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The DFL Debrief: A Minnesota Politics Podcast

Author: The Minnesota DFL Party

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The DFL Debrief covers important political news out of Minnesota and offers behind-the-scenes insight and analysis of state and national politics, hosted by the staff of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
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Senators Michelle Benson and Paul Gazelka are running for governor! Benson announced first, so on this week's show, we dive into her record in the Minnesota Senate and discuss the Republican field that's taking shape.You can submit feedback to podcast@dfl.org. Please be sure to rate and review us on iTunes and tell your friends and family about the show!
In the fall of 2020, Aric Putnam flipped a State Senate district from red to blue. It was a close race - Putnam won by just 316 votes out of almost 40,000 votes cast. We sat down with Senator Putnam to talk about how he won, what he learned while campaigning, and how his first year in the State Senate has been.Please be sure to rate and review this podcast on iTunes and share it with your friends and family. If you've got any comments, suggestions, or feedback, please write in to podcast@dfl.org.
Recently, the Minnesota legislature passed a bill giving $250 million in bonus pay to essential workers. We sat down with Senator Erin Murphy to discuss the bill, how those funds are getting distributed, and so much more.If you've got any comments, suggestions, or feedback, please write in to podcast@dfl.org.
Access to abortion care is under attack at both the state and federal level. To learn more about the threats facing reproductive rights and how we can overcome them, we sat down with lifelong DFLer and Campaign Manager of UnRestrict Minnesota, Erin Maye-Quade!You can write to us at podcast@dfl.org! If you enjoy the show, please be sure to subscribe on your platform of choice and rate and review us on Apple Podcasts!
That's right, it's a big deal, and a great one for the American people.This week we discuss the bipartisan mega-infrastructure bill (aka JOBS BILL) that passed this week in the U.S. Senate. Dare we say it's FDR-ian?If you like the show, be sure to tell your friends and rate and review on Apple Podcasts! You can submit any feedback to podcast@dfl.org.
Roger Lau was Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 campaign manager, currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the DNC, and he was our guest on the DFL Debrief podcast this week!Roger is an interesting figure in American politics for a lot of reasons, one of them being his background. Roger went from being a self described "latchkey kid" to the manager of a presidential campaign. On the show, we  discuss that, the innovations on the Warren campaign, the 2020 Democratic primary, and so much more!You can write to us at podcast@dfl.org! If you enjoy the show, please be sure to subscribe on your platform of choice and rate and review us on Apple Podcasts!
Congress held a hearing this week on the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and right-wing media outlets did their best to discredit it. The crew discusses the gripping testimony and how how far-right news outlets went into overdrive to discredit those testifying and downplay the attempted insurrection.
Minnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha joined the podcast to discuss the important work she does in the Auditor's office, the American Rescue Plan, gopher feet, and so much more!If you like the show, be sure to tell your friends and rate and review on Apple Podcasts! You can submit any feedback to podcast@dfl.org.
This week, the DFL crew dug into the data on what actually happened in the 2020 elections and what those results tell us about the DFL path to victory in 2022 with TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier.If you like the show, be sure to tell your friends and rate and review on Apple Podcasts! You can submit any feedback or t-shirt ideas you have to podcast@dfl.org.
On this week's episode of the DFL Debrief Podcast, we sat down with DFL House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler to discuss all things budget! DFLers managed to secure some big wins in this year's budget despite intense opposition from Minnesota Republicans.For more on the Minnesota budget, head to dfl.org/budgetIf you like the show, be sure to tell your friends and rate and review on Apple Podcasts! You can submit any feedback or t-shirt ideas you have to podcast@dfl.org.
DNC Senior Advisor Brad Woodhouse joins the podcast to talk about the incredible progress that has been made in combatting COVID-19 and getting life back to normal - all thanks to President Biden and the Democrats. The crew also discusses how to get that message out to your community and why that's so important.If you like the show, be sure to tell your friends and rate and review on Apple Podcasts! You can submit any feedback you have to podcast@dfl.org.
Dr. Scott Jensen is a Republican candidate for governor of Minnesota and a total quack. The crew discusses Jensen's candidacy, the efforts by Republicans in St. Paul to delay passage of a budget bill, and the future of voting rights legislation in Washington D.C.If you like the show, be sure to tell your friends and rate and review on Apple Podcasts! You can submit trivia answers or any feedback you have to podcast@dfl.org.Articles referenced this week:https://www.startribune.com/as-minnesota-senator-cast-doubt-on-covid-19-death-tolls-conspiracy-theorists-pounced-online/569785662/https://www.bettergov.org/news/politifacts-2020-lie-of-the-year/https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/09/us/politics/coronavirus-death-toll-presidential-campaign.htmlhttps://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/04/17/fact-check-covid-19-death-toll-likely-undercounted-not-overcounted/2973481001/
On this week's episode of the DFL Debrief Podcast, we sat down with former State Senator Jeff Hayden to discuss the legacy of slavery and Juneteenth, the deep racial disparities in Minnesota, and how the two are interconnected.If you've got any comments, suggestions, or feedback, please write in to podcast@dfl.org.
Minnesota Republicans continue to attack LGBTQ rights, Democrats in the Senate are divided on the filibuster, and we're still missing key information about the 1/6 insurrection. We cover all that and more on this week's episode of the DFL Debrief!If you've got any comments, suggestions, or feedback, please write in to podcast@dfl.org.Our theme song, The Other Side, was generously provided for us to use by Minnesota musician Brian Highhill, who goes by the stage name Lumpy. Listen to more of his great music at http://bryanhighhill.com.
Minnesota Republicans are pushing for voter ID, Dr. Scott Jensen doesn't want kids vaccinated, and the national battle for voting rights - we cover all that and more on this week's episode of the DFL Debrief alongside special guest State Representative Emma Greenman.Articles discussed on this week's episode:- https://www.twincities.com/2021/05/27/mn-republican-governor-candidate-scott-jensen-goes-to-court-to-stop-youth-covid-vaccinations/- https://www.pinejournal.com/news/government-and-politics/7011658-Voter-ID-requirement-passes-Minnesota-Senate-faces-hurdle-in-the-House- https://www.sctimes.com/story/opinion/2021/05/28/your-turn-voter-id-solution-search-problem-built-lies-ken-martin-dfl-chairman/7454972002/The DFL Debrief is a podcast put on by the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. It is prepared and paid for by the Minnesota DFL Party, Ken Martin, Chairman. https://dfl.orgYou can contract the podcast at podcast@dfl.org.Our theme song, The Other Side, was generously provided for us to use by Minnesota musician Brian Highhill, who goes by the stage name Lumpy. Listen to more of his great music at http://bryanhighhill.com.
Minnesota Republicans have been caught recruiting 3rd party candidates to siphon votes from DFLers and what that means for future elections.  They also discuss how Minnesota Republicans voted on a commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection and Congressman Jim Hagedorn's newfound support for President Biden's American Rescue Plan. And Representative Carlos Mariani joins the pod to talk about how listeners can take action to help pass criminal justice reform.  Articles discussed in the podcast: - https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-news/all-4-mn-republicans-vote-against-bipartisan-commission-into-jan-6-insurrection - https://www.postbulletin.com/news/government-and-politics/7031836-He-voted-no-to-projects-and-programs.-Should-Congressman-Jim-Hagedorn-be-allowed-to-take-credit-for-them - https://www.fox9.com/news/grassroots-or-astroturf-congressional-candidate-says-he-was-tricked-into-running-by-rnc-strategist - https://minnesotareformer.com/2020/06/15/some-legalize-cannabis-candidates-are-giving-off-a-very-maga-vibe/ - https://minnesotareformer.com/2020/11/25/emergence-of-mort-draws-scrutiny-of-race-where-pot-candidate-pulled-votes/ - https://www.startribune.com/gop-recruited-pot-party-candidate-to-pull-votes-from-dfler-he-said/572888651  The DFL Debrief is a podcast put on by the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. It is prepared and paid for by the Minnesota DFL Party, Ken Martin, Chairman. https://dfl.orgOur theme song, The Other Side, was generously provided for us to use by Minnesota musician Brian Highhill, who goes by the stage name Lumpy. Listen to more of his great music at http://bryanhighhill.com.
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