Beyond the Headlines: No shortage of politics in 2019 so far

DULUTH, MN — Breaking news: it’s 2019.

Already there’s no shortage of political news dominating the headlines.

Minnesota and Wisconsin are contributing to the most diverse Congress this country has ever seen. Some Democrats are already talking about a potential 2020 run for President. And let’s not forget two weeks of a partial government shutdown, and battles over funding a border wall.

We’re also saying ‘hello’ to some of the newest faces in U.S. Congress, including Pete Stauber.

Stauber, a Republican who represents Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, was sworn in Thursday as part of the 116th Congress. He says his priorities include getting used to the capitol’s layout, and making sure he’s learning as much as possible so he can work hard to represent Minnesota.

We also spoke with him on Thursday about the government shutdown, and border controversy that’s causing it.

“Immigrants built this country and they will continue to enrich this country, but we want it done legally,” says Stauber, outside of his new offices at the U.S. Capitol.

Representative Sean Duffy, of Wisconsin, was also sworn into the 116th U.S. Congress.

And speaking of Congress, Minnesota and Wisconsin are contributing to one of the most diverse U.S. congresses we’ve ever seen. Of the 10 congress members who identify as LGBTQ, three represent either Minnesota or Wisconsin.

Minnesota also sent Ilhan Omar to Washington–one of the nation’s first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. House.

Omar is also one of four female representatives from Minnesota and Wisconsin contributing to a record number of women in the U.S. House.

In this episode of Beyond the Headlines, Dan Wolfe sits down with UMD Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Cindy Rugeley, for the first time in 2019 to talk about the new Congress, legislative goals vs. realities for Minnesota and Wisconsin, and even potential presidential candidates in 2020.

Billy Wagness

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