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Why is Gary Peters Hiding from Senate Debates?

Today, MIGOP Chairman Laura Cox called out Gary Peters for attempting to duck out from debates in the Michigan Senate race against combat veteran and Detroit businessman, John James. Last week, James challenged Peters to four debates – one in Detroit, one in Grand Rapids, and two national debates hosted by CNN and Fox. Just days later, Peters accepted invitations for two separate debates with public television stations to limit the audience of voters he will have to answer to. According to MLive, “the date and other details of the events Peters agreed to are yet to be determined,” for the only two debates he accepted. In 2014, then-Congressman Peters proposed 5 debates when he first ran for US Senate over six years ago. In recent campaign events, Peters has also sought to duck the press by declining to take any questions during livestream campaign events. “Gary Peters knows he’s in for the fight for his political life this November and is seeking to minimize the spotlight these debates would put on his failures during his time in the Senate.” said Cox. “I know Michiganders across the state want to hear what both candidates have to say, but Peters instead wants to hide. The terms James put forth are no different than what Peters proposed six years ago, and it’s time his campaign works on accepting those four proposed debates.” More >

Gary Peters and Senate Democrats Ride Away From Extension of Unemployment Checks

Peters says the situation is urgent but joined Senate Democrats in quitting negotiations as unemployment benefit expires In another partisan political move, Gary Peters got on his motorcycle and rode away from Capitol Hill Thursday, blocking a short-term extension of jobless aid for Michigan families while negotiations continue on the next COVID relief package. Now, the $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits that has aided so many struggling Americans has ended after Peters and fellow Democrats walked out of negotiations and failed to act. Republicans offered four different options to ensure the benefits would not lapse, but Peters and Democrats walked away. Peters said last Thursday, that Senators must get to work in Washington finding a solution. “We have to get together and get a package together as soon as possible. We have people in Michigan who are losing their benefits.” Yet Peters didn’t show up for work in Washington Friday to find a solution. Instead, he was back in Michigan doing campaign photo ops while riding a motorcycle around Oakland County. Not showing up for work is a habit for Peters. Not only did Peters and the Senate Democrats walk away from negotiations to extend the $600 benefit, Peters skipped Small Business Committee hearings 84% of the time and China accountability hearings 89% of the time. “Gary Peters got on his motorcycle and rode off into the sunset as unemployment benefits hung in the balance,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Yet again, instead of fighting for his... More >

MIGOP Statement on the DCCC Adding MI-6 to the “Red to Blue” Campaign

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox in response to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) adding Michigan’s sixth congressional district to their “Red to Blue” Campaign. “All the air-support in the world from Washington Democrats and far-left mega-donors won’t change the fact that Jon Hoadley is out of touch with the values of southwestern Michigan. From voting to defund the police, to supporting Medicare for all and the Green New Deal, Hoadley’s destructive policies are toxic to hardworking Michiganders.” “While Hoadley was voting for precarious policies like the ones which have endangered so many nursing home residents during the COVID-19 crisis, Representative Fred Upton was delivering countless bipartisan wins for Southwest Michigan. I look forward to ensuring Fred has another term to fight for Michigan’s sixth district.” More >

MIGOP Statement on Whitmer’s New Restrictions

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox in response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s new executive orders. Executive Orders 2020-160 and 2020-161 were initially leaked around 3:00 PM yesterday, but were not officially released until a little after 7:00 pm – when the governor made time for yet another CNN appearance. “It has become clear that Governor Whitmer has her sights set on the VP nomination and is willing to do or say whatever it takes to make it happen. For months, she sat back and blamed federal and state Republican leaders for her own administration’s shortcomings, and has enacted hundreds of executive orders to capture the attention of the Biden Campaign. Yet just like the 2019 budget, ‘fixing the damn roads’, auto insurance reform, or the state’s COVID-19 response, Whitmer will likely fail at this too – and at the cost of so many Michiganders. For once I wish the governor would realize the real-life consequences her thirst for political advancement has for the people of our state.” More >

Whitmer Continues to use Michigan’s Daily Coronavirus Press Briefings as a Bully Pulpit

Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer used her time during Michigan’s COVID-19 press conference update as a bully pulpit to push her partisan agenda against Republicans. Whitmer exclaimed, “I implore everyone in Washington, D.C., to stop the partisanship and get something done,”. Whitmer and her State Budget Director clearly sought to lay blame on any future budget cuts with GOP leaders in Washington. As Whitmer has made calls for bipartisanship during the COVID-19 pandemic, she has used her platform as governor to chide and criticize GOP leadership at state and federal levels. Back in April, when the virus hit its peak in Michigan, she used a press conference with labor leader Ron Bieber to praise Democrat politicians. The governor has also joined countless cable TV shows, late night comedy segments, and been profiled in magazines, in which she blamed issues in the state of Michigan squarely on President Trump. Whitmer has also used fixtures of her administration like State Budget Director Chris Kolb to chastise Republicans, despite her own administration’s misgivings. “Gretchen Whitmer’s hypocrisy on bipartisanship is glaring. From protests to press conferences, she has proved to be the most partisan governor in recent history.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Governor Whitmer should live up to her own mantra of ‘building bridges’, not dispatching more discord.” More >

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Why is Gary Peters Hiding from Senate Debates?

Today, MIGOP Chairman Laura Cox called out Gary Peters for attempting to duck out from debates in the Michigan Senate race against combat veteran and Detroit businessman, John James. Last week, James challenged Peters to four debates – one in Detroit, one in Grand Rapids, and two national debates hosted by CNN and Fox. Just days later, Peters accepted invitations for two separate debates with public television stations to limit the audience of voters he will have to answer to. According to MLive, “the date and other details of the events Peters agreed to are yet to be determined,” for the only two debates he accepted. In 2014, then-Congressman Peters proposed 5 debates when he first ran for US Senate over six years ago. In recent campaign events, Peters has also sought to duck the press by declining to take any questions during livestream campaign events. “Gary Peters knows he’s in for the fight for his political life this November and is seeking to minimize the spotlight these debates would put on his failures during his time in the Senate.” said Cox. “I know Michiganders across the state want to hear what both candidates have to say, but Peters instead wants to hide. The terms James put forth are no different than what Peters proposed six years ago, and it’s time his campaign works on accepting those four proposed debates.” More >

Gary Peters and Senate Democrats Ride Away From Extension of Unemployment Checks

Peters says the situation is urgent but joined Senate Democrats in quitting negotiations as unemployment benefit expires In another partisan political move, Gary Peters got on his motorcycle and rode away from Capitol Hill Thursday, blocking a short-term extension of jobless aid for Michigan families while negotiations continue on the next COVID relief package. Now, the $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits that has aided so many struggling Americans has ended after Peters and fellow Democrats walked out of negotiations and failed to act. Republicans offered four different options to ensure the benefits would not lapse, but Peters and Democrats walked away. Peters said last Thursday, that Senators must get to work in Washington finding a solution. “We have to get together and get a package together as soon as possible. We have people in Michigan who are losing their benefits.” Yet Peters didn’t show up for work in Washington Friday to find a solution. Instead, he was back in Michigan doing campaign photo ops while riding a motorcycle around Oakland County. Not showing up for work is a habit for Peters. Not only did Peters and the Senate Democrats walk away from negotiations to extend the $600 benefit, Peters skipped Small Business Committee hearings 84% of the time and China accountability hearings 89% of the time. “Gary Peters got on his motorcycle and rode off into the sunset as unemployment benefits hung in the balance,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Yet again, instead of fighting for his... More >

MIGOP Statement on the DCCC Adding MI-6 to the “Red to Blue” Campaign

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox in response to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) adding Michigan’s sixth congressional district to their “Red to Blue” Campaign. “All the air-support in the world from Washington Democrats and far-left mega-donors won’t change the fact that Jon Hoadley is out of touch with the values of southwestern Michigan. From voting to defund the police, to supporting Medicare for all and the Green New Deal, Hoadley’s destructive policies are toxic to hardworking Michiganders.” “While Hoadley was voting for precarious policies like the ones which have endangered so many nursing home residents during the COVID-19 crisis, Representative Fred Upton was delivering countless bipartisan wins for Southwest Michigan. I look forward to ensuring Fred has another term to fight for Michigan’s sixth district.” More >

MIGOP Statement on Whitmer’s New Restrictions

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox in response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s new executive orders. Executive Orders 2020-160 and 2020-161 were initially leaked around 3:00 PM yesterday, but were not officially released until a little after 7:00 pm – when the governor made time for yet another CNN appearance. “It has become clear that Governor Whitmer has her sights set on the VP nomination and is willing to do or say whatever it takes to make it happen. For months, she sat back and blamed federal and state Republican leaders for her own administration’s shortcomings, and has enacted hundreds of executive orders to capture the attention of the Biden Campaign. Yet just like the 2019 budget, ‘fixing the damn roads’, auto insurance reform, or the state’s COVID-19 response, Whitmer will likely fail at this too – and at the cost of so many Michiganders. For once I wish the governor would realize the real-life consequences her thirst for political advancement has for the people of our state.” More >

Whitmer Continues to use Michigan’s Daily Coronavirus Press Briefings as a Bully Pulpit

Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer used her time during Michigan’s COVID-19 press conference update as a bully pulpit to push her partisan agenda against Republicans. Whitmer exclaimed, “I implore everyone in Washington, D.C., to stop the partisanship and get something done,”. Whitmer and her State Budget Director clearly sought to lay blame on any future budget cuts with GOP leaders in Washington. As Whitmer has made calls for bipartisanship during the COVID-19 pandemic, she has used her platform as governor to chide and criticize GOP leadership at state and federal levels. Back in April, when the virus hit its peak in Michigan, she used a press conference with labor leader Ron Bieber to praise Democrat politicians. The governor has also joined countless cable TV shows, late night comedy segments, and been profiled in magazines, in which she blamed issues in the state of Michigan squarely on President Trump. Whitmer has also used fixtures of her administration like State Budget Director Chris Kolb to chastise Republicans, despite her own administration’s misgivings. “Gretchen Whitmer’s hypocrisy on bipartisanship is glaring. From protests to press conferences, she has proved to be the most partisan governor in recent history.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Governor Whitmer should live up to her own mantra of ‘building bridges’, not dispatching more discord.” More >

Gary’s Little Secret: Peters Exempts Himself From Obamacare In Exclusive Deal

Once again, Gary Peters benefits from special treatment while his constituents are left out U.S. Senator Gary Peters was recently forced to admit that he has exempted himself from following the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for his health insurance, as his constituents are forced to do. Peters did so by cashing in on yet another government-subsidized, exclusive perk as part of his State of Michigan “retirement” package.  Gongwer News Service reported on July 14th that Peters has apparently been on a gold-standard State of Michigan Legislative Retirement System healthcare plan that is no longer available to legislators— let alone the families he serves in the U.S. Senate for many years. Not surprisingly, Peters has never voluntarily disclosed this information during his many healthcare attacks on opponent John James. Peters held a virtual press conference on July 14th during which he claimed he would forever protect the ACA, despite the sky-high costs being imposed on Michigan families. During the event, Peters said, "We should open up the enrollment of the Affordable Care Act now…” What he did not volunteer is that he refuses to enroll in the ACA himself. Meanwhile, Peters and his campaign continue to lie about the record of his opponent, John James. James favors keeping protections for pre-existing conditions in statute. “When Gary Peters says he wants to expand enrollment for the ACA, apparently he does not want to include himself,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. “Gary Peters has quietly created a government-subsidized relief program that... More >

Peters Seeks Extension of the “Peters Relief Package”

Gary Peters proposes six more years of government relief payments and non-ACA healthcare to fatten his own bottom line Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox criticized Gary Peters for seeking six more years as a U.S. Senator so that he can extend his government-subsidized lifestyle while Michigan constituents suffer. Peters’ term ends on December 31 of this year, but apparently the “Peters Relief Package” is just too tempting to give up. The details of the plan include: Extending Peters’ six-figure government salary six more years. No pay cuts for Peters, even when state residents endure record unemployment. Continue to pull-down a $50,000 annual State of Michigan pension from the earlier phase of his 30-year political career. Exempt himself from the Affordable Care Act and instead take subsidized State of Michigan-provided health care. Extend his ability to travel the world on the government dime. Throughout his tenure in D.C., Peters has traveled in 39 countries on multiple continents, costing taxpayers $125,643.02.  Keep working toward tripling or quadrupling his personal wealth while in office. Congressional records show Peters has already doubled his wealth while in Washington, D.C. “While Michiganders are desperately seeking relief, Gary Peters has made it his mission to extend the ‘Gary Peters Relief Package’ for another six years,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Instead of seeking an extension of his own government-funded financial relief package, Gary Peters should focus on delivering much-needed assistance for the hardworking people of our state.” More >

ICYMI - Whitmer’s Unforced Errors Hurting Her VP Chances

For months, Whitmer joined late night tv shows and was the focus of many magazine profiles that sparked talks that she was in the running to become Joe Biden’s Vice-Presidential pick. In Politico’s latest edition of “Running-mate rundown: Tracking Joe Biden’s VP Pick”, the publication outlined Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s countless unforced errors that are killing her chances at possibly becoming Biden’s VP. “…Whitmer has handed her detractors ammunition on several occasions, including her administration’s decision to contract a Democratic political firm to collect data on the coronavirus spread, and her husband’s cringeworthy name-dropping of Whitmer as he tried to get his boat out of storage ahead of others who had been waiting patiently to get out on the water during the pandemic. Neither of these mini-scandals should be considered fatal, but both speak to an underlying lack of awareness in and around the governor’s office — the type of awareness needed to weather scrutiny on the national stage.” Outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, the outlet also highlighted that Governor Whitmer has had a lackluster first term in office. Between botching her first budget negotiations with the Michigan Legislature or failing to “Fix The Damn Roads”, Whitmer has been unable to deliver on any of her campaign promises. “Coronavirus aside, Whitmer’s first term as governor has been relatively unremarkable. Having failed thus far to deliver on her signature promise to “fix the damn roads,” her only notable achievement came by signing a Republican-endorsed auto insurance reform law that was decried by... More >

Gary Peters Failure to Hold China Accountable

While China was stealing Michigan’s jobs, Peters broke his promise to “Hold China Accountable”  Despite Gary Peters’ claims that he’s “always been tough on the Chinese government,” Michigan’s junior senator gave the Chinese Communist Party a free pass when he failed to show up to the Congressional Executive Commission on China. While China was stealing Michigan jobs, Gary Peters didn’t show up to stop them: Peters attended China accountability meetings only 11% of the time. And, when the Small Business Committee met to strengthen our jobs in the face of the economic competition with China, Peters showed up only 16% of the time. Peters was ‘Honored to serve’— unless it means showing up to work When he was appointed to the Congressional Executive Commission on China in 2015, Peters promised Michigan workers he would hold China accountable for its economic misdeeds.  “I am honored to serve on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, where I will work to hold China accountable for unfair trade practices and currency manipulation, so that American companies and American workers can compete on a level playing field,” said Senator Peters. But he showed up only 11% of the time, skipping 16 of 18 meetings. Peters also skipped the Congressional Small Business Committee 43 times, including skipping hearings the entire year in 2012. Why is Gary Peters hardly working to stop China and protect Michigan jobs? “While Michiganders continue to suffer the consequences of China’s predatory practices – Gary Peters has made big bucks, despite failing to hold the country accountable.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The lack of leadership Michigan has in the U.S. Senate is hurting our small businesses... More >

Cox Statement on Republican National Convention

he following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding President Trump's announcement that he is cancelling the Jacksonville portion of the 2020 Republican National Convention.  "I applaud President Trump's selfless decision to cancel the Jacksonville portion of the Republican National Convention. During these difficult times, it is reassuring to have a leader like President Trump in the White House who puts the safety of the American people ahead of his political ambitions. I look forward to gathering with my fellow delegates in Charlotte to officially re-nominate President Trump and Vice President Pence, and I look forward to four more years of the President's strong leadership as he guides our nation's recovery."   More >

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