LPM Online

October 2, 2007

  1. Upcoming Events

    October 07, 2007 - 2:00 PM
    The Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee will meet to address party business. Park and enter from the back of the building, which has a Xango juice company in front. Proceed up the stairs to the conference room on the right side of the hallway, behind Xango juice company.
    Location: LPM HQ, 2722 E Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI
    Contact: Bill Hall Phone: 616-460-9516 Email: chair@lpmichigan.org

    October 09, 2007 - 7:00 PM
    LPWM Exec committee regular meetings the second Tuesday evenings each month at Perkins restaurant on 28th St @ I-96 at 7PM. Stay tuned for town hall meetings for television.
    LPWM Homepage
    Location: Perkins restaurant on 28th St @ I-96. Grand Rapids, MI
    Contact: Ken Howe Phone: 616-949-2844 Email: Kenneth.howe@comcast.net

    October 09, 2007 - 7:30 PM
    Capital Area Libertarian Party monthly meeting. Planning for Open House and kickoff event for the Voters Bill of Rights ballot initiative.
    Location: LPM Lansing office at 2722 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 22. Park and enter in back.
    Contact: Will Tyler White Phone: 517 349-3806 Email: whitewi5@msu.edu

    October 10, 2007 - 6:30 PM
    Monthly meeting of the Libertarians of Macomb County.
    Dinner: 6:30 PM
    Meeting: 7:30 PM
    The Macomb Libertarians meet on the second Wednesday of each month.
    Location: Loon River Cafe' at 15 Mile and Van Dyke. Sterling Heights, MI 48312. 586-979-1420
    Contact: James Allison Phone: 586-817-0395 Email: marthos1776@yahoo.com

    October 15, 2007 - 7:00 PM
    The St Clair and Sanilac County Affiliate meets Monthly on the 3rd Monday of the Month.
    Location: the HAC in downtown Port Huron
    Contact: Mark Byrne Phone: 810-987-9856 Email: MByrne@ITape.com

    October 17, 2007 - 6:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Location: IHOP, 1981 Pipestone Road, Benton Harbor, MI
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: 269-637-4525 Email: secretary@lpswmich.org

    December 02, 2007 - 2:00 PM
    The Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee will meet via teleconference to address party business. If you are a party member who would like to listen in, you may do so by joining Chair Bill Hall at his office at 111 Lyon Street, NW, Suite 900, Grand Rapids.
    Location: 111 Lyon Street, NW, Suite 900, Grand Rapids
    Contact: Bill Hall Phone: 616-460-9516 Email: chair@lpmichigan.org

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Urgent Action Needed for Medical Marijuana — by Scotty Boman

    stoparrestingpatients.org MCCC homepage

    In May, the Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care (MCCC) launched a petition drive to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Michigan. It has come close to collecting the 300,000 signatures needed to place this issue before the legislature and the voters.

    Unfortunately, the board of canvassers has only been validating signatures at a rate of 60%. So many more valid signatures are needed to make this happen.

    October is a do or die month for this effort. It would be a shame to come this close to making medical marijuana legal in Michigan, only to miss the boat by a few signatures. Too much time and money has been invested. If you care at all about this issue, dedicate the next three and a half weeks to the petition effort.

    It pays at least $1 per signature with special bonnuses for turning in large numbers of them.

    If you are a registered Michigan voter and would like to sign or circulate the MCCC's petition to place a medical marijuana initiative on the 2008 ballot, please contact MCCC Petition Organizer Krystal Martinez by phone at 313-615-6702, or by e-mail. If you are a Michigan resident and either not currently registered to vote or unsure about the status of your registration, please be sure to note this.

    Krystal Martinez email:


    Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care

    P.O. Box 20489, Ferndale, MI 48220
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  3. Ron Paul Does Well in GOP Straw polls — by Scotty Boman

    At the Mackinac Island Republican Leadership Conference, Congressman Ron Paul place third (slightly defeating Rudolf Giuliani), clearly positioning him as a first tier candidate. Though he is running as a Republican, Ron Paul was the Libertarian candidate for president in 1988, and has not changed his views much since then. In a Gun Owners of America Poll (also at Mackinac Island) Ron Paul received 75% of the vote.

    A number of Libertarians attended the conference. While this may seem paradoxical, the fact is that I have encountered at least 100 Ron Paul supporters who identify themselves as “Libertarian” even though I have not seen them attend LPM functions. Apparently it took a man like Ron Paul to get them motivated. Furthermore the “L-word” was spoken at the Conference. MCRI endorser and co-architect, Ward Connerly described himself as a “libertarian Republican” in a presentation he gave along with MCRI director, Jennifer Gratz.

    Paul has made no attempt to distance himself from his Libertarian roots. Apparently this was just fine with many of the Republicans in New Jersey. This past Sunday Ron Paul won the New Jersey straw poll by a landslide. He was favored by 77% of the participants. He was introduced by 1997 New Jersey Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate, Murray Sabrin.

    Needless to say, the dominant media culture has gone out of their way to avoid conceding Paul’s successes. They emphasize any polls that show Ron Paul as hopeless, and ignore any evidence that shows the opposite. The former results have been in Polls that rely on the use of land-lines. Meanwhile, mainstream America is far more likely to use cell phones and the Internet. The proof of the pudding will be in the primaries. Many news outlets may find themselves in the same boat as the Chicago Daily Tribune (in 1948) when it published the infamous headline: DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.


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  4. Ron Paul Supporters Plan Rally at Debates — by Scotty Boman

    On October 9th, The University of Michigan, Dearborn, will be co-hosting a Forum for Republican Presidential Candidates. The building in which the debate will be held is at the intersection of Michigan and Greenfield. There will be parking at the grocery store across the street, and at the nearby library.

    The Rally may start as early as 2PM. The Debate will be from 4PM to 6PM.

    Anyone interested in participating should contact David at:


    Or call: (313)-300-9696
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  5. Last Chance - Platform Committee Delegate to Be Chosen — by Bill Hall

    At its October 7 meeting, the Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee will select the LPM's representative to the 2008 Libertarian Party National Convention Platform Committee. Any LPM member interested in the appointment should submit their request for appointment and a resume setting forth their qualifications to LPM Secretary Emily Salvette at salvette@umich.edu no later than Wednesday, October 3. The Platform Committee will meet in Las Vegas February 15-17 at the annual Libertarian State Leadership Alliance Conference, to prepare its preliminary report to delegates, and then again in Denver prior to the National Convention, which will be held May 21-25, 2008.
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  6. Newsletter Deadline October 5 — by Greg Stempfle

    The deadline for submissions to the next issue of the Michigan Libertarian will be Friday, October 5th. Please send all news, events, articles, and advertisments to MichiganLibertarian@Gmail.com.
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