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Republicans Work to Get Michigan Back on Track

This morning, Speaker Lee Chatfield unveiled the Michigan House of Representatives’ plan for re-opening the state. This regional, risk-based roadmap for Michigan’s comeback and recovery seeks to continue to mitigate the spread of the disease, while allowing the industrious people of Michigan to go back to work. The plan also includes a task force with nine voting members across various sectors directly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. In addition to safely re-opening the state, the plan outlines how to re-energize the economy and set the precedent for a new normal. This plan closely follows Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s bipartisan task force to “Open Michigan Safely”. “This is the leadership Michigan needs right now, and the strong, commonsense, regional plan Republicans have put forth is an excellent start for getting our state back on track.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “I applaud Speaker Chatfield and Majority Leader Shirkey for trying to get Michiganders back to work while also protecting their safety with this science-based approach.”    More >

Peters’ Continued Political Blindness

Last week, the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ran out of funds – leaving thousands of businesses to miss paydays, and face struggling employees and potential solvency. Democrats previously shut down a unanimous consent vote, the leading reason why the fund was not replenished. On Friday, Michigan’s Democrat Congressional Delegation, including Senator Gary Peters, sent a letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza for the lack of funds directed towards Michigan – despite shooting down additional funding just days earlier. “Michiganders need results in Washington, not lip service,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox stated, “When Michiganders needed this aid the most, Gary Peters voted ‘no’ and now the people of our state our suffering. Peters is nothing more than a Washington insider that lives to play politics. We need a Senator who puts Michigan first, not the Democrat party.”   More >

Is Whitmer’s Gamble Essential?

In the days and weeks since Governor Whitmer announced her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, confusion has swept across the state as to what qualifies as an essential item. In her latest executive order, the governor deemed many home improvement items such as plants, seeds, paint, and flooring as non-essential. However, state sold or highly taxed items such as lottery tickets, cigarettes, and alcohol are all considered essential by the governor. These contradictions have drawn the ire of building contractors, landscapers, farmers, greenhouse owners and other small businesses who are struggling due to the governor's non-essential list. Whitmer’s allies have even begun to turn on the her for these inconsistencies. Thursday night during his town hall, Senator and former state lottery commissioner Gary Peters admitted that the lottery was not “essential”. “The inconsistencies in Governor Whitmer’s executive orders are glaring and created nothing but further stress and confusion for the hardworking people of our state,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “The lottery is not essential to folks, but many of the other products and services blocked by the governor are. The people of Michigan are hurting and it’s unfair for the state to profit as small businesses fail.” More >

Peters Says One Thing, Did Another

Yesterday, the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ran out of funds to aid small businesses in making payroll during the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, Democrats shot down a unanimous consent vote to replenish money for the program, leaving the fund to deplete the day before most small businesses must complete payroll to make a Friday payday. During his Thursday night coronavirus town hall, Senator Gary Peters demanded that Congress appropriate additional funding for the PPP. This comes after he voted against the funding 7 days earlier. Peters also voted against the CARES Act twice earlier last month, a bill that provided funding for various sectors of Michigan during the coronavirus outbreak. “Senator Peters can call for Congress to appropriate all the funds in the world, but the fact of the matter is that he voted against this aid when Michigan small businesses needed it the most,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Now Michigan small businesses, their employees, and families are forced to suffer, all so Gary Peters could remain in lockstep with Chuck Schumer and his liberal agenda. Actions speak louder than words, Gary.”  More >

MIGOP Statement on Gary Peters Townhall

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox regarding Gary Peters’ Townhall tonight.  “Whether it’s voting against the CARES Act twice to provide critical support during the COVID-19 crisis or standing by idly while Democrat leadership blocks additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program – Gary Peters has failed to stand up for Michigan at every turn. During these times of great need, our state has been robbed of a serious voice in Washington and is left with a typical partisan seat-filler. All the while Michiganders are suffering and need serious leadership.” More >

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Republicans Work to Get Michigan Back on Track

This morning, Speaker Lee Chatfield unveiled the Michigan House of Representatives’ plan for re-opening the state. This regional, risk-based roadmap for Michigan’s comeback and recovery seeks to continue to mitigate the spread of the disease, while allowing the industrious people of Michigan to go back to work. The plan also includes a task force with nine voting members across various sectors directly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. In addition to safely re-opening the state, the plan outlines how to re-energize the economy and set the precedent for a new normal. This plan closely follows Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s bipartisan task force to “Open Michigan Safely”. “This is the leadership Michigan needs right now, and the strong, commonsense, regional plan Republicans have put forth is an excellent start for getting our state back on track.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “I applaud Speaker Chatfield and Majority Leader Shirkey for trying to get Michiganders back to work while also protecting their safety with this science-based approach.”    More >

Peters’ Continued Political Blindness

Last week, the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ran out of funds – leaving thousands of businesses to miss paydays, and face struggling employees and potential solvency. Democrats previously shut down a unanimous consent vote, the leading reason why the fund was not replenished. On Friday, Michigan’s Democrat Congressional Delegation, including Senator Gary Peters, sent a letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza for the lack of funds directed towards Michigan – despite shooting down additional funding just days earlier. “Michiganders need results in Washington, not lip service,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox stated, “When Michiganders needed this aid the most, Gary Peters voted ‘no’ and now the people of our state our suffering. Peters is nothing more than a Washington insider that lives to play politics. We need a Senator who puts Michigan first, not the Democrat party.”   More >

Is Whitmer’s Gamble Essential?

In the days and weeks since Governor Whitmer announced her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, confusion has swept across the state as to what qualifies as an essential item. In her latest executive order, the governor deemed many home improvement items such as plants, seeds, paint, and flooring as non-essential. However, state sold or highly taxed items such as lottery tickets, cigarettes, and alcohol are all considered essential by the governor. These contradictions have drawn the ire of building contractors, landscapers, farmers, greenhouse owners and other small businesses who are struggling due to the governor's non-essential list. Whitmer’s allies have even begun to turn on the her for these inconsistencies. Thursday night during his town hall, Senator and former state lottery commissioner Gary Peters admitted that the lottery was not “essential”. “The inconsistencies in Governor Whitmer’s executive orders are glaring and created nothing but further stress and confusion for the hardworking people of our state,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “The lottery is not essential to folks, but many of the other products and services blocked by the governor are. The people of Michigan are hurting and it’s unfair for the state to profit as small businesses fail.” More >

Peters Says One Thing, Did Another

Yesterday, the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ran out of funds to aid small businesses in making payroll during the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, Democrats shot down a unanimous consent vote to replenish money for the program, leaving the fund to deplete the day before most small businesses must complete payroll to make a Friday payday. During his Thursday night coronavirus town hall, Senator Gary Peters demanded that Congress appropriate additional funding for the PPP. This comes after he voted against the funding 7 days earlier. Peters also voted against the CARES Act twice earlier last month, a bill that provided funding for various sectors of Michigan during the coronavirus outbreak. “Senator Peters can call for Congress to appropriate all the funds in the world, but the fact of the matter is that he voted against this aid when Michigan small businesses needed it the most,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Now Michigan small businesses, their employees, and families are forced to suffer, all so Gary Peters could remain in lockstep with Chuck Schumer and his liberal agenda. Actions speak louder than words, Gary.”  More >

MIGOP Statement on Gary Peters Townhall

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox regarding Gary Peters’ Townhall tonight.  “Whether it’s voting against the CARES Act twice to provide critical support during the COVID-19 crisis or standing by idly while Democrat leadership blocks additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program – Gary Peters has failed to stand up for Michigan at every turn. During these times of great need, our state has been robbed of a serious voice in Washington and is left with a typical partisan seat-filler. All the while Michiganders are suffering and need serious leadership.” More >

Schumer and Peters Fundraise While Democrats Block Small Business Bill

Due to overwhelming success and historic demand during the COVID-19 crisis, the $349 billion portion of the Paycheck Protection Program hit its cap on Thursday. While this had been anticipated for over a week, Senate Democrats - including Michigan Senator Gary Peters - continue to block additional funding for the program unless partisan demands are met. Without additional funding, thousands of Michigan small businesses face an uncertain future. However, this has not stopped Peters and Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer from hosting a $1,500 per person minimum virtual fundraiser next Thursday to support Peters’ reelection campaign. The following invitation went out to Peters’ supporters on Thursday: “Yet again, Gary Peters is putting politics above the people of Michigan,” said Laura Cox, Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Cox went on to say, “While small business wonder where their next check to pay employees is going to come from, Gary Peters and Chuck Schumer will be fundraising with the liberal elite. It’s time for Gary Peters to figure out where his next paycheck is going to come from, because the people of Michigan are going to show him the door this November.”  More >

Whitmer Misses The Point

Just hours after thousands of Michiganders descended on the Michigan Capitol to protest her inconsistent stay-at-home policies, Governor Gretchen Whitmer brushed off the event as “just politics’ during another national TV appearance.   Yet it’s exactly the opposite. Resistance against Whitmer’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis is growing throughout the state. More than 200,000 people have signed a petition to recall Whitmer, and social media groups against her historic overreach have attracted hundreds of thousands of followers. Michiganders are losing their jobs, businesses are struggling, unemployment is skyrocketing, and Whitmer continues to blame her own constituents for the issues at hand. However, Whitmer has missed the point as hundreds of thousand Michigan residents have spoken out against her policies. Even more troubling is that the governor has never shared a plan or timeline of how Michigan is going to get through this virus and instead, extends inconsistent executive orders that are destroying people’s livelihoods. In her quest to be tapped as Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential pick – Whitmer seeks to lay blame with everyone from President Trump to the people of Michigan for her follies. Yet her own executive orders are causing nothing but confusion and chaos. The restrictions and mandates are so inconsistent and repressive that members of Michigan’s congressional delegation called on her to walk back the order. “Whether it’s blaming her own constituents for speaking out against the struggles they face because of her policies, or falsely accusing the federal government of diverting supplies – it is always everyone’s fault but Governor Whitmer’s.” Said... More >

MIGOP Statement on Gary Peters Endorsement of Joe Biden

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox regarding Gary Peter’s endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden for President. “Yet again, Gary Peters sat on the sidelines and waited until he was no longer faced with a difficult decision before endorsing a man who had all but wrapped up the nomination over a month ago. Joe Biden and Gary Peters are nothing more than career politicians who love the Washington swamp and do nothing on their taxpayer-funded salaries, while hardworking Americans struggle. I look forward to helping end both their political careers this November.” More >

Those Who Live in a Glass House Should Not Throw Political Bombs

First, it was falsely claiming the federal government was diverting supplies from Michigan. Then, it was failing to properly file federal disaster relief paperwork. Now, it’s blaming political rivals for protests actually caused by her confusing executive orders. Governor Whitmer’s gross incompetence continues to blanket our state at a time when we need decisive leadership the most. Last Thursday, Governor Whitmer extended and expanded her Executive Order No. 2020-42 with great overreach, that left Michiganders and businesses completely confused of what was currently legal and illegal. The new order created chaos, leading to two different retailers banning the sale of car seats, businesses facing unnecessary solvency, and farmers and greenhouses begging Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Agriculture for any kind of guidance. (NBC News)(The Federalist)(WBCK) Yet, instead of simply clarifying the orders or launching a public service announcement to provide clarity and answer citizens’ questions, Whitmer and her staffers were more concerned about social media prowess and Vice Presidential fluff pieces. The Whitmer Administration’s incompetency was then evident once more on Monday, when the state’s Unemployment Agency website crashed (yet again), as over a quarter of Michigan’s workforce is now struggling and forced to file for benefits because of the governor’s overly restrictive executive orders. (WDIV)(Townhall) On Monday during her daily press conference, Whitmer sought to lay the blame for current criticism with the DeVos family, who she falsely claimed were “waging political attacks”. The simple truth is she cannot accept the fact the Michiganders are ready and willing... More >

Whitmer: No Motorized Boats, But We’ll Still Vote.

Whitmer, Benson Proceed with May Elections  The coronavirus outbreak has made us rethink many actions in our daily lives to protect ourselves, the ones we love and our friends and neighbors. This morning, it was announced that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was still seeking workers to process absentee ballots for the May election – a move that has the ability to yield dangerous results.  A majority of election day workers, who are often elderly and retired, are at a higher risk of experiencing the worst of this virus, and Secretary of State Benson wants to continue to move forward regardless. State Senator Ruth Johnson (a former Secretary of State herself), implored Benson not to proceed with the election stating, “We are the new hotspot for this pandemic in the country. These elections should have been postponed until the worst passes and we can give our clerks time to better prepare."  At a time when it is considered “unsafe” for Michiganders to purchase home improvement materials and travel from one residence to another, how is it “safe” for Michigan election workers to needlessly expose themselves to the virus? “I am very thankful for Senator Johnson’s leadership on this issue. While we are in a challenging time of working to protect each other, it’s important that we don’t spread this virus.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “With another election scheduled just months away, there is no reason that the upcoming May ballot issues cannot be decided... More >

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