How does the Lansing community believe the four legislative leaders are doing? Who do they view as the most effective multi-client, business and association lobbyist? Who do they view as the most effective public relations agency and professional? And who do they see as the most effective media organization and journalist? Listen to the results in this special podcast.
Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) unseated an incumbent by running on his opponent's support for expanding the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to gays and lesbians. Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) is one of the first two openly gay state legislators in eight years. How did these two unlikely 20-somethings become fast friends in their first five months as members of the House?
Listen to their answers to that, as well as their philosophies on politics, term limits and the media, among other things in the first-ever MIRS Monday podcast recorded in the Capitol pressroom.
Bob McCann, former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer's chief of staff, tells MIRS Monday that Gov. Rick Snyder can't sign a prevailing wage repeal law without going back on a promise made last year. McCann also talks about the future of Sen. Virgil Smith. What are the chances he will finish out his term?
Also, MIRS talks with Kathy Berden, the Michigan Republican Party's new National Committeewoman. What qualities is she bringing to the post and what does she think about the future of National Committeeman Dave Agema?
Sen. Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) is in a public relations disaster after more details of this past weekend's shooting incident become public. What advice would Kelly Rossman-McKinney of Truscott Rossman give Smith during this mess? How will this impact his effectiveness in Lansing? Rossman-McKinney and MLive's Emily Lawler weigh in on this question. The two were also asked whether the resounding defeat of Proposal 1 and Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to formally leave the presidential sweepstakes were related.
Also, two energy officials -- Matthew Paul of DTE Energy and Brandon Hofmeister of Consumers Energy -- talk about why natural gas will likely pass coal as Michigan's largest energy source and why renewable energy isn't growing at the same rate.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addresses the Ingham County Republicans over lunch at the R.E. Olds Museum in Lansing on Monday, May 4. Walker, a likely presidential candidate, was introduced by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. Other people in the crowd include U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, Sen. Mike Shirkey, Sen. Rick Jones and Sen. David Robertson and former Sen. Alan Crospey.
As Dr. Ben Carson announces his presidential bid today in Detroit, MIRS Monday talks with one of the men who started the grassroots effort to successfully draft him for president, John Philip Sousa IV, the grandson of the famous American band leader.
Also, what if Proposal 1 passes? What happens if it fails? Alex Rosaen of the Anderson Economic Group goes over what loose ends the Legislature would need to tie up if voters support the road funding initiative on Tuesday, and goes over some alternative road funding options for legislators to chew on if it fails.
East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and Paul Mitchell of the Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals lock horns this week in a no-rules debate on Proposal 1. Triplett challenges Mitchell to detail his preferred "Plan B" if Prop 1 fails, while Mitchell dubs the May 5 ballot proposal the largest state tax increase in the past 50 years.
The Michigan Association of School Boards have supported repealing prevailing wage for school projects in the past, but where are they this year? New deputy director Don Wotruba talks about this, state-mandated school board training, teacher certification, Proposal 1 and more.
This week, MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn and Publisher John Reurink speak with Bernie Porn, president of the Lansing-based polling form of EPIC/MRA about a new survey his firm released today on public perception of electric choice.
MIRS Monday turns to the topic of education reform in a discussion with Lindsay Huddleston, the new state director of Students First Michigan.
MIRS publisher John Reurink along with Craig Mauger, Jacob Kanclerz and Lauren Gibbons talk to Huddleston about everything from a single charter authorizer to teacher evaluation and third grade reading requirements. Tune in to learn more about the group that characterizes itself as the "union for students."