LPM Online

June 24, 2003

Contents

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Issues Committee
  3. Senate Bill 509 Update
  4. LP of Oakland County Meeting Relocated

  1. Upcoming Events

    June 25, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    SWMLC will hold the second in a series of six "Politics, Pizza and Pop" discussion meetings - open to everyone. Chairman Bill Bradley of the Van Buren County Libertarian Party will lead a discussion of the topic "Losing Our Rights and What We Can Do About It"
    Location: Niles, Pizza Hut, 1275 11th Street
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (269) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    June 26, 2003 - 7:30 PM
    Ann Arbor Art Fair planning meeting, Libertarian Party of Washtenaw County. Preparation for our booth at the Art Fair (which will take place July 16th through July 19th).
    Location: Cubs' AC Restaurant (located in the Colonial Lanes Bowling Center), 1950 S Industrial Hwy, Ann Arbor.
    Contact: Jeff Weber Phone: (734) 434-6486 E-mail: humanism@comcast.net

    July 3, 2003 - 7:30 PM
    Libertarian Party of Washtenaw County Business Meeting
    Location: Cubs' AC Restaurant (located in the Colonial Lanes Bowling Center) 1950 S Industrial Hwy, Ann Arbor.
    Contact: Jeff Weber Phone: (734) 434-6486 E-mail: humanism@comcast.net

    July 3, 2003 - 7:30 PM
    Libertarian Party of Wayne County Monthly Meeting
    Location: City Tavern Restaurant, 14316 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn between Greenfield and Schaefer Dinner orders taken will be taken at 6:30.
    Contact: Charlez Kainz Phone: (313) 291-5684

    July 4, 2003 - 8:00 AM
    Clawson Independence Day Parade.

    Walk along with Statue of Liberty float.

    Help pass out Libertarian outreach literature.

    Set up starts at 8:00 am. Parade starts at 9:00 am. Parade route is about 1.5 miles.

    Location: Clawson Shopping Center parking lot. 14 Mile Road, east of Crooks Road, Clawson.

    Contact: Leonard Schwartz Phone: (248) 546-3569 E-mail: schwartz@michiganlp.org

    July 7, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    Kalamazoo & St. Joseph Valley Libertarian Party Meeting (Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo & St. Joseph Counties). Open to the Public.
    Location: T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant, 5650 W. Main, Oshtemo, at Hwy 131 & W. Main.
    Contact: Gerald Phillips Phone: (269) 382-0927 E-mail: gaphillips@jasnetworks.net

    July 10, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    Southwest Michigan Liberty Council will hold the third in a series of six "Politics, Pizza and Pop" discussion meetings open to everyone. Chairmen Bill Bradley of the Van Buren County Libertarian Party will lead a discussion on the topic "Losing Our Rights and What We Can Do About It."
    Location: New Buffalo, Pizza Hut, 700 East Buffalo Street
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (269) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    July 10, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarian Party of West Michiganís monthly membership meeting,
    drinks and dinner at 6:30 PM, meeting begins at 7:00 PM
    Location: Club North (Banquet Room)1359 Plainfield Ave NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49505
    Contact: Tom Horan Phone: (616) 887-2428 E-mail: tomh@lpwm.org

    July 10, 2003 - 7:30 PM
    Libertarian Party of Washtenaw County social meeting.
    Location: Cubs' AC Restaurant (located in the Colonial Lanes Bowling Center) 1950 S Industrial Hwy, Ann Arbor.
    Contact: Jeff Weber Phone: (734) 434-6486 E-mail: humanism@comcast.net

    July 15, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    Southwestern Michigan Liberty Council will hold the fourth in a series of six "Politics, Pizza and Pop" discussion meetings open to everyone. Chairman Bill Bradley of the Van Buren County Liberation Party will lead a discussion on the topic "Losing Our Rights and What We Can Do About It"
    Location: Berrien Springs, Wolf's Prairie, 102 West Ferry Street
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (269) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

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

  2. Issues Committee by Leonard Schwartz

    The LPM Issues Committee will hold its first meeting at 7:30, Thursday, June 26 at LPM HQ in Hazel Park. All LPM members are invited.

    The Issues Committee has two goals:

    1. Find issues for effective marketing of the LPM and libertarianism. This is the LPM equivalent of the national party's branding strategy.

    2. Help promote proposed good changes in government policy and defeat proposed bad changes in government policy.

    The Issues Committee is especially concerned with statewide issues.

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  3. Senate Bill 509 Update by Leonard Schwartz

    Help Defeat Senate Bill 509

    The Libertarian Party of Michigan is fighting to stop SB 509, which is a revenue bill disguised as a public safety bill. It creates a driver responsibility fee, which can be $1000 a year.

    SB 509 was on the fast track in the state Senate, which has already passed it. Now it is on the fast track in the House of Representatives. It is on the agenda of the Transportation Committee meeting Thursday morning.

    A good way to lobby your state representative is by e-mail. SpeakOutMichigan.org provides an easy way for you to send e-mail. A better way to lobby your state representative is by snail mail. You can copy the SpeakOutMichigan letter into a snail mail letter. The best way to lobby your state representative is by telephone. Use your state representative's office number, not home number. Calls should be brief and polite.

    To find the name and phone number of your state representative, go to www.MichiganLegislature.org. Snail mail should be sent to: State Capitol, P. O. Box 30014, Lansing MI 48909-7514.

    Whichever method(s) you use, please do it promptly. Timeliness is essential. It is especially important if your state representative is on the Transportation Committee.

    The name, district, city of residence, and office number (usually a toll-free number) of members of that committee are:

    Republicans:

    Gene DeRossett, chair, 52, Manchester, 800-645-1581

    Tom Casperson, vice chair, 108, Escanaba, 866-779-1108

    Scott Hummel, 93, DeWitt, 877-859-8086

    Craig DeRoche, 38, Novi, 517-373-0827

    Edward Gaffney, 1, Grosse Pointe Farms, 888-254-5291

    Joe Hune, 47, Fowlerville, 866-828-4863

    Bill Huizenga, 90, Zeeland, 866-908-4347

    Philip LaJoy, 21, Canton, 888-656-0079

    David Robertson, 51, Grand Blanc, 517-373-1780

    Chris Ward, 66, Brighton, 800-295-0066

    Democrats:

    David Woodward, minority vice chair, 26, Royal Oak, 866-585-2471

    Ruth Ann Jamnick, 54, Ypsilanti, 517-373-1771

    John Gleason, 48, Flushing, 866-268-2914

    Steve Tobocman, 12, Detroit, 877-STEVE12

    Stephen Adamini, 109, Marquette, 888-429-1377

    Michael Murphy, 68, Lansing, 517-373-0826

    Jennifer Elkins, 97, Lake, 866-535-5467

    The Transportation Committee probably will vote on SB 509 on Thursday morning. If you decide to call, do it today or tomorrow. If your representative is not available when you call, leave a message with the secretary or answering machine. Say that you oppose SB 509 and leave your name, phone number, and city, to indicate that you live the district.

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  4. LP of Oakland County Meeting Relocated by Leonard Schwartz

    The next general membership meeting of the Libertarian Party of Oakland County is Wednesday, June 25.

    It will not be held at its usual location in Berkley. Instead it will be at Shield's Pizza, on the north side of Maple Road, just west of Crooks Road, in Troy.

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