At Issue: Democratic debate highlights candidates' differences, Libertarian legal battle, assisted suicide and hands-free tickets |

At Issue: Democratic debate highlights candidates' differences, Libertarian legal battle, assisted suicide and hands-free tickets

Updated: September 15, 2019 05:39 PM

Democratic Debate
The Democratic presidential candidates squared off in a primetime debate on ABC. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was among the candidates. Klobuchar took aim at Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan, saying people want a coverage plan that will bring down the cost of insurance. Klobuchar also reminded debate viewers that she is not as far “left” as some of the front runners in the Democratic presidential race. Klobuchar said she wants to be the president for all of America, not just half of America.

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The Battle for Third-Party Representation
The Minnesota Libertarian Party is in the middle of a legal battle with our state. The party said our state law is keeping them from running more candidates. According to state law, anyone who signs a third-party petition and votes in the primary for that race can be charged with perjury. Libertarian Party Chairman Chris Holbrook filed a lawsuit last month, calling the law unconstitutional. Holbrook said he plans to file several lawsuits which will also include eliminating major and minor party status. Bills have been introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate to make these changes last session, but they did not pass.

The Conversation on Physician-Assisted Suicide
House Democrats in Minnesota held a hearing on a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in Minnesota. Supporters say they want people to have the right to choose a peaceful death instead of suffering. Opponents say they feel for people suffering, but there are other options, and assisted suicide is not the answer.

Hand-Free Tickets Adding Up
Minnesota State Patrol officers said they have handed out more than 2,100 “Hands-Free” violation tickets during the first month of the law in August. Troopers have been out on the roads continuously enforcing the new law, along with the “Left-Lane” or “Move-Over” law. These traffic laws were put into effect at the beginning of August.

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