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                                           MRP campaign theme highlights GOP successes and Democrat obstruction


LANSING, Mich., May 23, 2018 – The Michigan Republican Party (MRP) today launched its 2018 election theme “Results not Resistance,” highlighting Michigan’s tremendous success under Republican leadership. The theme also highlights Democrat attempts to derail that success through obstruction and resistance. During the eight years of Republican governance, Michigan has earned the title “Comeback State” due to our unparalleled economic recovery. Unemployment has dropped from a nation leading 13.7% down to 4.7%, and has reversed the population hemorrhage we experienced under the Democrat led Lost Decade. Unfortunately, Democrats have consistently opposed the policies that have led to our state’s comeback.

“When times were tough the people of Michigan came together, under Republican leadership, and achieved amazing results,” Michigan GOP Chairman Ron Weiser said. “Democrats, however, have chosen a different path. Instead of standing with the people of Michigan, they choose to stand with the entrenched liberal special interests attempting to obstruct the very policies that led to Michigan’s recovery. Now they are asking for our votes. Michiganders deserve results, not resistance.”

Republican leadership in the State legislature also applauded the theme. Representative Lee Chatfield (R-HD 107) commented “As a husband and father of five children, I have no greater duty than to ensure that our state’s future is bright. As a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, I know House Republicans will continue to work to achieve the results that will make our state an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

State Senator Mike Shirkey (R-SD 16) added “Republicans in the State Senate will continue our fight against the progressive special interests who want to drag us back into the bankrupt policies that produced the Lost Decade and a mass exodus from our state. Michigan has made tremendous progress over the last few years and our fellow citizens deserve leadership that will not fall into complacency. Senate Republicans will continue to aggressively drive a pro-growth/pro freedom agenda. I am very confident Michigan voters much prefer the outcomes of our work over the last seven years versus the disaster of the Granholm/Whitmer years. The people of Michigan want results, not resistance.”

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Morgan Ineligible for Primary Ballot

1st District Democrat Signatures Spoiled by Inability to Follow Directions


LANSING, Mich., May 1, 2018 – 1st District Congressional Democrat Matthew Morgan has been deemed ineligible for the Congressional primary ballot. Morgan filed his nominating petitions using a P.O. Box instead of his residence, thus voiding the petitions. Under Michigan election law a candidate’s home address must appear on the petition forms.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser said “Matthew Morgan failed to do the most basic of tasks, that is, putting his correct home address on a government form as required by statute. In my experience, Congressmen deal with a lot of government forms and statutes. If you can’t follow a clear legal requirement, you’re probably not the right person to write or review federal legislation, let alone make the tough budget decisions that our representatives in Washington must make.”

The August Primary ballot in the 1st Congressional District will have a blank space on the Democrat side. Morgan has announced that he will continue his campaign as a primary write in candidate for the 32-county district. In previous cycles, many candidates who have had petition snafus have chosen to withdraw to spare themselves the embarrassment of explaining such a silly mistake to the voters.

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Democrat Hypocrisy at the "Endorsement Convention"

From candidates to constituents, the Michigan Democrat Endorsement Convention this past weekend was full of "Liberal Logic."
Below are just a few of our favorite moments. If this convention taught us anything, it's that we can't afford to take a Michigan left in November! Donate today and join our fight to keep Michigan red!

 

- Whitmer On Special Interests -

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer should probably steer away from statements concerning loyalty to special interest groups. The irony of her message is that she said in it a speech to the Labor Caucus — a group to which she is very much beholden.


We understand why she wants to mask her establishment Democrat roots, she’s just not doing a very good job of it.

 

- Hypocrisy On Voter I.D. -

At their most recent endorsement convention, the Michigan Democratic Party required each participant to show ID to get their credentials.

It begs the question: Why don’t they have the same standard of security for every Michigander at the ballot box?

 

- Friendly Fire Obstruction -

 

United they stand? From Congress to the streets, “obstruction” is a platform all Democrats believe in – even if it means blocking fellow party members. Democrat gubernatorial candidate Abdul El Sayed must really be out of genuine ideas if his plan is to simply obstruct his opponents – literally.

 

- A Questionable Ad -

 

We can’t get over this ad. Under Mark Brewer’s leadership from 1995 - 2013, the Michigan Democrat party ran shady bingo operations that resulted in a $500,000 FEC fine - the largest fine ever levied against a state political party.


You may want to think again before you take legal advice - or probably any advice - from Mark Brewer.

 

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Democrats Divided

While the Michigan Democrats’ progressive narrative continues to race to the radical left, the vast majority of their constituents are left without a voice. Michiganders deserve a party that prioritizes results through the empowerment of all individuals. The Michigan Republican Party is a big tent. To all Democrats in Michigan who are feeling left behind by their party we say: give us a chance and we will give you a choice.


Democratic endorsement convention reveals divide between progressives, African Americans


Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, 4/19/2018


In every Michigan gubernatorial election cycle in the last 48 years, except for one, an African American has been nominated for one of the top three slots on the Democratic ticket.


But that streak ended Sunday when Democrats endorsed two white women for two of the top three slots — Plymouth attorney Dana Nessel for attorney general and former Wayne State University law school dean Jocelyn Benson for secretary of state. And the leading contender for governor, in polls and endorsements, is former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, who is also white.


The convention left many African Americans disheartened and wondering about their participation in this year’s election and their future in the party, especially since Pat Miles, an African American, Harvard University-educated lawyer and former U.S. attorney for the western district of Michigan, was also competing for the state attorney general’s slot.


“Dana out-organized and out-campaigned Pat Miles and his folks, but it’s also obvious that it seemed to be done at the exclusion of African Americans — instead of with us —and that’s the part that pisses people off,” said party member and political consultant Greg Bowens of Grosse Pointe. “The Democratic Party has become one of the few places where African Americans can come together and still feel empowered. But when you have what occurred on Sunday, the feeling of disempowerment is not at all what you would expect.”


More: Dana Nessel wins Michigan Democratic Party endorsement for attorney general


More: 18 candidates aiming to replace Rick Snyder as Michigan governor


Nessel was able to gain a winning margin by putting together a coalition of progressives, supporters of marijuana legalization, activists who had supported U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the 2016 presidential election and new party members who were energized to get involved in politics after the election of Donald Trump as president.


Largely left out of that coalition, however, were African Americans, an important and loyal constituency in the Democratic Party. It started early in the day, when the Progressive Caucus met. The group had endorsed Nessel and gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, but as the caucus meeting began, the group wouldn’t let Shri Thanedar, another candidate for governor, speak during its caucus. A large meeting room filled with caucus members booed him out of the room, chanting “Abdul, Abdul!”


Other caucuses allowed all the candidates to speak. But after the Thanedar incident, the other candidates who were not endorsed by the Progressive caucus, including Miles and gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, didn’t even try to speak to the caucus, knowing they would be shunned from the room.


When the nominations for attorney general came up before the full convention of more than 6,700 people, the contrast was even more stark.


On stage as the long convention day ended, Nessel’s mother-in-law, Mary Maguire,nominated her for attorney general and a largely white crowd gathered around Nessel, hoisting signs bearing her name.


Then, as former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade and the Rev. Wendall Anthony, president of the NAACP’s Detroit chapter, nominated Miles, they were surrounded by a diverse crowd that included a large number of African Americans.


“Before, when there is a call to have a diverse ticket, people would step aside, but Dana decided to go forward,” said Jonathan Kinloch, chairman of the 13th Congressional District organization in Detroit. “We’ve always taken pride in having a very diverse ticket and diverse voices and when I saw her on that stage, it was very concerning.”


Nessel has attended multiple events in Detroit and other urban communities around the state and plans for more outreach, her campaign said.


"Dana has spent her entire career representing people who are so often marginalized and silenced, and she will continue to do that as attorney general," said her campaign spokeswoman Angela Vasquez-Giroux Wittrock. "That begins with meeting people in their communities, listening to their concerns and taking their guidance to find solutions that are fair."


And while her message didn't win over a majority of the African Americans at the endorsement convention, Nessel prevailed by a 55-45 margin after the votes were tallied, buoyed by the more than 3,000 new members she helped sign up for the Democratic Party. By the time Miles conceded the race shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, the inevitable had already begun to sink in and most of the people attending the convention had begun to filter out of the Cobo Riverview Ballroom.


“There was a person by person vote from the floor for that attorney general spot and it felt like we were rejecting an African American because of a huge influx of white progressives who hadn’t participated in anything that the party did before and that’s a shame,” Bowens said.


It was a startling and unfamiliar result for many in the party. Starting with Richard Austin’s stint as secretary of state from 1970 to 1994 to Detroit attorney Godfrey Dillard’s bid for secretary of state in 2014, there has almost always been an African American in one of the top 3 slots: governor, secretary of state or attorney general. The one exception was in 2010 when Brenda Lawrence, who was then the mayor of Southfield, was picked to be the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero, who was then the mayor of Lansing.


There’s still a chance, though. Bill Cobbs, an African American and retired businessman from Farmington Hills, is still in the race for governor — but without much money and no endorsements, he’s considered a long shot for the nomination.
Of the remaining three candidates — Whitmer, El-Sayed and Thanedar — whoever wins the Democratic nomination could bring more diversity to the ticket with their selection of a running mate.


And that’s going to be essential for the Democratic Party’s strategy to boost voter turnout in a year that’s supposed to be the start of a blue wave.


“Unless they get some diversity, it’s going to be a lackluster fall turnout and could spell certain defeat,” said Steve Hood, a Detroit political consultant. “Right now, it’s not a diverse enough ticket. There’s not enough men and there’s not enough African Americans.”


Indeed, Michigan could be in the unprecedented position of having three Democratic women — Whitmer, Nessel and Benson — at the top of the ticket in the fall.


The party knows it has to mend some fences after the bruising endorsement convention that featured plenty of insults and negative campaigning from both candidates for attorney general.


“It was a hard-fought race for attorney general and we know that whoever won, there is some serious work that needs to be done to bridge the divide,” said Brandon Dillon, chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party. “The party and all of our candidates need to have a strong effort to reach out to African-American communities to listen to their concerns and to make sure the party is representing their interest and values.


Dillon noted that the ticket has not been fully decided yet. Voters will choose a Democratic nominee for governor during the primary election on Aug. 7 and delegates to the Democratic convention will officially confirm the nominations of lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, Supreme Court and the boards of Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan and the state Board of Education on Aug. 25.


“We’re going to have a ticket that will broadly represent all of the people of the state of Michigan,” he said. “We have taken the concerns seriously from the people who are the base of our party and have been loyal for a very long time.”

 

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MDP Stacking the Deck

As written before, this weekend’s “endorsement convention” was nothing more than a political stunt the Michigan Democrats used to hand pick and rig the system in favor of the party’s preferred candidates. MDP strong-armed the candidates into pledging not to continue to campaign and adhere to the choice made at this “endorsement convention.” Dillon went as far as threatening to blacklist the “loser” amongst the Democrat elite should they choose to forego the non-binding decision made by rigged system. As reported in MIRS:


“One Democratic insider tells MIRS that MDP Chair Brandon Dillon talked with both Nessel and Miles in an attempt to eliminate an effort from either side to pursue the AG nomination after this week's conclave if they are not successful Sunday.


He reportedly explained to both of them that they needed to commit to a pledge not to continue their battle for the nomination at the August nominating convention, where the official nominee will be named.


‘There should be no sour grapes and no second chance,’ on this Dillon apparently strongly suggested to them both. He apparently explained the rules are the rules and no one should challenge them after the Sunday vote, the source told MIRS.


He expects both campaigns to be aware of this and ‘not go back on your word’ and abide by the delegate decision.


If one of the two decided to go rogue, it was suggested that ‘breaking your word’ could become a campaign issue and the party leaders would be reluctant to spread around any campaign money if the loser this weekend turned out to be the winner next August.”


This endorsement convention was packed with people who would not be eligible to vote in a real "nominating" convention according to state law. For Sunday's convention, one only had to be aged 16 and have been registered as a member of the Democrat party a month prior to the April 15 convention.


The real nominating convention will be held in August, after Michigan’s primary elections. Here, the electorate is stricter, as they must abide by state law. Only elected officials and delegates who were elected in the primary can actually cast a vote for their party’s nominated candidate. If the Party elite has their way, the true electors’ hands will be tied, as those with the right to vote will be forced to adhere to the anointed candidate chosen in April.


This is no surprise. The Democrats have a proven track record of rigging the system in their favor. They stacked the deck against Bernie Sanders in 2016 who after winning all but 10 of Michigan’s 83 counties was declared the loser. The Democrats cannot win at the ballot box, so they are forcing a veiled anti-gerrymandering movement upon Michigan in order to gain an advantage in redistricting. They are planting D.C. insiders in Congressional Districts all over the country. Look no further than Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, where D.C. bureaucrats, years removed from Michigan residency, have entered the race to press on their radical agendas.


After being levied one of the largest FEC fines in the history of the United States, the Michigan Democratic Party also continues to brazenly thumb its nose at campaign election law. And finally, by pinning the unions and the establishment elites versus the radical far left of the party, it is clear the Democrats are once again rigging the system in favor of its hand-picked candidates.

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Democrats want to take money out of your pocket

Happy Tax Day! Today marks the last time you have to file under this horrible and antiquated system! Since the passing of the GOP Tax Bill in December, people all over Michigan have already seen astronomical rewards.


The Democrats, however, plan to repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Doing so would only take money out of middle-class family's pockets. Hard-working families should be able to determine how they spend their money, not the government. Through the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and numerous other pro-growth policies, Republicans are offering results, not resistance.


Democrats want to take away YOUR money:


Shri Thanedar, a Democrat candidate for Michigan Governor, called the GOP Tax Plan a “scam,” yet Michigan based companies such as Mill Steel Company, Fiat Chrysler, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Engineering, Consumers Energy and more have given their employees thousands of dollars in bonuses and increased pay.


Senator Debbie Stabenow told her constituents that the GOP Tax Plan “…will hurt MI families by raising taxes on the middle class…” This claim is patently false. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act was designed for the middle class. It not only lowers taxes, but it has doubled the standard deduction, raised the child tax credit, and has stimulated several bonuses and pay raises for hard working Michigan families.


Elissa Slotkin, candidate for U.S. House district 8, stated that the GOP Tax Plan only “…offers massive tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and corporations…” Yet according to the U.S. Treasury, 90% of wage earners have a higher take-home pay.
Gretchen Whitmer, candidate for Michigan Governor, stated that “The real measure of our economy is how people are getting by…” She's right. Thanks to Republican-backed Tax Reform, Michiganders are seeing more money for consumers, strong monthly job growth, rising wages, booming consumer confidence, and more people working than ever before.

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MRP Announces Two GOP Gubernatorial Debates

LANSING, Mich., April 13, 2018 – The Michigan Republican Party is hosting two Republican gubernatorial primary debates and has confirmation from Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Senator Patrick Colbeck, Dr. Jim Hines, and Attorney General Bill Schuette.

“We are excited to get our Republican candidates in front of Michigan voters so that they learn what we already know: our candidates are better for Michigan’s future than the Democrats,” said Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Sarah Anderson.

The first debate will be on Wednesday, May 9 in Grand Rapids at WOOD TV studios. The second debate will occur on Thursday June 28 in Detroit at WDIV studios. Additional details will follow regarding times, media credentials, and ticketing.

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Take this Job and Shove it

                                                                     
                            High Staff Turnover Continues to Plague Gretchen Whitmer’s Struggling Campaign

LANSING, Mich., March 27, 2018 – High staff turnover continues to plague Democrat Gretchen Whitmer’s struggling gubernatorial campaign in Michigan. POLITICO reported Tuesday that Whitmer has just hired her third campaign manager in less than 6 months, which comes just after Whitmer’s campaign was forced to also replace its main spokesperson.

Whitmer’s constant staff turnover only adds to her recent challenges, with establishment Democrats and labor unions offering her only reluctant support after spending months actively recruiting alternative candidates to no avail. With only months to go until Michigan Democrats choose their gubernatorial nominee, Whitmer continues to stumble toward the finish line, giving her party plenty of cause for concern for the general election.

POLITICO reports:

“Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has hired Eric Goldman as her new campaign manager for her Michigan gubernatorial bid, Whitmer's campaign confirmed today…

This is Whitmer's third campaign manager…

While she's retained front-runner status through the entirety of the Democratic primary for governor, Whitmer's campaign has seen its share of turnover. Besides cycling through multiple campaign managers, Whitmer has also replaced her lead spokesperson, Jen Eyer, with Annie Ellison, a well-regarded Democratic communications operative with roots in California politics.”

“This constant turn over, and her inability to run even a small organization like her campaign, demonstrates that Gretchen Whitmer lacks the ability and executive experience to lead Michigan forward,” said Michigan Republican Party Deputy Chief of Staff Sarah Anderson. She continued “Running the state of Michigan is not the place for someone to get on the job training.”

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Michigan Republican Party Joins Effort to Counter Support by Anti-Israel Group J-Street

Lansing, MI – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser announced that the Michigan Republican Party is joining “Stop J-Street,” an effort to oppose Anti-Israel candidates across the country, including MI-08 candidate, Democrat Elissa Slotkin.  

Elissa Slotkin has been endorsed by J-Street and the anti-Israel lobby and received thousands from J Street PAC, which has been criticized many as “anti-Israel.”  J Street backed the Iran Deal including funding a multimillion dollar television campaign in support, and bragged about spending millions of dollars to defend supporters of the Iran Deal. J Street PAC has vouched their support for Slotkin partially because of her role “in advocating for the passage of the Iran nuclear deal.”

While at the Department of Defense, Slotkin played a key role in building support for the Iran Deal. Slotkin has publicly declared her support for the Iran Deal. 

“The anti-Israel lobby and J Street are working with Nancy Pelosi and other extremists to knock off pro-Israel conservatives and replace them with candidates who support dangerous anti-Israel policies like the Iran Deal,” said Weiser. “Elissa Slotkin helped create the policies that created the Iran Deal and continuously underestimated the threat of ISIS. We must stop the radical agenda of J Street, Nancy Pelosi, and others who seekto place DC insiders like Elissa Slotkin in Congress to undermine the policies that keep this nation safe.”

Slotkin has claimed she had a role in crafting the Iran Deal and has declared her support publicly. Slotkin has also been criticized for policies where she underestimated the threat of ISIS. Slotkin has been endorsed by foreign policy extremists like “author of Iran Deal” Ben Rhodes and Samantha Power

On Slotkin’s last day with the Department of Defense in January 2017, Slotkin got into an argument with General and Secretary of Defense James Mattis that the US was doing enough to deter ISIS. Mattis thought the US needed to speed up eradication of ISIS and Slotkin disagreed. Mattis’ strategy proved to be successful.

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Dems Should Call on Elissa Slotkin to get an Eligibility Review

LANSING, Mich., February 6, 2018 – Michigan Republican Party Deputy Chief of Staff Sarah Anderson called on the Michigan Democratic Party to ask Elissa Slotkin to get an eligibility review for her congressional run. It was discovered that Slotkin took her homestead deduction in September 2017 on the only home she owns—a residence in Washington DC that she purchased in 2007 and still owns. Slotkin took the DC homestead deduction despite registering to vote in Michigan in May 2017. Slotkin was required to inform DC in June 2017 about her Michigan registration but ignored it to take advantage of DC residency.

“If Democrats are requiring Abdul El-Sayed to get an eligibility review for declaring 2 primary residences, they should ask Elissa Slotkin to get an eligibility review for pretending to have 2 primary residences,” said Anderson. “Slotkin took the DC homestead deduction on the DC home she owns. She did not disclose the DC home on her personal financial disclosure. Why is Elissa Slotkin hiding her DC home? It’s shady behavior like that which will make Michigan voters question the integrity of DC insider Elissa Sloktin.”

According to DC Office of Tax and Revenue records, Slotkin bought her DC home in 2007 and took her homestead deduction in DC throughout 2017. DC law requires the homeowner to be a current DC resident to qualify for the homestead deduction. Elissa Slotkin still owns her DC home but did not disclose it on her personal financial disclosure.

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