Reflections on 2018

Reflections on 2018

Happy New Years!

Happy New Years!

By Scotty Boman, Editorial

Link to January 2019 Michigan Libertarian

Another year has passed, but in many ways 2018 was different for the Libertarian Party of Michigan. Love it or hate it, this was the year that we played the game by the same rules as Democrats and Republicans (except for the hefty subsidizes that only the top two parties got). The high vote total earned by Gary Johnson and Bill Weld in 2016 invoked a clause in our bylaws that called for a special convention in anticipation of how state law would be treating us differently in the next election.

Thanks to the tireless research by Political Director Greg Stempfle we were able to approve a set of bylaws that were compatible with our new status. Since 2019 is an odd year, the bylaws will be up for revision. While setting a record for third party gubernatorial candidates in Michigan, the Gelineau-Thomas ticket did not receive enough votes to retain our special status. Thankfully the existing bylaws anticipated this possibility. We now have bylaws that seamlessly adapt to our change of status, and should we break that threshold again they will still be relevant. So we can take some of our experiences in applying the bylaws with us to the 2019 convention. There will probably be some changes but an overhaul isn’t required.

2018 was also the year that we learned we could survive and thrive as a major party. We were able to leverage our status for better recognition by the mainstream media. We had precinct delegates and county conventions. We matured structurally as an organization.

It is also the year that Marijuana became legal. I know there is a lot of unhappiness that this newly legalized product will continue to be taxed as are other legal products; but for the first time, without the need to pay a tax a person can have 10 ounces of marijuana on hand along with 12 plants, and risk no legal penalty. No taxes, fines, fees, jail time, or prison time. Previously ten ounces and a garden could easily lead to imprisonment. On the down side it’s only ten ounces.

Then that lame duck session. 2018 was the year that the Republican governor signed a bill into law that will censor what Michiganders can post on the internet. He also signed a bill to make the already herculean task of getting an initiative on the ballot even more difficult.

It is the year that we lost two fine activists: Edward Karpinski and Richard Gach.

Other voices

I asked visitors to the LPM Facebook page what they thought some of the more notable events in 2018 were and here are some of their responses:

Michigan had a big year with legalizing pot and our first Libertarian primary for governor – Abigail Ferguson


The Democrat party self destructing and paving the way for Libertarians to become the second party in our two party system. – Brian Haire


Trumps attacks on everyone in America except his friends, and his attacks on the free press. – Dean Rourk


In Michigan, there is an elected Drain Commissioner in Muskegon County who is being recalled for fraud. I’ve talked to family and it’s legit corruption. This is LP gold. – Jennifer Moore



  • Amash got re-elected
  • Recreational cannabis is legal in a couple more states – notably HERE – and a gray market is operating?
  • Ballot initiative in CO to legalize mushrooms


Bad news is that we now have to figure out how to government is going to try to control the gerrymandering proposal even more than they already do – not sure yet if that was truly a win for the people…  – Samantha Meurer


Pretty good showing at the polls! The message is getting out there. – Leon Hollowell


The good: Jobs came back, gas prices dropped, weed was legalized, gerrymandering was reigned in. The bad: officials acting criminally and not being punished, lack of transparency at all levels of government, over-regulation, and the disaster called health care. Goodbye 2018. – Rose DeJong


Libertarians in the News

We are destined to remember the most recent things, but I have compiled a table listing some of the coverage libertarians received in the news media. Happy New Year!

Michigan Libertarian News Makers of 2018

Title Media Date
Community leaders angry over decision to reinstate Detroit police corporal accused of punching woman News 4 WDIV 18-December
Public Safety, Personal Experiences Michigan Public Radio 28-November
Ballot Meridian 2018: Lisa Lane Gioia (LB) Michigan Attorney General HOM-TV Comcast 21 2-November
Meet the Candidates Stempfle (LIB – SOS) CMU PUBLIC TELEVISION (WCMU) 1-November
Public Safety, Personal Experiences Michigan Public Radio 28-October
Ballot Meridian 2018 General: State Board of Education Debate HOM-TV Comcast 21 26-October
Michigan election 2018: Here are your third-party options Detroit Free Press 23-October
Detroit should be its own county, Libertarian Bill Gelineau says at MLive citizen roundtable MLive 23-October
Dems look ready to flip U.S. Rep. Dave Trott’s suburban Detroit district Detroit Free Press 18-October
Ballot Meridian 2018: Scotty Boman (LB) State Board of Education HOM-TV Comcast 21 14-October
Sick of Democrats vs. Republicans? So are Michigan’s Libertarians, a party on the rise Metro Times 10-October
Scotty Boman For Michigan Board of Education Citizen Detroit 22-September
Libertarian candidate for governor still fighting for recognition in Michigan MLive 20-September
Libertarians Declare War On WDIV Gongwer News Service 19-September
Whitmer’s plan to fix Michigan roads could raise taxes MLive 17-September
The money Schuette wants to fix roads with may not exist MLive 17-September
Edward (Correct first name) W. Karpinski Obituary Detroit Free Press 8-September
To The Point: Libertarian gubernatorial candidates WOOD TV8 2-September
Libertarian candidates say Michigan voters are ‘ready for real solutions’ WXMI Fox17 News 2-September
Libertarians Nominate Statewide Candidates for General Election FOX 47 News WSYM-TV 28-August
Libertarians confirm nominations for statewide candidates WZZM 13 27-August
Libertarian candidate for governor announces running mate WZZM 13 23-August
Libertarian gubernatorial nominee announces running mate Michigan Radio NPR WUOM FM 23-August
Libertarian Gelineau announces running mate News 8 WOOD 22-August
Bill Gelineau announces Lt. Gov. pick UP Matters WJMN 22-August
Who is running for Michigan Secretary of State? Read about them here Detroit Free Press 20-August
Libertarian gubernatorial candidate pushes for a seat at the table for third parties Michigan Radio NPR WUOM FM 18-August
Who’s on the general election ballot in Michigan’s Congressional districts MLive 8-August
Michigan Primary Election Preview Hillsdale Daily News 4-August
Two candidates face off in historic Libertarian primary The Detroit News 4-August
Spotlight on the News: Why these Libertarian candidates want to be Michigan governor WXYZ News 7 27-July
Where they stand: Michigan governor candidates on jobs and the economy Bridge Magazine 27-July
Let It Rip Weekend: Libertarian candidates debate Fox2 WJBK 22-July
Legalizing recreational marijuana divides candidates for Michigan’s next governor Michigan Radio NPR WUOM FM 19-July
First-ever primary ballot puts Michigan Libertarian Party in uncharted territory MLive 18-July
Libertarian candidates for governor debate at WOOD WOOD News 8 15-July
Off the Record with Tim Skubick WKAR 15-July
Libertarian candidates for governor to debate ahead of primary WNMU-FM 11-July
Libertarian candidates for governor to debate ahead of primary WEMU 11-July
Primary first: Libertarians on ballot for MI governor WOOD News 8 10-July
Libertarian candidates for governor to debate ahead of primary Michigan Radio 91.1 FM Flint 10-July
Libertarian candidates for governor to debate ahead of primary WGVU 10-July
Skubick: Longshot candidates stay on the campaign trail WLNS – TV6 26-June
Two Michigan Libertarian governor candidates walk into a bar… Bridge Magazine 15-June
Redford’s Tatar Making Bid For Governor’s Office As Libertarian The Redford Sentinel 11-June
Look out for this wild card in Michigan’s midterm election Detroit Free Press 10-June
Out of the Blocks (Episode: Detroit: MorningSide, part 1. Faith not tested…) WYPR NPR News Station in Maryland, 88.1 FM 5-June
Protesting son of former Royal Oak mayor arrested at police run event The Oakland Press 4-June
Congressional candidate arrested at police run in Royal Oak Detroit Free Press 3-June
Man arrested for protesting ‘police violence’ during Royal Oak police charity event WXYZ News 7 2-June
A Libertarian primary for the first time in Michigan history Michigan Radio 21-May
Here’s who’s running to be Michigan’s next governor The Detroit News 21-May
Lamonte joins field for State Senate seat. Candidates file for 2018 elections Ludington Daily News 14-May
Nassar scandal drives interest in Michigan State University board election Lansing State Journal 14-May
Fruitport’s Colonel Max Riekse… Runs for State Senate Fruitport Area News 1-May
Nearly 1,000 Michigan candidates file for 2018 election Detroit News 24-April
Nine candidates file to run for Michigan’s governor Bridge Magazine 24-April
Names you’ll see on Michigan primary ballots in August Detroit Free Press 24-April
These 9 candidates will be competing in Michigan’s gubernatorial primary MLive 24-April
Libertarian Candidate for US Senate Seeking to Arm the Homeless Truth In Media 16-March
The Senate Candidate Who Wants to Arm the Homeless Explains Himself Vice Media 16-March
Arm homeless with shotguns to reduce crime, US Senate hopeful says Fox News 16-March
Senate candidate wants to arm the homeless Fox2 Detroit WJBK 14-March
Michigan governor’s race: 14 candidates aiming to replace Rick Snyder Detroit Free Press 2-February
Richard Gach Obituary The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press 13-January

Link to January 2019 Michigan Libertarian