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.
The Friday Morning Podcast
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.
9/26/19 Legislature finally sends FY 2020 budget to Gov. Whitmer, but nobody knows what she will do. VP Pence motorcade dominates headlines at GOP conclave on Mackinac Island. 2,500 opponents of auto insurance rate reform march on Capitol. Interview with MI House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills). Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
9/18/19 A special early edition of the Friday Morning Podcast. Gov. Whitmer asks legislative Republicans to send her their budget before they leave for Mackinac Island GOP conference this weekend, but they demur. Interview with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI 6). Sponsored by www.DeadlineDetroit.com and www.Vanguard-PA.com.
9/13/19 Gov. Whitmer backtracks on insistence that Legislature send her a FY 2020 budget that includes what she considers adequate funding to ‘Fix the Damn Roads,’ but does that mean the path to resolve differences she has with lawmakers by October 1 has gotten easier to negotiate? Apparently not, at least right away. Whitmer learns she has unexpected support on at least one issue from Prez Trump, who agrees with her that flavored vaping products should be banned. Interview with Tony Minghine, COO of Michigan Municipal League. Sponsored by www.deadlinedetroit.com and www.vanguard-pa.com.
9/6/19 Gov. Whitmer issues emergency rules banning flavored vaping in MI. Rep. Larry Inman (R-Traverse City) returns to state House of Reps—and votes!—for first time in three months after being indicted on bribery charges.
8/30/19 Gov. Whitmer exchanges snarky criticism with state Repub. legislative leaders about imminent FY 2020 budget crisis. MI Civil Rights Commission fires its ED, Augustin Arbulu, as a result of his remarks objectifying women. A little history on MI ballot proposals. Interview with Matt Manna, president of the Chaldean Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by www.vanguard-pa.com and www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
8/22/19 Gov. Whitmer issues ultimatum to Repub. legislative leaders to produce a concrete FY 2020 budget plan that includes adequate funding to “Fix the Damn Roads,” but they seem unlikely to do so any time soon.
Dennis Denno and his wife, Raina, take an Alaska road trip where she runs her 49th marathon in her 49th state, and discovers Alaska has a far worse budget crisis than MI, much of it created by gubernatorial campaign promise. Interview with T.J. Bucholz, CEO of Vanguard Public Affairs. Sponsored by www.vanguard-pa.com and www.deadlinedetroit.com.
The attempt by the Oakland C. Board of Commish to replace the late Brooks Patterson as Oakland Co. Exec. continues. Gov. Whitmer and state Senate Majority Leader Shirkey cope with perception that they may not be able to work out an agreement on the FY 2020 state budget by the start of next fiscal year.
MI Civil Rights Commission says it is standing by its decision to keep Director Arbulu in the wake of demands by Gov. Whitmer and some two dozen legislative Dems that he resign in the wake of inappropriate comments he has made “objectifying” women. Interview with Derek Bajema, director of the MI Soft Drink Assoc. Sponsored by www.vanguard-pa.com and www.deadlinedetroit.com.
8/9/19 Oakland Co. Executive L. Brooks Patterson dies at age 80, provoking battle to replace him. Not many races in MI’s primary election, which produces few surprises, little campaign spending, and skimpy voter turnout.
Dems mount recall campaign against beleaguered state Rep. Larry Inman, but if it appears petitioners may gather enough signatures, might state House of Reps expel him instead? Interview with Mike Kowall (R-White Lake), former state Senate majority floor leader now employed by office of Oakland Co. Executive. Sponsored by www.DeadlineDetroit.com and www.Vanguard-pa.com.