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MRP Statement on Republican Auto Insurance Reform Victories LANSING, Mich., May 9, 2019–  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding the passage of Auto Insurance reform bills by both the Michigan State Senate and State House. The bills, which received overwhelming Republican support, are expected to result in massive savings for Michigan residents once reconciled. Currently, Michiganders pay the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. “Today is a huge victory for the people of Michigan. After years of hard work, Republicans in the State legislature have found a solution which will deliver badly needed financial relief to residents across Michigan and drastically slash our highest in the nation auto insurance rates. Governor Whitmer seems determined to keep costs high for drivers whether it's with the highest auto insurance rates in the nation or the highest gas tax in the nation. It's time Governor Whitmer work with the Michigan legislature to make sensible reforms to fix our roads and our auto insurance system." More >

Slotkin’s Hollow PledgeHow Slotkin Shuffles Corporate Money into Campaign LANSING, Mich., May 2, 2019 – Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin pledged that she would not take donations from corporations. However, according to last month’s Federal Election Committee (FEC) disclosure, that pledge rings hollow. Since taking office, Slotkin has received thousands of dollars in corporate cash funneled through Democrat Political Action Committees allowing the Congresswoman to sidestep her pledge.    One such group funding Slotkin, through backdoor channels, is the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund which donated over $12,000 to the Congresswoman in 2019. The group is largely funded through corporate donations, and counts amongst its donors a who’s who of America’s largest corporate interests. This includes big banks, insurance companies, telecom interests, and major Hollywood studios. "I think we have a new game; two degrees of Elissa Slotkin. First, you pick a corporation, then see which Democrat PAC it supports, then see when they donated to Slotkin,” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Congresswoman Slotkin may say she doesn’t take corporate dollars but when you follow the money it’s clear that’s a lie. Her constituents deserve to know the truth about their representative’s hypocrisy, and how she is being funded by the very corporate interests she publicly disavows. When you play two degrees of Elissa Slotkin you find its Michigan voters who lose every time.” More >

In case you missed it, yesterday the Detroit News ran a piece detailing how Dana Nessel has threatened religous freedom during her short tenure as Michigan's Attorney General. Nessel has attacked various religious organizations for exercising their freedom of conscience, and undermined the credibility of her office by refusing to apologize for bigoted remarks aimed at one of the states largest faith groups. It's time that Nessel do her job and stand up for the rights of all Michiganders, including those of faith.  Opinion: Nessel threatens religious freedom The socio-political discourse in society has descended to a point where elected officials are implored to lead by example and use language that helps set the tone for civility and respect for differing beliefs and opinions. Simply stated – words are important. They can inform or inspire, but, conversely, they can also disrupt or instigate. As leaders within our organizations which are informed by sacred principles and values, we share the common concern that those who hold office in Michigan refrain from tearing down or disrespecting others in executing the trusts given to them by residents of the state. Moreover, we hold that in the pursuit of liberty, justice and inclusion no person should be compelled to accept moral standards in their private lives that contravene the faith values to which they subscribe. Relating to these two issues, our mutual constituents hold concerns regarding recent words – and actions –of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. On Feb. 21, Nessel provided an update regarding... More >

MRP Response to Federal Redistricting Decision LANSING, Mich., April 25, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s Federal court decision invalidating the 2011 Michigan apportionment plan.  “The Michigan Republican Party disagrees with the Federal courts decision regarding redistricting, and will support an appeal to uphold the will of Michigan voters.” More >

In case you missed it, on Tuesday Senate Republicans presented their transportation budget proposal which completely removes Governor Whitmer’s 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase, while finding more money for Michigan roads. However, instead of embracing the plan Governor Whitmer has decided to double down on hypocrisy. Whitmer often says that, "doing nothing is not an option." However, Whitmer spokesperson Tiffany Brown said in a statement, "If this plan reaches her desk, the governor will veto it." So, doing nothing is not an option, but the Governor will veto the additional road funding in the Senate roads budget?  It’s time for the Governor to stop with the veto threats and to work with Republicans to find a way to fix Michigan roads without her job killing 45-cent gas tax increase. More info in the articles below. Whitmer threatens veto as Senate GOP strips gas tax hike from roads budgetThe Detroit News By: Jonathan Oosting Lansing — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday threatened to veto a Michigan Senate budget bill after Republicans stripped all potential revenue from a 45-cent-per-gallon fuel tax increase she is proposing to "fix the damn roads." The transportation budget advanced by a Senate appropriations subcommittee would instead “accelerate” $132 million in future road repair spending by completing implementation of a 2015 funding law signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder. The proposed budget bump is a far cry from Whitmer’s $2.5 billion gas tax plan, which would generate $1.9 billion a year in new road funding revenue and free up other money for K-12 schools. Senate Republicans oppose... More >

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MRP Statement on Republican Auto Insurance Reform Victories LANSING, Mich., May 9, 2019–  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding the passage of Auto Insurance reform bills by both the Michigan State Senate and State House. The bills, which received overwhelming Republican support, are expected to result in massive savings for Michigan residents once reconciled. Currently, Michiganders pay the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. “Today is a huge victory for the people of Michigan. After years of hard work, Republicans in the State legislature have found a solution which will deliver badly needed financial relief to residents across Michigan and drastically slash our highest in the nation auto insurance rates. Governor Whitmer seems determined to keep costs high for drivers whether it's with the highest auto insurance rates in the nation or the highest gas tax in the nation. It's time Governor Whitmer work with the Michigan legislature to make sensible reforms to fix our roads and our auto insurance system." More >

Slotkin’s Hollow PledgeHow Slotkin Shuffles Corporate Money into Campaign LANSING, Mich., May 2, 2019 – Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin pledged that she would not take donations from corporations. However, according to last month’s Federal Election Committee (FEC) disclosure, that pledge rings hollow. Since taking office, Slotkin has received thousands of dollars in corporate cash funneled through Democrat Political Action Committees allowing the Congresswoman to sidestep her pledge.    One such group funding Slotkin, through backdoor channels, is the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund which donated over $12,000 to the Congresswoman in 2019. The group is largely funded through corporate donations, and counts amongst its donors a who’s who of America’s largest corporate interests. This includes big banks, insurance companies, telecom interests, and major Hollywood studios. "I think we have a new game; two degrees of Elissa Slotkin. First, you pick a corporation, then see which Democrat PAC it supports, then see when they donated to Slotkin,” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Congresswoman Slotkin may say she doesn’t take corporate dollars but when you follow the money it’s clear that’s a lie. Her constituents deserve to know the truth about their representative’s hypocrisy, and how she is being funded by the very corporate interests she publicly disavows. When you play two degrees of Elissa Slotkin you find its Michigan voters who lose every time.” More >

In case you missed it, yesterday the Detroit News ran a piece detailing how Dana Nessel has threatened religous freedom during her short tenure as Michigan's Attorney General. Nessel has attacked various religious organizations for exercising their freedom of conscience, and undermined the credibility of her office by refusing to apologize for bigoted remarks aimed at one of the states largest faith groups. It's time that Nessel do her job and stand up for the rights of all Michiganders, including those of faith.  Opinion: Nessel threatens religious freedom The socio-political discourse in society has descended to a point where elected officials are implored to lead by example and use language that helps set the tone for civility and respect for differing beliefs and opinions. Simply stated – words are important. They can inform or inspire, but, conversely, they can also disrupt or instigate. As leaders within our organizations which are informed by sacred principles and values, we share the common concern that those who hold office in Michigan refrain from tearing down or disrespecting others in executing the trusts given to them by residents of the state. Moreover, we hold that in the pursuit of liberty, justice and inclusion no person should be compelled to accept moral standards in their private lives that contravene the faith values to which they subscribe. Relating to these two issues, our mutual constituents hold concerns regarding recent words – and actions –of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. On Feb. 21, Nessel provided an update regarding... More >

MRP Response to Federal Redistricting Decision LANSING, Mich., April 25, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s Federal court decision invalidating the 2011 Michigan apportionment plan.  “The Michigan Republican Party disagrees with the Federal courts decision regarding redistricting, and will support an appeal to uphold the will of Michigan voters.” More >

In case you missed it, on Tuesday Senate Republicans presented their transportation budget proposal which completely removes Governor Whitmer’s 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase, while finding more money for Michigan roads. However, instead of embracing the plan Governor Whitmer has decided to double down on hypocrisy. Whitmer often says that, "doing nothing is not an option." However, Whitmer spokesperson Tiffany Brown said in a statement, "If this plan reaches her desk, the governor will veto it." So, doing nothing is not an option, but the Governor will veto the additional road funding in the Senate roads budget?  It’s time for the Governor to stop with the veto threats and to work with Republicans to find a way to fix Michigan roads without her job killing 45-cent gas tax increase. More info in the articles below. Whitmer threatens veto as Senate GOP strips gas tax hike from roads budgetThe Detroit News By: Jonathan Oosting Lansing — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday threatened to veto a Michigan Senate budget bill after Republicans stripped all potential revenue from a 45-cent-per-gallon fuel tax increase she is proposing to "fix the damn roads." The transportation budget advanced by a Senate appropriations subcommittee would instead “accelerate” $132 million in future road repair spending by completing implementation of a 2015 funding law signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder. The proposed budget bump is a far cry from Whitmer’s $2.5 billion gas tax plan, which would generate $1.9 billion a year in new road funding revenue and free up other money for K-12 schools. Senate Republicans oppose... More >

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