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ICYMI – Whitmer Should Face the Press, Mask-to-Mask

In Case You Missed It – The Detroit News published an editorial calling on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to correct her lack of transparency and resume in-person press conferences that were conducted safely even at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan. The move is the latest attempt by the governor to skirt transparency. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Whitmer has hidden behind FOIA exemptions and executive emergency powers. Wednesday’s zoom press conference, in which Whitmer’s team vetted previously submitted questions and did not allow follow-up questions, was decried by reporters across the state. The people of Michigan and our press corps deserve better from the highest office in the state of Michigan.  Editorial: Whitmer should face the press mask-to-mask The Detroit News  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer further insulated herself from accountability by barring the press from physically attending her press conference this week. Instead of having reporters in-person at her Wednesday briefing, the governor closed the door and asked the press corps to submit questions electronically, allowing her to pick the ones she wanted to answer and skip the ones she didn't. Reporters were able to watch the conference remotely via Zoom, but couldn't ask follow-ups to the six questions Whitmer selected. The governor's office says the move was is in line with her tightened executive order limiting attendance at indoor events, and stems from fears that members of the Lansing press corps may have been in contact with state Sen. Tom Barrett, who has tested positive for the virus. How convenient for her. It's not clear whether... More >

Whitmer’s Dangerous Nursing Home Policy Continues

Last week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Senate Bill 956 that would have prohibited patients who test positive for COVID-19 from being placed in nursing homes to spread the virus among other residents and staff. The bill sought to ensure that patients who were positive, or recently discharged from the hospital, were placed in separate facilities. The bill had bipartisan support in both the state house and senate. Three months ago, the field hospital set up at the TCF Center in Detroit was closed – and only treated 38 patients during its setup. With nearly a third of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan stemming from nursing homes – the field hospital was floated as a possible intake center for positive patients instead of extended care facilities. In a recent editorial by The Detroit News, they emphasize Whitmer’s failure to reverse course with her nursing home policy, despite Democrat colleagues in other states doing so. Gretchen Whitmer also turned her back on all 148 Michigan legislators, failing to work with them to protect her own executive powers. “Governor Whitmer has time and time again gone at it alone, and Michiganders have suffered. Instead of working with the legislature to get through this crisis, Whitmer put her own executive power before our seniors.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The people will not look back kindly on this mistake, and will remember Gretchen Whitmer chose her own political career over them.” More >

Peters Refuses To Respond To Health Care Questions, Just Like He Refuses To Use Obamacare

U.S. Senator Gary Peters is hiding from revelations that he refuses to use an ACA exchange health care plan like Michigan families are forced to do. Instead, Peters gets an exclusive State of Michigan legislative retirement insurance plan that average workers cannot access. John James challenged Peters on his exclusive health care yesterday during a visit with Saginaw small business leaders, but Peters is in hiding despite his efforts to make the ACA a central campaign issue. James is the only candidate in the race who knows the pressures of providing health care to employees. And, John James uses the same health care plan his employees do. Peters has been ineffective in Congress in passing only 1.9% of his bills but is very effective at serving himself. Among the many special deals, no constituent is privy to, Peters banks $50,000-per-year from a state pension during his “retirement” at the same time he is grabbing $174,000-per-year as a U.S. Senator.   “Gary Peters hypes his support of Obamacare, but he won’t even use it for his own family. Worse yet— he doesn’t want voters to know,” said Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox. “Peters is ineffective as a Senator but is a rockstar when it comes to serving himself. John James knows the pressures of providing health care insurance to Michigan families and, like the leader he is, uses the same plan as his employees. The difference couldn’t be more clear.” More >

ICYMI - Jon Hoadley Barely Pulls off Win, Overshadowed by Distasteful Comments

In Case You Missed It – Progressive idol Jon Hoadley barely squeaked by his primary against Jen Richardson. However, Hoadley falling behind wasn’t the only big shock on election night – the Detroit News reported that the State Representative had made inappropriate and distasteful comments in blog posts prior to entering into elected office. “Hoadley's victory in Tuesday's primary comes after a story in the New York Post Tuesday. The story claims that, before Hoadley's election to state politics in 2014, he wrote blog posts discussing going to a gay bar to ‘learn about crystal meth,’ describing sexual partners as “victims” and an odd reference to a ‘four year old wearing a thong.’” The News wrote. “Jon Hoadley’s radical and hateful comments are alarming and disqualifying, for someone who is seeking to represent our state in Congress,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Not only are Hoadley’s policies completely questionable and out of touch – so are his actions.” More >

On Health Care, Gary Peters Does Not Live In the Same World As Michigan Workers And Small Business Owners

Out-of-touch Peters failed to hold drug companies accountable, but that doesn’t hurt his own bank account because he does not use Obamacare like the rest of Michigan As John James continues visiting Michigan small businesses, using his shared experiences in creating jobs and providing employee healthcare to reassure our entrepreneurs that he will be a U.S. Senator who understands their needs, it has become clear that Gary Peters simply does not live in the same world as the rest of the state. Peters lives in a politician’s world, subsidized by the government, and that starts with health care.   Peters was forced to admit recently that he refuses to accept Congressional health insurance through an Obamacare exchange, unlike the Michigan employers and workers he represents in the Senate. Instead, Peters gets his gold-plated health insurance from a State of Michigan “retired” politician plan—a special perk available to him because he was state senator at a previous stop on his 30-year political career.     That’s why Peters can afford his prescription drugs. But, he hasn’t achieved anything to lower costs for his constituents. Peters claims in a new television ad that he held drug companies accountable, but every statistic shows drug prices skyrocketing.    Meanwhile, John James accepts the very same health care insurance as his own employees. Peters takes his health care as a “retired” politician, but he’s still actively accepting special privileges no small business owner or worker could dream of: Receives special health insurance instead of accepting Congressional-provided Obamacare coverage Pockets... More >

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ICYMI – Whitmer Should Face the Press, Mask-to-Mask

In Case You Missed It – The Detroit News published an editorial calling on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to correct her lack of transparency and resume in-person press conferences that were conducted safely even at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan. The move is the latest attempt by the governor to skirt transparency. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Whitmer has hidden behind FOIA exemptions and executive emergency powers. Wednesday’s zoom press conference, in which Whitmer’s team vetted previously submitted questions and did not allow follow-up questions, was decried by reporters across the state. The people of Michigan and our press corps deserve better from the highest office in the state of Michigan.  Editorial: Whitmer should face the press mask-to-mask The Detroit News  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer further insulated herself from accountability by barring the press from physically attending her press conference this week. Instead of having reporters in-person at her Wednesday briefing, the governor closed the door and asked the press corps to submit questions electronically, allowing her to pick the ones she wanted to answer and skip the ones she didn't. Reporters were able to watch the conference remotely via Zoom, but couldn't ask follow-ups to the six questions Whitmer selected. The governor's office says the move was is in line with her tightened executive order limiting attendance at indoor events, and stems from fears that members of the Lansing press corps may have been in contact with state Sen. Tom Barrett, who has tested positive for the virus. How convenient for her. It's not clear whether... More >

Whitmer’s Dangerous Nursing Home Policy Continues

Last week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Senate Bill 956 that would have prohibited patients who test positive for COVID-19 from being placed in nursing homes to spread the virus among other residents and staff. The bill sought to ensure that patients who were positive, or recently discharged from the hospital, were placed in separate facilities. The bill had bipartisan support in both the state house and senate. Three months ago, the field hospital set up at the TCF Center in Detroit was closed – and only treated 38 patients during its setup. With nearly a third of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan stemming from nursing homes – the field hospital was floated as a possible intake center for positive patients instead of extended care facilities. In a recent editorial by The Detroit News, they emphasize Whitmer’s failure to reverse course with her nursing home policy, despite Democrat colleagues in other states doing so. Gretchen Whitmer also turned her back on all 148 Michigan legislators, failing to work with them to protect her own executive powers. “Governor Whitmer has time and time again gone at it alone, and Michiganders have suffered. Instead of working with the legislature to get through this crisis, Whitmer put her own executive power before our seniors.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The people will not look back kindly on this mistake, and will remember Gretchen Whitmer chose her own political career over them.” More >

Peters Refuses To Respond To Health Care Questions, Just Like He Refuses To Use Obamacare

U.S. Senator Gary Peters is hiding from revelations that he refuses to use an ACA exchange health care plan like Michigan families are forced to do. Instead, Peters gets an exclusive State of Michigan legislative retirement insurance plan that average workers cannot access. John James challenged Peters on his exclusive health care yesterday during a visit with Saginaw small business leaders, but Peters is in hiding despite his efforts to make the ACA a central campaign issue. James is the only candidate in the race who knows the pressures of providing health care to employees. And, John James uses the same health care plan his employees do. Peters has been ineffective in Congress in passing only 1.9% of his bills but is very effective at serving himself. Among the many special deals, no constituent is privy to, Peters banks $50,000-per-year from a state pension during his “retirement” at the same time he is grabbing $174,000-per-year as a U.S. Senator.   “Gary Peters hypes his support of Obamacare, but he won’t even use it for his own family. Worse yet— he doesn’t want voters to know,” said Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox. “Peters is ineffective as a Senator but is a rockstar when it comes to serving himself. John James knows the pressures of providing health care insurance to Michigan families and, like the leader he is, uses the same plan as his employees. The difference couldn’t be more clear.” More >

ICYMI - Jon Hoadley Barely Pulls off Win, Overshadowed by Distasteful Comments

In Case You Missed It – Progressive idol Jon Hoadley barely squeaked by his primary against Jen Richardson. However, Hoadley falling behind wasn’t the only big shock on election night – the Detroit News reported that the State Representative had made inappropriate and distasteful comments in blog posts prior to entering into elected office. “Hoadley's victory in Tuesday's primary comes after a story in the New York Post Tuesday. The story claims that, before Hoadley's election to state politics in 2014, he wrote blog posts discussing going to a gay bar to ‘learn about crystal meth,’ describing sexual partners as “victims” and an odd reference to a ‘four year old wearing a thong.’” The News wrote. “Jon Hoadley’s radical and hateful comments are alarming and disqualifying, for someone who is seeking to represent our state in Congress,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Not only are Hoadley’s policies completely questionable and out of touch – so are his actions.” More >

On Health Care, Gary Peters Does Not Live In the Same World As Michigan Workers And Small Business Owners

Out-of-touch Peters failed to hold drug companies accountable, but that doesn’t hurt his own bank account because he does not use Obamacare like the rest of Michigan As John James continues visiting Michigan small businesses, using his shared experiences in creating jobs and providing employee healthcare to reassure our entrepreneurs that he will be a U.S. Senator who understands their needs, it has become clear that Gary Peters simply does not live in the same world as the rest of the state. Peters lives in a politician’s world, subsidized by the government, and that starts with health care.   Peters was forced to admit recently that he refuses to accept Congressional health insurance through an Obamacare exchange, unlike the Michigan employers and workers he represents in the Senate. Instead, Peters gets his gold-plated health insurance from a State of Michigan “retired” politician plan—a special perk available to him because he was state senator at a previous stop on his 30-year political career.     That’s why Peters can afford his prescription drugs. But, he hasn’t achieved anything to lower costs for his constituents. Peters claims in a new television ad that he held drug companies accountable, but every statistic shows drug prices skyrocketing.    Meanwhile, John James accepts the very same health care insurance as his own employees. Peters takes his health care as a “retired” politician, but he’s still actively accepting special privileges no small business owner or worker could dream of: Receives special health insurance instead of accepting Congressional-provided Obamacare coverage Pockets... More >

MIGOP Statement on MI-06 Election Results

 The Michigan Republican Party (MIGOP) released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox in response to the results in Michigan’s sixth congressional district primaries. “The results of this Democrat primary is troubling, and shows how far Democrats have moved to the left. Jon Hoadley is of the most liberal Democrats running for Congress anywhere in the nation. His goals of defunding the police, ending employer-provided health insurance, and imposing the job killing the Green New Deal are vastly out of touch with the people of Michigan’s 6th district.” “Representative Upton has been a dedicated advocate in Washington on behalf of Southwest Michigan, fighting for bi-partisan, commonsense solutions that have helped not only his district, but our state as a whole. I look forward to ensuring that the Congressman has another term to continue all the good work he has done for Michigan.” More >

MIGOP Statement on MI-10 Election Results

The Michigan Republican Party (MIGOP) released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox in response to the results in Michigan’s 10th congressional district Republican primary. “I would like to congratulate Lisa McClain on her victory in Michigan’s 10th congressional district. With Lisa’s hard work, we will have another principled, conservative leader who will fight on behalf of Michiganders in Washington. I know Lisa will be a strong ally for President Trump over these next four years, working to enact America First policies that will better the lives of Michiganders.” More >

MIGOP Statement on MI-03 Election Results

The Michigan Republican Party (MIGOP) released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox in response to the primary results in Michigan’s 3rd congressional district. “Tonight, I would like to congratulate Peter Meijer on the big victory in his primary. When Michigan’s 3rd congressional district needed a voice in Washington, Justin Amash turned his back on his constituents. Peter is a conservative veteran who will bring strong, stable, and effective representation to West Michigan – and never turn his back on us.” “The Democrats hand-picked candidate in Michigan’s 3rd congressional district stands no chance against Peter this November. Hillary Scholten is just another Obama administration alum who will be a rubber stamp on Nancy Pelosi in Congress instead of fighting for what’s right for West Michigan.” More >

MIGOP Statement on Michigan Senate Race Results

The Michigan Republican Party (MIGOP) released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox in response to the results in the Michigan Senate race. “For too long, Gary Peters has been an ineffective and weak leader in Washington and Michiganders deserve better. I look forward to spending the next 3 months highlighting the clear differences between career politician Peters and John James, who has been a lifelong leader from boardroom to the battlefield.” More >

Governor Whitmer: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Camp Grayling to take part in the ceremonial inspection of troops at the Michigan National Guard’s Pass and Review. Just one day earlier, the governor issued executive orders that placed new restrictions on gathering and closed down bars. The ceremonial event that Whitmer defied her own orders to attend, had 100 spectators and about 620 troops gathered at the camp. Executive Order 2020-160 limits indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 250 people for the Upper Peninsula, and much of the northern lower peninsula. This is not the first time Governor Whitmer has attempted to exempt herself from the rules. Back in May, Whitmer’s husband attempted to name drop his wife’s title to get their boat in the water over Memorial Day Weekend. The governor’s spokeswoman attempted to spin the docking company’s experience with the family as “gossip”, despite Whitmer herself confirming the story just days later. “As we’ve learned Governor Whitmer clearly does not think that the rules she wants everyone else in Michigan to abide by, apply to her.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Gretchen Whitmer should make her new motto ‘do as I say, not as I do’, since she seems to keep exhibiting that type of leadership.” More >

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