Meshawn Maddock

Pence, Haley drop out of Michigan GOP conference

BY: - September 5, 2021

The biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference scheduled for later this month has lost two headliners: former Vice President Mike Pence and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. Speakers who are still on the Michigan GOP event’s list include other potential 2024 presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and South […]

Trump still wants a so-called 2020 election ‘audit’ in Michigan, per state GOP co-chair

BY: - September 4, 2021

Former President Donald Trump still won’t let go of his 2020 loss in Michigan.  He called Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser about a so-called audit of Michigan’s 2020 election, according to remarks made by Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock. It’s not clear when the call took place.  The call was first reported by the […]

Trump torches McBroom, Shirkey as ‘RINOs’ for not backing so-called ‘audit’

BY: - August 16, 2021

Former President Donald Trump is back to slamming Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) for not standing up for him after his 2020 election loss. Trump’s latest broadside came in a Thursday statement, as he’s been permanently banned from Twitter, torching the two GOP leaders as Republicans in Name […]

Dem leader pushes for committee to investigate Michigan’s involvement in Jan. 6 insurrection 

BY: - June 25, 2021

Michigan House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) has introduced a resolution creating a bipartisan joint select committee to investigate Michiganders’ involvement in the Jan. 6 pro-Trump insurrection in the U.S. Capitol.  Lasinski held a press conference Thursday alongside Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) and members of “Common Defense,” a veteran-run organization representing veterans against racism, […]

GOP activists call for ‘forensic audit’ of Michigan 2020 presidential election

BY: - June 21, 2021

Michigan activists who believe the myth that former President Donald Trump did not lose to President Joe Biden in November 2020 delivered about 7,000 signed affidavits to Republican leaders last week demanding a “forensic audit” of the election results.  Biden won Michigan by more than 154,000 votes. “A forensic audit is not a thing,” Secretary […]

How QAnon is seeping into Michigan GOP politics

BY: - June 3, 2021

QAnon has found a home in Michigan. The right-wing conspiracy theory — which is rooted in anti-Semitic tropes and revolves around former President Donald Trump hunting down and eventually killing Democratic politicians and wealthy liberals who lead double lives as Satan-worshipping cannibals running a child sex trafficking ring — is increasingly spreading from the fringes […]


Susan J. Demas: This week in Michigan right-wing radicalism, silencing fact-checkers edition

BY: - May 12, 2021

Between COVID conspiracy theories, vaccine misinformation and continued lies about the 2020 election that threaten public health and our democracy, the Republican Party is having quite the radical moment — something that may not be clear in typical political coverage that presents both parties’ views on issues with the implicit understanding that they’re rooted in […]

State GOP chair calls Whitmer, Nessel, Benson ‘witches’ to be ‘burn[ed] at the stake,’ jokes about Meijer, Upton being assassinated

BY: - March 26, 2021

Updated, 6:08 a.m., 3/27/21 with Weiser’s comments Michigan GOP Chair and University of Michigan Regent Ron Weiser told attendees of a local Republican club on Thursday that the state’s top three female Democratic leaders are “witches” that Republicans need to defeat in 2022 by “burning at the stake,” and made a casual reference to assassinating […]

Here’s what was in the fraudulent Trump Electoral College ‘certificate’ from Michigan

BY: - March 3, 2021

A Washington, D.C.-based watchdog has obtained a copy of the fraudulent electoral certificate that Michigan supporters of former President Donald Trump submitted to Congress in December, with Trump backers from six other states appearing to use the same template in their attempt to overturn the election results. American Oversight is a legal watchdog organization that […]

Despite last-minute firestorm, Weiser wins Michigan GOP chair 

BY: - February 8, 2021

After a long vote tallying process, the Michigan Republican Party elected Ron Weiser as the party chair Saturday evening at its online convention. At the 11th hour before the election, controversial emails from Weiser, who is a University of Michigan regent, sent to other board members were obtained by the media, including the Michigan Advance. […]

Michigan GOP convention rocked by controversy, as Weiser compares criticism of him to 1930s Germany

BY: - February 5, 2021

Ahead of Saturday’s convention, private emails from University of Michigan Regent Ron Weiser, who is running for the Michigan Republican Party chair, have surfaced where he compares criticism of him at the university to Germany in the 1930s.  A series of controversies have emerged in recent days as the Michigan GOP seeks to rebuild for […]

Speaker Wentworth intends to seat Maddock, despite D.C. trip last week

BY: - January 12, 2021

Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) said Tuesday that he supports seating an embattled GOP lawmaker and that he does not intend to discipline him, according to an email to the Advance from spokesman Gideon D’Assandro.   Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford) and his wife, Meshawn Maddock — who’s running for Michigan GOP co-chair — traveled to […]