Yearly Archives: 2008

Center for Public Integrity Praises The UpTake

 
The Center for Public Integrity, a non-partisan non-profit organization committed to “transparent and comprehensive reporting in both the United States and around the world,” has put The UpTake in its Top Ten Websites from 2008.  To be listed in the same form as nationally-acclaimed Investigative Reporters And Editors, and fellow indy media pioneers, Center for Independent Media and Talking Points Memo, is an honor.  Here’s what The Center for Public Integrity has to say about The UpTake:
 
“The Uptake — A nonprofit journalism site that has kept political junkies across the world abreast of every minute of the five-person Minnesota recount committee’s deliberations about Franken, Coleman, and Lizard People.” Link is here: http://www.publicintegrity. org/blog/entry/1104/
 
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Coleman Lawyer Attacks MN Secretary Of State’s Office

Decorum in Minnesota’s US Senate recount process took a turn for the worse Tuesday after the Norm Coleman campaign found itself 49 votes behind the Al Franken campaign.  After a State Canvassing Board meeting that added in all of the challenged ballots to the totals, Coleman’s lawyer lashed out at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office saying it was “joined at the hip” with the Franken campaign. Continue Reading →

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Press Release – 12/30/08

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STATEMENT BY THE UPTAKE

Video news site clarifies MN GOP Chair’s statements
 

 

ST PAUL [12/30/08] – Earlier today Ron Carey, Chair of the Minnesota GOP, called The UpTake, an online video news gathering organization, the “Official Communicator” for the office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.   Mr. Carey’s statement warrants a small clarification. The UpTake is not the “Official Communicator” for the Minnesota Secretary of State. The UpTake is currently providing an unedited switched video feed of Minnesota State Canvassing Board proceedings.  The UpTake is also webcasting the feed live at its website, http://www.theuptake.org.  The feed and webcast are free, public and available to any organization interested in obtaining it.  Many press organizations have already taken advantage of our pool feed.  Outlets from the Pioneer Press to Fox News have requested the code for our live webcast. The UpTake is providing this service because the Capitol staff who normally provide both the video feed and webcast were not available. Continue Reading →

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Canvassing Board Tally:Franken Ahead By 49 Votes

The Minnesota State Canvassing Board meets to wrap up it’s adjucication of ballots challenged during the recount of the US Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman.  Here is the entire meeting. PRODUCED BY:Chuck OlsenMike McInteeNoah Kunin
 
Final totals after recounting all the ballots:
Franken 1,211,950
Coleman 1,211,901
 
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! About 1,300 absentee ballots are yet to be counted.  Totals won’t become official until Jan 5 (or 6th) 2009. Continue Reading →

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Coleman Proposal Means A Lot Of Work For Local Election Officials

A last-minute proposal by the Norm Coleman campaign will mean a lot of extra work for election workers in Dakota County. A Dakota County official met with representatives of both the Coleman and Al Franken campaigns to explain how much work it will take and propose some ways to cut down on the work. Watch… it’s an interesting insight into how the recount process is really working. Continue Reading →

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Franken To Coleman On Additional Ballots: REJECTED

The Al Franken campaign is pushing back on a last-minute attempt by the Norm Coleman campaign to count more previously rejected absentee ballots in the very close US Senate race. The UpTake’s Mike McIntee fills us in on what happened at one the sites where the campaigns are meeting with local election officials. Continue Reading →

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Coleman Campaign At Odds With Local Election Officials

In a contentious meeting between Minnesota Secretary of State staff, Al Franken Campaign lawyers and Norm Coleman campaign lawyers tried to iron out large differences that emerged over the weekend on which absentee ballots were rejected improperly.  The Franken campaign issued a blanked statement accepting the opening of 1,346 ballots local election officials listed as improperly rejected. Coleman campaign lawyers rejected a blanked assertion on the list.  Instead, Coleman is requesting the following:
 

-778 absentee ballots OPENED on the basis of recommendations from local election officials.  
-544 absentee ballots LOOKED at more closely before they are opened (or not)
-67 absentee ballots OPENED that are not currently on the list from local election officials
 
-587 absentee ballots LOOKED at more closely before they are opened (or not) that are not currently on the list from local election officials
 

Coleman Campaign At Odds With Local Election Officials

 
In a contentious meeting between Minnesota Secretary of State staff, Al Franken Campaign lawyers and Norm Coleman campaign lawyers tried to iron out large differences that emerged over the weekend on which absentee ballots were rejected improperly.  The Franken campaign issued a blanked statement accepting the opening of 1,346 ballots local election officials listed as improperly rejected. Coleman campaign lawyers rejected a blanked assertion on the list.  Instead, Coleman is requesting the following:
 

-778 absentee ballots OPENED on the basis of recommendations from local election officials.  
-544 absentee ballots LOOKED at more closely before they are opened (or not)
-67 absentee ballots OPENED that are not currently on the list from local election officials
 
-587 absentee ballots LOOKED at more closely before they are opened (or not) that are not currently on the list from local election officials. Continue Reading →

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We Are The Media (Pool)

***NEWS ADVISORY***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        CONTACT: John Aiken                                                                                                                       (651) 297-8919STATE CANVASSING BOARD MEETS TUESDAY-Office provides live feed of board meeting to media outletsWHAT:   The State Canvassing Board’s convenes to approve the allocation of the remaining withdrawn ballots in the U.S. Senate race.WHEN:   Tuesday, Dec. 30         9 a.m.WHERE:  Room 15                 State Capitol Bldg.         75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul                       WHO:    Canvass Board members include Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric J. Magnuson, Justice G. Barry Anderson, Chief Judge Kathleen R. Gearin, and Assistant Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.NOTE:   The Office of the Secretary of State does not have access to House and Senate Media Services at this time. To continue to ensure transparency of the recount process, this office has accepted an offer from “The Uptake” to provide a live feed to media outlets for the Dec. Continue Reading →

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Coleman Campaign Argues Against Counting Some Minneapolis Ballots

Are they ballots that were counted twice or are they the result of election judges not filing all the proper paperwork? That’s a question the Minnesota Supreme Court is pondering. The answer could decide Minnesota’s extremely close US Senate race.  
Lawyers for US Senator Norm Coleman’s campaign on Tuesday argued that there is evidence some ballots in mostly Minneapolis precincts were counted twice. Duplicate ballots are created when a mailed in ballot can not be run through the scanning machine. Continue Reading →

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Coleman Campaign Asks Court Not To Count Some Minneapolis Ballots

Are they ballots that were counted twice or are they the result of election judges not filing all the proper paperwork? That’s a question the Minnesota Supreme Court is pondering. The answer could decide Minnesota’s extremely close US Senate race.  
Lawyers for US Senator Norm Coleman’s campaign on Tuesday argued that there is evidence some ballots in mostly Minneapolis precincts were counted twice. Duplicate ballots are created when a mailed in ballot can not be run through the scanning machine. Continue Reading →

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Coleman Campaign Asks Court Not To Count Some Minneapolis Ballots

Are they ballots that were counted twice or are they the result of election judges not filing all the proper paperwork? That’s a question the Minnesota Supreme Court is pondering. The answer could decide Minnesota’s extremely close US Senate race.  
Lawyers for US Senator Norm Coleman’s campaign on Tuesday argued that there is evidence some ballots in mostly Minneapolis precincts were counted twice. Duplicate ballots are created when a mailed in ballot can not be run through the scanning machine. Continue Reading →

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Al Franken Campaign 47 Votes Ahead

Al Franken’s recount lawyer Marc Elias says the Norm Coleman campaign’s “second attempt at a Hail Mary pass fell incomplete, which is good because it is the right result for the people of Minnesota”.   Continue Reading →

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Preview of Tuesday’s Canvassing Board Meeting

Tuesday the Minnesota Canvassing Board will finish its work on the US Senate race recount. There are still uncounted absentee votes to consider, but those will need to wait until the end of the year. The UpTake is producing the media “pool” feed because state workers are not available during the holidays to do so. Mike McIntee gives us a preview of our coverage. Continue Reading →

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Preview of Tuesday’s Canvassing Board Meeting

Tuesday the Minnesota Canvassing Board will finish its work on the US Senate race recount. There are still uncounted absentee votes to consider, but those will need to wait until the end of the year. The UpTake is producing the media “pool” feed because state workers are not available during the holidays to do so. Mike McIntee gives us a preview of our coverage. Continue Reading →

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Preview of Tuesday’s Canvassing Board Meeting

Tuesday the Minnesota Canvassing Board will finish its work on the US Senate race recount. There are still uncounted absentee votes to consider, but those will need to wait until the end of the year. The UpTake is producing the media “pool” feed because state workers are not available during the holidays to do so. Mike McIntee gives us a preview of our coverage. Continue Reading →

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MN Governor Slashes Spending As State Revenues Drop

Minnesota cities, towns and local governments will recieve a lump of coal from Governor Tim Pawlenty the day after Christmas.  The Governor, who has refused to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest people, has decided to not send out checks to local governments to help them pay for essentials such as payroll, police officers and fire protection.  
Governor Pawlenty announced the cuts less than a week before the checks are due to be sent out, causing local governments to scramble to figure out how they will pay the bills.  The cuts are part of $271 million in state spending cuts the Governor made on Friday in an attempt to wipe out the state’s growing budget deficit.   Continue Reading →

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