At Issue: Political Year in Review

Updated: 12/30/2013 5:24 PM By: Heidi Enninga

In this week’s edition of At Issue, host Tom Hauser takes a look back on the political issues, faces and events of 2013.

At the beginning of the year, the Minnesota Vikings stadium project was in need of a new source of funding after a failed e-pull tabs venture left the state short of the amount needed. After a year filled with negotiations and a Wilfs-family lawsuit, officials finally broke ground in December.

Toward the end of the year, MNsure, the state’s online health exchange took center stage. The website got off to a rocky start as its launch was delayed, but it continued to be plagued with controversy, glitches and security problems which eventually contributed to the resignation of the executive director and CEO and the naming of an interim CEO.

Tom Hauser sat down with former Gov. Wendell Anderson, famous for his school finance reform dubbed the “Minnesota Miracle,” to take a look at his political career as he turned 80.

We take a look back on the life and accomplishments of Minnesota bestselling author Vince Flynn who died from prostate cancer this year.

George Lamson Jr., a St. Paul native and the subject of a new documentary, tells the story of being the sole survivor on a plane crash.

1500 ESPN’s Garage Logic celebrated 20 years on the air in 2013, so Tom Hauser and the hosts reflected on the show’s success and its future.