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Former Chief Justice Declares Senate Run

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice and Detroit native Bob Young, Jr. describes himself as a “conservative Republican.” The retired chief justice now wants to unseat U.S. Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow.

According to the Detroit News, Young says he voted for Trump, is against sanctuary cities, and wants to reform health care based on market-reform principles.

Quote: I am proud of America, and always have been, because of our country’s tradition of allowing everyday Americans to achieve their dreams.

Young is the second Republican to enter the senate race. Stay tuned!


Gillman: Ronna of Michigan ‘You’re Killing It’

Conservative and prolific blogger Jason Gillman:

“If you asked me a few years ago who should be chair of the MIGOP, or even further on, the Republican National Committee, my answer would not have been Ronna Romney McDaniel.

I am pretty sure that most who regularly visit and comment here would also share the same sentiment.  Romney was seen as the continued extension of the establishment elite GOP, and viewed with suspicion by Michigan conservatives attempting to assert some more control in state politics.  As far as I (and perhaps others here) might have been concerned, she represented a step backward.

I was wrong.”

Read the rest here. It’s good!

Register: Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference


Since 1955, Michigan Republicans have gathered every two years at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island to discuss ideas, to learn how to articulate the Republican message, and to interact with fellow Republicans from across the state — and the country.  Consequently, the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference has become one of the premier Republican events in the Midwest.  Past speakers to the MRLC have included Newt Gingrich, Ted Cruz, Reince Priebus, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Carly Fiorina, Nikki Haley, and Rand Paul.

This year’s Conference will take place on Sept. 22-24, 2017.

Go here if you are interested in registering or would like more information.

Trump Celebrates American Innovation

This past week, President Donald J. Trump hosted companies from across the country at the White House to showcase products Made in America. In order to celebrate and highlight each state’s effort and commitment to American-made goods, businesses from each of the 50 states displayed products. Leaders from each company showcased their unique businesses on the South Lawn and on the State Floor of the White House. Products ranged from sandwiches, to wool blankets, to firetrucks; each business connected by the common thread of American excellence. Since first running for office, President Trump has urged industry to Buy America, Hire American.  He showcased that commitment again this week from The White House.

Here’s the video. Very upbeat message. And read this op-ed by Peter Navarro.

Lena Epstein to Challenge Debbie Stabenow

A rising star in Michigan GOP politics, thirty-something Lena Epstein, whose family has deep roots in the automotive industry, is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Debbie Stabenow.

Here’s her platform:

  • I am a conservative.
  • I believe in the Constitution and will defend it against judicial activism by supporting the Rule of Law.
  • I believe in the 2nd amendment and will fight against any attempts to infringe on an individual’s right to bear arms.
  • I am a fiscal conservative who believes in reforming the tax code to spur job creation and economic growth.
  • I believe in strong immigration policies that defund sanctuary cities and support Building the Wall.
  • I am a staunch pro-Israel supporter and will implement policies to protect Israel and the American/Israeli relationship.
  • I believe in Equal Opportunity for all, especially in education choice, and will fight to improve our education system for all Americans.

Lena attended Harvard and was the state co-chair of the Trump for President campaign.

Here’s her website.

Charlevoix County GOP Hosts Annual Picnic

The Charlevoix County Republicans annual picnic (#51!) will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, at Whiting Park in Boyne City.

The cost for entry is $20 for adults, $10 for students. Children 5 and younger are free. To make a reservation, call Marilyn Cousineau at (231) 549-2230 or Please note that there will be an additional $5 per person without an RSVP at the door, as the deadline to register was July 5.

Fighting for the Repeal of Common Core

From Michigan education activist Melanie Kurdys (pictured):

“We are encouraging everyone to go see their state representative and senator this summer to encourage them to pass HB 4192 to Repeal & Replace Common Core.  It would be best if this discussion happened in an open forum, like a town hall.  But if you go see them at office hours, take a friend.  Four ears are better than 2!! People will need to press their local districts after the bill passes. Let’s make good use of this summer with legislators in their districts.  Hopefully they will return in September to pass HB 4192 FAST!!”

ECRP note: Even if you don’t have children or grandchildren in the school system, how our young people are largely educated impacts all of society.

Office Hours with Rep. Chatfield

No appointment is necessary during office hours, and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by phone at (517) 373-2629, via email at leechatfield@house.mi.govor through his website at

Local Paper Interviews Allen West

A very, very good time was had by all at last night’s Top of the Nob party featuring special guest, Lt. Col. Allen West – a riveting, enthusiastic communicator of conservative truths.

Here’s an interview with Col. West conducted this past Wednesday at the Perry. Thanks to the Petoskey News-Review for the coverage.

  • ECRP Meetings/GOP Events

    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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