Monthly Archives: July 2010

Obama’s First New Car Was A Grand Cherokee

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President Obama visits the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, MI to talk to workers about how investments in the auto industry are helping create and save American jobs. Amusing story from President Obama:
Now, before I make my remarks, Ive got to disclose, Im a little biased here because the first new car that I ever bought was a Grand Cherokee. (Applause.) First new car. Up until that point I had had some old, beat up — (laughter) — used cars — they were not state of the art. And I still remember walking into that showroom and driving out with that new car. Continue Reading →

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Obama: GM, America On The Move

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Key quote from President Obama’s visit to the GM plant in Hamtramck, Michigan:
We are back on our feet. We are on the move. GM is on the move. The U.S. auto industry is on the move. And America is on the move, and Im not going to rest until every single American worker who wants to get back to work is going to be back to work. Continue Reading →

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“Change is hard. That’s why I’ve got all this gray hair.” -Full Video

Click to Play Today President Obama spoke to the National Urban League: a friendly crowd but one that at times has held Obamas feet to the fire. The main topic was education, and how a strong economy cant happen without a sound educational system and access to it. Obama acknowledged the criticisms of Race to the Top, adding what hasnt been working is the status quo. He also urged across-the-board responsibility from ;students, parents, teachers, and communities.In his first public comments about Shirley Sherrod, Obama said She deserves better than what happened last week. He condemned deceptive tactics and called for understanding, including among his own administration. Continue Reading →

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Marriage Defenders Visit St.Paul, LGBT Groups Counter

Click to Play The National Organization for Marriage brought it’s bus tour to St. Paul, MN, July 28, 2010 to defend traditional marriage. Local LGBT groups showed up promoting other options. The NOM group reserved the capitol steps in addition to the park in front of the capitol. Gay demonstrators were removed from the steps, giving the bus group an uninterrupted view of the entrance. Continue Reading →

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Al Franken’s One Liners From Netroots Nation

Click to Play Al Franken, the unabashed progressive senator from Minnesota, delivered the keynote at Netroots Nation 2010 in Las Vegas. Senator Franken has converted his satirist’s passion to become an effective voice in the Senate. His roots in comedy can’t be hidden. This is a selection of some of his one-liners in his speech. Continue Reading →

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Pawlenty “Not Concerned” About 3% Presidential Poll Number

Governor Tim Pawlenty says he is not concerned about his low presidential poll numbers in New Hampshire, which will hold the nation’s first presidential primary in 2010.  The poll from Public Policy Polling shows Governor Pawlenty with just a 3% among Republicans. In the poll, Mitt Romney leads the way with 31% to 14% for Newt Gingrich, 13% for Ron Paul, 12% for Mike Huckabee, 9% for Sarah Palin, 3% for Tim Pawlenty, and 1% for Mitch Daniels. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Consumer Vents At Target For Right-Wing Donation

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Last week Target Corporation gave $150,000 to Minnesota Forward, a group supporting Republican Tom Emmer’s campaign for Minnesota governor. This donation, clearly acceptable under the new Citizens United Supreme Court ruling angered many in the state, seeing this as a $150,000 contribution to fund anti-gay politics since Emmer has many anti-gay connections. One Eden Prairie mom and grandmother took her anger directly to a Target. Her repeated attempts to get to Target executives failed so she took her Target Charge Card. A $226 purchase on that card was immediately returned for credit and she scissored her Target card into little pieces to be used no more. Continue Reading →

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Kelliher Proposes Property Tax Cap For Seniors

Under the Tim Pawlenty administration, property taxes in Minnesota have soared as the state cut back the aid it gives local governments. Seniors have been hit hard by property tax increases because the taxes on their homes go up while their income goes down after retirement. DFL endorsed candidate for Governor Margaret Anderson Kelliher today proposed limiting property tax increases for people over 65 who make less than $100,000 a year or couples making less than $150,000 a year — capping them at the rate of inflation. Kelliher met with the press and seniors to talk issues at the Sabathani Senior Center. Supporting her at the podium were her mother; and Lt. Gov. Candidate John Gunyou as well as former Vice President Walter Modale; former Sec. Continue Reading →

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Clark:Michele Bachmann not fighting for Minnesotans

Click to Play Minnesota State Senator Tarryl Clark (DFL) was one of the speakers preceding Al Franken in the closing program for Netroots Nation. Clark is running against Republican Michele Bachmann for Minnesotas U.S. Representative, Sixth District. Clark encouraged activism through door knocking and online, saying that small active donors can outperform large donors. Continue Reading →

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End Of “Quick On The UpTake”

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Tomorrow (Tuesday) is my last “Quick On The UpTake” show on AM950. Throughout the program’s 19-month run, our smart and savvy audience has been an integral part of the show, providing me instant feedback, information and corrections through our live blog. If you were a guest, I just had to hold the reins and let you all do the talking. If you were a behind-the-scenes volunteer, you made it possible for me to focus on keeping things on the rails. If you were one of the many people who filled in for me, you helped me keep my sanity. Continue Reading →

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Obama To GOP: Stop Undisclosed Corporate Political Ads

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President Obama tells the press that tomorrow’s Senate vote on campaign finance reform is important. The Disclose Act would require a company’s CEO to appear in a political ad identifying that his company paid for it. Corporations are now free to spend on political advertising because of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The President notes that even foreign countries and companies are now free to influence US elections. He says changing this should be a non-partisan issue. Continue Reading →

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Franken “Net neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time.”

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Senator Al Franken (D-Min) didnt disappoint as he wrapped up the 2010 Netroots conference. While he thanked supporters and activists, specifically mentioning The UpTake for chronicling the eight-month recount, he cautioned everyone against giving up the fight. Among his comments:Corporations arent inherently evil but they are inherently powerful. They know more about you than you know about them. We didnt get everything we wanted but if we give up now, the Republicans will take away everything that we did get. Continue Reading →

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Turtle Nests Halt BP Oil Cleanup

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Clean up of the beach in Fort Morgan, Alabama came to a halt on July 17th when a local volunteer “Share The Beach” turtle patrol spotted a pair of turtle nests in the path of the Coast Guard’s heavy equipment. Local resident Bill Alexander describes the turtle crawl and nesting Continue Reading →

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Margaret Anderson Kelliher Calls For Campaign Disclosure Reform

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By Craig Stellmacher
On the day before candidates must disclose their financial contributions, DFL endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor Margaret Anderson Kelliher stood in her typical middle class driveway in Minneapolis, and called for fuller disclosure. She pointed to a study by the center for public integrity, that ranked Minnesota 40th for disclosure finance laws. She made obvious references to the two elephants in the room but didn’t call them by name : her opponents in the DFL primary Matt Entenza and Mark Dayton, who have been able to marshal a lot of their own money for their campaigns. Kelliher, contributed $250 to her own campaign last and this year. 3,523 individuals paid an average of $218.03, towards her $1.23 million total raised so far. Continue Reading →

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