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Budget Divide Grows - Sen DeKruif (R) and Rep Gardner (DFL) Join The Program

Freshman Senator Al DeKruif (R) and Former House Rep Paul Gardner (DFL) join the show to discuss budget issues and some particular Bills moving through the Legislature. We also hear form Representative Kate Knuth (DFL) about Equal Pay Day and Gender equity.

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Emmer and Winkler Mix It Up On The Budget

Former State Representative and Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Emmer (R) and State Representative Ryan Winkler (DFL) discuss and debate budget issues, HHS and GOP proposals to limit Collective Bargaining in Minnesota. PLUS - they talk about what they think about a possible government shut down.

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Rep Knuth (DFL) and Rep Beard (R) Talk Environment and the Coexistence of Science & Religion

TONIGHT on Capitol Conversations - Rep Kate Knuth (DFL) and Rep Mike Beard (R) discuss and debate environmental issues and the coexistence of religion and science. Both Legislators find themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum on environmental issues and we asked them to share their divergent views on such subjects as Nuclear energy, environmental regulation, God and other subjects.

Minnesota's first and only LIVE streaming political talk show. Broadcasting from the Capitol every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. CST with Host Marty Owings.

Produced by Craig Stellmacher with Associate Producer Susan Maricle.

Two Candidates For Saint Paul Senate Seat Get Fiesty

Broadcast on Tuesday March 22 at 6:00 p.m. CST on Capitol Conversations Representative John Lesch and GOP Endorsed Senate Candidate Greg Copeland are both vying for Senator Ellen Anderson's seat. Anderson accepted an appointment to become the chair of the Public Utilities Commission. The two mixed it up on a variety of questions and issues. The special election will take place on April 12th.

Also joining the program was citizen lobbyist and information advocate Rich Neumeister from http://opensecretsmn.blogspot.com
Mr. Neumeister will be on to discuss familial DNA and the direction of public disclosure and privacy issues under a GOP controlled legislature.

Host Marty Owings, Producers Craig Stellmacher and Susan Maricle.

The Minnesota Abortion Stalemate

The Minnesota Abortion Stalemate.
By Craig Stellmacher

Minnesota Capitol news looks at several Pro-life and Pro-Choice bills going forward in the legislature this year. Four identical Republican bills that would prevent state funding for any abortions that would likely not get past Governor Mark Dayton. If the bills did pass they would likely face a Supreme Court challenge because they conflict with an earlier ruling, 1995's Doe vs. Gomez. Representative Peggy Scott is Principle Author of the HF 201 "Abortion funding limited for state-sponsored health programs." (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/revisor/pages/search_status/status_detail.php...)

Republican Rep. Peggy Scott details that $1.5 Million in 2008, and $15,000 a year of state funds have been spent since 1995, because a key Minnesota Supreme Court decision allows for the poor to access state funds to use them on all forms of reproductive care including abortion. Since that ruling a different Supreme Court--a "Pawlenty Supreme Court"--would now weigh in on this issue.

Representative Steve Drazkowski, helps discusses the math a bit on HF 201 which contains five Democratic Co-Authors including Representatives Patty Fritz (DFL) 26B, Larry Hosch (DFL)14B, Mary Murphy (DFL) 06B, John Ward (DFL) 12A and Lyle Koenen (DFL) 20B.

Rep. Drazkowski figures all 72 Republican would be on board, and 18 Democrats would have to come along, but that isn't likely. Finally (DFL) Rep. Scott Dibble, explains his "Reproductive Privacy Act" probably doesn't even have a chance of a hearing in a Republican controlled house and senate. He says he wants to codify the right of women to decide.

Capitol Conversations - Political Panel Weighs In On Latest Budget Issues

TONIGHT - A panel of Political experts face off on the latest budget issues including news that the overall deficit has decreased by $1.5 billion dollars. Joining Host Marty Owings will be political analyst Sarah Janacek, conservative radio commentator Mitch Berg along with Former DFL State Representatives Karla Bigham and Paul Gardner. Capitol Conversations broadcasts every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. CST.

Producer Craig Stellmacher, Assoc. Producer Susan Maricle, Host Marty Owings.

Capitol Conversations - Two Minnesota Law Makers Square Off On The Crisis In Madison

Republican Representative Steve Drazkowski and DFL Representative Tim Mahoney face on the crisis in Madison, Wisconsin. They discuss and debate the issues surrounding the events taking place in the Wisonsin capitol after Republican Governor Scott Walker introduced a measure to eliminate collective bargaining for state workers and teachers. Democratic senators fled the capitol to prevent a vote on the measure. They left the state and are now in Illinois vowing not to return until the Governor agrees to concesions.

Then we hear from a Union Supporter, Craig Rice, who was at the Minnesota State Capitol to show his support for public workers in Wisconsin. After asking about forty people, we were unable to find a counter-protester or anti-union person among those gathered at the Capitol yesterday.

Correspondent Craig Stellmacher covered events in Madison over the weekend and will be presenting a special "Stellmacher Reports" which examines the situation from both sides.

MADISON PROTESTS - Both Sides Offer Very Different Views

Reporter Craig Stellmacher talks to protesters who support Governor Scott Walkers proposal to eliminate collective bargaining and then to Union supporters who want to defeat the measure. As both sides descended on the Wisconsin Capitol the police kept them mostly separated. Stellmacher talks to the protesters who engage in sometimes angry arguments and vigorous debate as they offer their ideas on how to end the standoff.

In the meantime Wisconsin Senate Democrats remain outside the State as they continue to defy Republican Governor Scott Walkers order to return to the Capitol. As the protests enter day six neither side seems willing to move.

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