Statement on the findings from the House Business Office investigation

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

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

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

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

Melissa Gilbert Refuses to Pay Taxes for Over 20 Years; Will Complete Payment by 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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​Statement on the 150th Juneteenth Anniversary

Statement on the 150th Juneteenth Anniversary

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

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

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Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Announcement Speech

Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Announcement Speech

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

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

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Michigan Republican Party Names Matthew Dobler as Political Director

Michigan Republican Party Names Matthew Dobler as Political Director

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy Memorial Day from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Memorial Day from the Michigan Republican Party

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

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

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Congratulations to New Republican National Committeewoman Kathleen Berden

Congratulations to New Republican National Committeewoman Kathleen Berden

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

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

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

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

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Michigan’s Presidential Primary Will be Pivotal

Michigan’s Presidential Primary Will be Pivotal

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

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

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Statement in Response to A. Alfred Taubman’s Passing

Statement in Response to A. Alfred Taubman’s Passing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Michigan Republican Party Names Steve Ostrow as Executive Director

Michigan Republican Party Names Steve Ostrow as Executive Director

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Bid Announcement

Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Bid Announcement

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

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

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

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​Happy Easter from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Easter from the Michigan Republican Party

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

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

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Michigan’s Second Anniversary of Freedom-to-Work

Michigan’s Second Anniversary of Freedom-to-Work

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

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

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

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Five Years Later: Obamacare is Still Hurting Michigan Families

Five Years Later: Obamacare is Still Hurting Michigan Families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Visit

Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Visit

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

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

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

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President Obama Continues to Disappoint Michigan Families

President Obama Continues to Disappoint Michigan Families

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

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

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

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

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New Year’s Day Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

New Year’s Day Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

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

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

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

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Merry Christmas from the Michigan Republican Party

Merry Christmas from the Michigan Republican Party

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

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

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Chairman Schostak Announcement

Chairman Schostak Announcement

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

What a great year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy Hanukkah from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Hanukkah from the Michigan Republican Party

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

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

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Statement on the Passing of Ohio Republican National Committeeman Bob Bennett

Statement on the Passing of Ohio Republican National Committeeman Bob Bennett

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

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

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Thanksgiving from the Michigan Republican Party

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

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

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

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​President Obama’s Executive Overreach

President Obama’s Executive Overreach

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

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

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Michigan Republican Party Veterans Day Statement

Michigan Republican Party Veterans Day Statement

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

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

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

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MIGOP Statement on Detroit Bankruptcy

MIGOP Statement on Detroit Bankruptcy

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

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

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Schauer Wants Kilpatrick Back As Mayor

Schauer Wants Kilpatrick Back As Mayor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gary Peters and Mark Schauer Remain Unapologetic

Gary Peters and Mark Schauer Remain Unapologetic

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

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

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Schauer, Peters, Obama: ‘Lie of the Year’ Reunion

Schauer, Peters, Obama: ‘Lie of the Year’ Reunion

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 31, 2014 – Mark Schauer and Gary Peters have kept their backs turned on the 225,000 Michigan families who lost their health care plans thanks to their votes for Obamacare in Congress – and they plan to keep it that way by choosing to campaign with President Obama tomorrow instead of owning up to their failures. To comment on the Democrats’ upcoming ‘Lie of the Year’ reunion in Detroit, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Mark Schauer and Gary Peters have gone more than a year – the length of their entire campaigns – without apologizing for their ‘Lie of the Year,’ and are making matters worse by campaigning with the mastermind of the failed health care law tomorrow. They have definitively decided they care more about publicity for their unimpressive campaigns than the hundreds of thousands of Michigan families who lost their health care plans due to their votes. If Mark Schauer and Gary Peters are willing to support a law that eliminates coverage, limits access to quality care and existing doctors, raises premiums and cuts hours from the work week, then they don’t understand some of the most basic issues that matter to Michigan families.”

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Jerry Cannon’s Missing Energy Agenda

Jerry Cannon’s Missing Energy Agenda

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 28, 2014 – For over a year, Jerry Cannon has taken Michigan families on a wild goose chase by refusing to give his stance on key energy issues. Cannon’s missing position on the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Obama administration’s recently-proposed EPA rules continue to worry Michigan families given the fact both could hurt our state.

“Jerry Cannon’s silence on key energy issues exposes his inexperience and lack of ideas to continue Michigan’s comeback,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Michigan can’t afford another Nancy Pelosi politician who will blindly vote for job-killing, partisan policies. As Jerry Cannon continues to hide, the people of Michigan will continue to put pressure on him until he comes clean on the issues that matter to our families.”

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Schauer Forces Obamacare on Others,  Won’t Enroll Campaign Staff in Obamacare

Schauer Forces Obamacare on Others,  Won’t Enroll Campaign Staff in Obamacare

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 28, 2014 – Democrat Mark Schauer does not enroll his own campaign staff in Obamacare, yet he forced hundreds of thousands of Michiganders to accept Obamacare. Schauer enrolled his campaign staff in non-Obamacare health plans demonstrating his lack of confidence in Obamacare. The gubernatorial candidate, who constantly reminds fellow Democrats it was “the right thing to do” is looking rather hypocritical these days, as his gubernatorial campaign staff are currently signed up for plans through the Small Business Association of Michigan – which skips the Obamacare exchange he so adamantly “supports.”

“Mark Schauer failed to enroll his campaign staff in Obamacare even though he was eligible to do so,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Schauer forced hundreds of thousands of Michiganders to accept the limitations of Obamacare, but refused to bind himself and his staff to those same limitations. It speaks volumes of Mark Schauer’s hypocrisy – considering he voted for Obamacare and publicly advocates for it on a daily basis – that he wouldn’t have his own staff participate. At least 225,000 people in this state lost their health care because of Mark Schauer’s vote. Mark Schauer wants to make your health care decisions, but refuses to bind himself and his staff to those same rules.”

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Another Clinton, Another Rally for Peters and Schauer

Another Clinton, Another Rally for Peters and Schauer

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 22, 2014 – To generate excitement for Gary Peters and Mark Schauer, Michigan Democrats crafted a plan to bring in national headliners, including former President Bill Clinton, each week for the final month of their campaigns – reaffirming the two candidates couldn’t do it alone. To comment on the event today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Gary Peters and Mark Schauer are clearly more focused on cameras than people. Instead of getting into the community where our families and businesses are, Peters and Schauer would rather stand on stage with Washington politicians who want to paint our state with their one-size-fits-all policy brush. These aren’t the kind of leaders who acknowledge the progress that’s underway in the Comeback State today, and they certainly won’t continue the trend forward. The bigger the names Democrats bring in, the more we’re reminded how small Gary Peters and Mark Schauer really are.”

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Gary Peters and Mark Schauer to Rally Behind Another Out-of-Touch Washington Democrat

Gary Peters and Mark Schauer to Rally Behind Another Out-of-Touch Washington Democrat

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 22, 2014 – Today, Gary Peters and Mark Schauer will campaign alongside another out-of-touch Washington Democrat in an attempt to rally their base. Unable to run on their failed, partisan record, they are relying on cheap political gimmicks to distract Michiganders from the real issues.

“Gary Peters and Mark Schauer’s decision to stand beside another extreme Washington Democrat shows where their allegiance truly lies – and it’s not with Michigan families,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Bill Clinton’s visit is another desperate attempt to hide the fact they’ve supported policies that have hurt our economy, schools and health care. Michigan families are tired of empty promises from career politicians; they want real leaders who will continue Michigan’s comeback, not drag us back to the Democrats’ Lost Decade.”

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Unexcused Absence: Jerry Cannon a No-Show at Local High School Event

Unexcused Absence: Jerry Cannon a No-Show at Local High School Event

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 21, 2014 – First Congressional District Democrat Jerry Cannon has ignored many Northern Michigan families for more than a year, and this week Kalkaska High School students became the latest group to be pushed aside by the struggling candidate. Cannon, who was scheduled to visit his hometown high school nearly one month after Congressman Dan Benishek’s visit, decided not to show up or call in advance of the event with more than 100 students – leaving them confused and rightfully upset.

“Jerry Cannon has been running for Congress with blinders on for more than a year, but he reached an all-time low by ditching high school students in his hometown who wanted to give him a fair shot to speak and share his personal story,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell. “Cannon probably felt he wasn’t the best source to discuss what life is like on the campaign trail because he’s always absent. When it comes to sharing where he stands on most issues, Jerry Cannon has been missing since day one. All we know is he supports Obamacare and Washington liberals like Nancy Pelosi, but even the local young Democrats won’t support him after his no-show antics this week.”

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​Kid Rock Rallies with Michigan’s Comeback Team

Kid Rock Rallies with Michigan’s Comeback Team

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 18, 2014 – Michigan’s own Kid Rock headlined a rally tonight with Gov. Rick Snyder, the Republican Comeback Team and grassroots supporters in advance of the midterm election in 16 days. To wrap-up the event, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Tonight’s rally with Kid Rock reaffirmed how fired-up Michigan Republicans are to win this November. Kid Rock is a talented, respected friend of the Comeback State, and we are grateful he could join us for this special event with Governor Snyder, fellow Republicans and our hardworking supporters. With Michigan on the road to recovery today, Republicans will work our hardest through Election Day to ensure our families, jobs and economy are secure in the years ahead.”

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Terry Bowman: A Fighter for the Comeback State

Terry Bowman: A Fighter for the Comeback State

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 17, 2014 – Twelfth Congressional District Republican Terry Bowman hosted a successful rally with conservative union members and grassroots Republicans in Saline, Mich., tonight. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement following Bowman’s event:

“Terry Bowman is running an outstanding campaign to represent not only Michigan’s Twelfth District, but all the conservative union families across our state who need a strong voice in Washington. Terry has a vision that will bolster our economy, protect our Constitution and guarantee a brighter future for Michigan’s middle-class. Tonight’s event showed how prepared Terry is to get to work in Congress, where he will undoubtedly continue to be a fighter for the Comeback State.”

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​Schostak: Dems will regret siding with Clinton over families

Schostak: Dems will regret siding with Clinton over families

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 16, 2014 – With Democrats’ momentum fizzling out less than three weeks until Election Day, Mark Schauer and Gary Peters called on ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for back-up. Commenting on their desire to stand with the controversial Clinton, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Mark Schauer and Gary Peters have proven how out-of-touch they are by campaigning with the single-most polarizing politician in America: Obama’s failed Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The presumed presidential candidate they chose to align themselves with today is the same Democrat who called her millionaire family ‘dead broke’ when leaving the White House, who charges six-figures in order to speak at universities despite rising student debt, and who has not driven a car since 1996. Not to mention, this is the same Secretary of State who presided over the Benghazi terror attack that killed four Americans at our embassy, and could not name a major accomplishment in that role.

“Mark Schauer and Gary Peters ought to be ashamed they stood with leading liberal Hillary Clinton today. If they truly had Michigan interests at the heart of their agendas, they would know she is the worst kind of Democrat to bring to this state. What we are seeing from Governor Rick Snyder, Terri Lynn Land and Michigan’s Comeback Team are policies that have moved us forward on the path toward recovery. As Republicans forge ahead, Democrats will look back on today and regret they sided with the out-of-touch Hillary Clinton over Michigan families.”

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MIGOP Columbus Day Statement

MIGOP Columbus Day Statement

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 13, 2014 – In recognition of Columbus Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“In 1492, Christopher Columbus bravely set out on an adventure that forever changed the course of human history. Hundreds of years later, we still celebrate his journey as a symbol of imagination and determination amidst the unknown. We embrace this optimistic spirit and look forward to forging our path forward in 2014. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I’d like to wish all Michigan families a happy Columbus Day.”

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Mark Schauer’s Auto Bailout Lie

Mark Schauer’s Auto Bailout Lie

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 12, 2014 – Mark Schauer has made one thing clear throughout his campaign: he can always be counted on to vote as he’s told, even if he didn’t actually take a vote. Unable to run on his failed voting record, Mark Schauer has had to fabricate votes in order to misinform voters. Schauer’s disingenuous efforts go as far as to claim he voted in favor of the auto bailout – three months before he entered Congress.

“Mark Schauer is resorting to petty political games in order to catch up to Governor Snyder,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Schauer is trying to take credit for something he had no part of and is using Michigan’s auto industry roots to score cheap political points. Michigan families aren’t buying his lies and will hold him accountable in 23 days."

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FLOTUS visit reminds Michigan: President’s ‘policies are on the ballot’

FLOTUS visit reminds Michigan: President’s ‘policies are on the ballot’

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 10, 2014 – Despite the President’s recent damaging statements, sending his more-popular wife to Michigan to campaign on his behalf only serves as a reminder to families that his “policies are on the ballot — every single one of them.” In response, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

"First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit was a nice attempt to rally her fellow Democrats, but Michigan families aren't going to easily forget the fact that every vote for a Democratic candidate this fall is a vote for her husband’s failed policies. Gary Peters, Mark Schauer and fellow Democrats down the ticket are sure to fulfill that guarantee, but they’ll be the last ones to admit it.

“Whenever Democrats have the opportunity to lead – whether it’s Jennifer Granholm here in Michigan, or Harry Reid in the Senate – they end up stifling our success and reversing our progress. Michigan is on the road to recovery, and we don’t need President Obama, or any other Democrats trying to halt our momentum; Governor Rick Snyder, U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land and fellow Michigan Republicans will continue moving us forward.”

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Michigan Dems Call on FLOTUS to Stay Afloat

Michigan Dems Call on FLOTUS to Stay Afloat

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 9, 2014 – An upcoming visit from First Lady Michelle Obama says only one thing about Democrats’ desperation nearing November: President Obama isn’t going to cut it. With top-ticket Democrats Gary Peters and Mark Schauer losing momentum less than a month until Election Day, Michigan Democrats up and down the ballot refuse to stand with a President whose approval rating is nearly toxic for their campaigns.

"Mark Schauer and Gary Peters are anxious to campaign alongside the First Lady, but Michigan families aren’t going to forget she’s still here on behalf of her unpopular husband, President Barack Obama,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “At this point, Schauer and Peters are willing to do and say anything – including lie – in hopes of reigniting excitement for their lagging campaigns. It still won’t change the fact these two have supported policies that kill jobs, eliminated 225,000 health care plans here in Michigan, and will drag our state backwards just as their colleague Jennifer Granholm did.”

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Gary Peters and Mark Schauer’s Broken Medicare Promise

Gary Peters and Mark Schauer’s Broken Medicare Promise

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 6, 2014 – Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have been trying to distract voters from their “Lie of the Year” that cost 225,000 Michigan families their health care. Their support for Obamacare also hurt seniors as the law cut more than $700 billion from Medicare.

“Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have some serious questions to answer about their support for Obamacare,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “The ‘Lie of the Year’ not only cost 225,000 Michigan families their health care, but it will also hurt our seniors by limiting their access to high-quality care. It’s clear Gary Peters and Mark Schauer don’t care about Michigan’s middle-class families and seniors who are suffering.”

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Jerry Cannon Will Hurt Michigan’s Comeback

Jerry Cannon Will Hurt Michigan’s Comeback

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 6, 2014 – Jerry Cannon has made clear his support for President Obama’s job killing health care law and has accepted the endorsement of left wing, liberal organizations that support the administration’s job-killing EPA rules and oppose the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

“Rank-and-file Democrat Jerry Cannon lacks the experience and motivation to properly represent the families of Michigan’s First Congressional District,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “If elected, Cannon will reverse Congressman Dan Benishek’s hard work of creating jobs and protecting our national treasures. We can’t afford another Nancy Pelosi politician like Jerry Cannon who cares more about Washington’s liberal special interests than Northern Michigan families.”

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Yom Kippur Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

Yom Kippur Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 3, 2014 – In recognition of Yom Kippur, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

"Yom Kippur is the holiest day of observance in the Jewish calendar. It is the day of atonement when people of the Jewish faith reflect on the past year and all life’s many bounties, and shed compassion onto fellow man. The Michigan Republican Party would like to extend our very best to our friends in the Jewish community for this day of fast on Yom Kippur. G'mar Chatimah Tovah!"

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‘ComMITT to the Comeback Rally’ Invigorates Republicans One Month from Election Day

‘ComMITT to the Comeback Rally’ Invigorates Republicans One Month from Election Day

LIVONIA, Mich., Oct. 2, 2014 – With the midterm election nearly one month away, the Michigan Republican Party hosted the “ComMITT to the Comeback Rally” today, featuring the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“It was a true honor to have Governor Mitt Romney back in Michigan to promote our Republican ticket and kick-off our final month-long push to Election Day,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “It has been two years since our country had the opportunity to elect strong, proven Republican leadership in Governor Romney, and it’s clear that Americans can see the consequences of not making that decision today.

“Once again, we are at an equally important crossroad. Michigan’s comeback depends on committing to Governor Snyder, Terri Lynn Land, Attorney General Schuette, Secretary of State Johnson, and fighting for our Republican seats in Congress and the State Legislature. We cannot veer off the path toward a brighter future; the Democrats will only destroy our progress and drag us back to their failed, corrupt Lost Decade.”

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Totten Exaggerating His Resume… Again

Totten Exaggerating His Resume… Again

Why is Totten hiding the truth about his lack of experience?

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 1, 2014 – Professor Mark Totten is taking his T.G.I.F. resume exaggeration campaign directly to the voters today in an ad in which he says “I’m Mark Totten, as a Federal Prosecutor…” Totten has failed to tell voters:

  • He never “took down” or prosecuted any criminal in a trial
  • He never held a paid job as a prosecutor
  • He never held a full-time job as a prosecutor; in fact, he only helped out one day a week for just over a year
  • He volunteered on only seven cases in his lifetime

“Professor Totten is exaggerating his resume in order to cover for his complete lack of criminal justice experience, making the dangerous claim to families that he can protect us when in reality his professional experience is focused on being a professor,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell. “Why is Mark Totten hiding the truth about his resume and putting the people of Michigan at risk?”

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​HealthCare.gov: Another Failed Obamacare Anniversary

HealthCare.gov: Another Failed Obamacare Anniversary

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 1, 2014 – Today marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s glitch-ridden health care website: HealthCare.gov. The website that promised to offer affordable health care plans was instead replaced with error messages that left the health care of millions in limbo. As the administration continues to fix the disastrous website, Michigan families are reminded of the lies Gary Peters and Mark Schauer told us.

“The one-year anniversary of the glitch-ridden health care website is nothing to celebrate,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “The lies and broken promises of the law continue to hurt Michigan families and small businesses. Michigan needs proven leaders that will work to correct the mess made by Democrats. Today’s anniversary is just another reminder in a very long list of broken promises by Gary Peters and Mark Schauer."

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​Gov. Snyder Moving Michigan Past Days of Schauer-Granholm Shutdown

Gov. Snyder Moving Michigan Past Days of Schauer-Granholm Shutdown

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 30, 2014 – Nearly seven years since the anniversary of the Schauer-Granholm government shutdown, Gov. Rick Snyder has kicked-off his town hall-style discussions in an effort to continue Michigan’s comeback. Beginning in Kalamazoo, Mich., yesterday, Gov. Snyder will travel the state over the next several weeks listening to families and discussing the ways he will build on our current successes.

“The only record Mark Schauer can run on are his Lost Decade days of government shutdowns and record-high unemployment,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Schauer served alongside Jennifer Granholm and did nothing as Michigan’s fiscal house fell into complete disarray, and then he continued his reckless spending spree in Washington. He had his chance, and he did nothing to move us forward.

“Thankfully, we have Governor Snyder as a proven leader who has made Michigan America’s Comeback State. We’re on track to make a ‘faster comeback than the nation as a whole over a four-year span,’ and the progress can be seen in our jobs, economy and education. Michigan families are on the road to recovery; all Mark Schauer will do is drag us backwards.”

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Years Gone By, Schauer and Peters Still Lied

Years Gone By, Schauer and Peters Still Lied

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 26, 2014 – Despite hundreds of days of campaigning, Mark Schauer and Gary Peters continue to ignore the fact they helped spread Politifact’s “Lie of the Year.” While moving Obamacare through Congress, Schauer and Peters told families for years that they could keep their health care plans, when in reality 225,000 people in Michigan lost their coverage at the end of last year.

“Mark Schauer and Gary Peters continue to run for political office years after knowing they deceived and hurt the people of Michigan – and have done absolutely nothing to address it,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Schauer and Peters both have a record of perpetuating the ‘Lie of the Year,’ telling us we could keep our health care plans when it just wasn’t true. Peters and Schauer have blatantly ignored the 225,000 hardworking Michiganders who lost their health care plans when it happened, and today the duo continues to hide in shame and deny they played a role. Our families deserve better, and we finally have a chance to do something about it this November.”

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Rosh Hashanah Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

Rosh Hashanah Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 24, 2014 – In honor of the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a special time to reflect on our lives this past year and how far we’ve come as we look toward the future. As our Jewish friends honor special traditions and spend time with loved ones, all Michiganders are encouraged to look forward with optimism and wish peace, prosperity and good health upon others.

“On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I’d like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu.”

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​Schauer’s Running Mate Says ‘Granholm Years Weren’t as Bad as We Think’

Schauer’s Running Mate Says ‘Granholm Years Weren't as Bad as We Think’

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 24, 2014 – During a radio interview this week, Lisa Brown – a Democratic legislator during former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration and the current running mate for Mark Schauer's gubernatorial bid – was asked what she thought about the Granholm years, and her response shocked Michigan listeners. Brown said the “Granholm years weren't as bad as we think,” downplaying the Democrats’ Lost Decade.

“The recent comments from Mark Schauer's running mate, Lisa Brown, are astounding and offensive to anyone who was dragged through the Granholm-Schauer years, showing this ticket couldn't be more out of touch with the people of Michigan,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Across the state, more than 300,000 hardworking Michiganders lost their jobs, unemployment rose to a record-high 14.2 percent, families were forced to move out of state to find work and the government shut down twice because Schauer and Granholm didn't know how to lead. It’s shameful that Mark Schauer's running mate would ever promote the Lost Decade; any gubernatorial ticket that believes those days ‘weren't as bad as we think’ is sure to undo our progress and repeat the same failures all over again.”

BACKGROUND

Brown’s response when asked if Schauer is worried about being tied to Granholm, and whether or not the Granholm years were as bad as we think:

I think the Granholm years weren't as bad as we think. I think that they could have been better… I know I was disappointed with some things, I think we all were. But we’re talking about 2014, and we’re talking about what has happened to Michigan in the last three and a half years.” (Lisa Brown on Michael Patrick Shiels’ “Michigan’s Big Show,” 9/23/14)

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​Godfrey Dillard’s Partisan Games

Godfrey Dillard’s Partisan Games

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 24, 2014 – Disgraced ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick embodies the culture of corruption that Michigan saw during the Democrats’ Lost Decade. As Kwame Kilpatrick’s legal counsel, now-Secretary of State candidate Godfrey Dillard attempted to prevent his removal from office – despite the public’s growing distrust and the multiple felony counts Kilpatrick faced. Dillard also sought to have Kilpatrick’s case heard by a different, more favorable judge.

“Godfrey Dillard’s record of fighting for Kwame Kilpatrick raises serious questions about his judgment,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Kilpatrick lied and betrayed our trust, and Dillard’s decision to block his removal from office shows he would rather standup for partisan special interests than Michigan families. This is all troubling, and is made worse by the fact that the reason Godfrey Dillard is running is so that he can ‘change and influence elections’ in our state.”

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Mark Totten Won’t Come Clean About His Record

Mark Totten Won’t Come Clean About His Record

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 23, 2014 – Since announcing his plans to run for the office of Michigan’s chief law officer, Mark Totten has refused to come clean about the lack of experience he brings to the table. Totten consistently omits information – including the fact he has only spent four years in the courtroom – and inflates his record to appear more qualified for the job.

“Mark Totten refuses to come forward with the whole truth about his record and our entire state will pay the price if left with an inexperienced attorney general of his caliber,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Totten’s decision to build a campaign on his insufficient time serving as a prosecutor – without ever convicting a criminal during their trial period – only highlights the fact he doesn’t understand what it takes to keep us safe. Mark Totten would do nothing more than sit back and allow the Democrats’ culture of corruption to continue, dragging us back to the Lost Decade whenever possible.”

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Gary Peters’ Ties to Loan Shark Ring Raise Questions

Gary Peters’ Ties to Loan Shark Ring Raise Questions

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 18, 2014 – Gary Peters currently finds himself in a storm of negative publicity among voters and the media. A top scandal includes political contributions of more than $1,000 from a convicted felon connected to a loan shark ring – not surprisingly ran by a foreign national who also contributed to Peters’ campaign. While Peters’ campaign claims the contributions have been donated to charity, latest FEC records show no proof of that actually happening.

“Gary Peters continues to promote the same culture of corruption we saw during Michigan Democrats' Lost Decade,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. "Peters’ personal ties to organized crime raises serious questions about his position and judgment on various important issues. It’s clear Peters is only interested in being promoted to the U.S. Senate and will do and say anything to get there – even if it means being bankrolled by foreign nationals participating in loan shark rings.”

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Mark Schauer Voted to Kill Michigan Jobs and Send Others Overseas

Mark Schauer Voted to Kill Michigan Jobs and Send Others Overseas

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 17, 2014 – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer has built his campaign on misinformation and criticism – likely to distract Michigan families from his job-killing record. While serving as a one-term Congressman in Washington, Schauer voted in favor of bills that sent our jobs overseas, gave funding to foreign companies and could leave another 96,000 Michiganders unemployed.

“Mark Schauer doesn’t deserve to lead this state because he has a record of killing our jobs and sending others overseas,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell. “Schauer watched as Michigan bled jobs during his failed Lost Decade, and he supported more job-killing policies again in Washington. He holds the record for the largest campaign finance violation in Michigan’s history, and is being investigated for two more violations again this year. Mark Schauer has done absolutely nothing to prove he can continue moving us forward on the road to recovery; if anything, he will only drag us backwards.”

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​Good-bye Prison Cell, Hello Gary Peters’ Congressional Office!

Good-bye Prison Cell, Hello Gary Peters’ Congressional Office!

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 17, 2014 – The deputy mayor under Kwame Kilpatrick wasn’t exempt from his felonies under the corrupt administration, but he apparently received special treatment from Gary Peters for his crimes. Kandia Milton, deputy mayor and former chief of staff for the most corrupt leader of Detroit, spent a year in prison for accepting a $19,000 bribe – and was then hired by Congressman Peters and paid thousands with taxpayer dollars.

“Gary Peters’ promotion of Kwame Kilpatrick’s right-hand man from prison to politics again left us with a horrible taste in our mouths, and it raises serious questions about Peters’ judgment,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “There is no reason Peters should have brought Kwame Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff – a felon convicted of accepting bribes – onto his Congressional team. If Kwame Kilpatrick miraculously appeals his conviction, Gary Peters will probably reach out to him as well.”

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​Mark Totten: Not Ready to Lead

Mark Totten: Not Ready to Lead

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 16, 2014 – Mark Totten has been running a campaign on inexperience and partisan rhetoric. One look at his record shows a nominee who’s ill-equipped to be our chief law officer and enforce our laws without prejudice.

“Mark Totten lacks the experience to hold his party’s corruption in check and Michigan families would suffer because of it,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Mark Totten would be a puppet for Michigan Democrats and will continue to promote the same culture of corruption that helped create the Lost Decade.”

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​Mark Schauer Hides from Record Fine

Mark Schauer Hides from Record Fine

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 16, 2014 – Mark Schauer has been campaigning across Michigan on rhetoric and misinformation in an attempt to hide his shady record and the fact he doesn’t have a plan for Michigan families. Schauer wants us to forget the fact that he was essentially convicted of money laundering in 2009 and continues to break Michigan’s campaign finance law.

“Mark Schauer has spent his time in Michigan representing special interests and partisan policies that hurt our state and families,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Schauer doesn’t want voters to remember that he was hit with the largest fine in Michigan’s history for ‘money laundering’ in 2009. Mark Schauer needs to answer questions and be held accountable for his actions.”

BACKGROUND

“The campaign fund of former Democratic state Sen. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek is paying the state $208,250 for improperly donating money to help elect Democrats to the Senate in 2006. It is the largest fine for a campaign finance violation ever levied by the Secretary of State's Office.” (Chris Christoff, "Schauer's campaign fund hit with a record fine," Detroit Free Press, 2/24/09)

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Misplaced Priorities: Peters Wrong on Keystone

Misplaced Priorities: Peters Wrong on Keystone

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 15, 2014 – In turn for Tom Steyer’s millions to support his struggling U.S. Senate campaign, Gary Peters remains staunchly opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline – despite the positive opportunities it would create here in Michigan. To comment on this, MIGOP Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Gary Peters’ priorities are in all the wrong places, as illustrated by his unwavering loyalty to California billionaire Tom Steyer instead of hardworking Michiganders. As our next Senator, Terri Lynn Land will always put Michigan First – and that includes making the Keystone Pipeline a top priority. It would drastically lower energy costs, decrease our dependence on foreign oil, and most importantly, create more jobs in Michigan. It’s mind-boggling Gary Peters wouldn’t want to help our families prosper, but apparently big-money Democrats like Tom Steyer are higher up on his priority list.”

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​Schauer-Granholm Reunion One Week Away: Will Michigan Pay the Price?

Schauer-Granholm Reunion One Week Away: Will Michigan Pay the Price?

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 13, 2014 – It’s a well-known fact Mark Schauer is using taxpayer dollars to fund his lackluster campaign fund for governor, but the way he’s been using it – and will continue to do so in the weeks ahead – has left the people of Michigan frustrated and confused. With a record of spending families’ hard-earned money on trips to places like Nantucket, Mass., Miami and New York, the question remains if Schauer will use these same public funds for his Lost Decade reunion with former Gov. Jennifer Granholm in Florida next weekend.

“Mark Schauer and Jennifer Granholm continue to find shady ways to make Michiganders pay up for their schemes, just as they did during their failed Lost Decade,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Schauer has already spent thousands upon thousands of taxpayer dollars to rub elbows with the Democratic Governors Association and fellow high-rollers, which he’ll more than likely do again with his idol, Granholm, and her Floridian donors. You won’t catch them together in Michigan, but he’s more than willing to let us foot the bill so he can benefit off her failed policies elsewhere. Mark Schauer can’t be upfront about anything, including why he thinks it’s right to use public money for a trip to West Palm Beach.”

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Gary Peters’ Inversion Problem

Gary Peters’ Inversion Problem

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 12, 2014 – Gary Peters and Washington Democrats have recently demonized companies moving overseas to reduce their tax burden, and once again, Gary Peters is profiting from companies doing just that. Peters conveniently failed to mention his personal investments in two companies seeking to leave the U.S. to pay lower taxes through corporate inversions.

“Gary Peters continues with his ‘do as I say, not as I do’ Pure Washington mentality. He is once again putting his personal interests above those of Michigan families,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “It seems as though every day we learn of a new way Gary Peters is trying to mislead Michigan families. Gary Peters needs to address this and the many other issues he has been on both sides of.”

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9/11 Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

9/11 Statement from the Michigan Republican Party

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 11, 2014 – In memory of the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, and the two-year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following joint statement:

“September 11 will forever be a somber day in our nation’s history. Thirteen years ago, we lost thousands of our friends, heroes and loved ones in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. It was heartbreaking to also lose four American lives to an act of terror at our consulate in Benghazi just two years ago. No matter how much time goes by, one thing remains the same: we will never forget.

“Those senseless acts of terrorism did not break us; in fact, they made us stronger. We stood up to evil and ensured those lost on September 11 did not die in vain. We honor them by living our lives in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice.

“Today and every day, our prayers go out to the families of the fallen, our service men and women, and all those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe and free. We can be proud to live in the greatest country in the world; God bless America.”

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​Kwame Kilpatrick Seeks New Trial: Will SoS Candidate Godfrey Dillard Represent Him Again?

Kwame Kilpatrick Seeks New Trial: Will SoS Candidate Godfrey Dillard Represent Him Again?

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 10, 2014 – Disgraced ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is stoking the fires of the Lost Decade again, asking for a new trial after being ordered to spend 28 years behind bars for his felonies in office. While he claims there was a “conflict of interest” amongst his legal counsel, the question is whether his 2008 counsel – Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Godfrey Dillard – will remove himself from the campaign to help his pal Kwame.

“Lon Johnson should have a serious sit-down with Godfrey Dillard and ask him if he plans to bail on his campaign for his felonious friend Kwame Kilpatrick,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Michigan families have every right to be alarmed by Godfrey Dillard’s shady connections and his plans for statewide office, just as they should with the rest of this corrupt Democratic ticket. The former lawyer for Kwame Kilpatrick, Dillard said he’s running for Secretary of State to ‘change and influence elections,’ which is an absolute overreach of power. Up and down the ticket, the Democrats’ 2014 candidates are further proof that their culture of corruption is alive and well – and Godfrey Dillard is no exception.”

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Cannon Chooses Obamacare Over Small Businesses

Cannon Chooses Obamacare Over Small Businesses

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 10, 2014 – First Congressional District Democrat Jerry Cannon continues to support the President’s failed health care law, despite its detrimental effects on small businesses in Northern Michigan. According to the CBO, Obamacare is hurting the economy and will lead to 2 million fewer people in the workforce by 2017.

“While we haven’t heard from Jerry Cannon on most issues that are important to the folks of Northern Michigan, we do know where he stands on Obamacare,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell. “Cannon has remained steadfast in his loyalty to Nancy Pelosi and Washington liberals, while small businesses in Michigan are struggling with the President’s failed health care law. Dr. Dan has fought Obamacare from the beginning because he cares about employers, employees and their families in the First District. While Dr. Dan has worked hard to create more jobs in Northern Michigan, all Jerry Cannon has done is turned to his fellow Obamacare supporters in Washington.”

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Less than Two Months Out, Polls Show Strong Momentum for Land

Less than Two Months Out, Polls Show Strong Momentum for Land

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 8, 2014 – Yesterday, results of the latest CBS News/New York Times/YouGov Battleground Tracker made headlines with Terri Lynn Land leading Michigan’s U.S. Senate race. Land has kept the polls close, making the race a virtual dead-heat 57 days out from Election Day.

“In Michigan’s Senate race, families can see the stark contrast between two candidates whose priorities couldn’t be more different: ‘Michigan First’ versus ‘Pure Washington,’” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell. “Peters’ flip-flops and pandering continue to hurt us, and there’s no amount of money his billionaire liberal allies or Washington special interests can dump into this race to change the damage he has already done, and would continue to do in the Senate. The momentum is on Terri Lynn Land’s side because she knows how to fight for us; Terri has serious plans to fix our infrastructure, repeal Obamacare and create more jobs across the board. The only job Gary Peters is concerned about is his own.”

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​Jerry Cannon Rewarded by Nancy Pelosi and Washington Special Interests

Jerry Cannon Rewarded by Nancy Pelosi and Washington Special Interests

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 6, 2014 – First Congressional District Democrat Jerry Cannon continues to get rewarded by Nancy Pelosi and her Washington allies for his support of the President’s failing health care law, which is having devastating effects on families in Northern Michigan. Yesterday, the DCCC launched an attack ad on Dr. Dan Benishek on behalf of Cannon, while Cannon continues to take contributions from both the DCCC and Pelosi.

“This latest attack on Dr. Dan Benishek by the DCCC is essentially Nancy Pelosi’s way of patting Jerry Cannon on the back for his support of Obamacare,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell. “Pelosi and her Washington allies are funding his campaign directly and raising money for the DCCC, which in turn is attacking Dr. Dan on Cannon’s behalf. Jerry Cannon’s continued support of Obamacare is further proof that he stands with Nancy Pelosi and her liberal special interests in Washington instead of the hardworking families in Michigan’s First District.”

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At it Again: Schauer Can’t Stop Breaking the Law

At it Again: Schauer Can’t Stop Breaking the Law

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 5, 2014 – Without fail, Mark Schauer has violated another campaign finance law – this time, possibly a felony offense. Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell issued the following statement regarding the new complaint submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office today:

“Just when we thought Mark Schauer had learned his lesson, he’s at it again – breaking the law in order to get ahead. If Mark Schauer and Lisa Brown are willing to act this deceptively during the campaign, just imagine all the laws they would break behind the closed doors of our Capitol. Michigan’s laws are not ‘frivolous and meritless’ as the Schauer-Brown team has previously proclaimed; they simply don’t know how to follow them. This is another example of the culture of corruption in the Michigan Democratic Party. We deserve better.”

BACKGROUND

Feb. 24, 2009: Mark Schauer hit with largest campaign finance violation in Michigan’s history.

Aug. 7, 2014: Lisa Brown admits guilt for not filing campaign committee for Lieutenant Governor.

Aug. 27, 2014: Schauer under investigation by the Secretary of State’s office for his own campaign finance violation.

Sept. 4, 2014: Schauer faces new violation with a penalty of up to $2,000 and possibly felony charges.

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​More Strong Fundraising Numbers from Snyder Re-election Campaign

More Strong Fundraising Numbers from Snyder Re-election Campaign

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 4, 2014 – September marks another month of strong fundraising numbers released by Gov. Rick Snyder’s re-election campaign, with reports indicating he has nearly $3 million on-hand – compared with Lost Decade Democrat Mark Schauer’s $2 million on-hand. In response, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Governor Snyder’s new fundraising report puts him in a strong position for re-election. Momentum continues to grow for our Governor because families can see progress being made all across our state. Nearly 300,000 new private-sector jobs, more than a six percent drop in unemployment, and more than $1 billion added to education funding are all great indicators of the strides we’re making under his leadership, and there’s still more to come. With nearly $3 million on-hand, Governor Snyder is prepared to win this November, and he is ready to make a strong push with just over 60 days left.

“Mark Schauer's campaign relies on breaking the law to gain power. The Democrats’ ticket for Governor and Lieutenant Governor would rather mislead Michigan families – whether it’s with false attacks on our Governor, or campaign finance violations – instead of playing by the rules. Mark Schauer's campaign is unraveling as he focuses on his deceptive gimmicks, and it’s further proof that he would drag us back to his failed Lost Decade if given the opportunity.”

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Schauer, DGA Ignoring Fact Checks about Education Funding Under Snyder

Schauer, DGA Ignoring Fact Checks about Education Funding Under Snyder

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 3, 2014 – Despite the continuous fact-checking between June and today, Mark Schauer and his liberal allies continue to ignore the truths about education funding increasing by more than $1 billion to its highest level in state history under Republican leadership, as part of their effort to mislead Michigan families at the ballot box this November. In response, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

"Michigan families deserve better than Mark Schauer and his shady allies spreading false attacks about Governor Snyder and our fact-checked education funding. Schauer would rather perpetuate an environment of meritless, baseless attacks without any plan of his own, just like he did during his failed Lost Decade. It’s another example of career politician Mark Schauer showing how low he’s willing to go to get elected. Mark Schauer is more concerned with gaining power than anything else, and it’s shameful.”

BACKGROUND

“Claim: ‘Since I took office, we put a billion more dollars into education.’ Reality: True, despite protests from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. Figures from the Department of Technology, Management and Budget show state spending on K-12 schools will total $11.8 billion in the 2015 fiscal year — $1.1 billion more than the $10.7 billion spent in 2011, the last fiscal year budget of the administration of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm.” (Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 9/3/14)

“Did Snyder cut education funding by $1 billion in his first year? No.”(Dave Eggert, Associated Press, 8/31/14)

The claim he cut overall education spending by more than $1 billion does not hold up. His cuts were under $1 billion, with the rest of the lost money the result of federal cuts. If this ad had stuck to the facts, there would not be a problem. Instead, it overreached. And to be fair, Snyder has raised education spending since then.” (Bridge Magazine, The Center for Michigan, 7/10/14)

“As a result, the state’s share of education funding (not including federal aid) increased by about $134 million, bumping total state aid from about $10.7 billion in 2011 to $10.8 billion in 2012, Snyder’s first year. State aid has steadily increased each year since then, with the projected funding next year at $11.7 billion — $1 billion more than before Snyder became governor. […] We simply note that it is credible for Snyder to claim that the state’s share of education funding has increased under his leadership.” (Robert Farley, FactCheck.org, 6/27/14)

The claim that a billion dollars has been cut from education has really been discredited.” (Paul Egan, WKAR-PBS, 6/20/14)

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Gary Peters Silent as Tom Steyer Pumps Millions into Mich. Senate Race

Gary Peters Silent as Tom Steyer Pumps Millions into Mich. Senate Race

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 2, 2014 – Today, Politico reported that Gary Peters’ buddy, California billionaire Tom Steyer, will spend millions of dollars this week in Michigan’s open U.S. Senate race. In response, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak released the following statement:

“Gary Peters is once again sporting his flip flops – this time he’s staying silent as extreme liberal Tom Steyer pumps millions of dollars into false attack ads in the Michigan Senate race. Despite Gary Peters’ hypocrisy on energy, his billionaire buddy Tom Steyer and others are spending big to support Peters and his radical policies. Gary Peters supports cap-and-trade and opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline, positions that will cost middle class families in Michigan jobs and higher energy prices. Terri Lynn Land has a plan to put Michigan First by keeping money for roads here instead of sending it to Washington, securing the border, repealing Obamacare, and creating jobs.”

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Biden or Not, Dems’ Policies Will Still Hurt Michigan

Biden or Not, Dems’ Policies Will Still Hurt Michigan

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 1, 2014 – In response to Vice President Joe Biden’s Labor Day visit, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

"This Labor Day, Vice President Biden and Washington Democrats could learn from the progress we’re making in the Comeback State. We’re on track to make a ‘faster comeback than the nation as a whole over a four-year span,’ thanks to Governor Snyder, Republican leadership and the hardworking Michiganders who are contributing to our success every day. There’s still more work to do, but it’s reassuring to know we’re moving forward again after putting an end to the Lost Decade.

“Michigan families can’t afford to let the architect of Lost Decade, Mark Schauer, or ‘Pure Washington’ politician Gary Peters undo our progress. While I’m sure these unimpressive candidates appreciate it when big-name Democrats come to Michigan to gin-up their base, it doesn’t change the fact their policies still hurt our families and businesses. Michigan’s future is bright; we cannot veer off the path and allow Democrats to drag us backwards again.”

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On Labor Day 2014, Michigan is America’s Comeback State

On Labor Day 2014, Michigan is America’s Comeback State

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 1, 2014 – In observance of Labor Day, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

"This Labor Day, our economy is amidst a comeback, and it wouldn't be possible without our dedicated workforce. For nearly four years, Governor Snyder and our Republican policies have been moving Michigan forward.

“The progress can be seen in the 275,000 new private-sector jobs created; the fact Michigan’s GDP outpaced the national average last year; or how we’re poised to make a ‘faster comeback than the nation as a whole over a four-year span.’ We've come a long way thanks to Governor Snyder, Republican leadership and the hardworking Michiganders who are contributing to our progress every single day. The job isn't finished yet, but we’re confidently moving in the right direction again.

"On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I'd like to wish everyone an enjoyable Labor Day. Michigan is American’s Comeback State. Let’s keep up the good work.”

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Schauer’s Fantasy Plan

Schauer’s Fantasy Plan

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 28, 2014 – With the 2014 football season just days away from kick-off, Michigan families are drafting their fantasy football teams as Mark Schauer drafts his fantasy blueprint for Michigan. Mark Schauer’s only game plan involves bringing back the same failed policies that sent Michigan into the Lost Decade, as evidenced by his September fundraiser with former Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

“Mark Schauer wants to repeat Michigan’s Lost Decade as governor, and he’s doing everything possible behind our backs – including a reunion with his mentor Jennifer Granholm – to make that possible,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Michigan Republicans’ plans, however, are based on the reality and momentum of Michigan’s comeback – not failures and fantasies. After nearly four years of Governor Snyder’s leadership, we’re moving forward again. Mark Schauer is out of touch with Michigan today; the fact he thinks his record as architect of the Lost Decade beats the progress we’re seeing today reaffirms the fantasy plan he has for our state.”

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Mark Schauer Breaks the Law, Again

Mark Schauer Breaks the Law, Again

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 27, 2014 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak held a press call this afternoon in response to the Michigan Secretary of State’s decision to investigate a complaint filed against Mark Schauer for making illegal contributions to his running mate, Lisa Brown. The complaint, filed on Aug. 13, 2014, by MIGOP Executive Director Kim Jorns, is a glaring reminder of Schauer’s disregard for Michigan’s campaign finance law.

“For yet another time in a long career of failures, Mark Schauer has broken Michigan law for political gain,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “We simply can’t afford another Lost Decade with Mark Schauer, the Democrat who already holds the record for the largest campaign finance violation in Michigan’s history. Mark Schauer’s recklessness is completely unbecoming of the office he is running for, and he must be held accountable.”

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​Michigan Republican Party and Senator Tim Scott Host African American and Detroit Roundtable

Michigan Republican Party and Senator Tim Scott Host African American and Detroit Roundtable

DETROIT, Aug. 22, 2014 – Today, the Michigan Republican Party hosted a Detroit roundtable with U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. The roundtable centered on Sen. Scott’s opportunity agenda, focused on expanding educational opportunities for children across the nation and bridging the skills gap through workforce development and training programs.

“It was an honor to have Senator Scott join us today in Detroit,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Republicans across the country, including right here in Michigan, are putting forth common sense proposals that will get our country moving forward once more. We’ve seen the damage caused by the Democrats’ failed policies; here in Michigan, we are moving forward and focusing on expanding education opportunities and creating jobs.”

BACKGROUND

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) announced that he has introduced two pieces of legislation as part of his “opportunity agenda,” the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education (CHOICE) Act and the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act. (Sen. Tim Scott, Press Release, January 15, 2014)

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Michigan Republicans Reach One-Millionth Voter Contact

Michigan Republicans Reach One-Millionth Voter Contact

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 19, 2014 – Today, Gov. Rick Snyder was on hand as Michigan Republicans reached their one-millionth voter contact of the 2014 midterm election in Ann Arbor, Mich. Reaching this momentous goal earlier than any previous election year shows how united and dedicated Republicans are to Michigan’s comeback.

“Governor Snyder and Michigan Republicans continue to lead the nation in voter contact, and today’s accomplishment highlights the hard work and dedication of supporters and volunteers throughout the state,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Republicans have played a critical role in Michigan’s comeback by implementing responsible policies that focus on our economy, jobs and education. We will continue to work hard to inform voters of our accomplishments and ensure that we don’t go back to the failed policies of the Democrats’ Lost Decade.”

BACKGROUND

The MI Team Dashboard is a powerful, new campaign tool to address the Michigan Republican Party’s needs and goals for 2014 – and beyond. Built from scratch in Detroit, it is the first product of its kind in the country.

The unique features of the MI Team Dashboard empower volunteers to be campaign managers of their precincts and build groups based on personal relationships. It is also compatible with Facebook and allows users to make phone calls from the comfort of their homes.

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Schauer’s Spending Spree

Schauer’s Spending Spree

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 19, 2014 – Democrat Mark Schauer’s only “plan” has been to increase spending. What he hasn’t told Michigan families is that he would pay for it by taking more of their hard-earned money. In response, the Michigan Republican Party today launched www.SchauerSpendingSpree.com.

“Mark Schauer wants to go on a $2.2 billion spending spree, but refuses to admit that he would empty our pockets to pay for it,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “These are the same policies that spent Michigan into the Lost Decade last time he was in Lansing. Once more, Mark Schauer is proving how irresponsible his policies are; we simply will not allow our state to move backwards again.”

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Schauer Already Broke Lansing Once…

Schauer Already Broke Lansing Once…

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 13, 2014 – As Mark Schauer’s taxpayer-funded campaign struggles to gain headway less than 90 days until Election Day, Michigan families remain unenthusiastic about the candidate whose broken record in Lansing speaks for itself. During Schauer’s days as architect of the Lost Decade, he supported more than 40 tax increases as Michigan lost nearly 600,000 jobs.

“Mark Schauer had his chance, and he’s clearly incapable of leading our state,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “Schauer has a record that proves he is more interested in taxing and destroying jobs than helping us succeed. He had a direct influence on the direction our state was headed, and it wasn’t until Governor Snyder stepped in that things started turning around for the better. Michigan families don’t need more Mark Schauer; we already cleaned up his mess and are building better futures without him.”

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Mayor Mia Love Featured at MIGOP Women’s Forum

Mayor Mia Love Featured at MIGOP Women’s Forum

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 13, 2014 – Today, the Michigan Republican Party announced former Mayor Mia Love and candidate for Congress from Utah will be featured at their  Women’s Forum on Friday, August 22, 2014. The event will jumpstart the  2014 Michigan Republican State Convention weekend in Southeast Michigan. Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Sharon Wise issued the following statement:

“The Michigan Republican Party is proud to welcome Mayor Mia Love to Michigan for this special event. She was an icon at the 2012 Republican National Convention and remains so today, running an outstanding Congressional campaign in Utah. She is a role model for women everywhere, overcoming obstacles and accomplishing her dreams along the path to success.

“Our Women’s Forum is the perfect way to kick-off an outstanding weekend of Republican programs, including our efforts to get more women involved and supporting those who are running for office all across our state. There are so many strong, ambitious women who should be representing us, our families and our values, and we intend to make that happen in 2014 and beyond.”

Mayor Love also commented on attending the Women’s Forum:

“I am excited to join Michigan Republicans for their Women’s Forum and convention weekend, because across the nation, we can see what a positive difference Republicans are making in the Comeback State. Women are key to our families, businesses and communities all being successful, which is why they should be representing our best interests in our state capitals and in Washington. I’m looking forward to this great event and sharing the opportunity to get Michiganders involved in the effort to support the ambitions of strong, independent women everywhere.”

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MIGOP Hosts Successful Portage Office Grand Opening

MIGOP Hosts Successful Portage Office Grand Opening

PORTAGE, Mich., Aug. 9, 2014 – Today, the Michigan Republican Party hosted the grand opening of its Portage, Mich., field office. To celebrate the occasion, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“Our grand opening was a big success, thanks to the volunteers and candidates who came together to support the party and this integral office in the Portage community. I’d especially like to thank U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land for coming out to help rally the momentum.

“Today marked one more example of the unity and strength of our party as we move toward re-electing our Republican majorities this November. The Portage office will provide our staff and volunteers with a key opportunity to get into the community to build lasting relationships with Michigan families and secure our comeback.”

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Summertime Blues: Schauer Absent on Agriculture

Summertime Blues:  Schauer Absent on Agriculture

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 9, 2014 – With the National Blueberry Festival taking place in South Haven, Mich., this weekend, families are taking a closer look at the positive momentum of the state’s agriculture industry over the last three and a half years. Gov. Rick Snyder has many notable accomplishments under his belt, posing a stark contrast to Mark Schauer’s absent outline for Michigan farming and agriculture less than 90 days until the November election.

“Mark Schauer has no plan for Michigan agriculture, which is critical to our state’s comeback. The National Blueberry Festival is another example of everything that makes Michigan great, drawing thousands of visitors from across the region to experience ‘Pure Michigan.’ Governor Snyder has put tremendous focus into growing the industries that help our communities and families prosper. Mark Schauer has let people across Michigan down by remaining silent on what he’d do to boost agriculture as Governor, showing he’s incapable of leading us forward.” – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak

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​More Than 275,000 Jobs Created Under Gov. Snyder and Republican Leadership

More Than 275,000 Jobs Created Under Gov. Snyder and Republican Leadership

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 8, 2014 – This week, Michigan families stood behind Republicans and their accomplishments of the last four years. Under Gov. Snyder and Republican leadership across the state, we have a rebounding economy, unemployment is down to its lowest level in six years and more than 275,000 private-sector jobs have been created.

“Michigan has come a long way since the failed policies of Mark Schauer’s Lost Decade,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “With over 275,000 private-sector jobs created under Governor Snyder’s watch, Michigan families are ready to continue our state's comeback by supporting our Republican ticket this November. As Mark Schauer continues to play political games, Michigan Republicans will work to keep moving Michigan forward."

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