The Minnesota governors’ race continues its frenetic pace this week, as national figures begin pouring into the Twin Cities to stump and raise money for Tim Pawlenty’s successor. Tonight, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will headline a (Republican) Tom Emmer for Governor gathering at the Minneapolis Hilton. Tickets are $500 a head, and The UpTake will get as close as possible to the action. Then on Tuesday night former President Bill Clinton will stump for DFL candidate Mark Dayton at the Graves 601 Hotel.
Also this week, the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance will hold a series of public forums with each major party candidate for governor. DFLer Mark Dayton, Emmer and Independent candidate Tom Horner will each appear solo, in order to “create an opportunity for the candidates to rise above the talking points and fractious back-and-forth of the campaign to address the important policy challenges facing Minnesota and the country,” according to the Center. Dayton will appear today at noon, with Emmer on Wednesday, and Horner next Monday. Follow these forums live on The UpTake.
Today former Governor Arne Carlson (Republican) announced he’s backing Horner (Independent) for Governor. Carlson, who has made it clear he’s not happy with the extreme right turn of the Republican party, has also promised to important announcement in Plymouth, Minnesota. On Tuesday night; the Minnesota Public Transit Association Conference on Wednesday, where Lt. Governor candidates Annette Meeks (GOP), Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon (DFL) and Jim Mulder (Ind) are expected to show. Wednesday we’ll have coverage of the gubernatorial debate at Minneapolis’ Pantages Theater, as well as a rally outside by the Coalition for People’s Bailout. By Thursday we’ll be running on fumes, but we plan to bring you the Office of the Secretary of State Forum from St. Paul and the Association of Minnesota Counties governor candidate presentations in Alexandria, Minn., followed on Friday by the AARP Governor Debates back home in St. Paul. This will be a busy week!
Did you catch our important fact check of Tom Emmer on Saturday? The GOP gubernatorial candidate would actually cut $1.8 billion in education funding from the 2011-12 school year, compared to the amount already mandated by the state. Over the weekend we also recorded the Minnesota Blogger Conference and posted videos of President Obama’s weekly address to the nation and his speech at the Pentagon, Saturday, commemorating the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.