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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.


Tom Emmer: Trump's Reek
This week, the show discusses the ongoing saga of Tom Emmer's shameful kowtowing to Donald Trump and how he's even been given a sad nickname by his GOP colleagues. Also, the CD 2 GOP prepares for a messy primary season as Angie Craig continues to get things done for her constituents. 
38:28 4/29/24
A GOP Candidate's 'Rural' Shoreview Childhood
This week, we kick off the show with a Montana Senate candidate, Tim Sheehy. While Sheehy claims to have grown up in a rural Minnesota town, turns out that rural area is Shoreview, MN, which is minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Also, what do you get when you combine Tax Day, Darwin's birthday, and the DFL's 80th birthday? A very average podcast episode! 
30:07 4/23/24
Minnesota's Economy > Wisconsin's Economy
By every metric, Minnesota's investment in our future has fueled our economy to far greater heights than Wisconsin, who...went a different,, Scott Walker-ian route. 
41:05 4/19/24
Democrats Abroad!
Have you heard of Democrats Abroad? Then this is the episode for you. This week, Ken joined Dems Abroad on their podcast, Democrats Abroad: The Blue Vote Café, to discuss their importance in getting Democrats elected. Check out the rest of their podcast:
44:17 4/10/24
Rep. Emma Greenman: More Transparency From International Corporations Is Good, Not Bad
This week, we are lucky to be joined by Minnesota State Representative Emma Greenman (63B) to discuss her bill on corporate tax disclosure, which is a shockingly simple yet effective concept. Darwin has the sadz, and Ken is called out for ruining text threads with his Android phone. 
52:11 3/26/24
Trump Lied?
On this week's much-delayed episode of the DFL Debrief, the gang discusses Primary Day in Minnesota, Trump spreads some lies with a man who calls himself the Ox, and more pop culture from Madison...natch. 
44:04 3/21/24
DFL Precinct Caucus Day Is For Lovers
Happy DFL Caucus Day, everyone! In this episode, the Debrief celebrates Caucus Day by discussing our bird preferences and jamming out to some great(?) GOP presidential campaign tunes.Finally, Darwin & Madison start a blood feud with Ken over who can misinterpret vague constitutional amendments the least. As always, send in your pre-recorded YouBetcha's and Oh Geez's and trivia answers to And please remember to rate the show on Apple and Spotify and wherever you get your podcasts!Participate in your precinct caucus: to Nikki Haley jam: to Sarah Palin jam:
42:49 2/27/24
Delayed, But Better Late Than Never
Sorry for the delay, Debriefers! Our episode today was taped last week, but here it is nonetheless. Our hosts reveal some breaking news regarding DFL staffers, our Humphrey Mondale guest speaker, as well as a trip through Groundhog's Day. 
40:59 2/15/24
Yes, Daddy.
Happy New Year, DFLers (and GOP operatives)! On this week's episode, we tune into "Hot Talk w/ the Ox" and get his semi-graphic take on Tom Emmer bending the knee to Donald Trump. The gang also discusses Darwin's rumored Ivermectin ingestion, and Madison is officially declared "Maven of the Manatee."We are also encouraging all of our wonderful listeners to send in their own "You Betcha-Oh Geez" that we will read in the next episode. You can send them to, looking forward to hearing them!
38:08 1/5/24
Ken Martin, Saboteur?
This week, it's become clear that our cover is blown. Former GOP State Senator Dave (@BigDFromMN on Twitter) Osmek hops on a radio show and reveals that DFL Chairmen Ken Martin is surely the man responsible for the MN GOP's disfunction! Also, we do some holiday shopping to help you find a gift for that loved one who has everything, and we find out if Madison has ever found that Manatee. Also some serious stuff trickles in, I mean, it is our job and all...
49:27 12/18/23
Is This Thing On?
Weeee'reeeee baaaaaaack! The DFL Debrief makes its triumphant(?) return to the airwaves, sans Brian Evans, to preview (sorry folks) Tuesday's elections, the new Speaker of the House, and introduces two new co-hosts. The rest of the show is pretty much what you'd expect. 
36:45 11/11/23
A Debate Between the DFL & MNGOP Chairman, Part 1
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's podcast feed. You can find the Breakdown on all major podcast platforms or online at! Be sure to tune in to part two when it releases in just a few days!
46:11 9/8/23
Live from the Minnesota State Fair ft. Sen. Kari Dziedzic
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!
31:32 8/26/23
How the Minnesota Miracle 2.0 Happened ft. Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman
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! 
51:17 8/12/23
Legalization Day & Saving Democracy ft. David Pepper
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 read more of David's political analysis, check out his Substack:
66:08 8/4/23
The DeSantis Deep Dive ft. Nikki Fried
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!
48:17 7/29/23
Nobody Likes Ron DeSantis
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. 
50:55 7/21/23
Finally, A Doctor Senator We Can Trust - Sen. Alice Mann & Her Fight For Paid Family Leave
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 legislature became so unique. Finally, Brian and Will make a very natural-sounding pitch for DFLers everywhere to attend the "Crow Wing County DFL: More Variety-Better Society" variety show on August 19th! 
51:05 7/14/23
Pete's Perks: How Rep. Stauber's Congressional Privilege Is Not For You ft. Jen Schultz
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 flag submission story from Will's Oh Geez:
45:28 7/7/23
Gun Safety Reform (Finally!) Comes to MN ft. Rep. Cedrick Frazier
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:
60:08 6/30/23
Reproductive Rights One Year After the End of Roe ft. Sen. Erin Maye Quade
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! 
50:12 6/23/23
Attorney General Keith Ellison on His New Book "Break the Wheel"
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.
56:45 6/9/23
Into the Weeds of Legal Cannabis in Minnesota with Rep. Zack Stephenson
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!
48:02 6/2/23
That's a Wrap!
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.
39:38 5/27/23
Riding the Poller Coaster
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! 
45:50 5/20/23
We're All Going to Be Doing Better: Paid Family Leave is Coming to MN
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!
38:30 5/15/23
The DFL Debrief Bahrs It All
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!
48:04 5/6/23
Yes We Cannabis
This week, Joe Biden announced he's running for re-election, DFLers work to legalize cannabis, and Brian saves the Debrief.
49:55 4/28/23
The State of the State of the Occult
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:
44:20 4/22/23
100 Days of Trifecta
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:
45:01 4/14/23