Today’s UpTake — Scavenger Hunt at the State Fair

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DFL Scavengers Seek Emmer's Plans At State Fair

DFL Scavengers Seek Emmer's Plans At State Fair

Today at 11 a.m. at the Minnesota State Fair, the DFL Party will launch a scavenger “hunt for Tom Emmer’s plans.” According to a press release yesterday, they’ll “search the fairgrounds looking for any evidence of a plan from the GOP gubernatorial candidate.” And The Uptake will be there to cover the exciting game!

Yesterday’s hot political action in Minnesota included:

• A Mark Dayton press conference in front of Minneapolis City Hall, which featured Twin Cities Mayors R.T. Rybak and Chris Coleman who were joined by Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and former Virginia Governor, Tim Kaine — all in support of Dayton’s gubernatorial candidacy. Rybak resisted the urge to lobby Kaine to bring the 2012 Democratic National Convention to his city, and instead waxed poetic about Dayton.

• A near throw down between political bloggers following the Dayton press conference — that is, between progressive blogger Soren Sorenson and former conservative blogger, and current State Republican Deputy Party Chair, Michael Brodkorb. Which guy forgot what it was like to be the little man on the totem poll? And which guy must be sweating in dark colors on a hot September day?

• Minnesota mayors release a budget simulator that allows candidates for governor, and the public, to outline key priorities and show how they would balance the state budget.

• And Republican candidate for Governor Tom Emmer spoke yesterday at the State Capitol with Minnesota representatives of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the leading small business association representing small and independent businesses. NFIB’s praise for Emmer’s candidacy following his pro-business, anti-big government speech came as no big surprise.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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