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Whitmer, Democrats Put Power Grab Before Michiganders

Today, the Michigan House and Senate voted on a series of bills with protections for price gouging, relaxing regulations for hospitals to set up field and testing sites, and orders that helped schools and education. Additionally, they voted on curbing Governor Whitmer’s executive powers. House and Senate Democrats, however, stood in solidarity with Governor Whitmer, voting against the additional aid for Michiganders – in an effort to preserve her executive powers. The governor has also vowed to veto the legislation. “This is yet another show of politics from Governor Whitmer and her caucus. Every step of the way, this administration has been dead set on using this pandemic as a political platform, and today was nothing new.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “I commend GOP Leadership for continuing to forge ahead in reopening our state and helping the Michiganders who need it most. The hardworking people of our state see through Governor Whitmer’s games, and they are truly tired of it.” More >

Whitmer Scorches Relationship with Michigan Legislature

Wednesday afternoon, Governor Whitmer overplayed her hand during negotiations with the legislature – releasing emails from her staff to the press just minutes after they were sent to majority caucus staffers in an attempt to come out on top. Not only did Whitmer destroy any remaining goodwill and trust with the legislature, she used her partisan press conference as an opportunity to “torpedo” Republican leadership. From her bully pulpit, Whitmer announced a new program the state cannot pay for, promoted Sen. Gary Peters in a highly competitive Senate race, and allowed a union boss to attack the Republican Legislature. The legislature had continued to negotiate with the governor in good faith, despite her budget veto debacle last year. Yesterday was the final straw for a relationship with the legislature that was hanging on by a thread. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox weighed in on the governor’s selfish actions stating, “Michiganders are hurting. Businesses are facing insolvency. Workers can’t get access to unemployment aid they desperately need, and now Whitmer wants to pick a fight with the legislature that’s trying to get the state back on track. The governor isn’t about the people of Michigan at all, she’s all about Gretchen Whitmer.” In commentary for Crain’s Detroit, Senior Editor Chad Livengood outlines how “In one hour, Whitmer shatters trust with Legislature”. Commentary: In one hour, Whitmer shatters trust with Legislature Crain’s Detroit Chad Livengood April 29, 2020   In the matter of an hour Wednesday, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer torpedoed Republican... More >

Cox Renews Call on Whitmer To Release No-Bid Contract Correspondence

This afternoon, Governor Whitmer’s staff released email correspondence between staffers of the Michigan legislature and her office, signaling she is going use her executive power to extend the state of emergency declaration. A move that was clearly an attempt to spite good-faith negotiations with the legislature. Since last week, the governor’s office has been mum on details regarding how K2K Consulting and Mike Kolehouse were chosen to execute a no-bid contract for COVID-19 contact tracing in Michigan. Whitmer faced backlash when it was revealed that K2K Consulting, and its principal, had deep ties to Democrat campaigns and progressive organizations. “Since Whitmer’s office has the ability release emails of sensitive, ongoing negotiations with the legislature, I am renewing my call for Whitmer to release all correspondence regarding how she decided to hire a Democrat Party operative to oversee COVID-19 contact tracing,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Michiganders deserve answers on how and why the governor felt their taxpayer dollars were best spent on enriching her Democrat associates, and handing them the keys to our highly sensitive data. Whitmer and her staff need to knock off the political gamesmanship, and act like the executive office they are supposed to be.” More >

Whitmer’s Unemployment Agency Ill-Equipped to Help Michiganders

In an interview yesterday with The Detroit News, Michigan's Unemployment Agency Director Steve Gray revealed that he “didn’t know” whether Whitmer’s team was preparing for an influx of issues when she issued her first stay home executive order back in March. Craig Mauger, The Detroit News: “Before the governor issued her stay home order on March 23rd, did you all have conversations with the governor's office where you said we don't have enough staff to handle this continued surge in unemployment claims; did those conversations happen before March 23rd?" Steve Gray, Michigan's Unemployment Agency Director: "Um, you know, I don't know whether or not they happened before March 23rd and I probably shouldn't comment on any specific conversations that we've had with the governor's office."  The agency has had a litany of issues over the course of Whitmer’s stay home order. From dropped calls and long waits, to the website crashing multiple times, many struggling Michiganders have been unable to get access in acquiring the aid they need. This month, Michigan hit 1 million unemployed workers – reaching depression level rates with 21% of the state’s workforce currently out of a job. “The issues at Michigan’s unemployment agency have been an ongoing story, and instead of parading around on national television and competing for another job,  Whitmer should be making this a top priority.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Rather than joining Joe Biden’s podcast and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Whitmer should be focused on ensuring that struggling Michiganders... More >

MIGOP Statement on Joe Biden’s 1 on 1 with Fox 2 Detroit

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox regarding presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s one-on-one with Fox 2 Detroit tonight. “Whether it’s his weakness on China, adopting the Democrat party’s toxic liberal agenda, or his gaffes and lies – Joe Biden would be a complete liability to our country in every way if he was ever elected President of the United States. In these last four years, the state of Michigan has experienced unprecedented prosperity under President Trump, and I know that this November Michiganders will vote for four more years of a proven track record of promises made, promises kept.” More >

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Whitmer, Democrats Put Power Grab Before Michiganders

Today, the Michigan House and Senate voted on a series of bills with protections for price gouging, relaxing regulations for hospitals to set up field and testing sites, and orders that helped schools and education. Additionally, they voted on curbing Governor Whitmer’s executive powers. House and Senate Democrats, however, stood in solidarity with Governor Whitmer, voting against the additional aid for Michiganders – in an effort to preserve her executive powers. The governor has also vowed to veto the legislation. “This is yet another show of politics from Governor Whitmer and her caucus. Every step of the way, this administration has been dead set on using this pandemic as a political platform, and today was nothing new.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “I commend GOP Leadership for continuing to forge ahead in reopening our state and helping the Michiganders who need it most. The hardworking people of our state see through Governor Whitmer’s games, and they are truly tired of it.” More >

Whitmer Scorches Relationship with Michigan Legislature

Wednesday afternoon, Governor Whitmer overplayed her hand during negotiations with the legislature – releasing emails from her staff to the press just minutes after they were sent to majority caucus staffers in an attempt to come out on top. Not only did Whitmer destroy any remaining goodwill and trust with the legislature, she used her partisan press conference as an opportunity to “torpedo” Republican leadership. From her bully pulpit, Whitmer announced a new program the state cannot pay for, promoted Sen. Gary Peters in a highly competitive Senate race, and allowed a union boss to attack the Republican Legislature. The legislature had continued to negotiate with the governor in good faith, despite her budget veto debacle last year. Yesterday was the final straw for a relationship with the legislature that was hanging on by a thread. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox weighed in on the governor’s selfish actions stating, “Michiganders are hurting. Businesses are facing insolvency. Workers can’t get access to unemployment aid they desperately need, and now Whitmer wants to pick a fight with the legislature that’s trying to get the state back on track. The governor isn’t about the people of Michigan at all, she’s all about Gretchen Whitmer.” In commentary for Crain’s Detroit, Senior Editor Chad Livengood outlines how “In one hour, Whitmer shatters trust with Legislature”. Commentary: In one hour, Whitmer shatters trust with Legislature Crain’s Detroit Chad Livengood April 29, 2020   In the matter of an hour Wednesday, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer torpedoed Republican... More >

Cox Renews Call on Whitmer To Release No-Bid Contract Correspondence

This afternoon, Governor Whitmer’s staff released email correspondence between staffers of the Michigan legislature and her office, signaling she is going use her executive power to extend the state of emergency declaration. A move that was clearly an attempt to spite good-faith negotiations with the legislature. Since last week, the governor’s office has been mum on details regarding how K2K Consulting and Mike Kolehouse were chosen to execute a no-bid contract for COVID-19 contact tracing in Michigan. Whitmer faced backlash when it was revealed that K2K Consulting, and its principal, had deep ties to Democrat campaigns and progressive organizations. “Since Whitmer’s office has the ability release emails of sensitive, ongoing negotiations with the legislature, I am renewing my call for Whitmer to release all correspondence regarding how she decided to hire a Democrat Party operative to oversee COVID-19 contact tracing,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Michiganders deserve answers on how and why the governor felt their taxpayer dollars were best spent on enriching her Democrat associates, and handing them the keys to our highly sensitive data. Whitmer and her staff need to knock off the political gamesmanship, and act like the executive office they are supposed to be.” More >

Whitmer’s Unemployment Agency Ill-Equipped to Help Michiganders

In an interview yesterday with The Detroit News, Michigan's Unemployment Agency Director Steve Gray revealed that he “didn’t know” whether Whitmer’s team was preparing for an influx of issues when she issued her first stay home executive order back in March. Craig Mauger, The Detroit News: “Before the governor issued her stay home order on March 23rd, did you all have conversations with the governor's office where you said we don't have enough staff to handle this continued surge in unemployment claims; did those conversations happen before March 23rd?" Steve Gray, Michigan's Unemployment Agency Director: "Um, you know, I don't know whether or not they happened before March 23rd and I probably shouldn't comment on any specific conversations that we've had with the governor's office."  The agency has had a litany of issues over the course of Whitmer’s stay home order. From dropped calls and long waits, to the website crashing multiple times, many struggling Michiganders have been unable to get access in acquiring the aid they need. This month, Michigan hit 1 million unemployed workers – reaching depression level rates with 21% of the state’s workforce currently out of a job. “The issues at Michigan’s unemployment agency have been an ongoing story, and instead of parading around on national television and competing for another job,  Whitmer should be making this a top priority.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Rather than joining Joe Biden’s podcast and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Whitmer should be focused on ensuring that struggling Michiganders... More >

MIGOP Statement on Joe Biden’s 1 on 1 with Fox 2 Detroit

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox regarding presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s one-on-one with Fox 2 Detroit tonight. “Whether it’s his weakness on China, adopting the Democrat party’s toxic liberal agenda, or his gaffes and lies – Joe Biden would be a complete liability to our country in every way if he was ever elected President of the United States. In these last four years, the state of Michigan has experienced unprecedented prosperity under President Trump, and I know that this November Michiganders will vote for four more years of a proven track record of promises made, promises kept.” More >

MIGOP Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Endorsement of Joe Biden

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox regarding Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of Joe Biden. “Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are truly one in the same. The Democrats’ only talent is nominating career politicians that are way past their prime and have nothing to show for their decades in Washington. In 2016, Hillary neglected Michigan to campaign with the coastal elites and was unable to clinch our electoral votes as a result. The Democrats’ 2020 Presidential campaign strategy here in Michigan is shaping up to be more of the same. Michiganders want no part of the same old, overplayed Democrat party establishment and career politicians with their out-of-touch liberal wish list. Over these next 7 months, I look forward to ensuring another resounding Trump victory in Michigan.” More >

Another Day, Another Whitmer VP Audition

This morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined Politico Playbook Live for yet another audition in her bid to become Joe Biden’s pick for Vice President – going as far to tell her national audience that they were “cut from the same cloth”. Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in Michigan, the governor has made over 60 national appearances. This follows Whitmer’s weekend appearance on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”, in which she publicly disputed the medical advice of one of Michigan’s leading medical professionals, Dr. Mohammed Arsiwala. This advice helped save the life of Detroit State Representative Karen Whitsett as she battled with coronavirus. In recent days, Whitmer has come under fire for various missteps – including hiring Pete Buttigieg’s former press secretary, awarding a no-bid contract to a democrat data firm and snubbing State Representative Karen Whitsett because she said nice things about the president. “It is no surprise that Governor Whitmer continues to take the national stage, vying to become Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential pick,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Whitmer continues to try and cover up the messes she’s made by casting herself in a favorable light in the national media. As many times as the governor says, ‘I’m not focused on politics right now’ her national appearances say otherwise. Michigan deserves a full-time governor right now – not someone who’s main focus is presidential politics.”   More >

Cox: Whitmer Owes Dr. Arsiwala an Apology

Whitmer must use all tools in the toolbox to stop COVID-19 oday, on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”, Governor Gretchen Whitmer publicly disputed the medical advice Dr. Mohammed Arsiwala offered to save the life of Detroit State Representative Karen Whitsett as she battled the coronavirus. Arsiwala used hydroxychloroquine, a medicine which Governor Whitmer has been criticized for temporarily banning. In addition to serving as a medical professional, Dr. Arsiwala is the President of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS). MSMS is the foremost advocacy organization which “supports physicians to improve patient care and health care outcomes, reduce burnout, and administrative burdens,” More on Dr. Arsiwala’s biography can be found here. Whitmer stated, “I know this State Rep credits hydroxychloroquine for her success with COVID-19 but I also know the medical professionals are saying that’s not the case we should not make that assumption.” "Gretchen Whitmer would rather use medical advice to fit her political narrative, than trust a proven treatment being pioneered by one of Michigan’s foremost medical professionals,” said Laura Cox, Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Cox continued, “Whitmer needs to put politics aside and use every tool in the tool box to save lives, including the tools Dr. Arsiwala utilized to save Karen Whitsett’s life. Whitmer owes Dr. Arsiwala an apology, and she needs to knock off the politics and start acting in the best interests of Michiganders.”   More >

Cox Statement on COVID Contract Late Night Name Release

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox regarding the Whitmer administration's late night release of the names of four employees it says were responsible for hiring two partisan Democrat firms to handle vital COVID-19 contact tracing calls. The disclosure comes after calls from the Michigan Republican Party and Republicans in the State Legislators to disclose all emails regarding the hiring of EveryAction VAN and Great Lakes Community Engagement. Currently, the governor is refusing to fulfill that request. “Governor Whitmer's release of these names in the middle of the night shows just how desperate she is to cover this up. The governor said that the decision to hire these deeply partisan firms was not political, however, we now know that members of the selection process worked in the Obama Biden White House. It’s now clearer than ever that Michiganders will not know the truth until Whitmer releases all emails sent regarding these contracts.” More >

Cox Statement on Whitmer’s Petty Politics

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox regarding reports that Governor Whitmer was seeking to engage in petty politics with State Representative Karen Whitsett. “Time and time again, Governor Whitmer continues to prove she is not a real leader. At a time when our state needs to come together, Whitmer is taking the time to try and shame Rep. Whitsett for crediting the president with raising awareness about hydroxychloroquine, instead of leading us through this crisis. It time for the governor to end her Vice Presidential audition and put people above politics.”   More >

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