MRP Statement on Hillary Clinton’s campaign stop in Detroit

LANSING, Mich., May 23, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding Hillary Clinton’s campaign speech to the SEIU convention in Detroit:

“Hillary Clinton’s continued struggles during the primary campaign show that voters don’t trust her to lead our country. Her loss in the Michigan primary was a clear signal that voters want strong leadership, not a continuation of the status quo, which has weakened our national economy and made the world a more dangerous place.

"No amount of rhetoric to a friendly audience in Michigan today is going to change the fact that Michiganders don’t want Hillary Clinton as our Commander-in-Chief. We want, need, and deserve better than a third Obama term.”

MRP statement on Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees

LANSING, Mich., May 18, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding presumptive Republican Nominee Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees:

“It’s no surprise that Justice Joan Larsen and Judge Raymond Kethledge are on Donald Trump’s shortlist for potential Supreme Court nominees. These constitutional, rule-of-law jurists are great public servants for the people of Michigan, and would be a great addition to the highest court in the country.”

MRP Statement on DPS Illegal Sick-outs

LANSING, Mich., May 3, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding Big Labor-lead ‘sick-outs’ that closed more than 90 schools in the Detroit Public Schools system for the second day in a row:

“The focus in Detroit needs to be solely on the children, who need to be in the classroom and receive both the educational and nutritional benefits of attending school. While serious reforms are needed for the district, these protests are short-sighted and do nothing to help Michigan’s next generation of leaders. It’s time for Big Labor bosses and teachers in Detroit to get back to work and end these illegal 'sick-outs' to ensure the children of Detroit receive a quality education.”

MRP Chairman statement on the passing of Paul Welday

LANSING, Mich., April 26, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the sudden passing of Paul Welday:

“The Republican Party and the state of Michigan as a whole suffered a great loss today in the untimely passing of Paul Welday. I have been blessed to know Paul for 20 years. He was not just my friend, he was part of my family and I will miss him beyond words. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time. Our Party and our state will not be the same without him.”

Republican Candidates running for every Congressional, Michigan House seat

LANSING, Mich., April 19, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding candidate filings for the Michigan House and Congressional seats:

“Every voter in Michigan will have the option to vote for a Republican candidate in every state House and Congressional race. Michigan Republicans offer real solutions to the issues facing Michigan residents, while Democrats continue to offer more of the same tax-and-spend policies of the past. We’ll continue to work tirelessly to retain Republican majorities in the state House and Congressional Delegation to further Michigan’s Comeback.”

Unhappy Tax Day from Gretchen Driskell and Melissa Gilbert to Michiganders

LANSING, Mich., April 18, 2016 – Michiganders and Americans received some relief from the tax-man this year, as the deadline to file taxes was pushed back to Monday, April 18. However, Democrats like Gretchen Driskell and Melissa Gilbert want to further burden hard-working taxpayers by raising taxes. According to Driskell, Gilbert, and their fellow Democratic Congressional Candidates in Michigan, the federal government better knows how to spend your money better than you do.

In sharp contrast, Michigan Republicans like Tim Walberg and Mike Bishop continue to fight for lower taxes for all Michiganders. That’s because Republicans understand that middle-class workers know how to spend their hard-earned money better than the federal government.

MRP Comment: “Michiganders are already facing too great of a tax burden from the federal government. They don’t need someone like Gretchen Driskell or Melissa Gilbert in Congress, who would continue to raise taxes on hard-working middle-class families in Michigan.” – Sarah Anderson, Communications Director.

Unhappy Tax Day from Lon Johnson to Michiganders

LANSING, Mich., April 18, 2016 – Michiganders and Americans received some relief from the tax-man this year, as the deadline to file taxes was pushed back to Monday, April 18. However, Democrats like Lon Johnson want to further burden hard-working taxpayers by raising taxes. According to Johnson and his fellow Democratic Congressional Candidates in Michigan, the federal government better knows how to spend your money better than you do.

In sharp contrast, Michigan Republicans continue to fight for lower taxes for all Michiganders. That’s because Republicans understand that middle-class workers know how to spend their hard-earned money better than the federal government.

MRP Comment: “Michiganders are already facing too great of a tax burden from the federal government. They don’t need someone like Lon Johnson in Congress, who would continue to raise taxes on hard-working middle-class families in Michigan.” – Sarah Anderson, Communications Director.

Melissa Gilbert is unfit to serve

Gilbert defended a child rapist, then argues “I don’t believe anything that was said at all”

LANSING, Mich., Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday called Congressional candidate Melissa Gilbert “unfit to serve” after hearing her comments regarding Roman Polanski.

“The comments made by Melissa Gilbert regarding the atrocity committed by Roman Polanski are truly disgusting. This was a horrific crime that is the worst nightmare for any mother, for a woman of any age, and Gilbert’s attempts to excuse his behavior is sickening. Michiganders, and all Americans, deserve better from someone looking to represent them in Congress."

After Gilbert was challenged by the Detroit News for her comments defending Polanski’s on a 2009 episode of the View, Gilbert responded this morning on Michael Patrick Shiels’ “Big Show,” “I don’t believe any of what was said,” and blamed the format of the View for her comments.

“Melissa Gilbert is running to represent the citizens of Michigan’s 8th district in Congress. This is not an acting role; this is real life,” Romney McDaniel continued. “If she is that easily manipulated on television by a fellow actor, what can we expect when she is faced with the pressures of Washington, DC? Only now, under the scrutiny of running for public office, does Melissa Gilbert condemn a man who drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl. Her election year change of heart does nothing to inspire the confidence of Michiganders.

“Her comments that the punishment may be ‘excessive’ demonstrate how out of touch she is. I am a mother of a teenage daughter, and I believe that there is no punishment too excessive for this kind of crime.”

In addition, Chairman Romney McDaniel called on Gilbert’s supporters, Brandon Dillon, Senator Stabenow, and former state Senator Gretchen Whitmer, to condemn these remarks.

“No one who has suffered because of a crime like this should ever feel like public officials are making light of the atrocity they’ve had to endure. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Gilbert did. Her support for Polanski is appalling and inexcusable, and is one more in a long list of reasons why Melissa Gilbert is unfit to serve in Congress.”

MRP Chairman Statement on Smith, Dunnings Resignations

LANSING, Mich., Thursday, April 1, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday called on Michigan Democratic Party and the Senate Democratic Fund to reimburse Michigan taxpayers for the money paid to state Senator Virgil Smith since he started serving a 10-month prison sentence.

“The fact that Michigan taxpayers are still on the hook for another paycheck for Senator Smith while he sits in prison is outrageous,” McDaniel said. “This whole episode has been a disgrace, and we need to put it behind us. No more taxpayer resources should be spent paying the salary of a Senator who isn’t doing his job.”

McDaniel related the problems with Smith to Stuart Dunnings, the Ingham County Prosecutor who is facing 15 felony charges related to prostitution and misconduct in office. He has tendered his resignation, effective after he returns from paid leave.

“Public officials who violate the public trust should be held to a higher standard,” said McDaniel. “Allowing officials who aren’t working to continue collecting their taxpayer-funded paychecks while facing felony charges is despicable and embarrassing. These are people who eviscerated the trust placed in them by the voters. They shouldn’t continue to get paid while not working, especially under these circumstances.”

McDaniel: Sen. Ananich should call for Sen. Smith’s resignation

LANSING, Mich., March 14, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding Senator Virgil Smith’s plea deal:

“With Senator Smith pleading guilty to this terrible crime, now is the time for Democratic leadership in Michigan to step up and do the right thing. Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich should call for Smith’s resignation. His behavior is appalling, and the residents in his district deserve better.

“He’s already accepted a plea deal, and will serve time in jail. Now, Democratic leadership must ask him to do the right thing for his constituents and step down. They deserve effective representation in Lansing, and it is clear Smith can no longer fulfill that duty.”

MRP statement on Hillary Clinton’s loss in Michigan’s Democratic Primary

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding Hillary Clinton's loss in Michigan's Democratic Presidential Primary:

"The results tonight show that Hillary is out-of-touch with Michiganders. Voters saw through her transparent attempts to politicize the water crisis in Flint, and showed it by denying her a win here in Michigan. Most of all, tonight was a clear signal that residents and families don't want to see another four years of the same failed policies of the Obama administration."

MRP statement on Michigan’s Presidential Primary

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding Michigan's Presidential Primary:

"I'd like to congratulate the winner of tonight's primary, Donald Trump. The election today clearly showed the enthusiasm Michigan voters have for strong Republican leadership. I look forward to continuing this momentum through the general election in November.

"Michigan voices and voters matter this election, and we'll continue to play an important part in deciding the next President. Whoever becomes our nominee, we'll do our part to support them against either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders."

MRP statement on 80th and 82nd Michigan House districts election results

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding the special elections in the 80th and 82nd Michigan House Districts:

“I would like to extend very special congratulations to Mary Whiteford in the 80th Michigan House District and Gary Howell in the 82nd House District on their wins. I look forward to watching these exceptional public servants as they work to keep Michigan on the comeback trail. Local residents now have the kind of strong and effective representation in Lansing they deserve.”

MRP Statement on the passing of Nancy Reagan

LANSING, Mich., March 6, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Sunday released the following statement regarding the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan

“Nancy Reagan’s passing is an incredibly sad moment. Her love story with President Reagan is one for the ages, and the way they continued to show their love and affection for each other throughout their lives is something we should all admire. She also had an undeniable impact on our culture through her work on the ‘Just Say No’ campaign, with the admirable goal of helping children avoid dangerous behaviors.

“Nancy, both during her husband’s time in the oval office and well after, has had a profound impact on the Republican Party and America as a whole. She will be sorely missed, and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family as they mourn her passing while celebrating her life.”

MRP Statement on RNC Debate in Detroit

LANSING, Mich., March 3, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding the Republican National Committee debate in Detroit:

“Tonight’s debate sends a clear message that Michigan voters, voices, and issues matter to Republican candidates for president. The individuals on the stage tonight once again offered their diverse ideas and proposals to create a better future for our country.

“Michigan is the Comeback State and Detroit is the Comeback City under Republican leadership. This debate was a tremendous opportunity for our state and the progress we’ve made through common-sense reforms to be featured on a national level. I look forward to our eventual nominee bringing the same kind of reforms that have made Michigan a success story to Washington to help our national economy grow.”

MRP Statement on Bernie Sanders campaigning in Michigan

LANSING, Mich., March 2, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders campaigning in Michigan:

“Senator Sanders offers no real solutions for the problems facing our country or our state. The ‘free’ stuff from his plans are incredibly costly for hard-working Michigan families and residents.

“His unrealistic policy proposals would rapidly increase our national debt, kill jobs, and fail to protect us from real national security threats. Michiganders deserve better from Presidential candidates than the typical, tax-and-spend liberal policies the Senator is proposing.”

MRP Announces Detroit Republicans Website

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 29, 2016 – The Michigan Republican Party on Monday announced the launch of DetroitGOP.com, a new website for Detroit Republicans. Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel pointed to the new website as a sign of the party’s continued commitment to Detroit.

“We’re happy to continue the work we’ve been doing to spread our message and listen to Detroiters,” said Romney McDaniel. “Detroit is the Comeback City thanks to Republican Leadership in Michigan, and we’re proud to keep meeting with Detroiters, listening to their concerns, and sharing our accomplishments with them.”

The website features a history of the Republican Party, contact information for the Party in Detroit, and news regarding the Party’s efforts in the city.

Deputy State Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives Wayne Bradley said the new website will help keep Detroiters informed of the important work being done by Republicans in the city.

“I am really excited about the launch of this website, which highlights the work we are doing in Detroit and gives a great platform to recruit people into the Michigan Republican Party,” Bradley said. “It continues to demonstrate MRP’s commitment to expanding the party and reaching out to all communities.”

MRP hosts 3rd Annual Black History Month Awards and Banquet in Detroit

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 25, 2016 – The Michigan Republican Party hosted their 3rd Annual Black History Month Awards and Banquet Ceremony on Tuesday, February 23 at the Hotel St. Regis in Detroit. The event featured keynote speaker Robert Woodson, President and Founder of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel called the event a tremendous success, during which community leaders were honored for their work on behalf of the Republican Party.

“This was a terrific event where we were able to honor several individuals who have put forth a great deal of effort on behalf of our party,” McDaniel said. “All of the award recipients, along with keynote speaker Robert Woodson, have done so much to spread our message of opportunity and hope. I’m happy we were able to honor these individuals and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

Melissa Gilbert Messes Up on Taxes Again; Wrongly Tells Donors Contribution is a Tax Deduction

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 16, 2016 — Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel called out Melissa Gilbert’s Congressional campaign for wrongly telling donors that they were entitled to a tax deduction based on their contribution. The confusion comes from a Facebook event for a campaign fundraiser.

“Given the fact that Melissa Gilbert doesn’t pay her taxes, it’s understandable that she has some issues understanding how tax deductions work,” stated McDaniel. “Gilbert is unprepared to represent local residents in Congress.”

The criticism of the Gilbert campaign for wrongly telling donors they can take a tax deduction is the latest in a string of missteps since announcing her Congressional run. Gilbert owes more than $470,000 in back taxes to the IRS and the State of California dating back to 2005. Last week, Gilbert was also widely criticized for using the Flint water crisis to raise money for her campaign.

MRP Statement on Iowa Republican Caucus

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 2, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding the results from Iowa’s Republican Caucus:

“I’d like to congratulate Sen. Ted Cruz on his victory in Iowa and to all the candidates for making a strong effort on this campaign. The record turnout for the Republican Caucus last night shows the enthusiasm that exists for bold new leadership in the White House.

“All of the Republican candidates have their own unique and exciting vision for the future of our great nation, and I look forward to these candidates spending more time in Michigan as our critical primary approaches.

“In contrast, the Democrats are scrambling after a self-proclaimed socialist has put a damper on Hillary Clinton’s coronation. It is clear that voters don’t trust Hillary and are looking elsewhere for leadership.”

MRP Statement on seventh Republican debate

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 28, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding the seventh Republican Presidential Primary debate:

“The candidates on stage tonight expressed a strong and unifying vision to keep our country safe and restore our economy. Once again, Republicans are showing the vast differences between Republican ideas and the Democrats running on the failed liberal policies of the past.

“While not all of our candidates appeared at the debate tonight, those who watched still saw a robust exchange of ideas from candidates with a diverse array of experiences and ideas to move our country forward. We know that no matter who Republicans nominate, our nominee will be leaps and bounds better than Hillary Clinton.”

Chairman Romney McDaniel’s Statement on CNN’s Democratic Presidential non-debate

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 25, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday issued the following statement regarding the Democratic Presidential forum on CNN:

“Since the DNC made the conscious decision to hide their preferred candidate from scrutiny, private groups have had to take it upon themselves to bring the Democratic Presidential candidates into the spotlight. While I appreciate CNN hosting this forum, the voters deserve a real debate between these candidates at a time when they’ll watch.

“The efforts by the DNC to shelter their candidates from media and public scrutiny does nothing to change their policies and positions, which are wildly out-of-touch with Michigan voters. This non-debate only further exemplifies how ill-prepared all of the Democrats running for the White House are to be Commander-in-Chief.”

Uncle Sam Calls on Melissa Gilbert to Pay Her Taxes

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 20, 2016 – The Michigan Republican Party announced that Uncle Sam will be attending Melissa Gilbert’s fundraiser in Lansing today. Uncle Sam called on Melissa Gilbert to pay her $470,000 in taxes to the IRS and State of California.

“Melissa Gilbert owes hundreds of thousands of dollars and I’m here to make sure she pays her taxes,” declared Uncle Sam. “Families across the 8th district work hard to pay their taxes and Gilbert should do the same.”

Gilbert’s tax problems started with a $127,752 lien to the State of California in 2005. In February 2015, the IRS placed a $360,551 tax lien for income taxes owed in previous years.

“I don’t normally like to be this aggressive asking for people to pay their taxes, but Gilbert has gone out of her way to avoid her financial commitments,” Uncle Sam added.

Uncle Sam started helping the United States government with a variety of duties, including collection of taxes, since the War of 1812. Uncle Sam will attend events that Melissa Gilbert campaigns at in hopes that she will pay her $470,000 tax delinquency.

“Melissa Gilbert needs to get her financial house in order,” stated Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “The federal budget has enough issues. The last thing we need in Congress is another person who can’t balance a budget.”

MRP Hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event in Detroit

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 18, 2015 – The Michigan Republican Party on Monday held an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Detroit. The event, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, was attended by local pastors and community members and featured MRP Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel, as well as Deputy State Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives Wayne Bradley.

“Dr. King’s legacy continues to serve as an example all Americans and Michiganders should live by,” said Romney McDaniel. “This event is a great opportunity for our party to honor his life’s work while also discussing issues affecting the city of Detroit and those who live there.”

Bradley touted the event as a great tribute to Dr. King’s life and the impact he’s had on America.

“The message Dr. King sought to share was one of freedom and justice for all, and this event was a great way to honor all that Dr. King has done,” Bradley said. “His efforts on behalf of the civil rights movement helped change our country for the better, and I’m glad we were able to celebrate his life and legacy today.”

PHOTO CUTLINE: From left: Michigan Deputy State Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives Wayne Bradley and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel at a breakfast celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

The DNC’s lack of transparency in Presidential primary debates

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 17, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement in advance of the Democratic presidential primary debate taking place on Sunday evening:

“For many Michiganders, Sundays are a time to spend with family, preparing children for the week ahead in school, and getting ready for another week of hard work. The scheduling of this debate, like the few before it, shows how out-of-touch the DNC is with average families.

“Once again, the Democrats are attempting to hide their candidates from public scrutiny, because none of their candidates offer any real solutions to the problems facing our nation. Instead, each of the candidates tonight will promote the failed economic and foreign policies of the current administration.”

MRP Chairman statement on State of the Union Address

MRP Chairman statement on State of the Union Address

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 12, 2016 –Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight’s State of the Union address from the President did little to quell any fears many voters are feeling right now. On the same day of another terrorist attack in a tourist destination and when members of our armed forces were taken captive by an enemy nation, the President spent much of his speech avoiding these pressing national security issues. Instead, he touted his so-called successes during his term while pushing for the standard liberal policies the Democrats running to succeed him are talking about on the campaign trail.

“This kind of rhetoric is common from the President, but it again lacks the kind of realistic proposals and solutions Americans and Michiganders deserve. The absence of specific policy ideas from tonight’s speech does nothing to make our economy work for everyone or protect our national interests. We need strong leadership from the White House, and tonight’s speech showed we won’t be seeing that as long as it’s occupied by a Democrat.”

MRP statement on the third Democratic debate

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 19, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Saturday issued the following statement regarding the third Democratic presidential candidate debate:

“While many voters in America were celebrating with family or preparing for the holidays, Democrats held a debate. The fact that people across our country were busy during the debate is exactly what the DNC wanted because they really don’t want the voters learning where their candidates stand on the issues.

“However, nothing they do to hide from scrutiny will change the fact that their candidates are ill-prepared for the office they’re seeking. Whether it’s underestimating global threats or looking to continue the current administration’s ineffective foreign policy, the Democrats have no proposals to keep our country safe.”

MRP Statement on fifth Republican debate

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 15, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding the fifth Republican Presidential Primary debate:

“The experience, leadership, and fresh ideas from Republican candidates tonight continue to make our debates must-see TV for voters looking for a better future.

“The next President will face the tough task of protecting our nation and creating an economic environment that allows for greater growth and job creation. Republican primary voters have a number of great candidates to choose from, and we’ll continue to see spirited and thoughtful debates as this critical election draws closer.”

MRP video features 8th Congressional District residents addressing Gilbert’s tax issues

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 11, 2015 – The Michigan Republican Party on Friday released a video where residents of the 8th Congressional District talk about taxes and accountability. Melissa Gilbert, a candidate for Congress from the 8th District, owes $470,000 in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“Voters in the 8th Congressional District believe that people need to pay their taxes,” said MRP Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “While Hollywood celebrities like Melissa Gilbert might feel they are above the law, Michigan voters have values and live up to their responsibilities. They don’t want a candidate who avoids their civic duty and feels like the law doesn’t apply to them.”

In the video, residents throughout the district, from Rochester Hills to East Lansing, share their views on whether congressional candidates should have to pay their taxes, if they pay their taxes, and if they would vote for someone who doesn’t pay their taxes.

“Local residents sent a clear message here: they don’t want to send someone to Congress who refuses to pay their taxes,” Romney McDaniel said. “The voters in this district are hard-working and responsible Michiganders, and they expect their representative in Congress to share their values. They believe Melissa Gilbert doesn’t represent them, their values, or their views.”

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MRP Chairman Statement on Theresa Abed running for the 71st House District

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 10, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement in response to Theresa Abed announcing she will be running for the 71st Michigan House District again:

“The voters spoke last November, and they chose against giving Theresa Abed another term in the Michigan House. The only thing that has changed between then and now is that the residents of the 71st District have effective representation.

“She had the chance to prove she was a valuable voice for her constituents, and they decided against her. We trust voters will make the same choice again this November.”

Happy Hanukkah from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 6, 2015 – In recognition of this year’s Hanukkah celebrations, Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:

“Tonight begins the holiday of Hanukkah. We remember the courage and resolve of those who fought to liberate the temple in Jerusalem. As a country founded on religious freedom and liberty, it’s important for all of us to remember the triumph of freedom over oppression. The Michigan Republican Party wishes a happy Hanukkah to our friends in the Jewish community.”

Congress Passes Legislation that Could Take Away Melissa Gilbert’s Passport

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 3, 2015 Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement regarding the legislation passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives, which gives the IRS authority to deny and revoke passports for any seriously delinquent taxpayers.

“Gilbert’s past behavior puts her in a position where her passport could be revoked because of her failure to pay $470,000 in back taxes- a tax delinquency almost ten times higher than the law’s ‘seriously delinquent’ threshold,” stated Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “The people of the 8th Congressional District work hard and live within their means. They deserve a Representative who shares their values, not a celebrity who thinks that the law doesn’t apply to her. Having a Representative who could be denied a passport for failing to pay her taxes is an affront to responsible taxpayers of the district and our state.”

MRP Chairman Statement on 60th Anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 1, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding the 60th Anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat in the front of the bus, a major moment in the civil rights movement.

“Rosa Parks’ refusal to move from the front of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama provided a spark to the American civil rights movement, and helped forever change our nation. Ms. Parks, a native Michigander, was a pivotal figure in fighting for rights and freedoms for all Americans.

“On the 60th anniversary of her courageous act, it’s important to honor Rosa Parks for her positive impact on our nation’s history. Without this brave Michigan native standing up for what was right, our country might now be a very different place.”

House Democrats refuse to sign pledge opposing corporate income tax hike

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 23, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Executive Director Steven Ostrow on Monday released the following statement regarding the Michigan House Democrats’ refusal to sign a pledge opposing the ballot initiative seeking to nearly double the Corporate Income Tax rate:

“We’ve seen this before, and the results weren’t pretty for Michiganders. Yet Democrats in the Michigan House continue to push costly proposals that would return our economy to the Lost Decade of the Granholm era. House Democrats refused to sign a pledge opposing the ballot initiative to nearly double the Corporate Income Tax.

“It seems Democrats are looking to use the state’s job creators as a blank check. This is the same kind of irresponsible and reckless proposal pushed in Michigan when our state lost nearly 800,000 jobs last decade. House Democrats should be working with Republican leadership to come up with real solutions for Michiganders, instead of trying to score political points off of irresponsible proposals.”

Will Melissa Gilbert be allowed to keep her passport?

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 20, 2015 –Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel questioned whether Congress would take Melissa Gilbert’s passport away due to a proposed law dealing with tax delinquency that is expected to pass Congress in the next few weeks.

The Wall Street Journal reported that if the new law passes, the State Department will confiscate any tax delinquent’s passport who owes the government more than $50,000. By this law’s standards, Melissa Gilbert would qualify almost ten times over the tax delinquency threshold. Gilbert has owed $470,000 with liens that started in 2005.

“Hardworking families across the 8th district pay their taxes, and Melissa Gilbert needs to pay hers,” stated Romney McDaniel. “When Congress is passing laws that penalize tax delinquencies, Melissa Gilbert might want to reassess whether or not she is qualified to be a candidate.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, similar versions of this rule have passed in both chambers of Congress. Currently, the rule is part of H.R. 22, a highway funding bill. While some versions of the proposal allow for tax delinquents with payment plans to keep their passport. Potentially, Gilbert could qualify to have her passport revoked, and Romney McDaniel stated the fact that Gilbert owes $470,000 cannot be ignored.

Last month, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel calledon Gilbert’s campaign to return a $5,400 contribution from her husband, Timothy Busfield, so it could go to Gilbert’s $470,000 obligation in unpaid taxes to the IRS.

Wayne Bradley to be honored at Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce event

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 16, 2015 – Wayne Bradley, Deputy State Director and African-American Engagement Director for the Michigan Republican Party, will be honored on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual Sankofa Awards Business Gala.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel called the award for Bradley well-earned, touting his efforts to reach out to Detroit residents on behalf of the Republican Party.

“Wayne’s efforts in Detroit on behalf of the Republican Party are tremendous and truly worthy of this recognition,” Romney McDaniel said. “His hard work and determination have earned him a dedicated group of supporters. I’d like to thank him for all the work he does in his home town of Detroit and to congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

Bradley, a native Detroiter, is being honored with the Sankofa Political Advocate of the Year Award at the event.

“I’m truly blessed to be receiving this award and recognition,” Bradley said. “It is a tremendous honor. While I am thankful, I know we still have more work to do. I look forward to continuing my efforts to reach out to Detroiters, hear about the issues impacting their day-to-day lives, and spreading the word about how Republicans are offering solutions to address their concerns.”

Statement on second Democratic debate

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 14, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Saturday released the following statement regarding the second Democratic Presidential Primary debate:

“Tonight, we saw more of the same from the Democratic presidential candidates. Instead of fresh ideas, we saw failed liberal ideas from the past. Instead of a meaningful dialogue, we heard every candidate express their belief that raising taxes is the solution to all of our problems. The failed ideas and policies coming from the candidates might be the reason why the debate was held on a night when so few people would be home to hear them.

“Michiganders want to know how the next President will work with Congress, keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, or what will be done to cultivate an economic environment of opportunity and growth.”

MRP Chairman statement on violent threats against Republican candidate at Clinton campaign event

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement Tuesday regarding Hillary Clinton laughing off a threat to Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina:

“With her comments, Hillary proved that her so-called claims to fight for and protect women’s rights are hollow. If she does not publicly denounce the statements from today’s event and apologize for her reaction, she will forever discredit herself as a person who fights for women’s rights.”

MRP Chairman congratulates Linda Lee Tarver

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 6, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement on Linda Lee Tarver’s election as President of the Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan (RWFM):

“The Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan has made an excellent choice in electing Linda Lee Tarver President of the group,” Chairman Romney McDaniel said. “Linda is a dear friend and an amazing woman. I know that she will bring energy and charisma to the RWFM and I applaud them on her election.”

Linda Lee Tarver is the Director of Community Affairs and Election Integrity Liaison for the Michigan Department of State. Ms. Tarver will be the first African-American President of the RWFM in the group’s 90-year history.

Romney McDaniel added, “We want more women involved in our party, and Linda Lee will help make that happen. She will encourage women of all ages and backgrounds to get involved and that is something that we need. Linda Lee is a valuable asset to the party, and to the Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan.”

MRP Chairman’s statement on primary elections in 80th and 82nd House districts

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement Tuesday regarding the special primary elections in the 80th and 82nd House Districts:

“Voters of these districts have spoken and are now one step closer to having the effective representation that is the right of every Michigan resident. It is time to move forward.

“Most importantly, I would like to extend very special congratulations to Mary Whiteford in the 80th House District and Gary Howell in the 82nd House District on their primary wins. I look forward to working with these exceptional candidates in an effort to get them elected this March.”

Statement on the third Republican presidential debate

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 28, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding the third Republican Presidential Primary debate:

“The diverse and innovative ideas presented by the candidates on stage tonight stands in stark contrast to what we’ve heard from the Democratic candidates who continue to push more of the same failed policies of the past.

“Not only did our candidates offer solutions to help us grow our economy, they offered real ideas and solutions for many topics impacting us domestically and abroad. Tonight, the Republican candidates demonstrated that any one of them would be better for our country and Michigan than Hillary Clinton and the other Democratic candidates.”

Melissa Gilbert should refund husband’s $5,400 donation to pay taxes

LANSING, Mich., October 19, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel called on Melissa Gilbert to refund her husband’s $5,400 campaign contribution and use that money to pay for her $470,000 in back taxes. Gilbert’s tax problems started with a $127,752 lien to the State of California in 2005. In February 2015, the IRS placed a $360,551 tax lien for income taxes owed in previous years.

“Melissa Gilbert and her husband need to pay their taxes, not give thousands to their own campaign to help secure a government paycheck,” stated MRP Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “Families across the 8th district work hard to pay their taxes. Gilbert needs to do the same.”

On September 30, Gilbert’s husband, Timothy Busfield, contributed $5,400 to the Gilbert campaign. In August, Gilbert announced she would need until 2024 to pay her taxes that she has owed since 2005. Gilbert also filed a House Financial Disclosure last month which showed her having $60,000 in credit card debt.

“Melissa Gilbert needs to get her financial house in order,” stated Romney McDaniel. “The federal budget has enough issues without having someone like Gilbert who can’t manage her own finances. The last thing we need in Congress is another person who can’t balance a budget.”

MRP Chairman statement on unemployment rate

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 14, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding Michigan’s September unemployment rate of 5 percent, the first time in 15 years the state’s unemployment rate is below the national rate.

“Our state's amazing economic recovery shows with the news of the unemployment rate for September. Our rate is now lower than the national average for the first time in 15 years. It appears the Lost Decade is lost for good in Michigan because of strong Republican leadership.

“Common sense and fiscally responsible reforms have our state’s economy on the right path and running full steam ahead. Governor Rick Snyder and Republican leadership in the Legislature deserve credit for what they’ve done so far, and the future under their leadership continues to look bright for every Michigander.”

MRP Chairman statement on first Democratic debate

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 13, 2015 –Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the first Democratic presidential debate:

“While Republican debates are focused on positive ideas for the future, what we saw from the Democrats tonight was a focus on the failed policies of the past. Instead of a real debate between individuals from diverse backgrounds with an eye toward the future, the Democratic candidates failed to differentiate themselves on the issues.

"This lovefest won’t hide the fact that these candidates are all dangerously out-of-touch with the American people. They are willing to ignore national security threats and push tax-and-spend policies, which will further balloon the federal deficit, leaving future generations to pay the price. As these candidates battle to be the more progressive candidate, Republicans are talking about real solutions to the issues facing everyday Americans and Michiganders.”

Statement on Clinton campaign fundraiser

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 7, 2015 –Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday issued the following statement on Hillary Clinton’s campaign fundraiser in Michigan:

“Hillary Clinton is sending a clear message with her latest fundraiser. While she’s more than willing to take money from Michigan residents, she can’t even be bothered to attend her own campaign events here in Michigan. While Hillary continues to avoid the tough questions from Michigan voters, she can’t hide from her dangerous record or agenda.

“Hillary may be fine snubbing Michiganders, but our voters will take notice. Our Republican presidential candidates know Michigan matters in 2016 and take every opportunity to get to know our voters and our issues.”

Statement on Larsen’s Supreme Court appointment

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 30, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement on Joan Larsen being appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court:

“The appointment of Joan Larsen to the Michigan Supreme Court ensures that we will have another rule-of-law justice on the bench. I’m confident she will be an excellent addition and will serve our highest court well. I applaud Gov. Rick Snyder for his selection.

“The Michigan Supreme Court is a respected and revered institution, and it is vital that we have rule-of-law justices serving to continue that tradition.”

Yom Kippur statement from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 22, 2015 –Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement in recognition of Yom Kippur:

“At sunset today, Jewish communities throughout Michigan will begin observing Judaism’s holiest holiday – Yom Kippur. Each year, individuals of the Jewish faith use this time to pray, fast and seek repentance, as well as reflect on the past year’s blessings they’ve received. We wish our friends of Jewish faith an easy fast and a good day of prayer. G’mar Chatimah Tovah.”

New poll shows optimism about Michigan’s economy

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 18, 2015 – A new poll released at the Mackinac Republican Leadership conference shows Michiganders are optimistic about the state’s economy and its future as a national leader.

The poll, conducted Sept. 8-10 by Clout Research, found that more than half of respondents believe Michigan is headed in the right direction under Republican leadership. Respondents also believe that Detroit is headed in the right direction following last year’s bankruptcy proceedings and the subsequent Grand Bargain legislation spearheaded by the Republican Legislature.

“This poll shows what we in Michigan already know: Republican leadership has righted the ship in Michigan after the disastrous mismanagement of the previous administration,” said Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “The reforms enacted since Republicans were asked to lead in 2010 have us on the right path, and it’s important we continue to build on our state’s momentum if we want to keep moving forward.”

According to the survey, approximately two-thirds of respondents said they agree that Michigan will be a better place to live in 25 years than it is today.

“Michigan appears to be pleased with what it is seeing from the state’s government and economy,” said Pollster Fritz Wenzel of Clout Research. “A majority of voters say the state is headed in the right direction, and they are very optimistic for the longer term. Nearly two-thirds said they believe that, based on the policies and leadership now in place, Michigan will be a better place to live 25 years from now. The optimism in Michigan runs counter to what we see in national polls, where there is widespread pessimism about the future.”

Chairman Romney McDaniel said the survey shows Michigan residents want to see a continued focus on economic issues, as well as the same kind of reforms that have sparked the state’s economic recovery. With that in mind, the most common answer received from respondents about the top issue facing Michigan in the coming years concerned economic issues, namely cutting spending and tax reform.

“Guaranteeing a strong economic future will ensure Michigan continues to be a national leader and a better place to call home for all Michigan families,” concluded Romney McDaniel.

Statement on second Republican debate

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 16, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday evening released the following statement regarding the second Republican Presidential Primary debate:

“Once again, we had strong performances by all of our Republican candidates for President. We have a tremendous field and we are excited to watch the process play out in Michigan and across the country. While our candidates are debating and traveling the country to meet with voters, the Democrats are scrambling, passively watching their top candidate plummet in the polls. Republicans have a strong field and we are confident that whoever emerges from the Republican primary will take up residence in the White House."

MRP statement on the drop in Michigan’s unemployment rate

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 16, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding Michigan’s August unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, the lowest in 14 years.

“Today’s news continues to cement Michigan’s status as a national leader. We are truly the Comeback State. Under Republican leadership, Michigan has turned into a model of success for other states.

“We’re in a great position to share our success story during the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. The conference will be a great discussion of ideas. We want to continue moving the state in the right direction for all of the families and businesses that call Michigan home.”

MRP statement on Congressman Benishek not seeking reelection

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 15, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement on Congressman Benishek not seeking reelection:

“I am so thankful to Congressman Benishek for his years of dedicated service to our state and our nation. I appreciate Dr. Dan’s commonsense approach to governing, his leadership on veterans issues, and his passion for the Great Lakes and for our state.”

Romney McDaniel: The political games need to end

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 10, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement on the political posturing by House Democrats:

“Today is a sad day for the State of Michigan. House Democrats are failing to fulfill their duties and vote either for or against the resolution for expulsion. Their lack of action not only hurts the residents of the 80th and 82nd House Districts, but all Michigan citizens.

“As long as Democrats continue to put politics above people, those who call the House Districts of these two representatives home will continue to suffer. It is irresponsible for Democrats to play politics on this issue. It is time to set politics aside and do what is necessary to ensure every Michigan resident will have the effective representation they deserve.”

MRP Chairman encourages Legislature to expel Reps. Courser and Gamrat

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 10, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement on the House Select Committee’s approval of the resolutions and before an expected full House vote to expel Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat:

“I commend the Select Committee for their quick approval of resolutions expelling both representatives. The evidence clearly showed that Representatives Courser and Gamrat violated their oaths of office and the trust their constituents placed in them. Residents of the 80th and 82nd House Districts deserve effective representation and, unfortunately, as long as both Representatives Gamrat and Courser are still in the House, they will only serve as a distraction.

“I encourage all Representatives to act in the best interest of Michigan residents by voting to expel Representatives Courser and Gamrat. Now is not the time to play politics, and it would be a shame if any of the Representatives put politics before the interests of the people.”

Statement on President Obama Visiting Michigan

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 9, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement on President Obama’s Wednesday visit to Macomb Community College:

“President Obama has proven to be consistently wrong when it comes to pushing plans on Michigan and the country. Whether it’s his proposal to shut down the A10 fleet at Selfridge or his Iran deal that doesn’t protect our country, our allies, or help bring Michigan native and Marine Corps Veteran Amir Hekmati home, the President’s policies are dangerous. While he’s visiting Michigan to talk about jobs, he should be listening to state leaders like Gov. Rick Snyder, who have successfully worked to create jobs, improve our state’s economy and make Michigan a better place than it was under Democratic mismanagement.”

Statement on the findings from the House Business Office investigation

LANSING, Mich., August 31, 2015 – Following the release of the House Business Office’s investigation into state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:

"The investigation by the nonpartisan House Business Office leaves no doubt- Representatives Courser and Gamrat used their state office to conduct non-state business and have continually put their own interests above those of their constituents. This violation of their oaths of office is unacceptable and they should immediately resign. The people of the 82nd and 80th House Districts deserve better. I commend Speaker Cotter and the House staff for taking swift action in investigating these allegations." 

Sen. Rand Paul to Speak at 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., August 25, 2015 –Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is confirmed to attend and speak at the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Sept. 18-20, 2015, at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“We are excited to announce Senator Rand Paul will be joining us for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “With the addition of Senator Paul, many of the Republican Party’s best and brightest will be attending the conference on Mackinac Island next month. We’re excited to host so many Republicans in one place, allowing them all to share their ideas regarding issues facing Michigan with us.”

Since being elected, Sen. Rand Paul has focused on a wide range of issues, including paying down the federal debt, defending civil liberties, and reducing the size and reach of government. Paul attended the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in 2013.

We have also released a preliminary schedule that can be viewed at mackinac2015.com.

Statement on Justice Kelly leaving the Michigan Supreme Court

LANSING, Mich., August 17, 2015 – Following the news that Justice Mary Beth Kelly is leaving the Supreme Court, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:

“I want to thank Justice Mary Beth Kelly for her years of esteemed service to the citizens of Michigan. Justice Kelly has been fair and firm and she will be missed on the Supreme Court. I wish her the best of luck and tremendous success in the future.”

Gilbert to Taxpayers: I’ll Pay My Taxes When I Am Good and Ready

LANSING, Mich., August 12, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel blasted Congressional Candidate Melissa Gilbert for her failure to pay her unpaid tax liens until 2024. In a Detroit Free Press story, Melissa Gilbert announced she will not pay $470,000 in taxes owed until 2024, nearly 20 years after she first owed back taxes in 2005.

“You can take the actress out of Hollywood, but you can’t take the Hollywood out of the actress. Only Hollywood values would let Melissa Gilbert think that taking more than a decade to pay the $470,000 in unpaid tax liens, while at the same time asking the taxpayers to foot the bill through a government paycheck, is acceptable,” stated MRP Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “Those Hollywood values are not Michigan values. Gilbert needs to understand that the hardworking people of Michigan don’t live the cushy life of a Hollywood celebrity. One thing is certain, Gilbert’s free spending and irresponsible financial management would fit right in with Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats who have driven our national debt to $19 trillion. The people of the 8th District will not place their trust in a candidate for Congress who has done such a poor job of balancing her own checkbook at a time when it is imperative that we get our fiscal house in order.”

Statement on the First GOP Presidential Debates

LANSING, Mich., August 06, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement at the conclusion of the first GOP presidential debates:

“The GOP debates tonight were a passionate exchange of ideas from an amazing group of Republican leaders. Our field is ready, willing, and able to take the issues that matter to Michigan and our nation to the White House.”

Governor Rick Snyder to Speak at 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., August 6, 2015 – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is confirmed to attend and speak at the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Sept. 18-20, 2015, at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“We are so excited to have Governor Snyder at the Mackinac Conference. Under his leadership, Michigan has seen unemployment numbers drop, businesses boom, and more people call Michigan home. Governor Snyder is Michigan leadership exemplified, and we are thrilled to announce his attendance,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel.

"Over the last five years, we have reinvented Michigan and changed the political culture by bringing our entire state together to solve problems," Governor Snyder said. "More than 400,000 private sector jobs have been created, unemployment has been cut in half, we eliminated the job-killing Michigan Business Tax, and we have done away with nearly 2,000 burdensome regulations. Our Michigan comeback can and should be a model for the rest of the nation.”

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2015.com. Additional special guests will be announced at a later date.

Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Freedom-to-Work for Michigan Employees

LANSING, Mich., July 29, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement in response to the Michigan Supreme Court ruling that upholds Freedom-to-Work for Michigan employees:

"We are thrilled that the Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s Freedom-to-Work law for all employees. Our workers should have the right to decide whether or not they want to join a union and should not be penalized for making that choice."

Gov. John Kasich to Speak at 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., July 29, 2015 – Ohio Governor John Kasich is confirmed to attend and speak at the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Sept. 18-20, 2015, at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Governor Kasich to our great Mackinac Conference line up. Governor Kasich is a proven leader and understands the issues important to the Midwest,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “We look forward to sharing ideas with Governor Kasich and all of the other great Republican leaders."

As Governor of Ohio, Kasich successfully eliminated an $8 billion deficit in the budget without a tax increase. He cut taxes, increased Ohio’s rainy day fund, and helped create more than 300,000 private sector jobs.

“I’m looking forward to returning to our neighbor to the north to talk about the issues that our states have faced and will face in the future,” said Governor Kasich. “Like in Ohio, Michigan has shown that common-sense conservatism can turn a state around."

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2015.com. Additional special guests will be announced at a later date.

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​Gov. Scott Walker to Speak at 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., July 14, 2015 – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is confirmed to attend and speak at the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Sept. 18-20, 2015, at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“The Michigan Republican Party is excited to welcome Mr. Walker back to Michigan in September,” said Michigan Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel. “We are really putting together an all-star lineup of the Republican Party’s best and brightest for this year’s Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. We look forward to hearing about Gov. Walker’s tremendous success story in Wisconsin during this historic weekend.”

Gov. Walker has made national headlines for winning a recall election in 2012. During his term, he has made vast progress for the state of Wisconsin, creating more than 100,000 jobs and implementing countless reforms.

“If we want to grow the GOP and expand our party's reach, we need to follow the example of conservative leaders who have fought and won for hard-working taxpayers in blue states,” said Gov. Scott Walker, “That means unapologetically making our case based on a record of big, bold reforms and real results - just like we've done in Wisconsin. This is the roadmap to success for Republicans in states across the country and on the national stage, and I am honored to be able to share this important message at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.”

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2015.com. Additional special guests will be announced at a later date.

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Michigan Republican Party Names Communications and Digital Staff Hires

Lansing, Mich., July 13, 2015 - Today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel announced the hiring of Sarah Anderson as the MRP Communications Director and the promotion of Ross Abraham to Digital Director.

“Ms. Anderson brings a tremendous amount of experience in the state to our team, having previously served in roles at the Michigan Republican Party and the Michigan House Republican Caucus,” stated MRP Chairman Romney McDaniel. “Sarah’s experience with the party, the legislature and campaigns will make her an excellent fit for the party. With her leadership, we look forward to successfully spreading our message to win Michigan for Republicans in 2016.”

Anderson served as the Director of Research and Communications for the Michigan Republican Party from 2005-2007. Additionally, she was the Research Director for the Michigan House Republican Caucus and the House Republican Campaign Committee. She has also worked in constituent relations and consulted on various campaigns.

“Ross was integral in the creation of the MI Team Dashboard, and continues to work on improving that one-of-a-kind tool,” stated MRP Chairman Romney McDaniel. “He also maintains MIGOP.org, our microsites, social media accounts, and blast email operation. His help with digital ads and data collection will be very valuable toward our efforts to win in 2016.”

Prior to joining the Michigan Republican Party for the 2014 election cycle, Abraham served as the Michigan Digital Director for Romney for President in 2012. Additionally, he has led many successful grassroots political efforts.

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Carly Fiorina to Speak at 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

Carly Fiorina to Speak at 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., July 8, 2015 – Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is confirmed to attend and speak at the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Sept. 18-20, 2015, at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“The Michigan Republican Party is excited to host Carly Fiorina in September,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “Mrs. Fiorina adds a fresh perspective on important issues to the all-star lineup scheduled to appear at this year’s Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. Mrs. Fiorina’s economic outlook and first-hand business experience will add another facet to our discussion of ideas during this historic weekend.”

Mrs. Fiorina has made important changes working her way up the executive ladder at AT&T and Hewlett-Packard with her keen business savvy and leadership skills. Fortune Magazine named her the most powerful woman in business during her time at Hewlett-Packard.

“In Michigan, we have seen how successful a common-sense, business-minded approach can be when applied to policy and issues,” said Chairman Romney McDaniel, “We look forward to hearing from Mrs. Fiorina how that same kind of background could work for the rest of the nation.”

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2015.com. Additional special guests will be announced at a later date.

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Senator Ted Cruz to Speak at 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., July 1, 2015 – Texas Senator Ted Cruz is confirmed to attend and speak at the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Sept. 18-20, 2015, at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“The Michigan Republican Party is thrilled to hear from Sen. Cruz in September,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference provides a valuable forum for our influential Republican leaders to discuss ideas and policies. During this historic weekend, we look forward to hearing Sen. Cruz’s insights from taking on the tough issues in Washington.”

Before representing Texas in the U.S. Senate, Cruz was the youngest, longest-serving and first Hispanic solicitor general in Texas history. He has experience with the Federal Trade Commission, has worked with the Department of Justice and served as a domestic policy advisor to President George W. Bush.

“Sen. Cruz is a great example of Republicans making history and influencing government policy at all levels,” said Chairman Romney McDaniel, “I’m glad to add another fresh and positive Republican perspective from Sen. Cruz to our great lineup of leaders on the Island

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2015.com. Additional special guests will be announced at a later date.

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Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

LANSING, Mich., June 26, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court marriage ruling:

“It is unfortunate that another activist court has overturned the will of the people of Michigan. The Republican Platform and the people of Michigan support the long-standing definition of marriage as one man and one woman. Unfortunately, in this instance, the Court has overstepped its bounds.”

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Former Gov. Jeb Bush to Speak at 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., June 26, 2015 – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will attend and speak at the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Sept. 18-20, 2015, at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

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

Gov. Bush announced his candidacy for President on June 15. Bush made national headlines for being the first Republican Governor to be reelected in Florida history. Under his leadership, Florida businesses added 1.3 million net new jobs, the state was one of only two to receive a AAA bond rating and he increased the state’s reserves from $1.3 billion to $9.8 billion all while cutting $19 billion in taxes.

“I am excited to visit Michigan again and speak at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference,” said Bush. “Leaders in Michigan have shown that conservative principles can create an environment where everyone has the opportunity to rise up. That is exactly what I did in Florida, and I look forward to sharing that message on Mackinac Island.”

For program details and updates, please visit mackinac2015.com. Additional special guests will be announced at a later date.

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Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on King v. Burwell

LANSING, Mich., June 25, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell:

“Michigan families need quality, affordable healthcare above all else, and time and time again, Obamacare has failed to provide that. The Court’s decision today only underlines the importance of the upcoming election. We should all remember that before Obamacare, there was Hillarycare. If we ever want real solutions for the health of our families, we need to focus on electing a Republican President and strong Republican majorities in Congress in November 2016.”

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Statement on Lon Johnson’s Candidacy for MI’s 1st Congressional District

LANSING, Mich., June 25, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement in response to Lon Johnson’s candidacy for the 1st Congressional District:

“Dr. Dan has proven to be a strong representative for Northern Michigan, fighting for jobs and helping our veterans. Voters from the first district want somebody from the first district to represent them, not a Lansing insider who has carried the water for President Obama’s failed policies and put liberal Democrat party politics ahead of the district.”

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​Statement on the 150th Juneteenth Anniversary

LANSING, Mich., June 19, 2015 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement in celebration of the 150th Juneteenth Anniversary:

“Today, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. On this day we recall a dark chapter in our country’s history, slavery, and we celebrate the end of this evil institution. By recalling the darkest parts of our past we ensure that we will not relive them. On this anniversary, we remember the history of our nation and celebrate the contributions from the black community that have helped make this nation great. We renew our commitment to a more just society that provides opportunity and equality for all."

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Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Announcement Speech

LANSING, Mich., June 13, 2015 –Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel has issued the following statement on Hillary Clinton’s campaign announcement speech today in New York:

“Michigan is familiar with this kind of partisan rhetoric and pandering from Democrats like Hillary—and the empty promises that go along with them. We have worked hard to turn our state around and have experienced the success that real leadership can bring. Next year, Michigan voters will look to support someone who can take the nation forward in the same way, not backward to the tired policies and ideas that failed us in the past.”

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Michigan Republican Party Names Matthew Dobler as Political Director

Lansing, Mich., May 27, 2015 —Today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel announced the hiring of Matthew Dobler as the MRP Political Director. Mr. Dobler brings a tremendous amount of political experience to the party, having previously served as State Field Director for the Republican National Committee and as Campaign Manager for numerous races nationwide.

“Dobler has worked tirelessly on campaigns of all levels throughout the country,” stated MRP Chairman Romney McDaniel. “Dobler’s extensive experience with managing field programs and coordinating day-to-day political operations make him an excellent fit to lead our political efforts here in Michigan.”

Dobler held the position of Deputy Political Director for the California State Assembly Republican Caucus in 2014, where he helped oversee the caucus' political arm and won the largest number of state house seats for Republicans since 1994. Matthew has served as Campaign Manager for many races throughout the United States, including in Florida, Oregon, and Virginia. Additionally, Dobler held the titles of Oregon Field Director and Nevada Field Representative for the Republican National Committee, where he managed statewide field offices and implemented voter contact strategies.

“Matthew’s impressive knowledge and vast experience in his field are what make him uniquely qualified for this position, and I am proud to hire him as Political Director. With his political leadership, we look forward to a successful ground game effort in Michigan in 2016,” stated Chairman Romney McDaniel.

Dobler has a B.A. in Political Science from California State University San Marcos located in San Marcos, California.

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Happy Memorial Day from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., May 25, 2015 – In honor of Memorial Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:

“Memorial Day is a day to reflect on the men and women who served our nation valiantly. We honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our liberty. Please keep our servicemen and servicewomen—active, retired, and fallen—in your thoughts and prayers today and always. The Michigan Republican Party wishes you and your family a Happy Memorial Day.”

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Congratulations to New Republican National Committeewoman Kathleen Berden

BOYNE FALLS, Mich., May 9, 2015 – The Michigan Republican State Committee today elected Kathleen Berden as Republican National Committeewoman, one of the state’s representatives to the Republican National Committee. In response, Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:

"Congratulations to Kathleen Berden on her election as our new Republican National Committeewoman. She will be an outstanding representative for Michigan Republicans. Having held this position in the past, I know Kathleen’s communication skills, work ethic and dedication to conservative principles will be an asset to our Michigan Republican team.”

Newly elected Republican National Committeewoman Kathleen Berden issued the following statement:

“I am honored to be elected the Republican National Committeewoman from Michigan. I look forward to meeting with activists across the state and working with candidates and volunteers to build our party and turn Michigan red in 2016.”

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Michigan’s Presidential Primary Will be Pivotal

LANSING, Mich., May 4, 2015 – In response to several potential Republican candidates for President visiting the state, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:

“We are honored to host so many Presidential candidates in our state today. These candidates recognize how important Michigan primary voters are in the selection process, and we encourage candidates to continue visiting the state to meet Republican voters," stated Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel. "Michigan’s March 8 primary will be a pivotal election in deciding the Republican nominee, and we look forward to future visits from our candidates.”

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Statement in Response to A. Alfred Taubman’s Passing

LANSING, Mich., April 20, 2015 – Following the passing of Michigan native A. Alfred Taubman, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel has issued the following statement:

“On Friday, Michigan lost a great businessman and a wonderful philanthropist. A. Alfred Taubman was a savvy entrepreneur, a self-made man who worked tirelessly to reshape the way Americans shop. While Taubman found pleasure in his work, he found an even greater joy in giving back. His contributions to the arts, hospitals and universities have made an impact on Michigan that will continue for generations. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of A. Alfred Taubman. His dynamic spirit and selfless actions will forever be remembered here in Michigan.”

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​Statement in Response to Former U.S. Senator Robert Griffin’s Passing

LANSING, Mich., April 20, 2015 – In response to the news of former U.S. Senator Robert Griffin’s passing, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel has issued the following statement:

“Former U.S. Senator Robert Griffin was a true public servant in every way. From his time in the U.S. House of Representatives to his twelve years in the U.S. Senate, he dedicated much of his life to serving the people of Michigan. On a personal note, Senator Griffin served with my grandfather, Governor George Romney, who appointed him to the Senate in 1966.

Senator Griffin is perhaps best known for his integrity while in office, and was even elected as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice because of this incomparable quality. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Senator Robert Griffin. We would not be the Republican party we are today without his unwavering years of service.”

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Michigan Republican Party Names Steve Ostrow as Executive Director

Lansing, Mich., April 14, 2015 —Today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel announced the hiring of Steve Ostrow as the MRP Executive Director. Mr. Ostrow brings a tremendous amount of presidential experience having recently served as Michigan Republican Political Director and the Michigan Victory Director in 2012.

“Steve is an outstanding leader who has vast experience in presidential campaigns,” stated MRP Chairman Romney McDaniel. “Ostrow’s experience with cutting-edge digital technology coupled with his experience managing large staffs and budgets makes him the right choice to lead our efforts in Michigan.”

Ostrow held the position of Michigan Republican Party Political Director and Michigan Victory Director in the 2012 cycle managing a $20 million Victory operation. Steve also managed the Michigan Freedom Fund’s Digital Advocacy efforts in 2014 that helped message effectively against Democrat candidates such as Mark Schauer, Colleen Lamonte, and Sean McCann. Additionally, Ostrow served as Caucus Services Manager for the Senate Majority Communications Office from March 2013 to January 2014. Steve was the Mid-Atlantic Victory Director for the Republican National Committee in 2010.

“Steve has a wealth of experience which our candidates and elected officials will benefit from, and I am proud to hire him as Executive Director. We are looking forward to winning in 2016,” stated Chairman Romney McDaniel.

Ostrow lives in Okemos, MI and has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkley.

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Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Bid Announcement

LANSING, Mich., April 12, 2015 – Today, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, announced her candidacy for the highest office in the land. In response, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel has issued the following statement:

“Once again, Hillary Clinton has announced her run for the presidency. This comes as a surprise to no one. Hillary Clinton has been pushing her liberal agenda in Washington for over two decades. During these years, voters have come to associate the word “scandal" with the name “Clinton.” From taking millions of dollars from foreign governments to carelessly using her personal email account for official state department business, Hillary Clinton has a record of avoiding transparency. She has even played a key role in the current Administration’s failed leadership on foreign policy, as seen with Benghazi and Boko Haram.

As the Clinton record is examined over the months to come, Michiganders will become very familiar with the troubling practices and shaky leadership of Clinton, Inc. Her disastrous actions will make a difference to voters in 2016. We look forward to seeing how Hillary Clinton answers for her countless ethical issues, conflict-of-interest allegations, and hypocrisies on key issues. It is clear that America, and Michigan, will be worse off with another Clinton in the White House.”

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​Happy Easter from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., April 5, 2015 – In recognition of Easter Sunday, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Co-Chair Jeff Sakwa issued the following joint statement:

“Today, we share a day of reflection and fellowship with our friends of the Christian faith as they celebrate the resurrection of Christ. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, we hope you enjoy a very happy Easter Sunday with your families and loved ones.”

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Michigan’s Second Anniversary of Freedom-to-Work

LANSING, Mich., March 28, 2015 – Today marks the second anniversary of Michigan’s Freedom-to-Work legislation taking effect within the state. In recognition of this historic day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:

“Two years ago today, Michigan became the 24th state to adopt Freedom-to-Work legislation. With this law in place, Michigan workers now have the freedom to choose. No longer are employees obligated to pay dues as a condition of their employment. Instead, Freedom-to-Work protects Michigan workers from the intimidation of union bosses, and has helped build an environment for a strengthened economy, employment growth and new job creation. Freedom-to-Work puts the worker first.

Michigan is continually proving why it is the Blueprint for America. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Snyder and our Republican-led legislature, our state continues to show the rest of the nation what a real recovery looks like. As we celebrate the two-year anniversary of Freedom-to-Work in Michigan, we reflect on how far Michigan has come – and remain focused on what we can do to continue this great success.”

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Five Years Later: Obamacare is Still Hurting Michigan Families

LANSING, Mich., March 23, 2015 – Five years ago today, President Obama signed the disastrous Affordable Care Act into law. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:

“Five years after Obamacare was signed into law, Michigan families are still experiencing the lies and broken promises this legislation has created. Although we were promised we could ‘keep our plans’ by the Democrats’ ‘Lie of the Year’, more than 225,000 Michiganders have lost their health care plans as a result. Even today, Michigan families are facing higher premiums, higher deductibles, limited access to existing doctors, hours cut from their work week, and forced penalties.

With countless technical glitches, security breaches, and even questionable constitutional standing, it is clear that Obamacare does not work for Michigan. Our families and small businesses deserve better. We continue to call upon Michigan Democrats, and Democrats across the nation, to own up to their mistakes and help Republicans find a solution to this disastrous law that has negatively impacted millions of people.”

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Statement on Rep. Candice Miller’s Decision Not to Run in 2016

LANSING, Mich., March 5, 2015 – In response to U.S. Rep. Candice Miller’s announcement that she will not be seeking re-election in 2016, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:

“U.S. Representative Candice Miller has been a trailblazer for women in politics, and a shining example for us all. Her selfless spirit, willingness to lead, and refusal to settle for 'good enough' is unrivaled. From her years as Michigan’s Secretary of State to her service in Congress for more than a decade, the Michigan Republican Party would not be the party we are today without her involvement and countless contributions.

With our deep bench of strong Republican candidates, we will maintain this seat and continue the work of Rep. Miller in 2016. However, her unique energy and dedication to this state is her hallmark. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I want to thank Rep. Miller for her countless years of service to the people of Michigan, and look forward to working together to keep moving Michigan forward.”

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Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Visit

LANSING, Mich., March 3, 2015 – With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing Congress today, Michigan Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:

“I would like to voice my support of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit. Our relationship with Israel is one that must be appreciated. We stand by Israel in its fight against terrorism and believe that the safety of Israelis, like Americans, transcends politics.”

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 19, 2015 – To honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embodied the principles our country was founded upon: freedom and equality for everyone. Dr. King’s lessons are timeless reminders of how to move our country forward, and his spirit lives on through those lessons. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I hope you will join us in remembering and honoring his life, and the impact he had on all Americans.”

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President Obama Continues to Disappoint Michigan Families

LANSING, Mich., January 7, 2014 – Today, President Obama visited the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. In response to the president’s visit, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“President Obama’s visit is another attempt to take credit for Michigan’s auto industry, but President Obama didn’t rebuild our auto industry, the hardworking men and women who design, build and sell cars made that happen.

“It is not surprising that the president chose states with Republican governors for his ‘three-city national tour.’ In the wake of Republicans sweeping victory in Michigan and across the nation, President Obama should take note of the commonsense, responsible policies that are driving the economies in the states like ours.

“President Obama got a firsthand look at what good policy can do, now all he has to do is go back to Washington and follow the lead of Republican governors.”

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New Year’s Day Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 1, 2015 – To celebrate the new year, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Last year was outstanding for Michigan, and the optimism continues as we head into 2015. Michigan families can look forward to the proven policies of Governor Rick Snyder and fellow Republicans up and down the ticket, all of whom have shown they will keep our state moving in the right direction. The future is especially bright for our kids, communities and economy with their leadership.

“A new year means a new start – and a new opportunity to come together to get the job done. I look forward to seeing all that our state and federal delegation is able to accomplish in 2015 to better the lives of families all across this state. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I’d like to thank everyone who made a difference by participating in our midterm efforts, and we wish all Michigan families a very happy and healthy new year.”

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Merry Christmas from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 25, 2014 – In celebration of the Christmas holiday, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following joint statement:

“As families across Michigan visit with friends and loved ones this Christmas, we celebrate the joy and spirit of giving that comes with this special season. Now and always, please pray for our dedicated servicemen and women as they continue to protect our country.On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, we wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy holidays.”

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Chairman Schostak Announcement

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 19, 2014 – Today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak released the following letter to supporters.

What a great year!

This year’s historic victory was made possible by the dedication and determination of our candidates, volunteers and staff, and the tremendous generosity of our donors. It was hard work and a lot of late nights for many of us, but we kept our state headed in the right direction.

This has been a long journey that started after the 2012 election. We set out to redefine the way elections are run, and won. We invested early in technology and volunteer recruitment. We ran aggressive political, fundraising and communications programs to support our candidates in every possible way. Our approach led to a record-breaking number of voter contacts and dollars raised.

We returned Governor Snyder, Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Schuette to office, and we gave them historic majorities in the State House and Senate. We retained our conservative majority on the Michigan Supreme Court, and we returned nine Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives.

This grassroots committee is like no other in the nation, and I am humbled by the unyielding support we have received. I can’t tell you how proud I am of all that we accomplished together, the hard work and determination of our volunteers and candidates, and the groundwork we laid for 2016.

Those before me paved the road for a Michigan Republican Party that I have had the privilege to navigate these last four years.

Today, our committee is the gold standard of Republican state committees across the country and well positioned for the future. As a result, I feel now is the time to turn the mantle over to the next great leader to take this organization to the next level as I focus on helping Republicans in Michigan and across the country in new ways.

I look forward to being a part of political discussions and engagement in Michigan and beyond in the coming months and years. With our collective efforts, Michigan will continue to be led by solid conservative Republican leaders for generations to come.

Thank you again for your friendship and support as we venture ahead together to build on our most recent successes in Michigan and beyond.

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Happy Hanukkah from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 16, 2014 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement in celebration of Hanukkah:

"Tonight, we join our friends in the Jewish community in celebrating the start of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. During this time, all families can embrace the holiday’s hopefulness and share the light in all of our lives. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, Nancy and I would like to wish everyone a happy Hanukkah."

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Statement on the Passing of Ohio Republican National Committeeman Bob Bennett

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 6, 2014 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement today in response to the passing of longtime Republican National Committeeman and longest-serving Ohio Republican Party Chairman, Bob Bennett:

“We are saddened to learn that our friend, Ohio National Committeeman Bob Bennett, has passed away. Bob was dedicated to moving his home state and our nation forward, and throughout the years he accomplished those goals by forging meaningful partnerships with Republicans all across the country. Our party will miss Bob’s leadership and will never forget the impact he has made. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bennett family and friends during this difficult time.”

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 27, 2014 – In celebration of Thanksgiving, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following joint statement:

“Thanksgiving is a special time for families to honor traditions and spend time with loved ones. As we reflect on the past year and give thanks for all the blessings we’ve been given, we remember the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform who are protecting our freedom here at home and overseas.

“On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, we send our heartfelt thanks to all Michigan families for continuing our comeback this year. We wish you a happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.”

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​President Obama’s Executive Overreach

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 20, 2014 – In response to President Obama’s announcement that he is issuing an executive order on immigration, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“For six years, President Obama correctly stated he does not have the authority to issue this kind of executive order – President Obama should take his own advice. There is a limit to what a president can do; this goes outside those bounds and sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents.”

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Michigan Republican Party Veterans Day Statement

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 11, 2014 – In honor of Veterans Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today and every day, we proudly remember our servicemen and women who safeguard our freedom. America remains strong because of our brave soldiers who put their lives on the line to defend our nation with honor. We especially remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as their loved ones, and all they have given to protect our families and our future.

“The Michigan Republican Party joins all Americans in proudly paying our respects to all veterans and active servicemen and women for their extraordinary service. God Bless America.”

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MIGOP Statement on Detroit Bankruptcy

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 7, 2014 – In response to the ruling on Detroit’s bankruptcy today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Today is a remarkable day in Detroit’s history, and we owe this notable step forward to Governor Rick Snyder. He boldly went where no other leader has gone before, ending previous decades of mismanagement by setting the city on the path to prosperity. 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 by making the tough but necessary decision to issue this bankruptcy, and together we have reached the end of this successful journey. Detroit will continue to rise, and all of Michigan will be stronger because of it.”

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Schauer Wants Kilpatrick Back As Mayor

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 1, 2014 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement regarding President Obama's comments that Republicans have no agenda to improve Detroit:

"Tonight, President Obama demonstrated how out of touch he and Mark Schauer are with the real progress being made in Detroit. For 50 years, we watched as Democrats kicked the can down the road and allowed a culture of corruption to consume our great city. Democrats want to go back to the old status quo when trash wasn’t picked up, lights weren’t working, emergency response times were nearly an hour and Kwame Kilpatrick was Mayor. We finally have a leader in Governor Snyder who stood up and fixed the mess Mark Schauer and his party created. Detroit has a solid plan to continue its resurgence because of Governor Snyder’s leadership – Mark Schauer did nothing. Mark Schauer has no plan for Detroit, no plan for our economy and no plan for our future. Mark Schauer should apologize to the people of Detroit for allowing president Obama to come in and tell such a blatant lie."

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​Peters and Schauer ensure Obama’s ‘policies are on the ballot’ Tuesday

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 1, 2014 – While most Democrats across the nation are running from President Obama and the fact his “policies are on the ballot,” Gary Peters and Mark Schauer are proudly owning them by campaigning with the unpopular politician during the final days of their campaigns. In response to their event, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

"Gary Peters and Mark Schauer sealed the deal on their extreme, liberal agendas today by standing on stage with President Obama. Not only was today’s Obamacare reunion an insult to the 225,000 people across our state who lost their health care plans, but it was a reminder of all the other failures of this President’s administration and the countless Democrats who stand by and perpetuate it. Michigan is on track to make a ‘faster comeback than the nation as a whole over a four-year span,’ thanks to Governor Snyder and Republican leadership – not Barack Obama or Harry Reid’s Senate.

“We saw what happened when Democrats had the opportunity to lead Michigan, which led to record-high 14.2 percent unemployment, more than 600,000 jobs lost and multiple government shutdowns. Today, we’re on the Road to Recovery thanks to Michigan’s Comeback Team, and the only direction our families want to look is forward.”

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​Mark Schauer and President Obama On Board the ‘Spending Spree’ Train

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 1, 2014 – Mark Schauer and President Obama have been on a spending spree that has put Michigan and America on the wrong track. The out of control spending of trillions of dollars to pay for an unpopular health care law and billions more in failed bailout and stimulus money has created an unstable economy that is hurting middle-class families. Today, as Mark Schauer unapologetically stands next to President Obama, Michigan families will be reminded of his past support for uncontrolled spending and failed leadership.

“Mark Schauer and President Obama’s spending spree continues to derail our economy and country,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Michigan families haven’t forgotten that it was Schauer who brought us the Lost Decade and helped bring Obamacare to Michigan. If Mark Schauer was serious about his promise, he would have stood up to President Obama when he was in Congress. Schauer's decision to stand next to President Obama truly underscores how wrong he is for Michigan."

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Gary Peters and Mark Schauer Remain Unapologetic

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 1, 2014 – As Democrats across the nation keep President Obama at arm’s length, Gary Peters and Mark Schauer are busy rolling out the red carpet for his visit today. Disregarding the opinion of over 50 percent of Michiganders who disapprove of the job the President is doing, Peters and Schauer are taking a stand and running alongside President Obama’s policies on the ballot.

“Gary Peters and Mark Schauer are once again showing their true partisan colors by standing next to President Obama,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Even as Michigan families continue to be hurt by higher costs, lower quality, and 225,000 cancelations brought on by Obamacare, Peters and Schauer remain unapologetic for their support of the President’s health care law. Michigan doesn’t need more of President Obama’s failed policies, but that’s what Gary Peters and Mark Schauer want. We need proven leaders, like Governor Rick Snyder, who will work to keep Michigan moving forward.”

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