12/6/19 Is there a state budget agreement and if so, what are the consequences? MSU has a brand new shiny Trustee with a great resume. Rep. Inman is still in office, but might be holding on by his fingernails. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
The Friday Morning Podcast
11/27/19 This week we interviewed Paul Brown, a Regent at UM. A few topics discussed were academics, university funding, and Jim Harbaugh! Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
11/22/19 A new group is suing over term limits. Interview with State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, a candidate for Congress. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
11/15/19 Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno interview new Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
11/6/19 Interview with MIRS newsletter editor Kyle Melinn, who sums up Tuesday, Nov. 5, election results across MI. What does it all mean going into 2020? Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
11/1/19 Tense mayoral contest in Flint. Online and sports betting legislation expanding gaming in MI passes state House, but Gov. Whitmer is not on board. John Conyers, longest-serving African-American in history of Congress, dies at age 90. Interview with Heidi Washington, director of the state Dept. of Corrections. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
10/25/19 Reminiscences about former Gov. Milliken, who died last week. Denno Research survey yield some surprising results. MI legislators seem serious about getting a proposal to modify the state’s term limits law on the ballot, but many hurdles stand in their way. Interview with CMU Professor Sterling Johnson on impeachment. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
10/17/19 Spate of state lawmakers convicted of crimes and expelled from Legislature over past four years is an all-time record. Gov. Whitmer and GOP Legislative Leaders Continue to meet on FY 2020 budget. Judge slaps down emergency order banning scented vaping products. Interview with state Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-E. Lansing). Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
10/11/19 Budget wars heat up again with bills introduced to restore funds cut by Gov. Whitmer and/or possible veto override votes. National poll shows surprising support among Dem. voters for K-12 education choice, including charter schools. Interview with Dave Woodward, Chair of the Oakland Co. Board of Commissioners. Denno field trip to Kentucky and Tennessee distilleries, Civil War battlefields and prez homes. Partners with www.deadlinedetroit.com.
10/2/19 Gov. Whitmer issues record number of line-item vetoes of budget bills, axing nearly $1 billion from state spending. She will meet with “The Quadrant” this week to see whether Rs will agree to reignite negotiations in order to get some of the veto money restored.
U.S. Rep. Slotkin (D-MI 8) draws an opponent, Nikki Snyder, a member of the state Board of Ed. U.S. Rep. Tlaib views “racial profiling” technology in Detroit police HQ, concludes all technicians using it should be African-American. Jimmy Carter turns 95 years old, a record for an ex-president, but MI has a couple of former state politicians who are even older. Interview with Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.