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, denniskelly@charter.net.

*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.


Attend: Primary Election Candidate Forum

Primary Election Candidate Forum will be held at the Iron Horse Cafe at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey on July 18, 2018. The event will begin with a Meet and Greet at 6 p.m. followed by the Forum which will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Candidates for County Commission, as well as state and federal offices have been invited. Co-hosts for this event include the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, North Central Michigan College, Emmet Association of Realtors, Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, and Petoskey News Review. The primary will take place on Aug. 7, 2018.

Blue Dog Award Awarded

So … a good time was had by all at the Emmet County Republican Party’s “Top of the Birch” event held at the beautiful Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club in Harbor Springs.

MI Attorney General candidate Tom Leonard, the current Speaker of the House, was the keynote speaker. Rep. and Speaker Pro Tempore Lee Chatfield  acted as the emcee.

And our own Jenny Nolan was selected as this year’s “Blue Dog.” Pictured: Jenny with Dr. Lou Zako who presented her with the coveted award. Jenny – and the Zakos – also did a wonderful job organizing the 2018 annual fundraising event.

Several local elected public officials also attended; one attendee was even spotted wearing a MAGA trucker hat. Trump 2020!

Party w/the Party! ECRP’S Annual June Event



Please join the Emmet County Republican Party Executive Committee and your GOP friends at our annual June event.  Due to Nub’s Nob redoing their kitchen, we’ve relocated the party this year to Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club located 4 miles north of Harbor Springs off M-119 600 Birchwood Dr.

Master of Ceremonies: State House Representative and Speaker Pro Tempore Lee Chatfield

Guests of Honor: House Speaker Tom Leonard; various candidates for local, state, and national office

Price per person: $35; Reception (cash bar) begins at 5:00 p.m.

Checks can be made to: ECRP and mailed to Emmet County Republican Party, P.O. Box 2100, Petoskey, MI  49770. This is the Emmet County Republican Party’s main fundraising event of the year which has been traditionally held at Nub’s Nob. Your contribution will help us elect solid Republicans to public office, as well as spread our Party’s message! Questions? Please contact Lou Zako, lrzako@gmail.com or 231-526-5095.

Candidate Colbeck Coming to Petoskey

All Are Welcome; Congressman Meet and Greet

All are invited to attend the [Jack] Bergman Meet and Greet immediately following the Stafford’s Top of Michigan marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K on May 26th.

The General is running the 5k. After completing the run, he will host the meet and greet. The event will be at 10:30 am at The Pier restaurant in Harbor Springs. Refreshments and Bergman swag will be provided. No R.S.V.P. needed. This is an open invite, so please spread the word!

Zako: “No” to Recreational Marijuana

In his latest piece, Lou Zako, the conservative columnist for the Petoskey News-Review, opines about the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana.

Dr. Zako, who is also a semi-retired physician, writes, “There is a growing body of evidence of the damage to the brains of teenagers from regular marijuana usage, and a growing number of traffic accidents and deaths due to driving by those who are ‘stoned.’ Further, the confusion over the legal status of marijuana usage, with it currently being illegal under federal law, while legal under state law in a number of states, leads to the same confused ‘public approach to this issue as the example of illegal immigration being ‘illegal’ under federal law, while ‘legal’ in some states and some cities. For those who doubt that marijuana is a gateway drug to addiction by narcotics and other hard drugs, I would challenge the reader to talk to a number of addicts or recovering addicts for their views on this question.”

As is said on the internets, read the whole thing!

P.S. Here is the language of the 2018 Michigan initiative that, if it passes, would regulate marijuana like alcohol.

  • 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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