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October 17, 2000


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Listen to Our Campaign Radio Ads
  3. Election Night Party at HQ
  4. Prime sign Location in Oakland County
  5. They Had to Be Best for Something
  6. LP Radio Advertising
  7. Browne Pulls Even with Nader in Michigan

  1. Upcoming Events

    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 18, 2000 - 6:00 PM
    District 90 State Representative Debates. Libertarian Tim Campbell will debate Green, Democrat, and Republican candidates.
    Location: Hudsonville High School. 5037 32nd Ave. Hudsonville, MI 49426
    Contact: Tim Campbell Phone: (616) 738-6033 E-mail: profreedomradical@yahoo.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

    October 23, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Candidate forum for state representative district 90. Libertarian Tim Campbell will be there.
    Location: Holland City Hall
    Contact: Tim Campbell Phone: (616) 738-6033 E-mail: profreedomradical@yahoo.com

    October 24, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    The monthly meeting of the Ottawa County Libertarian Party. This meeting will feature a debate over Proposal 1.
    Location: The Yellow Jacket Inn. 12011 Lake Michigan Drive, West Olive, MI.
    Contact: Jason C. Miller Phone: (616) 669-2851 E-mail: jcmiller@triton.net

    October 25, 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

    October 26, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Ballot Access Retention Committee meeting.
    Location: LPM Headquarters, 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

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Listen to Our Campaign Radio Ads by Mark Heil

    The latest campaign radio ads used by the LPM and its candidates are now availabel for your listening pleasure on our website. Just go to www.mi.lp.org/radio/ and listen to the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumber ad, the Harry Browne ad and the Mike Corliss for US Senate ad. The site requires that you have the Real Player installed on your computer.

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  3. Election Night Party at HQ by Stacy Van Oast

    The Libertarian Party of Michigan will host an Election Night Party at our headquarters on Tuesday, November 7 starting at 7:00 pm.

    We will have hot dogs, chili, coffee, beer and soft drinks.

    All candidates, supporters, Libertarians, media folks, BARC volunteers, are welcome. Please come by after working the polls to watch the returns and celebrate the exciting climax of the biggest election cycle in LPM history.

    The LPM Headquarters is located at 619 East Nine Mile, just east of I-75, in Hazel Park. The phone number is 248-591-FREE.

    Candidates from other parts of the state, please let me know where you will be that night, so that I can call you, or please give us a call at the HQ to keep us posted on your election. And we'll see you all at Liberty Fest!

    Contact Stacy at stacyvo@eesc.com or (810)784-8783 to help or for more information.

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  4. Prime sign Location in Oakland County by Randy Szabla

    I'm inviting all Libertarian candidates who will be on the ballot in Oakland County and statewide to place their lawn sign in front of our residence:

    32034 W. 13 Mile Rd.(midway between Orchard Lake Rd. & Farmington Rd.) Farmington Hills 48334

    Signs already present are:

    Harry Browne (yellow banner)
    Dick Gach, Libertarian for Congress
    Mike Carson, Libertarian for Sheriff
    Champion for Oakland County Executive, Libertarian

    Ours is a high traffic area especially during morning and evening rush hours and there's plenty of room left to accommodate more signs.

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  5. They Had to Be Best for Something

    Five surgeons are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on.

    The first surgeon says, "I like to see accountants on my operating table because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."

    The second responds, "Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded."

    The third surgeon says, "No, I really think librarians are the best; everything inside them is in alphabetical order."

    The fourth surgeon chimes in: "You know, I like construction workers...those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over at the end, and when the job takes longer than you said it would."

    But the fifth surgeon shut them all up when he observed: "You're all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There's no guts, no heart, and no spine. Plus, the head and the ass are interchangeable."

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  6. LP Radio Advertising by Tim O'Brien

    Libertarians will have maintained a strong presence on Talk Radio throughout Michigan for most of the two months leading up to the November 7 election.

    The LPM started the ball rolling the week of September 26 with the "Tweedles" ad (promoting the entire slate of LP candidates) on WXYT in Detroit, WOOD/WTKG in Grand Rapids, WJIM in Lansing, WSGW in Saginaw and WTCM in Traverse City.

    BARC followed the next week with a "Browne for President" ad on the same five stations (including spots on WOOD during the Bush-Gore debates) and also added the more youth-oriented talker WKRK in Detroit.

    The week of October 9 saw the return of the LPM's "Tweedles" ad on the original five stations.

    The week of October 16 has US Senate candidate, Michael Corliss, on with an ad keying on a recent flap between the two major party candidates over who has bragging rights to the idea of using the IRS to enforce civil judgements from state courts. This very provocative spot features a replay of Republican Spence Abraham's own words advocating that idea.

    Finally, the week of October 30 as well as election eve (Monday, November 6) will have both the Browne and Corliss ads in the heaviest schedule yet, including the addition of two more stations -- WAAM in Ann Arbor and WKZO in Kalamazoo.

    The only hole in the seven weeks of advertising is the week of October 23. The reason is simply that all three sources are completely spent. The obvious choice for this week would be to return the "Tweedles" full slate ad to the air (note that it has run on alternating weeks from the beginning). But the money just isn't there.

    Then came a very pleasant surprise. Apprised of the situation, several of our affiliates are stepping up to fill the gap!

    Tri-Cities was the first to offer to put up the $600 it would take to cover the station in their market, WSGW, for the open week. This prompted both the Oakland and Wayne affiliates to come forward -- each providing an even $1,000 go toward covering WXYT in Detroit and to help fill in any gaps with any part of their contribution that might be left over. Next came the Washtenaw group who committed to covering the $672 cost of including WAAM in Ann Arbor.

    As this e-newsletter goes out the Macomb affiliate is discussing the situation. The Grand Rapids group probably won't have the $810 to do the extra week on WOOD/WTKG (they had already committed to a half page ad in the Grand Rapids Press). Finding money for additional ads on WJIM in Lansing is moot since that station is now sold out through election day. There has been no word yet from Traverse City (WTCM) or Kalamazoo (WKZO) which would take $640 and $752.50 respectively. However, the new Clare-Gladwin affiliate has also come up with the funds to run on a local country music station.

    If any affiliate (or individual) wishes to make a pledge to cover any of the remaining markets, please contact us immediately (248-591-3733 or 313-562-5778) to let us know. We have very little time left.

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  7. Browne Pulls Even with Nader in Michigan by Press Release

    DEARBORN. Libertarian presidential candidate Harry Browne has pulled even in Michigan with Green Party candidate Ralph Nader according to the latest EPIC/MRA poll.

    The poll of 600 likely voters, conducted on October 11 and 12, shows both candidates at 2% and has a margin of error of 4%.

    The combined votes for the two "minor" party candidates is greater than the difference between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George Bush, who stood at 45% and 42% respectively. If the relative numbers hold until election day, the Libertarian and Green candidates will hold the balance of power in one of the closest and most hotly contested states in the country.

    "With well over a hundred candidates -- many of whom are running very active campaigns -- we're not surprised," said state chair Stacy Van Oast. "We are an actual political party," she continued, "not just a political personality cult with a celebrity at the top of an otherwise nearly empty slate."

    As further evidence Libertarian Party of Michigan executive director Tim O'Brien pointed to a similar rise in the polls of the party's US Senate candidate, Michael Corliss. An October 12 Rasmussen survey of 885 likely voters (with a 3% margin of error) put Corliss at 2% -- tieing him with Reform Party senate candidate Mark Forton. Green Party candidate Matthew Abel trailed both at 1%.

    Another factor that may be contributing to the success of both LP candidates is advertising that has been airing on "talk radio" stations throughout the state since the end of last month.

    "There's no question that broadcast advertising goes a long way both in terms of raising our profile and giving credibility to our candidates," O'Brien said.

    "Unfortunately," rejoined Ms. Van Oast, "the media seem so blinded by celebrity that we continue to be ignored no matter how well we do. Harry Browne," she observed, "is a perfect case in point. Despite doing just as well in the polls, his campaign gets a tiny fraction of the coverage given Mr. Nader. Indeed," she concluded, "Browne gets far less coverage than Pat Buchanan. And Mr. Buchanan isn't even on the ballot in Michigan!"

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