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Federal Government Continues Michigan Coronavirus Response

Since Coronavirus reached Michigan, President Trump and his administration have spared no resource in helping aid Michigan. The White House’s whole-of-government response ensured Michigan could secure billions of dollars in aid for everything from hospitals to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) grants for small businesses. MLive: Michigan a top-10 recipient of federal coronavirus stimulus payments The Detroit News: Michigan hospitals getting $900M in fed COVID-19 aid MLive: Federal grants expand coronavirus testing in Mount Pleasant, Houghton Lake  Bridge Magazine: Michigan tribes set to receive millions in federal coronavirus relief MLive: $1.7 million in federal funds coming to Southwest Michigan for coronavirus testing WLUC: Over $14M in Federal Grants awarded to Michigan Health Centers to increase COVID-19 testing MLive: Michigan gets 1,600 vials of coronavirus drug remdesivir from U.S. government The Detroit News: Michigan to get $42M in COVID-19 relief funds from HUD   “Whether it is testing, aid, PPE, or therapeutics – President Trump has kept his promise to Michigan in fully supporting our state during this crisis.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “This Administration has taken unprecedented, aggressive action in mitigating this virus and its effects, and I know under the President’s leadership, our state and country will rebuild stronger and greater than ever.” More >

When it Comes to Working with Republicans, Whitmer Won’t

On Sunday, Speaker Lee Chatfield joined Devin Scillian on WDIV’s Flashpoint to discuss the State Legislature’s lawsuit against Governor Whitmer’s unilateral executive overreach. The legislature has sought to work with Governor Whitmer since the day coronavirus first came to Michigan, just as they have done on previous occasions with the state budget. The relationship between legislative leadership and Whitmer soured when the governor released emails of confidential negotiations between her administration and House and Senate staff, in an attempt to score political points. “The laws still need to be followed, and our Constitution still needs to be followed, even while we are in a pandemic,” the Speaker said. The Governor has yet to put forward a detailed plan on reopening Michigan, rather than her day-by-day game plan based on “data” and “science.” “Governor Whitmer will not work with the legislature, she will not provide a comprehensive plan to re-opening our state, and she will not provide any light at the end of the tunnel for the people of Michigan.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “It’s time for the governor to adopt federal CISA guidelines and start to strategically re-open our state, and work with our legislature to get Michigan back on track.” More >

It’s Been 48 Days Since Tara Reade Came Forward, And Peters Continues to Hide

It’s been 48 days since Tara Reade came forward with sexual assault allegations and 405 days since reports started to surface about Joe Biden’s inappropriate touching of women, and Michigan’s Junior Senator Gary Peters has been silent. Last month, Peters endorsed Biden for the Democrat presidential nomination. In 2018, during Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, Gary Peters supported Christine Blasey Ford coming forward. This time, however, Peters has sought to avoid stating whether Tara Reade should be able to have her voice heard on two separate occasions. “Gary Peters is unwilling to address the tough issues, and therefore is a failure as a leader for Michigan.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Peters is more worried about playing politics and covering for his buddy Joe Biden, than he is about getting to the truth. The fact of the matter is that it will always be party over country for Gary Peters.” More >

Peters Silence on Biden Allegations Deafening

This week, as evidence mounted corroborating Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations, Senator Gary Peters continued to duck questions about his support for Joe Biden. Peters endorsed Biden last month despite public allegations by Reade that Biden sexually assaulted and harassed her, while she was an employee in his Senate office in 1993. “Multiple individuals, legal documents, and archival news footage all corroborate Tara Reade’s allegations, yet Gary Peters refuses to speak out,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “These allegations and their apparent cover-up taint, not only Joe Biden, but also the United States Senate and the time has come for Gary Peters to tell our state where he stands.” More >

Would Prosecutor Whitmer have Investigated Biden?

Late last night, the San Luis Obispo Tribune published a story which provides legal evidence corroborating Tara Reade’s allegation against presumptive Democrat presidential nominee, Joe Biden. This additional evidence from Reade’s 1996 divorce corroborates that she left Biden’s Senate office due to Biden’s behavior, and that a settlement was reached with Biden’s then Chief of Staff. Currently, Biden’s National Campaign Chairman Gretchen Whitmer has been supportive of Biden during these accusations, even defending him by saying Reade's allegation isn't “consistent with the Joe Biden I know”. However, this new evidence begs the question, “When serving as Ingham County Prosecutor, would Whitmer have investigated Joe Biden for sexual assault due to the litany of evidence corroborating Reade’s allegations?” “This new evidence further corroborating Tara Reade’s allegations is incredibly troubling,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “As a former law enforcement officer, I have no doubt that I would do whatever I could to get to the bottom of such a horrendous cover-up. As a former Prosecutor, can Gretchen Whitmer say the same, or will she continue to stay silent in the hope of being on the Biden ticket?”   More >

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Federal Government Continues Michigan Coronavirus Response

Since Coronavirus reached Michigan, President Trump and his administration have spared no resource in helping aid Michigan. The White House’s whole-of-government response ensured Michigan could secure billions of dollars in aid for everything from hospitals to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) grants for small businesses. MLive: Michigan a top-10 recipient of federal coronavirus stimulus payments The Detroit News: Michigan hospitals getting $900M in fed COVID-19 aid MLive: Federal grants expand coronavirus testing in Mount Pleasant, Houghton Lake  Bridge Magazine: Michigan tribes set to receive millions in federal coronavirus relief MLive: $1.7 million in federal funds coming to Southwest Michigan for coronavirus testing WLUC: Over $14M in Federal Grants awarded to Michigan Health Centers to increase COVID-19 testing MLive: Michigan gets 1,600 vials of coronavirus drug remdesivir from U.S. government The Detroit News: Michigan to get $42M in COVID-19 relief funds from HUD   “Whether it is testing, aid, PPE, or therapeutics – President Trump has kept his promise to Michigan in fully supporting our state during this crisis.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “This Administration has taken unprecedented, aggressive action in mitigating this virus and its effects, and I know under the President’s leadership, our state and country will rebuild stronger and greater than ever.” More >

When it Comes to Working with Republicans, Whitmer Won’t

On Sunday, Speaker Lee Chatfield joined Devin Scillian on WDIV’s Flashpoint to discuss the State Legislature’s lawsuit against Governor Whitmer’s unilateral executive overreach. The legislature has sought to work with Governor Whitmer since the day coronavirus first came to Michigan, just as they have done on previous occasions with the state budget. The relationship between legislative leadership and Whitmer soured when the governor released emails of confidential negotiations between her administration and House and Senate staff, in an attempt to score political points. “The laws still need to be followed, and our Constitution still needs to be followed, even while we are in a pandemic,” the Speaker said. The Governor has yet to put forward a detailed plan on reopening Michigan, rather than her day-by-day game plan based on “data” and “science.” “Governor Whitmer will not work with the legislature, she will not provide a comprehensive plan to re-opening our state, and she will not provide any light at the end of the tunnel for the people of Michigan.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “It’s time for the governor to adopt federal CISA guidelines and start to strategically re-open our state, and work with our legislature to get Michigan back on track.” More >

It’s Been 48 Days Since Tara Reade Came Forward, And Peters Continues to Hide

It’s been 48 days since Tara Reade came forward with sexual assault allegations and 405 days since reports started to surface about Joe Biden’s inappropriate touching of women, and Michigan’s Junior Senator Gary Peters has been silent. Last month, Peters endorsed Biden for the Democrat presidential nomination. In 2018, during Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, Gary Peters supported Christine Blasey Ford coming forward. This time, however, Peters has sought to avoid stating whether Tara Reade should be able to have her voice heard on two separate occasions. “Gary Peters is unwilling to address the tough issues, and therefore is a failure as a leader for Michigan.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Peters is more worried about playing politics and covering for his buddy Joe Biden, than he is about getting to the truth. The fact of the matter is that it will always be party over country for Gary Peters.” More >

Peters Silence on Biden Allegations Deafening

This week, as evidence mounted corroborating Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations, Senator Gary Peters continued to duck questions about his support for Joe Biden. Peters endorsed Biden last month despite public allegations by Reade that Biden sexually assaulted and harassed her, while she was an employee in his Senate office in 1993. “Multiple individuals, legal documents, and archival news footage all corroborate Tara Reade’s allegations, yet Gary Peters refuses to speak out,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “These allegations and their apparent cover-up taint, not only Joe Biden, but also the United States Senate and the time has come for Gary Peters to tell our state where he stands.” More >

Would Prosecutor Whitmer have Investigated Biden?

Late last night, the San Luis Obispo Tribune published a story which provides legal evidence corroborating Tara Reade’s allegation against presumptive Democrat presidential nominee, Joe Biden. This additional evidence from Reade’s 1996 divorce corroborates that she left Biden’s Senate office due to Biden’s behavior, and that a settlement was reached with Biden’s then Chief of Staff. Currently, Biden’s National Campaign Chairman Gretchen Whitmer has been supportive of Biden during these accusations, even defending him by saying Reade's allegation isn't “consistent with the Joe Biden I know”. However, this new evidence begs the question, “When serving as Ingham County Prosecutor, would Whitmer have investigated Joe Biden for sexual assault due to the litany of evidence corroborating Reade’s allegations?” “This new evidence further corroborating Tara Reade’s allegations is incredibly troubling,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “As a former law enforcement officer, I have no doubt that I would do whatever I could to get to the bottom of such a horrendous cover-up. As a former Prosecutor, can Gretchen Whitmer say the same, or will she continue to stay silent in the hope of being on the Biden ticket?”   More >

Thanks to GOP Leadership, Soo Lock Construction Begins

Yesterday, thanks to the efforts of Michigan Republican Congressional delegation, the long-awaited construction on the Soo Locks began. The project which will be completed by November of 2021 consists of upstream channel deepening, rehabilitation of the upstream approach walls, and construction of a new poe-sized lock chamber. The project was spearheaded by Michigan’s GOP Congressional Delegation requesting that President Trump support additional funding for the project in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. In a 2018 meeting with the president, Representatives Bergman, Moolenaar and Mitchell all pushed for additional funding. Then, later that night at a rally, President Trump announced his administration would provide the funding. In his FY21’ budget, the president included $123.2 million for construction of a new Lock, in addition to the Army Corps of Engineers’ updated FY20 Work Plan that includes an additional $50 million for the Soo Locks project. “More promises made, promises kept from President Trump and his administration to the people of Michigan,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Thank you to our GOP Delegation who worked tirelessly with the president to secure this project for Michigan. They promised to protect and preserve one of Michigan’s most vital infrastructures, and they got it done!”   More >

Peters Continues to Hide from Tara Reade Allegations

Peters Ducks Media Inquiries Yesterday, after Gary Peters ducked a RealClearPolitics report on Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden, Biden also dodged reporters from The Daily Caller who were looking for comment on the same matter. In an interview with Megan Kelly, Tara Reade - a Democrat - called on Joe Biden to drop out of the presidential race. Peters endorsed Biden for the Democrat Presidential nomination less than a month ago. In 2018, during Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings Petersstated, “These allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are extremely serious. Professor Ford deserves the opportunity to have her voice heard and tell her story before the Judiciary Committee acts on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.” Michigan’s junior senator has yet to weigh in on the allegations against his party’s presumptive presidential nominee. “Why has Gary Peters stayed silent as more corroborating information has come to light about these troubling allegations?” asked Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Peters was quick to speak out in the past about these types of allegations, but now he is silent when it is his party’s nominee involved. Michiganders deserve to know if their Senator stands with survivors, or will he simply continue to be Joe Biden’s lackey?”   More >

MIGOP Surpasses Over Two Million Contacts

This week, the Michigan Republican Party in partnership with Trump Victory reached the 2 million voter contact mark nearly five months earlier than the previous record - set on September 26th, 2018. The 2 million contact milestone comes even though the MIGOP & Trump Victory have been forced to switch to an entirely digital campaign utilizing phone calls to voters as well as virtual trainings in the wake of COVID-19. Thus far, Republicans have contacted over 2.1 million Michigan voters and conducted over 645 trainings, with over a million calls being made since the switch to a virtual campaign. “I am incredibly proud of the work that the Michigan Republican Party has done to reelect President Trump, and that we have done it at a record-setting pace,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chair. Cox continued, “Despite the obstacles that the COVID-19 crisis has presented, our team has come together with Trump Victory and made some amazing strides -  placing over 1 million calls and enlisting 1,340 volunteers since the switch to a virtual campaign. Having now contacted 2 million voters earlier than any campaign in history for Michigan Republicans, we are clearly on pace to accomplish great things this November.”   More >

MIGOP Statement on Whitmer COVID Press Conference

The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Whitmer’s Thursday press conference. “It’s a shame that it took lawsuits, protests, and bad press for Governor Whitmer to begin the process of reopening Michigan’s manufacturing economy. Michigan Republicans in the State Legislature have been pushing for the governor to work with them to accomplish this task for weeks. However, just like with auto insurance reform, fixing the roads and the state budget, the governor would rather waste time playing politics than getting things done. It's time for Gretchen Whitmer to work with Republicans and end her pointless power grab.”   More >

ICYMI: Whitmer ditches #BelieveWomen for #BelieveBiden

In case you missed it in today’s Detroit News, Ingrid Jacques highlighted Governor Whitmer’s hypocrisy when it comes to the troubling sexual assault claims against Joe Biden. Governor Whitmer has no issue calling out sexual harassment when a Republican’s reputation is at stake, but doesn’t seem concerned when it gets in the way of her vice presidential ambitions. Read the full article by Ingrid Jacques below.   Jacques: Whitmer ditches #BelieveWomen for #BelieveBidenIngrid Jacques, The Detroit News Gov. Gretchen Whitmer once wrote, “Sexual harassment is not a partisan issue and is unacceptable no matter who does it.” That comment, from a November 2017 tweet before Whitmer became governor, has since been deleted from her personal Twitter account.  A screen capture of a November 2017 tweet from Gretchen Whitmer. (Photo: Screenshot) And so has the sentiment behind it, apparently.  While Whitmer has had no problem calling out sexual harassment and assault when a Republican’s reputation was at stake, she isn't concerned when the alleged bad behavior is exhibited by Joe Biden, who is eyeing Whitmer as a contender for his running mate.  The Democratic presidential candidate is in hot water over an allegation from Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer, who has accused Biden of assaulting her in 1993 when she worked for him. She says Biden digitally penetrated her without her consent.  This isn’t the only allegation of unwelcome behavior by the former vice president. For instance, Lucy Flores, a former Democratic nominee for Nevada lieutenant governor, claims Biden put his hands on her shoulders,... More >

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