Nelson Mandela was a hero who gave unprecedented hope and strength to the oppressed – in South Africa and across the globe. His heart was his compass as he tirelessly fought for decades on end with great personal sacrifice. His courage was truly extraordinary, and for that he will be remembered for the ages by all of mankind. May his memory be a blessing for all those who lead humanity, and may he rest in peace. http://www.migop.org/index.php/media-center/press-releases/michigan-republican-party-statement-on-the-passing-of-nelson-mandela/
From the Detroit News - Determining where Congressman Gary Peters stands on issues is a nearly impossible task. The only consistency Representative Peters exhibits is his commitment to do and say whatever it takes to maintain his life in Washington.
Gary Peters claims that he represents Michiganians, but a quick look at his record reveals the truth – the only thing he represents is the Washington mentality. The failing health care law is Exhibit A.
In July, the Obama administration delayed the employer mandate due to the fact that employers were highlighting the potential issues surrounding implementation. Americans had grown fearful of implementation and began to recognize that the rollout was going to be a failure.
Many people contacted their representatives in Washington and urged them to do for us what Obama did for Big Business – delay the individual mandate. This led to a July 17th vote where Peters agreed to delay the individual mandate.
Then, as the political winds shifted in September, Rep. Peters switched his position and voted against delaying the individual mandate and allowing people to keep their plans. In October, when Obamacare and Healthcare.gov began to fail and the political winds shifted once again, Gary Peters switched his position, again.
For those keeping score at home – in five months Gary Peters did the following: opposed the individual mandate delay and people keeping their plans, then supported the individual mandate delay, then opposed the individual mandate delay, then supported people keeping their plans.
Gary Peters’ “change-with-the wind” political style is not limited to his votes. Recently, Peters indicated he wasn’t close with President Barack Obama. Yet in January 2013, Peters stated, “For the past four years, I was proud to work with President Obama.” However, if we re-wind back to Peters’ 2010 debate we see that he had a different tone because his job was on the line.
Again, for those keeping score at home – in three years Gary Peters claimed the following: he wasn’t close with Obama, then that he had worked closely with Obama for the last four years, then that he wasn’t close with Obama.
Peters, in word and deed, has shown that he will say and do anything to maintain his life in Washington. Michiganians deserve better than someone who cares more about the perks of being a Washington politician than serving the people. We deserve someone who cares about Michigan and the people who call Michigan home.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds." - Theodore Roosevelt
Read our statement by Chairman Bob Schostak and Co-Chair Sharon Wise at http://www.migop.org/index.php/details/news/happy-thanksgiving-from-the-michigan-republican-party/
From the Detroit News - With Thanksgiving this week, it’s fitting to focus on what makes Michigan the greatest state in the country. We are fortunate to live in a place with so many diverse gifts – offering natural, economic, and cultural treasures.
One can travel to any part of the state and experience something uniquely Michigan. Head north to Michigan’s “wine country” to taste the work of world-class winemakers, trek along Michigan’s majestic lakeshores and catch a glimpse of her ageless lighthouses, or visit Frankenmuth to experience Christmas in Bavaria – even in July.
We should be thankful for these treasures, but more importantly we should be thankful for the extraordinary people who make these experiences Pure Michigan.
The future of these experiences and our state rests with our children, which is why the Legislature is committed to giving our children the best school system in the country through school choice options and increased funding for K-12 students. The fact that education spending has increased by more than 9 percent per child in the last three years is a welcome departure from the past.
Our Legislature’s commitment to our children goes beyond giving them the tools to succeed in an increasingly competitive world. Last week, Democratic and Republican Representatives from around Michigan came together to develop policies that will make our cities and communities magnets for prepared, educated young professionals. Providing our children with the career opportunities they deserve will ensure our best and brightest become Michigan’s next generation of leaders rather than its most valuable export.
Gov. Rick Snyder is a perfect example of why it is critical to keep the next generation of leaders here at home. Through his leadership, Michigan has seen unparalleled growth from every corner and industry in the state. From balanced budgets that are providing stability for Michigan’s local economies to supporting and promoting Michigan industries, Snyder is making sure Michigan’s treasures are not lost, again. Snyder’s leadership and commitment to the people he serves has earned Michigan its national reputation as the Comeback State.
While Michigan is America’s Comeback State, Detroit is America’s Comeback City. The “Big Three” have returned to glory and are shining examples of America’s proud manufacturing heritage. This is coupled with the fact Detroit’s musicians are reminding the world that “Hitsville U.S.A.” is in the 313. This year, Michigan musicians produced 1.1 billion dollars in revenue, creating over 170 million dollars of economic growth for Michigan residents – and great music. Thanks to new leadership, great citizens and successful initiatives, Michigan’s economic and cultural heart is growing stronger every day.
We have a lot to be thankful for. In between the family, the food, the friends and everything that makes Thanksgiving great, let’s take a minute and be thankful we call Michigan home.
U-M Report: Michigan Economy to Create 130,000 Jobs Through 2015 http://www.dbusiness.com/daily-news/Annual-2013/U-M-Report-Michigan-Economy-to-Create-130000-Jobs-Through-2015/
Background: Gary Peters has once again flipped on Michigan families. In September, Peters voted against protecting Michiganders from Obamacare, but has once again shifted with the political winds. Michigan families see his vote for what it is – a thinly veiled attempt to protect his Senate bid.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus met with a group of African-American business and community leaders in Detroit on Tuesday to discuss its ongoing black voter outreach initiative and ways to revitalize struggling urban centers.
Priebus announced that radio host Wayne Bradley will serve as state director of African-American engagement effort and launched a 13-member Michigan Black Advisory Council to assist him and build relationships throughout the state.
“We are committed to continuing our engagement efforts in the Black community and will not stop competing for every vote, year-round. Our engagement staff and advisory board bring tremendous value to the work the Republican Party hopes to accomplish,” the chairman said in a news release.
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“Today, we take the time to honor our servicemen and women who put their lives on the line every day to safeguard our freedom. We especially remember those who have fallen and thank those who are still with us, as well as their loved ones, for giving so much for the good of our country. The Michigan Republican Party joins Michiganders and Americans everywhere in proudly paying our respects to our veterans for their extraordinary service. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.”