March 27, 2017
Republicans swung and missed on moving an Obamacare "repeal and replace" bill last week. U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Royal Oak) discusses his hopes moving forward on the health care debate. Levin also shares his opinion on why partisanship has become so entrenched in federal politics and his thoughts on the prospects of Republicans eliminating his 9th Congressional District as part of the redistricting process.
Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon shares his views on how he sees the Democratic Party moving forward and the MIRS team shares its views on issues both the Republican and Democratic parties have at the state and federal level.
March 20, 2017
Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing) says he "absolutely" believes the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) expansion that passed the House last week would pass the Senate if it were put up on the board for a vote. Hertel also weighs in on other open government issues, including whether state employee salaries should be published on a public website and how U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester) is doing on the accessibility front.
Also, why are Republican policy makers having such a hard time getting on the same page when it comes to education reform? Why the constant tinkering and when does it end? And, from a political standpoint, why should Republicans wait until 2019 to handle FOIA reform?
March 13, 2017
If Michigan's congressional map had to be drawn with 13 districts, what would it look like? Ed Sarpolus of Target Insyght shares his statewide and Southeast Michigan map along with his analysis on how Republicans can keep all nine of their seats. His map has Rep. Sandy Levin getting drawn into Rep. Mike Bishop's 8th District.
Former Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis argues why Michigan Republicans and Republicans in general should support electing the country's president through a National Popular Vote compact.
Also, reporter Simon Schuster talks about getting a medical marijuana card from a doctor he met for 30 seconds in the back of an appliance wholesaler. And how badly is Enbridge losing the public relations battle on its Line 5 pipeline? More importantly, why it should care?
March 6, 2017
If Gov. Rick Snyder is passionate about wrapping up the budget by June 1, he'll need the help of a conservative House caucus that is passionate about seeing an income tax cut, says Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Larkin Twp.). Could the two subjects be linked? Glenn talks about that, why House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) earned respect during the failed income tax vote among conservative circles, President Donald Trump and other subjects.
Also, Mona Hanna-Attisha is the Flint pediatrician known for flagging the Flint water crisis, but her speech in front of the progressive summit this past weekend touched on numerous other political topics. Could a future run for office be in her future? The MIRS team talks about this, fallout from Trump's telephone wire tapping claims and a media whose credibility is under assault.
February 27, 2017
Former Detroit public health director Abdul El-Sayed talks to MIRS about his decision to run for governor in 2018. MIRS' Simon Schuster was at El-Sayed's announcement and shares his thoughts and observations about the event at Detroit's Eastern Market.
Also, MIRS breaks down more fall out from last week's income tax vote in which House Speaker Tom Leonard and his conservative Republican caucus friends go down swinging. What does this mean for Gov. Rick Snyder? A conservative agenda going forward?
And who managed to draw more than 200 people at a Berkley restaurant Sunday?
February 17, 2017
Grassroots Midwest's team of Brian Began and Josh Pugh give some early analysis on how they view the congressional, state Senate and state House districts in the 2018 election. Which seats should Democrats and Republicans pay attention to?
What congressional district do they see going away after the 2020 U.S. Census likely cuts Michigan's congressional delegation to 13 members?
February 14, 2017
House and Senate Democrats gathered at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2017 to discuss with the media their plans to reform the state's Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The following is unedited audio of that press conference.
February 13, 2017
If Brian Banks attempts to re-seek the House seat he gave up as part of a criminal plea deal, can he win? Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) says yes. The Democrats' new ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, Durhal also gives his thoughts on Gov. Rick Snyder's budget and the impact a Detroit public school closure would have on the community.
Also, how does Ron Weiser becoming the next Michigan Republican Party chair set up the R's to field the most competitive challenger possible against U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow? What are the Republicans looking for in a U.S. Senate candidate? And at the Democratic convention, who was the most active and who was surprisingly not overly visible? All this and more.
February 6, 2017
What does a U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos mean policywise for Michigan? How much impact can she have as the chief administrator of federal policy? The MIRS team takes a crack at this question, as does Steve Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association.
Cook also updates MIRS on the MEA's membership numbers and if he believes national Right to Work is on the horizon. Also, listen for proposed solutions to the state's school accountability law and suggested names to replace Jarrod Agen as Gov. Rick Snyder's chief of staff in this week's edition.
January 30, 2017
The media need not worry about Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) pandering to them after openly acknowledgeing he's on the opposite end of the Michigan Press Association on two major policy initiatives. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, meanwhile, announced that he's looking at expanding public disclosure. MIRS talks to both elected leaders on these issues.
Also, how does the President Trump executive order on immigration impact Michigan Republicans? Should Gov. Rick Snyder react? And is U.S. Rep. Fred Upton the best U.S. Senate candidate the GOP could hope to find against incumbent U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018?