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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.

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

Unions and progressive groups plan to roll out a ballot campaign Tuesday to preempt efforts to pass a right-to-work law in Michigan.

The Michigan primary was almost a week ago, but the Rick Santorum campaign continues to dispute the results. The fight with the state GOP is over the apportionment of two statewide delegates to the Republican National Convention.

 Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign has formally asked the Republican National Committee to investigate the actions of Michigan GOP leaders following Tuesday’s presidential primary.

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.

Former Massachusetts governor and Michigan native Mitt Romney has won the Michigan primary, edging out rival GOP hopeful Rick Santorum.  

At 11 p.m. Tuesday, with 87 percent of the statewide vote counted, Romney carried 41 percent of the vote to Santorum's 37 percent.

Romney's win in Michigan and Arizona propels his campaign towards Super Tuesday on March 6.  Ten states and more than 400 delegates will be up for grabs.

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There are 30 Republican national convention delegates up for grabs in today’s primary. But today’s vote is about more than just delegates.


About 2,500 people, mostly students, gathered on the Michigan State University campus Monday to hear presidential candidate Ron Paul. 

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.

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Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney is campaigning in Michigan all week, with a brief trip to Arizona for a televised debate with his Republican rivals.

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State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) is announcing her candidacy for Ingham County Clerk.

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The battle among Republicans in next week's GOP primary has created a pressure cooker in Michigan.  

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Former Massachusetts First Lady Ann Romney was in Jackson Monday night to urge local Republicans to vote for her husband Mitt next Tuesday.

Republican candidates for president Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have a few campaign stops planned in Michigan this week, with the GOP primary just over a week away.

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum returns to Michigan Monday, speaking at a Republican fundraiser in Grand Rapids. Mitt Romney visits Macomb County Tuesday.


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.

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Governor Rick Snyder calls for a slight boost in spending in his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year – with more money for police, schools, and universities.  The governor says this year’s spending plan is built on tough decisions made last year.


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.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder reflect on their new life in the fast lane, after an historic first year in office. The couple sits down for an exclusive, in-depth interview with 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.