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 191: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Pandemic, police and politics

President Donald Trump listens during a "National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America's Schools," event in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday,

In Washington and St. Paul, response to the crises split along intensifying partisan lines. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's D.J. Tice and John Rash.


Episode 190: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Bolton bombshells emerge

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and John Bolton, right, national security adviser, attend a briefing from Senior Military Leadership in the Cabinet

The highly anticipated book by the former adviser to President Donald Trump is set to soon be released. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 189: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Protests roil locally, and nationally

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, standing a distance from police Chief Medaria Arradondo, watched as the chief outlined how the city will enforce the new

Response to the killing of George Floyd impacts politics in Minneapolis and the U.S. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.


Episode 188: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Ellison ups charges in George Floyd case

Samaya Bunbuenano, 12, held her little brother Dayton Majors, 11, in front of a large mural of George Floyd on Wednesday at Cup Foods in Minneapolis.

Minnesota's attorney general announced the move as nationwide protests continue. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.


Episode 187: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Frey, his city and nation call for justice

George Floyd Credit: Facebook

The Minneapolis mayor calls for the arrest of the officer involved in the killing of George Floyd. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 186: 'Playing Politics' podcast: As Walz turns the dial, critics turn up the heat

Tim Walz at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on December 18, 2018. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥ renee.jones@startribune.com

A gradual adjustment of rules on restaurants and other entities by Minnesota's governor comes amid a growing debate on the pace of pandemic-rules easing. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's D.J. Tice and John Rash.


Episode 185: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Walz faces most consequential call yet

Governor Tim Walz speaks during a news conference Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with MMB Commissioner Myron Frans to discuss the State of Minnesota’s budget

Minnesota's governor weighs whether, and how much, to "turn the dial" on the state's pandemic response. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.


Episode 184: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Rising deficit, COVID-19 deaths shake state

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz put his mask back on at the conclusion of a news conference Tuesday.

Minnesota faces extraordinary challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 183: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Mike Pence, unmasked at Mayo

Vice President Mike Pence visits the molecular testing lab at Mayo Clinic Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Rochester, Minn., where he toured the facilities

The vice president's visit to the Mayo Clinic stirred controversy. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's D.J. Tice and John Rash.


Episode 182: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Pandemic protest and process

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz provides an update on the state's response to COVID-19 during a news conference on Monday, April 20, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. A

Demonstrations against stay-at-home orders come amid Gov. Tim Walz's announcement of dramatically expanded testing. 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 181: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Growing partisan divisions on pandemic response

A sign put up by the Brooklyn Center Police Department reminded motorists of Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order.

Republican pushback in Minnesota and throughout the country reflects a widening divide on mitigation strategy. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 180: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Bernie Sanders leaves the race — and a legacy

FILE -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, during a campaign rally in Boston, Feb. 29, 2020. No legi

The Vermont senator didn't get the Democratic presidential nomination, but helped frame the debate. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 179: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The press, the president, and the pandemic

President Donald Trump has been reluctant so far to use his bully pulpit to urge governors to issue orders that would help effectively create a nation

How should the news media cover the COVID-19 briefings at the White House? 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 178: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Mixed signals on pandemic

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference against a backdrop of medical supplies at the Jacob Javits Center that will house a tempora

Federal and state responses vary widely as governors and President Donald Trump approach COVID-19 differently. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 177: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Pandemic response

President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers a $46 billion emergency funding request to help the government fight the coronavirus and to reverse cuts pro

The coronavirus crisis affects governance in Washington, St. Paul and beyond. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Jill Burcum.


Episode 176: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Biden's big breakthrough

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a primary election night rally Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles.

The former vice president advanced his chances at the top job after a strong Super Tuesday showing. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 175: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Democrats debate (and shout)

Bernie Sanders, center, was a frequent target of his Democratic presidential rivals at Tuesday night's debate in Charleston, S.C.

The clash between candidates in South Carolina could be consequential for its primary — and beyond. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 174: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The Bloomberg factor

Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the ?U.S. Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting, Wednesday, J

The former New York mayor rises in the polls as he joins the Democratic debate. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 173: 'Playing Politics' podcast: After New Hampshire, what's next for Democrats?

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at her election night party, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/

The election's first primary scrambled the 2020 race. 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 172: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Impeachment, Iowa and the State of the Union

In this image from video, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speaks on the Senate floor about the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S.

Even by recent Washington standards, it's been an extraordinary week of news. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D. J. Tice.