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MICHIGAN LIBERTARIAN
March 2018
Volume 47:03

 


In This Issue:

 

Thank you for all of the articles. Keep them coming with careful attention to our guidelines. We are now on a monthly publication schedule. Articles for the next issue of the Michigan Libertarian must be submitted to chair@michiganlp.orgnewsletter@michiganlp.org and vcpoliticaldirector@michiganlp.org no later than the 20th of each month. This allows for publication on the first of each month.

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Sign Up Today For The Michigan Libertarian Summit

by Bill Hall, Chair

Libertarians from across Michigan will assemble for a three-in-one Michigan Libertarian Summit on Saturday, March 10, 2018. We will be gathering in the beautiful meeting facilities at the Eagle Eye Golf Course, 15500 Chandler Road, Bath, Michigan (near East Lansing). Sign up today at https://michiganlp.org/2018-spring-conventionThe venue has requested our meal reservations by February 28 at noon, so sign up today at https://michiganlp.org/2018-spring-convention.

 

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Candidate Workshop Speakers Announced

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

There will be a candidate training workshop during the morning session of Libertarian Party of Michigan State Convention on March 10. We encourage all candidates, campaign managers, treasurers, or anyone else interested in learning about running a campaign for public office to attend.

The workshop will run from 9:00 until 12:00 followed by a two hour luncheon. Below is a list of speakers and campaign topics that will be discussed. A more precise timeline will be published as the convention draws closer.

  • Preview of 2018 Campaign Season – Greg Stempfle, LPM Political Director
  • Campaign finance rules and Fundraising – Bill Hall, LPM Chair and Greg Stempfle
  • Social media – Patty Malowney, candidate for Michigan State House district 77
  • Web design – Catherine Filus, At large director-Macomb Libertarians
  • Publishing blogs – Tim Yow, LPM Affiliates Director
  • State Party Newsletter – Scotty Boman, LPM newsletter editor
  • Michigan government 101 – Will White, LPM legislative committee
  • Getting appointed to a local board – Mike Saliba, Clinton Township Historical Commission
  • Roundtable discussion with elected libertarians – Andy LeCureaux (Hazel Park City Council) and Laura Ebke (Nebraska State Senate)

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My Spring Activist Checklist

By Bill Hall, Chair

Spring is almost here, and the political climate is heating up! Over the next few months, there are many things we can do to support the Libertarian Party of Michigan and its candidates in their mission to promote personal liberty and responsibility:

  1. Come talk and celebrate with a crowd of Libertarians at the Michigan Libertarian Summit on March 10 near East Lansing. Sign up now at https://michiganlp.org/2018-spring-convention.
  2. Run for delegate to the Libertarian Party National Convention in New Orleans, July 1-3, 2018. Delegates will be selected at the afternoon state convention business session at the Michigan Libertarian Summit.
  3. Attend the morning candidate workshops and lunch prior to the convention on March 10, to become a better candidate or learn how to assist your favorite candidate’s campaign.
  4. Attend the evening LibertyFest banquet on March 10 to help celebrate our libertarian heroes. Our featured speaker is Libertarian State Senator Laura Ebke of Nebraska. Help thank Senator Ebke for her visit by bringing and donating first class postage stamps for use in her re-election campaign.

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Kokesh Visits Michigan On His "Community & Unity Tour"

Based on a Press Release by his campaign Secretary Marcus Polus
 

Editor’s note: This article concernes a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for President. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage, without endorsing one candidate over another.

Adam Kokesh, is running for the Libertarian Party nomination for the President of the United States on the platform of dissolving the entire federal government. He is touring the country attending LP state conventions on the 'Community & Unity Tour.' This includes a visit to the Libertarian Party of Michigan March 10th Summit.

During this tour Adam will be promoting a few points. This includes:

  • Promoting the adoption of the 'Everybody Gets What They Want Strategy' which will be accomplished through an amendment to the party platform. The “Farmer Amendment” says, while we support the reduction and elimination of government wherever and whenever possible, out of respect for the right of self-determination of communities and individuals, we also support the localization of government wherever and whenever possible.
  • In support of this amendment, He will advocate the concept that the Libertarian Party is the party for every freedom-loving American who is sick of the two-party system. This “Unity Statement” will bring the left, right, and center together against the common enemy of a powerful central government. We do not have to be united under one government policy to be united in American values.
  • Obviously Adam is bringing attention to his presidential campaign. Which puts the option of voting for “No One” on the ballot. He will be the last president you will never need.
 

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Libertarians Earn The Moral High Ground By Sticking To Their Guns

By Scotty Boman, Editorial

I begin this editorial with the assumption that every reader is aware of the tragedy that took place this past St. Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

I firmly believe we Libertarians have a chance to save lives, by applying our principles to the public conversations that shape public policy. Consider, first, the ground in which we plant the seeds of change.

Each tragedy is as unique as the individual lives that were taken, but there is too much in common between this, and so many other, mass shootings to ignore. People’s reactions have also been very similar. On past occasions pundits and politicians have held back on exploiting such tragedies until some time had passed, but that time has become progressively more brief. Like a broken record, the Democratic left has blamed civilian access to guns, and their solution has been to legally restrict it. Like a broken record, the Republican right has fallen back on the Second Amendment and slippery slope arguments with very little to offer in the way of solutions.

 

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Officers & Staff

General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW. 

Chair: Bill Hall.chair@michiganlp.org 
First Vice Chair: Tim Yow. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.org 
Second Vice Chair: Greg Stempfle. vcpoliticaldirector@michiganlp.org 
Secretary: Emily Salvette. secretary@michiganlp.org 
Treasurer: Jason Brandenburg. treasurer@michiganlp.org 
District 1 Rep: Donna Gundle-Krieg. dist1rep@michiganlp.org 
District 2 Rep: Mary Buzuma. dist2rep@michiganlp.org 
District 3 Rep: Jamie Lewis. dist3rep@michiganlp.org 
District 4 Rep: Vacant. dist4rep@michiganlp.org 
District 5 Rep: Mark Sanborn. dist5rep@michiganlp.org 
District 6 Rep: Wendi Parker. dist6rep@michiganlp.org 
District 7 Rep: Norman Peterson. dist7rep@michiganlp.org 
District 8 Rep: Jeff Wood. dist8rep@michiganlp.org 
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. dist9rep@michiganlp.org 
District 10 Rep: John Kanan. dist10rep@michiganlp.org 
District 11 Rep: Paul Connolly. dist11rep@michiganlp.org 
District 12 Rep: Larry Johnson. dist12rep@michiganlp.org 
District 13 Rep: Vacant. dist13rep@michiganlp.org 
District 14 Rep: Ben Carr. dist14rep@michiganlp.org 

 

Judicial Committee Members

Kerry Morgan. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org 
Ken Proctor. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org 
James Hudler. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org 

 

Volunteers

Webmaster: In Transition. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org 
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.org 
Deputy Editor: Dave Dumas. newsletter@michiganlp.org 

 

Affiliate Contacts

Capital Area: Martin Mashon. (517) 894-7157, martinmashon@yahoo.com 
http://www.calparty.org 
Genesee County: Chair Alex Cooper, alexcooperliberty@gmail.com. VC Dustin Reamer, 810-522-3136, olddrumbelly@gmail.com 
https://www.facebook.com/LPGCMI 
Huron-Raisin: James Hudler, (734) 475-9792, james.hudler@gmail.com 
https://lpwc.wordpress.com 
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net 
https://www.jhlp.org 
Livingston County: James Weeks II, (810) 422-8769, j.weeks@riseup.net 
http://livingstonlibertarians.org 
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, chair@macomblp.org 
https://macomblp.org 
Mid-Michigan: Tim Coon, timothycoon1982@aol.com 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1356267337769739 
Northeast-Lower: Zach Boyle, 989-255-4521, livovivo@gmail.com 
Northern Lower: Dana Carver, danacarver103@yahoo.com 
Northwest Michigan: Donna Gundle-Krieg. dokrieg@gmail.com 
https://www.facebook.com/NWMILibertarian 
Oakland County: Greg Stempfle, (313) 929-1789, gregstempfle@gmail.com 
http://lpocmi.org 
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net 
https://swmlp.com 
Wayne County: Scotty Boman, (313) 247-2052, scottyboman@hotmail.com 
https://michiganlpwayne.wordpress.com 
West Michigan: Jake Andrews. (269) 967-4071. jwandrew@mtu.edu 
http://lpwm.org

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Upcoming Events
 

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.

March 1, 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.

 

March 1, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM social, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM meeting
Gubernatorial Candidate John Tatar & Highland PArk School Board candidate Mark Ashley Price may be speaking
Tijuana Mexican Kitchen (West of Southfield Rd.) 18950 Ford Rd. Detroit, MI 48228

March 6, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Contact Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net to confirm location

March 7, 2018 – Libertarian Party of Huron-Raisin (Washtenaw), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

March 8, 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 emailmartinmashon@yahoo.com to confirm location.
Times and locations may very from month to month.

March 8, 2018 – Northeast-Lower Affiliate monthly meeting
Location To be announced.
Contact Zach Boyle, livovivo@gmail.com, 989-255-4521.

March 10, 2018 – Libertarian Party of Michigan Summit, 9:00 am – 9:30 pm
15500 CHANDLER RD. EAGLE EYE GOLF CLUB. BATH, MI 48808-9611
9:00 AM to 1:55 PM: Campaign Training
2:00 PM to 5:45 PM: Convention
6:00 PM to 9:30 PM: Liberty Fest Banquet
Location To be announced.

March 11, 2018 – Straits Area Affiliate Business Meeting, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or amevans_1968@yahoo.com
Great Lakes Grill. 817 E State St. Cheboygan, MI 49721

March 14, 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 macomblp@gmail.com

March 20, 2018 - Northwest Michigan Libertarians, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
Schelde's Grille and Spirits. 714 Munson Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686 
Check for updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/470271686703499/ 
For more information, please contact District 1 Rep: Donna Gundle-Krieg. dokrieg@gmail.com

March 21, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM dinner, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM meeting, 
Shield's Pizza 1476 W Maple Rd. Troy, MI 48084
For more information contact Political Director Greg Stempfle at gregstempfle@gmail.com

March 21, 2018 – Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party monthly meeting, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Steve’s Ranch Restaurant, 311 W. Louis Glick Hwy. Jackson, MI 49201
Speaker – Fulton Sheen, Owner F&C Enterprises & Speaker & Writer on International Economics & Global Markets.
Topic – World Political Change & International Economies & Markets. Video: “The Big Short”
Event and Biographical Details are available at the 
Meetup site.

March 25, 2018 – Mid-Michigan Group, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Oscar's Bar and Grill, 140 E Main St. Midland, MI 48640
For more information, contact Tim Coon at timothycoon1982@aol.com

March 25, 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 alexcooperliberty@gmail.com or Dustin Reamer at olddrumbelly@gmail.com

March 28, 2018 – Libertarians of West Michigan monthly business meeting, 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
There will be no March social meeting. Business will be conducted on the Zoom App.
For details contact Jacob Andrews at jwandrew@mtu.edu

April 3, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Confirm location with Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net

March 4, 2018 – Libertarian Party of Huron-Raisin (Washtenaw), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

April 5, 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.

April 5, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM social, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM meeting
Tijuana Mexican Kitchen (West of Southfield Rd.) 18950 Ford Rd. Detroit, MI 48228

April 8, 2018 – Straits Area Affiliate Business Meeting, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or amevans_1968@yahoo.com
Great Lakes Grill. 817 E State St. Cheboygan, MI 49721


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