The big week in state and national politics Guest co-host Pam Wheelock joins Midday to discuss the big week in state and national politics: the opening of the 2012 legislative session, the President's State of the Union address and the looming Republican presidential primary in Florida. What are the common themes?11:00 a.m.
Pam Wheelock: Today's Midday co-host. Interim president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota, Finance Commissioner and chief legislative negotiator in the Ventura administration. Former executive with the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota Wild and numerous state, federal and local government officials.
Todd Rapp: MPR's DFL political commentator
Maureen Shaver: MPR's Republican political commentator
Florida GOP Presidential Candidate debate As the Florida primary approaches next week, the four remaining candidates running for the Republican Presidential nomination square off in a debate sponsored by CNN, the Florida GOP, and the Hispanic Leadership Network.12:00 p.m.