October 9, 2007
At yesterday's meeting, the LEC named Dan Grow, the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan, as Michigan's delegate to the Platform Committee at the 2008 Libertarian Party National Convention. Dan is an attorney from St. Joseph, Michigan, and has volunteered to attend the State Chairs' conference in Las Vegas in February and the National Convention in Denver next May, in order to discharge his duties as Michigan's delegate. At the same time, the LEC appointed LPM Chair Bill Hall as Platform Committee Alternate Delegate. The Platform Committee will have much work to do, as many Platform planks were deleted at the last national convention, and thus a substantial re-write of the Platform may now occur.
Since the Libertarian Party of Michigan is obviously a political party, it does not devote itís resources to the endorsement, promotion, or cross-nomination of candidates for other political parties. It is important that I make this statement, because some members have expressed concerns about the manner in which Ron Paul has been written about in LPM online, as well as the event calendar.
At the same time, this party would appear irrelevant and bull-headed if it were to go about business as usual and pretend there was no Ron Paul candidacy, or that such a candidacy had no implications for the Libertarian Party. After all, he was the 1988 Libertarian Party nominee, and the newspapers remember to mention this whenever they mention him. Some even mention planks of the Libertarian Party platform. So it is that I walk this fine line. In some states, a serious problem results, people voting as Republicans in their primaries, may jeopardize ballot access for Libertarians. Fortunately Michigan election law, while imperfect, is not that bad.
Rather I think it is important to see this as an opportunity to reach out to those Libertarians we never see. The Libertarians who vote for us but never pay dues or show up at affiliate meetings. Those people will be outside the Dearborn event, and on the Diag in Ann Arbor. It is in this spirit that I present this updated information about these events (at the bottom of this article).
Finally, the efforts of the fine people seeking the Libertarian nomination for president should not be over-looked. LPM members should feel free to submit articles about Libertarian candidates for president.
October 09, 2007 - 1:00 PM
Ron Paul Rally at the Michigan Republican Presidential Debate
1:00pm Ron Paul Supporters begin to arrive
2:00pm Event Doors Open
3:00pm Event Doors Close
Location: Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Ave
(Michigan Ave & Greenfield Rd, SW Corner)
Dearborn, MI 48126
October 09, 2007 - 6:30 PM
Ron Paul Speech at University of Michigan
6:30pm ? 7:30pm: Set up on the U-M Diag
7:30pm: Ron Paul Speech
8:30pm: Clean up, possibly autographs, disperse.
Location: U-M Diag (Middle of central campus)
Between South University and North University
And Between State St. and Church St.
For details see this link: http://djscottyboman.com/october9.pdf
Libertarian City Council Candidate Dave Nagy will be participating in a Meet the Candidates Forum slated for 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the auditorium of Garden City Hospital, 6245 Inkster Road.
Dave is also seeking volunteers to be poll workers on Election Day. Please contact Dave at email@example.com if interested in volunteering.
Good luck Dave!
Three Libertarians will be participating in City Council Elections this November 6th. With less than a month to go, candidates welcome help from interested volunteers.
Garden City Council Candidate, David Nagy would appreciate any help at the Garden City Polls on Voting Day. Even an hour or two would help. David will have some info sheet to hand-out like he did 2-Years ago. In that election he lost by only 13 votes. With a little more help, he hopes to win this year.
Please read the other article pertaining to Wednesday night.
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Owasso Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Owen has been in office for 6 years, and believes he is in a good position for reelection. There are 7 candidates vying for 4 positions on the Owasso City Council.
He may be contacted at:
Hazel Park Councilman Andy Lecureaux is seeking re-election. He has served as Mayor Pro-Tem, and has been on a number of committees.
Lecureaux may be contacted at:
I am posting this article again, in case it was overlooked in the last issue, and it is time-critical.
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:
For more information, visit:
Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care
P.O. Box 20489, Ferndale, MI 48220
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