MRP Statement on first Presidential Debate

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 26 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding the first debate of the 2016 general election:

“Tonight’s debate shows us the clear choice that voters have this November. While Donald Trump presented a vision to fix the issues facing our nation, Hillary Clinton proved again that she wants to keep the status quo that is failing so many Americans. She has had 30 years to find solutions and she has failed. Michiganders want real change at the national level, not more of the same rhetoric and failed policies we’ve seen from a career politician and lifelong member of the political elite. It’s clear that Donald Trump is the only candidate talking about the problems facing our nation following eight years of failed leadership.”

McDaniel: Clinton’s campaign divides Americans

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 22 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday blasted the Clinton campaign as one working to divide Americans as Chelsea Clinton visited Michigan on behalf of her mother’s campaign.

“Hillary Clinton’s campaign is working to divide Americans and pit us against each other,” McDaniel said. “Her rhetoric regarding people who don’t support her is, in a word, deplorable. Hillary Clinton practices the politics of division when we need to be united to move our country in the right direction.”

McDaniel went on to criticize Hillary Clinton for her continued efforts to avoid Michigan voters. Her campaign usually sends surrogates to Michigan on her behalf, while Republican Nominee Donald Trump has been in the state four times since the national conventions.

“Clinton’s refusal to address the concerns of Michigan residents is disturbing,” stated McDaniel. “While she rarely shows up, and usually only for high-priced and secretive fundraisers, Donald Trump continues to share his vision with Michigan voters. He is the only candidate with a real plan to unite our country and fix the problems facing our nation. Michigan voters will make it clear to Hillary in November that we don’t see eye-to-eye with her and her divisive campaign.”

MRP Statement on Tim Kaine’s Campaign Stop in Ann Arbor

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 13 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding Tim Kaine’s campaign stop in Ann Arbor:

“Tim Kaine’s Ann Arbor stop today proves why he and his running mate, Hillary Clinton, are wrong for us. They continue to push unsustainable spending with no details on how to pay for it, sticking our children with the bill for years to come. While ‘free’ tuition sounds great, someone has to pay for it. ‘Free’ college tuition is nothing more than a transfer of the cost of education from students to taxpayers. The true cost of increased taxes to pay for such programs is the inability for college graduates to find a job in our great state.

“Both Kaine and Clinton are woefully out-of-touch with Michiganders, making pie in the sky promises while calling those who disagree with them deplorable, racists, and xenophobes. Michiganders demand, and deserve, better.”

Michigan Republican Party Opening New Field Offices Across Michigan

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 13, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday announced the opening of eight new field offices across Michigan in coordination with the Republican National Committee and Donald J. Trump for President.

“Michigan has been on the ground, recruiting volunteers and engaging voters across our great state for more than a year in our existing five offices,” McDaniel said. “We are excited to add to those outreach efforts with eight additional offices around the state. Michigan is in play in this election, and we are excited to get our message of opportunity, prosperity, and protecting Michigan’s Comeback to additional areas in our state.”

MRP currently has five field offices open in Michigan: Detroit, Lansing, Livonia, Traverse City, and Utica. Eight additional offices are opening in Oakland County, Kent County, Alpena, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette, and Trenton.

“Michigan is a true battleground state in 2016,” McDaniel continued. “We have massive enthusiasm on our side, and that shows in the number of volunteers will to put forth the time and effort on behalf of Republican candidates. Voters know that Michigan’s Comeback is on the line, and our new offices will allow more voters and volunteers to get involved at the grassroots level throughout the state.”

As contact information becomes available for the new regional field offices, it will be posted on the Michigan Republican Party website.

MRP Statement on the passing of State Representative Peter Pettalia

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 12 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding the passing of State Representative Peter Pettalia:

“Representative Pettalia was a tremendous public servant during his far too short time in the Michigan House. He was a tireless advocate for the people of his district and their interests in Lansing. His commitment to his constituents cannot be overstated. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

MRP Statement on Hillary Clinton’s ‘Basket of deplorables’ comment

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 10 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Saturday released the following statement regarding Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment:

“Hillary Clinton’s comment about Donald Trump supporters is absolutely appalling. Reasonable people can disagree in reasonable ways, but calling supporters of your opponent racist, sexist, and xenophobic is unacceptable from someone looking to be Commander-in-Chief. These are hard-working Americans who are going to look to their President for leadership, even if they didn’t vote for them. Hillary’s showing that she doesn’t care for or respect people who disagree with her worldview, and that’s not a quality anyone should want in our next President.”

MRP Statement on Labor Day

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 5 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement celebrating Labor Day in Michigan:

“Today we celebrate all of the contributions hard-working Michiganders and Americans have made toward moving our state forward. I’m so grateful for everything workers have done to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family. I’m also happy that workers in Michigan are no longer forced to join a union, thanks to common-sense reforms enacted under Republican leadership. All workers should enjoy the fundamental right of association and freedom offered to workers under Freedom-to-Work laws we have here in the Great Lake State.”

MRP Statement on Bill Clinton campaigning in Detroit

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 5 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding former President Bill Clinton’s campaign stop in Detroit:

“The Clinton Campaign is proving that Michigan is in play this election. Bill Clinton’s campaign trip is a desperate effort to rebuild trust in Hillary. However, he can’t hide the fact that her plans will fail to rebuild our national economy the same way President Obama’s are failing now. Her campaign can offer no solutions, only continued pandering. She has proven time and time again that she isn’t prepared or fit to serve as Commander-in-Chief, and her husband’s stop does nothing to change that.”

MRP Statement on Donald Trump’s Detroit visit

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 3 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement regarding Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump’s decision to visit Detroit this weekend.

“Saturday marks Donald Trump's third visit to Michigan in a month, showing his commitment to Michigan voters and the issues that matter to us. He is easily the most accessible and unscripted Presidential Candidate we’ve ever seen. Donald Trump is reaching out to all voters and discussing his plans to make our country work for everyone, while Hillary Clinton has said that Republicans, and every Republican voter, are the enemy she is most proud of making. When she rarely shows up in Michigan, it is either for a high dollar fundraiser, or to speak in front of a hand-picked audience. She is the least-accessible and most scripted candidate we’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, the average Michigan voter cannot afford the type of high dollar donation to the Clinton Foundation it takes to gain access."

House Democratic Fund Violates Campaign Finance Laws

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 30, 2016 – Michigan House Democrats broke the law in their attempt to get their chosen candidate, Erin Kieliszewski, through the House primary election in the 106th House District.

“The House Democrats tried to pick winners and losers in their own contested House primaries,” Michigan Republican Party Executive Director, Steven Ostrow said. “In addition to this clear violation of state law, the House Democratic Fund paid for an ad that ran with an improper disclaimer.”

The complaint, filed today with the Secretary of State’s office, documents that the House Democratic Fund paid for a television ad for 106th House district primary candidate Erin Kieliszewski, but the disclaimer on the ad was that of the Kieliszewski campaign. The complaint documents the House Democrats’ blatant disregard for the primary process, as well as campaign finance law.

“This clear violation of the laws of our state demonstrate that the House Democrats, like their Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, believe that they are above the law and that the rules don’t apply to them,” Ostrow continued. “The Michigan Republican Party will not stand idly by while Michigan Democrats break the rules.”

Colleen Pobur fully embraces Jennifer Granholm, Lost Decade

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 23 – Democratic State Representative Candidate Colleen Pobur has fully signaled her support for the policies that created the Lost Decade in Michigan, said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel.

“Colleen Pobur has gone full Granholm by not only embracing the former Governor’s legacy of job and population losses, but by actually hosting an event with her,” McDaniel said. “Michigan voters still remember the troubled times our state faced under the lack of leadership during the Granholm Administration. We don’t want to return to that, and Pobur should know better.”

McDaniel also mentioned that Pobur is a former Granholm appointee, serving in state government herself while our state was stuck in the Lost Decade.

“Voters have sent a clear message in recent elections that they are unwilling to take eight steps back to the failed policies of Granholm and Pobur,” McDaniel stated. “Michiganders want real solutions that will continue to bring jobs and people to the state. Simply by her actions and associations, Pobur has shown she wants the opposite. The people of the 20th State House District want better from their Representative.”

MRP Statement on Donald Trump’s Speech in Dimondale

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 19 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday released the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s speech in Dimondale:

“Donald Trump continues to show his commitment to Michigan voters and Michigan issues. The enthusiasm shown by his crowds here demonstrate that momentum is strongly behind him going into November.”

McDaniel: Clinton’s economic plans woefully inept, preposterous

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 11 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday blasted Hillary Clinton’s economic plans outlined in a speech in Warren.

“Hillary Clinton’s economic plans are woefully inept and preposterous,” McDaniel said. “Her policies are designed to further drive us into debt and rapidly increase our national deficit. She has no plans to pay for her outlandish proposals, and wants to continue the Obama Administration’s reckless spending.”

McDaniel points to repeated quotes from Clinton in which she gave the President’s handling of the economy an ‘A,’ and her stated desire to continue on the same path, should she be elected.

“Americans and Michiganders don’t want more of the same policies that led to massive job losses in Michigan under Jennifer Granholm,” McDaniel stated. “They want real solutions. They want to see the same kind of progress Michigan has made under strong Republican leadership, and that’s not being offered by Clinton. Too many people are struggling for us to continue on this broken economic path. We need real change, and we won’t get that from a Hillary Clinton White House.”

MRP Statement on Tim Kaine’s Campaign Stop in Grand Rapids

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 5 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday released the following statement regarding Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine’s campaign stop in Grand Rapids:

“Democrats continue to peddle the failed policies that brought us the Lost Decade, this time through Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine. The Kaine and Clinton ‘jobs plan’ won’t help our economy recover, and will only further increase the national debt. Future generations would be stuck with a greater burden under their White House. This kind of irresponsibility is wrong for our children and grandchildren, and we can’t accept the kind of future that would be left for them under this continued lack of leadership.”

MRP Statement on Michigan House Primary Results

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 2 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement regarding results from the Michigan House primary elections:

“Today’s results show that Republicans are in excellent shape heading into November. I’d like to thank all of the candidates who once again showed that enthusiasm is with our party this election cycle. We look forward to working with all of our primary winners to retain majority in the Michigan House and continue Michigan’s Comeback under strong Republican leadership.”

​MRP Statement on Hillary Clinton’s official nomination

LANSING, Mich., July 28 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding Hillary Clinton’s official nomination:

“Hillary Clinton is not fit to lead our country - she has proven this repeatedly. Our country cannot afford her economic policies. The world cannot afford her foreign policy. Americans cannot afford her complete disregard for the Constitution. She is untrustworthy, unfit to be Commander-in-Chief, and unprepared to provide the real solutions our nation so desperately needs.”

MRP Statement on Jennifer Granholm’s Speech at the DNC Convention

LANSING, Mich., July 28 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding former Governor Jennifer Granholm’s speech at the DNC Convention:

“The Democratic Party’s embrace of Jennifer Granholm shows that they aren’t interested in finding the kind of real solutions needed to fix the problems facing our nation. When Granholm fled from Michigan for California at the end of her second term, she left our state a mess. Families were being torn apart as jobs left our state and young college graduates were forced to look for opportunities out-of-state.

“Now, under strong Republican leadership, we’re setting an example for the rest of America to follow. Jennifer Granholm’s policies failed Michigan, and they’ll fail us all if Hillary Clinton becomes President.”

Clinton chooses fellow career-politician Tim Kaine to fill out ultimate Government Insider ticket

LANSING, Mich., July 22 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday blasted Hillary Clinton’s choice of Tim Kaine as her VP Nominee.

“This ticket is the ultimate representation of the status quo that’s failing Michigan families,” said McDaniel. “Tim Kaine is a clear sign that Hillary Clinton wants to make no changes, and instead wants to keep pushing the failed liberal policies of the Obama Administration.”

McDaniel pointed to Kaine’s long career in government service, including forgettable terms of service as both Governor and Senator of Virginia. She also mentioned his time as a failed leader of the Democratic National Committee as a sign of his lack of qualifications.

“Hillary just chose the least accomplished yet longest serving Washington insider to try and build up her ticket,” McDaniel said. “This is a joke. Michiganders know better than to trust do-nothing politicians who offer a lot of hot-air rhetoric without any tangible solutions.”

MRP Statement on Donald Trump’s official Nomination as the Republican Presidential Nominee

LANSING, Mich., July 21 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding the official nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential Nominee:

“I’d like to congratulate Donald Trump for his tremendous job creating enthusiasm among Republican primary voters and securing the nomination. Now that our party has chosen our nominee, we must stand united and support him. We cannot let Hillary get the keys to the White House and continue the disastrous policies of the Obama Administration. We’re ready to keep working through November to turn Michigan red in 2016.”

MRP Statement on Being Asked to Pass During the GOP Convention Roll Call

LANSING, Mich., July 19 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday made the following statement regarding why Michigan passed the first time through the roll call of the states casting their votes for President of the United States:

“We were asked by the Trump campaign to pass so New York could cast the votes to put him over the edge. We were very happy to join Pennsylvania in offering this honor to our nominee, and we look forward to turning Michigan red in November.”

Indiana Governor Mike Pence selected as Donald Trump’s Running Mate

LANSING, Mich., July 15 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday made the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate:

“I’d like to sincerely congratulate Governor Pence on being selected to join this outstanding ticket. The experience Pence brings to the table cannot be understated. He has been a proven leader in every role he’s taken on, and will prove to be an asset for the Trump campaign. This is going to be a formidable ticket that brings strong leadership and provides a sharp contrast to Hillary Clinton’s plans for more of the same failed policies. With the selection of Governor Pence, I feel even more confident that we’ll turn Michigan red in November.”

MRP Chairman calls on Obama and Biden to avoid campaigning with Clinton during FBI investigation

LANSING, Mich., July 5 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to avoid campaign events with Hillary Clinton during the FBI and Department of Justice’s investigation into her private email server.

“Seeing the President and Vice President campaigning with a candidate who is under investigation by their FBI sends the wrong message to the American people,” said McDaniel. “No one is above the law, and the President and Vice President should make that point clear by refusing to campaign with Hillary Clinton while she is still being investigated by the FBI.”

McDaniel pointed to President Obama campaigning with Clinton in North Carolina today, as well as the secret meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch as a clear sign of favoritism from the Obama Administration for Hillary Clinton. The meeting occurred just days before Hillary’s interview with the FBI on her email server.

“The American people deserve an impartial and thorough investigation into this vital issue of national security,” McDaniel stated. “The Obama administration should avoid even the slightest appearance that this process is rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton, something they have failed to do so far."

MRP Statement on SCOTUS ruling regarding Texas Abortion Laws

LANSING, Mich., June 27 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling flies in the face of our Constitutional rights, taking more power away from states and putting it in the hands of the federal government. This ruling shows what’s truly at stake this election. We need to elect a President who will appoint rule-of-law justices to uphold our Constitutional rights, not more justices that will legislate from the bench.”

BadFiscalDriskell.com launched by Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., June 23 – The Michigan Republican Party on Thursday announced the launch of a new website, BadFiscalDriskell.com to highlight the economic policies and ineffective leadership of Gretchen Driskell.

“Gretchen Driskell isn’t properly prepared for the challenges she’d face in Congress,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel said. “She has been ineffective in the Michigan House and doesn’t know how to solve the problems facing our nation. Her lack of solutions should be taken into account by voters in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District, who deserve better from their Representative in Washington, DC.”

When recently asked about the national debt and deficit, Driskell directed voters to the website  FiscalShip.org. The website is a game where voters attempt to keep their “Fiscal Ship” from sinking, based on a number of Driskell’s dangerous tax-and-spend policy ideas. BadFiscalDriskell.com features a video showing a simulation of Gretchen Driskell playing the “Fiscal Ship” game.

“The national debt isn’t a game. There is no reset button,” McDaniel said. “Voters need real solutions to these issues, and Driskell has proven she isn’t up for the challenge.”

Gretchen Whitmer Must Release All Emails Related to Her Secret Selection as Ingham County Prosecutor

Prosecutor who said she wants to “earn back the trust of the people” must voluntarily expose selection process to the public

LANSING, Mich., June 20 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday called on ex-state Senator Gretchen Whitmer to voluntarily release all e-mails and other documents related to her secret selection as the next Ingham County Prosecutor. Whitmer takes office July 2 but was sworn-in in a ceremony today.

Whitmer told the Lansing State Journal when she applied for the position that, “It strikes me that one of the most important things is to earn back the trust of the people of Ingham County.”

“If Whitmer wants to assure the public that the prosecutor’s office will be run transparently and ethically following the Dunnings scandal, she must start by voluntarily releasing all emails related to her own secret selection as prosecutor,” said McDaniel.

McDaniel called on Whitmer to voluntarily release all her emails and other documents, and also for Whitmer to publically ask the government panel who selected her to release all of their communications regarding her secret selection. As the new prosecutor, McDaniel said, Whitmer has standing to make the release of all documents take place so the public knows the truth.

Whitmer confirmed to the Lansing State Journal on April 22 that she applied to be prosecutor. She was secretly selected over several other candidates.

Whitmer has never released her emails or other records regarding the interview and selection process.

Dillon playing politics with veterans

LANSING, Mich., June 16 – Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon continues to use the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for political gain while distorting the truth and hiding from his own record on the issue.

“Brandon Dillon’s shameful attempt to politicize Michigan veterans is appalling,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel said. “His recent attacks on Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans distorts the truth while covering up Dillon’s own poor track record on the issue.”

Dillon, who until 2015 served as a State Representative for the City of Grand Rapids, where the home is located, voted against budget increases for the home while in office. Included in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which Dillon voted against, were also stricter reporting requirements for complaints at the Grand Rapids Home for veterans.

“If Brandon Dillon were truly as concerned with the care being provided to veterans, he would have voted for a budget that increased funding, added nurses, and added more reporting requirements for complaints at the home,” stated McDaniel. “This is a cheap political stunt attacking our Attorney General, who is actually trying to help our veterans.”

MRP Statement on the passing of Gordie Howe

LANSING, Mich., June 10, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday released the following statement regarding the passing of Gordie Howe:

“Gordie Howe was an incredibly talented hockey player and a great ambassador for our state and of Detroit. Mr. Hockey’s legacy has left a tremendous impact both on and off the ice, especially here in Michigan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. He will be greatly missed.”

Tourist Lon Johnson needs help finding his district

Lon Johnson, a Detroiter running for Congress in Northern Michigan’s 1st District, has had some problems remembering where his district is. So he’s getting some navigational help. His campaign website uses an outside source, govtrack.us, to keep track of the district he hopes to represent in Congress. Thankfully, Johnson was already in the 1st District last week, as there were some technical problems with the site he uses to get around when visiting Northern Michigan.

This is the latest mishap that shows Lon Johnson is nothing more than a tourist in Northern Michigan. From being spotted outside his home in Detroit to using stock photos of Northern Michigan on his website, Johnson is showing that he’s out of touch with the residents he hopes to represent in Congress.

MRP Comment: “Tourist Lon Johnson continues to show just how out of touch he is with Northern Michigan residents. He’s a Detroiter who doesn’t understand the needs and priorities of those he hopes to represent in Congress.” – Ronna Romney McDaniel, Chairman.

MRP Statement on Legislative approval of Michigan’s Budget

LANSING, Mich., June 8 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding passage of Michigan’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017:

“I congratulate our hard-working legislative members for passing another budget balanced and ahead of the deadline. Republicans in Michigan have continued to invest in the priorities of Michigan residents, including roads and education, while keeping budget growth below the level of inflation. This is the kind of strong leadership that will keep Michigan’s Comeback going strong.”

MRP launches GretchenDriskellAccomplishments.com

LANSING, Mich., June 6 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday announced the launch of a new microsite, GretchenDriskellAccomplishments.com, listing the accomplishments of Democratic Congressional Candidate Gretchen Driskell.

“Gretchen Driskell has spent much of her congressional campaign focused on national issues instead of touting her accomplishments in the Michigan House, and voters deserve to know why,” McDaniel stated. “The simple answer is that she doesn’t have any. In her nearly four years in Lansing, Gretchen Driskell hasn’t passed a single bill where she’s been the primary sponsor.”

GretchenDriskellAccomplishments.com was launched to show voters that Driskell lacks the kind of accomplishments residents should expect from Congressional Candidates, McDaniel said.

“Voters in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District should know their Representative in Congress will be able to get them real solutions,” added McDaniel. “Clearly, Gretchen Driskell is not that candidate, and should not be given a chance to serve in Congress.”

Lon Johnson finally visits 1st Congressional District, attends conference focused on Detroit

LANSING, Mich., June 2, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding Democratic Congressional Candidate Lon Johnson attending the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference:

“It’s fitting that Lon Johnson is spending his time in the Congressional District he’s running for while attending a conference that focuses on his current hometown of Detroit. The 1st Congressional District deserves someone in Congress who represents their needs and priorities. Northern Michigan residents recognize that Lon Johnson is only a tourist.”

McDaniel: Vote on civil service reforms shows Brinks places union interests ahead of taxpayers

LANSING, Mich., June 1, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday criticized state Rep. Winnie Brinks for voting against common-sense civil service reforms.

“Today’s vote shows that Winnie Brinks will fight for the interests of her big campaign donors ahead of the taxpayers in her district,” McDaniel said. “This is shameful, and her constituents deserve better from their Representative in Lansing.”

McDaniel noted that Brinks has received more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from Big-Labor since she was first elected to the Michigan House.

“Winnie Brinks needs to put the interests of the residents she represents first, and not those of her deep pocketed, Big-Labor contributors,” McDaniel stated. “However, it appears she’s unwilling to do that. Residents in her district deserve a Representative who works for their needs first, not a rubber stamp for Big Labor.”

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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