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September 5, 2000


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Candidate - Teacher Rejects NEA Dues Hike, Threatens Lawsuit
  3. Gore agrees to Judicial Watch debate, Browne accepts, too
  4. Surfers of the World Unite!

  1. Upcoming Events

    September 5, 2000
    Wayne County LP - Monthly Meeting. Dinner 6:30pm Program 7:45pm. Guest speakers include Tim Beck, Republican candidate (and LP member) for Wayne County Sheriff and Nancy O'Brien, LP candidate for Wayne County Clerk.
    Location: La Trattoria Restaurant Michigan Avenue near Schaffer Dearborn MI
    Contact: Joann Karpinski Phone: (313) 925-6917 E-mail: MOMJOANN@aol.com

    September 5, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarian Party of Kalamazoo General Meeting
    Location: TGI Friday's Restaurant 5650 West Main Street Oshtemo, MI
    Contact: Tim Miley Phone: (616) 668-3951 E-mail: thmiley@yahoo.com

    September 7, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Ballot Access Retention Committee meeting.
    Location: LPM Headquaters, 619 East Nine Mile in Hazel Park, one block east of I-75.
    Contact: Barb Goushaw Phone: (248) 355-5058 E-mail: bgoush@aol.com

    September 7, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Washtenaw County business meeting
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St, Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792 E-mail: aguli@provide.net

    September 9, 2000 - 9:30 AM
    Candidate workshop! Featuring presentations by Don Gorman, opportunity to fill out candidate surveys, and digital photographer.
    Location: Libertarian Party of Michigan Headquarters 619 E. Nine Mile Road (east of I-75) Hazel Park (248)591-FREE
    Contact: Barb Goushaw Phone: (248) 355-5058 E-mail: bgoush@aol.com

    September 9, 2000 - 11:00 AM
    The Libertarians of Allegan County will be walking with the Lady Liberty float in the Allegan County Fair Parade, touted as "The Largest County Fair Parade in the Country". All libertarians, especially LP candidates, are invited to participate. Michael Corliss and Diane Barnes will be walking with us to represent our state-wide candidates. This parade is bigger and better than your average, small-town parade, and more fun too!
    Location: Staging is in Downtown Allegan at 9:30AM. Details about the Staging Location and precise directions will be sent to all participants as soon as we get word from parade officials. Contact Rick if you are interested.
    Contact: Rick Dutkiewicz Phone: (616) 973-5503 E-mail: rdoogie@datawise.net

    September 11, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Clare-Gladwin Libertarian Party Meeting. We will continue our lit-drop program and finalize plans for our first fundraiser at this meeting. Our local customized ordered signs will be in and ready for distribution too! Refreshments provided.
    Location: Mid Michigan Community College, Room 167
    Contact: Ghazey Aleck Phone: (517) 386-2699 E-mail: aleckfamily@voyager.net

    September 11, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Livingston County invites you to join us for our monthly meeting. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Agenda for this month's meeting is the raffle ticket drawing for $300 towards the purchase of the firearm of your choice at B&J Sporting Goods in Brighton. Have you bought your ticket yet? Better hurry -- only two weeks left. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Call George Sise at 734-498-3298 or email him at sise_george@yahoo.com.
    Location: Mexican Jones Restaurante, 675 W. Grand River, Brighton, MI
    Contact: Matt Dickinson Phone: (810) 231-1254

    September 11, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    South Central LP, HILLSDALE-BRANCH: MEETING Topic: Writing letters to the editor and getting them published.
    Location: Fillmore's Restaurant on US-12 on the west side of Jonesville (at the railroad crossing about 1/2 mile west of M-99).
    Contact: James Parker Phone: (517) 439-0643

    September 12, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    South Central LP meeting. Topic: How to write letters to the editor and get them published.
    Location: Tom's Grill, 3705 Ann Arbor Road, Jackson (about 1/2 mile east from the Michigan Avenue exit from U.S. 127. There is a map on the web site.).
    Contact: Al McCallum Phone: (517) 857-2531 E-mail: admccallum@columnist.com

    September 13, 2000 - 6:00 PM
    Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting. Drinks and dinner at 6:00 PM, business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Location: Miles World Resturant, 17689 Masonic, Fraser, MI 48026, 810-415-4500
    Contact: Diane Barnes Phone: (810) 415-4500 E-mail: DBarnes98@aol.com

    September 13, 2000 - 7:30 PM
    LP of Oakland County Executive Committee Meeting All dues paying members are welcome. Business begins at 7:30PM.
    Location: LPM HQ, 619 East Nine Mile in Hazel Park, one block east of I-75
    Contact: Greg Dirasian Phone: (248) 592-9731 E-mail: greg@newsnetpipeline.com

    September 14, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Meeting of the Corliss for U.S. Senate Campaign Committee. All are welcome!
    Location: LPM Headquarters, 619 E. 9 Mile Rd., Hazel Park. Directions: Take I-75 to Nine Mile Road. Go east on Nine Mile for approximately five blocks. The HQ building will be on the left. See www.mi.lp.org/hq/ for a map.
    Contact: Michael Corliss Phone: (734) 326-5406 E-mail: Mrcorliss@aol.com

    September 14, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Washtenaw County Video Night. Featuring a Harry Browne for President video and the famous Ayn Rand interview at the Univ. of Michigan.
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St, Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792 E-mail: aguli@provide.net

    September 14, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    The Libertarian Party of West Michigan hosts it's monthly meeting at Brann's. All members and interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Meeting begins at 7:00 pm.
    Location: Brann's on Leonard, Just off of US 131. Meeting takes place in the private meeting room.
    Contact: Derek Hollemans Phone: (616) 262-1008 E-mail: derek@triton.net

    September 16, 2000 - 10:00 AM
    Libertarian's of Macomb County Road Clenup project. We will be cleaning our designated stretch of Metro Parkway.
    Location: Meet at the bank parking lot on the southwest corner of Metro Parkway and Schoenherr.
    Contact: Rosemary Racchi Phone: (810) 776-2214 E-mail: aljt3@aol.com

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Candidate - Teacher Rejects NEA Dues Hike, Threatens Lawsuit by Press Release


    A recent dues hike by the National Education Association has run into a major obstacle -- opposition and even a possible lawsuit from the Libertarian Party of Michigan candidate for U.S. Senate, Michael Corliss.

    "The NEA claims that the increase is, in part, 'earmarked to fight harmful ballot proposals,'" said Corliss, a teacher in the Livonia Public Schools system and NEA member. "It appears that the plan is to oppose voucher proposals," he continued. "I happen to agree that vouchers is a bad idea. But that's not the point. The Supreme court has already ruled in the Beck case that a union may not use dues for political action without the approval of individual members."

    The state of Michigan has passed legislation which applies this decision to all union members in the state.

    "We are investigating the possibility of a lawsuit to force the NEA to comply with Beck," Corliss said. "They need to abide by the Constitution, the same founding document that its members are charged with teaching to the students of this country."

    Corliss said he does not fear a negative reaction from his coworkers at Stephenson High School or within the school district. "I have been active in my union since I first became a teacher," said Corliss. "The members know me, and they are very fair-minded. They will understand that this is about Constitutional principles, not a particular ballot question."

    Corliss will be on the ballot in November as the Libertarian nominee opposing Republican Spence Abraham and Democrat Debbie Stabenow. "This may be the closest Senate race in the country this year," Corliss pointed out, "and my campaign will definitely have an impact."

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  3. Gore agrees to Judicial Watch debate, Browne accepts, too

    Al Gore shocked nearly all observers last week when he agreed to participate in a presidential debate which includes third-party challengers. Yesterday, Libertarian candidate Harry Browne announced that he, too, has accepted an invitation to participate in the debate which will be sponsored by Judicial Watch.

    The debate will be held October 20, 2000, at the George Mason University School of Law (see http://www.judicialwatch.org/jwatch/ethics2000/ethics2000.htm).

    Surrogates for George W. Bush say the governor is 'favorably disposed' to participate.

    Harry Browne issued the following statement:

    "In most sports you have to make the cut, or earn your spot in the playoffs. No team gets a bye to the Super Bowl, or a free pass to the World Series, no matter how heavily favored they are. The Al Gore and George Bush teams are heavily favored to win, but they need to take on the wild cards, the dark horses and the Cinderella candidacies to prove they deserve to stand alone."

    "I expect my name to be one of only three to appear on all 50 state ballots -- which qualifies my candidacy for a shot at the title. There are only two other candidates who will appear on all ballots, Gore and Bush. In fact, six, possibly seven, candidates will appear on enough ballots to have a mathematical chance of being elected. If six Republicans could debate efficiently during the primaries, then six or seven candidates can debate efficiently in the general election."

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