MICHIGAN LIBERTARIAN
October 2019

Volume 48:10

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Resolution Condemns War On Flavor

By Scotty Boman, Editor

Vape flavors at Wild Wild West Tobacco in Boyne City, MI. Photo by Robin TaChoir.
Vape flavors at Wild Wild West Tobacco in Boyne City, MI. Photo by Robin TaChoir.

Cadillac, MI - The Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Michigan voted in support of the following resolution regarding Governor Whitmer's flavor ban at their meeting on Sunday September eighth:

Whereas, The Libertarian Party of Michigan believes in the bodily autonomy of individuals, and therefore rejects the power of the state to interfere in the lives and activities of peaceful people,

Whereas, cars, sugar, alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, and non-flavored vaping products are still legal, we, The Libertarian Party of Michigan, contest the ban on flavored e-cigarette products.

We further assert, history has shown prohibition does not work, and the pretext of a public health emergency promotes ever increasing State power,

Additionally, legislating by executive order is a direct violation of the separation of powers, and a violation of the due process to which all are entitled.

Let It Be Resolved, That the ban on flavored e-cigarette products is not only a needless endeavor, but a clear violation of the individual rights of the people of Michigan, and should be overturned, posthaste.

The resolution is a response to an edict imposed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on September 4th. It calls for an end to the sale of flavored vaping products to adults in Michigan. The order also seeks to censor statements about vaping that the Governor disapproves of.

Flavor ban not a law

The ban is not a law or an executive order. It is an administrative rule. The legislature empowered agencies to impose temporary rules in an emergency. The Governor has not clearly explained how the availability of flavors, that the Governor finds distasteful, constitutes an emergency.

She cites health concerns, but the ban only affects flavors, not harmful chemicals or nicotine. She also indicates the edict is to prevent use by minors, but the ban only effects adults. It is already illegal for minors to purchase vaping products.

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In 2020 Be a Libertarian Candidate

By Jamie Lewis, Political Director

Patty Malowney holds her sign. Photo by Jamie Lewis.
Patty Malowney holds her sign. Photo by Jamie Lewis.
The 2020 elections are quickly approaching! If you have not given thought to being a candidate as of yet, I hope you will consider it. There will literally be thousands of positions up for election and the more people we have on the ballot the more visible our party will be to voters.

What office should you run for in 2020?

The answer to that will depend on the amount of time, effort and money you want to put into a campaign as well as what your individual goals for running are.

If your goal is to win the 2020 election, Great! I would suggest looking at the past couple of results for the office you are interested in. The more votes it takes to win, the more of that time, effort and money that will take to win that seat. For most people, they may mean Township or County offices may be your best bet, although for some, State Representative may be where you want to look. The small number of votes needed make these races very doable on a limited budget and the small geographical areas makes it much easier to personally reach out to voters.

If your goal is to bring the message of liberty and self ownership to the voters, larger geographical areas are good choices for this. Decide if you want to focus on state issues or Federal and that will point you to either running for State Representative or US Congress. Having many members running strong, active campaigns is something the party certainly wants to encourage. If there is someone in your area that is planning to run a competitive campaign in your area, it may be better to volunteer to help them, but if there is no one running one in your area, and you are not in the position to do so yourself, a message campaign is still a great help to the party.

If you are not able to put much or any time into a campaign, I would still encourage you to consider putting your name on the ballot for an office that no one else if running for. Just seeing many Libertarian candidates on the ballot may encourage a voter to take a closer look what the Libertarian Party!

What are the Requirements?

Note that for all of these offices Candidates that have any outstanding notices of Failure to File or outstanding late filing fees with any filing official in the State are ineligible to appear on the ballot.

US Senate: To be eligible for the office of U.S. Senator, a person must be a citizen of the United States for seven years, at least 30 years of age and when elected, an inhabitant of the State of Michigan. This nominee will be selected at our July 2020 state convention. As this is the highest position selected by our state party, it would be ideal to have a great spokesperson for the party in this position. Someone comfortable speaking to the media and in debates. If this is a position you are interested in, I would encourage you to make that known to members well before that convention.

US Representative in Congress: To be eligible for the office of U.S. Representative in Congress, a person must be a citizen of the United States for seven years, at least 25 years of age and when elected, an inhabitant of the State of Michigan. As most congressional districts cross affiliate boundaries, these nominees will generally be selected in Caucus at the July convention. You should at least let members of your affiliate know ahead of time and if the district is shared with a neighboring affiliate, it would be a good idea to let them know as well.

State Representative: To be eligible for the office of State Representative a person must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age and a registered and qualified elector of the district he or she wishes to represent by the filing deadline. Most of these nominees will be selected at local caucuses, but affiliates will be encouraged to hold their nominations open until the state convention as you have a limited amount of time to turn your filings in which starts when you close your nominations.

County and Township offices: To be eligible for a Township or County office, a person must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age and a registered and qualified elector of the district he or she wishes to represent for at least 30 days. These will all be chosen at your local conventions and will need to be turned in at your county clerk's office. If you hold your convention open, we can help you go over your paperwork at the state convention before you turn it in.

Education Boards: To be eligible for the office of State Board of Education, University of Michigan Regent, Michigan State University Trustee, or Wayne State University Governor, a person must be a registered and qualified elector of the State of Michigan at least 18 years of age on the date he or she is nominated for the office. These nominees will all be selected at the July state convention.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice: To be eligible for the office of Supreme Court Justice a person must be a registered and qualified elector of the State of Michigan by the filing deadline; licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan; and less than 70 years of age on November 3, 2020. In addition, as of January 1, 2021, the individual must have been admitted to the practice of law for at least 5 years. There will be at least two seats to nominate for. If there is a vacancy before the election, there could be a partial term seat for nomination as well. These will be selected at the July state convention.

Presidential Electors: The Libertarian party of Michigan will be nominating 16 people to be Presidential Electors. These nominees will be selected at the July state convention. Out of all the offices, this is the only one that we are required to nominate and it is the one where you have the least to do. No person shall be eligible to be an elector of president and vice president who shall not have been a citizen of the United States for at least 10 years and a resident and registered elector of the congressional district for an elector representing a congressional district, or of the state, for an elector representing the state at large for at least 1 year prior to the election. No senator or representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States, shall be appointed an elector, as provided in section 1 of article 2 of the United States constitution. The one requirement of this position is that if the Libertarian candidate wins a plurality of the votes in November, the Presidential electors we nominated will travel to Lansing in November to cast the votes for our candidate in the Electoral College.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I hope to see your name on the ballot in 2020!

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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. chair@michiganlp.org
First Vice Chair: Ben Boren. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.org
Second Vice Chair: Jamie Lewis vcpoliticaldirector@michiganlp.org
Secretary: Wendi Parker. secretary@michiganlp.org
Treasurer: Norman Peterson. treasurer@michiganlp.org
District 1 Rep: Dana Carver. dist1rep@michiganlp.org
District 2 Rep: Patty Malowney. dist2rep@michiganlp.org
District 3 Rep: Nathan Hewer. dist3rep@michiganlp.org
District 4 Rep: Vacant. Read about it here. dist4rep@michiganlp.org
District 5 Rep: Benjamin Dryke. dist5rep@michiganlp.org
District 6 Rep: Antonio Smith. dist6rep@michiganlp.org
District 7 Rep: Jason Rees. dist7rep@michiganlp.org
District 8 Rep: Jeff Wood. dist8rep@michiganlp.org
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. dist9rep@michiganlp.org
District 10 Rep: Catherine Filus. dist10rep@michiganlp.org
District 11 Rep: Jerry Bloom. dist11rep@michiganlp.org
District 12 Rep: Lawrence W. Johnson. dist12rep@michiganlp.org
District 13 Rep: Jeremy Morgan. dist13rep@michiganlp.org
District 14 Rep: Tim Yow. dist14rep@michiganlp.org

Judicial Committee Members

Kerry Morgan. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Ken Proctor. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Katie Nepton. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org

Volunteers

Webmaster: In Transition. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.org
Deputy Editors: Norman Peterson & Mary Buzuma. newsletter@michiganlp.org
Ciculation Director: Catherine Filus.Catherine Filus catherine@catherinefilus.com

Affiliate Contacts

Capital Area: Luke Sciberras, Chair. 248-302-1064, capitalarealp@gmail.com
https://capitalarealp.wordpress.com
Genesee County: Chair Alex Cooper, alexcooperliberty@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 Yow. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.org
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. nwmichiganlibertarians@gmail.com
www.nwmichiganlibertarians.org
Oakland County: Connor Nepomuceno, Cjnepo1@gmail.com or Vice Chair Ben Carr at 248-919-8152
http://lpocmi.org
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net
https://swmlp.com
Straits Area: Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . amevans_1968@yahoo.com
https://www.facebook.com/StraitsAreaLP/
Wayne County: Scotty Boman, (313) 247-2052, scottyboman@hotmail.com
https://michiganlpwayne.wordpress.com
West Michigan: Jake Andrews. (269) 967-4071, Email Jamie Lewis at jkl620@yahoo.com
http://lpwm.org

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Upcoming Events

Some events are also posted by their hosts at the Meetup.com site. The Michigan Libertarian recommends contacting an affiliate officer 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.

October 1, 2019 - Southwest Michigan Libertarian Party (SWMLP) Monthly Membership meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The SWMLP will meet at The Crew Family Restaurant, 3810 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001.
For more information, contact Jason Brandenburg at swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net

October 2, 2019 - Huron-Raisin Social Meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aubree's Pizzeria & Grill; 2122 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
For more information, contact James Hudler at 734-475-9792 or email james.hudler@gmail.com

October 3, 2019 - Livingston County Michigan Libertarians Business 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 j.weeks@riseup.net

October 8, 2019 - Libertarian Party of West Michigan (LPWM) Monthly Membership meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The LPWM will meet at Buffalo Wild Wings, 2720 44th Street S.W., Wyoming, MI 49519.
More details are posted on the Libertarian Party of West Michigan Facebook Page, or link to the event page. For more information, please contact Jamie Lewis at jkl620@yahoo.com.

October 9, 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 macomblp@gmail.com

October 9, 2019 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County business meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The new venue and day for business meetings is on the second Wednesday of each month at Leon's Family Dining. 23830 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124. Phone: (313) 563-3713
For more information, contact Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 or email ScottyBoman@hotmail.com

October 13, 2019 - Straits Area Business Meeting, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM The Thirsty Sturgeon, 11900 Scott Rd, Wolverine, MI 49799
For more information, contact Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . amevans_1968@yahoo.com
https://www.facebook.com/StraitsAreaLP/

October 16, 2019 - Northwest Michigan affiliate monthly business meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The house of Phil Lindsay. 7905 Hilleys Rd SW. South Boardman, MI 49680.
Contact Donna, the affiliate chair, or Ben Boren, affiliate vice chair for details.
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 dokrieg@gmail.com.

October 16, 2019 - Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party monthly meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Speaker - Mr. Jeromy Alexander, candidate for Mayor of the City of Jackson.
Steve's Ranch Restaurant, 311 W. Louis Glick Hwy. Jackson, MI 49201
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: https://www.jhlp.org/

October 16, 2019 - The Libertarian Party of Oakland County monthly meeting, Dinner at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7:30 PM.
Rusty Bucket. 30450 Telegraph Rd, Bingham Farms, MI 48025. For more information contact Connor Nepomuceno, Cjnepo1@gmail.com or Vice Chair Ben Carr at 248-919-8152

October 20, 2019 - Capital Area monthly business 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 CapitalAreaLP@gmail.com to confirm location.
Times and locations may very from month to month.

October 23, 2019 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County general meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Regular business meetings have been moved to the second Wednesday 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. Directions: south side of Plymouth, 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 ScottyBoman@hotmail.com

October 23, 2019 - Libertarian Party of West Michigan (LPWM) Video Conference - Business Meeting, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Executive Committee holds a business meeting every month by video conference. If you would like to be a part of it, please contact Jamie Lewis at jkl620@yahoo.com to get a log in.


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