LPM Online

April 11, 2000


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Press Release: Libertarian Elected to Troy City Council
  3. Stay Silent Libertarians?
  4. Libertarian Candidates Come Forward

  1. Upcoming Events

    April 11, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    South Central Libertarian Party -- Hillsdale County meeting. Branch County is invited to participate. Topics will be candidates for 2000 and planning activities.
    Location: Fillmore's Restaurant on U.S.-12 on the west side of Jonesville at the railroad tracks (about 1/2 mile west of M-99).
    Contact: James Parker Phone: (517) 439-0643 E-mail: jamesp@hillsdale.epcorp.com

    April 12, 2000 - 6:00 PM
    Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting. Drinks and dinner at 6:00 PM, business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Location: Heinzman's Heidelberg, 43785 Gratiot, Clinton Twp, just north of Mt. Clemens.
    Contact: Diane Barnes Phone: (810) 774-1625 E-mail: DBarnes98@aol.com

    April 12, 2000 - 6:00 PM
    Monthly meeting of the St. Clair County Libertarians. We will be electing our officers for the year as well as making nominations for candidates to run in the upcoming election.
    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. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us
    Contact: Eric Wojciechowski Phone: (810) 598-8618 E-mail: ewojo@worldnet.att.net

    April 12, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    LP of Oakland County Executive Committee Meeting Meeting. All dues paying members are 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

    April 13, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Tax Protest Planning Session, LP of Washtenaw Co.
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792

    April 15, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarian Party of Shiawassee County Monthly Public Meeting. Trafton Jean, candidate for 85th District State Representative, will be speaking about taxes. Meet at 6:00 p.m. if you want to eat.
    Location: Brenda's Bistro, Durand
    Contact: Ben Steele III Phone: (517) 288-5616 E-mail: bsteele1@tir.com

    April 17, 2000
    The LPWM is organizing a large Tax Day Protest in downtown Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids is the regional drop off center for individuals attempting to make the deadline. They will be opened until midnight and thousands of people will converge on the post office.
    Location: The Grand Rapids Post Office.
    Contact: David Good Phone: (616) 891-1414 E-mail: dgood@iserv.net

    April 18, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Monthly Meeting of the Libertarians of Allegan County. -- Candidate nominating caucus and candidate paperwork session.
    Location: The Blue Heron Coffeeshop -- Directions: Downtown Allegan on the riverfront - Driveway to riverfront is at corner of Hubbard & Chestnut, drive behind Docherty’s. -
    Contact: Rick Dutkiewicz Phone: (616) 673-5503 E-mail: rdoogie@datawise.net

    April 20, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    For those wish, food, cocktails and/or friendly conversation begin at 6:30 pm. The business meeting will start at 7:30 pm.
    Location: CT'S Restaurant, South Haven, on the corner of M-140 and Blue Star Highway
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (616) 637-1788 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    April 20, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Washtenaw Co. has scheduled a speech by Michael Corlis, who is seeking LPM candidacy for US Senate.
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792

    April 24, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    Meeting of the LPM Ballot Access Retention 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

    April 25, 2000 - 7:30 PM
    The monthly 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

    April 26, 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

    April 27, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Washtenaw Audio Night. Hear the late Roy Childs, libertarian scholar and activist on "The History of Libertarianism, 1930-1980."
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792

    May 1, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    South Central LP monthly meeting.
    Location: Tom's Grill 3705 Ann Arbor Road, Jackson about 1/2 mile east of US 127.
    Contact: Al McCallum Phone: (517) 857-2531 E-mail: admccallum@voyager.net

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Press Release: Libertarian Elected to Troy City Council

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

    DEARBORN. Libertarian Party of Michigan member, Martin Howrylak, was elected to one of two Troy city council seats up for election yesterday. Garnering over two-thirds of the vote in the non-partisan race, Howrylak won by a nearly two to one margin over the next highest vote-getter, 28-year incumbent, Anthony Pallotta.

    "The voters have put the council on notice," said the 25-year-old small business owner and lifetime Troy resident whose upstart campaign rocked Michigan's 11th largest city.

    Howrylak initially campaigned on his opposition to both the special tax treatment given the Delphi Automotive Systems world headquarters and the new municipal complex that had originally been bonded for $18 million but ballooned to a potentially quarter of a billion dollar "Metroplex," as he dubbed it.

    But then the incumbents handed their Libertarian challenger a gold gilded issue on a silver platter. A mere six weeks before the election the part-time city council voted unanimously (without even debate, much less dissent) to give themselves a lifetime pension -- to be generously provided by taxpayers.

    In his mailing to absentee voters Howrylak made a point of this pocketlining, observing that the pension formula would provide a more than $14,000 annual benefit to Pallotta -- should he be reelected.

    Meanwhile, a coalition of unhappy Troy taxpayer/residents and Libertarians outside of the Howrylak campaign created and distributed a piece of literature done in the style of an old west "Wanted" poster that featured drawings of the two incumbents, described the pension scheme, and labeled the pair as "Troy's most UNWANTED."

    Howrylak buried the field in a landslide victory, garnering 3,871 votes. His archrival, Anthony Pallotta finished a way distant second in the race with 2,288, edging out the other challenger (who had no organized campaign) by barely 100 votes. The other incumbent in the race finished last.

    Back to Contents

  3. Stay Silent Libertarians? by Tim O'Brien

    Two weeks ago the LPM began a new lobbying effort utilizing our SpeakOutMichigan web site.

    The issue: Keep the Internet tax and regulation free.

    This is surely an issue commanding universal support among Libertarians.

    The effort required to participate: Almost none.

    The letter is pre-written (or can be modified, if the user so desires). The correct legislator/recepients are automatically determined from the user's street address. The e-mail -- asking our public masters to please keep their grubby mitts off of the Internet -- is generated and sent to the user's state rep, congresscritter, and both U.S. Senators with a single mouse click.

    Here is the latest tabulation of users by party affiliation (two complete weeks):

    55 Prefer Not to Say

    7 Democratic Party

    40 Republican Party

    31 Libertarian Party

    0 Reform Party

    0 Green Party

    0 Constitution Party

    0 Natural Law Party

    0 Workers World Party

    0 Socialist Workers Party (or other Socialist)

    1 Conservative Party

    0 Liberal Party

    2 Other Party That's Not Listed

    26 Independent (Registered, But No Party Affiliation)


    162 Total

    You may have noticed that to date more Republicans than Libertarians have participated.

    Since there are more than 400 subscribers to this online, weekly newsletter, a little quick math (even by someone as math-impaired as me) indicates that we are currently getting substantially less than 10% participation in this effort -- even if we assume that every, single self-identified Libertarian participant has come from this list.

    Since you are reading these words I know at least three things about you. One, you use the Internet. Two, you are a Libertarian. Three, the odds are better than 90% that you have not yet sent a simple note to your legislators telling them that you want the Internet left alone by government -- a process that the SpeakOutMichigan site has made all but effortless.

    If you are beginning sense just a tinge of pique in this note, you are very perceptive.

    Do you think you could please take two minutes out of your busy web surfing to visit www.SpeakOutMichigan.org and help us -- and yourself -- out? And maybe even one additional minute to send a request to participate (also prewritten for your convenience) to everyone in your address book that might also be willing to help in this very timely lobbying effort?

    It's not like we're asking you to grab a musket and stare down British bayonets at Concord bridge. A few simple mouse clicks will do the job.

    Thank you.

    Back to Contents

  4. Libertarian Candidates Come Forward by Jason C. Miller

    Seventy Libertarians have filed candidate paperwork with the Michigan Secretary of State for 2000 elections. More will be announcing their candidacy soon and several (those seeking township and county offices) file with their county and not the Secretary of State.

    The latest in a series of local candidates to come forward is Donald McCallum. Don, son of SCMLP Chair Al McCallum, will be running for Chester Township Trustee. This makes him the fifth candidate in the soon to be formed Ottawa County Libertarian Party.

    email Donald A. McCallum

    Back to Contents

To unsubscribe, send email to markfheil@worldnet.att.net

Return to News Archive

Return to LP of Michigan Home Page