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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:30 AM

Musings on day 2 of early votin

Got a few messages yesterday from some of the good souls who voted for me. 

I can't tell you how good it makes me feel that there are people willing to leave the status quo and vote for a third party.... whether it be all across the board, or only for down ballot positions.

Every step towards liberty is an important one! 

No matter the outcome of my and other candidates' races, we will have let the public know that Libertarians are here, we're working hard to be heard, and are standing for liberty and justice for ALL.

 


Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:26 AM

Early Voting locations Ellis County

http://www.co.ellis.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/11929/Early-Voting-and-Election-Day-Locations-11-03-2020?bidId=


Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:22 AM

Early voting locations for Navarro County

http://www.co.navarro.tx.us/upload/page/4292/docs/Elections/2020/VR%20NOVEMBER%203%20Early%20Voting%20Info%20200814.pdf


Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:12 AM

Navarro County Voter Guide; Early voting starts October 13th!

https://www.corsicanadailysun.com/news/political-candidate-profiles/article_c0add2a0-0cca-11eb-af24-4f3a21dc3b8f.html


Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:50 AM

Texas KERA Elevator project link

I was invited to participate in this. Not a good video, as I was using laptop and poor lighting. 

Will definitely try to improve if I do anything like this again. Important thing is that some L candidates were featured here.

(having some problems getting a live link to copy here. Hope this one works.) 

 https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/elevator-pitch-tx/?fbclid=IwAR2rPVyza9p_kFzTR9X3fyRbqe8RvIMj05kG6CedqiZShR7LQwczVnloCfw#kera


Friday, August 14, 2020 4:29 AM

Let Her Speak Protest Convoys

Let Her Speak convoy protests were held all over the country in multiple states on Saturday, August 8th.

Navarro County co chair participated with Montgomery county in the Woodlands.

 

More are planned! Stay tuned! 

 


Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:10 AM

State Convention 2020 update

The Libertarian Party of Texas held their State convention in Big Spring August 1rst and 2d.

There were over 100 seated delegates and alternates present, and between 50-70 online.

Navarro County had it's full allotment of delegates present at the convention, with one alternate.

 

The convention was presided over by LPTexas State Chair, John Wilford.

 

After working out a few initial glitches,online delegates were fully able to participate in convention business.

 

Kerry Douglas McKennon was nominated for US Senate, running against John Cornyn's seat in November.

 

New State leadership was elected:

Whitney Bilyeu, State Party Chair

Bekah Congdon, Vice Chair

Kath Prather, State Treasurer

Stephanie Weiss, State Secretary.

 

Tommy Attaway of Johnson County and Paul Keefer of Ellis county were elected State Libertarian Executive Committee representatives for Senate District 22.

 

Changes were made to the State platform and rules.

 

The Convention adjourned on Sunday, then the newly elected State Libertarian Executive Committee held a meeting immediately after.

 

Many thanks to the Mayor of Big Spring, Shannon Thomason, for inviting the LP of Texas to hold it's convention there, and being a gracious host.

 


Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:43 PM

Let Her Speak Protest Convoys planned August 8th

Protest convoys are planned in various parts of the country to get Dr Jo on the Presidential debate stage. 

Register To Host A Convoy HERE: Let-Her-Speak.org

Here is the video commercial for the event: https://youtu.be/2ZzAX9Uzrak

Here’s an interactive map that will show all the convoys happening around the country: https://j.mp/3emr0nu

Navarro County will be joining Montgomery county on Saturday, in the Woodlands 

If you can't join a convoy, decorate your car and drive around! 

More to come... 


Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:28 PM

LP Texas 2020 newly elected state officers!

Image may contain: text that says 'Tweet Libertarian Party of Texas @LPTexas LPTexas convention update: these 4 ladies of liberty have been elected as our officers for the 2020-2021 term. Chair: Whitney Bilyeu Vice Chair: Bekah Congdon Treasurer: Kate Prather Secretary: Stephanie Weiss Congratulations! 12:30 PM 8/2/20 Twitter for iPhone'


Sunday, August 2, 2020 8:33 PM

State Convention stats for Navarro County

Proud that we had our full contingent of delegates and one alternate on both days!
DELEGATES:
David Adams
Ed Adams, state candidate for HD 8
Mike Black,  co-chair
Melanie Black, county chair and candidate for US House of Representatives, congressional district Russell Kanning, voting member and alternate delegate

#keepgrowing
#Libertarianlife
#Navarrocountyactive

 

Melanie Black was elected convention chair for our delegation on August 1rst. 

Day 2, Senate District Caucuses were held.

Thanks to Russell Kanning for being our district caucus chair while we chose our SLEC members.

Thanks to Mr Reeves who was our secretary.  And I'm very thankful to Mr Attaway, who is well acquainted with this process and helped us (me) fumble our way through it! 
Congratulations to Tommy Attaway from Johnson County and Paul Keefer from Ellis County as our State Libertarian Executive Committee reps! 

 


Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:55 AM

Rallies to Let Dr Jo Jorgenson Speak planned Nationwide

 


Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:39 AM

In Person State Convention moved to Big Spring!

 

 

Due to the unforeseeable situation in Hidalgo County, the in-person convention planned for McAllen has had to be cancelled by the city. SO we are moving things to Big Spring, TX.

Business Meeting Location
Big Spring Municipal Auditorium
310 E 3rd St.
Big, Spring, TX 79720

Host Hotel
The Hotel Settles
200 E 3rd St.
Big, Spring, TX 79720

Hotel Accommodations
The Hotel Settles
$169/night
Call to make reservations. Their site is experiencing glitches.
Phone: (432) 267-7500

Towneplace Suites by Marriott
$99/night
1011 N San Antonio St, Big Spring, TX 79720
Phone: (432) 606-5166

Business:
Registration Friday 1pm - 5pm
Registration Saturday 7:30am
Saturday Business 9am - 12pm, 1:30 - 5pm
Registration Sunday 7:30am
Sunday Bsuiness 9am - 12pm, be aware business could go til about 5pm

Events:
Kickoff event and VIP cocktail hour 7pm Friday, July 31st
Lunch, speaker TBA, 12pm Saturday, Aug 1st
Speakeasy Gala 7-11pm Saturday, Aug 1st


Tuesday, July 21, 2020 5:48 AM

In Person convention for McAllen on July 31rst is cancelled; Online in the works

The in person State Convention has been cancelled due to several factors; not the least of which is the Covid 19 situation.  

The Convention Committee is looking at setting up an online convention for April 1rst and 2d.

 

stay tuned..


Saturday, July 18, 2020 11:22 AM

Congratulations to Joe Bishop-Henchman!

Congratulations to the newly elected LNC Chair, Joe Bishop-Henchman! 

https://lpedia.org/wiki/Joe_Bishop-Henchman

 


Saturday, July 18, 2020 10:43 AM

Libertarians Elect President and VP candidates: Corsicana Sun Article

{The Sun was charging to read, so I'm posting again here.}

The Libertarian Party held its Presidential nominations Memorial Day Weekend.

There were five initial candidates up for nomination: Jim Gray, John Monds, Vermin Supreme, Jo Jorgenson, and Jacob Hornberger.

The Libertarian party made history as they nominated their first woman Presidential candidate, Dr. Jo Jorgenson. She has a long history of commitment to the Libertarian party and principles, having once been a Vice Presidential candidate on the ticket with the late Harry Browne.

Spike Cohen was elected as the VP candidate, the only millenial on a presidential ticket.

Libertarians nominate the President and VP separately, although they sometimes will run a joint ticket before the nominating convention.

They were elected by Ranked Choice voting, where people can vote for more than one candidate, or NOTA (None of the Above). If no candidate achieves majority votes, another ballot is cast and the lowest ranking candidate drops off the ballot.

Over a thousand people participated in the online nominating session.

This year was unique, in that the original National Convention in Austin was canceled due to the pandemic. The LNC worked on an online process so that the President and Vice President nominations could still be held on the original dates for the convention.

People who wished to be national delegates filled out an interest form prior to the convention and an online session was held where they or a member of leadership could speak on their behalf to be chosen.

The final portion of the National Convention is slated to take place in Orlando in July where they will vote on the platform and leadership positions including Libertarian National Committee Chair and Vice Chair.

The process of selecting down ballot candidates is more involved as Libertarians don't hold primaries, per election law.

In March, there are precinct, county, and district conventions held to elect precinct, county, and state or national party nominees; as well as county chairs, and delegates to county, district and state conventions.

Texas will hold its state convention in McAllen July 31 through August 2. The original dates were in April. It was rescheduled due to the pandemic, requiring a wavier from Gov. Greg Abbott.

Last year there was legislation passed in Texas to require a filing fee for third party candidates, ranging from $750 to $5,000 depending on the office being sought.

A lawsuit was filed by citizens, represented by former Libertarian governor candidate Kathy Glass, and a Harris County judge filed an injunction against this in December 2019.

Navarro county has two Libertarian candidates for office this Election; Edwin Adams, running for State Representative against Cody Harris in Texas House District 8; and Melanie Black, running for U.S. House Congressional District 6 against Ron Wright (R), Stephen Daniel (D), and Chad Snider (I).

In the words of Presidential candidate Jo Jorgenson: “Government has become 'too big, too bossy, too nosy, and way too intrusive.'”

Her goal, as well as Libertarians as a whole, is to spread the message of personal liberty and smaller government. The party seeks to bring awareness to the harm that overreaching government programs so often bring about; overregulation, infringement of rights, and waste of tax dollars.

The party hopes to start a conversation about what government should and should not do, and for people to realize there are other options besides Republicans and Democrats.

 


Monday, June 29, 2020 9:56 PM

Libertarians Elect President and VIce President nominees

https://www.corsicanadailysun.com/news/libertarian-party-nominates-presidential-candidates/article_5f4fd050-b273-11ea-a3f2-c7f8587e37e1.html?fbclid=IwAR3yjsdWeg0Y0u6f0sfwqu6vVvrFCrL4PditotwSp2AA8Rd6jBfQUrs9ahQ


Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:29 PM

Congratulations to the President and Vice President nominees!

Congratulations to the Libertarian Party's first woman nominee for President, Dr Jo Jorgenson!

https://newsvoice.com/i/4558346?fbclid=IwAR38-cLAyTSp_UO4QDd3hlMJIvDQzVDe39vlIUAUOm0fwWODR74P6tw0Kv8

 

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Libertarian Party held an online nominating convention and chose Jo Jorgenson for President and Spike Cohen for Vice President.

The remainder of the convention will be in Orlando in the middle of July.

 

Dr Jorgenson will be a great contrast to the candidates of the big Two parties this election cycle! She offers reason, intelligence, and compassion. She is dedicated to Libertarian principles.  I am proud to give her my support. 


Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:26 PM

National Convention update

As things stand, the LNC has decided on a sort of split convention; on Memorial Day Weekend, the President and Vice President candidates will be selected by the delegates, as well as some other party business.

The sit down convention is slated for July 9th through the 13th in Orlando, Florida.  Final arrangements pending as of this time. 

 


Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:24 PM

Short announcement re: National Convention

It's with great regret that my co chair and I have decided to forego participation in the National Convention this year. Plans were made, rooms reserved, tickets bought. Then the Rona came sweeping through and got everything all cockeyed. With so much uncertainty, it was nearly impossible to plan additional time off work. So rather than lobby for two delegate positions that we might not be able to fill we decided to bow out and let some folks who are able fill those slots.
We wish the best of luck to all participants and hope the business of the party goes smoothly.
We still plan to attend the state convention in McAllen at the end of July/beginning of August and hope to see many fellow liberty lovers there.


Friday, April 24, 2020 4:42 AM

State Convention postponed until July 31rst

Due to the pandemic shutdowns, our LPTexas state convention was postponed until July 31rst to August 3rd.  It will still be in McAllen Texas at the McAllen Convention Center. 

Discussions in the works about how to handle National in Austin at the end of May.

Stay tuned..


Thursday, April 2, 2020 7:27 PM

Libertarian Response to the Pandemic

https://www.cato.org/blog/civil-libertarians-time-pandemic-surveillance


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:38 AM

Results of County and District Conventions

The County convention for the Libertarian Party of Navarro County was held March 14th at 4 PM, at Sirloin Stockade in Corsicana

Melanie Black was elected as County Chair for the 2020-2022 term by a 4 to 1 vote

Michael Black Sr was elected Co-Chair for the 2020-2022 term, by a 5-0 vote

There were no other nominations for county office.

There were 4 delegates and one alternate elected for the State Convention on April 18th.

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The District Convention was held March 21rst at 6 PM; due to Covid-19 precautions, it was held in the parking lot at Sirloin Stockade.

Ed Adams was nominated for the Libertarian Texas State HD 8 candidate and Melanie Black was nominated for the US House CD 6 candidate, both by 5-0 votes. 

 


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:34 AM

Letter to Governor Abbott regarding the State Convention

Governor Greg Abbott

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

March 31, 2020

Dear Governor Abbott,

 

I, on behalf of myself and the Libertarian Party of Navarro County, are calling on you to waive Election Code, section 186.061 and allow the Libertarian State convention to be postponed to a later date.

As a health care professional, I understand the importance of doing everything possible to stop the spread of COVID-19. To hold our State Convention on April 18th would be unsafe for public health as well as in conflict with social distancing recommendations.

A fair and open election process requires that the State Convention dates be rescheduled so that Libertarian voters can participate in our nominating process as other political parties do.

 

We request that you give this your fair consideration as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Melanie Black, County Chair

Libertarian Party of Navarro County

Delegate to the State Libertarian Party Convention

Candidate for US House of Representatives, Congressional District 6

7077 NW County Road 141

Rice, Texas 75155

417.529.6837

navarro@lptexas.org


Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:13 PM

Precinct Convention tonight for All precincts in Navarro County

Navarro County All Precincts Libertarian convention tonight!

Sirloin Stockade in Corsicana, 5:30 p.m.

We will elect delegates to the upcoming county convention, held Saturday March 14th at 4 PM.

Contact me at 417.529.6837 for any questions. 

 

Come and bring a friend! or two or three.. 


Saturday, March 7, 2020 7:27 AM

Candidate Profiles in Corsicana Daily Sun

Candidate Q&A from Corsicana Daily Sun, published Feb 18th, 2020

Melanie Black, Libertarian Candidate for CD 6, Texas House of Representatives

• Some argue that this is the most partisan environment in Washington DC in generations. What issues do you believe that you could work to pass with members of different parties?

An overhaul of the current income tax code, pursuing a hard budget that addresses the National debt, curbing wasteful and redundant spending, bringing Federal government back to Constitutional limits, overhaul of Social Security and healthcare, legalization of drugs, pulling our troops back from overseas military actions.

• How would you propose to reduce spending and begin to tackle the $23 trillion national debt? Would you support a plan that included cuts to entitlement spending including Medicare/Medicaid, disability payments, or means testing of Social Security benefits?

The National Debt is the biggest financial issue we face right now. No single person is going to be able to come up with a one size fits all solution. It will take many people working toward the common goal of reducing it and balancing the budget.

Eliminating redundancies, reworking the budget allotment process, reviewing expenditures by the various agencies, looking at foreign aid, and reducing our involvement in overseas military actions are all vital to cutting spending. Proposing trillions in new spending without looking at paying down debt is a huge disservice to the people.

I don’t support cuts to Medicare/Medicaid or disability at this time. Cutting unnecessary expenditures should take priority over cutting money for peoples’ health insurance or the money they have to live on when unable to work.

I don’t support means testing for social security. For the most part, people are forced to participate in it. The Federal government should not have the right to restrict or control these funds. I would support making Social Security voluntary so people can easily opt out and put their retirement funds in investment vehicles of their choice.

• What issues specific to this Congressional District, which includes Navarro, Ellis, and Tarrant Counties would you focus on if elected in 2020?

The issues faced by people in CD 6 are the issues faced by everyone. A Federal government that has gotten too large and far removed from the people. Increasing national debt and proposed programs that will increase that debt , affecting generations to come.

Continued overseas military actions at a high cost both in money and people. Agencies who don’t appear to be accountable to the American people or have consequences for overreach and wrong doing.

The people in this district deserve representation that will work to limit the powers of the Federal government, cut spending, and preserve our Constitutional rights.

• As part of a representative republic, voters have a tremendous responsibility, however, many people believe the system doesn’t work. Do you consider the lack of confidence in the national government to be a problem? How would you work to restore the public trust?

Over the years, people have come to rely on the government to solve our problems. When it becomes evident that all too often the government creates more problems than it solves, people are dismayed and lose confidence. Bringing the message of personal freedom, a free market economy, and looking for non government solutions to societal problems whenever feasible would be a good start. Legislators need to be truthful about what can and can’t be done.

The continuation of the two party system has for too long limited choices for people whose political beliefs don’t align fully with either Democrat or Republican. Voters deserve to hear from all candidates.

I can’t promise that I will know every answer to every situation. I can promise I will strive to be a legislator that focuses on the Constitution, and adheres to the platform of the Libertarian Party whenever possible.



Committee to Elect Melanie Black
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