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NEW MEXICO LIBERTY

“Let Freedom Ring”


The Official Newsletter of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico

March 2010 http://lpnm.us v.2.2 N.19

Table of Contents Notes from the Editor


by Mike Blessing
[ mikewb1971@gmail.com /
Page 1 Libertarian Media from New Mexico mikewb1971.xanga.com ]
Notes from the Editor by Mike Blessing
Page 2 Events at a Glance
LPNM 2010 Annual State Convention
The LPNM's Candidates
Page 3 Voice of the Chair by Jay Vandersloot Theme We Need MORE Unemployment . . . Among
Upcoming Conventions / Ballot Access Drive Incumbent Politicians
Page 4 Our Weapon is Our Refusal: The Articles of Venue Quarters BBQ
Freedom 3700 Ellison Dr. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
by Elisheva Levin mapquest.com/mq/3-CADSxqDmGNcLjJ_QB_tk
Page 5 Are temporary, regressive tax hikes the Contact Jay Vandersloot
best we can do? 505-362-1733 / jayvandersloot@yahoo.com
by Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande
Friday, April 16, 2010: Although there is no formal program for
Foundation Friday evening, for anyone wanting to arrive early, the early birds
Page 6 Contacts / Internet ResourcesThe will gather in the Quarters BBQ bar area at about 6:00 PM for an
informal dinner/discussion – No-host, pay-as-you-go, dinner,
Page 7 Administrivia cocktails, and networking.
The Unanimous Consent Challenge Saturday, April 17, 2010
Page 8 Enrollment / Renewal Form 11:00 AM Registration and pay-as-you-go lunch, order off the
menu – Ø25 per person, to include dinner in the
Libertarian Media from New Mexico evening
(not necessarily endorsed by LPNM)
1:00 PMx LPNM Business Meeting [no charge for anyone
Hemp TV – Tuesdays at 7PM attending ONLY the business meeting]
myspace.com/nmhemptv • All who are registered with NM as Libertarians
can vote during nominations for public office.
The One Party State – Wednesdays 11PM
Table of Contents

Only Caucus Members can vote during LPNM


Page 1


• Contact Lance Klafeta [ lklafeta@yahoo.com ] for details
Notes from the Editor

business and internal LPNM elections


Page 2 – Events at a Glance

• Visitors do not vote in any actions or activities


Page 3 – Voice of the Chair by Ken Cavanaugh

Reeferhead – Saturdays at 6PM


Petition gathering to regain Minor Paty Status

Page 4 – The Next Best Thing to Coulter by L. Neil Smith

Central Committee meeting after close of the


From The Libertarian Enterprise

Page 5 – Federal judge rules police


cannot detain people for
openly carrying guns myspace.com/reeferheadtv •
Page 6
LPNM Business Meeting
• The Fringe Element
Reforms can cut costs, improve public safety by Paul Gessing

3:00 PMx Elisheva Levin, Candidate for State Representative,


From the Rio Grande Foundation

• thefringeelement.net / postpubco.com District 22 ragamuffinstudies.blogspot.com


A Little Gun History

Page 7 – Contacts / Internet Resources

Page 8

• Administrivia
4:00 PMx Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Vice-Presidential nominee
• The Unanimous Consent Challenge
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NEW MEXICO LIBERTY?
Page 9 – Enrollment / Renewal Form

5:00 PMx Break [so Quarters can prepare for the dinner]
Page 10 – Authorization for Automatic Transfers

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CONTACT THE EDITOR OR 5:30 PMx Dinner [included in the registration fee]
Speaking Freely
hosted by Paul Gessing and Jim Scarantino
Saturdays 9 – 10 AM on KJOY 1550 AM
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tinyurl.com/dcnpwm

Hemp TV – Tuesdays at 7PM


myspace.com/nmhemptv

SEE PAGE 7 FOR DETAILS Family-style – includes BBQ chicken, ribs, sliced beef
brisket, sliced pork brisket, hot links, with various
The One Party State – Wednesdays 11PM
Contact Lance Klafeta

EMAIL mikewb1971@gmail.com
[ lklafeta@yahoo.com ] for details

Reeferhead – Saturdays at 6PM

sides, and includes your choice of iced tea, coffee, or


myspace.com/reeferheadtv

The Fringe Element


thefringeelement.net / postpubco.com

soda [other beverages are pay-as-you-go].


The Law by Frederic Bastiat 7:30 PMx Keynote Speaker – Adam Kokesh [Candidate for
Congress from District 3] – kokeshforcongress.com
See these pages – We Need MORE Unemployment . . . Among
bastiat.org/en/the_law.html Incumbent Politicians

jpfo.org/articles-assd/bastiat-the-law.htm 8:30 PMx LPNM Fundraiser Auction [Bring items to donate]


9:00 PMx Convention [and Quarters] closes
Also in PDF form –
jpfo.org/pdf02/bastiat-thelaw-2008.pdf
New Mexico Liberty – March 2010 – Page 1
Events at a Glance +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Bernalillo County – The BCLP stages one no-host dinner meeting The LPNM's Candidates
per month, on Thursday, 4 March, 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Fiesta's
Restaurant & Lounge (Carlisle & Montogomery NE). Contact Mike U.S. House of Representatives, District 0
Blessing for details [ mikewb1971@gmail.com / 505-515-7015 ], or Mike Blessing – myspace.com/mikeblessing_2010
see the BCLP website – lpnm.us/bernalillo.
State Legislature
Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation hosts the Albuquerque
meeting of Liberty on the Rocks on 18 March from 5 PM to 7 PM State Representative, District 11
at the Independence Grill on Montgomery Blvd NE (just west of Eric Pino – epelsewhere@gmail.com
Louisiana – see abqburger.com for a map) in Albuquerque. Liberty State Representative, District 16
on the Rocks is a no-host supper club featuring speakers of the Mike Blessing – mikewb1971.xanga.com
limited-government, fiscal-responsiblity, individual-rights
persuasion, See riograndefoundation.org for details. State Representative, District 22
Elisheva Levin – ragamuffinstudies.blogspot.com
Precinct 553 Chair Elisheva Levin, is considering a run for State
Representative, District 22. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
See kcufmedia.xanga.com for more information concerning The Other Groups to Network With, and Their Events
Weekly Sedition and New Mexico's Consumer Advocate.
Friends of Capitalism – Tuesday, 9 March 2010, at 5:00 PM at the
Dona Ana County – The Dona Ana County LP Convention took Rio Chama Steakhouse – 414 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe.
place on 20 February 2010. New LPDAC officers were selected – Featured speaker – Jim Scarantino of New Mexico WatchDog.
County Chair John Ennis friendsofcapitalism.com / newmexico.watchdog.com
County Vice Chair Martha Gose Albuquerque Tea Party Meet-and-Greet
County Secretary-Treasurer Bonnie Ennis Friday, 5 March 2010 at the Albuquerque Convention Center
The next scheduled Central Committee meeting is August 14, 2010 New Mexico Patriot Alliance Meetings
time and place to be annnounced. Any county Libertarian wanting See nmpatriots.us for details
support in running for political office or having party or political
issues that they wish the county party to address prior to then can Las Cruces – Friday, 5 March 2010 at 6:30 PM at La Fuente
call a meeting of the County Central Committee by gaining the Restaurant, 1710 S. Espina St.
approval of at least half of the Committee members via email or Alamogordo – Saturday, 6 March 2010 at 12:00 noon at Our
phone request. Country Kitchen, 1201 New York Ave.
Please contact the chair or check the LPDAC website for more Ruidoso – Saturday, 6 March 2010 at 6:00 PM at Hotel Ruidoso,
information – 110 Chase St.
lpdacnm@lpnm.us / 575-541-9079 / lpnm.us/dona-ana. Alto – Sunday, 7 March 2010 at 11:00 AM at the home of Marvin &
Congressional District 3 – Adam Kokesh, while running under the Millie Woods, 238 Santiago Circle
GOP banner, is a Life Member of the LP and is a hard-core Albuquerque – Thursday, 11 March 2010 at 6:30 PM at 66 Diner,
advocate of libertarian principles. 1405 Central Ave. NE
See kokeshforcongress.com for more. Rio Grande Foundation
See riograndefoundation.org for details
Congressional District 3 includes, but is not limited to, Sandoval,
San Juan, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Roosevelt, Colfax, Rio Arriba and Quarterly Luncheon featuring Joe the Plumber
Taos Counties. Thursday, 18 March 2010 at 12:00 noon
"If Obama is elected he will 'put the middle class through the
If you live in a county with an inactive affiliate and want wringer'."
to get involved, contact the county chair. See Page 6 for – Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacker AKA Joe the Plumber
a list of county chairs, campus contacts and Central Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North, Yucatan Ballroom
Committee members. 5151 San Francisco Road NE (just west of I-25, off of Jefferson)
Special Events Admission
Ø35 prepaid reservation on or before March 11
2010 Annual State Convention Ø40 reservation after March 11
The 2010 LPNM State Convention is scheduled for Saturday, 17 To RSVP and make payment please contact us at
April 2010 at the Quarters BBQ at 3700 Ellison Dr NW in riograndefoundation.org/rsvp or call 505-301-9953
Albuquerque from 11 AM to 9 PM. Tentative speakers include
Adam Kokesh, candidate for U.S. Congress in District 3. Liberty on the Rocks
An Informal Gathering for the Cause of Liberty
2010 Libertarian Party National Convention Thursday, 18 March 2010 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The LP's National Convention will take place in St. Louis, Missouri, Join us on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except December)
over Memorial Day weekend in 2010 (29 – 31 May 2010) at the
Renaissance Grand Hotel [ tinyurl.com/2zmnnq ]. For those not No-Host Happy Hour – Ø1 off Drinks and Meals
able to afford high-priced lodging and amenities, long-time Compliments of Independence Grill – 6910 Montgomery Blvd. NE,
Libertarian and St. Louis resident Tom Knapp has put together St. Albuquerque
Louis On The Cheap, an online guide to inexpensive lodging, Featuring a Guest Speaker on Specific Topic at 5:45 PM
dining, attractions and transportation – stl.onthecheap.info. Followed by Q&A, Discussion Teasers and a Call to Action
Ø25 Gift Certificate Drawing (at 6:30PM)

New Mexico Liberty – March 2010 – Page 2


Voice of the Chair "Throughout the centuries, there were men who
took first steps, down new roads, armed with
by Jay Vandersloot nothing but their own vision."
– Ayn Rand, novelist
[ yprocrastinate-emailme@yahoo.com ]

Upcoming Conventions At best, life was difficult, and everyone had to fend for themselves.
Businesses and individuals had to pay their debts or file for
In the last few months I’ve written a lot on upcoming conventions.
bankruptcy. There was no federal bailout for the drilling contractors
This month is no exception.
that we were associated with, and for individuals, mortgage and
As I wrote last month, our LPNM Annual State Convention is debt restructuring was rare. We understood the proverb that says
coming up on Saturday, April 17th (see elsewhere in this newsletter the borrower is always the slave to the lender, even if the situation
for the description of the convention). This convention is where we is out of your control.
will be selecting our delegates to the LP National Convention which
Sam and I quickly realized that in order to survive, we would have
will be taking place at the end of May, over the Memorial Day
to take menial jobs. We absolutely refused government assistance
weekend.
in all forms. Later, when Sam was called back to the rig, he made a
• If you are at all interested in the future of the Libertarian Party, commitment to work every time they needed him, even if it meant
you need to be a delegate to that convention being home less than a day. He traveled to four continents as well
as Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico in order to work.
• If you are happy with the current LP National Committee
officers, then you need to be a delegate to that convention. People keep screaming that the government should do more.
However, what they do not realize is that the more we are given,
• If you are NOT happy with the current LP National Committee the more we expect. Too much help can create helplessness and
officers, then you need to be a delegate to that convention. hopelessness because being permanently dependent on the
Bottom line is that if you will be able to attend the LP National government stunts a person's ability to become self-reliant. I can
Convention in St. Louis, we need YOU as one of our delegates. If promise you that nothing feels better than triumphing over adversity
you are not sure whether you will be able, then we need you to using nothing but your own determination.
consider at least being an alternate delegate. In August of 1986, I sat alone in our tiny apartment. I thought about
If you are interested in being a delegate or an alternate delegate, or our situation, and realized that if we couldn't be content and move
even is you are not sure, but MIGHT be interested, email me at my forward that day, we never would. So, we moved forward and
email at the top of this column and let me know, so we can be sure people consider us just lucky. Nothing could be further from the
to include your name when we are selecting the delegates and truth.
alternates.
Look next month for information on the specifics about the LP
National Convention. Again, it will be in St. Louis, over the
Memorial Day weekend, so mark your calendar for that last
weekend in May.

While I normally write a longer article, this month let me


relinquish some of my space to include an article by Connie
Sirman on the importance of not becoming a dependent of the
government, always looking for others to provide for our
needs, when we should do what we can to take care of our
own needs, without having the government rob the taxpayers
to support us.
Memories of the Oil Bust
by Connie Sirman
Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Liberty – March 2010 – Page 3
While thousands of people are clamoring for more assistance and
attention from the government to help them survive, I am reminded
of how we endured without the government during the economic
death spiral, known as The Oil Bust.
When Sam and I married in 1983, the national unemployment rate
was over 10%, and the job losses in the oil patch were staggering.
The U.S. rig count went from 4,530 in 1981 to 663 in 1986 causing
thousands of petroleum related jobs to vanish. Houston led the way
with a devastating loss of 250,000 jobs, creating a 16% foreclosure
rate of the housing stock. The fear of layoffs created concerns
regarding the fate of our homes, cars and furniture.
In 1986, after a string of mini-layoffs, Sam’s rig permanently
stacked in the shipyard, and he lost his job. This event created a
loss of financial security and increased our despair. Our living
situation was reduced from a three bedroom house to a 300 square
foot apartment, and every day the mail delivered another bill that
we couldn't pay.
Although the delegates County Contacts
do not expect compliance from our servant
Our Weapon is Our Refusal: government, this is a necessary step in documenting the abuses of
The Articles of Freedom power that– lpnm.us/bernalillo
Bernalillo these Constitutional violations represent. We have
by Elisheva Levin petitioned
Mike Blessingfor redress of our grievances,
– 505-918-6567 and the violations to the
/ mikewb1971@gmail.com
[ elisheva@elishevalevin.com ] Constitution and our rights and have been ignored. Now we will tell
A New Mexico Delegate to CC2009 the federal government how we want those violations to cease, and
Colfax
our rights to be restored.
Richard Moore – 575-377-6849 / myliberty@mail.com
Our weapon is our refusal: our refusal to bow to any order but our The Articles of Freedom also are intended to inspire a mass
own – any institution but our own.'' – Michael Collins movement
Dona Ana –oflpnm.us/dona-ana
the People who respect the Constitution and wish to
see it restored.
Siebert To that end, the
Ickler – 575-541-9079 closing sections include a Call to
/ lpdacnm@lpnm.us
“What does a free people do?” What does a free people do when Nationwide Civic Action by the People, stating in part:
repeated petitions for redress of grievance are met with repeated Lea
injury? In November 2009, delegates from each of 48 states met in When a goodly number of millions of American people
Christina Groth – 575-397-9366
Continental Congress to discuss, deliberate, and to return with an agree, we will withdraw our financial support from the
answer to this question. federal government, in a lawful and constitutional manner,
Lincoln
and implement other responsible civic actions, until all
For most of the past two decades, Bob Schulz of the We the Richard Obergfell – 575-378-8025 / lplcnm@valornet.com
violations of the Constitution for the United States of
People Foundation and We the People Congress, with the help of America CEASE.
many dedicated patriots, has engaged in formulating and serving Los Alamos
(Articles of Freedom, Christmas Eve “miracle version,”
each of the branches of the federal government with petitions for Allen Cogbill – 505-662-7833 / acogbill@geopotential.com
p. 61)
Redress of Grievances. This capstone First Amendment Right to
Petition is well established in the English Common Law, appears in This
Lunais followed by a pledge that the delegates signed, and that is
the Magna Carta, and is discussed in the writings of the Founders, available for your
Marilyn Steffen signature online
– 575-531-2556 at tinyurl.com/aof-declaration.
/ b_lamont5@hotmail.com
as well as in various state constitutions. The Magna Carta declares You may also read and download the entire document in pdf at the
that any petition by a citizen to his government requires a response. same location.
Otero – lpnm.us/otero
The petitioner does not have the right to a specific answer, but the Gilberto
In signingHeredia – 575-439-8234
the pledge, / thrill@zianet.com
you are agreeing to becoming more than a
petition must be answered. The Magna Carta states that an answer “sunshine patriot and a summer soldier”; you are agreeing to take
to a Petition for Redress must be made within forty days or the Roosevelt
actions that signify your withdrawal of support to a government that
petitioners may take any action necessary, up to and including war Ken overstepped
has Sanders – 505-749-2085
its mandate and has violated your rights. These
against the king, in order to force a response. The right to Petition actions will begin at such time as “a goodly number of millions of
is that important. San Juan
people” – sjclp.org
have signed the document, so that no one will stand alone
Each of the We the People Petitions for Redress addressed a Gary
in Wood
these – zang5775@msn.com
actions and the consequences thereof. For make no
specific violation to the Constitution of the United States by at least mistake, history shows that every act of civil disobedience has first
one branch of the federal government. Among the many petitions Sandoval
been met with further force.
served on the federal government are those related to the Federal Ron Bjornstad – 505-288-4228 / rbjornstad@earthlink.net
The time for petitions is past. The time to restore the Republic is
Income Tax, the Federal Reserve, and the USA Patriot Act. The upon
federal government has refused to respond to any of the many Santaus.
Fe Your Continental Congress has deliberated and returned
to
Ed you
Nagelthese remedial instructions
– 505-471-6928 to the government and these
/ ed123nagel@aol.com
Petitions for Redress served by We the People. Through this recommendations for civic action. The recommendations can be
process of formal Petitions for Redress, We the People has summed up as a refusal to continue to support tyranny. Our
therefore established a substantial record of this refusal, and it has Valencia
Constitution is the statement of our lawful order and our institutions.
become clear that our petitions will not be heard and that all of our Abran
We mustGabaldon
proceed– to505-864-6870
protect and /defend
abran_d@yahoo.com
it. It is our refusal to bow
petitions are only met with further injury to the Constitution and to down to tyranny; our refusal to support a government out of
our liberty. Therefore, through the We the People Congress, a control. Our refusal is ourLPNM Vacancies
weapon.
Continental Congress was called to consider the next step in the
Are you a patriot? Prove it. Sign the Articles
restoration of Constitutional governance to the United States. Central Committee (1)of Freedom and join in
Nationwide Civic Action. In April we will serve representatives of
The stated purpose of Continental Congress 2009 was to gather a Districtwith
our servant government 3 Representative,
the Articles of Seat A
Freedom. Crisis Patriots
body of delegates, elected by supporters of the Constitution in their and Winter Soldiers will be there to give their refusal to tyranny.
respective states, in order to consider the actions of the federal County Contacts (20)
government with respect to several of the formal Petitions for [ On Monday, 19 April 2010 (tentative date), the New Mexico Patriot
Redress. The Congress had these specific tasks: 1) to document Alliance plans
Catron to deliver
/ Chaves Articles
/ Cibola of Freedom
/ Curry / De Baca to/ all
EddyU.S. Senators,
/ Grant
the violations of the Constitution related to the Petitions; 2) to Congressmen
Guadalupeand/ Harding
State Legislators.
/ Hidalgo /For more about
McKinley / Morathe Articles of
/ Quay
compose remedial instructions for the federal government as well Freedom,
Rio Arriba /see
San the
Migueldedicated pages at
/ Sierra / Socorro the / Torrance
/ Taos CC2009 / siteUnion–
as to the governments of the respective states; and 3) to develop cc2009.us/aof – or download the entire document –
suggested civic actions that a mass movement of at least 5% of the tinyurl.com/yayswmc. –College
MWB ] Contacts (3)
people can take in order to return the federal government to its
Constitutionally mandated limits of power. The written results were Eastern New Mexico University (Portales)
to be gathered into a document, now called the Articles of New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)
Freedom, which would, together with a plan of action, be used to New Mexico Tech (Socorro)
gather that mass movement. All of this was accomplished at St. University of New Mexico (Various Campuses)
Charles, Illinois, last November, and most of the delegates signed Western New Mexico University (Silver City)
the Articles on the evening of November 21, 2009.
The Articles of Freedom represent that Next Step for a Free Contact the state chair if you're interested in filling a slot.
People. They represent the intention of a goodly number of the If you don't, who will?
people to be done with petitions and proceed to the step of giving
our servant government instructions on how to place itself back
under the rule of the Constitution, the highest Law of the Land.

New
NewMexico
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Liberty, Opportunity, Prosperity For starters, Rep. Gail Chasey's office told callers it was going to
bring in security because callers to her office said they were going
to make posters critical of her position on same-day voter
Voter Discontent Building in NM registration. In a separate instance, Speaker Ben Lujan left a
By Paul J. Gessing committee hearing because it was being recorded by Tea Party
[ pgessing@riograndefoundation.org ] monitors. Though Lujan left, citizens opposed to high taxes and
3 March 2010 – tinyurl.com/ykqcqua runaway spending held their ground, and returned day after day
Originally run in the Albuquerque Journal without break.
The House in particular should recognize that change is in the air.
After 30 days in Santa Fe, the one thing the Legislature was Just as the phenomena of Barack Obama swept "progressive"
charged with doing – passing a balanced budget – was left Democrats into power in 2008, another wave is building in the
undone. It wasn't entirely their fault. Gov. Bill Richardson hit them deep currents of public opinion. This time we could easily see a
with a long list of non-budget proposals — everything from gay wave of anti-tax sentiment sweep out of office those who defend
marriage to embryonic stem cell research. They became bloated government and vote for more taxes. This purging tide
distracted and failed to address the difficult and critical task of may be just as powerful as the tide so-called progressives rode
closing the state's $500 million to $600 million budget deficit. into office 16 months ago.

That said, not all the blame for the special session – or the sorry Paul Gessing is the president of New Mexico's Rio Grande
state of the budget debate in Santa Fe – goes to the executive Foundation. The Rio Grande Foundation is an independent, non-
branch. The House of Representatives refused to reduce partisan, tax-exempt research and educational organization
spending in order to pass a balanced budget. Instead, the House dedicated to promoting prosperity for New Mexico based on
passed a slew of anti-growth tax hikes that would have raised principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual
taxes by $400 million. responsibility.
To keep spending at unsustainable levels, the House voted to
raise the gross receipts tax rate statewide by half a cent,
increasing the state income tax by 10 percent for couples making
over $200,000, eliminating an income tax deduction for payment
of federal income taxes available to New Mexico residents who
itemize returns, and requiring companies to withhold taxes on out-
of-state individuals who earn income in New Mexico, but don't
currently pay taxes on those earnings. The House barely found
the stomach to cut spending at all in its $5.6 billion budget, but
rolled out plans to increase New Mexicans' tax burdens by 6
percent in the toughest economy in generations. New Mexico Liberty – March 2010 – Page 5
The more fiscally conservative Senate did not embrace the
economy-harming tax hikes passed in the House. The Senate
would have cut spending by about 3 percent while forcing
consumers to pay higher gross receipts taxes on certain food
items and a regressive, $1 per pack tax hike on cigarettes.
This train wreck produced not a budget, but a special session at
$50,000 a day. Little in the way of agreement is on the horizon,
while a lame-duck governor (who once labeled himself a "tax-
cutter") tries to shove the House budget down New Mexican
throats.
House members should duly note that Richardson does not face
re-election. On the other hand, all 72 members of the House must
face the voters in November at a time when the mood in New
Mexico has turned against higher taxes and big government.
State representatives who vote for irresponsible tax hikes will face
an unprecedented level of scrutiny and electoral opposition.
Aside from the budgetary fiasco, the untold story of the 2010
legislative session is the presence of a new breed of citizen
lobbyist in Santa Fe. Past sessions saw government employees
and others looking for more government spending show up in
Santa Fe with their hands out. This year, members of various
statewide Tea Parties were actively involved in the legislative
process. They made their presence known, every day, in the
committee rooms and on the Internet.
This did not always sit well with those who are used to controlling
the process in Santa Fe with only a few familiar and friendly
observers. But these new citizen activists can be proud that they
made a positive difference.
LPNM Central Committee County
County Contacts
Contacts
Chair Bernalillo
Bernalillo –– lpnm.us/bernalillo
lpnm.us/bernalillo
Jay Vandersloot – 505-362-1733 / jayvandersloot@yahoo.com Mike
Mike Blessing
Blessing –– 505-515-7015
505-515-7015 // mikewb1971@gmail.com
mikewb1971@gmail.com
Vice Chair Colfax
Colfax
VACANT Richard
Richard Moore
Moore –– 575-377-6849
575-377-6849 // myliberty@mail.com
myliberty@mail.com
Secretary Dona
Dona Ana
Ana –– lpnm.us/dona-ana
lpnm.us/dona-ana
Siebert Ickler – 575-541-9079 / lpdacnm@lpnm.us John
Siebert
Ennis
Ickler
– 575-571-6881
– 575-541-9079
/ johnennis2@gmail.com
/ lpdacnm@lpnm.us
Treasurer Lea
Lea
VACANT Christina
Christina Groth
Groth –– 575-397-9366
575-397-9366
At-Large Representative, Seat A Lincoln
Lincoln
Allen Cogbill – 505-662-7833 / acogbill@geopotential.com Richard
Richard Obergfell
Obergfell –– 575-378-8025
575-378-8025 // lplcnm@valornet.com
lplcnm@valornet.com
At-Large Representative, Seat B Los
Los Alamos
Alamos
Attila Csanyi – 505-286-7861 / drcsanyi@yahoo.com Allen
Allen Cogbill
Cogbill –– 505-662-7833
505-662-7833 // acogbill@geopotential.com
acogbill@geopotential.com
District 1 Representative, Seat A Luna
Luna
Mike Blessing – 505-515-7015 / mikewb1971@gmail.com Marilyn
Marilyn Steffen
Steffen –– 575-531-2556
575-531-2556 // b_lamont5@hotmail.com
b_lamont5@hotmail.com
District 1 Representative, Seat B Otero
Otero –– lpnm.us/otero
lpnm.us/otero
Bob Finch – 765-412-2374 / nmlibertarian@gmail.com Gilberto
Gilberto Heredia
Heredia –– 575-439-8234
575-439-8234 // thrill@zianet.com
thrill@zianet.com
District 2 Representative, Seat A Rio
Rio Arriba
Arriba
Gilberto Heredia – 575-439-8234 / thrill@zianet.com Lynette
Lynette Cannon
Cannon –– 575-756-1511
575-756-1511 // kevincannon55@msn.com
kevincannon55@msn.com
District 2 Representative, Seat B Roosevelt
Roosevelt
VACANT Ken
Ken Sanders
Sanders –– 575-749-2085
575-749-2085
District 3 Representative, Seat A San
San Juan
Juan –– sjclp.org
sjclp.org
Ron Bjornstad – 505-891-4541 / rbjornstad@earthlink.net Gary
Gary Wood
Wood –– zang5775@msn.com
zang5775@msn.com
District 3 Representative, Seat B Sandoval
Sandoval
Mike Moss – 505-564-4905 / mmoss@plumbersoft.com Ron
Ron Bjornstad
Bjornstad –– 505-288-4228
505-288-4228 // rbjornstad@earthlink.net
rbjornstad@earthlink.net
Membership Coordinator Taos
Taos
Ron Bjornstad – 505-288-4228 / rbjornstad@earthlink.net Lynette
Lynette Cannon
Cannon –– 575-756-1511
575-756-1511 // kevincannon55@msn.com
kevincannon55@msn.com
Press Secretary
Bill Koehler – 505-264-0835 / bkoehler8@comcast.net LPNM
LPNM Vacancies
Vacancies
Media Director Central Committee (3)
(2)
Bob Finch – 765-412-2374 / nmlibertarian@gmail.com Vice-Chair
Treasurer
District 2 Representative,
Treasurer Seat B
Campus Contacts District 2 Representative, Seat B
County Contacts (20)
Central New Mexico Community College [CNM] County Contacts (20)
groups.myspace.com/cnmlibertarians Catron / Chaves / Cibola / Curry / De Baca
Mike Blessing – 505-515-7015 / mikewb1971@gmail.com Eddy
Catron
/ Grant
/ Chaves
/ Guadalupe
/ Cibola // Harding
Curry / De
/ Hidalgo
Baca
McKinley
Eddy / Grant
/ Mora
/ Guadalupe
/ Quay / Santa
/ Harding
Fe / San
/ Hidalgo
Miguel
College of Santa Fe McKinley
Sierra / Socorro
/ Mora / /Quay
Torrance
/ Santa/ Union
Fe / San
/ Valencia
Miguel
Morgan Wells – mwells109@gmail.com Sierra / Socorro / Torrance / Union / Valencia
College Contacts (4)
College Contacts (4)
Internet Resources Eastern New Mexico University (Portales)
Eastern New Mexico University (Portales)
Official Website – lpnm.us New Mexico Tech (Socorro)
New Mexico Tech (Socorro)
LPNM Discussion – groups.yahoo.com/lpnm-discuss University of New Mexico (Various Campuses)
Open forum (unmoderated for the most part) University of New Mexico (Various Campuses)
Western New Mexico University (Silver City)
Blog – lpofnm.blogspot.com Western New Mexico University (Silver City)
Contact the state chair if you're interested
Facebook group – facebook.com/group.php?gid=20233114967 Contact the state chairaifslot.
in filling you're interested
in filling a slot.
Ning.com social utility – lpofnm.ning.com If you don't, who will?
If you don't, who will?
Myspace group – groups.myspace.com/lpnm

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