At Issue: State of the State Address, MNsure Progress

Updated: 05/05/2014 4:57 PM
Created: 05/05/2014 4:47 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.

Gov. Mark Dayton delivered his State of his State address on Wednesday. His speech was focused on highlighting the accomplishments of a Democratic majority in state government rather than on agenda setting because the speech was scheduled for a date so late in the legislative session.

House Democrats on Thursday unveiled what they called a compromise in medical marijuana legislation, but the new proposal is much different than the Senate's version, which has passed several committees already. The bill allows for some children and adults to participate in limited clinical trials of medical marijuana. It prohibits smoking of marijuana.

A Ramsey County judge said this week that Secretary of State Mark Richie overstepped his authority by implementing an online voter registration system without legislative approval. Last week, a judge ruled the system be shut down, but not before lawmakers and Gov. Dayton could pass a law approving it.

Gov. Dayton has deleted 137 laws so far that he's deemed outdated so far this session. The goal of the "unsession" is to streamline government and make it more efficient.

In Political Analysis, Brian McClung, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Deputy Chief of Staff, and Ember Reichgott Junge, a former DFL state senator, joined Tom to talk about MNsure and the State of the State Address.

In Face Off, Don Betzold, a former DFL state senator, and Brian McDaniel, a Republican strategist, joined Tom to talk about President Obama's scheduled June fundraiser in Minnesota and his role in campaigning for Democrats.

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