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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Lisa Brown Fails to Properly File Candidate Committee

Lisa Brown Fails to Properly File Candidate Committee

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 7, 2014 – The Michigan Secretary of State’s office has decided to pursue a complaint filed last month against Mark Schauer’s unofficial running mate, Lisa Brown. The complaint, filed by Michigan Republican Party Executive Director Kim Jorns, is based on the fact Brown did not file her official candidate committee in accordance with Michigan campaign finance law.

“Lisa Brown seems to be following in the footsteps of her running mate Mark Schauer, who has a history of violating Michigan’s campaign finance law,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “It’s clear this duo is more concerned with getting ahead than following the law, and it reflects poorly on their entire campaign. Not only does the Schauer-Brown ticket lack any plans for Michigan, but also the common sense and foresight to follow the same rules as every other candidate in Michigan.”

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​Chairman Bobby Schostak Congratulates Republican Primary Winners

Chairman Bobby Schostak Congratulates Republican Primary Winners

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 6, 2014 – Below is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak in response to this year’s Republican primary victories:

“As results come in across the state, families are seeing the outstanding array of Republican candidates they have selected to continue our comeback. Everywhere we look, we can see the progress Michigan is making under Governor Snyder, our Republican-led Legislature and Republican leadership in Congress. This year is critical in keeping Michigan moving forward; we have a duty to use this momentum and work together to ensure Democrats do not undo our progress.

“Congratulations to all our Republican primary winners. Let’s get to work.”

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Gov. Snyder to Attend Southeast Michigan Governor’s Gala in October

Gov. Snyder to Attend Southeast Michigan Governor’s Gala in October

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 3, 2014 – Governor Rick Snyder is confirmed to attend the 2014 Governor’s Gala in Southeast Michigan on Monday, October 13. This event, hosted by the Michigan Republican Party, aims to bring together a variety of Michigan residents, from grassroots activists to local business and community leaders. In response, MIGOP Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement:

“The Michigan Republican Party is proud to have Governor Snyder join us for the 2014 Governor’s Gala in Southeast Michigan. Attendees will have a special election year opportunity to hear from the leader of our comeback, whose policies put an end to the Lost Decade and are moving us forward. Today, we have more than a quarter-million reasons to be optimistic about our future under Governor Snyder’s continued leadership, and we’re excited to hear from him at our gala this fall.”

Governor Snyder also commented on attending the 2014 Governor’s Gala:

“The 2014 Governor’s Gala is a great opportunity to connect with Michigan’s families, businesses and community leaders who are reinventing our state every day. Michigan is America’s Comeback State, and every individual plays a part in our success. I look forward to joining the Michigan Republican Party for an outstanding event.”

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Schauer’s Two-Faced Agenda for Detroit

Schauer’s Two-Faced Agenda for Detroit

Schauer supports undoing bankruptcy as Governor,
then says he’s for it one month later

LANSING, Mich., July 31, 2014 – In just over one month’s time, Mark Schauer went from supporting the undoing of Detroit’s bankruptcy as Governor, to supporting Governor Snyder’s bold decision to help the city move forward. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak held a press conference this afternoon to further discuss the Democrat’s hypocrisy.

“Mark Schauer is more focused on winning elections than giving a clear-cut vision as to what he’d do as Governor, especially when it comes to the future of Detroit,” said Schostak. “When asked what he’d do as Governor, Schauer supported the undoing of Detroit’s bankruptcy – when media was not present – but then supported the bankruptcy when put on the spot just a month later. We can’t trust a candidate who talks out of both sides of his mouth. Whether it’s Detroit, or any of the countless issues he won’t be upfront about, Mark Schauer clearly has a two-faced agenda he doesn’t want to share with Michigan families.”

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

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

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

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

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Gary Peters: Bad for Middle-Class Michigan

Gary Peters: Bad for Middle-Class Michigan

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

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

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

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

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

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Peters’ $700 Billion Wall Street Flip-Flops

Peters’ $700 Billion Wall Street Flip-Flops

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

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

BACKGROUND

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

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MIGOP Statement on Gov. Snyder’s Strong Fundraising Report

MIGOP Statement on Gov. Snyder’s Strong Fundraising Report

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

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

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

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Happy 313th Birthday to Detroit

Happy 313th Birthday to Detroit

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

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

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​More of the Same from Career Politician Mark Schauer

More of the Same from Career Politician Mark Schauer

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

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

BACKGROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cannon Stands by as Seniors Face Medicare Cuts

Cannon Stands by as Seniors Face Medicare Cuts

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

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

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Nearly 100 Days Left, Schauer Still Missing Plan

Nearly 100 Days Left, Schauer Still Missing Plan

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

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​MIGOP Marks Continued Growth with Riverview Office Grand Opening

MIGOP Marks Continued Growth with Riverview Office Grand Opening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Peters’ Pricey ‘Grassroots’ Gathering

Peters’ Pricey ‘Grassroots’ Gathering

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

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

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​Peters Chooses Washington Democrats Over Michigan Families

Peters Chooses Washington Democrats Over Michigan Families

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

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

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Peters’ True Obamacare-Biden Roots

Peters’ True Obamacare-Biden Roots

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

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

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Schauer Still Plan-less

Schauer Still Plan-less

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

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

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​Mark Schauer Rooting for Detroit to Fail

Mark Schauer Rooting for Detroit to Fail

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

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

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Schauer Dodges Questions, Again

Schauer Dodges Questions, Again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cannon Cherry Picks, Refuses to Take a Stand

Cannon Cherry Picks, Refuses to Take a Stand

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

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

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Cherry on Top: Schauer Missing on Tourism and Agriculture

Cherry on Top: Schauer Missing on Tourism and Agriculture

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

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

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

Still Leading the Nation:

MIGOP Celebrates Anniversary of Expanded Field Program

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

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

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

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MIGOP Commemorates 160th Anniversary of Republican Party

MIGOP Commemorates 160th Anniversary of Republican Party

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

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

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Happy Independence Day from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Independence Day from the Michigan Republican Party

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

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

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

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​Mark Schauer Reaches Another Milestone

Mark Schauer Reaches Another Milestone

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

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

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​MIGOP Releases Video and Statement on Another Early Budget

MIGOP Releases Video and Statement on Another Early Budget

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

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

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

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​MIGOP Statement Honoring Ramadan

MIGOP Statement Honoring Ramadan

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

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

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Gary Peters Flip-Flops for Political Gain

Gary Peters Flip-Flops for Political Gain

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

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

BACKGROUND

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

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

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​MIGOP Hosts National Month of Action

MIGOP Hosts National Month of Action

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

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

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

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MIGOP Statement on Snyder Signing Detroit Recovery Package

MIGOP Statement on Snyder Signing Detroit Recovery Package

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

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

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Michigan Republican Party Celebrates Juneteenth 2014

Michigan Republican Party Celebrates Juneteenth 2014

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

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

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

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Happy Father’s Day from the Michigan GOP

Happy Father’s Day from the Michigan GOP

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

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

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MIGOP Statement on Senate Passing Detroit Recovery Package

MIGOP Statement on Senate Passing Detroit Recovery Package

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

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

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Peters a Rubberstamp for Liberal Energy Agenda

Peters a Rubberstamp for Liberal Energy Agenda

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

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

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​Happy Memorial Day from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Memorial Day from the Michigan Republican Party

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

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

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

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MIGOP Statement on House Passing Detroit Recovery Package

MIGOP Statement on House Passing Detroit Recovery Package

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Another Move Forward: Michigan’s Comeback Continues

Another Move Forward: Michigan’s Comeback Continues

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

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

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MIGOP Hosts National Month of Action

MIGOP Hosts National Month of Action

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

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

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

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Jerome “Jerry” L. Schostak

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

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

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

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

Reuben Phoenix Schostak Congenital Heart Center Research Fund

http://victors.us/reubenfund

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

Regards,

The Michigan Republican Party Staff 

Happy Mother’s Day from the Michigan Republican Party

Happy Mother’s Day from the Michigan Republican Party

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

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

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

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

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A Bold Plan for Detroit’s Future

A Bold Plan for Detroit’s Future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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​MIGOP Response to Supreme Court Ruling

MIGOP Response to Supreme Court Ruling

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

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

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

New Signs Reaffirm Comeback, Schauer’s Plan Still MIA

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

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

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