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Democrats Flip Flop and Put Partisanship Above Protections

The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s news that Michigan Senate Democrats have decided to withdraw their support of whistleblower protections, which passed the State Senate 37-0 earlier this year. The retraction of support comes after fellow Democrat Gretchen Whitmer vetoed the bill. “Michigan ranks dead last when it comes to government transparency, but when given a choice between protecting whistleblowers or protecting the governor, Michigan Senate Democrats have chosen the latter. Their profile in cowardice is truly shameful and shows that the Democrats’ promises of government transparency were as empty as the potholes Democrats have failed to fill.”  More >

Jon Hoadley Sides with Government Over Michigan Small Businesses

Yesterday, Hoadley took an anti-taxpayer, anti-small business vote. Last night, the Michigan House passed Senate Bill 943 to defer summer property tax bills for taxpayers. The bill would permit individuals and businesses to defer Summer 2020 property taxes, allowing local governments to receive advances from the state so no budgets deficits arise. The bill would provide relief for families and small businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, yet Jon Hoadley voted against providing taxpayers penalty-free property tax relief. This property tax relief earned near unanimous support a few weeks ago and would protect funding for schools and local governments. Weeks ago, Hoadley penned an op-ed calling on the federal government to provide more relief to Michiganders, but when he was given the opportunity to do so himself - he voted to hammer struggling families with a big property tax bill. As many small businesses were forced to shut down and others struggle to afford to pay their massive property tax bill, state Representative Hoadley rejected common sense relief to help these local job providers. “It’s outrageous that Jon Hoadley voted against helping families and small businesses that are unable to pay these tax bills through no fault of their own.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “This is further proof that the voters of Southwest Michigan cannot afford to send Jon Hoadley to Washington this November.” More >

Peters Personally Profits During His Time In D.C.

30-year career politician Gary Peters has personally profited in a major way during his time in Washington, D.C. - despite his track record of failure to the people of Michigan. Congressional records show that Peters doubled his wealth while in Washington, D.C. According to his financial disclosure statement, Peters’ wealth increased from $1,752,562 when he arrived in Congress to a whopping $3,864,093 in 2018. Although Peters has been lining his pockets with taxpayer dollars, Michigan’s junior senator has failed to achieve enough for voters to believe he is worthy of their support. Only 19% of Michigan voters said in a recent poll that Peters deserves to be reelected. A massive majority of 81% said either that it is time for someone new or that they were unsure. This may be because when Peters does make news, it is clear he is serving himself: Peters promised to hold China accountable but skipped hearings on the topic 89% of the time. On at least one occasion, Peters made time for a campaign fundraiser at a “sexy” restaurant but did not make the time to attend the China hearings.  Michigan’s jobs and small businesses cratered after the COVID-19 pandemic hit us, but Gary Peters missed his chance to make them stronger when he skipped Congressional Small Business Committee hearings 43 times— including every single one in 2012.  And, as record unemployment hits his constituents, Peters is still double dipping by collecting a state pension and federal paycheck at the same time.  Peters even refused to take a pay cut despite knowing the economic pain his constituents are going through! “Gary Peters... More >

Whitmer Still Running for VP Pick!

Less than 24 Hours After Biden Says Her VP Hopes Are Still Alive Times Publishes Whitmer Op-Ed  Just 24 hours after presumptive Democrat Nominee Joe Biden told WOOD-TV that he was still considering Governor Gretchen Whitmer to be his running mate, the New York Times published an op-ed by Whitmer, who is still running for a position on the Biden ticket. Since Vice Presidential speculation started in March, Whitmer has appeared in national media more than 50 times, including making the rounds on cable news, late-night television, and in fashion magazines. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox has repeatedly called on the governor to withdraw her name from consideration and focus on the state's ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Despite these pleas, and claims by Whitmer that she does not want the job, Whitmer admitted in May that she is being vetted by the Biden campaign for the position. "It's ridiculous that while thousands of Michiganders are unable to receive their unemployment benefits due to the governor's broken unemployment system, Gretchen Whitmer continues to peruse a new job of her own," said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, "Over the past four months, Michigan has faced an unprecedented crisis and instead of working with Republicans to solve it, the governor has instead chosen to raise her national profile, and play politics with everything from COVID tracing calls to protests. The only things Whitmer brings to the Democrat ticket are broken promises and a blue suit.”   More >

REMINDER: Profiteering Peters Has an Ineffective Track Record

Only 1.9% of Gary Peters’ bills become law as he yet again vows false support of Michigan Small Businesses Today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox pointed to Gary Peters’ ineffective track record for Michigan, despite personally enriching himself during his time as a U.S. Senator. When Michigan small businesses needed support in Washington, Peters didn’t bother to show up, skipping 84% of Small Business Committee hearings and 89% of China accountability hearings. Additionally, Peters has been unsuccessful in creating effective bipartisan working relationships in Congress, with only 1.9% of his bills passed into law. While Peters has been wildly ineffective in Congress, records revealed that Peters has profited handsomely while in Washington, D.C., taking good care of himself despite failing to show up to work. “Gary Peters can try and give Michiganders all the election year lip service he wants, but the truth of the matter is that he doesn’t even show up to work,” said Cox. “While Michiganders are working hard to pay their bills and make ends meet, Peters is personally enriching himself with taxpayer dollars. November cannot come fast enough so that our state can have new leadership in the U.S. Senate.” More >

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Democrats Flip Flop and Put Partisanship Above Protections

The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s news that Michigan Senate Democrats have decided to withdraw their support of whistleblower protections, which passed the State Senate 37-0 earlier this year. The retraction of support comes after fellow Democrat Gretchen Whitmer vetoed the bill. “Michigan ranks dead last when it comes to government transparency, but when given a choice between protecting whistleblowers or protecting the governor, Michigan Senate Democrats have chosen the latter. Their profile in cowardice is truly shameful and shows that the Democrats’ promises of government transparency were as empty as the potholes Democrats have failed to fill.”  More >

Jon Hoadley Sides with Government Over Michigan Small Businesses

Yesterday, Hoadley took an anti-taxpayer, anti-small business vote. Last night, the Michigan House passed Senate Bill 943 to defer summer property tax bills for taxpayers. The bill would permit individuals and businesses to defer Summer 2020 property taxes, allowing local governments to receive advances from the state so no budgets deficits arise. The bill would provide relief for families and small businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, yet Jon Hoadley voted against providing taxpayers penalty-free property tax relief. This property tax relief earned near unanimous support a few weeks ago and would protect funding for schools and local governments. Weeks ago, Hoadley penned an op-ed calling on the federal government to provide more relief to Michiganders, but when he was given the opportunity to do so himself - he voted to hammer struggling families with a big property tax bill. As many small businesses were forced to shut down and others struggle to afford to pay their massive property tax bill, state Representative Hoadley rejected common sense relief to help these local job providers. “It’s outrageous that Jon Hoadley voted against helping families and small businesses that are unable to pay these tax bills through no fault of their own.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “This is further proof that the voters of Southwest Michigan cannot afford to send Jon Hoadley to Washington this November.” More >

Peters Personally Profits During His Time In D.C.

30-year career politician Gary Peters has personally profited in a major way during his time in Washington, D.C. - despite his track record of failure to the people of Michigan. Congressional records show that Peters doubled his wealth while in Washington, D.C. According to his financial disclosure statement, Peters’ wealth increased from $1,752,562 when he arrived in Congress to a whopping $3,864,093 in 2018. Although Peters has been lining his pockets with taxpayer dollars, Michigan’s junior senator has failed to achieve enough for voters to believe he is worthy of their support. Only 19% of Michigan voters said in a recent poll that Peters deserves to be reelected. A massive majority of 81% said either that it is time for someone new or that they were unsure. This may be because when Peters does make news, it is clear he is serving himself: Peters promised to hold China accountable but skipped hearings on the topic 89% of the time. On at least one occasion, Peters made time for a campaign fundraiser at a “sexy” restaurant but did not make the time to attend the China hearings.  Michigan’s jobs and small businesses cratered after the COVID-19 pandemic hit us, but Gary Peters missed his chance to make them stronger when he skipped Congressional Small Business Committee hearings 43 times— including every single one in 2012.  And, as record unemployment hits his constituents, Peters is still double dipping by collecting a state pension and federal paycheck at the same time.  Peters even refused to take a pay cut despite knowing the economic pain his constituents are going through! “Gary Peters... More >

Whitmer Still Running for VP Pick!

Less than 24 Hours After Biden Says Her VP Hopes Are Still Alive Times Publishes Whitmer Op-Ed  Just 24 hours after presumptive Democrat Nominee Joe Biden told WOOD-TV that he was still considering Governor Gretchen Whitmer to be his running mate, the New York Times published an op-ed by Whitmer, who is still running for a position on the Biden ticket. Since Vice Presidential speculation started in March, Whitmer has appeared in national media more than 50 times, including making the rounds on cable news, late-night television, and in fashion magazines. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox has repeatedly called on the governor to withdraw her name from consideration and focus on the state's ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Despite these pleas, and claims by Whitmer that she does not want the job, Whitmer admitted in May that she is being vetted by the Biden campaign for the position. "It's ridiculous that while thousands of Michiganders are unable to receive their unemployment benefits due to the governor's broken unemployment system, Gretchen Whitmer continues to peruse a new job of her own," said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, "Over the past four months, Michigan has faced an unprecedented crisis and instead of working with Republicans to solve it, the governor has instead chosen to raise her national profile, and play politics with everything from COVID tracing calls to protests. The only things Whitmer brings to the Democrat ticket are broken promises and a blue suit.”   More >

REMINDER: Profiteering Peters Has an Ineffective Track Record

Only 1.9% of Gary Peters’ bills become law as he yet again vows false support of Michigan Small Businesses Today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox pointed to Gary Peters’ ineffective track record for Michigan, despite personally enriching himself during his time as a U.S. Senator. When Michigan small businesses needed support in Washington, Peters didn’t bother to show up, skipping 84% of Small Business Committee hearings and 89% of China accountability hearings. Additionally, Peters has been unsuccessful in creating effective bipartisan working relationships in Congress, with only 1.9% of his bills passed into law. While Peters has been wildly ineffective in Congress, records revealed that Peters has profited handsomely while in Washington, D.C., taking good care of himself despite failing to show up to work. “Gary Peters can try and give Michiganders all the election year lip service he wants, but the truth of the matter is that he doesn’t even show up to work,” said Cox. “While Michiganders are working hard to pay their bills and make ends meet, Peters is personally enriching himself with taxpayer dollars. November cannot come fast enough so that our state can have new leadership in the U.S. Senate.” More >

Cox Joins James Call for Televised Senate Debates

James Challenges Peters to four televised debates The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox backing John James call for four televised debates in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race. “For too long, Gary Peters has been allowed to personally enrich himself as a U.S. Senator while Michigan is left behind. From failing to hold China accountable, or his deficient support of our small businesses – it’s time Senator Peters should have to answer for his shortcomings to Michiganders. I fully support four televised debates, that will allow the people of Michigan to see that John James is a strong, battle-tested leader who will fight for us in Washington, DC. More >

ICYMI: Michigan Teacher Fired For Tweeting About Trump

Today, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the Walled Lake School district fired social studies teacher Justin Kucera after expressing his support for President Trump's plan to reopen the nation's schools. Kucera, who was popular with students, posted the following tweet on July 6th,  "I'm done being silent. @realdonaldtrump is our President. Don’t @ me". After posting the tweet, Kucera was required to meet with the district's superintendent, and after deliberations, was given a choice to be fired or resign. "The allegations of political discrimination leveled today in the Washington Free Beacon are incredibly disturbing," said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman. "No public employee should have to fear for their job because of their political beliefs. Firing an employee due to his support of the President is just further proof of the liberal radicalization of our nation's public schools. If true, the Walled Lake School district should be ashamed."  The full article can be found below.   Michigan School Fires Popular Teacher For Saying 'Trump Is Our President'Parents, students praise 'apolitical,' 'supportive' teacherBy Chrissy Clark A Michigan school district fired a popular high school teacher and coach after he pointed out that "Trump is our president" on social media. Varsity baseball coach and social studies teacher Justin Kucera said Walled Lake school district officials hauled him into a closed-door meeting after he indicated his support for President Trump's speech to reopen schools. He told the Washington Free Beacon the Walled Lake Western principal and district superintendent gave him an ultimatum: be fired or... More >

Gary Peters’ Spotty Track Record on Funding For Servicemembers

"I've never voted against a pay raise for service members." said Senator Gary Peters. Yet, his votes say otherwise. The Washington Free Beacon exposed Peters' lie reporting that Peters, "voted against pay raises for service members six times from 2015 to 2016. Both in 2015 and 2016, Peters voted three times to block Defense Department funding bills that would have raised service members' pay by 2.3 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively." In addition, in 2016, Peters voted against funding for Arlington National Cemetery that was appropriated to make "additional land available for ground burials," refusing to join with 72 other U.S. Senators who voted yes to support and honor those who served our country. (H.R. 5325, Roll Call Vote #151, 9/28/16) While Peters often touts his experience in the Naval reserves, in 2010 Peters was forced by Democrat House leadership to pull a "politically unpalatable" amendment he introduced, which would have slashed funding for veterans' housing. (Politico, 7/30/10) "While Gary Peters personally enriches himself as a U.S. Senator - collecting multiple taxpayer-funded paychecks – he continues to play politics with veterans funding," said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. "John James has served our country in combat and knows the importance of supporting our military and veterans. He will always stand up for them in the U.S. Senate." More >

While China Remains One of the United States Greatest Threats, Gary Peters Failed to Hold Them Accountable

Peters Skipped 89% of Hearings for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China Last week, while speaking to a group at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr stressed the threat the Chinese Communist Party poses to the United States. “The People’s Republic of China is now engaged in an economic blitzkrieg — an aggressive, orchestrated, whole-of-government (indeed, whole-of-society) campaign to seize the commanding heights of the global economy and to surpass the United States as the world’s preeminent superpower,” AG Barr emphasized. One of the most problematic parts of the Chinese Communist Party attempting to infiltrate the United States’ manufacturing, production, technology and pharmaceutical industries is that Gary Peters was afforded an opportunity to hold them accountable, and failed to do so. In ads run earlier this year, Peters claimed, “I’ve always been tough on the Chinese government.” And, when he was appointed to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Peters told Michigan residents that he would “make sure that China plays by the rules.” Peters proceeded to skip 89% of the hearings. Peters also traveled in 39 countries while in Congress on the taxpayer dime— ostensibly for national security purposes— but never made time to visit China and tell them he would be holding them accountable. “Gary Peters talked a big game on holding China accountable, and then failed – leaving our families and businesses to face the consequences,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “I challenge Senator Peters to explain to any member of the media why he did not make... More >

Are State Employees Stealing from Unemployed?

State Currently Investigating Corruption Within Unemployment System  The other day, WDIV Detroitreported on the shocking revelation that the State of Michigan has launched an investigation into state employees at the Unemployment Insurance Agency. They were allegedly using their positions to solicit bribes from unemployed Michiganders.  The employees are also accused of stealing and using their knowledge of the state’s unemployment system to benefit themselves.   The investigation comes after the Whitmer administration has received devastating criticism of its handling of the state’s unemployment crisis, with many Michiganders still waiting on unemployment benefits now four months after the COVID-19 crisis began.  “The need for this investigation is yet another example of Governor Whitmer’s mismanagement of the state’s unemployment system,” said Laura Cox, Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Cox continued, “It is clear that Governor Whitmer lacks the executive ability to run the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) without oversight. Governor Whitmer needs to turn over all information about this investigation and the continuing issues that the UIA faces to the State Legislature’s Joint Oversight Committee immediately so that the people of Michigan can get to the bottom of this catastrophe.” More >

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