The week in Minnesota politics

Hundreds of high school students occupy the steps of the State Capitol
Hundreds of high school students occupy the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
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DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has urged lawmakers to pass new gun restrictions. Will it happen? Host Mike Mulcahy spoke with two guests about the issue: Rep. Dave Pinto, DFL-St. Paul, and Rob Doar of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus. They were briefly joined by State Sen. Matt Little, DFL-Lakeville, who talked about bipartisan legislation around the issue.

Plus, University of Minnesota professor Richard Painter announced on Wednesday that he is considering a run for Senate. Painter, a former White House ethics lawyer under Republican President George W. Bush, joined Mulcahy to talk about why.

Finally, we turn to MPR reporters Tim Pugmire and Brian Bakst for a roundup of this week's other political news — and a look at what to expect next week.

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