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LANSING, Mich., January 27, 2020 – The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement from Chairman Laura Cox welcoming President Trump back toMichigan this Thursday, January 30th following the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):
"Thanks to President Trump's leadership on trade and the economy, Michigan is thriving and we are once again the automotive capital of the world. Renewed trade agreements like the USMCA and Phase One Trade Deal with China, bust open the door for our producers to compete and win globally, and lends a hand to the revitalization of the industries vital to our state's success. We look forward to welcoming the president back to Michigan to celebrate what these monumental trade deals mean for our state.”
LANSING, Mich., January 24, 2020 – The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement in response to the announcement that Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be joining Texas Representative Veronica Escobar to deliver the Democrat response to President Trump's State of the Union Address.
"Governor Whitmer has failed to prove herself to Michiganders. From our crumbling roads she promised to fix, to holding Michigan's most vulnerable communities hostage for a massive gas tax, it is only fitting that she is joining in on the same D.C. parlor games the people of our state resent.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman, Laura Cox. Cox continued, "The governor broke every promise she made on the campaign trail. She’s had ample time to make a difference for our state, but her past year in office has been nothing more than photo-op's and sound bites. Ultimately, Gretchen Whitmer's decision to side with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi makes it that much easier to give our state a new governor in 2022."
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LANSING, Mich., January 24, 2020 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox released the following statement on the March For Life. Michigan pro-life groups will be sending 20 buses, and over 1,000 advocates from across the state to Washington, D.C. where, for the first time in history, the president will be addressing the event.
“Today, and always, the Michigan Republican Party stands with the thousands of Michiganders who advocate on behalf of our most vulnerable. I am tremendously grateful for the hard work our pro-life supporters do across the state, including Michigan's Right To Life President Barbara Listing, who's dedicated her career to such a worthy cause." said Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, "As President Trump becomes the first sitting president to address March For Life, we reflect upon how thankful we are to have a champion of the born and unborn in the White House, and an administration that fights for the sanctity of human life everyday."
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LANSING, Mich., January 20, 2020 – The Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox released the following statement for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
“Today, we reflect on the distinguished life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who’s devotion to liberty, freedom and equality for all Americans helped shape this great nation. Reverend King’s powerful message of peace, and courageous pursuit of truth and justice, is what made him one of our country’s most transformative leaders and lasting voices. Today and every day, we honor this remarkable man, by working towards a future where all Americans can live their dreams.”
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LANSING, Mich., January 16, 2020 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding the passage of the United States-Mexico-Cananda Agreement (USMCA). The NAFTA replacement is projected to add 176,000 jobs and $68.2 billion into the United States economy, much of which will be concentrated in the state of Michigan.
All six of Michigan's Republican Congressional Delegation Members voted in support of the USMCA, and it will now be sent to the president's desk to be signed into law, over a year after it was introduced to Congress.
"Today's passage of the USMCA is a tremendous victory for Michigan's farmers, manufacturers and workers who were being left behind by NAFTA's outdated terms. Thank you to President Trump and Vice President Pence for keeping yet another 2016 campaign promise, and to our Republican Congressional Delegation for ushering this renewed deal through Congress. Hardworking Michiganders can breathe a sigh of relief that they will no longer be taken advantage of by unfair trade deals."
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LANSING, Mich., January 15, 2019 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today's signing of the Phase One China Agreement:
"While the Democrats continue to waste taxpayers dollars on their impeachment charade, President Trump reaffirmed his support for Michigan’s farmers and manufacturers, by signing phase one of the China Agreement. This transformative deal will create jobs, and further strengthen our booming economy. By leveling the playing field for producers in the main sectors of our economy, the president is fulfilling his promise to advocate for freer, fairer, and more reciprocal trade deals. The Michigan Republican Party looks forward to ensuring 4 more years of this type of leadership from the White House.”
LANSING, Mich., January 14, 2019 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding tonight’s Democrat Primary Debate:
"With every debate, Michiganders get to see just how out of touch the Democrat party is with American values. From the Green New Deal which would decimate Michigan's economy, to Medicare For All that would strip voters of their employer-based healthcare, it's clear that the Democrats’ agenda is not in the best interests of the American people. President Trump has governed exactly as he campaigned - keeping his promises and putting America first. The president’s leadership has reinvigorated the economy and voters everywhere are thriving. With such historic results, the American people cannot afford to take a step back with these radical Democrat policies.”
In Case You Missed It, Michigan Senator Gary Peters had the worst week ever....again. From being outraised for the second quarter in a row, to slipping in polling, it looks like the career politician is still underwater with Michiganders. After last week, it looks like the least known member of the Senate is in for the fight of his political life this November.
Peters Blocks U.S. attorney for Michigan's Western District
Last Monday, is was reported by The Detroit News that Senator Peters had decided to block President Trump's choice for U.S. Attorney in Michigan's Western District. Peters declined to meet with the nominee, in a show of partisan politics.
Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox weighed in on the matter, stating, "Tom Leonard is a highly qualified candidate for this position, and his nomination received bipartisan support. It is deeply troubling that western Michigan will have to go even longer without a federal prosecutor because of Peters’ partisan pandering. Michiganders deserve better in the U.S. Senate than a career politician who puts party first."
And in a column by The Detroit News, Deputy Editorial Director, Ingrid Jacques, makes the following point:
"If you need an example of how partisan things have become in our nation’s politics, look no further than what’s playing out in West Michigan. The region is lacking key federal law enforcement officials, thanks to the state’s two Democratic U.S. senators."
James Pummels Peters in Fundraising
Last week it was announced that combat veteran and Detroit businessman John James out-raised incumbent U.S. Senator Gary Peters by $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. James was able to raise over $3.5 million dollars while Peters raised a mere $2.5 million, despite his vast fundraising network, which he has been built over his 30-year political career.
(National Review, 1/7/2020)
This marked the second consecutive quarter that James out-raised Peters, amassing over $7 million dollars in a matter of just 6 months since he announced his candidacy. In December, the Michigan Republican Party State Committee endorsed John James for U.S. Senate:
“Michiganders have made it clear they are looking for renewed leadership in the U.S. Senate. A battle-tested leader who will get them results, and fight for their values. The people of our state are tired of Peters, and it shows as he tries to play catch-up with John James. This November, we look forward to sending John James to the U.S. Senate." -MIGOP Chairman Laura Cox
Career Politician Underwater with Michiganders
Last Wednesday evening, WDIV Detroit released new polling by Glengariff Group and The Detroit News showing John James in a statistical tie with Senator Gary Peters, polling within the four point margin of error. It was the fourth poll since October 2019 that showed the Michigan Senate race in a dead heat.
According to Morning Consult, Peters currently remains the least known member of the Senate, with 37 percent of Michigan voters saying they don’t know who he is or having no opinion of him. On top of that, another 28 percent of voters disapprove of the job he is doing.
Since November, Democrats have poured over $2 million dollars into the race in an attempt to increase Peters’ chances.
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Outsider outraises Incumbent by $1 Million
LANSING, Mich., January 7, 2020 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today's announcement that combat veteran and Detroit businessman John James outraised incumbent U.S. Senator Gary Peters by $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. James was able to raise over $3.5 million dollars while Peters raised a mere $2.5 million despite his vast fundraising network, which has been built over his 30-year political career.
"Gary Peters has always tried to lead from behind, and today's announcement finds him once again in the back of the pack. From polling to fundraising, Gary Peters is playing catch-up with John James. Our state is ready for real leadership in the US. Senate. Someone who will get Michiganders results and fight for their values. This November, we look forward to sending John James to the U.S. Senate."
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LANSING, Mich., January 6, 2020 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox in response to Senator Gary Peters’ decision that he would be blocking President Trump's nomination for United States attorney in Michigan's Western District:
"It comes as no surprise that Gary Peters has decided to put politics above the best interest of millions of Michiganders. Tom Leonard is a highly qualified candidate for this position, and his nomination received bipartisan support. It is deeply troubling that western Michigan will have to go even longer without a federal prosecutor because of Peters’ partisan pandering. Michiganders deserve better in the U.S. Senate than a career politician who puts party first."