November 9, 2020
How many illegal votes were cast in Detroit on Election Day? As far as what was seen by Chris Thomas, former state elections director and advisor to Detroit Clerk Janice Winfrey, the answer is zero. Here's what he has to say about concerns expressed by Republicans to the contrary. Also Nicole Small, vice chair of the Detroit Charter Commission, says she sees issues in Detroit's voting process -- from personnel to policy -- that need to be addressed.
And David Palsrok, former state representative and now with Dykema, talks with the MIRS crew about our biggest winners and losers from Election Night.
November 2, 2020
Things aren't looking great for Republicans heading into the Nov. 3 election. Pollster Steve Mitchell talks about his new numbers showing Democrat Joe Biden still up 7 points. John Yob of Strategic National, a Republican strategist, declined to share his internals, since they are not as favorable to the Republican ticket as his 2016 polling. What is the future of the Republican Party? Yob shares his analysis.
Former House Majority Floor Leader Steve Tobocman, now co-director of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, shares advice on bipartisanship for whichever party gains control of the Michigan House.
October 26, 2020
New polling is released in the 73rd and 96th state House district with Ed Sarpolus of Target Insyght. Adrian Hemond of Grassroots Midwest and Sarpolus helps the MIRS team come up with its final Top 10 Districts most likely to Flip.
Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) answers the question, "With COVID-19 cases on the rise, is now the time to talk about how counties can scale back state standards." And University of Michigan Regent candidate Sarah Hubbard raises questions about how the school can return to in-person learning sooner than later.
October 19, 2020
Michigan State University Trustee Brian Mosallam renews his call to release all documents related to the Larry Nassar scandal. Abigail Wheeler, who would be the youngest female ever elected to the state House if she's elected, makes her case to 66th House District voters.
And John Sellek from Harbor Strategic chats with the MIRS team about Trump being down 10 in the newest Mitchell poll, John James appealing to Black voters and more.
October 12, 2020
Dan Mulhern, Michigan's former first gentleman, was MIRS Monday's first guest on Oct. 11, 2010. In this, our 10-year anniversary, he returns to give special insight on threats and security as a member of the first family in light of the foiled plot to kidnap the Governor. MIRS court reporter Lisa Roose-Church adds some additional insight on the 13 accused.
Tami Carlone, Republican State Board of Education candidate, talks about eliminating Common Core and her vision for state K-12 policies. And MLive's Emily Lawler returns to her old desk at MIRS World Headquarters to talk new statewide polling numbers and a sneak peak into polling now in the field in MI-3.
October 8, 2020
The following is an anti-government, anti-police rant posted on the Facebook page of Brandon Caserta, one of the men arraigned in an alleged plot to overthrow the government and kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The post was taken down shortly after MIRS uploaded this audio.
October 5, 2020
The road to majority runs through Oakland County, according to Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.), the head of the state House Democrats' campaign effort and presumed next leader of the caucus. Jason Strayhorn, state Board of Education candidate, talks about how systemic poverty is holding children back educationally.
And progressive communications specialist Angela Vasquez-Giroux joins with the MIRS team to comment on last Friday's state Supreme Court ruling, new polling from PPP/Progress Michigan and more.
September 28, 2020
Speaker Pro Tem Jason Wentworth gives his projections for the state House in 2020, Supreme Court candidate Mary Kelly talks about the judges she looks up to and political consultant Dennis Lennox predicts an ugly scene within the Republican Party if President Donald Trump loses in November. This and much more in this week's episode.
September 21, 2020
Chief Justice Bridget McCormack remembers meeting the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg personally. McCormack also talks about being endorsed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and other subjects.
Also, MIRS reveals polling from seven state House Districts with Steve Mitchell of Mitchell Research and Communications. Numbers from the 19th, 25th, 38th, 45th, 61st, 62nd and 104th District were collected in partnership with GCSI and the Insurance Alliance of Michigan.
September 14, 2020
It's a behind-the-scene look at media credentialing at the President Donald Trump event in Freeland with Andrea Bitely of Truscott Rossman giving a public relations perspective. What can Democrats do to deflate enthusiasm for Trump? MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn offers a different perspective.
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz talks about his new initiative "Vote Safe Michigan" and why he now considers himself an "independent" as opposed to a Republican.