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December 2008
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Saturday
December 20, 2008
House leaders outline their approaches to addressing the deficit and tackling the issues facing the 2009 legislature, plus newly-elected Senator Lisa Fobbe (DFL-Zimmerman) talks about her new role as an elected official.

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Saturday
December 13, 2008
Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and Senate Minority Leader David Senjem talk about the pending budget deficit and approaches their caucuses will take entering the 2009 legislative session. Plus, Senate Tax Chair Tom Bakk provides his perspective on shaping tax policy during difficult economic times. Flash Media format

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Saturday
December 06, 2008
The state of Minnesota receives bad news regarding the future health of its budget, and Capitol Report brings you the announcement and the following press conferences called by the Governor and legislative leaders.

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November 2008
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Saturday
November 29, 2008
The Metropolitan Council releases its transportation plan, and Senate transit division chair Scott Dibble and Senator Gen Olson, senior Republican member, weigh in on the council\'s ideas nd the pending transit fund deficit. Plus, Senator-elect Ken Kelash offers his perspective on major challenges facing Minnesota. (repeat)

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Saturday
November 22, 2008
The Metropolitan Council releases its transportation plan, and Senate transit division chair Scott Dibble and Senator Gen Olson, senior Republican member, weigh in on the council\'s ideas nd the pending transit fund deficit. Plus, Senator-elect Ken Kelash offers his perspective on major challenges facing Minnesota.

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Saturday
November 15, 2008
The Green Jobs Task Force is highlighted as host Julie Bartkey talks with Co-Chair Senator Ellen Anderson about the impact of alternative energy economics in Minnesota and with Senator Amy Koch about green jobs and the role of government. Steve Senyk and Commissioner Tom Hanson of the Department of Minnesota Management and Budget discuss the state budget and the potential effect a national economic downturn may have on the state. Also, a brief look back on the career of former State Senator Allan Spear. (Repeat)

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Saturday
November 08, 2008
Several memorials located on the State Capitol mall honor the heroics of Minnesota men and women who fought for this country’s freedom. Capitol Report showcases the WWII memorial and features two war heroes from our home state. Plus, Veterans Affairs Commissioner Clark Dyrud talks about recently-enacted programs designed to help our state\'s veterans. (Repeat)

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Saturday
November 01, 2008
House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Republican Leader Marty Seifert distinguish their caucus\'s approach to addressing the challenges facing Minnesota. Dr. Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute provides his �Inside Perspective� on what he is calling the sleeper issue of the 2008 election. Plus, arguments from both sides of the debate over a constitutional amendment that is in the hands of voters. If passed, it would dedicate funding for the environment and cultural preservation.

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October 2008
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Saturday
October 25, 2008
Several memorials located on the State Capitol mall honor the heroics of Minnesota men and women who fought for this country’s freedom. Capitol Report showcases the WWII memorial and features two war heroes from our home state. Plus, Veterans Affairs Commissioner Clark Dyrud talks about recently-enacted programs designed to help our state\'s veterans. (Repeat)

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Saturday
October 18, 2008
The Green Jobs Task Force is highlighted as host Julie Bartkey talks with Co-Chair Senator Ellen Anderson about the impact of alternative energy economics in Minnesota and with Senator Amy Koch about green jobs and the role of government. Steve Senyk and Commissioner Tom Hanson of the Department of Minnesota Management and Budget discuss the state budget and the potential effect a national economic downturn may have on the state. Also, a brief look back on the career of former State Senator Allan Spear.

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Saturday
October 11, 2008
This week, Representative Karen Clark and Senator Ray Vandeveer talk with moderator Julie Bartkey about the potential impact of the Federal �Bailout Bill� on Minnesota homeowners. She also sits down with a parent of an autistic child, and learns of the challenges the child, and family, face. Steve Senyk begins a new segment, �Inside Perspective�, and questions Senate Minority Leader David Senjem about a new Senate Task Force on Autism.

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Saturday
October 04, 2008
Improving education is on the minds of state policymakers. On this Capitol Report program, Host Steve Senyk talks with State Representative Mindy Greiling about reforming school funding and with State Senator David Hann, who talks about exploring structural changes to strengthen local control. Also, highlights of the Governor\'s plan to improve teaching and a look at State Capitol history with the new Capitol Site Manager of the Minnesota Historical Society.

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September 2008
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Saturday
September 27, 2008
Host Julie Bartkey talks with the Executive Director of the Minnesota Housing Partnership about the origins of the current housing crisis and the impact on affordable housing and rental housing in Minnesota.
State Senators Linda Higgins and Paul Koering lend legislative perspectives on affordable housing and the potential impact of the federal bail out of financial institutions across America.
Producer Steve Senyk interviews the Co-Chair of the Green Jobs Energy Task Force, State Representative Jeremy Kalin, about the economic potential of alternative energy sources.
Plus, highlights of Governor Pawlenty\'s education finance package.


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Saturday
September 20, 2008
About 18,000 Minnesotans receiving health care through the state\'s MnCare program may lose their coverage, as a result of a federal program change. Host Julie Bartkey talks with Senator Linda Berglin, chair of the Health and Human Services Budget Division, and Senator Paul Koering, a lead Republican on that committee, about the impact of the changes. Plus, Senator Don Betzold, vice-chair of the pensions commission, provides a perspective on the financial health of Minnesota\'s public pensions, and the new I-35W bridge opens.

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Saturday
September 13, 2008
Soon the new 35W Bridge will open, but one Minnesotan doesn\'t want the attention on failing Minnesota bridges to fade away. Host Julie Bartkey talks with Kimberly Brown, a survivor of the bridge collapse, who is busy photographing deteriorating bridges. Senate Transportaton Vice Chair Jim Carlson and Lead Republican Senator Mike Jungbauer talk about her efforts and legislative action needed. Plus, a joint Senate and House committee reviews a report from the Legislative Auditor regarding a wildlife enforcement conference, and the Green Jobs Task Force holds its first meeting. And, Rep. Jeremy Kalin talks about his proposal to close a loophole in the law regulating sex offenders.

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Saturday
September 06, 2008
Now that the Republican National Convention is over, what does it mean for the city of St. Paul and for local Republican legislators? Senate Republican Leader David Senjem talks about the influence of the national party platform on shaping legislation and efforts needed to improve the economy. Wendy Underwood of the City of St. Paul highlights the economic impact of hosting a major convention. Plus, Sen. John Marty, co-chair of the Legislative Commission to End Poverty by 2020, reviews the latest census poverty figures and offers suggestions to aid Minnesotans economically. Further, Colombian Ambassador Carolina Barco makes a special visit to St. Paul and the Capitol for a specific purpose.

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August 2008
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August 30, 2008
Minnesota state lawmakers join the Great Minnesota Get Together and meet fairgoers at the Senate and House booths, located inside the Education Building. This week Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey visits with Sen. Sandy Rummel (DFL-White Bear Lake) and Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan) at the fair to discuss education. Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller talks about the importance of reaching out to the public, and Bishop Peter Rogness, St. Paul Synod, Evangelical Luthern Church of America, talks about Governor Pawlenty\'s proclamation naming Minnesota a �One State.�

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Saturday
August 23, 2008
Several memorials located on the State Capitol mall honor the heroics of Minnesota men and women who fought for this country’s freedom. Capitol Report showcases the WWII memorial and features two war heroes from our home state. Plus, Veterans Affairs Commissioner Clark Dyrud talks about recently-enacted programs designed to help our state\'s veterans.

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Saturday
August 16, 2008
Jobs and the economy are the focus of Capitol Report, and host Julie Bartkey talks with Emploment and Economic Development Commissioner Dan McElroy, Senator Kathy Saltzman, DFL-Woodbury, and Senator Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, about the best efforts to stimulate job growth. Plus, Rep. Bill Hilty, co-chair of the Legislative Electric Energy Task Force, assesses the newly-released state energy emergency plan.

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Saturday
August 09, 2008
Protecting Minnesota\'s natural resources is the focus of a University of Minnesota report, and host Julie Bartkey reviews the findings with Senate environment chair Satveer Chaudhary and Sen. Dennis Frederickson, the ranking Republican member of the environmental finance division. Plus, former state senator Bob Lessard reflects on his most passionate issue, and DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten outlines the challenges facing his agency. (Repeat)

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Saturday
August 02, 2008
Newly-appointed MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel sits down with host Julie Bartkey to talk about the future direction of the department. Plus, Senator Scott Dibble, Senate Transit Chair, and Arlene McCarthy, the Director of Metropolitan Council\'s Transportation Division, discuss rising transit costs and rising transit rates.

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July 2008
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Saturday
July 26, 2008
Two Minnesota sports teams will soon take the field in new stadiums. Capitol Report takes you to the construction sites for an update, and host Julie Bartkey explores the future of the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome with former Senator Roy Terwilliger, chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. Plus, Senator Tom Bakk, chair of the Senate Taxes Committee, and Senator John Marty, a member of the committee, talk about the potential for a new Vikings stadium.

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Saturday
July 19, 2008
The rising costs of energy are challenging policymakers to seek alternative energy sources and conservation incentives. Host Julie Bartkey talks with Rep. Michael Beard and Rep. Paul Gardner about whether or not government can make an impact. Plus, Senator Betsy Wergin joins the PUC, and outgoing Energy Security Director Ed Garvey highlights energy research and development. Also, Senator Mee Moua hears from many of her constituents about a recent storm\'s impact on their farmer market businesses.

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Saturday
July 12, 2008
Protecting Minnesota\'s natural resources is the focus of a University of Minnesota report, and host Julie Bartkey reviews the findings with Senate environment chair Satveer Chaudhary and Sen. Dennis Frederickson, the ranking Republican member of the environmental finance division. Plus, former state senator Bob Lessard reflects on his most passionate issue, and DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten outlines the challenges facing his agency.

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Saturday
July 05, 2008
The Legislative Audit Commission met recently to receive a report from the Legislative Auditor on charter school management and performance measurements.

Capitol Report examines those findings and comments from the OLA report. Guests on the program include Senator Terri Bonoff and Senator Claire Robling.


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June 2008
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Saturday
June 28, 2008
The 35W bridge reconstruction effort continues well ahead of schedule at the end of June.

For an update on bridge progress, Capitol Report speaks with Sen. Steve Murphy and Sen. Dick Day. 35W bridge victim spouse Jennifer Holmes also speaks about her family\'s experiences over the past eleven months.


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Saturday
June 21, 2008
Minnesota state courts, from the supreme court to the trial courts and public defenders board, face significant budget cuts passed on by the 2008 legislature. Capitol Report examines how these cuts may impact the judicial system.

Guests include Sen. Mee Moua, Sen. Waren Limmer, Sen. Leo Foley, Corrections Commissioner Joan Fabian and Hennepin County Public Defender Leonardo Castro.


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Saturday
June 14, 2008
The 2008 legislative session went down to the wire but concluded on a satisfactory note judging from the reaction of legislative leaders who appeared on this Capitol Report program that originally aired 5/24/08. (Repeat program)

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Saturday
June 07, 2008
Minnesota\'s new graduated drivers license rules for 16-18 year old drivers are discussed on this Capitol Report along with an examination of early education and higher education funding decisions made during the 2008 legislative session.

Guests include Senator David Hann, Rep. Mindy Greiling, Senator Sandy Pappas and Rep. Kim Norton.


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May 2008
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May 31, 2008
The Pool Safety Law arising from the tragic case of Abigail Taylor is highlighted in Capitol Report from 5/31/08. Some good news on health care standards and reform adopted by the 2008 legislature are also part of this week\'s program.

Guests include Senator Geoff Michel, Senator Linda Berglin, Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman and Representative Matt Dean.


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Saturday
May 24, 2008
The 2008 legislative session went down to the deadline wire but concluded on a satisfactory note, judging from the response of legislative leaders appearing on Capitol Report for 5/24/08.

Guests include Senate Minority Leader David Senjem and Assistant Majority Leader Tarryl Clark.


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Saturday
May 17, 2008
The major issue invloving bonding for the twin cities central corridor light rail program remains undecided as the 2008 legislative session winds down. Education policy and an agreement on a comprehensive agriculture and veterans policy bill are also discussed in this episode of Capitol Report.

Guests include Rep. Alice Hausman, Rep, Marty Seifert, Sen. Jim Vickerman and Sen. Chuck Wiger.


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Saturday
May 10, 2008
State Rep. Ryan Winkler breaks down details on a compensation package agreement for I35W bridge collpase victims, Sen. Ellen Anderson discusses a minimum wage increase bill sent to Gov. Pawlenty, and Sen. Ann Lynch discusses newborn genetic testing provisions passed by the legislature in the May 10th, 2008 Capitol Report program.

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Saturday
May 03, 2008
This edition of Capitol Report discusses the lung study of Iron Range miners, the Real ID license issue, and the effort to establish a Lake Vermilion State Park.

Guests include Sen. David Senjem, Sen. Pat Pariseau, Sen. Mee Moua, and Rep. Tom Rukavina.


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April 2008
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Saturday
April 26, 2008
The discussion on this edition of Capitol Report includes efforts to stem the home foreclosure crisis, and the ongoing legislative effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Guests include Sens. Ellen Anderson and Michael Jungbauer.

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Saturday
April 19, 2008
Capitol Report topics this week include surrogate parenting provisions, medical marijuana and insurance �good faith� conduct standards. Guests include Senators Linda Higgins, David Hann, Linda Scheid and Representatives Tom Huntley and Tony Cornish.

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Saturday
April 12, 2008
Topics include Gov. Pawlenty\'s bonding bill vetoes, the new �Minnesota Miracle� education funding initiative, and regulation of internet ticket sales. Guest include Senators Betsy Wergin, Ron Latz, Chris Gerlach and Representative Mindy Greiling.

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Saturday
April 05, 2008
Senate and House health leaders discuss comprehensive health care access legislation, and tax policy legislation is discussed on this edition of Capitol Report.

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March 2008
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Saturday
March 29, 2008
The Senate and House approve competing proposals to compensate victims of the I-35W bridge collapse, and host Julie Bartkey explores the differences with the bill authors. Plus, the Senate puts together its tax bill.

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Saturday
March 22, 2008
The 2008 legislative session reaches its half way mark. How do leaders view the progress? Plus, a high school kids drives new legislation lowering the age to donate blood, and a national announcement giving some states flexibility in enforcing No Child Left Behind Act.

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Saturday
March 15, 2008
While K through 12 Education and local government aid avoid cuts in the Governor’s latest budget proposal, health and human services, higher education and state agencies do not fare as well. Legislative leaders talk about the Governor\'s budget proposals and their respective caucus positions. Plus, keeping all students in school until their 18.

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Saturday
March 08, 2008
Higher education, natural resources and light rail are some of the big winners in the pending bonding bills. Plus keeping people in homes by avoiding foreclosure sales and safety at the swimming pools.

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Saturday
March 01, 2008
School bus safety becomes a high priority at the capitol. Nuclear power gains steam. Loosening restrictions on gun use for self defense, and protecting owners of new homes.

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February 2008
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Saturday
February 23, 2008
35W victim compensation, comprehensive health care and economic development topics are all part of this edition of Capitol Report.

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Saturday
February 16, 2008
House leaders discuss the 2008 session, highlights of the state of the state, and a proposal to ensure baby bottle safety.

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Saturday
February 09, 2008
An \'08 session preview, judicial elections and civic education are discussed on this week\'s Capitol Report.

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Saturday
February 02, 2008
This significance of the 2008 caucuses, the Governor\'s bonding priorities, and the importance of renewable energy sources are discussed in this week\'s Capitol Report.

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January 2008
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January 26, 2008
Compensation for 35W bridge collapse survivors is discussed, along with MnDOT oversight functions. The rumored Northwest Airlines merger and potential effects here in Minnesota is also discussed with the Senate aviation subcommittee co-chair.

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Saturday
January 19, 2008
The collapse of the 35W bridge spurs the Governor to propose a good portion of bonding dollars for bridge repair. Plus, key policymakers respond to the latest reports on the cause behind the bridge\'s failure and the condition of other Minnesota bridges. And, a new proposal to complete legislative redistricting without acrimony.

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Saturday
January 12, 2008
It may be the best time for consumers to feel safe about buying a car with a new law that went into effect January 1st. The Governor brings illegal immigration issues to the forefront, and a proposal surfaces to get anglers on the lakes one week earlier.

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Saturday
January 05, 2008
Senate Republicans call for Minnesota to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Northstar commuter rail project is back on track, House Republicans release their plan to reduce health care costs, and a look at the first Minnesota-born Governor. -Repeat program-

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