Ahoy, Big Gretch!

Trump Unity Bridge Visits Emmet County

Rob Cortis, the creator of the Trump Unity Bridge/Build the Wall Tour stopped in Petoskey for the Memorial Day weekend. Several ECRP executive board members were on hand to greet Rob and his crew and enthusiastically pose for photos with the float which features a wall and the Statue of Liberty. Thanks for stopping by, Mr. Cortis. You are a creative patriot!


GOP Leadership Made Soo Lock a Reality

Janet Szymanski, an ECRP executive board member and a Precinct Delegate, wrote the letter, below, which was published in the Petoskey News-Review on May 21, 2020.

To the editor:

The Army Corps of Engineers announced that construction of a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie has started.

While the project is a long-term three-phased project, the significance of progress should not be lost on us.

This is truly a “shovels in the ground” moment that can’t be overstated.

This project has been talked about for decades by dozens of politicians. Congressman [Jack] Bergman promised he would make this project a top priority when he ran his very first campaign in 2016, and sure enough, he held to his word.

We heard the President talk at his rally in Washington Township two years ago that it was time to fix the Soo Locks. While doubters continued to doubt, this was a pivotal moment for the project as Rep. Bergman and his colleagues had garnered the President’s support for this project.

We should all be proud of Representative Bergman and President Trump for fighting for our economy and country.

Look who is on the cover of National Review …

The article was written by Hillsdale College’s journalism program director.  #LetsFly! (And do visit JJ’s website.)




The ever-creative Michigan Conservative Coalition will be hosting Operation Haircut … in Lansing … on the lawn of State Capitol building … on Wednesday, May 20th from noon to three. 

The event is in support of Karl the Barber from Owosso.

Barbers and stylists: Bring a chair and your scissors or clippers, and set up shop on the Capitol lawn. Bring a tip jar, and wear a mask if you would like.

Protesters: Participate, display a creative sign, and receive a free haircut in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do!

More information here. 


Graham Sworn in as Assistant Prosecutor

From the Emmet County Communications Department:

The Emmet County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has added a new assistant prosecutor to its staff, filling a vacancy created with the governor’s appointment of former assistant prosecutor Angela Lasher to the 90th District Court bench in February.

Emmet County native Stephen B. Graham, Jr., was sworn in as assistant prosecutor Monday afternoon, May 11, by the Honorable Charles W. Johnson, chief judge of the 57th Circuit Court.

Graham, a Harbor Springs High School graduate, has lived in Emmet County all his life. After graduating from Western Michigan University in 1985, he went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Cooley Law School in 1988.

Graham has been in private practice since 1998, handling a variety of criminal and domestic relations matters. During his decades as a private attorney, he’s become experienced in dealing with cases of divorce, custody, child support, adoption, juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect, and other general civil cases. He has tried cases in Emmet County courtrooms and served as trial counsel in a number of area counties, including Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Luce, Presque Isle, Mackinac, and Otsego.

“When the position opened up in the Prosecutor’s Office, I thought now would be a good time to try something different,” said Graham when asked what prompted him to apply for the job. “With my years of experience in private practice, I felt I could offer some new perspectives in dealing with the work of the prosecutor’s office.”

Prosecuting Attorney James Linderman agreed. “I believe Steve’s background will bring another perspective to our office that will strengthen our ability to hold offenders accountable and keep our community safe,” Linderman said. “We’re happy to have Steve join our team here and know his years of practicing law in the local area will immediately benefit Emmet County with the wide array of legal functions the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office handles each day.”

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Note: Mr. Graham is a member of the ECRP leadership team and a Precinct Delegate. Congrats, Steve! We are very proud of you.

Farmer-Scholar: Virus a Violent Teacher

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a California farmer, has written an incisive essay titled: “Our Virus is a Violent Teacher.” It is a fantastic analysis of American life – and what has become valued – before and after the pandemic hit the United States.

For instance: “Panic ensued … More were needed in overalls, fewer in yoga pants. A Chevy van was preferable to a year’s pass on the Metro. A first-class ticket to Milan was nothing but a trip to nowhere. Roomy yards were again correct, nice elevators not so much … The quaint country cabin three hours from Manhattan was a now a brilliant last redoubt. But living in Utah was even cooler than in Brooklyn Heights … Toilet paper became bitcoins, hand sanitizer more valuable than Chanel.”

Read it all, and pass it along.

Note: “War is a violent teacher,” stated Thucydides, the Athenian general. Hence the title of VDH’s piece.


Scenes from Operation Gridlock

On April 15th, 2020, thousands of car-rally goers converged upon the capital/Lansing to make their honks heard. Thousands of Mitten State residents responsibly social distanced and protested while sending a unique, powerful message about civil liberties, government overreach, and willy-nilly executive orders to Gretchen Whitmer. In short, they exercised their First Amendment: the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. #BillOfRights #SmallBusiness #AllWorkersAreEssential #FreeTheGardeningSupplies



  • ECRP Meetings/GOP Events

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    It's time for our Fall FUNraiser! Join us at Uncle Frank's Apple Town at 4391 US-31 in Brutus on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 4:30pm. Our Special Guest will be 107th District House of Representatives Candidate John Damoose.



    There will be a meeting on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 6pm at Northern Lights Recreation. The speaker at 7pm will be announced at a later date. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.


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