Monthly Archives: March 2009

One Ton Sandbag Airlift -ND Governor Talks About Plan

North Dakota’s Governor John Hoeven talks about the plan to airlift one-ton sandbags with a Blackhawk military helicopter to reinforce dikes that are holding back the flooded Red River. This demonstration for the press was postponed when the airlift was suddenly needed more in Oak Grove where a levy had given way overnight flooding a school. Look for more video soon. Continue Reading →

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River dropping in Fargo- Floodwall Fails, School flooded

The Red River has dropped 6/10ths of a foot, but the current is strong and still threatening to topple dikes in the area. Overnight a flood wall near the Oak Grove Lutheran school started leaking underground. The area was evacuated before floodwaters seeped in. Backup dikes prevented the floodwaters from reaching other areas.  
The Department of Homeland Security had asked local officials to evacuate the cities, mindful of what happened suddenly and tragicly during the Grand Forks, ND flood of 1997.   Local officials opted to not evacuate since they were confident in their dikes and contingency levies that would minimize damaage should one of the main dikes give way. Continue Reading →

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Flooding At Doorstep of Moorhead Neighborhood

By Noah Kunin, Senior Politial CorrespondentMarch 28th, 2009
 
The Red River, which floods frequently, has broken its 100 year flood record at 40.82 ft resulting in neighborhoods in Moorhead, Minnesota being inundated with icy water. We visited a neighborhood on the brink of flooding.  
VIDEO: Noah KuninPRODUCTION: Joey Peters Continue Reading →

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Obama on Red River Flooding

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama stated his continued support for the people of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota and praised the volunteers who have come together to help one another.  Earlier this week, he signed emergency and disaster declarations, these declarations provide Federal aid to supplement State and local response efforts. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency continue to coordinate the federal response and are working closely with State and Local officials. But it is the people who have filled sandbags, built levees, and contributed other ways in these communities that stand out as a reminder of what Americans can achieve when we serve others.  
Text of address:
Even as we face an economic crisis which demands our constant focus, forces of nature can also intervene in ways that create other crises to which we must respond – and respond urgently. For the people of North and South Dakota and Minnesota who live along rivers spilling over their banks, this is one such moment. Continue Reading →

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21st Century Schizoid Men

Even immediate family members often describe the SCHIZOID as  “disconnected,” “robots,” or “machines.” But the schizoid is not depressed, merely indifferent. As such, borderline schizoid personalities thrive in a culture that celebrates the self above the group, is charged with masochism, and thrive in what Eisenhower called the  “military-industrial-academic complex.”
 
Reference- “America is in Need of a Moral Bailout”- http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090323_america_is_in_need_of_a_moral_bailout/
 
BIODennis Trainor Jr is a regular video contributor to TheUptake.org. He was a writer & media consultant for Dennis Kucinich’s 2008 presidential campaign & a 2007 “Best of YouTube” nominee for his work as writer/ performer on “The Hermit with Davis Fleetwood.” He is currently at work on two books: “My Progressive Dilemma” (chronicling President Obama’s 1st year in office) and a novel adapted from his play, “I Coulda Been a Kennedy.” Continue Reading →

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Governor Pawlenty Takes “Absolutist” Positions In Budget Negotiations

Majority Leader Senator Larry Pogemiller and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher report that budget negotiations with Governor Tim Pawlenty are not going well.  Anderson Kelliher says Pawlenty is taking “absolutist” positions and Pogemiller says Pawlenty has not delivered a balanced budget as required by law.  
The Governor responds that all the DFL wants to do is raise taxes and he doesn’t.  However, the Governor’s budgets of the past several years have forced local governments to raise billions of dollars in property taxes. Continue Reading →

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Matt Entenza for Governor: 2010

 
 
Attorney Matt Entenza, former leader of the House DFL and founder of St. Paul-based thinkthink, Minnesota 2020, sat down with UpTake volunteer, Grace Kelly, to discuss his 2010 gubernatorial run.  
VIDEO: Grace Kelly Continue Reading →

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VP Joe Biden Middle Class Town Hall in St. Cloud MN

White House Press Release:
Minnesota – Today in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the Middle Class Task Force is holding a town hall meeting, titled “Road to Recovery: Building a Strong Middle Class through the Recovery Act.” The town hall discussion will focus on ways implementation of the Recovery Act will help the middle class. The Task Force is holding its meeting at the New Flyer of America Bus Company in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  “Our task today is to hear directly from middle class folks and answer the questions they have about what the Recovery Act means for them,” said Vice President Biden.  “We heard from the experts last time – and now its time to hear directly from those hit hardest by our economic crisis. Continue Reading →

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Meet&Greet, The Sequel: March 26th

The first Meet&Greet was a blast — let’s do it again! Come on down to the Groveland Tap on March 26th at 8 PM CT.. Mingle with UpTake fans, volunteers and staff. Great beer selection and good company. We’ll have t-shirts, and we’ll talk about what’s next for The UpTake, and how you can help. Continue Reading →

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Pawlenty Wrong On DFL Tax Plan

While the details of the DFL’s tax plan hasn’t been released, Governor Tim Pawlenty tried to charactorize it as a huge increase on the middle class.  The Governor was playing fast and loose with the facts as he claimed an increase on the top tax bracket would impact anyone making more than $65,000 a year.  Technically that is true because the top tax bracket starts at about $65,000, but the DFL is not proposing that.  The DFL says its proposal will raise takes on those making $250,000 or more.  
DFL Senator Tarryl Clark and Majority Leader Senator Larry Pogemiller explain why what the Governor implied is not correct. Continue Reading →

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Lucky Tie Vs Tie Vote – Closing Arguments In US Senate Election Contest

Al Franken Attorney Marc Elias brought his lucky tie.  Norm Coleman’s lawyers brought their claim of a statistical tie vote.  Both campaigns gave it their best final shot in their closing arguments as three judges will now decide who won Minnesota’s US Senate race.  
 
In this video Al Franken Attorney Marc Elias and Norm Coleman Attorney Ben Ginsberg comment on the final day of the election contest trial that will determine who is Minnesota’s US Senator.  In between their news conferences former Senator Norm Coleman comments. Continue Reading →

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