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February 12, 2008

  1. Upcoming Events

    February 12, 2008 - 6:00 PM
    Reorganizational meeting of the Libertarian Party of West Michigan Executive Committee to fill Board vacancies. All members and interested persons welcome.
    Location: Rosie's Diner, .7 miles East of Interstate 131 Exit 101 on M-57 (14 Mile Road), North of Grand Rapids between Rockford and Cedar Springs; enter through the Bar
    Contact: Tom Quinn Phone: NA Email: mrtomq@yahoo.com

    February 12, 2008 - 7:30 PM
    Capital Area Libertarian Party regular monthly meeting. Election of officers and delegates to state and national conventions, review of the Voters Bill of Rights forum. Bring your own beverage and food if desired.
    Location: Lansing office at 2722 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 22 (or main floor conference room depending on turnout). Park and enter from back of building.
    Contact: Will Tyler White Phone: 517 349-3806 Email: whitewi5@msu.edu

    February 15, 2008 - 00:00 AM
    Libertarian State Leadership Alliance annual conference, February 15-17, 2008. A great national training event for Libertarian activists. Go to www.statechairs.org for more information.
    Location: Station Casino Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
    Contact: Beth Duensing Phone: 702-967-0763 Email: BethDuensing@lpnevada.org

    February 27, 2008 - 7:30 PM
    Libertarian Party of Oakland County meeting. Non-members are welcome. Optional dinner at 7:00. Meeting at 7:30.
    Location: Sila's Restaurant, 4033 W. 12 Mile, 2 blocks east of Greenfield, in Berkley.
    Contact: Bruce Hoepner Phone: 248-414-7094 Email: bahoeps@msn.com

    March 08, 2008 - 09:00 AM
    2008 Campaign Conference, free to all interested candidates and activists. Includes assistance completing filing paperwork and training in campaign basics. Will also serve as a forum for signing up and rallying our delegates to the Libertarian National Convention in Denver in May, for a Libertarian Presidential Straw Poll and to announce our Defenders of Liberty Awards. You won't want to miss it!
    Location: Best Western - Livonia
    Contact: Greg Stempfle, Erin Stahl Phone: 313-929-1789, 586-524-6289 Email: MichiganLibertarian@gmail.com , vicechair.lec@earthlink.net

    March 15, 2008 - 00:00 AM
    "Youth Leadership Institute" A valuable program for activists in our Libertarian campus organizations, or for those Libertarians you know who might contemplate starting such an organization at their college or university here in Michigan. "The early registration fee of $30 will be good until a week before the school. In addition, your $30 will include hotel accommodations, course materials, and meals. This is the "boot camp of politics." At this intensive two-day school you can learn effective techniques to organize and lead mass-based youth efforts for candidates or causes of your choice. https://www.leadershipinstitute.org/training/?PageID=Register&schoolID=13133&MYID=%26%23%40%2B%28RZ%2BM%0A&PCN=62825464
    Location: Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
    Contact: Kent Strang Phone: (703) 247-2000 Email: https://www.leadershipinstitute.org/ContactUS/?PageID=email&contactID=99638

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Schwartz for Vice President Update

    Libertarian National Committee member Angela Keaton moderated a debate between Leonard Schwartz and Christopher Bennett, who are seeking the party's nomination for vice president. You can listen to the debate at blogtalkradio.com/liberatedspace.

    Leonard is seeking a new webmaster to help him update his website, LeonardSchwartz.us. To volunteer, contact Leonard at 248-546-3569 or Leonard@LeonardSchwartz.us.
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  3. Candidate Recruitment Off to Strong Start

    The Libertarian Party of Michigan's 2008 candidate recruitment effort is off to a strong start. Currently, 20 Michigan libertarians have expressed an interest in running for office in this Fall's general election. Earlier, the LPM's executive committee announced a goal of 100 candidates, and this represents a substantial "down payment" toward that goal.

    As noted elsewhere in this Newsletter, the March 7, 2008, Campaign Conference is designed to help recruit, energize, train and support LPM candidates for the Fall election. Actual nominations will be made at local affiliate caucuses and the June 7 convention in Romulus, so 20 interested candidates is an historically great start at this early date.

    The LPM plans to nominate candidates for all statewide and federal races, so that every voter will have a ballot of at least 12 Libertarian Party candidates to vote. In addition, the LPM plans to run candidates in as many state representative and county and local races as possible, particularly races where only one major party candidate is running, or the LPM candidate has good prospects for winning, or drawing sufficient votes to constitute the "balance of power" between the Republican and Democratic candidates.
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  4. March 8 Campaign Conference Agenda Posted — by Greg Stempfle

    Details of the March 8 Campaign Conference for LPM candidates have been announced. There will be presentations on the following topics:

    Campaigning as a Libertarian.
    Understanding the 2008 Changes Regarding the LP State and National Conventions.
    Candidate Paperwork/Campaign Finance.
    Target Marketing Yourself to the Voters.
    Working With the Media.
    Defenders of Liberty Awards.
    LP Presidential Candidate Straw Poll.
    Issues Made Fun With the Politigo Game.
    Toastmasters-Public Speaking Tips.
    Creating a Website.
    Lessons From the Ron Paul Campaign.

    Libertarian Candidate
    Conference and Training
    March 8, 2008
    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Lunch is Provided at 11:30 am
    Best Western Laurel Park Suites—I-275 and 6 Mile Rd.
    16999 S. Laurel Park, Livonia, MI (734) 464-0050

    The full agenda and registration form can be downloaded here.

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  5. Newsletter Deadline Friday — by Greg Stempfle

    The deadline for submissions to next issue of the Michigan Libertarian will be this Friday. Please send all news items and advertisements to MichiganLibertarian@gmail.com.
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  6. Some Libertarians Seek Ron Paul Draft — by Scotty Boman

    While Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul has repeatedly denied having any intention of running for president in “a third party” he has also refused to promise otherwise. This was most notable in a comment to Tim Russert in his December 22 Meet the Press interview. “Don’t I deserve a little wiggle?”


    After a disappointing finish on super Tuesday, and again this past weekend, many Libertarians believe it is time for him to consider a Libertarian nomination. At the same time he has restated his intention to continue on as a Republican.

    Some Libertarians are not taking “no” for an answer, and plan a massive “V is for Valentine” push on February 14th. The Libertarian Party takes no official position on this candidate at this time.

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