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Friday, October 20, 2017

Kowall Congressional Announcement Imminent In The 11th



By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)

WMP has learned that State Senator Mike Kowall is on the verge of launching his campaign for Congress.

Kowall is running for the 11th Congressional District seat held by Rep. David Trott, who is retiring after his current term.

Kowall's timing means he won't have to post fundraising numbers until January of 2018, though raising money is not expected to be an issue for Kowall, he is likely to be among the front runners in what will be an extremely competitive race.

Candidates in the race so far include businessman Rocky Raczkowski, Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise, State Rep. Klint Kesto, and former Congressman Kerry Bentivolio.

Also in the mix is business owner and former Michigan Trump Co-Chair Lena Epstein, who has nearly $800,000 on hand after raking in nearly half a million dollars in the last quarter. 
 
Kesto has raised around $46,000. Other candidates filed after the reporting deadline.

Kowall's decision to avoid a nasty convention battle for Secretary of State and fight on more friendly turf in the 11th was a smart move, stay tuned!
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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Sean Hannity Endorses Colbeck For Governor



By Brandon Hall
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State Senator Patrick Colbeck received a big endorsement for his Gubernatorial campaign when Fox News host Sean Hannity announced earlier this week that he is backing Colbeck.

Appearing on Hannity's radio show, Colbeck discussed direct primary care and how it can help bring free market principles and cost savings to the healthcare market. 

Colbeck estimates instituting direct primary care services in Medicaid could save Michigan's annual budget nearly $4 billion a year.

"Good luck in your race Pat, I hope you win, you have a full, complete endorsement," Hannity said at the conclusion of the interview.

It's a great win for Colbeck, who recently had his office taken over by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof. He kicked Colbeck off of all his committees as well...

Colbeck also recently picked up the endorsement of popular Conservative preacher David Barton, CEO of WallBuilders, who praised Colbeck's conservative credentials...

>>>Listen to Colbeck and Hannity HERE. Interview starts around the 56 minute mark, with the endorsement around the 1:02 mark...

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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You Scared, Bro? Upton May Abandon US Senate Campaign Over Bannon Fears

Bannon, left, Upton, right


By Brandon Hall
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Is Rep. Fred Upton abandoning what seemed like a certainty at Mackinac, running for US Senate, because he is scared of Steve Bannon?

That's what some reports are saying about Upton, who has been in Congress for over 30 years...

According to the Detroit Free Press:

"According to several GOP insiders, it wasn’t a matter of whether Upton would run, but when he would announce. Today, however, the congressman from St. Joseph appears to be having second thoughts. 
One source familiar with Upton’s deliberation says the congressman has gone from “95 percent” certain he’d run to “more like 50-50.” “He’s gone coy over the last few days,” the source told me. 
So what’s changed his mind, or at least leading him to waffle in his decision? 
Upton did not return a call seeking comment. But those close to Upton say he’s in part concerned about former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon thrusting himself into many Senate races. Even though Bannon is largely targeting incumbent establishment Republicans, moderate members of Congress — like Upton — know they could also end up in his vindictive cross-hairs. 
Upton was one of the only Republicans in Michigan’s delegation who never endorsed Trump leading up to the election, so it’s easy to see why he may fear he has a target on his back." 
Bannon, who left the White House during the summer, is declaring war on enemies of the President's agenda and plans to involve himself in many Senate and House races during the 2018 cycle.  
Bannon is visiting Michigan in a couple weeks, he'll be in Macomb for a fundraising dinner on November 8th... Stay tuned!

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Steve Bannon Coming To Michigan On Anniversary Of President Trump's Historic Win



By Brandon Hall
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Steve Bannon, President Trump's campaign CEO during the 2016 election, who then became one of Trump's closest aides in the White House, is coming to Michigan.

According to a press release:

"Today, Macomb County Republican Party Chair Cathy Kirk announced that former Chief Strategist for President Trump Steve Bannon will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Macomb County Republican Unity Dinner on November 8, 2017, the first anniversary of President Trump’s historic victory in Michigan and America.

“I am so happy that Steve Bannon, who served as the CEO of the Trump campaign and the Chief Strategist in the White House, would join us to celebrate the first anniversary of President Trump’s incredible victory,” said Macomb GOP Chair Cathy Kirk. 


“(I)t is fitting that Mr. Bannon would come here, to Macomb County, to mark this occasion, since our community provided nearly five times the margin President Trump needed to win Michigan for a Republican Presidential candidate for the first time in 28 years," Kirk said. "The hardworking people of Macomb County, particularly our core grassroots activists, strongly support our President and we hope that everyone will join us to celebrate the anniversary his historic victory.”

The Macomb County Republican Unity Dinner will take place on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren, Michigan. 


Tickets start at $70 and can be purchased online at MacombGOP.org.

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Breaking: Taxpayers Funding Boersma's Legal Fees After Secret Spring Lake Township Board Meeting Vote

Boersma, right, with former SLT Trustee Rick Homan (Grand Haven Tribune/Marie Havenga)


By Brandon Hall
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A confidential source tells WMP that the Spring Lake Township Board recently met in closed session, outside of public view, to discuss the controversy over Spring Lake Township Clerk Carolyn Boersma's involvement in multiple yard sign heists related to the Ferrysburg Mayor's race.

WMP has learned the board voted unanimously, with Boersma abstaining, to authorize township tax dollars be used for any legal fees Boersma may incur as a result of criminal charges in the case.

It's unclear if the Scholten and Fant law firm will be used as is typically the case with SLT, or if another firm will be utilized.

WMP broke the story a few weeks ago, reporting that Boersma was in the middle of a police investigation and may face criminal charges after a series of sign heists from a home supporting Ferrysburg Councilmember Regina Sjoberg, who is currently running for Mayor.

Police found signs inside the Boersma's vehicle after identifying the car from trail cam video and eye witness reports...

Boersma told the Grand Haven Tribune the whole issue was a misunderstanding.
"“This is just a simple misunderstanding," Boersma said. "Neither Tim nor I are in the habit of stealing political signs. I hope to have the issue explained and resolved very soon. But, until then, I really can't say any more.”

Boersma has yet to elaborate why she violated established procedure for sign removal, and no charges have been officially filed yet... Stay tuned!

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Epstein Reports Nearly $800k On Hand As Race To Replace Trott Heats Up


Epstein, right, with Ted Nugent on Fox News


By Brandon Hall
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Detroit area business owner Lena Epstein has announced she has nearly $800,000 on hand for her campaign to replace Rep. David Trott, who announced his retirement last month. 


That figure was powered by nearly half a million in donations from the latest reporting period.

Epstein's announcement comes as two new candidates have entered the race in recent days, former Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, and Plymouth Twp. Supervisor Kurt Heise.

Epstein, a former co chair for President Trump's Michigan campaign, says she is happy with how the race is going so far.

"“I feel humbled and blessed by the outpouring of support we’ve received since I announced my candidacy for the 11th Congressional District," Epstein said in a statement. "I want to express my thanks to the business leaders and grassroots supporters who have made contributions to our campaign. It is critically important that Republicans nominate a candidate who can defeat the Democrat next year because this will be a highly targeted seat. We must put our best candidate forward.”

Epstein also faces businessman Rocky Raczkowski, who was the leader of President Trump's Veteran outreach efforts in Michigan.

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Developing: Senate Majority Leader Meekhof Takes Over Colbeck's Office



By Brandon Hall
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Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof didn't just boot Senator Patrick Colbeck off all his committees, Meekhof is also taking over management of Colbeck's office.

According to a letter from Jordan Hankwitz, Meekhof's Director of the Senate Business Office:

"effective immediately, the Senate Majority Leader will directly oversee all personnel actions for staff assigned to your office, including, but not limited to, hiring, rehiring, transferring,status changes, leaves of absence, terminations and separations of employment, timecard approvals, and intern registration. Approvals regarding personnel actions must be submitted to the Senate Business Office Human Resources Department for appropriate routing."

But wait, there's more!

The letter also says that "effective immediately, all office operations expenses and eligible reimbursement for your office require approval of the Senate Majority Leader."

(Read the full letter below)

Meekhof says the actions are punishment for Colbeck attending a Right To Life dinner in Holland a few weeks ago without notifying his office he'd be in Ottawa County. Swamp protocol in Lansing dictates legislators must tell their peers when they are visiting the district they represent.

Colbeck and Meekhof have been feuding for years, with Colbeck being the only re-elected Senator not to receive a prominent committee chairmanship in 2015 after upsetting Meekhof, who took the reigns as Senate Majority Leader that January.

One aspect of the story has been surprising: not a single Senator has defended Colbeck in the wake of Meekhof's punishment. Sen. Rick Jones even said he would have kicked Colbeck out sooner! While Colbeck's base has been energized big league, the impact outside of that orbit seems to be minimal, though Colbeck has received a flurry of well needed earned media for his Gubernatorial campaign. 

Can one imagine what the reaction would be if Tim Greimel or Jim Ananich rebuked someone in their caucus for attending a Planned Parenthood fundraiser?! 

The outrage would be deafening.

For Colbeck though, crickets. I guess that's what happens when you don't repeatedly bend over for the Lansing cartel, it can be a lonely road.


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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Guns, Booze, And Cigars: West Michigan Republicans Host "ATF Party" November 4th



By Brandon Hall
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The West Michigan Republicans are hosting an "ATF Party" fundraiser on November 4th in Ada.

The event will take place from 3-7pm at the Kent County Conservation Center.

From 3-5, attendees will take part in gun range activities featuring a wide variety of firearms.

From 5-7, attendees will enjoy "cigars, fine whiskey, and fellowship."

The cost of the event is $75. Tickets are available at ATFParty.EventBrite.com

>>>Those interested in sponsoring the event can reach Diane Schindlbeck at schindysplace@gmail.com.



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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Casey VanderWeide Launches Campaign For MIGOP Youth Vice Chair

VanderWeide, left, with husband Samuel


By Brandon Hall
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The race to replace outgoing MIGOP Youth Vice Chair Michael Banerian has started, and one candidate is already receiving a lot of buzz. 


Her name is Casey VanderWeide, and she's hoping the Michigan Republican Party's State Committee, who will decide Banerian's replacement, chooses her. Banerian left his post after announcing he's running for State House...

VanderWeide, a recent Michigan grad, worked with Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser last year during his run for U of M Board Of Regents. She was also the Southeast Michigan Chair of the College Republican National Committee.

Also worth noting: VanderWeide is a military wife, her husband Samuel is a Marine.

According to a Facebook statement, VanderWeide says she's ready to serve.

"As you may have heard, Michael Banerian is stepping down as Youth Vice Chair in order to run for the Michigan State House," VanderWeide said. "After much consideration and encouragement from fellow Republican activists, I have decided to run for Youth Vice Chair. I am running because of my passion for grassroots politics, not because I view it as a resume builder or as a means of advancement to run for higher levels of office."

Her statement continues:
"My past experience interning for Ambassador and Chairman Ron Weiser, during his race for the University of Michigan Board of Regents and for his Chairman's race, has demonstrated to me the importance of grassroots involvement.
I also served as the Southeast Michigan Chair of the College Republican National Committee during this past election cycle, in which we turned Michigan Red again and showed the nation that Michigan is a priority. My goal as Youth Vice Chair would be to continue our success and to grow the amount of young activists in our party by developing a statewide program that involves our teenage, college, and young republicans that shows our party's real values.

The Democrats are expecting 2018 to be their year for success. I do not. I believe that we can repeat the same midterm election success that we experienced in 2010 under Chairman Weiser's leadership, with me serving as the next Youth Vice Chair.

However, I cannot do this alone. I will need your support in order to accomplish our goals of keeping Michigan Red by unseating Senator Stabenow, winning the gubernatorial, attorney general, and secretary of state elections, in addition to maintaining our majorities in the Michigan Senate and House."

So far, the only other candidate who has declared is Mike Sullivan of the Grand Valley Republicans... Stay tuned!

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Veteran And State Rep. Tom Barrett BLASTS House Dems For Shocking Prayer+Pledge Of Allegiance Protest

State Rep. Tom Barrett with wife Ashley and family


By Brandon Hall
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As National Anthem hysteria continues to spread across America, the Michigan House Dems have decided to join in on the action with their own version of "taking a knee."


Earlier today, many members of the House Dems caucus protested during the opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, refusing to participate in a decades long tradition of the Michigan Legislature.

State Rep. Tom Barrett, who has served in the Army for many years (and continues to serve while in the House) absolutely shredded his peers in a Facebook statement.

Barrett called the move "pandering," adding "of course I believe in the right of free speech. I also believe in my right to express my disappointment in their decision."

 Barrett is the leading State Senate candidate to replace Sen. Rick Jones in 2018.

Read Barrett's statement below:

"Today, in a clear attempt to pander to some constituency, members of the House Democratic Caucus protested the Pledge of Allegiance on the floor of the House of Representatives. Each day as we gavel into session we open with prayer and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. It is a completely non-controversial and unifying reminder of the gravity of the decisions we make on behalf of our constituents. 

Today, however, members of the House Democratic Caucus decided to protest that. 
Here is the reality-we are not entertainers, celebrities, or athletes. We don't make ESPN highlight reels, we make laws that affect the lives of our neighbors, our kids, and our communities. 


Unlike NFL football players, each and every legislator took an oath of office pledging to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Michigan. The Pledge of Allegiance serves as a reminder of that oath that we all took on our first day in office. It brings to the front of my mind each day the gravity of the decisions we make in our State Capitol. None of us are forced to come here and represent our districts. This is a voluntary position. Any member who protests the unifying message of our Pledge of Allegiance-and to the republic for which it stands-should examine their priorities and decide if they are fit to serve. Do we not have any shared values anymore in our society? Is there nothing we can find as common ground with one another, not even our Pledge of Allegiance to our flag? 

Some of you are familiar with the story of my great-grandfather, Louis Rabaut. He was a congressman from Michigan who is best known for adding the words "under God" to our Pledge of Allegiance in the early 1950s. Amazingly he was a Democrat. I never met him because he died 20 years before I was born. I'm sure he is rolling over in his grave today from the embarrassment of what has become of this sad display.

And before anyone asks-yes, of course I believe in the right of free speech. I also believe in my right to express my disappointment in their decision."

According to MIRS:

"Ten members of the House Democratic caucus linked arms on the House floor today as opposed to putting their hand over their heart for the Pledge of Allegiance as a way to draw attention to racial injustices..." 



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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Senate Candidate John James Killed Terrorists While In The Military (And He's Happy To Tell You About It)



By Brandon Hall
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John James, a decorated Vet, West Point grad, and successful businessman, is running for the Republican nomination for Senate. James is hoping Debbie Stabenow to the unemployment line.

Earlier this week, James released a strong video that has many people talking.

In it, James openly brags about killing terrorists during his time in the military.


“I flew 750 hours of combat in Baghdad, and on exactly zero occasions did anybody ask me my age before I put a hellfire missile down a terrorist’s throat,” James said.
>>>Check out the ad HERE

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