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Say What!? Peters Originally Praised China’s Response To Coronavirus

Gary Peters, who claims to be holding China accountable for pandemic failures, was impressed by China’s COVID-19 response and said the U.S. faced “low risk” After repeatedly praising China at the start of the global coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator Gary Peters probably wishes he could have his words back. Peters, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in an appearance on Fox News on February 12th that, “Certainly, the Chinese government has instituted some very, very aggressive actions…” Peters also went on to say that, “the risk right now to the United States is very low...” Later, on a March 20th Morning Joe interview, Peters continued his praise of China and its economy, saying, “We’ve gotta be doing that same kind of thing here.”  Peters spent heavily on television ads saying he has held China accountable for questionable economic activities that put Michigan’s economy at risk. The truth is Peters skipped 89% of China accountability committee hearings in Congress and skipped 84% of small business committee hearings, failing to protect Michigan workers. And, as China failed to contain the original coronavirus pandemic, Peters offered praise while telling Americans our risk of an epidemic was minimal.   “Michigan deserves a U.S. Senator like John James, who has the military and business training to know how to respond a crisis and would not downplay an emerging threat for fear of criticizing China,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. “Gary Peters either downplayed the coming coronavirus crisis on purpose or was... More >

MRP Statement on Whitmer Medical Liability Veto

The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to veto a bill which would increase liability protections for health care workers and facilities during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  “During this crisis, Michigan’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals need to be focused on patient care, not on the risk of frivolous lawsuits. Today, Governor Whitmer chose to stand with the bigtime trial lawyers who funded her campaign, rather than with the frontline heroes who are working to keep our healthcare system operating during this pandemic.” More >

Governor Whitmer’s Hypocrisy Runs Deep

Over the weekend, President Trump took executive action to ease the lives of many Michiganders still suffering the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In true partisan fashion, Governor Whitmer criticized President Trump’s actions, stating that the president must instead “work together with Congress.” The hypocrisy of such a statement coming from a governor who has signed over 100 executive orders, and who has indefinitely extended her emergency powers was not lost on Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox. “Like with most issues, if Gretchen Whitmer didn’t have double standards, she would have no standards at all,” said Cox. “The governor has no room to criticize executive action when she has burned every possible bridge with the state legislature. Instead of working to ease the burden for many Michiganders, Gretchen Whitmer decided to further sow the partisan divide.” The President’s Executive Orders seek to provide relief to those struggling until Congress can reach a deal on their next COVID-19 package, something Whitmer wrote off as “doing nothing” for unemployed Americans. More >

Peters Dragging His Feet On Annual Fiscal Disclosure

Report will show if Peters is still feels the ACA is not good enough for his family but is good enough for everyone else U.S. Senator Gary Peters is dragging his feet on filing his 2019 annual financial disclosure report, despite being up for reelection. Or, is it because he is up for reelection? Peters’ upcoming report is important because it will reveal if Peters still benefits from an exclusive, gold-plated private health insurance plan not available to the public. Peters recently came under fire by opponent John James for previously refusing to use an ACA exchange health care plan. Peters never publicly stated that he rejected the ACA for his own family while he based his campaign on the issue. But, it was recently uncovered in previous Congressional disclosure reports, forcing him to admit that has been the case in previous years. The new 2019 annual report was originally due to the U.S. Senate on May 15th, which would have allowed voters plenty of time to review Peters financial interests as they considered their pick for Senate. Due to the COVID-19 crisis an option was provided to request a filing extension of 90-days, to August 13th (this Thursday). Peters requested the extension on April 16th.  However, in a letter to Peters on April 16th, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics wrote that, “Filers are, of course, welcome to submit their Annual Reports for CY 2019 at any time before the August 13th deadline.” Peters, despite being up for reelection, still has not filed the... More >

Detroit News Confirms: Gary Peters Refuses To Use Obamacare For HIS Family

Peters is living in a different world than John James after building a government-subsidized lifestyle of multiple paychecks, exclusive health insurance and travel. He doesn’t even show up for work! U.S. Senator Gary Peters never before voluntarily told voters that he refuses to use an Obamacare insurance plan for his own family, even as he tries to make the ACA a key part of his reelection campaign. But today’s Detroit News confirms that Peters instead uses an exclusive State of Michigan health insurance plan that Michigan residents can’t get: “James criticized Peters, a former state lawmaker and lottery commissioner, for having "a gold-plated" health care plan from his time as a state officeholder while regular people's health care costs have increased. A financial disclosure for 2018 showed Peters was participating in the "Michigan Legislative Retirement Health Program.” Peters does not show up for work, but he has carefully crafted a government-subsidized Peters Relief Plan that includes: Collecting a $174,000 U.S. Senate paycheck. Banking a $50,000/year state pension. Using a gold-plated, subsidized state-provided healthcare plan that allows him to avoid ACA exchange plans Michigan families use. Taking free, government-funded travel to exotic locations around the globe. Skipping most meetings of three key economic committees in Congress and now Michigan job creators are suffering. “John James not only understands the pressures of providing health care to Michigan workers but he uses the same health insurance his employees do,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. “Meanwhile, Gary Peters bases his campaign on the ACA but his family... More >

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Say What!? Peters Originally Praised China’s Response To Coronavirus

Gary Peters, who claims to be holding China accountable for pandemic failures, was impressed by China’s COVID-19 response and said the U.S. faced “low risk” After repeatedly praising China at the start of the global coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator Gary Peters probably wishes he could have his words back. Peters, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in an appearance on Fox News on February 12th that, “Certainly, the Chinese government has instituted some very, very aggressive actions…” Peters also went on to say that, “the risk right now to the United States is very low...” Later, on a March 20th Morning Joe interview, Peters continued his praise of China and its economy, saying, “We’ve gotta be doing that same kind of thing here.”  Peters spent heavily on television ads saying he has held China accountable for questionable economic activities that put Michigan’s economy at risk. The truth is Peters skipped 89% of China accountability committee hearings in Congress and skipped 84% of small business committee hearings, failing to protect Michigan workers. And, as China failed to contain the original coronavirus pandemic, Peters offered praise while telling Americans our risk of an epidemic was minimal.   “Michigan deserves a U.S. Senator like John James, who has the military and business training to know how to respond a crisis and would not downplay an emerging threat for fear of criticizing China,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. “Gary Peters either downplayed the coming coronavirus crisis on purpose or was... More >

MRP Statement on Whitmer Medical Liability Veto

The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to veto a bill which would increase liability protections for health care workers and facilities during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  “During this crisis, Michigan’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals need to be focused on patient care, not on the risk of frivolous lawsuits. Today, Governor Whitmer chose to stand with the bigtime trial lawyers who funded her campaign, rather than with the frontline heroes who are working to keep our healthcare system operating during this pandemic.” More >

Governor Whitmer’s Hypocrisy Runs Deep

Over the weekend, President Trump took executive action to ease the lives of many Michiganders still suffering the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In true partisan fashion, Governor Whitmer criticized President Trump’s actions, stating that the president must instead “work together with Congress.” The hypocrisy of such a statement coming from a governor who has signed over 100 executive orders, and who has indefinitely extended her emergency powers was not lost on Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox. “Like with most issues, if Gretchen Whitmer didn’t have double standards, she would have no standards at all,” said Cox. “The governor has no room to criticize executive action when she has burned every possible bridge with the state legislature. Instead of working to ease the burden for many Michiganders, Gretchen Whitmer decided to further sow the partisan divide.” The President’s Executive Orders seek to provide relief to those struggling until Congress can reach a deal on their next COVID-19 package, something Whitmer wrote off as “doing nothing” for unemployed Americans. More >

Peters Dragging His Feet On Annual Fiscal Disclosure

Report will show if Peters is still feels the ACA is not good enough for his family but is good enough for everyone else U.S. Senator Gary Peters is dragging his feet on filing his 2019 annual financial disclosure report, despite being up for reelection. Or, is it because he is up for reelection? Peters’ upcoming report is important because it will reveal if Peters still benefits from an exclusive, gold-plated private health insurance plan not available to the public. Peters recently came under fire by opponent John James for previously refusing to use an ACA exchange health care plan. Peters never publicly stated that he rejected the ACA for his own family while he based his campaign on the issue. But, it was recently uncovered in previous Congressional disclosure reports, forcing him to admit that has been the case in previous years. The new 2019 annual report was originally due to the U.S. Senate on May 15th, which would have allowed voters plenty of time to review Peters financial interests as they considered their pick for Senate. Due to the COVID-19 crisis an option was provided to request a filing extension of 90-days, to August 13th (this Thursday). Peters requested the extension on April 16th.  However, in a letter to Peters on April 16th, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics wrote that, “Filers are, of course, welcome to submit their Annual Reports for CY 2019 at any time before the August 13th deadline.” Peters, despite being up for reelection, still has not filed the... More >

Detroit News Confirms: Gary Peters Refuses To Use Obamacare For HIS Family

Peters is living in a different world than John James after building a government-subsidized lifestyle of multiple paychecks, exclusive health insurance and travel. He doesn’t even show up for work! U.S. Senator Gary Peters never before voluntarily told voters that he refuses to use an Obamacare insurance plan for his own family, even as he tries to make the ACA a key part of his reelection campaign. But today’s Detroit News confirms that Peters instead uses an exclusive State of Michigan health insurance plan that Michigan residents can’t get: “James criticized Peters, a former state lawmaker and lottery commissioner, for having "a gold-plated" health care plan from his time as a state officeholder while regular people's health care costs have increased. A financial disclosure for 2018 showed Peters was participating in the "Michigan Legislative Retirement Health Program.” Peters does not show up for work, but he has carefully crafted a government-subsidized Peters Relief Plan that includes: Collecting a $174,000 U.S. Senate paycheck. Banking a $50,000/year state pension. Using a gold-plated, subsidized state-provided healthcare plan that allows him to avoid ACA exchange plans Michigan families use. Taking free, government-funded travel to exotic locations around the globe. Skipping most meetings of three key economic committees in Congress and now Michigan job creators are suffering. “John James not only understands the pressures of providing health care to Michigan workers but he uses the same health insurance his employees do,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. “Meanwhile, Gary Peters bases his campaign on the ACA but his family... More >

ICYMI – Whitmer Should Face the Press, Mask-to-Mask

In Case You Missed It – The Detroit News published an editorial calling on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to correct her lack of transparency and resume in-person press conferences that were conducted safely even at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan. The move is the latest attempt by the governor to skirt transparency. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Whitmer has hidden behind FOIA exemptions and executive emergency powers. Wednesday’s zoom press conference, in which Whitmer’s team vetted previously submitted questions and did not allow follow-up questions, was decried by reporters across the state. The people of Michigan and our press corps deserve better from the highest office in the state of Michigan.  Editorial: Whitmer should face the press mask-to-mask The Detroit News  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer further insulated herself from accountability by barring the press from physically attending her press conference this week. Instead of having reporters in-person at her Wednesday briefing, the governor closed the door and asked the press corps to submit questions electronically, allowing her to pick the ones she wanted to answer and skip the ones she didn't. Reporters were able to watch the conference remotely via Zoom, but couldn't ask follow-ups to the six questions Whitmer selected. The governor's office says the move was is in line with her tightened executive order limiting attendance at indoor events, and stems from fears that members of the Lansing press corps may have been in contact with state Sen. Tom Barrett, who has tested positive for the virus. How convenient for her. It's not clear whether... More >

Whitmer’s Dangerous Nursing Home Policy Continues

Last week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Senate Bill 956 that would have prohibited patients who test positive for COVID-19 from being placed in nursing homes to spread the virus among other residents and staff. The bill sought to ensure that patients who were positive, or recently discharged from the hospital, were placed in separate facilities. The bill had bipartisan support in both the state house and senate. Three months ago, the field hospital set up at the TCF Center in Detroit was closed – and only treated 38 patients during its setup. With nearly a third of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan stemming from nursing homes – the field hospital was floated as a possible intake center for positive patients instead of extended care facilities. In a recent editorial by The Detroit News, they emphasize Whitmer’s failure to reverse course with her nursing home policy, despite Democrat colleagues in other states doing so. Gretchen Whitmer also turned her back on all 148 Michigan legislators, failing to work with them to protect her own executive powers. “Governor Whitmer has time and time again gone at it alone, and Michiganders have suffered. Instead of working with the legislature to get through this crisis, Whitmer put her own executive power before our seniors.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The people will not look back kindly on this mistake, and will remember Gretchen Whitmer chose her own political career over them.” More >

Peters Refuses To Respond To Health Care Questions, Just Like He Refuses To Use Obamacare

U.S. Senator Gary Peters is hiding from revelations that he refuses to use an ACA exchange health care plan like Michigan families are forced to do. Instead, Peters gets an exclusive State of Michigan legislative retirement insurance plan that average workers cannot access. John James challenged Peters on his exclusive health care yesterday during a visit with Saginaw small business leaders, but Peters is in hiding despite his efforts to make the ACA a central campaign issue. James is the only candidate in the race who knows the pressures of providing health care to employees. And, John James uses the same health care plan his employees do. Peters has been ineffective in Congress in passing only 1.9% of his bills but is very effective at serving himself. Among the many special deals, no constituent is privy to, Peters banks $50,000-per-year from a state pension during his “retirement” at the same time he is grabbing $174,000-per-year as a U.S. Senator.   “Gary Peters hypes his support of Obamacare, but he won’t even use it for his own family. Worse yet— he doesn’t want voters to know,” said Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox. “Peters is ineffective as a Senator but is a rockstar when it comes to serving himself. John James knows the pressures of providing health care insurance to Michigan families and, like the leader he is, uses the same plan as his employees. The difference couldn’t be more clear.” More >

ICYMI - Jon Hoadley Barely Pulls off Win, Overshadowed by Distasteful Comments

In Case You Missed It – Progressive idol Jon Hoadley barely squeaked by his primary against Jen Richardson. However, Hoadley falling behind wasn’t the only big shock on election night – the Detroit News reported that the State Representative had made inappropriate and distasteful comments in blog posts prior to entering into elected office. “Hoadley's victory in Tuesday's primary comes after a story in the New York Post Tuesday. The story claims that, before Hoadley's election to state politics in 2014, he wrote blog posts discussing going to a gay bar to ‘learn about crystal meth,’ describing sexual partners as “victims” and an odd reference to a ‘four year old wearing a thong.’” The News wrote. “Jon Hoadley’s radical and hateful comments are alarming and disqualifying, for someone who is seeking to represent our state in Congress,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Not only are Hoadley’s policies completely questionable and out of touch – so are his actions.” More >

On Health Care, Gary Peters Does Not Live In the Same World As Michigan Workers And Small Business Owners

Out-of-touch Peters failed to hold drug companies accountable, but that doesn’t hurt his own bank account because he does not use Obamacare like the rest of Michigan As John James continues visiting Michigan small businesses, using his shared experiences in creating jobs and providing employee healthcare to reassure our entrepreneurs that he will be a U.S. Senator who understands their needs, it has become clear that Gary Peters simply does not live in the same world as the rest of the state. Peters lives in a politician’s world, subsidized by the government, and that starts with health care.   Peters was forced to admit recently that he refuses to accept Congressional health insurance through an Obamacare exchange, unlike the Michigan employers and workers he represents in the Senate. Instead, Peters gets his gold-plated health insurance from a State of Michigan “retired” politician plan—a special perk available to him because he was state senator at a previous stop on his 30-year political career.     That’s why Peters can afford his prescription drugs. But, he hasn’t achieved anything to lower costs for his constituents. Peters claims in a new television ad that he held drug companies accountable, but every statistic shows drug prices skyrocketing.    Meanwhile, John James accepts the very same health care insurance as his own employees. Peters takes his health care as a “retired” politician, but he’s still actively accepting special privileges no small business owner or worker could dream of: Receives special health insurance instead of accepting Congressional-provided Obamacare coverage Pockets... More >

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