LPM Online

March 18, 2008

  1. Upcoming Events

    March 18, 2008 - 5:30 PM
    The St Clair and Sanilac County Affiliate meets monthly on the 3rd Monday of the Month. Venue information: http://www.huronathleticclub.com/main.htm
    Location: the Huron Athletic Club. 319 Huron Ave. downtown Port Huron, MI 48060
    Contact: Mark Byrne Phone: 810-987-9856 Email: MByrne@ITape.com

    March 21, 2008 - 7:30 PM
    11th hour for Peace (In participation with Iraq Moratorium) Presents a panel discussion featuring Libertarian Scotty Boman. HOW SHOULD CONGRESS END THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ? What should we the people do to force them to act? for more information visit: http://11hour4peace.org/ or http://www.iraqmoratorium.org
    Location: Royal Oak First United Methodist Church. 320 W. SEVENTH STREET In the Fellowship Hall off Lafayette , Royal Oak, MI
    Contact: Richard Peacock Phone: Peace

    March 27, 2008 - 6:00 PM
    Homeschooling Filming of the West Michigan Libertarian -- Another filming of the West Michigan Libertarian television program that will be aired on public access TV. Come for free pizza and a discussion of homeschooling and government schooling. Remember, you are the star of the show in a very laid back and friendly environment. Participate as little or as much as you'd like.
    Location: Pizza Hut 3550 28 st. SE, Kentwood, MI Grand Rapids , MI 49512
    Contact: Erwin Haas Phone: N/A Email: ekhaas@sbcglobal.net

    April 08, 2008 - 7:00 PM
    Capital Area Libertarian Party monthly meeting. Bring a friend and your favorite beverage for a spirited discussion of the upcoming election and the Voters Bill of Rights.
    Location: Lansing Libertarian Office, 2722 E. Michigan Ave., lower level Suite 22. Park and enter in back.
    Contact: Will Tyler White Phone: 517 349-3806 Email: whitewi5@msu.edu

    April 20, 2008 - 1:00 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. Alternatively, contact another member of the LEC in your area and ask to meet with them and listen in to the teleconference.
    Location: 111 Lyon Street, NW, Suite 900, Grand Rapids.
    Contact: Bill Hall Phone: 616-460-9516 Email: whall@wnj.com

    May 22, 2008 - 00:00 AM
    Libertarian National Convention 2008
    May 22nd to May 26th
    Every four years, Libertarians meet to choose who will represent them in the upcoming presidential elections. This is typically a very exciting event filled with debate, intrigue and celebration.
    Location: Adam's Mark. Denver, Colorado.
    Contact: Natcom CSR Phone: 1-800-ELECT-US Email: info@lp.org

    June 07, 2008 - 08:00 AM
    State Convention which will include the nomination of 2008 Candidates for office. Registration 8:00 AM Convention starts 9:00 AM There will be a hosted luncheon, and a banquet in the evening. The Libertarian Party of Wayne County will host the Hospitality Suite. The suite will host a few events such as Relaxation and Refreshments, fundraising, accepting donations on pop, munchies of various sorts (that doesn’t require a license), and Notary station. The “post-election” LEC will hold their traditional 1st meeting in this room at 4 pm. Possible photo opportunities with our Presidential Nominee in the HS. Candidate photos.
    Location: Best Western Gateway Hotel, 9191 Wickham Road, Romulus , Michigan 48174
    Contact: Bill Gelineau Phone: 888-Free-Now Email: wgelineau@firstam.com

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Three Given Defender of Liberty Awards — by Greg Stempfle

    Three Given Defender of Liberty Awards

    Every year, the LPM hands out awards to both party members and members of the community who have worked to support and implement the principles we fight for. Traditionally, these awards are given out at the LibertyFest Banquet the weekend after the general election, but instead were given out at the Campaign Conference on March 8 in Livonia. Awards were given to the following individuals.

    Promotor of Liberty

    Scott Avery Boman

    Since the very early 1990’s Scott has been one of the LPM's most prolific candidates.
    In 1997 he became only the second libertarian endorsed by the Detroit News when he ran for Detroit City Council. Scotty has been our top of ticket candidate a couple of times as State Board of Education and Lt. Governor and was the top third party vote earner for three straight elections when he ran as WSU BOG.
    Not only has Scott been an active candidate, he has done a lot behind the scenes. He serves as party chair in 2007. For years Scott has been working the scene in Detroit, especially the WSU area by manning outreach booths as the Fourth Street Fair, Dally in the Alley, and Wayne State University, where a LP group was active during part of the 1990s.
    After serving as chair, Scott has made efforts to ensure that the LPM is represented on the internet, by not only working on the LPM website, but by taking part in LPM related content on MySpace, Wikipedia, and MeetUp. His efforts to spread the libertarian message by taking advantage of new forms of media is something the rest of the party should try and emulate.

    Spokesperson for Liberty (2 awards)

    Leslie Roszman
    It can be argued that Rep. Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential Campaign has done more to spread the message of libertarianism than anything else in recent history. When Michigan had their Jan 15 primary, Ron Paul’s 4th place finish was his best showing up until that point. Ron Paul’s 54,000 votes were greater than any previous LP presidential candidate in Michigan (41,000 Ed Clark 1980).
    While much of his campaign activities were the result of spontaneous order and the internet, the actual chair of the Michigan campaign was Leslie Roszman. She was to go between for the national campaign and the local MeetUp groups and responsible for distributing campaign materials across the state. The Ron Paul campaign has reenergized the libertarian movement.

    Spokesperson for Liberty (2 awards)

    Councilman Martin Howrylak

    Martin was a member of the Libertarian Party until he ran for County Commissioner in 2006 for Clawson and Troy under the Republican ticket.
    But as a member of the Libertarian Party he has been a tremendous and honorable Spokesperson for Liberty in the following actions:
    • While attending the University of Michigan, he started the Student Libertarian group.
    • He won a seat on the Troy City Council, and was then re-elected amidst a televised attack on him being a Libertarian. He was accused of being “for” giving drugs to children—just because he was a Libertarian. A totally outrageous accusation by the other candidate knowing that Martin has never taken any drugs and hasn’t drank any alcohol other than the wine, the blood of Christ during Sunday Mass. Martin received the highest vote total as he entered into another 4 year term on Troy’s City Council.
    • Being successful in defeating the pension program council wanted to award themselves
    • Involved in getting the council meetings televised and fought to protect the right of citizens to speak at council meetings.
    • With our other Libertarian Councilman, Andy LeCureaux, on SOCCRA, reducing costs & returning $1.5 million to member communities.
    • Defeating the Convention center & baseball field that would have cost residents $60 million.
    • Actually cut the City’s property tax rate three times (2002, 2006 & 2007)

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  3. LPM Presidential Straw Poll Results — by Bill Hall

    On Saturday, March 8, 45 candidates and activists packed a meeting room at the Best Western in Livonia for the Libertarian Party of Michigan's 2008 Campaign Training Conference. The program included a Libertarian Presidential straw poll. None of the Presidential candidates attended (all were invited, but many begged off to attend one or more of four state LP conventions across the country). However, the Wayne Allyn Root and Bob Jackson campaigns recognized the importance of the Michigan LP's block of 34 delegates, and sent campaign personnel to speak on behalf of their candidates. Mark Schreiber of Indiana spoke and fielded questions for Wayne Allyn Root, as did David Yardley of Michigan for Bob Jackson.

    The results of the balloting were:

    Wayne Allyn Root 11 (37%)
    Bob Jackson 8 (27%)
    Ron Paul 2 (7%)
    Steve Kubby 2 (7%
    Christine Smith 2 (7%)
    Mary Ruwart 1 (3%
    Walter Williams 1 (3%
    George Phillies 1 (3%)
    Daniel Imperato 1 (3%)
    None of the Above 1 (3%)

    As noted, 45 people attended, but only 30 cast votes in the straw poll. Some attendees looked at the long ballot, decided they had no idea who to vote for, and chose not to vote.
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  4. MICHIGAN FREEDOM CONFERENCE is a hit! — by Scotty Boman

    The Michigan Freedom Conference (Embassy Suites Hotel March 16th), was promoted almost exclusively through Ron Paul campaign meetups. It attracted about 100 participants, and was a prime example of how the contacts made in that campaign can continue to serve as a network to promote liberty through the political process.

    The Master mind and organizer of the event was Sean House. House promoted the event online and reserved the venue. He invited speakers with a variety of political affiliations. The result was a truly non-partisan meeting for the cause of liberty.

    The list of speakers read like a virtual who's who of Michigan's libertarian and small-government conservative movements:

    Linda Goldthorpe
    Andrew LeCureaux
    Ted McAvoy
    Jack Hoogendyk
    Leonard Schwartz
    Amy Hagerstrom
    Dan Sheill
    Leon Drolet
    Pete Hendrickson
    George Loudon
    Dave Lonier

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