And the election is on November 6th

Voters in Emmet County are invited to a Candidate Forum on October 10th at the Iron Horse Cafe at North Central Michigan College.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for a Meet and Greet with the candidates; the moderated forum will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Invitations have been sent to candidates Jim Page and Wayne Schmidt in Michigan’s 37th State Senate race, as well as Triston Cole and Melissa Fruge of the 105th, and Lee Chatfield and Joanne Galloway of the 107th State House races. Event organizers have also invited Jack Bergman and Matt Morgan, candidates for the Michigan first congressional district race.

Co-hosts for this event include the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, North Central Michigan College, and Petoskey News-Review.

Open House Invite: Bring a Friend or Two

Working the Gun Show

The Harbor Springs Outdoors Club gun show is being held at the Emmet County Fairgrounds Community building in Petoskey this weekend. ECRP has a candidates’ table that is situated in the foyer, and all gun show attendees have to pass by it when they enter the building.

Precinct Delegate Robert Igielski is manning the table.

Do stop by, grab a yard sign, and say “hey” to Robert.

And if you can’t make it today, come by tomorrow … we’ll be there from 9 am to 5 pm.


#ResultsNotResistance #November6th 

#KeepMIRed  #RedWave

Debate: Tribal Reservation Size, Jurisdiction

Gov. Snyder

Our erudite conservative columnist, Dr. Lou Zako weighs in on a relevant topic with a historical angle – the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder lawsuit.

The lawsuit, which deals largely with the validity of a 19th century treaty, was filed several years ago. As the Petoskey News-Review has reported: “By asking a federal court to affirm its reservation boundaries, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians looks to clarify that it holds jurisdiction in a 337-square-mile swath of Northern Michigan. For other entities with stakes in the area, though, the scope of that jurisdiction remains a source of uncertainty. Some intervening parties have voiced worries about the boundary affirmation’s possible impacts for the tribe’s neighbors.

The case, filed against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in 2015 in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, will determine whether borders of the Odawa tribe’s reservation set by an 1855 treaty are still considered valid. The territory in question includes roughly the western two-thirds of Emmet County, portions of northern Charlevoix County and Garden and Hog islands in northern Lake Michigan.”

In his column, Dr. Zako notes how Emmet County and its various municipalities, villages, and townships could be impacted: “There is a concern that if the LTBB is successful in its suit, it will have ultimate authority over all the involved land area in zoning, taxation, and even criminal and civil judicial matters for both Indians and non-Indians.”

Read his interesting take on this ongoing litigation.

Attend! Family Night on the Farm

Emmet County GOP Launches Victory Center

Janet Szymanski and Dennis Kelly

The Emmet County Republicans now have a GOP headquarters for the fall election! Or, as it’s colloquially known – a Victory Center. The location is 1053 US 31 North, Suite 7 – across from the Bay View country club at the corner of Turbush Avenue and Highway 31. It is a large one-room office where campaign literature and political signs can easily be stored. The lease is for two months ending on Nov. 5th.

Current hours of operation: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 11-5; Wed. 11-7; Sat. 11-3; Sunday closed. If you would like to volunteer to staff the Victory Center, please call Janet at 231-330-4800. #RedWave #TrumpAgenda #MIGOP #Forward

Dr. Zako Ponders Socialism, Limited Government

Charles Fourier, utopian socialism founder

The vice-chair of the ECRP, Dr. Lou Zako, continues his quest to offer an important counter-culture viewpoint on the opinion pages of the Petoskey News-Review.

His latest column is titled: The wonders of socialism?

Dr. Zako ponders, ” … how much of my own hard-earned wealth do I wish to share with those of my neighbors who do not have as much wealth. I can share either voluntarily through charity donations or by compulsion through taxation, or through a combination of the two. I am personally comfortable with both charity-giving and some level of taxation. I come down on the side of limited government and limited taxation, both because government is often highly inefficient and sometimes corrupt in its use of our tax dollars and because the more of our individual wealth is confiscated by government, the less personal freedom we have.”

Conventions Convening This Week

There will be a meeting of the duly elected Precinct Delegates and the At-Large Delegates to the County Convention at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at the Emmet County Courthouse, 200 Division St., Petoskey.*

Only Precinct Delegates elected at the August 7, 2018 primary election will be seated and considered eligible to vote at this convention.

The purpose for convening is to elect Delegates and Alternates to the August 25th, 2018 State Convention to be held at the Lansing Convention Center in Lansing. The purpose of the State Convention is to nominate one Lieutenant Governor, one Secretary of State, one Attorney General, and to nominate two candidates for each of the following offices: Michigan Supreme Court, State Board of Convention, Michigan State University Board of Trustees, University of Michigan Board of Regents, and Wayne State University Board of Governors.

For further information about the State Convention, go here.

For further information information about the County Convention, please contact Dennis Kelly, chair of the ECRP,

*New building entry security measures are now in effect at the Emmet County Division Street location. All members of the public entering the building will use the District Court entrance on Lake Street and pass through a metal detector. Inspection of all bags, backpacks, briefcases, and containers will be conducted.

VPOTUS Coming to Michigan

Veep Pence

Important announcement from the Michigan GOP: “Republicans all over the great state of Michigan are energized and ready to rally as one team to work toward victory in November. Please join us for a Unity Rally with Special Guest Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, August 8th at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 at 6:00 pm. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and will close at 5:30 p.m.. Space is limited. You must RSVP for admittance. RSVP does not guarantee a spot at the rally. Admission is first come, first served.”

Go here to make a reservation.

Getting Ready for the Primary

The Emmet County Republican Party executive committee will meet at the Northern Lights Recreation, 8865 M-119 Harbor Springs, on Monday, July 23rd at 6:00 pm.

Immediately following, a General Meeting will be held at 7:00 pm. Candidates running for Emmet County Commissioner and Register of Deeds have been invited to briefly speak.

We encourage you to attend and to invite friends and neighbors.


  • ECRP Meetings/GOP Events

    - Visit our Victory Center which is located across from the Bay View golf club. Current hours of operation: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 11-5; Wed. 11-7; Sat. 11-3; Sunday closed. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Janet at 231-330-4800.

    -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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