Colbeck Endorsed by Hannity

Republican Michigan State Senator (and favorite of many of the conservative grassroots) Patrick Colbeck is a declared candidate for governor. Here’s his Facebook campaign page.

Colbeck recently appeared on the Sean Hannity radio show/podcast to discuss the Affordable Care Act. During the interview, Hannity actually gave his endorsement for “Colbeck for governor.”

The Michigan Daily summarizes his platform: “Number one principle is the government works for us, not the other way around. Number two, when we put forward solutions, they’re meant to the best interest of all our citizens, it’s not supposed to be a special … handout to a specific community. We have provisions in our constitution that specifically prohibit that, but some of the most prevalent bills that happen in our legislature right now are deliberately targeting specific communities — that’s not right. Last, tax increases should always be the last option, not the first option.”

Stay tuned. 2018 promises to be a very interesting political year in Michigan.

Sullivan Vies For MI GOP Leadership Position

Emmet County GOP Precinct Delegate Mike Sullivan wants to be the next Youth Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party.

Here’s his Facebook campaign page.

Mike presently works for ‘Team Schuette.’

MI State Rep. candidate Michael Banerian had this to say: “As the most recent, former Youth Vice Chairman of State Party, I know how demanding the position can be. I am confident Mike Sullivan is the best candidate to replace me in this position. I am pleased to give my full endorsement and support to Mike Sullivan in his campaign for Youth Vice Chair.”

Casey VanderWeide is the other declared candidate for the position.

10/30 update: The ECRP executive board voted unanimously to endorse Mike’s candidacy. The MI State Party leadership will elect a new Youth Vice Chair on Dec. 9, 2017.

Schuette on Duty: Will he be the next governor?

Attorney General Bill Schuette will be pouring mucho coffee in the months ahead! That’s because, Schuette, age 63, wants to become the state of Michigan’s 49th CEO.

Here’s one reason why: “As Governor, Bill Schuette will fight to make Michigan a national leader in job creation and wage growth. Schuette is tired of Michigan families being forced to accept less. He is committed to cutting taxes, eliminating wasteful spending, and fighting for other pro-growth reforms to put Michigan’s economy and workers back on top.”

Mr. Schuette is no stranger to Northern Michigan. He came to Petoskey, this past summer, to campaign for Lee Chatfield.

Interested in learning more about the campaign? Go here.

Standing for the Flag; Sign of the Times

Spotted in a Petoskey neighborhood.

This ‘Made in the USA’ display is not only patriotic, it’s sweetly whimsical. #MAGA

Rep. Bergman Holds Community Engagement Event

GOP Congressman Jack Bergman, MI-01, will host a “community engagement” event on Saturday, Sept. 30th from 10 am to noon at North Central Michigan College at the Iron Horse Cafe in Petoskey. This gathering for constituents will be moderated by NCMC college president, Cameron Brunet-Koch, and Petoskey News-Review publisher, Doug Caldwell. No signs or banners will be allowed in the building, but questions are welcome.

Please come and bring a friend or neighbor! Tip: Arrive early, as this ‘dialogue’ will likely attract a sizable crowd.

Press inquiries are to be directed to

Participate in the September Meeting

From Emmet County Republican Party Chair Dennis Kelly: “There is to be an Executive Committee meeting at the regular location, Northern Lights Bowling Alley in Harbor Springs on Monday September 25th at 6:00 pm.  Your prompt attendance will be greatly appreciated.  We will be discussing the events and issues presented at the Republican Leadership Conference taking place this weekend on Mackinac Island.  There are at least three of our members attending this conference; we will be bringing knowledge of candidates and the event to our meeting … followed by a lively discussion.

The General Meeting will follow the Exec. Comm. meeting at the same location at 7:00 pm where the Leadership Conference discussion will carry over.”

The public is invited.

Chat with Lee Chatfield

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.

  • 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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