At Issue: Gov. Dayton Interview, MNsure Leadership Shakeup

Created: 12/24/2013 11:11 AM 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.

Minnesotans trying to get health coverage through MNsure will get a one-week extension until Jan. 1. The announcement came after a tumultuous week at MNsure, which included the resignation of former executive director April Todd-Malmlov amidst rising criticism.

Scott Leitz quickly took the reins, apologizing for problems that have plagued Minnesotans trying to register for MNsure and renewing a promise to serve the state. Gov. Mark Dayton said Todd-Malmlov wasn’t forced or asked to resign but that mounting pressure to do so after news broke of her ill-timed vacation may have been a contributing factor.

Another prominent leader stepped down this week. Archbishop John Nienstedt announced he would take a temporary leave from public ministry after an allegation of inappropriate touching came out. The Diocese of Winona released a list of 14 priests who face credible accusations of abuse. They join a growing list in the state which includes 18 from St. John’s Abbey and 34 from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell again in November to 4.6 percent. Although the state actually cut 800 jobs last month, gains in other months made up for it, and in the past year Minnesota has gained 39,800 jobs.

In Political Analysis, Sen. Coleman’s former press secretary Andy Brehm and former DFL State Sen. Ember Reichgott Jung joined host Tom Hauser to talk about how the problems with MNsure and campaign finance violations might affect upcoming elections.

Tom Hauser sat down with Gov. Dayton this week to take a look back on his first term in the office, reflect on accomplishments and low points and look forward to what his plans are as a candidate.

In Face Off, DFL House Minority Leader Matt Entenza and Freedom Foundation of Minnesota CEO Annette Meeks weigh the possible national and local effect of the health care rollout on elections.