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Michigan Democrats Choose Politics Over People with Coronavirus Relief

There's a leadership vacuum among Democrats in the state legislature as they cave to Whitmer's whims.

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Macomb County Prosecutor Seeks Answers From Gov. Whitmer On Nursing Home Policies 

Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido called on the county's medical examiner's office to create a committee to review nursing home deaths related to COVID-19 as pressure mounts on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to release additional information.

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Gov. Whitmer Prioritizes Personal Political Power Over COVID Relief for All Michiganders

It's a political game to Gov. Whitmer—a game of chutes and ladders. She climbs the ladder; hard-working Michiganders get the chute.

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Prosecutor: Criminal Charges Possible Against Gov. Whitmer Over Nursing Home Deaths

New Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido says criminal charges are possible against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer if it is found that there's been "willful neglect" of office.

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Gov. Whitmer Must Answer for Controversial Nursing Home Orders

Whitmer enjoys a professional relationship with Cuomo, who is being scrutinized for COVID orders that may have led to spikes in nursing home deaths

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MIGOP Second Ballot Election Results

LANSING, Mich., February 6, 2021 – The following results are from the Michigan Republican Party 2021 Convention Second Ballot, which was held virtually today.

Elected

Outreach Vice-Chair:

Ty Bundy

Ethnic Vice-Chair:

Bernadette Smith

 

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MIGOP First Ballot Election Results

LANSING, Mich., February 6, 2021 – The following results are from the Michigan Republican Party 2021 Convention which was held virtually today.

In addition, runoff elections will be held today in the following races: Outreach Vice-Chair and Ethnic Vice-Chair.

Elected

Chairman: Ron Weiser

Co-Chairman: Meshawn Maddock

Youth Vice-Chair: Paul Stephens

Coalitions Vice-Chair: Tami Carlone

Grassroots Vice-Chair: Marian Sheridan

Administrative Vice-Chair: Diane Schindlbeck

Runoff Elections will be held in the following races

Outreach Vice-Chair:

Ty Bundy

Brandon Brice

Ethnic Vice-Chair:

Bernadette Smith

Jamie Swafford

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Weiser/Maddock with Landslide Victory in MRP Chair Race

LANSING, Mich., February 6, 2021 – Ron Weiser and new MIGOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock cruised to a 2:1 victory during Saturday's Michigan Republican Party Virtual Convention, earning 66% of the vote.

As one of the nation’s top Republican leaders, Weiser is entering his 3rd non-consecutive term at the helm of the Party, ready to make Gretchen Whitmer a one-term Governor. 

"Meshawn and I are honored and excited to lead the party over the next two critical years. Our overwhelming victory today is just the beginning. The beginning of our road to victory in 2022. The beginning of a better, brighter future for our children, for our families. The beginning of unifying our party. The skirmishes of yesterday are over. Our focus now rests on the great challenges before us: Rebuilding our party. Defeating Whitmer, Nessel, Benson and other far-left radicals. We must strengthen our House and Senate majorities. We must win back the Supreme Court and the Board of Education. The time is now to focus on the great challenges before us. We are unified by a common goal, a vital aspiration to improve our lives, our state and our nation. To that end, Meshawn and I have assembled an extraordinary team. We have a tremendous plan. And we will win in 2022."

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MIRS Report On MIGOP Convention Results Inaccurate

LANSING, Mich., February 6, 2021 – The report released by MIRS declaring a winner in the MIGOP Convention race for Chair is not correct. Voting is still open until 6:00PM and no votes have been tabulated. Official results will come from the Michigan Republican Party.

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ICYMI: State Fines Business Featured In Feel Good Story

LANSING, Mich., February 1, 2021 – In case you missed it, Charlie LeDuff reported in Deadline Detroit on Thursday that American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, were both visited by state officials after being featured in a feel-good video hosted by Barstool Sports Founder David Portnoy. Lafayette was fined $500 by the state. You can read the story below:

 

LeDuff: Feel-Good Videos About Downtown Detroit Coneys Have A Bitter Sequel

Charlie LeDuff, Deadline Detroit

It was a feel-good story in a town with too few of them. That is, until the the Covid police walked in and urinated in the pool of goodwill.

Last Friday, David Portnoy, the controversial founder of Barstool Sports, made a surprise call to Grace Keros, the owner of American Coney Island in downtown Detroit. 

Say about him what you will, but Portnoy has a charity – the Barstool Fund – that helps struggling restaurants and small business with a cash infusion. American Coney Island is its latest recipient.

Portnoy came downtown, visited both establishments, tried the dogs and posted videos that have been viewed millions of times.

And what do you know? Business has picked up.

The governor's people didn't see it that way. What they saw was Portnoy pulling down his mask and eating in a restaurant.

And that, apparently, was just too much. Against the executive orders. On Wednesday, an inspector from the city's health department -- working on orders from the state -- made a surprise inspection of both restaurants. The third time this month.

American Coney Island passed, but Keros was given a warning: No eating in the restaurant until Monday, when diners will be allowed back in at 25 percent capacity.

“Big government, they haven't done anything to help us,” said Keros, who now works the cash register since there is not enough business to pay an employee. “They just make it harder for us. It's kind of like they want to kill us.”

Lafayette wasn't so lucky. They were given a $500 ticket for wearing masks improperly. It should be pointed out that Whitmer served coney dogs last June at Lafayette in one of her public relations stunts. Some Lafayette employees were not wearing their masks properly then, either. And the governor was not wearing a hair net. (See video below)

You have to feel for the men at Lafayette. There are five partners with extended families to feed. Imagine the arguments over the past 10 months about whose nephew gets the Tuesday evening shift.

“What can you do,” said Audi Purovic, one of the partners, who doesn't plan to do any more videos anytime soon. “I don't want no problems with the government. No problems. But do you see video? More than 1,200 comments!”

It has always been a challenge doing business in downtown Detroit. And now with office workers and government clerks working from home or not at all, business to down to almost nothing.

So, instead of harassing two landmark establishments whose managers have conducted themselves with class, charity and diligence throughout the pandemic, the government ought to focus more on the business of governing. As I was interviewing Keros and Purovic, gunshots rang out from the parking structure across the street on Michigan Avenue.

Editor's Note: Deadline Detroit columnist Charlie LeDuff works part-time at American Coney Island.

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