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What is the future of public education in Michigan? Should parents be comfortable to sending their kids to school in the fall? Will school sports be eliminated? Chris Wigent, the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (MASA), answers these questions and more. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
5/22/20 Will MI universities open this fall, and what should parents look for from colleges in a COVID-19 world? What is the status of college football? Interview with Jim Cotter, former ED of Admissions and Recruitment at MSU and currently a Director at MSU Athletics. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
Bill Ballenger gives his wrap-up of events in Michigan government, and Dennis Denno interviews experts in education and special needs children during the lockdown. Partner with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
5/8/20 Bill Ballenger gives an update on another week crammed with political news. Dennis Denno interviews Flint educator Ralph Arellano Jr. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
Bill Ballenger expounds on the governor’s powers and what the next steps will be. Third grade teacher Andy Frankel talks about teaching during COVID19. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
3/27/20 The Friday Morning Podcast casts aside the clouds of Coronavirus for a retrospective on the spectacular long distance racing career of someone who just completed her 50th marathon in all 50 U.S. States. She was accompanied on almost all of them by her husband, Dennis, who actually got out and ran a few half-marathons, […]
Interview with state Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo), Minority Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations and House Fiscal Governing Committees who is a candidate for the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI 6). Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com. https://soundcloud.com/user-595768561/hope-for-hoadleyupsetting-uptongas-tax-gastronomy/s-xTxEaGmYqXX
3/10/20 Discussion about the Michigan Prez Primary and what happens next. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
Whiplash for political junkies trying to keep track of what MI Prez Primary will really be about. Despite all the drop-outs in the past 72 hours, will we actually be the state that decides whether it’s Bernie or Joe? Judge strikes down “work requirement” for Medicaid recipients. MI House Speaker Chatfield (R-Levering) pulls plug on […]
2/28/19 Gov. Whitmer pushed fed. judge to rule quickly that work requirement for Medicaid recipients is illegal. Pure MI may be rescued by Legislature. Sen. Ananich’s bill to allow betting on “Historic Horse Races” ekes way out of committee. Senate axes second Whitmer appointment to Natural Resources Commission. CNN-TV hires Abdul El-Sayed as commentator on […]
2/21/20 Prez Debates and MI. Potential absentee ballot fiasco. House Dem Leader is accused of being racist and discussion of future House Dem leader. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
Huge surge in absentee voting could be a big factor in Michigan’s March 10 prez primary election. Most of state gov. shuts down on Wednesday because of cogeneration plant failure. Mike Bloomberg saturates MI with staff and millions of $$$ in TV ads. Interview with political reporter Beth LeBlanc of The Detroit News. Partners with […]
2/7/20 Iowa Dem Party prez nomination caucuses a debacle. What will happen in New Hampshire Tuesday? Trump turns SOTU into a campaign rally, Speaker Pelosi tears up his speech, but Gov. Whitmer says: “When they go low, we go high,” and restrains herself in her party’s response to the prez. Gov. Whitmer presents her […]
1/29/20 We discussed Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State speech with Zoe Clark, Program Director at MI Radio. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
1/24/20 Anticipation about what Gov. Whitmer will say about ‘Fix the Damn Roads’ in her State of the State address. First-ever formal legislator-against-legislator sexual harassment complaint filed against Senator Lucido (R-Shelby Twp). Chaldean community up in arms about social media attacks by state senate staffer. Only one legislator who served under the 1908 MI Constitution […]
1/17/20 Green ooze on I-696 engulfs state and federal regulators. While crime rate and # of state prison inmates drop, local jailhouse population throughout MI reaches record high. State Senator Lucido makes inappropriate comments to female reporter. Iconoclastic former state Sen. Jack Faxon dies at age 83. Interview with Macomb Co. Public Works Commish Candice […]
1/8/20 Breaking interview with future Democratic State Representative Cynthia Neeley. Will fix the damn roads be in the State of the State, and what’s going on with Rep. Larry Inman, followed by a discussion about the potential LGBTQ amendment. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
1/3/20 AG Nessel can’t seem to decide whether or how to proceed with an investigation into MSU’s handling of allegations against serial sexual predator Larry Nassar. Battle for all-important Dem nomination for a seat in the MI House of Reps to succeed the new Flint mayor, culminates this coming Tuesday, Jan. 7, with Neeley’s wife […]
12/2/19 Interview with Fred Molnar, vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation at the MEDC and executive director of the Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center (MLSIC). He talks about how the MEDC is working with industries to fight blindness and improve breast cancer detection. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
12/20/19 Trump was in MI while he was also being impeached. The MI Supreme Ct. punts on a ruling. More news out of the MI Civil Rights Commish. Interview with Mark Griffin, Prez of the MI Petroleum Assoc. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.
12/13/19 Finishing touches put on partial restoration of vetoed funding for FY 2020 and reversal of budget transfers. Leg. sends Whitmer 10-bills instituting online gambling and sports betting. Rep. Inman beats the rap on lying to the FBI, with charges against him on attempted extortion and bribery resulting in a hung jury and a mistrial. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. Interview with state Senator Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) on a variety of topics, including his own political ambitions. Sponsored by […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
8/2/19 Democratic presidential candidates conclude two nights of debates at Detroit’s Fox Theater. MI Court of Appeals rules state government has “breached its duty” in reporting its unfunded mandates in revenue sharing with local governments. MI Supreme Court recesses without issuing opinion on “adopt and amend” petition drive legislation enacted by Legislature in last year’s […]
7/26/19 U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI 10) announces he won’t run for a third term. Gov. Whitmer says she’s willing to consider Republicans’ ideas about postponing retirement of teacher pension debt for 5-10 years to raise more money to “Fix the Damn Roads.” NAACP National Convention in Detroit hears from most major Dem. presidential candidates […]
7/19/2019 Wayne State University Board of Governors reeling from unresolved internal dispute in which half the eight-member panel is suing the other half. Gov. Whitmer appoints former Granholm aide Tremaine Phillips to Michigan Public Service Commission. A visit to what has been called “The Mistake by the Lake,” where things are looking up. Interview with […]
7/12/19 Democrats seeking party’s presidential nomination flood MI. State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) blasts AG Nessel for blocking him on Twitter, which he claims is illegal. More candidates jump into the 2020 race in West Michigan’s 3rd CD, where Dems think they have a chance if incumbent Justin Amash follows through on his plan […]
7/3/19 One half of the Wayne State U. Board of Governors is suing the other half in a policy dispute. AG Nessel continues to make news. Former Dem goober candidate Shri Thanedar moves into Detroit — does it matter? Poll shows Flint Mayor Karen Weaver virtually tied with challenger State Rep. Sheldon Neeley, with half […]
6/28/19 Gov. Whitmer blasts Legislature for taking most of summer off without passing budget. Legislature explores bonding to find money for “Fix the Damn Roads,” and Gov is open to it. MI Republican Party Chair Cox, a former ICE agent, is victim of vandalism at state headquarters. MSU to issue another report, and Prez […]
6/21/19 AG Nessel says that the MI Civil Rights Commish can ignore an opinion by her predecessor that the commission has no authority to enforce LGBTQ rights under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. More candidates surface in MI’s 3rd Congressional District. Financial problems in the Benton Harbor School District and whether its high school must […]
6/14/19 Poll shows challenger James Lower leading incumbent Congressman Justin Amash in 2020 Republican primary by a whopping 16 points. D-Day arrives for Benton Harbor to come up with a plan to solve their K-12 school system’s fiscal crisis, or Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’ll close down their high school. Legislative Republicans’ scramble to […]
6/7/19 Gov. Whitmer journeys to Benton Harbor to defend high school closure plan. Any attempt to amend term limits faces Denno Research/Vanguard PA polling data showing voters like status quo. A legislator claims state could reap up to $800 million by selling the Blue Water Bridge and more. Republican John James says he’ll take another […]
5/31/19 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs new auto insurance rate reform legislation into law. AG Nessel repeats her ultimatum that she is giving Whitmer until the end of next month to negotiate a deal on Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac, but if that doesn’t happen, Nessel will move legally to decommission the apparatus. MSU […]
5/24/19 New Denno Research poll shows Michiganders don’t want President Trump impeached, but they don’t want him to re-elect him, either. Attorney General Dana Nessel renders part of controversial “petition reform” legislation unconstitutional. Quicken Loans mogul Dan Gilbert threatens petition drive to reform auto insurance rating system if Gov. Whitmer and Legislature don’t get the […]
5/17/19 State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Traverse City) is indicted by a federal grand jury for trying to extort a labor union in exchange for his vote. State appeals court throws a curveball into auto insurance reform. Legislature again votes to prohibit use of e-cigarets and vaping products by minors — Gov. Snyder vetoed such legislation […]
5/10/19 Action-packed week in MI Legislature as auto insurance reform roars through both chambers in barely more than a day, w/Gov. Whitmer threatening veto. Bill to offer $10 million in compensation to wrongly-convicted passed unanimously by both chambers, may be vetoed by Gov. Whitmer for “inside baseball” political reasons. Interview w/state Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kzoo), […]
5/3/19 MI’s Dept. of Attorney General is at war with itself over Flint Water crisis. Who will win the Kentucky Derby? Interview with state House Minority Floor Leader Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor), who gives the lowdown on the court battle over Michigan gerrymandering, how his bills to protect the state’s environment have a better […]
4/26/19 Three-judge federal panel rules MI’s Congressional and legislative districts have been gerrymandered since 2011 and that new lines must be drawn by August 1. Senate Majority Leader Shirkey hints on radio that impeachment of A.G. Nessel is not out of the question. Interview with Chad Selweski, who discussed Macomb County politics, including the […]
4/18/19 New poll for NECA and IBEW 252 and 665 shows unionized workers are highly valued, especially electricians. Another survey reveals MI voters don’t like Gov. Whitmer’s proposed 45-cents-per-gallon gas tax hike. They’re also in a grumpy mood about the direction of the country and the State of MI. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re […]
4/12/19 State Capitol Commission forges ahead with construction of Heritage Hall, a 54,000 square foot underground addition to the state Capitol in Lansing that may take more than two years to complete. Dennis Denno returns from his 1,200-mile weekend Texas road trip, where he saw the Houston Space Center, the site of JFK’s assassination, and […]
4/5/19 New national poll finds Republicans not as trustworthy as Democrats on health care. Same survey finds former VP Biden weathering criticism that he’s too old and not progressive. Also, more than half of voters believe Russia has compromising info on Trump. Should Democratic Presidential candidates listen to MI Gov. Whitmer? Lanae Erickson, Senior Vice […]
3/29/19 Gov. Whitmer won’t sign budget if Legislature doesn’t give her money to “Fix the Damn Roads.” Attorney General Dana Nessel torpedoes ex-Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan for building a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. Michigan Catastrophic Claims Assn. hikes fees to a record high $222 per vehicle, prompting outrage from legislators pledged to reforming […]
Michigan House on way to passing huge expanded gambling package. Bills to “let the sunshine in” on state government also clear House — but will they die again in Senate? Would Republican John James have a better chance against U.S. Senator Gary Peters next year than he did against Debbie Stabenow last year? Interview with […]
3/15/19 Interview with state Representative Mari Manoogian. Sponsored by Deadine Detroit and Vanguard Public Affairs.
3/5/19 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lays out some bold new proposals to the Legislature in her first budget message. Interview with former state Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema (R-Wyoming), who liked what he heard. Sponsored by Vanguard Public Affairs and Deadline Detroit.
3/1/19 GOP state convention, gerrymandering, and a court case + interview with Princeton University’s Guide on how to cure MI gerrymandering. Sponsored by Vanguard and Deadline Detroit.
2/22/19 Discussion about how national issues intersect with Michigan issues. Interview with City of Mason Manager Deb Stuart. Sponsored by Vanguard Public Affairs and Deadline Detroit.
2/12/19 What did Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio’s Program Director, think of Michigan’s 49th governor first SoS speech? Sponsored by Deadline Detroit and Vanguard!
2/8/19 Interview with newly-elected state Rep. Laurie Pohutski (D-Livonia), the first Democratic House member from her area in nearly half a century. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit and Vanguard P.A.
A week’s worth of Michigan government wiped out by Polar Vortex. A Glengariff Group poll shows Whitmer with positive approval numbers and job rating before she has a chance to really do anything — how does this compare with former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Rick Snyder at comparable points in their tenures? Interview with […]
1/25/19 Ironies abound as state Senate committee reports out bill to reform civil asset forfeiture. New Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson aggressively pursues court settlement to redraw Congressional and legislative district lines with elections to be held with new maps next year. Benson also asks for a legal opinion from just-elected Attorney General Dana Nessel […]
1/18/19 Former Gov. John Engler resigns under pressure as interim president of MSU. Michigan legislators show they are serious about auto insurance rate reform. What exactly does AG Dana Nessel mean by “prosecution for profit?” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer meets with “Quadrant” of House and Senate leaders for first of what she hopes will be many […]
1/11/19 On his way out the door, ex-Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed two bills that would have enhanced safeguards against infant-abandonment by ashamed new mothers — why? Bridget McCormack is elected Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, making Michigan the only state in the country with women at the helm of the governorship, secretary of […]
1/4/19 Another assessment of how a Blue Wave swept over Oakland Co. in last year’s general election, and why. Explaining it all is former state Senator Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy), who lost re-election to a Democrat, newcomer Mallory McMorrow, even though he ran ahead of virtually every other Republican office-seeker in his district. Also, Gretchen […]
12/28/18 Historic Lame Duck comes to an end, with One Tough Nerd signing hundreds of bills. Interview with former state Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham), who ponders ongoing power shift in Oakland Co. from Republican to Democratic and the ascension of another ex-legislator, Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski, as the next GOP chairman of Michigan’s second largest county. […]
12/21/18 Historic Lame Duck session of Michigan Legislature chugs to conclusion. Interview with state Rep.-elect Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock), who stunned political observers with upset win in Nov. 6 general election for an open seat in the 110th state House district in western Upper Peninsula. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Historic Lame Duck session of Michigan Legislature has already broken records, and lawmakers aren’t done yet. Meanwhile, three incoming top state officials are strangely quiet in their reactions to what is going on. Interview with state Senator-elect Michael MacDonald (R-Sterling Heights), who touts his plan for making Michigan the Cape Canaveral of the Midwest. He […]
12/7/18 History of lame duck sessions of the Michigan Legislature. When did they start? Is this year’s any different from those of the past? Interview with state Rep.-elect Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Township), an 18-year member of her local government board of trustees and, most recently, its treasurer. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit!
Lengthy Atlantic magazine article on how Democrats pulled off a major electoral success in Michigan on Nov. 6, including provocative quotes from erstwhile Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed. Interview with state Rep.-elect John Cherry (D-Flint), who won an open seat in the 49th House district in the general election — he’s the son of former […]
11/23/18 Interview with veteran Macomb County Political Pundit/Journalist Chad Selweski, who sums up the latest campaign hijinx in Michigan’s most turbulent political battleground. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Three new caucus leaders are chosen in the Michigan Legislature, plus Jim Ananich (D-Flint) as the only holdover “chief” among Democrats and Republicans in the Michigan House and Senate. Interview with newly-elected state Senator Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), whose background offers some new and refreshing approaches to legislating in the state capital of Lansing. Another Dennis […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
8/31/18 MI legislature may enact two proposals that would otherwise head for the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Relatively uneventful state conventions of the two major parties last weekend, although Democrats’ was too long and Republicans aren’t happy about Beth Clement, one of their Supreme Court nominees. Federal judge orders a “No-Party” candidate for Attorney […]
8/24/18 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer picks youthful tech guru Garlin Gilchrist to be her running mate for Michigan Lieutenant Governor. Dems and GOP prepare for this weekend’s major party state nominating conventions. Genesee Co. district judge orders Nick Lyon, director of the state Dept. of Health & Human Services, to stand trial for manslaughter […]
8/17/18 Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette chooses Kent. Co. Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his Lieutenant Governor running mate, and Democratic nominee Gretchen Whitmer prepares to make her choice for Lt. Guv known shortly. Will these two picks make any difference in the Nov. 6 election? Interview with the surprise upset winner of the Aug. […]
8/10/18 Interview with Kyle Melinn, editor of Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS) newsletter.
8/3/18 Michigan Supreme Court allows Voters Not Politicians (VNP) redistricting proposal to qualify for Nov. 6 statewide ballot. VNP will be the fourth question to be decided by voters in the general election, and there may be a fifth — raising the minimum wage. Genesee Co. District Judge David Goggins can’t pull the trigger on […]
MSU Interim President John Engler testifies before U.S. Senate committee. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley claims his gubernatorial rival Bill Schuette has worked as Attorney General only 104 days full-time over last eight years. Board of State Canvassers contemplates certifying two ballot proposals, on earned sick leave and hiking minimum wage. Interview with Todd Cook, campaign […]
7/19/18 Republican U.S. Senate candidates trade charges and complaints in radio debate as well as press releases. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar, in a campaign flyer, accuses rival Gretchen Whitmer of being a tool of health insurance executives. Fans and foes of Voters Not Politicians ballot proposal square off in state Supreme Court. Libertarian candidates […]
7/13/18 Why would a Supreme Court Justice allow herself to be caught in a conflict of interest on a ballot proposal? Interview with Josh Hovey, spokesman for MI General Election statewide ballot proposal to legalize use of recreational marijuana. Also, new dramatization of Shri Thanedar’s “Blue Suitcase” opens in a Detroit theater — is Broadway […]
7/5/18 Can a campaign blunder be determined by a single letter of the alphabet? Will President Donald Trump nominate a Michigander for the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday? Mickey Lolich’s fantastic book about his career and the 1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers/Interview with state Senate Majority Leader Milke Kowall (R-White Lake), a candidate for the […]
6/29/18 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar launches three more clever, humorous TV ads. Attorney General Bill Schuette intervenes on behalf of challengers to Voters Not Politicians ballot proposal. Michigan police and firefighters impacted by U.S. Supreme Court ‘Janus’ decision. Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement, opening way for a Trump nominee from Michigan to fill […]
6/22/18 Interview with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, candidate for Republican nomination for Governor in Aug. 7 primary election. Risk-averse Democratic gubernatorial candidates refuse to take gloves off in Grand Rapids debate televised statewide. Voters Not Politicians redistricting proposal certified for general election ballot, but is that the end of the story? Supreme Court […]
6/15/18 Grosse Pointe Democrats trash gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar. Republican Congressional district chairman demands resignation of right-wing radio “shock-jock” who is head of Antrim Co. GOP. Michigan Legislature approves FY 2019 budget & scores of other bills in what is probably last session day for three months. Interview with former U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Menominee), […]