March 12, 2018
Inside Michigan Politics has a new owner/publisher/editor. It's Jake Davison from Advantage Associates and he's on the podcast to share how the purchase of the bimonthly publication went down and what his vision for the publication is going forward.
Also, MIRS has new polling in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Two candidates' numbers are down since November. One's is up big. Who is it and how big? The poll also asked about Democratic primary voters' opinions of an-all female ticket and what issue is the most important to them. All this and more in this week's edition of MIRS Monday.
March 5, 2018
Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Williams Twp.) suggested an "all of the above" strategy when it comes to promoting school safety. What does that mean and how does arming teachers factor into that? The conservative Midland area lawmaker also talks about how taking God out of the classroom, violent video games and a society that allows for abortions creates an atmosphere where gun violence can be more prevalent.
Will Democrats finally use gun control as a campaign issue in 2018? The MIRS team talks about this, new polling showing marijuana legalization at 60 percent and how marijuana may be used in the race for the Republican Attorney General nomination.
February 26, 2018
Why does it seem like Shri Thanedar is having such a good time running for governor? Because he says he is. "This is fun. I wish I had done this sooner!" the first-time candidate says on this week's podcast. How does he defend the claim that he's the field's most progressive candidate? What does he say about the various lawsuits he's had to fend off over the years? And how can an Indian-born immigrant win a statewide race. Thanedar answers all of these questions on this week's podcast.
Also, what is Bill Schuette's path to the Republican gubernatorial nomination? What is Brian Calley's? Patrick Colbeck's? Jim Hines'? The MIRS trio of John Reurink, Kyle Melinn and Jack Spencer explore those different avenues in this week's edition.
February 19, 2018
Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele talks about our President on this President's Day. What is Steele's opinion on Donald Trump's attitude toward minorities and other races? Does Steele believe the President will face a Republican primary in 2020? Does he believe there will be a "blue wave" this year? The former Maryland Lieutenant Governor and the first statewide elected African American in that state's history answers all of these questions and more.
Also, Adrian Hemond of Grassroots Midwest and MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn look ahead to the Michigan Democratic Party's April 15 endorsement convention. What is going on in the race for the Attorney General, Secretary of State and Supreme Court nomination? How is gubernatorial frontrunner Gretchen Whitmer doing? Shri Thanedar is starting to spend a lot of money.
February 12, 2018
Democrat Suneel Gupta comes into the 11th Congressional District race with little name ID, but does enter with more donations than any other candidate -- Republican or Democrat -- in this Oakland County/Western Wayne County District. How does the 38-year-old technology start-up entrepreneur shake off a likely "carpetbagger tag" and a history of only candidates with European last names winning this district? It's called hustle and Gupta tells MIRS Monday he has a lot of that.
Also, it's possible as many as eight statewide ballot questions will be presented before voters in 2018. What are they? What are the chances they will make the ballot? The MIRS team ranks the ballot questions and provides some insight about where they are at in the process.
February 5, 2018
Shri Thanedar, Sandy Pensler, Bill Schuette, John James, Making Michigan Government Accountable or Jim Hines. Who released the best video ad during Super Bowl weekend? MIRS invites Josh Pugh and Brian Began from Grassroots Midwest to help answer that question. Also will Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed get on the ballot?
What was the headline from the 2017 year-end campaign finance reports last Wednesday? And finally, MIRS has finality in the case of the scratching rodent who had taken up residency in MIRS World Headquarters.
January 29, 2018
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Cobbs says Attorney General Bill Schuette and former Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer should have acted sooner looking into how Michigan State University handled the Larry Nassar sexual assault claims. Cobbs also says after watching the State of the State that it's clear to him that Gov. Rick Snyder has moved on mentally and is not completely focused on the job at hand. What else does Cobbs have to say?
Also, what did Gov. Rick Snyder do during his Flint water crisis controversy that former MSU President Lou Anna Simon and the Board of Trustees didn't do during their Nassar controvery? How closely will Schuette look into the MSU police, the entity that helped him put Nassar away?
January 22, 2018
Tuesday's State of the State will be Gov. Rick Snyder's last, but Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) doesn't expect it to be the best of the bunch. In fact, he tells MIRS that he's mentally moving on to the next governor on issues like public infrastructure. That said, what does the Senate's lead Democrat want to hear from the Snyder?
Also, can you run for Michigan State University's Board of Trustees and be supportive of President Lou Anna K. Simon? MIRS Publisher John Reurink predicts Simon will survive the current year, but what about next year? And, finally, gubernatorial hopeful Gretchen Whitmer was the star of the show at Sunday's women's march. Why was Abdul El-Sayed in Las Vegas?
January 15, 2018
Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, announces a significant development for the state Capitol. Neeley grades Gov. Rick Snyder's handling of the Flint water crisis. What steps can state government take next in Flint? The Black Caucus' four 2018 priorities are also discussed.
Also, which 10 Republican House members were trades union representatives focusing on during last week's prevailing wage-preservation lobbying day? MIRS runs down the list and discusses some of their similarities. Is Protecting Michigan Jobs in trouble of not having the signatures needed to get to the Legislature? How far away is the Clean Michigan Government from their signatures? This and much more on this week's edition.
January 8, 2018
What big stories will come out of the state Capitol in 2018? The MIRS team gives its predictions. Guest Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) shares what is on his to-do list. What can Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar expect from his Super Bowl TV ad? Is opponent Abdul El-Sayed being more effective in rounding up progressive support by bringing in former Bernie Sanders staffers? And when will the leadership in organized labor embrace Gretchen Whitmer as their preferred Democratic party nominee?
Also, Rick Jones said he "absolutely will not" be retiring from professional life after he's term-limited out of office in 2018. What will the future hold for him? Jones shares a few possibilities. He also shares his thoughts on the race to replace him and a few state House candidates he'll be supporting this summer and fall.