May 18, 2015
Bob McCann, former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer's
chief of staff, tells MIRS Monday that Gov. Rick Snyder can't sign a prevailing
wage repeal law without going back on a promise made last year. McCann also
talks about the future of Sen. Virgil Smith. What are the chances he will
finish out his term?
Also, MIRS talks with Kathy Berden, the Michigan Republican
Party's new National Committeewoman. What qualities is she bringing to the post
and what does she think about the future of National Committeeman Dave Agema?
May 11, 2015
Sen. Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) is in a public relations
disaster after more details of this past weekend's shooting incident become
public. What advice would Kelly Rossman-McKinney of Truscott Rossman give Smith
during this mess? How will this impact his effectiveness in Lansing?
Rossman-McKinney and MLive's Emily
Lawler weigh in on this question. The two were also asked whether the resounding defeat of
Proposal 1 and Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to formally leave the presidential
sweepstakes were related.
Also, two energy officials -- Matthew Paul of DTE Energy and
Brandon Hofmeister of Consumers Energy -- talk about why natural gas will
likely pass coal as Michigan's largest energy source and why renewable energy
isn't growing at the same rate.
May 4, 2015
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addresses the Ingham County
Republicans over lunch at the R.E. Olds Museum in Lansing on Monday, May 4.
Walker, a likely presidential candidate, was introduced by Michigan Attorney General
Bill Schuette. Other people in the crowd include U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, Sen.
Mike Shirkey, Sen. Rick Jones and Sen. David Robertson and former Sen. Alan
May 4, 2015
As Dr. Ben Carson announces his presidential bid today in
Detroit, MIRS Monday talks with one of the men who started the grassroots
effort to successfully draft him for president, John Philip Sousa IV, the
grandson of the famous American band leader.
Also, what if Proposal 1 passes? What happens if it fails?
Alex Rosaen of the Anderson Economic Group goes over what loose ends the Legislature
would need to tie up if voters support the road funding initiative on Tuesday,
and goes over some alternative road funding options for legislators to chew on
if it fails.
April 27, 2015
East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and Paul Mitchell of the Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals lock horns this week in a no-rules debate on Proposal 1. Triplett challenges Mitchell to detail his preferred "Plan B" if Prop 1 fails, while Mitchell dubs the May 5 ballot proposal the largest state tax increase in the past 50 years.
April 20, 2015
The Michigan Association of School Boards have supported repealing prevailing wage for school projects in the past, but where are they this year? New deputy director Don Wotruba talks about this, state-mandated school board training, teacher certification, Proposal 1 and more.
Also, is Gov. Rick Snyder serious about running for president? If not, why is Gov. Rick Snyder raising money for out-of-state conferences and speaking engagements?
April 13, 2015
This week, MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn and Publisher John Reurink speak with Bernie Porn, president of the Lansing-based polling form of EPIC/MRA about a new survey his firm released today on public perception of electric choice.
Also on the agenda, the health of Proposal 1 and a break down of what this weekend's announcement by Hillary Clinton that she's running once again for president means for the race on both sides.
April 6, 2015
MIRS Monday turns
to the topic of education reform in a discussion with Lindsay Huddleston, the
new state director of Students First Michigan.
John Reurink along with Craig Mauger, Jacob Kanclerz and Lauren Gibbons talk to
Huddleston about everything from a single charter authorizer to teacher
evaluation and third grade reading requirements. Tune in to learn more about the group that
characterizes itself as the "union for students."
March 30, 2015
What did Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, see during his recent trip to Cuba? Byrum also gives updates on the emerging trade feud with Canada, Proposal 1 and his opinion on how Gov. Rick Snyder has treated agriculture.
Also, the legislative subcommittees have reported their suggested budgets for FY 2016, but how much does it matter considering voters haven't voiced their opinion on Proposal 1? This and much more in this week's edition of MIRS Monday.
March 26, 2015
MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn speaks with MIRS Publisher John Reurink and Target Insyght's Ed Sarpolus on polling results that show Proposal 1 is losing 55 to 36 percent.