August 24, 2015
If the state dumped $400
million from the General Fund into long-term road funding for the coming fiscal
year, why can't the Governor and lawmakers just count on doing that every year
going forward? Why does the condition of the state budget play a role in the
road funding debate? Budget Director John Roberts answers these and other
questions in this week's edition.
Also, will the House forward
the content of Business Office Director Tim Bowlin's investigation on Rep.
Cindy Gamrat and Rep. Todd Courser to the criminal authorities? Can either of
these two expect to get the benefit of the doubt from House Republican
leadership? Why not? This and much more in this week's edition of MIRS Monday.
August 17, 2015
The following is an unedited audio from a press conference featuring Joshua Cline, the former staffer for Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat. The press conference took place at the Dailey Law Firm in Royal Oak.
August 17, 2015
Why has Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat opted against resignation despite the urgings of conservatives, Tea Party activists and constituents in their districts? MIRS explores these subjects with political consultant David Forsmark, who Courser accused as being behind a blackmailing scheme to get him to resign or details of the affair would become public.
Forsmark talks about his friendship with Courser's staffers and gives his insights into the Courser-Gamrat affair.
August 14, 2015
The following is Rep. Cindy Gamrat's first press conference after news of her extra-martial affair with Rep. Todd Courser and botched cover up was first reported a week ago. The event took place at the Abood Law Firm in East Lansing.
August 10, 2015
John Truscott of Truscott Rossman breaks down Rep. Todd
Courser's response to The Detroit News story. Is there any saving his political
career? Should Rep. Cindy Gamrat resign, as well, over the sex scandal and the corresponding gay prostitute email designed to "inoculate the herd?"
Also, listen to what Courser told a MIRS reporter a few weeks ago about sending out false emails. This and Truscott declares a winner to the Thursday night debate in this week's edition.
August 3, 2015
John Kasich supporter Jeff Timmer of Two Rivers Public Affairs predicts his favored presidential candidate will appear on the Fox News debate stage Thursday. Timmer gives his personal views on the Republican field to date. Who is exceeding expectations? Who is falling short of expectations?
Also, Jake Davison (12:52) makes his MIRS Monday podcast debut to talk about his candidacy in the 82nd House District, currently represented by first-term incumbent Todd Courser. Davison describes himself as a Tea Party conservative, but does vary from Courser on at least one major social issue.
July 27, 2015
What proposal is the most likely to make it in front of voters on the November 2016 ballot? Adrian Hemond from Grassroots Midwest gives his opinion. Hemond also suggests a new idea that's being floated around Lansing that would shrink the size of the Legislature from 110 House members to 80 and 38 senators to 25. Listen to some details on that.
Also, Sen. Mike Green (R-Mayville) talks about the potential of a runaway constitutional convention if the states agree to hold such a meeting regarding a federal balanced budget amendment.
July 19, 2015
Would House Speaker Jase Bolger have voted for the current Senate roads plan if it were offered to him in lame duck 2014? How much General Fund revenue did he ask the Governor to dedicate to roads as part of a roads package in 2014? And how important, politically, is it that the House Republicans pass a road-funding plan this term?
Bolger, the current advisor for the West Michigan Policy Forum, answers these questions and more. Also, listen to the first half of last week's House Democrats' press conference on their road-funding plan (16:55-29:32).
July 13, 2015
As road funding discussions go behind closed doors in the
state legislature, former Sen. Gretchen Whitmer questions how much power Gov.
Rick Snyder will exert into the process after he was "beat" on the issue by then-Speaker Jase Bolger last year. Whitmer also talks about what issue she
wants to see on the ballot next year, if she's interested in running for office
in the future and more.
Also, hear raw audio from presidential candidate Rand Paul's
press availability in Holland on Sunday (18:00) and pre-press conference
thoughts from Paul supporter U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (15:58).
July 6, 2015
Senate President Pro Tem Tonya Schuitmaker has been increasing
her visibility across the state. Why is that? Where is she on prison reform and
what criteria does she use in determining whether to raise taxes?
Also, does Lon Johnson's candidacy in the 1st
Congressional District hurt state Rep. Gretchen Driskell's in the 7th?
Who is being talked about for Attorney General in 2018? Is the House
Republicans' campaign operation in disarray? And why did state Sen. Virgil
Smith vote with the Republicans on their gas tax hike proposal? Ed Sarpolus
from Target Insyght tackles these questions and more in this week's edition.