If the same municipal water problems Flint residents are experiencing were happening in West Bloomfield or Birmingham would they have been taken care of long ago? Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich answers that question and shares his thoughts that he's getting the feeling from the state that, "These are poor folks, well, we'll get to it when we get to it."
What are the odds former Rep. Todd Courser wins his seat back? MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn puts a percentage number on his chances. If not Courser, who are the front-runners in the now-open 82nd District House seat? MIRS gets an update from former Rep. Cindy Gamrat from the campaign trail. Why is it important lawmakers finish a road deal by the end of October?
Former Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat could file to run in the now-open 82nd and 80th House seats, but for the good of the Michigan Republican Party (MRP), should they do so? MRP Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel gives her opinion. The Chair also says comments GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump made about Carly Fiorina and FOX Commentator Megyn Kelly are not appropriate as she talks about the coming weekend's GOP Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island.
Also, the MIRS team kicks around the following questions on the Courser-Gamrat scandal: Does it matter that the Speaker's staff met with Courser and Gamrat's staff before the scandal broke in the media? Will the Attorney General and the Michigan State Police question the Speaker about this? And if the joint investigation comes up with no criminal charges can either former House member feel vindicated?
New AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber has tough words for legislative leaders who attended a Right to Work event in Missouri this week and gives his perspectives on how organized labor has been impacted by Michigan's RTW law passed in 2012. Why has the AFL-CIO not signed on to the citizens initiative to hike the Corporate Income Tax from 6 to 11 percent? Has relations between unions and business gotten better over the years?
T.J. Bucholz, president of Vanguard Public Affairs, challenges the capitol press corps and the media, in general, to stop covering the Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) and Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer). Why? Also why is House Speaker Kevin Cotter acting quickly with the House Business Office investigation?
Will Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump make a stop at the Michigan Republican Party's Mackinac Conference later in September? Why would he want to come to Mackinac or why would he not consider it a good use of his time? And what does Bucholz mean when he says Trump has tapped into a public vein that "isn't good."
If the state dumped $400 million from the General Fund into long-term road funding for the coming fiscal year, why can't the Governor and lawmakers just count on doing that every year going forward? Why does the condition of the state budget play a role in the road funding debate? Budget Director John Roberts answers these and other questions in this week's edition.
Also, will the House forward the content of Business Office Director Tim Bowlin's investigation on Rep. Cindy Gamrat and Rep. Todd Courser to the criminal authorities? Can either of these two expect to get the benefit of the doubt from House Republican leadership? Why not? This and much more in this week's edition of MIRS Monday.
The following is an unedited audio from a press conference featuring Joshua Cline, the former staffer for Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat. The press conference took place at the Dailey Law Firm in Royal Oak.
Why has Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat opted against resignation despite the urgings of conservatives, Tea Party activists and constituents in their districts? MIRS explores these subjects with political consultant David Forsmark, who Courser accused as being behind a blackmailing scheme to get him to resign or details of the affair would become public.
The following is Rep. Cindy Gamrat's first press conference after news of her extra-martial affair with Rep. Todd Courser and botched cover up was first reported a week ago. The event took place at the Abood Law Firm in East Lansing.