By Donna Gundle-Krieg, affiliate chair
Editors note: The new Northwest Michigan affiliate covers the counties of Charlevoix, Antrim, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Benzie, Manistee, Wexford, and Missaukee.
The Northwest Michigan Libertarian Party (NWMLP) has been approved as an official affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Michigan! The new local party selected officers at its November 13th meeting. In addition, members created bylaws, and set meeting dates.
Below are the officers, who will be meeting monthly to move the party towards our goals of electing candidates and conducting educational and outreach activities.
Donna Gundle-Krieg is a real estate broker in Mancelona and owns her own company, DEK Realty. She is especially passionate about property rights, and in a past life was passionate about growing the home schooling movement. Donna was involved in the Libertarian party for years in "downstate" Michigan, and is the Congressional District 1 Representative for the Libertarian Party of Michigan. She lives in Mancelona with her husband and has two adult children. Email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ben is an Entrepreneur who recently returned to his roots in Charlevoix after several years living in California and Nevada.Ben has been involved in the Libertarian Party for a decade, and his enthusiasm is contagious. His favorite quote is from Ayn Rand: "He will be an integrated man, that is: a thinker who is a man of action." Email Ben at Viceemail@example.com.
Reverend Ben is a Spiritual Caregiver at Heartland Hospice, and Owner-Operator at Northern Knots Wedding and Event Service. He was the first regular member of the local party. He has a special interest in the tricky balance required for Christians to be involved in politics, and feels that a third party alternative is necessary for our country to move forward. He lives in Buckley with his wife, and they are expecting their third child. Email Ben at Membership@nwmichiganlibertarians.org
David, who lives in Manistee, is a Veteran, author, actor and much more. Most recently, he ran a very impressive race for County Commissioner and hopes to share the skills he learned on the campaign trail, so that the party can elect candidates at a local level. David only recently realized that he was a Libertarian, and has embraced the party with energy and enthusiasm.Email David at Politicaldirector@nwmichiganlibertarians.org.
Pete is an Architectural Designer and Draftsman in Traverse City. Although originally intrigued by Ron Paul's presidential campaigns, it wasn't until Gary Johnson's 2016 nomination that he became interested in the Libertarian Party. He enjoys learning from libertarian podcasts such as Part of the Problem, The Jason Stapleton Program, Ron Paul Liberty Report and Lions of Liberty. He is a firm believer in Matt Kibbe's slogan "Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff." Email Peter at Secretary@nwmichiganlibertarians.org.
Joe is the president of Hartman Tax Services LLC. One of his favorite quotes is by Thomas Jefferson: "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies." He and his wife recently moved to Bear Lake from Florida. Since he moved to Michigan, Joseph has jumped into involvement at the local and state party. Email Joseph at Treasurer@nwmichiganlibertarians.org,
By Scotty Boman, Wayne County Affiliate Chair
Dearborn , MI - After several years of meetings at Tijuana's Mexican restaurant, the Libertarian Party of Wayne County decided to have a change of scenery. The affiliate is grateful for the years of excellent service provided by Tijuana's. The new location is Westpoint Bar-B-Que at 25301 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan 48124. This meeting is on January third at 6:30 PM. The meetings will remain on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM for the time being, but there may be additional changes in the future, so please call ahead. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (voice only) at (313) 247-2052. Facebook users can stay in touch with us here: https://www.facebook.com/LPMIWayne and on meetup.com here: https://www.meetup.com/Libertarian-Party-of-Michigan/ The affiliate will be circulating a survey whereby approval voting will be used to choose the best time and place for Libertarian Party members who live in Wayne County.
By Greg Stempfle
The Oakland County affiliate will be meeting at the Rusty Bucket on January 16th and February 20th . The Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern is located at 30450 Telegraph Road, Bingham Farms, MI 48025. Dinner time will be at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7:30 PM.
By Jason Brandenburg, Southwest Michigan affiliate Chair
The venue the Southwest Michigan affiliate was meeting at has abruptly closed. The next meeting of the LP of Southwest Michigan will be on Tuesday February 5, 6-8pm at The Crew Restaurant in Kalamazoo
3810 East Cork Street
Take the Sprinkle Rd/Cork exit off I-94.
For now meeting days will stay at the first Tuesday of the month. Jason Brandenburg is still the primary contact for the Southwest Michigan affiliate.
By Mary Buzuma,
The next meeting of The Libertarian Party of West Michigan will be on January 9th at Burger Crest, 376 N. 3rd Ave., Fruitport, MI 49415. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. Meeting details and agenda will be posted on the Libertarian Party of West Michigan Facebook Page: https:/www.facebook.com/WestMichiganLibertarian
Another year has passed, but in many ways 2018 was different for the Libertarian Party of Michigan. Love it or hate it, this was the year that we played the game by the same rules as Democrats and Republicans (except for the hefty subsidizes that only the top two parties got). The high vote total earned by Gary Johnson and Bill Weld in 2016 invoked a clause in our bylaws that called for a special convention in anticipation of how state law would be treating us differently in the next election.
Thanks to the tireless research by Political Director Greg Stempfle we were able to approve a set of bylaws that were compatible with our new status. Since 2019 is an odd year, the bylaws will be up for revision. While setting a record for third party gubernatorial candidates in Michigan, the Gelineau-Thomas ticket did not receive enough votes to retain our special status. Thankfully the existing bylaws anticipated this possibility. We now have bylaws that seamlessly adapt to our change of status, and should we break that threshold again they will still be relevant. So we can take some of our experiences in applying the bylaws with us to the 2019 convention. There will probably be some changes but an overhaul isn't required.
2018 was also the year that we learned we could survive and thrive as a major party. We were able to leverage our status for better recognition by the mainstream media. We had precinct delegates and county conventions. We matured structurally as an organization.
It is also the year that Marijuana became legal. I know there is a lot of unhappiness that this newly legalized product will continue to be taxed as are other legal products; but for the first time, without the need to pay a tax a person can have 10 ounces of marijuana on hand along with 12 plants, and risk no legal penalty. No taxes, fines, fees, jail time, or prison time. Previously ten ounces and a garden could easily lead to imprisonment. On the down side it's only ten ounces.
Then that lame duck session. 2018 was the year that the Republican governor signed a bill into law that will censor what Michiganders can post on the internet. He also signed a bill to make the already herculean task of getting an initiative on the ballot even more difficult.
It is the year that we lost two fine activists: Edward Karpinski and Richard Gach.
I asked visitors to the LPM Facebook page what they thought some of the more notable events in 2018 were and here are some of their responses:
Michigan had a big year with legalizing pot and our first Libertarian primary for governor - Abigail Ferguson
The Democrat party self destructing and paving the way for Libertarians to become the second party in our two party system. - Brian Haire
Trumps attacks on everyone in America except his friends, and his attacks on the free press. - Dean Rourk
In Michigan, there is an elected Drain Commissioner in Muskegon County who is being recalled for fraud. I've talked to family and it's legit corruption. This is LP gold. - Jennifer Moore
- Amash got re-elected
- Recreational cannabis is legal in a couple more states - notably HERE - and a gray market is operating?
Bad news is that we now have to figure out how to government is going to try to control the gerrymandering proposal even more than they already do - not sure yet if that was truly a win for the people... - Samantha Meurer
- Ballot initiative in CO to legalize mushrooms
Pretty good showing at the polls! The message is getting out there. - Leon Hollowell
The good: Jobs came back, gas prices dropped, weed was legalized, gerrymandering was reigned in. The bad: officials acting criminally and not being punished, lack of transparency at all levels of government, over-regulation, and the disaster called health care. Goodbye 2018. - Rose DeJong
We are destined to remember the most recent things, but I have compiled a table listing some of the coverage libertarians received in the news media. Happy New Year!
|Community leaders angry over decision to reinstate Detroit police corporal accused of punching woman||News 4 WDIV||18-December|
|Public Safety, Personal Experiences||Michigan Public Radio||28-November|
|Ballot Meridian 2018: Lisa Lane Gioia (LB) Michigan Attorney General||HOM-TV Comcast 21||2-November|
|Meet the Candidates Stempfle (LIB - SOS)||CMU PUBLIC TELEVISION (WCMU)||1-November|
|Public Safety, Personal Experiences||Michigan Public Radio||28-October|
|Ballot Meridian 2018 General: State Board of Education Debate||HOM-TV Comcast 21||26-October|
|Michigan election 2018: Here are your third-party options||Detroit Free Press||23-October|
|Detroit should be its own county, Libertarian Bill Gelineau says at MLive citizen roundtable||MLive||23-October|
|Dems look ready to flip U.S. Rep. Dave Trott's suburban Detroit district||Detroit Free Press||18-October|
|Ballot Meridian 2018: Scotty Boman (LB) State Board of Education||HOM-TV Comcast 21||14-October|
|Sick of Democrats vs. Republicans? So are Michigan's Libertarians, a party on the rise||Metro Times||10-October|
|Scotty Boman For Michigan Board of Education||Citizen Detroit||22-September|
|Libertarian candidate for governor still fighting for recognition in Michigan||MLive||20-September|
|Libertarians Declare War On WDIV||Gongwer News Service||19-September|
|Whitmer's plan to fix Michigan roads could raise taxes||MLive||17-September|
|The money Schuette wants to fix roads with may not exist||MLive||17-September|
|Edward (Correct first name) W. Karpinski Obituary||Detroit Free Press||8-September|
|To The Point: Libertarian gubernatorial candidates||WOOD TV8||2-September|
|Libertarian candidates say Michigan voters are 'ready for real solutions'||WXMI Fox17 News||2-September|
|Libertarians Nominate Statewide Candidates for General Election||FOX 47 News WSYM-TV||28-August|
|Libertarians confirm nominations for statewide candidates||WZZM 13||27-August|
|Libertarian candidate for governor announces running mate||WZZM 13||23-August|
|Libertarian gubernatorial nominee announces running mate||Michigan Radio NPR WUOM FM||23-August|
|Libertarian Gelineau announces running mate||News 8 WOOD||22-August|
|Bill Gelineau announces Lt. Gov. pick||UP Matters WJMN||22-August|
|Who is running for Michigan Secretary of State? Read about them here||Detroit Free Press||20-August|
|Libertarian gubernatorial candidate pushes for a seat at the table for third parties||Michigan Radio NPR WUOM FM||18-August|
|Who's on the general election ballot in Michigan's Congressional districts||MLive||8-August|
|Michigan Primary Election Preview||Hillsdale Daily News||4-August|
|Two candidates face off in historic Libertarian primary||The Detroit News||4-August|
|Spotlight on the News: Why these Libertarian candidates want to be Michigan governor||WXYZ News 7||27-July|
|Where they stand: Michigan governor candidates on jobs and the economy||Bridge Magazine||27-July|
|Let It Rip Weekend: Libertarian candidates debate||Fox2 WJBK||22-July|
|Legalizing recreational marijuana divides candidates for Michigan's next governor||Michigan Radio NPR WUOM FM||19-July|
|First-ever primary ballot puts Michigan Libertarian Party in uncharted territory||MLive||18-July|
|Libertarian candidates for governor debate at WOOD||WOOD News 8||15-July|
|Off the Record with Tim Skubick||WKAR||15-July|
|Libertarian candidates for governor to debate ahead of primary||WNMU-FM||11-July|
|Libertarian candidates for governor to debate ahead of primary||WEMU||11-July|
|Primary first: Libertarians on ballot for MI governor||WOOD News 8||10-July|
|Libertarian candidates for governor to debate ahead of primary||Michigan Radio 91.1 FM Flint||10-July|
|Libertarian candidates for governor to debate ahead of primary||WGVU||10-July|
|Skubick: Longshot candidates stay on the campaign trail||WLNS - TV6||26-June|
|Two Michigan Libertarian governor candidates walk into a bar...||Bridge Magazine||15-June|
|Redford's Tatar Making Bid For Governor's Office As Libertarian||The Redford Sentinel||11-June|
|Look out for this wild card in Michigan's midterm election||Detroit Free Press||10-June|
|Out of the Blocks (Episode: Detroit: MorningSide, part 1. Faith not tested...)||WYPR NPR News Station in Maryland, 88.1 FM||5-June|
|Protesting son of former Royal Oak mayor arrested at police run event||The Oakland Press||4-June|
|Congressional candidate arrested at police run in Royal Oak||Detroit Free Press||3-June|
|Man arrested for protesting 'police violence' during Royal Oak police charity event||WXYZ News 7||2-June|
|A Libertarian primary for the first time in Michigan history||Michigan Radio||21-May|
|Here's who's running to be Michigan's next governor||The Detroit News||21-May|
|Lamonte joins field for State Senate seat. Candidates file for 2018 elections||Ludington Daily News||14-May|
|Nassar scandal drives interest in Michigan State University board election||Lansing State Journal||14-May|
|Fruitport's Colonel Max Riekse... Runs for State Senate||Fruitport Area News||1-May|
|Nearly 1,000 Michigan candidates file for 2018 election||Detroit News||24-April|
|Nine candidates file to run for Michigan's governor||Bridge Magazine||24-April|
|Names you'll see on Michigan primary ballots in August||Detroit Free Press||24-April|
|These 9 candidates will be competing in Michigan's gubernatorial primary||MLive||24-April|
|Libertarian Candidate for US Senate Seeking to Arm the Homeless||Truth In Media||16-March|
|The Senate Candidate Who Wants to Arm the Homeless Explains Himself||Vice Media||16-March|
|Arm homeless with shotguns to reduce crime, US Senate hopeful says||Fox News||16-March|
|ARM HOMELESS PEOPLE WITH SHOTGUNS AND BAN TSA, SENATE CANDIDATE SAYS||Newsweek||16-March|
|Senate candidate wants to arm the homeless||Fox2 Detroit WJBK||14-March|
|Michigan governor's race: 14 candidates aiming to replace Rick Snyder||Detroit Free Press||2-February|
|Richard Gach Obituary||The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press||13-January|