Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is extremely popular with those who love to be told how to live their lives. Her authoritarian style has been helpful in getting votes from supporters of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and other far-left radical Democrats. As for those who believe in science, freedom, and common sense, Whitmer’s reign has been less than spectacular.
But there’s hope on the horizon as a Republican who can truly compete is expected to throw his hat in the ring. Detroit Police Chief James Craig is expected to retire after eight years in the position. He was previously police chief in Portland, Maine, and Cincinnati. Before that he served on the Los Angeles police force. Now, he’s considering a run for Governor of Michigan. According to Politico:
Craig has spent recent days meeting with GOP leaders, including Ron Weiser, the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.
Word of Craig’s interest comes as the country grapples issues of race and policing following a year that saw high-profile killings of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement. The May 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis resulted in a national wave of protests and a renewed focus on police conduct.
Craig, who is Black, recently praised the outcome of the Derek Chauvin trial in that case, saying, “the justice system worked.” But he said the case “was a stain on our profession” and said it was not “reflective” of law enforcement as a whole.
While Craig, a Detroit native who has been police chief since 2013, has said that police officers should be held “accountable for violating their oath and breaking the law,” he has also been an outspoken defender of law enforcement. He sharply criticized Detroit-area Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib after she tweeted in April that “policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist,” and there should be “no more policing.”
Craig called for Tlaib’s resignation in response, saying during an appearance on CNN that her comments were “reckless and disgusting.”
The election next year is expected to be hotly contested by several Republicans who are rumored to be considering a run, including two-time Senate candidate John James, conservative TV news anchor Tudor Dixon, and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. NOQ Report is not prepared to make an endorsement at this time, though we can safely say McDaniel will not be anywhere near the top of our list.
Michigan is still considered by most to be a purple state. Donald Trump won the state in 2016 and, based on likely widespread voter fraud in the state, lost in 2020. But Craig has several qualities that could put him over the top and return a Republican to the Governor’s mansion. He’s a Black law enforcement officer in Detroit which gives him credibility for the African-American vote that wants crime to drop. He’s an outsider; this would be his first run for public office. Perhaps most importantly, he has a no-nonsense attitude that may help him stand out against the charismatic group of other Republicans running.
According to 100 Percent Fed Up:
The Chief of Police of the City of Detroit, James Craig, plans to run against the state’s tyrannical Governor Gretchen Whitmer. She’s been a disaster as governor by following the far-left agenda of keeping her state locked down for as long as possible. During the past year, the misery and destruction of businesses can only be blamed on Whitmer’s draconian lockdowns. If elected, Chief Craig would bring back the common sense that’s been lacking in the governor’s office with Whitmer. Politicizing the covid pandemic and ignoring common sense will ultimately mean the downfall of Whitmer.
Chief Craig has acknowledged he discussed a candidacy with Republican officials: “I’m a lifelong public servant. I want to continue to serve.”
Republicans have been looking for a good “crossover” candidate who appeals to both sides of the aisle, and Chief Craig fits the bill. He is a common-sense leader who has the respect of the community.
A Black, pro-law-and-order Republican candidate could be just the ticket to dethrone Queen Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan. We will be watching Chief James Craig very closely.
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects, including death. One of our stories about the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” causing blood clots was “fact-checked” and removed one day before the government hit the brakes on it. These questions and news items are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting canceled.
There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ, CP, and ACM readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are on track to be short by about $4100 per month in order to maintain operations.
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During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
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