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Capitol Conversations - Moments to Remember

This week on Capitol Conversations we look back on the first month and a half of session with some highlights from the show. We had some interesting and funny moments with guests like Tom Emmer, Tom Horner and others. Stellmacher Reports featured an investigation into the Polymet mining story and a look at some hidden places in the Capitol under repair.

Producer Craig Stellmacher, Associate Producer Susan Maricle and Host Marty Owings.

Capitol Conversations - Emmer's Candid Take On Guv's Race & More

Former State Representative Tom Emmer (R) joins Capitol Conversations for a look back on the election, coming within a razors edge of winning the Governors office and what he'd being doing now if he had won. Also joining us will be the architect of the Emmer campaign and the man many say was responsible for putting him on the map, former Campaign Manager David FitzSimmons.

Then two Political Analysts join the program to offer their take, Professor Doug Rossinow and Conservative Talk Show host Mitch Berg.
PLUS a special Stellmacher Reports on the the remodeling/restoration of the Capitol.

Coming Up This Week On Capitol Conversations

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He lost the election for Governor so why does Tom Emmer look so happy? Find out on Capitol Conversations at 6:00 pm CST Tonight.
Former State Representative Tom Emmer (R) joins Capitol Conversations for a look back on the election, coming within a razors edge of winning the Governors office and what he'd being doing now if he had won. Also joining us will be the Architect of the Emmer campaign and the man many say was responsible for putting him on the map, former Campaign Manager David FitzSimmons.
Then two Political Analysts join the program to offer their take, Professor Doug Rossinow and Conservative Talk Show host Mitch Berg.
PLUS a special Stellmacher Reports on the the remodeling/restoration of the Capitol.

GOP Law Maker to DFL Stalwart - "I love you Tommy"

Capitol Conversations:
Date: Tuesday January 25, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m. CST
Live-streaming from the Capitol

Topics:
Budget issues, GOP proposals including, limiting Welfare debit card usage, Photo ID, State employee reductions and polymet mining proposals.

Guests:
Segment 1 - Rep Tom Rukavina (DFL), Rep Denny McNamara (R), Rep Bob Barrett (R)
Segment 2 - Political Analysts Nick Coleman & Sarah Janacek

To learn more about the program and see a description of the format go to the MN Capitol Conversations page.http://mncapitolnews.com/node/113

Capitol Conversations - January 18, 2011 Episode

This week on Capitol Conversations
Secretary of State Mark Richie stops by to talk about the recent elections, Voter ID and what's ahead for Minnesota as we move toward redistricting.

Representative Jeff Hayden (DFL) talks about the legacy of MLK.

The Chair of the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Committee Rep Jim Abler (R) is joined by Ryan Winkler (DFL) to discuss the impacts of the States budget issues on Health and Human services, possibilities of a government shut down, photo ID and other proposals in the new Republican controlled Legislature.

The second half of the show features Matt Ehling the Producer of a documentary on citizen involvement at the Legislature, more here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JTUIS4IHsM&feature=player_embedded
http://publicrecordmedia.com

Special guests this week will include reporter Eric Black from MinnPost
http://minnpost.com/ericblack/

Citizen Lobbyist Rich Neumeister who will talk about the documentary and the role of citizens at the Legislature.
http://opensecretsmn.blogspot.com

PLUS - A Special segment of Stellmacher Reports on the Polymet mining story.
As always we welcome your comments and questions and will share them LIVE during the show. Send them to us at mncapnews on Twitter or Facebook at Minnesota Capitol News.

Capitol Conversations

Capitol Conversations - January 11, 2011 Episode

Capitol Conversations
Broadcasting LIVE from the Capitol
Guests:
Sen Warren Limmer (R), Sen John Marty (DFL), Tom Horner (IP), Paul Garder(DFL)- Former Lawmaker on the Budget Simplified
Scheduled Topics:
Sen Warren Limmer (R) and Sen John Marty (DFL) discuss the budget, balancing security and social issues. Former IP Candidate for Governor Tom Horner talks about his recent editorial in the Duluth News Tribune, education reform and progressive taxation ideas. Former Representative Paul Gardner (DFL) lifts the veil on the budget process and talks about why recycling is a passion for him.

New Laws Taking Effect January 1st, 2011

December 16, 2010
Saint Paul, Minnesota
By Marty Owings

A set of new laws goes into effect starting this January 1, 2011. They include new protections for consumers who fall prey to bad or faulty workmanship by contractors. The new law essentially protects consumers for up to ten years after the work is performed by allowing them to work through an expedited resolution process rather than the courts.

Another new law allows a government agency who is enforcing child support to collect more information about a payee. Collection of email and cell phone information as well as other contact data is now permissible. This new law is designed to help track down people not paying child support.

It's Official Mark Dayton is Minnesota's Next Governor

December 7, 2010
Saint Paul, Minnesota
By Marty Owings

Democrat Mark Dayton held his first press conference as Minnesota's new Governor elect just hours after Republican Tom Emmer conceded in the tightly contested race. Dayton began by thanking Emmer for his gracious concession, saying that both Emmer and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner ran, "principled and honorable campaigns". Dayton said that Emmer had called him shortly after 10 o'clock in the morning to congratulate him. Dayton also made it a point to thank the election officials including the canvassing board and the Secretary of State's office for their work on the recount effort.

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