March 18, 2019
Where does the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) fall on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's 45-cent gas tax proposal? New President and former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley answers that question along with others: Was he bothered that his personal friend, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in her budget proposed a pass-through entity tax that would impact many of his members? What are his thoughts on using the General Fund to pay for road improvements?
Stu Sandler of Grand River Strategies also stops by to talk about President Donald Trump, John James, Mike Bishop, the House Republicans and John Yob's tiki bar in the Virgin Islands.
March 11, 2019
If expanding the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act to the LGBT community went on the board for a House vote, Erin Knott of Equality Michigan said she believes it would pass. What if it went to the Senate? The LGBT advocacy group's interim director also talks about tracking hate crime incidents, among other issues.
Kathy Barks Hoffman of Martin Waymire adds her insight into such questions as: Is the honeymoon over between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature? Which former governor does Gov. Whitmer's budget more closely resemble? Should Whitmer be concerned that her favorability number is only 3 percentage points higher than that of President Donald Trump?
March 5, 2019
The following is unedited audio of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's budget presentation followed by her comments to the media afterwards. The media Q&A begins at the 1:20:53 mark.
March 4, 2019
How about arming teachers with pepper spray and stun guns? That's the newest bill proposal from Rep. Beau LaFave, but is he willing to get tasered in a House committee in exchange for it moving through the process? Hear what the second-term House member and chair of the House Military, Veterans & Homeland Security Committee has to say about that.
Also, T.J. Bucholz from Vanguard Public Affairs joins the MIRS crew to talk about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's upcoming budget proposal, a possible U.S. Rep. Justin Amash presidential bid and Gov. Rick Snyder's portrait.
February 25, 2019
New Michigan Republican Party (MRP) Chair Laura Cox, MRP 11th Congressional Chair Meshawn Maddock and former gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette spend time with MIRS Monday during the post-state Republican convention edition.
Who is the face of the state Republican Party at this point? What did delegates get excited about during the convention? The MIRS team answers these questions along with the perception that the outward promotion of a "Tea Party" contingent within the GOP is long dead. It's been replaced by a "Trump Republican" that has locked arms with "establishment Republicans" by necessity.
February 19, 2019
The following is unedited audio of House Speaker Lee Chatfield's press conference with his House Republican colleagues on their priorities for the 2019-20 session.
February 18, 2019
Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo Twp.) discusses his new Ways & Means Committee, the future of gaming expansion legislation in Michigan and his extensive collection of bowties in this week's edition.
Also, John Truscott of the Truscott Rossman public relations group joins the MIRS team in talking about the State of the State address, the Executive Order rejection and the FOX2 story on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's dress. We also talk about our favorite presidents and Jacob Kanclerz's obscure pick.
February 13, 2019
The following is full, unedited audio of a reporter roundtable hosted the morning of Feb. 13, 2019, by House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey in order to issue a response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's first State of the State address from the night before.
February 11, 2019
Remember when Gov. Jennifer Granholm told Michigan we'd be "blown away" during her 2006 State of the State address? Granholm's former press secretary, Liz Boyd, does. Boyd, now a public relations consultant, talks about that speech and the 2009 State of the State, which she remembers for a more personal reason.
Where is Gov. Whitmer going to go to raise money for roads without hurting K-12 education and universities? Could higher business taxes make sense? The MIRS team debates this, Whitmer's "oil in the water" comment on the radio Monday morning, a Whitmer 527 getting off the hook with a $30,000 fine and the Attorney General revisiting the sex offender registry issue.
February 4, 2019
What are the people in the 13th Congressional District telling U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib after she made national news for her "Motherf*er" comment about President Donald Trump? Is the comment the reason she's been receiving death threats or is it because she is a Muslim serving in Congress? MIRS talks with the freshman member of Congress and new Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes in this week's edition.
Political commentator Andrea Bitely doubts the Legislature will be ordered to ever redraw the 2011 congressional and legislative maps. Does the MIRS team agree? Also, the DHHS social service bottleneck and more on this week's edition of MIRS Monday.