At Issue - June 22: Flooding, MNsure Glitches, Sex Offender Program

Updated: 06/23/2014 1:39 PM
Created: 06/23/2014 9:45 AM
By: Ellen McNamara

This week on At Issue, Ellen McNamara takes over for Tom Hauser. Some of the issues this week are the flood damage and how federal resources may be used, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Abler is calling for changes to prevent health care fraud, and the Minnesota sex offender program in Minnesota is under fire.

Rain, Flooding

After days of heavy rain that resulted in flooding and mudslides, Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency in 35 counties.


The MNsure website is plagued with glitches could impact enrollment. The Star Tribune reports that two-thirds of the online health care exchange operating systems are absent or not functioning as expected.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Abler, says major changes are needed to prevent health care fraud. He held a news conference recently to talk about solutions.

Minnesota Sex Offender Program

It has been two years since a federal judge ordered Minnesota to fix its sex offender program, but not much has changed. The judge called for more offenders to be released. The issue has become a part of the campaign for governor.

Political Analysis

During Political Analysis, KSTP's Ellen McNamara talks with Sarah Janecek, a Republican strategist, and Darin Broton, a DFL strategist, about how Gov. Dayton can be successful with campaign money. They also talk about Medtronic moving their corporate headquarters, and merging with Covidian. Janecek believes that not doing this, is irresponsible to their share holders.

Face Off

In Face off, the topic is President Obama and the conflict in the Middle East. Brian McClung, a GOP strategist, talks about how withdrawing troops is what caused the insurgents to take over. He believes it speaks to the weakness of Obama's past decisions.  Denise Cardinal, a DFL consultant, says that Obama is making his best decisions in a bad situation but the blame should not rest on him because Bush made the original orders in regards to the war in Iraq.

Winter Weather Advisory

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Minneapolis/St. Paul

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