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Thissen And Buesgens Trade Shots Over The Budget

Host Marty Owings speaks with Representatives Paul Thissen and Mark Buesgens about Dayton's Budget Rollout earlier in the day. It doesn't take long for the two to disagree and at times the conversation became very contentious. Then Representative Erin Murphy joins the program to talk about health care reform, and then at the end a special Stellmacher Reports shows all the highlights from the 90 minute budget rollout earlier in the day, boiled down to 7 minutes of hard-hitting distilled highlights.

Coming Up This Week On Capitol Conversations

This week Tuesday February 15th at 6 pm CST the show will feature Minority Leader Paul Thissen (DFL), Representative Mark Buesgens (R) squaring off on the legislative agenda. In part two of the show we'll be joined by Rep Erin Murphy (DFL) to talk about health care, proposed cuts to vulnerable people and her take on the DFL and GOP agenda this session.

The GOP has said that the budget would be their number one focus but since the legislative session began a little over a month ago they've introduced dozens of bills that focus on, "social issues", some of which expand government and actually increase the budget. They've been reluctant to call it a, "social issues agenda".

The DFL on the other hand seems focused on a strategy that is more reactionary than proactive. Does the DFL have any intention of working with the GOP to find real solutions or will their best plan be to rely on Governor Dayton to veto the GOP agenda.

We'll ask Minority Leader Thissen (DFL) and Rep Mark Buesgens (R) to address specifics.

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.

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