The DFL Debrief: A Minnesota Politics Podcast

The DFL Debrief: A Minnesota Politics Podcast

The DFL Debrief covers important political news out of Minnesota and offers behind-the-scenes insight and analysis of state and national politics, hosted by the staff of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.


September 8, 2023 46 mins

This week's podcast is part one of a conversation between DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin and Minnesota GOP Chairman David Hann, hosted jointly by the DFL Debrief podcast and the Breakdown with Brodkorb and Becky podcast. The Chairman debate the 2023 legislative session, discuss the 2024 campaign season, and a whole lot more!

Part two of their conversation will be released on Tuesday, 9/12, exclusively on the Breakdown&...

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This week, Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic joined the DFL Debrief crew out at the DFL State Fair booth to talk legislative session, state fair food, and so much more!

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This week, Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives Melissa Hortman joined the podcast to discuss how DFLers actually went about passing so much amazing legislation, why Republicans completely dropped the ball this session, and so much more! 

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This week, we sat down with former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper to  talk about his new book: Saving Democracy: A User’s Guide. David shares some great and actionable information about how listeners can get involved in fighting for our democracy in your own backyards.

You can find out where to buy David's book at

To read more of David's political analy...

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Ron DeSantis is many things: an authoritarian, an extremist, a bigot. But he's also a deeply weird dude. We get into all of that and more with special guest Nikki Fried, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, on this week's episode of the DFL Debrief!

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July 21, 2023 50 mins

This week, the show takes a look at a highly-publicized focus group story that showcased the popularity of the Trifecta's legislation among these thirteen average Minnesotans (and many more?) 

We also laugh at Ron DeSantis' poor name ID as well as review a singing telegram Ken received for his 50th birthday that is still keeping us up at night. 

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Dr. Senator Alice Mann joins the DFL Debrief this week to walk us through the newly-passed Paid Family Leave legislation and the overwhelmingly positive effects it will have on Minnesotans, no matter where you work. She also discusses her journey from doctor to the MN House to the MN Senate. 

We have a Mike Lindell bathtub sighting during YouBetcha & OhGeez, and Vlad's fact highlights how Nebraska's legislatu...

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This week, we sat down with and former (and likely future) 8th congressional district candidate Jen Schultz to discuss her campaign for congress. Schultz is an economist and served for four terms in the Minnesota State House of Representatives and had a lot of interesting insights into the process of running for Congress, the disappointing tenure of Republican Congressman Pete Stauber, and so much more!

The Star Tribune fl...

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This week, we were joined by State Rep. Cedrick Frazier to discuss the red flag and universal background check bills that were signed into law this year to help reduce gun violence in Minnesota.

If you found this episode informative, please be sure to share the DFL Debrief with your friends and family and review us on your podcast platform of choice! 

Sarah McBride's website, which Ken referenced in his You Betcha: htt...

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This week, we are joined by Senator Erin Maye Quade to discuss where things stand at the state and federal level almost exactly one year after the Supreme Court ended federal protections for abortion.

If you found this episode informative, please be sure to share the DFL Debrief with your friends and family and review us on your podcast platform of choice! 

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The Debrief is joined this week by the Attorney General of Minnesota, Keith Ellison, who talks about his prosecution in the Derek Chauvin case and how it led him to write a book titled "Break the Wheel: Ending the Cycle of Police Violence".

AG Ellison also describes his feelings in the final moments before the guilty verdict and the need for continued efforts toward meaningful change.

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Rep. Zack Stephenson breaks down the cannabis legalization bill that he helped write and that was just signed into law this week! We also discuss the legislative session generally and a whole lot more. This was a terrific conversation, so be sure to check it out and share it around!

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May 27, 2023 39 mins

The Minnesota legislative session is officially wrapped and the DFL Debrief crew discusses some of their biggest takeaways from the historic work DFL lawmakers got done in the past 6 months.

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May 20, 2023 45 mins

This week, the Debrief crew discusses a new poll covering all things Minnesota politics, the fantastic education bill that just passed the legislature, and a ton more!

If you like the pod, be sure to rate and review us wherever you listen! 

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This week, Melisa López Franzen joined the DFL Debrief crew to discuss the paid family and medical leave program that just passed the Minnesota House and Senate! We also discuss the tuition-free college program for low-income families that just passed and a lot more!

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May 5, 2023 48 mins

This week on the DFL Debrief, we appreciate comedy stylings of Joe Biden, discuss cannabis legalization and paid family leave, and so much more.

Be sure to rate and review the podcast wherever you listen and tell your friends and family!

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April 28, 2023 49 mins

This week, Joe Biden announced he's running for re-election, DFLers work to legalize cannabis, and Brian saves the Debrief.

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April 22, 2023 44 mins

Governor Walz delivers his State of the State, Senate Republicans take on necromancy, demonology, and the occult (yes, really), and Representative Mary Franson shares some interesting thoughts on one of the DFL Debrief's hosts!

Trump NFTs:

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April 14, 2023 45 mins

This week, the DFL Debrief crew discusses what got done in the first 100 days of the DFL Trifecta! Spoiler alert: it's a lot. They also preview what DFLers will be working on for the rest of the legislative session.

Here's the story Will referenced on Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic:

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On Monday, April 3rd, President Biden visited Cummins’ Power Generation Facility in Fridley to discuss his Made in America agenda. Take a listen to his full remarks here.

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