May 2019
Volume 48:05

In This Issue:

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We Have Lost a Good Friend: Arnis Davidsons

By Jason Brandenberg

Plainwell, MI - It is with a heavy heart that I write this message to inform you all that the Libertarian Party (LP) of Southwest Michigan has lost a good friend.

Arnis Davidsons was a founding member of our rejuvenated group of liberty activists and played a major role in making the Southwest Michigan region active again. If you ever met Arnie, you know that he had a lot to say on many topics, but never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was a kind and friendly fellow who was always smiling both inside and out. Arnie was a true friend of liberty and the LP of Michigan. He was very active in both the West Michigan and Southwest Michigan affiliates and even ran for political office under the LP banner several times.

Arnis had a wonderful positive personality and made friends wherever he went. He will truly be missed.

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Bay City State Convention Roundup

By Greg Stempfle, Chair
Bay City, MI - The Libertarian Party of Michigan held its state convention on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, in Bay City. Over 110 delegates from across the state met to conduct biennial party business including the selection of new party officers, amending the party bylaws and platform, and passing several resolutions. During the luncheon, delegates participated in a Q and A session with three presidential candidates. During the evening banquet, the party gave out our annual Defender of Liberty Awards and heard from former New Hampshire State Representative Caleb Dyer.



2019 Defender of Liberty Awards Received by Gioia, Szablas, Dietz

By Greg Stempfle, Chair

Three 2019 Defender of Liberty Awards were given to deserving candidates after the close of convention business.




Michigan Libertarians Say "Free Assange! Stop Police Brutality!"

By Scotty Boman, Editor
Bay City, MI - Delegates to the Libertarian Party of Michigan state convention made their feelings about the abuse of power clear on April 13th; they resolved to free Julian Assange and to stop Police brutality.

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From the Chair

By Greg Stempfle, Chair

I would like to once again thank the delegates who attended the April 13 Libertarian Party of Michigan convention for electing me to be the new chairperson of the party. I am humbled by the amount of support I received from many of you and by the responsibility I will be undertaking.

For those that don't know me. I have been involved with the Libertarian Party since 1996 when I saw Harry Browne speak at Michigan State. In the 20 plus years since that time, I have chaired both Wayne and Oakland Counties, served as Michigan Libertarian newsletter editor, served as 2nd vice chair/political director, and run for public office eleven times, including Secretary of State in 2018. I have seen the LPM do many things; some that worked, some that didn't. I want to take all of that knowledge and experience to continue to build a more smoothly running political party that can provide support for our candidates for public office.

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Michigan Libertarians Reject More Taxes to Fix the Damn Roads

By Scotty Boman, Editor

Bay City, MI - Delegates to the Libertarian Party of Michigan state convention made their feelings about Gretchen Whitmer's 45� per  gallon gas tax increase clear on Saturday April 13th.

They expressed their typical opposition to all taxes while hinting at out-of-the-box solutions like private roads. They also aligned themselves with the mainstream of the electorate by pointing to the historically lopsided defeat of a more modest road tax proposal in 2015.

Over two-thirds of those attending the event at the Courtyard Marriot in Bay City voted to support this resolution:

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Proposal 1 Not Good Enough For Michigan Libertarians

By Scotty Boman, Editor

Bay City, MI - While many Michiganders are looking to last year's Proposal 1 as the conclusion of the decades long marijuana legalization movement, delegates to the Libertarian Party of Michigan state convention on Saturday April 13 saw it as a beginning, and they are looking ahead to more reforms. Many of those attending the convention in Bay City expressed dismay at the taxes that will be levied on cannabis and are disturbed by the continued incarceration of people imprisoned for marijuana related activities before they were legalized. Over two-thirds of the delegates voted to endorse the following resolution:

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Officers & Staff

General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW.
Chair: Greg Stempfle. 
First Vice Chair: Ben Boren. 
Second Vice Chair: Jamie 
Secretary: Wendi Parker. 
Treasurer: Norman Peterson. 
District 1 Rep: Dana Carver. 
District 2 Rep: Patty Malowney. 
District 3 Rep: Nathan Hewer. 
District 4 Rep: Brian Ludwig. 
District 5 Rep: Benjamin Dryke. 
District 6 Rep: Antonio Smith. 
District 7 Rep: Jason Rees. 
District 8 Rep: Jeff Wood. 
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. 
District 10 Rep: Catherine Filus. 
District 11 Rep: Jerry Bloom. 
District 12 Rep: Lawrence W. Johnson. 
District 13 Rep: Jeremy Morgan. 
District 14 Rep: Tim Yow. 


Judicial Committee Members

Kerry Morgan. 
Ken Proctor. 
Katie Nepton. 



Webmaster: In Transition. 
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. 
Deputy Editors: Norman Peterson & Mary Buzuma. 
Circulation Director: Catherine Filus.Catherine Filus 

Affiliate Contacts

Capital Area: Luke Sciberras, Chair. 248-302-1064, 
Genesee County: Chair Alex Cooper, 
Huron-Raisin: James Hudler, (734) 475-9792, 
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 
Livingston County: James Weeks II, (810) 422-8769, 
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, 
Mid-Michigan: Tim Yow. 
Northeast-Lower: Zach Boyle, 989-255-4521, 
Northern Lower: Dana Carver, 
Northwest Michigan: Donna Gundle-Krieg. 
Oakland County: Greg Stempfle, (313) 929-1789, 
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. 
Straits Area: Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . 
Wayne County: Scotty Boman, (313) 247-2052, 
West Michigan: Jake Andrews. (269) 967-4071.


Upcoming Events

Some events are also posted by their hosts at the 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.

May 8, 2019 - 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

May 14, 2019 - Northwest Michigan affiliate monthly business meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
West End Tavern. 12719 S West Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI
The Northwest Michigan Libertarians recently became an official affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, as members selected officers and set a regular meeting schedule. In addition, the group created official bylaws, which were approved by the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Michigan.
We will discuss an upcoming Memorial Day outreach event in Buckley, where we will have a table with our banner and pass out literature. We plan to get t-shirts for members to purchase for this and future outreach activities.
The officers will conduct a business meeting every 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please see the Events Page for more information.
Business meetings will focus on the group's goals of electing political candidates and conducting outreach and educational activities. Anyone is welcome!
The monthly meeting will be also be held electronically as well. For more information, please contact Donna Gundle-Krieg at

May 15, 2019 - Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian County Convention, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Steve's Ranch Restaurant, 311 W. Louis Glick Hwy. Jackson, MI 49201
Speaker - Jackson County Chairman James E (Steve) Shotwell, Jr.
Topic - Jackson County going forward and answer Your Questions.
WEBSITE: We encourage Teachers, Politicians and Public Officials to attend this meeting. IT'S YOUR TAX MONEY! For more information contact Norman Peterson (269) 330-2980. JHLP Website:

May 15, 2019 - The Libertarian Party of Oakland County monthly meeting, Dinner at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7:30 PM.
The Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern. 30450 Telegraph Road, Bingham Farms, MI 48025. For more information contact Greg Stempfle, (313) 929-1789,

May 19, 2019 - Capital Area Affiliate monthly meeting, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Harper's Restaurant and Brew Pub. 131 Albert Ave. East Lansing, MI 48823.
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or email to confirm location.
Times and locations may very from month to month.

May 22, 2019 - Libertarian Party of West Michigan - Bringing Liberty to Rockford, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Libertarian Party of West Michigan will hold this event in the Krause Memorial / Kent District Library - Krause Memorial/Rockford Branch 140 E Bridge St, Rockford, Michigan 49341.
Social time at 6:30 pm. More details are posted on the Libertarian Party of West Michigan Facebook Pagehttps:/

May 22, 2019 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County general meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Regular business meetings will continue to be on the first Thursday of the month. However we will now have a general meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Livonia Elks at 31117 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150. south side, just a short distance east of Merriman. Park in the back; enter through rear entrance. - Walk straight ahead through the vestibule, lobby area, and then turn down the hallway to the right. Walk down about 50' or so, and turn left into the short hallway; pass the couple of restrooms - and there we are!
There may be additional changes in the future, so please call ahead for future meetings.
For more information, contact Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 or email

June 4, 2019 - Southwest Affiliate Meeting 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The next meeting of the LP of Southwest Michigan will be at The Crew Restaurant. 3810 East Cork Street Kalamazoo, MI. (269) 337-9800. Take the Sprinkle Rd/Cork exit off I-94. For more information, please contact Jason Brandenburg at also on Facebook at

June 5, 2019 - Huron-Raisin Social Meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Classic Cup Cafe, 4389 Jackson Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
For more information, contact James Hudler at 734-475-9792 or email

June 6, 2019 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County monthly business meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
This is our final West Pointe BBQ meeting; the Libertarian Party of Wayne County decided to have a change of scenery. Westpoint Bar-B-Que at 25301 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan 48124.
We will be discussing a new location for our business meetings which will continue to be held on the first Thursday of each Month..
Business and speakers, for the Wayne County affiliate, are normally scheduled from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, but people arrive around 6:30 PM to order dinner. For more information, contact Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 or email

June 6, 2019 - Livingston County Michigan Libertarians social meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The meetings have two parts:

  1. Meet and greet: Catch up with each other at 7 while we order food and introduce any visitors.
  2. Guest Speaker / Miscellaneous: If we have something going on that requires discussion before the business meeting, we talk about it. Occasionally, we will have a guest speaker.

The other meeting we have every month is the business meeting. At this meeting, usually held at our Secretary's home in Howell, the officers and volunteers discuss affiliate business. The membership is welcome to attend these meetings, which are announced at the prior week's social meeting.
Cleary's Pub, 117 E Grand River Ave. Howell, MI 48843
For more information, contact James Weeks II at 810.422.8769 or email

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