LPM Online

October 10, 2000


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Register Now for LibertyFest 2000!
  3. Candidate Appeals Being Denied Place on Ballot
  4. Freedom 2000 Shatters All Expectations
  5. Student, Candidate team up to fight curfew
  6. Let's Be Outright Libertarians in S.E. Michigan
  7. Honest Politics

  1. Upcoming Events

    October 10, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    Monthly meeting of Libertarian Party of Lapeer-Genesee. Paul Hitch, our new Chair, will have Harry Browne lawn signs available for interested parties. Make a difference this election! Join us!
    Location: Whitey's Restaurant, Davison, MI. Whitey's is on M-15, about 1 mile north of I-69.
    Contact: Trish Marie Phone: (810) 742-7268 E-mail: Trishmare7@aol.com

    October 10, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    South Central LP meeting.
    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: Albert McCallum Phone: (517) 857-2531 E-mail: admccallum@columnist.com

    October 11, 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) 774-1625 E-mail: dbarnes98@aol.com

    October 11, 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

    October 12, 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

    October 12, 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

    October 17, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarians of Allegan County monthly meeting - - - Business Meeting at 7:00 PM - - - Open to public at 7:30 PM
    Location: The Blue Heron coffee shop - - - Directions: The entrance to the Riverfront parking is at the corner of Hubbard and Chestnut. Drive down and park behind Dockerty's. The Blue Heron is right next door to Docherty's, entrance on the riverfront.
    Contact: Rick Dutkiewicz Phone: (616) 673-5503 E-mail: rdoogie@datawise.net

    October 18, 2000
    Monthly meeting of the St. Clair County affiliate. Last meeting before elections!
    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

    October 18, 2000 - 1:00 PM
    Mailing party! This is the last of the mailing to past members/interesteds and will likely continue into the afternoon and evening. Call 248-591-3733 to check on our progress if you can come in the evening. Thanks so much for your continued help.
    Location: LPM HQ at 619 E. 9 Mile Rd 1/2 mile east of I-75 (see www.mi.lp.org/hq for directions and a map)
    Contact: Joann Karpinski Phone: (248) 591-3733 E-mail: momjoann@aol.com

    October 19, 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

    October 19, 2000 - 7:30 PM
    The speaker for the evening will be Lee Parker of Bangor. Lee is a home schooled 8th grader and a member of the Kalamazoo Area Home School Association. He will tell us about home schooling from the inside. Lee came to our attention at the VBCo Youth Fair last summer and agreed that he would speak to us this fall. Whether or not you have an interest in home schooling you will enjoy what Lee has to say. So bring a friend and come hear this interesting young man.
    Location: CTs Restaurant, South Haven, at the corner of Blue Star Hwy (County Route A-2) & Business Loop I-196 about 1 mile north of I-196 Exit 18.
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (616) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    October 21, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Trafton Jean speaking at LPSC Monthly Public Meeting: "Stop Wasting Your Vote!"
    Location: Brenda's Bistro, 230 W. Main Street, Durand
    Contact: Ben Steele III Phone: (517) 288-5616 E-mail: bsteele1@tir.com

    October 22, 2000 - 1:00 PM
    LPM Executive Committee meeting
    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: Stacy Van Oast Phone: (810) 784-8783 E-mail: stacyvo@eesc.com

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Register Now for LibertyFest 2000! by Mark Heil

    You can now find out all you need to know about the upcoming LibertyFest 2000 Awards Banquet on our website at www.mi.lp.org/libfest/ This years banquet features the awarding of our "Defender of Liberty Awards" with Master of Ceremonies, Ghazey Aleck and keynote speaker, Jacob Hornberger.

    Tickets are $35 per person if reserved before October 23, 2000, $45 after that date and $50 at the door. You can use our printable web page form, found at www.mi.lp.org/libfest/form.html, to mail in your reservations.

    The event will take place on November 11, 2000, 6:30 PM at Mile's World Restaurant, 17689 Masonic Blvd., Fraser, Michigan (just east of Groesbeck Hwy.) For directions and a map, go to www.mi.lp.org/libfest/map.htm.

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  3. Candidate Appeals Being Denied Place on Ballot by Press Release

    CONTACT: Tim O'Brien
    (313) 562-5778
    (248) 591-3733

    DEARBORN. "We'll go all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to," vowed State Board of Education candidate Jon Coon as an appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals was filed on behalf of both him and the Libertarian Party he represents.

    The appeal arises out of a ruling by the Bureau of Elections barring Coon from appearing on the November 7th general election ballot because he refused to sign a new form stating under penalty of perjury that he is in full compliance with every detail of campaign finance law.

    "We are challenging the constitutionality of this new ballot access requirement," said party executive director Tim O'Brien. "The legislature is empowered by the constitution to regulate the 'time, place and manner' of elections in order to ensure that the process is orderly," he continued. "They do not have the lawful authority to deny an otherwise qualified candidate, properly nominated by a bona fide political party, the opportunity to appear on the ballot at all as a method of enforcing an essentially unrelated law."

    But isn't campaign finance related?

    "No," O'Brien answers. "There may be good and compelling reasons why candidates should be required to disclose the sources and amounts of their campaign funding. But that is about how -- and on behalf of whom -- they conduct their campaigns. It has nothing to do with regulating 'the time, place and manner' of elections," he reiterated, "which is the only constitutional authority of the legislature in the area of elections."

    Both Coon and the LP were undaunted by an August 23, 2000 ruling by Ingham County Circuit Judge Michael Harrison that upheld the Election Bureau's decision.

    "The sum and substance of Judge Harrison's ruling was that the new law merely requires that candidates swear that they have filed every form, not that the information they provided is true and complete. That is a strained, if not just plain silly distinction," he concluded with more than a hint of exasperation.

    "I expect," said attorney Ghazey Aleck, "that the case will be remanded to Judge Harrison to rule on our main contention that the new law unconstitutionally makes compliance with the Michigan Campaign Finance Act a qualification for running for office."

    The appeal is expected to take months to complete and will not get Jon Coon back on the November 7th ballot.

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  4. Freedom 2000 Shatters All Expectations by Ghazey Aleck

    Freedom 2000, Clare-Gladwin LP's first annual fundraiser stunned observers. A large crowd of people gathered at the Town & Country Restaurant in Clare to hear Michael Corliss for US Senate and others speak on the libertarian option in American politics. The news is the shock waves that Freedom 2000 is making. Since Clare-Gladwin LP was only formed in April of 2000, expectations by many were low. However, the turn-out was spectacular and the event itself was a inspiring. Billed as an all-American party and all-American event, Freedom 2000 put forward a convention style atmosphere with signs, ribbons, logos and banners hanging from the ceilings and on the walls advancing Harry Browne, Michael Corliss and the Libertarian Party. Literature was abundant. Clare-Gladwin LP custom signs (Keep Your Guns, Lower Your Taxes, Vote Libertarian) sold like hot cakes. About 50% of those in attendance were there for their 1st ever libertarian event. The feeling was electrifying! Earlier this summer the 2 major parties in Clare County had similar events that drew 50 and 70 people. Freedom 2000 blew right past them in attendance numbers. We put them on notice that we fully intend to be a force to be reckoned with. Besides hearing from a resoundingly inspirational speech by Michael Corliss, Richard Whitelock promoted his Congressional campaign while Tim O'Brien played the State LP radio ads for the audience and Diane Barnes was present to announce Liberty Fest. How did we do it was the question of the evening and will probably stay the question for a while. Our party has made it a policy to go to the people. We sent out flyers, made calls and contacted people in person. We started with people we knew and went out beyond that. Libertarian team work was apparent locally, regionally and from the State LP. Other affiliates were represented including a fine contigent of tri-city libertarians. This rally proved that it can be done.

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  5. Student, Candidate team up to fight curfew by Jason C. Miller

    To help enact , Ottawa County Libertarian's Jason Miller and Tim Campbell are fighting to repeal the City of Hudsonville's curfew ordinance. They will present their arguement at City Hall on Tuesday to the commission. This has already generated coverage for the OCLP and its candidate in the Grand Rapids Press and will generate even more after the event. To read the GR Press story, visit: http://gr.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/20001003ghudccurf105303.frm

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  6. Let's Be Outright Libertarians in S.E. Michigan by Todd Andrew Barnett, LPM member

    Are there any gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Libertarians working actively in the state party? If so, then we need to join together in an organization that will represent the Libertarian Party as a building force for free-thinking advocates of liberty and those with different sexual orientations. Are you tired of statist organizations like GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) or WRAP (Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project)? These GLBT organizations are run by statists who might as well be an extension of the Democratic Party. Of course the Republican Party has no love for those organizations, but they have no love for equal rights for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities either.

    Recently, a new Libertarian organization was formed by members of the Libertarian Party of Georgia in the state of Georgia called Outright Libertarians. It is a grassroots organization that speaks on behalf of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Libertarian communities, and for all who are advocates of liberty for all. I recently joined the organization, and I believe that an Outright Libertarian of South-East Michigan chapter would gladly bridge the Libertarian Party of Michigan to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities. I believe that, if people are interested, we can begin protecting equal rights for all - including gays, lesbian, bisexuals, heterosexuals, the transgendered, etc. If you need any info, please contact me at abarn@earthlink.net, or call me at (810) 725-9218. In order to start a chapter, as few as five members of the Libertarian Party must appoint officers for the organization, set up a mission statement and charter, and adopt a set of by-laws for the regional (or city) chapter.

    Thank you for your kind attention and understanding!

    Yours In Liberty,
    Todd Andrew Barnett

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  7. Honest Politics by DON BABWIN

    CHICAGO (AP) - Mindful of the city's history as a place where elections have been bought, Chicago officials are trying to shut down a Web site that offers votes to the highest bidder.

    The Board of Elections sent letters on Tuesday to federal and state prosecutors, saying that the site www.voteauction.com should be shut down.

    ``In Chicago we react strongly and quickly to this type of activity - whether it's tongue-in-cheek or not - because we need to guard our reputation here that this is a place where voting activity is legal and above board and beyond reproach,'' board chairman Langdon Neal said.

    Voteauction.com provides ``a forum for campaign contributors and voters to come together in a free market exchange,'' according to the site. Voteauction.com says it will collect absentee ballots from voters, verify them, and then sell them to the highest bidder who can ``choose who the group will vote for en masse.'' Sellers then receive money depending on how much is bid.

    So far, the site boasts that 8,313 voters nationwide have signed up - 380 in Illinois. The price tag thus far in Illinois, according to the Web site, is $15.79 a vote or $6,000 for the state.

    California, the national prize because of its 54 electoral college votes, has a high bid of $22,000 offered to make the choice for 1,230 voters. The Web site notes that it is not valid in New York after that state questioned its legality.

    Neal said there is no indication any money or ballots have changed hands. Nor, he said, is there any way to verify how many voters have signed up or even contacted the Web site. But, he said, ``we don't think it can work.''

    The U.S. Attorney's office has forwarded the board's letter to the Department of Justice in Washington, and the state's attorney's office would only say it received the letter.

    A New York graduate student, James Baumgartner, launched the site this summer and said it wasn't really meant to work, at the time.

    ``It was more to make a point that the campaign financing system operates as a business,'' he said.

    Neal said while others may think the site is funny, ``To us it is not, particularly because of the history of Chicago.''

    Stopping it, though, may be tough. The site has been sold to a Vienna businessman, Hans Bernhard who, Baumgartner said, is ``in Austria and the server is in Bulgaria, so he thinks he's outside the jurisdiction'' of any American board of elections.

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