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Amendments, Recounts, and More

From nationally watched recounts for Senate offices and state governorships, to ongoing battles over ballot wording, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has been thrust into the limelight in ways not imaginable a few years ago. What are the responsibilities and powers of the Minnesota Secretary of State, as the "chief elections officer" of Minnesota? How has this office become a lightning rod of controversy in recent years?

Join Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, MinnPost journalist Beth Hawkins, and U of M law professor Dale Carpenter as they discuss the Secretary of State's position and powers, and how those powers play out in the amendment battles, recounts, and the overall contentious state of state elections.
This June, the Supreme Court will announce its decision on the constitutionality of President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, adding yet another contentious issue to the already fiery political debates of the 2012 election season.

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of politics, health care, and more in the June 11 installment of MinnPost Asks, Presented by LearningLife, with former U.S. senator David Durenberger, MinnPost political reporter Eric Black, and U of M political science professor Larry Jacobs.

Marriage Amendment: The Meaning Behind the Messages

The inaugural event will focus on the debate over whether the state constitution should be amended to define marriage only as the union of a man and a woman. Richard Carlbom, executive director of Minnesotans United for All Families (the anti-amendment coalition), will be interviewed by MinnPost journalist Beth Hawkins and University of Minnesota Communications Studies Professor Ed Schiappa. The discussion will focus on messaging being used in Minnesota and elsewhere by groups fighting for and against the amendment. Video clips will be shown and analyzed.

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