its death throes, just as countless victims across time and around the world have fled crumbling tyrannies – or tried to. Unfortunately, emigration from the US makes you an immigrant elsewhere. Yeah, I know: what an insult. Has any threat appalled us more than the aliens and illegals thronging our shores? While our politicians, media moguls, and labor unions preached freedom, thrift, and hard work, the wetbacks undermined it all. Indeed, we can blame the Empire’s disintegration directly on their insidious influence. Everyone knows they flock here not to escape poverty and persecution but for a hand-out courtesy of us taxpayers. Worse, the lazy bums can’t even bother learning English before exploiting our freebies. No wonder concerned Americans refer to this influx as an "invasion" and insist the Armed Forces should respond. You may deem it overkill, so to speak, to march a battalion with its M16 assault rifles, grenade launchers, M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) light machine-guns, snipers, and Bradley Fighting Vehicles after families of migrant workers, but that only proves you don’t appreciate the threat three little kids and their exhausted parents pose to our dying democracy. Nor are American patriots alone in their xenophobia; jingoists overseas will likely despise émigrés from the US as invaders, too. Ergo, I offer the following tips. They should help you avoid, or at least minimize, the opprobrium adhering to the label "immigrant." As with most endeavors, preparation is essential. So is keeping one’s head in an emergency. It may be that as Our Rulers continue to lose their grip, civil war convulses the country and even kills some of your family. Or China might call our debt while their tanks roll down Times Square instead of Tiananmen Square. Perhaps Providence, so patient this last century, will finally send a couple of tsunamis to flood our east and west coasts. If so, sit tight. Remember the desperate refugees who sought sanctuary here under similar circumstances, and how rigorously Immigration Control and Enforcement – ICE, appropriately enough – guarded us against such riffraff. Why, I’ll bet ICEy bureaucrats protected us from thousands of Cubans alone, not to mention the millions from other nations hoping to inflict cute restaurants with cheap prices on us. You should expect no less from foreign countries’ stalwart defenders. In fact, whatever disaster overtakes you and your kids, never wail, "We’re gonna die if we don’t get outa here!" Instead, think, "Paperwork!" Recall how irritated you were when Mexicans figured they could just waltz across our borders without so much as a birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, medical records, proof of employment, insurance card, and tax forms, in triplicate, signed and dated, just because some warlord was shooting up their hovels and killing a kid now and again. I mean, they – and you – have other children to replace the dead ones, right? So practice the courtesy you had hoped to receive. Take the weeks or months necessary to assemble your paperwork and then flee the rampaging soldiers, gangs, warlords, or natural disaster. Otherwise, you’re even worse than an immigrant: you’re an illegal immigrant. That odious criminal so enraged Americans that they embraced every totalitarian tactic politicians devised to repel him: walls to beat Berlin’s on the borders, national IDs, workplace raids, etc. Sans papers, you’ll no doubt horrify your new compatriots to the same extent. Do yourself a favor: dodge the bullets, floodwaters, or whatever and collect your documents before emigrating.
Second, learn to pick fruit and scrub toilets. "But I’m a doctor/engineer/teacher/technician!" you’re protesting – though certainly you’re not serious. The Ideal Immigrant never swipes a job from some worthy citizen in his new home. He realizes that’s no way to ingratiate himself with neighbors deigning to tolerate him. Rather, since he now exists for the benefit of his adopted country, he’ll work long hours for low pay at jobs so onerous no native wants them. The Ideal Immigrant also resists the urge to rant that even newcomers are men and therefore endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including that of living and working where and how they please. This bizarre belief may have flourished in the eighteenth century, but liberty’s immutable principles have changed since then. Enlightened moderns understand it’s tidier to trust a country’s composition to bureaucratic whim rather than the decisions of millions of individuals. Not to mention how foreigners endanger a nation’s ideology when they espouse opinions contrary to its government. Fortunately, Our Rulers bar such disloyal folks lest they confuse good, red-blooded Americans. Which brings us to the third point: if your chosen destination has a constitution, don’t believe anything it says – or doesn’t say – about immigration. After all, the US Constitution nowhere authorizes the Feds to control anyone’s comings and goings. Thank God for the Supreme Court: it rescued us from such parlous anarchy by inventing a governmental "interest" in immigration during the 1870’s. But for the Court, Leviathan might never have gained the right to dictate who could live where. Nor did Americans protest this gross violation of the Constitution and natural law. Perhaps they were too relieved that the State was saving their jobs from Chinese immigrants out West. Imagine the Chinks’ cheek, risking their lives to sail the Pacific for work Americans would have performed at higher wages. Look for your host country to abuse its foundational law with equal insouciance. You may be tempted to select a nation with a Christian heritage as your new abode since the Bible commands hospitality to strangers. Indeed, it lumps newcomers with widows and orphans as folks with a special place in the Almighty’s heart while promising His judgment on those who oppress them. And as if that weren’t enough, there’s the Golden Rule: Christians are to do unto others, including foreigners, as they want others to do unto them. Alas, American Christians may well be the world’s humblest. They positively relish abasement, given the huge helpings they allow the State to dish out to immigrants. Clearly, they hope others will suspect them of terrorism and abuse them accordingly. And if, as some predict, our expiring Leviathan begins "breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord," we Christians must simply endure, just as we figured our brethren overseas could when their governments outlawed the faith. Did we object when the Feds piled barrier on barrier for the weakened, mangled, persecuted Church to leap when seeking asylum here? Or did we nod as our pastors preached subjection to those in authority? Expect no safer haven from the Church militant, for we serve a just God. The Psalmist proclaims, "The LORD watches over the alien . . ." God help us if He now demands an eye for an eye. Becky Akers writes primarily about the American Revolution. Copyright © 2010 by LewRockwell.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.
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The Friends of the “Free Market” Are Its Worst Enemies
by Kevin Carson 27 August 2010 – c4ss.org/content/3794 In the introduction to Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman complained of the perversion of the word “liberalism,” which early in the 20th century underwent a shift in meaning from a philosophy favoring free markets and individual liberty to a philsophy favoring government intervention to guarantee individual security. He quoted Joseph Schumpeter’s statement that the enemies of the system of free enterprise had appropriated its label. This is true in a sense which Friedman perhaps did not intend. Most people who call themselves “liberal” these days are, indeed, hardly friends of free enterprise. But if Friedman meant to imply that liberal Democrats are uniquely hostile to free markets, among political movements in the American mainstream, he was mistaken. In fact, any time you hear a politician on C-SPAN or a wonk on one of the talking head shows praise “our free enterprise system” or “our free market system,” you can be morally certain the words are being spoken by an enemy of free enterprise and free markets. The people who talk most about “free enterprise” and “free markets” in American political discourse, far from actually favoring those things, have appropriated the label “free enterprise” for their system of corporate welfare, corporate protectionism, and crony capitalism. Quite frankly, I’m thoroughly sick of seeing right-wing Republicans referred to as “free market fundamentalists” by people like Thomas Frank. I’m sick of seeing “free market” treated, on the Left, as synonymous with a modernized version of Robber Baron capitalism. But it’s hard to blame them for this, considering that about the only people you see praising “the free market” in the mainstream media are, well, Robber Barons. It’s a shame they’ve managed to get away with it. I have a more respect for those who, no matter how morally odious, at least are honest enough to admit where the interests of the corporate piggies at the trough really lie when it comes to free markets. The private sentiments of the so-called friends of “free enterprise” – people like Dick Cheney, Tom Delay, and Dick Armey – are probably more honestly represented by former Archer Daniels Midland CEO Dwayne Andreas: “The competitor is our friend and the customer is our enemy.” “The only place you see a free market is in the speeches of politicians.” Tom Friedman, the foremost defender of corporate globalization, knows exactly what the system really requires:
“For globalism to work, American can’t be afraid to act like the almighty superpower that it is. The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the U.S. Air Force F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies to flourish is called the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.” But then, I like the cheerfully sociopathic Blago unknowingly recorded on the phone (“effing golden”) a lot better than the guy on the talking head shows who lifts his eyes heavenward and compares himself to Gandhi and Mother Theresa. At least with people like Andreas and Friedman, you know what you’re dealing with. No hokum about “free enterprise.” Just flaming death from the skies for anybody who fails to ratify the Uruguay Round TRIPS accord or stops using the dollar as a reserve currency. If you want a living illustration of the moral cancer at the heart of what passes for “free market” advocacy, just look at Dick Cheney saying “the government never made anyone rich” – while Halliburton/KBR gobbles down slop by the bucketfull. It’s no wonder “free enterprise” and “free markets” have fallen into such ill repute among broad sections of the American public. You can thank their most vocal defenders. If “free markets” meant what the folks at FreedomWorks and AEI meant by them, I’d hate them too. Fortunately, though, they don’t. Free markets – genuine free markets, without subsidies or protections for big business – are the enemies of corporate power. But you’ll never see anyone saying that on CNBC or the Wall Street Journal editorial page. C4SS Research Associate Kevin Carson is a contemporary mutualist author and individualist anarchist whose written work includes Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, Organization Theory: An Individualist Anarchist Perspective, and The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto, all of which are freely available online. Carson has also written for such print publications as The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty and a variety of internet-based journals and blogs, including Just Things, The Art of the Possible, the P2P Foundation and his own Mutualist Blog.
"If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured - They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both;" – 18 USC 241, http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/241.html New Mexico Liberty – September 2010 – Page 5
by Mike Blessing, Editor If you have news, interesting stories, op-ed pieces, a letter to the editor, or timely information that you think belongs in the newsletter, please send it along. I can be contacted at 505-515-7015, or just send it to email address email@example.com. When sending your submission as an MS Word (or Open Office Text) file, send it single-spaced in 9-pt Arial – like this is. Margins should be quarter-inch (0.25”) around, with no headers or footers. If you send it in a text-only format, make it clear to me if you want anything in bold type, underlined, in italics, struckthrough, different colors, etc. I’m not telepathic here, so help me out. And NO Wordperfect files – I can't open those. Graphics (pictures, cartoons, etc.) – send the highest quality graphics you can – email them to me at the address above, and I’ll do what I can to get them in the next issue. In particular, what I want are pictures of YOU the LPNM members, either at LPNMsponsored events or at other peoples' events. Submission deadline for each issue – midnight, third Tuesday of the month. Articles As for writing your article, It should be concise (no longer than a full page) and topical. A bit of humor helps, especially for op-ed pieces. What I'm really looking for in the way of articles is what's going on in the LPNM – what YOU the membership are up to in spreading the message. For example, an article about the stupidity, insanity and evil of the UN might get put in, depending on available space and the quality of the article. A group of LPNM members counter-protesting the raising of a UN flag by the city council WILL get put in, and probably will get first priority. Editorial Viewpoint The basis for libertarian thought is the Zero Aggression Principle [ZAP] – A libertarian is someone who believes that no human being has the right – under any circumstances – to initiate force against another human being, nor to threaten, incite or delegate its initiation. New Mexico Liberty holds that Libertarian candidates, officeholders or appointed spokespersons at all levels of government or the Party should refrain from advocating new or more restrictive laws, new or more expensive spending programs, or new or higher taxes. To paraphrase from the medical profession, “First, do no harm.” Submissions Policy The editor reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. The editor will most often be willing to explain any such reasons. Appeals of the editor's refusal to post an advertisement, article, letter to editor, or anything else can be made to the LPNM's State Chair, Central Committee and/or Judicial Council. Copyright Copyright © 2003 – Present, Libertarian Party of New Mexico. All rights reserved. Permission is explicitly granted for subscribers to recopy New Mexico Liberty for non-commercial purposes, specifically as use as an outreach tool, provided that New Mexico Liberty is copied in its entirety. Use your imagination here.
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LPNM Central Committee
Chair Jay Vandersloot – 505-362-1733 / firstname.lastname@example.org Vice Chair Elisheva Levin – 505-286-1387 / email@example.com Secretary Siebert Ickler – 575-541-9079 / firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer Michael Simpson – 505-999-9954 / email@example.com District 1 Representative Bob Finch – 765-412-2374 / firstname.lastname@example.org District 2 Representative VACANT District 3 Representative Mike Moss – 505-564-4905 / email@example.com At-Large Representative, Seat A Allen Cogbill – 505-662-7833 / firstname.lastname@example.org At-Large Representative, Seat B VACANT At-Large Representative, Seat C Mike Blessing – 505-515-7015 / email@example.com At-Large Representative, Seat D Ron Bjornstad – 505-891-4541 / firstname.lastname@example.org At-Large Representative, Seat E VACANT Membership Coordinator Ron Bjornstad – 505-288-4228 / email@example.com Press Secretary Bill Koehler – 505-264-0835 / firstname.lastname@example.org Media Director Bob Finch – 765-412-2374 / email@example.com
Bernalillo – lpnm.us/bernalillo Mike Blessing – 505-515-7015 / firstname.lastname@example.org Colfax Richard Moore – 575-377-6849 / email@example.com Dona Ana – lpnm.us/dona-ana John Ennis – 575-571-6881 / firstname.lastname@example.org Lea Christina Groth – 575-397-9366 Lincoln Richard Obergfell – 575-378-8025 / email@example.com Los Alamos Allen Cogbill – 505-662-7833 / firstname.lastname@example.org Luna Marilyn Steffen – 575-936-6843 / email@example.com Otero – lpnm.us/otero Gilberto Heredia – 575-439-8234 / firstname.lastname@example.org Roosevelt Ken Sanders – 505-749-2085 San Juan – sjclp.org Gary Wood – email@example.com Sandoval Ron Bjornstad – 505-288-4228 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Committee (2) District 2 Representative At-Large Representative, Seat E County Contacts (22) Catron / Chaves / Cibola / Curry / De Baca Eddy / Grant / Guadalupe / Harding / Hidalgo McKinley / Mora / Quay / Rio Arriba / San Miguel / Santa Fe Sierra / Socorro / Taos / Torrance / Union / Valencia College Contacts (3) Eastern New Mexico University (Portales) New Mexico State University (Las Cruces) New Mexico Tech (Socorro) University of New Mexico (Various Campuses) Western New Mexico University (Silver City) Contact the state chair if you're interested in filling a slot. If you don't, who will?
Central New Mexico Community College [CNM] groups.myspace.com/cnmlibertarians Mike Blessing – 505-515-7015 / email@example.com
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Libertarian National Committee
For the full list, see this page – lp.org/leadership Region 4 Representative Norman Olsen – 303-277-9967 / Norman.Olsen@lp.org Region 4 Alternate Don Wills – Don.Wills@lp.org
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