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.

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Michigan legislative leaders join Tim Skubick for this special edition. VIEW IT ONLINE NOW

Michigan's motorcycle helmet law is repealed, presidential race narrows in the state, and lawmakers return after spring break. The guest is Republican consultant and fundraiser Steve Linder.
Kathy Barks Hoffman, Bill Ballenger and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

With state lawmakers on break, this special edition focuses on the quality of political coverage by news media at the state capitol. Former correspondents Andi Brancato, Dave Waymire, Mark Hornbeck, and John Bebow join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Blogger Edition. The panel weighs in on how Governor Snyder is doing, the U.S. Senate race and the Presidential Race.

Political bloggers Joe DiSano, Chris Savage, Jake Davison and Jack Spencer join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Tim Skubick and colleagues discuss the political news of the week. The guest is Dennis Muchmore, chief of staff in the governor's office.

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

After the episode taping concludes, guest and panel continue to chat. State Senator Mike Green-R, with Zachary Gorchow, Bill Ballenger, Rick Pluta and Tim Skubick. #OTRwkar

The panel looks at a court ruling against the legality of emergency managers, an update on Detroit’s emergency management situation and the prospect of guns in churches. The guest is State Senator Mike Green-R.

After the episode taping concludes, guest and panel continue to chat. Rep. Harvey Santana-D from Detroit, with Paul Egan, Chuck Stokes, Kyle Melinn and Tim Skubick. #OTRwkar

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.