November 14, 2016
How was the media so wrong on the presidential race? Did straight party voting help the GOP? Will the energy package be delayed as we wait for clarity on future federal energy policy from the incoming Trump administration? That and more from the crew of MIRS. Also, Steve Linder president of the Sterling Group debates campaign finance issues with Craig Mauger the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.
It should be noted that Randy Richardville account discussed during the debate was referenced as a 527. It is in fact a 501C4. Also, there was an assertion about funders to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Their donors over $200 can be found online at: http://mcfn.org/about
November 7, 2016
How did the presidential race go from being essentially over in Michigan to the state becoming Ground Zero for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the final day of the campaign? Matt Resch from Resch Strategies and Dennis Denno of Denno Research join the MIRS team to answer this and other questions: Why Grand Rapids? Why did the third party candidates not catch on during a campaign in which both major party candidates were so disliked?
These questions and more in this week's edition.
October 31, 2016
Gary Johnson says the FBI's latest look into Hillary Clinton's emails throws her presumed victory into question. So what does that mean for his campaign? Which states does he think he can win? What will it mean for the Libertarian Party if he were to receive 5 percent of the national vote. Johnson answers these and other questions.
Also, who is the face of the progressive movement in the United States and Michigan? Lonnie Scott, the executive director of Progress Michigan shares his thoughts on this and the issue that he sees being pushed to the forefront after this election and beyond.
The MIRS staff lists five scary things we've seen in this election, and in celebration of Halloween, our five favorite Halloween songs.
October 26, 2016
The following is a robo-call being sent to voters in the 106th House District from a secretive 527 calling itself the "Reinventing Michigan and Better Michigan Fund." The voice is that of House Republican spokesperson Gideon D'Assandro, although he declined to confirm that is the case.
October 24, 2016
One poll showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 13
points in Michigan. Another poll released less than 48 hours later showed
Clinton up 5. How can two polls be so different? John Yob, CEO of Strategic
National, talks about how the assumptions pollsters are making on the Nov. 8,2016, electorate may be influencing the results.
Also, Sen. Margaret O'Brien (R-Portage) and Sen. David
Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) have signed up to run this weekend's Marine Corps
Marathon in Washington D.C. to raise awareness of military veterans who return
to the United States with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other
physical and mental illnesses. O'Brien talks about her interest in the event
and the dangers of training for the 26.2-mile run. Knezek has stress fractures
in his foot. She had firecrackers and debris thrown at her as she ran along the
Michigan-Michigan State football predictions conclude the
October 17, 2016
What does former Gov. Jennifer Granholm think about Republicans trying to campaign off the possibility she may be appointed to a Hillary Clinton administration and bring back the "lost decade?" She answers that question and shares her thoughts on Donald Trump, her "bifurcated" existence as a policy wonk and "blabberer" for the Clinton campaign, and Clinton's email flap.
Also, Donald Trump's sinking popularity and some strong fundraising numbers now have Democrats giving the 8th Congressional District a stronger look. The Democrats' candidate, Suzanna Shkreli, shares her thoughts on the race and her response to incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop saying he's done talking about Trump.
This and much more on this week's edition.
October 10, 2016
Is the presidential race over? The MIRS team opines on whether Donald Trump's "hot mic" comments from Friday essentially end the presidential race and what impact that has for Congress and other lower ticket races.
Jeff Timmer, a Republican political consultant with Two Rivers Public Affairs, says it's time for the Republicans to kick Trump off the ticket if they have any desire to win the race now that the Trump campaign a "smoking crater."
Also, what happened with the state Supreme Court races? This and more in this week's edition.
October 3, 2016
Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer questions whether Attorney General Bill Schuette is violating prosecutorial ethics with his approach to the Flint water crisis criminal investigation, opines on Gov. Rick Snyder's decision not to pay for his own legal team and wonders aloud, "What would Jennifer Granholm or John Engler had done" if they were governor during the Flint water crisis.
Also, Greg McNeilly, the chair of the Michigan Freedom Fund, lays into Progress Michigan and the Detroit Free Press for insinuating Dick DeVos and his family are using high-dollar influence to get the education policy they want out of the Michigan Legislature. This and more in this week's edition.
September 26, 2016
Why is T.J. Bucholz of Vanguard Public Affairs having a hard time calling the event between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a "debate?" Is this presidential election good for the country? And why are some not trusting the polls? Bucholz and Tom Shields, president of the Marketing Resource Group answers these and other questions.
Also, what is Enbridge's plan if Line 5 bursts underneath the Mackinac Straits in the winter? Does the company have plans to close the pipeline in 10 years? What's wrong with using Line 6 around Lake Michigan instead of Line 5. Ryan Duffy of Enbridge answers these and other questions in this week's edition.
September 19, 2016
The Michigan Environmental Council and the environmental group For Love of Water (FLOW) are asking the state today to shutdown Line 5, the light crude pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac, for the winter to prevent an environmental catastrophe if the line should burst when the Straits are iced over. MIRS talks with FLOW Executive Director Liz Kirkwood and MEC's Kate Madigan about this and other issues connected with the pipeline.
Also, why should pro-marijuana advocates be happy about the regulation package set to be signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder, even if they are less than giddy immediately about the prospect of a large corporate structure and bureaucracy overseeing their business? Also, listen to Gov. Snyder's first TV ads for House candidates in 2016.