September 2020

Volume 49:09

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Spike Cohen Holds Campaign Rally at Flint Water Plant

Spike Cohen supporters gather in front of the tour bus for a group photo. Photo by Shane Allen.
Spike Cohen supporters gather in front of the tour bus for a group photo. Photo by Shane Allen.

Flint, MI - Spike Cohen is the Libertarian Party's nominee for Vice President. Libertarians, from all over Michigan, converged upon the City of Flint's water plant on August 20th to hear Vice Presidential candidate, Jeremy "Spike" Cohen speak. Because Cohen's national bus tour is dedicated to convincing voters that on issues from education to healthcare, from perpetual wars to over-burdensome taxation, Spike and Jo Jorgensen have the answers that benefit them the most.

Spike Cohen used the opportunity to meet with Libertarians, concerned citizens and reporters and discuss their concerns about life in Flint going forward. His pervasive theme was that only he and Presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen presented a message about real change that is brought about by smaller government and more personal freedom.

Spike Flint's water with a Libertarian Message

Spike mingles with the crowd. Photo by Shane Allen.
Spike mingles with the crowd. Photo by Shane Allen.

The water plant is at 4500 Dort Highway in Flint. It was chosen as a location to highlight government's failure to serve the interests of regular citizens.

In his speech Cohen described a public meeting where Flint residents challenged their Mayor to drink brown tinted contaminated water, but instead he drank some clear water:

Mayor Walling got up drank some water and said, "Oh this water is fine, I drink it every day. Everything's fine." They knew that was a lie, and they still continue feeding you the water... ...Instead of fighting each other every day over who's getting it worse and who's getting it better, stepping back a second and saying "Wait! We're all victims here, and their all the victimizers. None of these people are our friends, and we're going to stop them."
A vote for Jo Jorgensen is a vote to step back. And a vote for Ben Boren and James and everyone else who's running as libertarians, up and down the ballot, in all 50 states plus DC is a vote for saying, "We're onto your game, and we're not going to let it happen anymore."

Spike Adapted to 2020

Spike Cohen's audience practiced physical distancing during most of the program. Photo by Greg Stempfle.
Spike Cohen's audience practiced physical distancing during most of the program. Photo by Greg Stempfle.
The tour bus served as a moving billboard, command Center, PPE station and hotel for Spike Cohen. This is because the 2020 Presidential campaign had to be different. This included using outdoor venues, and having personal protective equipment on hand as the bus crisscrossed the country.

Attendees gathered on the lawn at 5:30 PM. Then the program, in which Spike gave media interviews, a speech, question & answer session, and one-on-one conversation went from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Also, the campaign, state party and Oakland county affiliate provided signs, hats, bumper stickers, and literature.

Please contact your local affiliate to see if the organizer has signs. Scotty Boman in Wayne County has several.

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Wayne County Libertarians Making Waves

Wayne County Commission candidate Jami Van Alstine at the Spike Cohen campaign event in Flint.
Wayne County Commission candidate Jami Van Alstine at the Spike Cohen campaign event in Flint.
Wayne County, MI - Wayne County Libertarians will be standing out in the 2020 General election. In fact, they will be one of two parties running in two-way races and will have a high-visibility event on Belle Isle (To which all Michigan Libertarians are invited).

Libertarians Outnumber Republicans in WC Commission Election

Dearborn, MI - At their August 12th meeting the Libertarian Party of Wayne County confirmed that it will have more Wayne County Commissioner candidates on the 2020 General Election ballot than the Republican Party.

No balloted Republicans are running for the 4th, 11th, 12th or 14th County Commissioner District seats. The lack of additional candidates running will make each of these districts two-person contests. Furthermore, in the general election, Wayne County voters in these districts will see both parties on the ballot: Libertarians and Democrats.

In light of the fact that the major parties are repelling members, by obsessing on partisan success at the expense of working families, libertarians are proud to announce that voters in these districts have a choice. So they have the chance to vote for change.

District 4 candidate Loel Gnadt observed,

Unintended consequences, of government intervention, are causing hardship for the people of Wayne County. The Libertarian Party is gaining members due to their common sense policy positions that streamline government and cause less hassles for the individual. We already have been reining in unnecessary regulations and taxes. Over 200 Libertarians, holding local and statewide offices across the nation, are leading the charge for change!

The Wayne County Commission Candidates

County Commissioner - District 4 - Loel Gnadt loelgnadt@yahoo.com

County Commissioner - District 11 - Jami VanAlstine, Romulus, MI www.jamivanalstine.com campaign@jamivanalstine.com

County Commissioner - District 12 - Andrew Chadderdon andrew.chadderdon@gmail.com

County Commissioner - District 14 - Wesley Crouse crousewess@gmail.com

Only Libertarian Ziemba challenges Wayne County Prosecutor Kym #NotWorthy

Another bi-partisan contest in Wayne County is the election between Libertarian Daniel Ziemba and incumbent Democrat Kym Worthy.

At a time when many activists are protesting against police brutality and civil libertarians are demanding an end to mass incarceration, the incumbent, Kym Worthy, faced visceral criticism ahead of the Democratic Primary. The hashtag #NotWorthy still leads to multiple postings and videos calling her out on her record. In fact her primary opponent, Victoria Burton-Harris defeated her in the election day vote. However, a record number of people voted absentee, so the incumbent's name recognition outshone a strong (but too little too late) campaign by her challenger.

So in the General election, anyone who doesn't vote straight ticket will see that Worthy still has a challenger. Also, if they look into him they will learn that his a platform is much closer to that of Burton-Harris than the incumbent. Ziemba may also capture the non-Democratic vote, so look forward to interesting results.

Wayne County LP Outreach Picnic September 12th

Detroit, MI - On Saturday, September 12th, at Belle Isle state park, the Libertarian Party of Wayne County (LPWC) will host a picnic. and outreach event. It will start at 10:00 AM and end at 6:00 PM.

Turn Right at Muse Rd.
Turn Right at Muse Rd.
The affiliate invites Libertarian Candidates, Libertarian-curious and their family and friends to Belle Isle (Shelter 2 located on Muse at Loiter Way) for food, fellowship, campaigning, and outreach.

To get there just use the bridge at E. Jefferson and Mt. Elliot in Detroit, then turn right once you get on the Island. After this do a short left and right. Shelter 2 is across Muse Rd. from the Casino. See the diamond with the #2 on this map.

This is Shelter 2.
This is Shelter 2.
The LPWC will provide Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Sausages and condiments. They ask those attending to consider bringing a dish to pass.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP and post to dish you wish to pass at the LPWC Facebook event discussion post. you can also directly open this Google form.

We will have some games, but feel free to bring some of your own. There are picnic tables inside and outside of the pavilion. But you can bring comfortable seats if so inclined. Come prepared to do some outreach and hand out flyers in the earlier part of the day.

The pavilion has electricity and restroom facilities attached to it.

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Why Voting Libertarian is Not a Waste

By Donna Gundle-Krieg

Why a vote for these candidates isn't wasted.
Why a vote for these candidates isn't wasted.

Why are Americans still stuck with the same dysfunctional two parties year after year?

In other words: Why won't many Americans look beyond the duopoly to vote for some of the alternative candidates?

"It's silly that a country that prides itself on choice allows only two choices for president," said Bill Maher, political analyst and comedian.

The reasons for this are complicated, but the argument that Libertarians constantly hear is that people "don't want to waste their votes" on the third largest party, or any of the other alternatives. The idea of this argument is that your vote doesn't count if you vote for someone who probably will not win.

Despite these arguments, Libertarians and other third-party voters are increasingly voting for candidates outside the duopoly. We're doing this for many reasons. The progress that Libertarians have made in recent years has us hopeful. We also feel that even if our candidate doesn't win, our votes will make a difference in other ways. Last but not least, most Libertarians feel that it is important to vote for principles and beliefs, rather than following the crowd.

According to Ballot Access News' March 2018 edition, between 2008 and 2018, the number of U.S. voters registered as Libertarian surged by 92 percent. Over that same period, the number of voters registered as Democrats fell by 8 percent. Republicans are down by 5 percent. And the number of voters registered as independent or with other parties increased by 19 percent.

Also notable: In 2016, eight times as many people voted for the Libertarian presidential candidate than in 2008. According to Ballotpedia, 523,713 voted for Bob Barr in 2008, while almost 4,489,233 voted for Gary Johnson in 2016.

Most importantly, third-party candidates for small local offices have an excellent chance of winning. In these instances, your vote for Libertarian candidates really does make a difference.

The Libertarian Party has several township and county candidates on Northern Michigan ballots in 2020. These are all high-caliber people who have a great chance of winning and are active in their communities. These candidates have made an effort to get out and meet voters, since creative grassroots efforts are the best ways that Libertarians can overcome the obstacles. As Libertarian candidate for Mancelona Township trustee, I have been knocking on doors every day, introducing myself to my neighbors and talking to them about their concerns.

On the other hand, Libertarian presidential candidates have a bigger challenge. As Kristina Nwazota, a former editor with the PBS online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, reported, "Third party candidates are at a disadvantage because of federal campaign finance laws, rules that dictate who can enter presidential debates, and a lack of media attention."

However, despite these obstacles, Nwazota believes that "Third parties have had a major influence on U.S. policy and political debate."

John McAlister former Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, agrees.
The most successful third party in the 20th Century was the Socialist Party. First the Democrats and then later the Republicans piecemeal adopted just about every major tenet of the 1916 Socialist Party platform.
... he stated in his online article "The Wasted Vote Myth" at www.freepress.org.

Libertarians are the opposite of the Socialists, but the pattern is the same: "The radical ideas about liberty that we started with in 1971 are now being seriously debated or, in some cases, implemented by the other parties," said McAlister.

There'll be an issue that's being neglected or that is being purposely excluded from national debate because neither party wants to face the political criticism that it would bring.
... explained Sean Wilentz of Princeton University. "Third parties are the ones that raise the issues that no one wants to raise."

As Libertarians continue to grow the party and influence politics, it is insulting when people actually get angry at us because of how we vote. They assume that our vote takes away from their favorite candidate.

Yet surely no one thinks that we owe it to anyone to be sure that their candidate wins. In fact, I feel that my vote would be wasted if I voted for someone who does not represent my values and beliefs. It's important for me to be true to myself and not follow society blindly, like a sheep.

Things would change if everyone read the platforms of the alternative parties and took a leap of faith.

Even if once in your life you missed the chance to cast that mythical deciding ballot, the harm from selecting the wrong person in one election is more than offset by a lifetime of giving voter support to the lesser of two evils rather than standing up for what you believe.
... said McAlister.

Why voting for the lesser evil sends the wrong message. Remember, if we keep voting the way we have been voting, we will keep getting what we have been getting.

Research alternatives. Dare to be different. Vote for the person who truly represents your principles and beliefs.

Donna Gundle-Krieg is the Libertarian candidate for Mancelona Township Trustee and a real estate broker for DEK Realty in Mancelona. dokrieg@gmail.com

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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: Mary Buzuma. secretary@michiganlp.org
Treasurer: Norman Peterson. treasurer@michiganlp.org
District 1 Rep: Dana Carver. dist1rep@michiganlp.org
District 2 Rep: Andrew Hall. dist2rep@michiganlp.org
District 3 Rep: Jay Gillotte. dist3rep@michiganlp.org
District 4 Rep: Will White. dist4rep@michiganlp.org
District 5 Rep: James Harris dist5rep@michiganlp.org
District 6 Rep: Shane Allen. 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: Jim Fulner. dist10rep@michiganlp.org
District 11 Rep: Dan Ziemba. dist11rep@michiganlp.org
District 12 Rep: Lawrence W. Johnson. dist12rep@michiganlp.org
District 13 Rep: Andrew Chadderdon. 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


Webmaster: James Weeks III. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.org
Ciculation Director: Catherine Filus. catherine@catherinefilus.com
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
Genesee County: Chair James Harris, jharris@umbinc.us or call (810) 542-1423.
Huron-Raisin: James Hudler, (734) 475-9792, james.hudler@gmail.com or contact Larry Johnson at: michlibertarian@gmail.com
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net
Livingston County: James Weeks II, (810) 422-8769, j.weeks@riseup.net
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, chair@macomblp.org
Northeast-Lower: Zach Boyle, 989-255-4521, livovivo@gmail.com
Northern Lower: Dana Carver, danacarver103@yahoo.com
Northwest Michigan: Peter Biskupski. nwmichiganlibertarians@gmail.com
Oakland County: Connor Nepomuceno, Cjnepo1@gmail.com or Vice Chair Ben Carr at 248-919-8152
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net
Straits Area: Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . amevans_1968@yahoo.com
straitslp.com or facebook.com/StraitsAreaLP
Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party: Chair Ryan Roberts, (906) 420-2995, . ryan_r03@hotmail.com
Wayne County: Scotty Boman, (313) 247-2052, scottyboman@hotmail.com
West Michigan: Jamie Lewis. (616) 254-9014, Email Jamie Lewis at jkl620@yahoo.com

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Upcoming Events

For reasons that require no repetition, the regular meeting venues of some affiliates will be closed. Please contact local affiliate officers to learn how to get involved in their meetings.

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.

September 1, 2020 - Southwest Michigan Affiliate Meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Traveler's Cafe and Pub. 5225 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002
For more information, contact Jason Brandenberg at email swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net

September 2, 2020 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Meeting, 7:00 PM
Aubree's Pizzeria & Grill. 39 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
For more information, contact Larry Johnson at 734-475-9792 or email michlibertarian@gmail.com or call (734) 320-7237

September 3, 2020 - Livingston County Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cleary Pub. 117 E Grand River, Howell, MI, 48843
For more information, contact James Weeks II at 810.422.8769 or email jamestweeks@outlook.com.

September 9, 2020 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Affiliate Meeting. Order dinner at 6:30 PM. Business 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Leon's Family Dining. 23830 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124.
For more information, contact Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 or email ScottyBoman@hotmail.com

September 9, 2020 - Libertarians of Macomb County Affiliate Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ike's Restaurant. 38550 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48312.
FYI, LMC in addition to is meeting in place at Ike's the actual business will be conducted via videoconference. https://meet.jit.si/LMC
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at macomblp@gmail.com

September 9, 2020 - Freedom for Lucas Gerhard, 8:00AM-5:00 PM (Time may change)
319 Court Street, Sault Ste Marie MI
For more information, contact Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . amevans_1968@yahoo.com
straitslp.com or https://www.facebook.com/StraitsAreaLP/

September 12, 2020 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Outreach Picnic. Order dinner at 6:30 PM. Outreach then food and fun. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Read the above article for details.
Belle Isle Park. (Shelter #2). Park address: 99 Pleasure Drive Detroit MI, 48207.
Just use the bridge at E. Jefferson and Mt. Elliot, then turn right once you get on the Island.
After this do a short left and right. It's across Muse Rd. from the Casino. Phone. 313-821-9844.
See the diamond with the #2 on this map.
For more information, contact Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 or email ScottyBoman@hotmail.com

September 13, 2020 - Straits Area Affiliate Meeting, 3:00 PM
Biere de Mac Brew Works. 14277 Mackinaw Hwy, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
For more information, contact Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . amevans_1968@yahoo.com
straitslp.com or https://www.facebook.com/StraitsAreaLP/

September 16, 2020 - Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:00 PM.
Zoom video conference: Event Facebook Post or Steves'Ranch Family Resturant. 311 Louis Glick Hwy. Jackson, MI 49201. Call ahead to verify that they are open and expecting a JHLP meeting (517) 787 - 4367.
For more information, contact Norman Peterson. norman.peterson@comcast.net https://www.jhlp.org

September 16, 2020 - The Libertarian Party of Oakland County Affiliate Meeting, Dinner at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7:30 PM.
Farmhouse Coffee and Ice Cream. 29936 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334.
More information posted at lpocmi.org Details subject to change
For more information contact Connor Nepomuceno, Cjnepo1@gmail.com or Vice Chair Ben Carr at 248-919-8152

September 20, 2019 - Capital Area Affiliate Meeting 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
CALP monthly business meeting, to be held over Discord teleconfelerence app.
or in person at Harpers Bar Restaurant and Brew Pub. 131 Albert Ave, East Lansing, Michigan 48823
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or email lpsciberras@gmail.com for event details and instructions to join.
Times and locations of business meetings may very from month to month.

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