ERC Events
Tuesday, 7:30 P.M., Grosse Pointe War Memorial
 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms
November 19, 2013

Detroit News editorial writer and cartoonist, Henry Payne


Henry Payne Detroit News editorial writer and cartoonist, will speak to the November Forum at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms.
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October 15, 2013

Nolan Finley of the Detroit News


Nolan Finley, editorial editor of the Detroit News talked about the Detroit mayoral election and life after the bankruptcy. "Will Detroit stay fixed?" he asked.
September 17, 2013

Jack McHugh, senior policy analyst, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Jack McHugh of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy headlined the September Forum to talk about the federal health insurance mandate, and the Michigan Medicaid expansion. On this, he said, "Michigan took a wrong turn, and is adding to the national debt."
Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tenth  Annual ERC Picnic


11th Annual Family Fun Picnic. Hosted by Peggy and Mike Hennigan of the Park, ERC members and friends enjoyed the Family Fun picnic at Patterson Park on Lake St. Clair. Kids of all ages loved the magic/comedy routine of Gordon Russ who got lots of audience participation in his routine.
June 18, 2013

Justice David Viviano



Justice David Viviano, Michigan's newest Supreme Court Justice, talked about the "Rule of Law" and what it takes to gain a hearing before the State's highest court.
May 21, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville


Sen. Randy Richardville, majority leader of the Michigan Senate, reported on the State's improving economic health and the challenge of funding needed road repairs at the May Forum.
April 24, 2013
    special P.A.C. event
Lt. Governor Brian Calley


Brian Calley, Michigan's Lt. Governor, spoke to a record crowd for the annual ERC P.A.C. fundraiser held to benefit local GOP candidates at Sindbad's at the River in Detroit.
March 19, 2013

Andrew Arena



Andrew Arena, executive director of the Detroit Crime Commission, detailed the role of Detroit's new crime-fighting organization.
February 19, 2013
Elaine Donnelly


Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, an independent, nonpartisan public policy organization, spoke about women in combat and warned that efforts to draft women for combat may present the next obstacle to combat readiness.
January 15, 2013
Paul Welday



Paul Welday, a leader in government, politics, and business throughout the Midwest who served as chief of staff for Republican U.S. Representative Joseph K. Knollenberg from Michigan's then 11th Congressional District, told why he sees massive government growth as the root cause of the U.S. fiscal crisis.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, Southgate, Mich.


Christmas Party gala for Wayne County Republicans was held Sunday, December 9, at the elegant Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, 16703 Fort Street, Southgate.
November 20, 2012

Nolan Finley of the Detroit News



Nolan Finley analyzed the 2012 election results, and declared, "This was not a wave election -- there were mixed results.” Read why he sees no national mandate.
October 16, 2012
Political analyst Bill Ballenger



Bill Ballenger presented his outlook for Michigan's GOP in the 2012 General Election. Redistricting, State House, Senate, Courts, proposals... he shared his insight on all that and more.
September 18, 2012
Vote the whole ballot!


Judicial Candidate Forum at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Because many voters overlook the non-partisan portion of the ballot, we spotlighted a number of judicial candidates on the November 6 General Election ballot.
July 15, 2012
Tenth  Annual ERC Picnic


Tenth Annual Family Fun Picnic featured food, fresh air, and lots of GOP hopefuls on Sunday, July 15 at Patterson Park on Lake St. Clair. In addition to the picnic fare, kids of all ages enjoyed the magic show by Gordon Russ. >>See the photos.
June 19, 2012

Laura Cox, Wayne County Commissioner

Laura Cox, Wayne County Commissioner District 10 urged transparency in county operations. She chairs the commission's committee on ways and means. Her district includes Livonia, Plymouth, Plymouth Township, and Northville.
May 15, 2012

Rusty Hills

Rusty Hills, director of public affairs  for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, called for bold Republican action to win the U.S. Senate and White House in the November General Election. He outlined actions already taken by Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette to defend the constitution, promote public safety, and protect the Great Lakes.
April 26, 2012
    special P.A.C. event

Robert Schostak
Justice Stephen J. Markman





Annual ERC-PAC fundraiser featured guest speakers Robert I. 'Bobby' Schostak, Michigan Republican Party chairman, and Justice Stephen Markman of the Michigan Supreme Court. A record number of Republicans attended the P.A.C.'s annual fundraiser which is held to benefit local GOP candidates. The event was held at Sindbad's at the River in Detroit.
March 20, 2012
Nolan Finley
Dr. Robert Steele


Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of the Detroit News offered an optimistic outlook for GOP prospects in November as well as his views on Wayne County government and other topics. In addition, Dr. Rob Steele, candidate for the University of Michigan Board of Regents stressed his qualifications and U of M science background. Steele is the Ann Arbor cardiologist who in 2010 challenged John Dingell in Michigan's 15th Congressional District.
February 21, 2012

Randy Hekman

Randy Hekman, campaigning for the U.S. Senate in the GOP primary, declared, “My goal is fixing our country, and I want to bring people together, because we are Americans.” Hekman addressed the ERC Forum at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
January 17, 2012
Clark Durant


Clark Durant, campaigning for the U.S. Senate in the GOP primary, spoke to the January Forum at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. He presented his case for a second American Revolution to restore freedom and a return to constitutional principle.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, Southgate, Mich.


Christmas Party, jointly hosted by the 13th 14th and 15th district Republican executive committees, was held Sunday, December 4, at the elegant Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Southgate, Mich.
November 15, 2011
Pete Hoekstra

Pete Hoekstra brought his Republican Senatorial campaign to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial to explain his "no new taxes" pledge and push for structural reform. He answered questions from members of the audience.
October 18, 2011
Know the issues before you vote on November 8, 2011


Local Candidates' Forum featuring non-partisan candidates on the November 8, 2011, election ballot, included those running for local municipal councils, as well as the Grosse Pointe Public School System board of trustees. Eastside voters were able to ask questions of the candidates.
September 20, 2011
Henry Payne, author and syndicated cartoonist


Henry Payne, noted political cartoonist featured in The Detroit News and called by National Review "the Thomas Nast of his time," demonstrated his craft and commented on current events for the September Forum.
June 21, 2011
Maura Corrigan, DHS Director


Maura Corrigan shared her passion for children and families, and told about the big changes now taking place in the Michigan Department of Human Services.
July 10, 2011
Magic was in the air for Ninth Annual Family Fun Picnic

Ninth Annual Family Fun Picnic at Patterson Park on Lake St. Clair featured more than the usual picnic fare. Members and guests also enjoyed watching illusionist Gordon Russ amaze the kids with his performance.
May 17, 2011
Justice Brian K. Zahra



Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra explained how the rule of law and the Michigan justice system operate, and answered audience questions.
Thursday, April 28,
    special P.A.C. event
Attorney General Bill Schuette

Bill Schuette, Michigan's new attorney general 'On Duty!' at the ERC-P.A.C. fundraiser at Sindbad's in Detroit. Proceeds of the event will support local candidates. >>Read the John Minnis story.
March 15, 2011
Robert Steele, MD


Dr. Robert Steele. What's next for the noted Ann Arbor cardiologist and 2010 Republican challenger for Michigan's 15th congressional district? The highly qualified expert on the effects patients will face under ObamaCare spoke to the March ERC Forum.
February 15, 2011
Journalist Nolan Finley, The Detroit News

Nolan Finley spoke about the 2010 voter tsunami and what it holds for the future of Michigan. Finley is editorial page editor of The Detroit News, and host of a weekly public television program, "Am I Right?"
January 18, 2011
Michael Van Beek of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy


Michael Van Beek, the Mackinac Center's director of education policy, addressed "Common school funding myths."
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, Southgate, Mich.


Christmas Party, jointly hosted by the 13th 14th and 15th district Republican executive committees, was held Sunday, December 12, at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Southgate, Mich.
November 16, 2010
Sen. Mike Bishop


Sen. Mike Bishop majority leader of the Michigan Senate provided a wrap-up of the Legislative session, including the state budget crisis and his perspective on the challenge ahead for Michigan's Republican leadership.
October 19, 2010



2010 Candidate's Forum  featured GOP candidates John Hauler, seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives, John Chouinard, running for the Michigan Senate, Janice DuMouchelle, campaigning for state representative, and Robert Sheehy, vying for a seat on the Wayne County Commission. Following individual presentations, the floor was opened for audience questions.
September 21, 2010
Bill Ballenger



Bill Ballenger, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, provided his entertaining and  in depth analysis of the 'coattail' effect of a big Snyder win in November to kick off the fall 2010 ERC schedule.
July 18, 2010
Tenth  Annual ERC Picnic


Eighth Annual Family Fun Picnic was held July 18 at Patterson Park on Lake St. Clair, Grosse Pointe Park. In addition to the picnic fare, guests met local office holders, and GOP candidates.
June 15, 2010
Brendan Walsh
        >>More Walsh



Brendan Walsh, from his perspective as treasurer of the Grosse Pointe Public School System board of trustees, outlined the new school teacher labor contract settlement and offered his financial outlook for the school system.
May 18, 2010
Justice Robert P. Young, Jr.



Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., of the Michigan Supreme Court explained the ongoing battle between supporters of the rule of law and those who advocate showing "empathy" for one party over another in matters pending before the court.
April 22, 2010
 special P.A.C. event
Terri Lynn Land with Mike Bouchard
          photo: Rex Larsen, The Grand Rapids Press


Mike Bouchard/Terri Lynn Land, running for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively, headlined the 2010 ERC-PAC fundraiser.
March 16, 2010
Radio personality, John McCulloch


John McCulloch, local personality heard on news/talk radio WJR-760am, shared his insights into the broadcast industry, his views on current events, and offered an insider's perspective on bias in the media.
February 16, 2010
Andrew C. Richner, chairman, University of Michigan Board of Regents
                >>More Richner


Andrew C. Richner, chairman of the University of Michigan Board of Regents, addressed the current state of the university and how it is coping with Michigan's challenging economy.
January 19, 2010
Journalist Nolan Finley, The Detroit News

Nolan Finley addressed the Detroit and Michigan political landscape. He is editorial page editor of The Detroit News, and host of a weekly public television program, "Am I Right?" >>Details.
December 6, 2009
Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, Southgate, Mich.


Christmas Party hosted by 13th, 14th, and 15th districts was held at the Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Southgate, Mich.
November 17, 2009
Sen. Mike Bishop


Sen. Mike Bishop, Michigan Senate majority leader, provided a wrap-up of the Legislative session and shared his vision for protecting Michigan citizens as Attorney General.
October 20, 2009
ERC Forum


Local Candidates' Forum. A candidates' Forum for GP Public School System board candidates was held at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Seven board candidates and three municipal candidates were presented.
September 15, 2009
Holly Hughes of the RNC


Holly Hughes, Michigan National Committeewoman and chairman of the 2012 GOP convention site selection committee, gave her perspective on Michigan and national issues.
July 19, 2009
Seventh  Annual ERC Picnic


Seventh Annual ERC Summer Picnic, at Patterson Park on Lake St. Clair, Grosse Pointe Park featured great food and an opportunity to visit with State and local office holders!
June 16, 2009
Senator Michelle McManus



Sen. Michelle A. McManus, candidate for Michigan Secretary of State GOP nomination, shared her vision for the Secretary of State's Office at the June Forum.
May 19, 2009
Publisher Sam Logan


Sam Logan, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, a newspaper published in Detroit and known as "voice of the community since 1936," gave his inside outlook on what's right and what needs to be fixed to ensure a prosperous Detroit. >>Details.
April 30, 2009
 special P.A.C. event
Terri Lynn Land speaks to PAC

Terri Lynn Land, Michigan Secretary of State, addressed the ERC P.A.C.'s 2009 fundraiser at Sindbad's in Detroit. Proceeds of the event support local candidates. The event was in lieu of the usual monthly ERC Forum.
March 17, 2009
John Broad, president of Crime Stoppers

John Broad, local businessman and president of Crime Stoppers of Michigan, explained how the anonymous tipster program operates.
February 17, 2009
Daniel Howes, The Detroit News

Daniel Howes, business columnist and associate business editor of The Detroit News, talked about epic changes in both the automotive and communications industries, as well as prospects for the Michigan economy.
January 20, 2009
Bob Liggett


Bob Liggett, owner of the Grosse Pointe News, expressed his views about the 2008 national election outcome. In addition, he told about changes in the communications industry and his role as a local businessman.
December 7, 2008
Detroit Yacht Club


Christmas Party was hosted by 13th and 14th Districts and the ERC at the Detroit Yacht Club, Belle Isle.
November 18, 2008
Sen. Mike Bishop


Sen. Mike Bishop, Michigan Senate majority leader, shared his outlook on future GOP prospects in Michigan.
October 21, 2008
2008 GOP Forum

Candidates' Forum featured GOP candidates seeking support for their bid in the November 4 General Election. Also speaking were several candidates on the nonpartisan ballot, including four school board candidates. Eastside voters had the opportunity to understand the issues and to ask questions.
September 23, 2008
Bill Ballenger

Bill Ballenger, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, kicked off the fall 2008 ERC schedule with his expert political insight on November general election prospects. >>Details.
July 20, 2008
Tenth  Annual ERC Picnic

Sixth Annual ERC Family Fun Picnic, was held at Patterson Park on Lake St. Clair, Grosse Pointe Park featuring a magician, games, splash pad, and food. >>Photos.
June 17, 2008
Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor


Hon. Clifford W. Taylor, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, discussed his views on our judiciary.
May 20, 2008
Candidates' Forum

Candidates' Forum at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms featuring GOP candidates for state representative, district 1.
April 24, 2008
 special P.A.C. event
Saul Anuzis
                          >>More PAC event

Saul Anuzis, Michigan Republican Party chairman, was guest of honor and speaker at a special P.A.C. event held in Detroit at Sindbad's Restaurant. His topic was the 2008 Michigan election contests and the presidential election.
March 18, 2008
Rep. Jack Hoogendyk


Jack Hoogendyk, State Representative from Kalamazoo, is an announced candidate for U.S. Senate. He will share his views on the November contest for Senate.
February 19, 2008
Andrew 'Rocky' Raczkowski
                 >>Read More


Andrew Raczkowski, former Michigan House majority floor leader and Michigan Republican vice chairman, shared his perspective on GOP prospects for 2008, and announced he has been called to active duty in the U.S. Army beginning later in 2008.
January 22, 2008
Committeewoman Hughes

Holly Hughes. Republican National Committeewoman Holly Hughes will share her perspective on the upcoming 2008 election and Republican prospects for the future.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Celebration at the DYC!

Christmas Party hosted by 13th and 14th Districts and the ERC was held at the Detroit Yacht Club, Belle Isle, Detroit.
November 20, 2007
Representative Ed Gaffney
          >>Read more


Representative Ed Gaffney presented his "Lansing Report," a review of legislative matters, and answered audience questions.
October 16, 2007
Josh Romney
        >>More Josh at ERC


Josh Romney, son of former Massachusetts Governor and GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, discussed his dad's 2008 campaign.
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September 18, 2007
Lawrence W. Reed of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
              >>More Reed


Lawrence Reed, president Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Midland-based research and educational institute.
June 24, 2007
Tenth  Annual ERC Picnic

Fifth Annual ERC Family Fun Picnic was held from Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Patterson Park on Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Park. >>Picnic pictures.
June 19, 2007
Journalist Nolan Finley, The Detroit News

Nolan Finley spoke on "Closing Lansing's Leadership Gap." Finley is editorial page editor of The Detroit News, and co-host of a weekly public television program, "Am I Right?" >>Details.
May 30, 2007
 special P.A.C. event
U.S. Congressman Thaddeus McCotter

Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Livonia was guest speaker at the ERC P.A.C.'s 2007 annual fundraiser at Sindbad's in Detroit. Proceeds are dedicated to support local candidates. >>Details.
April 17, 2007
James B. Nicholson


James B. Nicholson, CEO of PVS Chemicals in Detroit and 1996 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, offered his perspective on the future of Detroit. In the midst of Michigan's uncertain economic future, Nicholson's topic was "Detroit: Moving Forward!" >>Details.
March 20, 2007
Publisher Sam Logan



Sam Logan, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, a newspaper published in Detroit and known as "voice of the community since 1936." >>Details.
February 20, 2007
Ron Babin for 'FairTax'


February Forum featured Ron Babin, Michigan's volunteer deputy director for Americans for Fair Taxation. He presented the comprehensive FairTax proposal to replace all income taxes. >>Details.
January 23, 2007
Jane Abraham



Jane Abraham, co-chairman of the Michigan Republican Party encouraged the Michigan GOP to "count up our assets" as we look to the future. In addition, the annual election of ERC officers was conducted. >>Details.

December 3, 2006
Celebration at the DYC!

Christmas Party hosted by 13th and 14th Districts and the ERC at the Detroit Yacht Club, Belle Isle was a spectacular event that included remarks by Michigan Republican Party chairman Saulius "Saul" Anuzis. >>Details.
November 21, 2006
Representative Ed Gaffney
          >>Read more


Representative Ed Gaffney presented his "Lansing Report," a review of his legislative accomplishments and an outlook for the future. He also responded to constituents' questions. >>Details.
October 17, 2006
Bill Ballenger

Bill Ballenger, popular political editor and pundit, shared his unique perspective from deep Inside Michigan Politics, and his outlook for the 2006 elections. He presented his assessment of the Michigan political landscape. >>Details.
September 19, 2006
Ed Gaffney, State Rep., District 1
                >>Gaffney's on-line office
Edith L. Floyd, candidate for State Rep., District 2
                  >>Read more
Shirley Lamar, candidate for State Rep., District 3
                                   >>GOP candidate info
Daniel Mercier
      >>More Mercier


2006 Candidates' Forum featured local incumbents and challengers seeking support for their bid in the November 7 General Election. An added bonus was the appearance of Michigan Secretary of State, Terri Lynn Land. Eastside voters had the opportunity to understand the issues and to ask questions. >>Details.
June 25, 2006
Magician John Anderson entertains at 2006 ERC Picnic in Patterson Park

ERC's Fourth Annual Family Fun Picnic. Hot-dogs, soft drinks, and John Anderson's magic act entertained the young and the young-at-heart on the shores of beautiful Lake St. Clair. Free food, fun, plus a number of our favorite candidates were on hand. >>Details.
June 20, 2006

Justice Maura Corrigan
Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly
Justice Brian K. Zahra

Judicial Forum featured three key judges seeking re-election in 2006. Eastside voters had the opportunity to better understand the issues and to ask questions of Justice Corrigan, Judge Kelly and Judge Zahra. >>Details.
May 16, 2006

Attorney General Mike Cox

Mike Cox, Michigan Attorney General, outlined his plans as he seeks re-election to his second term as Michigan's Attorney General. He graciously answered audience questions. >>Details.
April 20, 2006
 special P.A.C. event
Terry Lynn Land

Terri Lynn Land, Michigan Secretary of State, addressed the ERC P.A.C.'s 2006 fundraiser April 20 at Sindbad's in Detroit. Proceeds of the event will be used to support local candidates in the 2006 campaign. >>Details.
March 21, 2006

David Brandon

David Brandon, University of Michigan Regent, brought his bid for reelection to the ERC Forum. Brandon, who is seeking re-election, was first elected to the Board of Regents in 1998. >>Details.
February 21, 2006
>>More about Bouchard

Michael J. Bouchard, candidate for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination outlined his qualifications and campaign strategy to defeat Sen. Stabenow. Bouchard is a former State Senator, and presently Sheriff of Oakland County, one of the largest counties in the U.S. >>Details.
January 17, 2006
>>More about Jerry Zandstra

Jerry Zanstra presented his platform and qualifications for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination and answered audience questions. For the past five years, Zandstra has been program director for Michigan-based, Acton Institute, a conservative think tank on economics, public policy and ethics. >>Details.
November 15, 2005
Representative Ed Gaffney
          >>Read more


Representative Ed Gaffney presented his "Lansing Report," a review of his legislative accomplishments and an outlook for the future. He also responded to constituents' questions. >>Details.
October 18, 2005
Keith A. Butler


Rev. Keith Butler is a former Detroit City councilman who now serves as pastor to a large Southfield congregation. He is a candidate for Republican U.S. Senate nomination. Five local candidates were also introduced. >>Details.
September 20, 2005
Tim Skubick


Tim Skubick Lansing correspondent for the Detroit broadcaster, WWJ News Radio 950 outlined how candidate charisma is overshadowing the issues in today's political campaigns. >>Details.
June 21, 2005
Paul Hillegonds, DTE Energy senior VP
Paul Hillegonds, newly appointed senior VP of DTE Energy and president of Detroit Renaissance since 1997, addressed the ERC's June Forum at the War Memorial. He previously served eight terms in the Michigan House of Representative, and recently served on the Wayne State University Board of Governors. >>Details.
June 12, 2005
Illusionist John Anderson captures kid's attention
Family Fun Picnic for members and friends of the Eastside Republican Club featured food and conversation for adults, while kids experienced the added treat of talented illusionist, John Anderson. Hot dogs were grilled courtesy of Mike and Peggy Hennigan. The event was held at beautiful Patterson Park on Lake St. Clair. >>Details.
May 5, 2005,
 special P.A.C. event
Saul Anuzis, MRSC Chairman


Saul Anuzis, Michigan Republican State Committee chairman, addressed members and guests at Sindbad's, Detroit. Proceeds of this event generated support for local candidates in the 2006 campaign. >>Details.
April 19, 2005
Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor

Clifford W. Taylor, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, will discuss his views on our judiciary. In addition, three candidates running for the Grosse Pointe Public School System board have been invited to appear. >>Details.
March 15, 2005
Journalist Nolan Finley, The Detroit News

Nolan Finley discussed local, state and national politics, and the leadership deficit in public life. Finley is editorial page editor of The Detroit News, and is co-host of a weekly public television program, "Am I Right?" >>Details.
February 15, 2005
Committeewoman Hughes

Holly Hughes. Republican National Committeewoman Holly Hughes shared her perspective on the 2004 election and Republican prospects for the future. >>Details.
January 18, 2005
Andrew Raczkowski

Andrew Raczkowski. Michigan Republican First Vice Chairman, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski, shared a message of Michigan GOP unity. The former Michigan House majority floor leader also talked about his recent active duty tour with the U.S. Army, and his perspective on Republican prospects for the year ahead. >>More.
November 16, 2004
State Representative Ed Gaffney


Representative Ed Gaffney presented his "Lansing Report," a review of his legislative accomplishments and an outlook for the future. He also responded to constituents' questions. >>Details.
October 19, 2004
Judge Zahra for Michigan Supreme Court
                      >>More about the candidates' forum


Candidates' Forum featured GOP candidates for County Commission, County Sheriff, U.S. Congress, Michigan Supreme Court, State Representative, as well as others. >>More.
September 21, 2004
Bill Ballenger


Bill Ballenger, publisher of "Inside Michigan Politics," kicked off the fall 2004 ERC program schedule with his expert political insight on November general election prospects. >>Details.
June 27, 2004
Picnic organizers, Mike and Peggy Hennegan, mind the cooking at 2004 ERC Picnic in Patterson Park.  >>More photos




Second Annual ERC Family Picnic. Free food, fun, favorite candidates were on hand in Patterson Park, Grosse Pointe Park. Local illusionist John Anderson performed for the kids.
June 15, 2004
Judicial Forum. Five local judges seeking election or re-election in 2004 participated in the event, giving voters an opportunity to understand the issues and ask questions. Of special interest was the seven-way race for Wayne County Circuit Court. Three of the seven addressed the group. >>Details.

May 18, 2004
Chuck Yob 


Chuck Yob. Republican National Committeeman Charles (Chuck) Yob shared his perspective on the 2004 election campaign both in Michigan and nationally. >>More.
May 3, 2004,
 special P.A.C. event
Pols Address PAC






Broad Lineup of Notables addressed the ERC-PAC dinner. The fundraiser generated support for local candidates as several guest speakers appeared at Sindbad's in Detroit. >>Details.
March 16, 2004
Lawrence W. Reed

Lawrence W. Reed, president Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Midland-based research and educational institute, explained the Center's mission as equipping Michigan citizens and decision-makers to better evaluate public policy from a "free market" perspective. >>More.
February 17, 2004
Regen Andrew Richner

Andrew Richner, University of Michigan Regent, explained how State budget cuts are affecting higher education in Michigan, and other matters. >>Details.
January 20, 2004
Justice Stephen J. Markman


Stephen J. Markman shared his judicial philosophy on the rule of law and answered member's questions. Markman serves as the 103rd Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and stands for reelection in 2004. >>Details.
November 18, 2003
Representative Ed Gaffney 

Representative Ed Gaffney reviewed his legislative accomplishments, offered his outlook for the future, and responded to constituents' questions. >>Details.
October 21, 2003
Macomb's Gary R. White


Gary R. White, Associate Director, Environmental Health Services Division, of the Macomb County Health Department addressed the status of water quality in Lake St. Clair. >>More.
September 16, 2003
Charlie Cain, Detroit News




Charlie Cain, Detroit News Lansing Bureau Chief, provided his unique perspective on the political scene at the ERC's 2003 fall kickoff meeting. >>Details.
June 21, 2003
 Tenth  Annual ERC Picnic

ERC's First Annual, Family Fun Picnic. Hot-dogs, soft drinks, a magician for the young and the young-at-heart at beautiful Patterson Park, on Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Park.
June 5, 2003,
 special P.A.C. event
Terri L. Land
Michigan Secretary of State

Terri Lynn Land, Michigan Secretary of State, was featured speaker at the ERC-PAC fundraiser, reception and buffet dinner at the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club in Grosse Pointe Woods. This Thursday event took the place of our regular June meeting.
May 20, 2003
>>Chief Justice Maura D. Corrigan on Fidelity



Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Maura Corrigan provided a look at issues facing the Michigan Supreme Court, the citizens of Michigan and our culture. >>More.
April 15, 2003
George Constance


George G. Constance, Warren City attorney and instructor at Macomb County Community College addressed "Municipal Water Rates & the Detroit Water Board" at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms. >>Details.
March 18, 2003
Greg Brock


Greg Brock, former executive director of the Michigan Republican Party, and current director of the Great Lakes Education Project spoke on "Meaningful Education Reform." >>Details.
February 18, 2003
John Minnis


John Minnis, editor and general manager of the Grosse Pointe News, explained the "Role of a Community Newspaper." >>More.
January 21, 2003
Chuck Gaidica

Chuck Gaidica. The noted Detroit television personality spoke on the topic, "Not what you sell, but how you sell it." In addition, members elected ERC Officers and Board Members for 2003.
November 19, 2002
Andrew Richner


Representative Andrew Richner reviewed the impact of the 2002 General Election and the status of key legislative initiatives. The ERC honored him for his service to our area. >>More.
October 15, 2002
Ed Gaffney for State Rep

Focus on the Election.  The ERC heard from three local, GOP candidates: G.P. Farms mayor, Ed Gaffney, nominee for State Representative; Jeff Schroder, candidate for State Senate; and Pat Petz, in the race for Wayne County Commissioner. Afterward, the three offered thoughtful answers to audience questions.
September 17, 2002
Bill Ballenger

Bill Ballenger, popular political editor and pundit, shared his unique perspective from deep Inside Michigan Politics, and his outlook for the 2002 elections. He presented an encouraging assessment of the Michigan political landscape!
June 18, 2002
Trustee Mary Ellen StempfleCouncilman Eric SteinerMayor Ed Gaffney

ERC Candidates' Forum featured Republican primary candidates for State Representative and State Senate.
May 21, 2002
Judge Christopher Murray, Michigan Court of Appeals

Judicial Forum featured four judges seeking reelection. They gave citizens an opportunity to understand the issues, and to ask questions. Participating were Judges Ulysses Boykin, Michael Hathaway, and Lita Popke from the Wayne County Circuit Court, and Judge Chris Murray (pictured) of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Although not standing for reelection this year, Judge Timothy M. Kenny also participated.
April 25, 2002,
 special P.A.C. event
Rusty Hills

Rusty Hills, State Republican Chairman, addressed a special fund raiser sponsored by the ERC P.A.C. at the G.P. Hunt Club to raise funds for local GOP candidates. According to Lita M. McKeehan, leader of the ERC Political Action Committee, the dinner was another successful event for the P.A.C. >>Details.
March 19, 2002
U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins

Jeffrey G. Collins, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan was appointed by President Bush, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on November 6, 2001. He provided his perspective on law enforcement in this area, including coordination efforts with the Antiterrorism Task Force. >>Details.
February 19, 2002
Terri LandRocky Raczkowski

Michigan Candidates' Forum featured statewide Republican office seekers Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski for U.S. Senate, and Terri Land for Secretary of State. >>>>Full Coverage
January 15, 2002
Justice Robert P. Young, Jr.

Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., of the Michigan Supreme Court presented his views favoring a traditional, constitutional role for the judiciary. He contrasted this philosophy with that of judicial activists, typified by interests of many trial lawyers. >>More.
The Public is always invited to attend ERC events