Document:California Press Release 12 February 1999 Libertarian State Convention Kicks Off Today

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400 Capitol Mall, Suite 900
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 449-3941
For immediate release: February 12, 1999
For additional information:
Juan Ros, Executive Director
Phone: (818) 486-1776

Libertarian state convention kicks off today in San Jose

SAN JOSE -- The Libertarian Party of California's annual state convention kicks off today, Friday, February 12, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose. About 200 delegates and participants are expected to attend the weekend-long convention.

In addition to party business, the convention will feature a program of some three dozen speakers ranging from Silicon Valley entrepreneur T.J. Rodgers to renowned tax fighter Joel Fox, from bilingual education foe Ron Unz to Libertarian gubernatorial candidate-turned-Prop. 215-test case Steve Kubby, from Jesse Ventura's campaign manager Doug Friedline to Saratoga City Councilman John Mehaffey.

Today's highlights include a speech at 8 PM by Marshall Fritz, President of the Separation of School and State Alliance, entitled "Victory Without Vouchers."

Michael Cloud, 1998 Libertarian candidate for Senator of Nevada, will deliver the Keynote Address, "Personal Responsibility is the Price of Liberty," Saturday, February 13, at 11 AM. Also appearing Saturday is Unz, who will be giving a luncheon presentation entitled "English for Children" at 12 noon. Saturday afternoon features twin speaking tracks on education and taxation. The day's events culminate in a banquet speech by Fox entitled "The Romance of Taxes." The banquet begins at 6 PM.

Sunday, February 14, features Paul Grant, the attorney for Laura Kriho, a juror who was found in contempt of court on the grounds of jury nullification. Grant's speech, "Use Your Conscience, Go to Jail," is scheduled for 10 AM. Sunday afternoon's speaking program is again divided into two tracks on technology and the war on drugs.

A press conference is scheduled for 5:45 PM on Sunday. Kubby, the 1998 Libertarian candidate for governor arrested last month on drug charges -- despite being a medical marijuana patient protected under Proposition 215 -- will address the media and answer questions about his case. Sunday night's banquet, starting at 6:30 PM, features a speech by Friedline, campaign manager for Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.

State party officers will be elected Monday morning, February 15, starting at 8 AM. The annual Samuel Adams Society Luncheon follows at 12 noon with guest speaker Rodgers. Monday afternoon's speaking program, which closes the convention, will offer a trio of speakers on the Second Amendment and gun rights.

For more information or to register, contact the convention office at the Doubletree Hotel, (408) 453-4000.