At Issue - July 6: Voter Registration Fraud, SCOTUS Decision Controversy

Updated: 07/07/2014 2:42 PM
Created: 07/07/2014 12:10 PM

Leah McLean hosted this Sunday's At Issue, which discussed alleged voter registration fraud in Minneapolis, controversy around the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, and the ruling on unions and home health care providers.

Alleged voter registration fraud in the Democratic primary before the state House of Representatives has sparked a question about what is legal when registering to vote. An attorney for Incumbent Phyllis Kahn filed a petition claiming that 140-plus people used the same Minneapolis address to vote.  There was a P.O. box of mailboxes at that location. The head of elections in Hennepin County has said it is not allowed to use a P.O. box to register to vote.

The State budget reserve got a $150 million boost; July 1 marked the start of the fiscal year.  With the extra money that lawmakers approved in this year's session, the new money brings it to a level of $811 million, the highest level in state history.

The state estimates flood damage will cost $32 million, way above the minimal amount required for federal assistance ($7.3 million). FEMA and state officials spent time in the Twin Cities surveying the flood damage.

There was a lot of overtime being paid to keep the Minneapolis Police department staffed, the department has been losing officers due to retirement. Minneapolis police are working to hire more officers; 605 people recently applied for a spot with the department's cadet program.

There is a controversial new billboard in Minneapolis questioning the district's high spending vs. low graduation rate. The billboard is strategically placed right across the street from the Minneapolis school district headquarters.

Ben Golnik and Denise Cardinal talk about the alleged voter registration fraud in Minneapolis, MNsure and the 1,600 people who haven't been covered for the past few months, and finally they spoke about the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case.

In Face-off, Republican strategist Brian McDaniel and Javier Morillo, President of SEIU local 26, talked about day care unions. The Supreme Court said home health care workers in Illinois didn't have to pay their dues; the ruling in Illinois could effect those in Minnesota as well.

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