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MIGOP Statement on SCOTUS Redistricting Ruling

LANSING, Mich., June 27, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States on redistricting.

“The Michigan Republican Party applauds today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court. This ruling effectively ends Jocelyn Benson’s attempt to redraw our state’s legislative districts one year early, and benefit her political party at the expense of Michigan voters. This ruling is a victory for the people of Michigan and upholds the concept of judicial restraint.”

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Cox Targeted Again by Radical Vandal
Second Attack on MIGOP Headquarters in Days Names Chairman

LANSING, Mich., June 25th, 2019 – Late Monday night, the Michigan Republican Party, its Chairman Laura Cox and the ideal of free speech was again attacked by those who wish to silence American voices through intimidation. Radical and intolerant liberals once again defaced the Republican Party’s headquarters in Lansing for the second time in 3 days. The graffiti included threats such as “F**k Cox”, and “F**K ICE” (Cox was a former agent). 

“Like children who don’t get their way, these criminals seek to bully those they disagree with, rather than engage in a civil discussion” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “These radical thugs choose to intimidate through graffiti and anonymous nighttime attacks, rather than contest their ideas in the press, in the public square and in the polling places. We will continue to fight for our beliefs, and for our President who is attacked for defending our nation’s right to secure its borders. In the face of these cowardly acts, I know the citizens of Michigan will defend the right to free speech, and defend those men and women who protect us along the borders of our Great Nation like my former colleagues in ICE.”

Photos of the graffiti are included below. 

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Slotkin and Stevens must Stand up for Michigan

LANSING, Mich., June 17, 2019 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Congresswomen Haley Stevens and Elissa Slotkin’s inaction on US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. USMCA, which was negotiated by President Trump as a replacement for NAFTA, would add an estimated $34 billion in new Automotive investment to the U.S. economy. Much of which would be invested in Michigan. It’s also estimated that USMCA would add an additional $23 billion spent annually on American made auto parts and 76,000 new automotive jobs.

“Michiganders put the world on wheels but with 76,000 new automotive jobs on the line, Michigan Congresswomen Haley Stevens and Elissa Slotkin seem to be stuck in neutral. The US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will rejuvenate the American Auto industry and bring jobs back to Michigan. It’s time for Slotkin and Stevens to stop hiding behind Nancy Pelosi and stand with Michigan workers. They must demand a vote on USMCA.”        

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Slotkin admits she is more Liberal than AOC

LANSING, Mich., June 9, 2019 – On Friday, in an interview published by the Progressive blog The Michigan Advance, Freshman Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin boasted that her voting record is actually more liberal than that of Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. To back up the admission, The Advance pointed to statistics gathered by FiveThirtyEight showing that Ocasio-Cortez has voted with President Trump 10.3% of the time. Elissa Slotkin, a self-proclaimed moderate, has never voted with the president scoring an alarming 0.0%. She takes this extreme position despite the fact that Slotkin’s constituents voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016.

In the days following the publication of the interview, either The Michigan Advance or Congresswoman Slotkin got cold feet about the admission. Early Monday morning, The Advance removed admission and all accompanying statistics. The explanation was that the story had been updated to “clarify Slotkin’s voting record”, but the use of statistics in the original post did just that. This begs the question, did Congresswoman Slotkin pressure the left-wing blog to change their post because the truth threatens her carefully cultivated moderate image?

When asked for comment, Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox stated the following; “This is yet another example of Elissa Slotkin lying about who she really is. First, she lied about where she lived. Then, she lied about standing up to Pelosi. Now,she admits she has been lying about being a moderate. If there has been one consistency with Shady Slotkin, it’s her consistent trouble with the truth”.

The following are screenshots of the original Michigan Advance post as well as corroborating statistics from FiveThirtyEight.

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Cox Statement on John James Senate Announcement

LANSING, Mich., June 6, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding John James’ announcement that he will be running for the United States Senate in 2020 against incumbent Gary Peters.

“John James is a true patriot who has dedicated his life to the service of our nation. I welcome his entrance into the 2020 U.S. Senate race, and wish him well as he begins his campaign for the Republican nomination.”  Cox continued, “I am confident that next year Michigan will send a leader to the U.S. Senate who will get something done for the people of our state. It’s time for a change from Gary Peters, who has been so ineffective that 43% of Michigan voters don’t even know his name.”    

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Plagiarism Joe

LANSING, Mich., June 5, 2019 –The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding revelations that Democrat presidential frontrunner Joe Biden plagiarized portions of his policy agenda. This is not the first-time Biden has come under attack for plagiarism. Biden was forced to drop out of the 1988 Presidential race when it was found that he had lifted portions of his speeches from other politicians such as Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphry and Neil Kinnock. While attending law school Biden also used five pages from a legal review without attribution.

“Not only are Joe Biden’s ideas wrong, sadly they are also stolen. The people of Michigan want real leadership in the White House, not a recycled Washington politician who is running on recycled ideas. Michigan can’t afford a return to the policies of the Obama/Biden administration. A playbook which Joe Biden would apparently copy verbatim.”

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Sen. Warren's Apathetic Attempt in Michigan

LANSING, Mich., June 4, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Senator Warren's Presidential Campaign stops in Michigan.

Whether it's vouching for a complete government takeover of healthcare, increasing taxes, or pushing the job-killing Green New Deal -- Senator Warren has proved just how out of touch she is with the voters of Michigan. In a last-ditch effort to save her struggling campaign, I find it laughable that the Senator has decided to come and try to pitch radical policies that would cripple Michigan's farming, manufacturing, and auto-industries."

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Open Borders Inslee to Campaign in Michigan

LANSING, Mich., June 4, 2019 –The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Jay Inslee’s Presidential campaign stop in Michigan today.

"As a former federal immigration agent, I am deeply disturbed that Governor Inslee refuses to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. Last month, Inslee signed a bill which makes Washington a sanctuary state and is nothing more than a desperate attempt to pander to the radical left. Their goal of open borders puts American jobs at risk and that’s why President Trump is fighting to solve the crisis at our southern border once and for all.”  

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ICYMI: Slotkin's Discrepancies

In case you missed it, the Washington Free Beacon reported today that there is a discrepancy in resumes Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin used, which show she held vastly different positions early in her career. One resume shows she worked for "a professional body representing the Palestinian minority in Israel in all matters related to education." While the other shows her working as "a grant writer for Isha L'Isha (Women to Women), which describes itself as "the oldest grassroots feminist organization in Israel and one of the leading voices of women's rights in the country." Why aren’t these resumes the same and what is Elissa Slotkin hiding?

Discrepancy In Slotkin’s Resumes On Israeli-Palestinian Work

Entries show work for both Palestinian and Israeli groups during Second Intifada

Two resumes from Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich.) offer different accounts of an early point in her career, raising questions about which version is most accurate and if there are political reasons why the two CVs do not match exactly.

The discrepancy is also drawing some criticism from pro-Israel quarters.

When the Michigan Democrat was being considered for assistant secretary of state in 2012, a resume she submitted as part of her application claimed that circa 2000-2001 she had served as a grant writer for the Follow-Up Committee on Arab Education (FUCAE). That group's website says it "is a professional body representing the Palestinian minority in Israel in all matters related to education."

However, her current work history on her LinkedIn profile for the same time period does not reference FUCAE, and instead says she worked as a grant writer for Isha L'Isha (Women to Women), which describes itself as "the oldest grassroots feminist organization in Israel and one of the leading voices of women's rights in the country."

Slotkin is Jewish, and is among the crop of freshman in the house who helped Democrats gain a majority in the lower chamber last November.

Her congressional office did not return requests for comment about the discrepancy.

Taken together, the resumes portray Slotkin as working both for a pro-Palestinian organization as well as an Israeli organization at a time marred by the emergence of the "Second Intifada," a wave of violence between Palestinians and Israelis.

The LinkedIn profile gives little description into the work for Isha L'Isha.

In the 2012 resume, she listed her title with FUCAE as the director of development, adding:

"Served as lead grant-writer and spokesperson for a Palestinian civil rights organization during the second intifada. Travelled regularly between Israel and the West Bank reporting on the civil rights status of Palestinians and Arab-Israelis, produced reports on conditions on the ground, briefed NGO, U.N. and international delegations on fast-changing events, and strategized with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and other non-profits on how to advocate more effectively for civil rights."

Rabbi Steve Burg, CEO for the pro-Israel group Aish HaTorah, said he finds Slotkin's work for FUCAE troubling, saying the group exposed themselves as anti-Israel just a handful of years later when the "High Follow-up Committee" published a manifesto.

"Included in the manifesto—the first ever produced by the community's supreme political body, known as the High Follow-Up Committee—are calls for Israel to be reformed from a Jewish state that privileges its Jewish majority into ‘a state of all its citizens' and for sweeping changes to a national system of land control designed to exclude Palestinian citizens from influence," said a reportfrom Al-Ahram.

"The document is likely to further increase tensions between the Israeli government and the country's Palestinian minority, and has already been roundly condemned in the Hebrew media," the report added.

The Follow-Up Committee on Arab Education was a smaller "steering committee" of the larger body, according to the 2006 "Future Vision" document.

"It's an organization that, I don't think they're elected, but it has some kind of NGO [non-governmental organization] representative status,""Burg told theWashington Free Beacon by phone. "But when you take the stance that Israel should not be a Jewish state, it says a lot about you. It comes across as advocating for education of Palestinians, but their stance seems to be much more about taking away the Jewish character of Israel than to advocate for the Palestinians."

Burg also said Slotkin's work for the group when set against the historical backdrop of the emergence of the Second Intifada is concerning to him as well.

"A person has a certain set of life experiences, and that’s not to say that someone's not different 20 years ago, when they're learning, they're growing, et cetera," Burg said.

"A person has to be very honest and straight about it. If these are your experiences or passions, if this is what you've done, you've got to—especially when you're a public servant—be forthcoming."

"We want to know, ‘what has contributed to who you are today?' And to play a cat-and-mouse game with these kinds of experiences overseas is certainly extraordinarily problematic. And it kind of smells like catering to different constituencies in different ways."

Both resumes become largely congruent again when the chronology picks back up in May of 2002, in which she lists on both that she worked for the U.S. State Department as a political affairs officer. The formal resume Slotkin created for the 2012 application noted that work was as an intern, while her LinkedIn profile omits that information.

The Executive Services Directorate had previously released Slotkin's 2012 resume along with hundreds of others in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

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Cox Statement on passage of No-Fault Relief

LANSING, Mich., May 24, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding the No-Fault Auto Insurance Relief package which passed the Michigan House and Senate today.

“Michigan Republicans have delivered a historic victory for the hardworking families of our state. I would like to congratulate Majority Leader Shirkey, Speaker Chatfield, and the members of the Republican caucus for fulfilling their promise to make auto insurance affordable for the people of Michigan.”   

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