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Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference Welcomes Sarah Huckabee Sanders as Keynote


LANSING, Mich., September 16, 2019 – The Michigan Republican Party announced today that former White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will speak at the 33rd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on September 20th – 22nd. The event, hosted at the historic Grand Hotel, brings together conservative leaders from across America to discuss solutions to critical issues facing our state and nation. 


“Sarah is one of the leading voices in today’s conservative movement and it is a tremendous honor that she will be attending this year’s Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Michiganders love a fighter, and no one has fought harder to defend our president than Sarah. She served our country with honor, integrity and dedication. Our party is incredibly excited to hear her speak.”


Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House Press Secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidante of the President, Sanders advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. Sanders is only the third woman – and the very first mom – to ever hold the job of White House Press Secretary.


Sanders joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor in February 2016 during the Republican primary, and continued in that role through the President’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, one of the greatest and most unexpected victories in American history.


Sanders has previously worked in leadership roles for U.S. Senators, Governors, and presidential campaigns. She was a senior advisor to the successful campaigns of Senator Tom Cotton and Senator John Boozman. In 2008, Sanders helped lead former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to victory in the Iowa Caucuses and seven other states as his National Political Director.


Sanders has been recognized in TIME Magazine’s “40 under 40” as one of the best political operatives of her generation. She is a Fox News contributor, and advises major companies and non-profits.

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Cox Statement on Whitmer Walkout

LANSING, Mich., September 12, 2019 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Whitmer’s decision to walk away from state budget negotiations.  

“Yet again Governor Whitmer has shown that it’s her way or no highways. Republicans have proposed a budget which will add millions in new road funding without raising taxes. However, Gas Tax Gretchen is refusing to sign a budget that spends ANY money on roads because it means she won’t get her ridiculous highest in the nation 45-cent gas tax increase. Clearly Whitmer cares more about taking Michiganders hard-earned money than she does fixing a single mile of our states ‘damn roads’.” 

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Pence to Keynote Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., September 4, 2019 – The Michigan Republican Party announced today that special guest Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, will keynote the 33rd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on September 20th – 22nd. The event, hosted at the historic Grand Hotel, brings together conservative leaders from across America to discuss solutions to the critical issues facing our nation. Vice President Pence will be the first ever sitting Vice President to attend the conference, which has been held since 1955.


From the beginning of the Trump/Pence administration, Michigan has experienced a renaissance in its manufacturing economy, with nearly $8 billion in new automotive investment this year alone. The administration also took the lead on numerous issues of paramount importance to our state such as the Soo Locks expansion, and over $300 million for Great Lakes Restoration.


“It is a tremendous honor that Vice President Mike Pence chose to attend this year’s Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, and it shows the Trump administration’s commitment to our state.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Michiganders are thankful for President Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda and the prosperity it has brought back to our state.  Michigan Republicans look forward to hosting the Vice President and hearing the administration’s vision for the future of our nation.”


More information on the 33rd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference can be found here.


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The Honorable Betsy DeVos to Speak at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

LANSING, Mich., August 30, 2019 – Today the Michigan Republican Party announced that the Honorable Betsy DeVos will be speaking at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference which is being held at the Grand Hotel September 20th- 22nd. DeVos has been a passionate advocate for reforms that advance equal opportunities for all students and has advocated to return greater education control to states, localities, and parents.

DeVos served as chairman of The Windquest Group, an enterprise and investment management firm. DeVos has also served on the boards of numbers non-profit organizations, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kids Hope USA, ArtPrize, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Kendall College of Art and Design. In addition, DeVos who is a Michigan native served as Chair of the Michigan Republican Party for six highly productive years.

“Betsy has dedicated her life to helping families across our nation, and we are tremendously honored to have her as our guest for the 2019 Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox Continued “While special interests have pushed for the status quo, Betsy DeVos has led. Her goal of seeing a world in which a child’s zip code does not determine the quality of education they receive will lead to a better nation in which all children regardless of race or economic background will have the opportunity to live up to their full potential.”

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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.

From the original Michigan Advance post:


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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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