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Politics Friday: 1st District, 3rd District congressional candidates debate the issues
The front-runners in Minnesota’s 1st and 3rd Congressional Districts took part in telephone debates on Politics Friday.
MPR News congressional debates in the 6th and 2nd Districts
What’s being done to confront the coronavirus and stem the economic fallout from the pandemic are central to this year’s election campaigns. That was clear when the candidates in Minnesota’s 2nd and 6th Congressional Districts met in separate MPR News debates Friday.
U.S. Senate debate: Candidates disagree on COVID-19, other issues
Sen. Tina Smith and her Republican challenger Jason Lewis sparred over the coronavirus response, public safety, climate change and immigration Friday during a debate on MPR News. 
Minnesota legislative leaders highlight their party's values and issues
On Politics Friday, host Mike Mulcahy speaks with the legislative leaders of both parties about the major issues in the State Senate and House of Representatives races.
Gov. Tim Walz on COVID-19, emergency power, Floyd's killing and more
Six months after Gov. Tim Walz first declared the peacetime emergency, where is Minnesota in the response to the pandemic and what will the next few months bring? On this week’s Politics Friday, MPR News host Mike Mulcahy talked with Walz, discussing some of the pressing issues in Minnesota and taking listener questions from around the state. 
Politics Friday: Primary preview special
MPR News political editor Mike Mulcahy looks ahead to Tuesday’s primary election in Minnesota. He’ll discuss the races to watch and how politics and voting has changed during the pandemic.