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Op-Ed: Do more laws create more tyranny?

In his latest column for the Petoskey News-Review about the Parkland and YouTube shootings, Dr. Lou Zako notes:

“After each of these tragedies we witness loud demands for stricter gun laws, unfortunately often accompanied by advocates for such laws calling those who disagree murderers, people with blood on their hands, people who want children killed. More recently we have witnessed the phenomenon of accompanying such demands with demands that the children must be heard.

Unfortunately, when one group of zealots accuses another group of having blood on their hands, it becomes impossible to have a rational debate over measures which might reduce future violent acts. Simply passing a new law or laws, in this case, for stricter gun control, borders on insanity when the hundreds of existing laws are either ignored or not enforced.”

He goes on to ask many important questions; read it here, leave a comment!

Despite the sketchy weather …

The Cheboygan County Teenage Republicans successfully hosted their pizza luncheon at the Northern Lights Recreation Center. The young people brought complimentary buttons, brochures, chap sticks, door hangars, and delivered a comprehensive, slammin’ PowerPoint presentation – right on the dance floor – on what it means to be a Republican. Bravo! Hopefully, a TARS chapter will be started in Emmet County in the very near future. In the meantime, here are photos from the event. Happy Easter!



Chatfield Supports Making English Official State Lingua

Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, is one of the co-sponsors of HB 4053.

According to, the bill would “establish English as the official state language. This would apply to government activities, but not to private sector activity. It would require governmental documents, records, meetings, actions, and policies to be in English, but would not prohibit them from also being in another language.”

The bill passed 62 to 46 in the House on Feb. 22, 2018.

Thirty-two other states have decreed English the “official” language of government business.

Here’s the full text of the bill, all of its sponsors, and a fiscal analysis of it.

Teen Republican to Speak to ECRP Executive Board

Cory Compton, of Cheboygan County, seeks to establish a GOP youth group at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. He wants the ECRP’s help with this endeavor.

Cory is 19-years-old and has been politically active since 2014. He is also the former chair of the Cheboygan Teenage Republicans. Notes Cory, “This summer, I’ll be going to D.C. for three months for an internship with the Leadership Institute, and I have written and published one book called My Generation: How America’s Culture has been Fundamentally Altered Forever.” He’s pictured with Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI.

Cory will be speaking to the Executive Board on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. As always the meeting will occur at the Northern Lights Recreation Center in Harbor Springs. The public is invited.

A General Meeting will not be held.

The ECRP Exec. Board will also be electing a new member. For further information on this election, please read the blog post directly below.

Fill a Vacancy on the ECRP Executive Board

John with SC Congressman Trey Gowdy

Due to Emmet County Republican Party Executive Board member John Ferguson’s move out West, Chair Dennis Kelly sent out this email to the elected precinct delegates:

“On January 21st, 2018 the Executive received a resignation from one of our members.  According to our bylaws we shall hold an election for nominees to fill the vacancy at our next Executive Committee Meeting which will be held on February 26, 2018.

The purpose of the Executive Committee is to perform all duties provided by law and such other duties not prohibited by law as will benefit the welfare of the Republicans of Emmet County.  The duties of the Executive Committee shall be to establish general policy for and conduct the affairs of the local party.

If you have a desire to serve your party and community, please respond to this notice prior to Monday February 26, 2018.  If elected, you will fill this vacancy as a member of the Executive Committee until the end of December 31, 2018.”

Note: One must be a GOP precinct delegate to be a candidate for this vacancy. For further info, email the chair @ denniskelly at charter dot net.

And all the best to John – a committed patriot and retired state trooper – and his family as they begin a new adventure in their lives.

2/20 Update:  Three precinct delegates have declared themselves candidates. They are: Christopher Baughman, City of Harbor Springs; Mary Jane Zako, West Traverse Twp.; and Fred Simons, City of Harbor Springs.

3/1 Update: Fred was elected to fill the position. Congrats to him, and a “thank you” to the other candidates – M.J. and Christopher – that stepped forward.

Photos! Emmet County Bergman Campaign Kickoff

At the Northern Lights Recreation’s restaurant, Congressman Jack Bergman chats up constituents, friends, and supporters. This is one of his many stops around District One this past weekend. #MAGA

Photo credits: Geri S., James H.

Join Bergman 2018 Campaign Kickoff

Emmet County Commissioner Neil Ahrens, who serves on the ECRP Executive Board, is helping host the Emmet County portion of Lt. Gen. Jack Bergman’s upcoming campaign “rollout tour” of northern Michigan. Note: Congressman Bergman will be in attendance at this event.

Chatfield Hosts Coffee Klatches for Constituents

Constituents: Here’s a chance to sit down with Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), and come to one of his local “office hours” meetings in the 107th District.

  • ECRP Meetings/GOP Events

    -The Emmet County Republican Party will host a General Meeting on April 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center conference room. Commissioner John Stakoe and Activist Scott Smith will be speaking on the topic of public transit in Emmet County.

    - 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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