February 27, 2017
Former Detroit public health director Abdul El-Sayed talks to MIRS about his decision to run for governor in 2018. MIRS' Simon Schuster was at El-Sayed's announcement and shares his thoughts and observations about the event at Detroit's Eastern Market.
Also, MIRS breaks down more fall out from last week's income tax vote in which House Speaker Tom Leonard and his conservative Republican caucus friends go down swinging. What does this mean for Gov. Rick Snyder? A conservative agenda going forward?
And who managed to draw more than 200 people at a Berkley restaurant Sunday?
February 17, 2017
Grassroots Midwest's team of Brian Began and Josh Pugh give some early analysis on how they view the congressional, state Senate and state House districts in the 2018 election. Which seats should Democrats and Republicans pay attention to?
What congressional district do they see going away after the 2020 U.S. Census likely cuts Michigan's congressional delegation to 13 members?
February 14, 2017
House and Senate Democrats gathered at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2017 to discuss with the media their plans to reform the state's Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The following is unedited audio of that press conference.
February 13, 2017
If Brian Banks attempts to re-seek the House seat he gave up as part of a criminal plea deal, can he win? Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) says yes. The Democrats' new ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, Durhal also gives his thoughts on Gov. Rick Snyder's budget and the impact a Detroit public school closure would have on the community.
Also, how does Ron Weiser becoming the next Michigan Republican Party chair set up the R's to field the most competitive challenger possible against U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow? What are the Republicans looking for in a U.S. Senate candidate? And at the Democratic convention, who was the most active and who was surprisingly not overly visible? All this and more.
February 6, 2017
What does a U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos mean policywise for Michigan? How much impact can she have as the chief administrator of federal policy? The MIRS team takes a crack at this question, as does Steve Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association.
Cook also updates MIRS on the MEA's membership numbers and if he believes national Right to Work is on the horizon. Also, listen for proposed solutions to the state's school accountability law and suggested names to replace Jarrod Agen as Gov. Rick Snyder's chief of staff in this week's edition.
January 30, 2017
The media need not worry about Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) pandering to them after openly acknowledgeing he's on the opposite end of the Michigan Press Association on two major policy initiatives. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, meanwhile, announced that he's looking at expanding public disclosure. MIRS talks to both elected leaders on these issues.
Also, how does the President Trump executive order on immigration impact Michigan Republicans? Should Gov. Rick Snyder react? And is U.S. Rep. Fred Upton the best U.S. Senate candidate the GOP could hope to find against incumbent U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018?
January 23, 2017
Both sides of the political spectrum gathered this weekend as the fallout to the President Donald Trump inauguration continues to chug well past Election Day. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the Woman's March in Lansing while Sen. Patrick Colbeck talked to conservative activists at the Battle Cry event in Mt. Pleasant.
Hear what both prominent Michigan figures had to say about their political events, as well as the MIRS' team's take on the inauguration, the Women's rallies, Battle Cry and the presumed new chair of the Michigan Party, Ron Weiser.
January 16, 2017
Where should the state spend its $478 million surplus? Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich has an idea and shares it on this week's podcast. Also, Ananich says if Republican push forward with an income tax, it will help bring about another lost decade. How so? Ananich explains.
The MIRS team breaks down what Gov. Rick Snyder is likely to talk about during his State of the State address and how much the city of Flint's condition should be a part of that discussion. These topics and more in this week's edition.
January 9, 2017
If House Minority Leader Sam Singh could have one bill passed this session, what would it be? How is he, as a leader, going to be different than former Leader Tim Greimel? Is it time to bring back the legislative quadrant? Singh answers these questions and more.
Also, how realistic is eliminating the state's income tax? Does the weight of coming up with the state revenue replacement almost kill the discussion in its infancy? In reworking Obamacare, are the Republicans willing to make health care one of their issues and is that a winning issue going forward? These subjects and more on this week's edition.
January 1, 2017
Gov. Rick Snyder brings up the potential impacts of a trade war under a President Donald Trump presidency, discusses a way to tier local governments in the pending retiree health care discussion and addresses whether he believes his office should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
Also, what are Michigan's Top 10 legislative issues for 2017. MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn breaks them down in this edition.