Column: Another fabulous Mackinac conference
“Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’ ”
Congratulations to Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah and his team on another fabulous policy conference on Mackinac Island. Congratulations also to this year's chair of the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, PwC Greater Michigan Marketing Managing Partner and U.S. Automotive Leader Ray Telang for a “job well done."
Telang has handed the responsibilities for the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference to Consumers Energy and CMS Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Patti Poppe. I have no doubt Poppe is already reviewing everything to make an excellent and important conference even better next year.
I did not get to go to the much anticipated gubernatorial debate, putting the top three Democrat candidates on the same stage with the top three Republican candidates. With six people who want to be the next governor of the great state of Michigan on the same stage, many thought “the gloves would come off.” I’m told they did not.
Some even went as far as to say it was boring.
Was it boring? Or was this the new “civility” seemingly everyone was urging to be shown in today's politics?
It may have come to this, after all of the name-calling and mud wrestling, civility may actually seem boring.
I missed the debate as I happily honored my commitment to help emcee the annual WJR Golden Ticket Party at the Yankee Rebel Tavern, a great celebration organized by Jennifer Mefford and sponsored by IBEW Local 58 and their contractor partners at NECA, Tom Mittelbrunn, executive director at NECA and Brian Richard, business manager of IBEW local 58.
My WJR colleagues Frank Beckmann, Guy Gordon, Ken Rogulski and featured guest, Mark Hackel, all had a great time.
Paul W. Smith is host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.