LPM Online

May 29, 2007

  1. Upcoming Events

    June 03, 2007 - 12:07 AM
    Volunteers wanted for Libertarian information booth at Motor City Pride.
    Location: Downtown Ferndale, 9 Mile, west of Woodward
    Contact: Ray Warner Phone: 313-361-2522 Email: RHWarner@webtv.net

    June 08, 2007 - 1:00 PM
    Ethan Nadelmann, founder & executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, will talk about ending war on drugs. Requested donation: $5. Free parking on law school lot; enter from the west on Larned.
    Location: University of Detroit Mercy Law School, room 330, 651 E. Jefferson, west of I-75, east of Beaubien.
    Contact: Mike Whitty Phone: 248-723-0105 Email: MikeWhitty@prodigy.net

    June 10, 2007 - 2:00 PM
    LPM Executive Committee meeting. Agenda to be determined. Park and enter from the back of the building, which has a Xango juice company in front.
    Location: LPM office at 2722 E Michigan Ave., Suite 22 Lansing
    Contact: Bill Hall, chair Phone: 517 853-1900

    June 12, 2007 - 7:30 PM
    Capital Area Libertarian Party monthly meeting. All are welcome for political discussion and event planning.
    Location: LPM Lansing office at 2722 East Michigan Ave., Suite 22 (lower level)
    Contact: Will Tyler White Phone: 517 349-3806 Email: whitewi5@msu.edu

    June 20, 2007 - 6:00 PM
    The LPSWM will complete business initially, then about 7pm we will adjurn to The Livery (Benton Harbor)to further discuss topics of interest. There is food availible at both locations.
    Location: International House of Pancakes (IHOP) located on Pipestone Rd. - 100 yards West of the I-94 interchange. At about 7 we plan to continue the discussion at The Livery, located in Benton Harbor.
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: 269 637-4525 Email: wbradley@i2k.com

    June 27, 2007 - 7:30 PM
    Libertarian Party of Oakland County membership meeting. Nonmembers are welcome. Optional dinner at 6:30. Meeting at 7:30.
    Location: Sila's Restaurant, 4033 W. 12 Mile, 2 blocks east of Greenfield, in Berkley.
    Contact: Adam Goodman Phone: 248-765-3213 Email: goodman582@hotmail.com

    August 03, 2007 - 7:00 PM
    Region 3 Convention - Aug. 3-5. Friday night - socializing with Libertarians from LNC Region 3(Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan). Test your skills in the "Are You Smarter Than a Republicrat" game.
    Location: Holiday Inn Dayton - South 2455 Dryden Rd Moraine, Ohio 45439
    Contact: Emily Salvette Phone: 734-668-2607 Email: registration@lpr3.org

    August 04, 2007 - 08:30 AM
    Region 3 Convention - Aug. 3-5. Saturday - Training seminars in Grass Roots Organizing and Fundraising by the Leadership Institute of Washington, D.C. State of the Party address by Libertarian Party National Chairman, Bill Redpath. Banquet speaker: Dr. James Lark.
    Location: Holiday Inn Dayton - South 2455 Dryden Rd Moraine, Ohio 45439
    Contact: Emily Salvette, LNC Rep-Region 3 Phone: 734-668-2607 Email: registration@lpr3.org

    August 05, 2007 - 09:00 AM
    Region 3 Convention, Aug. 3-5 Sunday - Seminar on legal issues facing party organizations by Bill Hall; reports from states and an information sharing session.
    Location: Holiday Inn Dayton - South 2455 Dryden Rd Moraine, Ohio 45439
    Contact: Emily Salvette, LNC Rep-Region 3 Phone: 734-668-2607 Email: registration@lpr3.org

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Region 3 Convention - Training for State and Local Leaders — by Emily Salvette, LNC Rep-Region 3

    Libertarians from Region 3 (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky) will gather at the Holiday Inn Dayton-South August 3-5 for the first-ever regional LP convention.

    The Region 3 Convention will focus on training for party volunteers, activists and candidates. The Leadership Institute of Washington D.C. (www.leadershipinstitute.org) will do 6 hours of training on Saturday in grass roots organizing and fundraising. National LP leaders will conduct training on organizational issues, and the National LP Chairman Bill Redpath will give a State of the LP address on Saturday afternoon. There will also be plenty of time to network with LP leaders from other states and share best practices.

    This event is open to everyone and especially geared toward local and state party officers, LP candidates and campaign managers.

    The cost for the weekend training is only $75 ($50 for students) if you reserve by July 1 ($100/$75 after). You may register at the Region 3 website www.lpr3.org. The room rate at the Holiday Inn Dayton-South is only $69 plus tax per night. The block is available through July 13, so we encourage you to reserve today. Call the hotel at 937-294-1471 and ask for the group rate: Libertarian Party Region 3.

    The Region 3 Convention is being organized by a committee comprised of representatives from each state: Jennifer Jeffrey, Allen County (IN) LP Chair; Nathan Allen, former LPM State Chair; Robert Butler, LP Ohio State Chair; Ken Moellman, LP of KY.

    The states in our region are doing remarkable work. Please join us to share what you know, learn from others, and get to know your neighboring freedom fighters. Because this is the first regional convention, it’s attracting a lot of interest from Libertarian leaders around the country. Let’s show the nation that Region 3 knows how to generate success! I look forward to seeing you in Dayton.
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  3. Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of summer — by Ken Howe

    --Ken Howe, Chairman,
    Libertarian Party of West Michigan

    As summer looms and the fishing is easy, it is hard
    I know, to get very excited about anything political.
    It may be the hardest to get excited about something
    that some will see as an impossible dream.
    The dream to which I refer is that of returning to
    a land of freedom where men and women have their own
    power of choice in their daily lives and where honest
    men and women have rights that are inviolable. Will we
    ever see that place again? Some of us work for it and
    even more of us dream about it. But both are okay for
    it is summer and the fishing is easy.
    While we are resting, however, I want to assure you
    that some others are not resting. For example,
    Jennifer Granholm wants to increase sin taxes and
    raise differing types of property taxes even when the
    value of property goes down. She still thinks that she
    can sell the lie that businesses pay taxes without
    passing them down to the consumer. Another Democrat
    tactic is working toward having monopolistic energy
    companies in Michigan--but taxing and regulating them
    so heavily that they don’t “make too much profit.”
    This is okay for the fishing is easy.
    On what they like to call the right side,
    Republicans, now suddenly in the minority, seem to be
    behaving quietly for the moment. They seem to still be
    reeling from their showing last November when all
    their failings came home to roost. This is okay for
    the fishing is easy.
    What are we, those people who dream of and work
    toward real honest equality and fairness, supposed to
    do now? Well, the fishing is easy and so is that
    response but that will keep us remaining in the morass
    where we find ourselves being herded now. Waiting for
    someone else to take the reins and guide us out is
    about as fruitless as central planning could ever be.
    But the fishing is easy.
    Now is the time for planning and gathering
    resources and knowledge. Now is the time to determine
    what you are willing to do to bring about the dream of
    our forefathers and foremothers (lest I be accused of
    something) and bring to bear all we can in this next
    election cycle so we can begin the long journey back
    to the place guaranteed in our federal and state
    constitutions. But the fishing was easy.
    What is really needed and wanted is for everyone to
    let the members of your Executive Committee know of
    your talents and how you can be useful in the effort
    to restore our--and most importantly--your freedom.
    Help form workgroups and plan the activities you want
    to do and work for the results you want to accomplish.
    After all, the future is yours. Many of us will do all
    we can but yet we must all be involved to make “the
    dream” a reality. Maybe someday the fishing will
    again be easy. Thank you for reading.
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  4. I Told You So — by Scotty Boman

    Article written on Memorial Day 2007:

    Well, it is that day when Americans who can think past a picnic, and the extended weekend remember the American victims of war. I remember many a memorial day when to do so was to reflect on the past rather than to lament current events.

    This past Thursday, Democrats voted to unconditionally support the continued carnage in Iraq with our tax dollars. I knew this would happen since last year. Please check out these links:



    Democrats and Republicans not only need to honor the dead service men and women, they need to apologize to the bereaved families for their complicity in those deaths.

    Then of course their are the tens of thousands of Iraqi victims of Republocratic statism.

    Democrats alone owe voters an apology for lying and saying they would transform the American people's opposition to the war into policy. Most Republicans were honest about their support of this war.

    Finally, there is the forgotten war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is making a comeback since American troops have been spread thin by the war of choice in Iraq. Incidentally, the Taliban has found a new home in Iraq, thanks to our removal of a government that was able to keep them out.
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  5. ML Editor Seeks News Articles and Convention Photos — by Greg Stempfle

    New Newsletter Editor, Submission Deadline May 31st

    Greg Stempfle was chosen to take over editing the LPM newsletter at the last State Convention. Send all of your news, affiliate updates, advertisements, or anything else for the next Michigan Libertarian in by May 31st. Please send all material to stempfle@hotmail.com.

    Convention Photos Wanted

    If any delegates to the state convention took any nice photos, please send them to our new newsletter editor, Greg Stempfle at...


    I would specifically like pictures of some of our speakers or of members of our party addressing the convention floor. Thanks.
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