LPM Online

August 21, 2001

Contents

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Freedom Banquet 2001
  3. Dream Cruising for Signatures
  4. Brass Cajones Awawrd Dinner
  5. Petitioning Opportunities
  6. BARC UPDATE

  1. Upcoming Events

    August 21, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarians of Allegan County monthly meeting. The short agenda includes news about our County Commission, the LPM petition drive, and possible libertarian candidates.
    Location: Change of location for this month. Meeting is at the Dutkiewicz home. Address is 3901 Papoose Trail, Allegan. Call for directions.
    Contact: Rick Dutkiewicz Phone: (616) 673-5503 E-mail: rdoogie@datawise.net

    August 22, 2001 - 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 Restaurant, 4033 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Sila's is 2 blocks west of Greenfield on Twelve Mile Road.
    Contact: Chris Pellerito Phone: (248) 373-9411 E-mail:  LpocChairChris@aol.com

    August 23, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    The Ballot Access Restoration Committee meets the second and fourth Thursday every month -- until we submit petition signatures to the Bureau of Elections to be certified to once again be able to run Libertarian candidates in partisan races. All LPM members are welcome to attend and help with both the planning and execution of our petition drive.
    Location: LPMHQ, 619 E. 9 Mile, Hazel Park (just east of I-75)
    Contact: Nancy O'Brien Phone: (313) 562-5778 E-mail: nobrien321@home.com

    September 3, 2001 - 7:30 PM
    Meeting of the Andy LeCureaux for Hazel Park City Council Campaign.
    Location: LPM HQ, 619 East Nine Mile Rd., Hazel Park
    Contact: Dave Collver Phone: (248) 542-9274 E-mail: DCCollver@aol.com

    September 11, 2001 - 7:30 PM
    LP of Oakland County Executive Committee Meeting. All dues-paying members are welcome. Business begins at 7:30pm.
    Location: LPM Headquarters, 619 East Nine Mile in Hazel Park, just east of I-75.
    Contact: Chris Pellerito Phone: (248) 373-9411 E-mail: LpocChairChris@aol.com

    September 12, 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

    September 13, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    The Ballot Access Restoration Committee meets the second and fourth Thursday every month -- until we submit petition signatures to the Bureau of Elections to be certified to once again be able to run Libertarian candidates in partisan races. All LPM members are welcome to attend and help with both the planning and execution of our petition drive.
    Location: LPMHQ, 619 E. 9 Mile, Hazel Park (just east of I-75)
    Contact: Nancy O'Brien Phone: (313) 562-5778 E-mail: nobrien321@home.com

    September 17, 2001 - 7:30 PM
    Meeting of the Andy LeCureaux for Hazel Park City Council Campaign.
    Location: LPM HQ, 619 East Nine Mile Rd., Hazel Park
    Contact: Dave Collver Phone: (248) 542-9274 E-mail: DCCollver@aol.com

    September 19, 2001
    Monthly meeting of the St. Clair County affiliate.
    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

    September 26, 2001 - 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 Restaurant, 4033 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Sila's is 2 blocks west of Greenfield on Twelve Mile Road.
    Contact: Chris Pellerito Phone: (248) 373-9411 E-mail:  LpocChairChris@aol.com

    More
    For more events, see the online calendar at:
    http://www.michiganlp.org/lpmonline/events.php

  2. Freedom Banquet 2001 by Ghazey Aleck

    The Clare-Gladwin Libertarian Party will be holding its annual Freedom Banquet on October 20th, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town & Country Restaurant in Clare.

    The featured speaker will be Michael D. LaFaive of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Mr. LaFaive is a policy analyst and research project manager at the Mackinac Center. The topic of his speech will be Entrepenuers Versus The State.

    LaFaive is the author of dozens of articles, opinion-editorials, and studies on fiscal policy issues such as unfunded federal mandates, privatization, free trade, and economic development. He has served as managing editor of Michigna Privatization Report and frequently appears in major newspapers and on talk radio programs across Michigan. LaFaive teaches at Nothwood Institute and before joining the Mackinac Center, he worked for Michigan Governor John Engler.

    Also speaking ath the event will be Stephen M. Townsend, president of the Liberty Leadership Council. His a former Libertarian candidate for Midland County Commissioner and Tri-Cities Libertarian Party Chair. Townsen will speak on Individual Activism & PACs.

    Tickets are $15 per person for the banquet or $20 per person to be entered into the 50/50 drawing. The dinner will include a large buffet and cash bar. CGLP will be holding a silent auction and there will be door prizes. Interested persons should contact Ghazey Aleck at (989) 386-2699 or e-mail him at ghazey@alecklawfirm.com.

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  3. Dream Cruising for Signatures by Greg Dirasian

    The Libertarian Party of Oakland County was helping to keep the dream alive at the Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday August 18. In a major petitioning push, LPOC members and friends staged a party at 11 Mile Rd and Woodward in Berkley and spent the day petitioning.

    Approximately 35 volunteers showed up to petition and give out lemonade to the overheated pedestrians. Many volunteers rode the free shuttle bus to distant parts of the Dream Cruise to continue gathering signatures. By the end of the day, our signature count increased by almost 1700.

    When the numbers were tallied for the end of Phase II on Sunday, Oakland County had collected 4,834 signatures. Total volunteer signatures collected thus far statewide was 12,679. The LPOC has collected over 38% of all the volunteer signatures collected to date. Not bad for an affiliate that represents only 20% of the members in the state. Although we are close to our target, our biggest event is behind us and I am calling on all volunteers to redouble their efforts for these final days of the petition drive.

    Our hearty congratulations to the LP of Shiawassee County, which has met and exceeded its goal. LPOC's quota is 10,688. Our signatures plus donations total 6,945. At the end of Phase II, we should be at two-thirds of our quota or 7,161. We are behind by 216. At this time, I have written a check for $216 to put us on target. We challenge all other affiliates to meet and/or exceed their targets!

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  4. Brass Cajones Awawrd Dinner

    The annual Brass Cajones banquet put on by Brass Roots is next Sunday, Aug. 26, at Vladimir's located at 28125 Grand River at 8 Mile in Farmington Hills.

    Cocktails at 4:30, dinner 5:30.

    This year's awards will be presented to:

    Neal Knox: Veteran Activist and Columnist, Founder of the Firearms Coalition, Former Executive Director of NRA-ILA, Founding Editor of Gun Week.

    Christopher Dingell: State Senator (D-7)

    Prize Drawings and DJ will follow the Awards Program. Dinner is $30 per person. Cash bar.

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  5. Petitioning Opportunities

    Ted Nugent In Concert- Tuesday August 21- DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit.

    Michigan State Fair - Tuesday, August 21st through Monday, September 3rd - state fairgrounds, Detroit - call (313) 369-8250 for more info

    Bath City Festival - Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th - downtown, Mt. Clemens - call (810) 465-3337 for more info

    Hollywood Nights in Saginaw The address is 108 N. Niagra Saginaw show starts at next Saturday 9:30 August 25th...(the old On stage Nightclub). Reggae Show "The Process"

    The Sun Messengers - Friday, August 24th @ 7:30pm - Riverfront Gazebo, Mt. Clemens

    The Byrds - Saturday, August 25th @ 7:30pm - Riverfront Gazebo, Mt. Clemens

    2001 Irish-Mexican Fiesta - Sunday, August 26th - Corktown and Mexicantown, Detroit - call (313) 967-9898 for more info

    Aug 27, 3:00-12:00 is the Bronco Bash in Kalamazoo

    31st Annual Frontier Days will bring thousands of people to the town of Charlotte from Wednesday, September 5th through Sunday, the 9th starting at 10:30 AM. For more info about Frontier Days, check out http://www.charlottefrontierdays.com.

    Sturgis Toy Run- Saturday September 8 2001. Sturgis, Mi.

    St. Joseph County Grange Fair- September 16-22. Centreville

    Darwin's waiting room, Nonpoint, reveille in concert-FREE SHOW LPD N.Precinct parking lot at Oakland and Larch Streets in Lansing. Friday August 31.

    Tool in Concert- Tuesday September 11- Van Andel Arena in Grand RApids.

    Tool in Concert- Sunday September 16- Palace in Auburn Hills

    Godsmack and Reveille in Concert- Thursday September 20- at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek

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  6. BARC UPDATE by Nancy O'Brien

    The Phase II checkpoint has passed and we are still a long way from where we should be. The total signatures checked and logged in as of Sunday, August 19 is 16,627. We should be to 34,000 by now.

    There hasnít been enough interest from members of the LPM in becoming paid petitioners. I will therefore be contracting with paid professionals for the lionís share of the signatures we still need to get. However, that doesnít mean you should stop petitioning! Remember, every dollar we donít have to spend for paid signatures is money we can use for radio advertising, candidate promotion, or any number of other projects that will further the cause of freedom. If you donít want to stand out on street corners, drop in on long lost friends and relatives. Surely you can think of a few more people you havenít gotten to sign yet.

    We had compiled the stats on individual and affiliate totals but discovered some database problems (resulting in conflicting numbers) that we couldnít fix in time for this posting.

    Volunteers Still Needed

    If you have a few hours to give to the effort and donít want to petition, we still need help in the office with checking signatures against the stateís registered voter database. We need to check a large enough sample to determine our validity rate. This will determine how much of a cushion we need for the inevitable bad signatures which are a part of every petition drive.

    How important is this? Well, if we guess too high, we may end up collecting thousands of signatures more than we need. How would you like to think the 500 signatures it took you the entire summer to get ultimately werenít necessary? Then again, if we guess too low, we could come up short of the number required by the state for regaining our ballot access. Since coming up short is not an option, we will allow for a generous cushion. But collecting thousands of unnecessary signatures beyond what is needed is too great a waste of our resources and yours. The greater the sample we check, the more we can be sure of what the state will find when they check their sampling of our completed petitions.

    In addition to helping us determine our validity rate, doing this checking has an additional benefit. Some of the signatures are discovered to be invalid, not because the signer isnít registered to vote but because they made mistakes when signing. Employing the Qualified Voter File software in conjunction with CASS Certification software has enabled us to correct many of these mistakes, thereby turning invalid signatures into valid ones.

    Checking signatures using the QVF database isnít hard; itís just time consuming. If you can send e-mail and work a search engine you have enough computer skills to do this job. We have two computers in the office that have the program. We have installed a keyless entry lock on the back door of HQ that will allow you to get in to work anytime of the day or night. And in fact, if you have Microsoft Access 2000 on your home computer, we can give you the database program. Once you are trained, you can do petition checking at home. Training takes about a half hour.

    If you can help, please contact me at nobrien321@home.com.

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