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Playing Politics

Playing Politics

Listening to the "Playing Politics" podcast from the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio is like taking a seat at the Editorial Board table and hearing an informed and opinionated weekly discussion of all things political in Minnesota and the nation. "Playing Politics" features WCCO’s Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune’s John Rash in addition to editorial writer Patricia Lopez and columnists Lori Sturdevant and D.J. Tice – award-winning journalists who bring varied perspectives to the issues of the day.


Episode 99: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Legislative session starts calmly. Storm clouds ahead?

FILE - In this May 24, 2017, file photo, sun rises behind the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota lawmakers return to Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, with a long list of work, and not much time to tackle it. The Legislature will discuss big-time tax code revisions, opioid abuse prevention efforts and possible constitutional amendments on the November ballot. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)

The 2018 campaign hangs over the 2018 session as lawmakers are gaveled to work. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 98: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Porter scandal scars White House

Questions continue over what West Wing officials knew about Rob Porter's alleged domestic violence. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 97: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Pawlenty's move sparks speculation

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty spoke at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

On the day of the Republican and DFL caucuses, the former Minnesota governor resigns his lobbying job. Is he going to run? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 96: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Beyond the State of the Union Address

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. No natural orator, Trump has nonetheless shown at times that he can deliver a powerful speech that effectively outlines his vision, strikes an emotional chord and moves commentators to declare that he, at last, looks presidential. And then the teleprompter gets turned off. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

How durable will President Trump's expected call for unity be? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 95: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Mueller investigation – and controversy – intensifies

FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Partisanship ensues as the special counsel's probe into the 2016 campaign is clouded by questions involving the FBI. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 94: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Shutdown showdown

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, listens as Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks while meeting with bipartisan members of Congress on immigration in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Andrew Harrer/Abaca Press/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1220933

Washington works against a deadline – again – to keep the government running. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 93: "Playing Politics" podcast: 'Fire and Fury' engulfs Bannon, singes White House

President Donald Trump congratulated Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, at Bannon's swearing-in ceremony at the White House in January 2017. Trump essentially excommunicated his former ally Wednesday, saying that Bannon had "lost his mind" in response to reports that Bannon described Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."

The Trump administration reacts to a new book and holds an extraordinary open meeting on DACA. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 92: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Smith swearing-in kicks off big political year

Lt. Governor Tina Smith. Governor Mark Dayton explained his plan to fix Minnesota's transportation systems at a press conference today. ] GLEN STUBBE * gstubbe@startribune.com Monday, January 26, 2015 ORG XMIT: MIN1501261311536689

The U.S. Senate ascension of Tina Smith begins a year of campaigning in Minnesota and critical contests in other states. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 91: 'Playing Politics' podcast: 2018 political preview

Amy Klobuchar, left, and Tina Smith.

Next year's elections will be consequential for both Washington and St. Paul. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 90: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Smith appointment, Jones victory rock politics

Confetti falls as Democrat Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The ascension of senators in Minnesota and Alabama will have immediate impact in Washington. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 89: 'Playing Politics' podcast: A cascade of calls for Franken's resignation

Sen Al Franken waited to take the stage with wife Franni.

Several Democratic senators called on their colleague Al Franken to resign in response to escalating allegations of sexual harassment. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 88: 'Playing Politics' podcast: North Korea crisis escalates

In this Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, photo distributed on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The latest ballistic missile test is the latest governing test for President Donald Trump and other world leaders. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 87: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Franken allegations, resignations from Legislature rock state politics

Al Franken

The national sex harassment story hit home this week. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 86: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Harassment scandals roil politics nationally, locally

The opening sketch on "Saturday Night Live" featured Miked Day playing Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on a visit to the White House.

Allegations against Roy Moore in Alabama and complaints about two Minnesota legislators lead to calls for reform. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 85: 'Playing Politics' podcast: City elections generate a generational shift

Minneapolis mayor elect Jacob Frey spoke to the media at his headquarters after it was announced that he won Tuesday night's mayoral election.

Youth will be served as Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter are chosen by Minneapolis and St. Paul voters. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 84: 'Playing Politics' podcast: In St. Paul, attacks scramble mayoral race

St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter pictured during a forum in April.

A controversial campaign ad is met with backlash in the capital as both St. Paul and Minneapolis near next Tuesday's election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 83: 'Playing Politics' podcast: How and why we make Editorial Board endorsements

A voter displays a "I voted" sticker in a polling station at the Chinese Community Church in Washington, April 3, 2012. Voters are headed to the polls in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington Tuesday to continue the narrowing of the field in the Republican presidential nominating contest. (Doug Mills/The New York Times) ORG XMIT: MIN2012103114204975 ORG XMIT: MIN1605270022560612

Endorsements will begin next week for key races in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis on that and other political topics from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 82: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump-Corker feud fuels more White House turmoil

FILE — Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) during a Senate Budget Committee meeting in Washington, Oct. 4, 2017. President Donald Trump laced into Corker, whose support he will need on tax reform and the future of the Iran nuclear deal, saying on Twitter that the senator had decided not to run for re-election because he “didn’t have the guts.” (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

The president spars with a senator of his own party, and Democrats reel after allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 81: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Las Vegas shooting rekindles gun control debate

A makeshift memorial to victims of the mass shooting on Sunday night, on the northern end of the Las Vegas strip, Oct. 3, 2017. A lone gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort on Sunday night, killing at least 59 and wounding at least 527 more at a country music festival below. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times) ORG XMIT: MIN2017100312082522

Calls for Congress to address gun safety legislation increased in the wake of the tragedy. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 80: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Minnesota's political impasse intensifies

Gov. Mark Dayton spoke at a press conference in Governor's Reception Room after mediation breaks down with Legislature's GOP leaders. ] GLEN STUBBE ï glen.stubbe@startribune.com Friday September 22, 2017 Gov. Mark Dayton holds press conference in Governor's Reception Room after mediation breaks down with Legislature's GOP leaders. Speaker Daudt, Leader Gazelka newser to follow immediately outside House chamber.

The enduring dispute between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders shows no sign of ending. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.