Dialogue Minnesota: What's next for Minnesota after the election? Is legal marijuana on the cards?

Dialogue Minnesota discusses what happens in Minnesota now that the election is over.
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On the latest episode of Dialogue Minnesota, Jim du Bois is joined by University of Minnesota Associate Professor of Political Science Kathryn Pearson to explain what's next for Minnesota now the mid-term election is in the books. 

Pearson says women, despite a strong showing in the election, are still dramatically underrepresented in office across the country. That said, she believes Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a prime candidate to run against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. 

Among other talking points (listed below), the podcast discusses how likely it is that Governor elect Tim Walz focuses on marijuana legalization in Minnesota in 2019. 

"I think it depends how much pressure is put on the legislature and I think it depends how much legislative leadership there is on this issue," says Pearson. "I don't think Governor Walz is going to prioritize this issue, but if a supportive legislature brings this issue to him, it sounds like he would be very open to moving forward – at least in a dialogue – to see what could be done on this." 

If you're looking for something specific, check out these time stamps and talking points within the podcast.  

0:55 – Election wasn't a clear-cut victory for either party.

1:59 – The election was "largely a referendum on President Trump." 

3:10 – Was this a true blue wave? What about specifically in Minnesota?

5:08 – What to expect from Tim Walz in his first year as Minnesota's governor. 

5:45 – Breaking down why the DFL won big in suburban districts. 

6:56 – How will Democrats respond to losing in the 8th District?

7:30 – Challenges Republicans face after losing suburban districts. 

8:02 – Were polls accurate in the Attorney General race?

9:27 – Grassroots marijuana party's momentum for the next election. 

10:09 – Legalizing marijuana in MN will get a lot of attention under Walz. 

12:50 – New MN reps will bring a lot of energy to the national stage. 

14:00 – House Democrats' biggest priorities now that they are the majority.

17:07 – Congress is very polarized now. 

18:05 – Record number of women ran in this election, but results were mixed. 

20:40 – How will parties adjust before the next vote in 2020?

21:20 – Has the nation seen the last of Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke?

21:52 – Sen. Amy Klobuchar a presidential candidate in 2020?

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