February 2021: Love Letter To Libertarians

LPTexas News: February 2021

A Love Letter to Texas Libertarians

Dear LPTexan Valentines,

You make us happier than property rights and a free market. Consider this newsletter your valentine's card from us, with plenty of sweet treats nestled inside. Enjoy!

 


County News

Since the LPTexas Convention in August 2020, we’ve appointed 10 Temporary County Chairs to revive or initiate the growth of LPTexas affiliates!

The leaders and volunteers of local county parties are on the frontlines of growing the Libertarian Party.

To highlight your local county party in this newsletter, email summaries of your events with pictures to [email protected]

See our growing list of affiliates and get involved locally by contacting your local County Chair.


Membership Announcements

In the past six weeks, we've added fourteen new monthly donors and eleven new annual donors, increasing our annual income by over $3,000! Thank you to ALL of our faithful supporters.

Special thanks to our new silver members: Les Mauldin, Gerald Fuller, Darren Pollok, Blake Andrews, and Jeinay LeBlanc!

Very special thanks to our new gold member: Nancy Neale!

Click here to become a Donor!


Legislation Updates

The Filing Deadline for the 87th Session is Friday, March 12th. All members are encouraged to ask their State Libertarian Executive Committee (SLEC) representatives for updates on new bills for relevant issues and inform them of concerns. 

Official Texas Legislature Online

The best source of all Cannabis bills can be found with our coalition partner "Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy". There is currently one bill identically filed in the House and Senate, so it may have a chance to be voted on first. HB439 & SB151 is a decriminalization bill for marijuana & marijuana concentrates.

Contact Your Reps To Vote YES for HB439 & SB151!


Candidate Spotlight

Steven R. Harris is the former Vice-Chair of the LPTexas and Chairman of the Board of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation. He served on the Hutto Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as the Bond Advisory Board. 

Hutto's a small, but rapidly growing town. The former mayor won with just 588 votes!

Donors have contributed over $6,300 towards his campaign. Please consider helping him reach his campaign fundraising goal of $10,000!

This special election to fill a vacancy is March 6, with early voting starting February 17th. It's less than a month away!

  • Early voting: Feb. 17 - Mar. 2, 2021 (excluding Sundays) 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Election Day: March 6, 2021 - 7 AM to 7 PM
  • Voting Location (early and election day): WilCo Hutto Annex - 321 Ed Schmidt Blvd., Ste 100

You can donate and find out more information on his website:

HarrisForHutto.com


Volunteer Spotlight

Not everyone may be aware of this, but our entire staff is composed of Volunteers. Each of our fellow Libertarians involved in the state party do so at the expense of their valuable time, without any financial compensation.

Because of this, we'd like to give special thanks to Kasie Dailey for putting together the LPTexas Newsletter. Through her hard work, our monthly newsletter is back!

As we go into 2021, the Libertarian Party of Texas is looking to get more people than ever involved in the political process. Becoming a volunteer for the party is easy and oftentimes already fits into things you are already interested in.

Our biggest needs for the spring include lobbying during the legislative session (calling/visiting your representative) and block walking for local candidates in your area. 

Join Our Volunteers!


Communication Corner

Over the last 28 days, the metrics across the board for our Facebook and Twitter accounts saw an explosion in activity.

For Facebook, some of the most significant metrics include a 270% increase in Page Views, a 220% increase in Page likes, and most significantly, 1,049 new Page followers during the month, which is a 229% increase.

This is the top post of the month - made on January 3rd and reaching 73,572 viewers with 21,374 engagements!

 

We also outpaced our normal Twitter production by sharing 197 tweets over the month, which is an increase of 885%. Those tweets generated 1.18M impressions and resulted in 22,300 people visiting our Twitter feed. We added 471 followers for a total of 9,703 followers of our Twitter account.

This is the top tweet from January, which had 155,000 impressions!

Are you a social media hero? Come join our team in the LPTexas communications department! Join Here


EVENTS!

Saving the best for last, as we know you Libertarians love to party! Check out the events happening this month.

The State Libertarian Executive Committee will hold their first quarter meeting on Saturday, February 27th at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Bastrop, TX. Event Details

Join us before the meeting on Friday, February 26th for a fundraiser dinner at the Storehouse Market Eatery in Bastrop.  Tickets will be sold and details will be posted very soon on LPTexas.org and on social media.

Attend Texas NORML's February Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd at 8 pm! Great speakers will be discussing Texas POM Data Highlights, Making TCUP Inclusive, Activism and Testimony Tips, and Legislative Updates. Join Here

With access to the Texas Capitol largely restricted, the Texas Marijuana Policy organization is utilizing a digital platform to host their Virtual Lobby Day! 
They are offering two orientation opportunities:
SATURDAY, Feb. 20 at 12 pm OR SUNDAY, Feb. 21 at 3 pm
Join fellow constituents for a meeting with your legislators’ offices. Those who have completed a 1-hour orientation will receive an invitation with meeting times and login instructions. Find more information here

  • Walker County LP is hosting a party at Bandera Grill on Wednesday, February 3 at 6:15 PM Join Here
  • Montgomery County LP is hosting a happy hour this Friday, February 5 at 5 PM Join Here
  • Washington County LP is meeting at Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant in Brenham on Monday, February 8 at 6:30 PM Join Here
  • Fort Bend LP is hosting a Third Party Thursday meetup at Dumar's Mediterranean Grill on February 18 at 6 PM Join Here
  • Navarro County LP is having their monthly meeting at Sirloin Stockade - Corsicana on February 18 at 6:30 PM Join Here
  • Brazoria County LP is socializing at El Patio in Angelton on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 PM Join Here
  • Northeast Texas Libertarians are hosting a meet and greet at 1836 Texas Kitchen on Saturday, February 20 at 2 PM Join Here
  • HCLP - Downtown Libertarian Club is hosting a brunch at Urban Eats on Saturday, February 27 at 11 AM Join Here
  • Montgomery County LP is hosting a happy hour at Lone Pint Brewery on Friday, March 5 at 5 PM Join Here

Want your event featured in the March 2021 newsletter? Tag the Texans Libertarian FB Group as an event organizer! Alternatively, you can fill out this form or send it to [email protected] by February 28th.

And finally, enjoy these great Libertarian Valentine's from Reason!

With Love,

LPTexas Communications Dept.

[email protected]