Rick Albin

Under the heading … “You never know” …

February 16th, 2011 at 10:15 pm by under News

As we were heading to Lansing for the unveiling of the new budget from Governor Snyder, we started getting details more than 12 hours earlier than expected.
Result: we’ll be live from Cleveland tonight at 11 on 24 Hour News Eight to talk about it.


Washington

February 16th, 2011 at 4:12 pm by under News

What a whirlwind few days. Finished our interviews then did the fun stuff … getting shots around the mall to use in the stories. I have been visiting the district for more than 30 years … even lived here for awhile but it never ceases to impress and inspire me.


Day 4 in Washington

February 16th, 2011 at 7:28 am by under News

This morning we are heading back to “the hill” to finish up our interviews with your members of congress.
Eight members, five chairmen and all of them answer your questions.
We will continue our coverage all next week on 24 Hour News Eight.


Another productive day in Washington, D.C.

February 15th, 2011 at 7:09 pm by under News

For as long as I have covered politics and as many people as I have had the opportunity to interview, I don’t remember a time when I have talked to so many major players in significant roles in such a short period of time.
Five committee chairs in two days …. and they are all from Michigan
Look for more this Sunday on “To The Point” and all next week on 24 Hour News Eight.


Washington day 3

February 15th, 2011 at 2:20 pm by under News

Another day of interviews in Washington, D.C.
Yesterday we talked with Senators Stabenow and Levin as well as Representative Upton and Camp. Committee Chairs all.
Today …. Congressmen Huizenga, Walberg and Rogers are talking with us.


In the Rayburn Building

February 14th, 2011 at 11:50 am by under News

As we begin our week in Washington, we are at the Rayburn House Office Building waiting to talk with the chairman of Energy and Commerce, one of the most powerful committees on the hill. We’ll talk with Rep. Fred Upton (R-St.Joseph) on Monday afternoon.


Ready for a day on the “Hill”

February 14th, 2011 at 7:03 am by under News

Early start for our first full day in D.C.
It is always interesting to be here but this week there is a little added chatter about the budget the President is going to propose and what Republicans are going to counter with. It will not be dull.


Arrived in Washington, D.C.

February 13th, 2011 at 7:46 pm by under News

Arrived in Washington to near 50 degree temperatures and scouted some shooting locations for our “To The Point” shows from here.
Don’t forget you can still post your questions for your lawmakers.
I am interviewing four committee chairmen tomorrow.


Politics never takes a holiday

December 23rd, 2009 at 11:23 am by under News

As many of us are preparing to celebrate in some way during this holiday season there is still a lot of activity in Washington, D.C.

The Senate will, in all probability, pass their version of health care reform before Christmas. That will set up an interesting round of negotiations between the upper chamber and the House to try and reconcile the two similar but different bills.

Among the differences, stricter abortion language in the House bill sponsored by Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak.

The House also has a public option, or government run, insurance plan that the Senate doesn’t have. That provision is very important to some House members, but could be a deal breaker in the Senate.

The Senate also imposes a tax on so-called high value insurance plans, something some Democrats in the House say they can not support.

So while most of us try to relax a bit during this holiday season there is likely to be a good deal of behind the scenes bargaining to get President Obama’s #1 priority sent to his desk early next year.

All this will be going on as some polls show opposition to the plan at 50% and above, and concerns among some politicians and many in the public that the plan is being pushed along too quickly.

We will continue to follow this issue and I look forward to talking with you again after the first of the year.


The governor, the press and you

December 22nd, 2009 at 11:40 am by under News

As I write this, we are on our way to the last official news availability of the year for Governor Granholm.

This has become an annual event that draws the usual suspects from those of us that cover state government and politics on a regular basis.

This year the governor dealt with another difficult budget, the nations highest unemployment rates, and declining revenues.

We’ll hear what she has to say about 2009 but here is the question for you.

What would you like to have seen the Governor – or for that matter the legislature – deal with in addition to the considerable problems that they had to handle?

Or, how would you like to have seen them deal differently with some of those issues they did consider?

After all, it’s your government.