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Capitol Conversations Coverage of the 2012 Legislative Session will begin January 23.

Marty Owings and Ahndi Fridell return as hosts for the 2012 season of Capitol Conversations, the first LIVE streaming political talk show to broadcast from the state Capitol. The show returns for its second season and will air every Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. CST. The 2012 session is shaping up to be an exciting one with the entire legislature up for election and a coinciding Presidential race.

Zellers and Thissen On Budget Battle PLUS Political Panel

Capitol Conversations with Marty Owings and Ahndi Fridell - Speaker Kurt Zellers and Minority Leader Paul Thissen will discuss the looming budget battle and chances of a special session. Later in the program our political panel will weigh in on all the action taking place in the final days of session. The Panelist tonight are Doug Grow from MinnPost, Paul Demko from Politics in Minnesota and Ace Political Analyst Sarah Janecek.

Capitol Conversations is broadcast LIVE right here every Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. CST. Hosts Marty Owings and Ahndi Fridell welcome political guests and analysts to talk about the latest happenings at the Capitol. The program is produced by Craig Stellmacher with assistance from associate producer Susan Maricle.

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Professor Takes Legislature To Task

Host Marty Owings talks to Professor Tom O'Connell, Chair of the Metropolitan State Universities Social Science Department. While we often talk about legislation in the specific, O'Connell went to a more abstract level, pointing out our founding fathers wanted to make it difficult for the majority to rule. He characterized current attempts to amend the constitution as, "The Constitution is being used as a substitute for initiative and referendum."

And about today's announcement that a deal has been made to put a new Viking's stadium in Arden Hills : "‎The Romans had it right--bread and circuses" instead of worrying about the budget or other social issues.

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Capitol Conversations broadcasts LIVE every Tuesday at 6 pm CST from the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul. Hosts Marty Owings and Ahndi Fridell, Producer Craig Stellmacher and Associate Producer Susan Maricle.

Voter ID and Guns Take Center Stage on Capitol Conversations

Rep Mary Kiffmeyer (R) talks about her Voter ID bill HF210 and faces off against League of Women Voters Executive Director Sherri Knuth. Then the program welcomes Tom Weyandt to talk about the loosening gun and self-defense laws currently moving through the legislature.

Capitol Conversations broadcasts LIVE every Tuesday at 6:00 pm CST.

Hosts Marty Owings and Ahndi Fridell, Producer Craig Stellmacher and Associate Producer Susan Maricle.

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Civil Union Amendment Causes Flare Up At Capitol

Sen John Marty (DFL) joins the program to talk about a new constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in Minnesota. Republican law makers want to make ban any civil unions and make it part of the Minnesota Consititution.

Then we interview newly elected Senator Mary Jo McGuire (DFL) who won a special election on April 12th to fill the seat previously held by Senator Ellen Anderson (DFL) and will serve Saint Paul in district 66. McGuire talks about her first week at the Capitol, the GOP welcome wagon and her other job as college professor at St.Kate's.

Balance Note: Capitol Conversations invited Tom Pritchard from the Minnesota Family Council and Rep Steve Drazkowski (R) who both oppose same sex marriage. Both declined our invition.

Capitol Conversations airs LIVE every Tuesday at 6 p.m. CST during the Legislative Session.

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Freedom of Information And Redistricting Take Center Stage

Hosts Marty Owings and Ahndi Fridell talk to Matt Ehling of Public Media Records about recent Freedom of Information Act restrictions, locally and nationally. Also joining the program is Mike Dean the Executive Director of Common Cause Minnesota who worries that Minnesota's Redistricting is being done behind closed doors.

Broadcasting LIVE from the Minnesota State Capitol every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. CST.

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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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Host Marty Owings, Producer Craig Stellmacher and Assistant Producer Susan Maricle are the Capitol Conversations crew.

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