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 201: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Court fight convulses Congress, campaign

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg clapped after listening to students sing opera Oct. 3, 2019, at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass.

The debate over approving a Supreme Court justice impacts the 2020 election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 200: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump's night with undecided voters

President Donald Trump talks with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos before a town hall at National Constitution Center, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, i

The president took questions in prime time as the national election looms. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's D.J. Tice and John Rash.


Episode 199: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Woodward book's bombshells

President Donald Trump at a news conference Aug. 31 at the White House. “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump told auth

How will the revelations about the president's handling of the pandemic play out in the campaign? Listen to the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.


Episode 198: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The Republican National Convention

President Donald Trump arrives to address the Republican National Convention, in Charlotte, N.C., Monday afternoon, Aug. 24, 2020. Six months after Tr

The virtual gathering is energizing the GOP base. But can it expand it? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 197: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The real consequences of a virtual convention

In this combination image from video, former first lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich speak

Online-only nominating gatherings will still impact the presidential election. 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 196: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The Harris effect

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice P

How will the selection of Joe Biden's running mate impact the race? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 195: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Walz, Frey spar over National Guard deployment

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addresses protesters at a Defund the Police march to protest the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police

Differing accounts reveal a fissure between the Minnesota governor and Minneapolis mayor. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.


Episode 194: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Hearings, but is anyone listening?

Attorney General William Barr listens during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Justice on Capitol Hill, Tuesda

The appearance of Attorney General William Barr before Congress seemed to create more heat than light. 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 193: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Minnesota's mask mandate

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz walks after providing an update on the state's plan to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities Tuesday, J

Gov. Tim Walz's move comes after several states and multiple Minnesota cities had acted to require masks. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jason DeRusha and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 192: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Schools loom as next big decision

Children arrive for classes at Forest View Elementary where social distancing is enforced.] Kids are back to school! Sort of. In what could be a previ

The pandemic's impact on K-12 education is the just the latest issue facing state and local leaders. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast analysis from WCCO Radio's Jason DeRusha and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.


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.