Line 5 Must Remain Operational to Heat Northern Michigan

Note: The following press release was released from Rep. Damoose’s office.

Rep. John Damoose today said the existing Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac must remain in operation until a state-of-the-art underground tunnel is built to replace it.The pipeline delivers fuel needed to heat Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Damoose is fighting against Gov. Whitmer’s efforts to shut down the pipeline without a replacement.

“Line 5 is too important to Northern Michigan to just abandon without a ready replacement,” said Damoose, of Harbor Springs. “The fuel it delivers to our communities is needed to heat homes, schools and workplaces. You can’t simply shut down the pipeline and hope some immediate solution to heat Northern Michigan magically appears from nowhere.

“The fact is, a great long-term solution is already in the works – the building of a state-of-the-art underground tunnel. It’s a safe solution, paid for without taxpayer money. This new tunnel must be allowed to proceed, and the existing pipeline must continue to operate safely until it’s ready.”

Enbridge Energy, in a letter to Gov. Whitmer today, said she doesn’t have the authority to revoke its easement for Line 5 — and the dual lines are in full compliance with the federal safety standards that govern them. Damoose represents the 107th District in the Michigan House, including Emmet, Chippewa and Mackinac counties, and part of Cheboygan County.

Rep. John Damoose Champions January 16th as “Dine-In Day”

Here’s the press release about our legislator’s resolution to support the hard-working hospitality industry which has endured much hardship during the pandemic.


Congressman Bergman Correctly Dubs Today’s Chaos at the Capitol “Disgraceful”

The ECRP appreciates and agrees with Rep. Jack Bergman’s (MI-01) statement which was made earlier today. 

What we are seeing is disgraceful. The Capitol Police saved my life on the baseball field just over 3 years ago and they protect our Nation everyday. Attacks on any of them, innocent civilians, or any elected official should be met with the full force of the law.”

TC to DC: Get on the Bus to Stop the Steal!

Happy Holidays from the ECRP!

Don’t Leave the Hospitality Industry Out in the Cold

Today local employees of the restaurant industry, who have been very negatively impacted by Big Gretch’s lockdown restrictions, gathered at “The People’s Park” in Petoskey for a two-hour peaceful protest.

The goal of the assembly (great turnout, btw, despite the chilly, snowy weather) was to make their voices heard and to push “Lansing” to end the draconian restrictions prohibiting dine-in service in Michigan.

Although this was not a “political” event per se, the Emmet County Republican Party was proud to stand with these small business owners and their employees in their quest for common sense, limited government. We hope they return to work, soon! 9 and 10 news covered the protest.

Photos from today’s event:


Join Like-Minded Patriots for a Holiday-Themed Protest

Creative political artwork!

Whitmer’s Lockdowns Decimating Small Business

Beyond shocking. Just plain sickening.

Bruce Walker of The Center Square reports that “Pandemic restrictions forced 32% of Michigan businesses to close at least temporarily, the most of all 50 states in the nation, federal data show.

Only Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory where 50% of businesses closed, ranked higher.”

And: “Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services instituted the three-week prohibition on indoor gatherings of 10 people or more on Nov. 15, and extended those rules until Dec. 20. Businesses caught violating DHHS rules may be subjected to fines of $1,000 a day.”

Read the whole thing. 

And also read about the travails of The Iron Pig Smokehouse in Gaylord.

Let Them Serve!

Discussing Voter Fraud in Lansing

The “everyday” Michiganders who testified before the MI House Oversight Committee about election irregularities, yesterday, were compelling, well spoken, and diverse.

For example, here’s Ms. Hima Kolanagireddy.

P.S. Chairman Matt Hall, a Republican from Marshall, did a fine job moderating a volatile hearing and pushing back against this bullying rep.

Remembering Tom Casperson

The ECRP is very sad to learn of the death of former state Senator Tom Casperson of Escanaba.

While Tom represented the UP for 15 years in the state legislature, he often attended events outside his district, like the Lincoln Day Dinner, in Petoskey. He was a cordial man who didn’t shy away from being a strong advocate of lower taxes and less regulation particularly when it came to forests and wetlands.

The MI Senate GOP Twitter page tweeted: “Today we lost a titan of the Upper Peninsula … our thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s family as we grieve the loss of our friend.”

Mr. Casperson was 61 years old.

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