At Issue – Jan. 7

January 08, 2018 07:00 PM

This week a new U.S. Senator took office in Minnesota.
Former Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is now Senator Smith.
She took the Oath of Office in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
Senator Amy Klobuchar and Former Vice President Walter Mondale were by her side when she was sworn in.
Senator Smith is replacing Democrat Al Franken.
His resignation took effect Tuesday after allegations of sexual misconduct.
Senator Smith says she has a big challenge to both serve in the Senate on short notice and begin a 2018 campaign.

As Smith learns the new job in Washington, her replacement as lieutenant governor will be doing the same here in Minnesota.


Republican State Sen. Michelle Fischbach became Gov. Mark Dayton's second-in-command.

She says she will decline the much higher lieutenant governor's salary of almost $83,000 and stick with her $45,000 Senate salary. Democratic leader Tom Bakk has called on Fischbach to resign from the Senate, saying she can't hold two jobs at once.

Minneapolis and St. Paul both swore in new mayors this week. And both were busy as they started their new positions.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo got together to talk about some of their top priorities, which includes creating a stronger bond between officers and the community.

St. Paul's new mayor, Melvin Carter met with community members to learn more  about the issues that are important to them. Among the places he visited was Hmong Village. Since his inauguration on Tuesday, Carter has made a point to meet with community members.


Michael Oakes

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