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.
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?
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.
Did the Republicans make a mistake by pushing the election of board members for a new Detroit schools systems in November, when Detroit voters, which are historically Democratic, may not have a reason, otherwise to vote down ballot with the elimination of straight ticket voting? The MIRS team talks about this dynamic.
MIRS polls in the 10th Congressional District, but the most interesting number coming out of it may be how few people cared enough to participate. Is this an indictment of the 10th Congressional District? Lower ballot races in general? Or of people's growing disinterest in robo-polls at this point in the process?
Also, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to vote as soon as Tuesday on whether he believes Waukesha, Wis., should be allowed to tap into the Great Lakes Basin. Why is Michigan's position on the issue so vital? The MIRS team bats around that question.
Tens of millions of dollars managed by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund should be put toward addressing the public health impact of the Flint water crisis, says one of the Fund's board members, Jim Murray, the president of AT&T Michigan. Murray is supportive of legislation that makes it more clear that the money can go toward Flint-like emergencies.
Did the House Republicans' passage of the latest Detroit Public Schools reform package upstage the Detroit Regional Chamber conference? Is the annual event on Mackinac Island over-covered by the state media, anyway?
How many Republican state House candidates have bothered to send back a questionnaire to Planned Parenthood of Michigan? How many Democratic questionnaires have not been supportive of Planned Parenthood? Lori Carpentier, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood talks about abortion as an increasingly partisan issue in the past 15 years and if she sees it continuing to be.
Would the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) support any iteration of a Detroit Education Commission (DEC) as part of a Detroit Public Schools (DPS) reform package? What if all five members were appointees of the charter school movement? Gary Naeyaert, GLEP's executive director, answers that question and why GLEP doesn't support a Senate version that only puts a DEC in charge of approving the opening of a charter school entity that doesn't have an A or B grade.