2024 LPCA Presidential Annual Convention

February 23, 2024 - February 25, 2024  

This year’s convention will be especially exciting with presidential candidates running for the Libertarian Presidential nomination, coming to speak to California delegates. In addition to a line-up of speakers that are presently being confirmed at the time of publication of this newsletter, Angela McArdle, Chair of the LNC is confirmed to be one of the speakers in the line up.

The Hilton Costa Mesa is located five minutes drive time from John Wayne Airport (SNA), and the hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to and from the airport.  The LPCA has a hotel group rate of $189/night, using this group rate link here.  Hotel group link rate available through the  convention home page, too.

It is recommended you purchase your Early Bird Package now, before the rates go up $70 to $215, at Midnight on Halloween!  You can purchase your Early Bird Package and save, or pay more after the sale ends.  Buy now and save here: https://ca.lp.org/2024-convention/

For all convention pricing and scheduling details, click here

Gavin Newsom is a Conman
By Patrick Nicholson


During an August podcast, widely popular commentator Joe Rogan had some choice words to describe California Governor Gavin Newsom.


"Nobody believes in that guy. That guy’s a f---ing conman. Everything he did in California, from trying to mandate vaccines for kids, when it was totally unnecessary, to being caught out in public without a mask and lying about the fact that he was outdoors.  He's just a politician. Just a stone-cold narrative-driven politician." 


Wow!  What a smackdown – from a long-time fellow Democrat no less.  With an introduction like that one would have to reasonably assume that Gavin Newsom is up to no good.  Let’s find out.



Next year Gavin Newsom will term out as governor.  As a career politician he needs to find his next meal ticket.  For the past few months Gavin Newsom has been campaigning for President Joe Biden.  Given the uncertainty of Biden’s mental and physical health, many view Newsom’s traipsing as a thinly veiled excuse to set up his own run for president.  Although Newsom has denied this.  But Newsom is a calculating political animal.  And with only 13 months until the presidential election the governor of California would not be campaigning for Biden – especially in red states - if he wasn’t angling in, trying to establish his own political credentials at the national level.  However, riding on Biden’s coattails isn’t going to deliver Newsom the attention he craves.  He needed something bigger and bolder.  Enter his 28th Amendment invention.


Gavin Newsom’s 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

On June 8th, Gavin Newsom announced:


I’m proposing the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to … enshrine in the Constitution common sense gun safety…while leaving the 2nd Amendment unchanged ...”


Huh? Leave the 2nd Amendment unchanged yet enshrine into the United States Constitution open ended gun control language in direct defiance of the 2nd Amendment.

Click here to read the full article.

Candidate Analysis: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
By Matthew Hartwig

Although the U.S. 2024 presidential election is still more than a year out, 2023 has nonetheless seen its fair share of surprises and intrigue as campaigns gear up on both sides of the aisle, and everywhere in between. Perhaps no single figure has made as many waves as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, colloquially known as RFK Jr. The son of former senator and attorney general Robert F. Kennedy, and nephew of former president John F. Kennedy, RFK Jr. initially announced in April 2023 that he would be running in the Democratic primaries against current president Joe Biden. From the early days of his campaign, RFK Jr. caught interest from a wide portion of the political spectrum, including many libertarians. Of particular interest to libertarians have been his skepticism of U.S. involvement in the Russia-Ukraine war, as well as his criticism of government interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in particular his opposition to vaccine mandates. The latter is a subject Kennedy is well-known for, due to his advocacy for vaccine freedom in his position as chairman of Children’s Health Defense.

Further signs of an affinity for libertarians and others dissatisfied with the two-party system abounded. Notable amongst his fellow presidential candidates, Kennedy has made appearances on numerous independent media shows such as the Joe Rogan Experience, as well as explicitly libertarian shows such as Dave Smith’s Part of the Problem. In June he made an appearance at the PorcFest festival in New Hampshire, where he reportedly spoke with LNC chair Angela McArdle. Some speculated that Kennedy may have been attempting to put out feelers for a potential Libertarian Party presidential run. However, if Kennedy did indeed have such aspirations, they have almost certainly been crushed by a number of his recent statements and actions.

Following the October 7 terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel, Kennedy stated on X (formerly Twitter), that “we must provide Israel with whatever it needs to defend itself—now,” a statement that drew ire from many libertarians opposing U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts. Even more recently, he has announced his support for race-based reparations for slavery and Jim Crow, a position also opposed by many libertarians.

Kennedy’s recent libertarian-alienating statements came close in timing to his ending his Democratic primary campaign—only to announce he will be running as an independent candidate instead. While this run is likely to make the 2024 campaign more difficult for the Libertarian Party, as both Kennedy and the eventual LP candidate will be seeking to draw support from those disaffected with the political duopoly, one hopes that despite the recent disappointment many libertarians have felt towards him, Kennedy and the LP may be able to work together to challenge the status quo of American two-party politics and bring greater attention to independent and third-party candidates.

đź“… Save the Date:
LNC & LPCA ExCom Meeting and Fundraiser in Orange County

The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) and Libertarian Party of California (LPCA) are hosting a Tar and Feather Black-Tie Gala!



Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Laguna Beach Hotel

50 Enterprise

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656


Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


The LNC is having its next in-person meeting here in California for the first time since 2008. Join us for a Tar and Feather Black-Tie Gala Saturday evening after day one of business. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to meet state and national Libertarian Party leadership, hear some great speakers, and participate in a live auction with some unique items!


Tickets and additional information will be out soon!

The 2024 Libertarian National Convention
The LNC National 2024 Convention will be May 23-27, 2024, in Washington D.C.  In addition to voting in Officer Elections, you will be able to vote for the Libertarian Presidential Candidate for the 2024 Presidential Election in November 2024.

With an unapologetically anarchic spirit, the LNC Convention Committee defied the establishment by assembling a lineup of speakers who challenge the status quo and champion true freedom. They’re lining up promotions that symbolize our rejection of government control, offering attendees a taste of defiance. The debates, a battleground for radical ideas, will ignite the flames of rebellion in every heart present. And as the establishment trembles, we’ll raise a defiant toast at the reception for our chosen presidential and vice-presidential candidates, heralding the dawn of a new era of individual autonomy and liberty. This convention will stand as a testament to the indomitable spirit of libertarianism, ready to shatter the chains of oppression.

Take a peek at the Convention Schedule here: https://lnc2024.com/schedule/

To read all convention details, click here

Declared 2024 Libertarian Candidates 
By Matthew Hartwig

Several California Libertarians are vying for federal level in the 2024 election. In the Bay Area, Mr. Joe Dehn is running for California District 17 for the U.S. House of Representatives, which encompasses parts of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. Mr. Dehn will be running against incumbent Democrat Ro Khanna as well as Democratic challenger Ritesh Tandon. For more information, his campaign website can be found at https://dehn.votelibertarian.us

In Southern California, Mr. José Castañeda will be running for California House District 28 in Los Angeles County. He will be running against Democratic incumbent Judy Chu.

Finally, all Californians will have the opportunity to vote for Ms. Gail Lightfoot for U.S. Senate. Ms. Lightfoot will be running for the seat once held by the late Dianne Feinstein, and currently held by Maryland resident Laphonza Butler, who was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom upon Senator Feinstein’s death. Butler has made no announcement of intention to run to continue holding the seat in 2024, and some of Ms. Lightfoot’s notable opponents instead include Democratic House Representatives Barbara Lee and Adam Schiff.

The primary for all three of these races will take place on March 5, 2024, following which the top two candidates will proceed to the November 5 general election. All three candidates have been endorsed by the Libertarian Party of California.


Podcast of the Month

Knuckleheads of Liberty is a Sacramento California Libertarian community access podcast that features three libertarian hosts: Jason McPhee, Leon D Brathwaite and Tim Evart. They discuss current events, politics, culture, and anything else that affects their life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. They offer a small (l) libertarian perspective that is often humorous, insightful, and sometimes controversial.
Their October 19th podcast discusses the latest news and scandals involving the Biden administration and its handling of immigration and border security. They analyze how Biden’s policies have led to a surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border, a humanitarian crisis, a national security risk, and a public backlash. They also examine how Biden’s economic agenda has resulted in inflation, unemployment, and lower consumer confidence. Click here to listen!
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