Come to a Public Transit Community Dialogue

Local governments, businesses, health care and service providers, and other key community partners are invited to share their input on public transit in Emmet County at a special event January 23 in Petoskey. The Emmet County Board of Commissioners is hosting the Community Dialogue on Transit Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Iron Horse Café at North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street.

Public transit has been discussed in Emmet County for many years. Now, with assistance from regional partner and neutral convener Networks Northwest, Emmet County is reaching out to local businesses, organizations, government officials, and community members to help guide any transit decisions the Board of Commissioners makes. Participants will support the County’s decision-making process on the viability and potential operations of an Emmet County based transit system.

This event is open to anyone who would like to attend, but key stakeholders whose views will provide insight into particular community needs and questions have been identified and specifically invited.

“This is an opportunity for key stakeholders – like employers and businesses – to influence the County Board’s decisions on transit,” said John Stakoe, Emmet County Commissioner. “We know they’ll be impacted by issues like potential transit routes and costs, so we really need their input. Their participation will be extremely valuable to the County Board.”

There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are required, and space is limited. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to:

Sarah Lucas at Networks Northwest
231-929-5000
sarahlucas@networksnorthwest.org

For more information, contact Lucas or John Stakoe, Emmet County Commissioner, at 248-535-5116.

Note: Commissioner Stakoe is a member of the ECRP executive board.


Ex-Navy Seal Exposes Child Trafficking

The Emmet County Republican Party will host its first General Meeting of 2018 on January 22 at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center, conference room, in Harbor Springs (located off M-119).

A video interview of Craig Sawyer, the founder of Vets 4 Child Rescue, will be presented. Mr. Sawyer – also a Marine veteran, former Navy SEAL, sniper, combat instructor – fights against child trafficking.

Please join us! Prior to the general meeting, the Executive Meeting will convene at 6:00 pm.


Schmidt Schedules Constitutent Coffee Hours

Save the date; plan to attend; chat up State Senator Wayne.


Young Suspends Senate Campaign

Justice Bob Young just released this statement about ending his bid to challenge U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI):

“This morning on the Frank Beckmann show I formally announced the suspension of my campaign to challenge Debbie Stabenow in 2018. The decision was dictated by political reality. While I enjoyed tremendous grassroots support from Party activists (I won every straw poll, including the Mackinac Leadership Conference poll), and I had a large volume of small donors, my campaign failed to attract enough support from the larger donors to hit important fundraising benchmarks. The goal was to replace Debbie Stabenow with a reliable conservative, not necessarily me. I remain committed to winning in November, and pledge to remain a conservative advocate for change in Washington.”

All the best to Mr. Young as he ponders his future; he’s a wonderful spokesperson for rule of law and conservative principles.


The Year in Review: Trump’s Top Ten Accomplishments

President Donald Trump had a productive year taking on the ‘fake’ media, getting a tax-cut bill passed, appointing a conservative Supreme Court justice, and doing away with ObamaCare. Phew!

This article, from The Hill, notes the Commander-in-Chief’s top ten accomplishments. Do you agree with the list? What would you add? How do you think President Trump’s first year in office went?

Going forward, will he begin to build the wall in 2018? Are you eager to read more of DJT’s tweets?

Happy New Year!! The ECRP will have a public meeting in late January; more details to follow.


Ho, Ho, Ho

The ECRP leadership wishes those in our community a Merry Christmas & a Happy Hanukkah! May your holidays be joyful and restful.

Santa Yoda makes an appearance in Emmet County

Petoskey District Library

Petoskey home


Columnist Zako Tackles Civil Discourse, Hypocrisy

Proud UM alum, Dr. Lou

Vice-chair of the ECRP, Dr. Louis Zako, gamely offers the conservative viewpoint on the editorial pages of the Petoskey News-Review.

He (recently) wrote this column, about political discourse and civility.  And this one which deals with the hypocrisy of modern-day liberalism.

Here’ a snippet from the latter column:

“Whereas liberals of past decades believed in individual liberty, a strong national defense, and championed causes which benefitted working Americans, today’s liberals concentrate on identity politics, political correctness, abortion ‘rights’ at all costs, calling anyone who disagrees with their extremist views ‘racists,’ and lust for power.”

Read it all! And a ‘keep up the good work’ for Dr. Lou for being willing/able to publicly share his opinions in the mainstream media.

Update: Here’s his first 2018 column on medical insurance.


Sullivan Tapped for MI GOP Leadership Post

A Facebook message from Mike Sullivan which he posted on Dec. 9, 2017:

“Thank you to all of my supporters in the Michigan Republican Party for encouraging me to place my name into consideration to fill the Youth Vice Chair vacancy. It was a busy last couple of months in which I did my very best in delivering my message to our party. I am excited to say that the Michigan Republican State Committee, earlier today, cast a unanimous ballot and selected me for the position.”

Congratulations, Mike!

Mike, an Emmet County Precinct Delegate, replaces Michael Banerian.

Photo of the victor shortly after getting selected. Mike is pictured with Christina Barr who is the newly-elected Coalitions Vice-Chair of the Michigan GOP.


Pensler Opposes Sanctuary Cities

Sandy Pensler, Grosse Pointe businessman, Harvard law grad, and a Republican, is campaigning against Debbie Stabenow for the U.S. Senate seat long held by the Michigan politician.

The candidate’s Facebook page recently featured this message: “In 2015, Kate Steinle was killed by a convicted felon illegal immigrant who had been released onto the street by the city of San Francisco instead of detained as requested by federal authorities. Shortly after that, Senator Debbie Stabenow refused to support ‘Kate’s Law’ to crack down on illegal immigrant felons. Now a San Francisco jury has acquitted her killer. Sandy Pensler thinks it’s time sanctuary cities enforced the law.”

Here’s Mr. Pensler’s campaign website.


Calley Running for Governor

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced today that he is joining the 2018 GOP race for governor.

Calley, a part-time state legislature supporter, stated the following on his Facebook page:  “I am proud to have been an integral part of Michigan’s extraordinary rise from the recession that plagued our state during the ‘Lost Decade.’ We set out to make Michigan the comeback state and that’s exactly what we did.

I am running for Governor to build on this strong foundation and make Michigan the most prosperous state in the nation.”


  • ECRP Meetings/GOP Events

    - The first ECRP General Meeting of 2018 will take place on Jan. 22 at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center. A program on child trafficking will be presented.

    - The Emmet County Republican Party will host a General Meeting on October 30th at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center conference room in Harbor Springs. Petoskey School Superintendent John Scholten will be speaking about the upcoming education millage.

    - The Emmet County Republican Party will host a General Meeting on August 28th at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center conference room. KC McAlpin, Little Traverse Township precinct delegate, will be speaking about immigration reform.

    - ECRP Executive meeting, Monday, July 19, 2017, 6:00 - 6:50 pm, @Northern Lights Recreation Center

    - Emmet County Republican Party monthly meeting, Wed. April 12, 7pm @ Northern Lights Recreation Center; Speaker: County Commissioner Charlie MacInnis

    - Emmet County Republican Party meeting, Monday, March 13; 7pm at Northern Lights Recreation Center

    - March 4, 2017, Pro-Trump flashmob in Petoskey at 200 E. Lake Street from noon to 2 pm.

    February 10-11, 2017 MI GOP State Convention in Lansing

    - February 2017: NO GENERAL MEETING of ECRP or of the Executive Board

    - January 9, 2017: Jesse Osmer, Speaker
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