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.

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.

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Governor Snyder struggles with the Tea Party, and the panel discusses what issues lawmakers will tackle after the Thanksgiving holiday. The guest is former representative Paul Scott-R.

Scott was recalled from office November 8th after serving three years in the Michigan House.

Kyle Melinn, Bill Ballenger, and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing wants the state to return $220 million in revenue sharing dollars and recalled former lawmaker Paul Scott keeps $44,000 in recall fight contributions to pay off previous debts.

The guest is Representative Jase Bolger-R, speaker of the House.

Stephanie Cepak, Paul Egan and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

It's a Correspondents Edition. The hot topics this week in Michigan politics: the recall of GOP lawmaker Paul Scott, the GOP presidential debate held Wednesday in Detroit, and the battle over a bullying bill. Kathy Barks Hoffman, Bill Ballenger and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Michigan's economic health gets a high ranking from Bloomberg News and a sales tax hike is one idea being pushed to raise more money for roads.

The guest is Representative Paul Opsommer-R of DeWitt. He's chair of the House Transportation Committee.

Stephanie Cepak, Chris Christoff, and Dawson Bell join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Governor Snyder outlines new road and bridge repair program, Rep. Paul Scott-R loses court battle over his November recall, and Snyder loses major battle over Detroit-Windsor bridge.

The guest is Rep. Rick Olson-R, who serves on the house transportation and tax policy committees.

Kathy Barks-Hoffman, Bill Ballenger, and Zach Gorchow join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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A Michigan House committee approves changes to the no-fault car insurance law and the state finds extra cash on hand.

The guest is Tim Beck of the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers. He's concerned about efforts to change the Medical Marijuana law.

Kathy Barks Hoffman, Kyle Melinn, and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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GOP votes for Detroit-Windsor bridge to hard find, Tea Party public support declining, and state collects $285 million in extra revenue. The guest is Rep. Mike Shirkey-R.

Rep. Shirkey-R serves on the Commerce and Health policy committees and is pushing Right to Work legislation.

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

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Senate votes to end lifetime health care benefits for some, Snyder will run again in 2012, and GOP Senate candidates release fundraising figures. The guest is Rep. Mark Ouimet-R.

Rep. Ouimet serves on the House Tax Policy Committee and is helping to write a local government consolidation measure.

Stephanie Cepak, Paul Egan, and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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The GOP pushes back on Snyder's health care plan, Detroit-Windsor bridge proposal sees progress, and Gov. Snyder heads to China. The guest is Rep. Al Pscholka-R.

Rep. Pscholka is author of the Emergency Manager law that allows the state to run local schools and governments headed for bankruptcy.

Susan Demas, Chris Christoff, and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Hoekstra announces plans to run for U.S. Senate, MI Senate Majority leader Richardville calls for a teachers-only Right to Work law, and Governor Snyder says Michigan needs to lose some weight.

The guest is Michigan Education Association president Steve Cook.

Kathy Barks-Hoffman, Stephanie Cepak, and Bill Ballenger join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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The Supreme Court hears the pension tax case, medical marijuana users rally at the state capitol, and Mark Gaffney is stepping down as head of the AFL-CIO.

The guest is Sen. Randy Richardville-R, Senate Majority Leader. Formerly an economic development director, Richardville has served six years in the Michigan House and four years in the Senate.

Chris Christoff, Kathy Barks Hoffman, and Zachary Gorchow join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Gov. Snyder endorses Hoekstra for U.S. Senate, a new educator could receive a hefty salary, and Michigan lawmakers return.

The guest is Peter Konetchy, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. A small business owner from Roscommon, this is Konetchy's first foray into politics.

Kathy Barks Hoffman, Bill Ballenger and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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