Pat Kessler knows Minnesota politics.
He’s been on the beat longer than any other TV reporter in the Twin Cities, covering state government, politics, campaigns and conventions since 1984.
Pat “pulls back the curtain” on what’s happening in government with stories both amusing and annoying, as well as reporting information you need to know to keep up on the issues that affect you most.
And Pat’s popular “Reality Check” segments separate fact from fiction in a political world that is often more fiction than fact.
Pat studied English and journalism at Macalester College in St. Paul.
He’s an avid reader, involved in many local volunteer programs and exhibits a particular fondness for baseball.
Before joining WCCO-TV, Pat was a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, and a technical assistant for “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.
The three-judge panel decided on Friday to hold a special hearing in February to determine whether 58-year-old convicted rapist Thomas Duvall should be released from sex offender treatment.
Almost 11,000 people have signed up for insurance through Minnesota’s online exchange in its first month of operation.
Minnesota is one of 14 states that allow handguns in its State Capitol building. State officials are taking a fresh look at security after mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the Navy Yard in DC, after getting the results of a nationwide survey of capitols.
Tuesday is Election Day across Minnesota. Voters will go to the polls to elect mayors and city councils and vote on school referenda. But all eyes are on Minneapolis, where voters must select a mayor from the largest group of candidates in city history. They’ll use a new voting method called ranked-choice voting.
Friday is the one-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as “Obamacare.” The rollout of the federal health care website has been fraught with problems. And while Minnesota’s health care website MNsure isn’t glitch free, it’s running much smoother than HealthCare.gov. Minnesota’s one of 16 states and the District of Columbia that set up their own health care exchanges.
A former Republican lawmaker has filed suit in Ramsey County District Court to stop an $89.5 million State Senate office building project. The Minnesota Legislature approved the new office building for Senators and staff in the last days of the 2013 session.
We now know what Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will do after his term is up. He is going to be the head of Generation Next.
Testifying before the Republican-led committee, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner, blamed contractors and high web traffic for healthcare.gov’s poor performance.
Low-wage workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are calling for an increase in Minnesota’s minimum wage. The workers say they are forced to rely on government programs to get by. It’s part of a growing debate over whether to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50 an hour. The Service Employees Union says 600 low-paid workers at Twin Cities Airport – including wheelchair pushers, cart drivers and aircraft cleaners – earn an average of $7.73 an hour, and receive millions of dollars in state public assistance.
Offensive, illegal and painful. Those are just some of the words the American Indian movement leaders of Minnesota used Friday to describe the Washington NFL team name: the Redskins. The Vikings play the Washington Redskins at the Metrodome on Nov. 7.
A Minnesota Democratic congressman has added his voice to GOP calls in Washington for administration officials to be fired over the rocky rollout of the new health care law.
The Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the state’s DWI implied consent law, which makes it a crime for impaired drivers to refuse to take a breath, blood or urine test.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s pleased with the progress of Minnesota’s health care exchange so far. The comments come after the federal rollout of Obamacare, which is plagued with problems. Minnesota’s health exchange went online Oct. 1 and has not had the widespread problems other states experienced.
Only five home games remain on the Vikings schedule this year. And unless the Vikes go to the playoff, that’s how much time is left for the Metrodome. The Dome will be torn down to make way for the Vikings’ new home. And it’s a very tight timeline between now and 2016, when the Vikes move into their new stadium. Michele Kelm-Helgen, the head of the state commission overseeing new stadium construction, says people shouldn’t expect a dramatic, dusty knockdown in Feb. of 2014.
Thousands of Minnesota’s federal employees who’ve been furloughed during the government shutdown are back on the job. Offices and programs providing federal services, affected by the shutdown, reopened Thursday morning for the first time in 16 days.