|Libertarian Party National Chair
I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT ANY BACKGROUND ON ME, BUT HERE IS SOME:
I DIDN'T KNOW ANY RANDY VERHAGEN, I CAN ASSURE I WAS LP CHAIR 1983-1985, WHEN I STEPPED DOWN JUST BEFORE THE NATIONAL CONVENTION.
Paul Grant first became active in the LP in 1976 when he collected petition signatures in Rochester, New York, for Roger MacBride's presidential campaign.
He moved from Rochester to Louisiana and served as the Louisiana State Chair from 1978-1979, at which time he was elected as a Regional Representative to the Libertarian National Committee.
He next moved to Colorado where he ran as an LP candidate for office several times in the early 1980's, twice for Congress and once for Governor of Colorado. All of his campaigns were very active campaigns where he took every opportunity to speak for libertarian principles. He ran radio ads, bought billboard ads, interviewed all over his district and the state, and accepted every invitation to speak as a candidate.
Paul was Chairman of the Tenth Anniversary LP National Convention held in Denver in 1981, a convention which was not only well-attended and a success for the LP, but which was also a financial success - the convention was financed by local libertarians and it returned a profit to those who invested in it.
Also in the early 1980's, Paul and Brian Erickson formed a free market organization, Coloradans for Free Enterprise (CFE), to bring creative speakers to Colorado to meet with those interested in discussing and learning how to apply free market alternatives to government programs. In addition to bringing interesting speakers to Denver-area audiences, CFE in 1984 organized a statewide citizen initiative campaign to free Colorado’s transportation industry from control by the Public Utility Commission. Although they were unsuccessful in placing their initiative on the ballot, they were successful in challenging Colorado’s law which made it a crime to pay petition circulators. They took their challenge all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where they won a unanimous (9-0) decision (Meyer v. Grant, 486 U.S. 414 (1988), in which the Supreme Court held that petition advocacy was protected by the First Amendment and that the law criminalizing paid petitioning penalized political speech and, therefore, violated the First Amendment. This ruling has helped inspire and empower the citizen initiative movement in those states which allow the initiative process.
Paul served as Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee from 1983-1985, after which he married, raised a family, and stepped back from political activity.
But Paul continued to champion liberty, earning a law degree and then taking on arbitrary state power in Colorado and federal courts, where he has brought several successful challenges to state election laws regulating citizen initiatives and third party candidates. He has also successfully - and sometimes unsuccessfully - defended the criminally accused, in state and federal trials and appeals. Some of his cases have gained national attention, such as his successful defense (on appeal, after losing the trial to a single judge, where a jury was not allowed) of juror Laura Kriho, who was charged with and convicted of contempt of court for freely expressing her thoughts in the jury room.
By 2011, Paul had had enough of the legal system and he has stopped taking new cases. He is now working in a different field and he is also working on a book with many chapters, with each chapter devoted to a horror story from his experiences in the legal system.