ACRP – March 2018 Monthly Meeting Minutes

From our ACRP – Secretary; Cherie Hogan.  Click on the link below to see the PDF file Cherie submitted;

ACRP Meeting Minutes March 19, 2018


2018 Precinct Delegate Apportionment Report

Dear Antrim County Republicans;

Today, I have completed and filed the below 2018 Precinct Delegate Apportionment Report with the Antrim County Clerk – Sheryl Guy (R) and the Michigan Republican Party.

Please review it and consider volunteering to be a Republican Precinct Delegate, starting this year via the August 7th, 2018 primary election.

Click on the link below to view the apportionment report; (which shows the total number of Precinct Delegates our Republican Party can elect in each Township within Antrim County)

2018 Precinct Delegate Apportionment Report

Please email me at; to inform me of your interest and I will reply back with the form that needs to be notarized and returned to your Township Clerk or Antrim County’s Clerk, before May 8th, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Or, you can obtain the form by clicking on the link below;
(Please email me and let me know that you will be filing with this form – Email me at;

We are looking forward to filling all of our Precinct Delegate positions this year,…and helping our Republican candidates win in the November 6th, 2018 general election!!!

Randy Bishop – Chairman
Antrim County Republican Party


ACRP – February’s Monthly Meeting – Minutes

Date: Monday, February 19, 2018
Place: Forest Home Township Hall, Bellaire

At 7:30pm Chairman Randy Bishop opened the meeting with the pledge of allegience followed by the
invocation given by Jim Gurr.

Treasurer Report: Gregg Valerio, motion to approve Mike Bertram, 2nd Christian Marcus, all approved.
Secretary Report: Cherie Hogan, motion to approve Dr. Hoadley, second Gregg Valerio, all approved.

Randy and Jim Gurr gave clarification on the 1st District’s early endorsements of Republican candidates
running for various positions in the primary.  Jim verified that despite his warning that the primaries
should be allowed to play out.  However, Bill Schuette, candidate for governor and Tom Leonard, candidate
for attorney general, BOTH received early endorsements from the 1st CD Executive Committee via a roll coll vote conducted by a conference call led by 1st District Chair Jesse Osmer.

Discussion revolved around the time and money being invested by the various candidates running for positions and the push by the establishment to predetermine winners and losers without input from delegates and the public.

Regarding the first ever Antrim County Republican Party’s 2018 Governor’s Dinner/Debate, Thursday, June 28th at Shanty Creek.

Randy joked that Carter Bundy, Bill Schuette’s campaign manager, will be sent four cardboard cut-outs of Bill Schuette’s to pick from for the ACRP to use in front of the empty chair that will be placed on the debate stage should Mr. Schuette choose not to attend this event. It should be noted that John Haggard, Charlevoix County campaign manager for Bill Schuette has already purchased two (2) $100 tickets for the event.

Guest Speaker – Bob Cooney, proscecuting attorney for Grand Traverse County is running for 86th District Court Judge and gave his history, why he is running, and answered many questions from the audience about how the system works, it’s shortcomings and his ideas on how to correct some of the problems.

There was a long discussion on debate format for the June debate. Randy tapped Dawn Lavanway, Tom Stillings, Greg MacMaster so far for the committee. Topics suggested were car insurance rates, electric rates, state income tax, education inequality, health care, roads.

Jack Bodis from Creative Characters in Central Lake will print the program for the event. Randy explained the paid sponsorships (red,white,blue) in the brochure. Brad Brown donated $100 to help with the cost of the flyers.

Motion by Christian Marcus, second by Jim Gurr not to give free tickets and a $500 ad to each candidate that participates, however during discussion Mike Bertam amended the motion to give each candidate two (2) free VIP’s tickets but not the accompanying $500 ad.

Motion passed with Randy voting NO.

Randy set up three committees;
Mike Bertram agreed to be the ‘Events Coordinator’ for our event.
Patty Niepoth was designated ‘Get Out The Vote’ (GOTV) Chair in abstentia (Jim Gurr volunteered to help).
Cherie Hogan is ACRP Membership Chair.

Precinct delegate forms are due by 4pm – May 8th, 2018.

Monday, February 26, there is a Governors townhall forum at Streeters in Traverse City.

Randy gave a brief synopsis about the Cheboygan Tars group and Elk Rapids student, Nicolas Wilcox, is the new face of the Antrim County Tars group. Facebook page is already set up by Randy.

Motion to adjourn was made by Steve Grill, second Donna Grill. Meeting ended at 9:07 pm.

Respectfully submitted by;

Cherie Hogan – ACRP Secretary

ACRP Monthly Meeting Minutes – January, 2018

Date: Monday, January 15, 2018
Place: Forest Area Township Hall, Bellaire, Michigan

7:37pm meeting called to order by Randy Bishop followed by Pledge of Allegiance.
Opening Prayer led by Jim Gurr.

Treasurer Report: Gregg Valerio, motion to approve Barb Bradford, 2nd Rob Bargy, all approved.

Secretary Report: Cherie Hogan, motion to approve Sherry Combden, 2nd Rob Bargy, all approved.

Chairman’s Report: Randy Bishop;

For the U.S Senate Seat Bob Young is out, down to John James, Sandy Pensler, and Bob Carr.
Both Pensler and Young have changed their views to Pro-Life and Pensler has put 5 million into
his own campaign. Debbie Stabenow now has 9.9 million in her war chest.

Vice Chairman – Jim Gurr reported on a telephone conference call involving the 1st District Committee request that the Districts blanket endorse candidates early on in the process. Jim objected to this and the vote eventually was overwhelming NOT to endorse early all of the incumbent Republicans, but to endorse Tom Leonard for Attorney General and Bill Schuette for Governor, BOTH of which are running in open primaries against other Republican candidates.

There was a long discussion on car insurance rates and the strategy by some Republicans who are using
the issue to support Tonya Schuitmaker, who is also running for Attorney General.

Randy has done a lot of work putting together ACRP’s first ever Governor’s Debate scheduled for
Thursday June 28, 2018 at Shanty Creek in Bellaire. So far, candidates Senator Patrick Colbeck, Lt
Governor Brian Calley and Dr. Jim Hines have confirmed. Still waiting on Attorney General Bill Schuette but
Tom Stillings will talk to Schuette.

The room at Shanty Creek holds 200 with the capability of expanding to 800. The VIP reception will start at 5pm and will cost $100 per ticket. Dinner/Debate tickets ONLY, will be $60 per person.

There will be a choice between three entrees. A straw pole will be taken after the debate.
Randy has set the entire event up through Eventbrite ( where tickets purchased early will allow us to get advances on our money that we will use to promote this event.

Eventbrite will charge a $7 fee per $100 ticket and $5 fee per $60 ticket. Dinner Entree choices (Chicken Cordon Bleu, Great Lakes Whitefish or Northern Michigan Flank Steak) will be made through Eventbrite at time of your ticket purchase.

Last date to buy tickets will be Thursday June 14th. We will need to work hard to make this a successful event. Shanty Creek will only charge us for tickets sold.

Great job, Randy! An interesting sidenote here; Randy contacted Steve Bannon who wanted $20,000 and Vice President Mike Pence could not come because of no Homeland Security in Antrim County.

Randy is looking for a committee to help with this event as well as a Chairperson for GET OUT THE VOTE. The Democrats are challenging every single Republican County Commissioner in 2018.

-Jack Bergman is kicking off his campaign January 26 in Gaylord and January 27 in Traverse City.
-State of the Union Day Party at Streeters, Tuesday January 30, 6pm $10 per person.
-Discussion on how to increase membership. Greg MacMaster suggested putting together a card offering discounts from local merchants to create incentives to join the ACRP.
-Reminder to turn in your Precinct Delegate forms
-Next meeting date is Monday February 19th, same place, same time.

-Motion to adjourn made by Tom Stillings, second by Kim MacMaster, all approved, adjorned at 9:04 pm.

Cherie Hogan – Secretary
Antrim County Republican Party

ACRP – November 2017 Monthly Meeting – MINUTES

 Meeting of the Antrim County Republican Party on Monday, November 20th, 2017 at Forest Home Township Hall called to order at 7:35 pm by Chairman Randy Bishop who opened the meeting with pledge and invocation. Randy announced this was to be the last meeting of the year.

Treasurer Report given by Gregg Valerio. ACRP has 17 family and 36 single memberships for a total of 53. Motion to accept by Sherry Combden, 2nd Brenda Rickgers, all approved.

Secretary report given by Cherie Hogan. Motion to accept by Bob Rickgers, 2nd Barb Bradford, all approved.

Randy reported the following;

Sandy Pensler announced for U.S. Senate joining John James, Bob Young, and Bob Carr. Brief history on Pensler who is a successful businessman, 61, two children, slogan ‘Make Michigan First’, turnaround advisor, for deregulation, against unfair trade, pro charter school and believes in making public schools more competitive, and pro reforming entitlements. He is PRO-ABORTION. Website is

Fred Upton is out.

Lt Governor Calley to announce for Governor, soon.

Much discussion on our upcoming fundraiser for 2018. Randy will look for facilities to hold 200 and will be inviting Republicans from the surrounding counties. Names considered; Steve Bannon, Sean Hannity, Mike Pence. Ag-A-Ming is out as their new facility will not be built due to money being redirected to the Charlevoix Country Club which they purchased.

Much discussion about how to increase membership in the ACRP.. If we could get 1% of the population of the county we would have 230 members. If we can get a big name for our June fundraiser free memberships could be used as an incentive to both increase membership and encourage attendance at the event.

Michigan Fair Tax Association has endorsed Senator – Patrick Colbeck for Governor. Colbeck has identified over a billion in waste in Michigan government. Discussion of bringing Ron Babin to speak. Ted Cruz to endorse Colbeck November 21st.

Congressman Jack Bergman doing well. Not being primary challenged.

Debbie Stabenow has $7.5 million in her war chest.

Discussion on dues-decision was made to leave them the same.

Next meeting Monday, January 15th same time same location. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Motion from Jim Gurr, 2nd Gregg Valerio to adjorn at 8:45pm

Respectfully submitted,
Cherie Hogan


Michigan FairTax Association endorses Patrick Colbeck’s tax policy for Governor in 2018!!!

Click on the link below to see the press release from the Michigan FairTax Association, endorsing Patrick Colbeck’s tax policy for Governor in 2018 based on his principled solutions to eliminate Michigan’s State Income Tax, which also taxes our Senior’s pensions;

MIFTA Endorsement of Patrick Colbeck for Governor 11-20-17


October, 2017 – Minutes to ACRP Monthly Meeting

October’s 2017 ACRP Monthly Meeting;

Monday,  October 23rd, 2017  at the Kearney Township Hall.  Meeting called to order by Chairman Randy Bishop at 7:06 pm. Pledge led by Chairman, invocation by Pastor Jerry from Eastport Baptist Church.

Treasurer report read by Gregg Valerio, motion to approve by Brenda Ricksgers, 2nd by Barb Bradford, all approved.

Secretary report read by Cheri Hogan, motion to approve by Brian Smith, second by Christian Marcus, all approved.

Chairman Randy Bishop gave a brief summary of several ballot initiatives orchestrated by Democrats with the intent of driving their base to the polls in 2018, i.e., shut down of Enbridge pipeline, minimum wage hikes, redistricting by citizens not elected officials, to name a few to be aware of.  Also, repealing prevailing wage will be on the ballot by Fiscal Conservatives.  Discussion followed each one.

Randy explained to the audience several candidates either running for office or considering running are;  Senator Pat Colbeck and Bill Shuette (Calley has yet to announce) running for governor, challengers to Debbie Stabenow include businessman and former veteran John James and former Michigan Supreme Court Judge Bob Young, Fred Upton a possibility and Randy stated that Kid Rock is not going to run.

Randy introduced Professor William Wagner from Salt and Light Global and Great Lakes Justice Center, who spoke for over an hour to those in attendance about many examples of how the activist judges on the United States Supreme Court (and now other activist judges in the lower courts) have invented and inserted the fake ‘right’ of personal identity/privacy/autonomy and inserted it into their interpretation of the Constitution…a ‘right’ that our Founding Fathers never had in mind.

Professor Wagner also explained that each branch of our government, must get it’s “Power” source from our U.S. Constitution.  If there is no provision for such power contained in our Constitution, then they can NOT carry out that particular activity.

The ACRP provided Apple Cider, Coffee and donuts,….Barb Bradford and Joan Brown made homemade sweets to share with everyone.  Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Submitted by,
Cherie Hogan – ACRP Secretary

ACRP – September’s Monthly Meeting Minutes

Meeting at Forest Home Township Hall called to order by Chairman Randy Bishop at 7:30 pm.  
Pledge of allegiance led by Randy followed by invocation by Jim Gurr.
Treasurer’s report given by Gregg Valerio. Motion by Mike Bertrum 2nd by Gerald Averill all approved to accept the Treasurer’s report.
Secretary report given by Cherie Hogan. Motion by Steve Hoadley, 2nd by Barb Bradford to accept the minutes as read. All approved.

Randy announced the that John James is now officially IN the race for the U.S. Senate, now held by Debbie Stabenow.  Retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bob Young is also running for Stabenow’s seat. The ‘incandescent bulb guy’, Fred Upton, who’s a progressive from the 6th district may also run.

Lena Epstein is now going to run for Dave Trott’s open seat in the 11th Congressional District race.

Jack Bergman is running unopposed but is facing a challenge from the Dems in the person of an Iraqi war veteran. Meanwhile Jack is seeking advice and suggestions for next year’s campaign via a special meeting with the grassroots.

The straw poll of 700 participants at the Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinaw Island had the following results;
-Bill Schuette with 56%, Brian Calley (not announced yet) with 23%, Pat Colbeck with 18%, & Jim Hines at 2%.
-US Senate results showed Bob Young at 36%, John James at 27%, Fred Upton 24%, Kid Rock 11%, Sandy Pensler and former Democrat turned Republican Bob Carr at 1%.
-Attorney General polling showed Tom Leonard at 64% and Tonya Schuitmaker at 33%.
-Sec of State showed Stan Grot at 48%, Mary Treder Lang at 21%.
-Lieutenant Governor showed Schuitmaker at 23% and Laura Cox at 20%.

Ballot proposal results:
-Calley’s part time legislature 51% yes, 49% no.
-Legalize Marijuana 32% yes, 68% no
-Repealing prevailing wage 72% yes, 28% no
-Redistricting by voters and paid sick leave for employees both were rejected
-Raise the minimum wage $12 an hour rejected by 85%

-Shutdown Enbridge Pipeline 5 rejected by 78%.

Randy says utility rates will rise by 50-100% should the pipeline close and the environmentalists will use this ballot wording as a model to force referendums in other states with pipelines to close them down as well.

Other Conference Highlights;
-A short video was shown of the Donald Trump impersonator
-Jason Chaffetz talked about his story and how his political career started when he requested a political sign to stick in his yard.
-Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin talked about how Kentucky flipped from 64 Dems and 46 Republicans to the exact opposite so far under his term and that he signed seven bills into law the first week he was governor and he did it on a Saturday. Challenged Michigan to get it’s act together or Kentucky ‘will eat our lunch’.


Randy spoke about the availability of Shanty Creek on June 22/23, 2018 for a fundraiser with a prominent guest speaker. Also, Democrats intend to primary every single Republican in 2018 from school boards on up.

Discussion followed of the very negative Democrat conventions and training sessions (resist and obstruct) vs the positive message from Republicans at their conventions. Jim Gurr reminded everybody that the work has just begun.

Long discussion on having Prof. William Wagner of Salt & Light Global Initiative as guest speaker for the October meeting which has been moved to Monday, October 23rd (motion by Mike Bertram, 2nd by Barb Bradford, all approved) to accommodate some members who have other commitments. Suggestions made to invite other County parties, judges, etc., to attend and move the venue to Kearney Township Hall which can seat up to 100 people.

Motion by Gerald Averill and 2nd by Mike Bertram followed by unanimous support to adjourn at 9:10pm

Respectfully submitted,

Cherie Hogan

August ACRP Meeting – Minutes

ACRP August 21st, 2017 Monthly Meeting;  7:35 pm. meeting called to order by Chairman Randy Bishop followed by pledge and invocation.

Randy introduced Monika Fiebing, Benzonia County Republican Party Chairwoman who invited us to their annual picnic in Benzonia this Saturday from 4-6. Ray Franz will be there and possibly Bruce Rendon as guests.

Treasurer Report was given by Gregg Valerio. The golf outing did make a profit and Randy is working on getting the tent deposit back.

2017 paid Memberships are 14 family and 17 individual. The mailing to all Republican elected officials inviting them to the golf outing and inviting them to join our party resulted in 3 responses. Comments were that most elected Republicans in Antrim County generally run unopposed and don’t feel the need to join. Monika Fiebing commented that it’s the same in Benzonia County. Discussion followed about the best way to increase membership in the ACRP with responses running from negative pressure to positive actions. If each of us recruited one new member we would double in size.

Treasurer Report; Motion made by Kim McMaster and second by Vicki Bishop all approved to accept the treasurer report.

Secretary Report was given by reading the minutes from the June meeting; Motion was made by Barb Bradford and second by Kim McMaster, all approved to accept the minutes as read.

Chairman Report;  Randy reported that nothing had changed since June on who will be running for various offices and seats throughout Michigan in the 2018 election however the progressive left is using various ballot initiatives to drive Democrats to the polls including legalizing pot, Elliott Larsen LGBTQ Civil Rights, Enbridge Line 5. A short, but very impressive video of John James, who is exploring a run against Debbie Stabenow was shown.

Bi-annual Michigan Republican Party’s Leadership Conference is Sept 22-24 on Mackinaw Island. Cherie Hogan has been nominated by Randy Bishop for work done during the last election. Randy had his press credentials revoked by Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party Ron Weiser and Sarah Anderson for broadcasting the names of the 17 Republicans who are refusing to support the bill changing the insurance laws that would reduce auto rates for Michigan drivers. Randy has also done commercials for DTS naming these same Republicans who, apparently are listening more to the insurance lobby than their own constituents. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard favors the legislation and is planning on running for Attorney General in the future. 47 House Democrats oppose the legislation but Detroit Mayor Duggan is in favor as it is estimated that 50% of all Detroit drivers are uninsured. We must put more pressure on these Republicans to get this legislation passed. Randy asked the members in attendance if there was support for the legislature to pass insurance reforms that would lower our automobile rates by 50% and there was unanimous support.

Motion made by Barb Bradford, second by Dr. Richard Hoadley, all supported to pay Randy, Gregg, Cherie ticket to the Bi-annual Michigan Republican Party’s Leadership Conference. Randy will check to see which account to use from ACRP.

Much discussion about the golf outing and next year’s fundraiser. All agreed that June 22nd-23rd looked good and would not interfere with graduation, Father’s Day, or the Cherry festival. Randy will try to get someone like Allen West or Vice President Mike Pence. He will check on the cost of the Matterhorn Room at shanty Creek. Emmet County Republican Party made $5000 net profit after having Allen West as guest speaker this past Spring.

John Forest, Field Director for Northern Michigan 1st District was put on speaker phone and discussed future plans involving volunteer recruitment, data usage and resources, growing the Party, and his role in the position. He is currently helping with elections in Marquette but moving to Traverse City shortly. There will be several upcoming Data Center Basic Training webinars. Contact 517-282-7212 or RSVP Tony Zammit at

The 7th Annual Constitution Celebration hosted by Heather Cerone will be Saturday, September 16 from 4-9:30pm at the Great Wolf Lodge. It is $35 per person. Several great speakers are already lined up for this event including Jack Bergman, Professor William Wagner from the Great Lakes Justice Center/Salt & Light Global Initiative and Former Michigan State Supreme Court Chief Justice – Robert Young Jr. Contact Heather at 231-632-6624.

Tom Backers from Drain the Swamp stated that supporting DTS was a way to bypass the editors of newspapers who either edit or refuse to print letters from Conservatives. DTS uses radio advertising and is able to reach a sizeable audience from Port Huron north. DTS holds every elected official accountable for their actions regardless of party.

Motion to adjourn made by Vicki Bishop, second by Rob Bargy, all support and dismissed by 9:25pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Cherie Hogan, Secretary

ACRP – Minutes for June 19th, 2017 Monthly Meeting

Meeting called to order at 7:42 pm by Randy Bishop at Elk Rapids location. Eleven in attendance. Fourteen in attendance at Forest Home Township Hall. (Kim MacMaster absent)

Pledge of Allegiance.

Invocation by Christian Marcus.

Treasurer Report: Gregg Valerio, all approved

Secretary Report read by Randy Bishop, all approved

Chairman Report:

Jim Hines – Doctor from Saginaw running for Governor

State Senator – Patrick Colbeck petitions to sign to get him on the ballot as he is running for Governor.
AG – Bill Schuette and Lt. Gov. – Brian Calley have not announced yet.

Lena Epstein (Co-C hair of the Trump campaign in Michigan) and Robert Young (former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court) running for Senate against Debbie Stabenow.

There are a number of ballot proposals. 1st ballot proposal is to repeal the prevailing wage law (repeals public act 166 of 1965 which forces contractors to pay union scale to their workers). Repeal would allow competition bidding and save taxpayers dollars.

Other proposals; LGBT looking to extend Elliot-Larsen expanding their ‘special rights’ status, wolf hunting in U.P., equality question fair pay for women, $15.00 minimum wage, and a proposal (introduced by Brian Calley) for a part-time legislature which would require legislators to spend 90 days in Lansing, then the rest of their time in their home district, cut their pay in half and eliminate lame duck sessions and lobbyist access. Randy says some of these the Democrats are using to get out their base in the next election.

Golf Outing- get flyers out, try to recruit golfers and members, dinners are coming in slowly. Keynote speaker is Tom Leonard and his legislative agenda for 2017.

There have been two responses from our membership flyer effort. Very disappointing.

There were some questions about clarification on red/white/blue sponsors on the flyer.

Discussion on writing rebuttal letters to the editors of the local newspapers when Democrats attack Congressman Bergman or other elected Republicans. Randy read the snowflake letter from the Elk Rapids press. Both Tom Stillings and Tom Backers wrote rebuttals to the paper but the editor did not print so Maryanne Jorgenson is going to reach out to the editor to see if we can get our letters printed. The Bellaire Review does print our rebuttals. Randy is encouraging everyone to get involved and stay involved.

Due to the golf outing in July the next ACRP meeting will be on Monday, August 21st at the Forest Home Township Hall.

Note; this meeting was conducted at two different locations but internet connection was faulty and we had to use a cell phone.

Motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 by Tom Stillings, second by Vicky Bishop. All approved.

Respectfully submitted by Cherie Hogan, Secretary

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