February 2018

Volume 47:02

In This Issue:

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Richard “Dick” Gach (1926-2018)

by Greg Stempfle, Political Director

Dick Gach
Dick Gach.

Longtime Libertarian activist Richard "Dick" Gach passed away January 12th at the age of 91.

Richard was born in Detroit in 1926. A veteran of World War II, Richard served in the US Navy from 1944-1946. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of Michigan in 1949. He went on the become a home builder and eventually helped start a building company. Richard had been married since 1953 and had three children and five grandchildren. He lived in Bloomfield for most of his time with the party and was active in the Oakland County affiliate. A Libertarian candidate ten times, Richard ran for public office in every election between 1994 and 2012, including six times for Congress and once for State Board of Education.

Link here for the original death notice.

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Be Part of the Michigan Libertarian Summit on March 10

By Andrew Hall, Convention Committee Chair

Libertarians from across Michigan will assemble for a three-in-one Michigan Libertarian Summit on Saturday, March 10, 2018. We will be gathering in the beautiful meeting facilities at the Eagle Eye Golf Course, 15500 Chandler Road, Bath, Michigan (near East Lansing). Sign up today at https://michiganlp.org/2018-spring-convention.

The morning will feature an intensive and valuable series of candidate and campaign workshops, starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until 2 p.m. The workshop will feature:

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  • Filing requirements
  • Campaign finance
  • Social media and website design
  • Fundraising
  • Media relations
  • Michigan Government 101
  • Roundtable discussion with elected libertarians
  • Photographer to take candidate head shots

If you plan to run as a candidate or volunteer for a campaign, don’t miss this opportunity to sharpen your campaign skills and network with other activists eager to run for office and assist campaigns. At lunch you will have the opportunity to hear short stump speeches from a variety of the candidates who participated in the workshops.

The convention business session will start at 2 p.m. with short speeches from visiting Libertarian Party personalities. Adam Kokesh, candidate for the LP presidential nomination, Joe Hauptmann, candidate for Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, and Elizabeth Van Horn, Michigan’s (Region 3) representative to the LNC plan to attend. Libertarian Party of Michigan officers will report. The convention will elect delegates and alternates to represent the Libertarian Party of Michigan at the Libertarian Party National Convention in New Orleans, July 1-3, 2018. The convention may also pre-endorse candidates for Attorney General, Secretary of State and/or Justice of the Supreme Court to be formally nominated at the fall convention, and may adopt resolutions. A meeting of the LPM’s executive committee will follow the convention.

A cocktail reception will precede the LPM’s annual LibertyFest banquet, which will start at 6 pm and offer a meal buffet and cash bar. At the banquet, we will present Defender of Liberty awards to our:

  • Spokesman for Liberty – A member of the community whose patriotism and conviction have inspired contributions to the cause of Liberty.
  • Promoter of Liberty – A Libertarian whose efforts have done the most to promote the LP and Libertarian principles.
  • Producer of Liberty – A dedicated, behind-the-scenes Libertarian whose quiet labors over the years exemplifies the backbone of the LP.

If you have any nominations for the Libby Awards please email them to convention@michiganlp.org with the subject "Libby Award Nomination 2018" by our newly-extended deadline of February 23 at 5 p.m.

Nebraska State Senator Laura Ebke (Libertarian) will be our speaker.

Early Bird Package Pricing is available until February 19, and will increase by $5 after that date:

Gold Package: $90. Includes Campaign Training Materials, Convention Packet, Lunch, and the Banquet, plus a limited edition button, a drink ticket, recognition in the program, priority seating for the speech and buffet, and a reserved seat at the speaker’s table for the first six reservations received.

Silver Package: $80. Includes Campaign Training Materials, Convention Packet, Lunch, and the Banquet, plus a limited edition button and priority seating for the speech and buffet.

Bronze Package: $70. Includes Campaign Training Materials, Convention Packet, Lunch, and the Banquet.

If you cannot attend the entire program, we are offering the following a la carte registrations:

  • Banquet: $50
  • Banquet Speaker only: $10
  • Campaign Training Materials: $10
  • Convention Packet: $10
  • Lunch: $15
  • Lunch with Campaign Training Materials and Convention Packet: $20
  • Vendor Table: $25

Sign up for the Michigan Libertarian Summit today, at https://michiganlp.org/2018-spring-convention, or mail your registration check to Libertarian Party of Michigan, P.O. Box 3685, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501-3685.

If you have any questions, please email convention@michiganlp.org.

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Libertarian State Senator Laura Ebke to Speak at LibertyFest

By Bill Hall, Chair

Laura Ebke and Bill Hall
Bill Hall (Left) & Laura Ebke (Right).
In June, 2016, Nebraska State Senator Laura Ebke left the Republican Party to become a Libertarian. At the time, she told the Omaha World-Herald “I got frustrated with some of my colleagues who don’t recognize civil liberties and don’t seem to agree with getting government out of people’s business.” Since then, she’s continued as an important member of Nebraska’s unicameral “nonpartisan” legislature, serving as chair of its Judiciary Committee.

I had the privilege of getting to know Laura last October at a meeting of a handful of state Libertarian Party chairs in Indianapolis. I was impressed with her practical advice on what it takes to campaign for and win an election. And on how you govern, once elected. She will share that advice at our candidate workshops on March 10 near East Lansing. And she’ll be our featured speaker for our LibertyFest banquet that evening, following our national convention delegate selection convention. Click here to sign up now. You aren’t going to want to miss either event!

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Becoming a Delegate to the March 10 LPM Convention

By Emily Salvette, LPM Secretary

Emily Salvette, LPM Secretary & 2018 LPM Credentials Committee Chair
Emily Salvette, LPM Secretary & 2018 LPM Credentials Committee Chair.
The Libertarian Party of Michigan State Convention will be held on Saturday, March 10, near East Lansing. This convention will select our state’s delegates to the Libertarian Party National Convention in New Orleans on July 1-3, 2018, and possibly pre-endorse the LPM’s 2018 candidates for Secretary of State, Attorney General and/or Supreme Court.

To vote at the March 10 convention, you must be selected as a delegate or alternate by a local group. Per the LPM Bylaws adopted last year, delegates to state conventions are now selected by local affiliates or, where no affiliate exists, area caucuses set up by the state Libertarian Executive Committee. The LEC has asked the state credentials committee to organize these caucuses in unaffiliated areas. The schedule of caucuses including the delegate allocation per affiliate or area is set forth below. Caucuses may vote to send up to that number of delegates to the convention and may choose an equal number of alternates.

To vote in the caucus for an unaffiliated area, you will need to be a current dues-paying member of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, and reside in one of the counties in that area. Recognized affiliates set their own rules, and may require membership in the affiliate and/or the LPM in order to vote at a caucus. You may join or renew your membership in the LPM here: https://michiganlp.org/#signup.

You need not participate in the caucus to be selected as a delegate or alternate, but to serve as a convention delegate or alternate you must be a member of the Libertarian Party of Michigan as of March 10. Please note:

  • Per the amended LPM Bylaws, national LP membership is no longer enough to qualify as an LPM member;
  • Someone who has a lapsed LPM membership can be selected as a delegate at caucus, renew his/her membership at the convention, and still vote;
  • Per the “30-day rule” in our bylaws, new LPM members and national-only LP members who first joined the LP after July 29, 2017 must join the Libertarian Party of Michigan by February 8, 2018 to be eligible to vote at the March 10 convention.

Please help us spread the word about these caucuses and take part in your local caucus! Please feel free to contact me with questions: esalvette@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the March 10 convention.

Emily Salvette, LPM Secretary
2018 LPM Credentials Committee Chair

Credentials Committee members: Ben Carr, Jim Fulner, Donna Gundle-Krieg, Lawrence Johnson




Counties Served

Delegate Allocation

Caucus Information

Affiliate Contact

Capital Area

Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Shiawassee


No information available

Martin Mashon



Genesee Co



No information available

Alex Cooper




Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw


2/7/18 at 7 pm Classic Cup Café, Ann Arbor

Larry Johnson




Hillsdale, Jackson


Selected 1/17/18

Norman Peterson



Livingston Co



No information available

James Weeks II



Macomb Co



No information available

Mike Saliba



Northeast Lower MI

Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Oscoda, Presque Isle


No information available

Zach Boyle



Oakland Co



2/21 at 7:30 pm, Shields Pizza, Troy

Greg Stempfle



Southwest MI

Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St Joseph, Van Buren


2/6 at 6 pm, Theo and Stacy’s restaurant, Portage

Jason Brandenburg



Straits Area LP

Cheboygan, Emmet, Otsego


Delegates selected 1/14/18; Alternates on 2/11/18 at Great Lakes Grill, Cheboygan

Andy Evans



Wayne Co



2/1 at 7 pm,

Tijuana Mexican Kitchen,

Greg Creswell



West MI

Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa


2/24/18 at 1230 pm, Brann’s on Leonard, Grand Rapids

Jake Andrews






Unaffiliated Areas:


Counties Served

Delegate Allocation

Caucus Information

Affiliate Contact

Mid-Michigan Area

Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw


2/17 – noon

conference call

605-475-6777, code 576532 

Emily Salvette



Asst: Ben Carr

Mid-North Area

Arenac, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Iosco, Ogemaw, Roscommon


2/17 – 2 pm

conference call

605-475-6777, code 576532 

Emily Salvette



Asst: Ben Carr

Northwest MI Libertarians

Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford


3 delegates selected on 1/16/18; contact Donna to be added to delegation

Donna Gundle-Krieg



Thumb Area

Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, St Clair, Tuscola


2/17 – 4 pm

conference call

605-475-6777, code 576532 

Emily Salvette



Upper Peninsula

Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft


2/17 – 6 pm

conference call

605-475-6777, code 576532 

Emily Salvette



Asst: Lawrence Johnson



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March 10 Caucuses to Select LEC Representatives

By Bill Hall, Chair

Bill Hall
Bill Hall
Under our Bylaws, the state convention delegates from each Congressional District select a representative to the Libertarian Party of Michigan’s executive committee at each odd-year state convention. If a representative resigns before the end of their two-year term, then the caucus meets at the next scheduled convention to elect a replacement to complete their term.

Since the last convention, Tiffany Hayden from the 13th congressional district, and Tim Coon from the 4th Congressional District, have resigned. Hence, delegates to the March 10, 2018, convention from each of those districts will caucus to elect a replacement. If you reside in one of those districts, please consider running for the office, or encourage someone you support to run.

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Keeping up with our National Party

By Scotty Boman, Editor

National LP Logo
For many Libertarian activists, the National Party exists for one weekend every two years. We have a lot of fun, attend workshops, vote on bylaws and the platform, and then elect new officers. Every other convention we nominate our Presidential ticket.

But plenty happens in-between. The people we elect keep the Libertarian Party going. They comment on policy and do research. They fund ballot access efforts. They plan conferences including subsequent conventions. They also vote on a number of resolutions and even on which of their colleagues remain on the LNC.

So how do we know what they’re doing? Do we have any say in this process? Before reaching out to national officers on an issue of interest to me, I had no idea how transparent the process really was. To stay current on official LNC correspondence one can visit this google group. Conversations between officers are readily available for anyone to read:


In case you are wondering what you missed, detailed minutes are archived here:


and final drafts are archived in PDF formant here:


So what if you want to contact an LEC member to express your opinion on an upcoming vote, or to thank them for past work? Their email addresses are right here:


Many of the officers are regional representatives. They are each responsive to members of their own region. Michigan is in Region 3, so our Regional representative is Elizabeth Van Horn ( elizabeth.vanhorn@lp.org ). There is a Region 3 facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/247371102053321

So there it is! Our National leadership is no further away than your cellphone, tablet or computer.

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Two More Libertarians File for State House

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

Editor’s note: This article concerns candidates seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage of any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another.

Jamie Lewis Dist. 72
Jamie Lewis Dist. 72
Two members of the Libertarian Party of West Michigan filed their paperwork this week to run for State Representative in the August 2018 primary election. This brings the total number of Libertarians running for the Michigan State Legislature to six, with over three months left until the filing deadline.

Patty Malowney Dist. 77
Patty Malowney Dist. 77
Jamie Lewis is running in District 72 which covers, in Kent County, the City of Kentwood and Gaines Township and in Allegan County, the City of Wayland and the Townships of Dorr, Leighton, and Wayland. Jamie is a skilled tradesman in the Grand Rapids area, and has been active in Libertarian politics since volunteering for the Jon Coon campaign in 1994. He currently serves as the 3rd district representative on the LEC and has twice been the party's nominee for Secretary of State.

Patty Malowney is running in District 77 which covers the City of Wyoming and Byron Township in Kent County. Patty is an editor and social media consultant for a popular website for moms. Her website was acquired by a multi-million dollar company in 2008. As an entrepreneur in the internet business, she knows the value of networking and personal connections. She intends to use her networking skills and connections to run a competitive campaign in the 77th district.

Good luck to both candidates!

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Adam Kokesh Detained for 10 Days Without Seeing Charges

By Scotty Boman, Editor

Editor’s note: This article concernes a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for President. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage, without endorsing one candidate over another.

Wise County -TX. Presidential Candidate for (“Not”) President Adam Kokesh spent over a week in a Texas jail without seeing any charges. He was arrested by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers shortly after formally announcing his decision to seek the Libertarian Party nomination for President on January 16th. This early announcement coincided with him being the first to file a Statement of Candidacy with the FEC. The Texas troopers who made the arrest told Kokesh he was pulled over for speeding, and they told the press he was arrested on marijuana charges after a police dog signaled the presence of marijuana. Sources close to Kokesh don’t believe any contraband was found, and he insists that he doesn’t travel with contraband. His video shows a dog sniffing the vehicle, but not the discovery of specific items.

Adam Kokesh & Baloo greet trooper
Adam Kokesh & Baloo greet trooper.

Law enforcement officials also charged him with tampering with evidence, even though the entire stop was recorded by Kokesh. A full recording of the events leading up to his arrest is available here: https://youtu.be/k6TKONVs7kw

The recording also features Kokesh’s dog Baloo. Sources close to Kokesh initially told the Michigan Libertarian that friends picked up the dog, and that he was safe. Some early information was released by his girlfriend Stacy Cook, who broadcasted YouTube updates.

On Monday a judge set his bail at $76,500 and Kokesh was told $6,000 would be needed for him to be released from jail. He called that “ransom,” and refused to pay on principle. A district judge reduced the bond to $21,500, and insisted he pay $2,000 to be released. Campaign contact Marcus Pulis said Kokesh hadn’t actually seen the judge, and that he was getting information about the bail amounts second-hand.

Kokesh has repeatedly asked to see the charges in writing, as well as other documentation pertaining to his detention, but has not received it. A writ of habeas corpus was sought by his attorney, but was not honored in the time leading up to his release.

On January 24th Kokesh issued an open letter from jail directed to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin, who is in charge of the jail where he is being held. There he complained about the lack of information available to him, “I would tell you more about the incident; the charges, the circumstances, and the full name of the arresting officer. But although I have been locked up for more than a week and despite my repeated demands, I have yet to receive a single piece of paper from the government regarding the incident of my unjust imprisonment. As the county sheriff, you have the ability to set things right in this case. I intend to help you." He also asked for the return of his property and his dog Baloo. Campaign contact Marcus Pulis told the Michigan Libertarian that the dog had been “bailed out” by a friend of Kokesh, but he didn’t know this when he penned the letter, citing the limited information being passed along to detainees. He said Kokesh and Baloo would probably be reunited over the weekend.

On January 25th (5:37 PM EST) the Michigan Libertarian called the Wise County Sheriff Department, and the Deputy answering said “He has been bonded out.” According to a news release by the “Adam Kokesh American Referendum Project”, he was bailed out for his own safety. According to the news release, “…there have been numerous threats made via social media that have been traced to what appears to be local law enforcement and today Kokesh received a note in his cell stating, ‘GET OUT NOW’.” While Kokesh didn’t request that his bail be paid, his campaign manager, Angela Fisher Owens, bailed him out over concerns for his safety in light of these threats.

The Michigan Libertarian asked Pulis if the state troopers actually had any contraband that they alleged to be found in Kokesh’s vehicle or on his person. He said he was not aware of any and said the authorities had not presented Kokesh with any charges, or an arrest report. When asked how there could be bail without charges, Pulis indicated that there were a lot of problems with this case, but they needed to get him out of the jail. He also said Kokesh was legally permitted to possess some vegetation for ceremonial or display purposes, and that, if any was found, officers might try to call it contraband even though it was held lawfully.

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Everything You Need to Know About Precinct Delegates

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

Precinct delegates are a quirky aspect of Michigan election law that the Libertarian Party of Michigan, our affiliates, and party members will have to deal with in 2018.

Greg Stempfle
Greg Stempfle

Under state election law, precinct delegates are elected officials whose sole responsibility is to attend and vote at political party county conventions. The laws about precinct delegates only apply to those parties qualified for the primary, which includes Libertarians for the first time.

There are three county conventions called for under Michigan election law (except for Wayne County).

  1. Fall convention (after the Primary) – select delegates to the 2018 Fall state convention where statewide candidates for the November General Election are nominated.
  2. Post-election convention – select county party officials (except Wayne County).
  3. Spring convention – select delegates to the 2019 regular state convention where state party officials are elected.

Note: Wayne County does not hold a post-election convention. Instead, it is divided up by Congressional District and each district elects it’s own officers at a caucus held during the Spring State Convention.

The precinct delegate system is rather archaic and not rigidly adhered to by the Michigan Democratic Party, and to a lesser extent, the Michigan GOP. When drafting our so called major party bylaws last year, to bring them up to date with state law, the issue of precinct delegates was a challenge. The LPM largely chose not to adhere to election law where it applied to our officer elections and executive board makeup. Precinct delegates, while an internal party position, do play an indirect role in the nomination of statewide candidates at our Fall convention and therefore the party felt it was necessary to incorporate them into our bylaws. Precinct delegates will be on the August primary ballot regardless of whether the party wants it or not.

The LPM bylaws permit affiliates to opt out of the post-election county conventions, allowing affiliates to set their own dates for officer elections. The LPM bylaws do however require affiliates to accept precinct delegates to their county conventions as long as the party is qualified for the primary election. Being a precinct delegates is not a requirement to be a delegate to any state convention or county convention. The bylaws of the LPM, as well as the Michigan Democratic Party, allow party members to vote at state and county conventions even if they are not precinct delegates.

Any registered voter can become a precinct delegate including candidates for other public offices. The only requirement is filing a notarized Affidavit of Identity for Precinct Delegates by May 8, 2018. Each affiliate should encourage their members to sign up to become precinct delegates to ensure party members comprise most of the elected delegates to county conventions.

Affiliate chairs are supposed to let county election officials know how many delegates they want allotted to each precinct by April 1, 2018 otherwise, they will make that determination themselves. There will be a minimum of one delegate per precinct and the number of delegates per precinct is supposed to be apportioned based on how well Gary Johnson did for President in each district. Considering he got 3.6% statewide and the LPM allows non-precinct delegates to vote, there is questionable utility in determining this apportionment.

Here is the law which describes this process. I encourage all affiliate leaders to read it and decide for yourselves how to proceed.

MCL 168.623a Mailing or delivering certificate showing number of delegates to county convention; time; notice; failure to forward certificate; allotment and apportionment of delegates; election of delegates by direct vote.

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Campaign To Make The Ballot Closing In On Goal

By Bill Gelineau

Editor’s note: This article has been submitted by a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides equal access to any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another.

Bill Gelineau collecting signatures
Bill Gelineau collecting signatures
As was discussed in the prior newsletter, the campaign made a strategic decision to forego any attempt to file by the end of 2017 (our early planned goal) in favor of obtaining a few more signatures to ensure an acceptable margin for our filing. If you’re still collecting signatures for the campaign, please mail them in by February 1.

We do expect to obtain the 800 (approx.) signatures we need by that time and will file sometime in February. We expect to be well over 20,000 signatures at that time.

On the 17th of January, Bill had the opportunity to speak to the LP of Oakland County. There was a great turnout at their new location in Troy – and a lot of enthusiasm and new volunteers came out of that event. The campaign continues to have great outreach success. Our social media team continues to exceed expectations with new followers, promotion, and interaction with like-minded groups. While the winter has slowed the pace of appearances – that will pick up in early Spring.

Drop an e-mail to the campaign if you’d like to help out. campaign@liberty4gov.org

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Straits Area Becomes an Affiliate

LPM Announcement

The Libertarian Party of Michigan is happy to welcome Straits Area Libertarians as an official local affiliate. The party Chair Andy Evans, Vice Chair James Johnson, Secretary Nancy Shutes, Treasurer Jim McKindles and Board Advisor Dana Carver put in a lot of hard work to establish a meeting place and create an atmosphere to accommodate Libertarian party members in the top central part of the lower peninsula.

Straits Area Libertarians serve Emmet, Cheboygan and Otsego counties. If you reside in these 3 counties, be sure and join them for their next meeting at Great Lakes Grill in Cheboygan. For details on their February meeting, go to this event page.

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Libertarians Oppose Trump’s Renewed War on Marijuana

By Norm Peterson, District #7 Rep.

Lansing, MI – On January 4, 2018, Trump administration Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he is rescinding the current Department of Justice policy which places a low priority on enforcing marijuana prohibition in States with laws that have legalized the growing, possession and use of marijuana. The current policy, now rescinded, led to an explosion in the growth of the medical marijuana sector and legalization for medical purposes here in Michigan. Over half of the States now have legalized medicinal marijuana and eight states allow recreational use.

The Libertarian Party of Michigan strongly opposes this action by the Donald Trump administration. Federal prohibition of marijuana use violates both individual rights and States’ rights.

Libertarians believe that individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and must accept the responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make. We also believe that laws should be limited to protecting individuals from the initiation of force and fraud. Therefore we support the repeal of laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as Federal and State laws limiting or prohibiting the use of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes.

The “war on drugs” has been a spectacular failure. Though billions of taxpayers’ dollars have been spent, usage remains almost unchanged. What has changed is that an enormous number of individuals have been imprisoned, ruining their lives and the lives of their families. Marijuana prohibition has resulted in increased crime, official corruption and deaths. Drug cartels and related criminal activity are a direct result of prohibition. The Libertarian Party supports initiatives in Michigan that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults.

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that the powers not granted to the Federal government or prohibited by it to the States are reserved to the States, or to the people. Nowhere does the Constitution grant the Federal government the power to prohibit the growing, distribution and use of marijuana. Thus, decisions regarding marijuana are clearly reserved to the States and the people. The Libertarian Party supports Federal legislation that would implement the Constitution by repealing Federal marijuana prohibition laws.

To contact President Trump concerning this issue, go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/. To learn more about the Libertarian Party of Michigan, visit www.michiganlp.org.

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Officers & Staff

General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW.

Chair: Bill Hall.chair@michiganlp.org
First Vice Chair: Tim Yow. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.org
Second Vice Chair: Greg Stempfle. vcpoliticaldirector@michiganlp.org
Secretary: Emily Salvette. secretary@michiganlp.org
Treasurer: Jason Brandenburg. treasurer@michiganlp.org
District 1 Rep: Donna Gundle-Krieg. dist1rep@michiganlp.org
District 2 Rep: Mary Buzuma. dist2rep@michiganlp.org
District 3 Rep: Jamie Lewis. dist3rep@michiganlp.org
District 4 Rep: Vacant. dist4rep@michiganlp.org
District 5 Rep: Mark Sanborn. dist5rep@michiganlp.org
District 6 Rep: Wendi Parker. dist6rep@michiganlp.org
District 7 Rep: Norman Peterson. dist7rep@michiganlp.org
District 8 Rep: Jeff Wood. dist8rep@michiganlp.org
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. dist9rep@michiganlp.org
District 10 Rep: John Kanan. dist10rep@michiganlp.org
District 11 Rep: Paul Connolly. dist11rep@michiganlp.org
District 12 Rep: Larry Johnson. dist12rep@michiganlp.org
District 13 Rep: Vacant. dist13rep@michiganlp.org
District 14 Rep: Ben Carr. dist14rep@michiganlp.org

Judicial Committee Members

Kerry Morgan. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Ken Proctor. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
James Hudler. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org


Webmaster: In Transition. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.org
Deputy Editor: Dave Dumas. newsletter@michiganlp.org

Affiliate Contacts

Capital Area: Martin Mashon. (517) 894-7157, martinmashon@yahoo.com
Genesee County: Chair Alex Cooper, alexcooperliberty@gmail.com. VC Dustin Reamer, 810-522-3136, olddrumbelly@gmail.com
Huron-Raisin: James Hudler, (734) 475-9792, james.hudler@gmail.com
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net
Livingston County: James Weeks II, (810) 422-8769, j.weeks@riseup.net
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, chair@macomblp.org
Mid-Michigan: Tim Coon, timothycoon1982@aol.com
Northeast-Lower: Zach Boyle, 989-255-4521, livovivo@gmail.com
Northern Lower: Dana Carver, danacarver103@yahoo.com
Northwest Michigan: Donna Gundle-Krieg. dokrieg@gmail.com
Oakland County: Greg Stempfle, (313) 929-1789, gregstempfle@gmail.com
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net
Wayne County: Scotty Boman, (313) 247-2052, scottyboman@hotmail.com
West Michigan: Jake Andrews. (269) 967-4071. jwandrew@mtu.edu

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Upcoming Events

Some events are also posted by their hosts at the Meetup.com site. It is recommended that you contact an officer for an affiliate or check the Website (or Facebook page) associated with the meeting host (if they have one) before arriving at a meeting. Some meetings can get canceled, or locations can change with short notice. Contact information connected to most events can be found by expanding the item on the "Agenda view" of the Events page of our website.

February 1, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Livingston County monthly social meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cleary’s Pub, 117 E Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843
Catch up with each other at 7 while we order food and introduce any visitors. Occasionally, we will have a guest speaker.

February 1, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM social, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM meeting
The February Meeting of the Libertarian Party of Wayne County will be our Spring County Convention. At this meeting, we will be: Electing new officers, considering bylaws amendments, selecting delegates to the March 10th state convention, and discuss the number of delegates we wish to allocate to precincts. Wayne County will be allocated 21 delegates and 21 alternates.
Greg Stempfle will be giving a presentation called "Running for Public Office as a Libertarian in 2018"
Some additional details are posted at Meetup.com
Tijuana Mexican Kitchen (West of Southfield Rd.) 18950 Ford Rd. Detroit, MI 48228

February 6, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Brewster's, 5135 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002

February 7, 2018 – Libertarian Party of Huron-Raisin (Washtenaw), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

February 7, 2018 – Libertarians of West Michigan monthly meeting, 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
Spring Lake Library, Program Room A. 123 E Exchange St. Spring Lake, MI 49456.
Social time starts at 645 pm. As part of its continuing series of educational and social events across West Michigan,
the Libertarian Party of West Michigan will host a speaker, to be announced.

February 7, 2018 – Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ike’s Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights
Scheduled a week early to avoid a conflict with St. Valentines Day.
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at macomblp@gmail.com

February 8, 2018 – Capital Area Affiliate monthly meeting, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
AW Body Shop. 3303 N East St. Lansing, MI 48906.
Contact Martin Mashon at (517) 894-7157 or emailmartinmashon@yahoo.com to confirm location.
Times and locations may very from month to month.

February 8, 2018 – Northeast-Lower Affiliate monthly meeting
Location To be announced.
Contact Zach Boyle, livovivo@gmail.com, 989-255-4521.

February 11, 2018 – LEC meeting, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee, Inc. will meet in a videoconference via Zoom to address state party business. Libertarian Party of Michigan members are welcome to observe via Zoom.
Contact Bill Hall, chair@michiganlp.org, for the computer/telephone link.

February 11, 2018 – Straits Area Affiliate Business Meeting, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or amevans_1968@yahoo.com
Great Lakes Grill. 817 E State St. Cheboygan, MI 49721

February 20, 2018 - Northwest Michigan Libertarians, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Schelde's Grille and Spirits. 714 Munson Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686
Check for updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/470271686703499/
For more information, please contact District 1 Rep: Donna Gundle-Krieg. dokrieg@gmail.com

February 21, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM dinner, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM meeting,
Shield's Pizza 1476 W Maple Rd. Troy, MI 48084
For more information contact Political Director Greg Stempfle at gregstempfle@gmail.com

February 21, 2018 – Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party monthly meeting, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Steve’s Ranch Restaurant, 311 W. Louis Glick Hwy. Jackson, MI 49201
Speaker – Fulton Sheen, Owner F&C Enterprises & Speaker & Writer on International Economics & Global Markets.
Topic – World Political Change & International Economies & Markets. Video: “The Big Short”
Event and Biographical Details are available at the
Meetup site.

February 24, 2018 – West Michigan Convention, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Brann's Steakhouse & Grille. 401 Leonard St NW. Grand Rapids, MI 49504
We are in the Sidekick room. Show up at 11:30 am and buy lunch. Business starts at 12:30 and will include the selection of the Libertarian Party of West Michigan’s delegation to the March 10, 2018, Libertarian Party of Michigan convention, and consider suggested LPWM bylaws changes.
For more information, contact Jacob Andrews at (269) 967-4071 or jwandrew@mtu.edu

February 25, 2018 – Mid-Michigan Group, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Oscar's Bar and Grill, 140 E Main St. Midland, MI 48640
For more information, contact Tim Coon at timothycoon1982@aol.com

February 25, 2018 – Genesee County, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Jan's Bar and Grill. 7499 Miller Rd. Swartz Creek, MI 48473
For more information, contact Alex Cooper at alexcooperliberty@gmail.com or Dustin Reamer at olddrumbelly@gmail.com

March 1, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Livingston County monthly social meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cleary’s Pub, 117 E Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843
Catch up with each other at 7 while we order food and introduce any visitors. Occasionally, we will have a guest speaker.

March 1, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM social, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM meeting
Tijuana Mexican Kitchen (West of Southfield Rd.) 18950 Ford Rd. Detroit, MI 48228

March 6, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Brewster's, 5135 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002

March 7, 2018 – Libertarian Party of Huron-Raisin (Washtenaw), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

March 8, 2018 – Capital Area Affiliate monthly meeting, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
AW Body Shop. 3303 N East St. Lansing, MI 48906.
Contact Martin Mashon at (517) 894-7157 or emailmartinmashon@yahoo.com to confirm location.
Times and locations may very from month to month.

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