January 11, 2021
U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint Twp.) tells congressional Republicans who voted to challenge the election in Arizona and Pennsylvania hours after the Capitol riots that he would never "sacrifice" his soul to keep any job.
Rep. Jack O'Malley says the incoming Michigan House Minority Leader can take her letter that calls on him and 17 of his GOP colleagues to not to be seated this Wednesday and "stuff it."
Jeff Timmer discusses the long-term vision for the Lincoln Project and more.
January 4, 2021
The policy around Michigan's unemployment system is among the nation's worst, according to Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, who lays out potential reforms in this week's podcast. Simon Schuster of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network talks about a Lansing political power couple who have top legislative jobs while running a successful side political operation.
Also, who are some freshmen House members to watch this year? And, if not Candice Miller for Governor in 2022, then who?
December 28, 2020
MIRS names its Senator of the Year based on its criteria of effectiveness, impact and level of activity. Also, MIRS runs unedited audio from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's year-end press conference with many print reporters of the Capitol Press Corps.
December 21, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey shares an original poem entitled "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," MIRS names its House Member of the Year, and retiring Justice Stephen Markman shares his views on the constitutional 70-year age limitation on judges, among other issues.
December 14, 2020
MIRS names its Democratic Legislator of the Year from a list of six nominees and Rep.-Elect Bryan Posthumus talks about his experiences growing up as the son of the state's former Lieutenant Governor and his interest in growing hops on his Kent County farm.
December 7, 2020
MIRS names its Michigan Political Figure of the Year from a slate of seven different nominations. A new reporter on the MIRS team is named.
Also, state Rep.-elect Felicia Brabec introduces herself. A licensed psychologist, Brabec talks about the psychological impact COVID-19 has had on students, grandparents and families as she talks about her priorities.
December 1, 2020
The following is a recording left by an Angela McCallum who claims to be from the President Donald Trump campaign, urging a state legislator in Michigan to pick electors who will vote for Trump due to fact that the alleged fraud in Michigan's election has caused the current results to not reflect the true will of voters in the state.
November 30, 2020
Sen. Dan Lauwers talks about the legislative leaders' meeting with President Donald Trump a couple weeks ago and what was said when the subject of elections was brought up (23:51). He also talks lame duck, the future of the Governor's $100 million COVID-19 relief proposal and his ascension to the post of Senate Majority Floor Leader after the first of the year.
Rep.-Elect Christine Morse introduces herself to MIRS as a former military spouse, breast cancer survivor, former attorney and mother, who is getting to relearn common denominators (33:11) with her 5th grader.
Political consultants Mario Morrow of Mario Morrow & Associates and Dennis Denno of Denno Research talk about the future of the Democratic Party, the odds of a Michigan elected official joining Biden's cabinet and more.
November 23, 2020
Who is doing COVID-19 response right? Who is doing the response wrong? What about Sweden? Dr. Joneigh Khaldun answers these and other questions about being Michigan's chief medical executive during a global pandemic (21:20). State Rep.-Elect Mark Tisdel talks about his background in politics, business and being a cantor for his local church (31:52).
Why are we acting as if the 2020 election isn't over? Who will be the Michigan Republican Party chair in the 2021-22 session? And what is the future of the R's 2020 U.S. Senate candidate, John James? Dennis Lennox and Andrea Bitely kick around these topics.
November 16, 2020
Political consultant Dave Forsmark joins the MIRS team to lay out the Republicans most likely to run for governor in 2022. Forsmark also talks about what went right in three state House races he participated in -- the 39th, 48th and 96th -- all three were victories for the R's.
Also, state Rep.-elect Kelly Breen talks to MIRS live from the pop-up trailer next to her Novi home. She lays out how she turned the 38th House seat blue.