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Take Part In History: Fall State Convention, Aug. 25
By Emily Salvette, Secretary
In previous election cycles, the Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) has nominated and selected candidates for state and federal offices at their convention held in the spring of the election year.
This year is different – and historic. For the first time in state history, the Libertarian Party will be on the ballot for Michigan’s August 7 primary, owing to the fact that we qualified for status as a major party with our number of votes for Gary Johnson in the 2016 election.
This first nominating convention, held under the same election laws as the Republican and Democratic Parties, will take place on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Wyndham Gardens Detroit Metro Airport.
News Briefs & Announcements
Libertarian Gubernatorial Debate scheduled for Wednesday, July 11th
Grand Rapids, MI -Another Debate has been scheduled between the Libertarian Party of Michigan gubernatorial candidates. The moderator will be Rick Albin, political reporter for WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids. We are doing all we can to drum up media coverage and attendees. Please alert all of your local news broadcasters and news publications about this event, and make an effort to attend this professionally-staged debate. Free parking is available in the GVSU lot.Libertarians John Tatar (Left) & Bill Gelineau (Right).
Wednesday, July 11th at 7 PM – 9 PM
GVSU Seidman College of Business Management Department
50 Front Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
Hosted by Libertarian Party of West Michigan
James Weeks II Selected as Chair of LPM Platform Committee
By Greg Stempfle
Kalamazoo, MI – At their Sunday June 3 meeting in Kalamazoo, the Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee (LEC), selected James Weeks II to chair of the 2018 Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) Platform Committee. Weeks, who serves as chairman of the Libertarian Party of Livingston County, previously chaired the Committee in 2015.
If you would like to serve on the Platform Committee or have any suggested amendments to the LPM platform please message James Weeks II or email him at email@example.com.James Weeks II at a free speech protest.
Delegates to the August 25th LPM State Convention in Romulus will vote on the proposed changes. The current platform of the LPM can be found here: https://michiganlp.org/platform/
LPOC Holds Outreach Booth at Ferndale Pride
By Ben Carr
Ferndale, MI – The Libertarian Party of Oakland County had a very successful outreach event at Ferndale Pride. Interaction was highly positive and we found many potential Libertarians through the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. The booth was run by the Chair, Gregory Stempfle. He was assisted by Vice-Chair, Ben Carr, as well as Anthony Croff, Jeff Wood, Drew Frydrych, and Mike Saliba. While not in attendance, Lisa Lane Gioia, Jeff Pittel, Tony Piccoli, and Scott A Boman, all contributed items for the event. Our thanks to all the members of the LPM who helped make our event a success.Libertarian Party of Oakland County members at Ferndale Pride Fest.
Straights Area Libertarian Party Modifies Date To Fulfill State Legal Requirements
Cheboygan , MI – The Straights Area Libertarian Party (SALP) will have its Affiliate Convention on Saturday 8/18 at 3:00 PM, Great Lakes Grill at 817 E State St. Cheboygan, MI 49721. For Updates visit: www.fb.com/StraitsAreaLP
James Hudler Awarded Honorary Life Membership In New Orleans
New Orleans, LA – On July third, the 2018 National Libertarian Party Convention delegates unanimously voted to award founding Libertarian Party of Michigan member, Dr. James “Jim” Hudler an honorary life membership in the national Libertarian Party. The motion was initiated by Michigan’s Political Director, Greg Stempfle.Jim Hudler (Left) & Greg Stempfle (Right) at “That Libertarian” Convention in New Orleans. Photo be Greg Stempfle.
Our America Initiative Mobilizes To Stop The Duopoly
By Scotty Boman, OAI Michigan Director
Our America Initiative’s latest project is directed to stopping the duopoly.
This terminology requires no translation to people involved in alternative party politics, but it refers to the exceptional dominance of the Democratic and Republican parties in this nation’s political landscape.Stop The Duopoly Facebook Profile Picture being used by Our America Initiative to promote this project.
If you encounter abusive, biased or obstructionist actions to shut out candidates of alternative parties, such as the Libertarian party, register a complaint here. To support this effort, one can contribute here, or promote the Stop The Duopoly Money Bomb.
Michigan Libertarian News Makers (May & June 2018)
Only Libertarians Are Talking Common Sense on Some Issues
By Bill Hall, State Chair
As we count down to the August 7 primary, it’s becoming increasingly clear where Libertarians differ from Republican and Democratic candidates on the important issues facing Michigan voters. And those areas of difference are where we need to focus our efforts to pick up voters disgusted with the status quo. Here are a few takeaways:
Corporate Welfare – The Mackinac Center recently published an amazing study, detailing how R and D legislators have voted for $16 billion of corporate welfare over the past 17 years. This is a bipartisan problem; those legislators who resisted the temptation to do so are few and far between. Click here to see how much the R or D you oppose in the general election voted to shell out to special interests. And share that information with the voters who were robbed to fund those handouts.
Libertarians Step Up as Only Alternatives To R's & D's At Back-To-Back Lansing Events
By Scotty Boman, Editor
SBAM Excludes Libertarians; Gelineau Makes Lemonade From Lemons
Lansing, MI – The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) had their Annual meeting on June 21st in Lansing. It was supposed to include 5-minute speeches from each of the primary election candidates for Governor. There are three parties in the primary, but candidates from only two parties were invited to speak. Libertarians Bill Gelineau and John Tatar were shut out.
In the days leading up to the event, news reports and website confirmation showed that the SBAM planned an event on June 21, in which “the 7 candidates for Governor” would be given an opportunity to present to the conference, and Libertarians had not been invited.
John Tatar Makes Second Amendment March Into A Bi-Partisan Event
Lansing, MI – Libertarian John Tatar was one of only five primary candidates for governor to speak at a June 20th gun rally; the other four were Republicans. The event, held at the Michigan Capitol, was called the “Second Amendment March” and was organized by Freedom Firearms co-owner Joel Fulton of Battle Creek.
Tatar team member Ernie Speck commented on a Facebook photo, “My friend retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Tatar speaking at the Second Amendment March rally state at the Michigan Capitol Lansing. John is a candidate of Governor for the state of Michigan. John is a statesman, and by the reaction of the crowd his speech was the best received by those attending.”
Ellison Arrested And Charged For Protesting Royal Oak Homicide
By Scotty Boman
Editor’s note: This article concerns a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage of any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another, or the candidate’s views.
Royal Oak, MI – Libertarian Congressional candidate in District 8, Brian Ellison was arrested on June 2ndwhile protesting the homicide of Royal Oak resident Antonino “Nino” Gordon. The arrest took place at a Royal Oak charity event called “Run with the Cops.” Gordon’s alleged killer, Keith Richard Beirenga, is a suspended Royal Oak Police Officer who was on duty on April 10th when he allegedly killed Gordon.
Ellison was charged with Disrupting Government Operations, and Resisting or Obstructing a Police Officer. Both infractions are misdemeanors. Prior to being charged, the arresting officer said Ellison would be charged with disorderly conduct, and officers had also suggested trespassing charges. Ellison claims, “There was nothing disorderly about my conduct, so they had to make up a new charge after I was in custody… This was either a private event or a “government operation” but it can’t be both.”
A Candidate's View On Freedom
By Katie Nepton, Libertarian Candidate for State Senate in District 24
Editor’s note: This article has been submitted by a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides equal access to any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another or the candidates’ views.
I believe in freedom. I believe each American should be given as much freedom in running their lives as possible. I believe every time we take away any freedom we undo the possibilities of tomorrow.
More specifically I believe in the freedom to marry the person you choose; I believe in the freedom to have access to medical procedures and medical products; and the freedom to do with your body as you see fit.
Marriage should be open to all adults, and only adults. The right to divorce should exist. The right to have an abortion should exist. The right to end one’s life should exist. The right to ask for help, from a trained medical professional, in ending your life should exist. The right for that trained medical professional to assist someone in achieving their death on their own terms and at their own time should exist.
Officers & Staff
General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW.
Chair: Bill Hall. firstname.lastname@example.org
First Vice Chair: Tim Yow. email@example.com
Second Vice Chair: Greg Stempfle. firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Emily Salvette. email@example.com
Treasurer: Jason Brandenburg. firstname.lastname@example.org
District 1 Rep: Donna Gundle-Krieg. email@example.com
District 2 Rep: Mary Buzuma. firstname.lastname@example.org
District 3 Rep: Jamie Lewis. email@example.com
District 4 Rep: Tim Coon. firstname.lastname@example.org
District 5 Rep: Mark Sanborn. email@example.com
District 6 Rep: Wendi Parker. firstname.lastname@example.org
District 7 Rep: Norman Peterson. email@example.com
District 8 Rep: Jeff Wood. firstname.lastname@example.org
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. email@example.com
District 10 Rep: John Kanan. firstname.lastname@example.org
District 11 Rep: Paul Connolly. email@example.com
District 12 Rep: Larry Johnson. firstname.lastname@example.org
District 13 Rep: Adam Zientarski. email@example.com
District 14 Rep: Ben Carr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Judicial Committee Members
Kerry Morgan. email@example.com
Ken Proctor. firstname.lastname@example.org
James Hudler. email@example.com
Webmaster: In Transition. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Editor: Volunteer Wanted. email@example.com
Ciculation Director: Catherine Filus.Catherine Filus firstname.lastname@example.org
Capital Area: Luke Sciberras, Chair. 248-302-1064, email@example.com
Genesee County: Chair Alex Cooper, firstname.lastname@example.org. VC Dustin Reamer, 810-522-3136, email@example.com
Huron-Raisin: James Hudler, (734) 475-9792, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 email@example.com
Livingston County: James Weeks II, (810) 422-8769, firstname.lastname@example.org
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, email@example.com
Mid-Michigan: Tim Coon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northeast-Lower: Zach Boyle, 989-255-4521, email@example.com
Northern Lower: Dana Carver, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northwest Michigan: Donna Gundle-Krieg. email@example.com
Oakland County: Greg Stempfle, (313) 929-1789, firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. email@example.com
Straits Area: Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne County: Scotty Boman, (313) 247-2052, email@example.com
West Michigan: Jake Andrews. (269) 967-4071. firstname.lastname@example.org
Some events are also posted by their hosts at the Meetup.com site. It is recommended that you contact an officer for an affiliate or check the Website (or Facebook page) associated with the meeting host (if they have one) before arriving at a meeting. Some meetings can get canceled, or locations can change with short notice. Contact information connected to most events can be found by expanding the item on the "Agenda view" of the Events page of our website.
July 11, 2018 - Libertarian Gubernatorial Debate, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
GVSU Seidman College of Business Management Department. 50 Front Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
Another Debate has been scheduled between the Libertarian Party of Michigan gubernatorial candidates. The moderator will be Rick Albin, political reporter for WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids. We are doing all we can to drum up media coverage and attendees. Please alert all of your local news broadcasters and news publications about this event, and make an effort to attend this professionally-staged debate. Free parking is available in the GVSU lot.
Hosted by Libertarian Party of West Michigan
July 11, 2018 - Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ike's Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at email@example.com
July 12, 2018 - Capital Area Affiliate monthly meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AW Body Shop. 3303 N East St. Lansing, MI 48906.
Contact Martin Mashon at (517) 894-7157 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm location.
Times and locations may very from month to month.
July 12, 2018 - Dinner & Dialogue: MI House of Representatives Candidate Forum, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
This is not an official LPM Event, but may may be of interest to some members. Detroit Police Athletic League Headquarters Banquet Hall. 1680 Michigan Avenue. Detroit, MI 48216.
All primary candidates (Yes that includes Libertarians) are invited if they have a ditrict that includes some portion of Detroit. The event is free, but advance registration is required: Event Website
July 13-15, 2018 - Blissfest Outreach, Dana will be at Blissfest (Emmet County), 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM.
If you wish to join her - you will need tickets. The event website is: blissfest.org The event appears to be sold out so contact Dana for special vendor ticket arraingements. Blissfest is not an LPM event, but may be of interest to some members.
For more information, contact Dana Carver at: email@example.com
July 17, 2018 - Northwest Michigan Group Meeting, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
For more information, contact Donna Gundle-Kreig firstname.lastname@example.org
Toytown. 122 S Mitchell St. Cadillac, MI 49601
July 18, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM dinner, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM meeting,
!!!NEW MEETING LOCATION!!! National Coney Island, 1812 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48073
For more information contact County Chair Greg Stempfle at (313) 929-1789 or email@example.com
July 18, 2018 - Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party monthly meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Steve's Ranch Restaurant, 311 W. Louis Glick Hwy. Jackson, MI 49201
For more information contact Norman Peterson (269) 330-2980. JHLP Website: https://www.jhlp.org/
July 22, 2018 - Genesee County, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Jan's Bar and Grill. 7499 Miller Rd. Swartz Creek, MI 48473
For more information, contact Alex Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dustin Reamer at email@example.com
August 1, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Huron-Raisin (Washtenaw & Monroe), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classic Cup Cafe', 4389 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
August 2, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Livingston County monthly social meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cleary's Pub, 117 E Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843
Catch up with each other at 7 while we order food and introduce any visitors. Occasionally, we will have a guest speaker.
August 2, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM social, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM meeting
This will serve as our Fall county convention to select delegates to the August 25th state convention.
The Daly In The Alley outreach table and last-minute primary campaign activities will be discussed.
Tijuana Mexican Kitchen (West of Southfield Rd.) 18950 Ford Rd. Detroit, MI 48228
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