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March 14, 2000


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Steinport Campaign Launches Website
  3. Libertarian Party Lobbies Against S-757

  1. Upcoming Events

    March 14, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Monthly Meeting of Lapeer/Genesee Libertarian Party, Tuesday, March 14th, 7pm at Whitey's Restaurant in Davison Michigan. Whitey's is about 1 mile north of I-69 on M-15 in Davison. Join Us! All are welcome!
    Location: Whitey's Restaurant, Davison
    Contact: Trish Marie Phone: (810) 742-7268 E-mail: Trishmare@aol.com

    March 14, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    The first meeting of the new Ottawa County Libertarian Party.
    Location: The Yellow Jacket Inn. 12011 Lake Michigan Drive (Lake Michigan Drive and 120th).
    Contact: Jason C. Miller Phone: (616) 669*2851 E-mail: jcmiller@triton.net

    March 15, 2000 - 6:00 PM
    St. Clair County Libertarian Party monthly meeting.
    Location: Armbrusters Sports Bar and Grill located at 1211 Griswold, Port Huron, MI 48060. TX: (810) 982-2255. Join us for dinner at 6:00 PM. Business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Contact: Eric Wojciechowski Phone: (810) 598-8618 E-mail: ewojo@worldnet.att.net

    March 16, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    The monthly meeting will follow the optional dinner. Topics will include the upcoming Tax Protest Day.
    Location: CT,s Restaurant on the corner of M-140 and Blue Star Highway, South Haven
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (616) 637-1788 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    March 16, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Speech: "Eco-Libertarianism," by Tim Maul, Univ. of Mich. graduate student. Sponsored by LP of Washtenaw County.
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792

    March 18, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarian Party of Shiawassee County Monthly Public Meeting. No speaker this month. Meet at 6:00 if you want to eat.
    Location: Brenda's Bistro, Durand
    Contact: Ben Steele III Phone: (517) 288-5616 E-mail: bsteele1@tir.com

    March 21, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    The Libertarians of Allegan County monthly meeting. All interested are welcome.
    Location: Blue Heron coffeeshop in downtown Allegan, Located behind Docherty's on the downtown waterfront. The roadway to enter the waterfront area is at the corner of Hubbard and Chestnut.
    Contact: Rick Dutkiewicz Phone: (616) 673-5503 E-mail: rdoogie@datawise.net

    March 22, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    LP of Oakland County General Membership Meeting. Public welcome. Meet for dinner at 6:30PM, business begins at 7:30PM.
    Location: Sila's, 4033 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley. Sila's is located 2 blocks east of Greenfield on 12 Mile Rd.
    Contact: Greg Dirasian Phone: (248) 592-9731 E-mail: greg@newsnetpipeline.com

    March 23, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Video Nite featuring Ayn Rand, John Stossel, David Kelley and more. Sponsored by LP of Washtenaw Co.
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792

    March 27, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    Meeting of the LPM Presidential Campaign Committee.
    Location: Home of Barb Goushaw, 19514 West Nine Mile Road, Southfield MI (between Southfield and Evergreen Roads. Call or e-mail Barb Goushaw if you need better directions.)
    Contact: Barb Goushaw Phone: (248) 355-5058 E-mail: bgoush@aol.com

    March 30, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Speech: "What is Brass Roots?" with a libertarian defense of the 2nd Amendment by Michael Carson, Executive Director of Brass Roots. Sponsored by LP of Washtenaw Co.
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792

    April 1, 2000
    During the Hash Bash, Ann Arbor's annual mega counter-culture hemp advocacy festival, the LP of Washtenaw Co. will have an info and outreach booth at Dominick's Restaurant.
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St, Ann Arbor, just a block away from the Univ. of Michigan "Diag"
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Steinport Campaign Launches Website by Jason C. Miller

    Jeff Steinport, the Grand Rapids Libertarian running for school board, has unveiled a powerful new website at:

    The site lists his qualifications, issues, contact information, and how to get involved. As his campaign gains more momentum and word is spread, the ElectJeff.com will no doubt set a precedent for future school board candidates.

    email Jeff Steinport

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  3. Libertarian Party Lobbies Against S-757

    CONTACT: Tim O'Brien
    (313) 562-5778

    DEARBORN. The Libertarian Party of Michigan announced today that the party's SpeakOutMichigan.org web-based lobbying utility will be used in an effort to persuade state legislators to vote against Senate Bill 757 which would incarcerate non-custodial parents who are behind by any amount on their child support payments until the arrearage has been fully paid.

    "This bill is positively medieval," said LPM chair, Stacy Van Oast. "It is bizarre that just as we are entering the 21st century our legislators propose to bring back the debtors' prisons of the middle ages."

    The senate bill, now under consideration in the house, would require that anyone arrested for back child support post cash or bond equal to the entire amount in question in order to be released pending a court hearing.

    "The overwhelming majority of people who have the money to put up the bond would certainly have used it to simply meet their obligations. This bill is founded on the vicious, mean-spirited notion that non-custodial parents who have the means are, nevertheless, deliberately denying their own children.

    "The effect of this legislation will be to jail parents who, through illness, loss of employment, or some other cause, have fallen on hard times. But these kinds of circumstances always affect the ability to support a family -- even one that is still intact," she observed. "Throwing such a person into debtor's prison will only exacerbate the problem.

    "And that's not even taking into account the cost to taxpayers and the impact on our already overburdened criminal justice system," she continued. "How many muggers and rapists shall we let out in order to make room for the so-called 'Deadbeat Dads'?"

    SpeakOutMichigan.org is an Internet site that permits users to write their state legislators using either a pre-written letter, their own letter, or a combination of the two. By simply entering a home address the system will automatically determine which are the user's legislators and direct the e-mail to them. Though sponsored by the LPM, the site is non-partisan and may be used by voters who belong to any political party -- or no political party at all.

    This is only the second time the LPM has used its high tech e-mail lobbying tool. The first effort, to persuade legislators to bring back stalled "concealed carry" legislation, drew well over 1,200 users.

    The party expects its Internet based lobbying efforts to continue to grow.

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