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March 19, 2002


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Written Notification Received From Bureau of Elections
  3. News Release: Wiretapping Law
  4. LPM Regains Ballot Status

  1. Upcoming Events

    March 21, 2002 - 7:00 PM
    Central Committee meeting. The Chairman has several items to report on and there are some ideas to look at. Following the meeting we will have social hour(s)(light refreshmants and interesting libertarian conversation). Hope to see you Thursday. Everyone welcome.
    Location: 746 Lee Street, South Haven. (Bill Bradley's house)
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (616) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    March 24, 2002 - 1:00 PM
    The LPM Organizational Plan Work Session, will be held at LPM Headquarters on Sunday, March 24, starting at 1:00 pm. Those interested in participating, please download the plan (www.michiganlp.org/orgplan/), read it, and bring a copy with you to the meeting. Emily and Stacy will facilitate and lead the discussion. We'll start by explaining the plan and its finer points, and then we will facilitate the work (any motions) that result. This is intended to be exactly what it's called--A Work Session. So anyone prepared to roll up their sleeves and get to work is welcome!
    Location: LPM HQ
    619 E Nine Mile Rd
    Hazel Park MI 48030
    Contact: Emily Salvette Phone: (734) 668-2607 E-mail: salvette@ameritech.net

    March 27, 2002 - 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: Greg Dirasian Phone: (248) 417-2217 E-mail: greg@lpocmi.org

    April 2, 2002 - 6:30 PM
    Monthly Meeting of the Libertarian Party of Wayne County.
    Guest Speaker: David Eisenbacher.
    Business: Open nominations for candidates for public office.
    Location: City Tavern
    14316 Michigan Ave.
    between Greenfield and Schaefer
    Meetings are free and open to the public.
    Contact: Greg Stempfle Phone: (313) 565-4407 E-mail: stempfle@hotmail.com

    April 2, 2002 - 7:00 PM
    Hillsdale / Branch Libertarians Monthly Meeting
    Location: Fillmore's for Steaks, US-12 in Jonesville, 2 blks west of M-99--in the restaurant, not the bar.
    Contact: James Parker Phone: (517) 439-2460 E-mail: jamesp@hillsdale.epcorp.com

    April 2, 2002 - 7:00 PM
    Kalamazoo Libertarian Party General Meeting
    Location: TGI Friday's Restaurant, 5650 W. Main Street, Oshtemo MI
    Contact: Mick Hall Phone: (616) 345-2455 E-mail: mickhall09@aol.com

    April 7, 2002 - 1:00 PM
    LPM Committee Meeting. This will be the last regularly scheduled business meeting before the convention.
    Location: Libertarian Party of Michigan Headquarters
    Contact: Ghazey Aleck Phone: (989) 386-2699 E-mail: aleckfamily@voyager.net

    April 8, 2002 - 7:00 PM
    Clare-Gladwin Libertarian Party Meeting. Candidate caucus will be the primary business of this meeting for lining up and approval of candidates. Candidate paperwork to be completed as well. Refreshments supplied.
    Location: Grant Township Hall, 1 mile west of Jay's Sporting Goods on Surrey Road.
    Contact: Ghazey Aleck Phone: (989) 386-2699 E-mail: aleckfamily@voyager.net

    April 9, 2002 - 7:30 PM
    LP of Oakland County Executive Committee Meeting. All dues-paying members are welcome. Business begins at 7:30pm.
    Location: CJ's Brewing Co, 8115 Richardson Rd, Commerce Township, MI 48390
    Contact: Fred Martin Phone: (248) 738-9099 E-mail: chair@lpocmi.org

    April 24, 2002 - 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: Fred Martin Phone: (248) 738-9099 E-mail: chair@lpocmi.org

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Written Notification Received From Bureau of Elections by Ghazey Aleck

    I received a letter March 13th signed by Bradley S. Wittman, of the Bureau of Elections, verifying that our ballot status has been restored. It also included a staff report review of the new political party petition. The report stated the following:

    Total filing: 43,692 signatures

    Number of valid signatures required; 30,272

    Result of review: 31,042 valid signatures; 426 invalid signatures, 12,224 signatures not processed.

    21 disqualified due to defective date.

    47 disqualified due to defective address or post office.

    44 disqualified due to defective city or township registration.

    1 disqualified due to incomplete signature.

    313 disqualified due to defective circulator certificate.

    Signature Distribution Requirement: Satisfied

    Recommendation: Certify petition as sufficient.


    On March 11, 2002 the Board of State Canvassers determined that the petition filed to be sufficient. The Board's action qualifies the Libertarian Party to nominate candidates for any partisan office through the November 5, 2002 election.


    Congratulations everyone!


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  3. News Release: Wiretapping Law by Ghazey Aleck


    Libertarian Party of Michigan

    Contact: Ghazey Aleck, Chair


    Michigan Wiretapping: A Law You Can’t Live with.

    The next time you place an order by credit card on your phone or call your mother you may have to wonder exactly who is listening in. Through no fault of your own, you may be giving valuable and personal information to complete strangers you have never met.

    This information could then be used for a number of nefarious purposes: to discredit political activists, to make purchases on your credit card, or even to steal your identity. And worst of all, it will be legal to obtain such information from your private discussions in Michigan if a new wiretapping law passes.

    The Michigan State Senate recently passed Senate Bill 803 and if it becomes law, you or someone you love could be the target of Michigan's new secret police. The new secret police will be able to enter your home, place listening devices, rifle through your computer and never tell you they were even there. Not only could they be listening in on your activities, you might be one of the 169 (on average) innocent people who are overheard by each of these cloak and dagger operations.

    Government officials have abused surveillance operations for as long as these techniques have been in available. In the 1960’s, J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI, with the permission of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, got permission to do ‘wiretapping’ on none other than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What did Hoover do with this information? He leaked portions to the press to discredit Dr. King and his cause and portray him as a communist.

    If passed, it is possible ambitious politicians like Gubernatorial candidate Jennifer Granholm, who under the new law gets to approve (hand pick) the judges who would approve the wiretaps, could use this law to spy on her political rivals and leak information to the press or things even worse, not to mention what individual members of the secret police might do.

    According to Libertarian Party of Michigan Chairman, Ghazey Aleck, “There has not been such an assault on individual rights since the Nazi’s controlled Germany, and we all know what happened with such unlimited government power. The Michigan State legislature is heading down a slippery slope that could end with the destruction of your right to live unmolested and in private. The Michigan Attorney General should be out to protect your right to live in peace and privacy. She should not endorse secret police tactics of any kind. Law abiding people should never have to be afraid of the police, yet this is what is being accomplished by the onslaught of laws like these.”

    If you think these kinds of tactics should never be allowed in a free society like the United States, the Libertarian Party of Michigan agrees with you. Laws like these had been a mainstay with the KGB in the former U.S.S.R. It should never be allowed to occur in the United States.

    Yet, it may already be too late. With the support of Michigan Governor John Engler, Lt. Governor Dick Postumous, and Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, Michigan families will probably soon be under the watchful eye of 'Big Brother' turning Michigan into a modern Third Reich. Speak up now, or watch what you say later, it’s your choice, not theirs.


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  4. LPM Regains Ballot Status by Leonard Schwartz

    The Libertarian Party of Michigan Is Back on the Ballot

    The Board of State Canvassers last week certified that the Libertarian Party of Michigan submitted more than enough valid signatures to regain ballot status.

    Getting back on the ballot was not easy. Many thanks to the LPM members who contributed time and money to the Ballot Access Restoration Committee, especially to BARC Chair Nancy O'Brien.

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