Lee Chatfield

Trump campaign allegedly asks GOP lawmakers to illegally reverse election results

BY: - December 2, 2020

Outgoing Republican President Donald Trump’s campaign appears to be attempting to talk Michigan GOP leaders into breaking state election laws, but Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) is not having it. “There have been reports of calls coming from the Trump campaign regarding Michigan’s electors,” Shirkey tweeted Wednesday. “We do not know if these calls […]

As Legislature returns, Whitmer wants $100M in COVID-19 relief 

BY: - November 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is hoping lawmakers returning from their hunting break this week will focus on COVID-19 relief, unemployment benefits, a mask mandate and preparations for vaccine distribution. In a letter to the top legislative leaders on Wednesday — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich […]

Trump announces Michigan public hearing on election, but lawmakers say it’s not true

BY: - November 25, 2020

President Donald Trump’s campaign said the Michigan Legislature will hold a public hearing on the election next week, but the state’s GOP leaders said that’s not going to happen. In a statement Tuesday, the campaign said legislatures in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Michigan, three key states in the Nov. 3 election which Democratic President-elect Joe Biden […]

GOP leaders urge leeway for state canvassers ahead of certification meeting

BY: - November 23, 2020

After attending a meeting with President Donald Trump on Friday — amid rumors that doing so would be playing into Trump’s plan of illegally handing himself the election that he lost to President-elect Joe Biden — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) failed to rebuff Trump’s own tweets that […]


Jeff Timmer: Monday’s state canvassers meeting could be a circus

BY: - November 23, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen. Children of all ages. Step right up. Get your tickets and find your seats. Prepare to be dazzled, amazed and amused. The circus is about to begin! Everyone is watching Michigan. The two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers beclowned themselves before the nation and world last week. Not wanting to be […]

Trump says meeting with Michigan GOP leaders ‘much different than reported by the media’

BY: - November 21, 2020

After Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and other GOP lawmakers visited the White House Friday, President Donald Trump said their meeting went differently than how it was reported by the media.  That reporting was largely based on a press release issued from the Republican leaders’ offices that emphasized they […]

Shirkey, Chatfield don’t announce election action, say they asked Trump for COVID-19 funding

BY: - November 20, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) said that the group of Michigan lawmakers who met with President Donald Trump Friday used the rare one-on-one time with the president to advocate for more federal COVID-19 funding to the state. The White House visit came amid the Trump campaign reportedly pursuing […]

Shirkey, Chatfield face backlash ahead of Trump visit

BY: - November 20, 2020

All eyes are on Michigan Friday as Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and several other state GOP leaders traveled to Washington, D.C,. to meet with President Donald Trump. Both Shirkey and Chatfield had stated in past weeks that they would uphold the will of the people, who in large […]

Experts say state canvassers have only one role: Certify the election

BY: - November 20, 2020

A panel of Michigan election experts agreed on Friday that the only role of the Board State of Canvassers is to certify state election results.  “Their duties are to receive and certify. That’s it,” said John Pirich, a Michigan State University law professor and longtime GOP election lawyer. “There is no reason to delay.”   The […]

Whitmer warns about ‘serious legal and ethical questions’ of GOP leaders’ White House trip

BY: - November 20, 2020

State House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) are supposed to be headed to the White House Friday for a chat with President Donald Trump, who’s been eager to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election won by Democrat Joe Biden. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared Thursday night on both […]

GOP leaders head to D.C. for post-election meeting with Trump, decline to ask feds for COVID-19 help

BY: - November 19, 2020

In her last COVID-19 press update before Thanksgiving, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday criticized state Republican leadership and President Donald Trump for focusing more on baseless election fraud claims than on legislation to help Americans during the ongoing pandemic. State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) are set to […]

GOP holds another election hearing, Benson says office ‘on track’ to complete audit 

BY: - November 19, 2020

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said on Thursday that her office is “on track” to perform the planned statewide audit of the Nov. 3  general election.  “This statewide audit will be accompanied by the routine local performance audits that will review the accuracy and process of elections in local communities, as have been carried […]