Schauer Still Has No Plan to Continue Michigan’s Comeback

Schauer Still Has No Plan to Continue Michigan’s Comeback

LANSING, Mich., April 17, 2014 – New figures released yesterday showed the seventh-consecutive monthly drop in Michigan’s unemployment rate, down to its lowest level in six years. Month after month, Michigan families continue to wait for Mark Schauer’s economic plan.

“Thanks to Governor Snyder, our labor force is growing and unemployment is dropping – signs that we’re making a comeback,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Governor Snyder also knows the work is not yet over, which is why he has a solid plan to keep Michigan moving forward. This stands in stark contrast with Democrat Mark Schauer, who has no plan for Michigan’s economy. Without a plan, Mark Schauer would drag us back to the Lost Decade he helped create.”

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Schauer Still Missing Plan for Education

Schauer Still Missing Plan for Education

LANSING, Mich., April 16, 2014– In response to Mark Schauer’s release of a six-page education document this morning, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today we learned Mark Schauer still has no plan and is trying to hide that fact with smoke and mirrors. Mark Schauer’s education ‘priorities’ involve no numbers or policy proposals indicating how he would continue improving Michigan education. Thankfully, Governor Snyder has a real plan to move Michigan forward, and we’re seeing it in action today.”

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Mark Schauer Has No Plan for Michigan Agriculture

Mark Schauer Has No Plan for Michigan Agriculture

LANSING, Mich., April 15, 2014– Governor Rick Snyder today received the endorsement of the Michigan Farm Bureau’s political action committee, AgriPac. During Governor Snyder’s first three years in office, Michigan agriculture – the state's second-largest industry – grew by $5 billion. Meanwhile, Mark Schauer has failed to mention any strategy to continue its growth.

“Mark Schauer has no plan for Michigan agriculture,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Governor Snyder has focused on this sector every year in office because he understands Michigan agriculture is a critical part of our comeback. Mark Schauer's missing plan on agriculture – among all other issues – doesn't provide our hardworking families with the confidence they need, and his failed Lost Decade gives us no reassurance he can continue moving our state forward.”

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MIGOP Statement on Tax Day 2014

MIGOP Statement on Tax Day 2014

LANSING, Mich., April 15, 2014– Today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement regarding Tax Day 2014:

“With another Tax Day upon us, Michigan residents find themselves giving up more of their hard-earned paychecks to fund the reckless spending habits of President Obama and Washington Democrats. Since Tax Day 2013, the federal debt has grown by over $7.5 billion. Michiganders have to work harder and pay more, simply because Democrats prefer to spend money they don’t have. Our families understand how household budgets work, so why don’t Gary Peters and his liberal allies like Harry Reid?

“We deserve better. Right here in Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder led the way to eliminate the job-killing Michigan Business Tax, paid down long-term debt and every year has passed a balanced budget months ahead of schedule. Michigan also ranks first in the country for recovering the most from the Great Recession.

“Today, we’re reminded how far we’ve come since Democrats’ Lost Decade. Mark Schauer was notorious for supporting higher taxes, bigger spending and more regulations that held us down. Democrats are ‘not prepared’ for the job at hand, but we can keep Michigan moving forward by supporting Republicans this fall.”

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​Passover Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

Passover Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., April 14, 2014 – To honor the Jewish observance of Passover, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Passover is a time for families to reflect on the past, remembering the people of Israel in their struggle for freedom and the liberation they achieved. This special celebration unites those of Jewish faith and all those who value freedom. Our ancestors put their lives on the line in order for us to have the freedoms we enjoy today, and it’s a blessing we all can cherish. Chag sameach.”

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MIGOP Hosts National Day of Action

MIGOP Hosts National Day of Action

LANSING, Mich., April 12, 2014 – Today, the Michigan Republican Party is hosting its National Day of Action across the state. In response, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Michigan is moving forward under the leadership of Governor Snyder and our Republican-led legislature, and today’s National Day of Action is an important opportunity to highlight their successes. Our volunteers and precinct leaders are reaching out to form more relationships earlier than ever before. With added technology and a stronger bond with our communities, Republicans intend to continue Michigan’s comeback this fall.”

To sign up for the MI Team Dashboard, visit https://miteam.migop.org.

​Schostak Response to Sebelius Resignation

Schostak Response to Sebelius Resignation

LANSING, Mich., April 11, 2014 – In response to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation reinforces what Michigan families have known for years: Obamacare does not work. The Obama administration and Washington Democrats have been less than transparent throughout the failed healthcare rollout, even going as far as to sell us the ‘Lie of the Year.’

“As Gary Peters and Mark Schauer stand by their broken promises, Michigan families are wondering where they stand on Obamacare today. Secretary Sebelius’ resignation is a sign that even the biggest Obamacare advocates are not willing to see this through – which is why Republicans will continue to create solutions that work for everyone.”

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Mark Schauer Has No Plan to Prevent Another ‘Lost Decade’

Mark Schauer Has No Plan to Prevent Another ‘Lost Decade’

LANSING, Mich., April 10, 2014 –The Republican Governors Association yesterday  launched a new ad highlighting Mark Schauer's support for a water bottle excise tax in 2007. The bill received bipartisan criticism for being impractical and short-sighted.

“Mark Schauer's failed record and continued silence shows he has no plan to prevent another Lost Decade,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “When it comes down to it, Schauer is incapable of creating a long-term, viable plan to move Michigan forward. We've seen what happened under Mark Schauer's failed leadership during the Granholm era, and we have no indication he can do better this time around.”

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Mark Schauer Has No Plan to Create Jobs in Michigan

Mark Schauer Has No Plan to Create Jobs in Michigan

LANSING, Mich., April 9, 2014 – At the Society of Automotive Engineers' 2014 World Congress yesterday, Governor Snyder promoted Michigan’s comeback with the resurgence of the state’s economy and the auto industry. Since the Governor returned from his trade trip to Europe, Mark Schauer has remained silent on the ways he would bolster Michigan’s job growth.

“Mark Schauer has no plan to create jobs in Michigan,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “After the exciting announcement about voxeljet coming to Michigan and this week’s conference highlighting the growing opportunities in our state, it’s clear Governor Snyder knows what it takes to create a healthy, growing economy. Michigan is America’s comeback state, and Mark Schauer has no plans to continue our success.”

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​Statement on Rep. Dave Camp’s Decision not to Seek Re-election

Statement on Rep. Dave Camp’s Decision not to Seek Re-election

LANSING, Mich., March 31, 2014 – In response to U.S. Rep. Dave Camp’s decision not to seek re-election, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

"Chairman Camp has been a voice for Michigan families for many years, and I know he will continue to be a powerful advocate for our families and our party for years to come.

"I want to thank the Congressman for his years of dedicated service, and wish him well.

"We have a deep bench of leaders in our party who will continue Congressman Camp’s legacy of tirelessly working on behalf of Michigan families. I’m certain we will retain Congressman Camp’s seat this fall."

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Statement on Rep. Mike Rogers’ Decision Not to Seek Re-election

Statement on Rep. Mike Rogers’ Decision Not to Seek Re-election

LANSING, Mich., March 28, 2014 – In response to U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers’ decision not to seek re-election, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

"Chairman Rogers has been a leader for our party, our state and our country. Mike has the heart of a servant, and I'm certain we will continue working together to keep moving Michigan, and our country, forward. I want to thank the Congressman for his many years of service, and wish him well in this new path.

"I'm certain that with our deep bench of solid, principled, conservative leaders, we will retain Congressman Rogers’ seat this fall."

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Mark Schauer Has No Plan to Continue Michigan’s Comeback

Mark Schauer Has No Plan to Continue Michigan’s Comeback

LANSING, Mich., March 27, 2014 – New figures released yesterday showed another drop in Michigan’s unemployment rate, a sign that Governor Snyder’s leadership continues to move Michigan forward. With more than 250,000 new private sector jobs created and unemployment at its lowest point in six years, Michigan families have yet to hear what Democrat Mark Schauer would do differently to create jobs and grow the economy.

“Mark Schauer has no plan to continue Michigan’s comeback,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Schauer continues misleading families, when in reality we’re on the comeback from his Lost Decade with Governor Granholm – and the job creation numbers and improving business climate are proof. He refuses to compare our situation now versus then because he has no plan to do any better this time around.”

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Just Can’t Keep their Word: Obama Admin Issues Another O-care Delay

Just Can’t Keep their Word: Obama Admin Issues Another O-care Delay

LANSING, Mich., March 26, 2014 – The Obama administration last night issued another Obamacare-related delay, this time, to extend Obamacare’s open enrollment period past their already-delayed date of March 31, 2014. In response, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Our families have been let down by Obamacare so many times that delays have become the norm. Between this administration’s enrollment estimates, their ‘Lie of the Year’ and their reassurance to uphold the March 31 deadline, families have learned not to take their word at face value. Obamacare does not work, and President Obama needs to realize his signature legislation requires serious transformations, rather than piecemeal changes.”

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Four Years Later: Obamacare is Hurting our Families

Four Years Later: Obamacare is Hurting our Families

LANSING, Mich., March 24, 2014 – The Michigan Republican Party held a press call today, addressing the President’s broken health care law four years after it was signed into law. The call featured several families impacted by Obamacare, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land and Chairman Bobby Schostak.

“We were comforted knowing if we liked our plan, we could keep it – but we were one of the 225,000 families in Michigan who lost their coverage due to Obamacare. Because we now face a $10,200 out-of-pocket maximum per year, we have to sit back and hope that our children do not need medical care that is not related to their disabilities. What’s most disheartening to us is that we began to speak out about our concerns, and Harry Reid got up and said all the stories being told right now are lies. I’m here to tell you that our story is very true.”

– Melissa Davert, family hurt by Obamacare

“Obamacare does not work. I support policies that will provide real health care reform to lower costs, expand access and allow Michigan families to keep their plan and their doctor. As a mom, small business owner and public servant, I understand how the bad consequences of Obamacare affect folks’ everyday lives: families are losing their doctor, businesses are getting fines and paying high costs for compliance, and workers are seeing their hours cut and healthcare plans diminish. I support ideas like making healthcare plans affordable, dropping the barriers that prevent folks from purchasing coverage across state lines, increasing price transparency, and ensuring quality coverage for folks with preexisting conditions.”

– Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land

“Michigan families are worried about Obamacare because it’s putting our health and well-being in jeopardy. Gary Peters and Mark Schauer sold us the ‘Lie of the Year,’ telling us we could keep our plans when it just wasn’t true. It’s time to hold Democrats accountable and put our Obamacare pain behind us.”

– Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak

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Why is Schauer Rooting for Detroit to Fail?

Why is Schauer Rooting for Detroit to Fail?

LANSING, Mich., March 20, 2014 – Democratic candidate Mark Schauer criticized Detroit’s restructuring plan this week, saying he “would have used other tools […] to provide real support and a real plan for the city.” In other words, he hasn’t really thought about how he would help Detroit.

“Mark Schauer has no plan for Detroit, no plan for the economy and no plan for Michigan,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell. “His criticism of Detroit’s restructuring plan is irresponsible political pandering, it’s not a solution. Mark Schauer has no plan for Detroit, and that would drag America’s Comeback City backward rather than keep it moving forward. Mark Schauer would rather let Detroit fail than develop a real plan and make the tough decisions necessary to return it to glory.”

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Mark Schauer Has No Plan to Strengthen Michigan’s Economy

Mark Schauer Has No Plan to Strengthen Michigan’s Economy

LANSING, Mich., March 18, 2014 – With the Governor’s Economic Summit underway this week, families are seeing the positive impacts of Michigan’s comeback. Governor Snyder and regional leaders are providing updates on the state’s growing economy, but Democrat Mark Schauer remains silent on how he would continue to move Michigan forward.

“Mark Schauer has no plan to strengthen our economy,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “For 10 months, Schauer has criticized the Governor but has no clue as to what he’d do differently. His negative outlook on our state’s comeback isn’t consistent with the values of our families who no longer have to move out of state to find work, like many were forced to do during Mark Schauer’s Lost Decade.”

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​Following Suit: SEIU Violation Second Only to Schauer

Following Suit: SEIU Violation Second Only to Schauer


LANSING, Mich., March 10, 2014 – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced thesecond-largest campaign finance violation in Michigan’s history, attributed to the SEIU. Ironically, the violation is runner-up only to their union boss ally Mark Schauer, during his 2009 Senate campaign.

“Mark Schauer and his union boss buddies have shown their true colors with blatant disregard for Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act and the people of Michigan,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “While it’s bad enough gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer has no plan to lead Michigan, he also has a record of breaking the law – and so does a major union that endorsed him this year. Relationships like this are toxic for our state and will drag us back into the Lost Decade if the opportunity presents itself.”

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Mark Schauer Has No Plan for Michigan

Mark Schauer Has No Plan for Michigan

LANSING, Mich., March 10, 2014 – Ten months into his struggling campaign, Democrat Mark Schauer has failed to outline his plan to keep Michigan moving forward. Schauer has continuously avoided the tough issues, whereas Governor Snyder released his plan in February of 2010.

“Mark Schauer has no plan to lead Michigan,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “When asked a difficult question, Schauer refuses to outline what he’d do differently. Criticizing our Governor isn’t a path forward, and it isn’t a message that is consistent with the values of hardworking Michigan families or our comeback.”

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​Michigan Republican Party Statement on the Passing of William Clay Ford Sr.

Michigan Republican Party Statement on the Passing of William Clay Ford Sr.

LANSING, Mich., March 9, 2013 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement in response to the passing of William Clay Ford Sr.:

“Today, Michigan lost a great community leader and friend in William Clay Ford Sr. He focused his entire life on the greater Michigan community and the great company his grandfather started, and expanded the Ford legacy through all of his endeavors. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ford family and organization.”

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MIGOP Technology Boosts National Day of Action

MIGOP Technology Boosts National Day of Action


LIVONIA, Mich., March 1, 2014 –
The Michigan Republican Party today hosted the National Day of Action at their Livonia office location. In response, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“The National Day of Action is a perfect opportunity for Michigan Republicans to engage with our new MI Team Dashboard. As thousands of volunteers reach out to voters in their communities, we have an opportunity to work more efficiently and earlier than ever before. We encourage volunteers to sign up today so they can explore this exciting new tool and all the possibilities it puts into their hands.”

To sign up for the MI Team Dashboard, visit https://miteam.migop.org.

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MIGOP Hosts Successful Black History Month Celebration and Awards Banquet

MIGOP Hosts Successful Black History Month Celebration and Awards Banquet


DETROIT, Feb. 27, 2014 – In honor of Black History Month, the Michigan Republican Party today hosted its first annual Black History Month Celebration and Awards Banquet. Highlighting the event, Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today’s awards banquet celebrates the vast contributions of black Americans, including those who have helped the Republican Party and are shaping it into what it is today. Our award recipients have made positive, lasting impacts across the state, and we are honored to work with them as we strengthen our relationship with the black community.

“The Republican Party believes every American should have equal opportunities. Diversity is one of our country’s greatest strengths, and we look forward to reaching out to new coalitions and growing our Republican family in 2014 and beyond.

“I am especially proud to award Bill Brooks of Detroit with our Lifetime Achievement Award for the outstanding work he has done for his community, his state and his country. Like many before him, he has laid the groundwork for future generations to succeed, and I am honored to celebrate his accomplishments today.”

The Michigan Republican Party honored five Republican activists, including:

Bill Brooks, Lifetime Achievement Award

Henry Hatter, Grassroots Leadership Award

Kim Hoppe, Grassroots Leadership Award

Eunice Jeffries, Community Leader Award

Ira Combs, Leadership in Faith Award

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MIGOP Launches Website and New MI Team Dashboard, Republicans Respond

MIGOP Launches Website and New MI Team Dashboard, Republicans Respond


DETROIT, Feb. 27, 2014 – Today, the Michigan Republican Party launched its redesigned website, www.migop.org, and the all-new MI Team Dashboard, the first digital tool of its kind nationwide. The following Republicans issued statements in response:

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak

“The Michigan Republican Party has put tremendous effort into developing this new campaign technology. We’re doing what no other state party in the country has done thus far, and the results will show in November. Across the state, from the grassroots up, Republicans have the necessary tools to launch our candidates to victory.”

Governor Rick Snyder

“Thanks to the hard work of our state party, Michigan continues to lead the nation. The MI Team Dashboard is the first tool of its kind in the country. Paired with the new website, these tools have Michigan Republicans fired up to get to work in 2014.”

Attorney General Bill Schuette

“Republican candidates have a major advantage this year, thanks to the new tools developed by the Michigan Republican Party. The path to Republican success in 2014 requires a new approach, and improved technology for our volunteers and campaigns will get us one step closer to that goal.”

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville

“Grassroots volunteers are the most treasured commodity in any political organization. Building on our success and learning from our mistakes, this new MI Team Dashboard has the potential to impact every race up and down the ticket. Placing this dynamic technology into the hands of every Michigan Republican will grow our family in ways like never before.”

Connie Clark, Technology Committee Member with MIGOP State Committee

“Helping our party will take more than just knocking on doors like we have in years past. The new MI Team Dashboard makes it easier for volunteers to participate because we can see our impact and add data from the personal connections we make with our neighbors and peers. Even the website performs better, serving as the central hub of information for our grassroots.”

Michael Banerian, College Republican at Oakland University

“As a college Republican, I’m always looking to help local and statewide campaigns. Even at school, I can contribute to my local precinct by sorting my friends in my dorm or on Facebook into groups with the MI Team Dashboard. Simple efforts like that go a long way in making sure more Michiganders, including young Republicans, are being reached.”

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MIGOP Presidents’ Day Statement

MIGOP Presidents’ Day Statement

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 17, 2014 – In recognition of Presidents’ Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“American presidents have shaped our country into the land we know today. Each Presidents’ Day, we remember our leaders who strived to ensure America’s success. In February alone, we honor three iconic Americans: Presidents Washington, Lincoln and Reagan, all of whom protected our freedom from tyranny. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I’d like to wish all Michiganders a happy Presidents’ Day.”
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Congratulations to New RNC Committeewoman Ronna Romney McDaniel

Congratulations to New RNC Committeewoman Ronna Romney McDaniel

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 15, 2014 – In response to the Michigan Republican Party State Committee’s election of Ronna Romney McDaniel as the new RNC National Committeewoman, Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Congratulations to our new RNC Committeewoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel. For years, Ronna has been passionately involved both at the state and local level, reinvigorating our party and grassroots supporters. She is a valuable asset to our party and we are excited to work with her in the years ahead.
“I also want to thank Sandra Kahn and Mary Sears for their hard work and commitment to our party. I know we will all work together this fall to ensure Republican victories. Our best wishes go out to Terri Lynn Land as she focuses on becoming the next U.S. Senator from Michigan.”
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Peters and Schauer: No Regrets about ‘Lie of the Year’

Peters and Schauer: No Regrets about ‘Lie of the Year’

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 7, 2014 – While in Michigan today, President Obama will avoid his infamous Lie of the Year at all costs. While Obamacare cronies Gary Peters and Mark Schauer look over his shoulder, Michigan families will know they’re just as guilty for promoting the lie.

“Gary Peters and Mark Schauer’s decision to stand with the President today shows the 225,000 Michiganders who lost their health care plans just how out of touch they are,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Peters and Schauer voted for Obamacare and willingly spread false information. Clearly, they have no regrets about those decisions.”

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Obamacare Reunion Leaves out 225,000 Families

Obamacare Reunion Leaves out 225,000 Families

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 7, 2014 – It was an Obamacare reunion in East Lansing, Mich., today, as supporters Gary Peters and Mark Schauer stood by the President and turned their backs on 225,000 Michigan families. In response, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“By standing with the President today, Gary Peters and Mark Schauer decided they care more about publicity for their lackluster campaigns than the hundreds of thousands of Michigan families who lost their health care plans. If Gary Peters and Mark Schauer are willing to support a law that cuts jobs, eliminates coverage, raises premiums and diminishes our quality of care, then they don’t understand Michigan values or the people they’re trying to represent.”
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No Word from Schauer on Appearing with Obama

No Word from Schauer on Appearing with Obama

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 6, 2014 – Democrat Mark Schauer has yet to confirm whether he will campaign with President Obama tomorrow. Michigan families are still waiting for answers about Obamacare from Schauer, who voted for the broken health care law.

“Mark Schauer has been noticeably quiet about Obamacare, so you have to wonder if he’s actually going to avoid the President tomorrow,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “He has continuously ran away from his failed record in Congress, so why should we expect him to stand with President Obama and face the 225,000 Michiganders who lost their health care plans?”

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Mark Schauer: Obamacare is a Jobs Bill

Mark Schauer: Obamacare is a Jobs Bill

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 6, 2014 – During one term Rep. Mark Schauer’s short time in Washington, he voted for Obamacare and told Michigan families it would help our economy, but a new CBO report announced Obamacare harms our economy.

“Mark Schauer has said on multiple occasions that Obamacare would help our businesses grow, but that just isn’t true,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “West Michigan lost 1,000 jobs due to Obamacare, and now our national workforce is expected to lose an estimated 2 million full-time employees by 2017. These are losses Mark Schauer willingly supported, but even though the truth is now out there, he still won’t apologize to the people he hurt.”

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Gary Peters Chooses Obamacare over Union Support

Gary Peters Chooses Obamacare over Union Support

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 6, 2014 – Gary Peters still hasn’t responded to union workers’ most recent Obamacare concerns. More than a week after their latest calls for action, Gary Peters’ silence on the issue tells Michiganders he would rather stand by a broken health care law than hardworking Michigan families.

“Gary Peters only cares about what’s in it for him, not the people of Michigan,” said Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak. “If he chooses President Obama and his broken law over the families he represents, why should we promote him to the Senate? It’s clear Gary Peters supports Obamacare, and he’s hoping we don’t notice.”

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​Obamacare Double Whammy: What Will Peters and Schauer Do?

Obamacare Double Whammy: What Will Peters and Schauer Do?

2 million less Americans to enroll in Obamacare this year, 2.3 million less full-time workers by 2021

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 5, 2014 – A report from the Congressional Budget Office yesterday is shedding more light on the President’s broken health care law. New projections show 2 million less Americans will gain health coverage this year due to glitches in Healthcare.gov, and our national workforce will have 2.3 million less full-time workers by 2021.

“The President’s health care law is hurting Michigan families and hardworking citizens,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Gary Peters and Mark Schauer both voted for Obamacare, jeopardizing Michiganders’ health and quality of life. Michigan deserves an honest answer from Peters and Schauer, rather than asking for support for elected office. Will Peters and Schauer support President Obama’s failed policies during his visit to Michigan on Friday, or will they give families the apology they deserve?”

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Gary Peters Won’t Commit to Standing Alongside President Obama Friday

Gary Peters Won’t Commit to Standing Alongside President Obama Friday

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 5, 2014 – Vulnerable Democrat Gary Peters is keeping his distance from President Obama this week. With the President’s visit just two days away, Peters has made no plans to campaign or stand alongside him.

“Gary Peters doesn’t want to be seen with the President on Friday because he’s afraid of the message it will send to the 225,000 Michigan families who lost their health care plans,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Gary Peters voted for Obamacare and still supports it today, which is why he hasn’t apologized to the families who lost their health care plans. The only explanation for missing the event is that he’s worried about the permanent impact President Obama’s presence will have on his political career.”

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Mark Schauer Afraid to be Seen with Polarizing President

Mark Schauer Afraid to be Seen with Polarizing President

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 5, 2014 – Democratic candidate for Governor, Mark Schauer, isn’t eager to stand with President Obama on Friday. Just two days from now, we will see if he supports Michigan families or a broken health care law.

“Mark Schauer wants all the attention he can get – except when it comes to President Obama,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Mark Schauer voted for Obamacare during his failed one term in Congress, but in a state with 225,000 hardworking individuals who lost their health care, he is running from his record rather than on it.”

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​Obamacare: Administrative ‘Fixes’ are Not Enough

Obamacare: Administrative ‘Fixes’ are Not Enough

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 5, 2014 – President Obama’s visit to Michigan this week will be another attempt to shift blame for his failed policies and promises. A recent report by the Galen Institute found that 34 significant changes have been made to Obamacare, 17 by the President, since it became law. Even with these changes, the future of Obamacare is still murky and uncertain.

“President Obama’s ‘administrative fixes’ to prop up a failing law are not enough for Michigan families,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “As thousands of Michiganders continue to lose their healthcare or see a spike in their premiums, President Obama would rather give another speech than provide the solutions we need. The President needs to stop playing politics and start working with Congress to fix Obamacare and get the economy going again.”

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Michigan’s Bill Brooks Receives RNC ‘Trailblazer Award’

Michigan’s Bill Brooks Receives RNC ‘Trailblazer Award’

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 4, 2014 – Today, businessman Bill Brooks of Detroit was one of three Republicans honored at the Republican National Committee’s second annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. In addition to receiving his award, the RNC has made radio ad buys in Detroit and Washington, D.C., to recognize his accomplishments.

“Bill Brooks has made a positive difference in his community, his state and his country,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “For years, Bill has worked hard to promote positive change in a variety of areas, including his time as Chairman of the GM Foundation and a member of President George H. W. Bush’s administration. The Michigan Republican Party is proud to see Bill receive this national award today.”

“This Black History Month, we are excited about the unique opportunity to share the remarkable stories of black Republicans who have broken barriers and opened doors so that others may succeed. Recognizing these truly accomplished trailblazers through black media is an important opportunity to honor our past and build our future,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

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Governor’s Super Bowl Ad Scores with Republicans

Governor’s Super Bowl Ad Scores with Republicans

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 2, 2014 – Today, Governor Snyder released his new Super Bowl ad. To respond, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Governor Snyder’s new ad strikes a positive note with Michigan families and hardworking citizens because it highlights their role in our comeback. Our family of 10 million is determined to leave the Lost Decade behind us – for good. Together, we can do that with Governor Snyder.”
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Honoring Black History Month

Honoring Black History Month

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 1, 2014 – In honor of Black History Month, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following joint statement:

“Founded in 1854, the Republican Party was built on the principles of independence, liberty and fairness for all. Black Americans have stood with, and helped lead, the Republican Party since the days of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Throughout our nation’s history, black Americans have helped move the country forward in the right direction. This February, please take the time to honor and celebrate the history of black Americans.”
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Mark Schauer Uses Taxpayer Funding for Primary Against No One

Mark Schauer Uses Taxpayer Funding for Primary Against No One

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 29, 2014 – Today, the Michigan Republican Party announced its launch of www.unnameddonor.com. The website highlights Democrat Mark Schauer’s use of public funding for an uncontested primary for Governor.

“Mark Schauer is running a primary against no one,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak said. “His deception is troubling to all Michigan citizens. Public funds are intended to create competition for lesser known candidates. If he can’t garner support now, how can we possibly expect him to lead our state?”

Just days before filing for public funding, Mark Schauer’s campaign mentioned in a fundraising email, attached, that they would double the contributions of “generous donors.” We now know these donors are Michigan taxpayers.

For more information, go to www.unnameddonor.com.

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Take Six: President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Take Six: President Obama’s State of the Union Address

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 28, 2014 – Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address to Michigan families. In preparation, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Michigan families have seen this President’s act before, and his sixth State of the Union address will seem more like a bad movie than a realistic path forward. Throughout his time in office, President Obama and his administration have consistently avoided the truth, and they lack the serious solutions our country needs in order to move forward.
“From the secrecy around Benghazi, to the broken promises of Obamacare, to a national economy that continues to lag despite Democrats’ repeated promises, this administration refuses to deal with the problems they perpetuate. Instead of working with our leaders in Washington, President Obama would rather skirt around Congress with his ‘my way or the highway’ style of leadership – which isn’t really leadership at all.”
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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 20, 2014 – To honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“As Americans, the most essential principles of our country are freedom and equality for all. One courageous man who reaffirmed all individuals’ access to these rights was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a hero who spoke words that fueled a revolution and moved America forward. While Dr. King left our world far too soon, we celebrate and embrace his vision still today. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I ask all Michiganders to join us in honoring his life and positive influence on our country.”
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Statement on the Passing of Former Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld

Statement on the Passing of Former Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 13, 2014 – In response to the passing of Michigan’s former Lieutenant Governor Connie Binsfeld, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following joint statement:

“Throughout her many years of service, Connie Binsfeld’s dedication to the state of Michigan was unwavering. She broke boundaries – becoming the first woman to hold leadership roles in Michigan’s House, Senate and executive branch – and was an advocate for our children and families. Kind-hearted and loyal, Connie made sure Michiganders were always put first.
“Today, we reflect on the positive impact Connie Binsfeld left on our state. We send our deepest condolences to her family; she will be missed.”
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​Year End Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

Year End Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 31, 2013 – To celebrate the end of 2013, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Our state has shared a great deal of success in 2013. We proudly call Michigan America’s Comeback State, thanks to the tremendous support of our Republican family. From Governor Snyder’s office, all the way down to our precinct leaders and volunteers, Republicans continue moving Michigan forward.
“This was a big year for the Michigan Republican Party. We kicked off our new political program more than a year before Election Day by opening 11 new offices and hiring regional press secretaries and field directors in all parts of the state. We successfully recruited more than 150 GOP Campus Team members from Michigan colleges and universities, and our statewide precinct leader program is currently number one in the nation. We also brought our efforts to Detroit by opening an office in the city this fall.
“But this is just the beginning – because we still have plenty of work to do. Governor Snyder and our Republican-led legislature were successful in 2013, and we intend to put the Lost Decade behind us for good. From building a better foundation for our children’s future, to restoring responsible government and revitalizing the private sector, Republicans made the necessary decisions to keep the Comeback State on track.
“With all the accomplishments we had this year, it gives our party great optimism heading into 2014. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I’d like to thank everyone who made a difference by participating in our efforts this year, and we wish all Michigan families a happy and healthy new year.”
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​Merry Christmas from the Michigan Republican Party

Merry Christmas from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 25, 2013 – In celebration of the Christmas holiday, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following statement:

“Christmas is a special time of year for families across Michigan. As we travel, celebrate and visit with friends and loved ones today, we share a common feeling of joy. As always, please keep our dedicated servicemen and women in your thoughts and prayers. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.”

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​Michigan Families Still Waiting for Apology, Truth from Peters

Michigan Families Still Waiting for Apology, Truth from Peters

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 17, 2013 – Michigan families continue to wait for their apology from Gary Peters after he knowingly misled them about Obamacare. Last week, Peters and his fellow Democrats won the “Lie of the Year” award from Politifact – but once again, he remains silent.

“Gary Peters’ deceitful Obamacare promises cost more than 225,000 people in Michigan their health plans,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Despite Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s promise that Democrats will run on Obamacare in 2014, Gary Peters’ refusal to apologize to the people he voted off health care and come clean about the fact he knew he was selling snake oil shows he would rather run from it.”

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Michigan’s First Anniversary of Freedom-to-Work

Michigan’s First Anniversary of Freedom-to-Work

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 11, 2013 – Today marks the one-year anniversary of Michigan’s Freedom-to-Work legislation being signed into law. In recognition of this historical day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“With Freedom-to-Work in place, Michigan’s union members now have a law that secures their freedom to choose membership for themselves. Not only does it safeguard Michigan workers from the intimidation of union bosses, but it will strengthen our economy in more ways than one – including employment growth, job creation and take home pay.
“What’s unfortunate is the continued efforts of Lost Decade Democrats to destroy this law. Instead of supporting Michigan’s industries and attracting those beyond our state, they would rather preserve the perks of union bosses than the rights of workers. We must put our workers first, and Freedom-to-Work does just that.
“Michigan’s comeback is alive and well. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Snyder and our Republican-led legislature, our state continues to improve. As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Freedom-to-Work in Michigan, let’s reflect on how far we’ve come – and remain focused on the path of success that lies ahead.”
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Michigan Republican Party Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

Michigan Republican Party Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 5, 2013 – In response to former South African President Nelson Mandela’s passing, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Nelson Mandela was a hero who gave unprecedented hope and strength to the oppressed – in South Africa and across the globe. His heart was his compass as he tirelessly fought for decades on end with great personal sacrifice. His courage was truly extraordinary, and for that he will be remembered for the ages by all of mankind. May his memory be a blessing for all those who lead humanity, and may he rest in peace.”
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Thanksgiving from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., November 28, 2013 – In celebration of Thanksgiving, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following joint statement:

Each Thanksgiving, families across Michigan celebrate the holiday by spending quality time together to honor both new and old traditions. As we enjoy this special day with loved ones, it’s important to reflect and give thanks for all the blessings we’ve had this year. We especially thank our men and women in uniform for their unwavering service to protect our country, both at home and overseas. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, thank you for continuing Michigan’s comeback. We wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season.
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​Happy Hanukkah from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Hanukkah from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., November 27, 2013 – In recognition of Hanukkah, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

Tonight, our friends in the Jewish community begin the holiday of Hanukkah – the festival of lights. In recognition of the eight days of celebration, the Michigan Republican Party wishes a happy Hanukkah to our friends in the Jewish community, and families across Michigan.
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Schauer’s MEA Union Boss Endorsement Goes Missing from Campaign Website

Schauer’s MEA Union Boss Endorsement Goes Missing from Campaign Website

LANSING, Mich., November 18, 2013 – On October 1, 2013, Mark Schauer proudly touted his endorsement from the Michigan Education Association union bosses. Just one month later, those same bosses are facing legal troubles for allegedly denying teachers their right to leave the union – and their endorsement has seemingly gone “missing” from Schauer’s website.

“Mark Schauer can try scrubbing his endorsements, but it’s no secret he supports union boss antics that deny Michigan teachers’ right to exercise Freedom to Work – a Michigan law that gives all union members the right to choose membership for themselves,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Schauer is stuck in the Lost Decade and would take every opportunity to revoke teachers’ freedoms if given the chance.”

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Endorsement is also missing from their general campaign website.

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​Gary Peters Flips on Obamacare, Again

Gary Peters Flips on Obamacare, Again

LANSING, Mich., November 15, 2013 – The House passed Congressman Fred Upton’s Keep Your Health Plan Act today by a vote of 261-157. In an attempt cover his political tracks, Obamacare supporter Gary Peters voted in favor of the bill, adding to his record of hypocrisy from just two months earlier.

“Gary Peters has once again flipped on Michigan families,” said Michigan Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “In September, Peters voted against protecting Michiganders from Obamacare, but has once again shifted with the political winds. Michigan families see his vote for what it is – a thinly veiled attempt to protect his Senate bid.”

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Michiganders Continue to Feel Obamacare Pain

Michiganders Continue to Feel Obamacare Pain

LANSING, Mich., November 15, 2013 – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stopped by Detroit today in hopes of promoting the failed Obamacare rollout to a small group of Michiganders. In response to her visit and the damaging effects of Obamacare in Michigan, Republicans are speaking out:

“The President’s health care law has never worked, but sadly his solution is to send Secretary Sebelius to Michigan to hold a pep-talk with frustrated families instead of addressing the problems with sound solutions. A good place to start would be support for Congressman Upton’s Keep Your Health Plan Act – so the 225,000 Michiganders expected to lose coverage can rest easy knowing their plans are safe.” – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak

“It’s truly unfortunate that so many people have been adversely affected by the rollout of Obamacare with website problems and being dropped from their current coverage, which the administration said would not happen. It appears this policy and program was rushed into the marketplace and has now hurt the people it was intended to help. Only 1,300 people in Michigan so far have enrolled, highlighting the confusion, and lack of confidence in this rollout program.” – RNC Michigan State Director of African-American Engagement Wayne Bradley

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MISSING: Mark Schauer on Failed Obamacare Rollout

MISSING: Mark Schauer on Failed Obamacare Rollout

LANSING, Mich., November 13, 2013 – With the first Healthcare.gov enrollment numbers out – only 106,185 signups nationwide in the first month – failed one-term Congressman and Obamacare supporter Mark Schauer is missing from the conversation on the failed Obamacare rollout.

“Mark Schauer was a major advocate for Obamacare while serving his only term in Congress; yet, he has said nothing about the glitch-ridden website since it launched 44 days ago,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Healthcare.gov is a total failure and at least 225,000 Michiganders are expected to lose their current health plans at the end of this year – but sadly, that’s not enough to push Schauer to take a stand. He would rather sit on the sidelines and let families suffer.”

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Michigan Republican Party Veterans Day Statement

Michigan Republican Party Veterans Day Statement

LANSING, Mich., November 11, 2013 – In honor of Veterans Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today, we take the time to honor our servicemen and women who put their lives on the line every day to safeguard our freedom. We especially remember those who have fallen and thank those who are still with us, as well as their loved ones, for giving so much for the good of our country. The Michigan Republican Party joins Michiganders and Americans everywhere in proudly paying our respects to our veterans for their extraordinary service. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.”
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The Peters Promise: Say One Thing, Do Another

The Peters Promise: Say One Thing, Do Another

LANSING, Mich., November 1, 2013 – House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton introduced the Keep Your Health Plan Act this week to counteract Obamacare regulations that are canceling the health care plans of millions of Americans by extending their existing plans for another year. While it has already attracted 88 co-sponsors, Democrat Gary Peters – who once said Michigan families could keep their plans if they liked them – does not support it.

“Gary Peters promised Michigan families that we could keep our health care plans, a promise he knew wasn’t true. Rather than take the opportunity to stand up for Michigan families who are losing their health plans, he’s sitting on the sidelines hoping no one remembers the Peters Promise,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Clearly Peters would rather let them face deadlines and penalties, and risk going without coverage altogether, than follow through on his word. It’s shameful, and it’s time for Peters to take responsibility for the disaster he helped create.”

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​Peters Withheld the Truth about Michiganders Keeping Health Care Plans

Peters Withheld the Truth about Michiganders Keeping Health Care Plans

LANSING, Mich., October 30, 2013 – The people of Michigan are feeling misled after reports yesterday confirmed more than two million Americans will lose their existing health care plans due to new Obamacare regulations. Not only did President Obama and Gary Peters dish out broken promises, but Democrats also admitted they knew people would lose their coverage.

“Gary Peters fabricated the effects of Obamacare and deceived the people of Michigan,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “He withheld the truth by telling health care recipients they could keep their current plans. It’s time Peters fesses up and discloses what he knew, when he knew it and why he didn’t stand up for Michigan families and hardworking citizens.”

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​Schostak Challenges Schauer and Peters to Pledge They Won’t Dodge Responsibility

Schostak Challenges Schauer and Peters to Pledge They Won’t Dodge Responsibility

LANSING, Mich., October 22, 2013 – Three weeks after the Obamacare rollout began, technical failures still plague the registration process. While Republicans continue to demand answers, the time has come for Democrats Mark Schauer and Gary Peters to take responsibility for the law they helped impose.

“Michigan families are seeing Obamacare for what it really is: a failed experiment,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “The question now is whether Obamacare supporters Mark Schauer and Gary Peters will defy their party establishment and own up to the failures, or continue hiding from the mess they made and the people they serve.”

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​Too Close for Comfort: MEA Lawsuit Comes Weeks After Schauer Endorsement

Too Close for Comfort: MEA Lawsuit Comes Weeks After Schauer Endorsement

LANSING, Mich., October 22, 2013 – Earlier this month, failed one-term Rep. Mark Schauer touted his first endorsement from the Michigan Education Association teachers’ union bosses. Putting him in an awkward position Monday, Schauer’s buddies at the MEA were faced with a lawsuit from a group of teachers across Michigan regarding alleged Freedom-to-Work violations.

“Mark Schauer’s relationship with the MEA is toxic for Michigan families,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “He is boasting the endorsement of a union that wants to take away a teacher’s choice to join a union, and force them to do so. They are posturing by creating a stressful situation for these teachers, and it speaks volumes of the kind of ethics Mark Schauer supports.”

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​Michigan Republican Party Stands with Schuette in Supporting Equal Treatment for All

Michigan Republican Party Stands with Schuette in Supporting Equal Treatment for All

LANSING, Mich., October 16, 2013 – In response to Attorney General Bill Schuette’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative of 2006 yesterday, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“The Michigan Republican Party applauds Attorney General Schuette for his efforts yesterday, fighting for freedom for all while upholding the vote of the people. We stand with the Attorney General in supporting equal treatment for everyone in Michigan, regardless of race, ethnicity and gender.”
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​Columbus Day Statement

Columbus Day Statement

LANSING, Mich., October 14, 2013 – In recognition of Columbus Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

In 1492, Christopher Columbus courageously brought settlers overseas to the new world. They arrived on this soil and boldly set out to discover the unknown. To this day, Americans celebrate his achievements as a symbol of imagination, bravery and determination. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I’d like to wish the people of Michigan a happy Columbus Day.
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​Peters and Reid Still Uninterested in Ending Shutdown

Peters and Reid Still Uninterested in Ending Shutdown

LANSING, Mich., October 11, 2013 – On Thursday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid once again told the press he would not negotiate with Republicans in the House to end the shutdown. As House Speaker John Boehner continues to push for talks to reopen the government, Gary Peters remains unmoved.

“The consequences of the shutdown continue to surface, but Gary Peters and Harry Reid are still uninterested in reopening the government,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Peters’ inaction is inexcusable, and it shows how he would fail the people of Michigan as a rubberstamp for Reid in the U.S. Senate.”

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Michigan’s Comeback Continues

Michigan’s Comeback Continues

More than 42,000 jobs created in last four months

LANSING, Mich., October 10, 2013 – Michigan’s comeback is full speed ahead, and the people of Michigan are taking note. Over the past four months, 42,600 new jobs were added, and 33,944 people began looking for work.

“Democrats can stick to their spin, but results continue to show that Michigan is America’s Comeback State,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Instead of creating solutions for the people of Michigan, Mark Schauer and his party leadership are trying to distract from the fact their last governor left Michigan with a record-high 14.2 percent unemployment. There’s still more work to do, but the days of the lost decade are behind us, and Republican leadership will continue moving Michigan forward.”

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Hurry up and Wait: Obamacare Registration Still Glitchy

One week in, new “waiting room” added to control pace of website visitors

LANSING, Mich., October 8, 2013 – One week into open enrollment, Obamacare registration is still plagued with glitches. To remedy the situation, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Monday said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “put up a gate at the front end of the system that places visitors into a waiting room” to control the pace at which they can enter the website.

“It’s both sad and telling that one week into Obamacare’s launch, the administration is touting the creation of a virtual ‘waiting room,’” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “This haphazard bandage to the system is a direct reflection on how broken this health care law really is, serving as a reminder that the President and Senate Democrats would rather race to implement Obamacare than end the shutdown.”

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Obama puts Iranian President Ahead of House GOP

LANSING, Mich., October 2, 2013 – As the nation deals with a government shutdown, President Obama last week chose to discuss sanction levels and nuclear programs with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Today, House Republicans are still trying to work out a budget bill, despite the President and Senate Democrats’ refusal to negotiate.

“This is a classic example of President Obama’s failure to lead,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Democrats in Washington would rather stifle and blame House Republicans for their problems than acknowledge constituents’ apprehensions about Obamacare – and the President refuses to deal with it. Instead, he let the President of Iran take preference over members of Congress, all while letting the division in Washington grow deeper. It’s a shame he refuses to step up at a time like this.”

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One and the Same: Peters Joins Reid, Ignores Families and Unions

LANSING, Mich., October 3, 2013 – On day three of the federal government shutdown – the result of President Obama and Senate Democrats’ failure to work with House Republicans – it’s clear where U.S. Rep. Gary Peters’s priorities lie.

“While President Obama and Senate Democrats attempt to deflect blame onto House Republicans, there is one Democrat in the House who would do anything to join his role model Harry Reid in the Senate: Big Government Gary Peters,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “He would rather stand with the Senate majority leader than deal with the concerns of Michigan families and unions regarding Obamacare. Peters and Reid truly share the same mantra, ‘do as I say, not as I do.‘”

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​Six Years Later, Dems Still Supporting Shutdowns

Six Years Later, Dems Still Supporting Shutdowns

Gary Peters and Mark Schauer still lacking solutions

LANSING, Mich., October 1, 2013 – On the sixth anniversary of Governor Granholm’s first government shutdown, the federal government shut down today amidst more failed Democratic leadership. What’s more, Gary Peters and Mark Schauer are still part of the picture, quietly supporting these failures.

“What do Michigan’s government six years ago and the federal government today have in common? Out-of-touch Democrats who care more about politics than people,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Gary Peters and Mark Schauer were both architects of the Lost Decade, and, ironically, they’re still standing around today without sensible solutions. Clearly Democrats would rather prove a point – and hurt seniors, families and servicemen and women in the process – than acknowledge their colleagues’ and constituents’ concerns.

“Thanks to Governor Snyder and Republicans in Lansing, Michigan is now the comeback state. The people of Michigan deserve the best, and Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have proven they are incapable of that.”

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​Shutdowns and Union Bosses: Six Years Later, Schauer Boasts MEA Endorsement

Shutdowns and Union Bosses: Six Years Later, Schauer Boasts MEA Endorsement

LANSING, Mich., October 1, 2013 – On the sixth anniversary of Governor Granholm’s first government shutdown – when now-Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer was Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate – Schauer is touting the reluctant endorsement of the Michigan Education Association teachers’ union bosses.

“Government shutdowns and big union bosses – two icons of Michigan’s Lost Decade that show what kind of leader Mark Schauer would be as Governor,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Mark Schauer is the wrong kind of leader for Michigan, and if he were our next Governor, we’d be in the same mess we were six years ago.”

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​Peters Prefers Shutdown over Sound Solutions

Peters Prefers Shutdown over Sound Solutions

Voted against funding the government three times in September

LANSING, Mich., September 30, 2013 – The gridlock continues in Washington, D.C., today, as Rep. Gary Peters refuses to work with House Republicans to keep the government operating. Instead, Peters voted against funding the government three times this month.

“Gary Peters is another partisan politician who prefers putting personal priorities ahead of the people he represents,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “As a shutdown looms, Gary Peters would rather put Obamacare ahead of senior citizens who rely on social security and servicemen and women defending our freedoms. That’s not a leader, and those definitely aren’t qualities the people of Michigan want in a U.S. Senator.”

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​Ottawa Dems’ Chair Doug Zylstra Crosses the Line, Calls Republicans ‘Terrorists’

Ottawa Dems’ Chair Doug Zylstra Crosses the Line, Calls Republicans ‘Terrorists’

LANSING, Mich., September 27, 2013 – According to social media posts today, Ottawa County Democratic Party Chair Doug Zylstra likened House Republicans to “terrorists:”

Dougzylstra 1:34pm via TweetDeck
@repjustinamash One, because Boehner said in Jan. he was ‘done negotiating’ with the President: thehill.com/homenews/house…

Dougzylstra 1:36pm via TweetDeck
@repjustinamash .. and two, and more importantly, the President of the United States shouldn’t be negotiating with terrorists. Simple.

In response to his inappropriate name-calling, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement, calling on Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson to condemn his comments:

“The language used by Ottawa County Democratic Party Chair Doug Zylstra is shocking and inexcusable. We live in a country that promotes open and honest discussions, but this kind of language and name-calling has no place in politics. Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson has a responsibility to condemn Mr. Zylstra’s remarks and promote civil, respectful debate amongst members of his party.”

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​30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference Welcomes RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference Welcomes RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

LANSING, Mich., September 12, 2013 – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is confirmed to speak at the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference this month. The conference will take place Sept. 20-22, 2013, at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“The Republican Party has made remarkable progress under Chairman Priebus’ leadership,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “With his collaboration, the Michigan Republican Party has paved an effective path forward in 2013, and we’re excited to continue that work at the conference.”

Since his election in 2011, Chairman Priebus has been a strong voice for the Republican Party. He has taken a close look at party operations over the past year and has created a proactive plan to build stronger, more positive relationships at the local level.

“The Michigan Republican Party is doing ground-breaking work, and the conference is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and reaffirm our efforts,” said Chairman Priebus. “I look forward to meeting participants from across the country and contributing to this collaborative weekend.”

For program details and updates, please visit Mackinac2013.org. Additional special guests will be announced at a later date.

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​Michigan Republican Party September 11th Statement

Michigan Republican Party September 11th Statement

LANSING, Mich., September 11, 2013 – To honor the 12th anniversary of September 11, 2001, and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September 11, 2012, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following joint statement:

“Today, we remember the Americans we lost in New York, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Benghazi. Those senseless acts of terrorism did not break us, they united us, and reminded the world of a core American principle: E Pluribus Unum. “The painful memory of those tragic events remains vivid for many of us, and we will never forget the heroes we lost. We honor their memory by living our lives in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the fallen, our service men and women, and all those who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe, and free. Through our unity, we demonstrate why America remains the greatest country in the world.”

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​Will Democrats in Washington Support More Obamacare Waste?

Will Democrats in Washington Support More Obamacare Waste?

LANSING, Mich., September 10, 2013 – The Congressional Budget Office said Monday that a one-year delay in Obamacare would save the U.S. $35 billion over 10 years. The House passed the bill in July, but the big question is whether the Democratic-led U.S. Senate will spare the people of Michigan when it’s their turn to vote.

“Gary Peters, Mark Schauer and Democrats in Washington should be ashamed for supporting the failed boondoggle known as Obamacare,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “The new CBO report shows how reckless this legislation is. If Gary Peters and Mark Schauer hadn’t supported Obamacare in the first place, we wouldn’t be in this mess today. It’s time Democrats in Washington stop disregarding our nation’s fiscal priorities – and consider what it’s doing to people here at home.”

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​Syria Situation Heats Up: Where Does Gary Peters Stand?

Syria Situation Heats Up: Where Does Gary Peters Stand?

“Avoidance isn’t leadership,” says Chairman Schostak

LANSING, Mich., September 10, 2013 – As President Obama continues to push for Congressional support for military action in Syria, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters remains silent. The people of Michigan want to know: where does the Democratic Senate candidate stand?

“Without fail, Gary Peters always finds a way to duck the hard issues that matter to the people of Michigan,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “He was silent as Detroit suffered through the lost decade, and then continued to hide as the city filed for bankruptcy. Now he’s averting questions about his position on the situation in Syria. Avoidance isn’t leadership, and the people of Michigan deserve better.”

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​Senator John Thune to Speak at 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

Senator John Thune to Speak at 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., September 9, 2013 – South Dakota Senator John Thune is confirmed to speak at the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. He will join fellow Republicans at the Grand Hotel for the conference this Sept. 20-22, 2013.

“We are thrilled to have Senator Thune join us as a distinguished speaker,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Senator Thune is a leader of conservative values and we are excited to hear about his many experiences and accomplishments while serving in Washington.”

Senator Thune has served in the U.S. Senate since 2004 and is the Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the third-ranking position in Senate Republican leadership.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference this year,” said Senator Thune. “Republicans are doing great things in Michigan and across the country, and I look forward to discussing the key issues facing our nation.”

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2013.org. Additional guests will be announced at a later date.

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​Statement from Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Sharon Wise on MSU Professor’s Deplorable Behavio

Statement from Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Sharon Wise on MSU Professor’s Deplorable Behavior

LANSING, Mich., September 4, 2013 – Earlier this week, Michigan State University professor William Penn made national headlines after a student’s video footage showed him intimidating students for being Republican. In response, Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following statement:

“As a Republican, and most of all, as a woman, I found Mr. Penn’s comments vile and inexcusable. Rape is a very serious crime, one that many women tragically face every year. His ability to make light of this issue and baselessly tie the Republican Party to such evil is revolting and should not be tolerated. “Students should always be encouraged to think for themselves, and most importantly, they should never be threatened for their beliefs. Mr. Penn brought his own political views into the classroom and bullied young Republicans into silence. Michigan State University’s recent actions to put Mr. Penn on suspension with pay do not go far enough. They must take decisive action and call for his resignation.”
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​Michigan Republican Party Denounces MSU Professor’s Anti-Republican Tirade, Calls for Resignation

Michigan Republican Party Denounces MSU Professor’s Anti-Republican Tirade, Calls for Resignation

LANSING, Mich., September 4, 2013 –New video footage from a Michigan State University student is gaining national attention after he captured creative writing professor William Penn on an anti-Republican tirade during class.

“This is exactly why we are engaging students on college campuses across the state; young conservatives should not feel isolated or outcast simply because they are Republicans,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak said about the incident. “This is a public institution, funded by taxpayers, and this type of bullying is inexcusable.

“I am calling on Gary Peters, Mark Schauer, Gretchen Whitmer, Tim Greimel and all Democrat officials to join in condemning this disgraceful behavior by calling for Penn’s resignation. By bringing his personal views into the classroom, Penn has directly isolated and threatened young Republicans into silence. His use of political intimidation is shameful and should not be tolerated.

“We encourage other students who have had similar experiences to come forward and speak out against this type of bullying.”

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​Michigan Republican Party Labor Day Statement

Michigan Republican Party Labor Day Statement

LANSING, Mich., September 2, 2013 – In observance of Labor Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today, working individuals and families across our state are enjoying a well-deserved day off with friends and loved ones. Our economy is improving, and it wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated workforce. “In Michigan, our Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Republican-led House and Senate are working hard to continue our state’s comeback. Governor Snyder is focused on preparing individuals to fill the 184,200 new jobs created under his administration. Last year alone, we gained 14,648 manufacturing jobs, personal income grew 3.4 percent and we were fourth in the nation for new capital investment projects. We’ve come a long way these past three years, but the work isn’t finished yet.

“On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I’d like to wish everyone a happy Labor Day. Your hard work is a key reason Michigan is moving forward.”

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​Karl Rove to Participate in 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

Karl Rove to Participate in 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., August 19, 2013 – National strategist, and former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, Karl Rove, is confirmed to speak at the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at the Grand Hotel.

“Karl Rove’s understanding of American government and policy is unparalleled, and the Michigan Republican Party is thrilled to have him to join us on Mackinac Island this September,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “The conference is known for bringing people together from across the county, and we’re looking forward to having Karl there to add to the overall experience.”

Rove has received national praise for his presidential campaign work and election projections. Today he is a Fox News contributor, Wall Street Journal columnist and author of the New York Times best-seller, “Courage and Consequence.”

“The issues discussed at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference affect the entire country,” said Rove. “I’m looking forward to partnering with the Michigan Republican Party and participating in this longstanding tradition.”

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2013.org. Additional guests will be announced at a later date.

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​Senator Rand Paul to Attend 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

Senator Rand Paul to Attend 30th Biennial

Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., August 12, 2013 – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is confirmed to attend the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. He will join fellow guests on Mackinac Island Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.

“Senator Rand Paul is an influential voice in the Republican Party today,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “He is well known and respected for defending our civil liberties and defining a bold, prosperous vision for our nation’s future while serving in Washington. We are excited for him to join us and look forward to working together next month.”

Senator Paul, a practicing ophthalmologist in his home state of Kentucky, understands the importance of reasonable and responsible policies both domestically and abroad. He recently made the 2013 TIME 100 List of the most influential people in the world.

“The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference is an excellent opportunity to invigorate and strengthen our party’s vision moving forward,” said Senator Paul. “I’m thrilled to partner with the Michigan Republican Party to facilitate the discussions Americans want to have in 2013.”

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2013.org. Additional special guests will be announced at a later date.

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​Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to Speak at 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conferenc

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to Speak at 30th Biennial

Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., August 5, 2013 – Louisiana Governor and Republican Governors Association Chairman Bobby Jindal is confirmed to speak at the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference this September. He is scheduled to make a keynote address on Saturday evening, Sept. 21, 2013, at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“The Michigan Republican Party is proud to have Governor Jindal speak at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Governor Jindal’s bold reforms have helped create more economic prosperity for the people of Louisiana, and we look forward to working with him and learning about his experiences.”

Among a long list of accomplishments since entering office in 2008, Governor Jindal has been commended for passing landmark education reforms that expand school choice and rewards teachers, reining in government spending, cutting taxes and creating an environment where businesses want to create new jobs. He is also the current Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Governor Jindal said, “As Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, I look forward to sharing the success stories of the Republican Governors who are helping to lead America’s comeback by cutting spending, balancing budgets, improving education and pursuing free-market solutions to help solve problems.”

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2013.org. Additional special guests will be announced at a later date.

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​Party Statement on the 150th Birthday of Henry Ford

Party Statement on the

150th Birthday of Henry Ford

LANSING, Mich., July 30, 2013 – To honor the 150th birthday of Henry Ford, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“The man best known as the ‘Father of the Auto Industry,’ Henry Ford, was also one of the greatest innovators in all of our American history. Not only did he generate some of the most impressive industrial accomplishments of all time, but he created the livable wage through free markets and essentially built the middle class of our country, started right here in Michigan. His bold new ideas and entrepreneurship drove our economy and improved the American lifestyle as we knew it. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, we acknowledge the 150th birthday of Henry Ford and his family, and thank them for the contributions their father and grandfather have made to our country.”
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​Michigan Republican Party Launches One of the Earliest and Largest GOP Ground Games in U.S.

Michigan Republican Party Launches One of the Earliest and Largest GOP Ground Games in U.S.

LANSING, Mich., July 25, 2013 – The Michigan Republican Party is paving a bold new path to victory. With 10 newly opened offices and regional staff in all corners of the state, the Michigan Republican Party has launched one of the largest and earliest ground game efforts in the nation.

“We’re building the most expansive field program the GOP has ever seen, and we’re doing it earlier than ever before,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “Republicans will be in communities engaging with and listening to voters where they live, work, and worship – not months, but years before Election Day.”

“We’re proud to partner with the Republican National Committee in our effort, and announce our new statewide field director Dan Hennessey,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Our team has already started putting boots on the ground and solidifying the path to victory in Michigan – not just in 2014, but into 2016 and beyond.”

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​Unions’ Concerns with Obamacare Causes Michigan Republican Party to Ask:  Where Do Michigan Democra

Unions’ Concerns with Obamacare Causes Michigan Republican Party to Ask:

Where Do Michigan Democrats Stand Today?

LANSING, Mich., July 17, 2013 – Union leaders, including Teamsters President James P. Hoffa, recently sent a letter to Democrat leaders in Congress addressing the flaws of Obamacare and demanding changes before the law destroys the “health and well-being” of hardworking Americans. In response to their letter, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Republicans have opposed Obamacare from the beginning. Obamacare hurts our economy, employers, families and workers. This letter from union leaders reaffirms that people on both sides of the aisle are fed up with the President’s failing health care law. Will Michigan Democrats stand with hardworking families, or will they continue to stand in the way of Michigan’s comeback?”
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​Gov. Scott Walker to Speak at 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

Gov. Scott Walker to Speak at 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., July 16, 2013 – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is confirmed to attend and speak at the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Sept. 20-22, 2013, at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“The Michigan Republican Party is very eager to work with Gov. Walker in September,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference provides a great outlet for people to gather and collaborate on the best ways to improve our state. Gov. Walker’s insights about what works in Wisconsin are always welcome, and we look forward to partnering with him and other influential leaders during this historic weekend.”

Gov. Walker has made national headlines for winning a recall election in 2012, making him the first governor in U.S. history to come out successful. Since he took office, the state of Wisconsin has gone from a $3.6 billion deficit to a $625 million surplus.

“Michigan and Wisconsin have always been great partners,” said Gov. Walker, “and this conference is a great way to unite again on the issues that matter to hardworking, Midwestern families. I look forward to working with Chairman Schostak to turn 60 years of tradition into positive action this September.”

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2013.org. Additional guests and speakers will be announced at a later date.

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​Michigan Republican Party Statement on the 100th Birthday of President Gerald R. Ford

Michigan Republican Party Statement on the 100th Birthday of President Gerald R. Ford

LANSING, Mich., July 14, 2013 – Today marks the 100th birthday of President Gerald R. Ford. To honor his legacy, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Over the past 100 years, our nation has gone through a great deal of change. During this historic period, we’ve seen a man of great character lead this nation out of gloom and doubt by working diligently to restore the people’s trust. That man is the Michigan-raised 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford. “A natural leader, President Ford proudly served our U.S. Navy, Congress and White House. Despite having faced many tough issues, he was well-respected for his modesty, openness and determination to bring the nation together again. His authenticity was exactly what our country needed, and his legacy will continue to inspire leaders for years to come.

“On his 100th birthday, the people of Michigan proudly remember their President’s service to this nation. While he is no longer with us, his profound impact lives on.”

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​Gov. Snyder to Attend 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

Gov. Snyder to Attend 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., July 10, 2013 – Gov. Rick Snyder has confirmed his attendance at the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference this Sept. 20-22, 2013, where he will also be the keynote speaker on opening night, Friday, Sept. 20. In response, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“The Michigan Republican Party is proud to have Gov. Snyder join the 30th Biennial Conference this September, where together we will discuss the potential Michigan has moving forward. We also look forward to partnering with the Republican Governors Association to host a highly-anticipated Technology Summit during the Conference, highlighting the growing tech-based programs our state has to offer. Great things are happening in Michigan, and we’re showing the rest of the nation what innovation looks like.”

Gov. Snyder also commented on attending the 2013 Conference:

“The Michigan Republican Leadership Conference is one of the most historical gatherings in the country, and it’s a privilege to participate in 60 years of outstanding tradition. Opportunities like this can really put ideas into motion. I look forward to collaborating with the Michigan Republican Party, Republican Governors Association and those in attendance to solidify our vision for a better Michigan.”

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2013.org. Additional guests and speakers will be announced at a later date.

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​Michigan Republican Party Opens Doors to 10 New Regional Offices Today

Michigan Republican Party Opens Doors to 10 New Regional Offices Today

LANSING, Mich., July 8, 2013 – The Michigan Republican Party opened the doors to 10 new regional offices across the state today as part of the party’s new political strategy moving forward. Offices are located in Traverse City, Holland, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Howell, Portage, Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, Livonia and Utica, Mich.

“At the Michigan Republican Party, we’re establishing stronger peer-to-peer, neighbor-to-neighbor relationships with voters,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “We’ve applied our successes from past elections and looked at where we can continuously improve and find even greater success, and developed an entirely new ground game.”

In addition to opening 10 new offices, the party hired 10 new regional field directors, four regional press secretaries and a statewide college campus coordinator.

“We’re excited to grow our team and solidify the path to victory next year and beyond,” said Chairman Schostak.

Office locations can be found on the map below.

[img src="http://www.migop.org/images/MRP_Regional_Office_Addresses.jpg" width="600px">
Grand Traverse County
831 Garfield Ave.
Traverse City, MI 49686Ottawa County
513 E. 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423Kent County
725 Lake Michigan Drive NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504Saginaw County
3071 Bay Road
Saginaw, MI 48603Livingston County
2554 E. Grand River Ave.
Howell, MI 48843 Kalamazoo County
6794 F, S. Westnedge Ave.
Portage, MI 49024Washtenaw County
3025 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108Oakland County
42611 Woodward Ave.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304Wayne County
29635 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150Macomb County
13285 Hall Road, C125
Utica, MI 48315

​Independence Day 2013

Independence Day 2013

LANSING, Mich., July 4, 2013 – In honor of Independence Day 2013, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“In 1776, the road to American independence was not easy; countless men and women during that difficult time sacrificed their lives to ensure their voices were heard and their freedom guaranteed. America’s founders built the original 13 colonies from the ground up, and their willingness to fight for the home they loved remains the essence of what it means to be an American. “After 237 years of defending democracy both at home and abroad, America is a beacon of hope and freedom. The principles that define this great nation – ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’ – are just the initial foundation of what it means to be American. Our great nation is truly a blessing unlike any other on earth, and we should be proud of all that it has come to represent.

“On behalf of the entire Michigan Republican Party team, I want to thank our active servicemen and women and veterans, and wish a very happy Independence Day to all Americans here and overseas. As we celebrate this special day, please consider how great this country truly is and what it means to be part of the Land of the Free.”

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​Statement on Mark Totten’s Bid for Attorney General

Statement on Mark Totten’s Bid for Attorney General

LANSING, Mich., June 19, 2013 – Michigan Republican Party Executive Director Kim Jorns issued the following statement regarding Democrat Mark Totten’s bid for attorney general:

“Mark Totten is another Democrat who prefers to play deceptive political games instead of promoting the truth; the same man who claims to be running as the ‘less partisan’ alternative for attorney general first announced his plans to run at this year’s Democrat state convention. Michigan voters will see through his phony façade and support strong Republican leaders come 2014.”
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​Michigan Republican Party Kicks Off New Political Operation by Opening 10 Regional Offices on July

Michigan Republican Party Kicks Off New Political Operation

by Opening 10 Regional Offices on July 1st

LANSING, Mich., June 18, 2013 – The Michigan Republican Party announced Tuesday its plans to open 10 regional offices on July 1, 2013. The 10 counties with offices will include Grand Traverse, Ottawa, Kent, Saginaw, Livingston, Kalamazoo, Washtenaw, Oakland, Wayne and Macomb.

“The Michigan Republican Party’s new political strategy is focused on creating more peer-to-peer, neighbor-to-neighbor contact,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “To do that, we’re opening 10 regional offices with new field and communications staff next month that will function full time into 2014 and beyond. It’s much more comprehensive than anything we’ve done before, and we believe it will be the key to our success moving forward.”

“A winning political strategy is built from the ground up, and that’s exactly what we plan to do,” said Michigan Republican Party Executive Director Kim Jorns. “Our new regional staff will be out in the field, engaging with voters to determine their needs and spreading the message of what our party has to offer. It’s an exciting time to be a Republican in Michigan.”

Office locations will be announced on a city by city basis in the coming weeks. For a map indicating the 10 office locations, see the image attached.

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

June 16, 2013

LANSING, Mich., June 16, 2013 – In recognition of Father’s Day 2013, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Father’s Day is a special day dedicated to the men who care for their children and families. Whether they are fathers themselves or take others in as their own, a man who tirelessly works to provide a better life for his loved ones is a man of great character. The love he has is selfless and unwavering; a good father is a great friend. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, have a wonderful Father’s Day.”

​Statement on Rep. Mike Rogers’ Decision Not to Run for U.S. Senate

Statement on Rep. Mike Rogers’ Decision Not to Run for U.S. Senate

LANSING, Mich., June 14, 2013 – In response to U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers’ decision not to run for U.S. Senate, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“The Michigan Republican Party commends Rep. Rogers for his thoughtful consideration about running for U.S. Senate. His responsibilities as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee are critical to our national security – a role that, while at a tense time in our nation’s history, we can trust he will perform to the best of his ability. Although he will not be running for U.S. Senate, the people of Michigan are honored to have Rep. Rogers’ continued service in Washington. I have no doubt that Republicans will field a strong candidate to win this seat in 2014.”
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Michigan Republican Party Announces 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

Michigan Republican Party Announces 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

June 4, 2013

LANSING, Mich., June 4, 2013 – The Michigan Republican Party will hold its 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference at Mackinac Island’s iconic Grand Hotel this September 20-22, 2013. Information can be found at the newly launched website, mackinac2013.org.

Since 1953, The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference has become one of the most influential events in the Midwest. Every two years, activists gather at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island to discuss, learn and interact with influential leaders from across the state – and country – to build onto Michigan’s potential.

“This year, the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference is celebrating 60 years of outstanding tradition,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “The 2013 Conference could not come at a better time; Michigan is experiencing a meaningful comeback after the lost decade experienced under Democrat leadership, and by coming together this September we can solidify that vision.”

Over the years, the Conference has received high visibility and attracted many nationally-known Republican leaders, including John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and many others. Confirmed speakers for the 2013 Conference will be announced at a later date.

For more information, please visit mackinac2013.org.

MIGOP to Partner with RGA on Tech Summit During 30th Biennial Mackinac Conference

MIGOP to Partner with RGA on Tech Summit During 30th Biennial Mackinac Conference

June 4, 2013

LANSING, Mich., June 4, 2013 – The Michigan Republican Party will team up with the Republican Governors Association to host a Technology Summit during the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference this September 20-22, 2013. Building on the momentum, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“The Michigan Republican Party is proud to partner with the Republican Governors Association to host a Technology Summit this fall. The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference is an excellent opportunity to showcase the growing tech-based programs in our state. “Now more than ever, technology is a necessary part of communication, and its influence will only continue to grow. It takes more than just being on top of the game; technology requires innovation. The Tech Summit will add an entirely new dimension to our conference, and we’re looking forward to working with leaders from across the nation on this exciting event.”

Ken McKay of the RGA also weighed in on the highly anticipated event:

“We are very excited to join the Michigan Republican Party to host this informative and necessary technology summit at this year’s Leadership Conference. Showcasing and training the next generation of tech leaders is a necessary strategy moving into 2013 and beyond, and we look forward to collaborating with the people of Michigan on this new endeavor.”

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2013.org.

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Schostak: Michigan Will Suffer Under Former Congressman Mark Schauer

Schostak: Michigan Will Suffer Under Former Congressman Mark Schauer
Failed by Browse to Save">career politician thinks he can govern the comeback state

LANSING, Mich., May 28, 2013 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement in response to the announcement of former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer’s bid for governor:

“Weeks after the Michigan Democratic Party began promoting failed one-term U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer for governor, his announcement is not at all surprising – or impressive. Former Rep. Schauer’s unappealing policies of increased spending and higher taxes caused him to lose his Congressional seat and will not resonate with Michigan voters. A failed by Browse to Save">career politician, former Rep. Schauer contributed to Michigan’s ‘lost decade’ in both the State House and Senate, proving he does not have the right agenda for Michigan.

“Thanks to the positive leadership of Gov. Rick Snyder and Republicans in Lansing, Michigan’s ‘lost decade’ is behind us. Budgets are balancing ahead of schedule. The job-killing Michigan Business Tax has been eliminated and our business tax climate is now seventh-best in the nation. Unemployment has dropped from its Granholm-era peak of 14.2 percent to 8.4 percent. Thousands of new by Browse to Save">jobs are being created and middle class families are staying in Michigan. We’re the comeback state now and Republicans are committed to that mission; why would we ever want to go back?

“With a voting history that plagued Michigan families and small businesses, former Rep. Schauer isn’t fit for the job. Gov. Rick Snyder has set Michigan on a path toward a comeback; his record shows he can govern our state well, and former Rep. Schauer’s clearly does not.”

Memorial Day 2013

LANSING, Mich., May 27, 2013 – In honor of Memorial Day 2013, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:
“Memorial Day is a special day for Americans to recognize and pay tribute to those who have served in our nation’s military, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting us. It is important to remember their sacrifice and their willingness to defend our freedom. As you spend time with your loved ones today, please take a moment to put our active and fallen servicemen and women in your thoughts. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, have a very happy, safe Memor

Michigan Republican Party Unveils New Political Plan for 2014

Michigan Republican Party Unveils New Political Plan for 2014
MIGOP brings Spring by Browse to Save">Training Conference to Boyne, rolls out more comprehensive strategy for victory

BOYNE FALLS, Mich., May 12, 2013 – The Michigan Republican Party rolled out a new political plan for the 2014 election cycle during their Spring by Browse to Save">Training in Boyne, Mich., this weekend. This plan provides the party with a more comprehensive strategy to reach a greater number of voters and build stronger relationships at the local level.

“We’re in the process of making very dynamic changes,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak said of the state party. “The results over the past several years have shown Gov. Snyder and the Republican-led legislature know how to fix the damage of the ‘lost decade.’ Now, we need to by Browse to Save">continue Michigan’s comeback; this political plan will allow us to deliver the message of Republican success to every corner of the state, grow our party and elect Republicans in 2014.”

Republican legislators have praised the Michigan Republican Party for its new vision for victory in 2014.

“Working at a local level is essential to keeping Republicans in majority,” said State Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton). “Last year’s election was about Washington; 2014 is about Michigan and continuing our comeback. We can’t do it without communicating on more personal basis with voters, and the Michigan Republican Party is doing that with a newer, more thorough route to victory.”

“Republicans in our state have a lot to look forward to next year,” said State Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-Olive Township). “The state party’s new political plan is impressive and greatly needed. We’ve filled the gaps from 2012 and will take all steps necessary to keep our majority.”

Nearly 500 grassroots leaders gathered in Boyne, Mich. this weekend for training sessions and the political plan roll out.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

LANSING, Mich., May 12, 2013 – In honor of Mother’s Day 2013, Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following statement:

“Mother’s Day is a special day for women everywhere, whether they have children of their own or choose to dedicate their time caring for others. Compassion is a special gift, and all of us can think of a mother, grandmother, aunt, daughter or close friend who has impacted our lives in a profound way. They are the building blocks of our families and friendships, and they sacrifice so much of themselves every day. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I’d like to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to the women of Michigan and their loved ones. We appreciate all that you do.”

Peters Applauds Snyder Policies; Admits Failures of Obama/Peters’ Agenda

Peters Applauds Snyder Policies; Admits Failures of Obama/Peters’ Agenda

LANSING, Mich., May 1, 2013 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak released the following statement on the announcement of Representative Gary Peters’ bid for the US Senate:

“In his announcement Rep. Peters admits ‘Washington is a mess’ and Michigan is on the verge of re-invention with ‘a middle class that’s stronger than ever.’ I appreciate Rep. Peters recognizing that under the leadership of Gov. Snyder and the republican led legislature Michigan is the comeback state.”

“If we by Browse to Save">apply the same common sense solutions in Washington that Republicans have applied in Lansing we can clean up the mess created by Peters and his Democrat colleagues. In order to do that we need to send a common sense conservative leader to the Senate, not #BigGovtGary.”

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Tim Greimel Crosses the Line, Calls Republicans ‘Terrorists’

Tim Greimel Crosses the Line, Calls Republicans ‘Terrorists’
Schostak: There’s simply no room for insensitive language of this nature

LANSING, Mich., April 26, 2013 – According to Gongwer News Service, Democrat House Minority Leader Tim Greimel outspokenly described his Republican colleagues as “terrorists” who “threaten all kinds of evil things:”

House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), asked if he was concerned Republicans could pursue policies like repealing prevailing wage if the two parties cannot strike a deal on roads, said Republicans have shown a willingness to take many actions that harm the state.

“We’re not going to negotiate with terrorists who threaten all kinds of evil things if we don’t come to the table and negotiate,” he said.

In response to his shocking accusations, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement calling on Rep. Greimel to apologize for these repulsive remarks:

“The comments made by Rep. Greimel were irresponsible and inexcusable. There’s simply no room for insensitive language of this nature in public discourse.

“The beauty of our country is our ability to disagree over political opinions while still recognizing that we are all Americans with a common bond, but this time Rep. Greimel has crossed the line. The Michigan Republican Party remains committed to civil and respectful debate. We ask Rep. Greimel to apologize for his outrageous comments during this extremely sensitive time.”

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ICYMI: Michigan Unemployment Rate Drops, Payroll Jobs Highest Since 2008

ICYMI: Michigan Unemployment Rate Drops, Payroll Jobs Highest Since 2008

LANSING, Mich., April 17, 2013 – New figures released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget today reveal Michigan’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5% in March and the total number of unemployed dropped to less than 400,000 for the first time in five years.

Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement about the new data:

“Today’s strong economic news is the most recent reminder that Michigan’s comeback is underway thanks to the bold leadership by Gov. Rick Snyder and our Republican-led House and Senate. Michigan’s workforce is improving because new and better jobs are being added to the economy, and payroll jobs are the highest they’ve been in five years – an impressive stat after Michigan lost nearly a million jobs during the ‘lost decade.’ Republicans are committed to offering real solutions that put children and families first, by creating a stronger economy that offers better job opportunities, allows families to stay in Michigan, and provides positive momentum as we continue to make Michigan the comeback state.”

To read more about today’s positive economic news from the Detroit Free Press, click here.

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Tax Day 2013 and the Fiscal Forecast

Tax Day 2013 and the Fiscal Forecast

Democrats by Browse to Save">continue federal financial disarray; Republicans work toward Mich. comeback

Lansing, Mich., April 15, 2013 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement concerning “Tax Day 2013.”

“It’s that time again taxes are due, and sadly, this year, many hardworking middle class families will be paying more to fund the reckless spending habits of President Obama and Democrats in the House and Senate. President Obama describes the higher taxes as a way for everyone to pay their ‘fair share,’ but the federal government is projected to spend more than $1.05 trillion than it will collect in revenue. Under President Obama, families have to work harder and pay more taxes, simply because Democrats by Browse to Save">continue to ask for more money rather than make the decision to cut spending. To demonstrate how out of touch and careless with our tax dollars the President has become, last week he unveiled his budget and his own communications director admitted that the budget will not balance.

“Americans deserve more, they deserve better, and Republican leaders across the country are offering real, responsible solutions. Republicans in Michigan, due to the leadership of Gov. Snyder and the GOP-led House and Senate, eliminated the Michigan Business Tax, paid down long-term debt and every year passed a balanced budget months ahead of schedule. As a result, Michigan has a stronger rainy day fund and a more stable, simpler tax system that’s easier on families and attractive to job creators.

“On Tax Day, we’re reminded that there are two distinct differences offered to taxpayers: Republicans who put into place solutions that put taxpayers first and cut government spending, or Democrats who by Browse to Save">continue to ask for more money and rely on taxpayers to fund their limitless spending.”

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