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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.

SPECIAL COVERAGE - Madison Protestors Square Off

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DAY 5 of the crisis in Wisconsin - Minnesota Capitol News Corespondent Craig Stellmacher LIVE on the scene at in Madison, Wisconsin. LIVE coverage throughout the day. As thousands protest Wisconsin Governor Scott Walkers (R) proposed to end some forms of collective bargaining for public employees. Senate Democrats fled the Capitol in an attempt to stop a vote on the controversial measure.

SPECIAL COVERAGE - Crisis in Wisconsin

Correspondent Craig Stellmacher captures highlights from a day of protests in Madison, Wisconsin. The crisis has entered day four without resolution. The Wisconsin Senate Democrats have fled the state in protest and thousands are gathering around the Capitol to protest the proposed elimination of collective bargaining by state workers. The measure would effect state employees and teachers unions among others. As the day winds down there are some unconfirmed reports that luminaries such as Vice President Joe Biden (D) and Sarah Palin may make appearances on Saturday.

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.

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