On Monday, Jan. 21, 106 hearty MinnPost members and readers braved the cold to attend the latest MinnPost Social to hear MinnPost reporters Peter Callaghan and Walker Orenstein talk about the new legislative session and political dynamics at the state Capitol.
Callaghan covered a few issues that might receive bipartisan support, including opioids, elder abuse, child care and funding to boost school safety from gun violence. Orenstein also discussed uncertainty around the Enbridge pipeline project and whether the new administration of Gov. Tim Walz will continue a lawsuit challenging the controversial proposal.
As always happens at these events, questions from the audience took center stage and touched on subjects like the ongoing woes of MNLARS, recreational marijuana and the role science could play in crafting policy in the Legislature. There was also discussion about how legislation moves through the Capitol, noting that in recent years many bills were packaged together in omnibus bills.
The conversation was moderated by MinnPost editor Andy Putz. The MinnPost Social series — presented by RBC Wealth Management — allows MinnPost journalists to share their insights with the public. The events are free for MinnPost members and $10 for nonmembers.