Republican Party http://michiganradio.org en 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 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 Former Nixon Administration official says it's time for a new political party: The Moderate Majority http://michiganradio.org/post/former-nixon-administration-official-says-its-time-new-political-party-moderate-majority <p> (<em>Editor's note: This interview was first broadcast on November 14, 2013</em>)</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Polls following last month’s partial federal shutdown make it pretty clear: Americans are tired of both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. </span><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poll-major-damage-to-gop-after-shutdown-and-broad-dissatisfaction-with-government/2013/10/21/dae5c062-3a84-11e3-b7ba-503fb5822c3e_story.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Two-thirds of Republicans</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Republican-leaning independents disapproved of the shutdown. Fifty-seven percent of Americans were angry with the way </span><a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/07/cnn-shutdown-poll-plenty-of-blame-to-go-around/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats handled</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the shutdown. In total, eight in 10 Americans say they oppose the shutdown. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15285 at http://michiganradio.org Former Nixon Administration official says it's time for a new political party: The Moderate Majority Commentary: Land for Senate? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-land-senate <p>Ever since U.S. Senator Carl Levin announced three months ago that he wouldn't seek another term next year, most Michigan Republicans have been waiting for Godot.</p><p>Except in this case, Godot is Brighton area Congressmen Mike Rogers, who most GOP leaders felt would be their strongest candidate. Rogers has been unable or unwilling to decide, however, and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will run.</p><p>He has a safe seat in Congress and a powerful and prestigious position as chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.</p><p>Giving all that up for a risky run for a seat in a state where Democrats usually win U.S. Senate contests might not seem that appealing. But I’ve never felt Rogers was the Republicans' strongest potential candidate. I think their best chance to win is the woman who announced her candidacy this week, Terri Lynn Land.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:41:43 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12886 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Land for Senate? GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney coming to Lansing this week http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-presidential-contender-mitt-romney-coming-lansing-week <p>Mitt Romney will make his first visit to Michigan this week since the state&rsquo;s February presidential primary. The apparent Republican presidential nominee will deliver a speech in Lansing.</p><p>Mitt Romney won a narrow victory over Rick Santorum in the Michigan Republican primary.</p><p>Romney will speak at Lansing Community College tomorrow afternoon. His speech is expected to focus on the economy, and he will say President Obama&rsquo;s policies have failed to sufficiently lift middle class families.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 11:01:50 +0000 Rick Pluta 7362 at http://michiganradio.org GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney coming to Lansing this week Mitt Romney courts Tea Party groups in Milford http://michiganradio.org/post/mitt-romney-courts-tea-party-groups-milford <p>Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney stumped for primary votes in Milford last night, at an event sponsored by eight different Tea Party groups.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Wes Nakagiri is the founder of one Tea Party group called Retake Our Gov.&nbsp; Nakagiri says all Tea Party members share some common beliefs.</p><p>&quot;We believe that piling mountains of debt on our children and grandchildren&nbsp;is immoral and&nbsp;absolutely wrong,&quot;&nbsp;he&nbsp;told the crowd in a short speech, before introducing&nbsp;Governor Romney without&nbsp;fanfare.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 04:29:25 +0000 Tracy Samilton 6347 at http://michiganradio.org Mitt Romney courts Tea Party groups in Milford