April 24, 2017
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley looks to be well on his way toward a gubernatorial run, and he's already separating himself from Gov. Rick Snyder on one issue -- the state's federally mandated education plan sent to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Calley wants it returned to revisit provisions related to special education. The MIRS team explores this with guest Peter Spadafore of the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA).
Also, Spadafore talks about Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof's interest in the revisiting old MPSERS debt. He talks off his MASA hat to talk about school bonding proposals and to give listeners a primer on who is running for what in the upcoming Lansing city elections. This and more in this week's edition.
April 17, 2017
Gov. John Engler drives a spike through any U.S. Senate rumor. The answer is no, he's not interested. "It's a stupid question. You have to ask it, I suppose."
The answers are not as definitive when asked if he would be labeled a conservative in the current economic climate and what his attitude would be on further tax reductions at the state level. Listen to his thoughts on this and more.
Also, how did four Democratic gubernatorial candidates do at Saturday's forum and when does U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) risk losing support for a possible bid by waiting too long to announce? This and much more on this week's edition.
April 10, 2017
What is the expiration date of Enbridge's Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac? Jason Manshum of Enbridge explains why there is no hard-and-fast date by which the company believes this 4.5-mile length of dual pipeline needs to be replaced. The MIRS team also asks about suspended portions of pipeline under the Straits, the chances of an anchor strike and other questions about the health of the pipeline.
Other subjects covered into today's episode include Cindy Gamrat's new lawsuit, nearly 70 percent of political insiders believe Gretchen Whitmer would beat Bill Schuette in a hypothetical gubernatorial race and the state of Nestle's expanded bottle water application.
Finally, does bottled spring water taste better than municipal water? Shocking results from MIRS' first-ever Nestle challenge.
April 3, 2017
Does Justin Amash have to worry about this weekend's Trump Twitter Assault? What to make of the fight between Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) and Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller - is giving the county a grant the opening of a Pandora's box of local infrastructure funding requests? MIRS' Publisher John Reurink along with Jack Spencer, Mike Malott and Simon Schuster dissect the issues.
Also listen as Kyle Melinn interviews House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Laura Cox (R-Livonia). Is there a tax increase she'd support? How does she view the progress to date on passage of Michigan's 2017-2018 budget?
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?