Other LPM News and Announcements
As noted below in this newsletter, we are still fighting the Republicans in court to place Gary Johnson for President and James P. Gray for Vice President on the Michigan ballot.
At press time, we've not been successful in doing so. However, anticipating this problem, we did qualify both Gary Johnson for President and James P. Gray for Vice President as independent write-in candidates in Michigan. [Michigan law requires that write-in candidates file paperwork with the Secretary of State by September 7 if they desire their votes to be counted.]
Here is what you need to do to write in their names (word-for-word from the Secretary of State's website): WRITE-IN CANDIDATES: To vote for a candidate whose name is not printed on the ballot, write or place the name of that candidate in the blank space provided and (completely darken the oval) or (complete the arrow).
This must be done even if you cast a straight party vote. Do not cast a write-in vote for a candidate whose name is already printed on the ballot for that office. Send a message that you do support Gary Johnson for President and James P. Gray for Vice President. Write in their names on your ballot!
Emily Salvette has prepared a sample of a ballot that shows how to fill in the names of our two write-in candidates. The figure is shown at right. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Billboards and Atlas
The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by those who resist it. – John Hay (1872)
Just some notes on important events and plans for the many campaigns, candidates, and events in this most exciting of seasons:
Election Day Tuesday November 6th
Have you picked out your Candidates? Please remember if you would like to help on any campaigns, needing a Libertarian or Gary Johnson yard sign, or Bumper sticker, please contact email@example.com, I will mail them to you for FREE! Something if you need to fill a spot:
LOOK UP! – Libertarians on the Rise!
I would like to begin to say “Thank You” to all those that have donated to the Libertarian party over the last couple of years. With your contributions and many people frustrated with the economy, we thought that it was time to mark our spot on the Map. Starting Sept 10th through Oct 7th, you will see the following rise up on billboards across Michigan:
I am writing to you on behalf of all seeking more freedom, less government, and if you are just frustrated with this two party system, join me with a small donation to help us keep up the billboards now though November 6th. If you would like to contribute and see the Libertarians rise up even higher, please go to: http://www.mi.lp.org/Shared%20Documents/Contribute.aspx. Just click on donations and in the comments write: Billboards. Locations will be:
Contest: The first individual that can email me all three billboards from an email address, lunch is on US! I will mail you a $10.00 gift card of your choice! Let’s get those camera phones out! (not while driving please). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Soon – Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged Part II”
October 12, 2012 - 343 Confirmed Atlas Cities. To help with promotion, contact AS2 marketing person Samantha Markovitz (email@example.com), ref. her letter below. The following Michigan cities have committed to featuring this film; here are some current theaters planning to show ASII:
If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that you would like to share with me, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seven Principles of Good Government
Gary Johnson makes the most consistent and compelling arguments for limited government of any politician on the American scene today. Even if you don’t agree with everything he advocates, his new book is worth reading for its common-sense policy proposals and intellectual honesty. Silver Lake Publishing is proud to announce the release Gov. Gary Johnson’s SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF GOOD GOVERNMENT. CLICK HERE to get this book at the best price available anywhere. Johnson is the former two-term governor of New Mexico. He made headlines during his tenure as governor for supporting school vouchers, a freeze on all state taxes, real cuts in government agency funding and the decriminalization of marijuana. In 2012, he is running for President of the United States on the Libertarian Party ticket. He will be campaigning aggressively through the fall in all 50 states.
SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF GOOD GOVERNMENT is Gov. Johnson’s first book. It’s part memoir, part campaign document and part advice from a successful entrepreneur, governor and father of two. In the book, Johnson writes: "Government should protect you and me from those who would do us harm, threaten our rights and take away our civil liberties—whether they be foreign or domestic enemies, unscrupulous businesses or corporations, or individuals." The retail price for SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF GOOD GOVERNMENT is $12.95. If you order directly from Silver Lake Publishing, you can get one book for $9.95. Or five books for only $39.95. Or, the best price, 50 copies for $299.95. That’s less than half of the retail price and the best deal available anywhere.
In February I was able to poll 6% state-wide. Polling this well in a post-primary poll would secure my place in televised debates, but I need to be included first. Now the mass media and pollsters are falling back into the old rut of fixating exclusively on the old party candidates, and are not going to acknowledge Libertarians unless they start to see some advertising from us. Advertising costs money. So please don’t let this opportunity slip away. Contribute whatever you can, as soon as you can. I will do my part to deliver the message of individual liberty and Constitutional government to every corner of this state.
Lewis supporters' protest at debate exclusion rivals debate attendance
Supporters of James Lewis’ bid for state Rep in the 42 District of Michigan staged a peaceful, yet powerful, protest yesterday in front of the local candidates’ debate at Cleary University in Howell. The group was protesting the fact that Lewis, who was initially invited to participate in the “all-candidates” debate, was suddenly “uninvited” a week later. More than two dozen Lewis supporters lined the Grand River entrance to the debate site; many had their mouths taped shut to visually demonstrate the intentional silencing of the Lewis platform. According to Steve Mace, Manager of the Campaign to Elect James Lewis, the protest was planned to be orderly and non-disruptive.
“We respect the rights of all candidates to have their voices heard, unlike the debate sponsors,” explained Mace, “and we were insistent that any protest be outside the debate hall, and not disrupt the proceedings.” The candidate himself was pleased, but not terribly surprised, by the strong showing of support. “Third party candidates around the country are rallying huge support,” said Lewis, who attended the protest and spoke to several interested voters. “The people of Michigan, and this entire country, are looking for a new voice, a new way to fix this broken, malfunctioning two-party system. They know there is a better way, and we are seeing fast-growing support for viable alternatives. “The time for change has come, defenders of the entrenched two-party system are going to have to learn to adjust to the will of the people,” Lewis continued. “Pay to play, back door deals, lobbyists and PAC money – all of this corrupts the political process to the point that politicians are in it to better themselves and their own party, not the people. This has to stop, and the people are seeing it.”
Event organizers who rescinded Lewis’ invitation to participate in the debate cited a decision to only include “main party” candidates. The event was sponsored in part by the Livingston Press & Argus, whose Executive Editor Rich Perlberg publicly stated that third party candidates are “interesting,” but serve only as a “distraction” in these debates. His comments drew sharp public criticism from local business owners who traditionally vote either Republican or Democrat. Many of these critics joined the debate demonstration, along with Libertarian party members, and Lewis supporters. “For being only a distraction, we had a fantastic showing,” said Mace.
“We did a quick head count and it appears that the number of Lewis supporters outside the event equaled the number of supporters for either Rogers or Willis inside.” (Lewis is running against incumbent Bill Rogers (R) and challenger Shanda Willis (D) in November.) “The turnout tells us that the two-party system is about to get a huge wake-up call,” Mace continued. “And judging by the number of motorists who honked to show their support, our message is getting out there and it resonates with the people of this district.” Mace estimates at least 100 passing motorists signaled their support of the Lewis campaign by honking or waving.
He also notes only one dissenting gesture, made by a person with a Romney bumper sticker on his car. “Apparently he disagrees, and he let us know in a pretty rude way,” laughed Mace. “That’s okay; this is America, and he has a right to his opinion, however vulgar a way he may choose to express it.” That person parked at Cleary, placed candidate signs and entered the debate hall. The Lewis campaign continues to gather momentum, new supporters and donations, and Lewis is slated for several public appearances throughout the district in the coming weeks.
These are the recommendations of the LEC
These are short descriptions of the proposals on the November 6 ballot along with the recommendations of the LPM. Full explanations of the recommended vote are located in the following PDF document: http://www.michiganlp.org/ENewsletters/201210/Proposals_2012.pdf.
A Successful Outreach Booth Season
The LPWC ran outreach booths at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs and the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival. Both booths featured the Gary Johnson / Jim Gray ticket for president , Scotty Boman for Senate and our own Justin Altman for Washtenaw County Prosecutor.
We got a good number of people requesting information about the LP and were able to reconnect with a number of party members that we do not get to see as often as we would like. We had candidates Justin Altman, Scotty Boman, Chris Schraer, and James Hudler at one or both events as well as Current Chair Denee Rockman-Moon and past Chair Emily Salvette.
HB 5768 to nullify NDAA detention speeds thru committee
Nullification of Indefinite Detention HB 5768 In Lansing Tuesday September 25, a public hearing was held for HB 5768. The Bill was introduced by Reps. McMillin, MacMaster, Irwin, Ananich, Foster and McBroom. This Bill is intended to address the Indefinite Detention Provisions in the NDAA. HB 5768 “A bill to prohibit any agency of the state, any political subdivision of this state, any employee of any agency of this state or any political subdivision of this state, or any member of the Michigan national guard from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of any citizen of the United States under certain circumstances.”
The hearing was well attended, so much so that a second room with a TV was set up to handle the overflow. Many people spoke to support the Bill including U.S. Rep. Justin Amash MI 3rd. With no apparent opposition, HB5768 should make it to the floor for a vote by the full House very soon. The state of Virginia has already passed a Nullification Law very similar to this one.
Dennis Marburger provides a full report at this location:
News Release Excerpt
ALLEN PARK GROUP TO FILE PETITION PROPOSING CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT
A handful of Allen Park residents, incensed that the previous mayor and council, acting entirely on their own authority, sold $31 million worth of general obligation bonds to invest in a failed movie studio venture, have collected the signatures needed to propose a city charter amendment that would take that power from future, elected officials.
"This is a simple, one sentence addition," said organizer Tim O'Brien, "that will essentially put the same voter-approval requirement on borrowing that the Headlee Amendment already puts on tax increases. Frankly," he continued, "it's hard to believe this restriction wasn't already there. What good does it do to require voter approval of tax increases, if politicians can borrow millions of dollars on the 'full faith and credit' of taxpayers? It's a distinction without a difference."
10.6% in Ohio
On Wednesday, Gravis Marketing and Capitol Correspondent released results from Ohio from a poll conducted on September 21-22. The poll included 594 likely voters and covered the presidential race and senate elections, among others. The margin of error of the poll is 4.3%. When only President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are included, Obama leads by 45.2% to 44.3%, with 10.4% either undecided or supporting a third party candidate. When Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is also included, Obama leads Romney by 44.5% to 37.8%, with Johnson winning 10.6% of the vote. 7.1% are either undecided or supporting another third party candidate.
Michigan Johnson-on-Johnson crime gives us major party chances...
Newsflash! After Libertarian Jon Coon nearly got 4.2% of the US Senate vote in 1994, Michigan changed the definition of “Major Party” to mean only the top two vote getters. This change was only cosmetic. In all other respects, the political party who’s top-of-ticket candidate receives at least 5% of the total vote cast for Secretary of State in the previous election becomes a major party.
The top of ticket for the 2012 election should have been Libertarian Presidential nominee, Governor Gary Johnson, but Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson has pushed him off the Libertarian slate, and he is now an independent write-in candidate*. Historically, far fewer voters are likely to vote “Libertarian” for Presidential candidates than for other offices. Thanks to Ruth Johnson, Scotty Boman is now at the top of the Libertarian ticket. That means we have a unique opportunity, to put the Libertarian Party of Michigan in the top tier of Michigan’s two tier election system. Don’t let opportunity slip away!
Don't let the
opportunity slip away!
* Since Governor Johnson can’t run as the Libertarian nominee in Michigan, those wishing to vote for him must write in president and vice president as: Gary Johnson/James Gray. See above.
Detroit Voters to Vote on Cannabis Rights
Colleagues, The Detroit Election Commission voted to formally place our Detroit cannabis legalization measure on the November ballot this afternoon. When the time came for public comment, one of our legal eagles Matt Able ably gave em hell. With a big smile and snarky tone to my voice, I congratulated the commission on "obeying the law" and saying "I had a feeling two years ago we would all be meeting again..."
LPM still fighting to secure Johnson ballot access
As you may be aware, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan refused to place Governor Gary Johnson on the ballot as our presidential nominee. The Judge accepted the arguments of Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and the Michigan Republican Party that Michigan´s "sore loser" law applies to keep Governor Johnson off the ballot, even though it was not applied to other presidential candidates in the past, like John Anderson. We immediately appealed the decision to the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. When the Sixth Circuit refused to expedite the case, we appealed to the US Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court refused to hear our appeal and we are now battling it out in the Court of Appeals.
Within minutes of the Judge issuing his opinion in the Eastern District case, the Secretary of State sent us a letter denying ballot status to our "contingent" presidential candidate, Gary E. Johnson of Texas. You will recall that at the LPM convention on June 2 we nominated him in the event Governor Johnson was denied a place on the ballot. Ever since, we had been requesting confirmation he would be placed on the ballot, but the Secretary of State refused to say until she issued this recent letter. Now the State insists we should have no presidential candidate on the ballot.
We then sued Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan to place Gary E. Johnson of Texas on the ballot as the LPM´s presidential nominee. The State had the audacity to argue to the Judge that it is ´too late´ to consider our case, even though it waited three months to deny Gary E. Johnson ballot status. The State also claims we can´t show irreparable harm to support a decision in our favor ´because Gary E. Johnson has no chance of winning.' The Western District Court bought the Secretary of State's argument and refused to place Gary E. Johnson on the ballot. Once again, we appealed to the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, but they also refused to place Gary E. Johnson of the ballot. As Gary E. Johnson noted, the Court ruled he "should have filed his lawsuit to place his name on the ballot 128 days before Michigan first revealed that it was refusing to place his name on the ballot."
We pointed out to the Court of Appeals that after we filed the Western District suit Secretary of State Ruth Johnson sneakily failed to place our Vice Presidential candidate Judge James P. Gray on the ballot, even though there is no question he was our first, and last, choice for Vice President. She had never even hinted he wouldn't be on the ballot. So now we have had the Gary E. Johnson suit returned to the Western District Court, where we are pursuing the Secretary of State's malfeasance in leaving Judge Gray off the ballot. We are hoping, at a minimum, the Court will order the Secretary of State to count Libertarian straight ticket votes as votes for our presidential electors and Judge Gray.
I can´t begin to describe the commitments so many Libertarian activists have made, in time and money, to fight this attempt by the State and the Republican Party to strip the Libertarian Party of Michigan of its ballot status. Generous Michigan donors contributed to cover the initial attorneys fees in the Eastern District case. Gary E. Johnson of Texas contributed $10,000 to help us out in his case. The Governor Johnson campaign is paying the appeal costs and further litigation costs in the Western District case.
While we've already raised some additional funds, we're estimating the LPM will need to raise about $5,000 more to cover the additional attorneys fees and court costs in the two cases. I´m hoping you see the need and the urgency to stick it to the State by contributing now to support our efforts (under Comments enter: Ballot Status). We may not win our cases, but we sure have made life Hell for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. Governor Johnson and the liberty message are reaping publicity from our fight all across the country, with hundreds of news reports, including an article in the New York Times and stories on network news programs.
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Sign petition to get Johnson in debates
Be sure to go to this Website and sign the petition to enable Gary Johnson to participate in the presidential debates: http://www.lp.org/blogs/staff/sign-the-petition-to-include-libertarian-for-president-gov-gary-johnson-in-debates
C4L Hog Roast in Westland
On September 22, the Michigan Campaign for Liberty Hog sponsored a hog and lamb roast at The Token Lounge, in Westland. LP vice presidential candidate James P. Gray came into town, and along with several Michigan candidates, mixed it up with the west-side community. A collage: -->
Courtesy Alex Witoslavski
Recently, Ralph Nader referred to President Obama as a war criminal. There goes the peace vote? The image does appear to present a one-sided negative impression of the Democratic president—who is known to personally direct military and CIA drones to their homocidal targets in Afghanistan, Pakistan and basically any other country he damned well chooses... until one realizes that Republican Romney and his gang constantly chide the president for 'not doing enough' along these lines.
Take a stroll down memory lane with this excerpt from one of the longest-running state Libertarian newsletters. Today, check out the September-October issue 2004. Click on this link for the full PDF version of this newsletter.
Former editor and LPM archivist Greg Stempfle has compiled the entire body of available Michigan Libertarian newsletters up on this page of the LPM Website.
Believe it sports fans, you’ll never see another character in movies like the amazing Hannah Jelkes. She’s a female Jesus and Buddha rolled into one; people can construct entire spiritual philosophies from her sequences. Seriously, Deborah Kerr as Hanna is perhaps, in film history, the most salient... [Full Review]
All of the Little Boy Truths integrate with 9/11 and the others, providing a consistent ‘new paradigm’ of politics that makes sense for our species to be moving toward. In the foreword I state: “Along with my Coffee Coaster site, I have authored several books with libertarian and human interest content. My goal has been to elevate the simple nonaggression principle to the highest moral standard in society. In pursuit of that goal I have come to see spiritual awareness as integral to realization of a free society—with journalistic truth as the sine qua non, even the prime mover, of that enlightenment.” The hard fact is our country cannot survive wars of conquest based on lies; torture, mass murder, and extrajudicial killings as official policy; horrific state crimes w/o prosecution… [Full Review]
The Michigan Libertarian is published/posted on the first of each month. Send calendar events and news/articles to email@example.com by the 25th of the prior month. The Michigan Libertarian is one of the longest-running Libertarian newsletters in the country, debuting in 1973 shortly after the founding of the Libertarian Party of Michigan. The "new" Michigan Libertarian (a predominantly online version) debuted on August 1, 2009 and replaced the weekly LPMOnline and the printed-and-mailed ML. We will post the newsletter on the Website and deliver via email on the first of every month. A printed version of the new Michigan Libertarian will be sent free to anyone who signs up, which you may do at the LPM web site www.mi.lp.org (or www.michiganlp.org).
LPM members who need a hard copy may request one be mailed to them by contacting