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Weekly news and analysis of Michigan politics by the professional journalists of MIRSnews.com

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Weekly news and analysis of Michigan politics by the professional journalists of MIRSnews.com

    MIRS Monday, July 6, 2020

    MIRS Monday, July 6, 2020

    Adrian Hemond of Grassroots Midwest and Kyle Melinn, editor of MIRS, talk with Publisher John Reurink during a June 18 video conference call on the state various state House and congressional races, among other election-related topics.

    • 51 min
    MIRS Monday, June 29, 2020

    MIRS Monday, June 29, 2020

    Michigan officials are not seeing evidence that the numerous civil rights/police brutality protests are linked to the recent COVID-19 bump in cases, according to Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist. The state's second-in-charge also addresses police reform, police unions and facial recognition technology among other subjects.
    Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) calls the concept of defunding the police "insane." She says she's not concerned about her primary challenge and addresses the question of whether she would support Republican Jason Wentworth for speaker in the 2021-22 term in case of a 55-55 House split after the 2020 election (49:08).
    Ari Adler, the only person to serve as spokesperson for a Governor, Senate Majority Leader and House Speaker in at least the last 20 years, answers the question of whether the Legislature has been irrelevant since COVID-19 appeared in Michigan.

    • 52 min
    MIRS Monday, June 22, 2020

    MIRS Monday, June 22, 2020

    Why is the Department of Civil Rights' staff accusing its "untruthful, vengeful and cruel" management of creating a "toxic" work environment that has created "morbidly low" employee morale? Former Civil Rights Commission Chair Alma Wheeler Smith shares her opinion on a critical employee survey that revealed these accusations.
    Senate Elections Committee Chair Ruth Johnson wants Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to put aside three hours to answer her committee's questions on elections-related issues. Johnson opines on no-reason absentee voting, allowing mailed ballots to be counted after Election Day if they are postmarked on Election Day or earlier and other issues.
    Also, political consultant Mario Morrow of Mario Morrow & Associates joins the MIRS team to talk about what Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would do if President Donald Trump tried to bring a political rally to a Michigan arena, how Republicans win when the conversation is on race relations and if Republicans can win with a citizens initiative to scale back the Governor's emergency powers during COVID-19.

    • 50 min
    MIRS Monday, June 15, 2020

    MIRS Monday, June 15, 2020

    Why is there tension between the Black community and police officers? Why do police departments struggle to recruit Black officers? What does a 10% cut in police departments look like? Robert Stevenson, executive director of the Michigan Association of Police Chiefs answers these and many other questions.
    Brian Began from Grassroots Midwest goes over some of the trends he's seeing from state House candidates with Editor Kyle Melinn. The lower COVID-19 numbers in Michigan are vindicating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a time when other states' numbers are spiking and MIRS intern Samantha Shriber shares her observations from the Donald Trump boat parade in Macomb County. Melinn shares thoughts on the Michigan Republican Party virtual convention and more.

    • 54 min
    MIRS Monday, June 8, 2020

    MIRS Monday, June 8, 2020

    Detroit political consultant Steve Hood says the Black Lives Matter movement made a mistake talking about defunding police departments. U.S. Senate candidate John James "blew it" when he didn't march early in the George Floyd reaction protests and "now it's too late." Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's task force on health care and COVID-19 disparities among African Americans "is more relevant than ever." This and Hood's prediction in the U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib-Brenda Jones primary in MI-13.
    Also, what would conservative Patrick Colbeck have done to combat COVID-19 if he had been governor? There would have been no lockdown. No stores would have shutdown. But would it have created more deaths? Colbeck, the former state senator and gubernatorial candidate, answers that and if he plans to run for governor in 2022.

    • 51 min
    MIRS Monday, June 1, 2020

    MIRS Monday, June 1, 2020

    Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) is ready to put on her bulletproof vest if armed protestors return into the Capitol, regardless the cause. The first-term Senator talks about George Floyd's death, the resulting anger and hurt, the protests and the shaky relationships between political parties in the state Senate and much more.
    Also, pollsters Bernie Porn from EPIC-MRA and Steve Mitchell from Mitchell Research & Communications answer the question of whether President Donald Trump will win Michigan shortly and succinctly, "No." Find out why and what they're seeing in the newest polling data.
    And Genesee County Sheriff Christopher Swanson shows leadership in his county by dropping his gear and walking with protestors. Who else will use this opportunity to show leadership to prevent future property destruction and possible violence?

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

mclairy2 ,

Eh

Often gives a platform to right wing nut jobs with frequent softball questions. The episodes on down ballot races tend to be interesting though.

rayderball27 ,

Great!

A must-listen for those interested in politics in Michigan.

elscoot ,

Nice way to keep up with events in Lansing

I like this weekly look back-look ahead at state capital news from Lansing. MIRS does a solid job.

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