At Issue: Precinct Caucus Results, Minimum Wage Debate

Updated: 02/10/2014 3:15 PM
Created: 02/10/2014 2:43 PM
By: Heidi Enninga

In this week's edition of At Issue, host Tom Hauser takes an in-depth look at the local political issues that affect you.

This week, precinct caucuses around the state sorted out some of the GOP front-runners for governor and senator. In the GOP gubernatorial caucus, Marty Seifert was the top vote-getter with 29 percent. Julianne Ortman topped the senate caucus straw poll with 31 percent of the vote.

The DFL has re-nominated Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken for their respective positions. Gov. Dayton picked Tina Smith as his running mate.

A local push to increase the minimum wage in the state to $9.50 has grabbed headlines this week. Both St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges have voiced support for the increase.

Joan Mondale, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale died last week at the age of 83. She was a passionate advocate for the arts.

In Political Analysis, Andy Brehm, Sen. Coleman's former press secretary, and Ember Reichgott Junge, former DFL state senator, discussed the effectiveness and purpose of precinct caucuses and Gov. Dayton's pick for his running mate and lieutenant governor candidate.

In Face Off, Don Betzold, former DFL state senator, and Brian McClung, former Gov. Pawlenty’s deputy chief of staff, joined Tom Hauser for a conversation about some of the state’s political issues.

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