Making Sausage

Local Election Judge Sonja Merrild

Oct 29, 2020

Sonja Merrild, a local election judge in the Grand Rapids area, joins Heidi Holtan on Making Sausage.  Sonja moved here from Denmark years ago, then become a US citizen in 2016, in time to vote in that year’s election. 

This election year she asked herself what she could do to help her community and made the decision to become an election judge.  Sonja talks about what it means for her to serve in this position and she tells us she feels confident that in her county, things will remain fair and safe on election day.

Heidi Holtan

A special session of the 2020 MN Legislature is not a surprise – due in large part to a bonding bill that did not get passed and also the unusual circumstances of COVID-19.  But now, with the killing of George Floyd a new agenda for special session by Democrats has emerged.  Minn Post Reporter Walker Orenstein talked with us this morning on KAXE/KBXE. 

ryanwinkler.com

We spoke with Minnesota's House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler on Thursday's Morning Show about legislation that has been passed regarding COVID-19 in Minnesota.

Listen now:

It's time for our next round of our monthly Dig Deep conversations with liberal commentator Aaron Brown and conservative Chuck Marohn.

They tell us about their summers and then take a look, from their differing political perspectives, at how the presidential election is playing out and why the candidates are doing what they are doing. 

Sign up for the Dig Deep Podcast!

On Making Sausage Thursday mornings we talk about the messy business of politics.  This week DFL commentator Colleen Nardone was in - and we talked insulin prices with Senate Minority Leader from Cook - DFLer Tom Bakk. 

This year in the MN Legislature there was a bill to let the voters decide in 2020 if  Equal Rights Amendment to the MN Constitution should be added.  It did not pass. 

Our longtime DFL commentator Colleen Nardone has been around for a lot of discussion about women and the Equal Rights Amendment - she joined us on Making Sausage.

Peter Callaghan from MinnPost

Last week we talked with MN Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman - Brooklyn Park (DFL) about what she thinks got accomplished this session - and what is LEFT to accomplish including holding pharmaceutical companies accountable as well as insulin prices. 

Read MinnPost's Peter Callaghan's article here.

http://www.ecumengrand.org/

Today on Making Sausage we talked with DFL commentator Colleen Nardone and Grand Village Executive Director Kyle Hedlund.  Colleen has a long history with how the legislative process works and talked about what budget targets the DFL was happy for, and what may have been better.  The session ended Monday night, but lots more work to be done in conference committee and a special session.

Peter Callaghan from MinnPost

Peter Callaghan joined us this morning for Making Sausage.  We talked budget stalemate, opioid bill, the Help America Vote Act and what the end of a legislative session. 

Paul Battaglia / https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/Story/13943

We're getting down to the wire at the MN Legislature.  Minnesota is the only state in the union that has a divided government right now with a DFL governor, DFL majority House and a Republican majority Senate.  Before the legislative session began there was high hopes on "working across the aisle" and compromise. 

Pages