February 19, 2018
Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele talks about our President on this President's Day. What is Steele's opinion on Donald Trump's attitude toward minorities and other races? Does Steele believe the President will face a Republican primary in 2020? Does he believe there will be a "blue wave" this year? The former Maryland Lieutenant Governor and the first statewide elected African American in that state's history answers all of these questions and more.
Also, Adrian Hemond of Grassroots Midwest and MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn look ahead to the Michigan Democratic Party's April 15 endorsement convention. What is going on in the race for the Attorney General, Secretary of State and Supreme Court nomination? How is gubernatorial frontrunner Gretchen Whitmer doing? Shri Thanedar is starting to spend a lot of money.
February 12, 2018
Democrat Suneel Gupta comes into the 11th Congressional District race with little name ID, but does enter with more donations than any other candidate -- Republican or Democrat -- in this Oakland County/Western Wayne County District. How does the 38-year-old technology start-up entrepreneur shake off a likely "carpetbagger tag" and a history of only candidates with European last names winning this district? It's called hustle and Gupta tells MIRS Monday he has a lot of that.
Also, it's possible as many as eight statewide ballot questions will be presented before voters in 2018. What are they? What are the chances they will make the ballot? The MIRS team ranks the ballot questions and provides some insight about where they are at in the process.
February 5, 2018
Shri Thanedar, Sandy Pensler, Bill Schuette, John James, Making Michigan Government Accountable or Jim Hines. Who released the best video ad during Super Bowl weekend? MIRS invites Josh Pugh and Brian Began from Grassroots Midwest to help answer that question. Also will Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed get on the ballot?
What was the headline from the 2017 year-end campaign finance reports last Wednesday? And finally, MIRS has finality in the case of the scratching rodent who had taken up residency in MIRS World Headquarters.
January 29, 2018
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Cobbs says Attorney General Bill Schuette and former Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer should have acted sooner looking into how Michigan State University handled the Larry Nassar sexual assault claims. Cobbs also says after watching the State of the State that it's clear to him that Gov. Rick Snyder has moved on mentally and is not completely focused on the job at hand. What else does Cobbs have to say?
Also, what did Gov. Rick Snyder do during his Flint water crisis controversy that former MSU President Lou Anna Simon and the Board of Trustees didn't do during their Nassar controvery? How closely will Schuette look into the MSU police, the entity that helped him put Nassar away?
January 22, 2018
Tuesday's State of the State will be Gov. Rick Snyder's last, but Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) doesn't expect it to be the best of the bunch. In fact, he tells MIRS that he's mentally moving on to the next governor on issues like public infrastructure. That said, what does the Senate's lead Democrat want to hear from the Snyder?
Also, can you run for Michigan State University's Board of Trustees and be supportive of President Lou Anna K. Simon? MIRS Publisher John Reurink predicts Simon will survive the current year, but what about next year? And, finally, gubernatorial hopeful Gretchen Whitmer was the star of the show at Sunday's women's march. Why was Abdul El-Sayed in Las Vegas?
January 15, 2018
Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, announces a significant development for the state Capitol. Neeley grades Gov. Rick Snyder's handling of the Flint water crisis. What steps can state government take next in Flint? The Black Caucus' four 2018 priorities are also discussed.
Also, which 10 Republican House members were trades union representatives focusing on during last week's prevailing wage-preservation lobbying day? MIRS runs down the list and discusses some of their similarities. Is Protecting Michigan Jobs in trouble of not having the signatures needed to get to the Legislature? How far away is the Clean Michigan Government from their signatures? This and much more on this week's edition.
January 8, 2018
What big stories will come out of the state Capitol in 2018? The MIRS team gives its predictions. Guest Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) shares what is on his to-do list. What can Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar expect from his Super Bowl TV ad? Is opponent Abdul El-Sayed being more effective in rounding up progressive support by bringing in former Bernie Sanders staffers? And when will the leadership in organized labor embrace Gretchen Whitmer as their preferred Democratic party nominee?
Also, Rick Jones said he "absolutely will not" be retiring from professional life after he's term-limited out of office in 2018. What will the future hold for him? Jones shares a few possibilities. He also shares his thoughts on the race to replace him and a few state House candidates he'll be supporting this summer and fall.
December 29, 2017
Who will MIRS name its House Member of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the categories of effectiveness, impact and level of activity?
December 21, 2017
Who will MIRS name its Senator of the Year and legislative Democrat of the Year in the categories of effectiveness, impact and level of activity? A record six nominees were mentioned for each recognition. Also, how will MIRS address the mouse in the house? The idea of an office cat is suggested. And Dominic the Donkey makes his annual holiday return.
December 18, 2017
On this week's MIRS' Monday Publisher John Reurink and Editor Kyle Melinn dissect the races to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Sander Levin in the state's 9th Congressional District and John Conyers who has stepped down in the state's 13th Congressional District.
Also this week, John sits down with Gov. Rick Snyder to ask the state's top elected leader about the recent Enbridge agreement, the state's fiscal health going forward, and what he walks away from 2017 being proud of. That and much more on this week's edition.