Politics Friday

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Politics Friday
MPR News

On Fridays, MPR News politics editor Brian Bakst discusses Minnesota politics — the latest from the legislature, election news and more. Join us Fridays at noon for interviews with lawmakers, candidates and political experts, including the MPR News politics reporting team.

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What is known and not known about the attempt on Trump’s life and its aftermath
So far, details about the man who authorities say tried to kill former President Donald Trump amount to little more than a stick-figure drawing: a politically enigmatic loner who worked in a nursing home.
Politics Friday: The stage is set for a Biden, Trump debate that could have implications on a tight race
Are you ready for a Joe Biden and Donald Trump presidential debate? It’s only June, but this week brings the first head-to-head showdown. MPR News host Brian Bakst and his guests talk about whether debates offer voters substance or are more just for show. 
Politics Friday: How are voters in the state feeling about the upcoming election? A new poll says the race is close
MPR News host Brian Bakst and his guests talk about the poll results and what they suggest about where this election year is headed. 
Politics Friday: Minnesota DFLers convene for their state convention
MPR News host Brian Bakst talks with DFL officials, delegates and candidates ahead of the party’s 2024 state convention in Duluth.
Politics Friday: Gov. Tim Walz weighs in after the Minnesota Legislature gavels out
MPR News host Brian Bakst talks to Gov. Tim Walz and Assistant Senate Minority Leader Julia Coleman, R-Waconia.
Politics Friday: Minnesota Republicans gather for their state convention
MPR News host Brian Bakst talks about the fall campaign with GOP officials and candidates who are at the party’s 2024 state convention for Minnesota Republicans in downtown St. Paul.
Politics Friday: It’s crunch time at the Capitol
MPR News host Brian Bakst talked with two top Minnesota lawmakers on the race to the Legislature’s session adjournment. What will get done or left behind?
Politics Friday: Unfinished business at the Capitol
MPR News host Brian Bakst speaks with a key player in the debate over a nearly $1 billion construction financing plan as it comes together, and a guest who will preview a major Senate ethics hearing.
Politics Friday: Changes are ahead on the Minnesota Supreme Court as one justice steps into retirement
MPR News host Brian Bakst talks with Minnesota Supreme Court Justice G. Barry Anderson about his upcoming retirement from the court.
Politics Friday: How will the grow go? A look at Minnesota’s future with cannabis
MPR News host Brian Bakst and his guests talked about the ways Minnesota’s new cannabis law is taking hold in the state — plus a conversation with Gen Z voters.