​Schauer Loves to Vote… Except When It’s His Job

Schauer Loves to Vote… Except When It’s His Job

LANSING, Mich., July 30, 2014 – Last week, Mark Schauer openly admitted he voted in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, saying he “tries not to miss” any opportunities to cast his vote – unless it’s his job.

“Mark Schauer is your typical career politician who cares more about games than getting down to work,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Schauer is not serious about representing the people of Michigan, and his voting record is proof. The Democrats’ architect of the Lost Decade clearly cares more about casting his ballot in Republican elections than working as a diligent Legislator, and it’s not going to win him any votes in November.”

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Gary Peters: Bad for Middle-Class Michigan

Gary Peters: Bad for Middle-Class Michigan

LANSING, Mich., July 29, 2014 – Gary Peters promises to help move Michigan forward, but has supported shipping Michigan taxpayer dollars overseas to create jobs in other countries, like China.

A quick look at Gary Peters' record reveals a storied history of shipping Michigan taxpayers' dollars overseas starting from his time in Lansing as Lotto Chief and his devastating support of the Stimulus during Peters' time in Washington.

  • Gary Peters’ lotto agency awarded a contract to a Chinese firm
  • Peters’ stimulus created jobs overseas, such as China

The Detroit News reported that under Peters' failed leadership, “the state of Michigan bought 6 million golf scoring-size pencils made in China in October 2003 for $210,000 — soon after Peters was named state lottery commissioner by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm.”

“Gary Peters’ record reveals a history of shipping Michigan taxpayers’ dollars overseas to create jobs in other countries. Peters has failed middle-class Michiganders repeatedly throughout his career – why would he do anything differently as U.S. Senator? Michiganders deserve a U.S. Senator that vehemently fights for good paying jobs for them rather than shipping opportunities and hard-earned tax dollars overseas,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell.

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Peters’ $700 Billion Wall Street Flip-Flops

Peters’ $700 Billion Wall Street Flip-Flops

LANSING, Mich., July 28, 2014 – With Gary Peters’ past as a Wall Street executive exposed, the flip-flops on his shady banking background continue. When it came to the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, Peters’ flip-flopped to avoid taking a stance on how he would have voted had he already been in Congress at the time.

“Gary Peters has a shameful record of saying whatever is convenient at the time; the problem is we don’t know where he truly stands on the issues,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Across the board, Congressman Peters has repeatedly flip-flopped on Wall Street because he clearly doesn’t have Michigan values in mind. Gary Peters’ only concern is keeping his ‘Pure Washington’ lifestyle, no matter the cost to our families.”

BACKGROUND

  • The Flip: In September 2008, as Peters was running for Congress, he opposed the $700 billion Wall Street bailout saying, “given the current structure of the deal […] I would have voted no.” (Detroit News, 9/30/08)
  • The Flop: In October 2008, Peters changed his stance saying in an interview, “I would have reluctantly voted ‘yes.’” (Detroit Free Press, 10/9/08)

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MIGOP Statement on Gov. Snyder’s Strong Fundraising Report

MIGOP Statement on Gov. Snyder’s Strong Fundraising Report

LANSING, Mich., July 25, 2014 – In response to another strong campaign finance report released from Governor Snyder’s campaign, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Governor Snyder’s strong fundraising report today shows the growing momentum behind his campaign for re-election. Michigan families are genuinely excited to support Governor Snyder’s vision for our comeback because they can see the progress everywhere they look. With more than 250,000 new private-sector jobs, lower unemployment, Detroit’s resurgence and the highest education funding in state history, Michigan is undoubtedly moving forward. With more than $4.66 million on-hand, Governor Snyder is in a solid position moving toward Election Day.

“He doesn’t need $1 million of taxpayer money to run a negative campaign, as Mark Schauer apparently does. Mark Schauer’s entire operation is being run on the backs of taxpayers. Michigan families have paid for Schauer’s trips to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York and Nantucket, which shows how out of touch Mark Schauer is with the concept of using our hard-earned money wisely. Michiganders deserve to know the truth about Mark Schauer – the man without a plan, just the same-old Lost Decade tactics that spent our state into disaster.”

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Happy 313th Birthday to Detroit

Happy 313th Birthday to Detroit

LANSING, Mich., July 24, 2014 – Today marks the 313th birthday of Detroit, founded on July 24, 1701. To celebrate the city’s vast history, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today is an iconic birthday for Detroit. The city, fondly referred to as the ‘313,’ is a staple of our state and country. During times of unrest, times of resurgence, times of prosperity, Detroit has stood as a beacon of hope. The last year has been especially promising as we look ahead. Detroit and its people always persevere – and we’re closer than we’ve been in decades to seeing this city rise again. Together, during this 313th year, we’ll show the rest of the nation why Detroit is America’s Comeback City.”

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​More of the Same from Career Politician Mark Schauer

More of the Same from Career Politician Mark Schauer

LANSING, Mich., July 24, 2014 – Michigan Democrats’ candidate for governor, Mark Schauer, continues to shock and disappoint Michigan families – this time, as a result of cross-ballot voting in the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary. When confronted, Schauer said the practice was a bad idea – but once again, his words do not match his actions.

“This is more of the same from career politician Mark Schauer, who is all about saying one thing and doing another,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell. “Schauer would rather undermine Michigan’s political process than play fair, even going as far as deliberately tampering with our primary system. Will Democratic Party leaders like Chairman Lon Johnson condemn his actions, or will they stand by their irresponsible, plan-less candidate for governor?”

BACKGROUND

Politico headline: “Why Democratic gov hopeful in Michigan likely voted for Rick Santorum”

Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate for governor in Michigan, voted in the 2012 Republican primary, likely for Rick Santorum in order to embarrass Mitt Romney in his home state. But Schauer, a former congressman, has discouraged activists from meddling in this year’s competitive GOP primaries, including a closely watched House race outside Detroit.” (James Hohmann, “Why Democratic gov hopeful in Michigan likely voted for Rick Santorum,” Politico, 7/23/14)

Detroit News headline: “Democrat Schauer admits voting Republican in '12 presidential primary”

“Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer admitted Wednesday he voted Republican in Michigan’s 2012 presidential primary, but declined to say who he voted for. […] The Michigan Republican Party is criticizing Schauer’s cross-over vote because earlier this year he discouraged a group of Democratic supporters from participating in the 11th Congressional District Republican primary.” (Chad Livengood, “Democrat Schauer admits voting Republican in '12 presidential primary,” Detroit News, 7/23/14)

“So should Democrats vote in the Republican primary to try to screw it up by voting for an unpopular candidate? [Mark] Brewer says no.”(Charlie Langton, “Charlie Langton: What’s The Latest Reason Democrats Are Ticked Off At Republicans?,” CBS Detroit, 2/14/12)

“‘It’s the Republicans voting; they have a right to pick who they want,’ King said […] King (right) is not encouraging his members to turn out Tuesday.” (P.D. Lesko, “UAW Prez Bob King Tells Dem Members: Stay Away From the Michigan Republican Primary,” Ann Arbor Independent, 2/29/12)

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Cannon Stands by as Seniors Face Medicare Cuts

Cannon Stands by as Seniors Face Medicare Cuts

LANSING, Mich., July 23, 2014 – First Congressional District Democrat Jerry Cannon continues to support the President’s failing health care law, while seniors in Michigan are dealing with higher costs, fewer benefits and reduced access to doctors. A recent study highlighted Obamacare’s state-by-state cuts to Medicare Advantage, with Michigan seniors facing average cuts of $569.42 in the First Congressional District.

“Jerry Cannon continues to remain steadfast in his loyalty to his liberal allies in Washington, while seniors in Northern Michigan are being forced to pay the price,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell. “Obamacare’s attack on Medicare Advantage is crippling seniors’ access to health care, and Jerry Cannon still thinks it’s a good law. Who will Cannon stand with – seniors in Northern Michigan, or his liberal allies in Washington who jammed Obamacare through?”

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Nearly 100 Days Left, Schauer Still Missing Plan

Nearly 100 Days Left, Schauer Still Missing Plan

LANSING, Mich., July 22, 2014 – The Michigan Republican Party released a new video today regarding Mark Schauer’s missing plan, which has been the case for more than a year. With nearly 100 days left until Election Day, Michigan families continue to wait and wonder if Mark Schauer will ever present them with any of his plans as Governor.

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​MIGOP Marks Continued Growth with Riverview Office Grand Opening

MIGOP Marks Continued Growth with Riverview Office Grand Opening

LANSING, Mich., July 19, 2014 – Today, the Michigan Republican Party hosted the grand opening of their new Riverview, Mich., field office. In response to the continued growth of the party’s field program, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today was a special day for Michigan Republicans, thanks to the eager volunteers who helped jumpstart our efforts at this pivotal new office in the Downriver community. Our field program continues to grow because Republicans are focused on building new neighbor-to-neighbor relationships in 2014 and beyond, and it starts by making efforts in places where our families live. With nearly 100 days until Election Day, Republicans are in the position to win; we have a duty to use that momentum and work like never before to ensure our candidates’ victory.”

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Schauer Can’t Sell It, Looks to Washington Democrats for Help

Schauer Can’t Sell It, Looks to Washington Democrats for Help

LANSING, Mich., July 19, 2014 – Mark Schauer’s partisan campaign strategy continues today as he campaigns alongside Washington Democrats at the Netroots Nation event in Detroit. For more than 400 days, Mark Schauer has been unable to paint himself as a credible candidate and is desperate for any opportunity to get his name out there – regardless of the fact he still has no plan for Michigan.

“Rather than providing us with a legitimate plan for our state, Mark Schauer has moved on to spending time with his liberal allies,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Schauer has apparently acknowledged the fact he is incapable of exciting his own base, so he’s turning to extreme, Washington Democrats to generate the momentum for him. Mark Schauer has proven he is the wrong candidate for Michigan families and will drag us back to the Lost Decade if given the opportunity.”

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Peters’ Pricey ‘Grassroots’ Gathering

Peters’ Pricey ‘Grassroots’ Gathering

LANSING, Mich., July 18, 2014 – Wall Street odd couple U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and candidate Gary Peters took to the fundraising front today, making the most of the Netroots Nation crowd at their fingertips. What shocked guests - and their wallets - was the $100 ticket price for an event Peters targeted at the “grassroots.”

“Gary Peters has reaffirmed how blatantly out of touch he is with the people of Michigan today by hosting a ‘grassroots’ fundraiser with a starting ticket price of $100,” said MIGOP Chairman Bobby Schostak. “That might be affordable for his Wall Street pals, but it is absurd to call this a grassroots event. Gary Peters has spent too much time in Washington; our families can’t afford to send him back.”

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​Peters Chooses Washington Democrats Over Michigan Families

Peters Chooses Washington Democrats Over Michigan Families

LANSING, Mich., July 18, 2014 – Big-name Democrats flew to Michigan this week to spread their progressive message with the help of U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters. Not wanting to miss an opportunity for a photo op, Peters took a break from his usual campaign rhetoric to support the extreme liberal agenda of politicians like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit.

“It’s puzzling that Gary Peters would stand with Senator Elizabeth Warren – one of Washington’s biggest Wall Street critics – given his previous experience as a Vice President for two major Wall Street firms,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Congressman Peters’ decision to attend Netroots and stand with Vice President Biden and Senator Warren shows the lengths he will go to keep his ‘Pure Washington’ lifestyle. Gary Peters is out of touch with Michigan values, and he will continue to champion the same extreme policies of his liberal allies if promoted to the Senate.”

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Peters’ True Obamacare-Biden Roots

Peters’ True Obamacare-Biden Roots

LANSING, Mich., July 17, 2014 – Gary Peters’ favorite time of the year is here: campaigning with big-name Democrats on big-government issues. While the two don’t seem to have overlapping plans at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit this week, Gary Peters and Vice President Joe Biden’s prerogatives include spreading their extreme-liberal agenda, despite Republicans’ notable momentum nearly 100 days out from Election Day.

“Gary Peters won’t directly stand alongside Vice President Biden because he’s trying to run from his record, but the fact is that Gary Peters is a rubberstamp for this administration and the liberal policies they’ve forced on us,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “When families see the two of them together, they are immediately reminded of Peters’ allegiance to this administration and the countless broken Obamacare promises he made. Congressman Peters is determined to keep his ‘Pure Washington’ lifestyle, and it’s not because he’s representing our families to the fullest – just ask the 225,000 Michiganders who lost their health coverage because of his vote. Gary Peters will say and do whatever it takes to get ahead, which is why we must send him home in November.”

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Schauer Still Plan-less

Schauer Still Plan-less

LANSING, Mich., July 15, 2014 – Once again, Mark Schauer took to the media spotlight Tuesday with only plan-less criticisms of Governor Snyder. Appearing on MSNBC with Chuck Todd, the architect of the Lost Decade continued to mislead families about Michigan’s comeback, without providing a clear path forward.

“Michigan families keep waiting to hear Mark Schauer’s plan for Michigan, but he simply does not have one,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell. “Schauer should be ashamed that nearly 100 days out from Election Day, he still cannot provide us with concrete answers as to what he would do as Governor – on the economy, jobs, education, roads, Detroit, you name it. Criticism is not a plan; without a plan, the only direction Mark Schauer will take us is backwards.”

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​Mark Schauer Rooting for Detroit to Fail

Mark Schauer Rooting for Detroit to Fail

LANSING, Mich., July 11, 2014 – Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer was asked about today’s Detroit pensioners vote during a live radio interview this morning with Michigan Radio. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement in response to Mark Schauer’s comments:

“Mark Schauer showed an incredible lack of leadership today when he refused to acknowledge the dire situation created by decades of Democrat mismanagement in Detroit. By refusing to acknowledge these problems, offer any solutions, and constantly criticize Governor Snyder’s efforts, Mark Schauer is rooting against Detroit’s recovery. Mark Schauer put politics before families today, and his extreme position on Detroit will not go unnoticed by the families sacrificing so much to revitalize our great city.”

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Schauer Dodges Questions, Again

Schauer Dodges Questions, Again

LANSING, Mich., July 11, 2014 – As families across Michigan came to learn Friday morning, Mark Schauer’s live, hour-long interview on Michigan Radio didn’t provide any new information – including a plan as governor. In response to Schauer’s performance, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today, the Democrats’ candidate for Governor reinforced what we’ve known for over 400 days: Mark Schauer has no plan for Michigan. No matter the topic, Mark Schauer dodged every question he was asked and instead peddled more misleading rhetoric. Mark Schauer simply cannot excite the people of Michigan, let alone his own base. While opportunities like this are a great chance to share his vision, once again, he clearly failed.”

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Facts are Facts: Schauer gets ‘FOUL’ from Truth Squad on Education Claims

Facts are Facts: Schauer gets ‘FOUL’ from Truth Squad on Education Claims

LANSING, Mich., July 11, 2014 – Bridge Magazine on Thursday reaffirmed that Mark Schauer’s education claims, repeated in his most recent ad, just don’t hold up. In response, Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell issued the following statement:

"Facts are facts, and Governor Snyder has increased education funding by $1 billion – to the highest level in state history. Throughout Mark Schauer’s plan-less campaign, he has consistently avoided the truth on a variety of issues, including his record as architect of Michigan’s Lost Decade. Mark Schauer is clearly more concerned with distorting numbers than continuing our children and state’s path forward.”

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Cannon Cherry Picks, Refuses to Take a Stand

Cannon Cherry Picks, Refuses to Take a Stand

LANSING, Mich., July 10, 2014 – First Congressional District Democrat Jerry Cannon continues to cherry pick his stance on the issues, especially when it comes to Northern Michigan tourism and agriculture. With the National Cherry Festival taking place in Traverse City, Mich., this week, Cannon – much like his confusion on Obamacare – hasn’t taken a real stand on many of the issues that matter to Northern Michigan families.

“Jerry Cannon would rather please liberal interest groups than take a hard stance on the issues that matter to Northern Michigan families, especially when it comes to boosting the area’s economy while promoting stewardship of the environment,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Agriculture and tourism are two key industries to our state, yet Cannon refuses to voice what he would do to grow and foster their success. We don’t need a rubberstamp for Nancy Pelosi and liberal interest groups from Washington in ‘Pure Michigan,’ which is all Jerry Cannon has proven to be.”

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Cherry on Top: Schauer Missing on Tourism and Agriculture

Cherry on Top: Schauer Missing on Tourism and Agriculture

LANSING, Mich., July 9, 2014 – With the National Cherry Festival taking place in Traverse City, Mich., this week, the people of Michigan are taking a closer look at the positive momentum of the state’s tourism and agriculture industries during the last three and a half years. Gov. Snyder has many notable accomplishments under his belt, including a seven percent increase in leisure and hospitality jobs, and increased agricultural funding each year of his first term. However, Michigan families are rightfully frustrated by Mark Schauer’s failure to outline his plans more than one year after launching his failed campaign.

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“Mark Schauer has no plan for Michigan tourism and agriculture, two industries that are critical to our state’s economy. The National Cherry Festival is a perfect example of everything that makes Michigan great; drawing visitors from outside our state to experience all we have to offer, which is why Governor Snyder has put so much focus into efforts like the ‘ Pure Michigan’ campaign and growing the industries that help our communities and families prosper. Mark Schauer has let people all across Michigan down by remaining silent on what he’d do to boost tourism and agriculture as governor, showing he’s incapable of leading us forward.” – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak

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Still Leading the Nation: MIGOP Celebrates Anniversary of Expanded Field Program

Still Leading the Nation:

MIGOP Celebrates Anniversary of Expanded Field Program

LANSING, Mich., July 8, 2014 – One year ago, the Michigan Republican Party welcomed 10 new regional field directors across the state as part of our new field program for 2014 and beyond. Today, field staff operations are well on their way to expanding 10 times that size. To mark this anniversary, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak released the following statement:

“For the past year, our team at the Michigan Republican Party has been dedicated to expanding our operations and reaching out to thousands of new faces in all corners of the state. It’s inspiring to look back on what we have accomplished in the last 365 days. We are conducting operations year-round, investing in one-of-a-kind technology – the MI Team Dashboard – and empowering our activists to be campaign managers of their communities.

“We led the nation a year ago, and we’re still leading the nation today. While the hardest work is still ahead, we have the tools and team in place to win this November. We invite anyone who is interested in learning more or getting involved to join our team today. Together, we will ensure the progress Michigan Republicans have made continues.”

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MIGOP Commemorates 160th Anniversary of Republican Party

MIGOP Commemorates 160th Anniversary of Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., July 6, 2014 – On this day in 1854, the Republican Party was born in Jackson, Mich. To commemorate this anniversary, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today marks 160 years since the first Republican gathering, a day that undoubtedly moved our country forward. On that hot July afternoon, more than 1,000 Republican activists gathered ‘under the oaks’ to take a stand against slavery. Our party founded itself in the most essential principles of freedom and equal treatment for all, and we remain dedicated to that same vision today. As the Republican Party extends an open hand to all Americans, we look forward to what’s in store for our future and welcome anyone who is interested to learn more and get involved.”

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Happy Independence Day from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Independence Day from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., July 4, 2014 – In celebration of Independence Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“As Americans, each year on July 4th we are reminded how invaluable our freedom is and all that it took to get us to this momentous day in 1776. The road was not easy; countless men and women vowed to put their lives on the line at any cost in order to protect this land, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice in doing so. Our founders’ willingness to fight for the home they love remains the essence of what it means to be an American, and we live by their same passion still today.

“On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I’d like to wish a very happy and safe Independence Day to all Michigan families. We thank our active servicemen and women for their unwavering service to protect our country and pray for their safe return home. We are truly blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world, where we can cherish our freedom every day.”

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​Mark Schauer Reaches Another Milestone

Mark Schauer Reaches Another Milestone

LANSING, Mich., July 2, 2014 – Today marks another milestone in Mark Schauer’s broken bid for governor: 400 days without a plan for Michigan. For more than a year, Schauer has campaigned across our state on rhetoric and misinformation in hopes of distracting people from his record. Whether it’s Detroit, our roads, the budget, jobs, the economy or our children’s education, Mark Schauer has no plan to keep Michigan moving forward.

“After 400 days, Mark Schauer still refuses to offer a plan to Michigan families,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “What’s equally disturbing is his refusal to engage in any type of constructive dialogue given his 17 years as a career politician. Mark Schauer will continue to rely on political gimmicks because his record as architect of the Lost Decade doesn’t appeal to Michigan families. It’s clear that no matter the issue, Mark Schauer is not interested in finding a solution.”

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​MIGOP Releases Video and Statement on Another Early Budget

MIGOP Releases Video and Statement on Another Early Budget

LANSING, Mich., June 30, 2014 – In response to Governor Snyder signing the new FY 2014-15 budget today, the Michigan Republican Party created the following video. Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak also issued the following statement:

“Governor Snyder and our Republican-led Legislature strive to provide our families, businesses and schools with the confidence and stability they need in order to plan ahead, and this new budget solidifies their commitment. Every budget that has arrived on Governor Snyder’s desk has been balanced and signed ahead of schedule, which is just one of the many positive changes made since putting an end to Jennifer Granholm and Mark Schauer’s Lost Decade.

“We can also be proud that Governor Snyder continues to make our children’s future a top priority. Governor Snyder has increased education spending to $15.8 billion, the highest level in Michigan's history and an increase of more than $1 billion since taking office. Republican policies are making Michigan America’s Comeback State, starting with the restoration of responsible government that we’re seeing today.”

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​MIGOP Statement Honoring Ramadan

MIGOP Statement Honoring Ramadan

LANSING, Mich., June 28, 2014 – In honor of Ramadan, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“For those of Islamic faith, tonight begins the holy month of Ramadan. During this time, families grow closer, religious ties grow stronger and time is spent giving back to the less fortunate. All Michiganders, regardless of their religious background, can appreciate these honorable qualities. We recognize the contributions of Muslim Americans here in Michigan and wish all families who are fasting a blessed Ramadan.”

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Gary Peters Flip-Flops for Political Gain

Gary Peters Flip-Flops for Political Gain

LANSING, Mich., June 24, 2014 – Summer is finally here, and the Michigan Republican Party is starting things off in style by bringing you Gary Peters’ best flip-flops. As Congressman, Peters has repeatedly misled Michigan families about his failed record. During his time as a Wall Street banker, his firm profited from the same high-risk speculative investment trading that eventually brought on the last recession. However, that didn’t stop him from condemning those practices when he entered Congress. Definitely not a good look for Gary…

“No matter the season, Gary Peters is all about flip-flops. Peters has done everything he can to erase his past as a Wall Street banker for his Senate run. Adding insult to injury, in 2008, Gary Peters touted his experience as a Wall Street VP in his run for Congress, then as the political winds shifted, called for reforms to the very same ‘casino-style Wall Street investments’ that benefited him financially in the past. As Michigan families were left footing the bill, Peters was sporting flip-flops.” – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak

BACKGROUND

In a 1993 lawsuit against Gary Peters, a former employer of Peters stated that he worked in Peters’ PaineWebber branch, where he specialized in trading equity options – a form of high-risk derivative investments. (Oakland County Circuit Court, Case #94-468592-NO, Filed on January 6, 1993; Voluntary Dismissal, Filed on March 17, 1994)

Casino-style Wall Street investments almost caused a second Great Depression and we need definitive action to hold Wall Street accountable and prevent future crises,” said Peters. (Rep. Peters, Press Release, June 30, 2010)

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​MIGOP Hosts National Month of Action

MIGOP Hosts National Month of Action

LANSING, Mich., June 20, 2014 – The Michigan Republican Party today will join Republican State Committees across the nation in kicking off the National Month of Action. Across our state, precinct leaders, volunteers and grassroots activists will recruit and engage voters for the 2014 elections.

“Over the next month, we will continue to spread the word about the accomplishments under Michigan Republicans,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “During the National Month of Action, volunteers will be out informing family, friends and neighbors about the common sense policies that promote economic growth, job creation and our children’s education. We’ve come a long way since the Democrats’ Lost Decade, and with the help of our supporters we will ensure that Michigan continues to be this nation’s Comeback State.”

To get involved or to sign up for the MI Team Dashboard, visit www.migop.org/2014.

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MIGOP Statement on Snyder Signing Detroit Recovery Package

MIGOP Statement on Snyder Signing Detroit Recovery Package

LANSING, Mich., June 20, 2014 – In response to Governor Snyder signing the Detroit recovery package today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Governor Snyder has played a critical role in Detroit’s resurgence, and his signature on these bills today marks a celebrated day in the city’s path forward. Since announcing his intentions to lead Michigan four years ago, Governor Snyder said a rebirth of Detroit was amongst his highest priorities. He went to work on this promise, and with the support of our Legislature, has signed into law this unprecedented opportunity to open new doors and restore the city to greatness. Detroit will rise, and all of Michigan will be stronger because of it.”

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Michigan Republican Party Celebrates Juneteenth 2014

Michigan Republican Party Celebrates Juneteenth 2014

LANSING, Mich., June 19, 2014 – This week, families across Michigan have been engaged in Juneteenth celebrations, marking the 149th anniversary since the last slaves in America became free. To honor this important step forward in our nation’s history, the Michigan Republican Party hosted a special event this morning in Detroit at the Charles H. Wright Museum with members of community organizations, the faith-based community and local business leaders.

More than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, on June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger read the historic “General Order No. 3” while surrounded by 2,000 Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas, informing the crowd that all slaves had become free. That day went down in history as “Juneteenth,” a hallmark of the policies of the Republican Party, which passed the 13th and 14th Amendments to guarantee both freedom and citizenship to all Americans.

“Since our party’s origin in 1854, Republicans have remained dedicated to protecting the most essential principles of this nation, the greatest of which being freedom,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Juneteenth is a time of celebration for African Americans, and those of every background. As we reflect on what our freedom means to each of us, let’s also remember to do everything possible to continue fighting for continued progress across this nation in 2014 and beyond.”

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Happy Father’s Day from the Michigan GOP

Happy Father’s Day from the Michigan GOP

LANSING, Mich., June 15, 2014 – In celebration of Father’s Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today is a special day for Michigan families to celebrate the unwavering love of fathers, grandfathers and all men who tirelessly work to provide a better life for their children. A man who is there for his child, unconditionally, is not only a good father, but a great friend. The bond between a father and his child is truly special, and can never be taken for granted. To all dads and their families, have a very happy Father’s Day.”

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MIGOP Statement on Senate Passing Detroit Recovery Package

MIGOP Statement on Senate Passing Detroit Recovery Package

LANSING, Mich., June 3, 2014 – In response to the Senate passing the Detroit recovery package today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today is a landmark day in Detroit’s history. Our elected leaders in Lansing worked together to deliver a fresh start to the city, and Michiganders across the state are celebrating this momentous accomplishment. This is the opportunity Detroit needs to be the beacon of success we all know it can be, and we applaud our Legislature for taking the bold steps necessary to make this possible. A strong Comeback City makes for a stronger Comeback State, and we can be proud of the direction we’re heading together.”

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Peters a Rubberstamp for Liberal Energy Agenda

Peters a Rubberstamp for Liberal Energy Agenda

LANSING, Mich., June 2, 2014 – In response to President Obama’s calls for new carbon regulations, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“President Obama and his anti-Keystone allies like billionaire Tom Steyer and U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters support intensified regulations on carbon emissions, which will kill thousands of jobs and cause energy prices to skyrocket. Gary Peters doesn’t have our best interests in mind, and would continue to be a rubberstamp for Democrats’ liberal agenda if promoted to the Senate this fall.”

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​Happy Memorial Day from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Memorial Day from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., May 26, 2014 – In honor of Memorial Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Memorial Day is a special time to pause and reflect on the service of our valiant armed forces, remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom. Our nation has stood strong throughout history because brave men and women have defended our freedom with honor, and we are eternally grateful for their sacrifice.

“As we spend time with our loved ones today, please take a moment to keep our active and fallen servicemen and women in your thoughts; we pray for those currently serving to return home safely. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, have a very happy Memorial Day.”

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MIGOP Statement on House Passing Detroit Recovery Package

MIGOP Statement on House Passing Detroit Recovery Package

LANSING, Mich., May 22, 2014 – In response to the House passing the Detroit recovery package today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today, our elected officials in Lansing demonstrated the kind of leadership Michigan families deserve. The wide bi-partisan support Detroit’s recovery package received shows the commitment we all have to restoring the Motor City’s glory, and the acknowledgement that a strong Detroit is good for every family in every corner of our state. There is still much work to be done, but this is a clear sign that Michigan is moving forward past our darkest days, and that together, we are making Michigan the Comeback State.”

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Peters Called to Come Clean as Levin’s Ties to IRS Grow Stronger

Peters Called to Come Clean as Levin’s Ties to IRS Grow Stronger

LANSING, Mich., May 15, 2014 – In response to new information released this week regarding the IRS’ Tea Party targeting scandal, Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell issued the following statement:

“Despite the IRS’ desperate attempts to deny that their targeting of conservative groups was political, there is new evidence that suggests it was, and that Michigan's Democratic Senator Carl Levin played a role in the IRS’ decision to target these groups. It begs the question: would Gary Peters – Senator Levin’s hand-picked successor – continue these practices to silence the people he’s supposed to represent? Peters needs to come clean and make all of his correspondence about the IRS public.”

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Another Move Forward: Michigan’s Comeback Continues

Another Move Forward: Michigan’s Comeback Continues

LANSING, Mich., May 14, 2014 – New figures released today showed the eighth-consecutive monthly drop in Michigan’s unemployment rate, down to 7.4 percent – its lowest level since April 2008. While Michigan’s economy continues to recover, Democrat Mark Schauer has yet to reveal any alternatives.

“For the eighth month in a row, we’re seeing Michigan’s unemployment rate decline. This good news is in large part the result of policies put in place by Governor Snyder and Republicans in Lansing to make sure we keep moving Michigan forward,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell. “Michigan’s economy is making the strides necessary for our families and businesses to succeed again, and while there’s still more work to do, our Governor knows what it takes to keep this progress going.”

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MIGOP Hosts National Month of Action

MIGOP Hosts National Month of Action

LANSING, Mich., May 13, 2014 – The Michigan Republican Party today will join Republican Parties across the country in kicking off the National Month of Action. Across the state, precinct leaders, volunteers and grassroots activists will engage with voters as we approach the 2014 elections.

“The National Month of Action is a way for Republicans to get the word out about Michigan’s comeback and the candidates who will keep our state moving forward this fall,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “For the next month, our volunteers will be out every day, knocking on doors, connecting with families and talking about the policies that are leading us out of the Lost Decade. Michigan has made tremendous progress these last few years, and we will carry that momentum with us to victory this fall.”

To get involved or to sign up for the MI Team Dashboard, visit migop.org/2014.

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Jerome “Jerry” L. Schostak

It is with heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of Chairman Bobby Schostak’s father, Jerome “Jerry” L. Schostak.

He passed away after sunset on Friday, May 9, 2014 at Beaumont Hospital surrounded by his family.

A funeral service will be held at the Ira Kaufman Chapel on Monday, May 12 at 10:00am with interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking those who wish to honor the memory of Mr. Jerome L. Schostak to do so by making a contribution to:

Reuben Phoenix Schostak Congenital Heart Center Research Fund

http://victors.us/reubenfund

Please join with us in keeping Chairman Schostak and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Regards,

The Michigan Republican Party Staff 

Happy Mother’s Day from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Mother’s Day from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., May 11, 2014 – In honor of Mother’s Day, Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following statement:

“On Mother’s Day, we’re reminded of the special bond that exists between children and their mothers, the women who are there for us through thick and thin. Their kindness, compassion and patience make us into better people, and we can only hope to repay them with our love and gratitude in return for all that they do.

“Not only is this a special day for women with children, but also those who choose to dedicate their time caring for others. Compassion is a special gift, and all of us know a relative, close friend or caregiver who selflessly gives time to ensure the wellbeing of others.

“On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I’d like to wish Michigan families a very happy Mother’s Day."

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A Bold Plan for Detroit’s Future

A Bold Plan for Detroit’s Future

LANSING, Mich., May 8, 2014 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement regarding the announcement of the Michigan Legislature’s plan to settle Detroit’s financial restructuring:

“The bold plan put forward today by Republican leaders in Lansing is another critical step forward in Detroit’s revival. There is still work to be done in the city, but this is the kind of leadership Michigan families expect, and deserve, from our elected officials. The oversight commission created in this plan will protect the city’s future, ensure the dollars invested today continue fostering the city’s recovery, and guarantee the will of Detroit’s citizens is faithfully represented.

"Protecting pensions for first responders while developing a long term, financially sound retirement plan for the city’s future stewards was the right thing to do.

"This plan is positive news for all Michigan families regardless of which community is called home. As Detroit reclaims its prominence, Michigan’s economic and cultural heartbeat will grow stronger in every corner of the state."

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Michigan Makes Another ‘Top 10’ List, Comeback Surges On

Michigan Makes Another ‘Top 10’ List, Comeback Surges On

LANSING, Mich., May 8, 2014 – The good news continues for the Comeback State this week as a report issued by Site Selection Magazine ranks Michigan among the top competitive states, nationally, as of 2013. Under Governor Snyder’s leadership, Michigan ranks first in the east-north central region of the U.S. based on key economic indicators, including new job creation, capital investments and tax climate.

“Governor Snyder’s pro-growth economic policies continue moving Michigan forward,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Republican leadership is restoring the opportunity for families that had vanished during the Lost Decade. By balancing the budget, cutting taxes and eliminating red tape, we’ve created an environment that encourages our entrepreneurs and innovators to stay in Michigan and attracts new businesses from other states. Mark Schauer wants to drag us back into the Lost Decade, but we’ve come too far to let that happen.”

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​MIGOP Response to Supreme Court Ruling

MIGOP Response to Supreme Court Ruling

LANSING, Mich., May 6, 2014 – In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday that prayers at government meetings do not violate the Constitution, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“The tradition of prayer is stitched deep within our nation’s history, and the Supreme Court made the right decision to leave these seams alone. We have the right to share religious speech in public so long as it does not attack others’ views, which is one of the many blessings of living in the land of the free.”

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​New Signs Reaffirm Comeback, Schauer’s Plan Still MIA

New Signs Reaffirm Comeback, Schauer’s Plan Still MIA

LANSING, Mich., May 6, 2014 – In case you missed it, two new reports in Crain’s Detroit Business this week reaffirm Michigan’s comeback from the Lost Decade Mark Schauer helped create. Among the long list of accomplishments between the two studies, conducted by Michigan Venture Capital Association and MiQuest, is that Michigan now ranks sixth nationally in entrepreneurial climate and first in the Midwest.

“Governor Snyder understands what economic success looks like, and the growing opportunities entrepreneurs have in Michigan are another sign that a comeback is underway,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Michigan is an attractive state again – for innovators and families alike. We’re leading the nation and the momentum keeps growing, but it’s disappointing that Mark Schauer has absolutely no plans to keep Michigan moving forward.”

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Perpetual Pair: UAW Union Bosses Un-shockingly Endorse Schauer

Perpetual Pair: UAW Union Bosses Un-shockingly Endorse Schauer

LANSING, Mich., April 29, 2014 – In response to the UAW union bosses’ endorsement of Mark Schauer today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“As expected, Mark Schauer will always have union bosses’ special interests in mind. When it comes to union members, Schauer and his union boss buddies will do anything possible to revoke their freedoms and drag us back to their Lost Decade – a time when people left our state in droves looking for work due to Democrats’ failed policies. Mark Schauer has no plan to keep Michigan moving forward, and is simply not prepared to lead our state.”

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Peters’ Comments ‘Nothing’ but Shameful

Peters’ Comments ‘Nothing’ but Shameful

LANSING, Mich., April 28, 2014 – The “Really?” saga continues with a new Gary Peters interview with MIRS that came out today, during which the Democrat for Senate dismisses Terri Lynn Land as “nothing.” Land has been offering solutions across the board, but case in point: Gary Peters wouldn’t know because he just isn’t listening.

“Gary Peters hasn’t listened to women in Michigan for years, so it’s no surprise he’s not listening to Terri Lynn Land and her solutions for the problems we all face. Land is a strong, viable candidate; the fact he dismisses her solutions as ‘nothing’ is belittling and shameful on his part.”– Michigan Republican Party Press Secretary Kelli Ford

On Keystone XL Pipeline & Manufacturing

  • Land supports building the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would create 42,000 new jobs, support Michigan families and lower energy prices. (Jennifer Rubin, “Land lands another blow,” Washington Post, 4/24/14)
  • Land has “released details of her plan to strengthen manufacturing in Michigan, which includes better education for skilled trades workers and reforming the federal tax code to make growing businesses easier.” (Michael Martinez, “Land: Better schooling for skilled trades would boost state manufacturing,” Detroit News, 4/3/14)

On Obamacare

  • “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land is outlining her own ideas about health care,” (David Eggert, “Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land offers ideas for alternative to health care law,” Detroit Free Press, 3/20/14)
  • “[Land] offered her own framework for reducing health care costs, including rules to allow insurers to sell policies across state lines, let residents purchase policies with pre-tax dollars and transfer coverage when they get new jobs.” (Jonathan Oosting, “GOP Senate hopeful Terri Lynn Land marks Obamacare anniversary, reiterates call for repeal,” MLive, 3/24/14)

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day

LANSING, Mich., April 27, 2014 – To honor Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“This is an important time to pause and remember the more than six million victims of the Holocaust, the largest genocide known to mankind. As we remember those who lost their lives, it is also important to remember the Jewish people maintained faith, rebounded and rebuilt their lives. We must strive to never be silent in the face of evil, and pursue peace in every corner of the earth.”

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​MIGOP Statement on Primary Filings

MIGOP Statement on Primary Filings

LANSING, Mich., April 25, 2014 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement regarding Michigan’s candidate filings for the August primary:

“Here in Michigan, we have a full slate of Republicans running for the third cycle in a row. Michigan Republicans have a great deal to be proud of as we head into the 2014 elections, but the work has just begun. Conservative policies are moving Michigan forward, and they will pave the path to continue Michigan’s comeback this fall.”

BACKGROUND

In addition to the candidates on the primary ballot, the following individuals are state convention candidates up for nomination in August:

Lieutenant Governor:
Brian Calley

Secretary of State:
Ruth Johnson

Attorney General:
Bill Schuette

State Supreme Court:
Justice Brian Zahra
Justice David Viviano
Judge Jim Redford

MSU Trustee:
Jeff Sakwa
Melanie Foster
Rick Johnson
Scott Schultz

Michigan Regent:
Carl Meyers
Dan Horning
Rob Steele
Ron Weiser

Wayne State Board:
Dr. Michael Busuito
Dr. Michael Koroi
Satish Jasti

State Board of Education:
Jonathan Williams
Joshua Cline
Linda Lee Tarver
Maria Carl

Michigan Civil Rights Initiative Decision a Win for Michigan Equality

Michigan Civil Rights Initiative Decision a Win for Michigan Equality

LANSING, Mich., Apr. 22, 2014 – In 2006 Michigan voters approved the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative against a challenge from opponents of the law. Following the decision, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a victory for equality, fairness and all Michigan citizens. We stand with Michigan voters who ended public universities’ ability to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.

“In another case involving public education, Chief Justice John Roberts stated, ‘the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race,’ and Michigan’s Civil Rights Initiative embraces that ideal.”

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Happy Earth Day from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Earth Day from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., April 22, 2014 – In celebration of Earth Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“From our freshwater lakes to our forests, Michigan’s rich natural resources are treasures that make our state special. Today and every day, we must remember to honor our home and protect it for future generations to come. Happy Earth Day to all Michigan families.”

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National Tax Freedom Day and the Peters Burden

National Tax Freedom Day and the Peters Burden

LANSING, Mich., April 21, 2014 – Today marks 2014 “National Tax Freedom Day,” the day when Americans have officially earned enough money to pay for the year’s taxes. In response, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“With this year’s National Tax Freedom Day arriving three days later than last year, it’s apparent that Washington Democrats continue to dodge accountability for their reckless spending, and instead would rather pass the burden onto our hardworking families.

“Just last year, career politician Gary Peters reiterated Washington needed to act immediately to restore fiscal responsibility and pull back on federal spending, but he has yet to follow through. Since Peters went to Washington, the national debt has grown by more than $54,000 for every Michigan household. With trillions of dollars of debt piling up – and nothing being done by Peters to stop it – why would Michigan promote him to the Senate?

“This Tax Freedom Day, we remember the dedication of Michigan families who work day in and day out to make a good living and provide for their loved ones. We are then reminded of the irresponsible spending habits of Washington Democrats, like Gary Peters, who ignore fiscal responsibility so they can spend more and grow the government. Our families understand how household budgets work, but Gary Peters and his liberal allies can’t seem to figure it out.”

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Happy Easter from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Easter from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., April 20, 2014 – In recognition of Easter Sunday, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following joint statement:

“Today, our friends of Christian faith look forward to celebrating the rising of the Son, a day of joy and renewed hope. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, we wish Michigan families a very happy Easter Sunday.”

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Good Friday Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

Good Friday Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., April 18, 2014 – To honor the Christian observance of Good Friday, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following joint statement:

“Today is a holy day of solemnity for Christians around the world to reflect on Christ’s teachings and life-giving sacrifice. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, we’d like to wish all of our Christian friends a blessed Good Friday.”

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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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