11/8/18 Michigan Democrats outperform their national counterparts in the 2018 election, winning all of the state’s top Constitutional offices and almost everything else. Democrats also sweep state education board races and another seat on the state Supreme Court, where they may now have a working majority on key litigation. All three ballot proposals are approved by voters, but could there be trouble ahead? Interview with MIRS editor Kyle Melinn. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
The Friday Morning Podcast
11/2/18 Interviews with veteran state capitol reporter Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News Service and former state Rep. Kevin Daley (R-Lum), running for an open state Senate seat in the 31st District. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
10/26/18 Last of two gubernatorial debates between Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette. Do the polls show a tightening race, or does Whitmer still have a strong lead?
Interviews with Democrat Joanne Galloway, running against Republican state Rep. Lee Chatfield in the 107th House District spanning the Straits of Mackinac, and Republican Mike McCready, a term-limited state Representative running for the open12th District state Senate seat in northeastern Oakland County. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
10/19/18 Democratic Lt. Gov. nominee Garlin Gilchrist under attack for buying dilapidated Detroit property from Land Bank and then failing to make repairs sufficient to satisfy angered neighbors. Republican U.S. Senate nominee John James blasted for allowing image of a swastika to appear in a TV ad. Michigan Appeals Court panel rules it is OK for state to appropriate public funds to private schools for state-mandated health and safety measures like fire drill training and immunization.
Interview with state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Traverse City), who talks about his re-election campaign and his part in the ongoing international search for missing aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
10/11/18 Will the first gubernatorial debate on Friday, Oct. 12, between Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette make a difference in the Nov. 6 General Election?
The Michigan Republican Party decides to include state Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement in its lit. and puts flyers in the mail to prove it.
Interview with former state Rep. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan), Republican nominee for state Senator in the 38th District covering most of the Upper Peninsula. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
110/5/18 Do state capital “Insiders” in Lansing think there’s a difference between which candidates will win on Nov. 6, and who will actually perform well in office if they’re elected? A new poll provides some answers. Another survey reveals abysmal knowledge of U.S. history by Americans.
Former state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Brennan, founder of Cooley Law School, dies at age 89. Opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana hit voters with direct mail. Interview with Paul Brown, Democratic candidate for a seat on the University of Michigan Board of Regents. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
9/28/18 Will voter turnout in Michigan surge past the 4 million mark in the Nov. 6 general election? What effect will the ban on straight-ticket voting for the first time in nearly 130 years have on the electorate? What are prospects for a “Blue Wave” year that could surpass positive Democratic Party results in 2006 and 2008? Interview with psephologist/list broker Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consulting. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit!
Interview with former state Senator Buzz Thomas (D-Detroit), the only African-American ever to serve in top leadership spots in both chambers of the Michigan Legislature. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
9/14/18 Two polls reveal Democrats Gretchen Whitmer and Debbie Stabenow have much more favorable job approval numbers than Republicans Donald Trump, Rick Snyder, and Bill Schuette. Election experts predict record voter turnout for Nov. 6 general election, perhaps surpassing 4 million.
Interview with state Rep. Leslie Love (D-Detroit), the Legislature’s only true thespian, who has sponsored bills to regulate the adult entertainment industry. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
9/7/18 Federal judges uphold Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting. In controversial move, GOP-controlled legislature enacts two initiative petition proposals — hiking the minimum wage and mandating earned sick leave — so that they will not appear on Nov. 6 General Election. Over Democratic protests, majority Republicans hint they may return to the two new laws later in the year and amend them.
Also, an interview with Lansing public relations maven TJ Bucholz. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.