Saturday, March 22, 2008

Heartland Libertarian Conference

WHAT: The 2008 Heartland Libertarian Conference
WHEN: Friday, April 4th through Sunday, April 6th
WHERE: The Intrigue Park Place Hotel (1601 North Universal Ave., KCMO - near I-435 & Front Street)
CONTACT: Mike Ferguson at or 816.668.9495 (cell)
LP National Chair Bill Redpath, Former US Congressman Bob Barr Among Featured Speakers; Libertarian Presidential Hopefuls to Debate

(Kansas City) - One of this year's premier third-party political events will take place in Kansas City in April and will feature one of the key debates in the race for the Presidential nomination of America's third-largest political party.

The Libertarian Party of Kansas and the Missouri Libertarian Party are teaming up for the 2008 Heartland Libertarian Conference, which will feature the debate, an impressive lineup of speakers and workshops for libertarian activists and candidates.

Former US Congressman Bob Barr, best known for leading the impeachment effort against President Bill Clinton while serving as a Republican from Georgia, joined the Libertarian Party after leaving office and is now a member of the Libertarian National Committee. Mr. Barr will be the event's keynote speaker on Saturday, April 5th.

Libertarian national Chairman Bill Redpath will be among the lineup of speakers and will be available to the media both Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th.

Other speakers include Missouri LP Chair Glenn Neilsen, Kansas LP Chair Rob Hodgkinson, 2004 Libertarian Presidential nominee Michael Badnarik, 93.9 "The Eagle" (in Columbia, MO) Program Director/ talk show host and former LP Presidential candidate Gary Nolan, Mark Rutherford, Chairman of Atlas! Liberty PAC and current president of the Indiana Public Defenders' Commission, Sharon Harris, President of the Texas-based Advocates for Self Government and Libertarian candidate for Vice President of the United States Chris Bennett.
The entire lineup of speakers can be found at and the schedule of events can be found at

On Saturday the 4th, the conference will feature a debate with the top contenders for the Libertarian Presidential nomination. The debate will be broadcast live on KCXL (1140 am) and simulcast online at

Among the confirmed participants in the debate are:
* Professor George Phillies. Dr. Phillies is a professor of Physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He is also a former Congressional candidate.
* Wayne Allyn Root. Mr. Root is an entrepreneur who built successful businesses in Las Vegas, including a sports odds making enterprise and a television production company. He is a regular contributor to FOX News, CNBC and and CNN.
* Christine Smith. Ms. Smith is a freelance writer from Colorado. In 2000, she was the recipient of the Amigas Power Peace Prize for her humanitarian work.
* Mike Jingozian. Mr. Jingozian is an entrepreneur who founded AngelVision Technologies in Portland, Oregon. He and his company's success have been featured in some of America's top business magazines.
* Mary Ruwart. Ms. Ruwart is a research scientist, author, and ethicist. She is best known in the Libertarian Party circles for her libertarian primer, Healing Our World (2003 edition), which hit’s best-seller list in October 2005, reaching the #1 position in Amazon’s “Economic and Political Development” and “Practical Politics” categories.

This event is proudly sponsored by ATLAS! Liberty, a political action committee dedicated to electing Libertarian candidates to public office. Visit to learn more about this organization.

Contact Mike Ferguson (contact info listed above) with any questions about this event, with requests for technical or other accommodations needed for news coverage or to arrange interviews with speakers and/or candidates.

Mike Ferguson - Public affairs!
816.668.9495 - cell
816.817.1817 - voice mail