September 20, 2021
Was he concerned about Chief James Craig's safety at last week's campaign rollout? John Yob, senior consultant for the Republican gubernatorial candidate, answers.
Adrian Hemond of Grassroots Midwest and John Sellek of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs talk about the secretive budget process and whether GOP Attorney General candidate Matt DePerno and Secretary of State candidate Kristina Karamo wrapped up their respective nominations with the Trump endorsement.
And what's the next step for Planned Parenthood in Michigan if Roe v. Wade is overturned? Angela Vasquez-Giroux, vice president of communications and marketing for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, responds.
September 13, 2021
Genevieve Marnon of Right to Life (37:52) talks about the next steps for the anti-abortion movement, Brad Williams from the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce (20:54) talks Mackinac Conference and vaccine mandates, and Lonnie Scott of Progress Michigan talks redistricting and polling in this week's episode.
September 3, 2021
Now may be the "Golden Age" for the construction industry in Michigan with the Enbridge Tunnel, Hudson Tower, Gordie Howe Bridge and Soo Locks projects in the pipeline. Are there enough workers to do the job? Patrick Devlin, Secretary/Treasurer of the Michigan Building Trades Council answers this among other questons.
What are the top issues the MIRS team is looking forward to covering in the fall legislative session and how much would you pay to get to the top of the Mackinac Bridge? Travel writer Ryan Kazmirzack makes the case on how touring the top of the Mighty Mac could be a revenue opportunity for the state.
August 30, 2021
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer walks the tight rope on mandatory masks in schools. Republican gubernatorial candidate James Craig kicks off his media access by talking inside a glass room with folks who are not media. Where does public safety and crime fit into the public discussion?
Sen. Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing) (39:59), Rep. Graham Filler (R-DeWitt) (23:35) and southeast Michigan commentator Karen Dumas toss around these and other subjects with the MIRS team in this week's edition.
August 23, 2021
What does Republican Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck think about running for Secretary of State? Forensic audits? Dominion software? (17:19). Could wearing masks indoors be part of a long-term culture change we all need to get used to? Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) talks about that and the devastation he saw cleaning out flooded basements in Dearborn.
And Rep. Beau LaFave talks about Afghanistan, Sen. Ed McBroom's political future, eating a pasty with gravy or ketchup, and more (38:01).
August 16, 2021
Elizabeth Hertel, director of the Department of Health and Human Services Department, is "not taking any tools off the table" when responding to COVID-19 in the future. The Director also addresses "natural immunity" and the state's role in combating the virus.
Also, state Board of Education Member Tom McMillin explains why he equates ordering a child to wear a mask in school to child abuse.
And Truscott Rossman team of Andrea Bitely and Josh Pugh talk the new Republican endorsement convention, James Craig and more.
August 9, 2021
Instead of talking of COVID in weeks and months, Dr. Joel Fishbain, the medical director for infection prevention at Beaumont Hospital, suggested -- long-term -- we could be talking years and decades with the various COVID variants emerging (33:34).
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor (19:11) overcame protests outside his door last summer to win a six-way primary for re-election last week with 49% of the vote.
And to what extent do the Republican gubernatorial candidates have potential crises from their pasts that could impact their future? Sara Wurfel of Truscott Rossman addresses situations James Craig, Garrett Soldano and Kevin Rinke may be facing.
August 2, 2021
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Delta Twp.) remembers the late former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.
Proposal P is the talk of Detroit. Whose political fortunes would take a hit if it wins? Whose political fortunes falters if it fails? Former Sen. Virgil Smith of VKS Consulting discusses this and other races on Detroit's ballot while the MIRS team breaks down what's on the ballot across the state Tuesday.
July 26, 2021
Attorney Mark Brewer urges critics to cut the independent redistricting commission some slack. Former Speaker Jase Bolger talks about Betsy DeVos and how prolonged leadership races can be good for a caucus (23:10). Rep. Abraham Aiyash (D-Hamtramck) talks about his leadership bid, fundraising and finding "fecal matter" in more flooded Southeast Michigan basements (42:58).
July 19, 2021
What's Majority Leader Mike Shirkey's definition of "RINO" now that he's being called a Republican in Name Only for sticking up for the Sen. Ed McBroom report that found no evidence of widespread fraud? Rep. Alex Garza (D-Taylor) talks about why voter interest is high in his city this summer.
And Tori Sachs from the Freedom Fund talks with the MIRS team about the Redistricting Commission failing to get a quorum, Unlock Michigan 2 and the future of the Fair and Equal Michigan ballot question.