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75% of Michiganders Oppose Whitmer Gas Tax LANSING, Mich., April 17, 2019 – New polling released by the Marketing Resource Group shows that Governor Whitmer’s 45-Cent Gas Tax has stalled with Michigan voters.  According to the poll, 75-percent of likely voters oppose the Governor’s tax hike. That staggering number also includes a majority of Whitmer’s fellow Democrats (58-percent oppose).  The poll, which was conducted from April 9-13, surveyed 600 likely voters and also showed strong opposition to Whitmer’s plan amongst Republican (89 percent oppose) and Independent (78-percent oppose) voters. Despite widespread outrage to the plan and Whitmer’s struggle to find support for it within the Democrat House and Senate caucuses, the Governor is threatening to shut down the State government if her plan is not passed. The Governor has also publicly stated that she is unwilling to negotiate on an alternative proposal unless her preconditions are met, including a massive $2.5 billion revenue increase.  "Gas Tax Gretchen’s 45-Cent fuel tax is so ‘ridiculous’ that it has unified 75-percent of Michigan voters in opposition.” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued "Instead of saying ‘it’s my way, or no highways’ the Governor should abandon her ‘ridiculous’ highest in the nation tax plan. It’s time to sit down with Republicans to find a real way to ‘fix the damn roads’ without building them on the backs of Michigan families.”    More >

Stevens Sells Out for $2000Also receives support from Controversial Congresswoman Omar LANSING, Mich., April 15, 2019 – Congresswoman Haley Stevens has released her first Federal Election Commission (FEC) report as a member of Congress and apparently, the cost of her vote for entrenched Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi was a mere $2,000. During her 2018 Congressional campaign, Stevens tried to distance herself form Pelosi whose polarizing progressive policies would be damaging. Stevens even told voters that she would vote for a new generation of leadership. In direct reference to Pelosi, who has led Congressional Democrats since 2003. However, in January Stevens cast her vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker, and on March 31st received a $2,000 donation from Pelosi as her reward.  In addition to her donation from Nancy Pelosi, Stevens also received a $1000 donation from Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar who has received intense criticism for repeatedly making Anti-Semitic remarks. Last week, a video also surfaced of Omar downplaying the September 11th terrorist attacks as “somebody did something”. "Congresswoman Haley Steven’s is for sale. First, she sold out and became Pelosi’s puppet for a mere $2,000. Then she sold out her own principles to progressive extremist Ilhan Omar for $1,000," said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, "It's clear that Congresswoman Stevens is more concerned about playing ball in Washington and trying to get reelected, than she is about her promises to the people of Michigan."   More >

In case you missed it, the Detroit News editorial board called out Attorney General Dana Nessel for her efforts to undermine Michigan laws that do not align with her radical liberal views. This directly contradicts our system of checks and balances and erodes the power of our elected legislators. Michigan’s “top cop” needs to enforce our state's laws, not try to make her own. Nessel oversteps authority in axing lawsBy the Detroit News Editorial Board Dana Nessel has wasted no time in her first few months in office throwing out or undermining laws she doesn’t like. But she’s the attorney general, not the Legislature, and she is abusing her authority. The three distinct branches of government exist for a reason, and as part of the executive branch, Nessel’s job is not to interfere with law-making. She’s supposed to enforce the laws. Nessel can advise on the legality of legislation in the works, but she’s taken her role and her partisanship much further. Her activism is unprecedented in Michigan.  There are several recent examples that demonstrate Nessel's disregard for legislative authority. Last week, Nessel signed a settlement agreement with the ACLU in an adoption case that will likely lead to faith-based placement agencies getting out of this important service. The ACLU sued the state in 2017 over its 2015 law that protects the religious freedom of adoption agencies if they choose not to place a child with a same-sex couple. Catholic and other faith-based agencies are some of the largest providers that contract with... More >

Peters and Stabenow Vote “Present” on Green New Deal LANSING, Mich., March 26, 2019 –  The $93 trillion Green New Deal was defeated in the United States Senate today when it failed to reach the 60 votes needed to advance. However, Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow refused to take a stand on the resolution with both voting “present”.  Their inaction resulted in the people of Michigan having no representation on a resolution that would destroy Michigan’s manufacturing and agricultural sectors if implemented. The Green New Deal has also received criticism for even more outlandish proposals such as retrofitting/rebuilding every building in the United States to be carbon compliant, and replacing most air and auto travel with rail by 2030. “When Michigan’s workers, farmers, and families needed their Senators to take a stand on this $93 trillion boondoggle, Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow chose to sit on the bench.” said Laura Cox Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Cox continued “By ducking the vote on the Green New Deal, Peters and Stabenow have denied the people of Michigan a say on a resolution that would destroy the state’s manufacturing and agricultural sectors if implemented.  This is further proof that the Democratic Party is moving towards state-run socialist schemes. Michiganders deserve a Senator who will stand up to these socialist, big government programs.”  More >

MRP Statement on Patterson Press Conference LANSING, Mich., March 26, 2019 –  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox on L. Brooks Patterson’s announcement that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “My prayers and the prayers of Republicans across our state go out to L. Brooks Patterson and his family during this difficult time. L. Brooks Patterson has devoted his life to serving the people of Oakland County and our state. For over 40 years, Brooks has given the people of Michigan the straight talk they deserve, and he has proven that he is a fighter. If there is one person who can beat this, it is L. Brooks Patterson.” More >

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75% of Michiganders Oppose Whitmer Gas Tax LANSING, Mich., April 17, 2019 – New polling released by the Marketing Resource Group shows that Governor Whitmer’s 45-Cent Gas Tax has stalled with Michigan voters.  According to the poll, 75-percent of likely voters oppose the Governor’s tax hike. That staggering number also includes a majority of Whitmer’s fellow Democrats (58-percent oppose).  The poll, which was conducted from April 9-13, surveyed 600 likely voters and also showed strong opposition to Whitmer’s plan amongst Republican (89 percent oppose) and Independent (78-percent oppose) voters. Despite widespread outrage to the plan and Whitmer’s struggle to find support for it within the Democrat House and Senate caucuses, the Governor is threatening to shut down the State government if her plan is not passed. The Governor has also publicly stated that she is unwilling to negotiate on an alternative proposal unless her preconditions are met, including a massive $2.5 billion revenue increase.  "Gas Tax Gretchen’s 45-Cent fuel tax is so ‘ridiculous’ that it has unified 75-percent of Michigan voters in opposition.” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued "Instead of saying ‘it’s my way, or no highways’ the Governor should abandon her ‘ridiculous’ highest in the nation tax plan. It’s time to sit down with Republicans to find a real way to ‘fix the damn roads’ without building them on the backs of Michigan families.”    More >

Stevens Sells Out for $2000Also receives support from Controversial Congresswoman Omar LANSING, Mich., April 15, 2019 – Congresswoman Haley Stevens has released her first Federal Election Commission (FEC) report as a member of Congress and apparently, the cost of her vote for entrenched Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi was a mere $2,000. During her 2018 Congressional campaign, Stevens tried to distance herself form Pelosi whose polarizing progressive policies would be damaging. Stevens even told voters that she would vote for a new generation of leadership. In direct reference to Pelosi, who has led Congressional Democrats since 2003. However, in January Stevens cast her vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker, and on March 31st received a $2,000 donation from Pelosi as her reward.  In addition to her donation from Nancy Pelosi, Stevens also received a $1000 donation from Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar who has received intense criticism for repeatedly making Anti-Semitic remarks. Last week, a video also surfaced of Omar downplaying the September 11th terrorist attacks as “somebody did something”. "Congresswoman Haley Steven’s is for sale. First, she sold out and became Pelosi’s puppet for a mere $2,000. Then she sold out her own principles to progressive extremist Ilhan Omar for $1,000," said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, "It's clear that Congresswoman Stevens is more concerned about playing ball in Washington and trying to get reelected, than she is about her promises to the people of Michigan."   More >

In case you missed it, the Detroit News editorial board called out Attorney General Dana Nessel for her efforts to undermine Michigan laws that do not align with her radical liberal views. This directly contradicts our system of checks and balances and erodes the power of our elected legislators. Michigan’s “top cop” needs to enforce our state's laws, not try to make her own. Nessel oversteps authority in axing lawsBy the Detroit News Editorial Board Dana Nessel has wasted no time in her first few months in office throwing out or undermining laws she doesn’t like. But she’s the attorney general, not the Legislature, and she is abusing her authority. The three distinct branches of government exist for a reason, and as part of the executive branch, Nessel’s job is not to interfere with law-making. She’s supposed to enforce the laws. Nessel can advise on the legality of legislation in the works, but she’s taken her role and her partisanship much further. Her activism is unprecedented in Michigan.  There are several recent examples that demonstrate Nessel's disregard for legislative authority. Last week, Nessel signed a settlement agreement with the ACLU in an adoption case that will likely lead to faith-based placement agencies getting out of this important service. The ACLU sued the state in 2017 over its 2015 law that protects the religious freedom of adoption agencies if they choose not to place a child with a same-sex couple. Catholic and other faith-based agencies are some of the largest providers that contract with... More >

Peters and Stabenow Vote “Present” on Green New Deal LANSING, Mich., March 26, 2019 –  The $93 trillion Green New Deal was defeated in the United States Senate today when it failed to reach the 60 votes needed to advance. However, Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow refused to take a stand on the resolution with both voting “present”.  Their inaction resulted in the people of Michigan having no representation on a resolution that would destroy Michigan’s manufacturing and agricultural sectors if implemented. The Green New Deal has also received criticism for even more outlandish proposals such as retrofitting/rebuilding every building in the United States to be carbon compliant, and replacing most air and auto travel with rail by 2030. “When Michigan’s workers, farmers, and families needed their Senators to take a stand on this $93 trillion boondoggle, Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow chose to sit on the bench.” said Laura Cox Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Cox continued “By ducking the vote on the Green New Deal, Peters and Stabenow have denied the people of Michigan a say on a resolution that would destroy the state’s manufacturing and agricultural sectors if implemented.  This is further proof that the Democratic Party is moving towards state-run socialist schemes. Michiganders deserve a Senator who will stand up to these socialist, big government programs.”  More >

MRP Statement on Patterson Press Conference LANSING, Mich., March 26, 2019 –  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox on L. Brooks Patterson’s announcement that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “My prayers and the prayers of Republicans across our state go out to L. Brooks Patterson and his family during this difficult time. L. Brooks Patterson has devoted his life to serving the people of Oakland County and our state. For over 40 years, Brooks has given the people of Michigan the straight talk they deserve, and he has proven that he is a fighter. If there is one person who can beat this, it is L. Brooks Patterson.” More >

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