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On this week's Sunday Take with WCCO political analyst Blois Olson, he catches up with AJ Awed who is running for Mayor of Minneapolis.  Plus majority leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives Ryan Winkler, and Minnesota Senator Karin Ho
This week, WCCO political analyst Blois Olson talks to Steve Simon, Minnesota's Secretary of State who announced he will run for re-election, Steve Hunegs the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, and with this week's me
Blois talks to John Stanoch, a former Hennepin County District Judge on the huge week in courts and politics.  He then chats with journalist Rebecca Brannon who was working on the Lazarro story in February. Finally, Peter Callaghan of MinnPost
In the first edition of our new show "Sunday Take" hosted by WCCO political analyst Blois Olson, he talks to Ramsey County Attorney John Choi about their new policy on low-level traffic stops, the new head of the Minnesota Senate GOP Jeremy Mil
Ward 11 City Council candidate Dillon Gherna had a blue-collar upbringing in the Michigan mining town of Calumet, but fell in love with the cosmopolitan City of Lakes upon moving here at 18 years old. On this episode, hear Gherna discuss his ap
First Transit project manager Steven Frich believes he has what it takes to win the competitive Ward 10 City Council seat left vacant by departing Council President Lisa Bender. Hear the candidate discuss his platform – aligned with a Democrati
Longtime Longfellow resident Tom Anderson has built a career in education, and his run for the Ward 2 City Council seat emphasizes the importance of schools in Minneapolis’ future. But in challenging Minneapolis’ only non-DFL affiliated City Co
“The world is watching Minneapolis right now,” says candidate for Ward 2 Robin Wonsley Worlobah, whose fight for social justice is informed by an upbringing in a predominantly Black, working-class Southside Chicago neighborhood and work for sta
Candidate for Ward 7’s City Council seat Nick Kor found a passion for organizing when helping LGBTQ+ classmates at the University of Thomas find their place, and after travelling the country as a Bush Fellow, his attention turned to city politi
Mickey Moore registered to run as a third party candidate for Congress on the day after the killing of George Floyd, and relative electoral success in his own Ward 9 inspired him to continue campaigning in its City Council race. Public safety,
Park Board Commissioner LaTrisha Vetaw is no stranger to running for office, nor is she unfamiliar with the Northside. As she runs against an incumbent in the Ward 4 City Council race, she speaks to changes and misconceptions about the Northsid
David Wheeler, candidate for Ward 10’s open City Council seat, has experience serving in city government; he spent years serving the city of Duluth in many roles and even ran for mayor. After ending up on Minneapolis’ Board of Estimate & Taxati
Community organizer and union activist Aisha Chughtai says she moved to Whittier because it “was the only place I could afford to live,” but found her passion for serving the community. On this episode, hear the Ward 10 candidate discuss commun
As a firefighter for 20 years, Chris Parsons says, “I know a disaster when I see it” – it’s why he decided to run for Ward 10’s open seat to help the city he’s loved since childhood. Hear the candidate talk about the need to hire more officers
Engineer Katie Jones has sustainability on her mind – she asserts that cities can play a huge role in the fight against climate change, from transit to building codes, and she intends to act on these issues should she win the competitive Ward 1
Sheila Nezhad is a longtime community organizer, holds a city budget role with Reclaim the Block, and is looking to be Minneapolis’ next mayor - a candidate whose views on most of the city’s biggest issues are diametrically opposed to those of
Kate Knuth, a former state representative with experience in climate work, decided to enter the race for Minneapolis mayor in what she considers a “critical moment” for the city. Intersecting this year are discussions surrounding the future of
Not only is Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey running for re-election, he’s also dealing with twin crises after one of the most difficult years in the city’s history. Frey joins as the first guest in the new season of ‘Beers with Blois,’ focused on
Patty Mueller became involved in local politics after an experience teaching in China gave her a greater appreciation for the United States’ political system, but community members and students alike eventually pushed the southern Minnesotan En
Newly-elected Representative John Thompson has long been driven to help his East Saint Paul community by speaking at committee hearings for years, especially empowered by the police killing of his friend Philando Castile, with whom he worked fo
Former public defender and Education Minnesota lawyer Cedrick Frazier not only brings legal expertise to the State House, but also a unique perspective on policies’ regional effects. A lifelong Bears fan, Frazier came to Minnesota from the Sout
Former Lakeville school board member and now-State Senator Zach Duckworth always arrives early, whether it be a podcast interview or a committee hearing. But Duckworth is impressive beyond his defiance of “Senate time”; hear the young Republica
After transitioning from the state house to the upper chamber, Senator Mary Kunesh of Columbia Heights wasted no time in getting to work. On the latest episode of the new legislator season, listen to Kunesh, a teacher herself, discuss necessary
Not only was Rep. Bjorn Olson the mayor of Walter Mondale’s hometown of Ellmore in southwestern Minnesota, but he also still lives in the former vice president’s former house backyard where Mondale announced his 1984 presidential candidacy. Hea
Representative Brain Pfarr, member of the Minnesota National Guard for over three decades and bank president, boasts a resume that helped him win his first ever run for office in Minnesota’s district 20A. Hear him discuss lessons learned from h
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