Politics Friday: So long, Iowa, and hello, New Hampshire

Amy Klobuchar talks in front of press microphones
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks with press while campaigning in New Hampshire on Jan. 7.
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On this edition of Politics Friday, host Mike Mulcahy sits down with newly elected Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent. Sen. Kent defeated longtime leader Sen. Tom Bakk to become the first woman to lead the caucus. She joins the program to talk about her new role and what it means for the upcoming legislative session.

Then we speak with House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler on the DFL's push to legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota.

Later in the hour, we check in with MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik and two experts on the presidential race ahead of next week's New Hampshire primary.


Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, is the newly elected Senate minority leader.

Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, is the House majority leader.

Ben Golnik, public affairs strategist at Golnik Strategies, served as regional political director for John McCain for President and most recently was chief of staff at the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Dante Scala is a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire.

MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik is covering Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s run for president.

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