Steve Hunegs, Executive Director Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and Jason Adkins, Executive Director MN Catholic Conference (MCC)
[7-24-2020]

In an interview which Alan titled “Voices of Reason”, STEVE HUNEGS, Exececutive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and JASON ADKINS, Executive Director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), try to assess the impact of the worldwide societal reaction to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th, which has resulted in conscience searching, protests, as well as violence and destruction. They talk of the search for sanity and reason, lowering the temperature of frustration and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Both are attorneys, and they spoke of the Constitution, the First Amendment, and the government sending Federal officers into the streets of American cities.

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Dave St. Peter, President and CEO of The Minnsota Twins
[7-24-2020]

DAVE ST. PETER, President and CEO of the MN Twins, has been a regular contributor to Access to Democracy at the start of each season for over 15 years, but there has never been a year that started like this one. Dave spoke with Alan about the impact of the Covid-19 on the game and the team, the international reaction to the George Floyd murder on baseball, the resulting removal of a statue from Target Field, and the impact on a season without fans, shortened to only 60 games. They also covered the impact on the minor leagues as it affected teams, players and revenue.

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[7-24-2020]

Joe Atkins, Dakota County Commissioner
[7-10-2020]

Dakota County Commissioner JOE ATKINS served in a variety of public service positions, from city council member, mayor, member of the Minnesota State House to his current position as a member of the Dakota County Commission. A many-time guest on Access to Democracy, he talked about the challenges arising because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the aftermath of the George Floyd murder and its affect on Dakota County, including substantial damage to the County Center in Apple Valley and Inver Grove Heights, the county’s tax burden, which is the lowest in the state, food shortages because of the drain on the econmy, and the proposed reopening of beaches, libraries and plans for returning students to schools for the fall.

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Hon. Kevin Burke
[7-10-2020]

Guest Host Hon. Paul Anderson (MN Supreme Court, retired) interviews HON. KEVIN BURKE who is retiring as judge with the longest tenure in the MN Court system, having originally been appointed to the District Court by Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1984 at 33 years of age. As an attorney, Burke tried 18 murder cases, and as a Judge he established the state’s first Drug Court. Discussing several topics, he touched on systemic problems encountered by the courts in policing, and talked about the burden on a judge to determine who is telling the truth. He believes that the state should adopt a Litigant’s Bill of Rights, and spoke of his effort to care about each of the people who appeared before him in his outstanding career.

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[7-10-2020]

Hon. Judge Cleary
[7-10-2020]

The Hon. EDWARD CLEARY recently retired as Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the state’s second highest court. He is interviewed here on Access to Democracy by guest host Hon. Paul Anderson, who retired from the Minnesota Supreme Court five years ago after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. Judge Cleary, initially appointed to the bench by Gov. Jesse Ventura, was then appointed to the Court of Appeals and then as Chief Judge by Gov. Mark Dayton. During his career as an attorney, Cleary won a landmark First Amendment case before the U.S. Supreme Court, R.A.V. vs. St. Paul, contesting a “hate” ordinance which the Court agreed unduly restricted the First Amendment. He wrote a book about the case, “Beyond the Burning Cross.”

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[7-10-2020]