MIRS Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

October 27, 2014

First congressional candidate Jerry Cannon questions whether U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek fought hard enough to prevent the high electric rates the Upper Peninsula is facing. He also defends his military service at Guantanamo Bay and charges of alleged abuse of detainees. The Democrat also addresses what happened with the Obamacare controversy from early in the campaign, among other issues.

Also, new campaign finance reports are out and the MIRS team breaks down the legislative races and projects how the state Senate and state House will look like after Nov. 4.  And what did editor Kyle Melinn find inside his 6th grade class' 30-year time capsule he and his Byron Center classmates dug up last week?

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MIRS Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

Nobody has raised even half of what Democrat Paul Clements has managed to raise in his campaign against U.S. Rep. Fred Upton in MI-6. How has he done it? He shares his secret in today's edition. Plus, he talks about his belief that Upton purposely dodged a debate with him.

Also, MIRS Publisher John Reurink declares U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land "toast."

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MIRS Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

October 13, 2014

Who won last night's gubernatorial debate? The MIRS team gives its assessment as well as highlighting places where Mark Schauer missed opportunities. Who did better in their debate, Schauer in 2014 or Virg Bernero in 2010? Did Twitter add anything to the conversation? MIRS Monday extends an invitation to host its own debate.

Also, Board of Education candidate Pamela Pugh Smith calls for the dissolution of the Education Achievement Authority and a moratorium on new charter schools.

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Post Debate Commentary — 10/12/14

October 12, 2014

Raw audio from the spin room after the debate. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson take questions in the post-debate spin room. Gov. Rick Snyder (8:50) gives his post-debate analysis.

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MIRS Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

October 6, 2014

Nobody has released more published Michigan political polls since 1998 than Steve Mitchell and Bernie Porn's EPIC-MRA. This week, the two appear together in person for a rare joint discussion on the polling business and insights into the 2014 election. Mitchell says U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land could still win, despite being down by 13 in his own survey. And Porn talks about which poll question he refused to personally answer.

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MIRS Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

September 29, 2014

Supreme Court Justice candidate Deborah Thomas tells MIRS Monday the talk of reforming the state's Electoral College process helped spur her decision to seek the high court again. She also addresses a new Michigan Democratic Party mailer on the Supreme Court race where her name is nowhere to be seen. What happened?

Also, a panel of political consultants -- Dennis Denno of Denno Research, Jeff Timmer and Dan McMaster from Grassroots Midwest -- compares the 2014 election year to those of years past. They also talk about the enthusiasm glut of this election year and they answer the key question, "What has been the defining issue of this year's U.S. Senate race?"

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MIRS Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

September 22, 2014

AFL-CIO President Karla Swift talks about the union coalition kicking off its new mail program promoting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and hitting Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land. How active are union members in the campaign season two years removed from the ballot defeat of the collective bargaining ballot proposal?

Also, the MIRS team lists the five most memorable TV moments from 2014 campaign season to date.

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MIRS Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

September 15, 2014

U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Milford) tells MIRS Monday he is writing in his own name for Congress this November despite losing in the primary. Listen to him explain why and if he will be filing as a write-in. Also, the one-term Congressman endorses Terri Lynn Land for U.S. Senate, but listen to what he says when asked if he will be voting for Gov. Rick Snyder.

Also, Rob Engstrom, vice president of political affairs with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce talks about the U.S. Senate.

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MIRS Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

September 8, 2014

This audio-only version of "The Screening Room" looks at the pet coke ads against U.S. Senate candidates Gary Peters and Terri Lynn Land, the Democratic Governors Association's "Teacher" ad, Gov. Rick Snyder's "Road to Recovery spot and the new Republican Governors Association's "Rock Star" spot.

Also, Kent County Judge James Robert Redford, one of three Republican-nominated candidates for the state Supreme Court, talks about his experience and his relationship with his opponent, Court of Appeals Judge William Murphy from Grand Rapids.

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MIRS Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

September 1, 2014

It's the unofficial start of General Election campaign. When does the outside money pull the plug on U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land? Did Gov. Snyder make a mistake not going after Mark Schauer more aggressively months ago? Do the D's have any shot at flipping a Congressional seat?

Plus, Rep. Greg MacMaster talks about running a write-in campaign in the 37th state Senate District. Why is he looking into this? Has he talked to his mother or daughter after both endorsed his opponent in the GOP primary? What did he and Wayne Schmidt say to each other on the House floor? Also, meet MIRS' new reporter, Lauren Gibbons in this week's edition.
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