Today’s UpTake – Wed Aug 4, 2010

A quick summary of what you need to know about politics today.

Minnesota Governor’s race

The big event is the Farmfest debate which features a rare appearance by Republican Tom Emmer.  Emmer has been absent at most of the inter-party debates so far this campaign season.  Video of the debate from a farm field near Redwood Falls will be live streamed on The UpTake as long as the internet connection cooperates.

Continue reading and get the latest on endorsements, Congressional races and campaign finance issues.

DFL endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher added another newspaper endorsement to her list today.  On the heels of her Star Tribune and ECM newspaper endorsement comes one from the University of Minnesota student run newspaper The Minnesota Daily.  The endorsement says “The Editorial Board interviewed every candidate and we think Kelliher has the smartest approach to filling the $6 billion budget gap.” The Daily also likes Matt Entenza’s policies saying they don’t differ much from Kelliher.  However, the paper says Entenza’s campaign conduct does.

“The decision to select former Fox 9 news anchor Robyne Robinson — who has no political experience — as his lieutenant governor contrasts sharply with Kelliher’s pick of John Gunyou, a former finance commissioner. Entenza is also the only candidate on the DFL side who refused to release a detailed financial disclosure statement.”

Congressional Races

A much anticipated debate between Representative Michele Bachmann (R) and Tarryl Clark (DFL) did not happen on Tuesday.  Bachmann decided to skip the Farmfest debate.  After the debate which included candidates from Minnesota’s rural 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th Congressional districts, Clark questioned Bachmann’s priorities, noting that Bachmann had been “campaigning by Skype” in other states, but isn’t out meeting with her constituents.

Also at Farmfest, Representatives Collin Peterson and  Tim Walz picked up the endorsement of the Minnesota Farmers Union.  Walz used the opportunity to call his opponents’ energy policies “short sighted”, recalling the GOP mantra of “drill here, drill now”.

The Farmfest Congressional debate had at least one uncomfortable moment.  Shelley Madore was asked a question about federal holstein legislation. She admitted she didn’t know anything about the legislation, but said she was willing to learn.  She later said it takes guts to admit that you don’t know something.  Madore is challenging DFL-endorsed candidate Dan Powers to face Republican John Kline.  Powers had a prior commitment and could not attend.

Campaign Finance

While Target isn’t willing to advertise its political funding, a cell-phone company is taking the exact opposite approach.  CREDO Mobile now says a portion of its profits will go to “non profit organizations working for progressive change” noting that its competitor AT&T has given $17,000 to Michele Bachmann. More at MinnPost

Michael McIntee

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