Does Budget Director John Nixon feel vindicated that the Department of Education selected a different entity for a technology contract than his brother's company in light of the negative press he received? Nixon talks about that, his feeling on a balanced budget amendment and when he'd support spending Rainy Day Fund money. Also, MIRS talks part-time legislature and a new U.S. Senate candidate.
How would DCH Director Jim Haveman construct a statewide health care system if given the power? Does he feel sorry for U.S. HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius over the congressional pounding she took on the beleaguered health exchange website? Why won't he call the Affordable Care Act "Obamacare?" Haveman gives his answers. U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters answers reporters' questions Friday on the ACA, Senate filibusters and more.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer tackles roads, Detroit and other subjects prior to his $9.25-an-hour minimum wage hike plan Michigan's corn growers are having a record year, but Jim Zook, executive director of the Michigan Corn Growers Association, says a proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule could hurt the state's industry. Also, what will Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan do in next year's gubernatorial race and how will Republican delegates react to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's proposed rule change on issue advertising?
Detroit Mayor-elect Mike DUGGAN spent Tuesday as a quiet day “rebuilding relationships” in Lansing. Duggan who won the right to replace outgoing Mayor Dave BING during last week’s election, told reporters he wasn’t in Lansing with any specific agenda but to begin the relationship work that needs to be done.
When pressed over action being taken by the Emergency Loan Board today on the Belle Isle lease, Duggan said Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn ORR and Gov. Rick SNYDER were up against a time line and that if he’d had 30 more days he believes the outcome on the Belle Isle lease would have been different.
Asked about a campaign pledge to file a competing plan in bankruptcy court, Duggan told reporters that he would only do that if things completely break down in his talks with Orr and Snyder.
Listen here for the entire exchange.
Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) takes ownership of the new Court of Claims bill that steamrolled through the Legislature. Who did he talk to before submitting the bill? Who helped him draft it? We ask the questions. Also, Democratic 11th Congressional candidate Bobby McKenzie is asked in his first podcast interview, "Who would you rather run against, David Trott or incumbent U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio?"
Is Mike Duggan's lead in the Detroit's mayor's race fading? Ed Sarpolus of Target Insyght releases polling data from the weekend. Hank Fuhs, longtime Michigan Republican Party secretary, checks in on term limits and new Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson. And how many seats can the Senate Democrats realistically pick up? New Finance Chair Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) gives his opinion.
How is running as an openly gay legislative candidate different in 2013 than 2008? MIRS speaks with Garnet Lewis, a Democrat from the 32nd Senate district on this and other subjects in this week's edition. Also, listen to Senate floor arguments against the Common Core State Standards. The MIRS team speaks about a crowded Dem field in the 11th Congressional District, Gov. Rick Snyder in court and more.
Has Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R-Alto), the chair of the House Education Committee, and the Michigan Education Association (MEA) ever agreed on anything? Get her answer to that question among many others. Also, Sen. Coleman Young II (D-Detroit) talks about his proposal to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Detroit Mayoral candidate Benny Napoleon. Also, meet MIRS' new reporter, Jacob Kanclerz.
Will there be a battle in the Senate over a second Medicaid expansion vote of sorts? How about over Common Core? Sen. Patrick Colbeck shares his views on these subjects, the federal shutdown, running for governor and more. House Speaker Jase Bolger talks up prevailing wage. House Minority Leader Tim Greimel responds. Also, state Treasurer Andy Dillon resigns, Attorney General Bill Schuette on both sides of an issue and more on MIRS Monday's third birthday.
Brian Ellis, investment advisor and East Grand Rapids School Board member, announces today he is running for the 3rd Congressional District, where he presumably will face U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.) in a 2014 Republican primary. Listen to his introductory press conference and his answers to questions posed by MIRS Publisher John Reurink.