Health care is a hot topic these days at the capitol.

This week’s legislative update features Congressman Keith Ellison, who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in Minneapolis.

In this segment, Congresswoman Betty McCollum who represents Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District in St.

Governor Tim Pawlenty met with Minnesota lawmakers April 16 to discuss the state’s budget issues.

Recently, a new generation of veterans – veterans of the Iraq war -have started running for Congress. Among this new group of veterans is Steve Sarvi, who is currently trying to be elected to the House of Representatives in Washington for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, just south of the Twin Cities. He has served in the military for 19 years; in Kosovo and more recently in Iraq.

During this week’s legislative updates, Congressman Keith Ellison:http://ellison.house.gov/ focuses on the Brain Injury Act, credit justice to consumers, the 2nd Chance Act, the cost of the Iraq War

Reprsentative Willie Dominguez (DFL) 58B gave KFAI news an update [April 10th] on the Healthcare Reform Bill.

On April 7th, Governor Tim Pawlenty issued his line-item vetoes to the state’s public works bill. They hit the capitol city particularly hard, as St.

Al Franken is currently the lead contender in Minnesota’s US Senate race. He’s campaigning against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and DFL underdog Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. Last week, KFAI interviewed Nelson-Pallmeyer’s campaign manager following his surge of support in several Senate District conventions.

US Senate candidate Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer has garnered some additional support on his bid for the DFL endorsement against Al Franken. At Senate and County conventions across the state last weekend, the competition between both candidates was evident. In South Minneapolis’s Senate District 61, the delegate count was 10 for Nelson-Pallmeyer to Franken’s 7.