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4/13/18 They shoot horses, don’t they?—They do in Michigan—kind of. New poll shows Shri Thanedar with 25% higher name ID than Gretchen Whitmer, but they are in statistical dead heat in race for Democratic nomination for Governor. Interview with progressive Chris Smith, MSU professor challenging establishment favorite Elissa Slotkin for Democratic nomination for U.S. House […]
4/6/18 A war is brewing for the Democratic nomination for Michigan Attorney General. Dana Nessel has had Pat Miles on the ropes, but now the UAW has endorsed Miles and he has filed a complaint against Nessel. New Denno Research poll shows Bill Schuette hanging on to lead for GOP gubernatorial nod, but his […]
New poll says MI voters think both state and nation are on wrong track. Gov. Rick Snyder’s personal approval and job rating are down from last year. Bill Schuette maintains his lead for the Republican nomination for Governor, but Shri Thanedar edges Gretchen Whitmer for Democratic nod. For first time in more than a […]
3/22/18 Gov. Rick Snyder says Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is his pick for Governor, but Michigan history shows such endorsements have never have mattered very much. State Senator Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) fires back at MSU interim president John Engler after he trashed her Larry Nassar reform bills. And a Mason Co. farmer says sandhill cranes […]
3/16/18 Michigan Senate passes bills allowing sexual assault victims to sue for anything that allegedly happened in last 22 years. MSU President John Engler testifies before Senate committee on university’s handling of Larry Nassar charges and whether current legislation is a good idea. Has anything like the convictions, resignations and incarceration of Democratic Senators Virgil […]
3/9/18 Nearly 3,000 various offices and ballot proposals will be up for grabs in Michigan’s November 6 general election — everything from Governor and U.S. Senate to local school and library boards. Is this too many? How did this happen, and why? Sponsored by www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
3/2/18 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar catapults himself into ‘serious contender’ status with massive TV ad buy. National poll shows majority of Republican voters now back stricter gun control. In MI Legislature, debate begins about arming K-12 school personnel with firearms. “Red flag” bill would allow police and family members to get a court order […]
2/23/18 Who is playing politics in the investigation of MSU’s handling of the Larry Nassar fiasco — Bill Schuette or Brian Calley? 19th century civil rights hero W.W. Ferguson to be honored in state capitol on Feb. 28 and Michigan GOP honors Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jeanine Hampton, an African-American born and educated in Detroit. Can […]
Bad two weeks for Bill Schuette, who is blasted by John Engler, Jim Blanchard, Brian Calley and Sam Singh for Attorney General’s handling of MSU sex predator imbroglio. Long-overlooked major 19th Century political figure William Webb Ferguson, the first African-American elected to the MI Legislature, will be honored Feb. 28 with a permanent portrait in […]
Should current MSU undergraduates warn applicants that campus isn’t safe? Has Sparty been blind and deaf to cries of sexual assault at MSU? Will the blowback from MSU faculty and students against the appointment of interim President John Engler persist? In politics, the race for the Democratic nomination to succeed ex-Congressman John Conyers in […]
The blowback against Engler as MSU interim president is intense. Does his appointment take Snyder and Legislature off the hook about purging university’s board? Abdul El-Sayed may not qualify as gubernatorial candidate because of MI/NY residency issues. Should he be scrubbed from ballot? Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
National population trends — who’s growing and who’s shrinking? Michigan ranks #4 in total manufacturing, but trend doesn’t look good. Legislature wants to give Michigan taxpayers bigger tax break than does Gov. Snyder. Voters more polarized than ever over President Trump’s job performance. Interview with former state Rep. Matt Gillard (D-Alpena), CEO of Michigan’s Children. […]
Should the Michigan Legislature hold the state’s taxpayers harmless if they lose their personal exemption due to the new tax reform law passed by Congress? Why are there so many candidates running to succeed U.S. Rep David Trott in the 11th Congressional District? Three Republican candidates for governor, minus Bill Schuette, say they’ll team up […]
This week’s podcast has a great interview with MI Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon. Dillon talks about why Democrats are holding a special spring endorsement convention and if anti-Trump Backlash Propel Democrats Nationally and in Michigan. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
In this edition, we talk about which Michigan politician had the best 2017. After a 20-year hiatus, will Michigan ever get back to 10 million people again? And check out our interview with state Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor). Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
State Supreme Court Delivers Huge Victory for Michigan Educators. Who are the most Conservative and Liberal state Representatives and Senators? National Poll Says Americans are Conflicted about GOP Congress’s Massive Tax Cut. U.S. Senator Gary Peters for President in 2020? Does Jimmy Carter Have a Chance to Become Longest-Lived Ex-President Ever? Interview with state Rep. […]
Only one Michigan city qualifies as among 50 best in U.S.—which one is it? John Conyers’s 13th CD seat will be empty longer than any nationally in the past 25 years. Why? Interview with MSU student Aaron Stephens, who knocked off an incumbent to be elected to E. Lansing city council. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit. […]
Can MSU Top Brass Withstand Outcry for Accountability in Wake of Larry Nassar Sex Crimes? Civil Rights Icon John Conyers Resigns from Congress Under Duress — Will Another Conyers Replace Him? If so, which one? Sander Levin Won’t Run for Re-election — who will be his successor? Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Gov. Snyder Cuts Deal with Enbridge to keep Mackinac Straits pipeline open. Karegnondi Water Starts Flowing in Genesee County, but not in Flint. Michigan politicians balk at chastising Congressman Conyers over sex harassment charges. Lt. Gov. Calley all-in-for-Snyder candidate for Governor. Interview with state Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills), possible first female Speaker of the […]
This week’s Friday Morning Podcast examines whether the Michigan Legislature will enact petition language to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Michigan, or will simply allow the question to be decided by voters in next year’s general election. Also, will the proposal to amend Michigan’s Constitution to force the legislature to meet only part-time ever […]
Do We Need More Firearms to Stop Gun Violence? Does Petition Circulation Need to Be Reformed? Denno & Ballenger Provide Answers! Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Duggan Wins Big in Detroit/Flint Mayor Weaver Easily Withstands Recall/Other Surprises Around Michigan/Democrats Retain State House Seat in Marquette Area. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Guns in the North Woods/Would Recalling Flint Mayor Weaver Curtail City’s Water Crisis?/Coleman Young Nears Wipeout Defeat/Marquette Electoral Mayhem. Interview with State Representative Sue Allor. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Coleman Young II Plays Race Card in Only Detroit Mayoral Debate/Should Republicans even try to beat Stabenow?/ Can Patrick Colbeck stay in governor’s race while virtually broke? Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter M.L. Elrick. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Does “Voters Not Politicians” petition drive to reform redistricting give too much power to Secretary of State? Is there a connection between John Quincy Adams & Lt. Gov. Brian Calley? Interview with Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Shri Thanedar. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit!
Is Democratic Party excitement at its highest since Watergate? Is one-party rule at any level of government bad? Will East Lansing vote to impose income tax? Interview with political list broker/pundit Mark Grebner. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit!
Kalamazoo Boomtown/How to Reform No-Fault Auto Insurance/How Many Liquor Stores Do We Need?/Michigan College Hockey Wrecked/Interview with State Senator Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage). Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Mackinac GOP sticks with Trump/State Police Chief puts her foot in it/ Can’t auto insurance rates ever go down?/ Interview with State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Michigan Republicans Preen on Mackinac Island/Unions and Democrats Steaming at GOP Hit Job/Candidate Scramble Continues in Races for Governor and Congress/Major Work Needed on Crumbling State Capitol/Interview with MI Secretary of the Senate Jeff Cobb. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Interview with former Secretary of Army Eric Fanning, a Michigander/Trott Withdrawal in 11th CD Sows Candidate Confusion/East Lansing v. the World in Tax Vote. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Democrat Elissa Slotkin Aims for Congress/”Last of the Mohicans” Dies/Duggan Hits Wall in State Senate/Should East Lansing Cut A Deal with MSU on Taxes, or Risk Losing Everything? Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
AFL-CIO Prez Says Labor Not Hurt by Right to Work/ Frank Kelley Defends Snyder Aide/Dems’ Attacks on GOP Officeholders Counter-Productive/Ty Cobb Maligned. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Democrat Abdul El-Sayed Runs for Governor/Controversial Monuments in Michigan/Legislation to Allow Parents to Eavesdrop on Minor Children/Was There Any Eclipse at all in Michigan? Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Will Legislature Override Vetoes by Gov. Rick Snyder?/Can a Pro-Life Tea Party Conservative Like Patrick Colbeck be Elected Governor?/Can Democratic and Republican Lawmakers Actually Work Together? Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Bill Ballenger, Kyle Melinn, and Dennis Denno talk the latest results from Michigan’s primaries. What happened in Detroit and other cities? Are tax millages winning or losing? Sponsored by www.Deadline.Detroit.com.
Do Michigan Democrats Care About the U.P. Too Much? Will Detroit Elect a City Council That Stands Up to Mayor Mike Duggan? Will Duggan Crush Coleman Young II in Aug. 8 primary? Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Campaign finance guru forecasts record 2018 spending. Democratic millionaire funders could buy Governorship. Trump ships Pete Hoekstra back to Netherlands where he was born, joining long line of Michigan ambassadors. Sponsored by www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
What’s the impact of a Kid Rock Senate campaign? Why is Michigan ranked so low nationally? Did the MI House and Senate Dems come up with a good idea? And was there some fireworks in our interview with Rep. Brandt Iden regarding MI’s fireworks law? Sponsored by www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
Detroit Pistons are getting huge tax breaks to move into Detroit. Good Jobs legislation passes the MI House. Who is the most faceless U.S. Senator? And we asked Allan Lengel of www.DeadlineDetroit.com what’s going on in Detroit and is the success in Detroit real?
Are Michigan dads deadbeats? Should dogs be allowed outside–and maybe inside–restaurants? We asked Rep. Pamela Hornberger. Ballenger and Denno also talked about what ballot issues MI voters might face. Sponsored by www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
Former MI Supreme Court Justice Young starts his U.S. Senate campaign poorly. There are three polls out there—and the results will surprise you. And Ballenger and Denno interview Rep. Jeff Yaroch (R-Macomb County) about a unicameral legislature and his resolution regarding drug use. Thanks to www.DeadlineDetroit.com for their sponsorship!
Will MI support Good Jobs? What’s going on with a part-time legislature, and should we eliminate the Senate? Epstein challenges Young, and a great interview with state Rep. Moss. Sponsored by www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
Bungled bingo will cost MI Dems a lot. What’s the latest with Bill Schuette and the Flint water crisis? More gun violence in America, and what will the legislature do with teacher pensions? Finally, we had a great interview with Rep. Darrin Camilleri. Sponsored by www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
What’s the latest with the Michigan gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races? And how would a part-time legislature affect MI and will it get on the ballot? Sponsored by www.deadlinedetroit.com.
MI State Senator Coleman A. Young (D-Detroit) is not only the son of the famous former Detroit mayor, he is trying to follow in his father’s footsteps and become the next Detroit mayor. Hear Young talk about his campaign, his job-creation strategy, and what he will do if he wins. Sponsored by www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
What does the latest poll of the MI Gov race tell us? Will former MI Congressman Mike Rogers head the FBI? There will be another vacancy in the MI House, and a discussion about Prez Grant. Sponsored by www.deadlinedetroit.com.
MI judges are moving up in the world, tragedy in the MI House, and who are the winners and losers from Kildee’s announcement? Ballenger and Denno also interview Senator Marty Knollenberg about schools. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Will the sex scandal permanently damage MSU? Will ending the filibuster hurt Republicans? MI Republicans are publicly feuding, and is the MI income tax cut alive?
Another scandal under the Capitol dome? Is Trump like Bill Clinton? What’s going on with the Flint Water Crisis–interview with Paul Egan from the Freep. And future Senator Kelly Rossman-McKinney?
Ballenger and Denno talk Trump’s visit to Michigan. They also discuss the latest on the MI gubernatorial race and Denno Research’s poll on the Detroit mayor’s race. Finally, there is an update on Sunshine Week, Ballenger talks Puerto Rican assassination attempt on a MI Congressman.
Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno talk income tax cut and interview Jill Fritz, Director of Wildlife Protection for The Humane Society of the United States, about a potential wolf hunt in Michigan.
This week we interview top Democratic lawyer Mark Brewer. We discuss his latest work fighting gerrymandering and Trump’s SOTU.
Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno talk Trump’s State of the Union (SOTU), the movement to lower the MI income tax, DeVos and the LGBTQ community, and a potential liberal Tea Party movement. They also interview former Rep. Tom Hooker’s bill to increase the beer tax and his experience playing football at Ionia prison. Caution, there […]
What’s the future of the media? What’s going on in state government? Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno asked the pros–John Reurink and Kyle Melinn of MIRS Newsletter.
Bill Ballenger and Denno Denno interview Dem gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer. They also talk about Secretary DeVos, Prez Trump, and former state Rep. Brian Banks.
Our latest podcast covers Betsy DeVos’ nomination for sec of Education, Mark Brewer’s latest fight for Democrats, a little history about Richard Nixon, Upton v. Stabenow, and an interview with state Representative Triston Cole.
Michigan now has three candidates for governor–who is the newest? There was an inauguration and protests, and listen to our fascinating interview with Rep. Peter Lucido–only on the Friday Morning Podcast!
Betsy DeVos has her confirmation hearing for secretary of Education. Gov. Snyder gave his State of the State speech. Trump gets sworn in. And we have special guest Senator Curtis Hertel on this edition of The Friday Morning Podcast.
What should we expect to hear from Governor Rick Snyder in his seventh State of the State speech? And who has already announced for Governor for 2018? Finally, what was the atmosphere like in the MI House as new members were sworn in?
The Friday Morning Podcast interviews MI House Approps Chair Laura Cox. How did she become the first female Chair of the MI Approps. Committee? What was it like for her in her previous job in law enforcement?
Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno pick winners and losers for 2016; also interview with Will Tyler White. Only on the Friday Morning Podcast!
The latest Friday Morning Podcast interviews MI House Dem. Leader Sam Singh. We also had a quick historical discussion about the Electoral College.
The MI recount is another Mark Brewer v. Bill Schuette battle. Two from MI (Ben Carson and Betsy DeVos) are nominated to be in Trump’s cabinet. What else is going on in MI–it’s all in the latest Friday Morning Podcast, with Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno.
What’s the latest with the potential Presidential recount in Michigan? And what might happen in Michigan’s lame duck session of the legislature? Find it all in the latest edition of the Friday Morning Podcast, with Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno.
Betsy DeVos for Ed Secretary; an update on the MI Legislature, and potential redistricting reform in MI. All in the latest Friday Morning Podcast.
How could Prez Elect Trump affect Michigan? Would a statewide ballot proposal have helped Michigan Democrats? And what is the Harvest Gathering?
Dennis Denno and Bill Ballenger talk about the results of the 2016 campaign on the latest Friday Morning Podcast.
With less than one week until Election Day, what could be going on? Listen to the latest Friday Morning Podcast to find out!
The presidential debate, the odds of the elections, and a little discussion about President Taft–only at the Friday Morning Podcast!
Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno talk about the ramifications of Trump’s meltdown and the numerous elections in Michigan.
What happened in the VP debate and what does Trump need to do for his Sunday debate? It’s all in the latest Friday Morning Podcast with Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno:
Check out the latest Friday Morning Podcast, where Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno talk about the Clinton/Trump Presidential debate, other presidential debates, and famous debates in Michigan.
Check out the latest Friday Morning Podcast, where we talk about the 1966 Game of the Century and 1966 Michigan politics.
Check out the latest Friday Morning Podcast, where we talk a little Presidential history and Bill Ballenger has a scoop on the Michigan House of Representatives.
Check out the latest edition of the Friday Morning Podcast with The Ballenger Report creator Bill Ballenger. In this edition we talk about straight ticket voting and redistricting, and how it could affect the 2018 elections.
Friday Morning podcast with Bill Ballenger Ballenger talks about Michigan’s November Election and Length of Ballot LANSING—The Friday Morning Podcast, a podcast hosted on Bill Ballenger’s website, www.theballengerreport.com and produced by Dennis Denno, today uploaded the latest podcast with Bill Ballenger, the creator of www.theballengerreport.com. Ballenger talks about the Michigan’s upcoming November election, […]
Kevin McKinney talks about his life in the latest Friday Morning Podcast LANSING—The Friday Morning Podcast, a podcast hosted on Bill Ballenger’s website, www.theballengerreport.com and produced by Dennis Denno, today uploaded the latest podcast with Kevin McKinney, the Principal and Founder of McKinney and Associates. McKinney talks about his successful fight with cancer, how the […]
Malls, Bears, and Budgets Oh My! LANSING—The Friday Morning Podcast, a podcast hosted on Bill Ballenger’s website, www.theballengerreport.com and produced by Dennis Denno, today uploaded the latest podcast with Ken Siver, the Mayor of Southfield. Mayor Siver talks about exciting developments in his city, including the future of the famous Northland Mall. “With his interest […]
NCSI is quietly becoming a national leader in charter schools LANSING—The Friday Morning Podcast, a podcast hosted on Bill Ballenger’s website, www.theballengerreport.com and produced by Dennis Denno, today uploaded the latest podcast with Jim Goenner, the President and CEO of the National Charter School Institute (NCSI). NCSI is located in Mt. Pleasant, MI and […]
What was it like being a Detroit police officer at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull after game 5 of the ’84 World Series? LANSING—The Friday Morning Podcast, a podcast hosted on Bill Ballenger’s website, www.theballengerreport.com and produced by Dennis Denno, today uploaded the second podcast with Sid Bogan, the Chief of Transit Police […]
Friday Morning Podcast Talks to Detroit Transit Police Chief Is Detroit Transit Safe? Do Police Cameras Work? How Does the Chief Feel About Black Lives Matter? LANSING—The Friday Morning Podcast, a podcast hosted on Bill Ballenger’s website, www.theballengerreport.com and produced by Dennis Denno, today uploaded a podcast with Sid Bogan, the Chief of Transit […]
Mark Pischea Discusses Conservatives Fighting for Renewable Energy, Traveling to Peru for Health Care LANSING—The Friday Morning Podcast, a podcast hosted on Bill Ballenger’s website, www.theballengerreport.com and produced by Dennis Denno, today uploaded a podcast with Mark Pischea, a Partner at the Sterling Corporation. In this episode Pischea talks about his efforts to get […]
Dr. Matt Grossman, Director of MSU’S IPPSR featured LANSING—The Friday Morning Podcast, a fresh new podcast hosted on Bill Ballenger’s new website, www.theballengerreport.com and produced by Dennis Denno, today uploaded a podcast with Dr. Matt Grossman, the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University (MSU). In […]
The Friday Morning Podcast Will Be A Different Look At Michigan LANSING—The Friday Morning Podcast, a fresh new podcast hosted on Bill Ballenger’s new website, www.theballengerreport.com and produced by Dennis Denno, kicks off today. The Friday Morning Podcast will delve into the personalities of interesting people in and around the state Capitol—what they do, […]
The very first Friday Morning Podcast is with Advocacy Columnist Judy Putnam from the Lansing State Journal. Judy talks about how she got into the role as Advocacy Columnist for the LSJ, how she gets her story ideas, and what makes her tick.