‘I didn’t even know what an elector was’: FBI served Michigan ‘Trump electors’ with federal subpoenas
Federal agents have been serving subpoenas to the 16 people who signed their names as fake electors for former President Donald Trump in an attempt to give Michigan’s electoral votes to Trump instead of President Joe Biden, who won the state.
A look at Michigan’s big role in Jan. 6 hearings
Michigan will likely have a leading role in tonight’s prime time hearing as the state has been consistently at the center of all of this, from the stop the count mob at the TCF Center to false claims of voter fraud to false electors and capitol rioters. All it points to Michigan likely making up a big part of these hearings.
Police raids, guilty pleas, subpoenas and lawsuits: The week in Michigan politics
LANSING, MI -- Two Michigan lawmakers plead guilty to crimes, police raided the home of staff connected to a former lawmaker under investigation and indoor mask recommendations ended this week. State Rep. Jewell Jones (left) sits next to his attorney Byron Nolen during a Dec. 10 hearing at a Livingston County courtroom. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox speaks during the "Keep America Great Rally" at 215 Central Ave., Holland, Mich., on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The committee expressed interest in a Dec. 2, 2020, video conference call between Cox, Trump’s former campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Michigan Republican activists. Gretchen Whitmer told Michigan business leaders she will protect the state’s economic interests and challenge protests that illegally disrupt the flow of goods.mlive.com
Former Michigan GOP Chair Laura Cox Criticizes Jan. 6 Subpoena
Former Michigan Republican Party chair Laura Cox criticized a U.S. House committee's issuance of a subpoena for documents and her testimony related to the Capitol insurrection, saying it is seeking information already in the public realm.detroit.cbslocal.com
Former Michigan GOP chair says she cooperated with Jan. 6 committee, has ‘nothing to hide’ after being subpoenaed
Former Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox said a subpoena calling her to testify before the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot amounts to a public relations stunt. Related: Jan. 6 committee subpoenas former Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura CoxThe committee expressed interest in a Dec. 2, 2020, video conference call between Cox, Trump’s former campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Michigan Republican activists. Cox said the Michigan Republican Party gave Trump’s lawyers affidavits from people who claimed they witnessed fraud at the TCF Center. Cox is the third Michigan Republican subpoenaed by the committee. “I did not need President Trump or the Trump campaign to push me to question ballot irregularities in Michigan,” Cox wrote.mlive.com
Jan. 6 committee subpoenas former Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox
Former Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox was called to testify before a U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot about her knowledge of the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the state’s election results. Related: Trump campaign asks Michigan lawmakers to steal electors from Biden; GOP leaders say it won’t happen“The Michigan Republican Party has partnered with the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee to investigate over 1,000 incidents (of alleged voter fraud) that occurred,” Cox said on Dec. 2, 2020. Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said the “fight is not over” and called for investigations into the results. Subpoenas were issued to Republican National Committeewoman Kathy Berden and Marya Rodriguez, who served as the chair and secretary of Michigan’s Republican electors. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was interviewed in November 2021 and forwarded a copy of the false certificates to investigators.mlive.com
Butt pinches, threesome requests and a glass ceiling: sexism is systemic in Michigan’s political culture
Former Vanguard Public Affairs employees have described inappropriate workplace behavior and sexual harassment from firm owner TJ Bucholz, a progressive political consultant. Last year, it was former Sen. Pete Lucido, R-Shelby Twp., under the microscope for sexual harassment. A longtime player in the Lansing political scene, Bucholz opened his own firm in 2014 and did communications work for political figures. And women are ready to talk about something bigger, too: the Michigan political culture that enabled it. They do a sexual harassment training and have sexual harassment policies, but neither body’s is currently publicly available online for people in peripheral fields like lobbying and communications to reference.mlive.com
Michigan GOP chair apologizes for calling top state officials ‘witches’
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – The leader of Michigan’s Republican Party apologized Saturday for the controversial comments he made at a meeting of the North Oakland Republican Club. READ: Michigan GOP chair causes controversy with ‘witches,’ assassination remarksAt the meeting, GOP Chair Ron Weiser referred to Gov. I apologize to those I offended for the flippant analogy about three women who are elected officials and for the off-hand comments about two other leaders. Michigan GOP chairman Ron WeiserWeiser’s comments at the meeting brought a quick response from Whitmer, who was targeted in an alleged domestic terrorism plot last year. “Given the dramatic increase in death threats against Michigan elected officials during the Trump Administration, this type of rhetoric is destructive and downright dangerous,” Whitmer said.
Michigan GOP chair causes controversy with ‘witches,’ assassination remarks
University of Michigan alum Ron Weiser is a former ambassador to Slovakia in President George W. Bush's administration. At the meeting, GOP Chair Ron Weiser referred to Gov. AdWeiser has been party chair for only a few months, but he’s had the position before. READ: Michigan GOP elects new leadership amid accusations of corruption“Our job is to soften up those three witches and make sure we have good candidates to run against them,” Weiser said. Do better, Michigan GOP.
Michigan GOP elects new leadership amid accusations of corruption
that allegedly involved national GOP Party Chair Ronna McDaniel after Weiser allegedly called McDaniel. She is also mentioned in a similar pay-off scheme during her run for Michigan GOP Chair, also allegedly organized by Weiser. Michigan’s GOP elected the new leadership amid party infighting and accusations of illegal activity. One involved an alleged $200,000 pay-off for a candidate to drop out of a race that allegedly involved national GOP Party Chair Ronna McDaniel after Weiser allegedly called McDaniel. She is also mentioned in a similar pay-off scheme during her run for Michigan GOP Chair, also allegedly organized by Weiser.
New Michigan GOP chair under investigation by state elections bureau for ‘secret’ $200K payments
LANSING, MI - Michigan’s Bureau of Elections started an investigation into allegations that state Republican Party chair Ron Weiser used party funds to pay a Secretary of State candidate to drop out of a race in 2018. Former state party chair Laura Cox accused Weiser in a Jan. 15 email of paying Stanley Grot $200,000 to end his 2018 secretary of state campaign. Read more: Laura Cox reenters Michigan GOP chair race, accuses Ron Weiser of ‘secret’ paymentsCox sent a letter containing the allegations to the bureau last week, indicating her desire for an investigation into a possible violation of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. “There is clear evidence that a secret deal was made between Ron Weiser and Stan Grot,” Cox wrote. Read more: Ron Weiser elected to once again lead Michigan Republican PartyWeiser called the allegations “baseless” in a statement.mlive.com
Laura Cox voted out as Michigan GOP chair, Ron Weiser elected for third term
Ron Weiser, chairman of the University of Michigan Board of Regents. DETROIT – University of Michigan Board of Regents member Ronald Weiser was elected to Michigan’s GOP chair during Saturday’s virtual Michigan Republican Party 2021 Convention. AdWeiser had been the Michigan GOP chair from 2009-2011 and 2017-2019. Ambassador to Slovakia under President George W. Bush from 2001-2005 and has been on the University of Michigan Board of Regents since 2016. The rest of Saturday’s election results can be read on the Michigan GOP website here.
Ron Weiser elected to once again lead Michigan Republican Party
LANSING — Ron Weiser was elected Saturday to once again lead the Michigan Republican Party, this time alongside Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock. “Meshawn and I are honored and excited to lead the party over the next two critical years,” Weiser said in a statement released by the party. “There is clear evidence that a secret deal was made between Ron Weiser and Stan Grot,” Cox wrote. Weiser was U.S. ambassador to Slovakia under President George W. Bush and formerly served as the Michigan GOP chair from 2009 to 2011 and again from 2017 to 2018. Cox became party chair in early 2019 after serving terms as a state House representative and a Wayne County Commissioner.mlive.com
Morning Briefing Feb. 6, 2021: Remembering girl killed in Taylor crash, Michigan GOP chair accuses proposed successor of ‘secret’ payments, how Trump’s second impeachment trial will work
On Friday night, a few dozen people gathered to remember 12-year-old, Phoebe Elliot, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Taylor. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 566,630 as of Friday, including 14,797 deaths, state officials report. On Thursday, the state reported a total of 565,251 cases and 14,778 deaths. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 68,700 on Thursday -- near the lowest it’s been since November. AdNew Today: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Feb. 6, 2021Here’s a look at more of the data:
Michigan GOP Chair Laura Cox accuses Ron Weiser of paying candidate to drop out of 2018 state race
DETROIT – Current Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox said she was dropping out of the race for another term -- a decision expected to be made at the state party convention on Saturday (Feb. 6). That decision would also leave former chair and current University of Michigan Regent Ron Weiser as the only candidate for the position. However, days before the convention, Cox accused Weiser -- when he was chairman -- of paying out $200,000 in party money to Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot, a payment in return for Grot dropping out of the race in 2018 for secretary of state. The funds were paid to Grot over a six-month period; however, Grot and Weiser claim the six-figure payment was for doing delegate recruitment. Cox claimed that with Grot dropping out of the race, the GOP could then put a woman on the ticket on its all-male ticket.
Laura Cox reenters Michigan GOP chair race, accuses Ron Weiser of ‘secret’ payments
LANSING, MI - Laura Cox is back on the ballot in the race for Michigan Republican Party chair, entering the fray days before Saturday’s election. The current party chair went in swinging at Ron Weiser, a two-time former party chair who was previously considered the presumptive incoming co-chair alongside 11th District GOP Chair Meshawn Maddock. Cox accused Weiser in a Jan. 15 email of paying former Secretary of State candidate Stanley Grot $200,000 to step down from his 2018 campaign. “There is clear evidence that a secret deal was made between Ron Weiser and Stan Grot,” she wrote. The contract in question was drafted by counsel, and I relied on that counsel,” Weiser wrote.mlive.com
Gov. Whitmer allows Michigan restaurants to reopen with capacity limits, curfew
Most notably, the order allows restaurants to resume indoor dining services on Feb. 1, in addition to allowing movie theaters and casinos to reopen concessions and more. Read: Michigan restaurants can officially reopen Feb. 1 with curfew, other COVID safety restrictionsMichigan business owners, employees and patrons alike have waited months for the good news -- but it doesn’t come without stipulations. Under the new order, restaurants must operate indoor dining services at only 25 percent capacity, sit six people or less at a table and follow a 10 p.m. curfew. More: MDHHS announces next COVID order, revising rules for Michigan restaurants, stadiums, gatheringsThe Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) is calling the state’s loosened restrictions overdue. Whitmer’s office is hoping that people take the precautions seriously this time around to avoid the need to shut down indoor dining again.
GOP replaces canvasser who certified Biden's win in Michigan
Tony Daunt, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund, will succeed Aaron Van Langevelde, whose term expires Jan. 31. Under law, the Democratic governor had to choose one of three people nominated by the state Republican Party. After the board certified the results, Daunt applauded the move, saying the vote should have been 4-0. In a lengthy statement, Van Langevelde said it was no surprise he was not re-nominated. A spokesman for the state GOP said Van Langevelde did not reach out to the party about serving another term.
Michigan native Ronna McDaniel re-elected as national GOP chair
Michigan native Ronna McDaniel was re-elected to serve as chair of the Republican National Committee Friday. The former Michigan Republican Party chair and longtime supporter of President Donald Trump ran unopposed and was unanimously re-elected to the post. McDaniel was initially tapped to lead the RNC after helping Trump win her home state in 2016. Being chair of the Republican National Committee has been an honor of the lifetime, and I’m so honored to be re-elected. pic.twitter.com/RuOdo9ulWh — Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 8, 2021Current Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox said in a statement she was thrilled by McDaniel’s re-election.mlive.com
Michigan native Ronna McDaniel re-elected as RNC chairwoman
Being chair of the Republican National Committee has been an honor of the lifetime, and I’m so honored to be re-elected. We have a lot of work to do heading into 2022 and I'm ready to make sure Republicans up and down the ballot have the resources they need to win! Trump chose her to lead the national party after the election.“I am thrilled that my good friend Ronna McDaniel was re-elected as Chairman of the RNC today,” Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox said in a statement. “Under Ronna’s leadership, we have seen the greatest expansions of the GOP in our nation’s history. From record votes cast for Republicans to new inroads with diverse groups of voters, Ronna is poised to continue to expand upon these successes over the next 4 years, and I cannot wait to see where her leadership takes our party.”metrotimes.com
Presence at US Capitol ahead of riot not likely to affect prospective Michigan GOP co-chair’s candidacy
LANSING, MI - Michigan Republican Party officials expect Meshawn Maddock, the only candidate for party co-chair, to remain on the ballot despite her presence outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. She and her husband, state Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford Twp., joined protesters in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6. “The Speaker hasn’t seen any action that rises” to the level of discipline, said Lynn Afendoulis, former Republican state representative and current House Republican press secretary. Two Michigan House representatives lost committee assignments for comments interpreted as promoting violence last month. Rep. Gary Eisen, R-St. Clair Township, suggested during a radio interview that there was “going to be violence” at the Michigan Capitol prior to the state’s casting of Electoral College votes.mlive.com
Michigan Republican Party chairman will not seek reelection
Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox announced she will not pursue a second term leading the state GOP. The Livonia resident pursued a career in criminal justice after graduating from Michigan State University, served 13-years as a Detroit ICE agent. Cox served a decade on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, the lone Republican for most of her tenure. Cox served in the state House from 2015-2018, becoming the first woman to lead state budget discussions at the helm of the House Appropriations Committee. She lost a race for Michigan’s 7th state Senate seat in 2018 before running for state party chair.mlive.com
Michigan Republicans ‘condemn’ decision to keep many businesses closed through holidays
LANSING, Mich. – Minutes after the state announced updated COVID-19 restrictions, Michigan Republicans released a statement “condemning” the decision to keep many businesses closed through the holidays. Michigan Gov. While some indoor venues where people can wear masks and maintain social distancing will be allowed to reopen, other parts of the economy -- most notably indoor dining at restaurants -- are still banned. READ: COVID-19 restrictions stay the same for Michigan restaurants as other venues prepare to reopen“I am happy to see that Gov. However, officials would be willing to consider lifting more restrictions before Jan. 15 if Michigan makes enough progress, Whitmer said.
Rep. removed from Michigan House Oversight Committee amid investigation
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Rep. Cynthia Johnson is under investigation after she posted on social media a response to the many violent, vulgar and racist death threats she’s received. The video, posted Tuesday night, has quickly gone viral and legislative leadership removed her from her House Oversight Committee assignments Wednesday. “My soldiers, they are soldiers for Christ, soldiers against racism, soldiers against domestic violence, soldiers against domestic terrorism,” Johnson said. Rep. Johnson has been removed from her committee assignments, and we are looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their own investigations. Whitmer, Secretary Benson, Rep. Johnson herself, and others.
Michigan Republican Party chairman tested for COVID after meeting with Giuliani
Michigan Republican Party staff members who came into close contact with Rudy Giuliani last week were tested for COVID-19 after the president’s lawyer contracted the disease. Giuliani tested negative before visiting the state legislatures of Arizona, Michigan and Georgia last week, but the president announced Sunday that Giuliani since tested positive. Related: State House won’t gather Tuesday as lawmakers await COVID-19 test results after Giuliani visitA spokesperson for the Michigan Republican Party said Monday that Cox and a handful of staffers who came into contact with Giuliani were tested after his diagnosis was revealed Sunday. The spokesperson said Cox will self-quarantine until test results come back as a precaution. Giuliani visited Lansing last Wednesday to testify in a nearly five-hour-long legislative hearing, where he asked Michigan lawmakers to ignore the certified election results and appoint electors for Trump.mlive.com
Rudy Giuliani to testify in Lansing with allegations of Michigan election fraud
DETROIT – Some Michigan lawmakers will spend much of Wednesday holding a hearing about Detroit ballots, despite the fact that the state’s election results were certified. “I applaud the Michigan Senate for taking up such an important issue in today’s hearing. On Wednesday, the state house will hold a similar hearing at which President Donald Trump’s Attorney Rudy Giuliani will testify. Giuliani is flying into Michigan on Wednesday to testify before the Michigan House Oversight Committee. READ: ‘Watchers’ denied access to ballot counting at Detroit TCF Center due to COVID restrictionsREAD MORE: Michigan House Speaker says GOP will launch vote counting inquiry
Former state Sen. Tom Casperson remembered for his service to the Upper Peninsula
LANSING, MI -- Former state Sen. Tom Casperson has died from cancer, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox said Sunday, Nov. 29. The Republican legislator from Escanaba represented the Upper Peninsula for 15 years in the state Legislature. Tom Casperson will be remembered for his dedicated service to the Upper Peninsula, and he will stand as an example for future generations of public servants looking to better their communities. Andrea and I send our love and support to his family as they mourn this great loss.”Today we lost a titan of the Upper Peninsula, former senator Tom Casperson. This summer Casperson participated in the Lights of Hope Tour sponsored by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.mlive.com
Michigan Board of State Canvassers votes to certify November election results
DETROIT – After a long afternoon of public comment and deliberation the Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted to certify the November election results. Details: Michigan Board of State Canvassers certifies Nov. 3 General Election resultsThe Board of State Canvassers, which has two Republicans and two Democrats, confirmed the results on a 3-0 vote with one abstention. “I commend the three members of the State Board of Canvassers who voted to follow the law and certify the 2020 election results today. President-elect Biden won the State of Michigan by more than 154,000 votes, and he will be our next president on January 20th. Today Cox issued a statement reiterating her remarks before the election results were officially certified.
Republican leaders ask Michigan Board of State Canvassers to delay certification of election results
DETROIT – Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox penned a joint letter dated today to the Michigan Board of State Canvassers asking to delay the certification of election results for two weeks. Since the presidential election Republican leaders have made allegations of voter fraud without substantial evidence. The letter was sent only a day after Michigan Republican leaders met with President Donald Trump. After the meeting both leaders issued a joint letter noting that the meeting with the president was on the state’s fight against COVID-19. @Local4News pic.twitter.com/qUMYjSr35H — Grant Hermes (@GrantHermes) November 21, 2020My joint letter with @GOPChairwoman to the Members of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers.
Deadlocked Wayne County Board of Canvassers fails to certify election results
Detroit – The Wayne County Board of Canvassers is deadlocked on Tuesday with a 2-2 vote on the decision to certify election votes. The state Court of Appeals said it wasn’t convinced the Wayne County judge made a mistake by refusing to stop the work of county canvassers. — Jocelyn Benson (@JocelynBenson) November 18, 2020“In refusing to approve the results of the election in Wayne County, the two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers have placed partisan politics above their legal duty to certify the election results,” Gov. The actions of Palmer and Hartman disrespects and disregards the voters of Wayne County, the incredibly hard work of the dedicated poll workers and clerks of Wayne County all in the name of partisan showboating. Once this is established, I will, of course, accept the will of the voters.”Statement from Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans:"The voters of Wayne County have spoken, but apparently two of the four members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers refused to hear them.
Michigan law says send voter fraud complaints to police, not the Republican Party
Michigan Republicans want voter fraud complaints sent to them for review. However, that’s not how state law works. Potential violations of state election law shall only be investigated by law enforcement and prosecuted by county prosecuting attorneys, according to laws cited by the Michigan Bureau of Elections. Examples of violations include submitting multiple votes, stuffing invalid ballots into ballot boxes, preventing valid voter registration or votes to be given and more. The three investigative contacts for federal voter fraud complaints are:Dawn Ison, Election Officer for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Department of Justice.mlive.com
Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice replacing liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg
WASHINGTON – The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before Election Day, handing President Donald Trump a political victory. She was confirmed to the Supreme Court with a 52-48 vote on Monday night. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox also released a statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Barrett. “President Trump promised Americans that he would appoint rule of law justices to the Supreme Court, who would protect and defend our constitution. Tonight’s confirmation of his nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a fulfillment of this promise.
Republicans tout videos they say show election problems; state officials will investigate as misinformation
Michigan Republicans in a news release Wednesday morning said they found video evidence showing “gross negligence” confirming President Trump’s claims. The news release provided two links to videos of a Lansing absentee ballot drop box that was not locked. Swope said on the Facebook video, “Voters did not have ballots in their hands. We have referred this matter to the Attorney General for investigation as election misinformation.”We asked Republicans for an interview. We were told after the replies from the state and the clerk, they would be talking with their attorneys.wxyz.com
Michigan Republicans' bullshit claim about absentee ballot box catches attention of attorney general
click to enlarge Shuttestock.comThe Michigan Republican Party falsely suggested Wednesday that ballots may have been stolen from an unlocked drop-off box in Lansing, an easily disputable claim that could land the GOP in trouble.The Michigan Attorney General’s Office tellsit’s reviewing the matter after state election officials alleged the misinformation was “likely intended to suppress voting.”Republicans' erroneous claim stems from a video that shows a man opening the rear of an unlocked ballot box and revealing a single envelope that clearly is not a ballot.“I can go right up to the back of it, open the fucking thing up, and there are ballots,” a man taking the video says.Republicans said the video was taken two weeks ago, before the first absentee ballots were even sent to voters.Nevertheless, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox feigned outrage in a news release, helping fuel to President Donald Trump’s baseless conspiracy theory that mail-in voting is going to lead to widespread fraud.“This is evidence that our election system has potentially been compromised,” Cox said. “I am calling on Secretary Benson to launch a full investigation into this incident, to determine if any ballots were stolen or tampered with, and to ensure this never happens again. I stand with President Trump in his fight for the free, fair election Michiganders, and all Americans, deserve.”State and city of Lansing election officials said the assertion was baseless and irresponsible.“The claim there were ‘ballots inside’ is easily disproven by their own video,” Michigan Department of State spokesman Jake Rollow said. “By sharing blatantly false statements in the press release, they are irresponsibly spreading misinformation likely intended to suppress voting among Michigan citizens.”Voter suppression is a state and federal crime.Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said the video was taken on the same day the drop-off box was installed, and it was locked before voters received absentee ballots.“Drop boxes are a safe and secure way to vote; we have security cameras on all the ones we have installed this year,” Swope said.The Michigan Republican Party has not responded to a request for comment.The FBI posted a nine-minute video on social media to assure voters that the election system is safe as Trump and his allies continue to spread misinformation about mail-in voting.metrotimes.com
First presidential debate 2020: Live updates
Refresh this page throughout the presidential debate for live updatesThe first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign cycle starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. Trump said a vaccine will be available “very soon.”President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate against Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. Protestors support speeches during a gathering on the hill of the lagoon near the Cleveland Art Museum during the presidential debate in Cleveland, September 29, 2020. 8:15 p.m. - Vice presidential candidates weigh inDemocratic vice presidential nominee shared her predictions for the night during an “Artists for Biden” fundraiser Tuesday afternoon. READ MORE DEBATE COVERAGE:Ohio National Guard to return to Cleveland as city hosts first 2020 presidential debateModerator Chris Wallace releases topics for first presidential debate in ClevelandFirst presidential debate in Cleveland taking shape, but plenty of questions remainmlive.com
Michigan leaders respond to Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced Saturday he was nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I am thrilled that President Trump has chosen Amy Coney Barrett to serve as the next associate justice on the Supreme Court. Amy Coney Barrett has a proven track record of protecting our Constitution, honoring the sanctity of life, and fighting for the rule of law. The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is an unconscionable assault on the Affordable Care Act. As I have said before, I do not support the Senate moving forward on a Supreme Court nomination until after Inauguration Day.
Karen Pence says Trump has ‘opened doors’ for women during Grand Rapids rally
“We need you Michigan,” Pence said, during a Women for Trump gathering at New Vintage Place, a wedding and event venue on the city’s Northwest Side. Friday’s event featured introductory remarks from Meshawn Maddock, co-founder of Women for Trump, and Laura Cox, chair of the Michigan Republican Party. Cox, speaking after the event, said she feels “very confident” that women voters will turn out for Trump this election. That same poll showed Biden with a sizable lead among women voters in Michigan, 54% to 37%. Six of 10 Michigan women rated Trump’s performance unfavorable, also the highest rate among the four states.mlive.com
2020 Democratic National Convention kicks off virtually with Michigan taking center stage
DETROIT – The Democratic National Convention kicked off on Monday night. Despite that, Michigan Gov. WATCH: Day 1 of 2020 Democratic National ConventionWhitmer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were two of the bigger names to speak as the convention started around 9 p.m. But while Whitmer blames, Trump leads, and I look forward to our state awarding him with another victory this November.”READ: More Democratic National Convention coverage
Peter Meijer wins 2020 Republican Primary for Michigan US House District 3
Republican Peter Meijer has won the 2020 Republican primary election for U.S. House Michigan District 3. Meijer defeated Joe Farrington, Emily Rafi, Tom Norton, and Lynn Afendoulis in Tuesdays election. Meijer, who describes himself a son of West Michigan and a veteran of the war in Iraq, will now go up against Democrat Hillary Scholten in November. Scholten ran unopposed in the Aug. 4 primary. Related: Latest Election news
GOP calls out Gov. Whitmer for saying Black stay-at-home order protesters would have been killed by law enforcement
LANSING, Mich. The Michigan Republican Party is calling for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to apologize after she said she believes had protesters during the anti-stay-at-home rallies been Black, they would have been killed by law enforcement. That response has drawn criticism from Michigan GOP Chairman Laura Cox who said Whitmer owed members of the state police who guard the capitol an apology. You know she's the governor over the Michigan State Police. The calls to defund departments has become a rallying cry and policy push during nationwide protests.
Michigan Democratic chair: Trump supporters are racist
LANSING, Mich. The chairwoman of Michigan's Democratic Party said people who support President Donald Trump are racist, saying she will not remain silent because uncomfortable conversations must occur amid protests over police killings of George Floyd and other black people. Lavora Barnes, who is African American, issued a statement late Sunday, after Trump used Twitter as a bullhorn to urge tougher action by law enforcement against protesters around the country. He called the demonstrators thugs in a Friday tweet, saying when the looting starts, the shooting starts" before later walking it back. If you support Donald Trump, you are a racist, Barnes said. It is time to risk some friendships, time to make waves at work, time to recognize that we are past politics now.Cox called Barnes' statement inflammatory" and said Trump has expressed support for those peacefully protesting.
Michigan Republican Party asks attorney general to give feds control of investigation into Midland tragedy
DETROIT – In recent days the Detroit News and Bridge Magazine have published stories about Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit against the owner of the Edenville Dam, which tragically failed on Tuesday forcing thousands to evacuate their homes because of the floods. Nessel wanted more water added to promote the safety of freshwater mussels, which she alleged were being damaged by the low water levels. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox is calling on Nessel to recuse her office from the investigation of the Edenville Dam tragedy and transfer the inquiry to federal authorities. "With these troubling new revelations that the state’s lawsuits may have played a role in this tragedy, it is clear that Attorney General Dana Nessel should not lead this investigation. Therefore, the Michigan Republican Party calls for the Attorney General to turn over the investigation of the Edenville Dam’s failure to federal authorities.
Rep. Haley Stevens is lone Michigan Democrat in US House still unsure about impeachment
click to enlarge Campaign photoRep. Haley Stevens. The other Democrat, Rep. Elissa Slotkin, of Holly, announced on Monday that she supports impeachment , making Stevens the lone holdout.Stevens has faced relentless pressure from Republicans. Stevens told Politico last week that the impeachment vote has been a painful moment.Im keeping an open mind, reading through the articles and talking to my constituents, Rep. Haley Stevens of Michigan said. This is obviously a painful moment.Stevens takes a tough stance against Trump on her campaign website: Now is the time for bold and courageous leadership. We must hold Donald Trump accountable for his lack of defense, corruption, open bigotry and attack on basic facts and science.metrotimes.com
Anti-ICE graffiti again painted on Michigan GOP headquarters
LANSING, Mich. - Anti-government graffiti has been found painted a second time on the Michigan Republican Party headquarters amid debate over a possible nationwide immigration sweep to deport people living the country illegally. The state party says the graffiti found Tuesday was apparently painted Monday night. It comes after an expletive and the acronym "ICE" for Immigration and Customs Enforcement was found on the front of the Lansing building Saturday evening. The state party says the vandalism is an attack on Chairwoman Laura Cox, who served a portion of her career as an ICE agent. The latest graffiti included an expletive and her last name, and a symbol representing anarchy.