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The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky

Author: Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr

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The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky provides a unique insight into politics, policies, and news of the day by injecting humor, personal stories, and blunt analysis of the political environment – all with a refreshing and entertaining perspective. While Michael Brodkorb is no stranger to sharing his analysis and commentary about politics on both sides of the aisle, Becky Scherr has spent the last decade working behind the scenes. She will take a new opportunity to share a unique view – and serve as the podcast's co-host.
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On this special bonus episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr are joined by former Rep. Kelly Fenton and John Rouleau to provide an in-depth analysis of the initial days of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Milwaukee. The discussion highlights former President Donald Trump's nomination and the energy and unity among attendees in the aftermath of the assassination attempt on Trump last Saturday. They examine the significant speeches from diverse Republican voices aimed at broadening the party's appeal. They also discuss the selection of U.S. Senator J.D. Vance as Trump's vice-presidential nominee. They explore Vance's background, his evolution from a Trump critic to an ally, and the potential impact of his candidacy on the campaign. The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return this week with additional episodes analyzing the Republican National Convention. 
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:02:05 - Their reactions to the assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump.  00:08:50 - An interview with Bryan Strawser, Principal & CEO of Bryghtpath, on what happened during the assassination attempt of Trump and what to expect in the aftermath.  00:28:50 - An interview with Shannon Watson, executive director and founder of Majority in the Middle, on how this tragedy can be an opportunity to work together and tamp down political tensions.  00:53:48 - A recap of the interviews with Strawser and Watson.  The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return this week with bonus episodes analyzing the Republican National Convention. 
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:01:00 - An interview with Don Samuels, a former Minneapolis City Council with an update on his rematch against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in the DFL Primary Election for Congress in Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District. 00:35:21 - A recap of the interview with Samuels. Please listen to the Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky's interview with Samuels from last November.  The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr are joined by Mark Drake and John Rouleau to continue their discussion on the fallout from the first presidential debate. They delve into the latest polling data, President Biden's performance, and the implications for the Democratic Party. The conversation also covers Biden's declining approval ratings, the potential for a new Democratic nominee, and historical political circumstances facing the Democratic Party.   The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this special bonus episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr are joined by Darwin Forsyth, Communications Director for the Minnesota DFL, and Anna Mathews, Executive Director for the Republican Party of Minnesota, for a break down of the historical debate between President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.   The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: The upcoming presidential debate between President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, discussing the historic significance of two former presidents sharing the debate stage for the first time. They delve into the debate's unique format, including the absence of a live audience and the implementation of a mute button, discussing how these changes might impact Biden and Trump's performance.  The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return a bonus episode on Friday recaping the debate. 
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:00:51 - Michael's podcast studio renovations: A shout-out to DIY daughters 00:03:15 - Chaos in the campaign: Royce White's ongoing troubles 00:19:20 - Presidential polling shifts: Biden takes the lead 00:34:50 -  A new Washington Post article titled, "The 2024 'Deciders': Who are they and what makes them tick?" 00:45:44 - A Wheel of Fortune farewell: Becky reflects on Pat Sajak's legacy The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:01:27 - An interview with Joe Fraser, GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate.  00:28:00 - Recap of the interview with Fraser.  00:34:11 - A new poll shows a tight race for president in Minnesota and Trump voters are more enthusiastic than Biden voters.  The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this special bonus episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following:  00:01:22 - The role of campaigns in the democratic process.  00:07:15 - An explanation of why Michael and Becky have decided not to platform or conduct interviews with U.S. Senate candidate Royce White. The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week. 
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:01:13 - Former President Donald Trump is convicted of 34 felony counts.  00:27:43 - Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty drops criminal charges against Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan. 00:45:08 - A bribe was offered to a juror in the Feeding Our Future criminal case. The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:01:05- An interview with Royce White campaign advisor Darrin Rosha.  00:50:57 - Recap of the interview with Rosha. The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this special bonus episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following:  00:01:22 - A discussion with David FitzSimmons, Chief of Staff for Congressman Brad Finstad, on the state of the Republican endorsement process in Minnesota. 00:26:51 - A recap of the interview with FitzSimmons.  00:29:20 - The shameful endorsement of Royce White for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota. The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week. 
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:01:03- An interview with Rep. Dawn Gillman on the chaotic end of the legislative session.  00:27:15 - Recap of the interview with Gillman. 00:32:15 - The final hours of the legislative session.  The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:01:12 - An interview with Kip Christianson and John Rouleau on former President Donald Trump's visit to Minnesota.  00:23:19 - A recap of the interview with Christenson and Rouleau. 00:30:08 - Kansas City Chiefs' Harrison Butker's controversial graduation speech.  The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:00:53 - The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky was off last week, as Becky went to Florida and Michael went Washington, D.C. 00:17:04 - A recap of the Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct Committee involving the ethics complaint filed against Sen. Nicole Mitchell.  00:48:13 - How the ethics hearing in the Minnesota Senate on the complaint filed against Sen. Nicole Mitchell has implications for the presidential race. 01:15:38 - Why did South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem write in her book that she killed her puppy dog, Cricket? The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:01:06 - An interview with DFL Senator Grant Hauschild about civility in politics. 00:27:15 - Recap of the interview with Hauschild 00:31:10 - An interview with Shannon Watson, executive director and founder of Majority in the Middle.  The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this bonus episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb is joined by former Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives Kurt Daudt and former Crystal City Council Member Jeff Kolb to break down the developing story about the criminal charge against DFL State Senator Nicole Mitchell.  They will discuss the ongoing and developing legal issues surrounding Senator Nicole Mitchell, the implications they could have on the current legislative session, and how they could potentially remake the political landscape in Minnesota.  The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode later this week.
On this special bonus episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following:  00:00:55 - The political dynamics of Minnesota's Second Congressional District.  00:20:33 - An interview with Joe Teirab, Republican candidate for Congress in Minnesota's Second Congressional District.  00:41:24 - A recap of Teirab's interview.  The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode this week. 
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:02:08 - An interview with Richard Marianos about illegal flavored disposable vapor products. 00:26:01 - Recap of the interview with Marianos. 00:29:31 - The endorsement of Judd Hoff and the harassment of Rep. Mary Franson.   The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following: 00:01:11 - An interview with Rep. Pat Garofalo on his upcoming retirement from the Minnesota Legislature.  00:31:54 - Recap of the interview with Garofalo. 00:34:22 - Former President Donald Trump's recent comments on abortion.  00:52:27 - Caitlin Clark and her impact on women's sports. 01:00:10 - Michael discloses that his little sister beat him once again in fantasy sports.  The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.
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