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Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference Welcomes Sarah Huckabee Sanders as Keynote   LANSING, Mich., September 16, 2019 – The Michigan Republican Party announced today that former White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will speak at the 33rd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on September 20th – 22nd. The event, hosted at the historic Grand Hotel, brings together conservative leaders from across America to discuss solutions to critical issues facing our state and nation.    “Sarah is one of the leading voices in today’s conservative movement and it is a tremendous honor that she will be attending this year’s Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Michiganders love a fighter, and no one has fought harder to defend our president than Sarah. She served our country with honor, integrity and dedication. Our party is incredibly excited to hear her speak.”   Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House Press Secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidante of the President, Sanders advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. Sanders is only the third woman – and the very first mom – to ever hold the job of White House Press Secretary.   Sanders joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor in February 2016 during the Republican primary, and continued in that role through the President’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, one of the greatest and most unexpected victories in American history.   Sanders has previously worked in leadership roles for U.S. Senators, Governors, and presidential campaigns. She was a senior... More >

Cox Statement on Whitmer Walkout

LANSING, Mich., September 12, 2019 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Whitmer’s decision to walk away from state budget negotiations.   “Yet again Governor Whitmer has shown that it’s her way or no highways. Republicans have proposed a budget which will add millions in new road funding without raising taxes. However, Gas Tax Gretchen is refusing to sign a budget that spends ANY money on roads because it means she won’t get her ridiculous highest in the nation 45-cent gas tax increase. Clearly Whitmer cares more about taking Michiganders hard-earned money than she does fixing a single mile of our states ‘damn roads’.”  More >

Pence to Keynote Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., September 4, 2019 – The Michigan Republican Party announced today that special guest Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, will keynote the 33rd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on September 20th – 22nd. The event, hosted at the historic Grand Hotel, brings together conservative leaders from across America to discuss solutions to the critical issues facing our nation. Vice President Pence will be the first ever sitting Vice President to attend the conference, which has been held since 1955.   From the beginning of the Trump/Pence administration, Michigan has experienced a renaissance in its manufacturing economy, with nearly $8 billion in new automotive investment this year alone. The administration also took the lead on numerous issues of paramount importance to our state such as the Soo Locks expansion, and over $300 million for Great Lakes Restoration.   “It is a tremendous honor that Vice President Mike Pence chose to attend this year’s Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, and it shows the Trump administration’s commitment to our state.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Michiganders are thankful for President Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda and the prosperity it has brought back to our state.  Michigan Republicans look forward to hosting the Vice President and hearing the administration’s vision for the future of our nation.”   More information on the 33rd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference can be found here.   More >

The Honorable Betsy DeVos to Speak at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., August 30, 2019 – Today the Michigan Republican Party announced that the Honorable Betsy DeVos will be speaking at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference which is being held at the Grand Hotel September 20th- 22nd. DeVos has been a passionate advocate for reforms that advance equal opportunities for all students and has advocated to return greater education control to states, localities, and parents. DeVos served as chairman of The Windquest Group, an enterprise and investment management firm. DeVos has also served on the boards of numbers non-profit organizations, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kids Hope USA, ArtPrize, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Kendall College of Art and Design. In addition, DeVos who is a Michigan native served as Chair of the Michigan Republican Party for six highly productive years. “Betsy has dedicated her life to helping families across our nation, and we are tremendously honored to have her as our guest for the 2019 Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox Continued “While special interests have pushed for the status quo, Betsy DeVos has led. Her goal of seeing a world in which a child’s zip code does not determine the quality of education they receive will lead to a better nation in which all children regardless of race or economic background will have the opportunity to live up to their full potential.” More >

MIGOP Statement on SCOTUS Redistricting Ruling LANSING, Mich., June 27, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States on redistricting. “The Michigan Republican Party applauds today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court. This ruling effectively ends Jocelyn Benson’s attempt to redraw our state’s legislative districts one year early, and benefit her political party at the expense of Michigan voters. This ruling is a victory for the people of Michigan and upholds the concept of judicial restraint.” More >

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Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference Welcomes Sarah Huckabee Sanders as Keynote   LANSING, Mich., September 16, 2019 – The Michigan Republican Party announced today that former White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will speak at the 33rd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on September 20th – 22nd. The event, hosted at the historic Grand Hotel, brings together conservative leaders from across America to discuss solutions to critical issues facing our state and nation.    “Sarah is one of the leading voices in today’s conservative movement and it is a tremendous honor that she will be attending this year’s Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Michiganders love a fighter, and no one has fought harder to defend our president than Sarah. She served our country with honor, integrity and dedication. Our party is incredibly excited to hear her speak.”   Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House Press Secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidante of the President, Sanders advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. Sanders is only the third woman – and the very first mom – to ever hold the job of White House Press Secretary.   Sanders joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor in February 2016 during the Republican primary, and continued in that role through the President’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, one of the greatest and most unexpected victories in American history.   Sanders has previously worked in leadership roles for U.S. Senators, Governors, and presidential campaigns. She was a senior... More >

Cox Statement on Whitmer Walkout

LANSING, Mich., September 12, 2019 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Whitmer’s decision to walk away from state budget negotiations.   “Yet again Governor Whitmer has shown that it’s her way or no highways. Republicans have proposed a budget which will add millions in new road funding without raising taxes. However, Gas Tax Gretchen is refusing to sign a budget that spends ANY money on roads because it means she won’t get her ridiculous highest in the nation 45-cent gas tax increase. Clearly Whitmer cares more about taking Michiganders hard-earned money than she does fixing a single mile of our states ‘damn roads’.”  More >

Pence to Keynote Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., September 4, 2019 – The Michigan Republican Party announced today that special guest Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, will keynote the 33rd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on September 20th – 22nd. The event, hosted at the historic Grand Hotel, brings together conservative leaders from across America to discuss solutions to the critical issues facing our nation. Vice President Pence will be the first ever sitting Vice President to attend the conference, which has been held since 1955.   From the beginning of the Trump/Pence administration, Michigan has experienced a renaissance in its manufacturing economy, with nearly $8 billion in new automotive investment this year alone. The administration also took the lead on numerous issues of paramount importance to our state such as the Soo Locks expansion, and over $300 million for Great Lakes Restoration.   “It is a tremendous honor that Vice President Mike Pence chose to attend this year’s Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, and it shows the Trump administration’s commitment to our state.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Michiganders are thankful for President Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda and the prosperity it has brought back to our state.  Michigan Republicans look forward to hosting the Vice President and hearing the administration’s vision for the future of our nation.”   More information on the 33rd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference can be found here.   More >

The Honorable Betsy DeVos to Speak at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., August 30, 2019 – Today the Michigan Republican Party announced that the Honorable Betsy DeVos will be speaking at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference which is being held at the Grand Hotel September 20th- 22nd. DeVos has been a passionate advocate for reforms that advance equal opportunities for all students and has advocated to return greater education control to states, localities, and parents. DeVos served as chairman of The Windquest Group, an enterprise and investment management firm. DeVos has also served on the boards of numbers non-profit organizations, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kids Hope USA, ArtPrize, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Kendall College of Art and Design. In addition, DeVos who is a Michigan native served as Chair of the Michigan Republican Party for six highly productive years. “Betsy has dedicated her life to helping families across our nation, and we are tremendously honored to have her as our guest for the 2019 Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox Continued “While special interests have pushed for the status quo, Betsy DeVos has led. Her goal of seeing a world in which a child’s zip code does not determine the quality of education they receive will lead to a better nation in which all children regardless of race or economic background will have the opportunity to live up to their full potential.” More >

MIGOP Statement on SCOTUS Redistricting Ruling LANSING, Mich., June 27, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States on redistricting. “The Michigan Republican Party applauds today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court. This ruling effectively ends Jocelyn Benson’s attempt to redraw our state’s legislative districts one year early, and benefit her political party at the expense of Michigan voters. This ruling is a victory for the people of Michigan and upholds the concept of judicial restraint.” More >

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