MIRS Monday, Sept. 26, 2015

September 26, 2016

Why is T.J. Bucholz of Vanguard Public Affairs having a hard time calling the event between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a "debate?" Is this presidential election good for the country? And why are some not trusting the polls? Bucholz and Tom Shields, president of the Marketing Resource Group answers these and other questions.

Also, what is Enbridge's plan if Line 5 bursts underneath the Mackinac Straits in the winter? Does the company have plans to close the pipeline in 10 years? What's wrong with using Line 6 around Lake Michigan instead of Line 5. Ryan Duffy of Enbridge answers these and other questions in this week's edition.

MIRS Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

September 19, 2016

The Michigan Environmental Council and the environmental group For Love of Water (FLOW) are asking the state today to shutdown Line 5, the light crude pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac, for the winter to prevent an environmental catastrophe if the line should burst when the Straits are iced over. MIRS talks with FLOW Executive Director Liz Kirkwood and MEC's Kate Madigan about this and other issues connected with the pipeline.

Also, why should pro-marijuana advocates be happy about the regulation package set to be signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder, even if they are less than giddy immediately about the prospect of a large corporate structure and bureaucracy overseeing their business? Also, listen to Gov. Snyder's first TV ads for House candidates in 2016.

Gary Johnson speaks to reporters in Detroit 9/14/16

September 14, 2016

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson answered questions from the press corps after his question-and answer-type presentation in front of the Detroit Economic Club. During the exchange, Johnson gives his opinion on the Flint water crisis, the auto bailout and his personal belief that he has a 10 percent shot of winning the presidency.


MIRS Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

September 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton needs help getting into a vehicle after a 9-11 ceremony. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters reacts, as does members of the MIRS team. Will revelations by 24th House District candidate Steve Marino's comments about picking up the wedding tab, as lobbyist, for a lawmaker's daughter's wedding impact his race? And MIRS explores a story published Friday on why the Snyder administration has yet to put a price tag on the Flint water crisis.

This week, MIRS speaks with Ida Chinois of Grand Blanc, whose 7-year-old daughter has benefited from medical marijuana. We also speak with Darwin Jiles, the ethnic vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party, on his perceptions of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and the controversial trash contract.

MIRS Monday, Sept. 5, 2016

September 2, 2016

AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber warned lawmakers that attempting to tackle a repeal of the state's prevailing wage law during the lame duck session will "poke a hole in the hornet's nest the likes of which you've never seen." In this week's podcast, Bieber talks about the state of organized labor in Michigan, Donald Trump's appeal to union members, which Democratic congressional candidate have the best shot at winning Nov. 8, and more.

Also, will Michigan general election ballots have a straight ticket voting oval in 2018 or 2020? The MIRS team looks ahead to the merits of the case against the legislation that banned the oval from ballots and how that could be decided in the months ahead. And who would have thought running as an "insider" was a winning strategy, yet some state legislative candidates have found success highlighting their experience with Lansing.

MIRS Monday, Aug. 29, 2016

August 29, 2016

Why does Donald Trump like Michigan so much? The Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to be in Detroit this weekend, his third visit to the Mitten State in a month. The MIRS team gives their take on why he sees Michigan as being important. Also, what was the takeaway from this past weekend's party conventions in Grand Rapids and Lansing? What were the highlights? The lowlights?

And what is on the minds of some of the ticket's top Democrats going into the November election? Ishmael Ahmed, John Austin, Deb Thomas, Brandon Dillon and Ian Conyers are among those with whom we spoke.


MIRS Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

August 19, 2016

Does Mark Schauer wake up every morning feeling relieved he didn't win the 2014 gubernatorial race so he wouldn't have the Flint water crisis to worry about? What does he feel about Donald Trump? Will there be a ballot proposal in 2018 or 2020 to change the state's redistricting law? The former Democratic nominee answers these questions and more. 

Also, is the media biased against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump? The MIRS team takes turn debating that point and why the media isn't making more of a fuss about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton not being accessible for press interviews.

MIRS Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

August 15, 2016

She doesn't care why you vote for Donald Trump, Michigan Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said in today's podcast that she just hopes that you do. With the MRP being the extent of Trump campaign field operation in Michigan, listen to McDaniel's take on the race and why he's a better alternative than the Democratic nominee

The MIRS team also debates whether Michigan is a battleground state. Is Michigan in play? Was it ever in play?

Also, what does the MIRS team think of Lt. Gov. Brian Calley's Facebook post that registered 1,400 likes over the course of a weekend?


Hillary Clinton Speech In Warren, 8/11/16

August 11, 2016

The following is Hillary Clinton's speech today at the Futuramic plant in Warren. The speech is in its entirety.


MIRS Monday, Aug. 8, 2016

August 8, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump makes his economic policy front in front of more than 1,500 listeners at the Detroit Economic Club. Listen to his speech and the introduction from Trump running mate Mike Pence in its entirety.

Also, Stu Sandler of Grand River Strategies talks about what went right for his candidate, Paul Mitchell, in the 10th Congressional Republican primary and how Jack Bergman was able to claim victory in the 1st Congressional GOP race.