November 11, 2019
It's Veterans' Day and MIRS speaks with one of the state Legislature's military veteran, Rep. Joe Tate, about his experiences as an enlisted Marine in Afghanistan. He talks about what led him to leave a potential football career as support staff to join the military.
Also, if Dennis Muchmore was still the chief of staff for the governor, would he recommend she sign legislation that softens the power of the executive branch or increases the role of the Legislature as it relates to the state Administrative Board? Gov. Rick Snyder's former COS also opines on the current budget standoff between Gov. Whitmer and the Legislature:
"Appropriations is something that can come together when you really want it to."
November 4, 2019
Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner was endorsed by David Coulter for Oakland County Executive until he wasn't ... the moment when now-County Executive Coulter decided to run for the seat he was suddenly appointed to in August. MIRS talks to Meisner about this, the odds the D's retake the state House and more.
The Fiscal Year 2020 budget standoff rolls into November. Why is Michigan government still in this situation? Is it because Lansing is becoming Washington? Is it the quest to win at all costs? Who is winning? The MIRS team talks about this and the real champions with Andrea Bitely from Truscott Rossman.
October 28, 2019
Contrary to public lore, the Lottery money was not meant to go entirely to schools. So says former state Treasurer Doug Roberts, who has researched this topic and was around in the late 1970s when money started rolling into the General Fund. Roberts comments on this, lessons earned from former Gov. Bill Milliken, a sales tax on services and more.
Also, what needs to happen for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to get back on track with their budget negotiations? Sam Singh, former House Minority Leader and current CEO of Public Policy Associates, gives his advice. Government reforms, term limits and the late John Conyers Jr. are also among the things on the menu.
October 21, 2019
What's it like to play marriage counselor for feuding state leaders? If anyone has experience with that it's Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), who talks about the current differences between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. Ananich also opines on the "nasty" Flint mayor's race between incumbent Karen Weaver and Rep. Sheldon Neeley.
Is the U.S. Senate race a 16-point race or a 3-point race? Josh Pugh from the progressive action group "For Our Future" joins the MIRS team as we give our thoughts on this, the state budget standoff, the "opt-out" proposal for the state parks permit and other issues.
October 14, 2019
If Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court and states are able to set their own policy regarding abortion, the closest outlet for most Michiganders needing these services would be Illinois. Lori Carpentier, President and CEO of Michigan Planned Parenthood Advocates, talks about what her group would do if Roe were altered and how her group is spending $45 million across nine battleground states like Michigan in the meantime.
Also, new polling shows a strong majority of Michigan voters feel like the country is on the "wrong track," but that doesn't necessarily mean President Donald Trump is in political trouble here. Jenell Leonard, new president of the Marketing Resource Group, explains.
October 7, 2019
Is the Governor or Republican-led legislature winning the messaging and political battle over the Fiscal Year 2020 budget? Does it even matter? T.J. Bucholz of Vanguard Public Affairs and former Gov. Snyder spokesperson Ari Adler give their opinions on that question.
Over at the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC), Deena Bosworth has heard from her members about who they feel is at fault for the nearly $1 billion in line-item veto cuts. She talks about how MAC has become a "casualty of war" and that it's time for both sides to "govern."
October 1, 2019
The following is unedited audio of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's budgetary press conference this morning of Oct. 1. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Budget Director Chris Kolb were also present at the press conference.
September 30, 2019
If Gov. Gretchen Whitmer isn't strong in responding to the Legislature cutting her out of the budget negotiation process, what's the point of having the governor's office? That's the question Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. poses on today's show. The Senate D's head of appropriations also talks State Administrative Board, presidential politics and the story behind him obtaining the desk of his father, former Speaker Curtis Hertel.
Also, Saul Anuzis of Coast to Coast Strategies and political consultant Dennis Lennox argue why Republicans should want a national popular vote and how President Donald Trump will win Michigan.
And, Whitmer line item vetoed the wrong lines in two state budgets. How did that happen?
September 23, 2019
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) says "We've entered a new era" if recent accusations about President Trump and the Ukrainian president are true and that Congress should look at "all options" in regards to dealing with Trump (00:59)
State Sen. and national guard helicopter pilot Tom Barrett talks about why Vice President Mike Pence had to drive by motorcade on the car-less Mackinac Island and if a military-grade helicopter could have landed on the Grand Hotel's front lawn (3:50).
Political consultant Greg McNeilly says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would be a drag on the 2020 Democratic ticket if she's the presidential nominee's running mate (32:54). He also explains why he believes Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is "misunderstood" (38:08).
Also, he doesn't work for Bill Schuette anymore but political consultant John Sellek talks about why Schuette makes a lot of sense for the Republican nomination to the Supreme Court (40:46). This and much more on this week's edition.
September 16, 2019
Republicans head up to Mackinac Island this weekend for their biennial conference. What kind of presence will U.S. Rep. Fred Upton have? How about former U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop? Was President Donald Trump ever an option for the conference? MIRS talks with Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox on this and other issues.
Also Chief Justice Bridget McCormack ran a charity 5K with inmates at a Jackson prison this past weekend. How did that happen? She talks about the run and other issues in this week's edition.