At Issue with Tom Hauser

Chief Political Reporter Tom Hauser hosts "At Issue" every Sunday at 10 a.m. on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in the Twin Cities "At Issue" covers politics and current events - with original reporting and commentary - throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, greater Minnesota and the country at large.


1/14 At Issue: Smith Gears Up; Minneapolis Swears in New Leadership

The election year clock is already ticking for new Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith. She has less than 10 Months to raise maybe as much as $20 million for the 2018 election.

Meanwhile, Republican State Sen. Karin Housley held a campaign rally in Stillwater on Saturday. That will start to turn up the heat on Smith, who has to run both a campaign and fulfill her duties in Washington.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and a new City Council were publicly sworn into office last week.

It's one of the most diverse group of elected officials in the city's history. Nearly half of the Council is new and two members are transgender. The public ceremony ushered in what city leadership believes will be a time of unity and progress.

After the inauguration, council elections were held. Ward 10 Council Member Lisa Bender was elected president. She replaces longtime City Council member and president Barb Johnson.

New Ward 8 Council Member Andrea Jenkins was elected vice president. Of note, both of those votes were unanimous.

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This week a new U.S. Senator took office in Minnesota. Former Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is now Senator Smith, replacing Democrat Al Franken, after allegations of sexual misconduct.

As Smith learns the new job in Washington, her replacement as lieutenant governor will be doing the same here in Minnesota.

Republican State Sen. Michelle Fischbach became Gov. Mark Dayton's second-in-command. She says she will decline the much higher lieutenant governor's salary of almost $83,000 and stick with her $45,000 Senate salary. Democratic leader Tom Bakk has called on Fischbach to resign from the Senate, saying she can't hold two jobs at once.

Minneapolis and St. Paul both swore in new mayors this week. And both were busy as they started their new positions.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo got together to talk about some of their top priorities, which includes creating a stronger bond between officers and the community.

St. Paul's new mayor, Melvin Carter met with community members to learn more about the issues that are important to them.
We look back at some of the biggest political stories of 2017 in Minnesota...
Governor Mark Dayton has chosen his lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, to take over the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Al Franken.
It was a dramatic week in Minnesota political history. U.S. Sen. Al Franken resigned Thursday following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and growing calls from many of his U.S. Senate colleagues to step down. Tom Hauser examines from multiple angles.

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