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Cox Statement on Vice Presidential Debate

LANSING, Mich., October 7, 2020 – The following statement is Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox regarding tonight’s Vice-Presidential Debate. “Tonight, Vice President Pence showed the American people that he is ready to lead our nation as he’s done for the last 4 years, while Kamila Harris showed why she is rated the most liberal member of the United States Senate. Whether it be trying to take away employer-based health care or pushing for the job-killing Green New Deal, Harris is wrong on the issues and is the wrong person to serve next in line for the presidency.”  More >

Cox Statement On Unlocked Lansing Ballot Dropbox

LANSING, Mich., October 7, 2020 — The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox responding to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s press release regarding the discovery of an unlocked ballot dropbox in Lansing. "The video, filmed on September 25, and distributed today by the Michigan Republican Party, showed an unlocked ballot drop box.  The video was initially posted to Facebook by a concerned citizen on September 25. This date is after communities were authorized to send absentee ballots by the Secretary of State’s office and well after the local clerk stated that the boxes could be used to drop off absent voter/mail-in ballot applications. The video exposed an envelope in the unlocked drop box that could have possibly been a ballot based on the video's date of filming.  Upon further review, it appears that the envelope in the unlocked box may not have been an absentee ballot. Lansing election officials told voters as early as September 18 that dropboxes were available to accept AV ballots, absentee voting applications, and voter registration forms.  Lansing voters were given the impression that dropboxes were a secure place where their documents would be safeguarded.  The video released shows that the box was, in fact, unlocked.  We are hearing from a number of clerks around the state that they were given dropboxes that are not suited to protect the integrity of the ballot. Clerks are concerned that there is an unsecure opening that jeopardizes the security of the contents of the dropbox.  This needs to be investigated.  It’s amazing that when... More >

Ballot Drop Boxes Left Unlocked In Lansing

Video evidence has surfaced repeatedly over the last month showing a ballot drop box in Lansing left unlocked, with ballots inside   LANSING, Mich., October 7, 2020 — Throughout this election cycle, President Trump has decried the lack of security in our election system. Over the last month, video evidence has been obtained showing gross negligence in the City of Lansing and its handling of ballots, confirming President Trump’s claims.   In one video taken two weeks ago, an individual walks up to an unlocked ballot drop box outside the Foster Community Center in Lansing and opens it, with an envelope inside for the taking. Shockingly, yesterday the same ballot drop box was filmed being opened by an election worker, who then struggled to close and secure it.   “I am outraged at the complete negligence shown by the Lansing City Clerk’s office and Jocelyn Benson. This is evidence that our election system has potentially been compromised.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I am calling on Secretary Benson to launch a full investigation into this incident, to determine if any ballots were stolen or tampered with, and to ensure this never happens again. I stand with President Trump in his fight for the free, fair election Michiganders, and all Americans, deserve.” More >

InvisibleGaryPeters.com Reveals Michigan’s Invisible Senator

InvisibleGaryPeters.com exposes the truth about Gary Peters’ time in Washington, D.C. and explains why it is not voters’ fault they don’t really know who he is   LANSING, Mich., October 6, 2020 – The Michigan Republican Party today announced a new website that helps voters by revealing the truth about Michigan’s Invisible Man, Senator Gary Peters.   InvisibleGaryPeters.com helps explain to voters why they are unaware of who Peters really is and exposes the truth about what he’s been doing in Washington with his time – on their dime.   “Michigan taxpayers are funding Gary Peters’ politician lifestyle but when we needed him pushing back on China, defending our jobs and preparing to stop a pandemic, he was the Invisible Man,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. “With job creator John James ready to take Peters’ place, Michigan is more than ready for Gary to disappear completely.”   Public polling has repeatedly shown that large numbers of Michigan voters have not known much about their U.S. Senator. As a result, only 19% felt he deserved reelection to the Senate.   InvisibleGaryPeters.com explains that this is due to Peters skipping work, failing to react to COIVD-19 in an urgent fashion and refusing to accept debates on network television.   But he did make himself rich in the meantime!   INVISIBLE MAN! Peters skipped work   Failed to show up for 84% of Small Business Committee hearings that could have strengthened our economy before COVID-19 hit Abandoned his promise to “hold... More >

Whitmer Attacks Michigan Supreme Court

After the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders unconstitutional, she launched a partisan attack against justices   LANSING, Mich., October 5, 2020 — Last week, Governor Whitmer’s unchecked power grab was dealt a devastating blow by the Michigan Supreme Court, when they ruled that her executive orders were unconstitutional. Immediately following the court’s ruling, Whitmer launched a litany of partisan attacks against the Michigan Supreme Court.   Governor Whitmer targeted the conservative justices of the Michigan Supreme Court, claiming that her powers were deemed unconstitutional only “on a slim majority Republican vote”. This is despite the fact that even her own Attorney General is refusing to enforce her Executive Orders after the ruling.   Whitmer then went on to stump for the Democrat endorsed Supreme Court candidates up for election this November.   “Governor Whitmer’s behavior shows that she not only has contempt for Michigan law, but also for our state’s duly elected Supreme Court.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “It’s time for the Governor to recognize the other branches of our state government and the will of Michigan voters, and work with the legislature to come up with a responsible plan to handle COVID-19 in Michigan.” More >

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Cox Statement on Vice Presidential Debate

LANSING, Mich., October 7, 2020 – The following statement is Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox regarding tonight’s Vice-Presidential Debate. “Tonight, Vice President Pence showed the American people that he is ready to lead our nation as he’s done for the last 4 years, while Kamila Harris showed why she is rated the most liberal member of the United States Senate. Whether it be trying to take away employer-based health care or pushing for the job-killing Green New Deal, Harris is wrong on the issues and is the wrong person to serve next in line for the presidency.”  More >

Cox Statement On Unlocked Lansing Ballot Dropbox

LANSING, Mich., October 7, 2020 — The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox responding to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s press release regarding the discovery of an unlocked ballot dropbox in Lansing. "The video, filmed on September 25, and distributed today by the Michigan Republican Party, showed an unlocked ballot drop box.  The video was initially posted to Facebook by a concerned citizen on September 25. This date is after communities were authorized to send absentee ballots by the Secretary of State’s office and well after the local clerk stated that the boxes could be used to drop off absent voter/mail-in ballot applications. The video exposed an envelope in the unlocked drop box that could have possibly been a ballot based on the video's date of filming.  Upon further review, it appears that the envelope in the unlocked box may not have been an absentee ballot. Lansing election officials told voters as early as September 18 that dropboxes were available to accept AV ballots, absentee voting applications, and voter registration forms.  Lansing voters were given the impression that dropboxes were a secure place where their documents would be safeguarded.  The video released shows that the box was, in fact, unlocked.  We are hearing from a number of clerks around the state that they were given dropboxes that are not suited to protect the integrity of the ballot. Clerks are concerned that there is an unsecure opening that jeopardizes the security of the contents of the dropbox.  This needs to be investigated.  It’s amazing that when... More >

Ballot Drop Boxes Left Unlocked In Lansing

Video evidence has surfaced repeatedly over the last month showing a ballot drop box in Lansing left unlocked, with ballots inside   LANSING, Mich., October 7, 2020 — Throughout this election cycle, President Trump has decried the lack of security in our election system. Over the last month, video evidence has been obtained showing gross negligence in the City of Lansing and its handling of ballots, confirming President Trump’s claims.   In one video taken two weeks ago, an individual walks up to an unlocked ballot drop box outside the Foster Community Center in Lansing and opens it, with an envelope inside for the taking. Shockingly, yesterday the same ballot drop box was filmed being opened by an election worker, who then struggled to close and secure it.   “I am outraged at the complete negligence shown by the Lansing City Clerk’s office and Jocelyn Benson. This is evidence that our election system has potentially been compromised.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I am calling on Secretary Benson to launch a full investigation into this incident, to determine if any ballots were stolen or tampered with, and to ensure this never happens again. I stand with President Trump in his fight for the free, fair election Michiganders, and all Americans, deserve.” More >

InvisibleGaryPeters.com Reveals Michigan’s Invisible Senator

InvisibleGaryPeters.com exposes the truth about Gary Peters’ time in Washington, D.C. and explains why it is not voters’ fault they don’t really know who he is   LANSING, Mich., October 6, 2020 – The Michigan Republican Party today announced a new website that helps voters by revealing the truth about Michigan’s Invisible Man, Senator Gary Peters.   InvisibleGaryPeters.com helps explain to voters why they are unaware of who Peters really is and exposes the truth about what he’s been doing in Washington with his time – on their dime.   “Michigan taxpayers are funding Gary Peters’ politician lifestyle but when we needed him pushing back on China, defending our jobs and preparing to stop a pandemic, he was the Invisible Man,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. “With job creator John James ready to take Peters’ place, Michigan is more than ready for Gary to disappear completely.”   Public polling has repeatedly shown that large numbers of Michigan voters have not known much about their U.S. Senator. As a result, only 19% felt he deserved reelection to the Senate.   InvisibleGaryPeters.com explains that this is due to Peters skipping work, failing to react to COIVD-19 in an urgent fashion and refusing to accept debates on network television.   But he did make himself rich in the meantime!   INVISIBLE MAN! Peters skipped work   Failed to show up for 84% of Small Business Committee hearings that could have strengthened our economy before COVID-19 hit Abandoned his promise to “hold... More >

Whitmer Attacks Michigan Supreme Court

After the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders unconstitutional, she launched a partisan attack against justices   LANSING, Mich., October 5, 2020 — Last week, Governor Whitmer’s unchecked power grab was dealt a devastating blow by the Michigan Supreme Court, when they ruled that her executive orders were unconstitutional. Immediately following the court’s ruling, Whitmer launched a litany of partisan attacks against the Michigan Supreme Court.   Governor Whitmer targeted the conservative justices of the Michigan Supreme Court, claiming that her powers were deemed unconstitutional only “on a slim majority Republican vote”. This is despite the fact that even her own Attorney General is refusing to enforce her Executive Orders after the ruling.   Whitmer then went on to stump for the Democrat endorsed Supreme Court candidates up for election this November.   “Governor Whitmer’s behavior shows that she not only has contempt for Michigan law, but also for our state’s duly elected Supreme Court.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “It’s time for the Governor to recognize the other branches of our state government and the will of Michigan voters, and work with the legislature to come up with a responsible plan to handle COVID-19 in Michigan.” More >

ICYMI: New Story Features Peters’ Refusal To Separate Himself From Corrupt Former UAW Officials

Why so quiet, Gary? Did you enjoy hanging around with Williams during his graft-fueled glory days?   LANSING, Mich., October 5, 2020 — In Case You Missed It: Bridge Michigan today highlighted U.S. Senator Gary Peters’ refusal to distance himself from now-convicted former UAW President Dennis Williams.   Despite Williams’ corruption, Peters has refused to criticize the disgraced former UAW leader. Is that because he knows too much? Or, because he also enjoyed hanging around with Williams during his graft-fueled glory days?   From Bridge:   “Republicans also criticize what they see as a cozy relationship with the United Auto Workers, which has been the target of a corruption probe by the FBI that has led to 15 convictions for bribery, embezzlement and other crimes. Former UAW President Dennis Williams pleaded guilty to embezzlement last week.”   “In 2018, Bridge reported that Williams and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan tried to persuade Peters to run for governor instead of Gretchen Whitmer, who was eventually elected.”   “Peters is “buddies” with Williams, said Laura Cox, chair of the Michigan Republican Party.”   “The hard workers — my brother is one of them — who work for the UAW have given dues to the UAW. It’s pretty clear that there’s been some misuse of those funds in a criminal manner,” said Cox.”   Peters tight with corrupt former UAW leaders Prosecutors say that “Williams was a glutton who orchestrated multi-million dollar schemes that benefited him and the union. He is described in court filings... More >

Cox Statement on Michigan Supreme Court Ruling

LANSING, Mich., October 2, 2020 — The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s 4-3 decision by the Michigan Supreme Court overruling Governor Whitmer’s emergency executive powers. “This is a great day for the people of Michigan.  The court rightly recognized that the constitution gives the legislature a role to represent the people of this state.  Governor Whitmer overexerted her powers.  The legislature wants to be a willing partner in dealing with COVID-19 and Governor Whitmer should recognize their duly delegated role.” More >

FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Gary Peters and Disgraced Dennis Williams Plotted Together To Stop Gretchen Whitmer From Becoming Governor

LANSING, Mich., October 2, 2020 —Gary Peters refuses to speak about criminal UAW embezzler Dennis Williams now, but in 2018 Peters and Williams plotted together to take the Democrat nomination for governor away from Gretchen Whitmer. Bridge Michigan detailed their effort in a January 2018 expose, “Detroit Dems seek alternative to Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan governor race”. Peters could have just said no to the idea, but apparently the thought of knocking off Whitmer was irresistible to him. So, Peters and Williams, the former UAW president who pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from UAW workers this week, met in secret to decide how to best go about beating Whitmer so she could not become the Democrat nominee for governor. As Bridge described, “In a January (2018) meeting described by one observer as a “full court press,” Duggan, United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams, other union leaders, and powerful Detroit pastor the Rev. Wendell Anthony tried to persuade Peters to enter the campaign.” The insiders who talked about the meeting to Bridge noted that Williams and his friends were “promising substantial help with fundraising,” as well. Later asked about the secret meeting with Gary Peters to plot against Whitmer, Dennis Williams said, “It was a great meeting.” Perhaps after considering the damage such a run would do to his two-paycheck career in the Senate, Peters decided not to run for governor. However, it is important to remember the times Williams and Peters worked closely together to advance Peters’ career. Because if... More >

Cox Statement On President Trump Testing Positive For COVID-19

LANSING, Mich., October 2, 2020 — The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding President Trump’s announcement that he tested positive for COVID-19. “I know I speak for Republicans across Michigan when I say that we are sending our prayers to President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and the entire Trump family as they face this terrible virus together. President Trump is a fighter, and we wish him and the First Lady a speedy recovery.” More >

Congresswoman Stevens Refuses to Debate

Congresswoman Haley Stevens has repeatedly ignored requests to debate her opponent Eric Esshaki, as their race tightens mere weeks from election day   LANSING, Mich., October 1, 2020 — While Joe Biden continues to dodge questions over packing the Supreme Court, Democrats like Congresswoman Haley Stevens have followed his lead by denying voters the opportunity to hear what she believes.   Republican congressional candidate Eric Esshaki has repeatedly called for a public debate with his opponent, Congresswoman Stevens, however Stevens has thus far refused to agree to a debate.   “Congresswoman Stevens is hiding from her record and hiding from the voters of the 11th district,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “If Stevens cannot bring herself to debate the issues and face the voters, she has no business serving in Congress.” More >

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