At Issue: Church Task Force, Vikings Budget

Updated: 10/16/2013 2:31 PM By: Heidi Enninga

In this week’s edition of At Issue, host Tom Hauser takes an in-depth look at the local political issues that affect you.

Catholics are dealing with a lot of unwelcome news about the conduct of some priests. The Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul appointed members to a six-member, non-clergy task force on Tuesday. On Wednesday, protesters gathered outside of archdiocesan offices and voiced frustration and anger about the way the church handles cases of priest misconduct.

Shovels haven’t even hit the dirt, but the new $975 million stadium the Minnesota Vikings want is already too expensive for the budget.

The team is now scaling back plans inside and outside the proposed stadium, because bids have already exceeded the budget by $20-$30 million. The new stadium is already in already though to host the 2018 Super Bowl. The NFL named Minneapolis along with Indianapolis and New Orleans as the three site finalists.

An investigation into alleged backroom deals at the Minnesota Department of Human Services has the governor’s attention. An internal investigation was launched after several state employees blew the whistle on an agreement Assistant Commissioner Scott Leitz seemingly made mostly on his own to give Medicaid reimbursements to Fairview Amplatz Children's Hospital.

In the midst of a federal government shutdown, several lawmakers tried to bring attention to immigration policy reform on the National Mall. Representative Keith Ellison and several other house democrats were arrested Tuesday as part of planned protest on the National Mall.

Chris Dahlberg, the newest challenger to Senator Al Franken joined host Tom Hauser in the studio to talk about his campaign. Matt Entenza, former DFL House Minority Leader and Republican Strategist Ben Golnik talked about the future of the Southwest Light Rail Line project in Political Analysis.