February 2022

Volume 51:02

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2022 Libertarian Party Spring Convention Registration Opens

By Scotty Boman & Connor Nepomuceno

The 2022 Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) Convention Committee has finalized most of the plans for the LPM Spring Convention.
The 2022 Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) Convention Committee has finalized most of the plans for the LPM Spring Convention.

The 2022 Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) Convention Committee has finalized most of the plans for the LPM Spring Convention. As the Michigan Libertarian previously reported, LPM delegates, alternates, and guests will convene on Sunday, March 13th . The venue will be Weber's Boutique Hotel and Restaurant.

New Development! Saturday Night Reception

2022 Libertarian Party of Michigan Convention Committee added a Saturday night reception that is sure to be a good time, for all who attend, it as well.

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At Sunday's business meeting, Delegates will select the LPM delegation to the Libertarian Party (LNC) National Convention in Sparks Nevada (near Reno) before Memorial Day (from May 26th to May 29th). They will also vote on and amend our state Platform.

The LPM posted the current Platform here: https://michiganlp.org/platform

And the current Bylaws are here: https://michiganlp.org/bylaws

Meals and Deals

The LPM will also have a Benefactor breakfast and a luncheon with a Libertarian National Committee (LNC) Candidate Panel.

The LPM offers a few different packages for the weekend:

$45 for the Luncheon.

$125 for a Benefactor Package (which includes the Sunday breakfast and lunch).

Couples are eligible for discounted rates.

Click Here to learn more and register. Please register before March 1st, or prices WILL go up on you!

If you are interested in serving as a delegate to this convention, please attend your Local Convention, which your affiliate will schedule between now and mid February.

Finally, do not forget to Join the LPM by February 11th at midnight!

If you have not been a member before, you must join 30 days before the convention to become a delegate or alternate. Lapsed LPM or LNC members must pay Libertarian Party of Michigan dues before being seated as delegates.

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Gun Bill Gives Privileges to Politicians

By Ryan Roberts. UPLP Chair & 1st Dist. LEC Rep.

Edited by Brian Ellison 1st Dist. LEC Rep.

Gun Bill Gives Priveledges to Politicians.
Gun Bill Gives Priveledges to Politicians.

The Libertarian Party of Michigan would like to inform you that we oppose this Gun Bill: HB 4006. This bill amends "1927 PA 372," and allows elected officials to carry firearms into publicly owned premises. We feel that this law was not amended enough, or that legislators should scrap it entirely. In fact they should allow anyone from the general public to carry a firearm. Politicians should not be able to pick and choose who may carry a firearm, for ones protection. People also have a right to decide when they carry one.

State Representative Gary Eisen thinks he should have more rights than you. Tell him how you feel about that at (517) 373-1790
The legislature, and other elected officials, are another arm of the state government. So this amendment bestows special privileges to those government officials. This is just another example of how the politicians have increasingly designed government to serve their own interests, at the expense of the people.

Gun Bill Does More Harm Than Good

Many people believe that this bill will prevent bad actors from being able to cause harm to the people. Especially people who work and do business in these buildings. Although this argument may appear to be valid, it's false! In fact it doesn't actually prevent anything bad from happening. Libertarians support the Second Amendment to the fullest, and we believe that if more peaceful people carry firearms, for self defense, fewer bad actors will be able to get away with violence. Legislatures should shut this amendment down in committee. Additionally, they should remove 1927 PA 372 from the books, entirely. This would effectively allow people to keep and bear arms, further advancing liberty and allowing more individuals to protect against potential violent threats. This is a CALL TO ACTION. Please call and email Committee Chair Filler, and request that he let this bill die by refusing to introduce it in committee. Graham Filler (517) 373-1778 GrahamFiller@house.mi.gov You can also follow up with Representative Gary Eisen, who introduced this flagrant attempt at further attempting to enshrine special privileges for the ruling class, and tell him that elected officials don't get rights that aren't extended to the people they represent. Gary Eisen (517) 373-1790 GaryEisen@house.mi.gov

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House Waiting Period Bill Secretly Restricts Private Sales

By Joe Brungardt. Legislative Committee Member & 10th Dist. LEC Rep.

Edited by Brian Ellison 1stDist. LEC Rep.

House Bill 5658 would make this customer wait before he could take his rifle home.
House Bill 5658 would make this customer wait before he could take his rifle home.

On the surface, House Bill 5658 aims to introduce a seven-day "waiting period" for all firearm sales, in the State of Michigan. While the ability to wait for seven days may be a minor inconvenience, to some people, there are many individuals who do not have the luxury of planning ahead.

People may come into an immediate need to acquire self-defense tools, of which firearms are one of the most useful. For example, in 2015 a New Jersey woman was murdered by her ex-boyfriend while she awaited the state's approval to purchase a handgun. (Gutowski, 2015) A deeper look at this bill shows us that the law, being amended, affects licensed firearms dealers and all individuals who wish to sell firearms. If the bill were signed into law, firearm sales between private parties (non-licensed individuals) would be subject to the seven-day holding period. So in effect, this law will make the vast majority of private firearm sales so inconvenient, to complete legally, that private firearm sales will become non-existent (or move entirely to the black market).

This is a CALL TO ACTION. Please call and email the chairs of the respective committees in the House and Senate. Please request that they let these bills die, by refusing to introduce them to the committees.

Contacts in the House

House Bill 5658 would make this customer wait before he could take his rifle home.

Other committee members:


Gutowski, S. (2015). New Jersey Woman Stabbed to Death by Ex While Waiting for Gun Permit. Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved December 30th 2021, from https://freebeacon.com/issues/new-jersey-woman-stabbed-to-death-by-ex-while-waiting-for-gun-permit/.

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Officers & Staff

General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW.

Chair: Tim Yow. chair@michiganlp.org
First Vice Chair: Ben Boren. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.org
Second Vice Chair: Andrew Chadderdon vcpoliticaldirector@michiganlp.org
Secretary: Daniel Ziemba. secretary@michiganlp.org
Treasurer: Norman Peterson. treasurer@michiganlp.org
District 1 Rep: Ryan Roberts. dist1rep@michiganlp.org
District 2 Rep: Steven Fox. dist2rep@michiganlp.org
District 3 Rep: Jordan Martin. dist3rep@michiganlp.org
District 4 Rep: Rich Theelon. dist4rep@michiganlp.org
District 5 Rep: Dave Canny dist5rep@michiganlp.org
District 6 Rep: Brandon Warzbyok. dist6rep@michiganlp.org
District 7 Rep: Brian Ellison. dist7rep@michiganlp.org
District 8 Rep: Joe Hartman. dist8rep@michiganlp.org
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. dist9rep@michiganlp.org
District 10 Rep: Joe. dist10rep@michiganlp.org
District 11 Rep: Bruce Jacquays. dist11rep@michiganlp.org
District 12 Rep: Daniel Muehl-Miller. dist12rep@michiganlp.org
District 13 Rep: Breona Arold. dist13rep@michiganlp.org
District 14 Rep: Paul Vainer. dist14rep@michiganlp.org

Judicial Committee Members

Connor Nepomuceno. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Robert Roddis. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Joshua Smith. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org


Webmaster: Vacant. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org
Communications Director: Connor Nepomuceno cjnepo1@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.org
Ciculation Directors: Jeff Pittel & 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 David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Huron-Raisin: Larry Johnson, 734-320-7237, 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
Northern Michigan: Philip Lindsay. philiplindsay25@gmail.com
Oakland County: Paul Vainer, paul.vainer@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, UPLP.org. ryan_r03@hotmail.com
Wayne County: Jami Van Alstine, jamiracquel2004@yahoo.com
West Michigan: Steve Fox . (616) 406-7784, Email Steve Fox at sfoxphoto@gmail.com or call (616) 633-8390.

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Upcoming Events

Please contact local affiliate officers (see above listing) to learn how to get involved in their meetings.

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.

February 1, 2022 - Southwest Michigan Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Traveler's Cafe and Pub. 5225 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002
For more information, contact Jason Brandenburg email at swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net

February 9, 2022 - Libertarians of Macomb County Affiliate Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
BD's Mongolian Grill. 13150 Hall Road, Sterling Heights, MI, 48313.
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at macomblp@gmail.com

February 9, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Business Meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Habib's Cuisine. 14316 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI, 48126.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Wayne County's new Website for updates.
For more information, contact Jami Van Alstine, jamiracquel2004@yahoo.com

February 10, 2022 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Meeting & Convention, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Reservations at 6:30 PM)
Aubree's Pizzeria and Grill, 2122 Whittaker Rd Ypsilanti Twp.
The agenda will include; election of affiliate officers, any desired changes to bylaws, nominating delegates & alternates to the LPM March convention and any items introduced by the members.
For more information, contact Larry Johnson at 734-475-9792 or email michlibertarian@gmail.com or call (734) 320-7237

February 15, 2022 - Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party Delegate Nominating Convention, 8:00 PM.
The UPLP will be holding this meeting by Zoom Teleconference. Please link to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89324982981
The Meeting ID is 893 2498 2981 and one can call (312) 626-6799, and enter the Meeting ID, to join.
Everyone interested in learning about the UPLP and the Libertarian Party is welcome to join. We will have games, speakers, and more!
If you would like to get involved please contact Ryan Roberts [ryan_r03@hotmail.com, (906) 420-2995] or Joshua Jongema.cannyds@gmail.com.

February 16, 2022 - Jackson-Hillsdale Affiliate Meeting 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Steve's Ranch Restaurant. 311 W Louis Glick Hwy, Jackson, MI
Contact Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net

February 16, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.
Farmhouse Coffee and Ice Cream. 29936 West 12 Mile Road. Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Business starts at 7:00 PM. To confirm the meeting email Paul Vainer at: paul.vainer@gmail.com https://lpocmi.org/

February 19, 2022 - West Michigan Affiliate Convention, 1:00 PM
The LPWM plans to select its delegates to the state convention in the community room at the Krause Memorial Library, 140 East Bridge Street, NE, Rockford.
At the same time, members from the 74th State Representative District (Walker, Grandville and Northwest Kent County) will caucus to select their nominee for the August special election for that district.
For more information, contact Steve Fox at at sfoxphoto@gmail.com or call (616) 633-8390.

February 20, 2022 - Capital Area Affiliate Meeting/Convention 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Reno's North (16460 Old U.S. 27) Lansing, MI
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or email capitalarealp@gmail.com for event details and instructions to join.

February 27, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Genesee County Affiliate Meeting (Convention), 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.
White Horse Tavern. 621 W Court St, Flint, MI, 48503.
Business is from Noon to 2:00 PM. To confirm the meeting email Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LPGCMI

February 27, 2022 - Straits Area Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 2:00 PM
Guest speaker! Judge Aaron Gauthier.
Please RVSP to the SALP event page, or by contacting Andy Evans.
Big Boy. 861 S Main St, Cheboygan, MI 49721
A brief affiliate convention will follow to choose delegates for the March LPM convention in Ann Arbor.
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or email amevans_1968@yahoo.com.

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