Off the Record

Fridays at 8:30pm on WKAR HD. Sundays at 12:30pm and 11:30pm

Tim Skubick
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Weekly Michigan Public TV coverage of the governor’s office, the state legislature, the political campaign trail, and state government. With senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick and his capitol press corps colleagues.

Viewpoints expressed by guests and the host of "Off the Record" are solely those of the individuals. As a nonpartisan media network and producer of "Off the Record," WKAR welcomes guests and political analysts with differing perspectives and insights to openly discuss current issues as a venue for insightful public debate. Discussions on the show are taped live and unedited.

The panel examines Detroit's growing financial issues and a bill on autism treatment that has moved from the Senate to the House. The guest is Rep. Harvey Santana-D from Detroit. VIEW IT ONLINE NOW.

The panel discusses collective bargaining, Snyder on crime, and free college tuition. The guest is Dr. Judith Kovach, working on extending insurance coverage to families with autistic children. VIEW IT ONLINE NOW

Mitt Romney wins the Michigan Republican Primary, and the panel breaks down the results. The guest is Gary Glenn, GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The GOP Presidential race in Michigan is too close to call and State Senator Gretchen Whitmer-D of East Lansing eyes a bid for governor. The guest is John Nixon, Michigan Budget Director.

Susan Demas, Zack Gorchow, and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.


GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum joins host Tim Skubick and colleagues as Michigan gears up for the February 28 Republican Presidential Primary. With Kathy Barks Hoffman, Bill Ballenger and Ron Dzwonkowski.


Correspondents Edition. The panel discusses Hoekstra's controversial Super Bowl ad, Governor Snyder's budget plan for the 2013 fiscal year, and the Michigan Presidential Primary. Stephanie Cepak, Bill Ballenger, Kathy Barks Hoffman, and Chuck Stokes join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.


Governor Snyder's road repair package put on hold, and Indiana passes Right to Work legislation -- what does that mean for the Michigan debate? The guest is Pete Hoekstra, who is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S Senate. Kathy Barks Hoffman, Kyle Melinn, and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants to put surplus toward hiring 1000 cops statewide and Lansing mayor plans to build casino in the capital city. The guest is attorney Matthew Abel. He's launching a statewide petition drive to legalize marijuana. With John Lindstrom, Bill Ballenger and Rick Pluta.


The Democrats and Republicans have different views of Michigan's 9.3% jobless rate, and there's a standoff between House Republicans and the governor over Snyder's health care plan.

The guest is Mike Nystrom of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.

Kathy Barks Hoffman, Paul Egan and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

A budget surplus greets returning lawmakers; tuition-free college education is proposed by Senate Democrats, and Internet gambling -- will it be legal in Michigan?

The guest is Karla Swift, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO.

Kathy Barks Hoffman, Rick Pluta and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

The panel discusses Gov. Snyder's agenda for 2012 and Michigan's GOP presidential primary ahead in February.

The guest is Representative Rick Hammel, leader of the Michigan House Democrats.

Susan Demas, Bill Ballenger and Zack Gorchow join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Michigan politics and government 2011 year-in-review. Kathy Barks Hoffman, Bill Ballenger, Chuck Stokes and Rick Albin join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Lawmaker holiday, charter schools cap, health care. The guest is Saginaw Representative Stacy Erwin Oakes (D), discussing changes to Michigan's medical marijuana law. Kathy Barks Hoffman, Susan Demas and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Gov. Snyder moves toward sending an Emergency Manager to Detroit, and signs an anti-bullying bill; and labor cries foul as the GOP changes Michigan's workers comp law.

The guest is Brandon Jessup of Michigan Forward, trying to block
implementation of the Emergency Manager law.

Stephanie Cepak, Kyle Melinn and Ron Dzwonkowski join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

CORRESPONDENTS EDITION: Senate passes anti-bullying bill, Republicans move to lift limit on charter schools, and how will the governor handle the Detroit deficit?

Rick Pluta, Bill Ballenger, and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.