Congressional hopeful Debbie Dingell talks about her philosophy in raising campaign money, among many other subjects in her first Lansing media availability as a candidate.
Newly announced Lt. Gov. candidate and Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown checks in with MIRS on her role in the gubernatorial election and whether the Governor gets hit over the abortion insurance rider he didn't sign. And later, which Michigan road is in the worst condition? House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) weighs in on that while talking about the road funding plan announced last week.
Join pundits Stephanie McLean of GMT Strategies, TJ Bucholz of Lambert, Edwards & Associates, Stu Sandler of Decider Strategies and Jeff Timmer of the Sterling Corporation as they discuss a wide range of topics. How well did Gov. Rick Snyder deal with the same-sex marriage situation? What happens now that the 8th Congressional District is in play? Our pundits weigh in on these and other issues.
U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land holds her first media conference call this morning. The subject was the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "Obamacare." Listen to the conference in its entirety at the 19:20 mark. Also, Rep. Jeff Irwin extends an olive branch to House leadership after getting gavelled down during his arguments against the balanced budget resolution. What impact will the gay marriage ruling have on Attorney General Bill Schuette? This and more on this week's edition
Why is Curtis Hertel looking to give up a better-paying job as the Ingham County Register of Deeds to be a candidate in the state 23rd Senate District? Does he believe the Democrats can break 30 years of GOP majorities? Also, 98th District House candidate Gary Glenn is known in Lansing as an outspoken supporter for traditional marriage, but he's making it known he's not a one-issue candidate although he questions whether public sentiment is trending in favor of gay marriage.
Michigan Republican Party Chair Bobby Schostak calls Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer a "loser." What term does he use for conservative activist Todd Courser? The Chairman goes into the party's new technology and other subjects. Also, can the Democrats use roads as a political tool against Gov. Rick Snyder? Why did Sen. Rebecca Warren take a pass on Congress and the 13th state Senate district is put under the microscope.
Why was Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and the Snyder administration willing to take another look at the Personal Property Tax phase-out? Calley addresses this and other issues. Josh Pugh, spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, talks about the MDP's state central committee's decision to back a minimum wage increase and the MIRS team discusses the budding 12th Congressional race and says goodbye to one of their own.
Outgoing Budget Director John Nixon takes a stand on a federal balanced budget amendment in this week's edition. What does he think about Gov. Rick Snyder for president?
Ronna Romney McDaniel was selected as the Michigan Republican Party's new national committeewoman this weekend. Listen to her, runner-up Mary Sears and Todd Courser talk about party unity shortly after the State Committee's selection. Also, Rep. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) talks about his run for the 5th state Senate District. Finally, the MIRS team tries to figure out which president was a renown golfer prior to his ascension to the presidency.
Samantha Harkins of the Michigan Municipal League says the Governor's Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) is not incentivizing local governments to do anything but file lots of paperwork. The MIRS team also goes behind the scenes on the President Obama visit and talks about how Gov. Snyder isn't the only governor talking about a state "comeback."