Live from the Minnesota State Capitol
On June 30, 2005, we broadcast the Jack Rice Show from the State Capitol on the last day of the Special Session. Rarely in recent memory have the people of this state shown such frustration and anger at all sides involved. While everybody was present, from Governor Tim Pawlenty to Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson and House Speaker Steve Sviggum, very little seemed to be accomplished.
The tension between all parties and within parties was obvious and the bad blood was apparent to all who were in the building.
Our purpose was to provide all sides a chance to articulate their positions to our listeners and to allow those same listeners to air their frustrations and to call their political leaders on issues. I hope that we succeeded.
The weather was not cooperating but I'm not sure where it was gloomier, outside or inside the Minnesota State Capitol Building in St. Paul, MN.
Sometimes, broadcasting from locations provides special challenges including technical difficulties but having a chance to get out of the studio and meet our listeners always makes it more fun. And you never know what will happen.
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty tries to explain his efforts to bring the House and Senate together.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson was also talking a lot of heat for the failure to come to some sort of resolution on the stalemate. Nevertheless, he too tried to explain his views to the listeners.