Updates from Minnesota Public Radio News staff covering Minnesota's Politics.
Politics Friday: Should we stop trusting pre-election polling?
Is there really such a thing as a "shy Trump voter"? Who is contacted to take part in pre-election polls? And are those polls reliable or not?
In an election week edition of Politics Friday, MPR News politics editor Mike Mulcahy talks all things polling with APM Research Lab managing partner Craig Helmstetter.
Mulcahy is also joined by two local journalists to unpack this busy political week.
U.S. Senate debate: Tina Smith and Jason Lewis
Sen. Tina Smith and her Republican challenger Jason Lewis sparred over the coronavirus response, public safety, climate change and immigration Friday during a debate on MPR News.
Minnesota legislative leaders highlight their party's values and issues
The presidential race isn't the only one on the November ballot. Every voter in Minnesota will get to make a choice for state representative and state senator.
On Politics Friday, the leaders of the Minnesota House and Senate join MPR News political editor Mike Mulcahy to lay out their positions on the issues and make the case for why they should control the agenda at the State Capitol in 2021.
Gov. Tim Walz on COVID-19, emergency power, Floyd's killing and more
Six months after Gov. Tim Walz first declared the peacetime emergency, where is Minnesota in the response to the pandemic and what will the next few months bring? On this week’s Politics Friday, MPR News host Mike Mulcahy talked with Walz, discussing some of the pressing issues in Minnesota and taking listener questions from around the state.
Politics Friday: Primary preview special
In this special edition of Politics Friday, MPR News political editor Mike Mulcahy previews Tuesday’s primary election in Minnesota.
There are a few competitive primaries for seats in Congress — including the 5th District DFL race and the 7th District Republican contest. There are also some interesting legislative primaries in which sitting lawmakers face challenges from within their own parties.
But it’s not politics as usual in Minnesota, as early voting numbers have spiked due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mulcahy talks with Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon about the early voting process and what it will mean for counting ballots on primary night.
Mulcahy also talks with North News editor Harry Colbert Jr. about what 5th District residents are hearing from the DFL candidates. Political analysts Todd Rapp and Maureen Shaver run down all the interesting races and look ahead to November.
Steve Simon is Minnesota’s Secretary of State.
Harry Colbert Jr. is the editor of North News.
Maureen Shaver is a lobbyist with Shaver Public Affairs.
Todd Rapp is the president and CEO of the public relations firm Rapp Strategies.
Policast: A call to defund Minneapolis police
On today’s edition: Minneapolis city council members want to defund the police department; new agenda items for special legislative session
Great source of local news
This is a great way of staying knowledgeable about local news
Thank you for including the Martin Sabo interview in Friday's show
It's incredibly informative. And balanced.