LPM Online

February 6, 2001


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. LP Berrien County chair to run for city council.
  3. Libertarian Party Says State in a Sorry State
  4. Observer-Eccentric Says "Libertarian" 123 Times in 2000
  5. Building a Strong Libertarian Party

  1. Upcoming Events

    February 6, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    Monthly Meeting - LP of Wayne County Dinner 6:30pm. Program starts at 7:45pm.
    Location: La Trattoria Restaurant - Dearborn MI
    Contact: Joann Karpinski Phone: (313) 925-6917 E-mail: Momjoann@aol.com

    February 6, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Kalamazoo Libertarian Party General Meeting
    Location: TGI Friday's Restaurant, 5650 W. Main Street, Oshtemo, MI.
    Contact: Tim Miley Phone: (616) 668-3951 E-mail: thmiley@yahoo.com

    February 6, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Oakland County Executive Committee Meeting All dues paying members are welcome. Business begins at 7:00PM.
    Location: LPM HQ, 619 East Nine Mile in Hazel Park, just east of I-75
    Contact: Greg Dirasian Phone: (248) 515-3675 E-mail: gdirasian@lpocmi.org

    February 8, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarian Party of Berrien County will hold its monthly meeting. Please contact us in case of a change of meeting location. Please tune in to designated broadcast stations in case of cancellation or postponement due to inclimate weather conditions
    Location: Pizza Hut, Red Arrow Hwy at Lake St., Bridgman MI
    Contact: Glenn Whitt Phone: (616) 473-2764 E-mail: trombonist1@juno.com

    February 12, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Clare-Gladwin Libertarian Party meeting. We are collecting 2001 membership renewals, continuing our 2 year plan implementation, reviewing the January revisions to the by-laws for accuracy.
    Location: Mid Michigan Community College
    Contact: Ghazey Aleck Phone: (517) 386-2699 E-mail: ghazey@alecklawfirm.com

    February 12, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    The LP of Livingston County invites you to attend our monthly meeting. Dinner is at 7 p.m. with the meeting following. This month's agenda is election of officers.
    Location: Mexican Jones Restaurante, 675 W. Grand River, Brighton, MI.
    Contact: Matt Dickinson Phone: (810) 231-1254

    February 14, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting. Drinks and dinner at 6:30 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

    February 15, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    Dinner,drinks and company. Meeting starts at 7:30. The Van Buren County Libertarian Party wants to welcome you!
    Location: CT's Restaurant of South Haven (Blue Star Hwy & M-140)
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (616) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    February 18, 2001 - 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

    February 21, 2001
    Monthly meeting of the St. Clair County affiliiate.
    Location: Figaro's is located at 1503 11th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060. TX: (810) 987-3588. Join us for dinner at 6:00 PM. Business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Contact: Richard Friend Phone: (810) 982-7178 E-mail: rfriend@advnet.net

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. LP Berrien County chair to run for city council. by Glenn D. Whitt--Secretary and Campaign Coordinator

    On February 10, 2001, Ray Kirkus, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Berrien County, will begin collecting signatures to get himself on the ballot for New Buffalo City Council election. He needs only 25 to 50 signatures of registered voters of New Buffalo. It appears that he has at least 20 who have already voiced their intent to sign the petition. Some have stated that they want copies of the petition because they know others who would sign as well. Ray could have as many as 100 signatures. The actual election is around March 12, 2001.

    If elected, he hopes to work diligently to get useless ordnances off the books. He also wants to make the city council more accountable to the people it serves.

    Financial support is welcome for his election campaign. Though this is a non-paid public office, he wants to win. Send send donations to Ray Kirkus at Libertarian Party of Berrien County, 9133-1 Sunset Dr., Berrien Springs MI 49103

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  3. Libertarian Party Says State in a Sorry State by Press Release

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

    DEARBORN. "The fact of the matter is that our state is in a pretty sorry state," said Libertarian Party of Michigan Chair Stacy Van Oast. "And with the kind of leadership we're getting from Republicans it's easy to see why."

    Ms. Van Oast was responding to Governor Engler's State of the State address last night to the people of Michigan.

    "What kind of duplicity does it take," she asked incredulously, "for the same governor who has led efforts to tax e-commerce transactions to now turn around and say that we need to give tax breaks to corporations engaged in e-commerce?

    "I guess this is just one more example," she answered her own question, "of the Republican view of taxes -- increase them on consumers, while reducing them on big business."

    And the LPM chair's ire wasn't confined to the governor's economic plans.

    "Then he proposes to max out our constitutional limit of 20 cabinet-level agencies by creating a brand, new Department of History, Arts and Culture," she added. "Since when are these social institutions something to be determined by government?" she asked.

    "I certainly hope," she continued, "that people will finally stop being fooled by the Republicans' posturing as advocates of individual freedom and limited government and recognize just how socialist they really are. Tax increases on consumers, but tax breaks for multi-national corporations. Even a Ministry of Culture! What more evidence could anyone possibly need?" she wondered.

    "It's not surprising that Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is talking about chasing out the last of the libertarians from the Republican Party. Well," she concluded, "they will be welcomed with open arms into the Libertarian Party. It ought to be obvious from the governor's State of the State address that they should have been here all along."

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  4. Observer-Eccentric Says "Libertarian" 123 Times in 2000 by Greg Dirasian

    Using the search engine at the Observer-Eccentric's web site, we learned that they used the word "libertarian" 123 times in 2000. The total number of times they used the word "libertarian" for all years is 241. Specifically, in the years 1996 through 1999 they used the word Libertarian 118 times.

    The Observer-Eccentric newspapers primarily cover Oakland County. Many thanks to the LPOC officers, candidates, and members that made this accomplishment possible.

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  5. Building a Strong Libertarian Party by Bill Winter

    At the Conference in Plainwell on Sunday, there was a lot of interest in this list of "basics" that every successful party organization must do and do well. Certainly Bill Winter doesn't mind us re-printing it and using it!

    A Libertarian state or local party that does not do the following things will fail. It might stay alive -- in a state of pleasant stagnation -- but it will not thrive and grow. Coded: I for infrastructure, P for projects. All items require"Professionalism" - especially the 10th

    1. maintain an accurate, up-to-date database of members & prospects; utilize web-based list(I)

    2. send out a prompt, professional information package to interested prospects, and send out timely membership renewal notices to current members (I)

    3. Engage in ongoing, constant prospecting to increase the size of theorganization (P)

    4. Publish a regular, decent-quality newsletter to keep members and prospects informed. Use newsletter to publicize activities and success. (I)

    5. Have a bank account, and ongoing, implemented plan to raise money (I/P)

    6. Run candidates for political office. Monitor elections (or registration numbers) which effect ballot status. (P)

    7. Be active in the political system - whether through elections, referendums, lobbying or whatever. (P)

    8. Have regular, publicized, productive, and interesting public meetings. Have regular meetings of party leadership to plan strategy and projects (I/P)

    9. Have an organized media outreach plan - which can include press releases, press conferences, and personal contacts- to promote the party and earn publicity. (I/P)

    10. Have leadership dedicated to growth, success, & professionalism-and determined to avoid factionalism, arguments, and obstructionism. Party leadership has a solid, realistic vision for success. (Professionalism)

    Bill Winter's Six Rules for Party Chairs

    1. Get an answering machine, be on-line people need to be able to contact you

    3. Don't be a star delegate and let others shine

    4. Shut up Rule resolve not to talk about YOUR favorite issue

    5. Learn

    6. Be ruthless only once every 5 years

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