August 29, 2016
Why does Donald Trump like Michigan so much? The Republican
presidential nominee is scheduled to be in Detroit this weekend, his third
visit to the Mitten State in a month. The MIRS
team gives their take on why he sees Michigan as being important. Also, what
was the takeaway from this past weekend's party conventions in Grand Rapids and Lansing? What were the highlights? The lowlights?
And what is on the minds of some of the ticket's top
Democrats going into the November election? Ishmael Ahmed, John Austin, Deb
Thomas, Brandon Dillon and Ian Conyers are among those with whom we spoke.
August 19, 2016
Does Mark Schauer wake up every morning feeling relieved he didn't win the 2014 gubernatorial race so he wouldn't have the Flint water crisis to worry about? What does he feel about Donald Trump? Will there be a ballot proposal in 2018 or 2020 to change the state's redistricting law? The former Democratic nominee answers these questions and more.
Also, is the media biased against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump? The MIRS team takes turn debating that point and why the media isn't making more of a fuss about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton not being accessible for press interviews.
August 15, 2016
She doesn't care why you vote for Donald Trump, Michigan
Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said in today's podcast that she
just hopes that you do. With the MRP being the extent of Trump campaign field
operation in Michigan, listen to McDaniel's take on the race and why he's a
better alternative than the Democratic nominee
The MIRS team also
debates whether Michigan is a battleground state. Is Michigan in play? Was it
ever in play?
Also, what does the MIRS
team think of Lt. Gov. Brian Calley's Facebook post that registered 1,400 likes
over the course of a weekend?
August 11, 2016
The following is Hillary Clinton's speech today at the Futuramic plant in Warren. The speech is in its entirety.
August 8, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump makes his
economic policy front in front of more than 1,500 listeners at the Detroit
Economic Club. Listen to his speech and the introduction from Trump running mate
Mike Pence in its entirety.
Also, Stu Sandler of Grand River Strategies talks about what
went right for his candidate, Paul Mitchell, in the 10th
Congressional Republican primary and how Jack Bergman was able to claim victory
in the 1st Congressional GOP race.
August 1, 2016
Which Aug. 2 primary race are you most interested to see the results in? The 1st Congressional? 10th Congressional? How about U.S. Rep. John Conyers in the 13th or his great nephew, Ian Conyers, in 4th state senate district?
Dennis Denno from Denno Research and Matt Resch from Resch Strategies helps the MIRS team break down these and several state House district primaries in this pre-primary election edition of MIRS Monday.
July 25, 2016
This week the MIRS team dissects the highs and lows of campaign finance filings by Michigan House candidates. Also, MIRS Publisher John Reurink sits down with Steve Mitchell, the President & CEO of Mitchell Research & Communications, to talk about his latest Michigan presidential polling results and last week's GOP convention. Then, MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn sits down with Rep. Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) to talk about legislation ranging from a ban on "occupying the left hand lane" on freeways to using sports betting to better fund Michigan cities and towns.
July 18, 2016
The Republican Party this week is adopting the most conservative platform in recent memory and Michigan delegate Meshawn Maddock is proud of it. This week, Maddock talks about why the Republican Party has swung further right. Why is the term "Tea Party" falling out out of usage among conservative activists? Does she feel there is any similarity between likely nominee Donald Trump and Rick Snyder in 2010.
Also, how does the Republican Party get its rank and file excited about Trump's candidacy? And MIRS hunts down a must-hear mock tourism spot for the city of Cleveland, the host of the National Republican Convention.
July 11, 2016
On a scale of 1-100, what are the chances the Republican delegates at the Cleveland convention will be unbound? Scott Hagerstrom, the head of presidential candidate Donald Trump's Michigan operation answers this, among other questions. What type of ground game does Trump have in Michigan? Why is he confident disenfranchised GOP voters will back Trump in the fall?
Also a MIRS staffer talks about video evidence showing protestors pounding on the door of Attorney General Bill Schuette's Midland house last week. Should have been ticketed for trespassing? Does their demonstration hurt them or just their cause? This and more in this week's podcast.
July 4, 2016
Does the head of the House Republicans' campaign operation, Rep. Aric Nesbitt, support likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump? What is he urging his candidates to do about Trump as they campaign around their districts? Nesbitt answers these and other questions a month before the House primaries.
Also, MIRS discusses the possibility of House Republicans using the new criminal charges against Rep. Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) on the campaign trail and how Attorney General Bill Schuette is continuing to up his profile during a busy week for his office.