February 8, 2021
The $200,000 the Michigan Republican Party spent out of its administrative account to former Secretary of State candidate Stan Grot may not be within the Bureau of Election's purview because it came out of an unregulated account. But Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum suggested the matter could be kicked over to the Attorney General for, at worst, possible criminal embezzlement or bribery (48:32).
Republican political consultant Jamie Roe was, up until recently, business partners with Stu Sandler, one of former MRP Chair Laura Cox's big allies. Did he support Cox's decision to bring the matter to the Secretary of State?
And Elizabeth Battiste of Martin Waymire joins the MIRS team to answer these questions:
"What needs to happen first to achieve the goal of moving the country to the middle -- politicians who need to lead from the middle or a public that demands it?" ...
"Politically speaking, would Republicans rather not be invited to the Gov's COVID restrictions table so they can have a seemingly endless group of people to pander to?"
February 1, 2021
The member of Congress most likely to get squeezed out of his/her seat this year if Michigan loses a seat is a Republican, not a Democrat, according to a pair of experienced Lansing-area map drawers.
Also, Bob LaBrant and Ed Sarpolus have a term limits reform idea that elevates a local government approach of allowing constituents to keep their term-limited legislator around.
John Walsh and Mike Johnston of the Michigan Manufacturers defend the Legislature's use of the General Fund to boost the Unemployment Insurance Fund, but support the Governor's enthusiasm of restarting the Good Jobs program.
January 25, 2021
State House candidate Mellissa Carone, Rudy Guiliani's star witness last month, talks about her interest in politics (20:20). Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consultants blows up any residual claims that widespread voter fraud existed in the last election by calling out a former MIRS Monday guest (43:02). Congressional candidate Mike Detmer (27:56) defends Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey's decision to meet with members of the Michigan Militia.
A preview of the State of the State address, an analysis of Robert Gordon's hasty departure as director of the Department of Health and Human Services and more with special guest Chris DeWitt.
January 18, 2021
Why didn't police reform make it to the Governor in 2020? Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II talks about that, implicit bias and more. Also, why was last Sunday's protest more about police presence than boogaloo boys? MIRS breaks down that subject.
And, finally, University of Michigan Daily political cartoonist Maddy VerVaecke talks to MIRS' Samantha Shriber. Who is the easiest political figure to draw? Who is the hardest? How did she get drawing about state government and from where does she draw her inspiration?
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.