December 20, 2014

FINALLY: We agree with the IRS | FairTax(R) Friday #TCOT #SGP #MIGOP #MIGOV

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Finally: We Agree With The IRS

"The tax code is a monstrosity and there's only one thing to do with it. Scrap it, kill it, drive a stake through its heart, bury it and hope it never rises again to terrorize the American people." - Steve Forbes

Ready for some good news?

Yesterday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen warned of draconian measures the agency will have to take in order to manage recent budget cuts totaling $346 million. Koskinen hinted at a range of escalating options from employee furloughs to suspended overtime and hiring freezes. And then he said the agency might have to shut down for an unstated period of time.

According to Politico, "the agency estimates each closed day would save $29 million." Let's see – there are 52 weeks in a year, 5 days in a week at $29 million saved per day, minus 10 federal holidays, for a total savings of… Holy Cow – shut it down! After all, poor Commissioner Koskinen has already said there is nothing more he can cut.

Really sir. Did you think about that when you erroneously paid out $6 billion in child tax credit payments in 2013? How about when your agency wrongly paid $132 billion in earned income tax credits between 2003 to 2012? Yes, Congress cut $350 million, but that's just a drop in the bucket considering the IRS' $10.9 billion budget.

The bigger questions to every single member of Congress must be:

  • How can you continue to defend an agency that magically "lost" over 30,000 emails that were the subject of a major oversight investigation related to the IRS political targeting of conservative non-profits?

  • How can you continue perpetuating an agency that operates as a political retribution hammer?

  • How can you stand with an agency that acts with complete and total impunity while literally terrorizing your constituents – the very taxpayers who must fund its unethical, illegal and incompetent actions?

  • How can you defend an agency that, despite its heavy-handed methods, is seeing a tax gap between what should have been collected in tax and what was actually collected that has doubled in the past six years and was estimated at $500 billion for 2013 when there is a clear alternative - the FairTax?

So Commissioner Koskinen, hard as you try, it's very doubtful you are going to get much sympathy from the American people. Instead, they support the FairTax® Plan. The same plan that Congress has in its hands that is ready to immediately replace your agency.

And Commissioner Koskinen, the FairTax is the only tax replacement plan that disbands, defunds and eliminates the IRS. It is simple and transparent, generates desperately needed jobs and economic growth, and represents the largest transfer of power to We the People since the writing of the Constitution.

And instead of 74,000+ pages of garbled tax code written by Washington's finest self-serving special interests, the FairTax plan tops out at only 131 pages.

So please Commissioner, you have the support of the American people to take your agency and the 100 years of horror it has caused the American people and Shut. It. Down! They will forever thank you.

AFFT® Statement of Guiding Principles

Jim Bennett, AFFT board member from New Jersey, chairs the AFFT Board of Director's Credentials, Rules, Organization and Structure Committee (CORS). After the grassroots assumed governance of AFFT, CORS began working on a formal code of conduct for AFFT and the FairTax campaign. Over several months, they reviewed other non-profit organization's codes and solicited input from committee members, board members and the executive committee. They then drafted a document, which resulted in a new AFFT Statement of Guiding Principles (Statement).

The AFFT executive committee approved the Statement this week and we are pleased to share it with you. You may read and download it here:

Finally, this weekend many will begin their holiday travels and festivities. May we all take time to slow down and enjoy our friends and family, may our hearts be filled with joy and peace, and may the blessings of the holiday stay with us throughout the coming year.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

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The IRS Must Be Put Down Like a Rabid DogThe Blaze

…While political abuse of the taxpayer is a felony, economic abuse of the taxpayer is statutory. Thank the Congress for that...

These four problems—Offshore money, costs of compliance, underground economy and embedded costs—all remain in place when we nibble around the edges of the current code. All go away if we abolish the code and tax consumption rather than income.

The FairTax solves all of the above. It is a universal sales tax levied at the checkout counter on the purchase of new goods and services for personal use. There is no tax on used goods, since nothing should be taxed more than once…

Finally, the IRS will be put down like a rabid dog. No agency of government should have the power to abuse our personal information for political gain, which the IRS has proven its willing to do.

MGE Dental Clients Briefed On How FairTax Will Eliminate Federal Taxes Strangling Their GrowthNews Tribune

MGE Management Experts Dental Clients from across America gathered in August to hear AFFT (Americans For Fair Taxation®) Chairman and President, Steve Hayes, discuss the current state of the US economy and how FairTax® H.R.25 / S. 122, "The FairTax Act of 2013" will rid them of income and corporate taxes that are strangling their growth and the economic growth of their communities…

As reported by Chris Matthews in the September 8, 2014 issue of Fortune, a new survey from Harvard Business School shows a frightening picture for the health of small business in America and its competitiveness. They questioned thousands of Harvard alumni to get a sense of what business leaders feel is holding the economy back…

"The Harvard Survey aligns with own research and what our supporters who own small businesses tell us every day," said Hayes.

"If the FairTax becomes law small businesses like ours will thrive and we will finally be able to give our employees much deserved raises. They will receive their entire paycheck and can determine for themselves when and how much to purchase and pay taxes on. Equally important is that corporations like Burger King will stay in the U.S. and the trillions of offshore dollars could come home," said Luis Colon, CEO MGE Management Experts and host of the event.

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December 14, 2014

Must Read: D.C. Special Legislative Report | FairTax(R) Friday #tcot #SGP

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Special Legislative Report - December 2014

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As we noted in last week's FairTax® Friday, we had an aggressive week of meetings in Washington, D.C. – meeting with Members of the House and Senate and key senior committee staff. The meetings were both productive and instructive regarding how the 114th Congress may be approaching near-term tax reform.

We found a general excitement in the halls and offices as the 113th Congress comes to a close and the 114th prepares for the opening gavel. It was clear that Members believe that the mid-term changes will lead to a resumption of more normal operations, which have been stalled for several years.

Newly-elected members are locating offices, retiring members are setting up K Street digs and Washington's elite are hosting farewell and holiday receptions, which is where deals are being made, votes are being bartered and power is being solidified. Yes, the mid-term elections brought significant change but rest assured, the power elite will always try to protect the status quo - something we must not allow to happen.

To refresh, we met with:

  • Congressman Paul Ryan (WI-1), 114th Chairman, Ways & Means Committee
  • Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-8), Ranking Member, Ways & Means Committee, Co-sponsor H.R. 25
  • Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-2), Member, Ways & Means Committee, Co-sponsor H.R. 25
  • Congressman Rob Woodall (GA-7), Sponsor H.R. 25
  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), Co-sponsor H.R. 25
  • Congressman Paul Broun (GA-10 retiring), Co-sponsor H.R. 25
  • Senator Mike Enzi (WY)
  • Chief Tax Counsel, Ways & Means Committee
  • Executive Director, 113th Joint Economic Committee
  • Director of Economic Policy, 113th Joint Economic Committee
  • Senior Economist, 113th Joint Economic Committee
  • David Burton, Senior Economic Fellow, Heritage Foundation Co-author H.R. 25
  • Dan Mastromarco, AFFT Trustee, Co-author H.R. 25
  • Dr. Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics, Boston University and Author, FairTax economic studies

Across all of our meetings, there were several key themes that emerged. These themes focused on the importance of tax reform, an essential change to dynamic scoring and the importance of increasing the effectiveness of our grassroots efforts.

We found:

  • Tax reform continues to be on everyone's discussion card.It is clear that tax reform will be a priority agenda item in the broader 114th Congress and the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • At least in the early part of the 114th, it appears that tax reform will be incremental versus bold and sweeping. This strategy, if it holds, would acknowledge the differences and difficulties between the majority party in the House and Senate, and the executive branch.
  • The general principle of a national consumption tax seems to be gaining broader acceptance across the political spectrum. The challenge remains gaining non-partisan consensus that a single rate national consumption tax cannot co-exist with an income tax, and the FairTax must be the preferred delivery vehicle.
  • The FairTax continues to be favorably viewed. Our challenge is to fully identify those Members who are supportive of the FairTax but who have not made public their private support. It is vital that we work to further educate them and provide them with the necessary encouragement to make public their support of the FairTax Plan.
  • It was considered essential that the FairTax campaign have significant numbers of paid members in targeted districts where we are trying to exert influence.
  • The recommendation continues to be that AFFT needs to increase our paid membership as a demonstration of the growing depth and breadth of citizen support.
  • There was significant interest in the negative impact the growing evasion problem will have on the current income tax code and how the FairTax would effectively address this problem. In follow-up, recent studies that were shared verbally with Members and staff to document the magnitude of the problem will be sent to key staff.
  • Congressman Ryan is very eager to ensure that dynamic scoring (he calls it "accurate scoring") will be used in the evaluation of all tax reform plans (see below for a further explanation as to why this is so important to the FairTax campaign). According to recent media reports, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee (and expected Chairman in the 114th) Senator Orrin Hatch (UT), also enthusiastically supports the use of dynamic scoring.
  • It was strongly suggested that H.R. 25 must be scored again by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) - this time using dynamic scoring - and one Member enthusiastically offered to lead the charge in getting this re-score underway.
  • It was repeatedly recommended that AFFT have key representative(s) in Washington at least one week per month, every month in 2015.

As a result of what we learned and the recommendations we heard, our immediate plan is to return to Washington for one week in mid-January, mid-February and mid-March.

Our goals will be to:

  • Introduce the FairTax to the newly elected Members of the House and Senate.
  • Visit every 114th co-sponsor of HR 25 and S 122.
  • Answer questions and concerns from Members who are favorably inclined towards the FairTax but who have not yet decided to publicly support it.
  • Identify areas of potential bi-partisan agreement on consumption taxes, scoring, elimination of the IRS etc., and how the FairTax benefits all Americans.
  • Establish trusted relationships with more key Members, staff and committee representatives.
  • Provide Members and staff with in-depth briefings and analysis, and become their "go to" expert on the FairTax.
  • Develop relationships with, educate and serve as a resource to senior tax and economic fellows at key public policy organizations in the greater Washington area.
  • Provide the FairTax voice at Washington-based tax reform coalitions.
  • Begin developing relationships with Washington area political, tax and economic journalists and bloggers.

These actions will be an interim measure while we continue our Club 535 fundraising that will fund a full-time Washington, D.C. FairTax office.

Since the Budget Act of 1974, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) has the responsibility for scoring most revenue-related legislation, including tax reform legislation. The purpose of scoring is to predict the amount of money either raised or lost by the proposed tax legislation. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) also provides scoring but generally does so for more limited revenue-affecting legislation like import tariffs.

The JCT consists of five members from the Senate Finance Committee and five members from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The JCT Chairman rotates between the Senate and the House each Congressional term. In the 113th Congress, Senator Wyden (OR) chaired the JCT. In the first session of the 114th Congress, beginning in January 2015, the JCT will have six Republican members and four Democrat members, and will be chaired by Congressman Paul Ryan (WI-1). In the second session, beginning in 2016, the 114th Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Senator Orin Hatch (UT), will chair it.

By a majority vote, the JCT selects the chief of staff who then selects non-career staff. Career staff serve at the pleasure of the chairman and chief of staff and can be replaced at any time. The majority of the JCT will then direct the procedures used by the JCT staff in scoring legislation. Senator Hatch and Congressman Ryan have announced that they will insist that the JCT use dynamic, or as Congressman Ryan says, "Accurate Scoring."

According to the JCT's website (,

"The starting point for a revenue estimate prepared by the Joint Committee staff is the Congressional Budget Office ("CBO") 10-year projection of Federal receipts, referred to as the "revenue baseline." The revenue baseline serves as the benchmark for measuring the effects of proposed tax law changes. The baseline assumes that present law remains unchanged during the 10-year budget period. Thus, the revenue baseline is an estimate of the Federal revenues that will be collected over the next 10 years in the absence of statutory changes. In providing conventional estimates, the Joint Committee staff assumes that a proposal will not change total income and therefore holds Gross National Product ("GNP") fixed."

Static scoring assumes that tax cuts will have no change on the economic behavior of affected individuals and no impact on economic growth. For example, static scoring assumes if $100 is taxed at 50% (producing $50 in revenue), and the government lowers the tax rate to 25% (now producing $25 in governmental revenue with a $25 revenue loss), the lower tax rate won't encourage anyone to behave any differently than they currently do.

Dynamic scoring tries to estimate the changes tax cuts have on economic behavior. For example, dynamic scoring assumes that if a 50% tax on $100 produces $50 in revenue, then lowering the tax rate to 25% will produce $25 in revenue, as static scoring predicts, and predicts that individuals will work more (if it's an income tax cut) or realize more capital gains (if it's a capital gains tax cut, etc.) because they will get to keep more of their money. This changed behavior will produce an extra $100, for example, which is also taxed at $25, resulting in a total of $50 in revenue, and no loss for the government.

The logic behind static scoring reminds us of the story once told by a Member of the Senate Finance Committee in the mid-'80s during another series of tax reform debates. Late one night the Senator, as a joke, asked the JCT to prepare a revenue estimate of all income over $250,000 per year if it was taxed at 100%. To his astonishment, the next morning the JCT sent over an estimate of how much additional revenue this would produce. The Senator was stunned that anyone would think that people would continue to work as hard when 100% of their income was withheld for taxes.

Economic Effects of The FairTax®

When static scoring is used to project the income produced by the FairTax (as was done in earlier scoring models on the FairTax prepared by the JCT and most recently in 2014), it does not take into account any of the economic benefits that will be produced by the FairTax Plan. More important, static scoring requires a higher FairTax rate to produce the same income as the present income tax code.

Dynamic scoring accounts for these variables and places the FairTax Plan on a much more level playing field with other tax reform measures that are being considered. All reform measures, however, can only be reviewed properly if all other assumptions, e.g. evasion etc., are properly stated and counted.

When the FairTax is properly scored using the dynamic scoring methodology, we are confident the contrast between the FairTax and the present income tax will dramatically reflect how the FairTax will:

  • Increase the rate of economic growth;
  • Increase U.S. job growth;
  • Increase federal revenues;
  • Reduce evasion; and
  • Provide all Americans with simple and fair taxation.

Our meetings this past week would not have been possible without your support. We thank you and ask you for your continued support. Now more than ever, it is vital that the FairTax have a steady and strong presence in the nation's capital. Our campaign relies entirely upon your generosity – to have that presence we need your continued support.

We need to prepare now for our return in January. While you are preparing your end of year donations, please consider an extra gift to Americans For Fair Taxation®. Whatever you can afford, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, $500 or more, will be most appreciated.

In humble gratitude,

Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

Steve Hayes

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December 12, 2014

W/ #MI House gas tax proposal, Schools still increase funding for 4 yrs #migov #MEA #michigan #migop

State funding for public schools is projected to increase by $2.5 billion over the next eight years, even if a House GOP plan is adopted that would shift some sales tax revenue from schools to roads.

If everyone knew all there is to know, they would not do half the things they do, including myself, therefore I must foregive them, including myself.


On Michigan Private property rights~ MI Appeals Court Date

We have a tentative court date of Friday 1/9/2015 @ 11:00,  Lansing Courtroom, Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa, Second Floor, Lansing (see attached Appeal Court Schedule) .  I say tentative date because motions can be file between now and Tuesday 12/23/14. It would not surprise us if the AG were to file a motion just to drag this case out longer.


We would love to have as many people as possible to attend the hearing to witness our justice system in operation and support our America and its Constitution.


I have attached a pdf file (Are we A Society of Men or a Kingdom?) which is short article written about the constitutional protections offered by the Constitution for our property rights. It is a boiled down version or our 50-page appeal brief before the Appeals Court. We are trying to share this short article with as many people as possible, so they have a better understanding that there is hope in saving our property rights and getting the agencies off everyone backs, if we will just learn what our rights are and then standup and say NO to the bureaucrats who want to overreach.


Article 6 - Section 1 - Clause 2              "This Constitution, and the laws of the United States  which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding."  (emphasis added)


Your Freedom Wasn't and Still Isn't Free, Many Men and Women Have Died for Us.


Will keep you posted,




If everyone knew all there is to know, they would not do half the things they do, including myself, therefore I must foregive them, including myself.

PowWow Friday Night Surprise! #MIGOP #rightmi #Michigan #MI

Friend --

image.jpegI'd like to personally invite you to join us at the Premier Grassroots Event of the year on January 9th & 10th, Michigan's "Going on Offense" PowWoW!

A very special Friday evening will kick off the event, highlighting Inter-Party Politics and the upcoming State Convention, with a surprise Keynote Speaker you will not want to miss!

This special night will kick off at 6:00pm and is sponsored by Top Gun Conservatives and River City Patriots and will feature Dave Agema, our National Committeeman, along with a forum to hear from state/county/local leaders who will share their stories from the inside. 

And to top the evening off, Russian-born American artist Roman Genn, whose work has been featured on the cover of National Review, will be joining us and displaying many of his famous pieces!  Genn has a compelling story of experiencing communism as a boy only to embrace America's Constitution and our Founding Fathers with reverence as an adult.  

All of this will be followed by a social reception to enjoy spending time together with the top patriot activists in Michigan! Saturday's conference will target 2016 elections, candidate training, and making an effective impact on the 2015 legislative agenda in Michigan! Saturday's program will begin at 8:00am and conclude at 5:00pm. A complete agenda will be out shortly.

Tickets are limited and going fast for this conservative grassroots event of the year! Tickets are only $25 and will cover the two day conference including the Friday night conference and social reception (cash bar not included), the Saturday conference, lunch, and refreshments.  Reserve your tickets today at Eventbrite by clicking here.

There are a limited number of special rate hotel rooms left in our block for our event and they are going fast. Reserve your room now at the Soaring Eagle Resort by calling 877-232-4532 and use the group discount code: PP011015

This event and the low ticket prices are only possible because of our wonderful volunteers and the support of our sponsors!  I encourage TEA Party and other groups to take advantage of sponsoring the PowWow that comes with an exhibit booth for only $100 for local TEA Party groups and $125 for Conservative organizations.  To find out more about these and additional sponsorship opportunities to promote your group, contact David Wells at 616-862-9627 or

Last but not least, if you are on the leadership board of an active TEA party group in Michigan, we would like to honor you for the sacrifice and hard work that you have given to the grassroots movement in Michigan!  Please click here to submit our leadership survey and it will be our privilege to honor you at the PowWow!

I can't wait to see you all this January at another incredible Michigan PowWow as we go into 2015 on OFFENSE together! 

With Firm Reliance on Divine Providence,

Cindy Gamrat  
Plainwell Patriots

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December 02, 2014

Michigan Rep. Cindy Gamrat's Inside Scoop #2 #migop #migov #michigan #Mi #rightmi #Tcot #sgp

On Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:16 PM, Peggy Shepard <> wrote:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. . . .But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
            The before mentioned words rang true 238 years ago in the Declaration of Independence.  Those words need to be heard again.  Our government at all levels has forgotten that the needs of the People outweigh the needs of the government.  According to the US Constitution, it is We the People that are supposed to be in charge of the government not the other way around.   Our government has slowly taken many of our granted rights away piece by piece.  I ask of you if our Creator granted us the Right to Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness and you are unhappy with what the government has done, then why do you do nothing about their corruption?  Rise-up; be a voice Of the People, By the People, and For the People.   I request your support in the following matter.
       Please, read this email forwarded from Cindy Gamrat. If we are to be successful in the prevention of these lame duck laws that out-going Representatives and senators are proposing, We need to work together.  As the Declaration of Independence states, We must set aside our differences and become one formidable presence to be reckoned with. Through the process of cooperation, We can restore the control of Government back to the People as the Constitution permits.  We must ensure that our elected government officials do what is Right by the People. For far too long, our government has been a benefit to themselves and special interest groups.  The Michigan Tea Party Pow Wow is one great event with workshops, speakers, and plenty of educational organizations in a One-Stop-Shop, and for the price, We cannot afford to miss what is offered.  Tomorrow, December 1, 2014, is the deadline for the Early Bird Special $20. After that, the price goes up to $25.  There are also rooms available at a discount price for those interested in staying at the Soaring Eagle Hotel in Mt. Pleasant, MI.  From now until December 31, 2014, We need to call and/or email our Representatives and Senators to Ensure that they Vote in a manner accordingly that will Protect the Constitution and our Rights as Citizens of Michigan and the United States of America.
May God Bless, Guide and Protect us,
Matthew Shepard

On Saturday, November 29, 2014 6:26 PM, Joe Sanger <> wrote:

Cindy Gamrat for                State Representative


I pray you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! There are so many things to be thankful for and it is good to take time to remember God's Providence and blessing on our lives! I'd like to share with you an update and ask that you read to the end where I share a special alert about some things happening in Michigan politics that you will want to know about!Freshman_Class__1.jpg

A few weeks after the election, I attended orientation for newly elected Representatives and had the humbling opportunity to spend some time on the House Floor in the Capitol where we learned the process of casting votes and speaking on the floor. Overall, we spent a few days going over all the processes and procedures relating to every part of the job, from tax forms to researching and writing legislation. Now I have turned my attention on hiring staff that I can trust and possess the skills and experience needed to get the job done for the people in my district and the state. I also have until December 31st to put forward my first ten bills and so I am spending some time in thought, prayer, and research on what bills, if any, I will put forward in the next month. It is hard to believe that on January 1st I will be sworn in; I want to be as prepared and ready as possible to hit the ground running!

IMG_0755.JPGDirectly following orientation I had the honor to speak to conservative leaders from across the nation at the TEA Party Patriots Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. Although I have spoken to many groups around the state, this was the first time speaking since the election. I enjoyed sharing my story and giving them some tools to take home to their perspective groups and states to strengthen their impact. Their response was wonderful and I have received a number of invitations to speak in many other states around the country!

My experiences and the events over this past month have impressed upon me the precious and fragile gift of liberty paralleled with the sacrifice and cost of it's preservation. While in DC, I had the opportunity to visit the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials as well as taking a private tour of the Capitol Building with U.S. Representative Kerry Bentivolio. What incredible vision and fortitude our Founding Fathers and early leaders had and how thankful I am for them! Lately, Nehemiah 4:14 has been on my mind, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes." I am many times disappointed by the lack of leaders who will stand up and fight for the values and principles that are foundational and priceless!IMG_0767.JPG

With my thoughts thusly framed, I am now thrust into the fight for religious freedom happening right now in Michigan. Unfortunately, while Michigan families had their attention on Thanksgiving and celebrating religious freedom, the Lansing machine has continued to work behind the scenes. As you may already know, we are in a lame duck session and during the upcoming days we will see a slew of bills being passed at breakneck speed out of a legislature where many Representatives and Senators are term limited out and no longer held accountable by the voters. 

A number of these bills are neither good for Michigan nor reflect our conservative values of liberty and limited government. One bill in particular, the expansion of Elliott-Larsen to include special protection status to those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender communities, will destroy our First Amendment rights and religious freedom in Michigan! This bill is being put forward by the term limited Republican leadership in the House and will give special protections for the LGBT community over and above people who do not practice that lifestyle.

As a Representative-Elect I do not have a vote during lame duck so the only voice I have is in spreading the word to let my district and our state know about what is happening in Lansing that will have an incredible impact on our children's future. This is why recently I published a press release, along with Representative-Elects Gary Glenn and Todd Courser, imploring our Representatives and Senators to publicly stand and fight against this disastrous threat against the first amendment rights and religious freedoms. I hope you will also add your voice and call your Representatives and Senators and tell them to vote no on Elliott-Larsen expansion. 

Another important project I am working on is the Michigan Grassroots PowWow. A few times a year I organize these Statewide Conferences called PowWows where over 400 of the top grassroots and conservative activists attend from all over Michigan. The next one will be on January 9th and 10th at the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant. I have attached the latest email I sent out about the PowWow below. I'd love to have you join us!

Other things on my immediate radar are an energy Conference in DC that I will be attending, continuing the fight against Elliott-Larsen expansion and other bad bills put forward in lame duck, my daughter Meghan's birthday, interviewing staff, researching and considering my first pieces of legislation, planning the PowWow, and picking out our Christmas tree from Janke's Tree Farm in Allegan!

May the Lord bless you and keep you and may He shine His light upon you! May He touch the hearts of our elected leaders and all in our state and nation!

With Firm Reliance on Divine Providence,

PowWow Update
The Michigan Grassroots "Going on Offense" PowWow is happening January 9th and 10th, and if you order your tickets today, you can get a special Early Bird rate of only $20!  

At this premier statewide event we will be taking proactive steps in setting the 2015 legislative agenda as well as setting the stage for the 2016 elections!  

We are excited to announce that those attending Friday evening will receive a special treat with some exclusive time with Russian-born American artist Roman Genn, whose work has been featured worldwide, including on the cover of National Review.  Genn has a compelling story of experiencing communism as a boy only to embrace America's Constitution and our Founding Fathers with reverence as an adult.  It will be a wonderful treat to hear his story and how he has been able to use the medium of art to showcase the contrast between conservative and liberal ideas and leaders.

Friday evening will also include some focused discussion on inner party politics and the upcoming Michigan Republican Party State Convention followed by a social reception.
The buzz surrounding this event is enormous and tickets are going fast.  Have you reserved your spot yet? Don't miss out on the early bird special of $20 per ticket that closes on December 1st. Reserve your tickets today at Eventbrite by clicking here.
Tickets are not the only thing going fast, but the limited number of special rate hotel rooms blocked for our event are filling up quickly as well. Reserve your room now at the Soaring Eagle Resort by calling 877-232-4532 or by clicking here.
When reserving the hotel rooms use the group discount code: PP011015
I can't wait to see you all this January at another incredible Michigan PowWow as we go into 2015 on OFFENSE together! 
With Firm Reliance on Divine Providence,
Cindy Gamrat  
Plainwell Patriots

Cindy Gamrat for State Representative
Paid for by Citizens to Elect Cindy Gamrat · PO Box 452, Plainwell, MI 49080, United States

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