Libertartian Party of Colorado 2003 Convention

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Libertarian Party
of Colorado
2003 Convention

The Libertarian Party of Colorado will hold its official 2003 state convention April 4-6 at the Ramada Inn, Colorado Springs, at I-25 and Fillmore.

Featured Speakers:

Gary Nolan plans to run for President in 2004 on the Libertarian ticket. He hosted "Nolan at Night," a nationally syndicated show with the Radio America Network. Nolan plans to run on a platform to lower taxes, protect civil liberties, and reform Social Security by establishing individual retirement accounts. Michael Badnarik, a Libertarian candidate for President, has programmed computers for a stealth bomber simulator and a nuclear power plant. He moved from California to Texas in 1997. He works as a computer consultant and teaches classes about the Constitution.
Ed Thompson was the 2002 Libertarian candidate for governor of Wisconsin. He received 10.4% of the vote, more than any other third-party gubernatorial candidate in that state in 60 years. Thompson won in his home town of Tomah and in his home county. Suzanne Shell is the founder of the American Family Advocacy Center. She will be speaking on the dangers of DHS and how to protect your family.
Dr. Robert Zubrin writes for Mars Direct Manned Mars Mission. He is the president of Pioneer Astronautics and the author of The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must. Boston T. Party is working on his first novel, Molon Labe! He is the author of Boston's Gun Bible, You and the Police, Hologram of Liberty, and other books (
Vin Suprynowicz is a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the author of The Ballad of Carl Drega and Send in the Waco Killers. He also edits Privacy Alert. Kevin Carroll will represent the Free State Project, "a plan in which 20,000 or more liberty-oriented people will move to a single state of the U.S., where they may work within the political system to reduce the size and scope of government."

Other speakers will be announced.

Prices: The regular price for the complete convention package -- Option #1 -- is $129, which includes the Saturday night banquet, Saturday lunch buffet, and seminars for both Saturday and Sunday.
Option #2 is $99. This package includes the Saturday lunch buffet and seminars for both Saturday and Sunday (no banquet).
Option #3 is $49. This option is for a ticket to the Saturday night banquet only.
The business meetings are free to all LPCO members.

Student Rate: The student rate is $49 for all current full-time students. This price allows those with current full-time student ID's to participate in all of the above activities.

Vendor Tables: Tables will be available to vendors for $25 each, or $10 for LPCO dues-paying members.

Hotel Information: The Ramada Inn has reserved a block of rooms for the convention. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Room rates are $50 (single) and $53 (up to 4) per night (at the group rate -- mention you are attending the Libertarian Party Convention). These rates include coupons to the full hot breakfast buffet from 7-9am. The Ramada Inn may be reached at 719.633.5541. Its address is 3125 Sinton Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

REGISTRATION: To register for the convention, please send a check or money order, payable to "Carol Geltemeyer," to
Nancy Graves
3724 E. LaSalle St. #1310
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Visa and Mastercard are also accepted.

Nancy may be reached 719.570.0747, or 719.310.9444, or by e-mail at

Please specify the number of persons and your registration preference:
Full Convention (Option #1): $129
Full Convention, except banquet (Option #2): $99
Banquet Only (Option #3): $49
Full-Time Student: $49

Payment must be received by March 28. Refunds will be issued, minus $25, only when requested prior to that date. Cancellations will be refunded at 50% if requested March 28 or later.

See the printable form.

Schedule: The schedule is subject to change. For some time slots, participants may choose between two events. Suite parties will be held Friday evening.

7:30am Registration
8:00am Coffee Klatch: Student Outreach
9:00am Presidential Candidates: Gary Nolan and Michael Badnarik
10:30am Keynote Speaker
11:00am War on Civil Liberties OR Getting Your Foot in the Door
12:00pm Saturday Luncheon Buffet with Guest Speaker Ed Thompson
2:00pm Vouchers: Good or Evil OR Using Hot Button Issues
3:00pm A Case for Manning Mars: Dr. Zubrin
4:00pm Media Relations OR Business Meeting Part I
6:30pm Cocktails
7:30pm Gala Banquet with Guest Speaker Vin Suprynowicz

7:30am Registration
8:00am Coffee Klatch: How to Sell Liberty
9:00am DHS Watch: Suzanne Shell
10:00am Free State Project: Kevin Carroll OR Campaign Manangement
11:00am Two Reasons to Hate the Death Penalty OR Business Meeting Part II
12:00pm Lunch/Free Time
1:00pm Separating School and State: Boston T. Party
2:00pm Colorado Springs Islamic Society
3:00pm Closing Speech
4:00pm State Board Meeting

Agenda for the Business Meetings:
Saturday, April 5: Convention Rules -- Every year, we decide what rules we will operate under. Constitution and Bylaws -- Reviewing and changing the party rules. Platform -- Reviewing and changing the state party platform.
Sunday, April 6: Board Reports -- Board members review the past year. Board Elections -- State Chair, Campaigns Director, Outreach Director, Publications Director, Public Information Director, Information Director, Legislative Director, Treasurer, Fundraising Director.

Saturday Luncheon: Soup, Salad and Sandwich Buffet.

Gala Banquet: A family style sit-down buffet dinner featuring Fettuccine Alfredo, Beef tenderloin, and Chicken in a Natural Herb Sauce.

Sunday Lunch: A "boxed" lunch will be available on Sunday (price to be determined). These lunches must be pre-ordered by 9:00 am, Sunday morning.

Convention Topics:
Vouchers: Good or Evil?
How To Get Into Public Office Without Really Trying
Successful Strategies For Building Affiliates
War on Terror
Gain Headlines Using "Hot Button" Issues
Death Penalty
More topics to come...

Other events include Coffee Klatches, Vendors, Book Sales, Suite Parties, Affiliate Building Workshops, the Silent Auction, the By-laws Review, Officer Elections, and Panel Discussions.

Note: This web page is provided by Free Colorado by agreement with the organizers of the Convention. Ari Armstrong and Free Colorado are NOT involved in the planning or oversight of the Libertarian Party of Colorado 2003 Convention. Please do NOT send any registration or payment material to Free Colorado or Ari Armstrong pertaining to the Convention. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information about the Convention here, participants are encouraged to verify the information with organizers of the Convention. Full responsibility for the Convention, including any possible liability, lies with the organizers of the event, NOT with Free Colorado or Ari Armstrong.

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