Matt Grossmann Talks Taking over from Doug Roberts at MSU

Last year, IMP sat down with former state Treasurer Doug Roberts as he prepared to leave his job leading Michigan State University’s acclaimed Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR), which also is home to Michigan’s Political Leadership Program (MPLP). We even ran some of the interview in a bonus story online.

Jake Davison: Yoopers, Trolls and Politicos, Oh My: The Race for the Open MI-1

Twenty-five thousand square miles. Thirty-one-and-a-half counties. Larger than West Virginia. Five television media markets (Traverse City-Cadillac; Marquette; Alpena; Green Bay, Wis.; and even Duluth, Minn.). Two time zones.

That’s Michigan’s 1st Congressional District. In fact, it take as long to drive to Tennessee from Mason County in the district’s southwest corner as it does to reach Gogebic in the northwest pocket.

Former Congressman Mike Rogers On Radio, Life After Congress

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Howell) looks tanned and rested since leaving office in January.

Last month, the former House Intelligence Committee chair headlined the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ conference in Bellaire. While pitching his new radio show, “Something to Think About,” which he said airs on more than 160 stations nationwide, Rogers reiterated that he feels it’s a “bigger platform” than being in Congress.

IMP's 2014 Election Predictions

Who will be Michigan's next governor? Who will be our next U.S. Senator? And which party will control the state House?

IMP turned to top politicos Greg McNeilly, Saul Anuzis, Kelly Rossman-McKinney and Mark Grebner for answers. And as a special bonus, IMP also interviewed  Bill Ballenger, just like the old days. But now we've learned how to post it on the internets.

McKenzie Tells IMP He's Running for MI-11, Whether Benson Does or Not

Counterterrorism expert Bobby McKenzie tells Inside Michigan Politics today he's running for Michigan's 11th Congressional District as a Democrat, whether former Secretary of State nominee Jocelyn Benson does or not.

"To be honest, I'm focused on myself and my campaign and doing what's best for my family, my community," said McKenzie, 39, of Canton. "I've been working on this for many months, and I've reached out to many folks. ... I've made an informed decision, and this was not done lightly."