MichMash: The race for Michigan’s next GOP chair gets crowded

In this episode, Cheyna Roth talks with MPRN reporter Colin Jackson about the potential candidates to lead Michigan’s Republican Party.

Michigan GOP Convention, April 2022.

GOP names like Dixon, Karamo, Soldano and more are coming forward to say they should be the next leader of the Republican Party in Michigan. Cheyna Roth talks with Michigan Public Radio Network reporter Colin Jackson about the potential candidates. Plus, a new follow-up audit of the state’s Department of Corrections found issues with prisoner searches and healthcare for inmates who have chronic health conditions.


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In this episode:

  • Republican Chair candidates increase as the race advances.
  • Concerns rise over Michigan prisoners with chronic illnesses receiving proper treatment.
  • The Senate offers a proposal to move up Michigan’s Presidential Primary.

Candidates for the Michigan Republican Party Chair increase as the race continues.

Nominees such as former Republican nominee for attorney general Matthew DePerno, former candidate for governor Garrett Soldano, GOP chair in Tuscola County Billy Putman, and several others are participating as the interest in the Republican Chair increases.

Michigan Public Radio Network reporter Colin Jackson says current Republican Ambassador Ron Weiser and Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock spent their term uniting and leading the direction of the party — responsibilities that come with the position of Republican Chair.

Additionally, several issues within the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility continue as the Michigan Office of the Auditor General conducted a follow-up concerning cell searches, prisoner-employee searches and the follow-up care provided for prisoners with chronic illnesses. This recent investigation follows the previous audit of the facility done in 2017 and 2019.

Jackson says actions that can be done by the legislative body are minimal due to the upcoming change in leadership by the Democratic Party

“With only a few days left in the legislative session, they’re limited in what they can do right now,” Jackson said. “But some things that they can do, though, is talk about funding — they can make funding recommendations, they can see what resources the Department of Corrections needs to fix this, they can hold follow-up hearings…”

The current 2024 Presidential Primary for Michigan is scheduled for March of that year. The Michigan Senate, however, has made moves to advance the Primary to February.

Jackson said it’s unclear how the House of Representatives will respond to this proposal.

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