MICHIGAN LIBERTARIAN
February 2020

Volume 49:02

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2020 Libertarian Party of Michigan Call to Convention

By Greg Stempfle, LPM Chair

2020 Libertarian Party of Michigan Call to Convention.
2020 Libertarian Party of Michigan Call to Convention.
Libertarians from across Michigan will assemble for their 2020 National Delegate Selection Convention on Saturday, March 14 starting at 9:00 A.M. We will be gathering at the Eberhard Center on the campus of Grand Valley State University, 301 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Everyone is welcome to attend! You may register for the convention here.

Convention Business Session - Free to LPM Members

The 2020 convention business session for electing delegates and alternates will feature several Libertarian presidential candidates giving their final appeals before we select our delegates to the National Libertarian convention! We will also pre-nominate candidates for the Michigan Supreme Court, hear reports from current state party officers, and hold caucuses to select Congressional district representatives to fill vacancies on the state executive committee. Candidates for public office will not be nominated at this convention but will be nominated at a second state convention in July. Date and location to be determined.

How to Become a Voting Delegate or Alternate to this 2020 Convention

You must be selected as a state convention delegate or alternate by a local affiliate or unaffiliated regional caucus and be a Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) member in order to vote at the convention. Note that if you have never been a member of the LPM, you must join at least 30 days prior to the convention (by February 14) to serve as a state convention delegate or alternate. Past LPM members whose memberships have lapsed or current national members, may pay $25 to renew their LPM membership as late as convention day. You may join or renew membership at michiganlp.org/donate.

Affiliates set their own caucus dates, which must take place before March 7, so check with your local affiliate for date, time and place of the caucus. Here is a current list of LPM affiliate caucus dates and locations

Members living in counties without an affiliate may take part in regional video-conference caucuses which will be February 22. Credentials Committee Chair Larry Johnson, 734-320-7237, michlibertarian@gmail.com will be sending a separate email to all current and lapsed members in unaffiliated counties with details of these video caucuses.

Delegates must also register for the 2020 convention, in addition to being selected by an affiliate, even if only attending the free business session.

2020 Michigan Presidential Straw Poll

The Michigan Straw Poll has been a historic bell-weather of support for candidates. Unlike many state Libertarian Party events which gauge some level of support based on activist attendance, Michigan tells activist to put their money where they're support is.

Michigan invites candidates for President to come speak directly to activists. Several of the actual nominees and other strong candidates for the Presidential nomination have recognized this unique event. Gary Johnson, Michael Badnarik, Gary Nolan, Austin Peterson, Marc Feldman, and many others are past participants.

What makes Michigan different? "Votes" are cast by donors to the presidential campaign fund of their choice. One dollar equals one vote. Supporters may give up to the $2,800 campaign finance limit for any candidate. In 2016, candidates raised over $11 thousand dollars for their campaigns.

There are only two basic rules:

  1. Any candidate declared for office must file their Schedule 1 with the FEC as a candidate for President and their letter of intent with the Libertarian Party of the USA.
  2. Only the candidate may address our convention. Representatives of candidates can distribute literature and speak individually with delegates, but, no time is given to anyone except the candidate to address the group. Not only does this help candidates with the financial needs of their campaign, it provides a more accurate sense of the willingness of activists to provide the funding needed to run a serious campaign for President.

LibertyFest Banquet

The LPM's annual LibertyFest banquet will follow the convention business session. This year's guest speaker is Shikha Dalmia, senior analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.

At the 2020 banquet, we will present Defender of Liberty awards to our 2019 Spokesperson for Liberty, Promoter of Liberty and Producer of Liberty.

Reservations

To register for the convention, visit the convention registration page. Convention pricing is as follows:

  • Convention Package (includes lunch, banquet, hard copy of convention packet) $100.00
  • Banquet only $70.00
  • Lunch only: $25.00
  • Hard copy of convention packet $10.00
  • Vendor table $25.00; $10 for Candidates
  • Registration for business session: FREE

Even if you are attending only the free business sessions, please sign up so we can have your credentials printed and ready.

Also, PLEASE make sure your membership is up to date before arriving at the convention! You may experience delays if you register at the convention. You can renew you membership at michiganlp.org/donate/

Our deadline for meal reservations is 3/6/20, so click here to sign up online today, or mail your registration check to Libertarian Party of Michigan, P.O. Box 3685, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501-3685.

Hotels

While the Eberhard Center does not have a hotel, several are less than 5 minutes away:

Holiday Inn- Grand Rapids- Downtown

310 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/grand-rapids/grrpe/hoteldetail

Amway Grand Plaza

187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

https://amwaygrand.com/

JW Marriott- Grand Rapids

235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/grrjw-jw-marriott-grand-rapids/

Courtyard by Marriott

11 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/grrdt-courtyard-grand-rapids-downtown/

Questions?

Contact 2020 LPM Convention Chair Jamie Lewis at jkl620@yahoo.com

Keynote Speaker: Shikha Dalmia Senior Analyst, Reason Foundation

Shikha Dalmia is a senior analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. The archive of her latest work can be found here at Reason.

Dalmia is a columnist at The Week and writes regularly for Reason magazine. Her work also appears in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications such as The Times of London, Time, USA Today and The Daily Beast. She previously served as a columnist for Forbes and the Washington Examiner.

Dalmia's feature on sanctuary churches won the first prize in immigration reporting at the 2019 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was co-winner of the first 2009 Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism for her columns in Forbes and Reason.

From 1996 to 2004, Dalmia was an award-winning editorial writer at the Detroit News, covering a variety of policy issues, including the environment, immigration, Social Security, health care and foreign policy. She also worked as a reporter for the Patriot, a national daily newspaper based in New Delhi, India, where she grew up and earned her B.S. degree in chemistry and biology from the University of Delhi.

Dalmia frequently appears on Fox Business Network, BBC Business Matters, MSNBC and other television and radio outlets.

Dalmia, who taught news writing courses at Michigan State University, earned a Master's degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications.

She lives in the Detroit area with her husband and son.

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2020 LPM Affiliate Caucuses Dates

By Greg Stempfle, LPM Chair

The LP of West Michigan Float. Photo from LPWM Website.
The LP of West Michigan Float. Photo from LPWM Website.

The Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) affiliates selected the following dates for affiliate caucuses to select delegates to the Spring State Convention. Which will be on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in the Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids.

The main purpose of this state convention will be to select delegates to the Libertarian National Convention which will be in Austin Texas over Memorial Day weekend. In order to be eligible to be a state convention delegate, new members must join the LPM by February 13, 2020. Lapsed LPM members or current national Libertarian Party members may join the day of the convention.

Affiliate Caucuses

February 4 - Southwest Michigan Libertarian Party
6:00 PM
BERRIEN, BRANCH, CALHOUN, CASS, KALAMAZOO, ST. JOSEPH, VAN BUREN
The Crew Family Restaurant & Bakery
3810 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Jason Brandenburg, 586-491-8853, swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net

February 5 - Huron-Raisin Libertarian Party
6:00 PM
LENAWEE, MONROE, WASHTENAW
Aubree's Pizzeria & Grill
39 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Contact: Larry Johnson, 734-320-7237, michlibertarian@gmail.com

February 6 - Libertarian Party of Livingston County
7:00 PM
LIVINGSTON
Cleary's Pub
117 E Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843
Contact: James Weeks, 810-422-8769, uscw168s@gmail.com

February 9 - Straits Area Libertarian Party
3:00 PM
CHEBOYGAN, EMMET, OTSEGO, PRESQUE ISLE
The Thirsty Sturgeon
11900 Scott Rd, Wolverine, MI 49799
Contact: Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, amevans_1968@yahoo.com

February 11 - Libertarian Party of West Michigan
7:00 PM
ALLEGAN, BARRY, IONIA, KENT, LAKE, MASON, MECOSTA, MONTCALM, MUSKEGON, NEWAYGO, OCEANA, OSCEOLA, OTTAWA
Brann's Steakhouse & Grille
5510 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
https://www.facebook.com/events/1055103591506188/
Contact: Jamie Lewis, 616-254-9014, JKL620@yahoo.com

February 12 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County
6:30 PM
WAYNE
Leon's Family Dining
28904 W Seven Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152
Contact: Scotty Boman, 313-247-2052, scottyboman@hotmail.com

February 12 - Libertarians of Macomb County
7:00 PM
MACOMB
Ike's Restaurant
38550 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Contact: Mike Saliba, 586-201-3535, themikesaliba@yahoo.com

February 16 - Capital Area Libertarian Party
CLINTON, EATON, INGHAM, SHIAWASSEE
Harper's Restaurant & Brew Pub
131 Albert St, East Lansing, MI 48823
Contact: Luke Sciberras, 248-302-1064, lpsciberras@gmail.com

February 19 - Northwest Michigan Libertarians
6:30 pm
ANTRIM, BENZIE, CHARLEVOIX, GRAND TRAVERSE, KALKASKA, LEELANAU, MANISTEE, MISSAUKEE, WEXFORD
Incredible Mo's
1355 Silver Lake Crossings Blvd, Grawn, MI 49637
https://www.facebook.com/events/533219434163197/
Contact: Donna Gundle-Krieg, 231-587-1012, dokrieg@gmail.com

February 19 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County 6:30 PM OAKLAND
Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern
30450 Telegraph Rd, Bingham Farms, MI 48025
https://www.facebook.com/events/886382325096872/
Contact: Connor Nepomuceno, 508-579-7878, cjnepo1@gmail.com

February 19 - Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party
6:00 PM
HILLSDALE, JACKSON
Steve's Ranch
311 W Louis Glick Hwy, Jackson, MI 49201
Contact: Norman Peterson, 269-330-2980, norman.peterson@comcast.net

February 23 - Libertarian Party of Genesee County
Time TBA
GENESEE
White Horse Tavern
621 W Court St, Flint, MI 48503
OR
Joe & Lewie's Penalty Box
2400 Owen Rd, Fenton, MI 48430
Contact: Ben Dryke, bdryke79@gmail.com

Unaffiliated regions

For those living in the following counties, the Executive Committee will host a caucuses on February 22 at 2:00, via zoom video-conference

Mid-Michigan
BAY, GRATIOT, ISABELLA, MIDLAND, SAGINAW

Northeast Michigan
ALCONA, ALPENA, MONTMORENCY, OSCODA

Thumb
HURON, LAPEER, ST. CLAIR, SANILAC, TUSCOLA

Mid-North
ARENAC, CLARE, CRAWFORD, GLADWIN, IOSCO, OGEMAW, ROSCOMMON

Upper Peninsula
ALGER, BARAGA, CHIPPEWA, DELTA, DICKINSON, GOGEBIC, HOUGHTON, IRON, KEWEENAW, LUCE, MACKINAC, MARQUETTE, MENOMINEE, ONTONAGON, SCHOOLCRAFT

Libertarian Party of Michigan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: LPM unaffiliated region caucus
Time: Feb 22, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/244868255
Dial by your location
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 244 868 255

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Ranked Choice Voting Update

By Scotty Boman, Editor

Vote Here sign.
Vote Here sign.

Editors note: Most of this information is directly from an announcement by Rank MI Vote. "Ranked choice voting (RCV)" is also known as "instant runoff voting (IRV)." Article II Elections Section 2. of the Libertarian Party of Michigan Platform reads, in part: "Other forms of voting should also be considered, such as instant runoff voting or proportional representation."

Rank Mi Vote, an organization promoting ranked choice voting in Michigan, has kicked of a campaign to hold 30 Town Halls in 30 days. Their first educational Town Hall was in Kalamazoo. Twenty three people, including three public officials attended the event. Attendees had a chance to meet with other reform-oriented people and learn about the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).

Upcoming Town Halls

Ypsilanti February 2nd at 2:00 PM
Ypsilanti District Library - Whitaker
5577 Whitaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI

Caledonia February 4th at 6:30 PM
Caledonia Township Library
6260 92nd St. SE
Caledonia, MI

Big Rapids February 5th at 5:30 PM
University Center
805 Campus Drive
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI

Rockford February 6th at 6:30 PM
Krause Memorial Library (Kent District Branch)
140 E. Bridge St. NE
Rockford, MI 49341

Detroit February 6th at 5:30 PM
First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit
4605 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Hastings February 10th at 5:00 PM
Barry County Central Dispatch
Community Room
2600 Nashville Hwy.
Hastings, MI

Port Huron February 12th at 6:00 PM
Exquisite Corpse Coffee House
410 Water St.
Port Huron, MI

Troy February 13th at 7:00 PM
3179 Livernois Road
Troy, MI 48083

Ann Arbor February 19th at 7:30 PM
Church of the Good Shepherd
2145 Independence Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Two RCV Bills Introduced in the House

House Bill 5281 was sponsored by Jon Hoadley of District 60. This bill is an amendment to the Home Rule Act (Which lets cities to select their own governments by adopting a city charter). The amendment proposed in HB5281 is an additional section to the Act stating that the city charter may authorize Ranked Choice Voting to elect city officers.

House Bill 5282 was sponsored by Yousef Rabhi of District 53. This bill is an amendment to the Michigan Election Law Act (which is a consolidation of the election laws in our state). The amendment in HB5282 is an addition that gives a legal framework for how RCV is to be enacted in our state.

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Affordable Housing Thrives Without Zoning

By Donna Gundle-Krieg, NW Michigan affiliate Chair

Donna Gundle-Krieg
Donna Gundle-Krieg.
For many reasons, lack of affordable housing has been a big issue in Traverse City for a long time. The problem has now spread to the surrounding areas, such as my town of Mancelona. As a real estate broker who works with housing issues daily, I do not see this housing shortage improving soon.

This lack of affordable housing obviously impacts families and the quality of life. In addition, many businesses are having a hard time hiring quality employees, partly because there is no place for their workers to live.

Our local leaders are attempting to solve this problem by creating more government regulations, such as restricting property rights for those who own vacation rental properties.

A Solution

However, I strongly believe that the problem of affordable housing could be solved with FEWER regulations, particularly in relation to zoning and building restrictions. Many communities across the country are turning back zoning and building restrictions, as they now realize that these regulations artificially inflate the price of housing, and price many people out of the market.

"The cost of the regulations reduces the supply of homes, driving up the cost of existing homes that are on the market,' according to economists Edward L. Glaeser and Joseph Gyourko, who authored "The Impact of Zoning on Housing Affordability."

"Those who can afford to buy will pay a higher cost. Others who can't will do without and continue to rent or even become homeless," agrees UCLA Economist Matthew Kahn.

Resistance to Change

Unfortunately, current homeowners have an incentive to keep the system in place, because it benefits them as their own home values rise, according to Kahn. "If developers build too many homes, prices fall, and housing is many families' main asset."

According to the Department of Labor, for most of us, housing consumes 30 percent of our income. However, those in the lowest 20 percent income bracket are paying almost 40 percent of their income for housing.

Zoning regulations and urban renewal have greatly reduced low-cost opportunities such as boarding houses and residential hotels, where 30 percent or more of the urban population once found shelter.

In my town of Mancelona, investors are eager to renovate these historic downtown buildings into storefronts, and return upper floors of these buildings into much needed housing. They are also snatching up older homes in much need of repair, and improving them for rent or resale.

However, every attempt to renovate these buildings has required lots of time, money, and frustrating bureaucracy. Even after jumping through all the government hoops, an investor for bigger projects won't know if he/she will be approved until after submitting expensive architectural plans.

In fact, one of my investor clients recently told me that he is giving up on future projects because of the red tape, bureaucracy and frustrations.

It is the frustration factor that causes zoning and building restrictions to benefit politically well-connected developers, who are often the only ones who can get construction permits in such an environment. As Donald Trump admitted "The simple fact is that contributing money to politicians is very standard and accepted for a New York City."

Liberal Restrictions

Ironically, despite the harm these regulations inflict on the poor and disadvantaged, the nation's most liberal cities tend to have the most restrictive zoning laws, according to Derek Thompson of The Atlantic, who wrote "Why Middle-Class Americans Can Not Afford to Live in Liberal Cities."

However, these same communities across the country are now realizing the connection between zoning and lack of housing. Many laws have recently been enacted across the country to limit or eliminate zoning restrictions.

For example, in 2018, Minneapolis became the first major US city to eliminate single-family zoning in an effort to increase housing supply and density, reduce housing costs, and create more racially and economically integrated neighborhoods, according to Solomon Greene and Jorge Gonz'alez of the Urban Institute, who wrote "How Communities Are Rethinking Zoning to Improve Housing Affordability and Access to Opportunity."

Secondary Housing

Other communities such as Washington D.C. are allowing homeowners to add secondary housing, or "in-law units," on their properties. Seattle recently rezoned several single-family neighborhoods to allow smaller, denser multifamily housing that provides more affordable options. Communities such Pinellas County, Florida and Austin, Texas have expedited their review processes for building projects, and will waive fees if the project involves dedicated affordable housing.

The history of the original regulations is complex. Some laws are national, such as the American Disabilities Act. Building codes are statewide, but subject to local interpretation.

The idea behind zoning laws, which are usually local, is to restrict certain activity to specific locations so as not to interfere with other forms of activity. For example, areas are often zoned separating houses from factories because they do not mix well.

Regardless of where these regulations originated, or what the original intent was, most people in the real estate and building industries agree that there is now an over reach in many areas. Many zoning and building rules and regulations have done more harm than good.

It is time for the leaders of northern Michigan communities to seriously consider modifying their zoning regulations and building restrictions in order to facilitate more affordable housing options.

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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: Mary Buzuma dist2rep@michiganlp.org
District 3 Rep: Nathan Hewer. dist3rep@michiganlp.org
District 4 Rep: Will White. dist4rep@michiganlp.org
District 5 Rep: James Harris 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
Ciculation Director: Catherine Filus. catherine@catherinefilus.com
Deputy Editors: Norman Peterson & Mary Buzuma. newsletter@michiganlp.org
Social Media Director: Connor Nepomuceno cjnepo1@gmail.com
Historical Committee Chair: Emily Salvette esalvette@gmail.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
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
straitslp.com or 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.

February 5, 2020 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Convention for State Convention Delegate Selection, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This convention will include election of officers and any bylaws changes or other business brought by the members, in addition to selection of delegates for the March LPM convention.
One must have been an LPM member by February 13th to be eligible to be a Delegate to the March 14th convention.
Aubree's Pizzeria & Grill; 2122 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
This meeting is on the second instead of first Wednesday because of the holiday. The topic of discussion will be the upcoming Feb business meeting and LPM convention.
For more information, contact James Hudler at 734-475-9792 or email james.hudler@gmail.com

February 6, 2020 - Livingston County Michigan Libertarians Affiliate Convention for State Convention Delegate Selection, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
One must have been an LPM member by February 13th to be eligible to be a Delegate to the March 14th convention.
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

February 9, 2020 - Straits Area Affiliate Convention for State Convention Delegate Selection, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM The Thirsty Sturgeon. 11900 Scott Rd, Wolverine, MI 49799
Facebook event post
For more information, contact Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . amevans_1968@yahoo.com
straitslp.com or https://www.facebook.com/StraitsAreaLP/

February 11, 2020 - Libertarian Party of West Michigan (LPWM) Affiliate Convention for State Convention Delegate Selection, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
One must have been an LPM member by February 13th to be eligible to be a Delegate to the March 14th convention.
The LPWM will meet at Brann's Steakhouse, 5510 28th St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512.
More details are posted here. For more information, please contact Jamie Lewis at jkl620@yahoo.com.

February 12, 2020 - Libertarians of Macomb County Affiliate Convention for State Convention Delegate Selection, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ike's Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at macomblp@gmail.com

February 12, 2020 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Affiliate Convention for State Convention Delegate Selection, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
One must have been an LPM member by February 13th to be eligible to be a Delegate to the March 14th convention.
The Regular Affiliate Convention, at which we will elect new officers and consider Bylaw amendments, will be on March 11. 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

February 16, 2019 - Capital Area Affiliate Convention for State Convention Delegate Selection, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Harper's Restaurant and Brew Pub. 131 Albert Ave. East Lansing, MI 48823.
One must have been an LPM member by February 13th to be eligible to be a Delegate to the March 14th convention.
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or email CapitalAreaLP@gmail.com to confirm location.
Times and locations may very from month to month.

February 19, 2020 - The Libertarian Party of Oakland County Affiliate Convention for State Convention Delegate Selection, Dinner at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7:30 PM.
Rusty Bucket. 30450 Telegraph Rd, Bingham Farms, MI 48025. One must have been an LPM member by February 13th to be eligible to be a Delegate to the March 14th convention.
For more information contact Connor Nepomuceno, Cjnepo1@gmail.com or Vice Chair Ben Carr at 248-919-8152

February 19, 2020 - Northwest Michigan Affiliate Convention for State Convention Delegate Selection., 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Incredible Mo's. 1355 Silver Lake Crossings Blvd. Grawn, MI 49637. Incredible Mo's will offer us the room for free, but hopes that each attendee will order food and/or drink.
One must have been an LPM member by February 13th to be eligible to be a Delegate to the March 14th convention.

  1. We will choose delegates to the state convention, held in March.
  2. We will be reviewing and revising our local by-laws. For example, we may be changing the numbers and functions of our officers.
  3. We will also be voting on new officers for our local affiliate.
We welcome new members to this meeting! Any one is welcome if they reside in Charlevoix, Antrim, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Benzie, Manistee, Wexford, and Missaukee or surrounding counties. THey also need to be willing to sign a statement of non-aggression. Contact Donna, the affiliate chair, or Ben Boren, affiliate vice chair for details.
Please see the Affiliate 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!
For more information, please contact Donna Gundle-Krieg at dokrieg@gmail.com.

February 19, 2020 - Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party Affiliate Convention, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Steve's Ranch Restaurant, 311 W. Louis Glick Hwy. Jackson, MI 49201
Officer election, State Convention delegate selection and Bylaw discussion..
One must have been an LPM member by February 13th to be eligible to be a Delegate to the March 14th convention.
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/

February 23, 2020 - Libertarian Party of Genesee County, Time?.
White Horse Tavern. 621 W Court St, Flint, MI 48503
OR
Joe & Lewie's Penalty Box. 2400 Owen Rd, Fenton, MI 48430

State Convention delegate selection and Bylaw discussion..
One must have been an LPM member by February 13th to be eligible to be a Delegate to the March 14th convention.
For more information contact Ben Dryke, bdryke79@gmail.com


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