Brett Johnson Interviews Max Nesterak (6/21/22)

Brett Johnson is joined by Max Nesterak deputy editor at the Minnesota Reformer. They talk about Governor Tim Walz reviving his proposal for Walz checks, unionization efforts at Minnesota Starrbucks stores and tenants of HavenBrook Homes, one of the largest private landlords in Minnesota, demanding better living conditions.

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Cliff Schecter with Matt – June 13, 2022

Cliff Schecter is the President of Libertas LLC, a public relations and political strategy firm. He is the author of the 2008 bestselling book The Real McCain, a syndicated columnist, and co-owner of We Act Radio, AM 1480 in Washington DC. He also sits on the Board on the Ohio Innocence Project. You can follow him on…

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Brett Johnson with Patrick Coolican (5/31/22)

Brett Johnson speaks with Patrick Coolican, editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Reformer. They talk about how some Minneapolis cops are making well into 6 figures with overtime pay, why AR15’s need to be banned and preserving murals that were made in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd.

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Brett Johnson Interviews Jacob Millner of AJC Twin Cities

Brett Johnson is joined by Jacob Millner, the Twin Cities regional director of the American Jewish Commitee. They discuss GOP Secretary of State candidate Kim Crockett’s controversial antisemitic video that was sired at last weekend’s Republican state convention.

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Health Care for All Minnesota Spring Fundraiser

Brett Johnson had a chance to speak with Ken Englehart and Mack Santiago, two organizers from the Health Care for All Minnesota fundraiser taking place Friday. They highlight some of the fun things taking place at the fundraiser and share their own perspectives on why Minnesota need a single payer healthcare system.

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Brett Johnson Interviews Marshall Tanick(5/13/22)

Brett Johnson spoke with Twin Cities constitutional attorney. They talked about his recent column in the Minnesota reformer titled, “The Supreme Court shouldn’t be shrouded in secrecy” and why the Supreme Court would benefit from more transparency. Learn more about his work at: meyernjus.com/professionals/marshall-tanick/

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Brett with Patrick Coolican (5/10/22)

Brett Johnson speaks with Patrick Coolican, editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Reformer. They discuss the Vikings hiring of a sub-contractor on a housing complex they’re building that’s been accused of wage theft, a preview of this weekend’s GOP state convention and where things stand during the final two weeks of the legislative session.

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Matt with Jeff Stein (5/14/22)

It’s our usual Wednesday visit with national political expert Jeff Stein. Matt and Jeff discuss how the leaked SCOTUS abortion ruling might impact midterm election turnout, why it’s plausible a conservative may have leaked the opinion, the logic (or lack thereof) behind Alito’s opinion, overruling court precedent and more.

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Brett Johnson with Patrick Coolican (4/26/22)

Brett is joined by Patrick Coolican, editor in chief of the Minnesota Reformer. They discuss Governor Tim Walz’s state of the state address, a column about how to fight book bans, and MN Republicans nickle and diming people at their upcoming state convention.

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Brett Johnson Interviews Walker Orenstein of MinnPost (4/15/22)

Brett Johnson speaks with Walker Orenstein of MinnPost. They discuss a carbon fuel standards bill at the legislature and take a look at MinnPost’s list of all the candidates running for state legislature and what rural races Walker thinks will be most competitive.

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Brett with Patrick Coolican of the MN Reformer

Brett speaks with Patrick Coolican of the Minnesota Reformer. They discuss Republican crocodile tears over Governor Tim Walz not attending the “official” fishing opener (he is attending one though on the Leech Lake reservation), The proposed Republican lobbyist club at the capitol and the Biden administration allowing E15 gas during the summer months.

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Matt McNeil with Jack Rice (4/12/22)

Matt is joined by criminal defense attorney Jack Rice. They talk about the lack of a conviction for the Michigan men who devised a plot to kidnap governor Gretchen Whitmer, South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s 2020 car crash where he killed a pedestrian and more.

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Matt Lelou of the Communications Workers of America union at New Flyer in St. Cloud

Brett Johnson speaks with Matt Lelou of the Communications Workers of America union at New Flyer in St. Cloud, a bus manufacturing plant. Their union recently authorized a strike seeking higher pay, sick time, paid religious holidays and limits on mandatory overtime.

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Matt McNeil with Jeff Stein (4/6/22)

It’s our usual Wednesday visit with national political expert Jeff Stein. This week Matt and Jeff talk about Democrats possibly changing their primary/caucus calendar which could impact Iowa’s first in the nation status, why far right wingers like Marjorie Taylor Greene are causing problems for the GOP and more.

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Brett Johnson Speaks with Anna Granias of Wilder Research

Brett Johnson recently spoke with Anna Granias of Wilder Research. She was part of the team at Wilder that was contracted to review the state’s response to protests that took place after George Floyd was killed by police. They talked about some of the flaws of law enforcement and elected officials with how they responded…

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Matt McNeil with Jeff Stein (3/30/22)

It’s our usual Wednesday visit with national political expert Jeff Stein. This week Matt and Jeff talk about AOC’s editorial in New York Magazine predicting doom and gloom for Democrats, the 7 hour gap in Trump’s phone records from January 6, 2021, a federal judge ruling that Donald Trump “more likely than not” attempted to…

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Brett Johnson speaks with Peter Callaghan of MinnPost

Brett Johnson recently spoke with Peter Callaghan of MinnPost. They discussed funding and construction delays of the the Southwest Lightrail line and how a bill at the state legislature could impact healthcare premiums for Minnesotans.

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Matt McNeil Interviews Rep. Rob Ecklund (3A)

Our Democrat of the Day is Rep. Rob Ecklund from district 3A, which includes a large area of northeastern Minnesota and the arrowhead region. Matt and Rep. Ecklund primarily talk about chronic wasting disease being detected in a wild deer in Grand Rapids and what that could mean for wildlife and outdoor recreation in the…

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Matt McNeil with Jeff Stein (3/23/22)

Matt is joined by our national political expert Jeff Stein. They talk about Republican treatment of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson at this week’s confirmation hearings, Utah Republican Governor Spencer Cox vetoing a transgender youth sports ban bill and more.

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Brett Johnson with Patrick Coolican (3/15/22)

Brett Johnson spoke with editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Reformer, Patrick Coolican. They discussed Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey’s attempt to ban no knock warrants, large workers comp settlements for ex-Minneapolis police officers and new candidates running in the now open first Congressional district.

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Matt Interviews Jason Burbul & Olivia Cashman

Matt is joined by Jason Burbul, a Deconstruction Specialist with Better Futures Minnesota and Olivia Cashman, Construction & Demolition Waste Specialist with Hennepin County. They discuss grant programs for deconstruction in both Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. Learn more by calling (651) 335-7700  or going to BetterFuturesMinnesota.com.

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Matt McNeil with Dermot Flanagan (3/17/22)

We spend the entire first hour with Matt’s Irish friend, Dermot Flanagan as we talk about all things Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day! Issues we talk about include Trump’s image in Ireland, COVID, Brexit, support for NATO in Europe, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and more.

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Matt McNeil with Jeff Stein (3/16/22)

Matt is joined by our national political expert Jeff Stein. They talk about Trump stunning nobody by announcing Mike Pence would not be his potential 2024 running mate, whether Ron DeSantis could be Trump’s successor, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressing Congress, the RNC suing to stop 2020 email communications data from going to the January…

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Brett Johnson Interviews Walker Orenstein of MinnPost (3/11/22)

Brett Johnson recently spoke with Walker Orenstein of MinnPost. They talked about efforts by Minnesota lawmakers to divest state assets from Russia and why an effort to automatically expunge low-level convictions in Minnesota faces an uphill battle at the Legislature.

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Matt McNeil Interviews Cliff Schecter (3/14/22)

Matt and Cliff talk baseball with the Twins making trades this weekend with both of Cliff’s teams, the Reds and Yankees. Then politically they talk about Russia struggling with their invasion of Ukraine, Biden bringing NATO countries together and why Democrats shouldn’t buy the GOP narrative that the Dems are doomed in November.

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Matt McNeil and Jeff Stein (3/9/22)

It’s our usual Wednesday visit with national political expert Jeff Stein. Matt and Jeff talk about how defining who is a hero became more sobering amid the Russia-Ukraine war, how Ukraine has been able to hold off Russian forces, the impact of banning Russian energy imports and more.

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Jill Cook of the American School Counselor Association (3/7/22)

Matt McNeil speaks with Jill Cook, executive director of the American School Counselor Association and former school counselor, teacher and administrator. She and Matt go into detail discussing mental health services at K-12 schools, student mental health and the importance of school counselors, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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