Happy Holidays from the ECRP!

Don’t Leave the Hospitality Industry Out in the Cold

Today local employees of the restaurant industry, who have been very negatively impacted by Big Gretch’s lockdown restrictions, gathered at “The People’s Park” in Petoskey for a two-hour peaceful protest.

The goal of the assembly (great turnout, btw, despite the chilly, snowy weather) was to make their voices heard and to push “Lansing” to end the draconian restrictions prohibiting dine-in service in Michigan.

Although this was not a “political” event per se, the Emmet County Republican Party was proud to stand with these small business owners and their employees in their quest for common sense, limited government. We hope they return to work, soon! 9 and 10 news covered the protest.

Photos from today’s event:


Join Like-Minded Patriots for a Holiday-Themed Protest

Creative political artwork!

Whitmer’s Lockdowns Decimating Small Business

Beyond shocking. Just plain sickening.

Bruce Walker of The Center Square reports that “Pandemic restrictions forced 32% of Michigan businesses to close at least temporarily, the most of all 50 states in the nation, federal data show.

Only Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory where 50% of businesses closed, ranked higher.”

And: “Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services instituted the three-week prohibition on indoor gatherings of 10 people or more on Nov. 15, and extended those rules until Dec. 20. Businesses caught violating DHHS rules may be subjected to fines of $1,000 a day.”

Read the whole thing. 

And also read about the travails of The Iron Pig Smokehouse in Gaylord.

Let Them Serve!

Discussing Voter Fraud in Lansing

The “everyday” Michiganders who testified before the MI House Oversight Committee about election irregularities, yesterday, were compelling, well spoken, and diverse.

For example, here’s Ms. Hima Kolanagireddy.

P.S. Chairman Matt Hall, a Republican from Marshall, did a fine job moderating a volatile hearing and pushing back against this bullying rep.

Remembering Tom Casperson

The ECRP is very sad to learn of the death of former state Senator Tom Casperson of Escanaba.

While Tom represented the UP for 15 years in the state legislature, he often attended events outside his district, like the Lincoln Day Dinner, in Petoskey. He was a cordial man who didn’t shy away from being a strong advocate of lower taxes and less regulation particularly when it came to forests and wetlands.

The MI Senate GOP Twitter page tweeted: “Today we lost a titan of the Upper Peninsula … our thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s family as we grieve the loss of our friend.”

Mr. Casperson was 61 years old.

ECRP Wishes You and Yours a Happy Thanksgiving

New ECRP Team Elected!

Congratulations to our new Precinct Delegates, Executive Board members, and Officers, elected via our virtual County Convention Wednesday, November 18, 2020. 

New Precinct Delegates:

Richard Anderson, Littlefield Township
Mark Drier, McKinley Township
Jim Kargol, Bear Creek Township, Precinct 2
Wid Lyman, City of Petoskey, Ward 2


The new Executive Committee of the Emmet County Republican Party who will serve a two year term effective 11/18/2020:

Douglas Byron
Nick Collias
Brandon Kargol
Johnathon Klonowski
Izzy Lyman
Jenny Nolan
Fredric Simons
Geri Szymanski
Janet Szymanski
Jerome Weedman
Karen Weedman
Carolyn Whittle
Lou Zako
Mary Jane Zako


New Officers, Effective January 1, 2021:

Chairman: Izzy Lyman
Vice Chair: Brandon Kargol
Treasurer: Geri Szymanski
Secretary: Jenny Nolan

Classy Patriots Flock to the Nation’s Capital

The glorious, orderly scene at today’s Million MAGA March in Washington, D.C.

Law enforcement are estimating 200,000 (but possibly 500,000) people attended the historic event including a drive-by from the President.

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/MilionMagaMarch/Brooks Meriweather.

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