House Speaker Tom Leonard calls on Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to resign, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is asked if he's comfortable hitching his wagon to that of Gov. Rick Snyder going into 2018 and the MIRS team discusses why Republican leaders didn't get what they wanted in the municipal employee retirement package.
Attorney General Bill Schuette met with reporters today during a year-end roundtable discussion on the issues of 2017. The converation is not editted.
Democratic Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel talks about her controversial "penis" video, why regional politics should play no role in forming the Democratic Party ticket and why an all female ticket would be a boon to the Dems come November.
Sara Wurfel of Truscott Rossman shares her opinion on the video and the difference between the sexual harassment allegations between U.S. Sen. Al Franken and those leveled against U.S. Rep. John Conyers. The MIRS team weighs in on these, as well.
Rep. James Lower (R-Cedar Lake), chair of the Local Government Committee, wants to see reform of the state's municipal employee retiree health care system pass the House before Christmas. He said he doesn't see a package include state-mandated cuts to retiree benefits in local communities. Lower also talks about the House Republican candidate recruitment efforts and the GOP leadership race.
Also, Bob McCann of Cover Two Strategies, says that he doesn't see a way out for U.S. Rep. John Conyers in his sexual harrassment controversy outside of resignation. The Democratic Party needs to lead on the issue of protecting women in the workplace regardless of whether Conyers become a casualty in the process, he says.
Republican business executive Sandy Pensler makes his U.S. Senate run official today. Who is he? Why now? Where does he stand on issues of the environment, Line 5 and President Donald Trump? How much of his own money is he willing to spend to win the nomination and, potentially, knock off incumbent U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow?
Also, the Grassroots Midwest folks, Adrian Hemond and Brian Began break down the U.S. Senate race, the state Senate and the state House less than a year out from the 2018 elections. Listen to their takes on the potentially hot seat. Where the Democrats have their best shots to pick up seats in the Senate. Could the Republicans actually be looking for pick ups in the House? This and much more in this week's edition.
New MIRS polling shows Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan strong in a general election match up with announced GOP gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Bill Schuette while former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer remains in a strong lead in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. This week MIRS sat down with Stu Sandler of Grand River Strategies for his take on the poll numbers and the state of the race.
(Publisher's Note: Sandler is consulting with a Super PAC backing Schuette's bid).
Also new polling numbers show Detroit businessman John James in the lead for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate against former Chief Justice Robert Young who's announced and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton who is considering a bid. Sandler, who is serving James as a consultant talks about those numbers and where he sees his candidate's strengths lining up as the race moves forward.
Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to win re-election on Tuesday, but Detroit political consultant Steve Hood said he's more interested to see the results of other races in Detroit outside of Duggan's presumed margin of victory. What are they and what do they mean? Hood explains.
Medical marijuana is on the ballot in Detroit. Is former Sen. Virgil Smith now the frontrunner in Detroit's Second Ward race? Should Duggan run for governor? Will the Republicans win the 109th House District for the first time since the '50? This and much more on this week's edition.
What changes could House Speaker Tom Leonard make to his auto insurance proposal that will get the "yes" vote of House Minority Leader Sam Singh? The East Lansing Democrat answers that and whether House Democratic members would face caucus discipline if they vote for a bill that creates consumer choice in personal injury protection.
Also, what are the highlights from last Wednesday's campaign finance documents? Democratic consultant Angela Vasquez-Giroux shares her opinions with the rest of the MIRS team on that and an effort within Dem circles to recruit Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith to run for Attorney General.
It sounds ominous and scary, but the "Dark Stores" decision by the state Supreme Court on Friday is being described as an "awesome" result for local governments. Chris Hackbarth of the Michigan Municipal League explains why. He'll also talk about why it's important for the legislature to still address the dark stores issue and why his members want the municipal retiree benefits issue tackled by lawmakers by year's end.
At least one Democratic House member is openly supporting the Leonard-Duggan auto insurance bill, but the MIRS team explains why there is likely to be more if House Speaker Tom Leonard puts the bill up for a vote.
And, in June the state nixed an independent "risks" assessment being conducted on Line 5 that was weeks away from release due to an alleged conflict of interest. What was that report going to say and is there anyone who is qualified to do these type of report who haven't been touched by Line 5's owner, Enbridge? A FOIA ordered by MIRS holds some answers.