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  1. Congressman and former GOP nominee for Governor, Anthony Granata, speaks at an event in St. Paul, MN Here in the great state of Minnesota we need not forget our conservative friends. It is important that conservatives in blue states are active, energized and ready to deliver results in key races. It is my honor to be here on behalf of Governor Sharp this evening. Rick Sharp is a man of principles, and courage. He agrees with us on everything that matters. You know, when I ran for governor, your support meant the world to me. We may not have been victorious, but we let the region know where conservatives stand on the issues. We were pro right to work. We were pro voter ID laws. We sent a message to the nation that conservatism is alive and well here in Minnesota and the Midwest. It's important to cast our votes for our presidential nominee for someone who believes in workers' choice. We need a nominee who realizes that corrupt union money is negatively impacting our region. In Chicago, Detroit, and I'm sure even here in St. Paul, union money funnels in from mandated dues to pay for democrats to run for office. It doesn't matter if you wanted to pay them or not. It wasn't your choice. The government says you MUST or your risk losing your job. This can't be the case. We need a nominee to stand up for us here in the Midwest to make sure our workers have a choice. Paul Vang isn't with us on this issue. Paul is a very good man, but his support for unions falls completely out of touch with conservative principles on this issue here in the Midwest. When you get out and vote, remember that Paul is a union supporter which means there is little chance he'll ever stand up to corrupt union bosses like we'd expect our presidential nominee to do. Cast your votes for Governor Rick Sharp in your primary.
  2. Anthony Granata Congressman and former GOP nominee for Governor, Anthony Granata, speaks at an event in St. Paul, MN Here in the great state of Minnesota we need not forget our conservative friends. It is important that conservatives in blue states are active, energized and ready to deliver results in key races. It is my honor to be here on behalf of Governor Sharp this evening. Rick Sharp is a man of principles, and courage. He agrees with us on everything that matters. You know, when I ran for governor, your support meant the world to me. We may not have been victorious, but we let the region know where conservatives stand on the issues. We were pro right to work. We were pro voter ID laws. We sent a message to the nation that conservatism is alive and well here in Minnesota and the Midwest. It's important to cast our votes for our presidential nominee for someone who believes in workers' choice. We need a nominee who realizes that corrupt union money is negatively impacting our region. In Chicago, Detroit, and I'm sure even here in St. Paul, union money funnels in from mandated dues to pay for democrats to run for office. It doesn't matter if you wanted to pay them or not. It wasn't your choice. The government says you MUST or your risk losing your job. This can't be the case. We need a nominee to stand up for us here in the Midwest to make sure our workers have a choice. Paul Vang isn't with us on this issue. Paul is a very good man, but his support for unions falls completely out of touch with conservative principles on this issue here in the Midwest. When you get out and vote, remember that Paul is a union supporter which means there is little chance he'll ever stand up to corrupt union bosses like we'd expect our presidential nominee to do. Cast your votes for Governor Rick Sharp in your primary. View full PR
  3. Anthony D. Granata (R-IL) speaks to a crowd of supporters in Michigan In just a few hours, Michiganders and republicans will go to the polls to cast their votes in the presidential primaries. Now, Michigan knows that they have a real good friend in Tony Granata. Conservatives here in Michigan know that when it comes to the issues we care about, I am the guy to is going to deliver. I was humbled by the support you gave me this past election. We ran on issues like right to work. We need to make sure that when it comes to our labor laws, no one is being forced into paying dues to organizations who donate millions to liberal democratic candidates each election cycle. It is our belief that if you don't want to contribute or be a part of a union, you won't lose your job. We believe that unions need to show us their worth before we are forced to contribute to them. We know that in cities like Detroit, and Chicago, union bosses control political money and influence. That is why I am asking you to cast your vote for Governor Rick Sharp in the GOP primary. Paul Vang doesn't deliver on this issue. We don't have an ally in Paul Vang when it comes to the freedom to work. I'm asking you to get out there and support true conservatism like you did when you supported me for governor. Rick Sharp is the man we need. A conservative ally to the Midwest. Get out there and make sure he gets your vote.
  4. Anthony Granata Anthony D. Granata (R-IL) speaks to a crowd of supporters in Michigan In just a few hours, Michiganders and republicans will go to the polls to cast their votes in the presidential primaries. Now, Michigan knows that they have a real good friend in Tony Granata. Conservatives here in Michigan know that when it comes to the issues we care about, I am the guy to is going to deliver. I was humbled by the support you gave me this past election. We ran on issues like right to work. We need to make sure that when it comes to our labor laws, no one is being forced into paying dues to organizations who donate millions to liberal democratic candidates each election cycle. It is our belief that if you don't want to contribute or be a part of a union, you won't lose your job. We believe that unions need to show us their worth before we are forced to contribute to them. We know that in cities like Detroit, and Chicago, union bosses control political money and influence. That is why I am asking you to cast your vote for Governor Rick Sharp in the GOP primary. Paul Vang doesn't deliver on this issue. We don't have an ally in Paul Vang when it comes to the freedom to work. I'm asking you to get out there and support true conservatism like you did when you supported me for governor. Rick Sharp is the man we need. A conservative ally to the Midwest. Get out there and make sure he gets your vote. View full PR
  5. ADG

    Age of Consent Act

    Age of Consent Act Mr. Granata, for himself and others, submits A BILL To raise the age of consent for sexual intercourse to eighteen (18) years old SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE This act shall be cited as the Age of Consent Act SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS Sexual Intercourse - for the purpose of this bill shall mean: Sexual contact between individuals involving penetration, especially the insertion of a man's erect penis into a woman's vagina. Consent - for the purpose of this bill shall mean: Permission for something to happen or an agreement to do something. SECTION 3. MINIMUM AGE TO CONSENT TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE It is hereby illegal for any person under the age of eighteen (18) to consent to sexual intercourse. SECTION 3. PENALTIES The criminal code for the region of the Midwest shall be updated to include this minimum age of consent for sexual intercourse. Any person who is proved (by a criminal court) to have engaged in sexual intercourse with another person whose age is less than eighteen (18) years of age shall be in violation of the Midwest criminal code. Effective Date.—The amendments made by this Act shall take effect IMMEDIATELY upon the bill's constitutional passage.
  6. ADG

    Age of Consent Act

    To the floor
  7. ADG

    Resign to Run Act

    Resign to Run Act Mr. Granata, for himself, offers A BILL To prohibit any person from simultaneously holding regional office in the Midwest and being a candidate for a federal office SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE The bill shall be titled the Resign to Run Act SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS Regional Elected Office - For the purpose of this bill, shall mean any public office created by the Midwest Constitution in which a person is elected or appointed. Federal Office - For the purpose of this bill, shall mean any public office created by the United States Constitution in which an individual is elected or appointed. SECTION 3. PROVISIONS It shall hereby be considered contradictory to Midwestern regional law to hold regional elected office and simultaneously be a candidate for federal office. SECTION 4. PENALTIES Any person found in violation of section three shall be subject to no less than a ten million (10,000,000) dollar fine as well as not less than six (6) months and not more than four (4) years in a Midwestern regional penitentiary. SECTION 4. ENACTMENT This bill shall be effective IMMEDIATELY upon its constitutional passage
  8. ADG

    Resign to Run Act

    To the floor
  9. Majority Leader Joe Granata takes questions from the press regarding the effort to recall Governor Travere Rep. Grant Governor Travere is unfit to lead the great region of the Midwest. He has no regard for our most basic freedoms of what we have to say goes against his worldview. He has no knowledge of how the region should be governed. He is only in the office to climb higher in the ranks of government, virtue signaling and posturing the whole way. Almost anyone at this point would a more effective and worthy governor, even Democrats can see this. That’s why I support this recall and Leader Granata. The Midwest deserves better. Leader Granata The governor has shown us that he does not understand either the United States or the regional constitution. He violated the first amendment and only when it was clear that his order would be shot down by the courts did he rescind it. Had is order not been challenged in court the governor wouldn't have even known it was unconstitutional. This is a major problem. I would think that progressives would be outraged at a governor who is willing to stifle their rights to protest. Conservatives as well, they should be highly concerned with a governor who is willing to trample free speech at the drop of a hat. This is not something the governor can just "take back." This was on its way to the supreme court. So for anyone saying that our concerns are not valid, I would ask the level of importance they place on the constitution and our federal court system having to protect us against our own governor. Had a republican did this, I can promise you there would be rioting in the streets. If you are ok with a governor that so haphazardly signs executive orders like this, then by all means, don't support this effort. Vote for him in a recall election... but don't minimize the seriousness of his actions. I'll take any questions anyone has at this time.
  10. Joe Granata Majority Leader Joe Granata takes questions from the press regarding the effort to recall Governor Travere Rep. Grant Governor Travere is unfit to lead the great region of the Midwest. He has no regard for our most basic freedoms of what we have to say goes against his worldview. He has no knowledge of how the region should be governed. He is only in the office to climb higher in the ranks of government, virtue signaling and posturing the whole way. Almost anyone at this point would a more effective and worthy governor, even Democrats can see this. That’s why I support this recall and Leader Granata. The Midwest deserves better. Leader Granata The governor has shown us that he does not understand either the United States or the regional constitution. He violated the first amendment and only when it was clear that his order would be shot down by the courts did he rescind it. Had is order not been challenged in court the governor wouldn't have even known it was unconstitutional. This is a major problem. I would think that progressives would be outraged at a governor who is willing to stifle their rights to protest. Conservatives as well, they should be highly concerned with a governor who is willing to trample free speech at the drop of a hat. This is not something the governor can just "take back." This was on its way to the supreme court. So for anyone saying that our concerns are not valid, I would ask the level of importance they place on the constitution and our federal court system having to protect us against our own governor. Had a republican did this, I can promise you there would be rioting in the streets. If you are ok with a governor that so haphazardly signs executive orders like this, then by all means, don't support this effort. Vote for him in a recall election... but don't minimize the seriousness of his actions. I'll take any questions anyone has at this time. View full PR
  11. Mr. Speaker, I second the motion to table, I yield.
  12. ADG

    @JoeGranataOH

    I'll be holding a joint press conference with Midwest leaders to discuss the effort to recall the governor. I will be taking questions from the media as well.
  13. ADG

    @JoeGranataOH

    @Dogslife @TravereErick I do in fact condemn white nationalism, which is why my amendment to the resolution added the words "white nationalists" in the first sentence.... You are the one who doesn't support that amendment to include those words at the very beginning.
  14. Joe Granata Midwest Majority Leader, Joe Granata, announces an effort to recall Governor Erick Travere For Immediate Release Unfortunately it has become abundantly clear to us here in the Midwest that we have a governor who is unfit and incapable of handling the office in which he was elected to serve. The governor has proved to have no regard for our constitution, he has no idea how local and regional governments work, and he is shockingly misinformed on how to handle major situations such as the water problem in in Flint, MI. As one of his first acts as governor, Mr. Travere decided to throw the constitution out the window and issue and executive order banning political rallies on state property. This was a dangerous attempt to limit our first amendment rights. Luckily, the order was challenged by the courts and he eventually rescinded it himself. Did he not know it was unconstitutional? Did he not care? Either way, the act creates a dangerous situation for our region. We cannot have a governor who doesn't understand and follow the constitution of the United States. The governor also seems to undermine the very hierarchy of government in the Midwest. We have a system here which has worked for since our inception. We depend and thrive on our local governments to sustain us and help us carry out key functions. The governor doesn't understand this. He doesn't understand property taxes, income taxes, and what the regional and local governments collect to carry out their functions. His food bank bill failed to acknowledge this key element and hierarchy in the Midwest. We cannot have a governor who will not allow local governments to carry out their duty. This kind of thinking will overload the regional government and drive us to bankruptcy. Just recently, the governor submitted a bill that he thinks will resolve the Flint, MI water crisis. The issue with the governor's solution is that it doesn't adress the problem. The fundamental lack of knowledge here is astounding and dangerous for our region. Everyone in the Midwest knows that pipes in Flint were not causing a lead problem. The problem was the untreated water from the Flint river. Mistakes like this are grossly incompetent and will quite frankly cost the Midwest its livelihood. Look at all the money that he wants to allocate to fix a problem he doesn't understand. I am announcing today an effort, by many. to recall Governor Erick Travere. Petitions are being circulated as we speak. This is something that is unfortunately necessary to the health and success of the region. Thank you all for being here, I will obviously be in touch with the media as this process unfolds. View full PR
  15. Joe Granata For Immediate Release Joe Granata, Majority Leader, Midwest Legislature AVR is not something that is a necessity like the governor and the democrats want you to believe. People can register, and do it with ease if they so choose. I promise you, if you WANT to vote, you can be registered within 10 minutes. The minority want to be able to automatically register people against their will so that they can do three things. 1. Identify voters. They want to know who you are. 2. Target voters. They want to harass you with ads, mailers, and anything else they can do to get you to vote for them. 3. Get you out to vote... and vote for democrats. Its no secret that the way the democratic machine operates in Chicago is by identifying, soliciting, and quite literally bussing people to vote. I don't want to bring this corrupt politics to the entire region. I want to leave people alone and allow them to register on their own time. Period. I'm not going to let this governor automatically access your information for political purposes. View full PR
  16. Joe Granata For Immediate Release Joe Granata, Majority Leader, Midwest Legislature On Travere The Governor's accusations of racism are abhorrent and beneath his character. I am a man of principles. I am a family man. I am a patriot. I want to see this region succeed as much as I want to see my children grow up and become successful themselves. I am NOT a racist. I had a disagreement with the governor and his party on the language of the bill. I proposed and amendment to change the language of his resolution. When that failed, I was pleased to come together in a bipartisan effort to do what was right and pass the resolution with unanimous consent. Yes. that means I voted for the resolution, even without my amendment. It was the right thing to do, and I'll always do what is right for our region. The governor should do what is right, and apologize for attacking my character in such a sick and partisan manner. On AVS I was pleased to see the amendment pass on the CVAS Act to eliminate automatic voter registration. The democrats were hoping to be able to gain a political victory at the cost of the people of the Midwest and they failed. I will now happily support the bill as amended. It is time we require ID to vote. View full PR
  17. ADG

    @JoeGranataOH

    @Dogslife @TravereErick Yes sir, we are trying to throw you out of office in the most democratic way possible. By using the democratically granted opportunity for a democratic recall process which will be decided in a democratic recall election.
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    @JoeGranataOH

    @Dogslife @TravereErick I know the governor understands that I can only control what goes on here in the Midwest. I think he's just being a bit juvenile and letting his tiny thumbs tweet things he doesn't really mean.
  19. Midwest Majority Leader, Joe Granata, announces an effort to recall Governor Erick Travere For Immediate Release Unfortunately it has become abundantly clear to us here in the Midwest that we have a governor who is unfit and incapable of handling the office in which he was elected to serve. The governor has proved to have no regard for our constitution, he has no idea how local and regional governments work, and he is shockingly misinformed on how to handle major situations such as the water problem in in Flint, MI. As one of his first acts as governor, Mr. Travere decided to throw the constitution out the window and issue and executive order banning political rallies on state property. This was a dangerous attempt to limit our first amendment rights. Luckily, the order was challenged by the courts and he eventually rescinded it himself. Did he not know it was unconstitutional? Did he not care? Either way, the act creates a dangerous situation for our region. We cannot have a governor who doesn't understand and follow the constitution of the United States. The governor also seems to undermine the very hierarchy of government in the Midwest. We have a system here which has worked for since our inception. We depend and thrive on our local governments to sustain us and help us carry out key functions. The governor doesn't understand this. He doesn't understand property taxes, income taxes, and what the regional and local governments collect to carry out their functions. His food bank bill failed to acknowledge this key element and hierarchy in the Midwest. We cannot have a governor who will not allow local governments to carry out their duty. This kind of thinking will overload the regional government and drive us to bankruptcy. Just recently, the governor submitted a bill that he thinks will resolve the Flint, MI water crisis. The issue with the governor's solution is that it doesn't adress the problem. The fundamental lack of knowledge here is astounding and dangerous for our region. Everyone in the Midwest knows that pipes in Flint were not causing a lead problem. The problem was the untreated water from the Flint river. Mistakes like this are grossly incompetent and will quite frankly cost the Midwest its livelihood. Look at all the money that he wants to allocate to fix a problem he doesn't understand. I am announcing today an effort, by many. to recall Governor Erick Travere. Petitions are being circulated as we speak. This is something that is unfortunately necessary to the health and success of the region. Thank you all for being here, I will obviously be in touch with the media as this process unfolds.
  20. ADG

    @JoeGranataOH

    @Dogslife @TravereErick If I never wanted to condemn white nationalism, why would I amend the resolution to include the words "white nationalists?" The people are not stupid, governor. They know what is true and what isn't.
  21. For Immediate Release Joe Granata, Majority Leader, Midwest Legislature On Travere The Governor's accusations of racism are abhorrent and beneath his character. I am a man of principles. I am a family man. I am a patriot. I want to see this region succeed as much as I want to see my children grow up and become successful themselves. I am NOT a racist. I had a disagreement with the governor and his party on the language of the bill. I proposed and amendment to change the language of his resolution. When that failed, I was pleased to come together in a bipartisan effort to do what was right and pass the resolution with unanimous consent. Yes. that means I voted for the resolution, even without my amendment. It was the right thing to do, and I'll always do what is right for our region. The governor should do what is right, and apologize for attacking my character in such a sick and partisan manner. On AVS I was pleased to see the amendment pass on the CVAS Act to eliminate automatic voter registration. The democrats were hoping to be able to gain a political victory at the cost of the people of the Midwest and they failed. I will now happily support the bill as amended. It is time we require ID to vote.
  22. ADG

    CVAS Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am more than happy to support the bill as amended. I ask for unanimous consent to suspend the rules and vote on the bill as amended. I yield.
  23. ADG

    @JoeGranataOH

    @TravereErick You have admitted (via the minority leader) that you are ineffective. Good first step. Now we need to take some action.
  24. ADG

    CVAS Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the fact that the minority has admitted the fact that they, and the governor are not effective. Thank you. I yield.
  25. ADG

    CVAS Act

    Mr. Speaker, The argument the gentleman just made is actually almost laughable. Anyone with any sense will see the difference and the absurdity of comparing AVR to the police and fire departments. What is happening here is that the governor and his party are trying to protect his re-election. After what has been, thus far, the most ineffective term in U.S. History for any politician, he needs something to get him re-elected. So now, he's going to force people to register to vote so they can be identified and solicited to keep him in office. Vote Aye on the amendment. I yield.
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