11/15/19 Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno interview new Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
The Friday Morning Podcast
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]