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.
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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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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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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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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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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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.
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.