At Issue: Dec. 2 - New governor, Legislative leaders meet for first joint interview; Alan Page in studio

December 02, 2018 09:31 PM

New governor, Legislative leaders discuss session priorities, pledge cooperation

Preparations are underway for newly-elected lawmakers and the governor to take office in January. 


Governor-elect Tim Walz will be working with a divided state legislature, with the DFL in control of the House and Republicans holding a one-seat majority in the Senate. The big test for all of these leaders will be trying to reach compromises on key issues.

Leah McLean sat down with Walz, along with Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL-House speaker designate) and Sen. Paul Gazelka (R-Majority leader) for their first joint interview since the election. They discussed their top priorities for the upcoming session and how they plan to work together to avoid stalemates seen at the end of previous legislative sessions. 

Alan Page in studio, discusses receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom

It is the single highest honor an American civilian can receive. Last month, former Minnesota Viking and State Supreme Court Justice Alan Page was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The White House recognized Page for his years of athletic, legal and philanthropic accomplishments. 

Page discussed receiving the Medal of Freedom with Tom Hauser in the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS studios, along with what the honor means for the thousands of students he and his wife, Diane, have helped through their Page Education Foundation. 

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