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Gelineau and Thomas Begin Campaign
Following the August 25 Libertarian Party of Michigan Convention, Governor and Lieutenant Governor candidates Bill Gelineau and Angelique Chaiser Thomas wasted no time hitting the campaign trail.
On Thursday, August 30 they traveled to Grand Rapids for interviews with several media outlets. These included a taping of To the Point at WOOD TV 8 (a CBS affilliate) with political reporter Rick Albin, broadcast on Sunday, September 2. They also visited Fox TV 17, where they were reported as saying
On Thursday, August 30 they traveled to Grand Rapids for interviews with several media outlets. These included a taping of Michigan voters are 'ready for real solutions.' Also they were interviewed by WZZM TV 13 (an ABC affiliate), and WOOD News Radio.
They finished their Grand Rapids tour with a pop up reception attended by many of the party faithful at Abacus Title Agency.
Traveling Around The State
Detroit, MI - Top of ticket candidates Bill Gelineau and Angelique Thomas continue their state wide campaign with multiple visits to Southeast Michigan. This included spending several hours at Dally in the Alley based in Detroit's Midtown (BKA The Cass Corridor).
Bill also had some fun at the Allegan County Fair. This included riding the Libertarian Party of West Michigan Float around.
By By Connor Jared Nepomuceno, College Outreach Director.
The 2018 Elections are less than 40 days away, and our candidates want to reach out to you and your classmates. Please let us know if there are any events coming up on your campuses, whether they are political in nature or even just open to the public. Our candidates would love to have the chance to shake hands and win hearts and minds. Any opportunity for our candidates to get out there and get the message of liberty across can help make this coming election our strongest showing yet!
Please contact our College Outreach Director Connor Jared Nepomuceno on Facebook or by email at CJNepo1@gmail.com
Delta College To Host Candidate Forum
By Richard Diehl III, President, Citizens in Action
University Center, MI - The Democracy Commitment at Delta College is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" event from 10:00 AM to Noon Tuesday on October 23rd, in the East and West Main Hallways of the campus (961 Delta Road, University Center, MI 48710)
The purpose of this event is to give students the opportunity to meet candidates running at the local, state and federal levels and learn what they stand for in order to be informed in advance of the Michigan November Election.
We invite any local, state or federal candidate of all parties to be on hand for the event.
If you are in contact with a Libertarian candidate running to represent the citizens of Bay, Saginaw, or Midland County please forward this information to them.
Fruitport VFW Post Meet the Candidate Event
By Max Rikse.
Fruitport Township, MI - On Friday October 19th the Fruitport Post of the VFW will host a candidate forum at 5201 Airline Road, Fruitport Township 49444 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
Candidates from all parties who will be on the November 6th, 2018 ballot are invited to attend. Tables will be available to display campaign materials but may not be hung up or fastened to walls. Yard signs may be displayed out in front of the building starting at 6:00 AM on Friday, October 19th; but must be removed by 8 PM.
To assist the VFW Post in promoting the event, candidates are encouraged to announce their planned attendance on Facebook and/or other social media. The VFW Post plans on publicizing the event through local print media.
POC for the event is Lt. Colonel (Ret) Max Riekse, Fruitport Post Commander at (231) 865-3238. Max is a candidate for Michigan State Senate District 34 which includes the West Michigan counties of Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo.
League Of Women Voters Of The Grand Haven Area Hosts Forum
Grand Haven, MI - The League of Women Voters of the Grand Haven Area will be holding a forum on Tuesday October 9th at the Grand Haven Community Center Mackinaw Room, 421 Columbus, Grand Haven Michigan 49417. Candidates for the 89th State House and 30th State Senate Districts will be featured. Please see this flyer for details.
Creswell Steps Up State Rep. Campaign
By Gregory Creswell, State Representative Candidate (Dist. 1)
Detroit, MI - I plan on campaigning in downtown Detroit, on the campus of Wayne State, in Eastern Market on Saturday mornings and on Sundays before Lions' home games during the tailgating period. Of course, I will also be campaigning in the neighborhoods of Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods and the northeastern parts of Detroit. My short but to the point campaign slogan of "our car insurance is too damn high" is an attention grabber for sure and meets with 100% approval. I have also added a second line, "repeal the no-fault law, vote Libertarian."
LeBlanc Goes Offers Contrast To Democratic Opponent at LWV Forum
By Joe LeBlanc, Michigan Senate candidate (Dist. 7)
Livonia, MI - I was pleased to participate in a League of Women Voters candidate forum on September 19th, 2018 at the Livonia City Hall. Approximately 80 people attended the event, and I was able to quite effectively contrast the" Less Government, More Freedom" position against the Democrat who found no tax increase and no new government program to not be of her liking. The Republican candidate did not attend.
Bruce Campbell MSU Board Of Trustees Candidate Profile
As submitted by the candidate to the Detroit Free Press and League of Women's Voters.
Current Position: Advocate for the poor, leadership in community.
Education: BA from MSU, post grad work, Paris, France and Lausanne, Switzerland; charter member Justin Morrill College, Rodney B. Wilson High School, St. Johns, MI.
Describe your qualifications and experience for the University Board and explain your reasons for running. How would you be an asset?
Teacher, social worker postal clerk/ Master 35 yrs.; union treas. & steward 2 yrs.; curriculum adviser 6 yrs.; Downtown Development, chaired subcommittee 1 yr.; advocate for poor (took homeless in) lifetime; fund raiser for charity 15 yrs.; leadership in civic and religious organizations 53 yrs.; various occupations from farm work to assembly, bus driver to lifeguard - managed city pool, reading tutor, working with gifted and talented. With a vast field of experience, being able to listen to all sides, do research and find viable solutions are major reasons for running for Trustee and are valuable assets to this work. Received Citizen of the week award and Governor's award for environment improvements. I have lived overseas and in many areas of MI including Romeo, Bad Axe, St. Johns, Interlochen, Traverse City, Lapeer, Rogers City, Allegan and Alanson.
What recommendations would you propose to make university attendance more affordable and reduce the burden of student financial debt?
Some ideas to help make college education cheaper would include: 1) cut the budget 10% across the board, eliminate duplication; 2) expand work/study program, create with business community apprenticeships, or internships; and 3) allow more credit approval for classes taken at community colleges, AP classes and the 12th high school year (even vocational tech) towards undergraduate courses.
What are the two most pressing issues facing this university today and what is your position on those issues?
MSU Trustees are in the process of hiring a new university president. This person should have varied experience in business and education. This person should be thoroughly vetted and not political. A person who loves to work with students and is available to all with an open door. Handling future sexual scandals and avoiding "cover-ups" is a major issue that still plagues our school. Policies should be in place and enforced to provide a safe environment for all persons; i.e. zero tolerance for sexual harassment, bullying and hazing. We need to be fiscal responsible, accepting and pro peace.
Stempfle campaigns for Secretary of State in northern Michigan
By Greg Stempfle, Political Director
Libertarian nominee for Secretary of State Gregory Stempfle has been campaigning across the state since receiving the party nomination at the August 25 state convention in Romulus.
During mid-September, Stempfle took a five day trip across northern Michigan to speak to voters and deliver state party campaign materials to local affiliates. On September 12, Stempfle participated in a candidate meet and greet in Manistee, hosted by the Northwest Michigan Libertarians, along with several other candidates including Bill Gelineau for Governor, David Holmer for Manistee County Commissioner and a number of city officials. Stempfle also spoke on September 14 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette at an event hosted by the NMU Cannabis Association for Responsible Education and on September 16 in Cheboygan at the monthly meeting of the Straits Area Libertarians.
Stempfle has a number of upcoming speaking engagements scheduled. He will address the Oakland County Clerk's Association on September 26 about election reform, the Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES) about voting rights for former prisoners on October 2, and will participate in a meet and greet hosted by CitizenDetroit on October 4th. Since getting the nomination, Stempfle has also been interviewed with the Detroit News, the Tom Sumner show in Flint, and by the Oakland County Times.
Among the reasons for the opposition to the amendment are that it would define "major political party" in the state Constitution for the first time and limit that category to only two political parties, those two with the largest representation in the state legislature. The commission would therefore consist of four Democrat, four Republican, and five "non-affiliated" members, giving the major parties an 8-5 majority. Many libertarians feel that gerrymandering is an inherent characteristic of electing legislative bodies by single member districts and the only way to solve this problem is to move towards electing legislators from multi-member districts or proportional representation.
At the same convention, Libertarian delegates took no position on Proposal 1, the ballot initiative organized by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. However at the July 2017 State Convention, delegates fell two votes shy of the two-thirds necessary for the endorsement. Most of the opposition to the proposal was because people with previous cannabis convictions would not have their record expunged (something Bill Gelineau has promised to do if elected Governor) and the additional taxes placed on cannabis being used as a means for government to raise revenue for unrelated functions.
The party also took no position on Proposal 3, another proposed Amendment to the Michigan Constitution, organized by the group Promote the Vote. This proposal would require that a straight-ticket voting option be included on the ballot, among other voting reforms. Most Libertarians celebrated the recent removal of the straight ticket option for the 2018 general election ballot by the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Having no straight-ticket option will help third party and independent candidates, especially in races with only two opponents, because voters are more likely to consider these candidates when voting in individual races. If this amendment passes, the straight-ticket option will likely return in 2020.
Libertarians Exhibit Blue Ribbon Outreach At Allegan County Fair
By Bruce Smith
Allegan, MI - From September 7th through 15th, Libertarians worked the Allegan County Fair Booth. Mary Buzuma of the West Michigan Libertarian Party was volunteer coordinator. Myself and Arnie Davidsons helped work the booth for a whole week. Bruce and Ann Campbell of Allegan also helped as volunteers for a few days as well as many others from the West Michigan and Southwest Michigan Affiliates. We handed out flyers for candidates and the Libertarian Party. Many fair attendees stopped and took the "World's Smallest Political Quiz" and were surprised to find that they were Libertarian. The fair parade on Monday night had the "Lady Liberty" float. Mary and Ann walked the parade route along with our candidate for Governor Bill Gelineau who worked the crowd. The band that marched in front of our float played "My Country 'Tis of Thee, Sweet land of Liberty." You couldn't ask for anything more and for free. Parade watchers clapped as our crew and float passed by them. You'll find Bruce Campbell on the statewide ballot for Trustee of Michigan State University. Mary Buzuma is running for State Senate in District 30 (Ottawa County). Be sure you are registered and vote November 6th!
By Mary Buzuma
I would like to thank everyone who volunteered at the Libertarian Party of West Michigan's booth at the Allegan County Fair this year and made it our most successful to date. Together we handed out about 600 pieces of literature (mostly the Libertarian Promise to Michigan with Slate Card and Bill Gelineau for Governor tri-fold), gave 100 World's Smallest Political Quizzes and managed to raise a few bucks in the process.
Thanks to: Ginger Walto, Jason Brandenburg, Jamie Lewis, Bruce and Ann Campbell, Jake, Rachel and Quinn Andrews, Nick Zientarski, Quinton Smith, John Hanse, Larry Johnson and James Hudler (thanks guys for coming all the way from Washtenaw), Bill Gelineau (the only candidate for governor at the parade) and Lorence Wenke who got "The Lady" to the parade.
A very special from the bottom of my heart thanks to Arnis Davidsons and Bruce Smith (the cookies were great) who were there every day and kept me from going insane.
I hope to see all of you again at the fair in 2020!
I have met very few people - in any walk of life, much less the contentious world of political activism - as thoughtful and giving, as considerate and warm-hearted, as Ed Karpinski. I can't recall ever hearing an angry (or even unkind) word pass his lips - about anyone. Rest in peace, my friend. You will be missed. The Libertarian Party, the libertarian movement and, in fact, the world in general is a little poorer for your loss.
Edward W. Karpinksi, longtime Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) activist passed away on September 8th at age 82. Most veteran Libertarians will remember him as the dedicated volunteer who was always willing to organize bulk mailings at a time when postal delivery was the primary means of communication between the LPM and its members. He and his wife Joanne were always volunteering and would often work together until her death in the fall of 2001.
He and Joanne frequently staffed the headquarters of Jon Coon's 1994 US Senate campaign as well as the Hazel Park LPM office. Edward's dedication helped inspire Political Director Greg Stempfle:
When I first got active in the LP, I was living in Wayne County where Ed and his wife Joanne were two of our most dedicated activists. They both helped shape me into becoming a party leader. Ed was always one of the first people to step up and take on many of the behind the scenes responsibilities needed to run an organization smoothly, from serving on the county board to assembling mailings at his house. Everything Ed did, he did with a giant smile and infectiously warm and kind personality. Rest in peace Ed.
Edward was also on the Board of Directors of the CCW reform organization Brass Roots. Bruce Hoepner of Brass Roots, posted "Sad to hear of this. He was a true gentleman and a stalwart for the Libertarian Party." He rarely if ever missed a Wayne County Affiliate meeting until a little over a year ago. Former Wayne County Chair Raymond Warner commented, "He was a gentleman, and he didn't need to be reminded when there was a meeting."
Edward was a life member who didn't use the internet. Sometimes he got printouts of the online Michigan Libertarian mailed to him. In recent years he would often learn of LPM events by phone or word of mouth. Ironically, the Michigan Libertarian learned of his passing from an online death notice. Nancy O'Brien had spotted this notice for "Albert" Karpinski, and brought it to the attention of editor, Scotty Boman. According to his son, the difference in first name was purely a misprint.
Boman who attended the memorial on September 12th said, "I had met some of his family at Joanne's funeral in 2001, but had forgotten that he had four daughters and three sons. He was also a grandfather. While most Libertarians will only know of Joanne, he was previously married to Beverly. In recent years he was with his significant other, Yvette Reghi." Boman had also known Edward from outside the party, "He and Joanne were active members of Unity Church of Today where my late mother was also a member."
Most people will remember Edward for his kind manners as described in the opening quote from Tim O'Brien. Tim's wife Nancy noted, "Ed was a sweet guy, a kind and unassuming man - I can only remember good things about him." This sentiment was echoed by others on social media. Barb Vozenilek, who was county coordinator for the 1994 ballot access effort, posted, "I so remember Ed, so sweet, helpful and absolutely authentic. He will be missed."
Boman Continues Effort To Preserve Police Commission Amidst Charter Revision
Based on DRACO News Release
This candidate was selected at a state convention, but a candidate's views and activities are not necessarily endorsed by the Michigan Libertarian.
Detroit, MI - Scotty Boman is the Libertarian candidate for Michigan Board of Education, but that hasn't taken him away from local politics. He is also founder of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (D.R.A.C.O.). He appears to have been unsuccessful in preventing the Charter Revision (Proposal R) from passing, but he hasn't given up on his mission to preserve the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC).
On September 30th he announced that he would be holding a candidate forum for Charter Commission Candidates, with the future of the Board of Police Commissioners being a central topic. The forum will be held on Sunday on October 14th at the Samaritan Center 5555 Conner St, Detroit, MI 48213.
DRACO also sent questionnaires to Detroit Charter Commission (DCC) candidates, with assurances that the results would be well publicized. According to Boman,
"We want the public to make informed decisions. If more people were aware of Proposal R, we wouldn't be having this conversation, but some DCC candidates have already come out in favor of preserving or even expanding on, the elected BOPC. DRACO is an educational organization, and we want to make sure voters know which DCC candidates support civilian oversight and the right of Detroiters to elect their own Police Commissioners.
Boman isn't convinced that the Proposal R (the ballot question that opened the Charter for revision) passed in a fair election. He and two other Detroit residents, Gregg Newsom and Lucinda Darrah, successfully petitioned for a recount of some Detroit precincts. On September 6th they attempted to recount 65 of Detroit's 503 precincts, but were only able to recount 61 of them. The measure had reportedly won by 184 votes, but the challenges were able lower that difference to 173. However a much larger number of votes could not be recounted. Four precincts were said to be "uncountable." The number of ballots in those precincts was 520, much larger than the difference between "Yes" and "No" votes.
Michigan election law allows results to stand when discrepancies between log books, machine counts, or the physical number of ballots renders a precinct "uncountable." In one case, two precincts that were stored in the same "sealed" ballot box were missing 38 of the ballots that were on record as having been placed in the box.
Furthermore a few different voters had reported that they could not find the proposal on their ballots, and one member of the community swore that election officials claimed the proposal would be on the General Election ballot. As a result Boman filed a request on September 26th that Attorney General Bill Schuette seek a court order nullifying the results of the election (as pertains to Proposal R). In the filing Boman stated,
In spite of irregularities many times as serious as those needed to change the outcome of the election, the Wayne County board of canvassers upheld the results without organizing an investigation into the cause of the irregularities or how those irregularities could affect the outcome of the election. In so doing they have usurped the right of the people to approve or disapprove of the charter since a true and proper result cannot be determined as the number of uncountable ballots will change the outcome and result.
If the Attorney General fails to act within 30 days, the matter will be passed on to the circuit court. Boman is seeking an attorney to take the action to that level.