July 6, 2015
Senate President Pro Tem Tonya Schuitmaker has been increasing
her visibility across the state. Why is that? Where is she on prison reform and
what criteria does she use in determining whether to raise taxes?
Also, does Lon Johnson's candidacy in the 1st
Congressional District hurt state Rep. Gretchen Driskell's in the 7th?
Who is being talked about for Attorney General in 2018? Is the House
Republicans' campaign operation in disarray? And why did state Sen. Virgil
Smith vote with the Republicans on their gas tax hike proposal? Ed Sarpolus
from Target Insyght tackles these questions and more in this week's edition.
June 29, 2015
Tom Shields of the Marketing Resource Group assisted in the
defeat of Lon Johnson during his 2012 state House race and the re-election of
U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek in 2014. What does he see as Johnson's biggest
weaknesses? Shields also breaks down the presidential field, along with
Stephanie McLean of GMT Strategies.
McLean also talks about the political implications of last
week's gay marriage ruling and how it affects political candidates in 2016.
June 26, 2015
Attorney General Bill Schuette reacts to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows same-sex couples to wed, despite state constitutional or legislative restrictions. Schuette also takes questions from reporters. The following is raw audio and the press conference in its entirety.
June 22, 2015
Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) and Charlie Owens, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business in Michigan (NFIB), debate the pros and cons of installing a graduated income tax in Michigan during this special edition of the MIRS Monday podcast.
June 15, 2015
On the last full week of
legislative session until the fall, Oakland County ISD Superintendent Vickie Markavitch
opines on the teacher evaluation bill, how to fix the Detroit Public School
district, the early warning bills and why the charter school community isn't a
big fan of hers.
Also, the MIRS team kicks off
its #MIRSBattleRoyal series of presidential candidates. Who does the MIRS team
believe will be the first declared Republican presidential candidate to drop
out of the race? Does Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson hop into the
1st Congressional race? This and much more on this week's edition.
June 8, 2015
Josh Pugh, the former spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, gives his views on how he sees the Democratic presidential nomination playing out in Michigan and how Dems will do across the state in 2016. Pugh will be starting with Grassroots Midwest next month.
Also, Gary Naeyaert, executive director of the Great Lakes Education Project, responds to last week's Bridge article that points to Sen. Phil Pavlov as an obstacle in getting teacher evaluation legislation through the House and Senate. He also talks about whether charter schools could take over the Detroit Public School district, a suggestion advanced by Rep. Tim Kelly last week.
June 1, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder and House Speaker Kevin Cotter highlight the post-Mackinac Policy Conference edition of the MIRS Monday podcast. What is the Governor thinking about doing after he's term limited out in 2018? Who made their presence known as potential Snyder replacements on the island? What was the largest policy issue to emerge on the island?
The answers to these questions and much more in this week's edition.
May 27, 2015
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.
May 25, 2015
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
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.
May 18, 2015
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?