Dave Agema http://michiganradio.org en Michigan GOP elects Mitt Romney's niece to Republican National Committee http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gop-elects-mitt-romneys-niece-republican-national-committee <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Republican officials have chosen the niece of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to replace Terri Lynn Land on the party's national committee.<br /><br />Ronna Romney McDaniel was elected Saturday morning during a meeting of the 113-member Michigan Republican Party State Central Committee. McDaniel is the daughter of Ronna Romney, who also served on the Republican National Committee.<br /> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:44:49 +0000 The Associated Press 16466 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan GOP elects Mitt Romney's niece to Republican National Committee GOP focusing on “brand management” http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-focusing-brand-management <p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This week on</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <a href="http://michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics">It’s Just Politics</a></span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:12:54 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16459 at http://michiganradio.org GOP focusing on “brand management” Agema admits 'errors in judgment,' but refuses to resign http://michiganradio.org/post/agema-admits-errors-judgment-refuses-resign <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; line-height: 22px;">State and national GOP chairs have now called on Republican National Committeeman Dave </span>Agema<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; line-height: 22px;"> to resign his position.</span></p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Agema&nbsp;stirred controversy after making anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Late Friday, Agema issued a statement acknowledging “errors in judgment,” but says he won’t resign.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">This has many people asking what Agema’s comments mean for Republicans – particularly for Muslim or gay members of the Republican Party.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Joining us now is Joe Sylvester, chair of the Michigan Log Cabin Republicans. Log Cabin Republicans are people who work within the party to push for equal rights for gays and lesbians.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:04:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 16194 at http://michiganradio.org Agema admits 'errors in judgment,' but refuses to resign Agema says he's staying http://michiganradio.org/post/agema-says-hes-staying <p>GRANDVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee says he's made mistakes but he's not quitting the party post.<br /><br />Dave Agema issued a statement Friday, hours after chairmen of the Michigan and national Republican Party urged him to step down.<br /><br />Last March, Agema posted an article on Facebook with an unsubstantiated claim that gays account for half the murders in large cities. He also came under fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations for a Facebook posting this month questioning Muslims' commitment to charity.<br /> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:45:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16173 at http://michiganradio.org Agema says he's staying Should Dave Agema resign? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-dave-agema-resign <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week during a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Martin Luther King Jr. D</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ay speech, Gov. Rick Snyder renewed his call for civility. His comments seemed to again be pointed toward&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dave&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Agema, a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican National Committeeman</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Agema</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is being criticized for comments made against gays and Muslims, and the calls for his resignation are getting louder.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To talk about this, we're joined by&nbsp;Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio’s co-host of "It’s Just Politics."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16158 at http://michiganradio.org Should Dave Agema resign? Report that Dave Agema is a no-show at today's RNC meeting in Washington D.C. http://michiganradio.org/post/report-dave-agema-no-show-todays-rnc-meeting-washington-dc <p>The Republican National Committee is holding its <a href="http://www.gop.com/general/media-advisory-rnc-winter-meeting-building-to-victory/">winter meeting</a> in Washington D.C. The meeting starts today and runs through Friday.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140122/NEWS06/301220099/dave-agema-republican-cancelled-washington">Detroit Free Press Washington D.C. correspondent Todd Spangler reports</a> embattled Michigan&nbsp;RNC committeeman&nbsp;Dave Agema&nbsp;is not in attendance:</p><blockquote><p>A hotel in Washington where he was booked to stay two nights beginning tonight said his reservation was canceled. As has been the case for a week, calls from the Free Press to Agema's home in Grandville have gone unreturned.</p></blockquote><p>Spangler reports that former Michigan Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land is at the meetings and she confirmed that she had not seen Agema.</p><p>Calls for Agema's resignation have been growing within the Republican Party. Go <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/3-things-have-republicans-calling-dave-agemas-resignation?nopop=1">here </a>to see why.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:21:37 +0000 Mark Brush 16138 at http://michiganradio.org Report that Dave Agema is a no-show at today's RNC meeting in Washington D.C. 3 things that have Republicans calling for Dave Agema's resignation http://michiganradio.org/post/3-things-have-republicans-calling-dave-agemas-resignation <p>Dave Agema served from 2006 to 2012 as a state representative in the Michigan Legislature. He hit his term limit and moved on to other things in 2012.</p><p>Now he represents Michigan as a member of the Republican National Committee. M<span style="line-height: 1.5;">any Republicans wish he weren't.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/01/betsy_devos_dave_agema.html">Some are naming names</a> and calling for his ouster. Others aren’t calling him out by name but are “asking for more civility,” as&nbsp;MPRN’s Rick Pluta reported:</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:01:31 +0000 Mark Brush 16120 at http://michiganradio.org 3 things that have Republicans calling for Dave Agema's resignation Dave Agema claims he was wrongly blamed for anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments http://michiganradio.org/post/dave-agema-claims-he-was-wrongly-blamed-anti-gay-and-anti-muslim-comments <p>Embattled Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema is hitting back at critics of his anti-gay and anti-Muslim Web postings, saying he stands on the same issues he always has: "God, family and country."</p><p>In a Facebook post, the former state representative says people are feeding half-truths to the news media within the GOP and stirring up divisiveness.</p><p>He says he's wrongly being blamed for posting other people's comments and says it's an unfortunate and uncivil tactic to tarnish his reputation.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Lansing bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of "It's Just Politics" &nbsp;joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:12:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 16112 at http://michiganradio.org Dave Agema claims he was wrongly blamed for anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments Snyder renews call for 'civility' in MLK day address http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-renews-call-civility-mlk-day-address <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a state Republican leader continues to roil his party with comments about gay people and Muslims, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Snyder used a Martin Luther King Day speech to call for more public civility.</span></p><p>“It’s disappointing that I had to make that call because of comments made by people out in the public,” he told a Martin Luther King Day lunch in Lansing. “And that just shows we need to continue this journey in terms of looking at equality and justice.”</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:15:59 +0000 Rick Pluta 16104 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder renews call for 'civility' in MLK day address Heat on Michigan GOP committeeman for gay, Muslim comments http://michiganradio.org/post/heat-michigan-gop-committeeman-gay-muslim-comments <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - As the Republican National Committee prepares for meetings in Washington this week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other party leaders in Michigan are criticizing repeated anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks by Committeeman Dave Agema.<br /><br />The 64-year-old ex-state representative from western Michigan represents the state on the Republican party's national board.<br /><br />Snyder made a semi-veiled reference to Agema in Thursday's State of the State speech, calling for civil discourse in the public arena.<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:13:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16088 at http://michiganradio.org Heat on Michigan GOP committeeman for gay, Muslim comments GOP can’t control Agema while Dems confront the ‘Obama Quandary’ http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-can-t-control-agema-while-dems-confront-obama-quandary <p><em>Before we dive into this week's It's Just Politics, we gotta give a shout out to the Washington Post who named co-host Rick Pluta <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/01/17/the-best-state-capitol-reporters-in-america/">one of Michigan's best state capitol reporters</a> in America.</em> <em>Cheers, Rick!</em></p><p>“We are reinventing Michigan,” said Gov. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-school-year-changes-and-other-highlights-gov-snyders-state-state-address">Rick Snyder</a> in<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-school-year-changes-and-other-highlights-gov-snyders-state-state-address"> last night's State of the State address</a>; an address that could (in a much-abbreviated form) double as a reelection campaign speech. It was filled with a lot of good news of revenue surpluses, money for early childhood and schools, etc.</p><p>A little something for everyone.</p><p>For conservatives -- who have not fully embraced this governor -- Snyder joined the call for a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. For moderates and independents, Snyder used the speech to try quell some of the controversy that’s being created within and about the Michigan Republican Party.</p><p>Here’s what he said: “Publicly tonight, I’d like to make a call to all citizens of Michigan, to ask us to have a greater degree of civility and respect towards others of different backgrounds and different views. The future of Michigan is dependent on having people understand that differences are a positive power, that we can find common ground and let’s work to bring Michiganders together, not divide us.” Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:37:32 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 16072 at http://michiganradio.org GOP can’t control Agema while Dems confront the ‘Obama Quandary’ Republican angst over gay rights in Michigan continues http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-angst-over-gay-rights-michigan-continues <p>The Republican angst over gay rights continues this week.</p><p>Driven and riven by the continuing commentary on the topic by Michigan’s Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema, in this case on AIDS and partner benefits. “Folks they want free medical because they’re dying between the ages of 30 and 44 years old… For me it’s a moral issue. It’s a biblical issue,” Agema told a local Republican holiday gathering last week in West Michigan (thanks to the <em>Herald Palladium</em> for <a href="http://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/gay-republican-slams-agema/article_bad05da7-59d5-58c1-b9c0-558ac7d2711b.html">audio of remarks</a>).</p><p>And, as <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/dave-agema">they often do</a>, Agema’s comments have already gotten a lot of attention; inciting what has become a now-predictable ritual of condemnation from Democrats and Republicans. However, Republicans are complaining not so much about what Agema said but, instead, how he said it.</p><p>This is <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/would-rick-snyder-tap-dance-gay-wedding">not the first time</a> that Dave Agema has made comments like this. There is a history here. Agema has always made it plain he considers homosexuality to be nothing but a deviant lifestyle. His detractors say he’s a bigot. His supporters - and he certainly has them within the state Republican Party - say he’s a truth-teller. In fact, former state Representative Jack Hoogendyk, a prominent Tea Party leader, recently called him “a prophet.” Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:09:45 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 15786 at http://michiganradio.org Republican angst over gay rights in Michigan continues Michigan Republican party doesn't address anti-gay comments http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-party-doesnt-address-anti-gay-comments <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Republicans have taken no official steps to rebuke the kinds of anti-gay comments made recently by GOP National Committee member Dave Agema.<br /><br />The party's meeting on Saturday in Lansing didn't deal with a measure proposed by western Michigan activist Jason Watts, submitted after the deadline for resolutions. It doesn't mention Agema but disavows the party of "demagogic rhetoric that is incendiary and unbecoming of civil discourse."<br /> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 04:31:50 +0000 The Associated Press 15694 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican party doesn't address anti-gay comments Michigan Republican party fails to address Dave Agema's bigotry and hatred http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-party-fails-address-dave-agemas-bigotry-and-hatred <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For Democrats, Republican National Committeeman Dave </span>Agema<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> really is the gift who keeps on giving. </span>Agema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a former airline pilot and state legislator, seems morbidly obsessed with gay people.</span></p><p>He loathes them, and seems creepily fascinated by his mythical version of their lives. Earlier this year, he made headlines by posting a scurrilous, wildly inaccurate, and bizarre article about what he likes to call “homosexuals” on Facebook.</p><p>The article, by some mysterious figure who claimed to be a doctor, would have been hilarious if it hadn’t been so filled with hate. It claimed that gay people commit up to half the murders in large cities, and are all horribly diseased because of their filthy sexual practices. It also claimed that gangs of lesbians march through the streets chanting “recruit, recruit, recruit.”</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:23:18 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15640 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican party fails to address Dave Agema's bigotry and hatred Politicians' capacity for embarassment http://michiganradio.org/post/politicians-capacity-embarassment <p></p><p>There’s an odd story you might have missed from the Upper Peninsula. A member of the Michigan Republican state central committee is facing major felony charges in Wisconsin.</p><p>Various press accounts quote police as saying Douglas Sedenquist of Escanaba was arrested five months ago after his wife notified police that he was supposedly stalking her with a high-powered rifle and making suicide threats. His wife left him last year; she said he was physically abusing their daughters.</p><p>Police in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she now lives, arrested Sedenquist after, police say, he repeatedly refused their orders to put down the rifle or get out of his truck. Instead, he asked them to let him shoot himself. Eventually they were able to arrest him, and now he faces a variety of charges.</p><p>I have gone into this in some detail because I haven‘t yet told you the weirdest part about all this. Nobody, so far as I know, is demanding that he step down from his party leadership roles. Sedenquist, by the way, is also vice-chair of the Delta County GOP. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:26:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13998 at http://michiganradio.org Politicians' capacity for embarassment Commentary: Snyder needs to take a stand http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-snyder-needs-take-stand <p></p><p>Two weeks ago, as the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing arguments about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/58372028@N00/8594705151/">posted</a> a shocking and scurrilous article on Facebook titled <a href="http://www.traditioninaction.org/HotTopics/a02rStatistcs.html">“Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals.”</a></p><p>The piece was a collection of hate-filled, untrue smears, such as that gays commit half the murders in large cities, are riddled with diseases, die young and have a secret agenda to recruit children.</p><p>This prompted a sudden outcry. Some young and moderate Republicans called for Agema’s resignation. But he refused, and instead asked people to sign an <a href="http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stand-with-dave-for-conservative-values-in/">online petition </a>supporting him.</p><p>The petition got hundreds of signatures, which Agema boasted about till a reporter scrutinized them. Among the signers were the names, Osama bin Laden, Adolf Hitler, Goat Killer and “I spit upon thee.” Plus someone claiming to be North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who wrote “From one dictator to another.”</p><p>But while there was a considerable outcry, Governor Rick Snyder has remained noticeably silent. Finally, he was cornered by a reporter Monday and asked his opinion. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-declines-say-if-gop-official-should-resign-over-facebook-post">He refused.</a> “I‘m not going to get in the middle of all that,” he said.</p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:56:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12071 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Snyder needs to take a stand Michigan governor declines to say if GOP official should resign over Facebook post http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-declines-say-if-gop-official-should-resign-over-facebook-post <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder won't say whether a Michigan member of the Republican National Committee should resign for posting an article critical of gay people on Facebook.<br><br>The Republican governor told reporters Monday that he's "not going to get in the middle of all that." Snyder adds that discrimination of any kind is inappropriate and "it's important we stand up for all people."<br> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:33:22 +0000 The Associated Press 12056 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan governor declines to say if GOP official should resign over Facebook post An anti-gay Facebook post that led to a request for resignation http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-gay-facebook-post-led-request-resignation <p></p><p>Yesterday, a Republican National Committeeman, and former Michigan lawmaker, posted an article chock full of anti-gay slurs on Facebook.&nbsp;</p><p>Dave Agema, the Committeeman who posted the article with a byline of "Frank Joseph, MD," has been asked to resign by 21 Republican precinct delegates and young Republican leaders.&nbsp;</p><p>His response?</p><p>"Absolutely not."</p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:29:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 11917 at http://michiganradio.org An anti-gay Facebook post that led to a request for resignation Commentary: Intolerance http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-intolerance <p></p><p>Did you know there is actually still a Communist Party, USA? They even have a website, so that if, in the middle of the night, you are suddenly seized with a desire to join the party of Lenin and Stalin, why, you can get on line and whip out your credit card.</p><p>For $60 a year, you can be a Communist. Not only that, my guess is that if you do sign up, you won’t even lose your job or be visited by the FBI. That’s because the Communist Party today is no threat to anybody, and is, in fact, totally irrelevant.</p><p>That isn’t true of the Republican Party. Not yet, anyway. But increasingly, the GOP is beginning to behave like a wacky fringe party. They are offering positions way outside the mainstream. More and more, what one hears from Republican spokesmen is hatred and intolerance, and we got a good example yesterday.</p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:36:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11905 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Intolerance Supporters want the Michigan legislature to vote on a controversial bill on 'foreign laws' http://michiganradio.org/post/supporters-want-michigan-legislature-vote-controversial-bill-foreign-laws <p>Supporters of an ‘Anti-Sharia' bill plan to put pressure on Michigan lawmakers this week.</p><p></p><p>They want a vote on the bill, which would bar Michigan courts from citing ‘foreign’ laws in their decisions.&nbsp; &nbsp;The bill has sat in the State House Judiciary committee for nearly a year and a half.</p><p></p><p>Irving Ginsburg is a member of the group that supports the bill. &nbsp;&nbsp;He’s upset it could die without ever getting a vote.</p><p></p> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10050 at http://michiganradio.org Supporters want the Michigan legislature to vote on a controversial bill on 'foreign laws'