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April 18, 2000


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Libertarian City Councilman Rescinds Pension Plan

  1. Upcoming Events

    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 19, 2000
    Monthly meeting of the St. Clair County affiliate
    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: Richard Friend Phone: (810) 982-7178 E-mail: rfriend2000@advnet.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

    May 2, 2000
    Wayne County LP - Monthly Meeting. Dinner 6:30pm Program 7:45pm. Nomination of Candidates for Public Office
    Location: La Trattoria Restaurant Michigan Avenue near Schaffer Dearborn MI
    Contact: Joann Karpinski Phone: (313) 925-6917 E-mail: MOMJOANN@aol.com

    May 2, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    Kalamazoo Libertarian Party Meeting
    Location: TGI Friday's 5650 W. Main Street Oshtemo, MI 49009
    Contact: Tim Miley Phone: (616) 668-3951 E-mail: thmiley@yahoo.com

    May 4, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Washtenaw County business meeting, including planning for LPM State Convention
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792

    May 8, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Livingston County invites you to attend our monthly meeting. Dinner at 7 p.m. and business begins at 8 p.m.
    Location: Mexican Jones Restaurante, 675 W. Grand River, Brighton, MI
    Contact: Matt Dickinson Phone: (810) 231-1254

    May 8, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    South Central LP, Hillsdale-Branch county meeting to complete candidate paper work and plan for election and other activities.
    Location: Filmore's Restaurant on US-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

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Libertarian City Councilman Rescinds Pension Plan by Press Release

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

    DEARBORN. The Libertarian Party of Michigan's newest elected official, Troy city councilman, Martin Howrylak, wasted no time in getting to work.

    Sworn in Monday, April 10, the "kid councilman" as the 25-year-old has been affectionately dubbed by local media, immediately followed through on his campaign promise to rescind the recently passed pension plan for elected officials.

    Councilman Anthony Pallotta, barely reelected a week ago in the same election that saw Howrylak win in a landslide, introduced a motion to repeal the pension that would have paid him more than $14,000 a year for the rest of his life following his retirement from the council (due to term limits) in 2003. Howrylak seconded the motion. It then passed by a 7-0 vote.

    Howrylak made opposition to the pension plan one of three main issues in his third run for city council in Michigan's 11th largest city. The Libertarian also opposed special tax treatment for the Delphi Automotive Systems world headquarters and plans for an incredibly expanded new municipal complex.

    But it was the pension plan perk -- also attacked by a coalition of unhappy taxpayer/residents and Libertarians not connected to the Howrylak campaign called "Friends of Troy" -- that quickly came to dominate the election.

    The Friends of Troy distributed a piece of literature done in the style of an old west "Wanted" poster that featured unflattering drawings of incumbents, Pallotta and Eldon Thompson, accused the pair of "Greed, Arrogance, and Contempt of Taxpayers," and labeled them "Troy's most UNWANTED."

    A piece of literature identified as coming from "Troy Citizens for Honesty and Integrity in Government" (but bearing no address) fired back at Howrylak, calling him "a pawn of the Libertarian Party" and claiming, among other things, that he wanted to disband the Troy Police Department -- a charge which Howrylak called "absurd."

    In what local newspapers described as "the most contentious election in memory" Howrylak swept to a stunning victory -- garnering nearly four thousand votes and leaving all three of the other candidates, including both incumbents, fighting it out in the low two thousands for the other council seat.

    Libertarians were, of course, jubilant. "One Libertarian in one election turned around all the other councilmen," said Oakland County LP vice chair, Greg Dirasian. "We can and do make a difference -- even when we don't have a [council] majority."

    Asked about the unanimous reversal of the pension plan scheme that had passed unanimously only seven weeks earlier, Howrylak smiled and shrugged, then in a masterpiece of understatement observed: "I guess they got the message."

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